Archive for the ‘arts and crafts’ Category


Thursday, August 5th, 2010

My little guy went to beautiful Gaspe with my friend on her bike trip and she was sweet enough to send me a picture. I love it so much, I can’t even tell you. I’m going to start sending these guys around with everyone and encouraging photos.


Also, didn’t go to the casting call. I got a follow-up telling me that people were sleeping over to attend the thing. I don’t want it that bad. I’ll just wait until I’m discovered in a bar singing karaoke. Can’t wait til I’m famous!

Acting career starts now and a story about a baby blanket

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Today I’m meeting my buddy Charmaine and I’m going to go to a one of those fancy gym yoga classes on a guest pass with her. I’m a little nervous, but only because I don’t have any Lululemon to wear. My yoga outfit consists of sweatpants and my old soft ball jersey. Is that ok? I figure my impressive yoga skills will uphold my dignity and I have my own mat, so there.

Also new in whims with me is I’m considering going to an extra’s general casting call tomorrow morning for a TV network. I’ve never ever thought about acting or being in front of the camera ever in my entire life so I think it might be somewhat of a lark now that I’m almost 30. Maybe I can do some “background work” to pass the time. I’m not ruling it out, anyway. Hilarious.

I’m crocheting a baby blanket that looks pretty sweet so far.babyblank
Check out the great colours on that. I have a baby in mind for this one, but there is a lot of pressure because there are so many babies around lately. I want to tell you the story about my trip to visit my mom in Ottawa and buying the wool for this. My mom had an emailed 40% off coupon for only one item from the store and only one per visit and she printed out 10. We went through the check-out to each buy an individual ball of wool with a coupon, put them in the car, went to get a Starbucks and a book at Chapters and then went back to each buy two more balls with the coupon and then went to look in Globo and buy shoes and waste time before conspicuously going back through the checkout, etc, etc. We had a big box store adventure that lasted way longer than I’m willing to admit and ended up spending more money then we saved by going through the covert operation. The blanket is 40% off as a result though. My mom is a tireless shopper and absolutely relentless when she is on a mission so spending time with her inspires me and gives me energy when usually I would have much rather bought everything at once at regular price and got home and out of big box store world as soon as humanly possible. She insisted and I just followed her lead. The check-out workers must have thought we were huge a-holes though. Like, “Who do you think you’re fooling, ladies? We see you every time with your printed coupons, sheesh.” The baby I am making this for will grow up and read this and either feel special for us going through all the trouble and effort of saving the $30 on her present which will make it even more valuable in her heart or she will see her blanket as cheap and tainted and feel incredibly betrayed for having loved the blanket her whole life based on a lie. We’ll have to wait and see what sort of person she grows up to be I guess.

Two More Time Video Shoot

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

It was my bday and it was a video shoot and here are some teaser pictures! Oh, it makes you so interested right? One take video, no cuts! Very fun.

jay and jon shooting
Jon was the DP and Jay was the focus puller and a whole lot more as crew was tight. We only got everyone down to the beach and started rehearsing as the sun was going down so… Miraculous that it went off ok. (Photo credit: Elizabeth Kerim)

prepping the shot
Jon looked really cool wearing his steady cam equipment. I want to show you the other tonnes of people in the video and the set, but that would spoil everything. EVERYTHING. (photo credit: Angèle Morgan)

Me directing
This is my debut directing look I’m giving Andrew Austin! Can you tell I practice it often? (Photo credit: Elizabeth Kerim)

Andrew Austin Two More Time
Andrew is totally in character here. He’s a real acting talent. We asked the dog politely to leave and luckily he agreed that he didn’t want to ruin our shoot. How big of him. (photo credit: Angèle Morgan)

Balloon Boy Diorama

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Love love love this:

(via @perlorian)

Pandas and Dexter

Monday, January 11th, 2010

This is the best one I made so far I think. Pandas are my favourite animal, fyi.


How much would you pay for this, hmm? Would you buy one? Just doing some social network market research.

Now I’m going to watch the 4th episode of the 1st season of Dexter. Don’t tell me what happens cause everyone has seen it except me and they tell me to watch it and they gasp and act extremely worried when I tell them I haven’t seen a single episode and freak out at the idea of telling me about any part of it for fear of spoiler alert. And now here I am. YOU WIN SHOWTIME, OK? You win. And Blockbuster wins also in this case.

