California Adventures: Pismo Beach

June 14, 2019

When we started planning our trip to California, I had grand dreams of landing in San Francisco and driving along the coastal highway. But sometimes money is an object and you've got to adjust those dreams. My mom mentioned that when she visited California for my aunt and uncle's wedding, they made a stop at a place called Pismo Beach and she absolutely loved it there, so we decided to check it out. We thought it would be the perfect location to introduce our son to the ocean and a great place to act as home base while exploring the California coast.

While the weather wasn't as perfect as we had hoped it would be, we enjoyed walking along the beach near our hotel (which was absolutely lovely) every day, got some amazing family photos on the beach from local photographer Austyn Elizabeth, and it wasn't too far to drive along the coast to Big Sur (more on that later) from there. We also really enjoyed the drive to Pismo Beach (more on that later too), and really wish that we had had more time to explore California as a whole. Like I said in the post about Los Angeles, we will be back!

Shop Update: Simply the Best T-shirts and Pride Month

June 05, 2019

The David and Patrick shirts are always available in the shop, and proceeds from each sale of the shirt will always be donated to OUTSaskatoon, but for the entire month of June, all profits from the sale of the Simply the Best t-shirt will be donated.

OUTSaskatoon provides opportunities to develop social connections and community support through social groups and events, counseling and psychiatry, educational training for local businesses, schools (including educators and administrators) and health care professionals, as well as the Pride Home, Canada's first long-term care home for LGBTQ2S+ youth, among many other things.

In his Canadian Screen Awards speech upon winning the award for Best Comedy Series, Dan Levy said “In Schitt’s Creek, we are writing a world that examines the transformational effects of love when the threat of hate and intolerance has been removed from the equation. And while that’s not a reality for many, our goal is to shine a light out there that asks the question: ‘What if it was?’ Wouldn’t we all be happier if we were able to love out loud?”

Inspired by what Dan and Eugene Levy created for CBC (a national network funded by the Government of Canada), the drawing on this shirt was created out of love for a show that has opened so many doors and windows for so many people across this country and around the world. They have created something beyond special with Schitt's Creek.

Behind the Art: You Helped Make Me Who I Am

May 30, 2019

While this card could be applied to anyone, I originally made it for my dad for the first Father's Day after I opened up the shop (8 years ago!). My dad was a computer programmer while I was growing up, but his passion was always working with carpentry tools: building things, or fixing something (he made the boxes that I use for my shop display at handmade markets). Now that he is retired he finally gets to do the work that he loves so much every day!

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