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City WHOA-ter Hotel

When I first saw it, I loved the City Motor Hotel. The 1950s sign was massive and spectacular and I looked for excuses to drive east so I could stare at it.

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The property was a little run-down. I didn’t realize just how much – not when I was new to Hamilton – but the phrase most commonly tossed around was “hotbed for drugs and prostitution.”

The city expropriated it last year and Molly Hayes wrote an ONA-winning story about it.

Yesterday they finally took possession and I spent the last two days at the hotel.

You can read about it here and here. Be sure to click through all the photos in each link because they’re great.

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Gray days

Geez that’s a downer of a headline isn’t it? I mean, it is gray outside today, but it was only supposed to be a segue for this ring I made the other day…

Cumulus Ring 1 (Large)

It started out as a backplate for a laguna agate I was going to set, but it turns out I don’t have all the correct tools to make a bezel right now. Of course, I couldn’t just sit around and wait for the tools to arrive in the mail (patience would be ridiculous) so I thought for a minute and decided the plate-that-was-meant-to-be-a-bush-because-the-agate-looks-like-treetops could just as easily be a cloud.

Cumulus Ring 2 (Large)

It also serves an experimental purpose – checking to see if a brass ring will turn fingers green. If so, I guess I’ll have to turn to making ring shanks out of silver, which is way more expensive, which means I probably won’t make a ton, but we’ll see how it goes.

Cumulus Ring 3 (Large)

I have to say I’m pretty excited. The metal is probably too thin a gauge to make rings out of regularly, but otherwise this little cloud turned out nicely. I was amazed that I made the shank and soldered it on with minimal mental freak-outs.

In other news, I just found out yesterday that I was nominated for an Ontario Newspaper Award for arts and entertainment writing. So I’m double-psyched today. When I was applying, I tried to calculate which stories would be the strongest using an invented semi-mathematical equation, but it was turning my brain inside out because I stink at math (even half-math I made up myself) so I went with the three pieces that were my faves to work on last year – a review of Niagara Comic Con, an interview with Salman Rushdie and my opening essay from the State of the Arts series. Big thanks to the Hamilton arts community for being prolific and newsworthy and willing to share its stories!

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Ta-da! Kind of…

Readers, I am re-branding Shoot from the Hip. After weeks of agonizing and nearly alienating Sean because options are all I’ve wanted to talk about, I settled on one.

I was going to announce it and change my Etsy name over and do all that jazz immediately because I am a lady with little patience (and also little”lady”), but now I think I’m going to wait until I have a new logo made for me by Mike, designer to the stars.

We’ll see. I may get paranoid that someone else will register the name before me on Etsy and just go ahead and start spewing it everywhere, or I may blow it due to excitement.

In the meantime, this is older news, but I wrote about the Arkells’ new song yesterday. You can read about it here.

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Love is in the Air

I’ve got a piece in the Spec today – about a Mac couple who fell in loooooooooove and are getting married Hammer City-style.

You can read about it here.

Then you can enjoy your weekend! You have my permission. Tell your boss. Friday night starts this morning.

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