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Must-Have Fashion Trends

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2017 Holiday Happenings @ The Spot

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Easy Peasy Holiday Entertaining

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Put the VoilĂ in Your Christmas Decorating

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Best Hostess Gifts For the Holidays

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Spruce Them Up

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Holiday Gifts We Love

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Pet Friendly Indoor Plants and Tropicals for the Holidays

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MUST-HAVE FASHION TRENDS A

peek into this fall and winter season reveals collections that are unique and fashion forward, yet maintain a perfect balance between style and comfort. Focused around luxurious, rich fabrics and vibrant hues, this season’s trends still retain their sense of fun, colour and self-assuredness. Jackets hold the fashion spotlight, from classic suits, Jacquards or velvets to bomber and denim styles. Selecting a piece that reflects your taste shouldn’t be a difficult task this year since the pattern and colour choices are endless. As a new and upcoming trend in the high-end fashion industry, the Jacquard coat offers a stylishly bold uplifted design on a soft stretch knit. These Jacquard coats transition well from season to season: they can be enjoyed as a light jacket in the fall and early spring or as an extra, cozy layer for warmth during our cold Canadian winters. Fall is a great time to showcase the Canadian tuxedo, so be ready to wear denim from your head to your snazzy boots. From embroidered jeans to sweaters and tunics, denim is a perfect fabric for women of all shapes, and sizes. You’ll see accents of Marigold and Gloxinia flowers adorning jeans with the accompaniment of sequin jewels and distressed rips, a great fit for any occasion. Cozy cable knit sweaters and tunics are a standout addition to jeans and leggings since their rich feel and appearance never go out of style. Bold, dark and romantic floral patterns and vintage plaid patterns are also a mainstay for this fashion season. And continuing strong this fall is the layered look: think turtle necks almost hidden underneath a long blouse topped off with a funky poncho or shrug. Don’t be afraid to mix and match florals, plaids or edgy accents of leather and fringe. When it comes to your fashion sense and trends, it really is “anything goes” this year. Clothing featured by Orange Fashion Village

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From the

Owner of production are higher than our off-shore counterparts. However, when it is “Made in Canada”, there is satisfaction in knowing that all the dollars remain in Canada.

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roud to be Canadian! While Canadians are modest about declaring it, our sentiments are strong. What a great year of celebrations Canadians have witnessed. As Canada’s 150th year comes to a close, we have good memories to reflect upon, many benefits to be grateful for, and high hopes for a bright future.

As you make your Christmas preparations and purchases this season, choose “Made in Canada” where possible to support your country and most importantly, shop local to support your community and keep it strong. Have a safe and happy Canadian Christmas. Sincerely, Bernie

Here at The Green Spot we have been shifting, wherever possible, to offer Canadian-made product lines. Typically, this means that unit prices are higher as Canada’s costs

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2017

Holiday Happenings @ The Spot

Winter Metamorphosis

price on coupon redemption day –

holiday season. Just imagine: all your Christmas

Sun. October 29 to Sun. November 5

Scrooge’s Dash – Sunday, December 17.

shopping could be done for free! Eligibility is

Our doors are closed. A metamorphosis is

by purchases made on Friday, December 1

unfolding and the garden centre becomes a

Pictures with Santa

through to Sunday, December 3 only and the

winter wonderland. When we re-open, it’s time

Sat. November 18 to Sun. November 19

$250 must be spent by December 30, 2017.

for Christmas Spectacular 2017!

Jolly Old St. Nick will be here in his sleigh and ready to have his picture taken with all the good

Scrooge’s Dash

Christmas Spectacular 2017

little boys and girls, mommies and daddies, too.

Sun. December 17

Mon. November 6 to Sat. December 30

And while we’re at it, bring the pets along to join

Let’s just say – the more you shop, the more

Our doors open to enthusiastic shoppers eager

the family photo. Our photographer will capture

fun you’ll have. Bring in all the coupons you’ve

to find the perfect Christmas gift, trimmings

your image perfect for the annual Christmas

been collecting from every purchase at The

for the tree, festive home décor, useful kitchen

card. Photo sessions: Saturday 11am-5pm

Green Spot. Wear your running shoes!

gadgets, or something new for the winter

and Sunday 12pm-4pm. No appointments

wardrobe. We extend our hours for Starlight

necessary. Visit www.greenspotbrandon.com

Christmas Countdown

Shopping every Thursday and Friday night until

for more details.

