Spun Studio - Spun Goods 2014

spun studio, my daily randomness As a blogger, I get to take part in some pretty cool projects and events but my collaboration with Spun Studio has been one of the most rewarding experiences thus far.  On June 10, Spun Studio hosted their first-ever Spun Goods event and as part of the design team, I had the opportunity to create a product of my choice and have it made by the talented women at the studio.  All of our products were original, handmade and up for silent auction at the event.

And just a little background on Spun Studio:  it's a social enterprise of Sistering, a drop-in centre that supports women in extraordinary circumstances.  Some of these women are homeless, suffer from mental issues or cannot find employment to support their families.  The studio offers these women a sense of community and also teaches them new skills like how to weave and sew.  All the women at the studio were instrumental in bringing our designs to life.  None of this would have been possible without all of their hard work.  All the profit from the event went directly back to the women at the studio.spun goods design team 2014

The design team consisted of myself, Brittany Stager of My Daily Randomness, Renee Elliot of Re:Creative, Jennifer Flores of Rambling Renovators and Robin Grant and Shannon Fizpatrick of Hoopla Events.  What an honour to be in such great company!

spun studio 2014 design team

For my project, I decided to design some throw pillows because well, I'm pretty much obsessed with them.  I have way too many on my couch but hey, too many throw pillows never hurt anyone.  My excuse is back and neck support...I need lots of it.

spun studio, love on sunday, pillows

(photo by: Brittany Stager, My Daily Randomness)

I love black and white so I knew my design was definitely going to reflect that.  I decided to go with a textural, herringbone design for one and another was black linen fabric with white stitching.  And yes, each of those stitches were done by hand!   A big thanks to Tonic Living for donating their black linen fabric for my pillows.

spun studio love on sunday

Brittany designed a beautiful set of tea towels made of linen.  And I'm telling you - they are fantastic.  I have many store bought tea towels that repel water instead of absorbing it.  Apparently linen is the way to go for tea towels.  Who knew?!

spun goods, brittany, my daily randomness

(photo by: Brittany Stager, My Daily Randomness)

Renee designed these cute clutches that were made of vegetable dyed canvas and leather.  She dyed the fabric herself and the leather was generously donated by Brave.  So cool and so very Renee.

spun studio, recreative works

Jennifer's rugs were gorgeous.  Scandinavian-inspired, black and white goodness...that's my kind of rug.  My pillows and her rug should totally go on a date.  They would be so happy together.

spun goods, rambling renovators

Shannon and Robin decided to create a wall hanging.  I just love all the colours and textures going on here.  Isn't it lovely?

spun studio, we create hoopla

It was great to see everyone's finished product and interesting that each piece was so reflective of our different styles.

And of course, no event would be complete without some delicious food and wine:

spun goods event, food and wine

(photo by: Brittany Stager, My Daily Randomness)

The Pinot Grigio from Santa Margherita was a perfect match for the delicious hors d'oeuvres that were being served.  Santa Margherita is a sustainable organization that supports Canadian environmental projects year round.  Also, their Pinot is Carbonzero Certified which means the greenhouse gases created while producing the wine have been removed and/or offset by environmental initiatives.  So not only does their wine taste great, they are also finding ways to reduce their carbon footprint.  I love that.

spun goods event sponsors

(photo by: Brittany Stager, My Daily Randomness)

A big thanks to everyone who came out to support the event and purchased our products.  I'm happy to say that all the product was sold.  Every single one!  That means all the women at the studio were able to get paid for their hard work so THANK YOU.  Also, a big thanks to Lindsey who spearheaded this entire project and organized the event.  Thank you for letting me be part of the design team!

I promise you'll hear a lot more about Spun Studio in the next coming months.  And if you see anything that tickles your fancy above, please don't be shy to reach out to me, or the studio directly.  They are taking orders and all the money goes towards a great cause.  So go ahead and order yourself some throw pillows!

spun goods event



Spun Studio + Giveaway

A couple of months ago, I was contacted by Lindsey Thomsen from Sistering.  She wanted to know if I would be interested in joining a design team that would focus on creating handmade products for a special fundraiser. A fun project in support of a worthwhile organization?  Yes please.  I knew it would be a great opportunity that I couldn't pass up.  Sistering provides services for homeless, low-income and marginalized women.  They have created an environment where women can gain job skills and be part of a welcoming and supportive community.  I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to do what I love and also give back to the community.  I've always had a love for handmade goods so I felt this was right up my alley.

