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The Best of the 2014 One of a Kind Show

I don’t know about you, but as soon as December 1st hits I get the itch to shop. Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to the 2014 One of a Kind Christmas Show & Sale; the perfect place to start my checking off items on my ever-growing list. With 800+ talented makers and artists showing off their best-of-the-best, the One of a Kind Show is a Christmas shopper’s heaven!

Impressed & inspired by what this large, talented group of makers, designers, craftspeople and artists can create, I pulled together by Top 7 Favourite Finds from the 2014 One of a Kind Show…

1. Lindsay Stead // Cotton Quilts and Pillows

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Lindsay‘s booth was the first one that really caught my eye. Her simplistic wooden backdrop (built by her handy boyfriend) beautifully showcased her graphic handmade quilts and pillows. It took everything in me not to purchase all her goods for myself!

2. Cardinal Handmade // Original Objects for the Home

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Nicole Tarasick, Michael Dellios, Lucas Brancalion and Sylvie Smith are the four crazy talented artists that make up Cardinal Handmade. Each focusing on a different discipline, they craft objects for the home that are inspired by nature and life.

3. L’Atelier du Presbytere // Beautiful Linen Goods

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L’Atelier du Presbytere is a beautiful natural linen shop. With everything from aprons and scarves, to table linens and bedding, L’Atelier du Presbytere is a must visit for boutique.

4. Marie-Claude Girard // Beautiful Ceramics

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With my prop obsession reaching an all time high, all I wanted to do was buy every little vessel and holder in Marie-Claude Girard‘s booth. Each piece is made and painted by hand giving every bowl, mug, and canister a different look.

5. Said the King // Fun & Funky Plates and Coasters

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Said the King was a unique little booth that definitely stood out from the crowd. With profanity laden pillow cases, demanding coasters, and hilarious plates, Said the King is a refreshing and fun take on housewares.

6. Marianne Chenard // Maple Syrup Bottles

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Marianne Chenard takes a truly Canadian symbol, the maple syrup jug, and turns it into a beautiful work of art. Her stunning ceramic work consisting of plates, vases, jugs, frames and wall pieces make perfect gifts.

7. Mehoi // Art & Illustrations

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Hoi-An‘s booth was adorned with her fabulous art and illustrations, and it was only by chance that I spotted her amazing hand carved bronze sculptures. The adorable bear and rabbit sculpture pictured above totally stole my heart.

Honourable Mention:
Johanna Brierley // Handmade Natural Jewellery

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After chatting with Johanna briefly about her excitement for this year’s OOAK show, she took the time to walk me through several of her pieces and the inspiration behind each necklace. I was fascinated to learn Johanna molds and casts all of the “lucky stone” on each necklace from stones she find in nature.

Julie Richards // Monster Ceramics

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I couldn’t help but stop in my tracks when I walked by Julie Richard‘s ceramics booth. Her adorable monster mugs and hand painted character plates are cute and fun. Perfect for a funky kitchen or even a kids room.

A special thank you to the One of a Kind Show for inviting me to the media preview, the breakfast was phenomenal!

What was your favourite find this year?

If you want to see my Top Picks from the 2013 and 2012 One of A Kind Show in Toronto, you can check them out here.

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