Spotlight: Spun Studio

I’m a big fan and avid supporter of Sistering and Spun Studio. A few months back you might remember that I participated in a blogger collaboration with Spun Studio that resulted in an event & silent auction to help raise money for the studio.  Now until November 22nd Spun Studio is running a campaign to raise funds to keep the studio running.

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WHO IS SPUN STUDIO?

Spun Studio is a social enterprise of Sistering; a textile studio specializing in woven and sewn accessories. Working with women marginalized from mainstream economic opportunities, involvement in the studio builds community, a sense ofbelonging and self esteem – the things that many strive for, whatever their situation in life.  The women of Spun Studio are paid when the items they produce are sold. All money received from a sale goes directly to the participants.

WHO IS SISTERING?

Sistering is an organization that offers practical and emotional support to women through programs which enable them to take greater control over their lives. Guided by the principles of anti-racism and anti-oppression, Sistering works to change social conditions, which endanger women’s welfare.

Sistering’s employment and income support programs offer women the opportunity to earn supplementary income, prepare for employment, acquire workplace and business skills and establish links with employers.

Visit Spun Studio’s full site here.
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Visit Sistering’s full site here.

WHAT IS THE CAUSE FOR CONCERN?

Spun Studio has had an incredible year. In June, their first annual Spun Goods event was held. The event garnered great attention and support as the Toronto blogging community partnered with the studio to design a capsule collection of handmade textiles. The collection sold out during our silent auction and Spun Studio participants were paid in full. In September the studio gained even more attention after taking part in this year’s Blog Podium.

We need to give Spun Studio the opportunity to continue to grow after this year’s much needed boost to their confidence.

  • They need the funds to keep the weaving instructor/sales facilitator for TWO DAYS A WEEK for the next 6 months
  • Two days a week for 6 months requires $8,000
  • During the next 6 months the Spun Studio team will also be looking long-term, for additional grant money and/or corporate funding for the crucial role of the weaving instructor and other studio costs like materials, machine repairs etc.
  • Check out our PERKS, depending on the level of donation, you too will get something in return – hint: the print above!
Other Ways You Can Help

We understand that many of you will have causes you already support. While you may not be able to contribute to this specific campaign perhaps you have friends, family or colleagues that our program will inspire. SHARE, SHARE and please SHARE some more.

Please consider donating to this amazing cause and/or helping spread the word.

xo,

Renee

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DIY: Pumpkin Round-Up

Over the years I’ve done my fair share of projects with pumpkins. Using big, small, white, orange pumpkins with glitter, paint, sequins, gold leaf, crayons and the list goes on, to make something fun and festive. And this season the pumpkin obsession continues. If you’ve been following my Instagram, you’ll get a few sneak peeks at a few pumpkin projects I’ve been working on! But, for now I’ve rounded up a few of my faves I’ve done in the past:

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flower pot | cooler | melted crayons | washi tape | neon + paint | polk dots

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Recipe: Panzanella

I’ve come to realize that one of my favourite places to be is in my kitchen. Meaning when I’m cooking and/or baking – not doing dishes!  Throw on some good tunes, toss me a few fresh ingredients and I’m loving life.

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I was itching to make some panzanella and when I came across a recipe on A Cup of Jo titled “The Best Panzanella You’ll Ever Have”, I knew this was the one I’d be making. The key to making a simple dish like this one is to use quality fresh ingredients.

It’s pretty handy to have a friend who is a very talented photographer. All you have to do is invite them over for lunch and bam food photo shoot! Thanks for the amazing pictures Selina!

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DIY: Recycled Wine Gift Bag

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If I’m going to give wine as a gift I’m going to make sure it’s packaged super cute! I had a few store bought wine bags kicking around but that didn’t satisfy my need for cool packaging, so I decided to recreate the bag that the wine I purchased came in. Call it thrifty but I did it solely for the cute factor!

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What you’ll need:
- paper bag that came with the wine when you purchased it
- stamp
- ink
- twine
- cardstock
- washi tape
- scissors

1. Turn the bag inside out by carefully turning it into itself working with one small area at a time.
2. Once the bag is inside out, use the stamp and ink to create a fun all over pattern.
3. Take the card stock and create a tag using a tag puncher or simply cut out a rectangle and snip off two corners and punch a hole between them.
4. Decorate the tag with washi tape. I used two different ones in a very simple way.
5. Place the wine bottle in the bag and turn the top edge inwards to hide the original labelling on the bag.
6. Wrap twine around the bag and neck of the bottle. Secure the tag on the twine and your gift is ready!

