Wedding book

A wonderful couple I made a wedding album/ guest book for a few months ago sent along some images of their book filled with notes and pictures. I love seeing my books used!
I like how they have pictures of each other and notes from their guests, it’s a really lovely keepsake for their family and a good idea for anyone looking for something memorable to make for their own wedding.
Have a look:

If you’re on the look out for a wedding book of your very own, send me a message at mulemotherbooks@gmail.com to get started!

Have a peek through some past custom books here and here

 

New space, new sketchbooks

Last week, my partner and I decided that it was time our bedroom got a little bigger. We’re expecting a third soon enough and figuring that we’d probably want optimum cuddle space, we decided to switch our bedroom and my end of our studio. Except for getting the box spring hopelessly caught in the stairwell for a good hour, it was a really quick and easy move (we got it out magically and we plan on not leaving this place for several years… can’t wait to do that again!). Here is my studio in the living room in transition:

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and here’s the new space!

Still needing some shelf space and probably one last good clean, but it’s working out lovely.. Now to get that sewing machine fixed up….

Finally- sending out these, the first two books made in the new space. These are the books that I had started in my last post. Super soft, covered in dereskin and pigskin suedes, filled with 140lb watercolour paper and fitted with a back pocket and strap for closin’. Get em while they’re hot! Custom made, $90 plus shipping, you pick the leather.

June came and went, part 3- Full Circle Festival and Avondale Art Fair

After a few weeks of fun family filled awesome-ness, Naryn and I took off to the country for the Full Circle Festival and the Avondale Art Fair. The two events are not related, but I had applied for the craft show and bought tickets for the festival realizing after that they were the same weekend. Luckily for me they were within walking distance, more or less.
The festival was such a great break from the past few weeks of running around and life in general. Sleeping outside and live music are two of my favourite things and so many of our buds were performing over the weekend, that it made for a magical couple of days. It was a bit chilly the first night, as we came just a wee bit unprepared (never trust the weather report, how many times must I learn this lesson…) but as the weekend carried on it got warmer and brighter. I think this is the festivals fourth year and from what I understand it was its busiest. I’m pretty sure the whole weekend was sold out. So many little families with dancing babies and smiling friends and beautiful scenery. I’m sure we’ll be back next year with the little bean. Here are a few images from the weekend. If it looks familiar it’s because the festival takes place in the same spot as the Heritage Artisans in Action even I did at the beginning of the month. (As always I should have taken more pictures…)

Saturday morning I snuck out from the festival to spend the day up the road at the Avondale Art Fair at the Avondale Sky Winery. A beautiful spot on a lovely piece of land, fields of grapes growing in the background. The winery building is an old church with lots of beautiful stained glass inside and funny church things left over like the collection box that has different holes for different types of donations like “poor”, “general offering” and “special offering”….Oy vey…

The fair had a great collection of artisans, lots of folks whom I met for the first time at last years NSDCC Summer Show. The weather around the province seemed to keep people at home despite the dry windy weather we were having at the winery. But I think over all there was a decent crowd and it’s always nice to chat with folks about what I do and send a few business cards out in the world. Here’s what the day looked like:

So there we go… June’s almost over and I’m flabbergasted at how fast that all went… It’s kind of terrifying…
Working on some fun custom pieces and projects, some more summer shows are coming up and hopefully I’ll get it together to organize a workshop by the end of this month, fingers crossed.

June came and went, part 1: Artisans in Action!

A bit of a delay writing this post.

I’m working on being a little more disciplined in all areas of my life… baby steps…

So the beginning of June (wasn’t that just last week!?) brought with it an exciting opportunity to take part in Heritage Artisans in Action. The event is held on the first Sunday of every month till October and each has a theme to include a group of artisans from specific disciplines that essentially bring their studios to the Avon River Heritage Society Museum to demonstrate what they do and how they do it. Right on the Bay of Fundy and the highest tides in the world (I learned this weekend that more water flows in and out of the Bay of Fundy every day than all the rivers and streams in the world combined….THINK ABOUT THAT), here are some images from the very first event, Wood and Leather:

 

 

 

The weather couldn’t have been more beautiful and I’m looking forward to taking part in this again. It’s always fun to make stuff with people around to ask you questions and to explain exactly what it is you do.

Next up: a trip to Montreal!

weekend trip to the country!

If you’re in this neck of the woods this coming weekend (the 1st of June) swing by the Avon River Heritage Society Museum in Newport Landing for Heritage Artists in Action! Myself along with two other talented craftspeople from Nova Scotia will be demonstrating our crafts, selling our wares and answering your questions! A great opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes and in the studio.

 

Heritage Artists in Action 2014

on to the next thing…

Relaxing here on a Monday morning post Halifax Crafters Society Spring Fair… realizing that I have only the next hour or so to relax, then it’s back to work! Received a slew of repairs and custom work that I need to get cracking on and time to start preparing for my next show- the NSDCC Summer Craft Fair in mid/ late July at Victoria Park. This will be my first NSDCC fair and I’m really looking forward to it!

First off, the HFX Crafters Spring Fair was a hit! So many amazing artisans and crafts-folk made for so much eye candy it was hard to stay focused (and not spend all the money I made!) Here’s a few shots of my table and of the fair at the Olympic Community Centre a few seconds before the doors opened:

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In other pretty spectacular news, my journal was featured on television thanks to Reverend Bob down at Plan B Merchants Co-op. Plan B is an AMAZING shop here in the North End on Gottingen St. that caters to artists, antique collectors, vintage clothing lovers, freaks, weirdos, coffee drinkers, video game players, oddballs and the like with a fabulous collection of things from about 60+ different artists, designers, curators and collectors. This shop is a gem and I am honoured to be a part of the Plan B family. SO! Plan B is associated with a site called The Gift Network which is essentially a collection of awesome little Canadian boutiques that are featured on the site that you can buy directly from. So if you love a little shop in Toronto but can’t get there to peruse, you can hop on the Gift Network, find your little shop, buy that cute thing you wanted and have it shipped to your front door… awesome. 

Anywho, here’s a clip from the show on the theme of Mother’s Day gifts… and although they don’t mention Mule Mother, it’s pretty sweet that my boombox notebook made a tv debut… click the link below!

Mule Mother Notebook TV Debut