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July Fever

Happy Summer! Hope you’re all enjoying the sun and the heat! We just got over a bit of a heat wave here in Southern Ontario, and I’ve been loving every minute of it – I’d rather be hot than cold and shivering any day! July is my most favourite month of all, and I even took a break from doing shows to free up a little time to enjoy it, (before the mad rush of prep in August for FanExpo.)

It’s also my month in the ol’ “Hot Chicks With Mustaches” calendar! Exciting!

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I love shows, but it’s been nice to have none to fuss over since Heirlooms in June – which is a show I haven’t yet posted about yet, ahh! So behind. Here it is then! My lovely friend Heather of Needlings was set up right next to me for the day, which we spent mostly fanning ourselves with make shift paper fans (since we were set up inside a greenhouse!) It was definitely a lovely setting! (I blame the humidity for the extra than normal volume in that coif of mine!)

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The rest of June was spent working on custom orders, mostly gifts and favours for weddings. I can share a few with you that have already been received, but the others will have to wait! First is a custom portrait tote bag with the couples nicknames, “Jags” and “Grotes:”

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And then this mirror (for her) and bottle opener keychain (for him) wedding set:

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Hmmm what else have I been up to… well, this past weekend I took a bike ride down to the local Farmer’s Market for some fresh goods and sunflowers ❤ Sunflowers=summer! Every time I walk or bike around with a bouquet of them, people always stop to chat with me or comment on “how summery I look.” It’s super cute! I’ve got a vase of sunflowers in almost every room of the house now. It really brightens up the place, and makes everything just that much cheerier!

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I also celebrated my 29th birthday 2 weekends ago! The man friend and I have the same birthday (super weird, I know) so we rented out the top floor of an old British pub for a combined celebration. We also had a few people over to our place first (I love hosting!) for some drinks and snacks! Anyway, it was lots of fun! I was totally spoiled this year, with gifts of wine, mustaches, cat related stuff, and a new dress!

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It was nice that so many pals came out to celebrate with us ❤ Here’s me and a few of the nicest gals. I’m the luckiest 🙂

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My sweet sweet dear friend Heather of Needlings made me this look-alike plush ‘biskit doll! It’s me in my ‘biskit show outfit! And the size of my hair is pretty accurate! I love lisadoll to pieces and am slightly obsessed with her. (She’s actually sitting next to me as I type this.)

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There’s a whole album dedicated to lisadoll here in case you want to see her close up!

Speaking of sweet gifts, I also received this custom ‘biskit mug (top right) from my friends over at Crock A Doodle Paint Your Own Pottery Studios! So sweet! 😀 I use it every day!

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Anyway, that’s about it for now!I will be at the James North Art Crawl in Hamilton on August 9th from 7-11 (out front of Christ’s Church Cathedral, 252 James), then FanExpo from August 22-25!!!

Have a great week everyone! I’ve got some time off from July 26th until August 6th, and I’ve got my dad’s birthday to celebrate, a wedding to attend, lots of restocking to do, and hopefully I can fit in a beach day or two! It’s going to be jam packed! Can’t wait!
xo Lisa

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Summer Of Nerdbiskit Recap: London, Shows, & Busy-ness!

Hi guys! It’s been a while since I’ve written an actual blog post – I’ve been copping out with my weekly Guest Bloggers! So I figured it was time for an update, and my guest bloggers have run dry for the time being. Let’s see, my last post was in May, just before I left for England! So I guess I will start with my trip!

England was pretty awesome! There was so much to see and do, and a week certainly wasn’t long enough for a visit. The jet lag hit me harder than I imagined it would, and I wish I’d had more time to rest within the first few days! I was exhausted by the end but it was definitely worth it! We took in most of the typical tourist-y sites, including: The British Museum, Piccadilly Circus, Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Harrods, Tate Museum, Tower of London, London & Tower Bridge, the London Eye & waterfront, and the National Gallery… of course I brought Stachio along for the ride! He seemed to enjoy his visit.

Everyone told me the shopping is awesome in London, but aside from this pretty dress, I didn’t really buy much else!

I definitely had to enjoy some high tea, though! The tea was SO STRONG and delicious in England. I loved it!

When I returned home, exhausted, and in need of a few days of rest, I then had to prep for my next show, First Sunday Stroll in Fonthill. This was my first full 10′ x 10′ set up with 2 full tables, and a “make your own button” station! It was a ton of work, and my mommy offered to come along and help me out! It was her first show, too – probably not the best one to start with, since I had SO MUCH to bring! But I think she enjoyed it, and was awesome at talking people into buying mustaches for their car 😉 The weather wasn’t amazing, but the rain mostly held off, and overall it was a good show! This was my set up:

Just a few days later, I had my first Art Crawl of the year on James North in Hamilton! It was…. AMAZING! I was so busy the entire night. Non stop button making and new friends to meet and chat with! I couldn’t believe how many people were out – such a fun time! I am already stoked for my next one in August. My mommy must have liked doing the First Sunday Stroll after all, because she made an appearance at the crawl, too! And brought me a lemon cupcake – yum!

