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May Madness

Hi guys! Happy almost long weekend ahead! Mine is going to be pretty crazy since I’m moving on Saturday – but at least I’ll have the extra day off on Monday to get unpacked and settled 🙂 I’m excited about the new place, but am totally going to miss my sweet retro townie. It’s all big and lonely here though, I have one bedroom entirely empty (save a spare litter box for the kitties), and a big dark empty basement full of spiders… so although the new place will be quite small in comparison, it will be cozy and adorable, still super retro (I have a pantry!) and much less lonely, since my bf will be moving in, too. We bought a mustard yellow corduroy couch last night, which got me a little too excited about decorating and scouring antique and thrift stores for some cool finds.

Anyway, I’ve been busier than usual – since I had to fit packing into the mix – plus the usual custom orders and restocking. One of the custom requests I worked on was a Dr. Who themed custom portrait pillow for a geek wedding:

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I also had a show, Art-O-Con, in Burlington on May 5th which was a blast! There were a lot of familiar faces and I made a few new con-going pals, too. Even Boba Fett stopped by to say hi, and of course to try on a mustache:

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I have to give a shout out to the incredible Lara from Jaded Dragon Studios for doing such a great job of organizing the show, and just for being generally fantastic!

The ever awesome KStew & JStew interviewed me during the con – you can have a listen here: interview. Mostly I just giggle a lot. Oops. Silly nerves.

Their adorable daughter drew me my very first piece of fan art, too! Incredibly sweet and awesome. Nerdbiskit as a pony! ❤ And staches everywhere! Perfect.

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I made myself a nerdbiskit skirt for the show, with some custom made fabric printed by Spoonflower! It was pretty easy to make, nothing too fancy. Next I want to make a ‘biskit dress! 😀

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Amongst the busy-ness, I managed to squeeze in a visit to High Park in Toronto to see the cherry blossoms! They were absolutely beautiful, and a friend and I had a lovely dinner picnic under one of the trees. It was sad to see so many people shaking the branches just to make the blossoms fall off, and I heard people were climbing them and breaking off branches, too. Other than this lack of respect shown by a lot of the visitors (at least the ones we encountered), the park and the trees were incredible. Can’t wait to visit them again next year!

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I also cut off my hair!!! I’ve been wanting to do it for a few years but always chicken out. I finally just had to let it go – and it was totally fine! I like it, but am still learning how to style it. It’s a lot more maintenance than my old scenester ‘do was! So far I’ve only experimented with curls and a 60’s flip … but it’s already proven to be a lot more versatile than before 🙂

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So many changes this month! Haircuts, moving… okay so really only two changes. But they are big ones! At least for me they are!

My next show will be Craftstock in Hamilton on Saturday, June 1st, and then Heirlooms on Saturday, June 15th. It’s going to be a lovely handmade market filled with awesome vendors, and situated in a greenhouse – so it’ll be beautiful AND fun AND crafty! A lovely way to kick off the summer show season!

Okay that’s it from me! Just as a heads up, my Etsy shop is closed until May 24, and I won’t be accepting any rush or custom orders until June – taking some time off due to the move. Thanks for your understanding!

xoxo Lisa

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2012 Wrap up!

Happy Holidays, my friends! What a busy season it’s been with custom gift requests, Etsy orders, and two back to back holiday shows! First up was the Holiday Maker’s Market on James North in Hamilton. Of course I was only a table away from the ever adorable Heather from Needlings, which makes any show extra awesome. We had a fun and festive afternoon – just look at those smiles!

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I only had a week to prepare and restock for the next holiday show, Crafternoon Delight, which was a new one added to my list this year! It was actually a pop-up shop in an old pharmacy that was gutted and decorated just for the day. Heather was there too, and plenty of other fun and talented vendors, making it a lot of fun! The ladies running it were amazing, and I was so happy to be part of it. What a lovely show to end the year!

Here was my set up for the day – the wrapping paper on the walls actually worked well with my display!

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And here is another picture of Heather and I, just smiling away as usual:
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I also worked on some bulk button orders, and some fun custom projects, including this mini plush storm trooper:

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After all my orders and shows were out of the way, I was finally able to get cracking on some new merch for next year! I finished some more tacos (big taco is a fleece pillow for people, little ones are catnip toys for kitties):

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and some new button designs, too!

