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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 โ€“ but at least I’ll have the extra day off on Monday to get unpacked and settled ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 โ€“ since I had to fit packing into the mix โ€“ 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 โ€“ 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! โค 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! ๐Ÿ˜€

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 โ€“ 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 โ€“ taking some time off due to the move. Thanks for your understanding!

xoxo Lisa

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Spring is… not quite in the air. But tacos are!

Hi guys! Hope everyone had a fun and safe St. Patty’s day! ๐Ÿ™‚ I was out of commission last week after Toronto ComiCON due to a stomach flu (it was terrible! I hope none of you get it!) so wasn’t able to get much work done. I suppose I needed a bit of a rest anyway, but could have done without the sickness part. Anyway, I recovered fairly quickly and have been back to work with lots of custom orders (bulk buttons, and portrait pillows โ€“ here’s the one I’m working on currently:)

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I decided to take April off of shows to make sure I stay on top of all this work, plus I have a ton of re-stocking to do from the con… annnnnd because of some other exciting news, but I don’t want to share just yet until it’s confirmed. My lips are sealed! At least until next time ๐Ÿ˜‰

I mentioned in my last blog that I would share the podcast interview I had with Guys With Pencils, which you can have a listen to here. We talk about cats, mustaches, cons, and other fun stuff! It was a blast catching up with these guys, and their podcast is awesome… if you haven’t already, be sure to check ’em out! They’ve been featured in the top 3 spot of iTunes “New and Noteworthy” podcasts, and even if you don’t listen to my interview, they’re got an amazing assortment of talented animators, cartoonists, illustrators, etc. to chose from.

I guess I should also fill you in on Toronto ComiCON where I was on March 9 & 10. It was a pretty typical convention, full of many familiar faces and fantastic energy! Always a fun time! I tested out a new booth set up which allowed me for some “face space” since I’m usually hidden behind my epic display. I got a lot of compliments on this one, so I think I’ll stick with it for a little while longer:

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I also got a lot of compliments on how my outfits matched my branding, which I thought was subtle but was apparently super obvious! ๐Ÿ™‚ I like it though. I’m going to get myself a ‘biskit patterned dress soon! Just you wait. I have also been keeping my eye out for a nerdbiskit green pencil skirt โ€“ if you see one be sure to let me know!

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I was lucky enough to have myself a lovely assistant on Saturday, thanks to Miss Jenny ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s always wonderful to have a companion and someone to help set up, and find tea! โค

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I took plenty of mustache photos, which can be seen in my facebook mustache fan albumย and acquired a few new catnip toy kitty fans, too! I sold out of catnip tacos, so will be busy stocking those up over the next few weeks.

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And my fleece tacos were a big hit, too! This was the first major show I’ve had them at, so I was pretty excited about how people were responding to them. I sold out of those too, so I guess taco making is my number 1 priority over the next month!

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My con highlight was when Ajay from InnerSPACE (via Space Channel) stopped by my booth and chose it as his favourite โ€“ mostly because of his love for tacos. Check out the video of him snuggling one of my fleece taco pillows here. You can see me lurking in the background (around 3:08)…

Next up on the show list is Art-O-Con in Burlington on Sunday, May 5th. It’ll be a new show for me this year, but will be filled with plenty of vendor pals so I’m sure it’ll be a good time. Hosted by my awesome pal Lara of Jaded Dragon Studios, who looks dashing in a mustache (below):

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Also, if anyone reading this knows someone with a shop down on James Street North in Hamilton that wouldn’t mind having me set up out front for the July & August Art Crawls, please get in touch with me! ๐Ÿ™‚

One last thing before I go, if you haven’t already, head on over to Okay, Allison’s awesome blog to read a feature on yours truly, and also enter for a chance to win some mustache merch (made by me!)

Okay that’s it from me! I’m off to have tea with one of my favourite crafty ladies!

xoxoxo Lisa

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Sewing away the winter blahs…

Hello lovelies! Hope everyone is keeping their spirits up and avoiding those winter blahs! I started my spring count down in January, so I’m ready for flowers and sunshine annnyyyyy day now…. even tomorrow would be great ๐Ÿ™‚ But if not, I can stick it out a few more weeks, if I must.

I’ve been busy stocking up for shows! I actually kicked the craft shows off early this year, with Craftstock in Hamilton earlier this month (usually I don’t start until March). It was lots of fun, and is going to be a monthly event down on James Street North, so I’ll likely be there again in the near future. There’s a fun article about it here, featuring some quotes from yours truly!

Here was my booth set up:

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I was pretty excited to wear my new nerdbiskit skirt made by one of my fave crafty pals, Heather of Needlings.

After Craftstock, I was busy with a few podcast interviews, one with Steve Likoski from Australia (click here to listen) and one with Guys With Pencils in Toronto! I think I’m getting better at that sort of thing, (you know, talking to people… haha) and I’m honoured to have been selected as a guest! (I’ll post the Guys With Pencils podcast next time, it’s not ready just yet.)

I also appeared in Hamilton Magazine, which was pretty exciting!

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So much media action to kick off the year! I wonder what’s next?! I can’t wait to find out! I should stock up on mustache jokes just so I’m fully prepared!

