Monday, January 19, 2015

Mail Monday - Third week of 2015

I had a great, albeit busy, weekend. I tried some new things, visited new events and met some new people. I also hung out with a few people I met previously, you just got to love the crafting community. I'm exploring new avenues for my crafts, so it's been invaluable to talk to people who are already involved here in Toronto.

This weekend I also realized how out of shape I am, so I will need to fix that too... I spent all my summer and fall walking outside, but as the weather got colder, it's been challenging. 

It's funny how all of 2014 felt to me like things were in transition. I just knew things were changing, but I had no idea where anything would end up at. I'm still in the middle of all sorts of changes, but I'm starting to feel like things are heading to more permanent locations. I think that sounds a lot more philosophical than I really intended, but it's the best way to describe it. I once read somewhere that you life moves in seven year cycles. I'm not sure how much I really believe in that, but as I approach my 35th birthday, another seven year cycle sounds pretty damn good to me!

As I'm still working on figuring stuff out, I do try to send at least one piece of mail out every week. Here's the third week of 2015:

Outgoing

Batmail
It's been a while since I made something with a very specific theme. I bought the tape and was itching to use it, who better than another Batman fan Mary? And once I get started, it's hard to stop. I really wish Canada Post had Batman stamps like USPS, but Superman will do in a pinch. And, as if on cue, I had a magazine on my desk that just happened to have a picture of the original Batman and Robin, Adam West and Burt Ward. 

Incoming

Mail from Jenni
A letter from Jenni. We've been exchanging mail at a leisurely pace for a while and it's always a treat to get something from her. She has a very distinct style, this is a good example of it. I'm also still digging the Tom of Finland stamps. Props to the Finnish Post on those!

How have you guys been? What's new?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Mail Monday - Second week of 2015

Last week was really, really long. I'm usually charged up for the upcoming week on Monday morning, but this time I am feeling pretty tired. Sometimes it happens, so onwards and upwards said the granny in the snow*

Looks like I was so tired that I didn't actually publish this post after writing it... So, Mail Monday on Tuesday!

To counteract the long days now behind us, I am lining up some new interesting things for this week. Call it a resolution or a goal (or at least a cliche), I'm stepping out of my comfort zone. But, for now, it's time for mail...

Outgoing

Thinking of spring Just one to share this week. Looks like my mind is already longing for spring. Wasn't really intentional, but I think the message is pretty clear.

Did you guys do something fun this week? Please share!

*) If you're Finnish, this makes total sense to you. If you're not, it's a Finnish saying about being persistent when facing adversity.

Friday, January 9, 2015

My article in Maak Magazine

I've had a really hard time not telling you guys about this until now! My DIY vintage ornament wreath tutorial has been published in the Dutch craft magazine Maak Magazine! Woohoo!

My article was published in a Dutch craft magazine
The ladies behind the magazine sent me the page layout before and said I could share it, but I really wanted to wait until I had the actual magazine in my hands. I'm glad I did. The magazine is totally amazing!

My article was published in a Dutch craft magazine The quality of the magazine is so nice, even the paper feels great! And there's just so much cool stuff in it. I don't speak Dutch and understand only a little bit, so I can't follow the instructions written instructions. The photos, however, are amazing and give you a really good idea what the text says.

My article was published in a Dutch craft magazine I should mention that there are goodies that come with it... I was expecting maybe a postcard or a couple of stickers, but I was pleasantly surprised when I saw all this additional stuff! Many things were Christmas and New Years related, since this was the holiday edition, but there's a bunch of all-season goodies too! I did order a few other things as well, but I removed those from the box prior to taking the photo. All the other things are extra stationery surprises included with my order.

Please note that this is not a paid ad! I am super-excited to have my tutorial published, but I paid for a copy of the magazine myself. So, yeah, it's really that good!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Mail Monday - First week of 2015

Happy New Year!

I hope 2015 has started off well for you! So far this year I've been reorganizing, cleaning and boxing up stuff. I'm still in the middle of it, but at least I think I'll get it finished soon. Some things just take their time to find their places.

I've yet to forsaken this blog, so here's the first Mail Monday post for this year.

Outgoing

Reading
Handmade envelope made from  book page. It was a coffee table book about black and white movies. Some vintage stamps.

Blue Flowers Another handmade envelope from patterned paper bordered with new washi tape I got for Christmas. (Thank you Santa, you know who you are!)

How has your year started?

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Last minute holiday shopping at the Beaches

A quick reminder that the Beaches Artists' & Artisans' show is on today for the last day! So if you're looking for any last minute gifts or stocking stuffers, now's your chance! Or just come by to hang out and get into the holiday mood!

Beaches Artists' & Artisans' Market Hope to see you there!