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Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Purple Thumb, Wise Daughters and beyond!

Saturday morning Susan and I headed off to the Purple Thumb. We hadn't met Jamie yet and she is putting on a craft show every Saturday in December!  You know how Susan and I can't resist a craft show!  The Purple Thumb has an amazing thing going on. A great selection of local clothes designers, jewelers and accessory designers are available for sale!  The store has a great vibe about it. Downstairs, among others Dear Sukie, and Cheryl from Pabrika had booths set up too! I'm almost finished my Christmas shopping!!
A special hello to Dylan! Welcome!

From there we headed off to the Underground Craft Show held by Yvonne of Torched Studios. Yvonne's work is absolutely beautiful, check it out. It was literally under Boba, a clothes store/Dim Sum restaurant (I love Toronto!). You headed through the kitchen to discover a bunch of great jewlery designers, card makers and a painter! Kaotic Ekko's Curiosities was there, Melissa is one of those great characters that confirms, yet again, that shopping local, and getting to meet the artist,  is the only way to go!

We stumbled across another event at the Burroughs building with a ton of great local artisans.
It never ends! Here I met Clare from 'The Brit Boutique'. She had this AMAZING bag for the knitter in your life! You've got to check out her site, make sure you let her know I sent you! I'm giving you her email address because I had trouble getting through to her site and seriously, if you have a knitter on your list, she has the gift!

From there we headed back to the west end of town and grabbed a much needed coffee, tea for Susan and fabulouso muffins at Crema. It's on Dundas W. at Quebec. Then we stopped by Wise DaughtersCraft Market, love that place! Got even more shopping done!!
Phew! What a day!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

No rest for the wicked! On Saturday morning Susan and I headed off to a Pop-up Shop,  Love that name!! We saw some amazing vendors there!

Melanie from DaLish is an amazing woman we met who has created the 100 mile face! Gotta love that! She's not on board, yet, but I think it's just a matter of time. She has created and manufactures, locally, a cosmetics line. I bought it. I love it! You have to check it out!

Then we met the people from Bread & Butter Skincare This is a men skin care system that is created and manufactured locally! They are working on an aftershave product as we speak! Can't wait for that, well I can, but my better half can't wait! Check these guys out too! I'm thinking it's a great little gift for the man in your life!

We also chatted and chatted with Richard from Mercy Studio Once again, not on the site. YET! That's the key word here! Once they've got their magic pot holder in production we're good to go.

Here is a little chat about someone who is on the site.

Jordynn MacKenzie Jordynn uses a mix of new, hand-printed and reclaimed fabrics and creates these fantastic owls and wallets. I know weird combo when you say it, but ya' gotta see it! She also has these amazing patterns that you download for the sewer on your Xmas list.

Once again we are humbled by all the great artistry that is out there! Lots of behind the scenes stuff going on here too! Nothin' like a potential newsletter to keep ya' busy!

Here's big news! Someone blogged about us! and we don't even know them!!

Gotta go!

Friday, December 4, 2009

The One of a Kind show!!

What an amazing show! There are artisans from all over Canada that are so fantastic. Susan and I hit these shows in the hopes of finding new vendors for the site and now to meet some of the vendors on 100 mile finds. It is so rewarding to see that our vendors are among the elite that this city, this country has to offer!

We saw Meredith from Muffymade, congratulations to Meredith on her appearance in a Globe & Mail gift guide this week!

We met up with Wendy from WH Designs, I saw her paintings of kids maps and immediately thought, 'where have I seen these before? We've got to get this artist on the site!' Then I realized I'd seen her on 100milefinds! I can't wait to do a blog on great ideas for decorating kids rooms. Her maps are fantastic!

We tried to chat with Karyn from Tail Wags but everytime we came by she was so busy with customers we didn't want to disturb her! With all the talk about helmet safety in the news lately, I can imagine business is booming! What a great Holiday gift for the skiiers on your list!

I had to stop by Tamara Designs. She has a ring that I just love. Now it's just a matter of getting my husband to read the blog... It is so great getting to put a face to the names of the artisans we are featuring.

Urban Tree Salvage is a company that Susan and I have been aware of for ages. It was amazing to meet the folks there. One of the woman I was talking to, embaressingly, I didn't get her name, was so enthusiastic to be representing the company you couldn't help but get excited. You have to check these guys out. Their product is absolutely amazing, then to know that it is reclaimed trees from urban settings only makes it better!

Susan wins Trooper of the Year award! I had to bail on her, off to hostess a sleepover for my daughters 9th birthday. Don't tell anybody but as I blog, they decorate tiny, and I mean tiny gingerbread houses! Blissfully unaware that they are letting me work!! She dropped me at home and then headed back!
I love the OOAK show but it is exhausting! Note to self, next year, we're doing it over two days.

After I took off Susan was able to meet up with Glamjulz, organic/gold mustard, Himalayan Sauces (one of our very first vendors) Beta clothing, BBJ's and Fairthorne.

Now that we have gone live having customers respond to the site is almost sureal! It's like we had a baby and everybody is saying how cute it is!!

We are off to the Holiday Pop-up Shop tomorrow morning.  It's at the Burroughes Designer Department Store at 639 Queen St. W. Can't wait, there are a couple of vendors we are hoping to get on board.
Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009 is LIVE!

Yeah! We've finally gone live! It is official. You can now go to and we are up and running. We have over 100 vendors to choose from, so go have a look!
It is totally crazy right now for Susan and I as we try to check all the stores for any small glitches, we are in the midst of putting together a newsletter to let all the vendors know we are live and also orchestrating a customer newsletter. The list goes on and on.

We are always on the prowl for new vendors. I found a couple of great new ones at an event I was covering for SNAP called Tea for Teens, run by the Junior League of Toronto. The Laundry Tarts, you have to check them out! Jess and Michelle have just gone live themselves.  They have this amazing product that is TOTALLY LOCAL! Great for the enviroment and safe to use. Can't ask for more than that. We can't wait for them to get their store at 100 mile finds put together.

I also met Marci Lipman, remember her? She had a t-shirt empire here in Toronto. She is now recreated herself and selling her own honey and other fantastic locally harvested yummy delights. We're hoping she comes on board too., For now, you can check her stuff out on her own website at Check her out too.

So much to do, so little time!

Have a great day!