The Summer List 2020

June 30, 2020

I started The Summer List back in 2012. The lists were much smaller when I started because my son was smaller and I didn't want to overwhelm him with too many activities. As he grew older, the lists grew longer...but this year is a bit different.

To say I'm not disappointed in the fact that we cannot do as many things as we have in past summers would be a lie, but I also know that a lot of them won't be doable as they are either not happening (The Jazz Festival, Folkfest and the Fringe Festival), they are not open yet (closed due to COVID-19) or I am not comfortable doing them until I have an idea of how the opening will go.

So we are having to think outside of the box this year. These are the ideas that we have come up with so far, and looking at previous lists in preparation for this post has given me some more ideas to add. Like everything else this year, we will adjust what we are doing as we learn more information. Roll with the summer, and find new ways to have fun!

What's on your list this summer?

Behind the Art: Light Bulb

June 29, 2020

Like all of my other wooden bezel brooches, this little light bulb came about after finding some beautiful wooden bezels at a shop called Art Base. Sometimes what happens is I come up with an idea that I believe to be absolutely amazing that everyone else will love, and it ends up being something that takes forever to sell and I cart them around to handmade markets for seven years. 

That said, I know that they are meant for the people that purchase them and that they will be loved in their new homes. At a market where I was selling my wares last winter, someone asked about a rabbit cameo brooch that I had drawn thinking it had already been sold. I had it with me, but I hadn't put it out on the table. They were so excited that I still had the brooch and purchased it that day!

This brooch is still looking for it's forever home, and that's okay. I drew this light bulb because I thought it was a cute idea. Just a simple little light bulb poking up from the bottom of the bezel. We don't know what it's lighting up, or where it's actually screwed in. I like leaving those kind of things open to interpretation.

The Shop: Pride Month and Beyond

June 28, 2020

Earlier this year, I did a thing. I created looks for the Simply the Best t-shirts and tank tops using the main characters from Schitt's Creek as my inspiration (if you follow along on Instagram you may have already seen them). It was a lot of fun coming up with the outfits for each character and putting them together along with hair and make-up (kudos to those who do this work on a regular basis as it is not easy work for one person).

Last year I announced that any purchases from the Schitt's Creek Inspired Items section of the shop would be donated to OUTSaskatoon, and I have continued to do that this year as well. Then I made another announcement at the beginning of June that I would be donating all of the profits from the purchase of any Schitt's Creek items in the shop to OUTSaskatoon. It is something that I continued this June, but failed to mention at the beginning of Pride Month.

So while I have been donating all of the profits from the sale of Schitt'e Creek items for the month of June, I want to let you know that I will continue into the month of July so that you can have an opportunity to help OUTSaskatoon to the max!

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