Cool Handwriting/Calligraphy Video

I just found this great video through Smashing Magazine.

I used to extensively practice calligraphy about 10 years ago…and since it’s such a great fit with book arts, I should really get back into it…


So Many Craft Fairs, Such A Short Summer…

I’ve just confirmed my participation at the Mini-Crafternoon Tea event on Saturday, July 4. The event is organized and curated by nathalie-roze & co., so you know some pretty awesome vendors will be involved! Check out the Events and Workshops page for all the details. Be sure to check out my upcoming workshops while you’re there!

Been spending a fair amount of time online these days – creating a Facebook Page for myself (become a fan!) and learning the intricacies of Twitter. Enjoying it immensely, perhaps even a bit too much…

Although I have been producing a fair amount of handmade books, I haven’t managed to take any good photos to show them off. Soon, I promise!

Hope you’re all having a wonderful [and crafty] day!

The Canadian Songbook: A Tribute to Neil Young

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Last night I had the most amazing opportunity to see The Canadian Songbook: A Tribute to Neil Young’s Live at Massey Hall, as part of the Luminato Festival. It was a recreation of Young’s 1971 concert by an impressive roster of talent, including Colin James, Holly Cole, Jason Collett, Cowboy Junkies, Issa [formerly Jane Siberry], Stevie Jackson [of Belle & Sebastian fame), Colin Linden, Steven Page [of Barenaked Ladies fame], Carole Pope, Sarah Slean, and many others…

Interspersed between songs were stories about Neil Young, his life, the recording of the famed 1971 concert, and so much more. What impressed me the most, I think, was that by the ripe old age of 24, he had already written such gems as Old Man, Heart of Gold, Ohio, and The Needle and the Damage Done. Makes everyone else look like a slacker. Hmph.

It was a fabulous night with fabulous entertainment. Well worth the price, even though my seat was partially obstructed by enormous speakers! I’m simply grateful for having gotten tickets in the first place…

If you weren’t able to enjoy this concert in person, it will be broadcast on CBC Radio 2 on June 29 & July 6. Check it out!

New Workshops and Events

I am thrilled to be offering some new workshops at Urban Scrapyard – yay!

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Piano-Hinged Album – Saturday, June 13, 11 am-1 pm

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Tied Up In Knots…On Steroids! – Saturday, June 27, 11 am-1 pm

For details about the workshops, visit the Events & Workshops page.

I will also be participating in the 5th Annual Leslieville Tree Festival on Saturday, June 20 – be sure to stop by the booth I’ll be sharing with nathalie-roze & co. and say hi!

The (almost) summer is already off to a great start!!!