Thanks to Toronto jewellery designer Pamela Lauz’s kind invitation, I was able to enjoy today’s grand opening of the annual ONE-OF-A-KIND CHRISTMAS SHOW here in Toronto, featuring all sorts of treasures, hand-crafted foods & beverages, clothing, home accessories, fun kids stuff and gifts for everyone in the family including Fido and Fluffy! The show runs Nov.23 to Dec.3rd – check out www.oneofakindshow.com for details and directions. So…let’s visit Pamela’s booth first….
and here are some still photos of Pamela’s beautiful designs – www.PamelaLauz.com Based in Hillier, ON, Fables, Fantasy & Fairy Tales (below) displayed some charming wee fairies (who doesn’t love fairies?!). www.fairys.com I then met this lovely young lady (below) selling divine candles courtesy of the www.vancouvercandleco.com Available locally from Indigo’s, the yummy fragrances include a line dedicated to Toronto’s cool neighbourhoods. Personally, I think my Yorkville candle smelled a lot nicer than the Rosedale one…but I guess I’m a little biased. LOL! So many great Christmas gift ideas, like these below…. …and who knew a tin can can become a fabulous musical instrument? Yes, here’s a musical interlude presented by www.rosbilt.com located in Stella, Ontario.
Are these cool or what? And no One of a Kind Show would be complete without visiting artist Rob Croxford who always makes me smile. www.robcroxford.com
Meet the super cute hand-stitched mohair teddies from UXBEARies. Oh my gosh, I wanted to bring every single one of them home with me. Judy & Jill Sword of Bracebridge craft them individually, adding in their wee personalities and accessories. Check out they Etsy online store: www.etsy.com/shop/uxbearies Psst, Santa, please bring me a teddybear this year, okay? Next….the cutie-pattootie baby & toddler fashions of Surfing Ninjas and toys and booties from Petit Remy. This talented duo of besties offer quality as well as groovy goodies for the littlest member of your family. Two of the nicest ladies ever! www.SurfingNinjas.com www.petitremy.comOntario glassblowers www.tropicalicebergglass.com had everyone stopping in their tracks with these charming glass characters and stunning goblets and vases… I ran into Wonder Woman working the booth for www.dreampowercostumes.com The fish-tale blankie for mermaids (and mermen) of all sizes were very popular and there was a little girl visiting the booth who dressed up as a fairy princess. I was tempted to buy a new set of fairy wings…my old ones are looking a bit moth-eaten. The guys from 50pesos food truck had THE BEST salsa. Stupid me forgot to go back and grab a tub of it at the end of my visit. Check their website for news of food truck locations: www.50pesos.ca Speaking of great food…I chatted with the ladies of Rustichella flavour-infused oils & vinegars. OMG…so yummy! You can check out their complete line of products handcrafted in Toronto here: www.rustichella.caBetter still, here’s co-owner Julie to tell us all about her products…
Designer Sandy from www.pulpfunction.ca showed off her unique lights/art…check these out! Located in Thornhill, Sandy has a great online shop so do visit her website for more fun installations for home and office. Alicja Confections…you had me at hello! This stunning booth designed like an art gallery displayed delicious premium chocolate bars incorporating all sorts of flavours. My favourite? The Valencia with orange peel and dark chocolate. But the packaging alone is so gorgeous, you might even forget about the chocolate inside….naaaah. Gobble gobble gobble! Sadly, they’re located in Ottawa but they will be accepting online orders soon. www.alicjaconfections.com (site is currently under construction) Ooo, look – more sweeties for me…here are the delicious cookies and dessert sauces courtesy of www.EstherGould.com No preservatives are used and let me tell you, the almond shortbreads were so tasty. I’m putting my order in now for my birthday (Dec. 26th). Here’s the queen bee herself Debbie Gray (below R) with her handsome “booth babe”! Debbie is the founder/beekeeper of www.HeritageBee.com Please do your best to save the bees by planting lots of spring flowers in your garden.Joining Debbie in the booth is our favourite tea-lady (above at left) from www.ClearviewTea.ca
New to the show this year is master carver Marc Degagne of Northwoods Carvings. I fell instantly in love with these wee birdies below. Check out Marc’s stunning work at: www.northwoodscarvings.etsy.com Now here’s an artist with a unique point of view! All the way from Vancouver, Denial Art (website under construction) showcased provocative digital imagery combined with lazer-cut 3D artworks. Freakin’ awesome! I found an exciting new (to me, anyway) artist – Jannet Haitas (below) whose encaustic & mixed-media paintings have a delicate yet powerful impact. Loved her use of raw wood framing as part of the art piece itself. Hope to see more of her work in Toronto galleries soon. www.jannethaitas.me And there’s no mistaking a Mark Gleberzon work of art, be it something you hang on your wall or place a gin-and-tonic on! I love this mid-century modern “kidney” side table; when I arrived in the booth, it had just been sold. Congrats, Mark, and thanks for sharing your thoughts with me on video….
If you’re a dog lover (or have a cat ruling your home), you must drop in to the Rover Pet Boutique. Lots of elegant doggy fashions for your pampered pooch and blinged-out collars for Ms. Kitty! www.theroverboutique.com
So many booths – so little hours in my day, but here are some more great pics from my visit…and thanks to Fusion Art whose beautiful blue glass Christmas trees head up this blog. Glass-maker Nancy Legassicke is very talented – we need to get her a website!