Since those two shows, I’ve been super busy with my crafts: re-stocking, bulk button orders, custom wedding pillows, and t-shirt printing! And also with some freelance design work! So far, my Summer Of Nerdbiskit-ing has been productive and awesome! I’m loving every minute! OH! And I also launched my new website: nerdbiskit.com Check it out! I’m so proud 🙂

Looks like July is going to be an insanely busy month, too – both for work and for play! My own birthday celebrations, a wedding to attend, my next show Atomic Lollipop, a dinner party to plan, more birthday celebrations – and then it’s time to prep for FanExpo!!! AHHH! So much busy!

I better head off to get some work done! Miss Heather from Needlings and I have been meeting once a week to sew, drink tea, and chat! We’re officially co-workers for the summer! 🙂 So off I go to visit her for the afternoon!

Have a good weekend everyone!

xo Lisa

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Wednesday Guest Blogger: Chef Nick Pantchev

Chef Nick Pantchev

I probably don’t talk about it often enough, but I really love food! I LOVE FOOD. I love kitties, tea, mustaches, dresses, crafting, wine… AND FOOD! Unfortunately, I am not an awesome cook. I’m pretty damn good with the prep work, but I need someone else to do the actual cooking. Especially meat. I am paranoid about under-cooking meat. I also suck at baking… anyway, I love to try and at least make a decent attempt at cooking, but I am fascinated by people who are actually amazing at it – hence this week’s guest blogger: chef and wine connoisseur, Mr. Pantchev! Not only is Nick a talented food-making-machine, he also loves cats and mustaches, which is pretty okay by me. He is also a fellow Sheridan Illustration kid, so I am most likely a little biased. Anyway, as soon as he opens his own restaurant, I will be first in line to try it out! Enjoy! 😀

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

Nick: I’m Nick Pantchev, an up and coming chef in the GTA. Was born in Bulgaria and moved around Canada and the US until Ontario became my home. I guess it all started by doing jobs just to pay my living expenses – then cooking got to a point where I could make a decent living out of it.

nerdbiskit: Why do you do it?

Nick: I get to play with food and make my own menus. Working with other industry professionals is like a secret club or more like an awesome pirate crew. You always learn something new in this industry. Subconsciously, I’m probably a masochist with all the hours I’ve dedicated to it.

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

Nick: I specialize in French and French/Asian fusion cooking, but not limited to that. What’s unique about me is style and the way I execute food. I constantly refine and deconstruct what I know. Aside from graduating from culinary top in my year, I also completed 2 years of Illustration at Sheridan College (in Oakville, ON.) This in itself gave me a stronger understanding of design and composition on a plate. I’m certified in tasting and pairing wines. I recently completed three months at a five star hotel, Crillon le Brave, as chef de partie in the South of France – this achievement has opened many doors in my career.

nerdbiskit: What/who is your inspiration?

Nick: A broad spectrum of things, there’s chefs like Grant Achatz, Heston Blumenthal and Anthony Bourdain. Then there’s things like looking at architecture or street art, you see elements of design that make you think, “How can I put that on a plate?” Toronto food missions have been a great inspiration – with such an eclectic range of cuisine, it’s a great way to stimulate your palate or read up on dishes you’re not familiar with.


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

Nick: I try to have a physically active lifestyle so I usually like to hit the gym, skateboard or go paint-balling. Other than that, chilling out with friends, enjoying a good bottle of wine, or on an uneventful night hanging with my cat and catching up on TV series or reading.

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

Nick: I know Lisa from Sheridan and we just reconnected after all these years. Is her mustache obsession ridiculous? Not at all – although, I’m kind of nervous to grow one around her, eye contact would just shift on my heavenly man whiskers.

nerdbiskit: That about wraps it up! Feel free to creep Nick and his cooking escapades via his Facebook page.

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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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GUEST BLOGGER: Portrait Artist & Illustrator – Melissa Stewart

Portrait Artist & Illustrator, Melissa Stewart

This is one talented lady! I’m so excited to hear that she’s started her own portrait business, and I will be seeing her at an upcoming market in June –  First Sunday Stroll! It’s always fantastic to see a familiar face around at shows 🙂 We share a love of red wine and dads with mustaches! One day, probably not too far away, I will be hitting her up for baby shower gifts when my gal pals start poppin’ them out!!! Her work is beautiful 🙂 ENJOY!

