Best of Etsy: Great Gifts For Your Favourite Co-Worker

1. Karolin Schnoor 2016 Wall Calendar; 2. Scandimania chocolate brown Utensilo; 3. LaurasLastDitch vintage Syroco Giant Paper Clip 4. Room 606 Braun Wall Clock; 5. FranzsFavorites EMSA Trash Can; 6. VintageModernAndMore plastic desk organizer; 7. AtelierColors leather portfolio.

Considering we spend more time with our co-workers than our own families sometimes, we thought it would be nice to make a gift guide of cool Etsy finds for your best colleague.

Our board, Cool Gifts For Your Favourite Coworker consists of neat handmade and vintage items that will bring joy to any cubicle. From fantastic organizers and calendars that also double as works of art to fun stationery and unique coffee mugs that no one will dare swipe from the communal kitchen. You'll be certain to find a terrific token of appreciation for that teammate who helps make your work day a little bit brighter.

And don't forget to visit our Covet Garden Etsy Pages for gisfting inspiration for everybody on your nice list!



Some Bazaar: Holiday Craft Market Roundup

[Bookhou tote bag photographed by Arounna Khounnoraj. Bookhou is back at the One of a Kind Show.]

We here at Covet Garden love holiday craft market time. Not because we’re into acquiring stuff or we’re in the fever grip of the festive season. Rather, it’s because there are so many opportunities to discover and meet local artists and artisans as well as the chance to socialize with neighbours, friends and fellow fans of the unique and hand-crafted.

Unfortunately we don’t have room to list smaller church bazaars and local craft shows (sorry), so keep your eyes peeled for posters on lamp posts for these hidden gems—they are great venues for finding preserves, baked goods and neat knit and crocheted items.

So without further adieu, here’s our list of upcoming holiday markets in Toronto:

28th Annual Swedish Christmas Festival

For a fun family outing, visit the Harbourfront Centre for a Swede celebration of food, traditional crafts and décor items. You can also binge-watch Pippi Longstocking movies while drinking a warm glass of glögg. 

November 21–22, Harbourfront Centre (


Toronto Art Crawl Christmas Market at the Great Hall

This one-day event is now in its second year. Over 65 artists, artisans and designers will be selling their wares; there will also be a cash bar, live DJs and door prizes so things will definitely be hopping while you are shopping.

Nov. 22, the Great Hall (

One of a Kind Show and Sale

The largest craft show in North America is now also the longest—the event runs for 11 days. A good thing considering that you’ll probably need more than one day to visit all the vendors and draw up your wish list (and re-entry passes are free!).

Nov 26 to Dec. 6, Enercare Centre (


Leslieville Flea Holiday Market

Need to get your flea market jones on this month? Our friends at the Leslieville Flea are bringing their tables of unique vintage and handmade goodies inside for a big ol’ treasure hunt. Check out their website for a list of vendors closer to the date.

Nov. 29, SH Armstrong Community Centre (

[Shannon Gerard's pillows were at last year's City of Craft. Photo by Shannon Gerard] 

City of Craft

Our favourite indie marketplace. City of Craft not only showcases some of our favourite makers, this year they are welcoming a record number of first time vendors. We can’t wait to discover these fresh faces! We’ll also be contributing copies of Covet Garden Home to the COC swag bags.

Dec. 11 – 13, The Theatre Centre (


[Terrarium photo by Crown Flora]

Crown Flora Holiday Pop Up

Adam and Davis of Crown Flora really know how to pack a lot of great craftspeople into their small, Queen East shop for their Holiday Pop Up. Based on last year’s event, you can expect lineups around the block—but the wait is well worth it. Watch their website for more details closer to the event.

Dec. 19, 1233 Queen St. W., rear entrance (


Made In the Shade

[photos by Jessica Reid]

We hinted at this a couple of weeks ago, but now it’s official: Covet Garden is teaming up with our friends at Brika to host a fun paper lampshade making DIY workshop!

While most of you probably know Brika best for its online marketplace, the shop is moving into a physical space in the Yorkdale Mall for the holidays. And to promote the spirit of creativity, they are inviting folks to participate in six different events throughout the months of November and December, including wreath and centerpiece workshops with Crate and Barrel, a seminar exploring 10 Essential Habits for a Joyous 2016 with author and nutritionist Joy McCarthy and a seminar on finding your signature scent with The Kit. Brika is also hosting two kids’ craft ornament making sessions.

We’re extremely excited about our upcoming workshop on December 2nd. We spent a lot of time coming up with a project that will let you add your personal touch to your space. For our paper pendant lamp project, we provide the paper, light kit and materials to make a geometric shade. We’ll also talk about how to use a template, scoring paper and ideas on how to customize your shade to make it really shine.

At the end of our two-hour session, you’ll have a lovely lampshade and a copy of our book, Covet Garden Home, to take home as well as the experience of a fun night of crafting with friends old and new. Brika will also serve up some sweet refreshments. And all for the low cost of $55 per person.

Spaces for all sessions are limited, so sign up today at today! 


Art Attack

[Tara Cooper "God Loves Brigus" at Loop Gallery]

Over the years, Covet Garden has featured the homes of a lot of artists. Probably because of their creative take on domesticity. We also love their art and it seems that a lot of people who've we've visited in the past are having art shows now or in the near future. So we thought we'd alert you to some of these amazing exhibiions.

[Tara and Terry from Issue 13]

Last summer Tara Cooper spent the summer in a residency at Landfall Trust in Brigus, Newfoundland. "During a 3-week stay," she says, "I researched the history of the area and took note of the weather. I watched an iceberg slowly dissolve in the bay, learned about Captain Bob Bartlett, an arctic explorer who brought a polar bear home to Brigus, and met Ray, the caretaker of Landfall, who told stories about his grandfather – a whaler that lost his life in an explosion at sea." Cooper also collaborated with her partner  Terry O'Neill, "God Love Brigus"  combines sculpture, print, photography and text for a far out experience. THe show is on until Nov. 1.

[Holly Farrell, "The Hot Canary" at The Clark Gallery]


[Hollly,  from Issue 51]

When we visited artist Holly Farrel and her partner Steven Naylor in their home/studio we loved the way their objects overlapped with Holly's subject matter. Her latest show, Books, at Boston's Clark Gallery, features new paintings of dometic delights. The show runs until Nov. 2.

[Cody Deane, "Come to My Mountain" at Likely General]

[Cody from Issue 45]

When we toured painter Cody Deane's place, she was running a store on Dundas Street West. She has since closed up shop arn returned to her art practice. The fruits of her labour can be seen at the show "Come to My Mountain at Likely General. You can check out her beautiful paintings until November 1.



Covet Garden 58 Is Now Live

[cover photo by Donna Griffith]

This month we continue our fifth-anniversary celebrations by sharing a space that tells the tale of one couple's journey through life, love and family. Jelena and Srdjan built up successful careers and started a family in their native Serbia and then relocated to Canada, where they began all over again. Their house is a reflection of their experiences, not in a nostalgic way but rather an expression of openness—literally and figuratively. 

Plus, we can't get over all the amazing examples of art and design! The space has inspired us to be more creative in our everyday life (see our place setting project)We want to be Jelena and Srdjan's when we grow up.