We’ve been keeping this one on the down low for quite some time now, but we are so happy to finally tell you all about this awesome new online shop that has just launched called Little Blue Canoe! It is also our first stockist!
Little Blue Canoe was founded by Kelly and is based in Calgary, Alberta Canada. Kelly contacted us at the beginning of the year asking if we’d like to be a part of her shop and of course we said yes! Not only is Little Blue Canoe helping the handmade community but all the items are specially curated. You will find a range of items from greeting cards and stationary to throw pillows and candles. Plus, every item in Little Blue Canoe is Made in Canada!
We asked Kelly a few questions to get to know Little Blue Canoe a little better.
1. Tell us a little about yourself?
I am a born and raised Calgarian. I am a Wife to a very loving and supportive Husband and Mom to two little energetic boys. I am happiest when I get to send or receive mail. It literally makes me giddy. When I see a roll of stamps in my Christmas stocking, my heart genuinely skips a beat. I actually have almost every single birthday, thank you, congratulations, sorry, or “just because” card that I have ever been given. I love looking back and reading what a friend, family member, teacher, or co-worker has written to me. You can’t buy that. I also enjoy lattes, the smell of the ocean, building forts with my kids, a delicious eggs benny (brunch is my favourite meal), and singing in the car. Ha, I sound like I am filling out a dating profile.
2. What made you want to open up your shop LittleBlueCanoe?
I have always had a calling to do something to fulfill my creative side. I have been blessed with the path I’ve gone down, but something seemed to be missing. I can’t begin to tell you how “right” I felt, once I started to make my dream a reality. As much work as it has been to get to this point, it truly hasn’t felt “like work” (again, the classic cliche). I honestly now know why people say it all the time. If you are doing something you love, it won’t feel like work. I am not saying this will be easy-breezy, or that there won’t be bad days, but those moments will likely be blunted thanks to the passion and excitement I feel for Little Blue Canoe.
3. How did you come up with the name for your shop?
When I was younger, my family actually had a blue canoe that we would enjoy paddling around in. Also, because I live in Alberta, we have access to some of the most gorgeous lakes in the world. When I wanted my business to highlight Canadian companies, I sat and thought of an image that felt “Canadian”. For me, that was a canoe moving across Lake Louise or Moraine Lake with the majestic mountains and huge trees as an amazing backdrop. By tying together something that felt Canadian and a great memory I had as a kid, I went with “Little Blue Canoe”. It was a name that came to me and I loved it more and more. I wanted to celebrate our beautiful country that we are so lucky to live in!
4. We know your shop just opened but are there any upcoming plans for LittleBlueCanoe that you can share with our readers?
Ha! I probably have TOO many plans. My brain never turns off, and I am “always thinking” (as my Husband would say). I don’t want to do “too much, too soon”, and will continue to focus on the amazing vendors that I currently work with, while being open to sourcing new ones. I would also like to create a few “Little Blue Canoe exclusive” items that are only found in my shop. I have some fun ideas in my head and can’t wait to make them a reality. Of course, I hope my customers agree! It would also be nice to do fun collaborations with my vendors and create something that we and our customers would both enjoy.
5. What is your favourite quote?
“Leap and the net will appear” (Zen Saying) I can’t begin to tell you how often this has been my mantra to motivate me; both in my personal, and professional life. Self-doubt is part of being human and is a major roadblock as to why most of us hold back in some area of our lives. I don’t pretend that I will be the next Hudson’s Bay Company, nor am I trying to be, but I certainly plan on being passionate, dedicated and happy while following this path. If I can inspire just one of your readers to take that leap of faith in an area of their life that they have been holding back, then I feel so thankful and privileged to be that voice of encouragement. It is in my DNA to be a cheerleader and motivator! I also just recently stumbled across the quote “I didn’t come this far to only come this far”. I sometimes say that to myself if I feel like I have hit a little blip in the road. It’s so simple, but very powerful.
We hope you enjoyed reading about Little Blue Canoe. You can find our paperclips and mirrors in the shop along with other amazing items that are made in Canada.
And if you do purchase something from Little Blue Canoe let us know what you bought in the comments below! Thank you for supporting handmade businesses!