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Pouchapalooza

Here’s the quick version of some things I’ve been up to. It’s basically zippered pouch making madness! I’ve made soooo many the past week.

Currently they are destined to join me on Sunday June 23rd at The Makers Hub for their Made in Canada Market.

This year’s pin up adventure.

Once again we headed out to Port Dover for a weekend away with the perks of me learning some fun hair and make up tips from the lovely Ella, aka Miss Victory Violet. I signed up for two Sunday workshops and Saturday the Southside Vixens were hosting the Rockabilly Rev Up so there were some fun activities going on that day. We had dinner at the venue and then stayed to watch jive dance lessons, listen to some music and watch the Pin Up contest.

We had a different room from last year at the massive Clommel Castle. It was a nice little room but had a shared bathroom which I didn’t realise when booking so we spent a large amount of time stressing about how to know if someone else was in there or not. Basically at check out the owner informed us that she had locked the door to the other room making it a private bathroom!

The first workshop was a hair and make up lesson. It was the same one I had participated in last year but I was happy to do it again and refresh my mind on how to do a 50’s style brush out. I had to set my hair the night before and sleep on the curls, which is always fun.

Ella used the also lovely Miss Boom Boom Knox as her hair and make up model (who is also the owner of Retro Peaches FYI).

I was happy with my 50’s brush out, seems I was able to remember and apply some techniques from last year.

We then carried on after a little lunch break and tried our hands at a poodle hair cut, like Lucielle Ball used to wear all the time. Mine didn’t go so well. I admitted defeat.

We also worked on victory rolls and a gibson roll. It went really well! I had a hard time with the bumper bangs because I have shorter bangs and haircute than are ideal for the style. But I made it work, mostly with lots of hairspray.

Poorly lit drive home but stopped for dinner at a restaurant photo to show the back.

Now I just have to work up the courage to try all these looks myself and not wait for a workshop and expert handy to give it a go!

I learned a thing!

I took a class recently at The Workroom . It’s the Herringbone Patchwork class taught by Johanna Masko who you can stalk on Instagram here. It involved ‘partial seams’ which are really neat but can hurt your head if you get thinking about them, which you have to do. It takes a seriously underestimated amount of brain power to pull this design off.

I’ve only made a quilt here and there and on my own, or as I did in university with the help of a library book so this was a new to me experience. The pattern is quite mind bending! Literally.

I quickly realised, while chatting with people in the class only to look down and see I had made mistakes, that this isn’t a ‘toss on some Netflix and get your sew on’ kind of project. We needed buddies to check our work. Even then mistakes were found. Once I got home and was buddyless and working on my own there was a lot of ‘reverse sewing’ to say the least.

But the results are lovely and very different. I’m grateful for having learned such a neat technique. Now to turn it into a pillow as Johanna intended!

Pin Up excursions

While these aren’t really crafty endevours they certainly are creative! I participated in a few things last year and learned to do make up and hair pin up style. It was so fun.

My first one was with the Toronto Pin Up Academy. It was a gift from my handsome man, in hindsight a little bit self serving, and I had so much fun! It was a bit of a shame when it was over I was only coming home. It was hilarious fitting into the car with a giant crinoline!

The other one was held in lovely Port Dover, Ontario and led by Miss Victory Violet. Here’s her Instagram which is full of vintage prettiness. We only went for the Saturday overnight, in hindsight it would have been fun to do the full weekend.

We arrived on the Saturday afternoon and I spent my time in the bathroom with her YouTube tutorials trying to get all Pin Up-ified to join the party that night. I totally had imposter syndrome worrying that the ladies who had sone the Saturday workshop were much more prepared and refined than I was. But I did alright.

The labour of love in progress. Sure makes your arms tired! I did the heat set and pin it method modified from the overnight foam roller video on her channel.

We spent the Sunday doing out hair and make up under the guidance, and with some free loot, from Ella.

Ella was absolutely adorable, full of hair and make up knowledge and every so tiny!

When we all posed together we really looked like amazing, like you’d walked into a time warp or some such.

Again it was a bit funny because after we all posed all beautiful and looking like a blast from the past I switched to my jeans and a comfy shirt and we drove the 2 plus hours home just so I could have a shower . . .

I’m totally looking forward to signing up for her workshop again this year. Hoping it’s at a time I can run away for the weekend too!

My next few shows

Oh hello. Figured it was time for an update!
It’s sort of a local people friendly update but still. Here are the places I’ll be in the next little bit if you’d like to come say hello and see some amazing creators selling their wares.

First up this Friday evening I’ll be at the Holiday Art Market.

After flying home to sleep I’ll be waking up early Saturday morning to head on out to the fabulous Make It Indie in Cobourg, I honestly love, love, love, this show.

