January 2012

Prairie Lovin’

Because a full flower is too big for a little old ear. The Western Red Lily of Saskatchewan – a petal per lobe.

Finished photos tomorrow and a listing in the Etsy shop.

On a completely unrelated note, I just walked by Matt Dillon on John Street North where he’s filming some mafia movie at the Capri. NO BIGGIE, but since Bike Hounds came to this street, it’s basically become Hollywood.

Side note – Beautiful Girls anyone? I have very little perspective on him as an actor because I think my overall opinion is clouded by my love of that movie and I am ooooooooook with this because that movie is awesome.


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Sew She So’s

My first experience with a sewing machine was in grade nine home economics. I was supposed to make a pencil case. Instead, I made three broken sewing machines and was told to move on to my shop rotation early.

Suffice to say I’ve been wary of sewing machines ever since. However, since I’m also weary of paying someone else to sew up every hole and shorten every hem, I took an introductory sewing class at Mohawk College a while back.

It was and was not a success.

Was not, in that as soon as I set foot to pedal, the needle snapped in two and flew across the room. I then went on to break two more needles and dislodge the foot from the machine completely.

Was, in that my instructor said this had nothing to do with my technique/understanding and more to do with the too-heavy, rubber-backed fabric I’d chosen. And though the apron I was supposed to finish that day still only hangs around my neck (the waist ties remain unsewn), I feel like I came away with a basic knowledge of the machine – how to load the thread and perform simple tasks like hemming.

I’ve been lazily looking for a machine online ever since. Today, during a mid-afternoon run up to Value Village and Bibles for Missions, I found the exact same old-school Bernina I learned on (the second, semi-successful time).

If you’re on the hunt, BFM on Upper Wellington still has two Singers (one of which is a beautiful old metal one with a wooden base) and a Kenmore on the shelves, all for under $50 each.

So I now have around two weeks to get my simple sewing skills in shape in preparation for the grand opening of Needlework and its upcoming classes, which I’m pretty psyched about.

I’m also hoping all this fabric sewing limbers me up for the spring, when I might be buying (fiiiinaaalllyyyyyy!) a Juki to machine-stitch some of my lighter weight leather. Can I tell you how excited this prospect makes me? No more hand-measuring and marking and punching five stitches to an inch in suedes and skins that don’t hold measuring and marking impressions!


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Chin Chin

A custom flask for a freshly-legal gal.

Again, I have to apologize for my web non-presence this week. Specifically to Kieran, who always notes how great it is that I update daily through the week. Kieran, I know I’m letting you down! I’M SORRY!

Regular posting will resume next week.

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Go Techno

Remember the beautiful side of hide I scored to make this bag over Christmas?

I just picked the rest of it up last week.

It’s waiting to be turned into a laptop bag early next week. In the meantime, many secret things, which is the reason for my short and lazy posts this week.

How many more times can I type the word week in this post? INFINITY.

PS – Am I the only one bored to tears by the Oscar nominations this year? So so so underwhelmed by 2011 cinema in general.  The only movies I really desperately, with a Christmas-Eve-as-a-kid-desire wanted to see this past year were MMMM and Take Shelter and I feel like both of them, jammed with incredible acting, were snubbed.

Poor Michael Shannon. This may not be very popular opinion, but…while I’m glad Heath Ledger won that Oscar in 2008 (mostly for the number of times they shafted him on even more legit amazing performances in years previous), I feel like Shannon would have been a serious lock for that win had it been any other year.

Oh Oscars! I hate you but I can’t turn away!

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