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. 


weekend recap

Some snaps from the weekend including City of Craft loot, breakfast with Adam on Sunday (sunny up, rye, and sausage, and coffee), and a fun party at Tabula Rasa on Saturday night. How was your weekend?

bike diys

I got hit by a car while riding my bike a couple of summers ago, and I am still not 100 percent comfortable riding my bike in the city. It has been sitting outside all winter, so it needs a tune-up and a bath in CLR but I think I should get it fixed up so it’s a least usable if Adam and I decide to go on a bike ride around the neighbourhood. Despite not being the most savvy cyclist, I saw a couple of bike-related blog posts yesterday that were too cute not to share.

Anabela of fieldguided made an adorable reflective cape for night riding, and Brittany of The House That Lars Built showed us how to decorate bike baskets with the cutest flowers, showing that she’s just not talented at creating paper flowers, but at aluminum ones too.

Photo by Hilda Grahnat

city of craft spring edition

You may recall me posting about the City of Craft winter show back in December, and next Saturday, April 21 is the first ever spring show. I will be volunteering again, and last I checked, Michelle is still looking for volunteers so if you have a couple hours to spare next Saturday, I highly recommend lending a hand. It’s a really fun event, and you will have more than enough time to scoop up goodies for yourself. Just send a short email to cityofcraft at gmail dot com.

Plus, you will get to see and buy this amazing poster in person. It’s designed by Jack Dylan and it is beautiful.

Here are the details:

City of Craft Spring
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Trinity St. Paul’s United Church
427 Bloor Street West
(one block West of Spadina)
Toronto, ON

Hope to see you there!

(It has been a month since my last post, and I have no excuses aside from work-related travel, as well as not feeling very inspired by the Internet lately. I am trying to use Twitter and Facebook less because when I take a break I am a lot happier, and a lot less stressed — there is actually research proving there is a correlation, believe it or not. Anyway, I will not be abandoning this blog, but I won’t be posting everyday)

let’s chat: blogpodium

I’m excited to be attending BlogPodium this Friday at IDS12. The first panel discussion kicks off a quarterly conference series for bloggers co-founded by Toronto bloggers Lindsay Stephenson of Little House Blog and Jennifer Flores of Rambling Renovators. With an aim of fostering a conversation between bloggers and the design community, the first talk will tackle the topic of the relationship of blogs and media.

I made a pact to myself that I would start to do things outside of my comfort zone and not feel like I can’t participate in events like this just because I’m not a seasoned blogger. I think it’s crucial to talk to other bloggers that have been doing this longer if I’m going to grow. The design community is an incredibly supportive one, so I think it’s important to embrace that. There is so much I need to learn, and I’m looking forward to finding a platform where I can start to really understand blogging and the opportunities that are available, as well as meet people with similar interests.

I’ll be bringing some IDS12 content to the blog next week, so get ready for some serious design eye candy.

poster design

I love Kathleen Edwards, and I love this poster; both are so perfectly Canadian. I had no idea she was going on tour (some fan I am) but saw the poster on Kid Icarus’ blog and I’m thinking if I can’t make it to the concert on February 11, it may be a good enough substitute. You can buy the poster online here.

local leather love

I’ve been a fan of Deadweight for a while (I bought this print from Sandi Falconer a few months ago for Adam), and I was excited to see she had finally launched the online shop for her collaboration with Danielle Wright called Falconwright this week. The screenprinted leather goods are beautiful, and I’m eyeing the change purse since I’m constantly digging the bottom of my bag for subway fare. I’m drawn to the brighter prints, but the gold and grey are classic too.

Check out the shop for more patterns, colours and sizes.


city of craft

As I mentioned earlier, I’m going to be volunteering at City of Craft this Sunday, an amazing craft show in Toronto held at The Theatre Centre at 1087 Queen West. This year, there is a second venue, at Thrush Holmes Empire, 1093 Queen Street West. If you are going to be around this weekend, I highly recommend you check it out. The first 100 people on Saturday get a free tote bag stuffed full of goodies like washi tape from Omiyage, and admission is only $2. It truly is a can’t miss craft event! Hope to see you there.

P.S. Here is a handy map.

Photo via the City of Craft blog

insta weekend

From left to right: Friday night pasta sauce, insomnia-induced craft session, art purchased at the Book Arts Fair at OCAD from Good Plant, and a guilty pleasure on Netflix

Overall, a very fun and relaxing weekend. How was yours?

I’ve had Instagram for a while, but just started using it this week. You can find me on Instagram @nehend (same as my Twitter handle). 

cheers friday

Adam has started working on Saturdays so I have about eight hours to myself. Not sure what I’ll get up to, perhaps another craft show? I love this time of year because there seems to be a craft show every weekend until Christmas! They are a great place to find gifts, but honestly, I just like walking around and looking at what local artists are up to. I may go back to the One of a Kind show for one last look (I was there last week), and hit up the Book Arts Fair too. Maybe I’ll squeeze in a visit to the Handmade Holiday Arts Crafts Show as well. Think eight hours is enough time to take in all the crafty goodness in Toronto? I hope so. What are you up to this weekend?

P.S. I’m volunteering at City of Craft next Sunday, December 11, and the show needs more volunteers on Saturday. If you’re interested, check out this post. I’ve never done it before, and don’t know anyone there, so even if you’re shy, you should still give it a go.

Photo via Jaclyn Paige

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