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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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Needlings

Heather Saunders of Needlings as her very first Wednesday Guest Blogger!

This Wednesday, I would like to welcome Miss Heather Saunders of Needlings! I’ve known Heather for just a few years but we quickly hit it off and became good crafty pals. She probably doesn’t know exactly how much of an inspiration she is to me, so I might have just spilled the beans ❤ Now on to her fabulous-ness!

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

Needlings: Hi! My name is Heather Saunders and I am a plush artist/toy designer and the creator of Needlings! I make toys and other little goodies and have since 2007 when I started my little Etsy shop after making a little felt toy as a gift after many years of unfocused sewing and crafting growing up. After four and a half years of sewing and selling Needlings, I have turned it in to my full-time job with Needlings being carried in over a dozen stores in the US and Canada, in my own Etsy shop, and shows in the Hamilton/Toronto area.

nerdbiskit: Why do you do it?

Needlings: Because it’s the best! Seriously, I’m living the dream and I can’t imagine working as hard on anything else. It’s all worth it and I just hope to keep going and growing in to the future!

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

Needlings: (Getting deep Lisa!) Hm, I think early on I saw the need to stick to a look with my work that would be recognizable – something unique to myself. I also just make what I love so this isn’t a big struggle. I always loved owls way back to a tiny owl pin my mom had in the 80s and grade 2 construction paper owl crafts after learning about owl pellets!

I think having a distinct line and good photographs of my products have helped me get attention from retailers. I also strongly believe that everyone has to find their own path and do what feels right. I also work as much as my hands and brain will let me. 🙂

nerdbiskit: What/who is your inspiration?

Needlings: I am inspired by lots of things. Often times just the continued goal of working for myself lights a fire so to speak. I was never as motivated as when I started to see a future full-time business for myself. I never thought I would end up doing what I love so many hours of the day. 🙂

Other creative people inspire me every day. Not even just the ones making a full-time go at it but the ones who make time in their lives to make things they love or create something special because the inspiration strikes them.

Otherwise, my mom and all that sappy junk. (Just kidding, seriously, my mom too!)

*note from nerdbiskit: this wonderful mom also has her own amazing Etsy shop, featuring beautifully knit cowls – I have one in purple and it rocks!)

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

Needlings: Handmade toys and other goodies, handmade shops, tiny galleries, good movies, cats, tea, travel, family, friends, hugs.

To do: SEW, design/doodle, knit, spend time with the people (and kitties) I love, write, take pictures, read, drink tea with sweets, window shop, hug.

nerdbiskit: How do you know Lisa Bell of nerdbiskit? Do you think her mustache obsession is a little ridiculous? Do you have any cool stories you’d like to share?

Needlings: I met Lisa doing craft shows and comic conventions and yes, she is completely ridiculous all around…
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And I love it! One of my favourite Lisa craft show memories is when we did Locke Street Festival together in Hamilton and attracted a stray cat with her cat toys, who proceeded to climb all over our tables while we laughed in disbelief. Cat ladies through and through! Really lots of fun craft show memories of standing behind tables and chatting!

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

Needlings.ca

SHOP Needlings Etsy Shop

FOLLOW Needlings on Twitter

Needlings on Tumblr

LIKE Needlings on Facebook

Hope you enjoyed!

xoxoxox Lisa

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