Archive for February, 2011

Paper Treats for a Winter Picnic – by Lindsay Zier-Vogel

Sunday, February 27th, 2011

This winter has seemed like it will never end and has made picnic season feel like a figment of my imagination. So I decided to do away with dreams of sundresses and sunshine and replace them with dreams of snowpants and sunshine. Winter picnic time!
paper snowflakes I cut out paper snowflakes and hung them from the bare branches over our picnic blankets and for my intrepid, bundled picnickers, I made lootbags (because who doesn’t love getting a lootbag!!)

For the lootbags, I made paper garlands by sewing up paper circles on my sewing machine, and mini-bunting with paper triangles sewn to ribbon. So easy and so very festive!

I used brown paper lunch bags for the loot and sewed them up with a zig zag stitch across a doily – easy peasy! Also in the lootbags were gold star stickers, kazoos, and gingerbread s’mores and a sprinkle of good ol’ fashioned l-o-v-e.

More winter picnick-y fun here.

Lindsay Zier-Vogel

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Shout out – CRAFT Magazine!!

Friday, February 25th, 2011

I am a huge fan of CRAFT magazine (now online only since 2009) and was delighted to see that we were included in their article today “Travel Crafty Toronto” along with some of my other favourite shops. Check it out here!

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Divine Twine – New Colours

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

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You’ve Got Mail!

Wrapped up in lovely baker’s twine from Divine Twine.

Now four new colours – Brown Sugar, Blueberry, Purple Plum, and Airmail for all of your overseas packages!

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Jen Stark’s Paper Cut Artwork

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

I recently came across the work of Miami-based artist Jen Stark and found it to be the perfect remedy for my late-winter blahs. Stark’s work is joyful, colourful, whimsical, and inspirational.

Although Stark’s work appears beautifully simple,  it is incredibly complex and detailed. To create her paper sculptures, she painstakingly cuts blocks of brightly coloured paper, like the construction paper pads one might use for craft projects.

As she cuts, Stark peels back the layers and folds them into place to create vibrant and dimensional organic sculptures.

Stark has expanded her art practice to include large-scale installations, like her recent work “Piece of an Infinite Whole”. Here the layers of cut paper recede four feet deep into the gallery wall.

Stark’s recent foray into performance-based work includes her mind-boggling piece “How to Become a Millionaire in 100 Days”. For this work, Stark hand-cut one million pieces of paper over the course of 100 days. Stark has also created animations with her paper cuts, like the mesmerizing “Streaming Gradient”

For more information about Jen Stark, check out her website www.jenstark.com

Emily

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Shout out on blogTO: The Best Card, Paper and Stationery Shops in Toronto!

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Check out blogTO’s article about The Best Card, Paper and Stationery Shops in Toronto. We were very flattered to be included!

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