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Meet the Beckwitch at Swirlicious and Friends Annual Shopping Event!

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Look what’s coming to Swirlicious and Friends Annual Shopping Event at 151 Bridge Street in Carleton Place on October 31! THIS ISN’T A CRAFT SHOW– THIS IS A SHOPPPPING EVENT:)

Yesterday I wrote about the Witches of Rochester Street. Most of that story was true, with the exception of Martha Stewart. As far as I know, Martha’s spatula has never hit the town lines. Last week however, I met the closest I will ever come to pioneer sustainable agriculture advocate Alice Waters. If you have never heard about her, it is because she is an icon in the United States.

Water’s philosophy is that cooking should be based on the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients that are produced sustainably and locally. She is a passionate advocate for a food economy that is “good, clean, and fair.” For nearly forty years, her restaurant, Chez Panisse, in Berkeley, Ca. has helped create a community of scores of local farmers and ranchers whose dedication to sustainable agriculture assures the restaurant a steady supply of fresh and pure ingredients.

Our local “Beckwitches” are actually comprised of husband and wife Penny and Greg Foster. They make their products together, and have even involved their children into their business. In addition to the soaps and hand made goods, they also branched out to garlic and heirloom vegetables. This year The Beckwitch grew glass gem corn, about 15 varieties of tomatoes, and all their own hot peppers for their infused salts.

Greg and Penny are Beaver leaders with 1st Beckwith Beavers. They are also giving their garden education to the Beaver colony as well. They already brought them to the dairy farm to give them a taste of farming and they even milked the cows.They have five children ages 2 through 18, and built their forever home at the front of the family dairy farm.

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The Beckwitch’s concept was built on upcycling and being environmentally responsible. They try and buy local where they can, they re purpose as much as possible (chip bag pouches for instance) and want to promote edible propagation. They harvest and preserve most everything, dehydrate what they can’t and are known to gift their produce within the community to others.

This gifting concept led them to another idea – The “Free in CP – Gracious Giving and Receiving” FaceBook Group. They have almost 300 members as of today (all local to CP) and the group runs on kindness and kind words – and everything is free! It is a free cycling group with manners (and they do enforce it!). They have met so many individuals through their group and believe it is bringing the community together, not to mention reducing waste in our landfills. The Free in CP group has also provided Penny an avenue to request needed items for her Angel Gowns, where she makes angel gowns and wraps for babies born too soon or still from donated wedding gowns.

In 1996, Alice Water’s commitment to education led to the creation of The Edible Schoolyard at Berkeley’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Middle School: a one-acre garden, an adjacent kitchen-classroom, and an “eco-gastronomic” curriculum. By actively involving a thousand students in all aspects of the food cycle, The Edible Schoolyard is a model public education program that instills the knowledge and values we need to build a humane and sustainable future.
Her first school garden project was at St. Gregory’s school in Carleton Place where she helped 277 students make classroom gardens. There was themes like: pizza garden, herb garden and perennial garden, with the hopes that she can convince the schools to make outdoor gardens at each school.

This serves many purposes as it not only taught the students about edible propagation but high school students manage the gardens over the summer and earn their volunteer credits too. Jessica Pettes, (wife of Chef Dusty Pettes) graciously offered to assist her with the school garden projects.

If this wasn’t enough, Penny also works full time as a senior analyst with National Defence and a full time graduate student at the University of Ottawa. This is her fourth university degree. Her previous research pursuits were on a gendered perspective of mentoring women, and she is an academic and a published author of two peer reviewed articles on the subject. Her current research through the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa involves the gendered perspectives of entrepreneurial identity, to help contribute to women specific business research.

What do Greg and Penny do in their spare time? According to Penny they sleep sometimes!

The Beckwitch

522 9th Line East
Carleton Place, Ontario

Shop Till You Drop With My Girl Teri White—Swirlicious and Friends Annual Shopping Event!