Sat. December 23 to Sun. December 24

8:00pm. Christmas Spectacular continues right

With only hours left until Christmas eve, no

Party in the Kitchen

doubt the shopping is not quite done. Don’t

Sat. November 25 to Sun. November 26

underestimate The Green Spot. We don’t have

Christmas Reveal (formerly Ladies Night)

Which is the most important room in your

milk but we do have cookies. You might be

home during the Holiday Season? The Kitchen!

surprised what you can find for that last bit of

Fri. November 10

We promoting everything for the Kitchen –

pressure shopping! We're positive you'll go

Gather the gang and come on out to view

Zwilling J.A. Henckels, Paderno, Staub, and

away more than satisfied with your purchases!

our holiday merchandise featuring select brand

more. Bring in all your Henckels knives for their

lines with draws, specials, and samplings. It’s

annual sharpening and be introduced to new

a great time to create a wish list for yourself

kitchen products - excellent gifts for those with

Ebenezer’s Delight Boxing Daze Sale

and those fortunate ones on your gift list. Share

a culinary passion. Knife Sharpening: Saturday,

Wed. December 27 to Sat. December 30

your good fortune with the less privileged –

November 25. Only 10:00am – 3:00pm.

Box it or sell it? We’d rather sell it -

through the Holiday season to December 30.

please bring a non-perishable food donation for Samaritan House. The party begins at 6:30pm.

so it’s sale – sale – sale – all week long.

Festival of Poinsettias Sat. December 2 to Sun. December 16

The Great Winter Coat Promotion

Celebrate the Poinsettia! Every Saturday, enjoy

Fri. November 10 to Sun. November 30

coffee, shortbread and local entertainment

Unpredictable winter weather on the Prairies

as you admire the landscape of thousands

requires warm outer clothing. Coats from

of poinsettias filling our greenhouse. Take

Marcona, French Dressing, Tribal and Dex

advantage of shopping specials and the

all have great solutions no matter what the

fresh baked goods from our Holiday Farmer’s

temperature. Come and see our selection

Market. Beautiful poinsettias, fresh Christmas

of winter coats and outerwear and take

trees and Christmas greens are all available for

advantage of this promotion.

purchase in the comfort of the greenhouse.

Christmas Coupon Collection

The Big Draw

Sun. November 12 to Sat. December 16

Sat. December 2 to Sun. December 3

With every $25 purchase you make during

With every $25 purchase, you are eligible

this Christmas shopping period you earn

to enter your name into the Christmas

1 coupon. Each coupon entitles you to

Extravaganza Draw for a $250 Shopping

purchase 1 item at 50% off its original ticket

Spree at The Green Spot Home & Garden this

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HOURS OF OPERATION November 6 - December 23 Monday - Sunday: 10:00am to 6:00pm Thursday and Friday: Open Late til 8:00pm November 11: Closed Holiday Week December 24: 10:00am to 3:00pm December 25: Closed December 26: Closed December 27 - 30: 10:00am to 6:00pm December 31: Closed January 1: Closed Regular Winter Hours January 2 - April 30 Monday - Saturday: 10:00am to 5:00pm Sunday: Closed


DIY CHRISTMAS GREENINGS WORKSHOPS

Using fresh greens, make your own Christmas decor in an enjoyable workshop setting. We supply the materials and you leave the mess behind. Enrollment is limited to 20 persons. Classes run approximately 1-2 hours. Available spots fill up quickly. Call 204-727-5884 to register for all workshops. A $15.00 deposit will be required to hold your spot. Workshop prices will be available at the time of registration.

A Welcoming Door Customize your door with a festive wreath or swag. The swags and wreaths are ready-made so you can concentrate on the colour scheme and accessories. Saturday, November 25 at 10:30am and 2:00pm

The Grinch’s Christmas Tree

Cost: $45 plus taxes (small) or

Celebrate Grinch-mas this Christmas with a wacky and heartwarming Grinch tree. With boughs, wire, ribbon and bobbles, you will create a whimsical Grinch Tree which will bring smiles to all who gaze upon it. This will be a fun workshop for kids and parents together.

