Sunday, February 22, 2015

We're GOLDEN!

DIY Gold Shoes!
We have the midas touch!  Jill (of Headmistress) and I have taken to making everything we touch turn to gold!  I had a couple pair of cheap and cheerful shoes that I had owned for a while.  Purchased them in a moment of poor judgement where I was convinced by the price.  I didn't quite think about how these colours are just not for me.  Well no problem...
Grab a can of gold spray paint and give those babies a few coats.  We took to our backyard, a.k.a. graffiti alley, where the scent of spray paint is the norm.  Make sure to remove laces, tape off the soles and fill the interior of the shoes with paper.  We only wanted to make the leather/suede parts golden and wanted to avoid over spray.  For even coverage, spray several light coats waiting for each coat to dry before the next coat.  The suede will absorb a lot and require several coats admittedly making them a bit crunchy, but I don't mind.
And taaaa daaaa!  The neglected shoes become every day wearables!  I always need more gold shoes!
This is one of my favourite photos taken all of last year.  Stumbled across this leaf stained sidewalk in Parkdale.  Beauty is everywhere!

Next up, DIY Polka Dot Gold Leather Skirt
Jill carefully cut out perfect round circles of tape and applied them to a vintage black leather skirt.  We eagerly took it out back and Jill gave it a few coats of gold.
Again, mist several light coats for even paint colour.
And wear napkins as masks if nothing else more effective is handy!
Once dry, remove the tape to reveal amazing black and gold dotted mini skirt!

We have found that the gold will develop a slightly antiqued look after a fair amount of wear, but that was expected.  Just don't be surprised.  After all, this is paint and not dye.

Anyhow, I am already lining up some more goodies to attack with the spray can!  Can't wait for Spring weather especially with these near minus 30 C temps!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

STUDIO SALE tomorrow!!

It's a snowy day here in Toronto.  I love a fresh fluffy snow, before it all turns to snirt from traffic and trampling.

Spending the afternoon doing some last preparations for tomorrow's Studio Sale!  Thought we'd preview some of the wares from the four of us participating.  Clockwise from top left, flip doll by Fidoodle, felted wool hat by Julie Sinden Handmade, Floral Bauble Necklace by MoonRox and table runner by Avril Loreti.  Something for everyone of all ages!  Looks like all of us have lined up some stellar deals!  For MoonRox, everything will be $50 and under with some items up to 90% off, so don't miss it!!  Stock up on jewels for a few bucks!  This never happens, so don't miss it!  Here's the flyer with all the deets!
And here is a selection of jewels coming to the sale!









INLAND Fall 2014

Now that I have a functioning computer again, I am slowly catching up on months and months of blogging.  It really should be a couple years of catch up but that old stuff is just a little too ancient news!  It's so refreshing to have a quick computer instead of staring at the ever frustrating spinning rainbow wheel that cripples my iMac!  So be prepared for some posts that don't reflect the freezing cold climate we are submerged in right now!

Way back on a sunny weekend in September 2014, we took part in a new show called INLAND that featured an amazing roster of fashion and accessories designers from across Canada.  It was at 99 Sudbury which is a lovely space. Here are some quick snaps!
Our friends Stacey and Karen of Dagg and Stacey clearly have spent over a decade as a design team and tight friends.  Matchy matchy!
The MoonRox display.
Rear patio facing the train tracks.  Snuck a couple wee escapes out here on this gorgeous weekend.
Hand knit pom pom toque by Simple Smiles & Co.
INLAND is working on their next show this May.  Currently contemplating whether or not to add it to the schedule.  In any case, we will have to visit!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Art and Architecture Excursion

A couple weeks ago we rolled outta town and went on an art and architecture day across the border.  It's a quiet time of year, so we got a private tour of the Darwin Martin House by Frank Lloyd Wright. So fascinating to hear about such talent.  Our guide was a volunteer that was a retired teacher and you could tell he just loved talking about the property and about F.L.W.!  It was hard to tell what was original and what was reproduced in the house, but they are painfully restoring it to its original glory.   Difficult to believe that the house had a period of time that it was abandoned and in complete disrepair. The window shown in the first photo costs something like $20,000 for each one and there are so many!?  I think that is what he said!?  They will be slowly replacing them over time and when funds are available.  It is a beautiful home and it was super interesting to learn of its background.  

Following the Martin House tour, we went to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and toured the collection.  Highlights for me were the large Frank Stella pieces and the massive graphite wall drawing in the staircase by Sol Lewitt.  Snuck a few photos including one with the David Adamo pieces in the sculpture courtyard.  We left feeling inspired to paint which is really something I have neglected since art school.  It's now been added to my giant To Do List.

STUDIO SALE

Hey Toronto people!  We've teamed up with the fabulous creative ladies behind Avril Loreti Modern Home, Fidoodle and Julie Sinden Handmade for all sorts of goodness.  Come see us this Sunday, February 22 at the Theatre Centre Café at 1115 Queen Street West. 

We'll be bringing amazing markdowns, samples, seconds and craft supplies too!  Come score some gems!  We'll be at the café from 11am to 5pm.  Hope to see you there!

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