Then I’ve given myself a bit of a break but not too long before I head over to the Handmade With Heart, another great gathering of creative people and wonderful workshops.

Day 9 of recovery

So this has been me for a while, 9 days to be exact.

I had the hardware removed out of my ankle on March 28th. It wasn’t quite as advertised. The surgeon told me I could walk out of the surgery and it hasn’t been quite that easy. I did take 2 steps that day but mostly used my crutches. I ditched them in the morning and I’d been hobbling about since.

It was foot up for 48-72 hours so that was fun. Lots of portable crafting.

I was supposed to go back to work Monday, but then because the pain was bad I thought Tuesday. But THEN because of the nature of my classroom I’m going to extend it yet again and go back Monday. I think I’ll be ok then, except I’ll have to wear slippers because putting a shoe on moves and squishes the bandages and only my slippers seem to be ok.

Next Wednesday they’ll take out the staples and unwrap it so I should be good for footwear Thursday and hey, it’s a short week with the long weekend coming. In the meantime I’m getting loads of things finished and created!

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Tried a new craft, glassblowing.

Instead of flowers this Valentine’s Day my man got us a glassblowing class where we made flowers!

It was really neat. The process is so mind blowing. I get sewing, you just put two things together and add more things. Even out of a need – clothing, blankets or whatever. Knitting and crochet hurts my brain but again I get how it came to be. Glassblowing boggles my mind. The oven is over 2000 degrees, things have to be heated up just so. The glass has to cool down slowly over hours and hours so it doesn’t explode or crack. It’s just zany. I have no idea how this was invented, pursued and successful. You can *die* doing it, or get seriously injured.

So we went to Playing With Fire for this wonderful adventure. Here’s their Facebook page.

Those are the little small crushed pieces of glass we dipped out hot ball of lava class into to colour our flowers. The outside colour is put on first, then the outer. I put green for the outside and purple for the inside.

The rod can get really hot so they hold your hands back a bit. I don’t know why you just get these arm sleeve things, it’s your fingers that would get toasty if you got close enough. Then we had to take them to another oven, where you wear special UV blocking glasses because if you look at it it’s like looking at the sun! You add more glass there and then bring it over to a bench where the lovely ladies turned it and we had to pull on the glass, it was kinda like taffy, and a bit unnerving.

My boyfriend was better at it, less fearful and stronger. I was hesitant to get right in there which makes sense as you’re brain is telling you there’s danger! While it’s still really red and hot it does ‘cool’ quite quickly and gets harder to pull.

I love how his looked like a starfish while he was making it.

Then we had to do the stem making part. We pulled the flower head straight from the bottom and it created the stem. It seemed so fragile. I twisted my stem into a curly bit while Adam left his straight.

It was also very strange to work on a project and not really know what it was going to look like when you are finished. It’s still glowing red hot while you’re working so the colours don’t show. If by chance something does break during the making or in the kiln cooling down then they just toss it back into the oven and melt the glass down to reuse as a molten lump.

They were about to make a vase as we were leaving and invited us to stay and watch if we wanted. It was so cool. It all takes two people, again making it unbelievable this craft exists, and not only do you move around a big long stick with molten glass on it you also blow into that stick! It was really neat to see.

Once they’re shaping it, spinning it on the bench where I pulled my flower shape, they rub the outside with old pages of the newspaper, which sizzle, blacken and spark while they do it.

Again, it’s wacky but beaitiful.

I went to Sweden!

And never shared it it seems.  Well I did on Instagram and such but not all in one place.  My boyfriend was speaking at a conference so he was flown there, had a hotel for a week and some fun activities.

I tagged along as a +1. I just had to buy my ticket and ask for a few days off, which at the time seemed like no big deal.  However when I got back and was faced with some credit card bills and a pay cheque missing some days it was sort of a big deal, but hey, worth it!

It was far colder than I expected (says the Canadian).  Apparently it was unseasonally cold.  My boyfriend was there 2 years ago at the same time of year and it was much more fall like vs the sharp cold we were experiencing.

Yeah, there’s pictures of me with mailboxes, I love noticing the little differences while traveling.  We were very close to Denmark so spent a day in Copenhagen, just a quick train ride from Malmo, Sweden.

Of course I had to do some creative shopping, found a fabric store in Denmark.  Not understanding the exchange rates fully, or having access to data to check on it, probably didn’t help with the previously mentioned credit card bill!

This was a catalogue for a hobby store we found in the mall in Hylie.  It’s an amazing looking mall made with this great curvy shaped glass in all sorts of brilliant colours.

I picked up some fun fabrics there and in Copenhagen too.