$55 plus taxes (large)

Succulent Dish Garden A succulent dish garden is a popular project anytime of the year. Create some Zen in your home with this all-season pleaser. Add in some Christmas trinkets and it’s dressed for the holidays. Saturday, December 2 at 10:30am & 2:00pm Cost $65 plus taxes

Saturday, December 9 at 2:00pm Cost $60 plus taxes

Glass and Candle for the Festive Table

Filled with fresh pine, fir and cedar greens, bobbles, pine cones and ribbon, an outdoor urn on your doorstep will usher in the holiday season.

This workshop is designed with kids and adults in mind. Too cute for words, you will create a winter scene in a jar with miniature trees, and miniature Christmas décor, that can be hung in a tree or sit on the mantle

Candles, real or faux, are nestled in an oasis of fresh greens and decorations to create an arrangement which is sure to make your home festive. Do you like the look of shabby chic, white on white or rustic country? Samples will be on site for ideas that will help you decide the look you want to achieve.

Saturday, November 18 at 10:30am & 2:00pm

Saturday, December 9 at 10:30am

Saturday, December 16 at 10:30am & 2:00pm

Cost $85 plus taxes

Cost $55 plus taxes

Cost $65 plus taxes

Outdoor Urn

Winter Garden in a Jar

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Easy Peasy Holiday Entertaining... With a simple-to-arrange charcuterie board Pick a cheese board

Some salty things

Condiments to accent

Add some cheese! Soft, hard and crumbly, different strengths, and different colours and shapes

Add some lovely crackers

The finishing touches

Fill the spaces

Add a little sweet

For complete article and step by step directions, please go to: https://wholefully.com/awesome-cheese-board-minutes/ HOLIDAY 2017 • 9


voilĂ

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IN YOUR CHRISTMAS DECORATING By Carla Hrycyna

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ecorating brings the spirit of the holiday season alive. Adding decorative touches to the interior and exterior of your home creates an ambiance of cheerfulness and merriment and brings together family and friends. Traditionally, decorating starts with the tree which then sets the tone for the rest of the home. The character of the decorated tree is established either by theme or colour and is instrumental in shaping your overall design. Ask yourself: Are you creating a design with a classic, traditional or formal look? How about a whimsical or character-focused tree? Which style suits you the best? It may be possible that one design compliments one area of the home, while another room takes on a totally different feel. In a more formal area like the living room, you may feature coordinating decorations while using themed ornaments and more rustic accents in the family room. You can use colour to tie rooms together and lend visual harmony. Choose a focal colour to be the unifying factor, and then accent with secondary colours. Reds can be complemented with golds and silvers, and whites look wonderful accented with copper and rust tones. How about lavenders with a hint of blue? The potential colour combinations are endless, and can look even more striking when a third accent colour is added. For example, a dominant red can be paired with frosted white and a splash of silver or even lime green. 10

This year in colour trends, red continues to hold sway since it is a stable, traditional colour reminiscent of Christmas past and childhood memories. Coming up strong are blues and lavenders blending into purples. Also showing this year are hues of copper, rust and amber since these colours work well with natural themes. Textures such as plaids, woods, florals and foliage are also evident. Silk flowers enter back into the scene with floral poinsettias and magnolias in rich red and burgundy tones. Enticing blues and lavenders will take centre stage complementary to decorative ornaments. The influence of succulents carries through to holiday decor, seen as accents in winter arrangements and decorative touches.

CHRISTMAS TREES It is easiest to approach decorating your tree by working in layers. Start with the lighting, which can be obtained by either using a pre-lit artificial tree or placing lights on your freshly cut evergreen.


Trending this year are various styles of LED micro lights, in various shades of white or multiple colours, with multi-function settings. When calculating how many to use, bank on using at least 100 lights per foot height of your tree. Ribbons should be your next step, and can be hung in either a vertical or horizontal application. As a wavy dramatic overlay, they bring a visually appealing flow to the tree, or can be hung vertically to give the illusion of added height.

fancy an extra little touch for the room. A pleasing arrangement can be formed with sprigs of artificial greenery blended with glossy berries and accented with a favourite coloured flower. Place it on a crystal platter with glossy Christmas ball ornaments on it and “voila,” your creation is complete.