I’m making some tea now… How about that? Peppermint tea. I’m telling you all this mundane stuff about me that is not really important. Uh oh my blog is turning personal again and the very act of writing this implies that I think other people will care about my life. I saw an episode of Root of All Evil where they were debating what was more evil, blogging or ultimate fighting (blogging won of course) and I remember a great quote from Lewis Black where he said something awesome to the effect of: “Blogging is like masturbating into a mirror while you videotape yourself so you can watch it later while you masturbate.” Kinda makes me feel self-conscious and even a touch bashful now.

flourescent bunnies

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

These crafts take way longer than they should, but the more I make, the faster and easier it gets. I think I should sell them, but I don’t want to part with them yet. Also, it takes me about 2 hours per little guy at the moment so I would have to charge way too much to make it worth it. Thirdly, they have too many mistakes and little inaccuracies to sell. Nice presents for friends though when I’m ready.


So the weekend was a good mix of friends, fun, crafts, and working, but it was absent of cleaning and preparing food for the week. The tough thing about life (for me) is you have to remain consistent and keep a balance of every  important thing to remain normal. I think probably I sound a little scientific about my lifestyle choices (i.e. 10 total life thought units = 2 parts friends + 2 parts creativity + 2 parts work + 1 part cleaning + 1 part food + 2 parts excercise/health) which is probably quite weird, but that’s kind of how I keep track of things in my head, otherwise things just go downhill. Important things slip through the cracks or I overextend myself and take on more than I can handle. I wonder how most normal people stay balanced and keep their lives efficient and full of the maximum amount of things they want and things they need. The example above has me kind of excited now about a life unit chart where I will break it all down for real and budget my time/energy. It just makes me feel better to have it in front of me. Is this one of those times I think I’m really weird, but really lots of people do stuff like that? Maybe. I still think it’s unusual that lists and charts are like my security blanket. Maybe it’s totally common though!

Anyway! Tonight we’re going to see Just East of Broadway, the Next Stage Fringe musical that all the kids are talking about. Musicals are totally awesome guilty pleasures. Yesterday we saw not a musical – Quite Frankly – that was a very good one-man play about an extremely socially awkward 30-something man all set in Britain. It was more understated and not laugh-out-loud as I expected, but the writing and performance was incredible (all by the same guy) and it worked on lots of levels for me I think. I was amused and disgusted by, I empathized with, and also I pitied the main character all at once. Calling it a comedy is right, but not exactly right, but that’s ok. It’s lazy to confine yourself to a genre, I say! Make people think a little bit, they can handle it.

I have an hour or so to clean and make a plan for this week before I am busy for the rest of the night, so I better scoot and make my lists!

He’s felt and a lion

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Tonight I made my first craft of 2010! He also looks a little worried.

felt lion

Living and Saying

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

No more big talking for me. Just you wait til 2010.

In the meantime, a list of five interesting things I’ve seen in the past week to ring in the holidays. I’m going to try to hit on as many of my categories as possible in this one:

  1. Thursday morning “Things I wish I could pull off”: Woman in her early-forties tending to her 8 Tamagotchis while she waited for the bus.
  2. Friday night x 2 “Religion and then birthdays”: Went to the Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit and saw ancient pieces of parchment on a triple date (geeky) and then my friends took over the Central for a most fun Birthday Three-Way – Cutebarf, Lady Parts, and one half of the Slow Clap performed.
  3. Monday night “Local celebrity sighting”: Nikki Payne and this actor who is in a million commercials chatting together on my subway car from Keele to Spadina.
  4. Tuesday evening “Wacky bike”: This guy in covered recumbent bike on Queen East near Church. I really wish I took a picture cause I can’t find anything like it on google. It was literally a stainless steal pod low to the ground with a little head and helmet sticking out the top – awesome.
  5. Tuesday night “Just a concert”: Arkells at the Horseshoe – twas a great and free show. Looking forward to many shows there in January too. Horseshoe always kills it.

And sticking with my arts and craft mandate, I just saw this internet-wise (which doesn’t count for my list) which I think is awesome:

Knitted caps and beards

Buy them here:

Make sure you check out the mix-and-match mustache add-ons in different styles and colours.

Band website that I made

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

I was a little out of practice cause I haven’t programed a site for over a year. Anyway, check out what I just soft launched for Andrew Austin and the Fuss. Name of the band is tentative. It’s very simple and pretty much only links to social media and doesn’t have a lot of crap like “galleries” or “bios” or stuff people don’t care about anyway. Besides, all pertinent information like shows and what have you is on the myspace and facebook pages, etc, why add a lot of extra and repetitive crap?? Bah! Also, the style is homemade or cut and pastey, which everyone who has looked at the site except for one person has thought looks purposeful. Purposeful is so key. I really wanted it to not look slick. It also serves the purpose of being a splash page/press release for the video and single that is being released soon. Publicists can just send the link in an email and voila! Instant showing with no extra ! Love the no extras!! What do you think? It really doesn’t look or feel like a traditional band website at all, so…


Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

I did not have to scan very long on Odosketch before I found a panda to post! Pandas are awesome.

physical jerks