Other things I settled for taking pictures of because I knew I couldn’t afford everything I wanted.  Well I didn’t think I could but wasn’t 100% clear on how the currencies exchanged with the Canadian dollar. Figured it was best to be modest with my spending.  Kinda sorta.

We had a fancy dinner with the mayor of the town in the town hall, which was built in 1500 something.  It’s so crazy coming from such a young country to be around things that old.  Gravestones older than my entire country.  So neat.  We found a neat little shop full of handmade goods.  Again I resisted buying it all up and just took some pictures instead.

There were a lot of really wonderful design elements all over.  We found neat dishes and house ware items in various stores.  As well as the souvenir shops being full of things with Scandinavian design featured.

I brought back some goofy stuff from a store that seemed to be sort of like it IKEA was a dollar store kind of thing.  Mostly it was candy to try with my kids once I got home.

The day we landed the first place we stopped was a convenience store in the train station.  I saw Flow magazine AND their Mindfulness Workbook I really wanted to pick up but couldn’t find at home in Canada.  I grabbed them up and paid right away.  Then when I had access to wifi I tried to figure out what they cost me.  I’m still not sure because the numbers keep saying it was about $90 and I feel sick to my stomach if that is the case so I just sort of choose to not really accept that and remain blissfully unaware of what I spent.

It was a quick 5 day trip but was a great experience and other than breaking the bank and missing my kids I have no regrets! I added 2 countries to my travel list and had a blast. My fingers are crossed he speaks in other cool places this year!

 

 

Oh wow, hi!

I got a really sweet email this morning. A lovely lady named Sara read my blog for the first time and was really struck by my post about my Mom. She wanted to reach out and send me happy thoughts and sunshine from Mexico, it was very lovely.

I see my Mom every other day sort of thing.  We play cards, hang out, I help her with her laundry and such.  She’s still at the hospital waiting for a place in an assisted living sort of thing.  It’ll be nice when she has her placement as it’s nearer to my house and practically on the same street at my school.  I’ll be able to go have lunch with her and easily have quick visits.

Everyday I am thankful that we have more time together and grateful for the recovery she has made.  We nearly lost her.  She still can’t speak but you’d be surprised how irrelevant that can seem, at most times! Of course there’s still some frustration for her, and me when I feel lost and can’t help, but we have each other and that’s good enough for me.

I’ve been so busy lately and dealing with such big issues (ankle break, my Mom, return to work, trying to divorce settle) that it’s been hard to even create let alone write about it here. I find it’s easy to just do quick things on my Instagram or Facebook Page instead. I think a lot of creative people are migrating this way.

Oh and smaller than the big issues I had a really crummy start to 2017 and was battling many ever changing plagues.  It finally settling into pink eye last week, which left me at home contageous for a few days.  Not fun.

Now it’s report card time so I’m busy with actual work work when we’re not renovating that is!

Currently we’re in the process of renovating the basement to make a bedroom for me and my wonderful man. However, that’s also where my craft space is so it’s a bit out of order right now.  We had the kids help since we’re shuffling bedrooms and adding people to the house we thought it would be better to involve them.

We started letting them go nuts smashing the wall (which would have been easier to just cut into large pieces but demolition is funner) and I figured safety glasses should have been a thing.  This was my son’s idea for makeshift ‘safety glasses’.

My sewing machine is under there.  And my supplies are all over the place covered in various tarps and sheets.  Dry walling is messy!

In fun news, remember when I joined roller derby?! I was all wobbily and Bambi-esque and such? Scared, unable to really skate and working so hard!? Well now I’m Captain of my team!!! Well it’s a role for two so we’re Co-Captains but still! It’s so amazing. It makes me use many exclamation marks.

This is from last year’s team photo shoot, it was my first time on skates since my break and without gear! It was a little weird, we so seldom skate without being fully geared up and I was a touch hesitant but all was good. Luckily, I broke my ankle at temporary practice facility we were using last year so I think that really helps with my mental state too while I’m back at it.  I might be traumatized passing The Spot.

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Near Toronto? Want to go to the OOAK show? Ticket giveaway!

I have this friend from RoRo Art selling at the One Of a Kind Show in Toronto, running November 24 to December 4 and she’s donated 2 tickets for me to giveaway to some lucky people.  She makes super neat sock puppets and dolls and a load of other fun things.

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For ease of winner chosing we’d like to keep all the entires in one place so if you could comment on my Facebook page to enter that would be great!

If you don’t win, be sure to stop by the show if you can it’s wonderful I go every year.  Say hello to RoRo at e-35 if you do!

I’m going to choose a winner, with the good old random number generator at midnight on Friday November 25th to give people time to hit the show on the weekend should they be the winner!

So head here to enter!

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