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In other exciting news, my “Hot Chicks with Mustaches” mini wall calendar for 2013 was featured in the winter edition of Xalt magazine:

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And I have another feature coming up in Hamilton Magazine, which I am excited to see 😀

I also made a donation to Movember again this year, and thank you to all who supported my MoBerg mustache companion campaign to help me raise money. Each new like on my Facebook page equaled $1 towards my donation! To thank everyone, I held a giveaway for some mustache merch 🙂

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Overall, I have to honestly say, it’s been the best year of crafting yet! This was the first year of my rebrand as nerdbiskit, and I am thrilled with how it turned out! I hope next year is just as fun and awesome! I’ll be taking a short craft break over the holidays, but will be back at it ASAP in the new year to prepare for my first show of 2013 in February.

Hope you all have a great holiday and a happy new year!

xoxo Lisa

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Cool Crap From This Week!

Hey guys! HAPPY LONG WEEKEND AHEAD! I am so stoked for an extra day of nerdbiskiting! So excited in fact, that I opted out of a nap to do this blog and make buttons and wrap up at Etsy order… I heart having 2 full time jobs! NO TIME TO REST! Surviving off caffeine! I am definitely going to burn out sooner or later… just wait for it. My head may explode. Don’t worry, I’ll take photos and blog about it when it happens…

Here are some things I dig this week:

1. LONG WEEKEND!!! WOO! I am driving a few hours up North(ish) to visit the fam jam. And will be hitting up a few of my fave vintage stores in Sauble Beach while I’m there! New dresses coming up!

2. I received a weekly set of mustaches in the mail as a thank you from my previous guest blogger, Sabrina. She is the best! As if the ‘staches weren’t awesome enough, her book, The Healer, arrived the very next day. It’s in my to-read pile! I was pretty excited that these staches arrived just in time for my April Stache-A-Thon campaign! All you have to do is LIKE me on Facebook and post a photo of a stache. Any stache. You wearing it, or a celebrity, or a mustache item… whatever! Do it and you can win $20 worth of merch from my Etsy shop! Here is some mustache inspiration for you:

I was also able to work a mustache into our “photo day” at work. Which is a corporate head office. So this is a major accomplishment very much deserving of recognition! 🙂 *proud*

3. Exciting news: (at least for me!) I’ve been asked to illustrate 2 children’s books. One is about a dragon and a flea, the other a squirrel and a pumpkin patch… I AM SO STOKED. I haven’t exercised my book illustration skills in a while! It is a lot more work than designing my next character for a button, tee, or tote bag BUT I’m sure I can skip out on a show or two to make time. It’s something I absolutely have to do!

4. My new promos are ready to send along to First Sunday Stroll! They’re going to be included in some swag bags 😀

5.  This story about how Ryan Gosling saved a woman’s life absolutely made my week. What a hero. And a real human being! ❤ I just sent a Gosling bottle opener over to Finland so he is definitely loved by ladies around the world! AND HE MIGHT EVEN SAVE YOUR LIFE. Gosling to the rescue!

6. Heather from Needlings and I discovered the most delicious chai lattes last night on our tea date! If you’re in Hamilton, visit The Bean Bar and get it in ya! So tasty.

Ok, that’s it, now I am off to enjoy my long weekend with lots of sewing for the next show on April 14 & 15, Wizard World Comic Con! I promise I will take a break. Probably even tonight, to go see The Hunger Games!

Have a good one pals!

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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Blog time!

Hi guys : ) I decided it was time to start a blog… er, start one and actually maintain it, I should really say. I probably have at least 3 or 4 other bloggies out there already, but not for my new lil’ crafting business, nerdbiskit! So here it is, and here I am!

Mostly I like to talk about crafting, kitties, tea, wine, dresses and mustaches. Yep, that about sums me up! So hopefully you are into one or all of those things, so we can be pals! Feel free to follow me on Twitter, LIKE me on Facebook or check out what crafty goodness I have for sale on Etsy.

I promise you’ll be hearing from me again, soon!

xoxo Lisa

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