The Sewists

Sewists1Sewists2Back in 2012, I was contacted by Josephine Perry, an instructor at the Liberty Sewing School, to contribute a project for her upcoming book. I am super excited to announce that her book, The Sewists – DIY Projects from 20 Top Designers-Makers, will be launching in the UK this September!

From jewellery to bookbinding, felt craft to embroidery, screen-print to dressmaking, The Sewists takes a rare snoop inside the sewing rooms of creative crafters and gives space to the reasons why they love their craft. Projects include hand-bound notebooks, patchwork coasters, applique cushions, and of course, fabric pouches by Roxypop!

For more information or to purchase a copy, click here.

Thanks to Miranda from Blue Olive Photography for snapping the shots of my craft room!

West End General Store Popup

WEGS-1WEGS-2WEGS-3WEGS-4WEGS-5WEGS-6Two of Got Craft’s past vendors, Forest & Waves and Lemonni, along with Jenny from Oollo Tea have teamed up to open the West End General Store Popup.

Outdoor inspired Forest & Waves will showcase backpacks, blankets, tote bags, maps and a new collaboration with Tofino’s Caravan Beach Shop. Annie from Lemonni presents a line of colour home textiles and paper goods while Jenny from Oollo Tea is serving her farm-direct teas along with locally made treats such as ice cream from Brown Paper Packages and raw chocolates by Bumble & Oak.

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West End General Store Pop-up
until Sunday, September 14th, 2014
Monday to Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday to Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Production Road
990 Nicola Street, Vancouver

rhubarb simple syrup

rhubarbsyrup-1With rhubarb season coming to an end next month, now is the perfect time to whip up a batch of simple syrup to celebrate the last few weeks of summer (sorry, but you all know it’s quickly approaching!). Simple syrups can be added to alcohol such as rum for rhubarb mojitos or sparkling water for a non-alcoholic version and left over cooked rhubarb can be used in yogurt or as a topping on your favorite desserts!

rhubarbsyrup-2rhubarb3Chop up 3-5 stalks into small pieces.

rhubarb4rhubarb5Add rhubarb to the following in a large pot – 1 cup sugar // 2 cups water // optional: pinch of nutmeg, cinnamon or a dash of vanilla. Simmer for approx. 5 minutes and let cool. This recipe may be easily doubled or tripled if you plan to host a party. Store in a mason jar or pitcher in the refridgerator for up to one week. Happy weekend!

got craft? :: applications due in 1 week!

ThistleTown-GotCraftA friendly reminder that vendor applications for the upcoming holiday edition of Got Craft? closes on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 at 11:59pm PST. If you are interested in applying, please visit our website >> here << for an online application. All applicants will be notified approx. one week after the deadline.

Event details:
Got Craft?
Saturday, December 13th and Sunday, December 14th, 2014
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Maritime Labour Centre – 1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver
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photo credit: [stu-di-o] by jeanie of Thistle Town Studio

Introducing Baby Elliot!

2014ElliotAndRobLIFE_0039WEBAndreaRob_Newborn-0172014ElliotAndRobLIFE_0045WEBAndreaRob_Newborn-0322014ElliotAndRobLIFE_0050WEBI’m happy to introduce you to the newest member of the family… baby Elliot! Born on Friday, July 4th at 9:53pm and weighing 6lbs 13oz, he arrived two weeks early after a crazy 36+ hours of labour! Although we would like a little more sleep in the evening, all three (4 if you count the cat!) of us are doing well and are looking forward to having you meet the little one in the coming months. Thank you to everyone that have dropped by to say hello, for the homemade meals, the gifts, and the love that you have shared with us both in person and online.

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With the holiday edition of Got Craft? quickly approaching in December and with the retail space moving forward, we have plenty to share in the coming months especially a tasty rhubarb recipe! And if you haven’t heard from us in awhile over here, find us on instagram for more frequent updates!

photo credit: images 1, 3, 5 – [stu-di-o] by jeanie // images 2, 4 – Blue Olive Photography