Carousel Antiques

DSC_4212Even after several decades of marriage, my parents still learn new things about eachother. One thing they sort-of recently came to realize is that they both have a great deal of interest in antiques. Antiquing has become a regular thing for them, and it’s lovely to see them really share something together. I am the only one of their children that shows even a mild interest in this hobby of theirs, (maybe more than mild, almost everything I wear on my body is old, and my home is decorated like a grandmother’s) so while I was in Ottawa they brought me to an adorable antique shop located in the village of Franktown, in a historic building from 1832. Carousel Antiques was an endless cavern of exploration for me. To be honest, I don’t normally buy much when I go to antique shops. I get overwhelmed at how much i could buy, and instead buy almost nothing (unless its the best ever) and just take pictures of these delightfully cluttered spaces. It’s near impossible to get a bad picture when you photograph spaces like this. Carousel was filled with gorgeous wooden furniture in almost perfect condition, vintage clothing (!!!), kitchen and housewares that date from the 30s-50s, collectibles and more. My absolute favourite room was the one holding all the kitchenwares. They have mono-chromatically colour coordinated each corner of the room, which was so aesthetically pleasing to me (if you are looking for a specific colour of something, this makes it very easy). The red and yellow corners were the most prominent – we’re talking Christmas explosion and bursting sunshine madness. Unfortunately I did not find any pastel pink dishes that I so desperately wanted to find. Had they had a pink corner of the room, well I’d probably still be there, living in it. I did however come away with an amazing 1950’s beaded cardigan in pristine condition (im scared to wear it) and an adorable yellow floral apron to make myself look cute while baking.

If you ever find yourself in Ottawa (or Carleton Place or Smith Falls), it’s worth the drive. And the owners are super friendly and know their stuff!

9619 Hwy 15
Franktown (between Carleton Place and Smith Falls)
613-284-2695

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The writings on the wall

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I thought I’d share with you some of the goodies I have accumulated over the years that I have hanging on my walls. Since I live in a bachelor apartment, I’ve always found it difficult to figure out where to hang things (I have a lot). Since the living and sleeping space exist within the same walls, it’s hard to make each space feel like it’s own. In my case, it just ends up being a hell of a lot of frames and clothing scattered on the walls. I hate it at times, because if I did have my own bedroom, the vision I have for both it and my living room would be much easier to execute. But, c’est la vie. Toronto rent is not kind to singles, and I shouldn’t really complain because I have a very large bachelor (the best kitchen!). Since my apartment is ever changing and the places my things go move around a bunch, I thought I’d just share a few of them, instead of the whole.

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1. An amazing 1920’s camisole I got from Lawrence. It’s pretty delicate, so I have only worn it for photo shoot purposes. But it’s so lovely, I couldn’t bare to have it not be seen.
2. The frame in the middle I found on the street outside an art gallery. I guess it was too busted up for them, but not for I. It’s so beautiful, and fun because I can switch up whatever things I like to hang in it.
3. Christopher Plummer. A birthday gift from Meaghan. Why? Have you seen him in The Sound of Music? I’ll forever be attracted to him because of that, and the Beginners.

4. Dried flowers, because why not.
5. Found this frame with the other one, more things to put inside.
6. A lovely nightgown found at Public Butter. I slept and lounged in it for quite awhile, but soon realized it was just too delicate (rips, eep!), so also another wall friend.
7. Clinique Cheron. I found it at Salvation Army and knew it was mean’t for me. Red hair, the best vintage dress, cats & dogs. Pretty much sums up my life.
8. An illustration from this wicked Christian book of contemporary art. I’m by no means religious, but the illustrations are so creepy and so great, I couldn’t pass the book up.
9. Floral needle point love. Found in Elora.
10. A little friend from Meaghan.
11. My newest member(s). Public Butter (again). It has a twin, with different outfits and different dance moves.

Parkdale Flea

DSC_0786Oh goodness guys! Thanks to all my (and Matt’s) lovely pals who came out to the Parkdale Flea on Sunday to give me a couple hellos, and even those cool pals that bought some of my stock! I somehow survived the evening before of way too much tagging and steaming, thanks to my seriously amazing and helpful boyfriend.

The day was filled with sunshine (but god awful wind), neat vendors selling handcrafted wood works, mini doughnuts (geeze louise I could have eaten 3 bags of those bad boys) smoothies/lemonades, beautiful antiques and vintage galore. I didn’t get to do too much browsing myself, because I was manning my booth alone most of the time, but that was quite alright. A gal, like myself, who loves to buy things I probably don’t need, should usually flee (ha!) temptation.

Vince and Josh (the organizers behind this here flea) plan to make this a monthly event. So keep an eye out, you wonderful people!DSC_0754 DSC_0762 DSC_0763 DSC_0766 DSC_0768 DSC_0769DSC_0785 DSC_0794 DSC_0777If only that gosh darn skirt fit me! But at least a pal ended up buying it, so I know it’s in good hands.DSC_0790

Blouse, skirt, shoes: thrifted
Bow tie: made by TLO
Sunglasses: Philistine
Rings: my Mama

Larkspur at The Parkdale Flea

larkspurflyerI very last minute (!!!) got asked to be a vendor at the Parkdale Flea this year! If you are around tomorrow (especially if you live in Parkdale) you should come by and say hello! I would love to see all your beautiful faces! They’ll be vendors selling vintage, antiques, collectables, local artisans, designers, and some nummy foods – a recipe for a lovely day. Furry friends and all are welcome!

Home for the holidays

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I am currently spending the holidays at my parent’s home in Ottawa, ON. I always look forward to this time of year, not only for the fridge stocked full of foods, but being able to spend time with my family. That has really become something special to me – now that I have lived in Toronto for the last 5 years. Ottawa to Toronto really isn’t that far of a distance, but you would be surprised to know how difficult it truly is to find time to see each other. I always enjoy coming home to see my brothers and our 3 family dogs, decorating the tree with my mom, watching old Christmas movies and baking (also eating) delicious treats – this year we are making a real red velvet cake, with beets and all, and a pumpkin dump cake (it is not quite clear to me what this is yet).

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My mom had heard about the Tin Barn Market, and asked me if I would come with her to check it out. The Tin Barn Market is a pop-up shop located in the small town of Almonte, about 1 hr outside Ottawa. Originally, it was only opened from November-December for the holiday season, but this year they had opened for the summer and decided to extend their shop until, well, now. They sell antiques, but focus mostly on re-worked and re-purposed antique/vintage housewares. I probably got my love for antiques from my parents, as they get just as excited about these things as I do. It’s nice to share something like that with them. We ended buying quite a few things, which I think will be nice additions to our homes.

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After the Tin Barn Market, we took a little stroll around Almonte. It is a historical town, with a lot of it’s original buildings still standing. They have been turned into modern restaurants and banks, but their exteriors still look to be in their original condition. We checked out the falls by the old mill, and I of course had to check out some of the downtown vintage stores. There is always something wonderful about small town vintage stores, not as many hands have picked through the racks, so you can always be sure to find something pretty great.

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I hope you are all enjoying the holidays. It may be a little quiet around for the week as both Meg and I are spending what little time we have with our families until we return back to the much warmer city of Toronto. We are however, both very excited  to share our Larkspur Winter Vintage ’13 photoshoot with you all this coming Thursday. So be sure to check back.

Happy Holidays!!!

Posted by Alex