I popped into Yarns on York to find the perfect companion yarn for my current project: crochet dinosaurs. I have plenty of green yarn, but I wanted a new colour for spikes. I found the perfect soft red acrylic blend. More photos to come :).
Any knitter or crocheter will drool over the variety of colours, textures, and blends of yarn offered at Yarns on York. The staff members are knitters themselves, so they have a good feel for how each type of yarn will work up. Also, they offer plenty of classes – need I say more? It’s the perfect first stop for a handmade gift this holiday.
Remember the whole NEW theme? The best way to prepare myself for the holiday season was to update my old cosmetics. So I had to visit the girls at Made You Blush for some tips.
One thing that I love about this store is the helpful staff members. They’re easy to talk to and able to track down items with even my vaguest of descriptions. I wanted to update my eye makeup regiment, so I asked for some ideas. We did a round of the store to check out the new shadows, while explaining some of the specifics of shadows and some of the key looks this holiday season.
I picked the Two Faces Neutral eye shadow collection. It has the warm browns that I usually wear, along with plenty of sparkle and shine for the holidays. I’m already in love with them – the colours combine perfectly and the pigment is long-lasting.
Made You Blush also has plenty of great gift ideas for the holidays – everything from bath bombs and lip glosses; nail polish and makeup kits; makeup bags and brushes. They have plenty of popular gifts set aside and are happy to give you some advice.
This is another great shop to find unique Christmas ornaments and kitchen implements for any occasion. The Urban Almanac also has a great variety of gorgeous gift baskets featuring organic sauces, jellies, and jams, as well as a section of tasty gluten-free mixes for cookies and cakes. Something to keep in mind if you have a gluten allergy in the family.
I was drawn to the Tasha Tea section. I’m just beginning to explore the world of loose leaves, so I wanted to try something new to me. After much smelling and discussion, Scott and I settled on the Caramel Care Mate. It’s a tasty drink – with just a hint of caramel – that I’ll be happy to share with guests over the holidays.
Having recently acquired a Growler, Scott and I were excited to fill ‘er up with Picaroon’s seasonal “Winter Warmer”. We both enjoyed the drink with our friends that evening. They offer a great selection of delicious beer and will fill your growler up for just 10$.
We had such a blast Bringing it Downtown this year – there really are a lot of interesting shops and great gift ideas to choose from. The only person that we didn’t see was Santa Claus, though I’m sure we’ll catch him making his rounds in the weeks to come!
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Will you be shopping in Downtown Fredericton this December? What are your favourite places?