December 2009

Day One – Demolished Corporate Ladder. Kicked Back at Summit.

So the big new news around these parts is that today was my first official day as my own full-time boss/employee!

Boo. Ya.

From here on in it’s art and writing, writing and art, a lot of crossed fingers and a lot, lot, lot of work, but I’m in for it.

On paper, this all works out awesomely. In practice, I guess I’ll have to wait and see. You can too by checking in here, where I plan to post daily news and updates.

Please comment often, as the new co-workers at the new office are kind of quiet and don’t laugh at my jokes.

Upside is they’re soft, chill and always down with some heavy petting…

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More X-mas Goodies

Don’t tell the CBC, but I snagged one of their old-school logos and silk-screened it on to a shirt for Sean. Sorry CBC – I love you, but I don’t have $40 to drop on a T-shirt. What I have is more like $6 and 40 minutes.

Below that are three little guys I made for my Mom. I had the fleeting idea that I would tool the twelve days of Christmas, but that would have been either twelve massive baubles, or 78 pieces of leather. I think a trio of birds is a nice middle ground.

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Bake it Easy

In addition to leather goods, everyone got bread this year! A straight week of baking (and 40 cups of flour – this is some serious stuff) yielded these dense, delicious bundles.

I can call this bread a work of art and not sound like a cocky douche because all I did was follow the recipe from Earth to Table – a beautiful cookbook recently put out by a pair of chefs from the Ancaster Old Mill.

I will, however, take credit for subbing blackstrap where the recipe called for mild molasses. I mean, do you like molasses or do you like molasses?

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Installment Number One

A present for my niece – who is at the age where all things faerie/princess/pink/purple/ballerina-related are to die for.

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No Sight for Sore Eyes

I know this page is boring as hell because there hasn’t been anything to look at lately, but I promise, promise, promise there will be so much to see so soon you will be sick with oversight!

Pictures and further explanations in the coming days…

In the meantime, might I suggest reading up on some of CBC’s Canada Reads selections? This is an annual event that has, for me, turned winter from a thing to buckle down and bear, into a thing to anticipate.

I already have a couple of these books, but hadn’t read them since I was in high school. I was curious to see whether Generation X would be as awesome as I thought it was when I was 16, particularly since a friend of mine recently read it and found it fell flat. I say he falls flat, because I re-read it and this book is still excellent.

I had barely started Fall on Your Knees (which I first read when I was 18) last week when I got Nikolski for Christmas and couldn’t resist the lure of its matte, fish-flocked cover, so it has absorbed the late-night waking hours I should spend sleeping.

Pick at least one up and tune into the great debates in March!

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