Happy Anniversary, One of a Kind!

[Face Masks, $42 each, Narae Kim and Elie Nehme, Artifact Skin Co., Oakville, ON]

As fans of all things handmade, the annual One of a Kind Christmas Show and Sale is one of the Covet Garden team's favourite places to hang out, meet artisans and artists and, yes, do a little bit of shopping. And this year promises to be an even bigger party as OOAK is celebrating its 40th birthday!

The maker movement has never been stronger, and the show unites the best of Canadian Craft all the Direct Energy Centre’s massive roof. For ten days, visitors can explore the cutting edge of craft with everything from traditionally made ceramics to laser cut and 3D printed projects. And makers and buyers can build a deeper understanding of the creative process through DIY workshops and demonstrations.

It’s also an affordable way to bring great objects of beauty into your home. The show starts November 27th and runs until December 7th but here’s a preview of some of our favourite first time vendors to help you start planning your visit!

 [Canadian birch print sweatshirt, $55, Areta Gawrachynsky, OuiMe, Toronto, ON]

[Fox embroidery kit, $15, Michelle Galletta, Kiriki Press, Toronto, ON]

[Fruitcakes, $20, Pierre and Marilyne Rodrigue-Trudel, Toque & Tablier, Drummondville, QC]

[Wooden utensils, $30 each, Wilfried Elzner, Elzner Originals, Cobourg, ON]


Toronto Holiday Market Roundup

[pouch by Bookhou. City of Craft Market]

Like Charlie Brown, we’re not big on the commercialization of Christmas (or Hanukah or Kwanzaa for that matter). But one thing that does get us in the holiday spirit is the number of upcoming holiday craft markets because they give us a chance to discover the city's movers and makers in person.

In fact, we’re proud to announce that we’re one of the sponsors of City of Craft on December 12, 13 and 14th at the new Theatre Centre on Queen Street West (1115 Queen Street West). We take our sponsor duties seriously and are donating 40 copies of Covet Garden Home to select City of Craft loot bags (which are given to the first 100 visitors to the market).

There is so much handmade holiday love happening in the city over the next couple of weeks that we can’t share it all. But here’s a round-up of four more notable goings-on about town:

1. #UnwrapEtsy Holiday Pop Up

From November 21st to 26th at the Huntclub on College (709 College Street), you can meet your favourite local Etsy Makers in person! We’re looking forward to checking out offerings from Minouette, Nathalie-Roze, Said the King and Smashprinting, to name but four.

[Smash poster. From the #Unwrap Etsy Market]

2. Craft Ontario Holiday Pop Up Shop

Craft Ontario’s Gallery space (990 Queen Street) is hosting a curated collection of cool jewels, glass and ceramic objects, and paper, textiles and wood wares all kinds of price points. We’re saving our pennies for Eun Mi Lee’s porcelain skull salt and pepper shakers but we’re also excited by Stephanie Fortin’s shibori-dyed cushions and Steven Woodruff’s Molotov Water Bottles. (November 28th to Dec 24th,)

[Coeur de Lion Textiles will be at the Craft Ontario Market]

3. Leslieville Flea Holiday Market

On Sunday, November 30th at SH Armstrong Community Centre(near Dundas and Coxwell), our frinds at the Leslieville Flea are ring out 2014 with vintage and handmade blowout. We can’t wait to get our hands on Mika Fleur Designs delicate ceramic planters.

[Mika Fleur Design]

4. Crown Flora Holiday Market

Adam and Davis are stocking their shop (1233 Queen Street West, rear entrance on Gwynne Ave.) with “greens, trees and festive cheer” at this one day event. Stop by the shop to peruse well crafted treasures from vendors such as Ressurection Fern, Greenhouse Juice, Kid Icarus and Cambie Designs. (December 6, 11-6)

[Crown Flora planter]


Best of Etsy: Green Christmas

1.Tapio Wirkkala Iittala Ultima Thule highball glass from MidMomStore; 2. Dots furoshiki in rust from The Link Collective; 3. Vintage pinecone ornament from Efinegifts; 4. Vintage Swedish linen tablecloth from Loppislover; 5. Ho Ho Ho postcard from Mozaiq; 6. Hand-printed gift tags from Anna Joyce.

We here at Covet Garden have been thinking long and hard about decorating for the upcoming holiday season. This year, we are really focussing on finding festive things that are eco-friendly and fun enough that we could use them all year-round. So we turned to Etsy to seek out handmade and vintage items such as cloth furoshiki's to wrap presents in, cards and tags made from recycled paper and great wintery objects and ornaments to add cheer all-year-long.

We wrapped them all up in a new treasury called Holiday In, to help inspire your own Christmas, Hanukah or Kwanzaa celebrations. Remember that it takes a while for parcels to arrive in the mail, so start shopping today!


Green Giving

[image: Pure Green Magazine]

Since the stores are already filling up with Christmas decorations, we thought that we would get on the holiday bandwagon and help you simplify your shopping list. If you love our special print edition Covet Garden Home, chances are your friends, family and colleagues will as well. And if you love Covet Garden, we know you'll love Pure Green Magazine — a Canadian publication dedicated to supporting an eco-friendly lifestyle, handmade culture, small businesses and green designers from around the world.

We've teamed up with Pure Green Magazine to make you a special offer: Purchase a copy of our special print edition Covet Garden Home plus the most recent issue of Pure Green Magazine for only $25 plus postage.

Visit our online shop and save! (Offer only available to Canadian residents).

If you have a long "nice" list, we also want to let you know that you can buy Covet Garden Home in bulk at a discounted price. Contact us for more information.


Issue 51 is Now Live!

[Painting by Holly Farrell]

This month, Covet Garden pays a leisurely visit to the Parkdale home of Holly and Steven. The couple lives in a lovingly renovated their late 1800s Parkdale house that's filled stocked it with fun, vintage collections. Holly also uses these collections as inspiration for her art practice. And we just want to add that mere pictures and prose cannot convey how warm and witty Holly and Steven are. We loved spending time with them and we know you will too!

In fact, we were so inspired by Holly and Steven that we created a new monthly feature called "Our View," in which the Covet Garden team talks about how our featured homes made us think about our own spaces and collections. This month Lynda talks about how she and Holly are kindred collecting spirits, while Jessica discusses the meaningfulness of art. As a special, blog only bonus track, yours truly (Rhonda) shares an appreciation for listening to David Sylvian on a rainy day. Watch this video directed by Anton Corbijn and starring photographer Angus McBean to see what I mean.