Showing posts with label Toronto craft show. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Toronto craft show. Show all posts

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Dec. 8th Had Lots in Store!

When I entered the fair today I was greeted by lovely Christmas music and the hustle and bustle of shoppers, perusing the wonderful products that were everywhere.  The colours and selection was outstanding.

To begin, I'll talk about the goods offered at 'Paty En La Playa'.  These scarves and vests were absolutely gorgeous!  They offered elegance, warmth and the epitome of perfect fashion.  Each one was handmade with Italian lace, 100% wool and other natural fibres.  I hope you had a chance to feel the fabrics if you came by as they were like smooth cream to the was glorious.  The earthy tones made them an ideal compliment to any coat or sweater you may own.  The prices were incredibly good given the quality of these products, ranging from $20 - $40.

These miniature displays and motorized dioramas created by 'John Schicht' were positively outstanding.  They were inspired by well known movies, video games or simply put together by the vivid and creative imagination of John.  The motorized dioramas had little trains that passed through or roofs that opened with characters coming in or out, etc. It was delightful. I noticed one child dart over to look at them and was quite mesmerized.  These would be absolutely perfect in a window or on a fireplace mantle at Christmas time.  I hope you had a chance to view these today since John doesn't offer them for sale online (as of yet) and they most definitely are a must have for anyone who enjoys decorating their home this time of year.  The prices were shockingly good, ranging from $25 - $75.

Are you still looking for gifts that suit new homeowners? If so, perhaps you should visit the booth of 'Peel Avenue'.  They have a stunning selection of butcher blocks, chopping blocks or serving boards.  I was asking about the different patterns on the blocks and learned that the butcher blocks have the end grain up, creating that beautiful checkerboard style pattern in the wood, as shown on the blocks that are in the back row in the image above.  These beautiful boards come in maple, walnut and cherry and are priced from $60 - $100.

Interested in pampering yourself or a loved one? Then perhaps visit the booth of 'Gaia's Essentials' to see the assortment of body treatment products such as butters, scrubs, hand lotions, bath salts, moisturizers and lip balms.  Each product is made of natural ingredients that are soothing and safe on the skin and leave you smelling lovely.  Prices range from $4 - $25.

The products offered by 'Naz Karsan' were delightful.  Naz offered a selection of greeting cards, either packaged individually or in packages of 6, that were all hand painted in acrylic.  The colours were radiant and the designs were both delicate and contemporary in style.  In addition to cards, Naz offered a beautiful selection of jewelry that displayed high craftsmanship, incorporating wrapped bead loops which makes the necklaces extremely strong.  His jewelry had a great range of rich earth tones complimented by oranges, reds and yellows.  Prices ranged from $6 for a single greeting card, up to $180 for his most elaborate jewelry pieces.

The scarves at 'Nuzzy Neck Wrap's' booth were extremely slick, so slick that I did a double take when walking by as I thought this was an item you could find at a large department store, so I wondered how they possibly got into an artisans show.  To my amazement, these are all made locally including the fantastic labels.  The craftsmanship, and packaging was top notch.  These neck wraps weren't your typical wraps either.  As displayed on the model above, you simply wrap one 'tail' I'll call it, over the other and it stays there.  Pretty neat!  Wires have not been incorporated to aid this, that's just how it naturally stays.  Hopefully you had a chance to see these goods as the colours were amazing.  They were available in fleece, brocade fabric lined in fleece, faux fur and velboa faux fur which is a lighter alternative.  Prices ranged from $15 - $45.

One can never get enough goods that help you to relax, or to pamper yourself with.  'Sandlewood Sea Spa' had a lovely selection of milk bath products with herbs, bath salts, bath bags, bath balms, floating candles and herbal masks.  And if that wasn't enough, you can bring your kitty into the life of luxury as well with catnip critters.  These gifts are perfect for your friend, mother or mother-in-law (and don't forget yourself).  Prices range from $2 - $14.99.

Back for 2013 is 'Sam-Urai'.  At this booth you can find an attractive assortment of washi tape ornaments and origami encased in clear plastic.  These ornaments are lightweight and delicate, which is ideal for any size of Christmas Tree.  In addition to ornaments there was origami art and pop-up greeting cards which, if you purchased them from here, would certainly mean that yours 'stand out' from any of the others - quite literally :).  Prices ranged from $6 - $30.

The products from 'Healing Stones' were quite lovely and tastefully Christmas themed in colour as an added plus!  As the name indicates, the stones used in the jewelry had beneficial healing properties, which aligned nicely with Elizabeth's expertise in health and wellness.  A picture unfortunately doesn't do these stunning pieces justice; however, 'Healing Stones' may be around again in upcoming weekends so please stop by to see the jewelry in person and look out for Elizabeth to learn how her products can enhance your appearance and wellbeing.  Prices range from $5 - $30

We'll wrap up today's post with yet another jeweller who had a vast assortment of stunning items, of which the necklaces above, caught my eye. 'Sacredgemstone' had, as the name implies, several different items that included gemstones.  If you're looking for seasonal jewelry, check out their products! The necklaces above were ideal for the holidays, specifically the green and red trees.  Prices and products accommodated for all types of tastes and budgets, ranging from $5 - $200, with most items $30 and under.

Only 17 more days remain until Christmas! We hope to see you next weekend.  Don't wait to come by.  We only have 2 more weekends left and new vendors each day.

