Just as March's course on line drawing with Lisa Congdon was wrapping up, Creativebug announced they were going to do another month-long course in April with Cal Patch teaching pattern drafting! I was legitimately gleeful. I'd been wanting to learn pattern drafting for about six months, but I couldn't find any local courses on it available to people who aren't in a fashion design program. And let's be honest, me trying to attend college courses at this point is still pretty unrealistic thanks to my super unreliable wellness levels.

This course couldn't have come at a better time, as I'd recently finally designed my own underwear pattern that actually turned out (third try's a charm) and was eager to learn more. I've also really started to love how accessible online courses are - they let me do the work at my own pace from home, so feeling unwell a lot of the time has virtually no impact on my ability to keep up with the course content. Winning combo!

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Back in March, I did a month long online line drawing class taught by Lisa Congdon on Creativebug (an awesome website for learning arty and crafty skills!) I've been a fan of Lisa's work for a while, and have studied her technique and style before, so it was wonderful being able to take a class from her even though I don't live in San Francisco. 

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Hello and happy late spring!

I've been a bit quiet on here lately, but it's not because I've grown tired of writing online, or any of that nonsense... I still love having a way to "talk" to you and share, and with Facebook "pages" going down in flames, this feels like the right place to keep doing that. The reason it's been quiet is because Bruno and I were giving my site a spruce up! A new design that's more colourful and has an inviting vibe.

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I've been super duper laid out with a chronic illness flare for the last couple weeks, and as I've embarked on a Facebook fast, I guess I'm posting more here instead when I have things to say! 

For better or worse I usually use FB to kind of numb out and passively entertain myself when I'm not feeling well, so this has been a real challenge - I even let myself off the hook for a few of the worst days, cause frankly I wasn't actually losing any time to do more productive things. But I also use FB to stay in touch with friends, as do many people with chronic illnesses who can't get out and socialize in person as much as they'd like. Communicating online can be a huge way to avoid feeling completely socially isolated when you're sick a lot.

There has recently been a lot of discussion among the politically engaged residents of Grandview Woodlands about what an improved Commercial Drive would look like. The timing of this, during the extended time for sorting out the city's long term development plan for Grandview Woodlands, is critical as it could help set the tone for the next several decades of change for The Drive.

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This conversation was sparked by a new group that formed recently, the "Commercial Drive Action Group" (who now have a Facebook group called "Commercial Drive for Everyone", which the organizer initially presented to GWAC (Grandview Woodland Area Council) meeting attendees as a group interested in making The Drive more bike-friendly. My understanding is that now the mission is broadening to generally focusing on more people (vs. car) friendly movement around the area, slightly less specific to cycling. The timing of this, during the extended time for sorting out the city's long term development plan for Grandview Woodlands, is critical as it could help set the tone for the next several decades of change for The Drive

Hmmm, "The new school capitalists of Vancouver". Kinda has a nice ring to it, now THERE is a reality show I'd like to see!

Yeah, yeah, I know all good bloggers are supposed to have a niche. But folks, I've had several past lives already, and am a bit of a renaissance (wo)man, so I can't stand censoring my many interests!

I was excited when I heard about this new documentary that a group in Vancouver, Institute B, had released. I sat down to watch it this morning, and it's an inspiring glimpse into many of the major socially and environmentally conscious businesses that call Vancouver home. You'll see Mark Brand notorious restauranteur de Save On Meats, Joel Solomon from RenewalSuzanne Siemens and Madeleine Shaw from Lunapads, and so many other local business leaders from this city in the film. 

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