August 31, 2009

Hooray for ephemera!

Oh, hello! Look what I bought on the Etsy the other day. Vintage pattern envelope fronts (1940s-1960s) and a bunch of "instant ancestor" pics. My glue stick is ready and I have 1754 I just need some of this crazy stuff the kids are calling "spare time". :sigh:

August 28, 2009

love is a game

I heart this mirror. I just put it up on the Etsy as a reserved listing for my step-bro's girlfriend, but it looks like I'll be making more.

See? I knew I wasn't crazy for hoarding old board games.

Love is a Game

August 25, 2009


I found another shopping list this weekend. Someone had dropped it under the canopy at Canadian Customs; probably when they went in to pay their duty/taxes. It’s a good one, too. It’s SO random. It starts with "American Kool Aid" and then goes on to list a bizarre assortment of OTC drugs and other delights. And it's on Health Sciences Centre note paper.

I am still trying to come up with an idea for how I can make art with the lists. I have a few things in mind, but nothing is screaming at me just yet. It’ll come, I’m sure. The ideas (almost) always do.

One of these days I should scan and post my list collection. Or not. ;-)

August 21, 2009

Everything is Ticketyboo at the Morden Corn & Apple Festival

While I'm out galavanting this weekend, my Domino Pins, Altered Altoids Tins & T-shirt Pillows will be at the Morden Corn and Apple Festival in Morden, Manitoba. Stop by the Kurio Gallery table and pick some up! The festival runs from Friday, August 21 through Sunday, August 23.

"The first Morden Corn and Apple Festival was held in 1967 to commemorate Canada's Centennial celebrations. It is appropriate that the festival is held in the "heart" of the community, an indication of the warmth and hospitality offered to visitors year after year. Visitors count on the cheerful hospitality, good food, wholesome entertainment and relaxing atmosphere which have been the ingredients in its image of friendliness developed during its history. The Morden Corn and Apple Festival is a family event and has a reputation for catering to all age groups with a variety of events to guarantee the enjoyment of all."

August 19, 2009

In My Place

I am so excited about my latest purchase. I found this print on Etsy yesterday after seeing a "tweet"' by Artists Emporium on the Twitter. Two of my favourite words grabbed my attention "chair" and "sale".

I clicked over, browsed through the Tiny Art by J. Mullin Etsy shop and made my purchase. Jennifer emailed me later to say that she was on her way to the post office with my package. Isn't the internets wonderful?

August 9, 2009

Yay! I am very excited to announce that as of next week I will be a regular contributor to!

I will be writing about all things handmade, but from an eco-friendly angle. I'll be profiling and showcasing artisans and crafters who work with recycled/upcycled/reperposed materials (sound familiar?) and show a commitment to sustainable crafting.

I can't wait to start searching for and discovering some of the amazing stuff that is out there...this is going to be an amazing adventure!

August 6, 2009

South Osborne Urban Market

I am excited to be taking part in the Urban Market at Riverview Community Centre this month. The market takes place on Sunday, August 16th, from noon to 6pm. The event is being put on by the South Osborne Urban Community Cooperative. In addition to local crafters, the market will feature a variety of farmers, gardeners and local growers. As well, there will be free fair-trade coffee, supervised activities for the kids, and a screening of a film about sustainability.

I will be selling my domino pins and magnets, bottle cap magnets, altered toids tins, and t-shirt pillows and maybe a few new items, as well!

Riverview Community Centre is located at 90 Ashland Avenue (south of confusion corner, between Osborne & Churchill drive). Map:

August 5, 2009

'tis the Season

You know, it's crazy to be thinking of Christmas on a beautiful summer day, but such is the craft-business. Applications for craft sales are starting to come fast and furious now.

The problem is not only choosing which ones to take part in, but coming up with the cash for table fees, etc. Some of them are affordable ($20) and some are rediculous ($50 - 100+) it seems that everyone is asking for a raffle/door prize donation of $10-$30 in value. If I want to do a handful of sales, I'm looking at a couple hundred bucks up front. Whether or not I'll make it back remains to be seen...I guess the only thing I can do is hope for good weather and deep-pocketed shoppers! ;-)

I've only expressed interest in a couple so open house at the Cr8ery and a Christmas sale at the Crescentwood CC. Plus, there's supposed to be an Etsy sale around that time and I might look into doing the one at the Conservatory. The Conservatory one would be good for my new floral art cards...if I ever get around to making them, that is. Hmmm...