Photos provided by Freshly Viewed

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Clothes, Jewelry, Food, Creams And So Much More!!

Today had another wonderful selection of goods to pick from.  We hope you had a chance to come in from the cold to check out the show.

There were a few familiar faces, either from the previous weekend, or from previous years but many exhibiters were new for the second weekend.

Here's a glimpse at what was available:

This fantastic array of creams from 'Honey Girl' originates from beautiful Hawaii.  Everything is produced and harvested off the islands and each type of cream contains organic edible ingredients so in essence, you can eat your cream if you so choose!  There are creams for your face, eyes, babies, stretch marks, cuticles and sunburns, which eliminates peeling. Prices range from $5 - $38 - all at special show prices.

Returning again this year was 'Spotted Cat Creations'.  Their charming Christmas ornaments are the perfect final touch to your tree.  There's a vast variety of characters - cats, dogs, owls, etc. that compliment one another in style and in colour.  You can purchase one or several to create a perfect thematic series.  I couldn't resist the pink owl and purchased it today for my home :).  Prices ranged from $5 - $10.

If you're into magnets, a collector or just someone who wants to hang their kids' drawings up on the fridge, then stop by and see the collection from 'Sharon Dawn'.  She offers a vast selection of magnets, jewelry, scarves, pouches, framed photos, purses, make up cases, greeting cards and photography - there's something for everyone!  Her 'found art' style designs are quite striking.  Prices ranged from $2 - $50.

'Amunche Imports' had exquisite sweater ponchos, head bands, scarves and shawls, many of which incorporated beautiful buttons that are made from Avocado pits.  All items are made from Artisans in Chile from 100% wool and are hand knitted.  Prices ranged from $20 - $120.

It was challenging to get a photo of 'Jill's Objets' booth due to the ongoing crowd her goods attracted, but I snuck one in and as you can see, Jill was working on a new bowl as a demonstration of the work that's involved.  It was remarkable to see her craftsmanship.  The colours of each dish were glorious and a perfect compliment to many people's homes due to the earthy tones and subtle shades of greens and blues.  These beautiful dishes ranged from $15 - $50 - very well priced!

'Gems by Gia' had truly eye popping jewelry to select from.  This particular set was stunning, incorporating Swarovski Crystals in a beautiful Sterling Silver setting.  To get a 'somewhat' equivalent set from Swarovski would cost you at least 3 times more.  Gems by Gia also offered other jewelry such as brangels - a combination of a bracelet and a bangle, that include wonderful legend cards explaining what the different gems represent.  The quality of each piece is high, using only sterling silver chains or wires.  Prices range from $25 - $99 and taxes are included as a show special.

If you haven't sent your Christmas cards out yet this year, don't fret, there's still time!  'Quintessentials' has a vast range of cards that are multi-purposed.  Each card has a magnet or ornament that detaches from the front.  It's the perfect gift for a neighbour, acquaintance, boss, friend or relative that simply wants to be thought of at this time of the year. Quintessentials also offers numerous cards for other occasions.  Prices range from $5 - $8 with the option to buy packages as well.

Don't forget your pet, they enjoy gifts too!  'Domaine De Doggie' has the perfect selection of beds and dishes - along with holders for your doggie.  Technically you could purchase one of these delightful beds for your kitty too!  What makes these so unique is that they're designed from Wine boxes of high quality wood.  These items are the perfect addition to a beautiful home and don't detract from your lovely furniture or flooring.  Prices range from $69 - $89.

Seeking a striking notebook, or are you perhaps a pin collector?  'Books by Essi' has a lovely selection of Canadian made items - with paper produced in Montreal along with letterpress greeting cards that are simple and effective.  The bow tie pins come in stunning colours and would make a statement on a bag or on your clothing.  Prices range from $4 - $18.

I found the items at this exhibit fascinating.  'Teddie' has necklaces, earings, rings and other jewelry items that all leverage vintage items.  The necklace in the picture above has a perfume holder that has been converted into a funky looking pendant.  The large wooden box contained several rings that had 'lids' that opened to reveal hidden mirrors and vintage lipstick holders were converted into necklaces.  You really need to swing by this booth to see what each piece offers as I've barely scratched the surface.  Each item was classy, stylish and truly a must have for any fashion forward individual.  Prices ranged from $5 - $50.

I'll wrap up today's post with this delightful booth from 'Rebecca Zimmerman'.  Rebecca's clothing and bags were hand designed, each piece incorporating her artwork.  The 'veggie' and 'greens' theme was used throughout items such as T-shirts for adults and children, gift tags, organic cotton food storage bags and onesies.  These fun original styled goods ranged in price from $5 - $35.

If you missed today, we hope to see you tomorrow!!

Photos provided by Freshly Viewed

Sunday, 17 November 2013

The Artisans' Gift Fair for 2013 is Fast Approaching!

Greetings shoppers!

Get ready, as the Artisans' Gift Fair is approaching soon for this year!  We will have a new collection of goods for sale starting November 30th.  Since each weekend has a different selection of vendors, don't limit yourself to only dropping by once.  We highly recommend you try to come by each weekend to see what unique gifts work for your friends, family and loved ones.  Since it's free, you have nothing to lose!

Once all of our vendors have confirmed their spots, we will be updating the website shortly with a new selection of retailers for 2013, highlighting what they will be offering.

We look forward to seeing you!

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