You're One of a Kind

Posted on March 30, 2012 and tagged DIY

I just came from the One of a Kind spring show here in Toronto. If you're not already planning on it, you should definitely check it out this weekend. The Direct Energy Centre was absolutely packed with 450 Canada artisans and designers. It's so fun to be able to chat with the person who actually made what you're about to buy! It makes that piece all the more special.

It was really hard to chose, but here are my favorite booths from the show. This is just a sampling though, there were so many amazing and beautiful artists, you should really go check it out yourself!

She Smiled and Ran

In a sea of jewellery designers, She Smiled and Ran managed to stand out with clean and contemporary pieces. By combining traditional materials like pearls with something more unexpected like acrylic, the designs strike the perfect balance between classic and modern.


This booth has a small collection of beautifully simple tote bags, purses, and textiles for sale. It doesn't matter that the booth is small because each and every piece is a winner. All of the designs are handprinted with natural dyes and the care that is put into each piece is evident. I loved everything so much, I bought myself a new purse!

Avril Loreti

Bright colors and modern geometric patterns will lure you in this booth, and the quality of each piece with have you reaching for your wallet! The Watercolor Pillow is one of my favourites (obviously), as well as the Paint Chip Table Runners. What a unique take on the paint chip trend!

tealish fine teas

I'm always on the hunt for yummy new teas, so I was excited to come across this booth. There are a wide variety of unique flavours with great packaging to boot. I think I need to pick up a tin of Stress Buster.


I love a good silkscreened tee, and the ones at the Paste booth are really interesting. The shirts are enzyme-washed to give them a soft feel and to reduce shrinkage. I'm sure any of these could feel like your favourite comfy tee in minutes. My favourite, for obvious reasons, is Band Cat. But seriously, add a kitty to anything and I'll love it.

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