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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!

SALE - Cozy in the Cottage
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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Lightning Round with Karley from She Sews Lovely

June 16th, 2009

Welcome to a new feature here at m on the side — where I’ll spotlight inspiring & creative folks. Lightning Round is just as it sounds: a rapidfire set of 20 questions; if this were in person, I’d have an eggtimer ticking in the background! Artisans and artists are already so dang BUSY that I want to keep this as quick, painless and fun as possible.

The lovely and talented Karley Tabak of She Sews Lovely has kindly agreed to be my guinea pig :)
And now, without further ado…

1. When and how did you learn to sew?
It’s funny – I can’t remember ever not being able to sew. My mom sewed & we always had a machine in our house. I guess I started by helping her out with little projects here and there. When I was a teenager I got a job at the local Fabricland store & took a “fashion” course in high school where we made pyjama pants. It kind of took off from there!Eco Coffee Sleeve - Sock Monkeys

2. How did you land on eco-sleeves as your main etsy product?
Good question!! I have no idea! I’ve always tried to be environmental & recycle things. I wanted to make something useful. I started making eco coffee sleeves for myself, my family & my friends. One Christmas I gave everyone a sleeve and my mom told me that I should sell them! So I opened my Etsy shop!

3. You live in Montreal… what’s your favourite thing about it?
My favourite thing about Montreal is the amazing amount of culture here. It’s such a multi-cultural city with tons of festivals, events & music. There is always something going on & never a dull moment.

4. Introvert or extrovert?
I’m a Gemini so I’m both! I have a split personality. I can be extremely shy & introverted. Sometimes I don’t even want to leave our apartment!! But I can also be very outgoing, energetic & fun. It just depends on my mood!

5. I know you’re a huge music-head; got any suggestions for us?
Oooh yes!! A wonderful Canadian band just released a new album. The band is Ohbijou and their new album is called Beacons. It’s available for download right now on iTunes. The singers are sisters from my hometown, Brantford Ontario and their music is just magical. Highly recommended. If you like this album, get the older albums, too! They are just as delicious.

6. What was the first concert you ever went to?
Weird Al Yankovic at the Sanderson Centre in Brantford with my mom & my brother. My mom bought us Alapalooza t-shirts.

7. Chocolate or vanilla?
I’m a huge chocoholic – I eat a bit (more like, a LOT) of chocolate every day. BUT, I don’t like chocolate ice cream.

8. How did you choose to become an ESL teacher?
To be honest, I don’t think I will end up being an ESL teacher!! When I was in high school I loved English & writing, so I applied to journalism school. By the time I graduated, I didn’t want to be a traditional reporter. I wanted to make documentary films, which is tough. When I moved to Montreal I got a job teaching ESL so I went back to school to get the qualifications I needed to continue in the field. Next year I’ll have my teaching certification but we are leaving Quebec, so I don’t know if I’ll be able to find a job teaching ESL in Ontario. Right now I’m thinking about getting my Masters & Ph.D. and teaching at the college or university level. But who knows!! I’m all over the place – I’m interested in EVERYTHING so it’s hard to pick just one thing to focus on.

9. Ideal lazy Sunday activity?
Going for a drive. We don’t have a car here in Montreal so we really miss going for a nice drive out in the country, stopping at a convenience store & getting an ice cream.

Custom Felt Baby Name Book (5-LETTER NAME)

10. Congrats on your engagement! Tell us a little bit about your awesome fiancé…
Aaron is the guy who can answer any question – he knows EVERYTHING and that comes in very handy since I have the worst memory. He’s a computer guy, a photo guy, an east-coast guy, a yo-yo guy, a Linux guy, a music guy & a know-it-all guy (but not in a bad way). He’s also tall, a great cook & deserves props for putting up with my (sometimes) crazy moods.

11. How did you and Aaron meet?
Aaron & I met while we were both living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I was there finishing up my journalism degree & he was there looking for a job. He grew up in Yarmouth, NS and got his computer diplomas there. He moved to Halifax to find work & luckily did. We met through mutual friends & through music! I think we first met at a concert by my friends The Reason. After about a year of dating there we moved to Montreal and have been here for almost 3 years now!

