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Hi nice people! I had a really crazy December and January, dealing with a family emergency and then working on recovering from the terrible health flare that it set off...one of the worst bits of which is my hand/finger joint pain went through the roof, making typing something I've been having to moderate even more than usual. But just the last few days I've been starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel, something I always find uplifting after a long slog through flare-ville.

Lots more to catch up on, but for now I just wanted to share some neat stuff I've come across recently in the textile and sewing world...

The last post might have made it sound like it, but fortunately 2014 was not all about health problems. On my better days, I slowly but surely worked on my creative projects, and looking back I actually made a lot of things! Making these things made me really happy, and let me get back in touch with myself and my creative passions. In 2013, I learned to sew clothes, and in 2014, I continued to hone my garment sewing skills, but I also learned pattern drafting (how to design my own custom fit patterns), drew a lot, published a second issue of my zine, created eight Heartgirls, and took about a zillion photos!

The moral of the story is I spent a lot of happy time here:

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Since my creative energy started flowing again over the last several months, I've been frittering a lot of time away on various projects. Writing Chronically Yours, sewing, drawing, painting, working on my 365 project. That on top of the usual things I do these days: self care (sleep/eat/exercise as able; go to appointments/get tests/take supplements and medications), house stuff, garden maintenance; rest, rest, rest... I've been feeling a little all over the place. Not exactly what I was going for.

A while back, I was hit with this sudden urge to sew - I know, that's nothing new. But what was new was that I really wanted to sew clothing! If I've sewed clothing before, the last time would have been before I moved to Vancouver, so 15+ years ago. I've sewed a fair bit since then, but mostly things like bags or pillow cases... this was a whole new challenge.

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Back in September, I wrote about my plan for the fall. I was pretty jazzed about it. Yes, jazzed. But I never really told you about what happened, did I...

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Our house came with "custom blinds" on every single window in the house. Great! Well, sorta... except they are exceptionally heavy and on wimpy cords, which means some of them have already broken. Not to mention, the bigger ones are extremely hard to put up and down, especially without gouging your hands on the little strings. As fate would have it, all of the windows are non-standard sizes, at least as far as Ikea is concerned (we did manage to buy long curtains there luckily!), so without spending a fortune, the only real option is to make new ones. A challenge I plan to slowly chip away at as long as we live here...

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Goodness, I'm so behind on updates about crafty projects and health stuff that I hardly know where to start! But I'm going to get this one up because it's short and sweet!

In the last few years, the three kids I grew up next door to in Saskatoon (who I like to think of as my pseudo-siblings) have all had kids of their own (the 4th was born just around a month ago). Since I was actually going to be in Saskatoon at the same time as all of them for the first time in ages, I decided to work on a special project for all the kiddos. It was a surprise so I didn't post any of the photos till just now...

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Hot One Inch Action is an art show put on every year by Hot Art Wet City, an organization that promotes local artists in Vancouver and organizes various shows around town. Hot One Inch Action now happens in Vancouver, Portland, Seattle, and for the first time this year also NYC. This is the third year in a row I've attended the show, it's really fun as you (as an attendee) can take part by buying $5 bags of buttons and then trading to get the buttons you like best! 

That's all great on its own, but... this year I had a button in the show! Not only is it my first time with a design in the show, but it's the first time I've ever entered a submission in any kind of art show! So many firsts!

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Knitters from Vancouver and surrounding areas have been eagerly chomping at the bit for weeks, nay months, waiting for this past weekend to arrive. Why? Knit City!!!

Knit City was a weekend-long event put on by Knit Social, a knitting event company run by Amanda Milne and Fiona McLean. It was the first one, but judging by how popular it was, I doubt it will be the last. The level of excitement about this event was hard to contain - Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook were full of knitting posts and high praise for the event. It was indeed wonderful!

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I realized this summer that I have my "favourite places" in lots of other cities up and down the coast, but I hardly have any here in Vancouver. I've been looking for them, but I haven't found them.

I'm extremely envious of Portland. And also Seattle, Victoria, San Francisco... Filled with jealousy. And filled with love. But mostly jealousy. I try not to resent Vancouver for not having all the things that I want and can get so easily in Portland or other cities. Yes, I know I'm demanding. But I have seen what's possible... and it's glorious.

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