Monday, March 2, 2015

One of a Kind Spring Show and Sale COUPON!

Yay!  It's March!  The days are getting longer and the sun has been showing it's happy face!  We just found out our Booth location for the One of a Kind Spring Show and Sale!  It's been so cold it's hard to believe the Spring Show is just weeks away.  It'll be a great way to warm up a little!  Come see us!  We're in Booth Q-38 near the Rising Stars, Etsy Section and the Fashion Section too!

Get a jump on planning your Show visit!  Here's a coupon to save on the cost of admission when purchasing your tickets online.  Save $1 off the online price, which is really $3 off the price at the door with this coupon code!  Enter ASDakyb when purchasing your tix here.

Can't wait to share more Spring updates soon!  We'll share some details on the upcoming website update as well as some behind the scenes pics.  Check back soon!

xo

M

Sunday, March 1, 2015

"Winter Stations"

This Winter, we have a bit of a treat on the frozen shoreline.  Took a little afternoon break to check out 'Winter Stations' in the beaches.  There are 5 great installations built around the existing lifeguard stations at Kew Beach.  There was an international competition garnering 4 winners as well as a design by Ryerson students.  Each is a warming station to provide shelter from the cold in what has become one of the coldest Winters.  It was supposedly the coldest February on record.  So glad to see the arrival of March.
Turns out the Ryerson entry was the highlight for me!  I am a sucker for colourful things, especially in this palette!  The photos above show the "Snow Cone" by Ryerson Architecture students.  Loved how the interior is so amazingly colourful and how it is not totally evident on the outside.  It was like experiencing stained glass windows in a really beautiful church.  And I ain't religious!
This is the "Driftwood Throne."  It's made of 100% reclaimed lumber and has sheltered seating on each side.  One man sat in the -20 temps reading his book in the sunshine.
This orange sight is called "Sling Swing" with it's design based on the Summer deck chair.  Enjoyed watching each swing flail in the Winter gusts of wind.  Of course I had to test it out.
This is the exterior and interior of "Wing Back", based on the wing back chair.  Lots of seating around a real fire would be excellent refuge from the cold.
Down the eastern end of the beach, we came upon "Hot Box" based on traditional ice fishing huts.  Nice simple design that serves its purpose well!
The shoreline has definitely been overtaken by Old Man Winter.  Still a really beautiful sight to see.  Felt like we were on another planet!
Head down to the beaches to check out 'Winter Stations' before they are gone on March 22nd.  It was a great little field trip.  If it's going to be cold, we may as well have interesting things to get us outside to better appreciate Winter!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Winter 2015 (so far...)

This Winter has so far been filled with keeping warm, visits up north, snow days, icy weather, dotted manis by 8 year olds, making jewels, collaborations, photo shoots, supply shopping, studio sales, food and drink, art, city walks, sporting events, powerful stones and birthday parties.  Still a few more weeks of Winter to go.  Goodbye February. Hello March!

Postcards from Jamaica

My friend S. and I went to Negril in December.  Turned out to be a bit of a crazy idea to sneak away at such a busy time of year... I know I was missing out on serving MoonRox customers to my fullest when I wasn't in Toronto to ship out orders quickly, and I apologize, but it was still good to escape the city!

It turned out to rain torrentially every day for our entire trip!  We got a few decent hours every day and then a little bit of sunshine on a couple of the days!  Had to make the best of it and take lots of naps to catch up on sleep!

I loved the tree above... seemed to have so much going on!
Santa was feeling the Jamaican vibes.  It was definitely odd to be away in a warm climate over the Holiday Season... haven't been able to swing that in all these MoonRox-y years!
The beach was not ideal where we were... too may shed snake skins floating along the shoreline and sea urchins and debris for my liking! Looks okay in this photo but we confirmed we are sorta beach snobs after she had lived in Bermuda and I had visited Bermuda several times.  The beaches in most places just don't compare to the pink sand beaches of Bermuda.
We had to wait a few days for a decent afternoon weather-wise.  We brought along some travellers and headed down the beach to vendors, or the "boutiques" as our new friend called them.  We picked a nice spot called Office of Nature and met a couple friendly dudes serving up barbecue lobster.  We got to pick out our lobsters from the cage and they grilled up some delectable meals.  The lobster was served up with rice and peas and some nice garlic toast.  The weather was ideal for 2 hours in a row for the only time on our whole trip!  We were in heaven!
As soon as we got back to our room with plans to head to Rick's Café for some drinks and to watch some cliff jumping, the skies clouded over again and the rain moved in.  Bummed out, we retired to our room for a rest.
On our last morning, the forecast was looking good and we got up early to take advantage before we had to catch our plane back to Toronto for the Holidays.  Now that we have had two months of absolute frigid temps here at home, I'll take another rainy day in Jamaica!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

We're GOLDEN!

DIY Gold Shoes!
We have the midas touch!  Jill (of Headmistress) and I have taken to making everything we touch turn to gold!  I had a couple pair of cheap and cheerful shoes that I had owned for a while.  Purchased them in a moment of poor judgement where I was convinced by the price.  I didn't quite think about how these colours are just not for me.  Well no problem...
Grab a can of gold spray paint and give those babies a few coats.  We took to our backyard, a.k.a. graffiti alley, where the scent of spray paint is the norm.  Make sure to remove laces, tape off the soles and fill the interior of the shoes with paper.  We only wanted to make the leather/suede parts golden and wanted to avoid over spray.  For even coverage, spray several light coats waiting for each coat to dry before the next coat.  The suede will absorb a lot and require several coats admittedly making them a bit crunchy, but I don't mind.
And taaaa daaaa!  The neglected shoes become every day wearables!  I always need more gold shoes!
This is one of my favourite photos taken all of last year.  Stumbled across this leaf stained sidewalk in Parkdale.  Beauty is everywhere!

Next up, DIY Polka Dot Gold Leather Skirt
Jill carefully cut out perfect round circles of tape and applied them to a vintage black leather skirt.  We eagerly took it out back and Jill gave it a few coats of gold.
Again, mist several light coats for even paint colour.
And wear napkins as masks if nothing else more effective is handy!
Once dry, remove the tape to reveal amazing black and gold dotted mini skirt!

We have found that the gold will develop a slightly antiqued look after a fair amount of wear, but that was expected.  Just don't be surprised.  After all, this is paint and not dye.

Anyhow, I am already lining up some more goodies to attack with the spray can!  Can't wait for Spring weather especially with these near minus 30 C temps!

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