3 Pieces Of Advice From Sarah Richardson

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(photos courtesy of Annawithlove Photography)

Last weekend I attended the Canadian Blogging summit: Blog Podium.  I went with the expectation that I would network with amazing people interested in things similar to me, get advice on how to improve my blog and learn how I can improve my digital marketing business.  I was not disappointed.  Highlights included a key note speech by the one and only Sarah Richardson, an excellent panel discussion including the editors of a few Canadian powerhouse magazines and a very insightful seminar from  Karen Bertelsen from the blog: The Art of Doing Stuff.

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(photos courtesy of Annawithlove Photography)

The attendees were all given these charming note books to write down important things they were learning in the seminars.   I felt as though I had written a novel, but when I went back to read my notes it turned out that all I wrote was “have a unique style, or at least a point of view”, “whimsy gets a bad wrap” and in bold I scribed “promote the artisan”- all quotes from Sarah Richardson.   Apparently that is the only information I thought I could not retain.

So now what?

Well… I have decided to hone in and blog specifically about things people are making locally (within Canada) by hand.  (Cookie says not to worry because she will still make appearances on here occasionally blogging about her favourite products/brands/stores).  I am excited to streamline the content of my blog and comb the nation for inspiring stories of talented people practicing their skills to make a living, something to which I aspire; entrepreneurship.   Let me know if there is anyone I need to know about or products you love and think other people should know about too.

Hope you like the new angle!

Peace, love and have fun mehking stuff, eh!

-Amanda
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The Art Of Agreeing To Disagree

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This is a special post dedicated to my brother on his 32nd birthday.  Even though we haven’t always seen eye to eye – it is a neat feeling knowing there is someone else out there that shares your blood.

Mike has been doing some really cool stuff over in his home town of Ottawa, Ontario.  Share the blog love and “check out/follow/like” his pages if you think what he is doing is cool!

Mike helped found this really amazing Urban Culture event known as “House Of Paint“, mike hop

He runs a wicked graffiti “heritage” site – keepsix.com,

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Mike has a million pictures on flickr, mike flickr

He has documented some time lapsed videos on his youtube channel mike youtubeand he has a really interesting portfolio of work mike website

Which is starting to include some bad ass pyrography.

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Mike also has a Facebook Page

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A twitter accountmike twitter

And a sometimes funny Tumblr blogmike tumblr

I hope you enjoyed looking through my brothers body of work.  I find graffiti fascinating.  Happy Birthday Mike, sorry we can’t be there to celebrate!  I will leave you with some good ol’ family photos.  Enjoy!

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To sew or not to sew…

So here I am, new year, new blog.  You can catch up on my old musing HERE. After attending Blog Podium last weekend I have decided to revamp my brand and give it a real go.  I have been thinking about starting my own little deign business for a long time and I will keep you updated with the happenings.  What really got me in gear was seeing a posting on a pole at Queen st. and Bathurst St. calling out for artists and designers for a weekend market called “the spot“.  I have been toying with the idea of creating a designer market for quite some time – so I took the little email address hanging from the bottom of the sign and decided to follow up on it – see how someone else does it.  I was at first apprehensive because there was not a lot of content about this market and they asked to send money via paypal to an email address – after several conversations with the market organizers I felt comfortable to go ahead and wire the money.  I am so glad I did. First of all I don’t care how much it cost to be a part of this market – nothing could give me the same feeling as becoming motivated again to create my own things.  I have been planning projects for a while and am beginning to make them a reality.  Above you can see I have ordered my pillows for the market.  I won’t bore you with details right now – I am going to head up to the market as today is their opening day! I will post pictures tomorrow for you all to see!