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Current Obsession: Hats

Fall equals perfect hat season. Two styles I’m currently crushing on are the wool Panama hat and my cold weather go to, the slouchy beanie. You cannot go wrong with either one. Not only can the right hat completely make an outfit but they’re practical too – keeps you warm AND disguises greasy hair or a bad hair day!

A few weeks ago I put together some fall looks that involved a couple hats – head over to that post if you need a little inspiration.

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BEANIE{all hats via Urban Outfitters}

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Cool Shit: House Party by Drake General Store

Since day one in their first location on Queen Street and then the second store on Bathurst Street (this location has since moved), I’ve been a huge fan of Drake General Store. I was recently in their Queen West store to grab a gift after months of not stopping by and I’m in love with all the updated merchandising and design aspects along with their quirky and cool products.

A couple of weeks ago they launched their first-ever housewares collection, House Party. Consisting of more than 40 pieces designed by the Drake General Store design team along with a number of collaborated items with Toronto based designers that are exclusive and locally made. There are so many unique pieces and below I highlight a few of my faves (seriously though – the marble/wood cutting board needs to be mine).

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A teacup part of the Canadian Landscape set.

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EnamelWare set featuring the Drake General Store’s symbol cross.

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Oh hey there Homie.

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Marble & wood cutting board – need, love, want!

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Built using offcuts from a project for Drake One Fifty, Brothers Dressler created this unique piece exclusively for Drake General Store.

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Incorporating a technique for attaching small mirrors to clothing, the Stitch Mirror uses black rope to fasten a mirror to a plywood circle. Made by local designer Laura Carwardine.

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I heart…

Mackage Derry Bag

…this Derry bag by Mackage. Single strap, olive pebble leather that converts into a slouchy tote. It truly is the perfect everyday bag. I splurged and picked up this baby at Shopgirls. Shhhh….

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Weekly Round-Up

It’s been a couple of months since my last Weekly Round-Up, something I’ve done weekly for many years, so I thought it was time I brought it back. One of my biggest inspirations comes from fellow bloggers and this column forces me to stay up to date with the blogging community and highlights incredible talent.

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{via Because I’m Addicted}

The most amazing DIY paper feathers via Craftberry Bush.

Super adorable engagement shoot of Studio DIY via Green Wedding Shoes.

Obsessing over some of these Paris Fashion Week street style images via Because I’m addicted.

Loving these DIY water coloured bags by The Sweet Escape.

The easiest funnel cake recipe around via A Beautiful Mess.

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DIY: Stacked Pumpkins

Fall is my all time favourite season! A couple of weeks ago the pumpkins came out in the markets and it reminded me of a project I did last fall that I never posted. I created these stacked gold leaf pumpkins for my parent’s front porch with their house number on it. Gold leaf + pink pumpkins equals some crazy gorgeousness!

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What you’ll need:
-3 pumpkins (I used rose pumpkins because they had a flatter shape and I loved the colour)
-primer spray paint
-black spray paint
-gold leaf
-gold leaf adhesive
-2 paint brushs
-flat head thumb tacks
-chalk

Numbered pumpkin:
1. Spray prime one of the pumpkins and allow to dry.
2. Next spray that same pumpkin with the black paint (or colour of your choice) and set aside to dry.
3. Use a piece of chalk to sketch out your house numbers onto one side of the pumpkin and using this as a guide start sticking in thumb tacks until all the chalk has been covered up with the thumb tacks.

Gold leaf pumpkins:

  1. Use a paint brush to apply a very thin coat of the gold leaf adhesive to the remaining two pumpkins. Wherever you apply the adhesive is where the gold leaf will stick. Follow the instructions on your adhesive for the amount of time you need to allow it to sit.
    a. Top pumpkin: I applied the adhesive very sporadically to get a worn out,  vintage effect.
    b. Bottom pumpkin: I used the lines already on the pumpkin as my guideline.
    2. Pick up the gold leaf from the paper backing side and apply it gold leaf side face down onto the pumpkin where you applied the adhesive. Use a clean paint brush to help it stick. Keep repeating this until your pumpkin is covered to your liking. Brush off any excess.
    3. Stack your pumpkins on top of one another. If you are having trouble with them staying put, stick a long wood dowel through them to hold them upright and together.

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Cool Shit: Klash Inside

I attended the Queen West Art Crawl a couple of weekends back and I was blown away with the art pieces by Klash Inside. They look like abstract paintings until you take a closer look.  They are in fact handmade wall sculptures made of acrylic/Perspex. They embrace changing light conditions which makes them appear to glow and gives the art piece a 3D effect.

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