Archive for February, 2012

Okay I don’t know if I would go as far as calling Calgary a “metropolis” but there are definitely some trees being heard. Today is day 4 of the never ending chainsaw ballad emitting from my back yard. I rent. Nearing the end of last year I was informed that my house was under new management and the new guy had to come for a visit. It was a nice visit. Except for the part where he said nothing would be done about the leaky garage and the BEAUTIFUL trees in the back yard may need to come down because one was splitting and the others are overgrown and hang over the house etc. These trees are what give this house it’s presence. My last house was Peggy Sue, LONG and incomplete story here. This house was The Cabin.

Due to the amazing trees that gave us a beautiful canopy over the entire yard, I could sit out on the patio in the back in the summer and feel like I was a 3 minute walk away from a beach, or if I turned to look the other way, I’d be right in front of a mountain stream. Amazing.  Even the virtually non-stop traffic on the main road with only one house between us can sound like waves on certain days. I think, due to the insulation from the trees.

When they stopped last week I had hoped they were done. They’d gotten rid of one that could have been trimmed, that provided a bridge for the squirrels between our yard and the neighbors. They cut down the two that were leaning into the green house and the two remaining huge ones causing the actual problem were still there. One had been started. Every time I walked by it on the weekend I couldn’t look. It was like looking at a dog with a really bad hair cut. I just felt embarrassed for it.

They’re coming down this week. SIGH. Nothing I can do about it. Except move in June – which we need to do anyway to find a more suitable work/live space. And keep some of the poor tree to build something out of it so it’s not completely wasted and turned into dust. Maybe a sculpture? or 12? I guess it depends on how many giant pieces of tree stump I feel like moving in June. Between the Chandler & Price and the tree parts I think I better start saving for the movers now…

I think it’s safe to say those people that called me a tree hugger when I was younger may have been right. This hurts my brain and my heart. I’m almost ready to add “guerrilla tree planter” to my resume. Anyone have some night-goggles I can borrow?


Finally, some progress. Today half of my vinyl cutting material got here which is awesome. And will be more awesome when said vinyl cutter is here possibly today, possibly tomorrow. My fault totally. I was so excited to be purchasing this stuff I forgot I don’t live in the South West quadrant of Calgary anymore.One driver caught on, one not so much. Can’t expect everything to be perfect. Oops.

Before that, I ordered a whole shwack of jewelry bits to start making something! Some really cool “vintage” pendants that I’m super excited about. I’m not so excited to find out the decade I was born in has become vintage. Hmm.

Either way, progress.

Do You Love Your Website?

Posted: February 14, 2012 in Design

You should!

If you are unhappy with your website or like the look but think the layout could use some work, let me have a look at it for free and talk to you about what you don’t like and see where it takes us! (I’m qualified. For Real.)

I figured out recently that I’m a little out of the loop with printing. It’s been a while. Then, completely avoiding that I started building an ad (or something?!) for a sign company. (Mine)
It kind of reminds me of the splash page I made for my web design class. I thought, “oooooh that would make a cool lobby for my website.” But then I thought, “that might be really annoying.” And then I thought WOW, I can make a whole house. I’m so there. SO – now I’m off to make Magenta House, as a cross section. Sweet. It’ might not end up being my website but how freakin cool would it be if it was?! I’m nerding out a bit I think. Better get to that second cup of coffee.

Designer Dilemma

Posted: February 1, 2012 in Design
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I`m having a bit of a dilemma. I don`t think I`m the greatest designer of all time by any stretch of the imagination. But I do know that I can look at something that`s been designed perhaps in a hurry (or by someone who may think quality should be related directly to price) and quickly come up with a few solutions; possibly making the difference between keeping someone interested in what the page has to say or searching for the fastest way off the page.

It`s not like I signed any sort of designer`s oath or anything so spectacular (*rolling my eyes at myself*) but I kind of feel responsible for showing people that it can be SO much better. Like a moral imperative to tell a complete stranger that their website or business card could use some help. How do you do that without sounding like a complete jerk?! What if these people were up until the wee hours working on these things themselves just to save a few dollars? Or worse, hired someone and paid them a fortune for something they could have done themselves in the wee hours.

I`d like to say it doesn`t keep me awake at night but occasionally it does. I quit drinking coffee in the evening so I`m sure that`s it…

I`ve put some shameless marketing out on my facebook page:

Are you happy with your website? Let me make some free suggestions and lets see where it takes us!

Ridiculous. Shameless.