Our Story

Proudly Made in Nova Scotia Since 2016

Hi there! My name is Monique Ingalls and I’ve been paying attention to your needs – Are you ready to find the best gift ever? 

I am the proud owner and founder of Salt Air Collections, an  “All About Tartan” – Ornaments, Coasters and Magnets ONLINE gift shop, situated in beautiful St Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada.

If you have a few minutes, I would like to tell you a story.

A few years back, during a vacation here at home, my husband and I decided to be tourists for a day and visit a few gift shops. What I noticed is that there were many Nova Scotia items not made in Nova Scotia! I heard a person say “Oh No, I came to Nova Scotia to buy a souvenir that is made here.”

Well! I said to myself; Self, I need to do something about that! Since I already had a laser engraver, I decided to create high-quality tartan ornaments, coasters, magnets and so much more. All of my products quickly became a hit until  the world changed. I didn’t know where Salt Air Collections was headed. After taking a step back and a few more breaths, I decided to place my fabulous tartan products online and sell directly to you.

I’m hoping my tartan products will send a sense of HOME, TOGETHERNESS, AND BELONGING.

Hugs,
Monique

 

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Monique Ingalls
Owner & Founder

About Salt Air Collections

Salt Air Collections was created in July of 2016, formally known as Salt Air Glass. The focus of our products were stained glass pieces being sold at local venues. Not long after, we started etching custom images for customers by sandblasting. When we realized there was a demand for etched products, we searched for a laser engraver to enhance our ability to produce quality products while keeping a high level of efficiency. Once we acquired our laser engraver, we were able to create Nova Scotian products such as our Nova Scotia Tartan pieces in wholesale quantities while still maintaining a high quality product.

The inspiration for our products was realized through the culture and scenery of Nova Scotia, which we try to encapsulate in every piece made. Our intention is to project a genuine representation of what it means to be from Nova Scotia, and for those who are from away to carry a glimpse of the province to wherever they may come from. We take pride in making these products locally and we know that Canadians want products that come from home. It’s part of the moral foundation of Salt Air Collections to fill the demand for locally made products that can be relied on for quality while giving the best experience and service possible.

Nova Scotian Tartan

The Nova Scotia Tartan was the first provincial tartan in Canada. It reflects the profound contribution of the Scots to the founding of Nova Scotia, and the pioneer settlement of the old Royal Province. The very name Nova Scotia resounds with early Scottish colonial ambition; in Jacobean Latin it meant New Scotland. Being one among many large groups of settlers in the 18th and 19th centuries, the Scots brought with them the powerful lore of the Highlands. From this, the folk art revival of the present century brought forth Nova Scotia’s recent emblem. Originally designed by Bessie Murray in 1953 for the agricultural exhibition in Truro, the popular tartan was adopted by the Province in 1955 through an Order in Council. It was later submitted for approval of the Court of the Lord Lyon King of Arms and, in 1956, was registered with Her Majesty’s Register Office in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1964, the Tartan Act was passed by the House of Assembly. A district tartan that may be worn by anyone, its blue and white are for the surf-ridden sea, greens for the forests, red for the royal lion on the Arms of Nova Scotia, and gold for the province’s historic Royal Charter.

– Nova Scotia Legislature