sunday in the junction

I had a very relaxing and fun weekend where I ignored every single one of my chores except groceries and a tiny bit of laundry.

On Saturday, I hit up a few street sales in my neighbourhood, and watched Moonrise Kingdom.

On Sunday, I set my alarm to be up to catch the first ever Junction Flea Market. I was afraid I would get lost since I don’t usually visit this area of the city, but it was very easy to spot with the signage and some white bunting strung along a chain link fence outlining the lot.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was mostly vintage wares, delicious snacks, and a few new things as well including some beautiful textiles and terrariums from Toronto favourite Bookhou, letterpress cards from Snap + Tumble and some interesting jewellery from Big Tinsel.

As for the vintage vendors, the items were more expensive than what you would expect to pay at a flea market or thrift shop, but there were some exceptions of course. Overall, the items were very good quality, and there was something for every budget. There were even a few $5 and under bins. I bought a couple of things that I haven’t had a chance to photograph yet.

If you’re interested in going to the next one, it happens on the second Sunday in July. Maybe I’ll see you there!

Photos, left to right: On the bus to the flea market with an iced americano in hand; one of my favourite four-letter words; a lunch and beer on my patio at home after a long morning of exploring the Junction; and a bracelet I made using Omiyage neon twine and a bead from the Beau & Bauble using this tutorial. 

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shopping roundup

If you’re looking for some bargains, but not willing to leave your bed, I feel you. This is why you should check out the Papernstich roundup of Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals. The list is full of handmade treasures and Brittni has clearly marked the discounts of 30 per cent or more.

If you’re done your Christmas shopping, and are moving on to wrapping, Omiyage is having a sale this weekend too. I love their washi tapes, and they also have some colourful baker’s twine and treat bags as well perfect for packaging snacks.

Happy weekend!

Photo via here

inspiration: product shots

It’s amazing what a difference creative product shots make. I know most people prefer products photographed against a white background, but I think these are really neat too. I discovered these fans after Omiyage posted them in a fan roundup last week, and while the fans themselves are beautiful, I really love the photographs. Shop these fans here.

Crazy bubbles blue. Hand painted fan. W

Hand-painted fan. Green bubbles.

Hand-painted fan. Blue Passion

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