If you're feeling at all nostalgic about your carefree days at summer camp making gimp bracelets or painted rocks with googly eyes, relive the memories by joining the crew at CraftyCouture (25 Palmerston, Thornhill) for some trendy DIY sessions. They provide the tools, tricks and techniques; you provide the talent. Here's what's on the schedule: charm keychains (very Prada), Saturday (July 16) from noon to 3 pm; throw cushions and clutch purses, Tuesday (July 19) 6:30 to 9:30 pm; and lipgloss, Saturday, July 23, noon to 3 pm. Seeing as it's in Thornhill, some of you might need to ask your mom for a lift - just like old times. Age eight and older $20 each (group rates available). Give 48 hours notice for booking or cancellation. 416-508-5873, 416-659-7733, email@example.com, www.craftycouture.com.
Attention, decor hounds: there's more shopping (roughly 300,000 square feet of it) to be had since last week's launch of the Liberty Market Building (171 East Liberty), a former gun factory converted into a slick multi-unit retail destination. Big-name businesses include: Casalife, Dekla, Wendy Tancock and Cervelo Cycle, and there's a gym, a glassed-in galleria and an espresso bar on the way. 416-537-0954, www.libertymarket.ca.
Pull a Mister Rogers on Wednesday (July 20) and get to know the people in the super-smokin' Dundas West neighbourhood. This block party/business crawl begins at the Side Door Grill (771 Dundas West, 416-603-6161) at 6 pm and continues west along the strip to Clandestino (249 Crawford, 647-436-4761), hitting Café Braziliano , the Press Club , Georgie Bolesworth , Sunshine Deli , Skirt , Saving Grace , Model Citizen , Cocktail Molotov and Chelsea Room along the way. Not only can you expect killer deals (like up to 50 per cent off everything) at participating retailers, but there's also live music and DJs, an art contest and yummy eats, plus a très Caravanesque passport to be stamped at every retail destination for a chance to win a basket filled with great stuff from each business. 647-436-3357.