Hand sewn ornaments
If you're the type to trim your tree this holiday season, the ornament options are endless.
There's that type-A matchy matchy look pushed on the design stumped by decorating magazines and economically executed with a quick trip to Ikea's colour coordinated, winter décor bins.
The mismatched tree looks like the easy way out but it takes a curator's eye to make a mash up of Baby's first ornaments, multicoloured lights and tangled tinsel look casual and chic.
I gravitate towards the latter and hold the scheme together with vintage glass balls (hot tip: Mrs. Huizenga, The Painted Table and Winkel are all best bets for finding those coveted, opalescent and mirrored orbs). And, this year, I'll be adding a few picks from MADE's Give & Take ornament exchange.
The Dundas West design shop has partnered with socially conscious art outfit moi moi and 50 Canadian artists and designers on the installation opening tomorrow evening between 7 pm and 9 pm and continuing until December 23.
Highlight buys include Amy Belanger's recycled fabric pillows ($18), Tom Seculrud's paper clip star (pictured below, $15) and Peter Rogers' RXmas colourful drug capsule tubes (pictured, $15/set of three).
Proceeds benefit Interval House, which provides shelter, counseling and legal support for abused women and children.
Hunting for another do-gooding way to holiday shop? Preloved's annual December food drive is on now. Bring in non-perishable food items and get a 15 per cent discount on all clothing and accessories.