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Lisa's 2022 Studio Holiday Show

Lisa's 2022 Studio Holiday Show

Ever since I moved into the 1444 Dupont Business Complex in 2007, I have always run some sort of Annual Holiday event in my studio. With the onset of the pandemic, I expanded my offerings to be more than just my jewellery. Every year I have invited a different selection of "art and craft" friends to join me. This year is no exception. But as I mentioned in my last blog post, it was a lot harder to get Artisans interested in joining me. So for this holiday season, it will be a couple of returning textile artists; Katherine Keates...

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Has Covid Changed Your Brain?

Has Covid Changed Your Brain?

Well, I have to say, COVID has changed my brain and I'm noticing that I am not the only one! I guess pandemics have a way of doing that. Not that we would know until now, but it is interesting to notice your own changes and observe them in others. For me, it's sort of all-encompassing as a small business owner: how I spend my days (which relates to how much stock I carry); how retailers are handling it from a supply point of view; the mindset of clients when it comes to purchasing and why; and pretty much everything...

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Here Comes Summer...What Happened to Spring?

Here Comes Summer...What Happened to Spring?

It's exactly this time of the year that has become my annual reminder of the affects of global warming. Where has Spring gone? One day it's sunny, but the wind is cold and damp and the next, the UV is 9 and it's HOT, like July hot! There is no "slow" warmup to Spring that leads us into Summer anymore, that seems to be a thing of the past. But I'm not really grumbling about it, just noticing a change that has taken place over my lifetime. I was very happy to usher winter away this year, as it seemed...

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I Remain Hopeful...

I Remain Hopeful...

Artichoke plant gone to flower. How beautiful is that? Picture taken at my Community Garden September 2021. I know. It's pretty difficult some days isn't it? I thought coming up to the two-year anniversary of Covid was bad enough, and then the war in Ukraine started just before that milestone. Seriously, as my Father used to say, "I think the world has gone mad!" I realize how privileged I am to live and work in a country as wonderful as Canada, and my heart (and small donations I am able to contribute) go out to all the people of Ukraine....

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Just Some 2022 Musings...

Just Some 2022 Musings...

As I write this, the snow is falling again. Good thing I like winter. I've already managed to x-country ski on the West Toronto Railpath TWICE! They clear the Railpath better than they clean the streets in our neighbourhood, much to my chagrin, as it makes a great ski trail. But I guess they are worried about all the winter runners, or young families with baby strollers. So when we get a really good dump of snow, like we did mid-January, you have to be quick to jump into your skis and break a trail, knowing that it will be...

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