WREATHS

Next, add silk flowers and holiday picks to create texture. Place silks such as poinsettias, magnolias and boughs evenly throughout the tree. If the tree is visible from all sides, generally 12-14 pieces work well for coverage; adjust to 6-8 if your tree is placed in the corner of your room. If you are coordinating the top of the tree, 3-5 pieces may be paired with a traditional angel or Christmas star. Boost the effect by layering your poinsettias or florals with a silk spray of pine, leaf or berries. Silks have flexible wiring from flower to stem which can be adjusted to create graceful curves. Adding ornaments is the final step. Place collections of past treasures and newly found gems gently on the tree. Family room trees can be home to whimsical collectibles that have been carefully selected through the years while more formal areas such as living rooms call for an elegant theme.

BANNISTERS

Decorating bannisters and newel posts can be a favourite part of the process. Key your colours off the closest tree and bring some of those thematic elements to the bannister. Tie gentle curves of garlands to the railings as a focal point for garnishing. Just imagine large red poinsettias with sprigs of cherry red berries paired with bow accents complementary in colour. Envision ice blue poinsettias with flowing silver-white ribbon mimicking the swoop of a mixed cedar garland, or even snowy white flocked garlands adorned with crisp white snowflake ornaments and dangling clear crystal icicles. There is an abundance of creative recipes and ideas to draw from. As a finishing touch, dress up sideboards and centrepieces for your table. Florals and silks are useful if you

Greet guests with a beautifully accented wreath set in the colour tone of your decorating style. Its welcoming effect announces your colour scheme as they enter the home. Weave twists and loops of ribbon through the circle of greenery if you like, or as an alternative use a glorious bow of ribbon with tails for a simple, elegant finish. Perhaps a bright red cardinal nestled in a twig nest could become the accenting focus touch. One element of holiday decoration still requires mention: Lighting. With reduced daylight hours, real candles as well as LED or battery operated alternatives create dramatic effect. There are many types of lighting available, from tabletop pieces to lit ornaments that draw your eye to the Christmas tree. Let your adventure into decorating begin. Decorating your home’s interior creates a festive atmosphere to be enjoyed by all who visit throughout the holiday season. HOLIDAY 2017 • 11


hostess, as you would give a different gift to a close friend than your boss. You might consider a couples gift or something the whole family can enjoy. When arriving at the party, remember to be discrete when you present it as not everyone will have brought one. When giving flowers, ensure that they are arranged in a vase or mason jar so as not to make additional work for your host. Better yet, a potted plant or arrangement that is delivered the day before the party gives the host time to incorporate it into their decor. Since your host is busy preparing, don’t expect them to open your present right away. Bring a gift that can be set aside for another time, which you can mention when you give the gift. Say something like “Enjoy this after we all go home,” or “This is just for you so hide it for later.” Another great idea is to bring something that can be used at future gatherings like tidbit plates, designer napkins and candles, fancy cheese knives and spreaders, coasters, or scented hot pads.

BEST

Hostess Gifts For the Holidays By Dianne Visser

Seasonal hosts gifts that will get you invited back again and again.

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love this time of year. It is the season of giving, and a holiday party is the perfect occasion to say “thank you” to your host by bringing a unique gift.

Those who give the best gifts do a little research into the traits and likes of the recipient as well as reflecting on the tone and nature of the party. Keep in mind your relationship to the 12

Kitchen gifts are a wonderful idea as most hosts appreciate and enjoy items that can be used every day, such as bamboo cutting boards, oven mitts filled with utensils, bamboo spoons or whimsical tea towels. If you know the host well enough you could pamper them with more personal items like bath bombs, face masks and specialty soaps. For your friends with a green thumb, rosemary trees, amaryllis, paperwhites or orchids go well with any decor. Tasty treats could include local honey, maple syrup, baked goods, some truly awesome hot sauces, specialty olive oils, and particularly balsamic vinegars and flavoured salts since a little of these goes a long way. I am a chocoholic and therefore I cannot call this list complete without suggesting some excellent quality chocolate. I would rather have one or two pieces of good chocolate than a whole box of the less expensive stuff. If you are going to bring wine, try to find something


exceptional and then add a cute wine stopper, bottle opener, set of stainless steel wine glasses, wine charms or themed Christmas ornaments. Overnight stays call for a larger gift than a casual dinner, as your host will have sheets and towels to wash and a few more meals to prepare. I like the element of surprise and usually leave presents such as Christmas pillows, lavender sachets or a basket filled with teas and tea accessories in the guest room for the host to find after I have gone home. Running late or forget to pick up a gift? Write a nice thank you note and send or drop off the gift within seven days of the event. Don’t be offended if you don’t see your gift on display or served the next time you visit. Remember, it is a thank you to your hosts and not about you. Lastly, don’t forget to offer to help with the dishes but don’t push as some people like to decompress on their own after their event. My advice to the host is to enjoy the occasion and the people, don’t expect gifts, and receive each present graciously and thankfully.

