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Earth Day Sale!

Did you hear I’m having a sale in my Etsy shop in honour of Earth Day? I am offering 15% off of everything in my shop. The coupon code is EARTHDAY15.

You can pick up a beautiful summer scarf made out of banana fibre which is an eco-friendly option because it is a completely renewable resource. The original price is $70, the sale price is $58.75!

eco-friendly summer scarf by Impossibly Alice on etsy

Eco-Friendly Summer Scarf by Impossibly Alice on Etsy

You can also view my creations made out of recycled sari silk which are eco-friendly because they prevent all of the exceess silk in sari factories from going to landfills!

Eco friendly wine bottle sleeve by Impossibly Alice on Etsy

Eco-Friendly Wine Bottle Sleeve by Impossibly Alice on Etsy

Happy Earth Day and happy shopping! 😀

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New Spring Items and Fixing Up Photos

I’ve worked hard on making new and exciting listings for my Etsy shop.

I’ve got some new spring colours of fingerless gloves and more to come in the next few days. These gloves are so soft and cozy, everyone who touches one immediately comments on how soft they are! They are perfect to wear in the spring for bike rides, for busy parents who need free fingers but want to keep their hands warm, and for people who love to use their iPhones, iPods, blackberries, etc. They are also awesome to wear when the weather starts getting warmer and they turn on the air conditioner in your office so your hands don’t freeze while you work on your computer!

I’ve also listed new spring or summer scarves with more styles to come! These scarves are made from fair trade handspun yarn from Nepal and India. The banana fibre scarves are also vegan friendly and eco-friendly because it is made out of a renewable resource. Please read my first post on banana fibre. Despite the name, the recycled sari silk is made out of entirely new fabric. The recycled sari silk is scrap fabric left over from making saris. This means that these scarves are also eco-friendly because you are preventing this material from going to landfills.

I’ve also fixed up the pictures for one of my favourite cowls in my shop. Not to pat myself on my own back too much, but one of my Etsy friends thought that it was a completely new listing! This cowl is so long that you can wrap it around your next 3 times when it’s cold outside. Because it is so stretchy and long, you can use your imagination and wear it any way you can think of! It would also be a perfect blanket like shawl to keep at the office in those cold air conditioning months!

The biggest challenge I have as a knitter is to knit items that are not meant for fall and winter. I am excited to announce that I am working on some new designs for listings in my shop that are not season dependent! I hope that these new designs work out as great as I am envisioning them in my head so I can introduce them to you ASAP!

I’ve also got my first set of business cards and they are so beautiful! I’d love to start sharing them with you!

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I’m Feeling A Bit Spicy

I have a problem in my kitchen. It is a nice size but there are too many windows and doors and a poor layout so there isn’t much counter space. Taking up precious counter space for me is a rotating spice rack filled with many spices that came with it that I will likely never use. I am sure a lot of people struggle with the same thing in their kitchens. But there is a solution!

Meet Katrina, of Salt City Spice on Etsy. She makes gorgeous magnetic spice racks which you can hang on your wall that are often upcycled from old pieces of metal. You can get a spice rack that is both gorgeous and functional!

Describe yourself

I’m married to my college sweetheart with a darling 13 month old daughter. I pretty much love everything related to food except, ironically, the word “foodie.” I’m a terrible liar and like to think I’m funny (my husband doesn’t always agree).

How did you get started in the world of crafting?

I’ve always loved crafts – drawing, making doll clothes, and creating jewelry were favorite activities growing up. My mom encouraged me by supplying seemingly endless supplies like markers, fabric scraps, beads, kits, and even a knitting machine at one point! I wish I still had that in fact – I would use it to make bodyless sweaters. Wait, what do you mean they’re called arm warmers?

Your etsy shop is called saltcityspice, does this have any meaning to you? How did you choose the name?

I’m sure you’ve figured out the Spice part, haha. We moved to Syracuse, NY (aka, the Salt City) a few years ago and thought we’d be missing out on our favorite big city restaurants. We were pleasantly surprised to find out that Syracuse has its own small, but strong food scene and that people here are placing more and more emphasis on local products – I want to help support the Buy/Eat Local movement in any way I can, so I figured my shop name was a good place to start.

What is a typical day for you?

I wake up at noon, put on something fabulous, read the paper while sipping a perpetually hot latte, then spend the rest of my day cooking something intricate for dinner. Ok, not really – I’m a stay-at-home mom so a typical day is a bit of a juggling act, but I love and appreciate every day I’m home with my daughter and wouldn’t have it any other way.

What inspires you?

I’m inspired by creative reuses of materials, either by salvaging what most would consider waste and turning it into something beautiful and functional, or upcycling an item into something more useful or relevant than the original piece. I’m constantly looking at things and wondering what else they could be with a little imagination.

What is your favourite thing in your shop and why?

This Chalkboard Spice Rack

I had the idea to make a combo spice rack/chalkboard like this when I first opened up my shop but couldn’t get the materials quite right at first. As soon as this one was done, I immediately made another and put it in my own kitchen!

If you could go back and give yourself advice on starting out on etsy, what would it be?

Really treat it like a business right from the start – take your time to figure out your focus, put together a cohesive shop look, and get a business plan in place. Also, ask for help when you need it! There are people out there willing to give you honest, constructive advice if you just ask.

What are some of your favourite etsy shops?

Well, there’s this one shop that sells gorgeous hand-knit items called ImpossiblyAlice! Really, I have so many favorites – lately, the organizational junkie in me is loving the posters from Popchartlab and the functional art side of me loves the unexpected edible creations from andiespecialtysweets.

Do you do any other types of crafts?

Only for my own intents and purposes – I’m proud of having made most of the decorative items in my daughter’s nursery like her bedskirt, mobile, and wall art. If cooking counts as a craft then I do a lot of that too.

Is there any craft you wish you knew how to do?

I’d love to get my hands on a letterpress and do a little old-fashioned graphic design. I like the result of the words actually imprinted into the paper – it’s such a lost art form.

Zombies, pirates, ninjas, or vampires?

Pirates (they all look like Johnny Depp right?)


Please visit her blog, follow her on twitter, and most importantly, visit her etsy shop and buy a spice rack!

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Spring Is Here!

Spring is here! Or at least at Impossibly Alice on Etsy. This weekend, I listed my first spring/summer scarf. Head over there and check it out.

This scarf is loose and airy, perfect for wearing in the spring and summer! It is a gorgeous shade of teal. And the best part? I knit this scarf our of fair trade handspun banana fibre. That means that by wearing it, you are helping women in Nepal work towards a better life for themselves and their families, and you are wearing an eco-friendly renewable resource. This yarn is actually made from harvesting the bark from banana trees. You will not believe how soft and silky it feels.

Go and check it out! In the coming weeks, I will be listing more spring and summer scarves in more colours and styles.


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The Unsuccessful Relaunch of a Canadian Icon

Does anyone else out there remember this?

Sometimes, I really miss Eatons.



I Am Open For Business!

My Etsy store is now open for business! Please come and visit me. While you are there you can check out other fabulous items listed by talented Winnipeg people.

Over the next week I will be adding more items to my store!

I am also hoping to take some outside action shots.

So far I have a purple and a taupe handknit mobius cowl, my summer knitting obession! I have knit them out of fair trade handspun 100% wool.

In my shop you will see a focus on fair trade, recycled, and/or eco-friendly materials.

If you have a custom request for something, please send me a message and I will let you know whether or not I can do it!

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