Just a week after we sadly announced the cancellation of the 32nd annual Out of Hand Modern Market, we were uplifted by the enthusiasm of the many subscribers of our Ooh La La Box who received a small representation of our market in their fall box.
Thank to all of the subscribers of this box – I hope you love your box!
We worked with ten amazing makers to create the fall Ooh La La Box. Some of these goods have been exclusively designed for this box. In anticipation of the cooler, uncertain weeks ahead that this season will bring, my hope is that the eight incredible products in this box help you to feel cozy, calm and cared for.
Here is a list of the beautiful goods in our fall Ooh La La Box:
Stacker Bracelets by Woven Stone Co, Saanich
An Ooh La La Box exclusive, designer Jillian Schumarcher created this pair of stacking bracelets exclusively for this box. Just about every single day, I am wearing stacking bracelets, my wrist feels naked without them. These bracelets are pretty special as they are not only stylish but calming as well. Both have Flower Amazonite, a stone of courage that promotes hope, truth and connection and one has porous lava stones that we recommend you add the Bilston Lavender Oil to and enjoy the diffusing benefits. Value $70
Cardamom or Lavender Honey by Mellifera Bees, Vancouver
This honey is unbeelievable 😉 I love it in my tea and my husband loves it in his coffee. Lately I have been loving it drizzled over cheese! Beekeeper Melissa Cartwright harvests her honey from happy hives in BC and suffuses them with a bouquet of aromatic flavours. Last year at Out of Hand, Melissa’s honey sold out and she won best booth design! Value $11
Black Lavender Tea by Westholme Tea Company, Duncan
I am a devout tea drinker. This tea is a personal favourite of mine. Margit and Victor of Westholme are the first (and only) commercial organic tea grower in Canada. If you have not tried a truly good cup of premium tea you will find there is no comparison between the quality and flavour hand selected, organic small batch tea and the mass produced tea most of us drink. Pour this tea into your yunomi cup, add a little of the honey and enjoy. You may just join team tea! Value $17
Lavender Essential Oil by Bilston Creek Farm, Metchosin
Bilston Creek Farm is a gorgeous lavender, apple and honey farm in the heart of Metchosin. It is also a very popular weeding and picnic venue. Bilston produces and distills all its own lavender to creative a beautiful line of lavender products. Use the essential oil in this box with the lava stones on the stacker bracelet and wear the calm of lavender as you navigate the coming months. Value $17.50
Beau TEA Ful Silver Teaspoon by Olds Cool Designs, Kelowna
Unbeknownst to me when Olds Cool Designs was selected for Out of Hand, Wendy Yates its creator is my cousins’ cousin and we had on occasion to vacationed together when we were young. Fast forward a few years (I won’t tell you how many) and I am delighted to include this little treasure in this box. Wendy uses found silver pieces to create very cool new pieces. Use this Beau TEA Ful Silver Teaspoon with your tea and honey. I hope it makes you smile each time you use it. Value $21.50
Infinity Scarf by KOME Designs, Vancouver
Exclusive to this box, designer Kjaer Pedersen designed this beautiful scarf. Adding a scarf to any outfit gives another dimension, it can dress it up or dress it down. This infinity scarf can be worn many different ways. You can see my preference in the attached photo – one tight loop, one long loop. Years ago, I had a favourite scarf very similar to this one that I wore so much the people in my life begged me to retire it. This one may end up in the same category! Value $40.00
Orange or Mint Melts from Rock Coast Confections, Saanich
Chocolate goes with just about everything. Made by confectioner Amber Isles these chocolates are melt in your mouth good. Handmade with 54% ethically and sustainably sourced dark chocolate, these are all vegan and free of artificial flavours and colours. Eating these melts is good for the body and the soul. Value $6
Yunomi Pottery Cup
Pottery takes time to create. For the Ooh La La Box order, three potters were asked to create a Yunomi Cup. They have created three distinctly different designs. I chose a Yunomi style cup because in the coming days and weeks, wrapping you hand around a of your favourite hot drink will warm up the day. The other reason I chose this style of cup is for its versatility, it can be used for many other things – as a vase, succulent planter, a toothbrush holder, desk organizer, etc. Value $30 to $40.
Katy Fogg, Living Earth Pottery, Comox – Tall Yunomi Cup
Ann Coleman, Yunomi Studios, Victoria – Cream Yunomi Cup
Vincent Fe, Dirty Dragon Studios, Sooke – Heart Yunomi Cup