Thursday, December 1, 2016

Show's on!

Hi everyone! We are over halfway through the One of a Kind Show already! Thank you to so many of you for coming by! I love seeing everyone! Over the last 16 years I have gotten to know so many other amazing exhibitors. It's especially amazing to see our favourite customers come by to say hi show after show! We really have the best, most loyal and nicest customers!
One of the best was so nice to bring me these delicious cupcakes! And they coincidentally went with the colour scheme of the day! I'm wearing the Circuit Bracelet. I made some special ones in luscious coloured glass currently only available at OOAK. It's my favourite thing that I made for this show. I was so excited when I made the first green one, I took it to my bedside like a little kid with a new toy at the end of the night! Haha!

Four more days remaining at the show! Tomorrow (December 1) is the Late Night Shopping eve, so I had better call it for today and catch a few zzzs. It's a great time to come as we are open until 11pm and perks include free parking after 5pm.
Hope to see a few more of you! Come visit us in Booth Y-04. The show runs until Sunday, December 4th!

Here is the coupon code to save on tickets: ETCVT4HA

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Blaze Choker

One of a Kind Show Coupon Code

The One of a Kind Show is days away and I am in the midst of the usual last minute scramble to get everything sorted. I never seem to learn! Somehow it always comes together, so I should really calm down!

This is the Blaze Choker. It's one of my favourite pieces from this collection. Chokers have made such a huge comeback and I wanted to make one that was something you could wear every day as a wardrobe staple. This all brass piece features a beautiful art deco style pendant. I think it would look great at work and at play!

Hope to see you at the One of a Kind Show! It starts on Thursday and runs through December 4th. MoonRox will be in booth Y-04. It's the first booth in the last aisle, or the first booth in the first aisle, depending if you start at the right end!

To save on tickets, use coupon code ETCVT4HA when buying your tickets online.

Also, follow us on Instagram and Facebook for a Ticket Giveaway that will be announced later today.

Still many things to check off the To Do List. Off to work on some finishing touches!

See you soon!



Thursday, October 27, 2016

MoonRox Collection for Fall/Winter 2016

(Photography by Joseph Saraceno.)
I've been waiting to share this! The new Collection of Fall/Winter 2016 is now up on the website! Check out the new pieces at I really hope you will like the new designs!

Pictured here are the New Rox Chokers. The original Rox Choker was one of my very first designs when I launched MoonRox way back in 1999. Some of you may remember it! It was a piece that really motivated the start of my business. I had spent my whole life making things. My hands were never idle and I was always creating or drawing. This was the piece that turned one of my hobbies and passions into an almost two decade long career. So I am very grateful to the Rox Choker, and I an super excited to bring a new updated version to you today.

Check out the rest of the collection online! I'll be sharing more photos of the new pieces (and more Italy travel diaries) in the upcoming days.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016


We rode the train from Venice to Florence and already felt warmed by the vibe in the city the second we disembarked. The nicest elderly lady helped us figure out the transit to the apartment that we had rented in San Niccolo. We settled in, got some recommendations from our host, and wandered 5 minutes away to check out the Tower of San Niccolo.
Running on empty stomachs and evening approaching, we didn't have the energy to climb up and chose to seek out food instead. Priorities!
Our server told us about local street artist Clet Abraham and told us to look for his studio nearby.
Finally refuelled, we stopped in the cutest store ever to grab some fruit. Up until this point, which was our third day in Italy together, we had basically been surviving purely on carbs, prosciutto and wine. I have never been so happy to see a piece of fruit!

Happy with full bellies, we ambled up the winding roads past the tower and when we spun around near the top, we were wowed by this view. Not sure what we expected, but it was an amazing scene from Piazzale Michelangelo.
This is the wall outside of Clet Abraham's studio, but it was after hours and closed at this time.
We found a table outside to enjoy a few glasses of wine and prosecco at a little bar in San Niccolo, just steps from here. 

