weekend whirl wind

I am totally sewed out!

Thank you to everyone who came out to support me this weekend. It was my first time at the Queen West Art Crawl's  Art in the Park and I had a great time. It was so fun to be part of such a creative community!

I didn't have a lot of opportunities to escape my booth and check everyone out, but I did manage to find some like minded sewers over at Quilted City and foxymop quilts. Sadly I missed Melanie LeBlanc, my fave jewellery gal, but I know she sells her stuff at Made You Look. I also loved the booth diagonal to me -  Rare Birds Clothing. Carla won in my books for booth design. It was so creative and her kids clothes are super cute.

While I had many awesome people come through my booth, the highlight was Sarah Polley, her husband and their little baby daughter. She liked my soft baby cubes and contemplated between the yellow/grey cubes and the red/black moose pattern, but in the end continued on her way. Maybe next year...

I've got inventory left folks, so when I have the time I'll be getting my etsy shop back up and running. Stay tuned!



where have you been?

Hey gang! I've missed you. I'm sorry I've been away for so long.

Writers block can be the worst, especially when I love blogging so much. Life has gotten in the way and it has sucked all of the inspiration out of me. I've been busy - and not the fake "busy" - I've actually really had no time.

One of my strengths is that I can manage a lot of things at one time, but sadly it's also one of my greatest weaknesses. I have too many balls in the air and I am working desperately so that none of them drop. It's actually very exciting and inspiring and just what I want, but it's also requiring an exercise in some serious organizational skills. Lists. Check! Post-it notes all over my house. Check!

Even L'il E points to my post-its in the morning as I analyze what needs to get done today.

Despite having two full time jobs - PR by day and mum to L'il E 24/7 I've also got another full time job in hobbies and extra work alone. Oh ya did I mention I also have a husband?! Never mind friends!

I'm sure you're all thinking #firstworldproblems, but I'm venting and if you've read this far, clearly you care. Thank you.

So what have I been busy with? Well...

I am very excited to announce that I'm heading back to school next Tuesday. This time I'll be on the other side of the desk. I am going to be teaching an event management course to students in the Corporate Communications program at Centennial College; a course I received an A+ in almost 10 years ago. I think it's going to be a lot of fun and I will be sure to share my journey as Professor Banks as I move through the 15 week course.

I have also feverishly been creating inventory for my booth at the Queen West Art Crawl's Outdoor Art Show & Sale. As we get closer to the date I'll post my deets, but in the meantime mark your calendar for September 15-16, 2012. I would love to see your faces and I promise I don't expect you to buy anything.

I've also been trying to keep up with blogging elsewhere. My most recent post for TheKit received a lot of backlash from  readers in the comments section, but I think we're friends now. I also had my first Gastropost printed in the National Post (August 25) with a Gastrosketch and all!

I won't bore you with the rest, but just getting all of that off my chest is just what I needed.

How do you keep all of your balls in the air? I would appreciate the tips.


me and the queen west art crawl

I'm so stoked!

I just found out that I've been selected to have my very own booth at the Queen West Art Crawl Outdoor Art Show & Sale!

So, mark September 14-16 on your calendar friends and come out to Trinity Bellwoods Park to check out my stuff.

I've got a lot of sewing to do before then, but I'll have some cool designs and affordable items you can stash away for gift-giving.

This celebration of creativity and community has been going on for 10 years now and it's amazing. Last year I bought this at the show and could have bought so much more. It's a great way to spend a lazy Saturday and Sunday and support our local artists!

I will keep y'all updated as we get closer, but I just wanted to share my news!







new bling

The annual Outdoor Art Show and Sale was on in Trinity Bellwoods Park last weekend so our little fam made an outing of it. The show was huge this year and included a lot of great art as well as jewellery and crafty stuff (my fave!). I went with the hopes of finding a simple necklace and I found just what I was looking for at Melanie LeBlanc's booth. It's a fine chain with the sweetest little pendant that looks like a little twig. I love it and it was affordable!

Check out Melanie's work. Maybe next year I'll go back for something else, but I hope to be an exhibitor.

I better get sewing!