Paper Flowers, Paper Hearts, Chopsticks and Spoons: Get Artsy with your Walls

Art, DIY

I have been pinning fun DIY projects for a rainy day… and the recent trend (on my Pinterest board) is paper and recycled materials used for wall art.

Here are my favourites:

I’m obsessed with the very pricey Juju hats from Cameroon… and have always wanted one for my wall. Until I get over to Cameroon for a real one, both to expand my cultural knowledge and to support the local economy, I might have to make do with a paper version that is almost as lovely.

African-juju-hat-white-feathers-DIY-tutorial-songbirdblog 7-DIY-african-juju-hat-feather-wall-art- diy-juju-hat-mantel-decoration-via-Songbirdblog

The site The Enchanted Petal has some beautiful paper DIY projects, including a step by step for making these great pieces.

Wall Flower - Statement Wall - Stein Your Florist Co. Wall Flower - glue cone placement - Stein Your Florist Co.

Similarly, you can create beautiful wysteria flowers … to make your home look like an Anthropologie floor display:

img_6739 onlineplantguide1

Check out the handy tutorial here.

If you’re into ornate mirrors, try making a sunburst mirror from chopsticks, or … spoons. Cut the tops off the spoons and spray paint them for a great textured piece.

23df365d6d444d6d87fb3affacda4617 8a89f073fff99d79d26fd7910ae09e64

10fbf33579252095f3505b9c11893cf3 3ebb9fd340f3268fe385260f48799635

Paper is also a party perfect friend for easy festive decorations. Although you can buy ready-made pom poms made of tissue paper, there are a multitude of options for online instruction.

fba1579d1048c6603679ff49c0ec48b0

Last, but not least, paper hearts make great decor items when framed. We had optioned having a paper-heart guest book at our wedding and then framing all the signed hearts as a memento from our day.

d99a8f6d7d55c7d2833f3bc231ec2098 Framed+hearts+2

images 5baec3e2ded899f47a05da339d35bca0

As the days get colder, make some tea or hot cocoa (or wine, let’s be honest) and get crafting!

Handmade Market 2015

Art

Two weeks after wintery flurries, the temperature hit 31 degrees Celsius – just in time for a gorgeous weekend at 13th Street Winery for the 2015 Handmade Market. The outdoor Spring market had a sprawling maze of vendors, artisans and edibles that wove its way around the grounds of the winery, with a welcome breeze and live guitar and acoustic performances.

photo 4 (3)

Delicious fries and sandwiches at one of the food trucks, Dobro Jesti.

Tide and Vine.

Tide and Vine: Oysters

This is what happens when you ask my mum to take a photo. Wink wink, Mum!

This is what happens when you ask my mum to take a photo. Wink wink, Mum!

Allia and I deciding where to start.

Allia and me, deciding where to start.

Magnolias were spilling their blossoms.

Magnolia blossoms; everywhere.

Fruit trees and magnolias were in bloom. And the warm weather brought out diverse DIY lovers, both local and visiting, to enjoy some incredible summer scenes.

Enjoying the mood and music on the lawn of 13th Street.

Enjoying the mood and music on the lawn of 13th Street.

Avella's Pizza

Avella’s Pizza

The inside of the winery was also open for tastings.

The inside of the winery was also open for tastings.

TO DO: Park your car in between the rows of grape vines and stroll through the tents, perusing the hand-crafted clothing, soaps, decor, home items and quirky local designers. Or eat your way from one side of the market to the other starting with the handmade margherita pizzas, on to garlic and rosemary basted handcut fries, and finish with a cone of carrot cake ice cream. Seriously. I couldn’t eat it fast enough, and our chatty group was silenced – in a race to eat it before the sun melted this refreshing scoop of heaven.

Hometown Ice Cream.

Hometown Ice Cream.

Always a favourite, the talented Breanne Morrow’s White Feather Designs were on display. Though her designs can be found in some Toronto boutiques, her work is always a must-see in person. Admittedly, I’m partial to her jewelery, since it was Bre who hand-crafted our engagement rings.

White Feather Designs by Breanne Morrow

White Feather Designs by Breanne Morrow: enamel coated brass necklaces with tassels (bottom right) and bracelets (center).

photo 2 (2)

Earrings, necklaces and rings.

photo 3 (2)

3D Cut geometric necklaces.

photo 4 (2)

Necklaces in sterling silver.

Her line has continued to evolve over the years, and whether you find her on Etsy https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/WFDJewellery  or her online store http://wfdjewellery.com/, her labour-of-love jewels, her livelihood and passion, are both versatile and unique; every time I wear one it’s always a conversation starter.

A new favourite at the show was the work from the design duo at Studio 50 studio50.ca whose concrete, glass and steel designs were so striking and innovative. I can as easily picture these artsy, tough, yet beautiful pieces in my boho kitchen as on the counter in my brother’s sleek, modern Toronto condo. They are seriously some of the most original, cool pieces I have seen, and if money allows, I’ll be buying us some of our own next time we deserve a present (we being my wife and me).

Studio 50 knife blocks, and small round-bottomed science beakers that can be used to serve hot or cold liquids.

Studio 50 knife blocks, and small round-bottomed science beakers that can be used to serve hot or cold liquids.

Sangria, salad dressing, sake, tea, scotch or ... pretty much anything that would look cooler in a round bottom flask.

Sangria, salad dressing, sake, tea, scotch or … pretty much anything that would look cooler in a round bottom flask.

Knife blocks with skewers and ... some instructions to keep you on track.

Knife blocks with skewers and … some product notes to keep you on track.

Their entire line is all handmade and unique. I love the stratified concrete bases.

Their entire line is all handmade and unique. I love the stratified concrete bases.

Not only were the designs beautiful, the artists were truly lovely and happy to chat about their process and passion. Located in Paris, Ontario, one of these beautiful items from Studio 50 is on my list of things I must get for myself one day soon.

The annual craft market is just one of the great ways to support local artists and get outside. Enjoy Spring and stay tuned for more warm-weather indulgence.