Other than that, I’ve mostly been sewing tacos, both large (for people) and small (stuffed with catnip for kitties) and working on some new display ideas. I found these cute burger trays:

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and this empty bamboo tea box works wonderfully to hold my pocket mirrors:

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I just love when things work out perfectly ๐Ÿ™‚

Other than that, I’ve had several crafting/work dates with pals, including the usual crafternoon with Heather of Needlings. She worked on owls and display stuff for the One Of A Kind show where she’ll be selling her goods (March 27-31 in Toronto), and I basically just ate butter tarts, drank tea, and played with Callie the wonder dog:

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So that’s about it! Oh, I also got Vine, and have been having a lot of fun making silly cat and taco videos! Follow me if you have it: @nerdbiskit. Here’s a sample for you (I promise they’ll get better in time): Taco talk.

Speaking of tacos, I better get back to stuffing more for Toronto ComiCON IN JUST ONE WEEK! I’ll be in Artist’s Alley at booth A43 so if you’re going to be there, come say hi! Super excited since last year was a blast!

Bye for now! xoxo

Lisa

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Kickin’ off 2013!

Hi guys! Happy New Year! (I can still say that until the end of this month, right?) Hope everyone had a lovely holiday season and all that fun stuff. Mine was nice and quiet as per usual ๐Ÿ™‚ There were plenty of famjams and friendly visits, and I even took a bit of a break from crafting, although I still had plenty to do and restock from all of my holiday shows!

After New Year’s I got right back to work, of course! I started off with a few new button designs, “cats are my boyfriend” and Gangnam style (how could I resist). They will also be available as bottle opener keychains in my Etsy shop in the near future!

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And of course, Grumpy Cat! (He’s not on a button yet, but will be shortly):

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I also sewed plenty of mustaches, catnip kitty tacos, and a few new character tote bags as well.

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I think I’m right on track for my first show of the year, coming up in just 2 short weeks: Craftstock in Hamilton, ON on February 2nd! I’m pretty excited since shows don’t usually kick off until mid-March for me, so it’s nice to get started earlier this year!

I even had a special visitor come see me for a working afternoon this past weekend! The wonderful illustrator/comic artist Vicki Nerino. (You can read her guest blog interview here.) We did a whole lot of catching up, while also getting some things checked off our to do list! I was working on buttons for NYC Pride, while she doodled characters for some upcoming comic books for TCAF!

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It’s always nice to have some company while I work ๐Ÿ™‚ My usual crafternooner, Miss Heather from Needlings, and I have taken up a new venture of exploring tea rooms! Well just one so far, but we plan to visit a whole bunch more, Tea Tour 2013! This first one, Taylor’s Tea Room, in Dundas was quite lovely. We also found a nice door to pose in front of on our way home!

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And look what that lovely lady made me, my very own nerdbiskit craft show skirt!!! I’m so excited to wear it at my next show! Eee!

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After Craftstock, I will be a vendor at Toroto ComiCON on March 9th & 10th! Super excited for that as usual ๐Ÿ™‚

Well I better get back to work, there are custom button orders for NYCPride to complete!

xoxoxoxo Lisa

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MOVEMBER IS HERE!

Well folks, here I am โ€“ finally โ€“ with a long overdue nerdbiskit update! Hope everyone had a lovely autumn, and enjoyed plenty of pumpkin-y goodness. Fall is my favourite time of year. It was a good one for me, and I am bummed that winter is on it’s way โ€“ I am definitely not meant for the cold and snow… my toes are already permanently frozen until spring and it only just started getting cold!

For me, winter mostly means it is time to take care of business! I have been busy making some new plans for world takeover in 2013 (well, it might not happen next year… but slowly. One day at a time.)

First on the list was ordering supplies! I was all out of bizz cards and promos, and running low on felt and tags and pretty much everything else you can possibly think of. Since I was bringing home boxes and boxes of new stuff, a major craft room re-organization was in order!

As you can see, it is much more nerdbiskity looking now! (It didn’t stay this neat and tidy for very long, unfortunately.)
I also took a break from the usual mustache and button making, to take on a few new projects – personal and for customers!
First up was a ‘biskit decoration to hang on my craft room door:

Then I made this fancy little apron for one of my fave ladies, Heather of Needlings ๐Ÿ™‚

And a prototype for some new merch –ย  FLEECE TACO PILLOWS! The first one sold right away but I promise to make plenty more for 2013!

I was also asked to make some custom plush, including this baby mobile:

And also this plush Elvis doll!

They were all super fun to work on, and it was nice to switch things up!

I also managed to fit in a family trip to BC to visit relatives – which was great. We were so lucky that the weather was beautiful the entire time we were there! It was a nice break before heading back to the ol’ 9-5 design world, and a wonderful way to wrap up the summer.

Of course I took my mustache companion with me. His name is MoBerg, and he is pretty awesome. Since I can’t grow my own mustache, he is helping me raise money for Movember by letting me take pictures of him on various objects. If you want to help, all you need to do is LIKE my facebook fan page, and I’ll donate $1 to Movember (for each new like.) It’s that easy! MoBerg and I thank you!


