hello Toronto!

8 Dec

Toronto-1Toronto-2Toronto-3Toronto-4Toronto-5Toronto-6Toronto-7Hello Toronto! Wishing you were nice and warm right now!

pictures taken on my last trip in April

WIN :: got craft? swag bag

5 Dec

GotCraft-Swag-1GotCraft-Swag-2The first 50 people through the doors at Got Craft? on both Saturday, December 14th (10-8pm) and Sunday, December 15th, 2013 (10-5pm) at the Maritime Labour Centre will receive a FREE swag bag! Designed by The Beautiful Project and hand printed by Locomotive Clothing, each bag is stuffed with a selection of goodies from our vendors and our lovely sponsors including MailChimp and UPPERCASE magazine.

Square,the official payment processor of Got Craft?, will once again be providing six gift certificates with a combined valued up to $300.00*! Certificates will be randomly placed in 3 swag bags each day, so be prepared to arrive early!

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Four ways to enter:

  1. Visit the Got Craft? vendor page here and leave a comment below with the name of the vendor you are most excited to see! = 1 entry
  2. Retweet “RT to enter to win a #GotCraft swag bag filled with handmade goodness courtesy of @LFieldsShoppe – http://bit.ly/1bjs9nv” = 1 entry
  3. Share one of the images above on Instagram and tag #GotCraft or @LFieldsShoppe with a link to our website – http://gotcraft.com = 1 entry
  4. Share one of the images above on Facebook and tag #GotCraft or the Got Craft? page with a link to our website – http://gotcraft.com = 1 entry

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Prize will be available for pick up at Got Craft? (front desk). Winner will be notified by email.

Contest closes Thursday, December 12th, 2013 at noon (PST)

* 1x $75, 1x $50, and 1x $25 gift certificate to be used at Got Craft? 2013 will be randomly placed in three swag bags each day. First 50 paid attendees through the doors each day will receive a swag bag.

UPPERCASE

4 Dec

UPPERCASEWe’ll have a nice selection of UPPERCASE goods for you to shop from at Got Craft? including a few limited edition back issues! For those that can’t wait or want to shop their full selection of items, use code ‘gotcraft?‘ to receive 10% off their online shop here!

got craft? :: 12 days of giveaways

2 Dec

12DaysofGiveaways-GotCraftWith Got Craft? quickly approaching on Saturday, December 14th and Sunday, December 15th at the Maritime Labour Centre, we are kicking off the month of December with 12 days of giveaways! Above is just a sampling of some of the handmade gifts that you can win including goods from GroovyGlassGirl, Designs by Val, Wolf & Sadie, Locomotive Clothing, Make & Mercantile, and more.
12DaysofGiveaways-GingerFull details are above, but you’ll have to follow us on Facebook here to play along!

shop tour :: bookhou

1 Dec

Bookhou-1Bookhou-2Bookhou-3Bookhou-4Bookhou-5Bookhou-6With us being back in Toronto for the One of a Kind show, I figured this would be a good time to share some of the photos I took during our visit last April to Bookhou. Better late than never?

Co-founded by husband and wife, John and Arounna, this amazing duo works out of a beautiful space with a brick and mortar shop at the front, a studio at the back, and their own living space above. Everything that Bookhou creates is amazing and being a follower of their work, I can’t imagine anything that this duo can’t do from custom furniture to the beautiful hand printed textiles you see above. If you are in Toronto, make sure to say hello in person or visit their website to see their online shop. I’ve had my eye on the triangle zip tote for quite some time now. Merry Christmas to me?

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Bookhou
798 Dundas Street West, Toronto
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letterpress workshop

21 Nov

letterpress-layoutJoin District Dogs Design at Got Craft? on Saturday, December 14th or Sunday, December 15th and get yourself acquainted with the art of letterpress printing! This workshop will introduce you to a pair of tabletop letterpress’ and give you the opportunity to print your very own festive gift tags! Jarin and Catherine will go over the basics of press operation and maintenance, traditional and modern practices and techniques, commonly used materials, and much, much more. Since this is a two hour session, all participants will use the same preset design and colours.

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You’ll take home:
One dozen letterpress printed gift tags – perfect for gift giving
Handout with letterpress resources
Gift packaging for your newly printed tags to ensure their safe travel home.

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Letterpress Workshop at Got Craft?
Saturday, December 14th OR Sunday, December 15th, 2013
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street

$25.00 plus GST (5%) – includes admission to Got Craft? (same day as your session) and items listed above
Advance registration is required | Spaces are first come first serve | Limit 12 students per session

Register online here. Please make sure to check in at the front desk 15 minutes before the workshop begins.

update: Saturday’s workshop is sold out!

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District Dogs Designs is a small letterpress studio in the District of North Vancouver, BC that creates hand-drawn, hand-carved, hand-pulled – totally hand-made paper goods such as greeting cards, notepads, coasters, prints, artwork and even limited t-shirts!

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image one via sam bradd

beginner hand lettering workshop

19 Nov

Sign-Painting-3Sign-Painting-1Sign-Painting-2Did you attend the screening of the Sign Painter movie last June? Sign Painter, John Lennig from BIG TOP Sign Arts, will be at Got Craft? hosting a workshop discussing brush lettering in general and specifically the BullNose letter style, one of the most basic of hand painted styles. Consisting of 6 basic strokes, John will teach you how to create both upper and lower case letters as well as proper brush handling, brushcare, and the types of paints used.

The first half of the hands-on workshop will cover the above, along with getting your brushes into the paint and practicing the 6 basic strokes. While the second half will move into letters and finish up with the creation of a few pieces to take home. “The Swoop” will also be discussed, demonstrated, and if time allows, be put to use in the finished pieces.

You’ll take home:
A 1-2 word piece using both upper and lower case in the BullNose lettering style
A #6 Langnickel Nocturna brush
A small container of paint

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Beginner Hand Lettering Workshop at Got Craft?
Saturday, December 14th OR Sunday, December 15th, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Maritime Labour Centre, 1880 Triumph Street

update: workshop is sold out!

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In 1965, John moved to Vancouver from California and over the next 17 years, he would find himself working in 7 different sign shops before opening up his own business in 1982. With the popularity of computers in the late 1980’s and 1990’s, John realized that he was doing less and less hand lettering and decided to sell his shop in the year 2000 and go back to strictly doing what he loves. BIG TOP Sign Arts was born specializing in hand lettering, gold leaf, and later on, pinstriping. Last September, he celebrated 50 years as a sign painter and looks forward to sharing his skills!

BIG TOP Sign Arts | PinHead Lounge (follow the stripe-o-dex to J) | Facebook

images via [stu-di-o] by jeanie

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