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

Melissa: My name is Melissa (a.k.a. Missy) and I have a loving husband, Jason and an adorable 1 year old who we like to call Betsy. I am a stay-at-home mom as well as a stay-at-home portrait artist. My business is called Missy’s Portraits and I specialize in painting portraits of babies, children, families and pets. I started my business when I was on maternity leave. I knew I didn’t want to go back to my full time job – I didn’t want to miss seeing my little girl grow up. I had always wanted to be an artist and earn a living doing it – and painting is my true passion. So I pursued my dream and launched Missy’s Portraits with much support from my loving family.

All images copyright Melissa Stewart, 2012. All rights reserved. Unauthorized use of any materials is strictly prohibited.

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

Melissa: I find that there aren’t really a lot of artists out there who specialize in portraits of children which is what I think my business is unique. Children are so interesting to paint – so much innocence in their eyes, so happy about all the little things in life. Looking at a painting of a child just makes you smile. There is also a uniqueness in the technique I use when I paint. I paint with oils on masonite board, not canvas – but I before I begin the portrait, I put thick layers of acrylic paint on the masonite to give the surface a texture that emulates a canvas. Some people can’t tell the difference.

nerdbiskit: What/who is your inspiration?

Melissa: My inspiration is my daughter. The first portrait I did after launching Missy’s Portraits was one of my little Betsy at 9 weeks old.

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

Melissa: My favourite things (in order starting with my most favourite) are:

  • Jason and Betsy
  • My Mom, Dad and brother Mike
  • Painting
  • Playing the Piano – I am also a piano teacher
  • Singing in the shower
  • Drinking red wine
  • All you can eat sushi
  • Reading a good book

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

Melissa: I know Lisa from Sheridan – we’re both artsy types. She became close friends with my roommate and friend Lindsay which is when I got to know her a bit better. I remember a fun time with Lisa – it was at Lindsay’s birthday party. Lisa bought Lindsay the craziest birthday gifts – including “inappropriate” straws, which were my favourite. I love that Lisa is the “mustache lady.” She’s a very unique person, I mean who else is there in this world who loves mustaches as much as Lisa does? My dad has a mustache (just a side note).

nerdbiskit: That about wraps it up! Gift ideas, anyone? Baby showers coming up perhaps? Get in touch with Melissa or see more of her work via the links below:

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GUEST BLOGGER: Freelance Fashion Illustrator – Wendy Ding

Freelance Fashion Illustrator, Miss Wendy Ding

This Wednesday I would like to welcome Miss Wendy Ding to be my guest blogger! Wendy and I have spent some time together, mostly talking about cute boys in bands, doing some singing and also a little bit of dancing! She is certainly a stylish lady, which is probably why she makes such a fantastic fashion illustrator! Some of my favourite illustrations by Wendy are her food girls – make sure you check them out because they are quite delicious! Hope you enjoy 🙂

All images copyright Wendy Ding. All rights reserved 2007 – 2012 Wendy Ding and/or respective owners. Unauthorized use of any materials is strictly prohibited.

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

Wendy: My name is Wendy Ding and I’m an illustrator with a penchant for drawing all things fashion related. It started when I was little and played dress up in my mom’s clothes. I was born in China and lived there til I was almost 9. Then I moved to England (where my parents were studying) for 1.5 years before calling Toronto, Canada my new home.

nerdbiskit: Why do you do it?

Wendy: Because I love it and almost nothing else makes me feel more fulfilled. Also because it’s the most honest way for me to contribute myself to the world.

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

Wendy: Hmm… I guess I always try to inject a bit of my personality and life into my work. Either in terms of quirkiness, colour choices, or resemblance to my friends/crushes!

nerdbiskit: What/who is your inspiration?

Wendy: I listen to music all the time when I work, so that definitely inspires me on a regular basis. Other than that, I guess confident, positive and go-getter type people inspire me!

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

Wendy: I love to dance, go shopping (window or actual), drink tea, watch funny shows (Portlandia!) and movies, and most recently I’ve been getting into podcasts. “This American Life” is a particular fave.

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

Wendy: We were Sheridan College classmates when we were both studying illustration! I got to know Lisa very well one summer when we bonded over Backstreet Boys and other 90’s boy band nostalgia. Good times !

I think her mustache obsession is awesome! Just another way for us gals to have fun with facial hair.

nerdbiskit: Anything else you’d like to share? Any fun facts about you?

Don’t know how cool this is but to this day I still find it easier to count in Mandarin. It was the first language I learned and although English is my primary now as I’ve spoken it the longest, the way numbers are constructed in Mandarin make more logical sense. I don’t know, I guess you’ll have to speak it to know it.

Malcolm Gladwell explains it well here in this snippet from his book “Outliers.”

nerdbiskit: That about wraps it up! Check out more of this fantastic lady’s work via the links below – perhaps even commission her for a fantastically fashionable portrait!

 

Here’s The Daily Dress! Nothing screams “spring is here” like purple snake print… uh, right?

xoxoxox Lisa

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