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October Newsletter


The autumn season is book-ended by themes of loss and thanksgiving. Nature has transitioned from the vibrancy of summer heat to the mellowing of shortening days. Storms have heralded (slightly) cooler temperatures and wind chimes are now catching more than the occasional breeze.

In many faith traditions, “All Soul’s Day” marks the loss and celebration of loved ones. The world at present continues to suffer the loss of many during this grueling pandemic. I sadly said good-bye, remotely, to my own mother during the lock-down period. But grief segued into gratitude for the wonderful human being and mother she was, for the gift of life and nurturing she bestowed.

This gratitude and thanksgiving mark this time as well. We gather in reality or spirit with our loved ones and friends to acknowledge the many blessings in our lives: the food we eat, our sheltering homes, our protective and giving family and friends.

I have much to be grateful for. I live in the most beautiful place on earth, supported and cared for by gentle people. Among these people have been the amazing staff at my shop, a more giving group would be hard to find.

Belinda Darrell has been among these ladies- a positive, encouraging presence. She leaves us now to grace the lives of the little ones who will be in her charge at Little Seeds Nursery school. It has been her passion and ambition to work with the young and we wish her well. We hope to see her occasionally at the store in the future.

I am grateful, also, for the continued support of our loyal customers and hope the Island Shop continues, in turn, to enhance your lives in some small way.

Please pop in to enjoy the lovely autumnal tabletops curated by Brianna and Lynn. I have created some small paintings that may amuse or delight. Perhaps pick up a pumpkin or Frasier Fir candle to light with thanksgiving!


Original painting by Barbara Finsness – $85


Explore our seasonal candles


Autumnal tabletops



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September Newsletter

For almost 2 months I have been leading an isolated life with my daughter Mia. I have been happy for her company. My impulse during such an anxious time has not been to develop butteries or anything of a whimsical nature. Perhaps in brighter days I will revert to that and my existing products will certainly add a bit of color, a pick me up to anyone feeling a bit down.

Rather, I have spent these last few weeks reading inspirational literature, anything to nurture the soul. Sharing quotes with my followers on Facebook, saving images from old magazines, trying out new recipes from the internet. My garden and terra cotta pots have been receiving extra attention as well and it certainly shows. It is amazing what some pruning and extra watering will accomplish. I’ve also been collecting seeds and small cuttings during my early evening walks with my daughter and exploring our neighborhood within the half mile radius. Everywhere here is teeming with wildlife of course but I only see a few well tended vegetable or flower gardens. I include my garden in this critique and I am going to endeavor to have a bit more of a vegetable patch, no matter how small. I’ve started with some herbs and lettuces, cherry tomatoes planted outside my kitchen door. I used some fresh tarragon in a sauce for my chicken last Tuesday night, the cilantro and parsley, basil and dill have been out to good use as well.

I’ve noticed one of my cedar trees full of berries and have read a recent article in the RG magazine referring to the strength and resiliency of our national tree. When I get back to my drawing board and start painting again I think I will start with an image of a cedar branch. Bursting forth with new life and potential, standing strong no matter the circumstance.

That resilience will take on more meaning for all of us now , perhaps the image (for a new collection ?) to end this year.


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Must-Have Beach Decor for Your Home

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Just because you live somewhere far away from the ocean, that doesn’t mean you can’t create a perfect tropical getaway inside your home. When you’re looking for beach decor inspiration, you’ve come to the right place here at The Island Shop!

You don’t have to live in Bermuda to enjoy the tropical colors of The Island Shop’s hand-painted designs. But today, we wanted to focus on how you can go about decorating your home within the realms of a tasteful beach theme. Using specific pieces and colors, we’ll walk you through a few of our favorite ways to decorate. But first, we want to answer a few beach decor questions. Continue reading Must-Have Beach Decor for Your Home

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Beach Themed Gifts from Bermuda for the Island Lover in Your Life

Festive beach themed gifts on a table set with Barbara Finsness’s Bermuda designs

It’s that time of year again—holiday shopping season! And if you have a gift list filled with beach lovers and fans of island living, The Island Shop is here to make your job—or Santa’s—much easier. Unique beach themed gifts are our forte, and you’re bound to find a Bermuda-inspired treasure that’s the perfect present for even your most difficult-to-buy-for loved ones when you shop with us!

If you just so happen to be in Bermuda, we invite you to stop in and visit us in person at 3 Queen Street in Hamilton. However, we also ship our artwork and gift items created by painter and designer Barbara Finsness all over the world when you purchase through our retail website here at Continue reading Beach Themed Gifts from Bermuda for the Island Lover in Your Life

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6 Easy Tropical Home Décor Ideas to Enhance Any Space

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Ah, Bermuda—a semi-tropical paradise that inspires love in the hearts of anyone lucky enough to visit. Of course, our artist Barbara Finsness and her family are incredibly blessed to call this petite-but-magical island home.

Even if you’ve never had the privilege of seeing our pristine Bermudian beaches and lush gardens for yourself, you can bring the breezy style of the island to your home—no matter where in the world you live!

When you want to create calming, comfortable spaces, simply look to The Island Shop for inspiration to evoke the look and feel of Bermuda. Here are six suggestions to get you started. Continue reading 6 Easy Tropical Home Décor Ideas to Enhance Any Space