etsy road trip

This is more of a local post, but for any of you from the Ottawa,. Kingston, Toronto or Montreal and areas, listen up. Etsy.com is hitting the road and embarking on its first ever road trip! You know I love all things Etsy – an online marketplace full of amazing handmade and vintage goods – so an Etsy roadtrip just sounds like one amazing time. There are going to be local sellers, live music, and food trucks at each stop. They… Read more »

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About a month ago, Dan and I went for a little weekend away to Perth – a small town about an hour west of Ottawa (our first overnight date since Maya was born!). We stayed at the Best Western, which is actually really lovely, went to the Spa (a brand new one housed in the hotel), had an amazing dinner (restaurant was called the Stone Cellar), went to the flea market (open 7 days/week!), and strolled along the pretty main streets. It… Read more »

This upcoming weekend in my Ottawa hood, one of my absolute favourite jewellery stores – Magpie Jewellery – is hosting the final weekend of their bridal month. I actually had my own engagement ring designed and by the lovely folks at Magpie. It was a great experience from start to finish, and ever since I have bought the occasional bauble (or hinted at Dan to!), to add to my collection. For their grand finale weekend, they asked to use some… Read more »

Happy Monday, guys! Did you have a good weekend? Mine started off on exactly the right foot – a little dinner out, and a stop at the Ottawa Antiques Show with two of my favourite gal pals. The Ottawa Antiques Show happens a couple times a year and brings together over 50 vendors from around Ontario. There is a great selection of goodies – from glassware, to jewellery, to clothing, to furniture, and much more! Here were a few of… Read more »

I was recently asked by a fabulous not-for-profit organization I used to work for (PPO) to do the decor for a big 30th anniversary gala they were hosting. My answer was a very quick yes, and I happily got to work on crafting a few things for the big ‘do. There was a very limited budget to be spent on the decor, so I had to get clever about getting big impact on small bucks. The venue was a room… Read more »

Spring and early summer always seem to be the best times to go thrift shop/flea market/garage sale hunting. Everyone clearing out their closets/garages or moving house means lots of potential treasure to rummage through. I actually had a garage sale of my own a few weekends ago, in the small town where my parents live. It was one of those community garage sale days, and holy smokes there were a lot of people out. I got rid of most of… Read more »

Have you guys heard of BoConcept before? If not, it’s a fabulous store. It’s a huge retail furniture chain out of Denmark. Their pieces tend to be urban, modern and clean lined, but still have a lived-in, home-y feel. There was a BoConcept store on my way to my school when we were living in London, and on more than a few afternoons I would pop in and drool over the beautiful pieces. Totally out of our budget, but amaazing… Read more »

The same day we ventured out flea market-ing to this Ottawa-area flea market, we also stopped by a new little shop that I had stumbled upon on facebook. It’s called the Tin Barn Market. You can find it just outside of Ottawa, in the cute little village of Almonte. When we visited, the Tin Barn Market was housed in a darling little barn that was completely decked out in vintage and crafty finds. From old school furniture to vintage linens… Read more »