A Toronto vegan blabs on about crafting, food, and her life in general.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Sisterly goodness

My sister loves Jacob Hoggard. LOVES HIM. If only I could arrange for the real thing.

This is for you, Steph. Enjoy!

Friday, September 22, 2006

Silly goodness

My latest knitting completion! Based on the Kittyville hat, but with pom-poms instead of ears, and no earflaps. Somehow, it ended up a bit larger than my head, so I crocheted a black cord and threaded it through the hat to tighten it.

Red pom-pom hat

See that little piggy button on the right just below my profile?
Friday, September 29th is Hug a Vegetarian Day!
I know who I'll be hugging...

Thursday, September 14, 2006

You Might Be A Blogoholic If…

Is it more sad that I identify with this list and find it hilarious, or that I have blogged about it?

Currently listening to:
Sloan - Who Taught You To Live Like That?
I can't listen to this song enough!

Birthday goodness

Today, the boy is 31. But a very boyish 31.

I thought this photo was appropriate to doctor up for his embarassment since it was taken during our Italy trip last winter (uh, minus the hat...). Tomorrow, he leaves for Italy again for 10 days on a mountain trekking trip through the Alps - where he'd better be careful, if he knows what's good for him. He knows what I'm talking about. And tonight - we get to fill up on lots of Ethiopian food... mmm...

Happy birthday, David!

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Lessons learned

I've been trying to pay attention to what this past week has been telling me.

  1. Most things aren't worth getting all worked up over. Leave it alone. Let it all happen. Everything will work out.
  2. Not everything will work out in my favour, but that doesn't mean that there aren't positive things to take away from the experience.
  3. Making any sort of attempt at something new will help build confidence in what I do.
  4. When something doesn't work out the way I want it to, I need to look at the situation rationally and objectively - there's a pretty good chance that I am skewing the results in a subjective and negative way.

I was really bummed out for most of the week over the Tuesday night show. It did not work out the way I'd hoped. Not even remotely. The event was great and the cause worthwhile - but I was there the second night and the most traffic happened the first night. Plus, I wasn't really in the best location at the venue. I made one sale and spent the rest of the evening watching the bands, writing a journal entry and jotting down some of the music the DJ played between acts:
Aztec Camera, Charlatans UK, The Cure, Iggy Pop... and so many others I can't remember right now. The funny thing was, I bet I was one of the only people there who remembered when most of those songs were released! Most of the exhibitors and attendants must have been born in the 80s.

So, I left that night feeling pretty down. Lots of you have asked how the event went, and I just haven't had it in me to write about it. At the same time, I've been telling myself to remember all the good stuff that came out of the experience:
  • My display idea finally got worked out
  • I printed up business cards (only on a laser printer, but they still look good)
  • Some new necklace designs were tested out
  • My jewellery stock was increased
  • I took a chance at something that scared the heck out of me - trying to sell my work by myself in a group of strangers
  • There were possible future contacts made

That last one is pretty key if I want to continue selling at shows - making contacts. And this panned out. Just when I thought that I failed at doing shows, I bumped into the organizer of Fashion Fair on our way to the Vegetarian Food Fair this past Sunday, and she invited me to sell stuff through her group at The Clothing Show this weekend. Wheee! If any of you will be at the show, be sure to stop by the Cruelty Free Collective booth!

Oh, and I broke my camera on Sunday. Lesson learned: don't drop camera.

Tuesday, September 5, 2006

uh, butterfly goodness?

Today is one of those days that you both eagerly look forward to and fearfully await.

1) This morning was my driving test.
2) Tonight is the Funky Fashion Fair, where I'll be selling my jewellery on my own for the first time.

Here I am, nervously awaiting the examiner to arrive so that I can start my G2 Exit exam. Claire generously offered her car so that I could take the test.


And here I am, proudly displaying the temporary card of my brank spankin' new full driver's license! Now, I gotta get me a car.


Thank you to everyone who wished me well. I'm convinced it was your collective energy that helped me through :) Now... summa that energy tonight from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. EST, would be equally appreciated. I finally have my display worked out and I really just need to write up my price cards. *butterflies*