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WAS ITCHING TO VISIT THE LESLIEVILLE FLEA AGAIN…SO I DID!

20150118_134145Another great adventure enjoyed…all for the cost of a subway token! It was a grey old day here in Toronto today so I decided to go visit all the wonderful vendors at the monthly Leslieville Flea that was back at the Fermenting Cellar in the historic Distillery District for the winter months. Lots of lovely new vendors including Sonja from Woo-Hoo! Home Decor, Accessories & Collectibles (photos above and below).  Sonja has stunning mid-century glassware, vintage cocktail sets, CarltonWare and some really cool Betty Boop/Coca Cola collectibles. I know a friend who loves Betty Boop so I’m fwd’ing her these pics.  http://www.facebook.com/woohoodecor

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20150118_133621 20150118_133626Opposite Erica’s booth was Toronto’s own king of mustard, Dan Gordon from Whisky & Spice, who was very popular with the samples on offer of his handcrafted Whisky/Honey, Porter Beer or Riesling/Apple flavoured premium mustards. Dan and his lovely wife Laura (below) enjoyed meeting all the visitors and watching as their eyes rolled back in their heads after they taste the superb W&S products.  http://www.whiskyandspice.ca

20150118_133449 20150118_133658 20150118_143712 20150118_143727 20150118_143744Bill & Sacha (pictured below) from Douglas + Son had some awesome manly vintage collectibles like this ancient buffalo skull and the old green & white enamel factory lampshade which is very on-trend right now. Check out their Instagram account for more of their treasures: @douglasandson

20150118_135421 20150118_135601 20150118_135625I then ran into a rather brilliant young entrepreneur, Cassandra, who has taken discarded rubber inner tubes (sourced mainly from Indonesia) and fashioned them into purses, jewellery & accessories, even shoes: AllWaste Reincarnation Art . Her bracelets are gorgeous and I can see them being worn by models walking this year’s Fashion Week runways. Hey all you fashion labels, check out Cassandra (pictured below left) for your show accessories this year- http://www.allwaste-reincarnationart.com

20150118_135703 20150118_135706 20150118_142639 20150118_142632I found these saucy tuxedo’d gents (below) waddling around the Love in the Afternoon booth checking out the miniature vintage fainting couch. Made me smile  http://www.loveintheafternoon.ca

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Had fun chatting with Boris and Julia (below) of Vivid Toronto Streetwear. Julia makes these colourful, sexy bow-ties and pocket squares, as well as fully lined jaunty hats, chic belly-bags and innovative “neck tubes” – fuss-free scarves ideal for snowboarders. Check out their full line at http://www.vivid-streetwear.com

20150118_140934 20150118_140946 20150118_141035 20150118_141100 20150118_141112 20150118_141237I was so dazzled by all the bright shiny things, I almost walked past my friend, jewellery designer Stephanie MacKay whose work includes sparkling druzzy rings (I have a gorgeous blue one) , red gold and copper necklaces and pendants. You gotta check out her designs: (http://www.mform.weebly.com )

20150118_140248 20150118_140300Next to Stephanie, I saw some pretty amazing mini-planters that were hung upside down for display…cool.

20150118_140825 20150118_140834 As I walked around the architecturally exquisite Fermenting Cellar, I noticed this lovely lady (her name was Jen) sitting quietly, completely lost in her texting/tweeting. Thought she made a great photo.

20150118_134356Aussie Aussie Aussie, oi oi oi! Yep, I found a new mate from Downunder at the Flea. Matt Obst, a young Aussie woodworker/craftsman, showcased his great re-purposed furniture, eg: an old mail trolley made into a coffee table, a vintage factory sewing machine stand converted into table base, and all sorts of found boards and wood repurposed into stunning furniture. Visit his gallery at http://www.obstwood.com Matt does commissioned works as well.

20150118_141615 20150118_141620 20150118_141658Fallen Wood Designs was up next – check out these fabulous home accessories crafted by the talented Mike Larmer. I love the dark walnut bowl in the first photo, and don’t get me started on the stunning pepper mills. Wow! http://www.fallenwooddesigns.ca

20150118_141959 20150118_142017 20150118_142028Across the aisle, I met Paula Whitlock, the talented artist behind Picture This design studios. Especially loved her images of butterflies and local Toronto architecture. http://www.picturethistoronto.com

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My lamby girls! Was thrilled to see Samantha and Calie of Two Lamb Boutique (below) had set up shop at the Flea. I met them about a month ago at their Yorkville pop-up and told them about the Leslieville Flea. Their glam bling sparkled under the lights, attracting lots of new Lamb-fans! http://www.twolamb.com  Thank you for my lovely treat, ladies.

