The Crafter of the Month on the last day of September!
I’ve mentioned the amazing Karyn Valino before. Karyn is the owner of The Workroom, one of my favourite creative places here in Toronto. I caught up with Karyn last week to ask a few questions about her crafty past and present.
1. How did The Workroom come to be? Was this something you always wanted to do?
CALLING ALL COAST-TO-COAST CRAFTERS! If you or someone you know is a crafty gal, I want to hear about it. Email me at email@example.com – you could be October’s Crafter of the Month!
Come back later today for the September Crafter of the Month..she’s a good one!
I haven’t tried this, so I can’t guarantee it works. But if it does, oh man, what a money-saving tip!
Every time I buy a pack of razor blades, I am appalled at how much they cost. This person claims that he’s been using the same disposable blade for six months — by sharpening it with a pair of jeans.
He runs the razor up and down the length of the jeans 10 to 20 times in one direction, then again in the opposite direction. Apparently, “the threads of the jeans run in a diagonal so switching directions allows for a balanced approach to fine-tuning the blade’s edge.”
Try it, and let me know if it works! And I’d love to hear: What tricks do you use to save money?
I’m knocked out with a nasty cold right now, courtesy of my daughter and husband (jerks.) And my medical oncologist still hasn’t called me back yet (jerk) about whether or not I can take vitamin C and echinacea with these new drugs. And my laptop keeps freezing (total jerk) and overall I’m just in a foul mood. In the comic strip of my life there’s a little black cloud of crankiness speckled with cold-germs surrounding me as I shuffle around with my teacup and bad hair. I am really unpleasant right now. Like, ready to kill someone because I don’t have slippers – as if that could possibly be someone else’s fault. How is it that I can handle cancer (biggest jerk of them all) with a sense of humour, but a cold makes me demonic? I think my best option is to get back in bed and scowl at the world from under my duvet until I feel well enough to be nice again. Or at least well enough to stop with the name-calling.
I’ve found my new fall obsession – the hunt for a leather jacket. The problem is I want them all. I want a plain-front biker jacket, a zipper-laden one with big metallic studs on the collar, a fitted everyday blazer, and all in a variety of colours. I even want leather pants! (Yes, I’m aware that these are potentially scary.)
It’s all due to fall’s heavy rock ‘n’ roll look that has taken over the runways.
At the fall previews I found one jacket that I just knew I had to have and it’s finally landed in Danier stores.
There’s a glamour shot above and a full body shot of the coat below. Isn’t it fabulous? It has carefully sewn pleats at the back, comes in grey and black and has a soft suede-like feel to the collar. It drapes just like the trendy new take on the blazer – it’s half jacket, half sweater. This one has knit and leather sleeves so it will stretch to fit a variety of body types and is great for layering sweaters underneath because the leather is quite thin. It also doesn’t button up so if you’re one of those busty people who can never find jackets that fit at the chest, this one is perfect. Granted this may be a problem as it gets colder but sometimes you have to go for fashion over function ladies.
While I was in Danier trying it on for the third time (no impulse buying on this one) I noted some of their many new fashion forward jackets for all different tastes from biker to businesswoman.
Regularly $500, this soft Italian lamb skin jacket is already on sale so I advise heading down to Danier to check it out. It screams high fashion, like it came off the runways of Gareth Pugh or Rick Owens. But be warned, there may be an awkward run-in on the street cause I’ll definitely be wearing the same one.