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Look what’s coming to Swirlicious and Friends Annual Shopping Event at 151 Bridge Street in Carleton Place on October 31! THIS ISN’T A CRAFT SHOW– THIS IS A SHOPPPPING EVENT:)

The first time I  saw Teri White was when I was peeking through my kitchen window when Blair White first brought her home to meet his Mother Joyce White. I remember saying to Ange,

“Holy cow that is one hot looking woman Blair just brought home!”

I am not going to tell you how many years I have known her as this would “out” our ages. Not that I hide anything, and yes I was around when they discovered the wheel.Through the years I went to weddings, funerals, and talked to her as neighbours do when she came to visit Joyce. I knew she was once a florist in Perth, and then became the Pampered Chef icon of  this area. Whenever there was something buzzing Teri was there.

I always thought I knew Teri White– but did I really know her? I don’t really think I ever knew the force that lives inside of this woman. I found out quickly when we put on the Ladies Who Lunch event in June. For those that don’t know me– it was a personal emotional struggle. But through the darkest of moments, Teri was there beside me online or offline offering me this single thought—-and I will always thank her for that LOL.

Anywhere she goes with her pop-up boutique on wheels, Teri White creates a unique environment. She treats her customers to what you can’t find locally at prices you can actually afford. Whether it be home or office trunk shows, or even fundraising opportunities–Teri created Swirlicious to meet the needs of the person who wants something special that is hand stamped.

Teri listens to what people want, and delivers products that women love. “It’s not all about me,” as she says, so her one-of-a-kind hand stamped pieces lets your imagination run wild. Her exceptional flair for design and attention to detail make each item as special as you. AND- you can believe her when she says it’s not all about me a I have found out personally.

As a designer in many aspects of her life, Teri became intrigued with finding unique items that would stand out in a crowd while being affordable and fun to wear. Rather than scooping up fast-fashion pieces that could fall apart in months, she offers quality product that will last for seasons.

As a bonus, shoppers local to the Ottawa Valley, have a chance to come and visit her home studio. Teri will always be there on hand to help customers style their choices of either jewelery, purses, hats, scarves and more. Swirlicious offers fashion and flair with an element of surprise.


Teri has been in business since 2006 originally on Etsy and a full online web site for the past 2 years. Her business is independently owned and operated (with a small staff of a husband & 2 boys to help out.) Swirlicious is currently open by appointment, so please contact her for your personal shopping experience.

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So tomorrow October 31st– not only is it Halloween but you can attend the shopping event of the year at the old Carambeck School in Carleton Place. Teri will have her Swirlicious goodies there in full force. I am going to be there also selling my books, photos of Carleton Place, fudge and a few one of a kind outrageous hats that might decorate a wall instead of a head LOL.. See you there!

Blogs about the upcoming Swirlicious and Friends Annual Shopping Event

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Jewelry Fit for a Pirate’s Chest — Swirlicious and Friends Annual Shopping Event!

Jammin with the Jamberry Gals at Swirlicious and Friends Annual Shopping Event!

Turn Up for What— at Swirlicious and Friends Annual Shopping Event? Turn Up For Fun!!!

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The Wonder Woman of the Carleton Place Farmer’s Market at Swirlicious and Friends Annual Shopping Event!

The Best Present Ever! Buy it at at Swirlicious and Friends Annual Shopping Event!

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Look what’s coming to Swirlicious and Friends Annual Shopping Event at 151 Bridge Street in Carleton Place on October 31!

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I had to write about this, because Teri White has some amazing mascara that’s supposed to do a “makeover” on your eyelashes. It’s often referred to as Younique 3D Mascara.

I’m always skeptical of new products, but I was initially intrigued because who doesn’t want longer and thicker lashes?  If you haven’t already guessed, the product I’m talking about is the Younique 3D Fiber Lashes Mascara. It’s gluten free, cruelty free, and does not contain any harsh chemicals. You can also wear it with contacts.  I also wanted to see if it was worth all the hype.

