Welcome to my online shop!

{About The CottageCreatrix™ Brand}
CottageCreatrix™ is a Home and Lifestyle Brand (created by Canadian Artist Miriam Handfield) that helps provide inspirational ideas, gifts and decor to help create a special magical dwelling place where you can rejuvenate, relax and be your authentic amazing self.

Whether your dwelling be a room, a house, an apartment, a mobile home, a houseboat, a motorhome or some other structure, there may be a little something in this shop that will help you make your home or garden a little more magical for you.

{About The Creation Process}
Each of the items within my shop is made with love and time consuming to create. I am a traditional craftsperson which means all items are handcrafted and fashioned using traditional tools and methods on high quality materials. You will not find any computerized crafting machines in my workshop or studio. Rainbows are cut out on scroll saws or table saws and any custom wood-turnings are turned on an electric lathe with hand held chisel. Wood is burned with use of a handheld wood-burning pen. Embroidery, needlework and sewing is done by hand on a wooden hoop with a darning or embroidery needle. Paper is cut out with scissors or a knife. And jewelry is often made using stripped electrical wire that is hammered on a metal tabletop.

{The Inspiration Behind The Brand}
My creations are inspired by the Treaty 6 area of the Boreal Forest that I have the honor of currently dwelling and living off of the land in. My nearest neighbours are deer, moose, foxes, coyotes, birds, squirrels, beavers, martens, woodchucks and the odd black bear. There are woodland areas, a pond and even a creek. The woodland areas are full of wild berries, flowers, grasses and other natural resources. And the sky at night is absolutely unreal, full of stars and the dancing of the northern lights.

{A bit about my background in the crafting world}
As a child I loved to craft, draw, paint and write stories. This continued on into my adult life where I earned my interior design technologist diploma (from NAIT in Edmonton, Alberta) and worked in the interior design and customer service fields until I got married and had my first child.

When my second child was diagnosed with autism in 2010, crafting became a way of escaping the real world and craft fairs became my social life. I started out with one table selling hand painted bird houses, mixed media art canvases, handmade post cards and handcrafted jewelry.

In 2012, I had a life changing experience at one market when a little boy (around 6-8 years old) broke down crying in front of my booth because there was never anything for him but always something for his sister at handmade markets. Being a mom of two boys back then, I decided to do something about it. After much research into laws and manufacturing regulations, I decided to make wooden toys. I spent 10 years creating and selling my MDH Toys brand online as well as selling through retail stores who bought wholesale from me. I loved creating toys.

But… in July 2022 Government of Canada made an amendment to the regulations requiring all painted toys for young kids to be third party tested (no small maker exemptions). Due to prohibiting costs (7.5k-12k per individual set) and the threat of hefty fines for those who didn’t comply, I chose to stop making toys.

I modified my toy designs into decorative decor pieces and still used the same high quality wood, high quality certified non-toxic paints and certified non-toxic finishes to make my decor pieces. Recently I have also added my love of crafting mixed media and fibre arts crafts back into my offerings.

I only sell online and through retail boutique stores (as sadly I cannot attend craft fairs due to a back injury that has left me walking with a cane on good days and in a wheelchair on bad days). My home studio is lovely and I get to see the wildlife from my porch and my art studio windows. I am blessed to be able to live and raise my three kids in on a farm surrounded by the Boreal Forest and woodland critters.

My chosen profession working from home as a full time author and artist is very fulfilling. I love interactions I have with my customers, the personal touches I get to add to the packages I ship out, and the time I get to spend with my husband, three kids, the dog and my bunnies. Living what some would call an enchanted life is such a blessing.

{A Special Note Just For You}
I thank you so much for supporting artisans such as myself. And I'd like to take the time to personally thank you for visiting my shop. Please message me if you have any questions or have any custom theme requests.

Have a blessed day.
Miriam.

 

Thanks.
Miriam

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Contact Me

Box 140 Colinton, Alberta, Canada T0G 0R0

780-955-2849

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Operating Hours
 

My shop is open 24/7 for your convenience and I will return messages as soon as I can.

My business hours that I respond to messages are based on the Edmonton, Alberta time zone.
Monday - Friday: 8am - 5pm
Saturdays and Sundays: off. Messages returned on following business day.
Canadian long weekends: off. Messages returned on following business day.

2022 Order Cutoff Dates*:
Thanksgiving - Sept 23
Christmas - Nov 11

2022 Shop Vacation Dates*:
Summer Break - August 1, 2022 through Sept 12, 2022
Winter Break - Nov 30, 2022 through January 8, 2023

* tentatively scheduled. Subject to change based on order cue.

Studio Location Info:

Phone: 780-955-284

Email: miriam@miriamhandfield.com

Mailing: Box 140 Colinton, Alberta, Canada T0G 0R0

Physical location: 650010 RR235 Athabasca County, Alberta, Canada

Due to my rural location I do not accept walk-ins or pick-ups. The baby bunnies and baby chicks may attack and we definitely don't want that happening as both are so fluffy and cute right now and I'd really like to keep them that way. Thanks.