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Sunshine Award & Thursday Things I Dig!

I’ve been a busy little bee over the past week, restocking for my next show coming up in April – and oh, so quickly does it approach! This past weekend I was visiting my lady friend in Ottawa, so wasn’t able to have my usual Friday night craft binge, and fell a little behind! No worries, I will catch up this weekend and it was definitely worth the set back in mustache production – I needed a mini-vacation anyway! B & I stayed in this adorable little wood cabin just outside of the city while we were there, on the premises of a very, very overweight black and white cat. Luckily, he didn’t threaten us too much, since we were only there for one night. We spent the afternoon wandering around downtown Ottawa, visited parliament and checked out ByWard market! It was a bit cold and we were not dressed for too much outdoor activity so it was a relatively quick adventure. The evening was much cozier and spent enjoying movies, (Shark Night and Drive, total opposite flicks!), Apples to Apples, wine, chats and laughs with our wonderful pals, Jen & Braden 😀

Anyway, it is Thursday so it’s time to share some Things I Dig!

1. Being nominated by Sarah from nobodyputssarahinthecorner for the Sunshine Award! She is such a sweet lady, one of the reasons I decided to jump on the ol’ blog train, so it is an honour for her to chose me 🙂 Here are my answers to the Sunshine blogger questions:

FAVOURITE COLOUR – Purple & lime green.

ANIMAL – Cats and bower birds (they are FASCINATING. I am obsessed.)

NON-ALCOHOLIC DRINK – Tea, specifically chai!

FACEBOOK or TWITTER – Lately I’ve been more into Twitter! It is better for networking and ‘meeting’ new people!

GETTING or GIVING PRESENTS – Both!

FLOWER – Gerber daisies & sunflowers.

PATTERN – Polka dots & leopard print.

PASSION – CRAFTING. CRAFTING. MORE CRAFTING.

NUMBER – 2 (it’s simple and comfortable!)

And now for my nominees!

ACupOfSubtleTea (a blog about life, fashion, recipes, etc.)

NobodyPutsSarahInTheCorner (I have to choose her, even tho she’s already been chosen! Fashion, life, art, kitties!)

Needlings (crafts, fashion, life!)

LoverlyShe (style, DIY tutorials)

Wendy Ding (fashion, illustration)

Vicki Nerino (comics, illustration, perversion)

Sabrina Furminger (books, events, life in BC)

Kristen Harper (Makeup, fashion)

Toddler With Scissors (life, tutorials, The Daily Sock)

Gabry Road (Canadian handmade crafts)

2. My mustache treasury on Etsy ❤

3. I joined tumblr! And nerdbiskit-branded it up of course! Diggin’ it so far.

4. Lady pal birthday celebrations tomorrow night! I can’t wait to give my friend her gift, she is going to LOVE it, and I am also looking forward to dressing up! Any excuse to rock my Bettie Page dress and I’m IN!

5. NEW IDEAS A BREWIN!!! I found a display store this week right near my work and was inspired to rework my current craft display set up, also have new button ideas, ALSO new ideas for merch… OH MY GOSH I can’t wait to get started!

Ok that is all, I am off to finish sewing catnip kitty tea bags, or KITTEA bags as I like to call them. Oh I am so clever…

xoxoxo Lisa

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Oh my BLOG, it’s a guest post by Freelance Illustrator, Vicki Nerino!

Freelance Illustrator & Pervert, Miss Vicki Nerino

What to say about this woman… where do I even start?! I remember when I first laid eyes on Vicki during my first year of college – her wild coif blowing in the breeze as she rushed down the hallway to catch her bus – I thought to myself, I will drink, laugh and tell inappropriate jokes with that woman one day. Not long after, we bonded over 90’s nu-metal, being born in Thunder Bay, David Duchovny, potty humor, making people laugh (or at least each other), and of course art and illustration! There have been many good times shared with this woman since then, so naturally I am excited to feature her and her incredible work on my blog. As hilarious and vile as her illustrations and comics can be, they are also extremely creative, original and even BEAUTIFUL! I’m sure she will hate to hear that, but yes, they are oozing of mad, gooey talent… among many other kinds of fluids…

So, what’s the skinny?

Vicki: My name is Vicki Nerino. I was born and raised in the deep snowbanks of North-Western Ontario. When I wasn’t fighting bears and riding elk, I was painting boobies on cave walls with charcoal and sap. I moved to the big city of Toronto, and when I finally recovered from the culture shock and shook the birch bark out of my rats nest of a hair-do, I attended Sheridan College and got myself a degree in Illustration with the nerdbiskit Queen herself. Since then, I draw wieners and boobies and butts for myself and others. I’ve had my work in galleries, newspapers, magazines, on t-shirts, pinned to backpacks, stuck on urinals, and posted all over the internet. Not bad for a Thunder Bay troglodyte, am I right?

