One of our favourite things about living in a big city like Toronto is finding those unique, magical spots that make you feel right at home the moment you walk in. Across from the northern edge of Trinity Bellwoods Park is a place just like that called Miracle Thieves.
Miracle Thieves is the brainchild of Jennifer Maramba and Tiffany Naval and is best described as a ‘creative space’. On any given day, Miracle Thieves wears a number of different hats including that of a retail store, art gallery and community arts space. Their mandate is to “facilitate the growth of the individual’s creativity, while also serving as a platform for Toronto’s emerging creative economy.”
Since their opening in mid-July, Miracle Thieves has hosted a number of workshops open to the general public. They have varied from jewelry making to makeup application to visual branding. Inspired by all these creative endeavours, some of the girls from the fourth floor organized a pumpkin diorama workshop. On a sunny Sunday just before Halloween, we scooped out pumpkin guts, painted with glitter and channeled our creativity into pumpkin masterpieces.
The ladies at Miracle Thieves made the coordination of the workshop seamless and easy. We simply sent them our harebrained idea (“Here’s a craft! Now, how do we make it?”) and they created a custom workshop for us. If you just want to play around and connect with your inner child, Miracle Thieves also holds Open Studio on Wednesday evenings. At this pay-what-you-can craft night, activities range from creating greeting cards and collages to collaborative, interactive art projects. Stop by one night and find your inner craft.
2 oz. orange juice
A dollop of canned sweetened pumpkin purée
A dash of nutmeg
Garnish: a small orange pumpkin candy
- In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add vanilla vodka, orange juice, a dollop of canned sweetened pumpkin purée, and dash of nutmeg.
- Shake well and strain into a Martini glass.
- If you wish to add a garnish, take a tube of green icing and place a dab on the lip of the glass. “Glue” a small orange pumpkin candy to the icing.