Happy holidays!

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SPRUCE

Them Up By Will Heeman

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hristmas urns, those bunches of potted green boughs adorned with shiny red balls, are a beloved sign that Christmas is approaching, festive displays ready to greet the holiday celebrations. Think of most urns you might see on porches (maybe yours!) during this time of year and this image might come to mind: cut pine or cedar greens, arranged in a pot and adorned with shiny red or gold ornaments. It’s all wrapped in burlap, festooned with a reindeer or snowman, topped off with a red bow and looks fantastic!

ADDING ‘PIZZAZZ’ TO THE PORCH

It’s hard to top the classic Christmas urn, but if you’re after a unique look this year, winterscaping is a bold new way to aproach your seasonal decorating. Traditionalists and innovators alike can take some fairly simple steps to add pizzazz to the porch. Here are some ideas for what’s hot and interesting in urns:

FOR FOLIAGE:

Use evergreens as anchors of the piece, but feature other natural elements. The idea here is to present a diverse arrangement that showcases natural diversity. Try adding some “upscale green” such as magnolia, seeded eucalyptus, or oregonia. The combination of different textures and shapes adds natural contrast that can turn an ordinary arrangement into something extraordinary.

FOR COLOUR:

Think natural! Add brown pine cones or lotus pods, which will bring new shaping to the piece and add interest. For a bit of “pop,” introduce metallic accents like pine cone picks in frosted silver or burgundy. Champagne, silver and copper-coloured pieces will add timeless beauty to any piece.

The essence of winterscaping is to create something of timeless beauty, something that provides months of value and enjoyment.

Lime green and purple are also interesting enough to draw the eye. If you want to showcase the whimsical side of your personality, you can even add some hot pink. Don’t be afraid to test-drive some unconventional colour choices — it’s still going to be a powerful presentation, it’s just not going to scream “Christmas” when you’re into February.

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FOR ACCENTS:

You’ll be surprised by how effective wood ornaments, either unpainted or in a soft whitewash, can be if used sparingly and strategically. Pop in some classy whites or copper-coloured accents. Yes, reindeer are the animals of the season, but try moose instead. Small toboggans, skis and snowflake patterns all say “welcome, winter” and can inject a jaunty flair.

THE CONTAINER:

Containers come in a myriad of sizes and shapes so you’ll want to make sure yours is well in proportion with what’s inside and atop it. If you have an urn you love, continue to love it. But if its original black has faded to grey, give it new life with a coat of spray paint. Consider classic black, red or burgundy. You can also try urns of different sizes and shapes, made into an attractive set by using the same colour for all.

BRING OUT THE 3D ‘WOW’ FACTOR

Even with your best efforts to replicate the beautiful arrangement you see in your mind’s eye, reality can sometimes fall short… literally short. You have beautiful greenery, some lovely accents and colours and there’s just some “wow” factor you’re missing. Chances are, you’ve been focusing on what’s in the urn rather than what’s above and around it. Instead, envision a fully three-dimensional urn, a piece with height, depth and breadth that can elevate ordinary to extraordinary. Often, the missing element is as simple as bringing in some height with vertical sticks of white birch – always a lovely, classic look – and adding a graceful flaring of Western red cedar that cascades downwards. It’s a simple step but one that can elevate an ordinary urn to an extraordinary one. Remember to add lots of water to your urn display until it is completely frozen, as this helps keep the greenery lush throughout the holiday season.

We suggest people envision a “filler,” a “spiller” and a “thriller” as they design their urns.

Many of the items used in these Christmas Containers are provided by Second Nature. Available at select Garden Centres.

Winter urn arrangements can be one of the most strikingly beautiful ways to make your home a welcoming place. With the right materials, a bit of guidance and some imagination, they can add months of colour, class and a real spark of joy to our homes. HOLIDAY 2017 • 15


HOLIDAY GIFTS WE To keep us warm...

