Best of Etsy: Countdown to Father's Day

[1. Liberty of London fabric bow tie from Speicher Tie Company; 2. Cherry iPad Speaker Dock by J. Birchfield; 3. Swordfish flask by Liquid Courage; 4. Beard Oil by Province Apothocary; 5. Personalized Wood Fly Box by Engraving Pro.

Father's Day is June 15th—a mere three weeks awayso we thought we'd give you a head's up and some help in choosing a special gift for the special guy in your life. Yes, Covet Garden has once again scoured Etsy for fantastic handmade and vintage treasures for your dad.

Of course we have lots of other lists of our favourite finds on Covet Garden's Etsy List Page. Whether you planning a summer wedding or looking for ways to make your rural retreat more homey (or your urban place more cottagey), these lists can help you pull it all together while championing independent artisans and entrepreneurs.


One of a Kind Online

[Bododo sheet set]

One of the reasons Covet Garden loves the One of a Kind Show and Sale is that this twice yearly event introduces us to meet makers from all across Canada. In fact, if we've had any complaint, it is that this event only happens two times a year.

Now you can connect with creators and their unique, handmade goods 24/7 with One Of A Kind Online, a place where you can discover Canadian artisans and their stories and purchase their products all year round.

[Créations Li mugs]

[Avril Loreti napkins]

[Masha dress]

The site launched last week but already the shop has received kudos for being easy to navigate and by keeping that connection between makers and buyers alive onlilne. We asked to OOAK vice president Patti Stewart about how the e-shop came to be. "It's an evolution," she says. "When we started 40 years ago, there was no online shopping — even 10 years ago people were still wary of it. At the same time we had so many requests from customers to bring the show to their city. And there are also talented artisans who, for many reasons, could not make it to Toronto for the show." Online, says Stewart, "allows everybody to be part of the family."

If you have a passion for handmade, you should explore One Of A Kind Online. Above are some of our cyber favourites so far! Let us know what you love in the comments.


Postcard from Oaxaca: The Art Of Textiles

[Images: Lynda Felton]

The Textile Museum in Oaxaca (Museo Textil de Oaxaca) is in a beautifull colonial–era building that itself was constructed on the grounds of the former Dominican convent of San Pablo. This two-story baroque Oaxacan mansion dates to the 18th century and was restored as part of its mandate to save the city's historical center and create new cultural spaces. The restoration project began in 2007 and the museum was inaugurated in 2008.

Today, the museum's main purpose is to study, preserve and promote the diversity of textiles of the indigenous people of Mexico and the world. Besides exhibit rooms, it also contains a conservation workshop, textile storehouse, education center and library.

During my visit, the museum featuried two exhibits. The first showcased artists from an embroidery collective who created a 35-foot long tapestry that paid tribute to Mexico’s history of the making of fibers, cloth and other textile goods. This tradition goes back to at least 1400 BCE — and the style of embroidery of the Otomi women in the Tenango Valley of Hidalgo, Mexico can be traced back to pre Aztec Meso-America.

In the second exhibit, a group of artists, scientists and students teamed up to explore the possibilities of combining historic textile techniques with new digital tools. This collaboration is also dedicated to encouraging research in the areas of communication and "soft computing" in the assessment of textile arts as an integral component of human experience.


Issue 45 is Now Live!

[Image: Donna Griffith]

This month, Covet Garden takes a tour of artist and entrepreneur Cody’s semi-gothic live/work space. It is an amazing space that houses collections of antiques and ephemera! Frankly, it made us swoon so we know that you'll love exploring this space too.

Also inside our May issue: Festival ready looks inspired by Cody’s vintage style; cool ways to cook with Kale; and great paper goods for your own home.

And don't forget to subscribe to Covet Garden: It's free and you'll get a monthly newsletter letting you know when the next issue goes live — plus the latest CG news and announcements.


Green Up Your Cocktail With Kale

[Image: Donna Griffith]

Most customers are a little scared of a kale cocktail, but once they try it they usually like it, especially if they like a Negroni or other bitter cocktails - See more at:

If you balk at eating your greens, consider drinking them instead. Okay, we admit that there's probably no nutritional value to adding an infusion of kale to your cocktail, but the tart taste of this leafy green works nicely with a bitter liqueur such as cynar, to bring out the herbal flavour of gin.

Covet Garden asked Toronto-based food stylist and recipe developer LeeAnne Wright to mix up a sweet kale syrup to help freshen up your next drink.

[image: Jessica Reid]


 Kale Syrup

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

a large handful of kale leaves

1. Boil water and stir sugar until it's dissolved. Then remove from heat.

2. Add kale leaves. Let steep 20 minutes.

3. Add to blender or food processor. Blend thoroughly, then strain most of the mixture into a clean sealable container (leaving some kale leaves makes the cocktail a little more colourful). Lasts up to 1 week in fridge.