This year, I’m planning on ditching the family photo cards we’ve been sending for years in favour of handwritten notes! With that in mind, when I visited Toronto’s One of a Kind 2019 Winter Show, I went on a scouting mission for cards. And I came home with a pile of holiday greetings made by Canadian artists.
Here are my favourite holiday cards from #OOAK19’s star vendors:
Made in Brockton Village [Booth S32]
Of course, I’m enamoured of Made in BV’s Distillery Card, as it hearkens back to George Pfromm’s illustration of my story, “Finder,” in Taddle Creek. And the foxes are singing my grandma’s favourite Christmas tune. I came home with a package of each.
The Good Days Print Co. [Booth L03]
These retro prints had me gasping for breath. We had several boxes of those glass ornaments when I was a kid. I broke a few, myself. I can’t resist reminding someone else…. As for the person who will be receiving the gelatin card: you know exactly who you are.
Gotamago [Booth I25]
I may be the only fan of eggnog in my house, but there are other kindred spirits out in the wild to commune with over Christmas. Not to mention the cocktail lovers in my network of friends and family. This time, grandma’s Fa la la la la comes in the form of liquid refreshment.
Baltic Club [Booth Y05]
The narwhal love in our house is always on overdrive. These narwhal cards will find a happy home with all of my knitting friends. As for the polar bear, well, who doesn’t love a polar bear? It’s dubious this bear will even make it out of our house!
Christopher Rouleau [Booth A25]
These cards in the style of now-defunct Toronto landmark Honest Ed’s advertising posters will go to locals in the know. The figgy pudding card reminds me of my fave John Denver & the Muppets Christmas album, wherein Miss Piggy gets really concerned about the contents of the pudding. The chestnut card will ship with a few cans of my homemade Date & Chestnut Spread.
Under the Stairs Paper Co. [Booth P19]
These tiny line drawings are beautiful. I love the wee tree, perfect for a certain special couple we know who are downsizing. The simple rocks glass will go to yet another cocktail buddy.
Lily Kao Design [Booth R33]
Every year, I add another warm and cozy layer to my winter going-outside look. This warm wishes card will go to folks in even colder parts of the country! The camping card will likely go to friends who lost a tree this year.
Kid Icarus [Booth J21]
I grabbed an entire box of these robot snow angel cards because I hadn’t yet seen them in the shop (we love Kid Icarus) and because, well, robots. I’m probably going back for the skunk card, because we’re overrun.
The One of a Kind 2019 Winter Show runs from November 21 to December 1, 2019 at the Enercare Centre in Toronto. Tickets are available here.
Please note, I purchased the cards above at full price. (Except for the skunks. I’m going back for those.)
Many thanks to the One of a Kind 2019 Winter Show and The Mint Agency for providing me with media accreditation, which included complimentary admission to the show, a media breakfast, and the gift of a candle by Coal and Canary Candle Company [Booth X54], which I will happily burn while I write my Christmas Cards this year!