I’m coming to you late on Friday night due to the busy two days I’ve had with Alt Summit’s Alt for Everyone! It’s been exhilarating and a little overwhelming, there has just been so much information thrown at us, but I’ve been loving every minute!
This weekend is “May 2-4” aka May long weekend aka Victoria Day weekend! It looks like it’s going to be a beauty weather-wise, so I just wanted to share a few things going on in the city that you may want to check out!
Dunas West/Ossington Food Tour - Enjoy the best of this salivating strip while learning about the history, culture and architecture of the vibrant neighbourhood. May 18th at 12:30 PM, meet Bathurst & Dundas W, $60 with limited space
IGToronto Does Distillery - A fun and creative meet up of photographers both new and old. May 18th at 1 PM, Distillery District Free
We Should Know Each Other “Invites you to stretch the limits of your social circle and meet the fantastic diversity of people that surround you. Introduce yourself to artists, doctors, labourers, accountants, politicians and more, in a comfortable, safe and fun environment.” May 19th at 7 PM, at #Hashtag Gallery, 801 Dundas St W. Free
Ashbridges Bay Victoria Day Fireworks - Catch the annual Ashbridges Bay Park firework display, which features 2,000 fireworks and a spectacular finale. May 20th at 10 PM, Lakeshore Boulevard East & Coxwell Ave. Free
As for me, on Saturday I’m going to be catching up on CONTACT’s numerous photography exhibitions, before tucking in to my last class with Oh Happy Day’s Jordan Ferney, super excited for this one! Sunday will involve picnics and barbecues- I expect to be very full. But whatever you get up to this weekend, I hope you have a lovely time and enjoy the extra day off!
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Just a quick midweek update to share some exciting news. For the next three days I’ll be “attending” the blogging conference Alt Summit from the comfort of my own home with their new online series Alt for Everyone! I’m excited and nervous as I don’t quite know what to expect but am anticipating a lot of wonderful and useful tips and tricks from such esteemed bloggers as Liz Stanley from Say Yes to Hoboken, Jordan Ferney from Oh Happy Day and of course Joy Cho from Oh Joy! who will be doing a special Keynote presentation on The Art of Being a Goal Getter- what could be better?
From PR on a shoestring budget to utilizing social media, working with brands and a little creative advertising as well, I’m going to be learning a lot that will help motivate this blog to create fresh new content. Thank you for all the support you’ve shared in these past few months and here’s to a flourishing and exciting future here at A Good Good Day!
With the National Stationary Show kicking off this weekend in New York, the internet has been a buzz with luscious letterpress and sweet sentiments. Over on Poppytalk, Jan has been highlighting some beautiful stationary for the past week, and I wanted to share a little more west coastlove today.
One of my favourite Canadian magazines, Calgary’s Uppercase, is sharing a free excerpt version of their latest issue (#17) which was all stationary everything. Read up on some of the amazing stationary companies and businesses that work hard to deliver the perfect message for that beautiful babe, dedicated dad, super mum, special birthday, wedding day or any day! View the online excerpt here and enjoy! (Unfortunately you’ll be missing out on Issue 17’s amazing scratch and sniff pages- really.)
Due to work on Sunday, I knew I had to pack a lot of goodness into my day on Saturday, and my goodness it was great! After a stroll past many a lawn sale, I emerged into Kensington Market to be greeted with many happy passersby, soaking up the sunshine and embracing Spring (or possibly even Summer’s) triumphant return.
This week seemed to go by in a blink of an eye and after a rainy and grey Monday, we’ve been graced with warm temperatures, sunny skies and fresh blooms. I love signs of Spring!
What is everyone up to this weekend? It’s Cinco de Mayo and there are a few fun events happening in the city, including this print show and sale at Kid Icarus in Kensington Market. I love Mexican culture and design (and food) so I’ve been anticipating the exhibition since they first announced it. And after following the owner’s, Michael and Bianca, trip to Mexico City a few weeks ago on Instagram I’m very excited to see the prints they brought back from Mexican printing studio Taller 75 Grados. I’ve also been anxious to try the new taco place Seven Lives in the Market as well, so a trip there after the show will definitely be in order.
If I have a time, I’ll be heading over to High Park to see the famous cherry blossoms before tucking in at Bent Restaurant for dinner with friends. Do you think Susur Lee will remember me from that time I met him at the airport?
Whatever you get up to this weekend, I hope it’s spent outside in the sunshine. If you’re out along Queen Street, be sure to check out this year’s Maximum Exposure exhibition at the Burrough’s Building, opening tonight at 6 PM. It’s where I’ll be!
