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Ness Creek Must Haves

posted by My Saskatoon    |   July 17, 2015 10:26

If you are headed to Ness Creek this weekend, here are some great essentials that you will want to have.

Twisted Goods, located in Lawson Heights Mall and Circle Center Mall, has swell bottles in stock and they are perfect for keeping your water cool all day long! http://www.swellbottle.com/

Don't forget to fill up your crafts of locally brewed beer at Prairie Sun Brewery for the weekend http://www.prairiesun.ca/

Pair your fringe and flare style with Back then & Again's vintage jewellery, perfect for Ness Creek trends.

 

 

The My Saskatoon Team

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Back Then & Again - 4th Anniversary!

posted by My Saskatoon    |   May 6, 2015 16:44

As we celebrate the 4th Anniversary of the day we opened our shop and enter the 5th year of being in business, I thought perhaps that I would bring up one of the suggestions from our guest book that a customer wrote and that was "Real Pearls!!"

Our "Faux Pearl" display is one of the most popular ones in our shop and so I thought it would be a good to respond to this suggestion with information that quite often I have people asking us about.

A real pearl is a "natural" pearl. A natural pearl is made totally by nature and not stimulated by man in any way. The ideal pearl is perfectly round and smooth, but can come in many other shape. The most valued are the "natural" round pearls found in the wild and are extremely rare, hence extremely expensive. A graduated faux pearl necklace can run into the 10's, if not 100's of thousands of dollars.

Most pearls on the market these days are "cultured" or "farmed" - this is where man has created the irritant in the shell of a clam or other mollusk in order to create the pearl. "Cultured" or "farmed pearls can vary in quality mostly depending on where they were created." The Tahitian and South Sea cultured pearls are usually of the best quality as they are harvested after a longer period 2-7 years as compared to Akoya.  However, the market has been saturated by pearls from China where they implant many irritants in one mollusk producing more cultured pearls in a shorter period of time. In the past, these were usually rice grain shaped pebbles. Quality has improved and now the pearls are rounder, in varying colors with a lovely lustre. When cultured pearls first came out they were expensive. They still can be - depending upon the pearl, where it was farmed, the designer and materials used to make the jewellery with the pearl. But for the most part, they are quite affordable due to the fact that there are so many on the market now.

Faux pearls were first created by using blown glass beads and then layers and layers of crushed fish scales were poured into it coating the interior of the bead.  As you can imagine these faux pearls were very fragile and very few can be found today.  We were fortunate in the shop to have a necklace of this type of faux pearl and it had some issues where minute cracking had occurred, but it was a lovely character piece that has since found a new owner and home. As technology and technique improved, faux pearls became solid glass and were/are generally hand-knotted to prevent knocking against each other to prevent chipping. When they were first sold, these faux pearl necklaces were quite expensive for the day. Later, as finishes and plastic evolved, cheaper versions of faux pearls were available on the market and soon everyone could afford the classic look of a pearl necklace.

We have had many people come into the shop with their "grandmother's pearls" that were from her wedding or bought for a special occasion thinking that these were real pearls – only to be surprised when I told them that they were faux. However, the value in these wonderful old pieces is not in the price that they command but in the memories that they hold and continue to create...

- Sherry Neufeld

Back Then & Again is a shop loaded with character, due mainly to its location at the Drinkle No. 3 Building. With its vaulted black industrial ceilings, damask covered walls, and 1930's chandeliers, there is a chic elegance to this vintage and antique jewellery shop. The shop is owned by Sherry and Harvey Neufeld. Sherry is the jewellery expert and works mostly behind the scenes. Harvey is the friendly face that greets you when you walk through the door! Come Visit Back Then and Again as they celebrate their 4th anniversary!

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10 Ways to Cozy Up for Fall in YXE

posted by My Saskatoon    |   October 22, 2014 14:52

After several days of beyond beautiful weather in Saskatoon, looking out my rain drop spattered window this morning was a little bit of a downer. Within a few weeks that rain is bound to turn white, and the Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a colder and snowier winter than usual. Dang. But then I remembered how much fun it can be to embrace cooler temperatures! Warm blankets by the fireplace with a hot cup of tea after a hearty meal- its these sorts of things that make the first snowfall a time for celebration. The change in season also brings forth new opportunities to support amazing local Saskatoon businesses. I’ve put together a little list that I hope will inspire coziness as we head into sweater weather in Saskatoon. 

1. Tucking into one of these quick and cozy meals at home. 

2. Staying warm with an adorable knit headband from Twisted Goods. 

3. Cuddling up in front of an electric fireplace from Warm & Art

4. Picking up a bottle of wine at Ingredients and sharing it near said fireplace. 

5. Enjoying the luxury of an Equipment cashmere sweater from Era Style Loft.

6. Installing a Dynamic Bath massage tub for the ultimate at-home warmth and relaxation experience. 

7. Trying this cute felted elbow sweater DIY. 

8. Sampling the seasonal delicacies on the fall menu at The Hollows or Leyda's

9. Rocking a DIY faux fur vest, with a vintage brooch from Back Then & Again.

10. Taking a friend for a creamy latte from Collective or City Perks.


What are your favourite ways to stay cozy during the colder months?  


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