Friday, August 27, 2010

Happiness Is...Hand Printed Fabrics

When I go shopping on Etsy one of my favorite treasure hunts is to look for hand printed fabrics. Small productions of fabric are so novel - I haven't seen it a million times. I love the big shot fabric designers too, like Amy Butler or Michael Miller, but I feel I have overexposed myself to their designs and need to see something fresh. Come with me and see some of my favorite finds on Etsy.

Green Olive Textiles located in Melbourne, Australia. 

"My Bike-Bits and Pieces Pack"
"Tribal-Screenprinted Fabric Bits and Pieces Pack"

Danielle Stewart Screen Printed Textiles located in Western Australia

Little Miss Quarter located in Great Britain

"Sheeps-Hand Printed Skinny Quarter"
"Toadstools V. 2-Hand Screen Printed Skinny Quarter"

Sarah Waterhouse-Hand Printed Textiles

"English Insults Fabric"
"Lime Green Birdcage Fabric"

Melissa Bombardiere located in Australia

"Pollen Design-Hand Screen Printed Fabric"
"Belbird Design-Hand Screen Printed Fabric"

Bookhou at Home located in Toronto, Ontario
"Pussy Willow Fat Quarter"
"Grass Fat Quarter"

Bespoke Uprising located in Ontario
"Blue Jars Fat Quarter"
"Organic Power Lines Fat Quarter"

You too can do your own treasure hunt go to type "screen printed fabric" into search bar, select "supplies" from the drop down menu and Voila! Share with me YOUR favorites!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Reflections on the Parkdale Bazaar

Parkdale is a neighbourhood in Toronto that may be considered by many to be scary. But like many old 'hoods in the T-Dot, things are a-changin'. The Parkdale Liberty Economic Development Corporation just may have something to do with the changes that are happening in the area.

The Parkdale Bazaar is just one of the projects initiated by this group. This outdoor, free admission Bazaar features work from 40-60 local area craft vendors. Offering tables at just $10 a pop to the vendors it almost seems irresistible. I purchased a spot for LadeeBee Supplies Handmade for four out of the five possible dates. Our next event, the Harvest Bazzar, is happening October 9th, 2010. The Bazaar is located on Queen Street West, near Lansdown-right next to the Public Library. If you are in Toronto make plans to check out the Harvest Bazaar.

Here is a look what I brought on August 14th, the last Bazaar:

 My table. A very simple set up. No muss, no fuss. On this day my son helped me out from open 'till close! What a great kid!
 Japanese paper under glass tile pendants. For $20 you purchase a little piece of wearable art, and that includes a silver plated snake chain!
 I can never get enough of this paper. I just keep making and making and making these pendants. The glass is a nice way to showcase the beauty of these designs.
 Some papers used for the pendants come from Italy and others are recycled out of date school atlases, like the pendant pictured below.
 Places are very meaningful to people and carry lots of sentimental value. Many folks stopped by my table to see if I had a pendant of the place they are from, whether it be in Canada or abroad. I have lots from places all around the world, but Toronto is always the first to sell out.
Click on the pic of the maps to enlarge. See if you find a place that means something to you.
If you're not into rectangles I also have circles, well imperfect circles. The circles are handmade by another craftsperson. I really believe that there is something for everyone and people often pick one up as a gift.

Come and Join Button Fanatics!

Not another Facebook group!
Oh yes indeed. This one is for fans of buttons or otherwise known as "Button Fanatics". Check out our group and share your photos of buttons, your projects with buttons, and especially any projects you've completed with LadeeBee Supplies buttons!

Currently LadeeBee Supplies is undergoing a little bit of a transformation and the site is being updated daily with new listings. LadeeBee's buttons are also available at Wise Daughters Craft Market in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Take a look at what I've just sent to Wise Daughters:

 multi-packs are great for many crafting projects
who said all of your buttons need to match?
 Delicious buttons in blue!

 I adore these buttons pictured above. They are made out of nice quality vintage plastic. Chunky and bold!

 These clear buttons pictured above are so cool with the green gems set right inside the plastic. 

Here they are all together, the button family. Available this week at Wise Daughters. This just barely scratches the surface of my ever growing vintage button collection.


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