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!

 

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.

New! Teacup Candles

 A hand-poured, natural beeswax candle in a vintage teacup? Take my money! No, wait…. that’s not how this works…

But, seriously, these are pretty sweet. The beeswax is from happy prairie bees and is unrefined, so it still has its distinctive fragrance and golden colour. The teacups are Royal Wessex by Swinnertons (sounds very British), date back to the 50s, and feature a lovely aqua/grey floral and 22 karat gold trim. They make a lovely gift… but I won’t tell if you decide to treat yourself.

Teacup Candles – $16 each

Jenn’s Chalkboard

It’s funny how an overheard conversation on Twitter can turn into a project. I can’t remember all the details, such as who was actually looking for a chalkboard, but after some shameless self-promotion and a few back and forth tweets with my friend Jenn, I had a custom order for one!

As far as customers go, she was pretty easy to work with.
Size? “16×24…ish.”
Colour? “A punch of colour”.
Any other instructions? “Surprise me.”

Ok, maybe there was more to it than that. Jenn sent me a great description of the space that the chalkboard would ultimately end up which gave me a pretty good idea of the direction to go in: vintage, eclectic, crafty, distressed, mismatched. This, this I can do.

After finding the perfect reclaimed cabinet door (in boring old white), I set to work on the transformation. Seemingly endless coats of primer, chalkboard paint, and the *perfect* shade of ’50s diner turquoise went on and then the real fun started. And, by “fun”, I mean a nail-biting session of sanding and scraping to achieve a nonchalant worn effect.

If you’ve never distressed a piece of furniture before, let me tell you, it can be rather distressing. Too little and it just looks like the piece has just been through a bad move; too much and you have to start again. It’s always a surprise, but the real fun with Jenn’s chalkboard was discovering a hidden layer of PINK paint below the white. Who knew??

Once I was satisfied with my work, I dug through my collection of old cabinet knobs and found the perfect mismatched pair to adorn the frame. A little bucket on a lime green for chalk was added, along with hangers for mounting, and the chalkboard was ready for delivery to a very excited Jenn. Or, at least I hoped that she’d be excited…

Jenn, were you excited??

Shameless self-promotion: If you are interested in a custom chalkboard like (or unlike) Jenn’s, drop me a line or leave a comment. Prices are dependent on size, finish, and accessories.