Malee by Nature

Heejin Kim; Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Love macarons? Love candles? Love Malee by Nature; trust me.

The creative mind behind Malee by Nature, Heejin Kim has fashioned the most adorable little tea-light-sized macaron candles I’ve ever seen—and never wanted to burn. Having said that, I would adore a bathtub lined with these sweet-smelling soy candles. After all, sweets always make me smile.

Heejin’s macaron tealights are just the newest product in her all-natural, eco-friendly brand. Aside from soy candles (including some with wood wicks and custom-stamped containers), Malee by Nature also boasts bath salts, honey and pumpkin soap (super moisturizing), aromatherapy sets, charcoal soap (which gets bonus cool-factor points for actually looking like charcoal), and more soy candles. Finally, the packaging is just as simplistically beautiful as the products.

Compared to many stores on Etsy, Malee by Nature’s offerings may seem limited, but the quality is there and the love Heejin infuses into her work is obvious. Stop by her Etsy store and show her some one-of-a-kind love!

Purchasing information: Check out Malee by Nature on Etsy.

Monika McEwen Art Dolls

Monika McEwen; Nova Scotia, Canada

Meet “Hootie,” a little owl that will soon be taking up residence in my little niece/nephew-to-be’s room. I know my name for him isn’t all too inspired, but this little “Woods-Thicket Owl” is the creation of the much more imaginative mind of Monika McEwen. Based in Nova Scotia, Monika creates patchwork creatures, each with their own flare. There truly are no duplicates of these guys (I rifled through a bag of unique owls before finding just the perfect little guy).

An idea that stemmed from a way to keep the grandkids busy, each creature or doll Monika creates comes with his or her very own story. The Woods-Thicket Owl is just the beginning of the long list of inspired characters Monika offers, which also include tattered lasses, sea maidens and witches, Gollywoggles, and lots of animals. You can check out each of their stories on her Facebook page.

This is the story of the Woods-Thicket Owl:

“Say hello to a very mysterious creature known to all Forest Beings as a Woods-Thicket Owl. Generally featured in legends and mythology of various cultures, these intriguing birds are predominantly seen as good and wise. Know to inhabit most forests and woodlands, the Woods-Thicket Owl is only ever seen at night. With its keen sight in darkness, its quietest strength and mystical walls, this forest being is at its most powerful at nightfall.

So if you ever find yourself at dusk in the woods, know that the feeling of being watched is actually the Woods-Thicket Owl quietly keeping a careful eye. Rest assured that while this magical bird watches over all forest beings, if needed, the Woods-Thicket Owl will also protect you, comfort you and help to guide your way.”

Purchase information: See the Monika McEwen Art Dolls Facebook page for further details.