New Favourites at the One of a Kind Show – Winter 2015

It’s that time of year again – the one where I wrack my brain for gift ideas for the people on my list and pretty much always come up empty. The trouble is, whenever I ask what they might like, the invariable answer is that they don’t need or want anything.  This makes gift giving VERY difficult. Handily this time of year coincides with the Winter One of a Kind Show.

I’ve blogged about the show in the past- it’s always helped me find gifts for at least some of the people on my list, and this year was no different. I went Thursday evening after work to take advantage of their later hours, and I’m pleased to say I think my gift list is now about 90% complete.

I bought my ticket online (after finding a $1 off coupon via google) and printed it out before going. Best $12 I’ve spent in a while – no battling through malls which always seems to make me grumpy. While busy, the show wasn’t really crowded until I got to the aisle with all the food vendors who were giving out all the tasty samples. I might have definitely indulged in way too many samples, but it was worth it .

I thought I’d share a few of the ‘New to me’ vendors I found this time at the show just in case you’ll be visiting this weekend (the show closes Dec 6). (The pictures I’m sharing are mostly via the vendor’s websites as sadly my cell phone doesn’t take the greatest pictures)

Russell Hackney Ceramics – Booth Z19
Russell Hackney White ceramic cookie jar with bear motif
A new vendor at the show, Russell’s booth was actually one of the first I visited (I always do the show from right to left, or aisle Y though A). Given my love of matte white ceramic vases it’s unsurprising that his work caught my eye.  I need to figure out a way for this Bear cookie jar to grace my kitchen counter. Hopefully he’ll be back at the spring show and I can get myself a present.

C is for Clean – Booth I13
C is for Clean - Lavender & Vanilla
I actually somehow missed this booth on my first pass through the show (I walk though once and make notes of gift ideas, who they might be for and note the booth name and location. Once I’ve seen everything I make my choices and go pack and purchase them), but spotted them as I was leaving. While I didn’t buy any this time, this is another booth I’ll be buying from in the spring (here’s hoping they’re there!) I love that they’re all natural, and the four scents they have are all lovely.

Marjorie Camiré Céramiste – Booth W49
White and blue ceramic bowl with gold rim
Marjorie’s booth was busy when I was walking by and it’s clear why. With lovely ceramic pieces rimmed in gold they are simple, beautiful pieces. she also had a teacup and saucer that made me want to start drinking tea on a regular basis

Julia Veenstra – Booth W52
Original painting by Julia Veenstra
Julia’s art quite literally stopped me in my tracks. It’s bold and vibrant, and I love it. This is Julia’s first #OOAK show, and judging by the number of red stickers denoting sold pieces it’s been quite a success. I LOVED the above piece named ‘Evening on the lake’ – the person who purchases it will be very lucky.

If you haven’t already gone to this season’s One of a Kind show I hope you have a chance to go this weekend – it’s well worth it.

Hello? Is There Anyone Out There?

Wow – it’s hard to believe it’s been three whole months since I posted last. My apologies, but life sort of got in the way of blogging. Did you miss me? Please say yes ;)