The next morning, we wandered over the river to the city centre of Florence. Being the types that book very last minute trips and do little to no research before arriving some place, we didn't know what we would encounter. I kind of like to travel this way. I mean, I don't want to miss those "must sees" but I really like to just see how the day unfolds on its own. First stop was Ponte Vecchio. I had heard of this place before (not sure how... probably a random trivia question) but had no idea that it was a bridge lined with several little jewellery shops!
Each little shop had windows full of shiny things and a stunning picture window at the back. The view from the outside of this bridge sure did not reveal that these little sparkling boutiques were hidden inside.
This was the simplest, best and most memorable meal we had in all of Italy. Yes, it is more carbs and prosciutto but every ingredient so fresh and delicious. I'm salivating just looking at this photo.
Grabbed the sandwich from these guys at Il Frattelini. My darling customer and now friend, who is a frequent traveller to Italy, recommended the place. You order at the counter of this hole in the wall and join the other patrons perched on the curb nearby. Everyone was enjoying their sandwiches and perhaps a beer or glass of wine. We chatted with some other imbibers and contemplated a second sandwich, but resisted! I wish the restaurant licensing and liquor laws were more lax here in Canada. Would love to be able to do this at home. It is such a pleasant experience and everyone is responsible. 
 The gothic exterior of the famous Il Duomo di Firenze or the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore.
Next we visited the Uffizi. I had always heard of the Uffizi, especially being a former art student, and was pretty excited to finally be here! (Tip: It's best to pre-book your tickets if you don't have the time to endure the long line ups to most galleries and touristy spots. You can do this online or on location.)
We saw countless images of Madonna e Bambino. Being not the least bit religious, this imagery was not a high topic of interest for me, but I did love the amount of gold detail used in many of these works!
Walked down a long busy corridor where all the smaller rooms stem off of and caught a peek of this painting. I had seen Botticelli's 'Birth of Venus' so many times in print and on slides that it took my breath away to actually see the real thing. It was beautiful. Until some young lady next to me said, "Ugh, they're the worst" with so much attitude. She was referring to me and any of my fellow Asians taking photos, which incidentally, she and her three friends were also doing. So I turned to the four of them, fellow North Americans, and said, "Who's the worst???" They stared blankly at me and none of them said a word as they stood and took more photos. This has tainted my experience of viewing this masterful painting. Ugh indeed.
'Primavera' by Sandro Botticelli
Having overdosed on Madonna and Child images, I ogled the amazing frescoes on the ceilings. Unbelievable skill in achieving three-dimensionality. In many cases, it was hard to tell if it was actually an architectural part of the room, or if it was trompe l'oeil.
Caravaggio's 'Head of Medusa' was another highlight.

Found our way to our dinner reservation at Ristorante del Fagioli, a long running family operated restaurant.
We had to try the Steak Florentine. I mean we were in Florence! It looked more overwhelming when they brought out the raw steak for our inspection. The two of us polished it off, no probs!
After dinner we took the long way back to San Niccolo to walk off the big meal and passed by Ponte Vecchio again. It was a completely different scene, now emptied of the flood of tourists and little jewellery boƮtes literally shuttered. I wish I could have this set up for my booth when doing craft shows.

The next day we decided we couldn't come to Florence and not see David -- THE David. So after many distractions and detours, we found our way to the Gallerie dell'Accademia to scope him out. 
He was bigger than I expected. In all seriousness, I mean the Michelangelo masterpiece was much larger in scale than I had always imagined! Haha!
Stunning space with more amazing frescoes. Just amazing.

Wandered aimlessly after the gallery and made our way to the Santo Spirito area in hopes of finding a restaurant that wasn't a tourist trap with the exact same menu as they next 5 restos. One can only have so much mediocre food.
Three hours later and close to 10pm we found a spot! Delicious. Outside, the square was bustling with hip young locals. I'm officially old -- I just said "hip young locals!" Many groups of friends has grabbed pizzas from the nearby wood-fired oven pizzeria and gathered outside with a bottle of wine. If we hadn't just walked for forever, I would have happily done this! After dinner we joined the crowd that surrounded a few couples as they skillfully swing danced. Loved the energy here.

We both constantly admired the doors and ringer bells in Italy. On our last morning in Florence, we said goodbye to our home for the last few days and headed to the train station. Next location would be our chance for a little relaxation and some time away from the hustle bustle. On to Cinque Terre!

Thursday, October 20, 2016


For the first leg of our Italian Vacation, I flew into Venice on the red eye and headed straight to the AirBnB where I would meet S. who had spent a few days with family she had not seen in decades. The lovely apartment was in Mestre, a train ride away from Venice. Tried to snooze before she arrived, but alas, I have never mastered the nap. We excitedly caught up for a little while before heading into Venice proper to begin what was really only a day and a half in the city.  

Running on no sleep in two days, we zombied around the maze of streets and canals and made our way to The Peggy Guggenheim Collection with just enough time to see the whole museum. I had been to Venice before, so it wasn't on the top of my list of places to visit on our list. This was the one thing I really wanted to return to, especially after viewing a documentary on the eccentric Peggy. What a great space where you can get an intimate experience with art works from so many masters. Plus you get to enjoy Peggy's fabulous home.
(Jackson Pollock)
(Alexander Calder)
(Peggy Guggenheim's place of burial, and that of all of her dogs!)
(Close up on Kandinsky)
(Unbelievable wood carvings)

(Leather shop - so many with exactly the same stock)
(Piazza San Marco)
When I left Toronto, I thought I was going to eat so well in Italy! I was so excited! Italian food is one of my favourites. We were so disappointed at the food offerings in the Venetian restos. So much dumbed down mediocre tourist food. Sigh.

We did love getting lost in Venice. It's easy to do! And the scenery is beautiful at every turn. Passed through the famed Piazza San Marco, snuck a couple photos in the Basilica (hope I don't go to Hell for this) and popped into a pretty bar to escape a rain shower. After the rain we took a vaporetto (water bus) to Murano, hoping to see some of the glass studios. I had been before and remembered the island as a bit of a tourist trap, but we gave it a go. As it was late in the day, most of the studios and shops were closed, so we had a quick wander and headed back to Venice.
(Basilica San Marco)
(Basilica San Marco - snuck a photo or two. Sorry!)

Though very beautiful, Venice seems a bit like a theme park to me. It felt like it was created by and for tourists. Still, I was happy to have re-visited it. There is no place like it! Next up, Florence!


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