tibs pop up and other glorious february things

So this past weekend I took the ferry across to Dartmouth to join the Halifax Crafters Society at Two If By Sea cafe for the second Pop-Up Show, this time….in the key of love. A good time was had by all, love was successfully spread in the form of crafty goodness and sweet tunes from CKDU. Here are some photos from the day

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Looking forward to the next pop-up!

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This months workshop is already filling up, so if you’re in Halifax and interested, email ASAP!

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and one last thing!

Just a few more days till Valentines Day, grab a DIY Love Kit at Plan B Merchants Co-op on Gottingen St. or at Mule Mother’s studio on Falkland St. (just drop a line first!)

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You don’t know love till you’ve made a book with your sweetheart.

Or read one out loud with.

Or written one together.

This just made me think of that John Waters quote…

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I couldn’t agree more my strange friend.

Moving!

My super guy, fat cat and I are getting out of this tiny spot we’ve called home for the last 3 years ( although I’ve lived in this building for 5 on and off…!) and moving a mere block away to a gorgeous new place where we might just stay put for a few years. This means packing up the studio and moving it on into the new place…

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The cleanest it has ever been in here:

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So I’ll be shutting down till October 8th then back in action for the Halifax Pop Expo! See you then dudes…

paring down

I’ve been trying to pare down the different variety of books I make in the last few months and in the process have come up with some a few new books (seems counterintuitive, I know….) and got rid of a few others…

For starters, I’ve started making some simple fabric covered perfect bound books. They are super useful and really low commitment. Nice enough that you like calling it your own, but not intimidating to use and mark up with notes. These books have Dur-O-Tone Brown Wrap Paper  from the French Paper Company for the text paper, a little darker than the standard  Dur-O-Tone Aged Newspaper that I use in most of my books. Both are wonderful 100% recycled papers that are lovely to write and draw on, but for these notebooks, I think the brown works perfect. (Also I love that paper and I’ve been wanting to use it on the regular!) So here’s those Perfect Notebooks I’ve been blabbing about…

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The next newest style of Mule Mother Book takes a bit more commitment, is a bit more serious, but is still really simple. The Two-Subject Notebook is covered in leather and keeps you organized with two separate sections to compile your notes into. The pages open flatter than any other book so it’s really comfortable to use.

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This next book I am really excited about, as I have been wanting to design one forever. Popping up this holiday season will be one of a kind 2014 Planners! I’ve been working away on the layout and I am just putting the final touches on. 2014 Planner will be available in fabric or cloth bound or leather bound. I’ve also been working on something very awesome incorporating the Two-Subject Notebook and the 2014 Planners… Stay tuned…

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The last thing, I’ve kind of just made better, it’s nothing new to Mule Mother, but it’s a crowd fave and it deserved to be better! I’ve re designed the Miniature Books ever-so-slightly and I think they’ve finally reached where they need to be… I plan on making hundreds this holiday season, so they will surely be mastered by New Years…

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So, these were just a few highlights of good things to come.  Mule Mother will be next out for the Halifax Pop Explosion Pop Expo record, zine and craft fair in late October. Here’s the poster:

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one more thing…

I am moving at the end of this week to a block away into an absolutely beautiful (really, it’s amazing… ) new apartment with my partner and cat, which also means I’ll be packing up Mule Mother for about 2 weeks or so while I move studios and re-organize. Will still be answering emails and such when I can, but will for the most part be shut down.  Will post some photos as soon as I can of the new digs!

cozy new studio set up

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Here’s another super phone panorama shot of my new studio space (which was my bedroom until now). My partner and I decided to rearrange our place to make more room for creating, friends and inspiration and less room for the computer screen in the living room : )
It’s full of glorious natural light and I think we’re already much more productive. I forgot how much I love working in a space with another person (especially this guy).

The panorama comes out a bit wonky, but you get the idea!

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My super smart phone never ceases to amaze and confuse me. Here is a new fun little toy that has all the sudden popped up on my phones camera. ( I used to resent camera phones sooooo very much, but I’m getting too old to be that angry and they’re actually pretty fun…. I still miss my film cameras though…)
Anyways here’s a weird panoramic shot of my studio that’s a bit funny looking but you get the idea.

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Maybe I should have cleaned before I did that… Oh well, its authentic that’s for sure !