Archive for May, 2012

GUEST BLOGGER: Owner/Founder of Gabry Road and Craftsperson, Rosa Yorke

Owner/Founder of Gabry Road and Fellow Craftsperson, Rosa Yorke

Rosa is such a lovely lady! I am inspired by her dedication – both to her beautiful crafts (handmade aprons to die for!) and also to her Canadian Handmade Marketplace, Gabry Road. (I just recently signed up and still have a lot of work to do to get all my items added, but feel free to check it out here: www.gabryroad.com/nerdbiskit) Rosa not only makes beautiful items, she also has a very contagious “can-do” attitude, and is one of the nicest people I have ever met! Not long ago, we had a lovely chat about how tough it is to be your own boss, and the challenges of taking over the world! However, I left the conversation feeling freshly inspired and ready for anything! It’s so nice to meet other determined crafty ladies, and to share knowledge and experience! I just love it. Anyway, I have no doubt that Rosa will be continue to be successful in her endeavors! She also seems to really love mustaches – so she is A-OK in my books. Enjoy! xo

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

Rosa: I’m Lisa’s new friend! My name is Rosa and I am the founder and owner of Gabry Road, your place for great Canadian handmade goodness!

I started crafting when I was a teen or maybe earlier but my memory doesn’t go that far back anymore 🙂 I was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. Spent 10 years at Simon Fraser University, obtained two degrees, a great job then left the ‘great job’ because I missed creating and because hubby’s  job took us to Yellowknife for two years.  We left Yellowknife (far too cold for me) and moved to Ottawa. I then opened and ran an incredibly successful online scrapbooking supply store for two years. While running and operating the online store, I discovered Canada has such amazing and talented artists, designers and craftspeople and I wanted to create a venue for Canadians to shine and not get lost in a sea of handmade as I felt they were on other online handmade marketplaces. So I created Gabry Road which features exclusively Canadian artists, designers and craftspeople to share and sell their handmade goodness worldwide!

The name Gabry stems from parts of my children’s names, Gabriel and Rylee. We wanted to create a name which was more personal, and I liked the ‘Road’ part cause it made the site seem more homey, dontcha think? 🙂

Eventually, I would like to see all Canadian artists find their home on Gabry Road!

nerdbiskit: Why do you do it?

Rosa: I love creating… anything… and love challenges. I work with paper and fabric and refinish furniture but not at the same time. My self-diagnosed OCD prevents me from moving onto another project before the current project is completed. (Note from nerdbiskit – Rosa also makes beautiful aprons, seen below, which can be found in her shop on Gabry Road of course!)


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

Rosa: Hmmm… don’t think I have ever been asked this question before. I don’t think I am unique in any way. I am me, plain and simple. I guess the first thing that comes to mind which could be considered unique rests in the fact that there is no $$$ for me to be made in running and operating Gabry Road. I simply wanted to create a marketplace to feature Canadian artists. The $20 yearly membership fees goes right back into the site for hosting, server fees, administrative and web design changes.


nerdbiskit: What/who is your inspiration?

Rosa: My mom and dad… hands down. They are amazing people who sacrificed tons for their children (I have two sisters).  

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

Rosa: I love to read! I can’t remember if a day has ever gone by without reading, even if it was for only a few minutes. And of course, I love creating… even if the project ends up being a flop. I love flea markets and especially love turning new furniture into old furniture. I don’t think I have any unpainted furniture in my home right now… oh wait, yes I have an antique tea cart but I think that one is scheduled to go into the garage for some painting and distressing. I even painted the family room floor! Ok, this list could get longer once I start thinking about my favorite things to do.


