Top 10 Ways To Look Into The Future

I missed out on doing a New Years Blog wrap up like everyone else in the world – so I thought I would look into the future and find the coolest calendars that are Made in Canada.  Let’s be honest, you have probably been to the local bookstore, seen all the generic puppy calendars at  50% off – why not treat yourself this year and support someone in your community? Start this year off on a good foot – buy “local”, buy “handmade”. Here are 10 of my favourites!

1. 2014 Mountain Calendar (Blue Mist) – Made by Pamlostracco – Made in Toronto

I love the graduated colour and the fact that this looks more like art than a calendar.

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2. 2014 Desk or Wall Calendar (mini animals) -Made by MadeWithClayAndLove – Made in Terrenceville, Newfoundland

I really liked the concept of this little calendar – the person creates little clay figures, then photographs them and turns them into calendar pages.  How cute!

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3. 2014 Parks and Rec Calendar – Made by paperchat – Made in Toronto

I have never seen the show in reference, although many of my friends love it – this little calendar made me laugh out loud. It is perfect when you need a little pick me up!

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4. Wanderlust 2014 Calendar – Made by EyePoertyPhotography – Made in Montreal

I love dreaming about my next adventure – this calendar give the perfect inspiration.  It would also serve double duty as beautifully framed photographs after the year is over.

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5. Colourful Letterpress Desktop Calendar – Made by LetterpressShoppe – Made in Toronto

A perfect size for you desk – this little calendar is just stunning!  Every month is a new colour.

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6. 2014 Calendar – Printed on Watercolour Paper – Made by BarbaraOchman – Made in Ottawa

Talk about talent – these are all hand illustrated pictures turned into one beautiful calendar – I would definitely frame these when the months are over.

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7. Perpetual Mechanical Calendar and Pen Set – Made by SandrasCornerStore – Made in Sudbury

This was probably not made in Canada, however this shop is a cute little Canadian vintage store.  I love shopping vintage and would love a little bling calendar like this on my desk.
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8. StarWars Calendar – Made by BluesNotes – Made in Ottawa

Have a movie buff in your life?  I ordered the Back to the Future version for Lee this year.  I think these are genius and what a great up cycling project!  7 starwars

9. 2014 Hand printed Calendar – Made by FlakesPaperie – Made in Ontario

I really love the work by this studio – I discovered Flakes Paperie at the one of a kind show several years ago – and relate to all of her work.

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10. 2014 Calendar – Made by Bookhu – Made in Toronto

This is made by a popular textile studio up the street from where I work.  I like the traditional botanicals.

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10 DJ Worthy Products

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There are 2 things Lee Chung can’t live without: 1 – chips . 2 – making stuff. This week I chose to focus on Lees love of things handmade. I have rounded up the best DJ / Vinyl related Canadian made products on Etsy. Gather the young ones around the computer folks and give them a little history lesson!

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Made in Hamilton   –   TheVinylKiller (aka Lee Chung)   –   This simple toy is used both as a beautiful display item, but also as a teaching tool.

 

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Made in Peterborough, ON, Canada   –   
Luck Jackson   –   Nostalgia at it’s finest in this cute print!

 

 

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Made in Victoria, BC, Canada   –   Asgard Designs   –   How fun are these cuff links?!

 

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Made in Victoria, BC, Canada   –   NANA ZOOLAND   –   I feel a DJ themed party coming on….

 

wall art

Made in Montreal, QC, Canada   –   Street Wallz   –   The size of this wall piece is impressive – perfect for a studio!

 

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Made in Toronto, ON, Canada   –   Papermuse Designs   –   Take note of this one!

 

 

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Made in Montreal, QC, Canada   –   Maelle’s Insanities   –   I love these screened vinyl bracelets!

 

 

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Made in Ajax, Ontario, Canada   –   Eternal Art   –   Let’s be honest – everyone needs a 45 adapter shower curtain 😉

 

 

 

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Made in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada   –   CMB Printworks   –   A series of these on a wall would look amazeballs!

 

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Made in Chelsea, QC, Canada   –   DJ Hokum   –   Any audiophile would covet a pair of these bad boys!

Creepy Crawlers

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(hoards of people checking out the art crawl – so popular, the streets were packed!)

Tonight Lee and I experienced our first Hamilton Art Crawl.  We only live a short walk away – so it was about time we joined in on the local events!  I expected to be around a lot of the typical Hamiltonians (aka creepy crawlers) I see every day, but was pleasantly surprised to find a thriving grass roots artist/musician community.  We wandered up and down James street – took in all the sites – loads of clothing vendors, some food of course some awesome art and live music.

My highlight of the evening was the roof top music at Dr.Disc – my current local fav – Jessy Lanza as well The New Hands Band.  There was a senior citizen dancing that could school any dancer on the floor – truly amazing and a reason to upgrade my camera so I can take video.  At the end of the concert there was a mob of girls (including me) dancing with him.  Epic.  I can’t wait for the next crawl!

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(buskers, babies, dogs, clothing vendors, performance artists, vintage dealers – a smorgasbord of things happening!)

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(really simple, yet effective displays by artists)

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(knickknacks galore!)

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(I saw someone walking around with the Big Lebowski later on in the evening…YES)

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(a great seniors quartet – they drew quite a crowd!)

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(a market inside the art crawl event – local artisans – mainly photos and jewelry)

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(Matt Jelly was capitalizing on Hamilton Nostalgia)

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(vintage vinyl and books – loads of jems in there!)

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(you couldn’t have got a more perfect forecast for this months crawl)

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(my absolute favourite summer happening – raise the roof at Dr.Disc – so cool!)

We had a bite at the local food trucks – also recommended and ended our evening at This ain’t Hollywood – retro rave our friend Noa DJ Everblue was playing.  What a night!  If you can make it the art crawl happens the second Friday of EVERY month.  I highly recommend it. and can’t remember the last time I had that much fun!

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(a little retro rave action – this was an old school raver with his glow sticks – notice the hula hoops – and there were rings pops and fun fur pants! WHAAA?!  )