etsy at indigo

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I’m loving how two of my absolute faves have collaborated… Indigo Etsy. Last week I attended Indigo’s Member Exclusive: Spring Shopping Event at the Eaton Centre, where I saw all the new Etsy goodies Indigo is now carrying. It is so nice to see Etsy designers and artisans get the opportunity to share their products at one of Canada’s best!

Here are some of the highlights:

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Honeycomb Studio’s stunning Procelain Copper Bud Vase Set makes me want to go out and buy flowers right now!

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RichwoodCreations‘ Maple Herringbone Cutting Board is so perfect for everyday use and would make a great hostess gift!

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Studiopatro’s Easy as Pie Linen Tea Towel is cute as pie!

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I love Lily Dawson Designs‘ sparkly Painted Avis Earrings. They come in a number of colours for every occasion. Dress them down in the day or up for the night!

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Knot & Bow has been a favourite of mine for a while now. It is fun to see them at Indigo. Every part needs some Party Confetti!

 

I hope Indigo continues to support Etsy and more Etsy designers and artisans (especially Canadian shops!) get to show off and share their talent with Canada and the world!

 

–rayna marlee

 

let’s do it april

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Life has been very busy and there have been lots of things going on in my personal life but that is no excuse. It is a new month and I have set new goals … and back to blogging it is!

So I am going to get right back into it with my monthly favourite. Let’s do it April!

The weather is finally starting to show signs of spring. I am beyond excited to get outside and enjoy the sunshine and not wear boots!

 

Here are some of the events I am looking forward to:

Toronto Art Expo: Friday April 10 – Sunday April 13, 2014 ($15 admission)

Made By Hand (Craft Shows): Saturday April 12, 2014 from 11:00am – 5:00pm ($5 admission)

Toronto Indie Arts Market (Spring Mixed Media Market): Saturday April 12, 2014 from 10:30am- 4:30pm ($5 admission)

Leslieville Flea (last indoor market): Sunday April 20, 2014 from 10:00am – 5:00pm (FREE)

Parkdale Flea (Arts Bazaar): Sunday April 26, 2014 from (FREE)

 

get out of the city for “day-cation” …

Elora Spring Antique Show (22nd Annual Show): April 12-13, 2014 from Saturday from 10:00am – 5:00pm and Sunday from 11:00am – 5:00pm ($7 admission)

 

I will continue to update the list – so come back soon!

–rayna marlee

anything but pink valentine’s day

Blog - 23.anything but pink copyThe day after Christmas ends, stores instantly change from red and green to pink and red. You blink, and there it is, a sea of pink and red. I do love pink and red and of course they are the colour of love, but this year my Valentine’s Day picks are inspired by a not-so-traditional Valentine’s Day. I like to call this collection “Anything But Pink (and Red) Valentine’s Day”. If you are feeling like trying a new look for the celebration of love this week, take a peak at some of my faves. (above photo)

write your love down (cards):Blog - 23.anything but pink1 copy (be mine, you’re my very favourite, i love you, we go together like salt & pepper)

jazz up your space (decor):Blog - 23.anything but pink2 copy(photo heart, heart banner, heart plant, heart ornaments)

indulge in some (treats):Blog - 23.anything but pink4 copy(chocolate cupcake, heart pie, heart oreo brownie, egg + toast)

… and a few extras…  Blog - 23.anything but pink3 copy(i like you, gold heart mug, confetti, mini hearts)

Valentine’s day isn’t about the ocean of pink… it is about spending time with the ones you love and care for. Don’t forget to say I LOVE YOU (and not just on February 14th!)

–rayna marlee

let’s do it february

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February is a short month but there is still lots to do. I know I will be spending many of my Sundays at the markets (which are mostly indoor right now!) We also have a long weekend in February (Family Day Weekend), so make sure to take advantage of it. Plan a get-away even if it is a short distance away or spend your extra day trying something new and of course, don’t forget to spend time with your family!

