p i ' l o backyard studio
i have been making things and selling them for as long as i can remember as i started while at art college and never looked back. what i have made and designed has changed over the years as my own life has changed and i feel very lucky that i have been able to follow my own instinct and make what i want. when my two boys started drawing pictures, we turned those into embroidered pillows. when WE needed an advent calendar ~ we started selling advent calendars for others. ( you get the idea )
for the last 12 years, i have been working out of my backyard studio. it was an old sausage factory in downtown toronto and is the nicest place to work in the world. there is a skylight over the large worktable, so even on the dreariest canadian winter days, it still feels warm and cozy. i love organizing my supplies and all the finished products on the shelves as it is great to see at a glance, all that we have produced .
we take care packaging each item so that it is special and love the thought of where all the things we make end up. hopefully they will be cherished for years to come.
thanks for visiting….
Owner, Designer, Creator
i grew up in toronto, canada and have always loved making things. after studying art history, i went to art college on both coasts to receive a bfa in textiles. it was so much fun to make art full time and to learn how to weave, print, weld, etc.
Toronto, ON, Canada
we have used a small local screen printing studio to print our tea towels, dandelion hankies and some of the pillows for quite a few years. they are great to collaborate with and saves us lots of mess and space in the studio.
Toronto, ON, Canada
local embroiderer does some of the pillows we do,the bless you hankies, book covers and the cases with words on them. we send them the cut fabric and the designs which they digitize and we can choose the colour of thread from hundreds of options.
Phoenix, AZ, United States
we were so excited to find a company that would print our designs on masking tape after seeing a store in toronto that had their logo printed on tape for wrapping. they did a great job and helped work with us to have the design repeat properly.
digital fabric printer
Toronto, ON, Canada
literally within walking distance from my house/studio is a small print shop that advertised that they could print digital images on fabric. we did a few tests several years ago and have had so much fun experimenting ever since.
Mississauga, ON, Canada
i can honestly say that i have the best sewer helping me (which is good because i am not the best sewer myself). she works from home & is so precise, fast and most of all loves doing the work. we are good friends and i respect her craft so much.
thanks for visiting.
all items are hand made in toronto, canada
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
- Other Method
there are no taxes on international orders
canadian provinces pay their respective sales tax
orders can be cancelled until they are shipped.
(if you are in a hurry, please let us know)
we ship to Canada, United States and Internationally
small items will be mailed via post without tracking or insurance.
we have no control over speed.
most items outside of Canada takes approx. 12-18 business days -
sometimes it arrives sooner or takes longer depending on the postal company in your country
larger items going to canada and the US will be sent by canpar or UPS
we don't usually send tracking. please request it if necessary.
( extra shipping may apply to orders going to outlying regions in western and eastern canada)
larger items going overseas will be sent by canada post.
shipping prices are for surface delivery which can take up to two months without tracking and insurance.
if you would like your item sooner please let us know and we will tell you how much the other options are.
customers pay for any duty or taxes charged to them by their country
we are not responsible for incorrect shipping addresses - we ship to your PAYPAL shipping address - refunds for your order CANNOT be made due to this.
Refunds and Exchanges
( please keep in mind that the colours may appear differently according to your computer screen. )
-for items being refunded we can only refund the cost of the item NOT the shipping costs
-when an item is being returned to us, we are NOT responsible for items lost in transit returned items must have insurance and tracking
-for items you want to exchange/refunded - you are responsible for the shipping cost to send it to us and you are responsible for the shipping costs to be sent back to you.
if an item arrives damaged due to postal transit please contact us to file a claim with the post office - the item must be photographed in order to make the claim.
all SALE items are final
all sales are final on any custom orders
Additional policies and FAQs
if unsure, pease contact us for advice.