Views of the city - looking appropriately "springtime" on an epic walk about.
Every so often (but not quite often enough!), my friend Karen comes up to the city and we spend one really long day, walking all over the place, shopping, talking, exploring. Recently that happened again, and after one long day stomping around the city collecting supplies, we spent the next one crafting our fingers off. It was awesome.
Whether you're visiting or living in it, Toronto is a great city for walking around. As a "city of neighbourhoods" there is a different flavour to be discovered around every corner.
After going down to part time at work, I needed something to keep me busy, and normally my first thought is always "vacation!" but, it was leading up to Easter weekend and we had family to visit, so Karen came up and I had my very first "Staycation".
We spent the majority of our day on Queen Street West, which was once a strong neighbourhood of independent retailers and a fabric mecca. Luckily, you can still manage to find a good range of craft and fabric stores to peruse - even if they are slowly (sadly) disappearing to make way for "mall stores".
|Karen is super excited by all the great finds!|
Heading west along Queen St. past Spadina we managed to find more bright and shiny things than we knew what to do with. The first few stops were an overwhelming experience in which I kept getting distracted by the next (and the next, and the next) pretty thing. Stores of note along this strip include: Sussman's Trimmings, Bling-Bling, Arton Beads and Romni Wools. Obviously, these are "stores of note" for crafting excursions such as this one. If you want stores of note for "normal" shopping, then about 2 blocks west and stop in every shop along the street from Bathurst to Gladstone, you will be dazzled and amazed.
After some serious wandering and gathering, we broke for some poutine. I managed to sway myself away from the Pulled Pork ad Bacon Poutines and opted instead for a classic with mushroom. Got to stay healthy you know!
Nourishment covered it was back to the wandering, and oh the delights we did find:
|It took all the willpower I had to not walk home with that hanging solar system!|
The next day it was time to get serious. It was crafting day.
pink and gold wrapped bracelet - Honestly, WTF
purple and turqouis braided bracely - Quiet Lion
blue nautical headband - Presserfoot
Earrings - Karen's own creation