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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Bunny Safari Pottery

Welcome to 100 Mile Finds Bunny Safari Pottery.  According to the innovative artist behind the scenes,
"From functional ceramics to photography, I present to you my creative musings. All of my work is designed and created by myself in my studio or during my travel outings throughout the globe.

I am a full time potter when I am not chasing after my very active kidlet.  I live in a great community in Southern Ontario called Guelph, which is full of very creative and inspiring artists, musicians and community activists. I also have an addiction to photography which I am currently adapting into my ceramics. I photograph my work in clay, the people that I love and things in life that cause me to take a second look".
Check out the Poe Collection inspired by that wiley raven.  And this yarn bowl would make the perfect gift for the knitter in your life.

 Bunny Safari Pottery is available at Vessels/Whitestone Gallery located at 80 Norfolk Street in lovely downtown Guelph.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Bags have been prominently featured in the blog recently.  And why not - they always fit, they don't sass back, and they carry our most basic of needs (lipstick that is).  CocoBags is a new 100 Mile Finds vendor that makes such a bag with panache.

For example, this messenger bag is for bike couriers with a certain je-ne-sais-quoi.  Beautiful cotton twill printed fabric exterior with matching cotton twill lining. Padded with felt interfacing for comfort, and protection of contents. Double and triple stitched for durability.

I particularly love this little red number - LOOK at the colour.  Trendy color block design in cotton twill, and woven cotton check with contrasting plum twill cotton lining.  Perfect to spice up your favourite black and grey outfit. 

CocoBags also loves custom orders, contact them directly.  And by the way there are also some pretty sweet beaded jewels made by CocoBags that you could tuck into one of the pockets of these bags.

Monday, November 19, 2012

arianne lim

Who wants a coach bag when you could have something so original that there wouldn't be a knock off??  Newest 100 Mile Finds vendor arianne lim could make you a bag to show off.

In her words, "my pieces are made to add colour, fun, & drama to your everyday outfit.  pair them with your white tank, jeans, & heels for a chic-lunch-date-with-friends look or wear them with your LBDs & LWDs for a night out on the town, romantic dinner dates, cocktail parties, & weddings". 

These bags are beautifully crafted and the inside is as delightful to the eyes as the outside, each lined with complimentary fabric.  And arianne lim does custom orders, perfect for your wedding party.  Now that is part of the bridesmaid outfit you could definitely wear again!
We are happy to welcome arianne to 100 Mile Finds.  To locate her bags in the non-virtual world, find them in Toronto at Arts Market
1114 Queen St. East, Toronto (East of Pape Ave.)
Wed-Fri: 12pm - 6pm;  Sat - Sun: 11am - 6pm

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Shop local at the Wandering Winter Craft Shows

November 24 & 25th
The Magic Pony, 680 Queen St. W.
December 1st
The Cameron House, 408 Queen St. W.
December 9th
The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W.

This is the 3rd year of the Wandering Winter Crafts Shows in Toronto. Emma Smith of has come up with a great idea by creating a sort of  Pop-Up Shop/Craft Show event. It gives customers several chances over the busy holiday season to shop local from some truly amazing vendors. Over 4 dates in three locations, with more than 30 artisans, it's going to be amazing!
Thunderpeep Designs
You can find some gorgeous jewelry, beautifully made home accessories, hand painted t's, adorable kids clothes, yummy treats, and tons more. Thunder Peep Designs will be at the Magic Pony. I know there is someone on your list that will appreciate her witty, whimsical cards.
Jack & Willa Designs will be at the Cameron House & the Gladstone Hotel. They carry an adorable line of children's clothes. The sweetest kimono's, dresses and onesies around!

Join us in supporting some truly amazing artisans that just happen to be local! Happy shopping!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Arlumizu Designs

 New 100 Mile Finds vendor Arlumizu Designs is on a mission - "to inspire people’s senses by surrounding their world with comfort, bringing warmth and beauty into their homes, and therefore fulfilling their dreams with my creations and designs.  I do this by re-purposing luxurious designers’ fabrics, that are only available to the Trade, and have been discontinued by the European manufacturers, saving them from ending up in a landfill site."

 The Arfina Tote bag's outer fabric is 100% cotton and soil/stain resistant. The lining is a textured silk.  It has an outside zippered pocket & two other pockets inside. The bottom is textured faux leather & has silver feet attached which holds it above the surface preventing damage from dirt or moisture.

The Manu clutch bag is made from upholstery weight fabric. The lining is a polyester fabric. It has a front decorative button in a beige colour. This striking clutch bag can be worn from day to evening.

Items featured can be purchased directly from the site. Welcome to 100 Mile Finds Arlumizu Designs.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Healthy Elements

Healthy Elements on 100 Mile Finds creates infused oils and vinegars that we can vouch for, having tried it myself.  Combining organic herbs, fruits and imported spices to enhance the flavor of foods, Lucy creates unique combinations of infused products to enhance your cooking.  

And they are very pretty making excellent gifts.  Pictured here are herbed salts and herb infused oil - yum!
Healthy Elements has created "unique combinations of flavorful foods for the soul, and scents for the mind.  Balancing these products to enhance one's palette, with just a pinch splash, drop or drizzle, your taste buds will love it!"   

Find Healthy Elements at the Etobicoke School for the Arts Craft Fair on November 17.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Toronto Waldorf School's annual Arts & Crafts Fair

Toronto Waldorf School's annual Arts & Crafts Fair
Friday November 16, 2012 6-9pm
Saturday November 17, 2012 10am - 5pm
Admission is $5 for adults, children under 16 are free - includes re-admission and parking

Always a fun family event this year the Toronto Waldorf School's 21st annual Arts & Craft Fair will not only be held on Saturday November 17th from 10am to 5pm as usual but they have added Friday night, from 6 to 9pm. Friday evening you can enjoy the unique hand crafted work of over 50 juried aritsans while enjoying live music, dessert and coffee. Sounds very civilized to me!
Proudly showcasing the hand crafted work of over 50 juried artisans, you will have the opportunity to shop for quality, unique toys, pottery, jewellery, wood products, home decor, clothing, photography and more.
Saturday there will be Make & Take Craft workshops going on throughout the day, everything from candle dipping and dream catchers to basket and wreath making.

The Organic Village Market will run from 8:30am -1:30pm on Saturday and the event is "enviro-friendly" so bring reusable shopping bags. There will be limited childcare available on Saturday too!