12. Dream job and dream location?
My dream job would be a documentary filmmaker or a writer of some sort. OR I think I would make a great college or university prof. Ideally I would like to do something that has a positive impact in the world. I have also thought about working with kids who have learning disabilities. I need a schedule that changes every day, or I get bored. I could never do a 9-5 thing. Dream location would be on the ocean in Nova Scotia. Aaron would love that too, and we have looked at houses out there. They are beautiful!!! But unfortunately the job market is not so great out there.

13. Got any party tricks?
I can make a mean martini! Is that a trick?

14. Who would you thank if you won an Oscar?
I would thank my Nan (my great-grandmother) who passed away last year. We disagreed fiercely on the existence of God, but she loved & supported me anyway.

15. Does Beta (your adorable wiener dog) have any party tricks?
Oh yes!! She can do sit, stay, lie down, up (she stands up on her back paws and looks silly), and my favourite – shake a paw.

Indie Elegance Felt Pin

16. If you had the time, what’s something you’d work at improving or learning?
I would love to improve my French. It’s funny – we moved here because we both went to school in French and wanted to practice the language. However, they make it kind of difficult to do that here! Every time you go somewhere and speak French, they can tell that it’s not your first language and they immediately switch to English! It can be very frustrating when you want to practice. So I haven’t had much of a chance to improve, unfortunately.

17. Most often visited website(s)?
Every day I check my email on Google, see what’s going on on Twitter & Facebook, I read the news on CBC, look at Etsy, the weddingplans community on livejournal, my school stuff on Concordia’s website, and IndieNorth’s great site.

18. What is your kryptonite?
My weakness is that I am usually incredible stressed out & have a hard time relaxing. I’m always go-go-go!

19. What are you most proud of right now?
I’m most proud of the places I’ve been. I love travelling and as soon as I graduated high school, I left my small town. Since then I’ve lived in Nova Scotia, Sweden & now Quebec. I’ve travelled around Europe, been to Russia, and we’re planning on going to Iceland for our honeymoon. Where I’m from, people go to high school, getting married & start having babies. They never leave the town! So I’m very proud that I’ve been able to get out and see (a part of) the rest of the world.

20. Finish this sentence: “I am…”
… hungry!!

Just as a post-script, the idea for Lightning Round came about like this: a couple of months ago, I was featured on lovely rikrak’s blog, and the post included a giveaway. Well, Karley entered and won a shirt of her choice from my shop! She and I had a back-and-forth, and somewhere in there, she agreed to send along a photo of her wearing the prize… voilà — taken by fiancé Aaron of InstantKamera:

Karley wears mchen! by instantkamera_photography.

As a thanks, I wanted to feature Karley’s shop, and after some brainstorming… ta-da! I hope you like. I have a feeling these are gonna be fun fun fun. Thanks again Karley for jumping in with both feet!

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m + m = match

June 1st, 2009

I met a fellow-Ottawan named Mélanie Rebane on twitter a few weeks ago, and we got along great. Fast forward to last Tuesday when we met up in person. Four hours blew by — full of laughs, shop talk and everything in between, plus our own mini-shoot where John snapped the photo above.

And there you have it: John and I are stoked to have found a photographer for our Ottawa wedding partay! She’s just the right mix of spunk, warmth, fun and talent to capture what we’re sure will be a hoppin’ evening. (The fact that she goes by ‘m photography’ is pure coincidence, I swear — and a good omen, methinks!)

Mélanie specialises in small/boutique weddings…

family photos…

and maternity pictures…

Check out her website and blog for more.

I can picture Mélanie feeling right at home amongst our friends, engaging them to partake in some hammy posing… but then she obviously also has the eye and ability to capture some truly touching and candid moments. I can’t wait to see what she’ll come up with at our little shindig.

Even as she played with the settings on her fancy schmancy camera on the evening we met up, she took this quick shot of me:


It’s rare for me to think I look nice in a photo… but I really dig this shot. It bodes well for our wedding ‘do, doesn’t it!??

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