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Archive for June, 2009

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June 28th, 2009

The other day, I spotted this tweet by Mashable’s CEO Pete Cashmore (yes, I’m one of 941,874 of this social media guru’s followers):

I’m always interested in finding out about new illustrators and creative-types… so I clicked on the link. And this is what I saw [*drumrolling as you scroll*]:

Uh… WHAT? It was more than a little surreal to see my profile there, let alone just third from the top. Big thanks to Webdesigner Depot for the shout-out!

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Lightning Round with Jill from John Met Betty

June 25th, 2009

I’d ogled the clutches from the JohnMetBetty etsy shop in past… for a girl who doesn’t own a purse, it was a foreign feeling to want such dainty things. Maybe it’s the vivid colours or the terrific retro fabrics, but whatever it was made me drool over these items. So I was stoked when Jill (the mastermind behind John Met Betty) and I recently got to chatting via Twitter, and we ended up doing a swap; I can say officially that her little care package has single-handedly upped the glam quotient of my wardrobe. Not only that, she kindly agreed to be victim #2 of my Lightning Round….

1. Who are John and Betty, and how did they meet?
John and Betty are my grandparents. My grandparents met and fell in love in Vancouver BC, they shared their first date riding bicycles across the Lions Gate Bridge. They first laid eyes on each other at church, my grandpa walked into the church and saw my grandmother singing as part of a choir. He, to this day, says he was reminded of an angel in the clouds when he saw her :)

Hot Pink Lilies - Mini Clutchette - Wristlet - Ready to Ship

2. You’ve done and studied a lot of different things… how did you land on sewing purses and accessories?
Long story; to make it short, I worked as a design assistant for a small company in Ontario. I wanted to gain more skills in pattern making and construction so my boyfriend at the time (now husband) and I moved to Toronto. I studied Fashion Design at George Brown College. I started designing purses when my parents (who are quite thrifty) found an entire warehouse full of purse frames for $50.00! I was then living in a small apartment with boxes of purse frames in which I decided I must learn how to make frame purses so I could see my dining room table once again!

3. Favourite breakfast spread?
President’s Choice Strawberry Rhubarb jam — can’t get that in the US. One of the things I stock up on when we make our monthly trip across the border.

4. Worst job you ever had?
The 5 years I spent working at Pizza Hut as a teenager. I did everything from working in the dish pit, oiling pizza pans, to cleaning the mens bathroom. It was disgusting!

5. You’re a fellow Ontarian (high-fives!) — where did you grow up and what do you miss about it?
I grew up in many places (our family moved a lot!) I spent most of of childhood in a small town called Waterford, Ontario; the thing I miss most about it is Pumpkinfest!

6. How did you end up on Bainbridge Island?
Another good question with a long story! We moved to Seattle when my husband got a job with an online book selling company (can you guess which one)? We lived in Seattle for a few months, one day we took the ferry over to the island and decided we liked the quieter pace of life. It’s a small town with a really close knit community and beautiful scenery.

7. What was the first concert you ever went to?
The first concert I ever went to was Ashley MacIsaac for my 16th birthday. My parents paid for a whole group of us 16 year olds to jump up and down wearing kilts at the concert :)

8. Where do you find and buy your vintage fabrics?
I find my fabrics everywhere: some people give them to me, some I buy at flea markets and garage sales, some I find online on Ebay and Etsy.

Pink Tea and Macaroons - Small Coin Purse - Ready to ShipPink Tea and Macaroons - Small Coin Purse - Ready to Ship

9. Ideal lazy Sunday activity?
Sitting in our backyard or down at the marina having a glass of wine with friends.

10. Really nice to hear that your hubby’s so supportive! Can you give us a little intro to him?
My hubby is very supportive, I feel so lucky! Patrick is a software engineer, he works for Amazon the gods of books and other goodness :) He’s a wonderful guy who brings me flowers on occasion ;)

11. Dream vacation spot (barring logistical/budget limitations!)?
I would love to spend a month in Paris!

12. Got any party tricks?
I was going to say no until I remembered my dog can dance ;) Is that a party trick?

13. What is your kryptonite?
Hmm, I don’t know about who but I know about what: coffee, chocolate, and good food would be my kryptonite.

14. Who would you thank if you won an Oscar?
Everyone, my family, my friends, my dog, my cats, and of course my Twitter peeps! ;)

15. What do you like best and least about being your own boss?
I love being able to pick my own hours, work when I feel creative and make what I want to make without someone telling me I can’t. There’s not much I dislike about it, I’m quite content :)

16. Most often visited website(s)?
Twitter, Facebook, Etsy, blogs too many to list here!

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17. What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this?
I would most likely have a job in the fashion industry of some kind, maybe as a fashion buyer or designer.

18. What has been the most valuable lesson you’ve learned from running your business?
So far I would say be creative and be yourself. Find your creative niche, and everything else will fall into place. Strive to bring the best customer service possible and value each and every sale you make.

19. Wallflower or first-to-the-dance-floor?
I’m somewhere in the middle, always in a different mood. Sometimes I like to be the wallflower who stays in and sews all weekend, but on occasion I like to party like it’s 1999 ;)

20. Finish this sentence: “I am…”
…born to be creative

You certainly were, Ms. Jill. Thanks so much for being a great sport, and keep truckin’ with your delicious creations. Oh, and huge congrats on becoming an Auntie this week!

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Safety first! (Laughing at self second.)

June 23rd, 2009

The other day, John and I had the daunting task of clearing out the basement. We made piles: (1) keep here, (2) store at friend’s, (3) sell online, and (4) give away. It was a grumpifying task, to be sure. So when, at one point, John unearthed an old bike helmet, I took the opportunity to provide some comic relief and put it on my noggin. Basement cleaning is a dangerous task, after all!

Later on, I was lugging some “give away” stuff up to our porch. There was one particularly heavy rolling desk thing that I was trundling along our front lawn, and as I made the path to the porch, I was in step with a woman strolling by on the sidewalk. Our eyes met, we smiled like good neighbours do, but then I detected something else going on — a funny look. As she continued past the house and I turned towards the porch, she continued to look back at me, and I’m pretty sure I felt like the look was… pity?

I thought to myself, What? Is it that weird to have crappy stuff to give away to other folks? That’s perfectly ok, isn’t it? and so on…

And then it hit me. I was still wearing the damn helmet. Sigh.


For anyone who’s wondering: the robin mother & babes are doing GREAT (see previous post for pictures).

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