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Thirty Before 30 Update!

Hi friends! Since I recently turned 29, I decided that I should revisit my “30 before 30 list” which I posted last year, to see if I’ve kept on track and if perhaps I should make any edits… since I only have a year left to go! Eep! I can definitely say that I am not too worried or anxious about turning 30, as a lot of people are. My late twenties have been the happiest time of my life – I’ve taken some big risks, made many tough decisions – all which have led me down the right path and have just let things fall into place naturally! (As lame as that sounds!!!) I love my new home, my full time design job, my crafting bizz, my friends and family… everything is just peachy ❤ I can’t think of anything that I’d like to change… well, maybe I could use a bigger craft room… and a few more cats…. maybe some bigger sunglasses… haha! But that’s about it 🙂


Happy pants!!!!

Of course life isn’t always filled with sunflowers and blue skies. There have been some rough patches – horrible jobs, health problems (insomnia and stress!), family issues (there was a cancer scare with my pops!), relationship struggles  – but I guess it wouldn’t be much of a life without a few obstacles to overcome along the way, and to learn and grow from each experience in a positive manner!

I think I’ve really “found myself” or whatever over the past year or so. Or at least found out more about what makes me happy, and what my beliefs and core values are. It’s such a good feeling to have! I hope everyone finds it eventually! 😀

Whoa, it’s getting a little deep here! Let’s revisit that list before I start getting even more intense! 😉
My 30 Things To Do/Accomplish Before I Turn 30

  1. Buy a new car (preferably in lime green.) STILL WORKING ON THIS ONE!
  2. Save enough money for a down payment on a house (after I buy my new car.) Still saving, almost there!
  3. Keep up with a minimum of a dozen craft shows/expos per year. This has changed slightly – I have been doing less shows due to lots more custom orders!
  4. Start selling nerdbiskit in stores – at least 2 or 3! Haven’t looked into this as an option… custom orders and shows keep me busy enough!
  5. Travel to Europe. (Hopefully checking this off the list this May!) DONE! Went to London last May!
  6. Road trip to BC. Possibly next fall, so in my 30th year…
  8. Do something awesome for my parents. Send them on vacation somewhere nice. We just spoke about this today! Waiting for Bobblez to heal from his surgery and they will be planning their trip ASAP!
  9. Develop a campaign via nerdbiskit to raise money for my friend’s little bro’s MS charity – most likely involving mustaches. Yep, did this last year and donated part of my 2011 mustache sales!
  10. Seek out more bulk button, keychain & t-shirt orders – figure out how and where to advertise this service! Did some advertising in Missy Ink magazine, and have been getting tons of orders!
  11. Learn how to sew my own dresses and/or skirts. MADE A SKIRT! Dress up next!
  12. Stuff and cook a turkey – Host Thanksgiving dinner! This year!
  13. Start liking/eating fish. (I’m already half way there.) DONE!
  14. Make some new life-long friends (why not? you can never have too many gfs.) Made some new friends, hopefully they will be lifers 🙂
  15. Further my design career. Yep! Got a new job with a design studio and working on my folio!
  16. Put a ring on it. Working on it…
  17. Create some new products to sell for nerdbiskit. YEP! Plush taco pillows!
  18. Find more ways to relax – need to kick this nervous energy & worrying! I have been relatively stress-free for almost a year now!!!! All thanks to some job changes and living arrangements 🙂
  19. Go to a concert – I haven’t been to one in a few years. Went to some free outdoor ones.
  20. Organize/host my own craft show or event. Start a club of some sorts. Hosted a few “Crafternoons” at my place, invited some new crafty ladies to join!
  21. Make more connections at shows or via social media. Always!
  22. Win the lottery. Not yet…
  23. Start illustrating and/or writing a children’s book. Collaborated effort, perhaps? Bah, haven’t had time…
  24. Get back into collaging! Enter a collage piece into American Illustration. Again… timing issues…
  25. Design a website for nerdbiskit. DONE!
  26. Find more one of a kind vintage pieces for my home and redecorate so it’s less Ikea catalogue! I’d also like to paint a wall lime green! Found cool pieces, still need to paint a wall green though!
  27. Learn more about wine and go on a vineyard tour. Vineyard tour planned for this fall!!!
  28. Take a class – life drawing, yoga, small business, marketing, French or web design! NOT YET, but I did find one I’m interested in.
  29. Quit bad habits. (One in particular!!!!) IN PROGRESS
  30. Take over the world with nerdbiskit (or at least be much closer to world domination.) Always!