Inside the walls of Sistering you can find Spun Studio - an room filled with 2 weaving looms, tons of fabric and uber talented women.  The studio teaches women how to sew, knit and develop business skills.  I will never forget how I felt when I walked into that studio.  Like a kid in a candy store.  To see a loom in action is so fascinating to me.

Below is a sneak peek of my design that will be sold at the upcoming fundraiser.  Any guesses?

spun studio loom

I can't give it away, so make sure you come to the event to check out the goods.  Also, below are the other talented ladies who will be showcasing and selling their designs.  Come see us on Tuesday June 10 from 6pm - 9pm at Artscape Youngplace.

Spun Studio

A big thanks to Lindsey and the ladies at Spun Studio for inviting me to be part of this special event and helping me bring my ideas to life.  Also, a big shout out to Tonic Living for your generous fabric donation that will be used for my products.

You can purchase your tickets here or win 2 tickets by simply leaving a comment below, stating your favourite handmade product.  Super easy.  Contest closes on Saturday May 31st.

If you want more chances to win, make sure to check out Britt's giveaway here.  And if you are unable to attend the event, feel free to donate directly to Spun Studio.

Thanks and hope to see you there!


Home Depot Preview #LetsDoSpring

home depot spring preview, #letsdospring I don't know about you guys, but I'm DONE with winter.  I want to be out in the sun and just enjoy the outdoors again (I'm not really a winter activity type of gal).  Warmer weather means lighter clothing, catching up with friends on a patio and more DIY's!

I attended the Home Depot preview and it was such a breathe of fresh air to step into a space filled with colour, greenery and everything you would need to get your outdoor space prepped for Spring.

home depot spring preview 2014

And because there is still a fat kid inside of me, I will start with the treats.  There was no shortage of beverages or sweets to keep our bellies warm and happy.

The Home Depot team introduced us to some new products such as outdoor furniture, flooring and bbq's.  They also featured some paint colours which of course are aligned with Pantone's colour of the year, Radiant Orchid.

home depot spring preview, #letsdospring

I love these fun throw pillows...

home depot spring preview, #letsdospring

home depot spring preview, #letsdospring

The bbq's were such a tease.  Condo-dwellers, you feel my pain.  I so need one of these bad boys.

home depot spring preview, #letsdospring

home depot spring preview, #letsdospring

The entire room was filled with beautiful flowers and herbs.  Doesn't this give you hope for warmer weather?  Spring will be here soon, I can feel it!

home depot spring preview, #letsdospring

home depot spring preview, #letsdospring

home depot spring preview, #letsdospring

And of course we couldn't leave without a little DIY kit.  Thanks to Home Depot for having me and for expanding my plant collection at home (I'll try my best not to murder them with my black thumb).  I'm feeling inspired so I wish this cold weather would hurry up and leave already.  Only 20 days until the first day of Spring!


Blog Brunch Toronto

blog brunch toronto This past Saturday I attended a Blog Brunch hosted by Melissa of The Sweet Escape.  I rarely pass up the opportunity to chat with some lovely lady bloggers especially when you get to indulge in something that looks like this:

brazen head brunch, brazen benedict

It's called the Brazen Benedict and it's absolutely delicious.  Probably not the healthiest item on the menu but so worth the extra calories!  Brazen Head is now one of my top breakfast destinations.  You must go!

The atmosphere was so cozy and inviting.  The large Christmas tree, warm fireplace and rustic decor helped us forget about the frigid temperatures outside.

brazen head toronto

brazen head toronto restaurant

And check out these pretty Christmas cards designed by Nicki from Life I Design.  She brought an assortment for us to choose from.  How sweet, right?  (and of course I picked the one with macarons on them!)

cards by Life I Design

blog brunch toronto

blog brunch toronto

Clockwise: Dani, Michelle, Melissa, Casey, Lindsey, Nicki is missing (took this photo), Alyssa, Me, Renee and Sara.

It was great to see some familiar faces and meet some new ones as well.  I'm always eager to pick the brains of other bloggers, hear their frustrations and share some of mine as well.  So thanks to Melissa for organizing such a great brunch and to all the ladies who attended.  It was informative and fun and such a great start to my weekend!

blog brunch toronto

via The Sweet Escape