The One of A Kind Show – Spring 2012 – Part 1

This week I had the opportunity to explore the One of a Kind Show here in Toronto which is running through Sunday, April 1st at Exhibition Place. The One of a Kind Show is held twice a year – once in the spring, and once before Christmas. I’ve only ever been to the show once, and it was a few years ago, so this was something a little bit new for me and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I really enjoyed my time exploring (so much so I went back on a second day), and I can see why it a spring tradition for many people in the Greater Toronto Area to attend the show.

One of Kind Show – Toronto Spring 2012

If you don’t have the opportunity to attend I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites from the show to share with you. Most of the artists have websites, so I’ll include them to you can take a look at more of their work. If you’re heading to the show this weekend I hope you’ll take a peek at the below to help you plan which of the many booths to explore (I’ve included the booth numbers).

Art

One of a Kind Show – Kerry Walford

Kerry Walford (Booth P-27) is an artist specializing in oil painting. The cute little ‘Bird with red Scarf’ above are $120 and I was rather tempted by them. She has prints and note cards available with her work as well if an oil original is outside your budget. www.kerrywalford.com

One of Kind Show – Pebble Art of Nova Scotia

Pebble Art of Nova Scotia (Booth L-31) is created by Sharon Nowlan. All of the pebbles are collected on the beaches near her home. The picture above, entitled ‘Spring’ is $119 (my apologies for the photo which doesn’t do her work justice)  pebbleart.ca  Pebble Art on Etsy

One of a Kind – Mara Minuzzo

Mara Minuzzo (Booth I-36) is an artist whose work I’ve seen before (most recently at The Artist Project). Her art blocks of Play Mobile figurines never fail to make me smile. ($35). Her art blocks of mid-century furniture items are great, and her paintings of people and scenery are wonderful . maraminuzzo.com Blue Trike on Etsy

Jewelry

One of A Kind – MoonRox

MoonRox (Booth Q-32) is jewelry and accessories made by Monique Chan. I love the colours and the combination of the metal and cord. The lovely entwined bracelets above are $65. moonrox.ca  Moonrox on Etsy

One of a Kind – She Smiled and Ran

She Smiled and Ran (Booth N-44) is a contemporary jewelry line created by Annie Tung. The Wave ring ($320) above fits over two fingers, and made me wish my birthday hadn’t just passed. shesmiledandran.com

Textiles

One of a Kind Show – Nicole Tarasick

Nicole Tarasick (Booth G-35) creates handmade screen printed items. The Canadian airport codes were what first drew my attention to her booth, and I love that what she had displayed all had a distinct Canadian angle. Small pillow: $65, Large: $95 (both with feather fill) Nicoletarasick.com  Nicole Tarasick on Etsy

One of A Kind – Bookhou

Bookhou (Booth K-09) had a number of different products featured, but it was their textiles that drew my eye. I love these tea towels ($16) and the  Moose onesie ($25) made me smile. Bookhou.com Bookhou on Etsy

One of a Kind – Jenna Rose

Jenna Rose (Booth I-16) is a textile studio where all the designs are initially hand drawn by Jenna Fenwick before being screen printed using water-based pigments. I honestly couldn’t tell you which of Jenna’s designs I liked the best – they’re all gorgeous. Blankets $98, Tea towels $15, Pillows $60. Jennarose.ca  Jenna Rose on Etsy

One of a Kind – Avril Loreti

Avril Loreti (Booth L-05) is a textile designer whose use of vibrant colour and pattern is amazing. The tea towels above are $25 and I can’t decide which of them I like best (I keep changing my mind). Avrilloreti.com  Avril Loreti on Etsy

I’m going to give your scrolling finger a rest and end this post here. I’ll post some more favorites later, but in the meantime, if you’re heading to the One of a Kind show this weekend make sure you visit the booths of the artist above, or take a peak at their websites.

March Flowers – a Birthday Bouquet, and Photography Practice

Unbelievably it’s nearing  the end of March – where did the month go? In February I decided that I was going to treat myself to flowers once a month. If you follow me on twitter you know that my brother J sent me a lovely bouquet for my birthday, so while I didn’t treat myself I’m still counting these flowers towards my goal of having fresh flowers in my home at least once a month.

