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Bunny go tweet

April 2nd, 2010

Last year, I did an Etsy Easter hunt that ended up being all about bunnies (and their noses). I’ve expanded this year and have included a couple of charming chicks in my fun finds — obviously my take on Easter is pretty lighthearted and secular… which makes for a cuter collage too :) Hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

  1. Bunny Rabbit 70 Feltidermy by girlsavage
  2. The Yolk Folk by mibostudio
  3. Rabbit Hand Shadow Letterpressed Card by honeylux
  4. Sweet Little Birds Family (Pattern only) by HomemadeZen
  5. Bunny with Carrot Background – Letterpress Note Cards by PaisleyDogPress
  6. Tweet Tweet Earrings by moderntrinkets
  7. Yellow Orange Bunny Bowl by aspeerstudio

I’ll be visiting Halifax for part of the long weekend — looking forward to breathing in some fresh maritime air!

What’ve you got planned?

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Lightning Round with Rhonda of MyHandboundBooks

March 29th, 2010

In this age of living on our computers, I still make sure to always have a nice sketchbook on hand. There’s something about putting things down on paper that can’t be replaced by anything electronic… Rhonda of MyHandboundBooks has a special relationship with paper, and her creations are drool-worthy. I’ve bought a couple of her books (one for my sister-in-law, one for me) and was impressed with how well-made and beautiful they were. Take a look for yourself, while we have our little Q&A.

1. How and when did you start bookbinding and paper marbling?
I started bookbinding in 2001; paper marbling didn’t happen until 2008.

2. How did you make the leap to making this your full time gig and selling your work online?
When my son was 2-years-old, I went back to work full-time to an office job. That lasted 5 months. During that time, I discovered Etsy and realized that I could probably manage without the “real job” and I wouldn’t have to miss so much of my son’s childhood!

Brown Suede Leather Diary - Replica Medieval Limp Leather Book Structure

3. Introvert or extrovert?
Depends on the situation, but mostly extrovert.

4. Ideal lazy Sunday?
Hanging out with my family.

5. You used to be a librarian; what’s your favourite book?
There’s no single favorite. But a few that always come to mind when I get this question: Frankenstein by Shelley, A Fine Balance by Mistry, Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Hardy, Catch 22 by Heller.

6. What is your kryptonite?
Ice cream.

7. Where do you get the supplies you use to make your books?
I try to shop locally as much as possible but there are some things that just aren’t available here so I have to shop online too.

Lime Suede Mini Journal

8. You live in lovely Halifax… How did you land there and what’s your favourite thing about it?
After a few years of commuting to work, driving for over and hour to Halifax every morning and another hour back home every night, I moved to Halifax to eliminate that commute. Walking to work was so much nicer! My favorite thing about Halifax is our proximity to the ocean, seeing sailboats and gigantic cruise ships and Theodore Tugboat whenever we want to.

9. What was the first concert you ever went to?
Kim Mitchell

10. Happiest kid memory?
I grew up on a dairy farm and the best memories are hot summer afternoons that smelled like fresh cut hay and the hay elevator clanging in the background.

11. What’s the last movie you saw in a theatre, and did you like it?
Avatar…it was better than I expected.

12. Worst job you ever had?
Waitress at a Pizza House, as the new hire, I always had the late shift with all the crazies looking for food after the bars closed. I didn’t stay there very long.

13. What’s your most popular item?
Lately, my Bookbinding Kit has been very popular.

14. Any suggestions or words of advice to other Mom’s who wish they could turn their hobby into a business?
Take it seriously; get the support of the people around you; dedicate time to your business so that you have official working hours.

15. If you had the time, what’s something you’d work at improving or learning?
I would continue to study book arts. It would be a dream to go to Eurpoe to study bookbinding.

16. Dream vacation spot (barring logistical / budget limitations! ;)?
Various locations in Europe where I could visit libraries and see books significant to the history of bookbinding.

Oak Wood Journal

17. What’s your go-to dish to bring to a potluck?
Spinach Salad with my own homemade dressing. MMMM.

18. What do you like best and least about being your own boss?
Best – I don’t have some boss telling me what to do. Least – Nobody sends me a bi-weekly paycheque!

19. What are you most proud of right now?
My kid. And the new kid that is due in June. Making books is easy in comparison to this parenthood stuff.

