Basement Accent Wall – Plans


Time for another project! This time I’m going to be adding an accent wall to our basement thanks to The Home Depot Canada.

Throughout all of my home improvement projects, The Home Depot staff have been there to give me guidance and answer any questions. There are so many possibilities to create furniture and home accents without having a workshop at home. I like being able to show up with a plan and leave with the wood cut so that I can begin building, sometimes right in the living room when it’s too cold to work outside.

Planning Sketches for Board & Batten LayoutThe plan for the basement is to create a board and batten style accent wall using Pine Select 1″ x 4″ Boards. I am choosing wood since it’s for the basement and I plan to paint it the same white as the walls currently are. Above are a couple of sketches I did to figure out the spacing and corresponding measurements.

Basement BeforeHere is how the basement looked when we first moved in. Below is how it currently is after I painted it white for a lighter look and refinished the banister. Basement Before // Shibang DesignsPaint has quick and inexpensive results, but the addition of paneling takes it to another level and can expand the sense of space, which can be very useful in a basement. Natural light enters from the stairwell which should add some extra dimension to this wall once the wood is installed.Basement Studio // Shibang Designs

Once the wood gets up on the wall there will be photos of the process plus more behind the scenes on my Instagram.


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One of a Kind Spring Show

I’m in Toronto now through the weekend at the One of a Kind Spring Show.

This beautiful work is my friend Steph’s who I’m staying with while here in Toronto. She is a resident at Harbourfront and makes beautiful hand dyed scarves, pillows and wool blankets.


Jolene McClelland makes fantastic jewellery. Her line VraiFaux reinterprets classic shapes with vibrant colours and vintage stones. They are really good quality with every detail considered — from the faux wood grain box and matching earring backing.

Find VraiFaux in the Etsy Pavilion this weekend at The One of a Kind Show Chicago.  These items and more are also available on Etsy.

Upcoming Events

This November and December Shibang will be present at various events in several cities, across Canada and in the USA. Here’s a brief listing of them.


Victoria –Lotus Pop Up Shop @ The Bay Centre Mall (3rd floor next to La Senza) For the month of Nov. & Dec.

Ottawa Flaunt @ The Ottawa Convention Centre  Friday Nov. 18th

TorontoOne of a Kind Show Online Shop Display  Wall Art sold in the online shop will be on display during the show

Newfoundland — A large selection of clutches & iphone sleeves will be arriving in store at Model Citizens


ChicagoOne of a Kind Show @ The Merchandise Mart  Dec. 1st – 4th

Bowen Island — Gifted 2011 The Gallery @ Artisan Square Dec.2nd – 24th

Vancouver — Pop Up shop with Daub + Design @ Cambie & W.Cordova (Gastown) Dec. 6th – 20th

One of a Kind Online Shop

The organizers of the One of a Kind Show have created a new kind of experience with the introduction of the online shop. This new way to shop the One of a Kind Show features 10 artisans, offering 25 editions of an item that is under $100 and has not been shown at any previous show. Each shop has a theme and items are only available for the two week duration of the online shop.

Featured in this current theme is Shibang’s new line of Wall Art. The piece available is 12″ x 16″ and can be customized in any of the available colours.

This is the format of the piece available at The One of a Kind Online Shop until October.10th. 

Available colours shown below.

To find out more about the shop and read about the other artisans click here. Schoolyard is a part of the shop and has a new pine cone design napkin available. I’m a big fan of their designs.

Simone Richmond Jewellery

Today I wanted to share the work of another talented friend, this is the work of Simone Richmond. We met in Vancouver at Circle Craft Christmas Market this past November and saw each other recently in Toronto at the One of a Kind Spring Show. Not only is she a very sweet person, her work is very lovely too. 

Her jewellery is inspired by shapes and patterns found in lace and textiles. Simone draws from the details she finds and infuses them into her designs. Each piece is truly a labour of love, beginning with a hand drawn pattern, or carefully manipulated texture. Her work exhibits a subtle elegance through her use of simple shapes, soft colours and delicate details.
I have a pair of her etched sterling silver marquis studs and wear them almost everyday. They are so comfortable to wear, go with every outfit and always look nice. Her enamelled pieces are lovely too and really show the detail in the lace patterns.

To see more of Simone’s work you can find her here:



Spring Collection Preview

I’ve just completed two new styles for my spring collection. Both styles are easy to wear and combine the delicateness of spring florals with the sharp edge of black detailing.

The wristlet has been updated with a rounder shape and riveted reclaimed leather strap.

For the purse, the fabric is screen-printed and punctuated with one large blossom. The hardware echos the wristlet with rivets anchoring the tough leather strap to the bag.

These styles will be available in Toronto at the One of a Kind Spring Show and in Shibang’s new online shop.

New Store-Angelina in Barrington, Illinois

Shibang Designs is now available at Angelina.

This cute shop is located in Barrington, Illinois and carries a full line of Shibang products.

If you saw me in Chicago at the One of a Kind Show now you don’t have to wait another year until I come back because Angelina is fully stocked and just one hour away.

Here’s a post on their blog about Shibang:


I am so excited to be in Chicago. Last year was the first time I came for the One of a Kind Show where I was in the Etsy Pavilion. With the long show hours I didn’t get a chance to see much so this year I arrived early enough to have one full day to spend as a tourist. Did I ever have fun.

For anyone who lives here, lucky you and for anyone who hasn’t yet been I would recommend a trip. At this time of year it looks so festive and in the classiest way. Walking around downtown there are endless surprises with the beautiful old buildings juxtaposed sleek new ones plus all of the famous architecture to marvel at.

Here are some photos from the great places I visited today–including an outdoor ice rink in Millennium Park where I skated laps with Cloud Gate looming above.

Chicago Riverwalk

Cloud Gate

Millennium Park

The Loop

This mosaic ceiling is located in the Macy’s building on the Magnificent Mile up on one of the 7 floors! While I was looking around Macy’s someone approached me and said they saw me skating earlier. While I used to play ringette and love skating I’d never done it with a purse and long winter coat before but that made it so much more memorable.

Now it’s back to business – Set up for the show starts tomorrow.

The One of a Kind Show starts this Thursday and runs until Sunday at the Merchandise Mart.

Holiday Schedule

I am officially on the road for the holiday season!

After a few busy months of preparation I am heading to my first Christmas Show. I now have two excellent sewers, Nicole and Carly (Costume Studies Students at Dalhousie University) working on the smaller bags. They did a wonderful job and are planning to continue with me after the holidays so that I can start working on new products.

Here is the schedule for the following month and where Shibang is available: