Friday, 12 December 2014

City of Craft...

Hope that some of you can pull on some boots and check out this years City of Craft...the party starts Friday night, and ends on Sunday night!

It's been exhausting, but I'm looking forward to it!

Let's Party!

For the first time ever, City of Craft is adding a Friday night to our eruption of craft.

From 6-10 we are having a special opening night shopping party with music from our wonderful DJ Not From Concentrate. What's more? Thanks to Steamwhistle Brewery and BevLab, the first hundred (or so) people through door can opt into a $3 beer ticket. Party! Party! Party!

Free swag!

As always, we are giving away free stuffed tote bags to the first 100 people through the door on Saturday morning. Word is, the weather should be nicer by then. The tote bags feature a beautiful new design from our 2014 designer, Emily Taylor and are (almost) indestructible. To see previews of the stuff that might pop into the bags, follow us on Instagram (@cityofcraft).

Monday, 8 December 2014

Gift Guide #3: For the Mom who drove through a snowstorm for 2 hours to deliver you your passport so you could get to Vegas.

 Butterflies in the Victoria Butterfly Gardens

A butterfly garden!  Get her this bulb collection of Crown Jewels Butterfly Bush, Blue Sea Holly, Baby Joe Pye Weed and Tuberosa Butterfly Flower and Purple and White Blazing Stars.  You can help her in the garden planting them.


This completely amazing Icelandic blanket by Vik Prjonsdottir a collective of three designers who incorporate ancient Icelandic myths into the old traditions of blanket making. 

Tocca Violette Eau de Parfum from Bons Reves

Tocca has some great fragrance profiles, like Violette, with ginger oil, bergamot and coriander seed oil.  Or give her the gift set, and she can try the three favorites of their collection.

This marmalade keeps winning awards for a reason.  Pair it with some fresh biscuits.


Sign her up for garden design courses, or floral design courses at the Toronto Botanical Gardens.  It will keep her cheerful this winter, when skies are grey.


A beautiful leather wallet, for keeping everything organized.

Toasted Coconut. Medium Soy Candle. Hand-poured. 40 hr burn time.

I love lighting my candle before dinner every night, it's calming, and like a little campfire on the table.  Gift mom one from this collection.

Full of Beans Toronto

She'll appreciate a hot cup of coffee when the weather gets cooler.  Gift her some from a local roaster

Oval Scalloped Mirror Handmade Wall Mirror Ornate Organic Frameless Wall Mirror Miroir

This beautiful handmade mirror would look great in her entryway.

Spring Dishtowel

This cheerful tea towel would look great in her kitchen.  In fact all of her designs are lovely.

Rosemary "Mini-Christmas Tree" Plants
A little Rosemary Tree will keep her kitchen smelling sweet, and she can plant it outside in the Spring.  Find these at most grocery stores, along Roncesvalles in Toronto, or online.

Square handmade gold calligraphy "Today I have loved you for..." card

Never forget to keep telling her, and telling her and telling her, in a lovely note.  They will customize this card for you!  Of course it was the day you were born! xo.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Gift Guide #2: For your bearded boyfriend who makes you brunch and still writes you love notes.

noble hop toronto

Buy him a Home Brew Kit from Noble Hop....with kits like Badass IPA, you can't go wrong.
And the owner, Dave Crum is one of the nicest, most informative guys you can chat with about the finer points of home brewing.  They will even deliver to your door!

He's going to need something stylish to open those frosty beers with, and these stunning openers by Futagami have a timeless presence, when not in use. Get them at Mjolk.

Even if he's not a very outdoorsy sort of guy, and is just a casual camper, this book is a wealth of information from how to make your own emergency shelters, inventive solutions in the bush and wild edibles.

A Canadian icon inspired by a Canadian icon by an iconic Canadian company.

What a wormhole.  Tom Thompson Toque, by Roots.  Say that three times. Tom. Thompson Toque.

Leather journal, rustic orange-brown, 4" x 6", handmade journal by Dancing Grey Studio (1215)

This leather journal, for keeping track of things.

For still, summer lakes, and dreams of the warmer weather. These paddles would look great even when not in use.

Surprise him with enrollment in a class at The Healthy Butcher, or take a class together. Hone your knife skills, make pate, mortadella, haggis, hot dogs, duck confit, or sausage.  Lots of workshops available. 

2014 New Bag Arrival Genuine Leather Travel Bag Leather Duffle Bag  Weekender Bag Messenger Shoulder Bag Overnight Bag Leather Bag

This stunning handmade leather weekender bag.  I've had my eye on this one for my sweetie.

This smoked paprika is the best...seriously it will change your life.  Okay, not your life, but he'll make you the best paella you've ever had with this secret ingredient.  Stuff it in his stocking.  

100% Natural Beard Oil. Beard Tonic. Beard Conditioner. Stocking Stuffer.

He'll smell fantastic with this Cedar and Bergamot beard tonic.

Dark Brown Waxed Canvas Lunch Bag

Taking lunch to work in this waxed canvas bag will make him feel like he's on a picnic.
A rustic, explorers picnic in the Rockies.  These are beautifully made, I've gifted one before.

Magazine Rack - Wall hung wooden magazine holder

This stunning, solid walnut wall mounted magazine caddy will keep his subscriptions to National Geographic and the Walrus looking stylish.

Chevron Pattern Turkish Towel Peshtemal towel in ivory Black color Cotton Woven pure soft

He can use this Turkish peshtemal as a lightweight, quick drying towel, a throw on his couch, a beach blanket or as a wrap when you stare at the stars together around a campfire.

If he doesn't have this record.  He needs it.  Nostalgia, a glass of wine and a campfire. 

Backyard Axe Throwing League

If meeting his friends for pints is too boring there's always the Axe Throwing League, you can sign him up, and he can do some serious kick axe throwing (sorry). Or go with a group of friends, it's byob.