this is where dogs go when they die

stopped by a salvation army on the way home from the post office, because i'm a hoarder.  came across a rather impressive collection of small dog figurines with a poor little t-rex in the middle of it all.  the collection was dusty and old and the most heartbreaking part was that they were are carefully hand labelled on the bottom.  collections like this usually end up at the salvation army when someone dies, and the family just donates all their stuff.  so sad!  i picked out two of the dogs, a boston terrier and a scottie, and the store manager was feeling super christmasy cause she tried to hug me when she saw me, and wouldn't take any money for the dogs.  cadeaux! cadeaux!   

365 project: one hundred and ninety one


winter puces pop this weekend

oh hey, for you lazy bums who haven't finished your christmas shopping, (me included) i'll be selling my wares at winter puces pop this weekend.  i'm going to have new jewelry, clothing, leather bags, as well as samples and older stock that i'm selling at fire sale prices.  come visit!  it's in different venue this year, at église st-enfant jésus (i believe that's baby jesus' church), 5035 st-dominique from 11am-6pm saturday and sunday and there's going to be 110 vendors.  that means there's something for everyone and then some!! 


victoire made their first commercial! so cute!

365 project: one hundred and eighty six



sorry for the misleading title of this blog post.  no whores here.  but i was trying really hard to combine the words horse and ornament, and "hornament" or even "horsenament" just didn't have the same ring to it as "whorenament".  this is a little christmas ornament i made from mongolian horse hair, and leather and the roundest most perfect jingly jingle bells ever.  i've had an entire horsetail's worth of hair hoarded for ages, and i've attempted to make horsehair jewelry, but it's a tricky material to work with.  who knows, maybe whoreshair necklaces for spring??  

so back to the whorenament, some friends of mine have an "tea & toddies" event each year around christmastime, and everyone brings an ornament for the tree.  so fun! and and and... they had a craft table, with a HUGE bin of the dreamiest supplies ever, so i spent the entire time at the craft station, and made a crapload of ornaments (that double as cat toys) with raffia and feather and ribbons and gold stars.  oh, and playing with a super adorable cat named dorian.  (see below) and on a somewhat un-related note, the first few times anyone called me "prolific" i didn't know what it meant, i thought it was something dirty, or psychic.  

headquarters galerie + boutique: 5 best and worst christmas gift ideas 2010 edition

hi good morning, looking for some christmas gifty inspiration? here's headquarters galerie + boutique: 5 best and worst christmas gift ideas 2010 edition... 

5 best and worst Christmas gift ideas 2010 edition
Well, it's been a year since the last time I did a best/worst gift post and I'm happy to report that I did not receive any dud gifts in that time. I did however, give out piles of useless garbage to my friends and loved ones. Sorry guys, I wrote the post but failed to follow it's wisdom.

The 5 worst:

#5 Something you just learned to make

Yes, I know times are tough these days and if you cannot afford to buy gifts for people, we wont judge you. Well, some of us may judge you in secret. Shit, I'm judging you right now but that's beside the point. And that point is, nobody wants to be your crafting Guinea pig. Sure, it's awesome if you have some kick ass skills at knitting or sewing but if you are just learning to do so and your scarf turns out be the craft equivalent of the Men's room at a Taco Bell, then nobody wants it!

 #4 Socks
Yes, I know it's cliche. No kidding, socks are a bad present. I realize I'm stating the obvious here. But people still give them as gifts. Whats wrong with these people? Everyone knows it's a horrible present and yet, here we are. By giving someone a pair of socks as a gift, you are straight out saying to them that you think they are a boring and useless person with no personality. And that you wish they were put in a catapult and flung far away to an island made out of broken glass surrounded by an ocean of vinegar.

Oh, and that they are adopted and nobody loves them.

#3 Equipment for something you want to get into
Oh boy. This is a doozy. Some people just do not have the confidence to try something new on their own. So, in order to take up a stupid or ridiculous hobby, they force someone else to join them by buying them expensive gear that no rational, normal person would ever buy themselves. So, on behalf of all the people who have no interest in juggling, unicycling, hang gliding or any other dumb hobby you have in mind, I say STOP! Return whatever it is that you bought and just go get them a pair of socks.

