Dabble Digs Canada Day!

Canada Day

Celebrate Canada with the solar powered Mountie!

10% of the sales will be donated to Youth at Risk programs across Canada. The Solar Mountie is part of a wonderful collection of figurines designed by Chris Collicott exclusively for Kikkerland Design. Price: CA$25

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Want more? The Solar Queen, Her Majesty waves with a subtle twist of the wrist; a gesture cultivated over the century is a true mark of royalty.

Visit Kikkerland for other solar powered figurines.

Shop Israel

Words by Shai DeLuca-Tamasi

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I am a dying breed. I admit it. My generation of Israelis is global-minded, well travelled and sadly, in the last decade or so, often looking outside our borders for design trends.

Not me.

Though an ex-pat, I am also a proudly patriotic citizen of Israel and I am astounded by the homegrown art and design scene that’s flourishing today. Local artisans are pulling inspiration from 5,700+ years of history, leaving international companies desperate to break into the booming scene.

TEXTILES
Israel’s textile industry used to be a vast one with fabrics produced by hand. As the world turned to mass production, manufacturers looked East for less expensive alternatives and, until recently, the industry was nearly abolished.

Thankfully a new generation of fashion and design artisans is embracing craftsmanship and the textile industry is recovering.

Mika Barr is a textile designer who stumbled on a process for manipulating and reshaping fabrics into striking new geometric shapes. Mika’s textiles now cover lampshades, furniture and hand bags.

Shai’s Buy: I couldn’t resist purchasing a new floor lamp (adapted to North American voltage) from Mika’s line of textile enhanced goods.

www.mikabarr.com

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FURNITURE
As a designer, I’m forever looking for functional items that have a new and interesting twist. In my experience, bar/counter stools can be somewhat utilitarian. But not at the hand of Ushki Design Studio.

Shai’s Buy: I love these birch veneered, coloured paper, steel framed works of art…or, seating. I’ll be placing my order tomorrow morning!

www.ushkidesign.com

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SODA STREAM
Importing goods to Israel was traditionally very expensive, so it was rare to spot North American staples like Coca-Cola and Pepsi on store shelves. Not to be left out, Israel invented the Soda Stream. Years ago it allowed the locals to fit simple soda gas canisters into standard bottles and infuse the beverage with bubbles. Today, of course, you’ll find every type of soda imagined on local shelves and Soda Stream has rebranded itself to a worldwide audience.

Shai’s Buy: My fave is the new design line in blue. It’s fully automated—one press of a button and voilà, custom carbonation.

www.sodastream.ca

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THE HAMSA
Some refer to this traditional relic as the hand of Fatima. In Arabic, Hamsa means five. Everyone agrees the elegant icon is a symbol of good luck and, in some cultures, a protector from the evil eye.

Shai’s Buy: Travellers to Israel will be spoiled for choice as most shops carry at least a few versions of this favourite memento. I picked up two at Irit Goldberg Ceramics.

www.iritgoldberg.co.il

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From Issue 15 – May 2014 

Dabble Digs: Design, Travel and Food


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Colourful and Cozy
Keep out the cold with this colourful cashmere blanket.
100% Cashmere Blanket, CA$625, The Cashmere Shop
www.thecashmereshop.com

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Your Personal Valet
This beautiful case will keep you stylish and organized with its labelled interior compartments.
The Quartermaster, CA$1,145, Ebby Rane
www.ebbyrane.com

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Playful prints
Make meals more fun with these whimsical printed bowls.
Pad Printed Bowls, CA$9, West Elm
www.westelm.com

Holiday Gift Ideas

Holiday Gift Ideas

For the design enthusiast: The Herve Gambs Rose Gift Box: includes a Red Rose Couture Flower Diffuser & 10ml Spicy Earth Home Fragrance Spray, all in a precious gift box. Looks good and smells even better! Find it at Belle De Provence at Bayview Village for $119.

For the travel junkie: The Fujifilm Instax Mini 90: is a camera with advanced features, such as bulb and double exposures, macro mode and high performance flash. Perfect for capturing those unforgettable moments and printing them on the spot. Learn about it at Fujifim.

For the foodie: Green & Black’s Organic Hot Chocolate Drink: add it to hot milk and enjoy the creamy froth, the rounded flavor and enticing aroma. Great for a cold winter night. Find it online at Green & Black’s.

Kimberley’s Holiday Gift Guide for Travellers

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Kimberley shares her top 5 holiday gifts for travellers on CityLine.ca. There are even some awesome gifts for men that are traveling to. Such as beard products from beard czar, check out the Beard Czar main ingredients first to make sure your not allergic to any of its ingredients.

1. Slippers from Bucky: ‘They are plush interiors, they are ballet style, they come with their own little bag, and as soon as the plane is settled and I’ve got my seatbelt on, I’m taking my shoes off and I’m putting on my Bucky’s,’ says Kimberley. ‘They’re also great for hotel rooms, too, because you don’t want to run around in your bare feet in a hotel room!’

