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!

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.

Dabble Digs the Lumix GF3X

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In every issue of Dabble, we celebrate photographers in the column, Infusion, where we pick products and Benjamin Moore paint colours inspired by a photo. We recently came across the Lumix GF3X camera by Panasonic and love how easy it is to use. Toronto photographer Jennifer Pearson is sharing tips so that you too can take flawless photos using the Lumix GF3X.

Jennifer’s Tip:
One of the easiest ways to give your shots a professional look and feel is to follow the ‘rule of thirds’. This approach breaks your photo down into thirds or a grid system (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have nine parts. By placing items of importance, like a child’s eyes, in the intersections or along the lines, your photo instantly becomes more interesting.

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Be aware of your light source — where is it coming from? Where are the shadows? A common trick used by most photographers is shooting in open shade — a technique where you place your subject (person or object) in the shade but just on the cusp of the light with the sun positioned over your shoulder. This removes harsh shadows and awkward squinting, while placing a lovely light in their eyes.

Dabble Digs Fresh Home Elements

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FHE prides itself on creating designer-worthy home accessories for every day life.

Eco Picture Frames
Frames in a variety of shades, sizes and styles
Material: Reclaimed wood
Size 4′ x 6′ and up

These stylish frames are environmentally friendly and will beautify any photo. Zemanta Related Posts Thumbnail

Tissue Bath Mat
Tissue Bath Mat in purple, black, grey and white
Size: 20’ x 30’
Material: cotton blend/recycled materials

Slippers are not required when walking on this mat. Its cushiony feel will make your toes feel like you’re walking on air.

Check out what else we are diggin’: Issue 7: Apr/May’12.

Dabble Digs: Crabtree Treats

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Inspired by a treasure seeking journey from east to west, Crabtree & Evelyn introduce their new Festive Fine Food Collection. The delicious collection includes traditional festive foods with a contemporary aromatic twist. Dabble Digs the richly coloured keepsake containers with delightful illustrations. Here are just a few of our favourites.

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Traditional Shortbread Bursting with a full buttery taste.

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Collectable Tin A chic keepsake filled with baked biscuits, delicious strawberry preserves and afternoon tea.

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English Tea and Biscuit Tin A real treat for anyone who love the English tradition of afternoon tea.

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Cranberry and Orange Sauce This delightful, slow-cooked sauce will provide the perfect touch to roast meat.

Dabble Digs TIFF

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For the seventh year in a row, rock-it promotions hosted the Tastemakers lounge, the largest Canadian gifting suite hosted during the Toronto International Film Festival. Stars like Scott Speedman, Matt Dusk, Russell Peters, Geoffrey Rush, Mary Murphy and more took a walk through the suite at the Intercontinental Hotel in Toronto to take home great Canadian goods.

Dabble stopped by to see what design, travel and food products the celebrities were coveting.

Design

Sharpie showcased their new bright 80’s themed colours, perfect for Festival autographs.

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The new Sharpie gel highlighter was a huge crowd pleaser as the new gel substance ensures the highlighter won’t dry out! You’ll want to make sure you have this highlighter in your home office.

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It was particularly enjoyable trying out Cilque [silk]. This Canadian line of 100% silk bedding is a perfect pause from the flurry of The Festival.

Travel

ClarityOne showcased their earbuds with built-in PureSound processors. These earbuds are perfect for travel as they come in a durable travel case and boast 3D quality sound.

Another lounge favourite was Bobble, a resilient, reusable and stylish water bottle that is the perfect accessory when traveling. The built in filter creates the equivalent of 300 filtered water bottles- a great eco friendly bottle in several stylish colours.

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Food

For guilt free snacking during The Festival, Popchipswere on hand. Made with natural ingredients (and less than half the fat of fried chips), at only 100 calories per bag, they are the perfect on the go snack!

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The busy days during The Festival leave little downtime, but there’s always a few minutes for a little indulgence. Sourced from around the globe, the new range of PC ae black label products include hundreds of incredible foods and flavours including oils and vinegars, confectionary items, pasta, sauces, marinades and more.

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Look what we dug up…

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Dabble Digs: Underwater World

Created by artist Jason deCaires Taylor in the waters of Cancun, Mexico, The Silent Evolution is the just-completed fourth installation in association with the Museo Subacuatico de Arte. The collaboration seeks to create artificial reefs thereby taking pressure off the area’s natural water attractions that are visited by over 750,000 tourists each year, allowing them space and time to regenerate.

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The 400 sculptures are casts of real local characters, and are mesmerizing, thought provoking and truly magical. The next project stage is about to get underway and will include local and international artists adding to this already spectacular installation.

Guest Post by Sophie Vander