This felted fox by ROOST warms my heart as it reminds me of my Dad.

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I bought this little guy (Felted Fox by Roost) at the 2013 Swedish Cultural Society’s Christmas Market on November 16, 2013.

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I just fell in love with him.  He’s about 3 inches tall and has a leather backpack and a pipe.  It’s not just that I love little crafts like this.  This fox reminds me of cross country skiing with my family in Northern BC in the early 70′s.  Dad would have a leather backpack containing delicious sandwiches by Mom and the hot chocolate thermos.  His pipe was a constant.  IMG_4840 IMG_4843 IMG_4844

On the anniversary of my mother’s passing, I spend time with her unfinished tapestry.

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My mother often claimed that she was not artistic, that instead she was an artistic director.  She had an amazing eye for design and style.

But…

She was artistic and crafty and influenced my love for tradition and craft.

I was ELATED to find her unfinished tapestry the other day as we sorted through her box of treasures.  She started this piece in the late 60′s and my childhood was colored by it.  I would spend hours watching her work on it, helping her add stitches, laughing with her as she lost count, rubbing my hands over the texture, copying the images… the unfinished aspect is magical.  I converse with her now as I look at the instructions and smell the wool.

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Her basket also contains some smaller unfinished projects.  I love this basket. LOVE.   And so happy to have found it.

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Karin Thorsen Sept 17, 1936- Nov 8, 2008

Craft night deliciousness at Salmagundi West! #sugarskulls

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Last Friday I was ELATED to be part of Craft Night at Salmagundi West!  The main theme: SUGAR SKULLS.  OH MY GOD- so much fun!

Thank you Anne, Ariel, Kali, Amy, Melanie, Hannah and Ashleigh for a marvelous night!!!

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Stay tuned for other craft glory!  Until then- HEAD TO GASTOWN and

check out Salmagundi‘s storefront and store decor now!

Support this INCREDIBLE SHOP!

Love you, Salmagundi!  

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Message from Salmagundi West:

Always arriving at our door after hours? Come down to SHOP HOP this Thursday October 17th from 5-9. Gastown shops will stay open late and best of all; SALES! We are offering 20% off everything in the shop!

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Stores I love: IN GOOD COMPANY, local artisan cooperative, North Vancouver

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Local. Handmade. Gifts. Baby & Kids. Clothing. Eco-Friendly. Cooperative.

I am delighted to discover the new store IN GOOD COMPANY a couple of blocks away from my apartment filled with eco-friendly, handmade, made-with-love, children-welcome, ETSY-for-real, artisan-celebratory shop!

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I had my first official visit yesterday and I was so impressed with the friendly and inviting space that allows the visitor to immerse into incredible arts and crafts, fashion, food, vintage items etc.  It is very child-friendly (kids can be kids) and has a workshop space in the back.

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From the IN GOOD COMPANY site:

The creators of IGC are Janelle and Jean – North Shore based small business owners and busy moms to 5 little kiddos. 

Our own retail store? Are you kidding me?!  We are so excited that this partnership has allowed us to have a prime retail space in the heart of LoLo (Lower Lonsdale), run our businesses, plus spend time with our families.  We also wanted a place where like-minded local artisans and small business owners can showcase their amazing products and talents and create a supportive network for each other.

Email: hello@ingoodcompanyshop.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ingoodcompanyshop
Twitter & Instagram: ingoodcompanynv
Snail Mail and IRL: 
67 Lonsdale Ave, 
North Vancouver, BC, V7M 2E7

HERE ARE SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM MY VISIT YESTERDAY:

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CONGRATS JANELLE AND JEAN ON MAKING YOUR DREAM COME TRUE AND FOR NOURISHING OUR DREAMS!

Check out IN GOOD COMPANY in:

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Crafts I love to make: farm sock characters #recycledcraft

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It has been delightful helping my student Brianna on her book and video project: Crow Visits the Farm.

Here are some characters we created out of old socks and other recycled material.

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See more at: Crow Visits the Farm

We were particularly proud of the sock cow with sock udders:

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I.Cow says hello

THIS IS THE SOCK MONKEY THAT STARTED IT ALL.

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Many have asked me- when did you start making sock monkeys?  I wasn’t raised on them.  But I did catch the fever in my adulthood.  I believe it was 1997.

My dear friend, filmmaker Patti Henderson, and I were at a flea market and saw a vintage sock monkey sitting on top of a shelf.

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Photo by Patti Henderson

In my mind- events greatly exaggerated I’m sure- we lunged at it at the same time, in slow motion.  Patti won.  And I’ve been chasing that first high ever since.  Consuming me!  I’ve made hundreds of sock monkeys since that fateful day.  I’ve been a part of (through teaching, facilitating, inspiring, whatever) thousands since then.

This monkey is my GOD.

Photo by Patti Henderson

Photo by Patti Henderson

I often wonder what would have happened if I had reached that monkey first.  Would I be who I am today?

The @bypoststreet #punk paper dress. #Collection2

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In celebration of by post street’s launch of Collection 2, I made a paper dress, my third one.

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COLLECTION 2 in celebration of Chaos to Couture at the Met

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The paper dress is on its way to San Francisco to premiere at Booty Call Wednesday May 22!

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Check out BOOTY CALL WEDENESDAYS MAY 22

Recall:

The by post street DRAWN TOGETHER launch event on April 14, 2013 featured two of my paper dresses:

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Photo by Sairah Rodgers

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Anna T Fabulous, Viranly, Josh Langston- The Social Life trio!

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