Cozy Hat, Scarf & Mitt Set

Love

Fashionable and functional, a great stocking stuffer.

Boot Socks that are Fashionable AND Warm A variety of colours and styles to choose from.

Royal Stewart Tartan Wool Blanket

Adding that touch of Sparkle and Glam...

A luxurious throw that is a festive accent to any room.

Crystal Angel and Mistletoe to Decorate Christmas Trees & Windows

Add a touch of sparkle to your tree.

Jolly Santa & His Flying Reindeer A statement piece, perfect for the mantel. 16

Swirling Acrylic Christmas Tree

Back by popular demand, this is a perfect holiday gift.


Making the Holidays Glow...

Micro LED Lights in Warm White for Indoor & Outdoor Use To light up lanterns, wreaths, garlands and fresh arrangements.

Silver Acrylic 200mm Ball with Lights on Timer Perfect for your outdoor evergreen planters.

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Available at The Green Spot. While supplies last.

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These are a few of my

favourite things...

… a set of Zwilling J.A. Henckels knives The German word ZWILLING translates to “Twin” and since 1731 the twins have become the global symbol of excellence representing the best in culinary design and precision manufacturing. There are a number of premium cutlery series to choose from. Each features a distinctive style, weight and balance to ensure a comfortable fit for every hand size. Our latest innovative Zwilling Pro series features a contoured bolster, improving the transition from handle to blade for perfect balance and control, guiding the hand into a secure pinch grip. Wedge shaped blades simplify cutting techniques and allow for better rocking/chopping motions. You'll "pinch-it" like a pro. Select the “twin” brand – for those whose gourmet passion requires the best.

… STAUB cookware STAUB originates from Alsace France, a region famous worldwide for its culinary tradition and good food. STAUB specializes in cast iron and ceramic cookware for home cooks and professionals alike, who are looking for an authentic cooking and taste experience. STAUB products perfectly combine traditional craftsmanship with state-of-the-art technology. STAUB has optimized the benefits of cooking in cast iron which has convinced top chefs around the world. The self-basting lid system ensures an even and continuous rainfall effect over the food inside, keeping it moist and succulent. Thanks to its high-grade quality and their exquisite surface enameling, the products from STAUB can be used both as tableware and in the oven.

… Wigwam Sox For over 100 years, Wigwam has been dedicated to enhancing the lives of its customers by providing them with the assurance that their purchase of Wigwam socks supports its reputation of honesty and integrity. Knit in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S.A., the manufacturing facility is state of the art and committed to improving efficiency and limiting the carbon footprint by installing solar energy panels to heat water, motion sensory lights to limit wasted power, and responsible waste management to re-use and recycle. Wigwam sources their wool almost exclusively from American yarn spinners who buy from American wool growers. The Wigwam work sock is a heavily cushioned sock that is treated with Odor Guard to protect the sock against odor causing bacteria. The sock features a reinforced heel and toe, with a reversed toe closure for smooth interior seam.

… a set of Corinthian Bells Wind Chimes Corinthian Bells® are both visually and acoustically exceptional wind chimes. They combine a rich, long-lasting resonance, hand tuned harmonies, and a contemporary design. The centrally suspended heavy-walled aluminum alloy tubes along with the high-density polymer striker give these chimes their outstanding tones and resonance. The tubes are powder coated to match the dome and wind sail, giving a complete finished look to the chime. The durable, weather-resistant materials make them a valuable addition to your home long after you open the box. Corinthian Bells wind chimes achieve their musical tone and long lasting resonance by giving attention to details in design and assembly. Corinthian Bells wind chimes are available in multiple sizes and designer colours.

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...from The Green Spot Home & Garden … A pair of FDJ The secret of FDJ’s (French Dressing Jeans) success rests on our understanding of how to create and offer a perfect fit for every type of silhouette. Only fabrics meeting the highest quality standards are used and all jeans contain Lycra® for greater stretch and recovery, comfort and durability. Also distinctive is the collection’s range of styles differing by Rise, Body Shape, Height and Leg Opening, designed to satisfy individual needs and preferences. The four FDJ steadfast and true fits: Peggy, Suzanne, Olivia, and Kylie. Each style is unique and sublimely shapes the silhouette in its own way, combining comfort, slimming effect, fashion and versatility. Season after season, loyal FDJ customers rediscover their favorite fits in new fabrics, detailing and embellishments. All fits are designed to lift the behind and slim the tummy. Complementing our line of shapeflattering jeans, FDJ also offers a collection of coordinates remarkably suited to denim: sweaters, blouses, jackets and vests.