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The before and after pictures I’ve come across were pretty amazing. Thanks to Teri, I had the Younique 3D mascara in hand, and I said to myself…“let’s see how this goes”.

It’s a great option instead of wearing false eyelashes for events, and so much easier. Would I buy it again? Yes, definitely. It’s easy, looks great and it is right up there with the Dior mascara I used to use years ago. You can only buy it from Younique vendors like Teri— so come on down and see her at Swirlicious and Friends Annual Shopping Event. Younique also has a great make-up line and I am really trying to look away– it’s like a train wreck– impossible to do!  Look at this stuff!

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Blogs about the upcoming Swirlicious and Friends Annual Shopping Event

Direct Sales — Fake or Real Job?

Attention Sharp Dressed Pets! — Craft Dog at Swirlicious and Friends Annual Shopping Event!

Livin’ La Cucina Dolce — Swirlicious and Friends Annual Shopping Event!

Jewelry Fit for a Pirate’s Chest — Swirlicious and Friends Annual Shopping Event!

Jammin with the Jamberry Gals at Swirlicious and Friends Annual Shopping Event!

Turn Up for What— at Swirlicious and Friends Annual Shopping Event? Turn Up For Fun!!!

Turn Up for What— at Swirlicious and Friends Annual Shopping Event? Turn Up For Fun!!!

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Look who is coming to Swirlicious and Friends Annual Shopping Event at 151 Bridge Street in Carleton Place on October 31!

The Ultimate Girls’ Night In®

A Passion Party is a fun home-shopping adventure featuring the latest in adult sensual products. A Passion Party is truly the ultimate girls’ night in. You’ll giggle, you’ll learn and best of all, we’ll show you ways to spice up your love life. You can purchase sexual enhancement products the night of the party and you and your guests can earn free products. All you have to do is get your friends together and they will take care of the rest.

Your love life will never be the same!

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Blogs about the upcoming Swirlicious and Friends Annual Shopping Event

Direct Sales — Fake or Real Job?

Attention Sharp Dressed Pets! — Craft Dog at Swirlicious and Friends Annual Shopping Event!

Livin’ La Cucina Dolce — Swirlicious and Friends Annual Shopping Event!

Jewelry Fit for a Pirate’s Chest — Swirlicious and Friends Annual Shopping Event!

Jammin with the Jamberry Gals at Swirlicious and Friends Annual Shopping Event!

Jammin with the Jamberry Gals at Swirlicious and Friends Annual Shopping Event!

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Look who is coming to Swirlicious and Friends Annual Shopping Event at 151 Bridge Street in Carleton Place on October 31!

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Come meet the Walen Gals!
The story of Jamberry Nails begins with three sisters who possess distinct personal tastes, but share a love for style. After an expensive afternoon together at the nail salon, Lyndsey, Christy and Keri vowed to find a simpler, more cost effective way to keep their hands looking polished, while still spending time together.

After lots of trial and error, the proprietary nail wraps of Jamberry Nails launched in late 2010. The DIY, at-home application and incredible variety of designs caught on quickly and sales soared. A new era of nail art was born.

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Gone are the days of nails that chip and flake after only a few days! Gone are the days of the single colored manicure. Gone are the mani/pedis that take all afternoon and most of your cash too! Jamberry nail wraps arm you with style and confidence while demanding very little of your time or money.

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Join the nail revolution, ladies!  Come meet the Whalen Girls Jambery Extravaganza at Swirlicious and Friends Annual Shopping Event at 151 Bridge Street in Carleton Place on October 31!

Blogs about the upcoming Swirlicious and Friends Annual Shopping Event

Direct Sales — Fake or Real Job?

Attention Sharp Dressed Pets! — Craft Dog at Swirlicious and Friends Annual Shopping Event!

Livin’ La Cucina Dolce — Swirlicious and Friends Annual Shopping Event!

Jewelry Fit for a Pirate’s Chest — Swirlicious and Friends Annual Shopping Event!