So like, how come and stuff?

Vicki: I am totally hooked on making people laugh andor tugging their collars awkwardly and backing away slowly. It makes my day when I get to watch people giggle while reading my terrible comics, and I love sharing them with all of my friends. Lately, I’ve been finding comics the most rewarding. All the friends I have made in the community are totes amazing, and it really makes it all worth while. Well, besides drawing more wieners than ever before.

What’s you’re dealio? Why do you think you’re so special, huh? Eff!

Vicki: Well jeebs! I just like to have fun! Whether it’s a freelance gig or a short comic, I really like to put my own dirty spin on things. If I’m not enjoying it, or laughing at it when it’s done, then golly jeez, it’s not really worth it.

What/who is your inspiration?

Vicki: There are tons of people and mediums that I draw inspiration from. I love Ralph Steadman, Harmony Korine, Werner Herzog, Michael Deforge, Nicolas Presl, Johnny Ryan, Wes Anderson, and all kinds of other talented folk. I really encourage googling some of these names if you don’t know them. Thems be some cool dudes. And I can’t forget about all the AMAZING ladies in comics who inspire me every day to keep on it. Super chicks like Kate Beaton, Jess Fink, Emily Carroll, Meredith Gran, amongst many MANY others.

You like stuff, don’t you?

Vicki: Of course I do! I like jokes, David Duchovny, Dylan McKay, upper lip sweat, fish tacos, dates (the kind that you eat, and the kind that you go on), cheap ballpoint pens, a cup of hot tea with lemon, loud farts, and pie.

So like, what’s your history with that dang Lisa Bell woman?

Vicki: As I mentioned earlier, Lisa and I met in those crazy college days. We went to parties and drank in parking lots and made more boner jokes than anyone who ever existed before. I think her mustachio obsession is very becoming, I think she looks best with a little upper lip coifiture. Speaking of which, there was once a time when Lisa would cut my hair for me and wear my rats nest clippings as real human hair mustaches. Perhaps it was a sign of the wonderful furry things to come…

That about wraps it up! Learn more about this talented wiener drawer via the links below!

xoxoxo Lisa

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It’s Thursday Things I Dig!

Yay, a list! I missed last week’s Thursday post. There was nothing awesome to dig about last week! Well, I’m sure that’s not true, I was mostly just crazy busy. But I am back this week, so let’s see what I have to share with you tonight…

Thursday Things I Dig!

1. MUSTACHE CANDIES! My boss brought these back for me from somewhere out East. I think she said Fredericton. They are actually quite delicious and certainly helped to spice up a boring ol’ Monday!

2. My felt arrived! I ordered almost 20 yards of it. There is enough to fashion myself some kind of a craft shelter, where I can escape from reality and sew mustaches for the rest of my life. Ah, yes, the plan has commenced!

3. This was a fantastic week food wise – wild mushroom stroganoff in a white wine sauce (still enjoying leftovers, even 2 days after), and a dinner birthday party at Mandarin! Yum! I have one satisfied tummy.

4. My guest blogger from yesterday, Sabrina Furminger – if you missed it, check it out now! (here). Don’t even read the rest of this post – go directly to view hers! (You can then come back to finish this one off!) I have never had so many blog views in one day, so that was awesome, also I found her extremely inspirational, witty, charming… New girl crush, yes.

5. Ok well I just have to say it: the weather. Yep. I love the heat. I love being sweaty and not being able to breathe properly… EVEN IN MARCH. Bring it on. The best feeling in the world is rocking a dress, TIGHTS FREE! In fact, I’m going to whip mine off right now!!!

6. This FANTASTIC lady has been inspired by my Daily Dress to post The Daily Sock! I am beyond excited to follow and honoured to have been a source of inspiration. What a fantastic idea!!! 😀

 

Ok, well that’s all I have for you this week. I will be in Ottawa (for REAL this time!) visiting one of my girlfrenz for the weekend, and enjoying some wine time and some hang outs. I can’t wait!!! I need a mini-vacation asap!

xoxoxoxox Lisa

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GUEST BLOGGER: Arts Publicist/Writer – Sabrina Furminger

Arts Publicist/Writer, Sabrina Furminger

This Wednesday I would like to welcome the sensational and incredibly inspiring, Sabrina Furminger to be my guest blogger! She is a very busy lady with many talents, and I do believe I am her newest #1 fan. One of my dreams is to one day move out to BC, so if/when I do, I will certainly have to meet her in person and follow her around to some fabulous shows and events! Maybe even request her assistance with something fantastic to promote nerdbiskit – Mustaches the Musical, perhaps?! I was so excited and inspired after reading her responses – I just love a lady who can take on so much and who truly loves every minute of it! It was a pleasure getting to know her via this interview, and I hope… no, I know, that you’ll enjoy it, too! I have to pick up a copy of her book ASAP, probably right after posting this 🙂

nerdbiskit: So, what’s the story? Who are you, and what do you do? How did it all start? Short bio!