… a Generation Line Adirondack chair In 1994, CRP Products Inc. (Canadian Recycled Plastics) of Stratford, Ontario started manufacturing recycled plastic furniture in an effort to divert used plastic away from landfills, and limit unnecessary felling of trees. The proprietary extrusion process produces a unique plastic lumber that won’t mold, rot, splint or crack as are the typical shortcomings with maintaining wood furniture. The process creates a beautiful textured-look similar to the grain of wood, and smooth rounded edges for enhanced comfort. With an added automotive-grade, UV stabilizer, each piece is guaranteed to maintain its beautiful bright colour for years, without the need of staining or painting. Since perfecting the durability and comfort of their flagship Generation Line Adirondack chair, CRP has added the St Tropez and Stratford lines of lounge, dining, and patio collections. CRP is on the cutting edge of the outdoor furniture market.

… a box Morden’s Chocolates Founded in 1959, Morden’s of Winnipeg Chocolate Manufacturing and Nut Roasting does a booming business during the holiday season manufacturing specialty chocolates, producing more than 70 confectionary and nut fillings along with roasting a variety of nut products. The company has received many local and International awards for their signature Russian Mints and for confections packaging design. Discover the taste that has earned Morden’s customer loyalty.

… cookware from Paderno Prince Edward Island is better known for Anne of Green Gables, sunny beaches and potatoes than for quality cookware. But since 1979, Paderno has been making some of the finest cookware found anywhere in the world. As Canada’s only cookware manufacturer, Paderno takes exceptional pride in the quality that goes into every product, taking the time and care that’s needed to make sure every piece of cookware delivers outstanding cooking performance, good looks, ease of use and durability. Such durability, in fact, that the cookware is called “Pots for Eternity.” Building on the brand, this range of superb quality stainless steel cookware is now induction compatible, but offers the same styling, durable welded handles, flared no-drip lip and exceptional warranty. Not bad for a little company from PEI, eh? HOLIDAY 2017 • 19


… a bottle of Treesblood Maple Syrup Tapped right here from some of The Green Spot’s own native Manitoba Maple trees, Treesblood Maple Syrup is a labour of love for Dave Barnes. Processed in a cottage-industry style, Treesblood Maple syrup is the epitome of eco-friendly – it’s organic using no additives or preservatives, it’s locally produced within meters of its retail outlets, and has a minute footprint of consumed resources. It’s a perfect topping for pancakes, ice cream, fresh fruit, (or spaghetti if you’re a real Santa’s Elf).

… a Little Buggyride Designed for a childcare facility or a family, the Little Buggyride was developed with your entire family in mind. The state of the art ergonomic push design and durable light weight construction allows for effortless transport of up to four seated children and their gear safely and with ease, all year long. The Buggyride is designed and manufactured in Manitoba with commercial grade plastic frame, all terrain rubber tires for a smooth, comfortable ride and a collapsible handle for easy compact storage and transport.

… a pouch of De Luca’s Coffee Beans De Luca’s coffee beans are selected from all around the world to form the perfect balance of body, flavour, sweetness, acidity and aroma, and De Luca’s 20 year experience of small batch roasting brings out the best quality controlled flavours. With a wide selection of flavours, you're sure to find a favourite that you can call your own. Whatever you choose, your next cup of De Luca’s coffee/espresso is sure to be nothing short of fantastic.

… MyPakage Men’s Underwear The man that has everything probably can still use another pair of underwear. Introduce him to the ultimate comfort that MyPakage offers. The patented KeyHole Comfort Technology™ creates the best and most comfortable underwear experience for men. The 3-dimensional internal pouch provides both unparalleled support and comfort. By cradling the male package, our KeyHole Comfort Technology™ allows absolute freedom and eliminates the need for any shifting and adjusting. MyPakage – it just fits!

... a Jar of Smak Dab Mustard Mustard is no longer limited to sandwiches and burgers! Smak Dab foods Ltd, has created an array of mustards for different flavour preferences and purposes. Whether its on a charcuterie board or a grilled cheese sandwich, you can use your Smak Dab mustards to fill the flavour gap. Dab it on!

