From Moonlight to Nomads Essentials

On Mayne Island we are flexible. We can go from shooting the moon to finding natural solutions for smelly feet in one blog post. Not bad eh?

First, allow me to welcome all the new people who have subscribed to Creative Potager as a result of “Mayne Island Super moon on May 5 2012” being Freshly Pressed yesterday.  It is a pleasure to have you join our creative community.

So now back to smelly feet. Well, not really smelly feet but it is one of the many things you might want to discuss with the owner of Nomads Essentials, Barbara McIntyre, here on Mayne Island off the southwest coast of Canada.

Some of you may remember that Barbara has shared the space with me to show our photography at the Green House Bar and Grill for the past 1.5 years. But even if you don’t remember, that is okay because I do. I also remember that it was with her encouragement that put my work up in this venue. Now she is off on a new adventure and I want to be the first to share it with you. Welcome to her new store located on the right side of The Root Seller Inn in downtown Miners Bay.

Isn’t it just gorgeous!?

Nomads Essentials will have its grand opening on Saturday May 12, 2012 between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm

Barbara is the most warm, caring and giving person who I am overjoyed to call my friend. She is often making things upside down right

particularly when it comes to  the “Four Rs” of reduce, reuse, recycle or refuse. This is not always an easy task when providing body and home products designed for the contemporary nomad. But she does it with a creative flare many would envy. She views her new store as she does herself – a work in progress.

Barbara as you might guess is not new to providing us with her artisan products. My first purchase of Barbara’s wares goes back several years and it was a bar of her handmade soap. Sometimes I get one in fancy gift wrapping if it is for a present.

But if it is for me, I get it start up with one small band of recyclable paper identity card.

Out of curiosity, I asked what was her best seller?  I was sure the answer would be her bath salts but I was wrong. It is her Reclined Bed Freshener.

Yes, I did bring home some to try.

But what about sore muscles from hiking or kayaking around the Gulf Islands?

Chapped Lips from the sun and sea breeze?

Moths in the closet where you store your best outdoor wool sweater for watching the sunset over at the lighthouse?

Or chocolate that is delicious but won’t melt in your pocket on a warm day clambering up to the view from Henderson Hill?

Or huh-hum… those smelly feet as they exit your summer sandals?

I promise you that Barbara can fulfill almost any nomads essential needs for body, mind and spirit. Speaking of spirit, I was most amazed at how Barbara’s photography shows up as part of her signature being when displayed in an environment where she has carefully chosen the colours for Nomads Essentials.

Just beautiful!

As you can see,  we are very flexible here on Mayne Island as we go from moonlight to smelly feet to  twinkle toes. Now you will have everything you need to come along with me on my next photo shoot. Oh! Better bring your camera. I didn’t notice any at Nomads Essentials. But then again, I am sure I didn’t notice everything. It is always good to leave a thing or two for others to discover 😉

Thank you Barbara for allowing me to share your new store with Creative Potager and I wish you all the best with this new adventure. Warm hugs as always and we shall see you again on Saturday at the grand opening of Nomads Essentials!

SPROUT: What are your personal nomadic essentials?

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19 thoughts on “From Moonlight to Nomads Essentials

  1. Ok…. so now I’m thinkin ya mite a missed yer call there Terrill. You maybe shoulda been a “Prom artist for the GOOD LIFE on Myne Island” because I sooooooooooooooooooo wanna BE THERE. With each post I grow more and more convienced that I missed MY calling by not having crossed the boarder looooooooooooong ago. Your comunity yeilds such warmth and your photos of the land call me like Gabriel’s horn. I wanna be there !!!!

    • Alison you have me rolling around holding my stomach from fits of laughter! I can just feel your enthusiasm in each and every word. It is a very good life from my perspective and I would be delighted Alison to have you as a visitor or a neighbour. There is something unique and special about the Gulf Islands which is worth experiencing in person at least once. However, I also know that the closest many will ever be able to get are my blog posts and sometimes this has to be enough.

      • You’re right Terrill, sometimes the pictures have to be enough. It has been my deepest desire now for many years to visit Victoria and area. Regardless how hard I’ve “tried” however it’s never manifested. I feel a part of me very much akin to that area which is one reason why I so delight in your work – the other is that the photos give voice to the natural setting through your work. . . . . as a matter of fact I think I hear “Tofino” expressing a desire for a photo shoot!!:)

        • Oh you are too much Alison! LOL! David and I researched going to Tofino last winter to watch the storms and walk the beach. But in the end it felt too expensive when we already live in such a fine place. However, Tofino has an energy that is something to experience – very different than here. So you are right Tofino is calling… I just haven’t answered yet 🙂

  2. How fun you are to share a new concept and idea store in your community. Isn’t that what we are all about these days making our community reach out and touch….I will put this item on my list to visit.
    I hope I can still have my ferry trip…I found enough airlines miles on my partner’s office card to go see my daughter receive an award for her distinguished Master’s Thesis and a second award for outstanding writing. She is hoping this will open the door for a doctoral program or new job. I am just so proud I wanted to be at the Celebration, so I am going to just go for it. San Francisco here I come – that is rather the opposite direction from Mayne Island.
    Congrats on your fresh pressed honors…I am not sure what it is but it seems to highlight your gifted works. You go girl!

  3. Well well I wondered what you have been up to? Now I see, interviewing and photographing the local happenings in town.
    What a wonderful way to launch a business, Have Terrill’s blog make the big announcement!
    Beautifully done, words and pictures.
    My Nomadic essentials are my camera, lenses and a willingness to be open to the experience!

    • Yes this is the latest adventure Jeff and I am hoping to do a bit more snooping around in the weeks ahead and bring us something of a Mayne Island art crawl. We shall see. I have a few photography assignments to fit in and then there is the garden still needing to be planted and the home place prepared for the home and garden tour. I think I need at least two of me at the moment 🙂

  4. OMG! this is so wonderful Terrill, I am so honored to be your friend AND to be blogged about! :o) THANK YOU!
    Your photos are so inviting and your writing puts me right back into the store, words that are so descriptive and delicious. The other bloggers/friends are so right – this is your calling!
    I wish you good luck on everything you are doing my friend, your solo show at the Green House and at the Mayne Inn Bistro and your latest adventure – the Home and Garden Tour.
    Please pop into Nomads Essentials anytime for your essentials; a big welcoming smile, a heavenly sniff and a warm loving hug.
    I am a Nomad and my essentials are: my community of friends (you!), earth, travel, sharing, fun, health, being sustainable… and creating.

  5. Terrill – I oh-so-wish that we had a place just like this to shop at. It’s the epitome of the types of things I appreciate. And on top of that, I resonate wholeheartedly with the four R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle, or refuse. Oh me, oh my — some day I will get there!

    SPROUT: What are your personal nomadic essentials?

    Above all I cherish space — the wide open nothingness (everythingness) of space. But if I were a Buddhist monk and could have only ten things, they would be: two robes, 1 pair of shoes/sandals, my toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, hairbrush, my glasses, laptop, and cell phone.

    (clearly I wouldn’t be a Buddhist monk if I needed my laptop and cell phone)…

  6. Fantastic indoor eye candy, a perfect complement to the outdoor wonderments you been chronicling for so long. Nomad essentials, eh? I’m afraid I’ll still find a way to sneak in some CDs and DVDs, though it’s clear there is a minimalist requirement here. Ha!

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