Who said anything about a prince?

This year’s contribution to the MAWA “Over the Top” auction is quite possibly my favourite. Of course, I say that every year.

Some years I go with a political message, some years I am inspired by an inspirational quote – this year, I went with straight-up cheekiness. I think it suits me.

The original collage will be auctioned off at MAWA. If you want to get your hands on it, make plans to be at the auction on March 18. Full details are here.

After the auction, I will have limited-edition prints for sale, right here and via my Instagram page. How limited? There are only nine up for grabs! Message me for details.

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Nevertheless, She Persisted

 

I’m beginning to lose track of how many of these gals I have made for the annual MAWA “Over the Top” cupcake party and art auction. 6? 8? 10?

This is my 2017 contribution – “Nevertheless, She Persisted”

To give you a little background on the quote – or a refresher if you’ve forgotten the story – it comes from a debate in the US Senate in February of 2017. Senator Elizabeth Warren was speaking against Jeff Sessions’ confirmation to Attorney General and, as part of her speech, read a letter written by Coretta Scott King in 1986 that denounced Sessions (who at the time was nominated to federal court judge.)

Senator Warren was interrupted several times and was told to take her seat, preventing her from finishing. Later, Senate Majority Leader (and all-around fun guy), Mitch McConnell said “Senator Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”

Naturally, feminists and Warren’s supporters turned McConnell’s butthurt words into a rallying cry/hashtag and I just had to use them for this piece (which, incidentally, I created on International Women’s Day!) Suck it, McConnell.

 

The original sold at the MAWA auction, but I have a few limited-edition framed prints available for $35/each. Contact me to order!

 

Can I hold that photo for you?

Or business card or concert ticket or…?

photo holders cardFor as long as I have been crafty, I have been moderately obsessed with Mod Podge. I’ve used it for full sized pieces, like chairs and cabinets, all the way down to my signature Domino Pins. Be warned: if it stands still long enough, I will stick paper to it.

My latest project: fun wire photo holders with Mod Podge’d wooden bases. They’re easy, inexpensive and, most of all, cute AF.

Click here for full instructions, or contact me for a custom order.

Canola Harvest Camp Craft 

For the second year in a row, I had the amazingly awesome opportunity to design the craft for the Manitoba Canola Growers’ Harvest Camp.

Each year, 15 “campers” (bloggers, chefs, nutritionists and professional home economists) spend a weekend in September exploring rural Manitoba in search of a greater understanding of where our food comes from, and along the way, they get to meet the people who grow it, raise it and gather it. (I had the privilege of being a camper a few years ago and I can honestly say it was life-changing.)

Last year, the Canola gang contacted me about making a special craft for the campers to create as one of their souvenirs of the weekend. After a little brainstorming, we came up with the idea of a set of charms; each representing the different stops that make up Harvest Camp – everything from a bison farm to a grain elevator. The charms were a big hit last year, so we decided to do it again, with a few tweaks.

To read more about the charms, click here: Canola Harvest Camp Charms – 2017

~ R

Hold my beer!

Last year, I was tasked with designing two coasters for a brand-new brewery here in Winnipeg. We wanted to do something fun and different, with a vintage feel… and pretty much the opposite of the plain old logo on a plain old round coaster.

tbc_coaster1Once I had an idea for the coasters, it was time to dig into my stash and start pulling papers.

This is always a fun part of the design process for me. I pull way more than I need and let the patterns and colours tell me what to do next.

In this case, the yellow, “bubbly” paper really wanted to be beer. And, I couldn’t choose just one, so I ripped it up and layered it until I had a full mug!

To see the two finished coasters, click here: Torque Brewing Co. Coasters

Canola Summit Window

The challenge: create a shadowbox filled with 10 charms for the Canola Summit, held this spring at Kelburn Farm. The shadowboxes would be given to each person in attendance as a souvenir and memento of the day.

Playing off the idea of the Harvest Camp charms, I came up with 10 crafts to represent the themes at the Summit – everything from bees, to community, to the big, blue sea.

Click here to read more and see the final project: Canola Summit Window

Domino Pins, now with extra cheek!

When I first started making my Domino Pins, my number one rule was to “be nice.” No profanity, no negative or provocative statements – just friendly, uplifting, g-rated messages.

Ah, to hell with that. These new, cheekier pins are way more fun!

How did this big change come about? Well, I’m much, much (ok, not that much) older than I was when I started this whole thing. With age comes decidedly less thought to what others may think. Zero fucks, if you will.

Plus, it’s so great to see customers (of all ages) react to my new pins. Apparently, the f-word is something that almost all generations can get behind. (Very small children shouldn’t be playing with sharp things anyway!)

Subversive crafting is my new favourite crafting. There. I’ve said it.

Holiday 2016 Recap

pillowsWell, that was fun!

Hands down, the highlight of the 2016 Christmas craft sale season was the W.E.S.T. (Winnipeg ETSY Street Team) Holiday Craft Market, held at the St James Civic Centre on December 17.

It was my first W.E.S.T. sale since… ack… since forever, and it definitely didn’t disappoint.

Along with dozens of Domino Pins, cards, and a couple pieces of framed art, a huge pile of t-shirt pillows (including all of the ones pictured here) went to their forever homes.

Thanks to all who came out to support local makers!!

I’m looking forward to re-stocking the shop with some new pillows and pins for the Spring 2017 sales, but for now, it’s nice to be able to take a little break and recharge the creative batteries.

Sew Many (More) Pins

I’ve just shipped another batch of scrappy, quilty pins to Brandy in beautiful BC!

You may remember the first batch? Well, it was great fun to get to do round two – even with those teensy-tiny, hand-cut red hearts! Ack!*

If you are a quilter, Brandy has a great website with a blog, online store and instructional videos, and you can even listen to archives of her podcast, Canadian Quilt Talk (perfect for listening to whilst quilting, I imagine!)
Quilter on Fire

*I kid! That’s the best part!