What’s Behind Door #270?

I wanted to share some photos I took of a chamber of commerce event hosted at 270 Sherman here in Hamilton, Ont.  270 Sherman is an old textile mill that was purchased by Torontonians and is being divided up into working studios and office space for the creative talent that is booming in this city.  We were given a great tour of different spaces and their occupants gave us some detail on what it is like being in the building.  Bursting at the seams with charm, I hope to one day be a resident in the not so distant future…

1 stairs

The stairs have original metal stamped details.

2 hallway

This is a hallway where a few video production companies work out of.

5 green screen

Here is a green screen used for filming large scale productions for movies and television shows.

3 new window

Gorgeous windows that are being installed throughout the complex. Originally the windows were small because the employers did not want the employees to be distracted by the outside world when working.

4 locker room

Original locker room from the days when employees filled the mill.

8 nice doors

Original big wooden loading doors all over the place.

7 morgue set

Same set as the police station – super creepy – but so interesting!

6 set police station

This is a set for a television show. The recreated this room to look like an FBI police station.

21 elevator

Original loading elevators on all sides of the building. I rode one up with a few people to a really neat artist space.

11 boiler house

This is the original boiler house for the mill. Now home to a circus school.

10 smoke stack boiler room

Our tour took us out into the courtyard where we headed to the boiler house.

12 circus

We were treated to a live performance by this trapeze artist who wrapped her body around a hula hoop in the air. Impressive? Yes. Would I ever do it? No. COULD I do it? Probably not.

This was a GIANT prop storage house. The props are used on television and movie sets and are for sale. Weird world of stuff...

This was a GIANT prop storage house. The props are used on television and movie sets and are for sale. Weird world of stuff…

13 pickle

Well I found it. Sprayed on my way up to see more studios.

9 cabinet shop

There is a cabinet shop that works out of the building – has been in business for over 50 years – apparently 45 of them have been in 270 Sherman. I love big saws!!

14 artist studio

We were given a sneak peek into this insane workspace. It was an artist collective where they were making big installations for the city. Very interesting, very messy.

15 print making studio

A fabulous letter press workshop (and potential new friend Sara’s) space. Another London”er” who also went to BealART! She picked up the equipment from a person retiring form the business.

18 ballroom

The main mill. The pictures do not do it justice for the sheer grandness of the space. Would be perfect for a rave with 2000+ people.

19 ballroom 2


I was invited to the event by my friend Joy who owns Made for you by Madeline – a cute bakery here in the city. It was filled with members of the chamber of commerce- a great networking night (not to mention open bar, catered food and live entertainment!)

And The Most Memorable Halloween Movie Goes To…

Teen Witch!!

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My friends Whitney and Emma (a.k.a. cat and mouse) had the great idea to host a Halloween movie night at Whitney’s store Girl on the Wing.  A few friends gathered to watch Teen Witch (a must see for all) and enjoyed a delicious array of treats and drink.  The girls even had a little vintage inspired popcorn machine!  This is truly one of the reasons why I am loving that we moved to Hamilton. We have met so many great people and events like these make me feel like part of a community.  I feel like I am living in a small quaint town surrounded by great creative minds.










The girls set the screen up with a projector and had chairs for everyone.  One of the highlights was when we had an “intermission” and the classic “let’s all go to the lobby” video played.  It was so charming!!  Here are a few flicks from the evening – I can’t wait to do it again!

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pop! pop! pop!

All summer I have been meaning to set up an outdoor movie on our patio.  I have no excuse – I have a screen, projector, portable speaker, hot air popper – not to mention a sweet blow up sofa!  Perhaps tonight is the night?!  Well, to get me inspired – here are a few poppin’ popcorn related items made in Canada, found on Etsy.com!  I will update pics if we end up setting up this evening 😉

1. Personalized popcorn bags: Vintage Apricot – Langley, BC

These would be so cute to give to your guests!  Have them preloaded, or put out a big bowl of popcorn with a scoop…

poppin by bag

2. Gourmet popcorn seasoning – Purpose Design – Montreal, QC

Ummmm YUM!  I love the idea of making your own custom flavours – Pair this with a hand made soda from a Soda Stream and voila!


3. Life’s Soundtrack Popcorn Popping (tea towel)! – Kemptonjones – Toronto,ON

I picked up one of these last year the OOAK show in Toronto – so unique – would make the perfect hostess gift!

tea towel

4. Popcorn Necklace – Mignonnerie – Montreal, QC

Wear your heart on your…neck?  For movie lovers only.  (who can resist a miniature?)


5. Movie night popcorn shoes – Mandy Jane Shoes – Calgary, AB

That’s right – get your fancy shoes on!  Go all out in these stunners!  Guaranteed to turn heads 😉

popcorn shoes

6. Chick Flick Art – Kelly Grace Shop – Toronto, ON

I have been a fan for years – I would love to have a 3D movie party with old skool glasses. I will settle for these beautiful pieces of art for now…

art work

7. Let’s all go to the lobby – invite printable – Cute Cartoon Portraits – Montreal, QC

Send out an invite in style – Be honest – who sang the lobby song after reading this?  Best part of the movies, in my opinion.


7. Internet killed the video store t-shirt – IceCreamTees – Georgina,ON

Sad, but true.


8. Vintage movie projection screen – The Creative Hearth -Nanaimo, BC

Oldies are golden on this beaut!


9. Retro film reel – Stonesoupology – Burlington, ON

Loving the colour of these!

film reels

10.Vintage theatre seats – Rice and Potato – Toronto, ON

The ultimate seating!!!!  *swoon*

movie seats


Guys, I did it! I set up the movie night – all this swag inspired me to get my butt in gear.  Especially considering there is not much summer left!  We decided to watch a Bond movie – probably a vintage one… let the popcorn start poppin!
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How To Make A Girl Smile

What can you get for 5 cents?

IMG_5404(apparently not even nothing – real picture I took a the Hamilton market haha!)

Well let me let you in on a little secret… you can buy a magical afternoon for just 5 cents.  Yup.. no more, no less (well the cost of gas money, possibly an ice cream cone….)  We made an adventure out of finding this carousal I found online.  We drove all the way to Port Dalhousie in St. Catherines to check it out.  We may have gotten slightly lost due to my superb navigational skills, but we did eventually find it.  (side note – visit Port Dalhousie, it is charming – they hold the annual Henley Rowing Regatta there – I used to participate for years, totally worth a day trip)

21(here is proof – so for 10 cents I splurged on Lee and bought him a ticket to ride)

20(I was slightly disappointed that it wasn’t outside completely, but hey, it was built in 1903 and who am I to complain for a 5 cent ride?)

24(this was my pony, I saddled up and named her nostalgia)

23(some other options were giraffes, camels and lions – but I stuck with nostalgia the pony)

25(the detailing was impeccable – so charming – they have some photos of the elderly man who restored the carousel in 1985 hanging on the walls. The music was fun and traditional)

22(hand painted fierce pictures on the top)

Overall I would suggest that you should go check this out. I mean common…5 cents!!!  There is also a great marina to walk around and a beach which you may or may not be able to swim in depending on the water e.coli levels.  This was the best 10 cents I have spent in years.