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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Stay Calm & Knit on {Leo & Bea Giveaway}


If you've been drooling over the chunky knit blankets all over Instagram and Pinterest, you're not alone. I've been wanting to splurge on one for myself for a while, and when I saw this beauty by Leo & Bea at my friend Piya's shop, The Handpicked Home, I couldn't stop thinking about it. These blankets are gorgeous! And with Mother's Day coming up it's the perfect time to splurge on one for yourself or drop some hints to the hubby. 

But before I gush about these beautiful blankets too much, I should also mention that the lady behind the business, Dani, is one inspiring lady. Not only has she drawn creative inspiration from her late Mother who was an art teacher, she's also created a beautiful business out of a challenging experience. Instead of letting things get her down, she is full of energy and optimism which shines through (and why I gave this post the title I did). I am so grateful to have had the chance to work with Dani, and even more so as she has kindly offered up one of her beautiful blankets to giveaway to a blog reader. 

When you scroll down to enter, I hope you'll also take the time to read a little more about Dani and Leo & Bea (how she chose the name will tug at your heartstrings). My blanket from Leo & Bea is something special that I'd like to keep clean and free of stains (we all need something that is just our own, free from the evidence of crumbs and handprints kids leave everywhere) but I'm not going to let that stop me from enjoying lots of snuggles and cozying up with my loved ones in it, because life's about the moments and memories more than anything else. 












Here's a little about Danielle and why you'll fall even more in love with Leo & Bea
Danielle (or Dani as she likes to be called) lost both of her parents to Cancer, losing her Mom when she was 15 and her Dad when she was 25. Her Mom was an art teacher, and is the person who Dani draws inspiration from, helping her explore her new creative career. Originally from Nova Scotia, Dani moved to BC 15 years ago and taught herself to arm knit after being laid off from her career as an Optometric Technician, a position she'd help for 9 years. Instead of being discouraged, she took it as an opportunity to explore her creative side and created Leo & Bea, naming her business after her maternal grandparents, Leo and Beatrice. While she never knew her Nana, she has fond memories of her Grandfather who outlived his wife and only child, and who 'lived and loved with all his heart'. 

In addition to knitting and macrame, Dani also paints. It's during the time that she's creating that she feels close to her Mom, which is part of why she's so passionate about what she does. Her strong spirit and optimism shine through and I find her mantra a good reminder for when life gets challenging, something she's drawn upon after each of her parents' passing: Even when we fall down, it's forward. Dust yourself off and keep moving forward. When you see Dani's work, it's no surprise it's as beautiful as it is, given the person who created it. Sometimes you meet people who breath fresh air into things, and Dani is one of them, her positive energy is contagious. A big thank you to Dani for giving me the chance to get to know her and work together. This post has meant more to me than the photos show- it's given me a fresh perspective I really needed, and reminded me to take a step back to reflect on what I have to be grateful for.

If you'd like to see some of Dani's other beautiful work- including her arm knit blankets- visit Leo & Bea on Etsy and follow them on Instagram for workshop info, sales, contests, and more.


Want to wrap yourself up in one of these beautiful knits? 
Enter below for your chance to win one of Leo & Bea's arm knit blankets!

***Open to Canadian residents only***