Friday, July 29, 2011

Happy Long Weekend!

It's officially after work, which means you are officially starting your great long weekend. But don't just spend it sitting there, live this weekend CRE-ATIV-ELY!

Don't Hug Me I'm Scared from This Is It on Vimeo.

Now that you're ready to use your minds to have a good time (safely, please), here's a few things to get you inspired:

1. Laura Fedynyszyn's solo exhibition, Souvenir of Home, is closing on Monday! This collection of lino prints of beautifully illustrated Canadian wildlife is a whole lot friendlier than the average mounted animal heads. No animals were hurt in the production of these delicate (they're printed on antique maps and book pages), but strong pieces.

2. Look around you! What do you have in your home that is no longer living up to its original utilitarian purpose? Don't let it just hide away, take a second look and appreciate its hidden charm. Got some old plates that you no longer use? Turn it into a clock! Here's how. (p.s. there's a long list of DIY projects for you to do in this side-blog of ours)

3. Be inspired by books! Here's what we are currently reading:
The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein - a must read if you love modern art, specifically early 1900s, and/or the new Woody Allen movie Midnight in Paris. (I have yet to watch it, but people who see me reading this book always tell me to go see it.)
Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert - Pick up this book to help you laugh, possibly cry and figure out why you can't remember the past properly.Very smart, very shocking, and of course, hilarious!!!
How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer - Karen has been tweeting some great quotes from this entertaining book that analyzes our decision making process from both neuroscience and real-life point of views. This book will help you understand YOU, and why you do and choose to do what you do - from crossing the street to landing a 747 without any hydraulics!

4. Want more ideas? Check out these awesome blogs that always get us inspired: Kitchenisms, Little Projectiles (by one of our contributors/artists/consignors, Nadia Tan), Poppytalk.
Or, be inspired by these wonderfully passionate and talented people!
5. Not satisfied? Come by our brick-and-mortar (939 Bloor St. West)! We are open all weekend long, from noon to 7:30 pm.

Have a great weekend!!!