20150118_143052 20150118_143101 20150118_143115Another fun booth was the pair of CryWolf Clothing and The Button Machine (below). Loved the “Turonno” patches and wearable souvenirs, the buttons were very cool….another great vendor who makes you smile! http://www.crywolfclothing.com  and  http://www.thebuttonmachine.com

20150118_143013 20150118_143023Ran to another of my fave Leslieville Flea vendors, Sarah Podemski of Totem Jewelry & Accessories. Last year, I purchased one of her silver antler pendants (below) that always gets me great compliments whenever I wear it. Thank you, Sarah.  www.facebook.com/TotemJewelryAndAccessories

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One of the newbies to the Flea was this lovely young lady, Emma (pictured below), who had some groovy clothing and accessories made from re-purposed treasures she’d found during her travels around the world. She was more concerned, tho, about showcasing the happy colourful artwork by Betty Mirembe who is battling Parkinson’s Disease which makes coming to the Flea nearly impossible for Betty. This adorable young lady was so proud to talk about Betty’s beautiful African scenes that she forgot to bring her own business cards. If I receive an email from her, I’ll link her access here – she deserves our support for her own kindness to another artist.

20150118_135029 20150118_134741 20150118_134937So another fabulous Leslieville Flea visit is done-and-dusted. Was nice to see Dan and his mustards, all my glitter girls who keep me lookin’ good, and all the gifted artisans I met today.  Next date for the Flea is February 22nd, 10am to 4pm…and it’s FREE! Details here: http://leslievilleflea.com/

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VISITING GALLERY 36’s NEW LOCATION IN YORKVILLE

20150110_165843Dropped in yesterday to say happy new year to Gallery 36 owner Trevor Allen and his lovely gallery colleague Violetta yesterday. They recently moved from their original space in Hazelton Lanes (now under yet another renovation and reconstruction) over to 92 Avenue Road (opposite the west entrance to the Lanes). The gallery is chock-a-block full of colourful original paintings, Murano art glass and stunning bronze sculptures.

20150110_170218 20150110_165801 20150110_165746Gallery 36 now represents UK-born Canadian artist Gary Pilkington, whose unique work not only stopped me in my tracks, it’s got me saving up my pennies (and planning to return my forest of wine bottles for refund$!!) to possess one of his pieces. Check out Gary’s work below….

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20150110_165606 20150110_165718Here’s the artist’s statement: Every piece is extraordinary, and diverse in design, so it makes sense that Gary’s approach to painting is also uncommon: “Instead of applying a medium with my hands, paintbrush or pallet knife, I let gravity, chance, luck, and randomization take control over the painting.” Gary uses an unconventional technique called “pulling paint,” using different channels to pull it down. Here, he finds the exhilarating feeling of exploring colour, inspiring his creative presence and ingenuity. He also uses tiles, plexi-glass, and aluminum sheets, reinforcing his deviation from the norm. Pilkington’s influences include Jackson Pollock, Keith Tyson, Damien Hurst, and Jason Martin; these influences are revealed in Gary’s work – abstract and fluid.

You can find out more about Gary here: https://pilkingtonsart.wordpress.com/ 

The Murano glass (made in Italy) is stunning and a real favourite of mine. I have a number of handcrafted rings and some small art glass pieces but would love to add some of Trevor’s catalogue to my collection (many more wine bottle refunds are needed, tho! LOL)

20150110_165923 20150110_165928And look at these beautiful glass hummingbirds (below)….so delicate, yes?

20150110_165944 20150110_170005Thanks for the hospitality, Trevor, and I look fwd to attending your planned Gary Pilkington reception, hopefully in the spring.

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Local pop-up Christmas market features Toronto artisans

Dan Gordon from Whisky and Spicehttp://www.whiskyandspice.ca ) set up camp this weekend at the exciting pop-up local artisans market located at Yonge & Gould streets (just 1blk north of Dundas Square) so I dropped in to say hi and see how Christmas sales were going. If you’re still looking for unique and delicious gifts, I suggest visiting Dan tomorrow (Sunday) to say hello and taste the wicked condiments – W&S will be back at the market next week, too.