Sabrina: My name is Sabrina Furminger. By day, I am a busy arts publicist. I plot and execute media campaigns for Vancouver-based theatre and dance companies, art exhibitions, and cultural festivals, including the Powell Street Festival, the longest running community arts festival in Canada. I craft and distribute press releases, coordinate interviews and photo shoots, and at the end of the day, I get to slap on my favourite leopard print stilettos and attend amazing events and performances.

By night, I am an award-winning writer of speculative fiction. My stories have appeared in OCW Magazine, Ricepaper Magazine, and Luna Station Quarterly; in September 2012, a story I wrote entitled Matryoshka will appear in EDGE Publishing’s Danse Macabre anthology. Last summer, I published The Healer, a paranormal romance in which (ahem; reading from the back cover now) “a young woman struggles with her extraordinary ability to heal—until a chance encounter with a brooding urban samurai sends her world skidding off its axis.”

And by day AND night, I’m a wife, daughter, sister, friend, geek, and mother to the best toddler ever. I watch a lot of Sesame Street. I think Grover is wise beyond his years.

nerdbiskit: Why do you do it?

Sabrina: Self-promotion doesn’t come naturally to everyone. Some artists find it mighty difficult to talk about themselves or their work. They’re humble; they don’t like to brag. At the same time, they need an audience for their work, because without that audience, their work isn’t truly alive. So what’s a shy artist to do?

They can hire me. I use my communications chops to connect artists with their audiences. I love sitting in a sold-out theatre and eavesdropping on the people around me as they talk about how they found out about the show—and they’re naming articles I lobbied for, or radio interviews I arranged. I feel like the work I’m doing is important.

Plus, it’s fun! I’m a lover of culture. Performing is in my blood: I’m a classically trained singer and have spent a lot of time on stage. This work combines my love of art with my natural ability to talk and write.

As far as my speculative writing goes—well, I have to write. I have no choice. If I didn’t get the words out of my head, they’d ooze out of my ears and down my back and, really, who’d want to clean up that mess?

nerdbiskit: What’s unique about you and what you do? What sets you apart from the pack?

Sabrina: It sounds trite to say, but: I genuinely care. PR people can be pushy, plastic, and insincere. They talk a big game to get the contract, and once they get it, they do the bare minimum, because they’re not emotionally invested. That’s not who I am. These days, artists are feeling the pinch. They’re not getting the public funding they used to. Every dollar is precious. I never forget this. I’m invested right along with them.

nerdbiskit: What/who is your inspiration?

Sabrina:  My clients inspire me. They dream big and create soul-stirring work under impossible funding conditions. I’m also inspired by gutsy historical figures like Elizabeth I, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi, Norman Bethune, and Nellie McClung, as well as the centuries of unsung humanist heroes who paved the way for all of us. We’re living in their future, and we owe it to them to build on their hard-won victories. And then there is my family—my husband, mother, father, sister, and daughter—who inspire me in countless ways, and who’ve shaped me beyond measure.

nerdbiskit: What are some of your favourite things? (To do, to eat, to think about, etc.)

Sabrina: Here are ten things that make me grin like an idiot:

1. Post-apocalyptic literature.

2. Cocktails that taste like candy.

3. The beautiful eighty-year-old wardrobe I recently rescued from a thrift store. I can hear its sighs and songs every time the hinges creak.

4. The time Ricky Gervais sang Elmo a lullaby: (watch it here).

5. My Spock cookie jar (currently filled with Mini Eggs).

6. The ring I always wear that my late grandfather made while working in a Montreal steel factory decades ago. His job involved backbreaking manual labour, but then he had a little side business where he made these delicate rings from end bits. He sold the rings to his co-workers and also gave them to his wife and daughters. The ring is like my very own Ring of Power—my preciousssss.

7. The thirty minutes every evening when my toddler stumbles around like a crazy person, cackling and shrieking at everything in sight—after which she collapses and sleeps for twelve hours straight.