While I’ve been away I’ve been working on some projects, and I hope to share them with you in the next little while (If I can find the pictures – more on this below). In order to catch you up on some of the stuff I’ve been doing I thought I’d share a few Instagram pictures.
Computer failure screenDirectly or indirectly this was the start of my blogging hiatus. I had a small computer malfunction which I though I fixed. A few days later and I was proved wrong and I had to format my hard drive. Luckily I think I was able to save all my pictures. Unfortunately they’re currently on SD cards because I’ve been too busy/lazy to reorganize them on my computer.
Vintage painting - flower still lifeI bought a painting at an antique store on Queen east for $40. I love it, but like all my other pictures it’s not yet hanging anywhere. At least this one is currently sitting on the back of my couch so I can see it instead of hiding in a corner with the rest of my stuff.
Missing chunk off a furniture legI started to work on my hutch only to discover the damage to the foot was a whole lot more expensive than I thought. This cheap and easy project got a lot more difficult and expensive.
Stripped Louis XVI chairs - ready for paintingI finally did something with my Kijiji chairs – I took them to Paint it like New for a bit of paint.
At the end of March I celebrated 3 years of owning my condo – where has the time gone?
How did my hair get so longI’m not a morning person, so it’s very rare for me to do anything with my hair – I usually just tie it back. I was rather surprised how long it’s gotten when I straightened it one day, and I’ve been plotting a cut since. How short should I go?
White rug with a black trellis pattern from HomesenseI found a lovely rug at HomeSense that I planned to use in my bedroom and then drove all over the city looking for the right size. I bought it, and before I could return with a bigger car to bring it home returned it when I couldn’t justify the cost ($300 +tax) given I had some big expenses coming up (see the last three pictures).
New art - cute cows in a meadowI bought more art simply because the cows are cute – is that weird? This piece cost just $18, but I’m going to have to find a frame for it.
Running the 2013 Camp Oochigeas 10K down Yonge stWithout going out once to train, and with a doozy of a cough I ran the Camp Oochigeas 10K race down Yonge street. I didn’t post a great finishing time, but I’m happy I completed it.
First Homework Project - Intro to DraftingI decided that since I rather enjoy this interior decorating stuff that maybe I should learn more – I enrolled in my first course at Seneca college – intro to drafting. It’s quite a bit more work than I thought, but I’m enjoying it. Who would have thought I’d go back to school?
I went to Camp GroundedI attended Camp Grounded in California for a long weekend,
Standing in front of the Golden Gate Bridgeand then I played tourist in San Fransisco for a few days.
New windows going in!Lastly, as of Monday, the new windows in my building are finally being installed after over a year of consultations and negotiations. The old windows are bright white aluminum sliders – the new ones are a dark brown fiberglass window with a double-hung cottage split with divided lights on top. Hopefully they’re a bit more historically accurate, but no matter what I’m going to be so happy when they’re complete – they were a lot of work.

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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).


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.

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)  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 . Blue Trike on Etsy


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 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.


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)  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 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.  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).  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.

Art Interiors: a Long Delayed Visit

I heard about Art Interiors years ago, and have always wanted to visit, but for whatever reason never managed to despite it not being too far from my house.

Last week I got their newsletter via email announcing that their ‘Festival of Smalls’ was happening again, so I committed to finally paying them a visit.

Art Interiors was started in 1993 by two women in Toronto as a place where people could buy original pieces of art at affordable prices (starting from about $35). A lot of the art they carry is that of young up-and-coming artists, but they carry the work of more established artists as well.

Once a year, in the month before Christmas, Art Interiors has what it calls its ‘Festival of Smalls’. The pieces of art aren’t any bigger than 16″x20″ and are less than $250 each, so it might be a neat place to look for that perfect gift for that person on your list who already has everything.

Here are some of the pieces I admired:

Title: Living Room Chair by Erin Vincent

This might be neat on a wall near a similar chair if you have one, or maybe close to a modern one for a little contrast. I’ve always thought these chairs look a little like thrones, so it might be amusing in another room in your home . . .

I spotted this one on the way out the door:

Title: I Lost Them All III by Lori Doody (sorry for the blurry picture)

I think this one would be perfect in an entranceway or laundry room.

Their website has a quite extensive selection of available art, and you can purchase online, but there is more available at the bricks-and-mortar location. If there is an artist whose work they carry and you admire, they can also email you as new pieces arrive.

I spotted this on their website when I got home:

Title: Training by Elizabeth Lennie

I think I like this piece because I spent so much of my childhood doing just this – laps in a pool. I’ve admired Elizabeth Lennie’s work for a while, so it was neat to see her work on Art Interiors website.

Art Interiors is located at 446 Spadina Rd, Suite 206 in Toronto, ON. The Festival of Smalls is running until December 24th, 2011. Shipping can also be arranged for those who can’t visit their Toronto location.

Please note: I did ask permission first before I took the pictures above (except the last). Please click on the pictures above to link to the artist page on the Art Interiors website.