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

Rosa: I first started stalking ‘nerdbiskit‘ via Instagram. Lisa has a contagious smile and an obvious love for what she does. She is the epitome of ‘love what you do, do what you love’ which I don’t think enough people do. She is so graceful in ‘shameless self promoting’ which I love. A lot of people are shy about putting themselves out there and promoting themselves but Lisa manages to do this with such grace and class you instantly begin to smile and gain inspiration. I don’t think her mustache obsession is ridiculous. Ok, maybe at first… but not anymore 🙂

nerdbiskit: That about wraps it up! If you are a fellow craftsperson than be sure to check out Gabry Road and consider signing up! Or at least get some online shopping done! 🙂

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Guest Blogger: Freelance Illlustrator & Motion Designer, Miss Hyein Lee

Freelance Illustrator & Motion Designer, Hyein Lee

Head shot by Andy Zeng, 2012

Hyein Lee. What can I say? She is one of those people that are so interesting, cool, and unique that you are nervous to even approach them. She is extremely fashionable, has an amazing personality – and also has incredible talent. She is one of those people that everyone just adores, and after she leaves a room, people turn to each other and say, THAT GIRL IS SO FREAKIN’ COOL. I have always been in awe of her and her work. It’s cute how she answers the “what’s unique about you?” question below so modestly, since she’s pretty much the most unique person I have ever met! (Well, I’ve met some “unique” in a weird or bad way type people, but she’s a unique in an AWESOME way kind of person.) Anyway, her responses to my interview questions are short and sweet and perfect and leave you wanting more – sort of exactly like her! She’s not really that short I guess. Maybe I’m just really tall…. Hopefully she will invite me to tea again soon so I can have the chance to sit near her, maybe I will soak up some of her awesomeness! Enjoy! xoxox

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

Hyein: My name is Hyein. I grew up in Korea, now live in Toronto. I’m a freelance illustrator and motion designer. I am also an educator. I used to be an engineer many years ago. Back then, I thought if I get hit by a truck tomorrow, I’d regret not pursuing art, so I went back to school for illustration and just finished my master’s. I’m very poor compared to my engineering friends, but I’m happy. A lot of my dreams have been coming true these days, things like speaking at Pictoplasma festival in Berlin (watch it here). I’m fortunate for all the opportunities I get, and I feel like I don’t deserve them.

nerdbiskit: Why do you do it?

HyeinI have to. I feel miserable without working. I think I’m a bit of a workaholic.


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

Hyein: I am still working on being unique. It is very hard because an idea is universal and I get influenced by other art that’s out there. I have to work even harder to be set apart from the pack.


nerdbiskit: What/who is your inspiration?

HyeinTravelling is a huge inspiration for me. I grow as an artist everytime I go abroad. I’ve just been to Berlin last month for an exhibition, and came back freshly inspired.

Reading also is very important. I often get ideas from books and short stories I read.

It sounds sad, but deadlines are also an inspiration. Whenever I have no idea what to do, if there is a deadline looming over my head, something comes out.

Lastly, my artist friends inspire me a lot too.

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

HyeinLet’s list it.
Food – Ethiopian food is one of my favourites. M & B Yummy and Nazareth are really great. I also love Green’s Vegetarian in China town.
Drinks – London Fog and Red Velvet tea soy latte. I like hanging out at Cafe Pamenar.
Desserts – Delight chocolatier makes this awesome dairy free chocolate coconut icecream. Heavenly.
Reading – Science fiction! I love books like Engine Summer, Spin, Road, Oryx and Crake and Ender’s Game.
Shopping – A Korean website, www.buyanne.co.kr has beautiful clothes. I look at their daily updates. They don’t ship overseas nor accept foreign credit cards, so I can’t buy anything. It’s good because I don’t spend money.
Sitting – I like sitting around at Trinity Bellwoods Park and Christie Pits.
Moving – Ping pong and swimming at salt water pool.

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

HyeinI met Lisa at college. She had such original style and I always wanted to be friends with her. I was too shy to talk to her. She’s was such a cool punky girl back then. Now she’s a hot pin-up looking lady and I want to be like her. 😀

Mustache obsession is a little ridiculous indeed! But Lisa can trim my mustachio any day.

nerdbiskit: That about wraps it up! Definitely make sure you check out some of Hyein’s videos, they are AMAZING. Beyond amazing…. just watch them, you’ll see. Trust me.

