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Tall Ships Festival 2012

I didn’t realize that the Tall Ships Festival isn’t an annual occurrence in Halifax until after it happened. Thankfully, I still made it out a few times to see this amazing spectacle – and an amazing spectacle it was! I’m so glad we were lucky enough to be living in Halifax this summer to see the tall ships fill the pier and to share in the celebrations, fireworks, music, and more.

Here are some of the photos I took from one evening down by the water.


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DIY Holiday

I can’t believe it, but it’s already December. As it gets closer and closer to the holidays, I thought this would be a good time to highlight some of my favourite holiday DIY gift ideas. I’m definitely going to be making use of some of the tutorials and recipes for my own gift giving – it’s inexpensive, fun, and it adds such a nice personal touch to each gift!

Are you going DIY for the holidays this year? What recipes or tutorials are you using?

Here are some of my favourites:

Paint chip wall art

Tote bag

Maple, citrus, and ginger cranberry preserves

I’ll try to build on this list as it gets closer to the holidays, so stay tuned!

Nocturne in Halifax

This past Saturday was Nocturne in Halifax and, yes, it was terrific. I didn’t get to explore too much, but what I did explore and what I have heard from others has all be incredibly positive. That to say, if you missed the event make sure you check it out next year. It’s worth it.

The highlights from my Nocturne evening included a glass blowing demonstration down on the harbour-front and music on the Dartmouth-Halifax ferry. Let me stress that these were only two of many, MANY exhibits and events. The glass blowing demonstration took place at The Glassworks down on George Street near the harbour. There was a guide giving an oral account of what the glassblowers were doing, and you could walk through the building to see the different stages of the crystal-making process. It was pretty impressive and intriguing. There are some fields of work that I always wonder about and this is one of them. They must really love what they do, creating such lovely pieces of unique art. The other quite memorable event of the evening came from boarding the Halifax-Dartmouth ferry. Everyone on board was so enthusiastic and my timing was just-so that I was able to catch a band I had been hoping to hear for the first time – the Smoking Contra Band. They were seriously so great! I’m so glad I saw them, even if it was only two songs. I’ll definitely be doing my best to check them out again at one of their upcoming shows in Halifax, and I recommend, if you’re in the area, that you do the same!

Oh! And I almost forgot! On our way home, crossing over the Citadel, we stopped by another exhibit. We were unaware that there was even something to view in the Citadel, but walking inside we found this representation of the constellation Ursa Major. Standing underneath, it was a representation of the bear experimenting with and being tempted by the boundaries between the sky and the earth. What a better place to test this than the Citadel?

I hope you all had a great Nocturne experience!! I’m very much looking forward to next year.

My Morning Jacket: LIVE!

My Morning Jacket was SO GOOD! SO GOOD!

They played a closing show last night at Ottawa’s Bluesfest, but we started the night much earlier, arriving a few hours before the big event to check out some other bands. While we headed over to see the Dirt Bombs, who were great, with their two drummers, we were early enough to see some of the band before them, Trampled by Turtles. I was impressed by both and both were, as you’ll see when you click on the links and give them a listen (which you’re obliged to do), are very different. The former garage/punk/rock, the latter bluegrass. I dig!

Following these two sets we headed over to the main stage and, like I already said, it was SO GOOD! My Morning Jacket has a pretty extensive repertoire of music, including studio, live and compilation records. They played a great (and mind-blowing) set last night that covered a range of music from multiple albums. I really appreciated this – some new some old, all fantastic. It was a show, a production, that I think everyone in the audience really enjoyed.

Want to know what they played and make your own awesome playlist of My Morning Jacket tunes? Click here!

Fingers crossed that all of the above make their way back to Canada in the near future!

(*Photo courtesy of Kevin James Ochal – thank you!)

Is there going to be an auction nearby? Make sure you go!

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to do a post. A long while – sorry!

I went to Saskatchewan last week and was it ever fun. Feeding cattle, going to a farm show, eating buffalo (yummmm)… There was one particular event that stood out, though, and I have to share.

The auction! It was an estate auction in Laird, Sask. and while I was told it was small in comparison to the others that often happen, it was still fantastic in my books. There were lots of household items including furniture, bakeware, appliances, books, and toys, but also farm equipment, trees and even a house. The main reason I wanted to share this is because of the creative potential that can result from an auction. Depending on where the auction is and who else is there, you may very well be able to pick up a great piece of furniture (or another item in which you may have an interest – craft supplies, bakeware, fabric, etc). While the item you pick up may need some refinishing or sanding or cleaning, you could easily turn it into a re-sale product or something great for your home or apartment. The potential is there folks, so go check out an auction! Fun and worthwhile.

If you live in Ontario, you may want to check out this link for auctions near you.

Ottawa Ravenswing – TODAY!

Today’s the day!

Today is Ravenswing – the DIY festival. You’ll find it and me at Minto Park (Elgin and Lewis) or the Jack Purcell Community Centre (across from the park, in the case of rain) from 10AM to 4PM.

I’ve got earrings, necklaces, headbands, aprons and a BUNCH of baked goods! Be sure to stop by and check it out… All profits made are being donated to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation.


Ravenswing (DIY Festival) Ottawa 2011

On May 29th you’ll find me and the things I make at Minto Park in Ottawa from 10am to 4pm. You should come checks it outs!

Ravenswing is a do-it-yourself festival that’s been held annually for several years. Its purpose is to provide a space for local designers and artists to showcase and sell their work and goods. There’s music, workshops and plenty of booths to explore. I participated in this event last year and it was a lot of fun. This year, though, I’m switching it up a bit. Here’s some of what I’ll be making this year:

  • Button earrings
  • Feather earrings
  • Aprons
  • Fabric belts
  • Wall organizers

All fabrics I use in the above accessories are made from 100% recycled materials.

As I’m going under the “sixtypercentbaking” name, I’ll also be selling a slew of baked greatness:

  • Loaves of bread
  • Cupcakes
  • Muffins
  • Lemon squares
  • Peanut butter cups

Finally, I’d like to mention that I’ll be sharing a booth with designer Ryan Coleman, who will be selling nifty posters like this.

If any of this interests you,  you should definitely try to stop by! It’s a lot of fun and there’s lots to check out. Let’s hope for sun and great weather ☼_☼