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What a difference 6 years makes.

I opened my studio shop 6 years ago on Canadian thanksgiving weekend. I remember the 4 months of renovating the space from an old garage to what it was as well as Chris and I working full-time on other projects. I took some pictures on that first day.

Opening day shop shot

The opening day fall 2006

Original pink in the studio on opening day

The brick wall with half the hat display there is now and no furniture. Opening day 2006

The window display. I had so much room around it that day!

I belive I had 6 cocktail hats when I opened. Now it’s half my stock!

This is just as you walk in the door in the fall of 2009. It still seems so open and the original pink is still on the wall.

The location of my shop is on a mews which, since the building I’m in is on a hill, runs behind the buildings on the historical main street of Barrie ON. Canada. The city has made enormous changes to the area and several other galleries and studios have opened up since I moved in. So many changes that the city declared it the “art hub” of the city. I don’t know about that but I’ll take the free advertising.

Since I am at the back in what used to be a garage I have a large green wooden garage door I pull down when I’m not open for security reasons. The fall of 2009, I think, found this door, at 60 years old, finally broken and that meant ripping down a large portion of the fancy carpentry I created to have an exterior wall inside a garage door. That is when the paint changed to deep hot pink. I might go back to this vintage pink some day.

This is what the shop/studio looked like in July of this past year. Soooo full of such great things. I love it.

Changes in the studio have come slowly much like the changes in my designs and fabric choices. Sometimes a good thing shouldn’t be tampered with too much. The front of the shop looks essentially the same. different urns and a new sign based on the old one. I was speaking with my carpenter in residence and asked how he felt about making me a square bay window and getting a blacksmith to make a security gate instead of a garage door so people can look into the window when we are closed. He grunted knowing now that the snow is flying he’s off the hook until the warm weather.

Cheers

Meaghan

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Men, we have the hat and tie for you.

Men's Vintgae ties

A stash of awesome vintage ties

We have been expanding our man corner with a new stash of vintage ties, suspenders and the new shipment of men’s hats!

We have new fedoras, top hats and bowlers or derby hats.

Hat wall

Men's mannikin

A shot from the fall of the men’s display

This is a sample of what it was like in the fall and as always we are making changes in our little shop with port as a fuel to these undertakings.

Vintage bar glasses

Mint vintage bar glasses set of six, $24

We have also collected a fantastic group of mint condition full set vintage bar glasses. We have these above and a few other different sets. There are vintage printed shot glasses, a vintage chrome cocktail pitcher and a heavy cut glass ice bucket. These all make perfect gifts or a man who’s looking for that classy vintage bar feel in his man cave.
Or you could buy them for yourself and have a retro Christmas party!

Either way come on down and have some fun.

Cheers

Meaghan

New Display

Here is the promised photo of the finished display all settled in to it’s new home. I know it may not excite you, but I am pretty jazzed about our new display table/shelf. Finally an open and successful space to display faux fur, vintage finds and gift boxes.

“in-situ”

For those who know Meaghan, there was no wire used in the making of this display, and it’s level.

Cheers,
Sara.

Spectacularly Old School

There is an antique mall that Meaghan and I often go to on our days off. On the door they have one of those fantastic ‘over the door doorbells’ that no one makes anymore. Every time we walk in, the sound greets us with a happy chime and Meaghan says how much she has always wanted one. Last Friday the story was much the same. We don’t always go looking for anything in particular and last Friday was purely for the pleasure of looking around. I ended up buying a few things, five espresso cups, a card case and fantastically an ‘over the door doorbell’.
I have always had a knack for finding things and during our wandering of the maze like building we continued to talk about that bell and possible ways to make one. I kept thinking about how great it would be to have one on our shop door and then there it was on the shelf in front of me. It was in the middle of Meaghan telling me how they are impossible to find and about finding one that was far more than she wanted to pay. I picked it up with a ring and said “Here’s one!” She blinked at me and asked how much. It was twelve dollars and I happily bought it.

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Later, I installed the bell in it’s new home and now every morning it greets me with that happy ring.

Cheers,
Sara.

When in doubt, picnic.

I have been daydreaming about picnics since our week of oddly warm weather in the middle of March. The almost summer like temperatures inspired me to dig out all of our picnicking things and make a list of what we had and what we still needed. We have almost everything now except for a fork or two.

Inevitably the weather got cold again, and feels all the more cold for just how warm that week was. So now I am sitting with my sweater pulled up around my face against the early spring air daydreaming about warm summer evenings spent with friends. I also am thinking about going looking for those last couple of forks today, and maybe some linens.

Meaghan and I are making two picnic baskets for the shop. Both are going to be basic picnic sets for two with a “blanket” to sit on, two napkins, mismatched forks, spoons, and knives as well as two wine glasses, tumblers, plates and bowls. Nothing is strictly one set, but everything works together in a lovely kind of way. Oh, and of course a basket for everything to live in. There is something wonderfully nostalgic about picnics, a sort of old world charm when nothing is plastic or paper. Not to mention a picnic this way is environmentally friendly as we are only buying second hand.

I look forward to the adventures the warmer weather brings Yes warmer, I think it only needs to be 15 degrees Celsius and in the sun to be warm enough to start out on a picnic. I think I need to buy myself a bike. One with a basket in the front. One I can wear summer dresses with and tie my books onto the handles.
One like this.

Sara.

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