Alternatively, if you don’t already know about my Hot Chicks with Mustaches 2013 mini calendar, $3 from every purchase goes towards the cover girl’s Movember campaign! Dads and boyfriends really seem to like it so you can support Movember AND get started on your Christmas shopping! I know everyone on my list is getting one of these ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyways, I must get back to mustache sewing – it’s a busy month for me, as you can imagine. I will leave you with this, a photo of myself dressed up as a fancy gentleman for Halloween – really, just an excuse to wear a mustache.

HAPPY MOVEMBER EVERYONE!

Oh, and my last show of the year is the Holiday Maker’s Market on Saturday, December 1st on James Street in Hamilton โ€“ come on out and find yourself some handmade holiday gifts! There will be plenty of great vendors!

xoxo Lisa

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Summer of nerdbiskit part 2

What a busy summer of nerdbiskit-ing this has been! I’m busier than ever before, even without having a 9-5 job on top of the craft bizz. There have been crafts shows, weddings, birthday celebrations, freelance design work, custom button orders and wedding portrait pillows, crafternoons with Needlings, beach days, and plenty of adventures in between. It’s been pretty awesome, and it’s not over yet! The biggest event of the summer is coming up in just a few days: FanExpo Canada! It’s my biggest and most exciting show of the year, so I’ve been working hard to prepare for it of course. I will be in Artist’s Alley, booth A89. (Check my facebook page for a map.) I’m so excited to launch a brand new item at the show… should I tell you what it is? OK! You might already know this, but I’ve been working on a calendar called “HOT CHICKS WITH MUSTACHES.” And that’s exactly what it is. 13 (12 months plus cover girl) pretty girls rockin’ a nerdbiskit ‘stache! I’m so excited to start selling them, and am so appreciative of all the girls who submitted their awesome ‘stache photos. It will be available online in my Etsy shop in September, so mark your calendars… (before you replace them with this new one for 2013 of course!) Want a sneak peak?!?!? Ok fine….

I’m pretty excited about it! I can’t wait to hear people’s reactions at FanExpo, I think it’s a pretty silly idea! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope all the hard work pays off!

I’ve had a couple pretty awesome shows since I last blogged, including Atomic Lollipop! APOP was quite an adventure! I’d never done it before but had been hearing about it for a while and decided to give it a shot. The coolest part was definitely the ferris wheel, AND MEETING PJ PHIL! I heard that Saturday night was pretty radical with a NON STOP PARTY! (I unfortunately did not get to experience the party aspect of it, but I did go on the ferris wheel, and I did meet a lot of really cool people.)

This was my setup:

AND THIS IS ME WITH PJ PHIL!!!!

I also did my very first on-site mustache commission for a hedgehog named Marty:

After APOP, there was Art Crawl โ€“ just a few weeks ago on James Street North in Hamilton, which was awesome as usual. I think that is one of my most favourite shows of all, even though it’s only a few hours. I met some new pals at the latest one, they offered to work for me in exchange for only mustaches! They helped me out with set up and de-furring my table cover with a lint brush. I was pretty grateful for that since otherwise I would have been doing set up alone!

Look how happy I am. I just love doing shows ๐Ÿ™‚

Since then I’ve been hard at work with custom orders and restocking for FanExpo! Here’s a few of the things I’ve been working on.

My wedding portrait pillows seem to be quite a hit this year, I’m excited to work on a few more after FanExpo!

One of my favourite things about the summer of nerdbiskit has been weekly crafternoons with Heather of Needlings. Here are a few shots of us hard at work!

Look at us go! I’ve been sewing so hard, I actually got “tennis elbow” from overusing my arms! Ridiculous! I promise to rest after FanExpo. I also have 2 more big shows on deck after that, Locke Street Festival and Supercrawl, both in Hamilton. I’m so excited! So much to do though! Ahhh!

Well, I better get back to it. There are mustaches to be sewn!

Oh and in case you didn’t hear, my cat Greta had 15 minutes of fame as an internet meme. She was posted on the Taco Bell Facebook page and reddit and apparently got over 15,000 notes on tumblr! WOW!

So I made myself a shirt to celebrate.

You can’t spell CATTOY without T-A-C-O!

Ok that is all! Have a good week! See you at FanExpo! ๐Ÿ˜€
xoxo Lisa

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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 โ€“ 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 โ€“ so she is A-OK in my books. Enjoy! xo

nerdbiskit: So, whatโ€™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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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’sย  job took us to Yellowknife for two years.ย  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? ๐Ÿ™‚

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

nerdbiskit: Why do you do it?

Rosa: I love creatingโ€ฆ anythingโ€ฆ 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: Whatโ€™s unique about you and what you do? What sets you apart from the pack?

Rosa: Hmmmโ€ฆ 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 dadโ€ฆ hands down. They are amazing people who sacrificed tons for their children (I have two sisters). ย 

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 creatingโ€ฆ 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 nowโ€ฆ 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 donโ€™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 donโ€™t think her mustache obsession is ridiculous. Ok, maybe at firstโ€ฆ but not anymore ๐Ÿ™‚

nerdbiskit:ย 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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