8. M*A*S*H (the Colonel Potter years, specifically)

9. The few hours every week I spend in a coffee shop with my MacBook Air and an impossibly sweet chocolate-caffeine concoction, spinning out futuristic tales.

10. Coconut-scented candles.

nerdbiskit: How do you know Lisa Bell of nerdbiskit? Do you think her mustache obsession is a little ridiculous?

Sabrina: nerdbiskit is a beacon of crafty awesome in the global geek girl community. I was referred to nerdbiskit by a fellow geek mom who knew I’d love Lisa’s aesthetic—and she was right. I follow nerdbiskit on Facebook and Twitter and have pretty much swooned over every photo she’s posted. I keep meaning to order a Ryan Gosling mirror—okay, that’s it. I’m going to buy it as soon as I finish this blog post—and probably a couple of mustaches, too. Etsy, ho!

nerdbiskit: That about wraps it up! Learn more about this incredibly interesting lady via the links below!

 

xoxoxo Lisa

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The Daily Dress Comes To An End!

Well folks, it’s official: The Daily Dress has ended! As fun as it was, I must admit that I was getting a little bored of posting pics of myself and coming up with poses every single day! Also, my photographers were growing weary. (Thank you T & B, you were both fantastic!) So, it has come to a bittersweet close, with a total of 40 dresses! (How convenient, I just love when things wrap up nice and neat like that 🙂 )

To celebrate, I went out today and… BOUGHT MYSELF A BRAND NEW DRESS! Well, 2 actually. Here’s one of them. The second one has a pattern made of cats on it… SO AWESOME! But this one is pretty rad too, and made for some excellent Sunday night dinner attire 🙂

Anyway, I hope you’ve enjoyed my collection! I’ll be sure to add any new dresses that come in to my life and keep you posted 😉

Thanks for sticking it out with me! Recap is below.

xoxoxo Lisa

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Squirrels, Cats, Gnomes… & The Daily Dress Update

TGIF everyone! Fridays just never really get old do they?

This rascal had an awesome start to his Friday, caught him eating out of my discarded peanut butter jar this morning on my way out! I bet it was an incredible taste experience for the little guy! I mean he already loves nuts, but in the form of peanut butter… image his pure delight? HAPPY FRIDAY SQUIRREL FRIEND!

Another busy week for me… but aren’t they all? I finished up 600 buttons for NYC Pride and had lots of Etsy orders to ship out – plenty of bottle openers & pocket mirrors from the ol’ Etsy shop! My Ryan Gosling merch has been a big seller online recently – so if you’re a fan of that lovely man, be sure to check it out! I had a sick day on Wednesday, so I stayed home and ordered plenty of supplies to stock up my craft room! SO MUCH FELT is on its way from Taiwan (I have the best supplier over there) so there are many characters to be sewn for my totes once it arrives! I should post some of those on Etsy soon… okokok I promise after the next show that I will, since so many of you have been asking!

In other exciting news, The Daily Dress is almost all wrapped up! I have one dress saved for St. Patty’s tomorrow, and then I am buying a celebratory dress to finish it up on Sunday! “But Lisa, how do you protect all those fine dresses from evil thieving dress gnomes?” you might ask. Well, don’t worry, I do in fact have a system in place. Meet my 2 body guards, who alternate between day and night shifts of watching over the pile of dresses. They’re pretty intimidating, and so far no one has attempted to get too close… (well there was one person who managed to steal 3 of my dresses, but I owed her in exchange for her bottle opener helper services so the guards let it slide.) So don’t worry, the dresses are safe! And I will post the Daily Dress recap later this weekend 🙂

Greta, dress guard #1: her super power is the ability to be super comfortable any place, any time. (Though I am not sure how that helps fight off the dress gnomes…)

Rico, dress guard #2: this guy is smaller than the average cat and has a cute face, but don’t let it fool you – his claws expand to easily 6″ long are and constantly sharpened on my couch and the side of my bed. He also suffers “short man” syndrome, so he feels the need to constant bite your ankles to provoke a fight. Beware.

Anyway, I have a craft binge ahead tonight, St. Patty’s celebrations with some super cool ladies tomorrow evening, and dress shopping and a dinner date on Sunday with B – so stoked! Hopefully I get lots of mustaches sewn tonight, because I am completely sold out from the last show! I got 4 done last night, so, it’s slowly filling back up… except I need at least 50… SO MUCH TO SEW! Anyone want to be my assistant sewer? For free? I will give you tea and of course an unlimited supply of mustaches!

