March 31, 2009

north dakota skyscraper

Originally uploaded by zenbecca

I really do love the Prairies. When I was living on the west coast, the thing I missed most about "home" was the big, blue sky. And actually seeing the horizon.

...ok, go ahead and insert your own jokes about dogs running away for days...hahaha

March 23, 2009

Flora Scarf-lace

Originally uploaded by zenbecca

Look who's going to a new home!

I think I'm going to pick up some more yarn and make a few more of these (and maybe I'll even keep one for myself!) Crocheting them is so much fun...and oddly hypnotic.

I'm in!

I just found out that I have been selected to take part in a craft sale in April at the St Vital Montessori School's 40th Anniversary Tea. I feel like I've won a lottery...or more like a popularity contest, I guess.

I think these juried sales are funny. On one hand, I am SO for them because it weeds out the crap (aka non-handmade) stuff...but on the other hand, I don't know if I can take the pressure! ;-)

Anyway, I am so totally excited because it sounds like it is going to be a good sale. I still have stuff left from the show at the Costume Museum, but I'd better get cracking on making more! I have 25 Altoid tins coming from Ebay, the dominos from my dad, and the bottlecaps that they are saving for me at Sugar I want to make some more notebooks and clipboards. And more pillows! We love the pillows!

March 22, 2009

chop sue

Originally uploaded by zenbecca

Day 2 of the 365 project and I'm already playing around with filters. I couldn't resist, just looks so cool!

I think I'm going to go back to Chinatown when I have more time (and the streets are a little less mucky). I saw so many things that I would love to photograph. And all within 3 or 4 blocks!

March 19, 2009

I heart my dad.

Hooray for my hero - my dad! Less than two weeks after having a kidney removed (seriously!), he was on the hunt for an especially elusive brand of dollar-store dominos for me...and found them! Now I can complete my fabulous altered domino project (which really seems insignificant when compared to...say...having a nephrectomy, but whatevs) and go on to great fame and fortune (also insignificant, but we can't go comparing everything to cancer now, can we?)

The "domino project" is part of my latest attempt to bring new, fresh crafty-craft stuff to the Winnipeg handmade scene. My goal is to make a whole pile of them in time for an upcoming craft show (that I have yet to be accepted for...small detail). If they sell well, then I will make a whole pile more. What's a whole pile? 560. Wish me luck! (Edit: my dad was only able to score like 6 boxes, so the hunt continues...)

March 15, 2009

Happy Birthday MAWA

Originally uploaded by zenbecca

Today was the much-anticipated MAWA 25th birthday party and auction. I contributed 5 dozen cupcakes and two pieces of art ("Ride the Wind" & "Existentialist in a Yellow Dress").

I was very worried that my pictures wouldn't sell, but I should've had more faith in myself (and my work). I am very pleased to report that BOTH of my pieces sold to the higest bidders and the proceeds have gone to a very worthy cause. Yay!

* Ms Existentialist is pictured here...clicky clicky to see them both.

March 10, 2009

"Green is the New Black"

Originally uploaded by zenbecca

The "Green is the New Black" fashion & craft show on Sunday night was fun...and a great way to kick-off my new crafty business. I met some cool people, sold a few things (cha-ching), and (most importantly) got over my fear* of peddling my wares to the general public. I can't wait for the next one!

*I was afraid that I would feel rejected if people didn't want to buy my stuff. As it turned out, the people who liked my stuff made up for that. Plus, all I had to do was remind myself of all the booths *I* pass-over when i go to craft shows.

March 1, 2009

New word for the Bectionary - Procraftstinate

v. pro·crafts·ti·nat·ed, pro·crafts·ti·nat·ing, pro·crafts·ti·nates
- To put off crafting, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness.
- To needlessly postpone or delay the production of crafts.

I swear, I started the day with the best of intentions. Pottery class, then groceries, then a quick lunch, and then a full-on sewfest. It went more like this: pottery class, groceries, lunch, nap, hang out with boyfriend, lecture son about leaving major homework projects to the last minute, help son with essay, help son Google and print pictures off the internet, make dinner, build and decorate son's Heritage Fair project backboard, trim/mount/ink son's project photos and verbiage for aformentioned project, race to complete Heritage Fair project by son's bedtime, and then blogblogblog because it's too late to sew now anyway. Pfft. Tomorrow night better be mine.

ellen handwarmers

ellen handwarmers
Originally uploaded by zenbecca

Another sale! This one is number, two.

*Technically it's #3, but #1 (the custom scrapbook order) is coming back. More about that later. Tonight...we celebrate.