• On Blogging… Honestly

    July 12, 2014 Kate

    This is a subject I’ve been thinking about quite a lot lately, what do we choose to share with others online and why. Why do I use Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest? How do I blog? What do I get out of it? I never want to share things online just to try and prove I’m ‘cool’…

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  • DIY Jewellery For Beginners

    July 10, 2014 Kate

    You know when you open your closet to look for an important item to complete an important task and instead discover some awesome materials and a must-complete-now project? Ya. I don’t have any experience making jewelry, so these aren’t terribly well done or exciting, but they were fun to make and are a welcome addition to…

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  • In Store Inspiration #4

    July 3, 2014 Kate

    I love that more and more people are experimenting with big knits, especially for the home. Vancouver based line Hendrik.Lou has shown some really neat things on their Instagram, and Loopy Mango yarn seems to be gaining popularity among knitters. My only concern is the longevity of these pieces, particularly ones knit from rovings. Will they shed substantially?…

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  • Self Drafted Chambray Summer Dress

    July 1, 2014 Kate

    Holy happy this girl made a dress. It had been on my to-do list for a while to try drafting and sewing a summer dress. Since I hadn’t done this before, I kept it really simple. Honestly, I didn’t want to draft something too ambitious right out of the gate and then get down on…

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  • 1950s Handmade Doll Clothes

    June 26, 2014 Kate

    As a little girl, my Mum kept her doll and it’s wardrobe in this trunk. Most of her dolls clothes were hand sewn by my great-aunt Emma in the 1950s. I think they show patience and pride, as well as being an interesting reflection of dressing standards at the time (e.g. a slip under a dress,…

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  • Hoi Bo Wet Waxed Mini

    June 24, 2014 Kate

    Happy Birthday to me, indeed. After a lengthy Instagram fuelled love affair I’ve finally invested in a Hoi Bo handbag. The attraction is pretty self explanatory – simple lines yet unique styles, wonderfully functional, and handmade in Toronto using gorgeous exotic materials (think kangaroo, lambskin). Designer Sarra Tang is really, seriously good at what she does. I’m…

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  • Handmade Nursery Rhymes Quilt

    June 12, 2014 Kate

    I think this is just darling… nursery rhyme characters embroidered on cut up muslin flour sacks. My Mum’s grandmother Hannah and her sisters would have done this on the farm in the 1920s or 1930s. What a great way to repurpose the muslin bags their flour and sugar would have come in (which they also sewed…

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  • DIY Knitting Project Bag

    June 10, 2014 Kate

    I like to take my knitting with me so I can stitch a few rows whenever I can – in the car, on the subway, between class, in class (Ooops). I just need something simple and compact to throw into my bag, something preferably more inspiring than an old shopping bag. This dandy fits the…

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  • My Custom Wildhagen Hat

    June 5, 2014 Kate

    When a man buys you a handmade hat without occasion, you hold onto that man. Designed and custom made in Toronto, fabrics from Europe, ribbons from Mokuba… Wildhagen, I’m in love. “The thing about a great hat is that the person wearing it can enjoy wearing it, but other people can enjoy looking at it.…

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  • In Store Inspiration #3

    June 3, 2014 Kate

        1. Darts to shape the sleeve and add interest to an otherwise predictable silhouette. (Babaton, Artizia) 2. Vertical welts on this jacket are an interesting detail and slimming. (Escada)   3. I’m a sucker for a simple blazer – no collar, no lapels, no buttons, simple simple. Also, I’d think easier to draft/sew! (Club…

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