One Room Challenge – Week 5

We’re one week away from the final reveal for everyone participating in the 6 week, One Room Challenge, hosted by House Beautiful and Calling it Home. Compared to so many of the major room transformations that others are working on, my project is small and could be completed over a weekend.

Right now this is the status of my project — a garage full of wood cut and ready to be stained and put together over the weekend.

I had to make a couple of trips to bring it home but having the planter pieces cut in store was a huge help. For the planter box I’m using cedar decking boards and the lattice will be made with 1″ x 2″ pine that I will cut at home with my hand saw. I decided to go with a solid stain and had it tinted black.

The pieces will all be stained before I assemble them but this is the idea of how the box shape will be. The grey wood in the back isn’t for this project, it’s something else that I’ve been making for a pillow display going into a local decor and renovation showroom.

Here’s a reminder of where the planter and lattice will be going. We’ve had lots of rain so the green is coming back,  hopefully there will be some sunny days in the forecast to get staining in time for the final reveal next Thursday.

Tthe progress of the other participants can be seen here.

Spring Colour





Spring is here on the west coast and I’ve been busy working with bright colours, metallic paints and larger scale. These are some photos of my current wall pieces that I’m working on in preparation for the Toronto One of a Kind Spring Show coming up at the end of this month.

I love the neon trend and have been adding electric colours to some of the wall art as a way to introduce bright colours into a room. My favourite is this neon yellow/green colour.



In addition to the neon and bright colours I’m also working with neutrals and soft colours.

Cassie Dee

I have some photos to share of a recent collaboration that is underway with  Cassie Dee and Christine Adela White.  Cassie is a Vancouver  designer who was one of 5 selected fashion designers in the Mercedez Benz start up show in Toronto this past October. Part of her line includes bridesmaid dresses, as modelled by Christine who is in the running for Miss Universe 2012. These are some shots that we took together last week.


Cassie’s bridesmaid dresses are individually made and the one shown below can be tied various ways around the neck. On her blog, Cassie shows her process behind draping several new dresses that will be soon be available.

More information about Christine‘s run for Miss Universe 2012 is available on her Facebook page and website. In May she’ll be off to Toronto to compete for the place of Canadian representative.

Want to see more about Cassie’s spring 2012 collection? Here’s a link to a story about her on Front Row Mag.

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.

November

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

December

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

Jessica & Jeremy

Jessica & Jeremy have shared photos from their beautiful wedding this August in Toronto, Ontario. The delft blue theme referenced Jeremy’s Dutch background and was incorporated into the clutches that Jessica ordered from Shibang. The photos are taken by Kathyrn Palmateer Photography.


Jeremy has a specialty painting business, Restoration Painters of Toronto,  serving the Toronto and GTA region. To see more about this click here.

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.

www.simonerichmond.com
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:

Website: www.simonerichmond.com

Etsy: www.simonerichmond.etsy.com

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.