Category Archives: Show & Tell

Show & Tell: Norwegian Wood

So I figure I need to get this post up now, before the end of January…because really? Should I still be making references to Christmas? Probably not…but I will, anyway.

For this past Christmas, I did some shopping at the winter Puces Pop craft fair, where I stumbled across Angie Johnson – the designer behind Norwegian Wood.

Now, I won’t lie. I’d heard of Angie before (and I told her so)…her online shop iheartnorwegianwood is already among my Etsy favourites, I’d heard of her local shop, Headquarters Galerie + Boutique (which actually closed its doors last week), and I remembered salivating over her beautiful DIY wedding photos posted on Design*Sponge this past summer. No…I’m not stalking her. I just have a good memory when someone does something really really well. Rather, I admire her…and the fact she’s based in my hometown helps, too.

Standing at her table, looking over her gorgeous creations, what I really wanted to do was buy one of her maximum fringe necklaces for….ummm….myself:

…But then I remembered I was there to shop for others (you know…it being Christmas, and all), and instead opted for a beautiful and playful pair of fringe earrings like these for my sister-in-law (only the ones I bought her are “grown-up” pink, and she just loves them…they look so special on her):

And because I absolutely couldn’t resist (I’m not superwoman, after all), I picked up a little something for myself…this very pretty bobby pin to help dress up my hair when it needs a pick-me-up (which is often):

FYI: If you’re in the Montreal area, you may be interested to know that Puces Pop has announced another craft fair on March 5-6…any takers?

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Show & Tell: Norsola Johnson

At that same Marché La Récré where I purchased earrings by Tatsuko, I got another pair of completely different (and completely beautiful) earrings from local Montrealer and metalsmith Norsola Johnson:

I spent quite some time at her booth, looking over the creations she describes as “a collection of daily whims and everyday jewellery”…Being me, I was particularly fond of the everyday pieces, especially the stardust and cosmos collections. These consist of little silver cups (with either an oxidized, polished or satin finish) filled with crystal clear resin containing silver dust. The effect is both beautiful, and somewhat of an optical illusion…because I swear it looks like you can touch the concave surface of the cup…but you can’t (because it’s filled with resin)… here’s a good example from Norsola’s Etsy shop.

In the end, I think because I loved the novelty of being able to touch the concave silver surface (!), I opted for an empty pair with a satin finish. I wear them a lot….like, almost everyday (they go with everything!).

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Show & Tell: The Candy Thief

As already expressed elsewhere, I’m incompetent when it comes to styling my own hair…so I take all the help I can get.

Which is why I was so excited when I stumbled across The Candy Thief’s beautiful assortment of very colourful and unique headbands. I almost swooned, and proceeded to spend far too much time during a recent trip to Niagara Falls perusing her flickr stream showcasing even more amazing headbands, as well as other creations (such as handbags, pillows, and skirts).

Friendly, open to requests, and very quick to respond, artist/designer Casey Dwyer (the woman behind The Candy Thief) was very helpful and willing to photograph and show me a number of headbands not yet for sale in her Etsy Shop, to see if she had something in my favourite colour palette…

And lo and behold…she did! I ordered an Alexa Headband (modeled above) in various shades of blue, green and grey. What I love about this model, is that it’s quite large, and spans most of your head…making it more of a statement piece…it’s made of multiple layers of felt that is both stitched, and hand-printed. The craftsmanship is just beautiful (as is the whole effect). It’s become an instant favourite, and I just love how it immediately dresses up my boring hair! Sweet!

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Show & Tell: Tatsuko

Since I haven’t been crafting much of late, I thought I’d share what others have crafted…and which I have purchased (and love).

Welcome to the first installment of “Show & Tell” dedicated to local Montrealer Sandra Tatsuko, whom I had the pleasure of meeting at a very rainy Marché La Récré sometime in late August (I think). Specializing in Japanese inspired jewellery including some very adorable sushi jewellery, and beautiful paper goods, her primary materials are polymer clay and gorgeous chiyogami paper.

Having a thing for blue and green, I immediately fell in love with her Blue Blooms earrings with gold accents. So I bought them. They’re pretty, lightweight, and just the right size to be seen and appreciated, but not in the way.

To see more of Tatsuko’s beautiful Japanese-inspired creations, you can visit her shop, or if you’re a local (or from Edmonton!), check her out at a local holiday craft show…visit her blog for details.

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