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2. Sunscreen from Sun Bum: If you’re travelling only with carry-on luggage, how do you pack your sunscreen? ‘I found some wonderful travel-sized sunscreens from Sun Bum,’ says Kimberley. ‘You’d expect a company that comes from Cocoa Beach, Florida to know something about sun products!’
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3. SuitSuit hard case luggage: ‘One of my frustrations when I’m travelling is when you’re waiting for your bag to come off the belt and your black bag looks like everybody’s black bag! So I looked for suitcases that are really identifiable, like the ones from SuitSuit. They’re hard cases, high-impact graphics, and they’re really, really a lot of fun,’ enthuses Kimberley.
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4. Powermonkey portable charger: ‘Another dilemma that hits us when we’re travelling is how do you charge your iPod, your iPad, all the things that you want to travel with you,’ explains Kimberley. ‘So there’s a wonderful portable power charger called Powermonkey which you can pre-charge and use that to power up all your electronics and it’s a really great thing to have with you when you’re on the road.’
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5. Designer Bags on Wheels: ‘This is a wonderfully practical laptop bag that looks very stylish that has a pull-up handle so you can wheel it as a carry-on. It’s chic enough to take with you to the next home show or any kind of a weekend trip, as well,’ says Kimberley.To read more Holiday Gift Guides from the experts on CityLine, visit CityLine.ca.
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Dabble Digs Halloween

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The season of tricks, treats, and frightful fun is almost here and we are digging these Halloween accessories from Alessi.

Featured Image: Reminiscent of the dark shadows of All Hallow’s Eve, the La Stanza dello Scirocco Tea Light Holder, designed by Mario Trimarchi, is a great way to add some spookiness to your Halloween decor.

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Designed by Massimo Giacon, the Spiritosona Bottle Stopper is a haunting temptress that creates a secure seal ensuring your wine stays fresh until your next glass.
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The Minou Purse Hook by Frederic Gooris is one black cat you don’t have to be afraid of!

Great Gift Idea: Designer Bags on Wheels

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Perfect for the professional businesswoman, traveller, college girl and grandmother. The retractable handle and in-line wheels allows easy rolling capability and storage when not in use.

This is a wonderfully practical and stylis laptop bag. It has a pull-up handle so you can wheel it as a carry-on. It’s chic enough to take with you to the next home show or on a weekend trip.

Featured Image: The Ashley Set, CA$299
Distinctive elegance in an Alligator embossed tote.

For more information or to purchase a bag, visit: Designer Bags on Wheels

Gifts for the Baker

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Here are some great ideas for the baker on your shopping list. Check out these great products from Nordic Ware.

(Featured Image) Cake and lollipops — need we say more? Get the best of both worlds with the Cake Pops Baking Pan. Serve cake or brownies on a stick!
Cake Pop Baking Pan, CA$20
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The Nordic Ware Anniversary Bundt Pan is the perfect staple for bakers who like to keep tradition in the cake mix. This pan accomodates 10-15 cup recipes.
Anniversary Bundt Pan, CA$40
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To ensure even the finest of details on all those holiday goodies, make sure you have the E-Z Deco Icing Pen in your kitchen. The perfect accessory to make sure all your tasty treats look as good as they taste, this handy appliance will become your best friend in the kitchen.
E-Z Deco Icing Pen, CA$10
For more information, visit Nordic Ware

A Turquoise Wonderland

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Dabble digs KORHANI Home’s area rugs and tree sets for the holiday season. A the full-skirted white-flocked 7-foot tree creates a winter wonderland with its glittery silver and blue palette.

KORHANI Home Christmas Tree Set – Turquoise Wonderland
Tree Set: $350*
*Set includes pre-lit tree, decorations, tree skirt and free shipping.
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63’ x 89’ Rug: $70 (plus free shipping)The Christmas tree sets come in three themes, including Turquoise Wonderland, Avantgarde Craft and Opulence.
Visit KORHANI home for more information or to purchase a Christmas tree set: www.korhani.com

Dabble Digs: Stylish Sleep

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This fall it’s all about pops of colour, says Lisa Canning. Dabble’s stylish shopper has handpicked a bright and colourful selection of design, travel and food related items perfect for autumn.

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Catch some zzz’s in comfort with this contoured eye mask.

Eye mask, CA$5, Real Canadian Superstore

Read the entire article ‘Dabble Digs’ in Issue 10 of Dabble.

Get Psyched for the Season Ahead

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Whether it’s back to school or back to work, Lisa Canning picks out products to get you psyched for the season ahead.

Read the entire article ‘Dabble Digs’ in Issue 9 of Dabble.

Dabble Digs: Ronco Rotisserie

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Summer is here and Dabble is digging this smart and healthy way of cooking at home! The Ronco Rotisserie is the perfect way to entertain rain or shine. Impress your guest with rotisserie chicken or a 15 pound turkey!

For the month of July, ‘Like’ them on Facebook and you’ll automatically be entered to win one of 31 Ronco Rotisseries. There’s a winner selected everyday this month, so be sure to enter.