Looking for some vintage goodies or yummy fresh produce… Here are some markets to swing by:

Makers Market Saturday February 1, 11:00am – 6:00pm

Parkdale Flea Sunday February 2, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Annex Flea Sunday February 9, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Leslieville Flea Sunday February 23, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Winter Farmers Market at Steamwhistle Brewery every Sunday until February 23, 10:00am – 2:00pm

Dufferin Grove’s Farmers Market, Thursdays from 3:00pm – 7:00pm

The Stop’s Farmers’ Market at Wychwood Barn, Saturdays from 8:00am -12:00pm

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Take advantage of Canadian winter. Here are some fun winter activities:

Brrrrr! Winter Music Festival at Echo Beach, February 1

Skate Day at Evergreen Brickworks February 17, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Bloor-Yorkville Icefest, February 22 + 23, 12:00pm – 5:00pm

A couple classics… tobogganing at any large snowy hill, hiking in High Park or Evergreen Brickworks, and wine tasting in the Niagara region!

…and once you’ve frozen your tush off… Maybe try something a little warmer like the Toronto Tea Festival on February 1 + 2.

Embrace winter but stay warm!!

–rayna marlee

valentine’s day dessert decor

Blog - 20.Valentine'sToppers copyWhoever you will be celebrating with this February 14th, whether it is your boyfriend or girlfriend, your husband or your wife, or maybe your sister or best friend, make sure to:

1. share some love

2. have fun

3. eat chocolate and sweets

… because isn’t that what the holiday is all about? Pick your favourite cupcake recipe and bake! This is the one I will be trying. Mmm … toffee crunch. Oh, and once you bake, don’t forget to decorate!

Valentine’s Day (or any love occasion) dessert decor on sale on my Etsy page. Here are some of the goodies for sale.

Some are sparklyDSC_5982 DSC_6018some have polka dotsDSC_5999and custom ones too!DSC_6050 DSC_6170Don’t forget to bake and decorate! Happy baking!

–rayna marlee

beautiful bike storage shelf

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deblackbear furniture and Son of A Woodcutter shared their amazing bike storage shelfcollaboration at the first Leslieville Flea Market in the Distillery District this past weekend. The bike storage shelf is a unique design and has a really neat way to be mounted onto a wall. It is a great way to store your bike but also display it (especially in these cold winter months). Your bike is now not only your main commute but also a piece of art (possibly the most expensive art you have hanging)! Did I mention it is made out of reclaimed pallet wood?! Pretty cool!

I predict a bright future for these amazingly awesome guys! Keep riding! Check out some pictures from the market below.

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Now go get yours!

–rayna marlee

Easy DIY Bejeweled Toques

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Over the holidays, my sisters and I made these super easy DIY beanies (or toques as we like to call them here in Canada). It is a great activity for a night in with your friends (or sisters in my case). 

All you need is:

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- a hat (I got mine on sale from Target Canada for $2.99)

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- cheap beaded jeweled bracelets (stores like Ardene, Claire’s, H&M, or Forever 21 are great) and

- a needle and thread and/or fabric glue and scissors

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You first want to cut up the bracelets so you have lots of beads and jewels to choose from.

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Then create a design you want to make.

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Either sew or glue (this will depend on preference, as well as style and size of jewels)

Simple – you’re done!

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A Few Helpful Tips: 

-When buying the bracelets make sure the jewels are individual and on a string so they will be easy to cut apart

-Try a variety of designs (take a picture of each one) and then choose your fav to make! Don’t settle on your first – they often get better, the more you make!

-Create the design close together because it stretches when you wear it.

-If sewing, choose a thread as close to the same colour as your hat.

-Have fun, stay warm, and make a statement. 

 

If you’re still looking for something to keep your head warm, check out my friend Fleur who makes amazing beanies (although right now she is still only in The Netherlands … come to Canada!!)

–rayna marlee