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Pet Friendly INDOOR PLANTS AND TROPICALS FOR THE HOLIDAYS By Tanya Olsen

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ith the holidays fast approaching, we love to decorate with beautiful bright poinsettias, seasonal cacti and tropical plants. However, it is easy to forget that some of the plants that adorn our homes throughout this festive season may not be the best choice for our pets. Although many plants and decorations will not injure pets in any way, there are some tropical plants that can be harmful to our furry family members. If putting the Amaryllis or Poinsettia on a high shelf or table is not an option, try these ideas for a stressfree, pet-friendly holiday season.

With its unique texture, small dark green needles and bright new growth, this staple houseplant is a great substitute for a cut Christmas tree! Keep away from drafts and decorate minimally for a great effect. Mini rice lights and small shiny red balls will provide a very elegant focal point. Don’t forget that this plant is also an excellent air purifier for your home.

Christmas Cactus A staple holiday plant!

Norfolk Island Pine A tropical Christmas idea!

With all the attention succulents have been receiving this past year, the Christmas or Easter cactus is a unique, easy-tocare-for succulent that thrives in bright light and dry air. It will brighten up any room with its rich green leaves and delicate red, pink or white flowers. You can also use it as a teaching tool for the kids, as the leaves are an easy propagation project for tiny hands. 22 • THE GREEN SPOT HOME & GARDEN - 204-727-5884 - WWW.GREENSPOTBRANDON.COM


Blue Echeveria Succulent A trendy plant alternative!

The staple succulent in most fairy gardens, the Blue Echeveria won’t hurt pets either. With fleshy blue-green leaves growing in a neat rosette pattern, you can safely plant and decorate a miniature garden to continue the holiday magic for even the tiniest of your family members. Try adding a touch of glitter sparkle or a soft spray of metallic paint to match your holiday decor.

Boston Fern

The tropical queen of texture! Boston ferns not only help purify the air in our homes, they are also non-toxic to our furry friends. With generous lime green fronds, a large Boston fern can be quite the statement piece in any home. Consider using a Boston fern in an indoor arrangement with some white or green Phalaenopsis orchids or using a Boston fern on a glass candleholder to lift your centrepiece off the table with dramatic effect. Add a bit of holiday glitz with shimmery picks or berries and your centrepiece will dazzle throughout the season. When the holidays are over, take the glitzy picks out and your Boston fern will continue to purify the air in your home! They also thrive in the summer months in shady outdoor locations.

White Phalaenopsis Orchids

An elegant choice! When giving a plant gift this year, why not give a potted White Phalaenopsis orchid? With a slight fragrance and delicate, unique, long-lasting blooms, these beauties are safe for both cats and dogs. This orchid’s easy-to-care-for attitude makes it a perfect choice as a holiday centrepiece or as a stunning single stem in a glass vase. Since you need to water it only

once a week, it is a low-maintenance option for an area in your home that needs some plant attention. If you are giving a cut orchid as a gift, pair its delicate blooms with the pet friendly Areca palm leaf for an elegant background. While we may not think of palms as being pet friendly, they most assuredly are! Areca, Butterfly, Bamboo and Dragon palms are among the many plants safe for our furry friends. To get the best health, height or drama in your living room, mist your palm on a regular basis to ensure the leaf tips don’t dry out.

Always Play It Safe

If you do choose to have any of these plants in your home, opt for a location that is safely out of reach of your pets – even your high-jumping feline friend. As a bonus, many of these plant alternatives will lend colour and visual impact long past the Christmas season. Some of these plants, when ingested or chewed, can cause mild indigestion and discomfort. When in doubt, you can always contact your local veterinarian or refer to the “Toxic and Non-Toxic Plant List” provided by the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). Another great idea is to familiarize yourself with the names and origins of any houseplants that you currently have, so you can provide the correct information to your veterinarian should a problem occur. Artificial plants are another safe option that you could consider, as they will continue to beautify your home for many years to come. As we look forward to the holiday season, there is nothing more important than having our loved ones by our side. With a little pre-planning and a visit to your local independent garden centre, the entire family can be safe and sound – not just during the holidays, but all year long!

Honourable Mentions •

African violets

Haworthia Succulent

Rose plants

Polka Dot plants

Peperomia plants

Prayer plants

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