Ps. The ROM kicks off their third Friday Night Live series tonight! Online tickets are sold out, but some may still be available at the door. These events are a lot of fun, and every week features a different theme! More information here.
Happy MAY everyone! My goodness, how in the world did THAT happen? Though I’m not complaining, especially after a winter that never seemed to end! Remember how on Friday I mentioned that my family was celebrating my mum’s birthday on the weekend and that I was going to make some decorative crafts? Well, much to your surprise and mine, I actually did, and they looked great!
I forgot how good it felt to make something with my hands. So much of what I do relies on technology, from taking photos on my digital camera to editing them and putting blog posts together on my laptop (among a million other social media endeavours). It felt really great to slow down and cut and measure and bind and glue and create something quite cute and beautiful. Not to mention tracking down all the materials on a sunny Saturday on Queen St, it was absolute bliss.
Okay, okay, so I didn’t come up with the first project myself, but gosh look at how cute these turned out! These Pennant Flag Cupcake Toppers came from Bayside Bride courtesy of Pinterest. And though my mum’s birthday brunch did not “officially” have a nautical theme (ie. not at all) I somehow subtly implemented a little “arr arr matey” into my decorations. I even unknowingly picked out a set of fabric quarters titled “Sailing Pretty” that were simply chosen because they perfectly matched the construction paper I had just purchased. Fate? I think so!
So thanks so much to the Bayside Bride for the cute cupcake toppers! I may have gone a little overkill on the string details, but they look so groovy like that. This project was super easy and a lot of fun, so it will definitely be re-visited in the near future.
Fabric-covered mason jars! This project came right out of my own noggin ladies and… gents? and is super easy. You’re going to need an extra pair of hands for this one, so make sure you have a friend around to help you out!
Materials are pretty simple and you could probably find most of what you need around your house, but just in case…
Mason jars (a pack of 12 from the hardware store is the way to go)
Fabric squares (a pack of fat quarters is more than enough, measuring 20x20 in)
Patterned bakers twine in a fun colour combo
A small vessel to hold water, such as a shot glass
Center the mason jar in the middle of the fabric and bunch the four corners of the fabric first, than the rest, in your hands and grasp firmly above the mouth of the jar. Get a friend to wrap the twine twice below the lip of the jar and knot tightly. Trim excess twine. With a smaller jar you’ll have lots of extra fabric, so just tuck it inside the jar. Place a shot glass inside the jar, nestling it in the fabric (it should stay in place quite well.) Fill the shot glass with a little water and add flowers. Voila!
The extra fabric I had I used to line a bread basket and decorate a serving table with, and you can continue to repurpose these fabric squares into a ton of other projects.
With it now being May, this means that the annual Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival launches today. Opening night celebrations take place at MOCCA with their primary exhibition Collected Shadowsfeaturing images from the Archive of Modern Conflict. I can’t wait! Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the free CONTACT guides which are floating around Toronto’s cafes and shops for a full list of exhibitions and events, or check out the CONTACT website. It’s been an absolutely beautiful day here in Toronto so it’s about time I got outside and enjoyed it! See you on Friday, friends!
Do you have any special plans for the weekend? Mine is going to be quite busy! I’m looking forward to The Spring Wedding Show at The Drake on Saturday and with my mum’s birthday on Monday, the family and I are celebrating with brunch at my sister’s on Sunday. Will my crafty decorations fail? Succeed? Will I even do them? Tune in next week to find out!
So. Unlike last time when I kept promising (and promising) photos from the last City of Craft, too many weeks went by and the post became obsolete, much to my chagrin. However, I REFUSE to let that happen this time, and before a full week goes by, I’m doing it!
City of Craft is tomorrow!! I feel like I’ve been waiting for this for months (okay, maybe 2) but ever since I learned I was going to be this year’s photo booth photographer, my excitement skyrocketed. I can’t wait to work with Have & Hold Design and Uschi & Kay, meet a ton of new crafters and take your cute photo booth photo. Be sure to come by and say “hi”!
I have been so behind in my Fave 5s these past two weeks and I apologize for that- things have been crazy and the days just seem to fly by. However, I’m back at it today showcasing five products/crafters I’m looking forward to seeing for the first time at CoC tomorrow. Shall we?
When I was photographing at the Interior Design Show this past January, it was a sensory overload of colour, texture, pattern, shape, form and all those good things that make an object beautiful, distinct and unique. It was easy to run around from booth to booth saying “Wow, oh my god, I love that, I want that, that’s so cool…” and it’s true, there were a lot of amazing products that would have just about anyone drooling over, but as the weekend continued I began to ask myself “What do I actually see being in my home? What suits my tastes, stands out without being overwhelming and will withstand the test of design time?” If you picked the Lady Gaga carpet, you were wrong.