By the time I remembered to take pictures these lovelies had been in my apartment for almost a week so they’re not quite as stunningly vibrant as they were when I first received them. A small warning – I decided to practice my close-up photography with the bouquet as my subject so there are quite a number of pictures to scroll through – I hope you don’t mind.

My bouquet one week later - it's lasting rather well

I have to say that I’m loving my new camera – I never would have been able to take pictures like these with my old point-and-shoot.

Almost Free Bird

Sometime last year I was browsing one of my favorite blogs -‘The Art of Doing Stuff‘, when I came across a post where Karen took an inexpensive dollar store ceramic bird and transformed it with a quick spray of paint. I decided right then an there that I was going to do the same if I was ever so lucky to come across a ceramic dollar store bird of my own. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery right?

It took a while, but eventually my local Dollarama had some birds I could try my hand at spraypainting. They had three styles, and when I first saw them I have to admit that I didn’t even remember my plan to copy emulate Karen’s idea. By the time my brain kicked in, all my local Dollaramas were completely sold out of birds, and I had to Google the store to find some locations in the far reaches of suburbia. Okay – it wasn’t that bad – I just had to travel about 30 minutes by bus. That store had one version of the bird left so I scooped him up, and brought him home where he resided wrapped in tissue paper for months. (I need to work on my idea/plan execution – this isn’t the only project that’s languished as I twiddled my thumbs – but that’s a different blog post).

Dollar Store Bird – Before

Anyways, after my successful first two forays (one, two) into the magical world of spray paint I decided to unearth the bird for his transformation.

Three coats of spray paint later, and a little white felt on the bottom and he’s been transformed.

Dollar Store Bird – After

What do you think? As I already had the white spray paint and felt from my bookend project, this little bird project cost a whopping $2.26 (Incl. taxes). Pretty good right? My bird wasn’t as cheap (cheep – Ha!) as Karen’s, but I blame that entirely on Dollarama switching from the everything for $1 pricing model, to a few things for a $1, and most at $2.

Linking to: {Primp}, Addicted 2 Decorating, Coastal Charm, Thrifty Decor Chick, Remodelaholic

Put a Little Bit of Ireland on Your Table: Irish Brown Bread

It’s St. Patrick’s day on Saturday, and as I’m genetically 50% Irish I feel I would be highly remiss if I didn’t share something of my heritage with you. I love all things Irish – I was extremely lucky growing up and got to visit Ireland every summer. My boyfriend D says I can spot an Irish flag from any distance (For some reason he finds this odd – he’s never been and therefore doesn’t understand how wonderful a country Ireland is), and the sound of an Irish accent always makes me smile. I debated just what to share – there’s the picture of me in the leprechaun hat (I decided that would most likely cause permanent damage to your retinas given the hat came complete with a red beard), but then remembered this recipe for brown bread that is quite similar to one my grandmother used to make (and still does) whenever I visit her in Dublin.

Irish Brown Bread

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp. wheat Bran
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1 3/4 to 2 cups buttermilk *

* If you don’t have buttermilk you can make your own. Pour 2 tbsp of lemon juice into a measuring cup. Fill to the 2 cup mark with milk, and let it sit for about 10 minutes until it’s curdled.

Preheat your over to 400 degrees and grease a large loaf pan (I use a spray)

In a large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Add the buttermilk, and stir to form a thick batter. Pour it into the prepared pan.

Bake in the preheated oven for 1 to 1.5 hrs, or until the top is nicely browned. You’ll know the loaf is done when there is a hollow sound when you tap on the bottom of the pan. Remove the loaf from the pan and wrap it in a damp dish towel until cooled – this softens the crust (although it will still require a good bread knife)

This recipe makes one loaf.This bread is lovely served with plain cream cheese and lox, or even toasted with peanut butter.

Irish Brown Bread with Cream cheese and Lox

Linked to: Addicted 2 Decorating