When he was small, my youngest son had a habit of filling his pockets with treasures he encountered in his daily adventures. I didn't always understand the value he saw in his chosen objects -- really, how many rocks and sticks could one boy keep? In his eyes, though, each one was beautiful and important. Life is just like that on a larger scale, isn't it? We gather up the precious bits of our experiences and save them all to learn from and enjoy later. Perhaps you'll find a little something here that you'd like to keep in your own pockets. Thanks for visiting.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Etsy Love: One of a Kind Spring Show and Sale

Spring officially arrives later this week, and even though it may still be a little while before all of the snow and cold are gone for good, I find the simple fact that the season is changing brings a feeling of lightheartedness with it every year.  It's a time for fresh starts, for sprucing things up, for adding splashes of colour and cheerfulness to our lives.

The One of a Kind Spring Show and Sale in Toronto is a perfect place to find beautiful handmade items that celebrate the creative spirit of the season.  Held from March 25 - 29 this year, the show will be featuring a number of talented Etsy artisans, some of whose work I've represented below. (Click on the highlighted seller's name to be taken to his or her Etsy shop for more information.)

Handmade Soy Candles from CampyHome:

Handmade Fabric Postcards from RECRAFTinc:

Pottery Gingko Leaf Dish by Clayshapes:

Pure Wool Organic Dryer Balls from Moss Creek Wool Works:

Rain Drop Bird House from craftcollective:

Modern Walnut Salad Servers, also from craftcollective:

Baby Bandana Bib from Matelele

License Plate Map of Canada from Route 401:

Hand Screen Printed Pillow from Salvage Ink:

Honey Soap from Eko Ella:

If you're going to be in the Toronto area later in March, perhaps you'd like to spend an afternoon finding these and other handmade treasures at the One of a Kind Show.  With 450 Canadian artisans displaying their wares, you're sure to find something lovely that will put a little spring in your step! If you can't make it to the show, you can shop the Canadian Etsy sellers featured in this post (and many more vendors from all over the world) from the comfort of your own home by visiting the Etsy site any time. 

I've already been struck by spring cleaning fever; this past week I've been sorting out closets, drawers and shelves and finding new homes for things we've outgrown or no longer need.  It feels good to reorganize and make space for a breath of fresh air in our environment.  I'm thinking I will find space for a few new handmade treasures I've got my eye on now, too.  :)

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