February 2013

Traning starts now

At the insistence of our friend and housemate Nikki (who will claim a finder’s fee or reduced rent if we win. Her choice), Sean and I are applying for The Amazing Race Canada. At the very last minute. Of course.
I realize this is no flashy big-budget short, but we put it together yesterday afternoon and evening and I have to say, I’m pretty proud of it – Sean learned and mastered all kinds of new software in the space of an hour or so!

I’m mostly psyched about the possibility of a cross-Canada road trip. If it hits Newfoundland and Nunavut, we will have officially been to every corner of this beautiful country.


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Gone camping

Oh hai. I got a few of my necklaces up on chains. The prairie scene didn’t work out so well because I punched the holes too low and the thing just flips upside down if it moves away from your chest at all.

The Otter though, it worked out well.

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And then the one I worked on yesterday…oh man. This was my first attempt at sweat soldering with my new torch and it was. Not. Good. None of the solder would flow and I fired flame at that thing for about a half hour. Finally I got Sean to take a look and give me some of his soldering insight and it turns out I had dirtied the pieces up too much for the solder to stick.

We cleaned them a bit and the pieces joined and voila! A camping badge! Sawn from brass and hung on brass chain.

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Ready for the (hopefully) fun part? The tent is surely stuck on the backplate, but there are two spots at the base of the triangle where the solder didn’t flow completely. So while you may not be able to tell that the pieces aren’t fused as fully at the bottom as they are at the top, I can. And I feel weird selling it when it’s not 100% what I wanted it to be (note that this does not mean it’s defective and ready to fall apart – it’s solid). So I’m giving it away!

Leave a note in the comments and tell me what/where/why your fave provincial or national park is. That should be a nice thing to think about if it’s sleeting where you are the way it is where I am. You have until Saturday night. On Sunday morning, I’ll draw names from those who’ve spoken up and the winner gets the necklace. Deal?

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The fish was delish

It’s Sean’s birthday this coming weekend, but I gave him an early birthday present – ice fishing in Minden over this past weekend.

We slept here and we fished here and it was awesome. The snow was piled sky-high, the weather was perfect, our room had wood panelling up the wazoo and we went out for breakfast which I feel like we haven’t done in a long time.

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I caught one herring and we ate that guy up last night with potatoes and tomatoes and capers and the Oscars and I have to say, I was in agreement with all the acting calls last night (though I have shamefully not yet seen The Master). Despite knowing I’d hate Anne Hathaway’s sure-to-be-cringe-inducing speech, I was glad she won because she was pretty awesome in Les Mis.

Gah, it just blows my mind how she can be so great in movies and then can’t for the life of her seem to act natural during interviews and acceptance speeches. She’s got herself cranked to eleven at all times and it comes off as super phoney. She should take a tip from Lawrence and go for a spill down the stairs every once in a while.
Way more endearing than all the “thoughts-in-my-head-that-I-unconsciously-breathlessly-whisper-out-loud” schtick.

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Due to a lack of anything better to post about (it’s in the works, just not super exciting to talk about without pictures), here’s an iPhone dump of recent events.

Sean’s Grandma asked a while ago what kind of quilt we’d like if we’d like one and I said “something with trees on it.” She then scoured the Internet for ideas and inspiration and came back with a pattern that I loved. Two weeks ago, we drove to Paris to buy the fabric for it. When she emailed last week to say I should come by and see the tree she had ready, I was expecting one tree but she’s done a ton of work on it already and it’s beauuuuuuuuutiful!

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Check out the bark-y fabric she found to use on the trunks…

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I am so so so in love with it already.

Next topic! A few weekends ago we did our annual February bowl-a-thon at Martin’s Bowling. You can rent that joint out cheap and bowl to your heart’s content – just like Mike here!

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And finally, this JUST happened this week and it’s probably one of the best things to ever happen to me (besides husky snowfall). As I was walking out of Mulberry, I passed the counter where the barista was finishing up laying out dough for a batch of chocolate chip cookies. I asked if I could just buy the dough and bypass the baking process even though I figured we would laugh and she would think I was gross and I would leave, unfulfilled. HOWEVER, because the chunk left in her hand was too small to make a properly sized cookie, she gave me the chunk!

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It’s half gone here but you get the idea. Dream dessert! Can you believe it? Maybe you can. I can’t. If you want to know the way to my heart, it’s dogs and dessert.

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Send in the brass

It’s been a long time since I’ve had full days to spend in the studio, so today was A-amazing.

Part of the reason for this is due to the fact that I started sawing some brass and everything turned out better than I expected (especially after such a long break). I still have to drill holes in these bad boys to string them up on chains, but here’s what we have so far.

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A little prairie homage – here’s some grain elevator/barn action.

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And to fill the endless skies overhead? I imagine my friend Rachel flying a de Havilland Twin Otter from her bush pilot job in Watson Lake to visit me in Hamilton!

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This is also the plane I took into Ivvavik National Park in 2010. I think I’ve documented my hatred of flying pretty thoroughly on this website, but I will confess to a crush on this mini-passenger plane. It was quite the thrill to fly in and beautiful to stare at.

I’m going to try to post Sean’s rudimentary instructions for my jeweller’s bench tomorrow because it performed perfectly today and if you can put one together yourself, I suggest it. It’ll save you money and its portability means you don’t have to devote a huge chunk of space to it – you can lean it against the wall at the end of every night, which has the added bonus of ensuring you clean up after yourself at the end of the day!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to practice what I preach and start doing just that.



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