20. Finish this sentence: “I am…”
I am so glad that Spring is here.

Primordial Wave - hand marbled paper

Find out more about Rhonda and her handiwork:

Thanks for playing along, Rhonda — and a big woohoo to you as you count down to bambino #2!

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Lightning Round with Pegg (aka fiveforty)

February 19th, 2010

One of my warmest welcomes to etsy came from Pegg of fiveforty. Pegg handweaves recycled clothes and fabrics into gorgeous and lush rugs — I’ve vowed that I will own one someday and can’t wait to walk on it barefoot. [One of her wool sweater rag rugs just won gold over at the lovely rikrak’s handmade olympics (see Event 4)... woohoo, congrats!] Pegg also creates jewelry, felt cuffs, and regularly makes me drool with all her talk of baking and cooking.

1. How and when did you start weaving and jewelry-making?
I studied weaving at Sault college many moons ago. I worked in a weaving studio weaving professionally for a year, after college. I bought beads to make Christmas presents years ago and got hooked, it’s become an obsession!

Handwoven Recycled Sweater Mixed Fibre Rag Rug

2. How did you make the leap to selling your work online?
My daughter told me about Etsy, it took me a year to set up my shop so it was a slow leap.

3. Introvert or extrovert?

4. Tell us a little about your home, Terrace Bay.
Gorgeous tiny little town on the north shore of Lake Superior.

“…down at our local beach on Lake Superior

5. Have you made any new year’s resolutions for 2010?
I don’t do resolutions.

6. How did you learn to be such a good cook, and what’s your signature dish?
My grandmothers and my dad were all fabulous cooks, I inherited my passion of food from them all. I don’t think I have one signature dish, I have many, it’s always changing!

7. If you had the time, what’s something you’d work at improving or learning?
I am trying to figure out an easier way to finish my denim and corduroy rugs. Weaving the ends back in, is labour intensive and drives the cost of the rug up. I would love to make them more affordable.

8. Last summer, one of your rugs was featured in Style at Home Magazine… How did that come about?
I was contacted in the late winter last year, the assistant editor  “found me” on Etsy. They asked if I would be interested in having one of my rugs featured!!
Handwoven Felted Recycled Wool Sweater Rag Rug .. Ivory, Yellow and Taupe

9. What is your kryptonite?
Freshly baked crusty bread, hot out of the oven with a slathering of butter. Yum!

10. What was the first concert you ever went to?

11. You seem to be very close with your family. Can you tell us a little about them?
My husband and I live with my mom and our two dogs! We have  two  children, they live away. My daughter lives and works in London. My son just left yesterday to go to work treeplanting on the West Coast.

12. Happiest kid memory?
Playing outside with my friends!

13. What’s the last movie you saw in a theatre, and did you like it?
I haven’t been to a movie in years… sadly as I love movies. Terrace doesn’t have a theatre. We recently watched Temple Grandin on HBO, wow what a fabulous, very inspiring movie. I think it is a must see! Clare Danes did a fabulous job of acting. Google Temple Grandin and read about this amazing woman, or better yet watch the movie.

14. Dream job?
Dream job.. I am doing it, I just wish that it would pay better. I always wondered what I would do when I grow up, I haven’t grown up, but feel settled with my weaving and beading.

15. You love your dogs. What are their names?
We had 6 Canadian Inuit Dogs, sadly we now only have two. Kinoje and Cali Coco Bean! They’re fabulous dogs!

16. Chocolate or vanilla?

17. What do you like best and least about being your own boss?
I can come to work in my jammies. I don’t have someone to push me to work harder and in the right direction.

Lake Superior Beach Pebble Necklace.

18. What are you most proud of right now?
My rugs, they excite me, I love working with colour!

19. Ideal lazy Sunday?
All of my days are Sundays.

20. Finish this sentence: “I am…”
… silly, unorganized, afraid of the dark, overly sensitive and messy.

And I added a post-script 21st question because I totally forgot to include this in the original 20, but have always wanted to know…
21. Why “fiveforty”?
540 was the house number of the house I grew up in as a teenager, the house we live in now. Our town implemented 911 quite a few years ago and changed our house number, so it is purely sentimental. It will always be fiveforty in my heart, and it is where I do my work. It made sense at the moment when I wrote it as my business name on  my business license application. It is my legal business name.

Handwoven Felted Recycled Wool Sweater Rag Rug

Find out more about fiveforty on her:

Thanks for many smiles so far… and many more to come, five!

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