Painted Tree Designs

Sunday, May 16, 2010

TORONTO - City of Craft Applications are Up (till Aug 31)

City of Craft is a spectacular Toronto craft event that takes place in December at the Theatre Centre (Queen W. near Dovercourt)

The application is up and running online here ... and it's really affordable since so many people come through the space on Sat and Sun.


Photo - from Coldsnap Bindery's flickr account -

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

I heart Owls

Here are some Owls I've found on my electronic travels ---

I found Iittala Taika Espresso Cup & Saucer with owl motif at Cloudberry Living, a site that sells Scandinavian design

Polkadot Shop's Stitched Circle Owl card sets are fantastic! (found via Funky Finds)

Estela Lugo's Owl version of Animal Attraction pillows (found via Fawn & Forest)

And these Hootie Decals - stick them to the walk and then can write on them with chalk!

Friday, March 6, 2009

funky stuff to buy - birds

So I've not been very good about posting and figured since I have a ton of webpages bookmarked that are things I would love to own or find totally inspiring or intriguing so a good way to be more consistent is to post some of those and spread the word about other amazing things. At craft shows I always do an excellent job promoting other peoples creations so why not extend that in to the virtual world.

Birds are my favourite so here's a selection of my finds:

Geninne is an etsy shop that has gorgeous watercolours of birds and She also has a blog

Modern Bird Jewelry ~Metalsmithing by Laura Flavin makes amazing bird jewellery and more!

Mama Bird and Baby Bird in the Nest necklace

Kris for Calligraphy has come great magnets and she is a professional calligrapher.
Check out her blog here and her etsy store here

Monday, February 9, 2009


image from here

I'm so excited about this... I hope I can get someone to cover my shift at the library of teeth!

Premiere Handmade Nation here:

Date: Thursday February 26, 2009

Time: Film – 7pm Discusssion – 8.30pm-10pm

Location: Lennox Contemporary Gallery
12 Ossington Ave. (near Queen)
Toronto, Ontario

Co-presented by: Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto Craft Alert & City of Craft as part of DIwhy?, an exhibition of do-it-yourself art & craft on Jan. 20- Mar. 1 at the OCC Gallery.

Valentine Bounty at Fresh Collective

the Fresh Collective has a big Valentine theme going on their Blog with suggestions and one of my cards (hand cut hearts) made it onto the blog!

Check out all the suggestions and choices!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

it's an exciting day

It's Obama's inauguration today and I'm excited that this is happening in my life time.

To send you off with a smile - although today I'm expecting to see a lot of those - but just in case here is something that will make you smile. It happened in Liverpool station yesterday and it was actually organized by a cellphone company as an ad. But while you watch it, with the sound on, look at the people who are standing by, starting to join in and smiling big.

we all need that ... more opportunities to smile big.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

things I have made with the Paper Place's paper!!!

Almost didn't know where to beginning! More can be seen HERE on my flickr page. The Paper Place is my happy place :)

OH MY OH MY CONTEST - The Paper Place (or my land of happiness)

So it's pretty well established that I'm a big time lover of paper. I love working with it and as a visual junkie it's definitely my "drug" of choice. This means that the Paper Place is like my own personal mecca. Walking into the store make me happy. There's so much to choose from it can be overwhelming but my visits always start with a walkabout and then lead to my favourite thing - the Scrap Bags. When ever I can used found objects or recycled goods in my cards, I'm a happy girl... it's also quite cost effective for me since I'm back in school. So the scrap bags are ideal because the Paper Place creates these packages of end strips or smaller pieces in a mixed bag of fun. On the TTC ride home I can't restrain myself from going through the package and seeing what kinds of things have been included. I've also noticed that they've started back up with workshops so I'm looking forward to taking a look at them for the new year. So i was overjoyed when I heard about this amazing contest...

We decided to get into the holiday spirit with a contest of our own.

We have put together the ultimate Chiyogami sample pack, an 8.5x11” sheet of every Chiyogami paper we offer in our online store

637 patterns in total (retail value $1911.00).

Interested in entering? It couldn’t be easier. There are a number of ways you can win:

  • First, simply leave a comment below. That will earn you 1 entry in the contest.
  • Mention our contest in your blog, (feel free to use the photo above) and add a link to your post in your comment below. This will earn you 5 extra entries.
  • earn another 5 extra entries is to add a link in your comment to a photo of work you have done using our papers. Please only post links to photos you have permission to use of work YOU have done.
  • make a video, upload it to Youtube and provide a link in your comment below. Let us know why you should be the one to win – doing so earns you 50 extra entries.

The contest will close December 31st at midnight. The winner will be chosen at random and notified the first week of January. Remember, for us to contact you should you win, you must have entered your email address in the appropriate box provided when submitting your post. It will remain private and NOT be used for any solicitation purposes!


Sunday, November 16, 2008

Toronto blogs I like

I've been horrid about keeping up. School's been a bit of an adjustment to say the least. I've not been keeping up with looking at as many things online as well... who would have thought I could miss temping. So I thought I would share some blogs that I've found by Toronto based creatives. Also Toronto Craft Alert has a link to lots of Toronto blogs.

Kim's Suitcase is Kim Kutner's business with cards, beautiful fabric badges, creatures etc.
She'll be at the One of Kind Show coming up in November
her blog
her store

Benita has two great businesses. We are Wedges is a great site to explore
House of Hsueh is her fashion business with accessories
It also has a facebook page

Girl Number Twenty makes some of the most beautiful children's quilts and other items made from recycled or reworked materials.
Her blog
her store

Karyn launched an amazing store on Queen West, the workroom
(on the North side somewhat west of Gladstone)
You can rent sewing machines and other equipment, fantastic fabrics, patterns,
or take some workshops
Her blog

Illustrator Tania Howells has lots of creations including a new children's book
Her blog
Her shop

"[murmur] is a documentary oral history project that records stories and memories told about specific geographic locations. "

My Belle Bijoux has gorgeous jewellery.
Her blog
Her store

Lisa Pijuan-Nomura
Lisa is an artist living and working in Toronto, Canada
Her blog
The Good Catch General Store on Queen West
1556 Queen Street West (at Sorauren) Toronto, Ontario

City of Craft is taking place on Dec 13!

Sweetie Pie Press creates fantastic buttons.

Lots of creations by Lindsay Zier-Vogel


Saturday, September 20, 2008

I'm a Truant from my blog but it's school's fault!

I've been quite the no show but heading back to school has been a bit of a crazy ride so this blog has unfortunately gotten pushed to the side for a bit.

And I'm lucky enough to have been invited by Jenn of
Toronto Craft Alert to help with the posting on the site so that is the blog that's been getting my attention as of late.... definitely check it out since there are always new events coming in left right and centre.

Check out Robot A Day

Erin of Anatomy of a Skirt has come up with a great new project. From Mon to Fri, she creates and posts a different version of her robot pouches. She adapts them to a completely new style every day (mermaids, ninjas) Most robots have a limited run (usually 5 to 10 sometimes a bit more so they get bought up fast)