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Long Overdue, Thursday Things I Dig!

Well folks, it has been a while since I have written a blog post that wasn’t from a guest blogger… so I figured I would fit in a Thursday Things I Dig! I am sitting here, enjoying tea and oranges, and ready to give you an update on what’s been up and why I’ve been so MIA 🙂 Here’s my long overdue Thursday Things I Dig!

1. ENGLAND tomorrow!!! I am finally venturing across the seas to Europe, though only for a short time – just a week. I am going with 2 people who will be backpacking around for a month or so, and I only joining them during their first week in London. I’m finally EXCITED! It just hit me today when I actually got around to packing… I have 7 dresses, cardis & tights all lined up on my love seat and am ready to roll. (Miss Greta will not be packed into the suitcase, unfortunately. In place of her there will most likely be rain boots.) There will be plenty of sight-seeing, tea drinking, museum meandering & vintage shopping ahead! I plan to come back with a sweet vintage dress 🙂  I promise I will share it with you all!

2. My 2013 nerdbiskit pin-up ‘stache calendar is under way! In case you missed it, I am designing a calendar featuring 11 lovely ladies (myself as the 12th) who share my love of ‘staches! All the mustaches have been mailed and I am anxiously awaiting the pinup photos to start rolling in. This is going to be AWESOME. I’m hoping to have it ready to start selling at FanExpo in August. Part of the proceeds are going to my friend, Tristan’s, MS Charity. I’m stoked that so many people are as excited about it and just as eager to participate as I am! Each lady will receive (or already has) a wearable nerdbiskit mustache and in return, will send me back an AWESOME pin up shot of them wearing that, PLUS a super cute retro dress (or retro something-rather.) Then I will get designing the layout! 😀 I can not even wait! I’ve been busy sewing & mailing out custom coloured ‘staches all week!

3. Nerdbiskit.com is well under way and I am hoping to launch it when I return from my trip. I’ve been busy web-designing for the past 2 weeks, off and on or course, and am about 70% complete. I’m pretty excited to share it with you all! During this process, I fell in love with a new program called Adobe Muse. It is one of the easiest programs for web design I have ever used! My site is nice and simple of course, so combined with a nice simple program, this has been a breeze! Here’s a sneak peak (and yes, there are plenty of ‘staches):

4. New ladies night dinner parties are under way with the ol’ work girls. (In case some of you didn’t know, I left my design job a few weeks ago! (Time to nerdbiskit & freelance design full time for the summer, woo!) Because I love my work ladies so much, and was so used to being with them 40 hours a week, I simply could not be without them – so we started a dinner party club! Our first one was last weekend. The host, Miss Tea, made the main course – almond breaded chicken with quinoa risotto & asparagus. I brought the kale salad, and there were also delicious apps & desserts from the others – and plenty of wine! SO DELICIOUS. I can’t wait for the next one, I think I will host it in mid June – I just have to come up with something equally as delicious as the last one!

5. I don’t know if you knew this about me, but I sort of love any excuse to get dressed up… so last night I was invited to be the eye candy/DD at a film screening & awards ceremony, so I rocked a classy black dress and some curls. The dress itself was 30 bucks and I went ahead and altered it by adding a peek-a-boo polka dot hem along the bottom to give it a little extra pizazz. Anyway, here’s me at my attempt to be classy with a 50’s vibe! I promise I didn’t make this awkward winky face in public.

6. I confirmed my first freelance design client! We’ll be meeting up when I return from England to start working away on projects. I am so excited! Freelance designing combined with nerdbiskit-ing for a while is going to be a blast – and a much needed and exciting change!

Ok, that’s about it! I am waiting on a customer to stop by and pick up some ‘staches, and then it is back to packing! I’ve been busy with custom orders lately, which is awesome! Oh, and if you need custom buttons for your weddings and bachelorette parties coming up, let me know – I’ve got some designs ready to go and will be posting them on Etsy when I return. Message me if you need anything 🙂 (INAPPROPRIATE GRAPHICS BELOW)

xoxo Lisa

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