Sail Away With These Great Nautical Gift Ideas!

Much more than jewelry this holiday season, I have more vintage wares and home decor than ever before!
This very unique, near mint, blue velvet Sheffield Manicure Kit, not only contains high quality tools, but is also SHAPED LIKE A SHELL! Don't disappoint your high maintenance mermaid this holiday, make sure to get them this great utilitarian piece to make nail preening even more fun.

I have one set of these great vintage brass repousse sail boat wall hangings, and only one beautiful sweetheart themed vintage necklace with hollow, embossed double sided charms!

Hand Painted Sign for Acadia Books!

I've been working very hard freshening things up lately at Acadia Books, my favourite local bookstore! My latest project there was designing and painting their sandwich board. Of course I had to use the adored store cat and mascot, Michou as my inspiration! Using her and some fancy gold leaf paint, this is what I came up with, and I am very happy with it!
Acadia Books is now on instagram! Follow us for inspiring posts featuring art, prints, books and of course the adventures of Michou! Or better yet visit the shop for art books, rare books, postcards maps and other ephemera!

New Mixed Metals mini collection at the Leslieville Arts Market

Shake it! Floating watch parts in vintage watch case pendant, full of tiny treasures!

Shake it! Floating watch parts in vintage watch case pendant, full of tiny treasures!

Vintage hammered metal choker necklace.

Vintage hammered metal choker necklace.

Mixed deadstock brass findings and vintage bits on mixed metal chain.

Mixed deadstock brass findings and vintage bits on mixed metal chain.

ultra mini 1cm locket with flower detail

ultra mini 1cm locket with flower detail

open locket

open locket

Long hanging reflective metal triangle pendant

Long hanging reflective metal triangle pendant

New at Arts Market this week

A true one of a kind piece! This antique watch case has 7 layers of authentic disassembled watch parts <3

Super tiny vintage locket with antique watch parts set in resin1

A restock of my popular Mechanical Heart mini stud earrings in a rainbow of colours!

The pendant to end all pendants! This incredibly detailed beauty was removed from a vintage brooch and converted to this beautiful golden black chain. This one almost didn't make it out of the studio, i'm in love with it!

Fringe Club Recap

Fringe Club Night Market

What a week! Rained out HARD on day one and a few too many hours in the blistering sun for this vampiric night owl. Overall, despite the elements, the Traveling Arts Market vendors and I had a great time and couldn't have asked for a more wonderful crowd! On July 9th, Arts Market and I celebrated our 4 year anniversary, I am proud to be the last remaining original vendor! I have been part of the Leslieville location since the very first day and we have grown together over the years. I'm not sure what I would be doing right now if I hadn't joined Arts Market and started up this treasuring/jewelstress business, but I am happy life lead me here! Thank you so much to all my amazing customers, to Daniel Cohen for creating Arts Market, my supportive and encouraging friends and a special loving thank you to my mom for all her support and additional treasure hunting outside Toronto!

Moth friend hanging out with me in my booth.

Celebrating 4 years of my jewel business!

Evening python ribs from my Bone Collection

Launched my new Mini Mechanical Hearts at Fringe, they are&nbsp;back in stock, but very limited!

Launched my new Mini Mechanical Hearts at Fringe, they are back in stock, but very limited!

Jodi shows us how it's done!

I met beautiful and stylish lady about Toronto Jodi Lai at the Leslieville Arts Market a few weeks ago. She was thrilled to tell me how this amazing 70's cape she picked up from the vintage clothing section of my boutique got her tons of attention on the streets of Toronto! This item was obviously waiting for her, as I don't know how anyone could possibly rock it harder than she did! Photos by Chris Smart

Clearly this lady just walked out of movie from another era!

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Traveling Arts Market at The Ossington

July 10th from 7 - 10 pm at The Ossington we kick off our first edition of Traveling Arts Market, where we bring the market to you! I will be bringing a lots of new pieces, it's a great opportunity for those in the west end who never travel all the way to Leslieville to come and get the goods. So bring some cash, drop in for a drink and say come say hello!
Participating vendors include Miller Art, OULA Design, Wood Be Cute, Tied Up, Gotamango, Man of Craft and Tied Up.

See you there!

NXNE

This year at NXNE was one of the best! It doesn't take a lot to fill up your days, a mere few great bands will do just that.  I was early enough for every show, and didn't get the dreaded capacity lock out I experienced many times last year, even with a priority pass. I had the best spot in the house at Lee's Palace to see Goat & Pissed Jeans who were both a few of the major highlights of the festival for me. Also seeing Metz twice and Swans at Young and Dundas was exceptionally fantastic. 

There were a variety of awesome events at Edward Day gallery over the weekend. The Pizza Underground Pizza party offered free pizza, Velvet Underground covers with lyrics about pizza as well as a 5 foot pizza on stage definitely giving 'za the love it deserves. 

The People Put Out party on sunday had a great lineup and a local indie label market. My longtime pal Ivy Lovell was there selling various prints and great amounts of beer were had by all who desired.

Metz at Lee's Palace

Metz at Lee's Palace

This statue outside Edward day has incredibly versatile hand gestures! They held pizza for the Pizza Underground show, &nbsp;beers for the Put Out Productions event &amp; Fleshlights for the comedy party.

This statue outside Edward day has incredibly versatile hand gestures! They held pizza for the Pizza Underground show,  beers for the Put Out Productions event & Fleshlights for the comedy party.

Comedian  David Heti &nbsp;&amp; I enjoying  Young Mother  at Edward Day. Shot by Ivy Lovell.

Comedian David Heti & I enjoying Young Mother at Edward Day. Shot by Ivy Lovell.

Portrait People event at Oz Studios

I was more than happy to help out my long time friend Ivy Lovell with her hugely successful Pop Up Portrait Show at Oz Studios! After a plentiful four year run, it is a shame to see the space go,  this being one of the last events to take place, it was a pleasure to be involved.

The rig

The rig

Portrait People Sandwich Board
The lady of the hour and I between portrait patrons.

The lady of the hour and I between portrait patrons.

My photo in the show, taken at Ivy's studio.

My photo in the show, taken at Ivy's studio.

It was busy all night, what a success. We capped off the evening after Ivy took around 80 portraits!

It was busy all night, what a success. We capped off the evening after Ivy took around 80 portraits!

Joe's portrait was one of my favourites! He is a lovely friend, a multi talented man and the proprietor of the soon to be late OzStudios. Visit his BLOG or follow his work on Instagram!

Joe Fuda by Ivy Lovell