June 29, 2010

Small Changes

I can't tell you how excited I am about moving into our new shop on south Osborne. I stopped in there this past Sunday to scope out my space and I have to admit I have thought about little else since. Right now, it’s just 8’ of blank, white wall, but in less than two weeks it’ll be full of Tickety-goodness. My mind is literally swirling with ideas – frames, desks, stands, baskets, shelves, drawers – it’s getting rather crowded up there!

In preparation for the “big move”, I am doing a little general tidying-up and rearranging. Since purchasing my domain name, I have had ticketyboo.ca redirecting to my Etsy shop. Now, as of today, it brings you right here to the blog. There are a couple of reasons for the switch, but it’s mostly just to make it easier for people to contact me and keep up on what’s new and exciting. Plus, with most of my energy going into the collective for the next 6 months, I won’t be updating my Etsy shop as often. (Not that I have been lately anyway, but that’s a whole other story…)

June 25, 2010

Big News...really.

Sometimes I wish I was one of those just-this-side-of-twee uber-bloggers that post stuff like:
“Oooh! Something divine is in the works, but I can’t spill the beans just yet. Hold tight, my darlings…I’ll be back with an exciting announcement soon! In the meantime, look at these adorable kitten-heel slippers! Smooches!”
Of course, a non-announcement of that magnitude is then followed by 187 comments which range from "Squeeeeee! Can't wait! Hugs!" to "Squeeeee! I need those slippers! Hugs!" I know, I know. It's exciting stuff. It's a wonder that more monitors are not ruined by the 187 low-fat, extra-hot caramel macchiato spit-takes that I assume accompany such outbursts.

As you may have guessed, I’m NOT one of those bloggers. Don't get me wrong; I can be twee. I can even be a drama queen at times (just ask my fella). Generally speaking, though, if I have news, then I’ll tell ya. If I don’t have news, I’ll stay mum; allowing my poor blog to collect cobwebs and dust bunnies from sheer neglect.

:brushes away the cobwebs:

So, my…uh…darlings, I have news! After much mulling (thoughts, not wine), I have decided to join an “eco-craft collective”. I’m still vague on a few of the finer points, but I can tell you that the group will be comprised of some very clever/creative/crafty chicks, the shop will be located on Osborne in the old Ken Segal Gallery space, everything for sale in the shop will be eco-fabulous…and it’s opening soon. Like, really soon. Like, I-gotta-get-busy-and-make-some-product soon. (I think July 10th is what we’re shooting for…)

I’ll have more details and updates for you as we get closer to the opening date, but, like I said, I have to get my craft-on. Wish as I might, those domino pins ain't gonna make themselves while I sit here thinking up ways to make people "squeeee".

On that note, here are some fabulous, kitten-heel slippers to look at while you wait…

Smooches! (I couldn’t resist.)

June 15, 2010

Sharing Craft - Wednesday, June 16

I'm really looking forward to this event, which is happening tomorrow night at McNally Robinson. I'll be bringing my Domino pins and pendants, new Scrabble pendants, and upcycled t-shirt "spaghetti" necklaces and bracelets.

I think it's going to be a really interesting mix of items, as all of us are a little bit left-of-centre when it comes to jewelry-making, and definitely worth checking out!

The Manitoba Crafts Museum and Library invite all crafters - the veteran and beginner - to drop in between 7:00-9:00 pm in this casual and creative environment where you are encouraged to share your craft challenges and joys with skilled crafters from MCML. This is a special session dedicated to the art of jewelry making featuring Rebecca Hadfield and her creatively recycled and whimsical creations, environmentally friendly jewelry courtesy of Ruth Schulz Smith, Studio Lune’s own Melanie Welsey who is known for jewelry made of everything from beads & charms to leather, and leather and feather creations from Sigourney Burnell. MCML is dedicated to the study, preservation and an understanding of craft and to the promotion of the work of craft artists. Sharing Craft has become a great way to meet those goals.

Sharing Craft Wednesday Jun 16 2010 7:00 pm, McNally Robinson Grant Park in the Travel Alcove

Re:mix Re:cap

I must've been flying high after the Stitch & Bitch because I totally forgot to come back here and blog about how it went.

In a word: great! We had about a dozen S&B'ers out for the afternoon and fun was had by all. It was a really mixed group and I think everyone really got into it. They all left with a completed project*, so that's something! In a fabulous show of support, my good friend Ruth and her daughter came out and cranked out 3 or 4 projects between them. Had they been the only ones there, it would have been a good time, but they turned out to be the proverbial cherries-on-top of a an awesome afternoon.

The event was over at 4, but I ended up staying a little longer to chat with Tracy while she finished off her dress project. While we were talking, I think we may have come up with a plan to have another altered-clothing day in the fall. Fingers crossed!

* I made 2 halters, an empire-waist t, a skirt, a couple necklaces, and a rockin' altered Rolling Stones shirt (which turned out so good that I am going to whip up a few more just like it to sell). All in the interest of demonstrating, of course. ;-)

June 4, 2010

Remix - tomorrow!

Let's see...
T-shirts - check
Scissors - check
Sewing machine - check
Illustrated instruction sheets - check
Anticipation - check
Excitement - check
Nerves - check

Well, I think I'm all ready for tomorrow's Stitch 'n' Bitch at MAWA. I have more than a half-dozen projects for people to choose from. Ironically, only two require actual stitching. I'll just have to make up for that with a little extra bitching. I kid.

But, seriously, I have some really cool, fun ideas for restyling plain ol' shirts. Now I just have to worry about whether or not people actually show up...

Stitch 'n Bitch with Rebecca Hadfield: T-shirt Restyling
Date: Saturday, June 5, 2010
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Mentoring Artists for Women's Art (MAWA)
Street: 611 Main Street

June 1, 2010

Countdown to Remix!

Today's horoscope: You could temporarily turn into a nerd as you get so excited about an idea that you lose track of your emotions today.

Temporarily? What?

...did I mention how excited I am about leading Stitch 'n' Bitch at MAWA this Saturday?!?! The mascot and I made a Value Village run tonight. I bought 5 t-shirts for "Remixing", including a Bengals shirt that I will wear with a healthy dose of irony.