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Michelle Salamone of ELLA i SKIN

Michelle Salamone of ELLA i SKIN

I have been formulating skincare at home in my kitchen for over a decade. My husband used to tease me about “working in my lab.” ELLA i SKiN is named after my beautiful mom, who I lost to cancer ten years ago. This tragic loss and earning a health degree forced me to make some serious life changes, including cutting out chemicals from my family’s food and products. This combined with my own skin issues inspired me to began researching. And so, ELLA i SKiN was born. 

Makenna Laughlin of Pure Essence Spa

Makenna Laughlin of Pure Essence Spa

Makenna thrives on allowing others to escape from the real world to relax, reset and replenish while at Pure Essence Spa. Her company is represented by the Purple Amethyst. Amethyst is a meditative, stimulating and soothing stone with legendary abilities to connect with one’s body, mind and spirit to promote a calm, balanced and peaceful temple. Makenna aims to provide this same experience through Pure Essence Spa, helping her clients to reach complete relaxation, rejuvenation and stillness. Outside the spa she shares her values far and wide via the Pure Essence aromatherapy line, available at the Nooks Port Hope.

Nicole Loraine McGee of Cavan Creations

Nicole Loraine McGee of Cavan Creations

I have been crafting with my mama all my life. It’s something that we do together, attending workshops and craft shows. We have dabbled in many mediums over the years, many of which I have been able to apply to my current work in clay. I’ve been making all my life, it’s just who I am.

I began working in clay following a major shift in my life. After my son was born, I caught a virus which caused my body to go haywire. I developed overactive nerves resulting in chronic pain and brain fog. Because of this my life changed completely, but it’s also what lead me to pottery. I took a two day workshop at the Art School of Peterborough with a mom friend of mine, and I was hooked!

JILL AND TESSA OF A PEACE OF THE BEACH

JILL AND TESSA OF A PEACE OF THE BEACH

Hi I’m Jill, the mom part of the mother-daughter team that is A Peace of the Beach. My daughter Tessa and I each play different roles in our partnership. I find I’m the creative workhorse, as I go on daily adventures down to the lakeshore to gather driftwood. The best days to gather driftwood are right after the biggest storms, which draw a new wave of pieces from Lake Ontario. Tessa’s role is more focused on the artistic and technical input regarding the quality of the tables. 

DEVON OF DIRT & DIVINE

DEVON OF DIRT & DIVINE

As a young child, I always felt a special connection to nature. My childhood playground was the large forest/conservation area behind my home. As I got older, this connection has only become more and more intense. I would now consider environmentalism the single most important thing in my life. Taking care of the Earth truly affects every single decision I make. This is where Dirt & Divine comes in. For the last few years, I had envisioned an eco-conscious collective where the importance of protecting and connecting with Mother Nature was emphasized. Then, after my trip to Yosemite National Park in June of 2017, my drive finally jump-started. I wanted to take the feeling I had while looking at the tall trees, the mountains, and over-flowing waterfalls home with me. This is how Dirt & Divine began.

JANEVA OF JANEVA FAIRCLOTH

JANEVA OF JANEVA FAIRCLOTH

My “small business” began after this first year of art school. I created a body of work for a local summer craft show I’d been attending since childhood. I produced a range of craft items but primarily pen and ink watercolour drawings. Most of them featured girls and women (and dogs) facing away, communicating relationships between subjects with body language and subtle gestures in natural environments. The subject matter of my drawings appealed to the cottage show clientele, but this style also really made me happy, and that was clear in the paintings. The mood they conveyed was tangible and nostalgic. My first show went really well, and while I loved to produce at my own peaceful pace, I also loved seeing people admire my work, ask me questions and enjoy the space I created. 

RACHEL LYON OF FORGED BY NATURE

RACHEL LYON OF FORGED BY NATURE

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Fast forward two years, I am now giving new life to creatures that have completed their life cycle and hopefully teaching others the importance of pollinators. The butterflies I use are sourced through the Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory or from conservatories around the globe that are imported through their respective wildlife protection agencies. I source the imported butterflies ethically with the help of a retired science high-school teacher, who has many years experience in dealing with importing.