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I've had a weird few days... Haven't been feeling amazing healthwise, feeling a major lack of direction because of disappointments in the art-class department, and the cell bill... I think it's time for a pick me up:

Advanced Style 
http://advancedstyle.blogspot.ca/

Wonderfully dressed older women, my gosh their boldness and style floor me! It's a documentary trailer and the blog has lots more.

Lisa Congdon
lisacongdon.com

Your eyes don't deceive you, West End Girl is shiny and new! It's undergone a software upgrade and has a new design that's a lot lighter (in both weight and colour). It'll make reading here easier on your eyes, and allow my photos to shine in their full glory. There are still some kinks to work out and I'm sure I'll keep adding and adjusting along the way, but the bulk of the work is complete, yay! Huge thanks to Damien from CanTrust Hosting Co-operative and my lovely Bruno for all their help making this ominous task much less daunting! Now, where were we? I've got so much to catch you up on... Don't worry, I'll break it into several posts so I don't write a novel!

I was traveling for a conference a couple weeks ago, and decided since I rarely use my laptop at conferences and hate lugging it around the whole time that I'd only bring the iPad with me each day. Drastic, I know!

Then a couple days before leaving, I realized I had nothing to put the iPad in to transport it, so I decided to whip up a little case for it! It turned out great, especially for something I totally winged, sans pattern or actual measurements (not something I recommend for everyone, but if you've sewed a lot of bags/pillows/etc. it's just a rectangle, so pretty hard to screw up!)

Here's the finished product, and I'll fill in a few details below:

iPad cover

If you like Portland, be sure to read to the end! I really like zines [Wikipedia].  And more than that, I really like Shawn Granton's zines.  In fact, I'd say he's probably my favorite zine writer/illustrator--sure I might relate more to some of the more personal zines of authors like Taryn Hipp, or Pagan Kennedy, but Shawn is an awesome, AWESOME illustrator/cartoonist, and writes about lots of cool things like biking, Portland, and living on the west coast.  Not just that, but he is one of the few zine writers whose work I never find self indulgent or narcissistic, which is one of the inevitable pitfalls pouring your heart out in written/illustrated form seems often to lead to. So, I had picked up a bunch of Shawn's zines last year at Spartacus, but since then, hadn't been able to find any more, and resigned myself to just getting treated to the occasional piece in Momentum. But then I was like, fuck this, I wanna read more awesome zines!  So, I sent Shawn an email, and after a few back and forths and missed connections, he offered to send me a bunch of whatever he had around for ten bucks. This already sounded like a great deal for me, so I sent it along with a card and an extra little surprise of a handmade felt patch for being so generally rad.  About two weeks later, a parcel arrived in the mail: 

ZINES!!!

1. Taking it one day at a time.

Amazing little moss ecosystem on the edge of the dock

2. Simple things.

Hope you're not colourblind

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