collaborations

Recently, my friend Marc of Old Birch Workshop and I did a journal collaboration for a gal who wanted a leather journal for her boyfriend who was embarking on a trip out west.  With our powers combined, we whipped up this lovely little travel journal fitted with the fella’s name and a compass acetone transferred onto the leather… I think it came out pretty sweet!

 

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You should do yourself a favour and check out some of Marc’s leather work!

This is the collar he just made for my cat… ❤

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so long, February

It’s getting to that time of year (in Atlantic Canada anyways) when folks start talking spring. In the past few days, I have heard many people express their done-with-winter sentiments, and although I do to a certain extent agree (I will always chose warm over cold), I feel this winter has not been my worst by far. Ice skating has kept me outside (also lack of an automobile), the days haven’t been as grey as usual and, although I never feel like I am not doing enough, I’ve been getting things done.

Leaving all things up to the last minute has been my forté for as long as I’ve been me. As was the case with my last deadline- an application to the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council, which I delivered one hour before deadline. It’s always the writing that gets me, and it wasn’t even that involved (this application). It was really just explaining things I already know, but for some reason, writing gives me terrible anxiety… (this is essentially why I started this thing-a-ma-blog… to get over being a bad writer…) I was thinking the other day that if I could invest even a quarter of the energy that I output when I’m scrambling to meet a deadline 3 months before the deadline in small increments, I could save myself so much anxiety… In a perfect world.

 

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On the much more enjoyable side of things, my friend Marc Comeau, owner of Old Birch Workshop, his lovely lady Ashley and I took a trip to the Tandy Leather Factory in Dartmouth the other day to get some supplies. I think this was only my second or third time in the shop and I must’ve somehow missed meeting the shop dog, Hunter. I fell swiftly in love with this unbelievably lovely pup. Here he is chillin’ on the hair on cow hides…

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…and here’s leather worker extraordinaire, Marc with Hunter in the shop

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Definitely go check out his stuff. He’s only just begun his biz and already he’s created quite a buzz (that is so corny sounding, I’m gunna LEAVE IT). But really, there is some gorgeous leather work coming out of that studio, and I have a feeling it’s only going to get better.

Tandy Leather has so many gorgeous leathers and I love going in for a visit. It is a bit out of the way from North End Halifax  (I think there is one bus and it runs every hour and a half or something) so it’s great when friends with cars and leather hobbies ask you if you want to join them (thanks Marc!). I picked up some great new material and along with the heaping pile of beautiful leathers my partners’ folks sent over from Manitoba (thank you again so much for that!!), I’m going to have some really lovely new books for the Eyelevel Gallery Zine and Printed Matter Fair in early March and the Halifax Crafters Spring Market in early May.

In other very exciting news, I dropped off a fresh selection of journals and book kits at Plan B Merchants Co-Op  (here’s the new set up)….

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and got some great press! – Mule Mother Books’ DIY Book Kits were featured in this weeks edition of the Coast here in Halifax, NS along with some pretty lovely words about my stuff. Check out the write up here.

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Made for a super day, feeling pretty grateful and motivated to create.

So, you know, winters not been so bad. I’ve lined up some deadlines that’ll carry me through these last few gloomy weeks with some more in the works and I’m feeling pretty good about this little operation I’ve got going on here.

till next time, over and out.