May Showers and Apple Blossom Flowers

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It feels like I haven’t blogged in forever. I’ve been so busy getting ready for my biggest market of the spring/ summer season, the Spring HandMade Market, that I haven’t had time for much else. It doesn’t help that it rained for days and days and days after a fairly calm early spring. A friend told me over the weekend that we passed the average rainfall amounts for the month of May in the first two days of the month.

I don’t think I’ve ever done a rainy day outfit, actually shot in the rain, before. So at the end of a week so rainy we had a road bridge guardrail collapse and both of our piers by the beach flood over, I decided to rectify this and use the gloomy weather to challenge myself to take some photos in less than ideal conditions. Plus, I couldn’t risk waiting another day and letting those beautiful crab apple blossoms go to waste!

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Dress GAP
Sweater H&M
Stockings ModCloth
Necklace street vendor in Panama
Ring Blue Ridge Notions
Shoes ModCloth
Umbrella Amazon

All photos by me.

Daydreamer Dress: the Dress that Almost Wasn’t

Daydreamer Dress | Sophster-Toaster Blog

I thought this ethereal, marble print fabric was perfect for winter the first time I saw it, almost a year ago. Through spring and summer I kept looking at it, excited to design a dress when the right season came around – but that pined for design never came to me. Nothing I could think of seemed right when I tried to picture the finished dress. When winter came, desperate and defeated, ready to give up on this fabric I loved, I realized it was never destined to be a winter dress.

Once I let go of the idea that this fabric would make a beautiful, winter pastels type dress, the concept for the new Daydreamer Dress came to me so freely, I knew this was how it was always meant to be.

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Shoes ModCloth
Bow Sophster-Toaster
Sunglasses ModCloth

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All photos by me.

Spring/ Summer Lookbook 2016

Sophster-Toaster Spring/ Summer Lookbook

The mess and chaos is spilling out of my sewing room and into the kitchen and office. Boxes and bags from a late night Ikea trip, printing equipment, new hangers, and sewing supplies are everywhere. My studio rack is full of dresses, skirts and tops while baskets full of tees and bows sit carefully tucked nearby. Of course, this routine repeats every time I have a big market coming up. This time it’s the HandMade Summer Solstice Market in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Here’s a little sneak peek at some of the designs I’ll have at the summer HandMade Market this weekend. Look for me under the bright pink tent!

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Not in the Niagara Region? You can find everything from my lookbook at sophstertoaster.etsy.com.

All photos by me.

May Favourites

The May flowers came a little late this year but the weather is finally warming up. Windows are starting to open in the afternoon, fresh spring produce is popping up at the local farmers’ market, and the outdoor artisan market season is in full bloom. Here are my favourite things for the month of May – all inspired by local artists and makers.

1. Travel and Wanderlust Inspired Accessories

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Dawning Collective’s Spyglass Necklace

2. 1920’s & Flapper Style

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BOKO’s Beaded Bag in Teal Green

3. Geometric Birdfeeders

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Moore Design Birdfeeders’ Oriole Feeder

4. Everything Strawberry

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Leikey’s Strawberry Brooch

5. Reminders to Stay Positive

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Merchant Handcraft’s In Hoop Everything Will Probably Be Okay Cross Stitch