#2 Night Vision Goggles
I know it may seem like an awesome idea but what kind of creep uses these? Instead of the goggles, just give them the inevitable restraining order instead.

 #1 Convenience store junk

This is something you could get away with in High School. It's your friends birthday, so you go to 7-11 and buy $30 worth of candy. Pretty awesome when you're 17, pretty awful when you're 30. There has to be an easier way to give someone diarrhea, right?

 The 5 Best:

 #5 Miju/ Norwegian Wood colab
Unisex and pretty original this is an awesome gift for anyone that's a hard person to buy for. The overall height of the medal is 3 1/2", the width at the widest point is 1 1/2" and goes for $30.

#4 Jewelry by Elaine Ho

Again, I'm trying to stick with a unisex theme here and Elaine Ho's jewelry is always a crowd fave across the board. Creepy and cute designs, all hand made in her studio here in Montreal. Jewelry ranges from $65-$200

 #3 Monster pillows

Does adding something I make in this list make me an asshole? Yes? Oh.... uhhh let's just pretend that I didn't make these monster pillows then. Are we cool now? Awesome. I love you. $20-$40.

 #2 Leather products by Broundoor

Wallets, belts, purses, coin pouches and fanny packs all hand made of recycled leather. If you've ever been to any of the craft shows here in Montreal, you've seen Marc hammering away and new designs. Super tight skills and amazing craftsmanship make his work a popular item for gifts. $25-$100.

#1  Ceramics by Daphna Lewinschtein
Really cool ceramic plates and sculptures by Daphna. One of those "I wish I had thought of that!" happens often when new people see her work. $20-$200.

Oh and what a coincidence! I happen to have all of these things from the best list right here at HQ! Funny how things just work out. 

365 project: one hundred and eighty five


christmas sweater

a sweater that i designed for worn fashion journal with the christmas spirit in mind.  

"it’s the ‘fallen angel’ sweater, made from black vicuna wool. vicuna is most luxurious, softest and most expensive fiber (cashmere who?) because you can only shear the animal once every three years.  the sweater has a high turtleneck cowl front for the illusion of being demure while the back of the sweater is open.  wide ribbing at the cuffs and waist, and lace batwing sleeves.  the lace has been handmade by the nimble little fingers of tiny little children.”

365 project: one hundred and eighty two


double macaroni with wings on a crucifix, no black.

my friend krista has a great wager going on with her studio mate eric dufour at art cyniq .  free beer for a good while goes to whoever tattoos the "double macaroni, with wings, on a crucifix, not black" first.   so if anyone's up for getting that tattoo, let me know.  it helps if you're in montreal.  krista's an amazing illustrator/painter/artist so it's going to be a masterpiece.  i'm getting some work done by her this saturday!  (not macaroni.) 

365 project: one hundred and seventy nine


is it over? already?

so things are slowly getting back to normal... smart design mart was three days of absolute madness (the good kind) & about one month madness before that with all the planning etc (not as good as the good kind) hung out with great peeps, met tons of fantastic people.  went way past my daily word quota.  hit with a crazy surprise snowstorm on the way home with all my stuff, rented a man with van off of craigslist for the transpo, $25/hour gets you anywhere!  was so overwhelmed and distracted this weekend, i put a half eaten sandwich in a cupboard instead of the fridge the other day. didn't discover the mistake until the next day.  kind of sad that i didn't get to eat my leftover sandwich.  anyway, after a harrowing slippery  near death experience cargo van ride home, and unloading probably over 300 lbs of set-up/stock/fixtures etc, i still had to go to the post office.  it wasn't cold, but just extremely windy and snowy, but if you're dressed warmly and have good boots, fluffy snow is super fun.  this is going somewhere i promise.  on my way home i managed to score my dream, huge vintage le creuset cast iron dutch oven in classic orange enamel for a super good price!!! not as good of a deal as my le creuset pan, but pretty good.  heh heh dutch oven. i've always wanted one of these, but didn't want to spend hundreds on a new one, because i would never forgive myself if i chipped it or damaged it!  and also i don't have hundreds of dollars to spend on a stupid pot.  even though said stupid pot would last a lifetime.  i was so excited with my purchase, i threw it in a snowbank and took a picture of it right away because i couldn't wait to take a photo of it at home.  so happy!!! 

this day feels like a giant run-on sentence ok bye.