20141206_132629 20141206_132638 20141206_133715 20141206_133730The big heated tent was bustling with shoppers and I watched as several customers tasted the flavoured mustard samples. Several jars disappeared in front of my eyes…bravo, Dan. People love the Whisky/honey, Porter beer and Riesling/apple infused handcrafted premium mustards.

I wandered around the tent, visiting other vendors and found an old friend, jewellery designer Stephanie MacKay (http://www.mform.weebly.com ). I’m lucky to have one of her stunning druzy rings (see below) and was pleased to see others admiring her gorgeous designs….

20141206_134149 20141206_134241 20141206_134155As I made my way around the tent, here are some other wonderful vendors offering unique gifts that I’m sure you’ll love…starting with Rose and Iris Designs (below)…unfortunately their Fcbk page isn’t working as I write (am sure it’s just a temporary glitch) but their home accessories & wearable designs are terrific so do connect with them, if you can. http://www.Facebook.com/roseandirisdesign

20141206_134014Then I met the Just Feelings people (http://www.justfeelings.ca ) who create/customize the most adorable wacky pens for the littlest people on your gift shopping list. No two are the same…just like the kids who love them.

20141206_134312 20141206_134322One of my favourite displays was the HYM purses, totes and clutches, designed by the lovely and charming Christina Di Pede (http://www.hymonline.com ). She designs the bags using supple Italian leathers (feels like buttah!) and velvety soft calf hair. The oversized clutches are perfect for your iPad or Note – my favourite is the turquoise coloured one Christina’s holding below. Dear Santa, I’ve been a good girl and I wanna a HYM purse.

20141206_134546 20141206_134559 20141206_134549 20141206_134604Next to Christina was Toronto City Key, a “keys to the city” company that offers all sorts of discounts & perks – you show your “key” that has a special promo code imprinted on it to receive spa, restaurant, entertainment  perks. Better than those darn discount coupon books and …I like this…it’s multiple use at each participating venue, not a one-time-only use. Check them out here: http://www.torontocitykey.com 

20141206_134750 20141206_134809 20141206_134812Sex on a Stitch anyone? LOL Every girl should have a pair of pasties in her lingerie draw, even for her own entertainment. I happen to know several of the top burlesque performers in Toronto and I know they wear these sparkly crocheted tassels and twirly things. So if you’ve been naughty or nice, visit them here at the TO Local Market or at http://www.sexonastitch.etsy.com 

20141206_134443 20141206_134451Clothing and accessories designer Sarah Cresswell of Sci Feye Candy (below) http://www.SciFeyeCandy.com showed off her saucy lingerie for grown-up girls as well as tweens and teens. Wish I’d had such a selection waaaaay back when I was a little nipper!

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I totally recommend visiting the pop-up artisans’ tent between now and Christmas – your purchase will be a gift to these local artisans who really need our support. Wouldn’t you rather give money to an artist/designer than a big impersonal box store??  I know I would…and did. The artisans change on a weekly basis and many I’ve mentioned here are only there tomorrow (Sunday Dec.7) so visit http://www.adhocpopup.com/holidaymarket/ to see who’s peddling their wares and when.

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NEW, SEXY BLING BOUTIQUE “ARCHIVES” NOW OPEN IN FOUR SEASONS, YORKVILLE

I’d heard about the latest fab Yorkville fashion boutique, ARCHIVES, so I just had to pop in for a quick visit while out for my daily walkies this afternoon….and WOW! Located at the north end of the new Four Seasons Hotel on Bay St, the chic all-white store has soaring ceilings that give the feeling of light and space, and there are plans a-foot to incorporate a designer/goldsmith work bench so we can watch the magic being made by their in-house jewellers.

20141107_132024I was invited to peruse the showcases of unique designer gems, many of which are exclusive to Archives, and I fell in love with at least a dozen or so pieces, especially the wee piggy rings, pendants and bracelets by Dickson Yewn, the fabulous Chinese designer who “put a ring on it” for First Lady Michelle Obama’s dinner with HM Queen Elizabeth in London (Jade and diamonds, below)

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20141107_131124Assistant Mgr, Kate Nishida, modelled the 18ct. rose gold piggy ring (above), encrusted with diamonds and complete with tiny curly tail. You MUST go visit and learn the story of each piggy in the collection – there is a cute mamma pig pendant (pictured below) with tiny rubies as teats under her belly and black diamonds for eyes. And the daddy pig gets “excited” when you press his back…LOL!

