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How the Ottawa Business Journal made me into a cover girl

January 20th, 2009

Yes, that is indeed my mug on the front of the January 9th issue of the Ottawa Business Journal (OBJ). No clue how a friendly story about a t-shirt designer edges out the Nortel bankruptcy protection story… but I’ll take it!

Last week, I was contacted by Elizabeth Howell from the paper, and then a photoshoot and a phone interview later… ta-daaaa! All this came about because of a friendly family I met at a craft fair I did in November; the Dad of the fam is Jeff Pappone (motorsport correspondent for the Globe & Mail), and he very kindly suggested my t-shirts as a story to Elizabeth. Many many thanks, Jeff :)

I’m writing about this so soon after the journal hit the stands because neither “m chen wears” nor my website was printed with the story… so I’m hoping that if there are any souls out there who read the article and were intrigued, a simple google search will bring them to this blog post.

Another point of note… the photo credit for the shot of sweet Logann on page 11 goes to my partner-in-crime, John Bagnell. Here’s the original pic — lurrrvely:

As an aside (though still related) — my facebook group hit 412 members last week. For being member #400, Bonnie Homewood is getting an m chen wear of her choice. Congrats, Bonnie!

Oh, and one more thing… I thank my stars constantly and deeply appreciate all the support, attention, encouragement, interest and help I’ve gotten from friends, family, new acquaintances and strangers. Merci merci!!! I might be the luckiest person I know.

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It’s… a blog!

December 10th, 2008

[From December 3rd, 2008]

So as much as it feels like I’m speaking to an empty room right now, I’ll post something anyway. I have all sorts of reasons for starting a blog, and all sorts of reasons why I shouldn’t (not the least of which is that I already spend way too much time in front of my computer)… but alas, I’ve decided to give it a spin.
As this is my first ever blog entry, it made me think of a bunch of other things that I experienced for the first time this year. So far, 2008 has been a year of new experiences for me, it would seem. This year, for the very first time in my life, I…

- ate an olive with pimento

- jumped off a rock into a lake

- participated as a vendor in a craft show (and then got addicted and did more)

- grew my own veggies

- started up an online store

- got winter tires (ok, John gets all the credit for doing that for me)

- canned veggies and salsa

- dressed up as a cowgirl

- was in a documentary about the Bourbon Tabernacle Choir — my favourite band in the 90’s (and which aired on the Independent Film Channel on Tuesday, Dec. 2nd…! I made it onto the screen for a whole 0.27 seconds

- went to Newfoundland

- gave one of my tees to Bryan Adams

- made coleslaw from scratch

A kinda packed last few months so far.

So… why am I here? Well, it’s definitely a self-indulgent thing to have one of these blog things, isn’t it?… but I figure, (1) it’ll be a really fun way to share goings-on and pics with friends and fam — namely those who are anti-facebook; (2) maybe it’ll be a bit of an outlet for me… as someone who works at home all day, I do have a tendency to talk to myself a lot!; (3) hopefully this’ll be a way for me to help get traffic to my sites, which are being revamped as I type; and (4) I do find that time flies like a mofo these days, and this will help me record all the stuff I’ve been getting into — I look forward to looking back at this record and reminding myself of all the stuff I did.

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