I also have a NEW SUPER EXCITING DISPLAY for the next show under way, but I can’t show you pictures yet… It just keeps getting bigger and better! WORLD TAKEOVER CONTINUES…

Can I just say, I AM LOVING THIS FANTASTIC WEATHER, might try to sneak in a quick bike ride around the ravine tonight before dinner and ‘stache sewing… off I go!

Have a Happy St. Patty’s everyone!!!
Xoxoxo Lisa

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GUEST BLOGGER: Musician and Designer – Katie Overbeek

Musician/designer, Katie Overbeek

This Wednesday I would like to welcome the very lovely Katie Overbeek to be my guest blogger! I have known Katie since high school, and we have shared many adventures and inside jokes together (involving janitors, dorky boys, mullets and arm hair!) She has always been very talented in the musical department, and I was thrilled to discover that she has also delved into the wonderful world of design and has even started up a lovely little Etsy shop! Hope you enjoy!

nerdbiskit: So, what’s the story? Who are you, and what do you do? How did it all start? Short bio!

Katie: Hey all! Well… Iʼm a full-time musician by trade and run my own professional music studio in Alliston, Ontario. My husband and I also write songs and perform together as a duo we call The SnowPeas. (Listen here!) While music occupies most of my working time, I do have my fingers in a few different pies. Late last year I started a little side business called K.Over Art, designing cards, stationery and jewelry – all of which you can find on my Etsy shop along with a few vintage items. I have also dabbled in web design and created the site for my music studio, as well as another blog Iʼve called LoverlyShe which is dedicated to my other creative pursuits, and features DIY tutorials as well as some other bits and bobs. Iʼm thinking of redesigning that one soon, and working in some more material on fashion/hair/makeup in addition to the crafting stuff.

nerdbiskit: Why do you do it?

Katie: I get bored – haha. Not bored with my day job itself, because I love teaching; just bored with doing one thing all the time. As one of my sisters recently pointed out to me, I love to create just for the act of creating. It doesnʼt necessarily have to produce anything functional; it might be a disaster. But I have to keep doing it – itʼs just part of who I am.

nerdbiskit: What’s unique about you and what you do? What sets you apart from the pack?

Katie: Iʼm a newbie to this whole craft blogging thing, and the Etsy shop is very much a side thing that Iʼm still getting off the ground. So, in that sense, Iʼm probably in the exact same shoes as about a hundred bazillion other people.

Perhaps something unique about me is the number of things Iʼm involved in. I strive to be good at everything I do. I will tend to give up on something very quickly if I donʼt think I can be good at it – i.e. anything involving painting/visual art. Bad. Just bad.

What I would love is to eventually have a sort of circle of connectivity going between all of those things, in that someone who hears my music would get linked to my Etsy shop, or my blog, or vice versa – in other words, that people would have a number of avenues by which they can get to know me. I like the idea that I could have a multitude of creative ways to make somebodyʼs day just a bit brighter.

nerdbiskit: What/who is your inspiration?

Katie: Iʼm inspired by everyday life – finding beauty and interest in the little things. My camera is always on zoom. When Iʼm designing cards, I am more inclined to use images of textures and objects, as opposed to panoramic scenes or portraits. Iʼll never be one to create anything on a grand scale, but there is so much you can do with the little details of a little thing (which is probably why I enjoy making jewelry!) Iʼm also inspired by the presence of other creative people. A lot of my friends are very creative and I draw ideas and energy from them as well.

nerdbiskit: What are some of your favourite things? (To do, to eat, to think about, etc.)

Katie: That could be a very long list. To condense:
– Family.
– Belting out a song I wrote.
– A good chicken korma.
– Forever 21 (cheap, and generally pretty great!)

nerdbiskit: How do you know Lisa Bell of nerdbiskit? Do you think her mustache obsession is a little ridiculous?

Katie: This question brings back a lot of funny memories 🙂 I met Lisa during high school in Owen Sound. Some of our most memorable scholarly collaborations included a rap based on Shakespeareʼs “As You Like It”, and a rather gruesome project on the bubonic plague. I also remember numerous lunch hours spent cruising around in Lisaʼs “Opaz” (a Ford Topaz that had lost its letter T). Something you may not know about Lisa is that she has an impressive ability to spot a mullet from practically a mile away. Since finishing high school we have remained in touch on Facebook and itʼs been great to keep an eye on Lisaʼs creative endeavors. In regards to mustaches… well, weʼre all entitled to our obsessions, arenʼt we 🙂

nerdbiskit: That about wraps it up! Learn more about this lovely lady via the links below!

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