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Archive for August, 2009

Photoshoot pics to share (some rescued, some new)

August 29th, 2009

A few months ago, I went to download pics from my SLR memory card… but it didn’t work. I tried hooking up the camera directly to my CPU, putting the card in a card reader, reading the card through my point-&-shoot — and nothing worked on either my or John’s Macs.

Recently, as a last resort, John tried to access the card again; he happens to run Windows on his Mac (via VMWare)… and wouldn’t you know it, it was when he went this route that his computer could read the memory card. Windows to the rescue? Now, that’s a first!

Even then, some of the files were damaged, like these two:

But I did salvage some, thankfully!

In the last week, there have been a couple of other photoshoots too — here are some pics from those:

Big thanks to G, Plunkett, Hart, Jordan and Liz for being such great sports (and photogenic to boot)!

Please drop on by & join my facebook group to see more photos, and also for more info about giveaways and shows.

I was a little slow on the uptake with listing some of these 2009 shirts on my shop, but as of this morning, all of these wears you see pictured here are up and available online:

One of these days, I gotta get on the next four designs for this line… soon!

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Lightning Round with Rebecca from 3rd Life

August 27th, 2009

I met fellow Ottawan and Etsian Rebecca, the creative-head behind 3rd Life, a few months ago at the Ladyfest Spring Craft Sale — we already followed each other on Twitter, so it was nice to put a face to the name. Rebecca creates funky accessories with recycled and vintage materials; her pieces also really well-made… and tempting (this, coming from a girl who doesn’t own a purse)!

And with that, I’d like to welcome Rebecca to the hot seat…

1. When and how did you learn to sew?
I pretty much taught myself to sew and to do things my own way. For one of my first sewing projects I used my grandma’s sewing machine to put floral fabric down the sides of my cut-off jean shorts, I was the envy of the trailer park. No, seriously.

2. How was 3rd Life born and how did you decide on the name?
It happened pretty naturally, I was given a secondhand sewing machine and I needed fabric so I raided my closet and started cutting things up, it eventually took off from there. I chose the name 3rd Life because I am committed to giving new a life to old materials.

3. What was the first concert you ever went to?
I went to a bunch of concerts with my Mom as a kid, but by my own choice the first was Furnaceface.

4. You’re a fellow Ottawan (woot woot!)… what’s your favourite thing about living here?
My favourite thing is probably wandering around the market, but very soon I will be trading in my Ottawa life in for a small town one!

5. Chocolate or vanilla?
Vanilla please.

6. Happiest kid memory?
Summers at the lake, swimming all day and collecting rocks.

7. What do you moonlight as in your day job?
I am a custom framer.

8. Congrats on being a new homeowner! What’s the best thing about your new abode?
The best thing is that it’s mine.

9. Got any party tricks?
Hard to describe, but I can hold my hands behind my back and bring them to the front without letting go, and I can turn my feet around almost backwards!

10. Worst job you ever had?
Wearing the same Halloween costume for 2 months while blowing up balloons.

11. Where do you find and buy your vintage fabrics and materials to upcycle?
Garage sales and thrift stores are my favorite place to fabric hunt, and I get some great donations from my friends and family.

12. How do you decide what form/shape a fabric will take when you get it?
Often the finished product is determined by the shape and size of the garment I am repurposing. I also draw my ideas in a book and look at them when I need inspiration.

13. If you had the time, what’s something you’d work at improving or learning?
I want to learn more fine art skills, I’m going to be taking a print making class and I’m pretty excited about that! I’d love to learn more about business and someday get over my fear of the telephone.

14. Most often visited website(s)?
etsy.com for sure

15. What is your kryptonite?
Iced caramel macchiato

16. How did you come up with bicycle top tube pads?
They were a request from my friend Jose of Joe Mamma Urban Cycles.

17. Dream job and dream location?
My dream job would to be an artist, living anywhere near water and trees with a high-speed internet connection, and my husband can come too :)

18. What are you most proud of right now?
My shed.

19. What do you like best and least about running your own business?
The best part about my little business is seeing a customer’s eyes light up when they see something they love – that makes me so happy. The thing I like least is taking care of paperwork.

20. Finish this sentence: “I am…”
…working on my zombie escape plan.

You can check out more 3rd Life creations via:

Thanks Rebecca — hope to see you at another craft show soon!

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Plaskett and Folkfest and ankles, oh my

August 24th, 2009

I had every intention of checking out much of Sunday at the Ottawa Folk Festival this year, having already missed out on Friday and Saturday (with acts like Amy Millan and Kinnie Starr among others…) due to prior engagements. Then I turned my dang ankle in an ultimate frisbee game on Sunday afternoon, and wimped out on the idea of standing in a crowd for hours on end.

The couple of hours I did catch were worth the ensuing throbbing foot — the highlight for me was, as my friends will guess, Joel Plaskett (whom I’ve posted about before). A few of the many videos I caught:

Rewind Rewind Rewind

Natural Disaster

Nothing More to Say to You

There were masses of people in lawn chairs who had been settled in the crowd all day… and from what I could tell, I think Joel won over many a new fan. He and his Dad were in fine form, despite being teemed by mosquitos throughout the show. Too bad some of the more eager Plaskett fans who wanted to dance were asked by security staff to sit; this might be a sign for the fest to have a standing/dancing area in future.

Wonderful hosting by dear friend Amanda Putz and new cookie buddy Tom Power:

As I hobbled off the festival grounds, I lamented missing out on Mr. Something Something at the Dance Tent, but was pleasantly impressed by the sounds of Jason Lang.

Hopefully, the Ottawa Folk Festival will have just as impressive a line-up next year… and I’ll be able to catch a lot more of it!

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