Friday, December 16, 2011

Around Toronto

let me take you on a visual tour around Toronto ~ a lovely day trip I had two weeks ago

it started with a second visit to the One of a Kind Show

with sweet Ana from the ultimate babyblog Bluebird Kisses

we found two more lovely booths that I like to share with you

both of them use recycled material for their products

cate & levi was born out of a lack of one of a kind,

responsibly made and beautifully designed products for children

read more about their wonderful products and story behind them on their About page

I love how they combine neutral colors with knitted sweater prints to spice up their animals

you can shop directly from their website!

the second shop is filled with sweet pillows

the squirrels and owls are my favorites! look at them so sweet

Hilary Cosgrove owns a blog and Etsy shop


after the show I went for a delicious lunch at the Toronto Liberty Market

and bumped into the pretty store West Elm ~ I never heard about before

which makes sense, since they only have stores in the USA ~ except for this one in Toronto!

unfortunately they don't ship to the Netherlands, but it won't surprise me if that changes soon

two display ideas that I really like are the top right star

I can think of many holiday shapes that will look great filled up with ornaments on the wall or table

and the glitter ornament is of course a lot of fun to make as well!


afterwards I took the tram to Toronto's Distillery District

a village in the city of brick-lined streets and pretty restored Victorian Industrial buildings

to the Dutch ladies among you; it reminds me a lot of the Westergas Fabriek terrein in Amsterdam

there are nice little shops where creative people sell their makes

alongside nice cafes with delicious coffees

these days totally decorated for the holidays, very pretty indeed!

one shop I like to mention is the Distill Gallery

it shows the individual handmade works by over 100 emerging Canadians

I liked the winter pillows by Identity, gloves by Isak Inger, and flower hair clips Clever Fawn

well... that was another great day in Toronto!


about the HO HO HO give away

Mabibilou I haven't heard from you yet!

send me an e-mail with your address in order for me to mail you your santa

if I haven't heard from you by next Tuesday, I have to do a redraw...

~ love ~


  1. Another great day in Toronto...dat klinkt goed! Ik heb familie in Toronto wonen en ben er geweest toen ik 1,5 was. We zijn toen bij de CN Tower geweest en hebben kano gevaren in algonquin park. Jammer genoeg weet ik er niets meer van. Ik zou er graag weer eens heen gaan en doe het nu eerst maar met de foto's. Groetjes Carolien

  2. leuk zo´n blogtripje door Toronto!

  3. je krijgt er bakken vol inspiratie van zo te zien. super zeg! en die eekhoornkussens zijn helemaal geweldig!! :) Fijn weekend!

  4. great post! I love the cute squirrels!
    have a great weekend :)

  5. Oh, this makes me want to go to all these places! Beautiful photos (: Those owls and squirrels are so adorable!

  6. How fantastic - Toronto looks wonderful and so craft friendly, you must be having a ball. Hope all your Christmas preparations are going well! x x (Your collages are just great, clever duck).

  7. It is so lovely to see that you are enjoying Canada and to read all about Toronto and the truly inspiration people that live there. I hope you have a lovely Christmas in your new home and with your new husband. Lots of fun Maaike.

  8. I can't get over how many sweet handmade items there were at the One of a Kind show...and so so jealous that you've been able to make it to the Christmas Fair too! We've been trying for weeks but unfortunatley the timing was always short with baby J's naps and bed times :( hopefully next year.


~ sweet thank you for your lovely words ~