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20141107_131355The store is also home to a stunning line of Meissen porcelain pugs – figurines and cute pendants (below)

v1rgdw_v0222_01So many beautiful, girly-girly things to see, try on and imagine wearing to a fabulous gala, on the red carpet or just for afternoon tea with your best friend. Go in and say hello to Kate and the ladies…tell them I sent you.  http://www.archivesltd.com/

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Celtic spirit comes alive & kilts are a-flying @ Beach Celtic Festival, Toronto

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Day One of the annual Beach Celtic Festival is done-and-dusted, and oh what a highland fling was flung! Lots of vendors selling and sampling everything from food to jewellery to clothing to home accessories…even wee Scots sock monkeys!!

Founded 11 years ago by my friend, Sandy Graham (below), who ran Route 66, Toronto’s hottest 50’s dance club back in the late 70’s, early 80’s while I ran Ollie’s, the 2nd best such club located in the Ports of Call multi-venue entertainment centre which was located at Yonge & Summerhill.

Sandy picSandy, a first generation Scottish Canadian, has been presenting Toronto’s only outdoor ceilidh at Kew Gardens in Toronto as a tribute to her late mother.  When her Mum was dying, she asked not be mourned but to be celebrated and thanks to her daughter’s dedication and persistence, the event has grown into what is now a local tradition, celebrating  the Scottish, Irish and Welsh diaspora who came to Canada to start a new life.

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Meghan Bold, founder of the Bold Steps Dance Studio, has choreographed many of the dances presented at the Festival, and has been supporting Sandy with fundraisers and promotional performances leading up to this weekend’s event.

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Check out some of the great vendors who have lots of goodies left in their tents for tomorrow’s visitors….

Dan and Laura Gordon of Whisky & Spice (below), the local hand-crafted premium mustards were busy sampling and selling their Whisky, Porter beer and Riesling/Apple flavoured condiments…yummmmm  http://www.whiskyandspice.ca 

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Tammy Watson, known as the “Canadian Mom” brought her wee sock monkeys to the event, along with some of the sweetest crocheted and knitted hats and toys for the wee ones.  http://www.Facebook.com/CanadianMomOshawa

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…and charming jewellery designer Stephanie MacKay (below) brought her stunning “druzy” rings and pendants that sparkled in the sunshine  http://www.mform.weebly.com

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Anyone who reads my blog regularly knows I’m a glutton for bling so when I saw the lovely designs of Fric & Frac Jewelry & Beads who set up their tent next to Whisky & Spice, I started oo’ing and aah’ing, drawing a crowd of shoppers. Look at these very affordable lovelies….

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Here are some more happy snaps……

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Toronto’s own Celtic Punk band, The Mahones, closed out the day’s festivities with a kick-ass performance that had the crowd clapping, dancing, whooping it up! http://www.themahones.ca

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Congratulations to Sandy on another fun-filled, family-friendly FREE festival in the heart of Toronto’s Beach neighbourhood! On Sunday, Sandy will be joined by knights (and maybe a princess, too) from the Medieval Times castle, and even more activities and entertainment.

http://www.thecelticfestival.com

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BLING & YUMMY THINGS IN LESLIEVILLE (TORONTO)

Had a fun quick trip down to Leslieville today to meet up with jewellery designer Stephanie MacKay of “Made for Margaret” who has a pop-up store at the corner of Queen E and Logan every Fri/Sat. www.mform.weebly.com  Stephanie will also be at next weekend’s Beach Celtic Festival (Sept. 6 & 7) in Kew Gardens  www.thecelticfestival.com so come check out the great bling!

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There was one particular gold-plated dark blue druzy ring I wanted to pick up…and I did! It fit just like Cinderella’s glass slipper!

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Stephanie suggested I cool down from the hot afternoon sunshine with an ice cream from Ed’s Real Scoop, just down the street so off I went and soon found myself in gelato Disneyland!

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Oh my gawd…what a fantastic display of icy treats. And they were served by the delightful Emily who let me try the Tanzanian Dark Chocolate before I bought a cup.

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Yumm!!!  Check out Ed’s locations – http://www.edsrealscoop.com/ -and if you drop in to the Leslieville store, say hi to Emily and ask for her recommendations. That girl knows her ice cream!

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