Hmmm, well I’d say I’m pretty well on track with this after all! I think I’ll add a few more goals:
–  Exercise more!

–  Start a collection (Vintage tea pots? Creepy cat ornaments?)

– Learn to say NO more often, I don’t have to please everyone!

That’s it for now! I’ll revisit this again after my big 3-0 birthday! 😀

Ok back to sewing for me! Hope you’re all having a lovely summer!

xo Lisa

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June Blog

Time for my monthly blog update! I’ve been busy as usual since my last post – I moved to Hamilton over the May long weekend and everything went smoothly! It was super fast and easy, and I was grateful for all of the help from family and pals. What a lucky gal I am! It didn’t take long to unpack the boxes and set everything up (we were literally all unpacked by Monday evening, except for a few shelves and wall decorations.) I can’t stand living amid chaos and boxes, so I pretty much didn’t bother sleeping until everything was in it’s place 🙂

It was hard saying goodbye to my retro townie – I loved this place so much, and so did the kitties:


But it didn’t take long to adjust to the new place, and here are a few of my favourite things/spaces – first up, obviously, the ‘biskit craft room!!! It was already painted a pale pea green which sort of matches with my brand colours – how perfect!


I also love the peg board in the kitchen (we cook a lot, so this is amazingly convenient):


I also dig our funky little living room:


and this super sweet retro brown chair that I picked up for only $7  – what a find! The kitties love it, too (which is the most important part):


New home sweet home ❤ I also love the area we’re in – so many beautiful gardens all around the neighbourhood 🙂 And I’m closer to more of my pals now, too (old and new ones) which is exciting!


I got some of the sweetest house warming gifts, including this chalkboard photo frame from my friend Miss Tea. We made them together as a super fun craft project, which was the best part:


And this adorable pom pom plant from Heather – which matches perfectly in the craft room with it’s green & orange:


Such sweet ladies!

After the move and unpacking were complete, I had to get back to crafting ASAP! May/June are the beginning of wedding season, which is probably the busiest time of year for custom orders (next to Christmas, of course.) Plenty of brides-to-be have been requesting bottle opener keychains and pocket mirrors for wedding favours:


and I’ve also been getting lots of requests for custom couple portrait pillows. I love making these!


I’m super behind in re-stocking for shows with all the requests, but hopefully I can get caught up this week before my next show, Heirlooms, An Etsy Artisan Market, in Welland on Saturday June 15th! My dear friend Heather of Needlings will be there as well which makes it even more awesome! 5 more sleeps!

I did manage to squeeze in one show on June 1st, Craftstock on James North in Hamilton. Always a fun time thanks to Laura, the lovely organizer, and also creator behind Adelaide 🙂 (she makes some super sweet hair flowers so check ’em out at the next Craftstock!) This was my set up for the show (although much less yellow-tinged in person – haha, sorry about that):


In other exciting news, I got a new job, still as a graphic designer, but at a design agency a little closer to my new home! I’ve always wanted to work at an agency so am super excited. People are always shocked to hear that I work full time on top of running my own bizz, while also balancing a social life… I wish I had the secret to doing it all to share with you. I guess my tips would be: plenty of caffeinated tea! And cat naps! And have lots of crafty friends so hangouts can double as “work” dates! Probably a bit of motivation and passion don’t hurt, either 😉

Anyway, after Heirlooms, I am taking July off of shows to prep for the August Art Crawl on James North in Hamilton, Fan Expo, Locke Street Festival, and Supercrawl! My most favourite shows of the year! WOO HOO!

Hope you guys are doing great! Happy early summer!

xo 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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