made some new clothes

made a few things for the summer season... easy to wear pieces.  i hate wearing tight clothes, especially during the summer, so these are nice and loose and it won't look like you're wearing a blocky paper bag.  

silk blouse, ties at the back of the neck... grey linen dress with beaded cotton front, buttons came from a paris flea market.  the black version is made in a nice raw silk.  available at general 54 in montreal and victoire in ottawa.  


native copper & hematite

some little necklaces i just made... i got the copper nuggets at the rock show, and i just discovered a stash of the hematite pieces in a box during a massive supply de-stashing session.  from the other clues i found in the box, i'm assuming they're from when i was living in nyc.  um, like 8 years ago.  sheesh.  can't wait to get to the bottom of the box.  i might find some even better stuff.  sometimes, it's good to hoard.  

native copper necklace, three copper nuggets on oxidized silver.   (it's called native copper because that's how the copper is found in nature, it hasn't been processed or treated at all) 

hematite necklace, graduated hematite pieces on oxidized silver.  

been working with a bunch of rocks and minerals and stuff.  i mean i still like the cute animal and severed body parts jewelry, but it's fun to make other stuff too.  


stinky grabbyhands

this is my haul from the gem and mineral show... some amethyst, pyrite, a few agate slices, mini geodes, copper chunks, herkimer diamonds and some tiny rough emeralds.  i pretty much get the same stuff every year... except for this year i didn't buy any rutilated quartz, because i still have some leftover from two years ago.  i spent three hours wandering around the rock show by myself.  it's full of pushy weirdos and no one there seems to wear deodorant (me included, i haven't worn deodorant for at least two years, but i also don't stink) it was a pretty smelly bad breath festival.  even though it wasn't very crowded, i was stepped on, tripped over, and pushed, it's a really rough crowd at the rock show.  dare i say mosh pit?  get it?  rock show? mosh pit?  

anyway, the little kids collecting rocks were fine.  i have no problem with them.  it's the pushy &  mean new agey weirdos that i have a problem with.  ok, crystals are pretty right?  they look really nice in the sun, some might even say magical.  but seriously, chill out ladies, there aren't enough crystals at this rock show to re-align your energy to make you into a nice person.  

i saw several people with gem&mineral/energy aligning checklists, one lady even had a highlighter with her.  you can kind of see her highlight checklist under her wallet.  oh and there was this other lady who holding crystals to her chest and closing her eyes, i'm pretty sure she was testing the energy of the crystals.  

you see this arm?  even though it's right in front of me, it's not my arm, it doesn't belong to me, this stinky pushy grabbyhands was tripping all over my feet to try to get in front of me to get to the agate slices.  so rude!!  she didn't even flinch or move when i started to take the photos.  wtf?  are you having a crystal emergency? 

neon yellow sulphur i wanted some of this, but i didn't know if it was safe to wear.  and the last thing i need is a ornamental rock collection.  

grenat was the trendy mineral this year.  every vendor had it.  it comes from quebec!  so weird that rock shows have trends too...the past few years has been dyed agate slices & geodes... still lots of that stuff this year as well as metal plated crystals & geodes.  those were pretty neat, first time seeing them.    

i overheard another vendor telling a another customer what rocks she should buy to help her with her hypothyroidism.  i should start doing that.  hey buy my bad polyhedron necklace, it'll cure your astigmatism and varicose veins.  

that's $7 of time line to the past.  

these crystals were "treated".  and by "treated" it means they're going to treat themselves to a new pair of vegan boots with the money they make from selling these crystals.  

this thing was straight from outer space!  

cut gemstones

rock show was held at a local arena.  i guess the fact that it was in a hockey rink kind of added to the bad smell.  overall, it was a pretty fun time, except for all the pushy rude people... these rocks have been around for tens of thousands of years, what's the rush?  i managed to get out of there without getting into a fight, but there was this one lady i really wanted to trip.  about 50% of the vendors were selling finished jewelry, tons of ugly stuff, and a ton of bead vendors as well.  i wish it would've been more minerals & gems and i can only remember seeing about two fossil vendors. 

oh and in other exciting news, i discovered that i live near a discount cookie factory outlet.  


if i can make it to 2pm without taking a nap, it's productive day.

three cats cat napping 
ponyo being creepy

sometimes i have trouble finding his face  

got me some cat art

oh just a little piece of custom made art.  i was at a church sale yesterday, and while i was waiting for the man to go in the back room to get my change, his middle aged special helper asked if i wanted him to draw a picture for me.  i politely declined because i didn't want to trouble him, and from the looks of the rocking chair & window already on his scrap of paper, i was a little bit worried and i wasn't sure what i'd be in for.  also, this guy smelled so strongly of cigarettes, i think i got a nicotine buzz and i was also kind of edgy because there was this other customer in a wheelchair in the middle of the room that just sat there and stared at me through the rack.  he would pivot his wheelchair to keep an eye on me as i moved around the room.  

even though i said no, he started drawing anyway.  he drew a circle and said "soleil chinois" which translates to "chinese sun".  was he thinking of the land of the rising sun maybe?  i'm not sure, but good on him to peg me as chinese because most people guess japanese or korean first.  then he draws a triangle and says "chapeau chinois" chinese hat.  ok fine.  who doesn't love a coolie hat right?  he studies my face, and then adds a head to the hat and all i can say is thank god he didn't draw me with slanty eyes and buck teeth.  

i'm kind of obsessed with getting people to draw me cats, so i asked if he could draw me a cat and he drew the most awesome calico cat ever.  he took the time to explain the cat moustache while he was drawing it.  then he added the "RP" on the bottom, i asked him if that was his name.  and he said no.  anyway, he was super nice, and gave me the drawing.  i didn't realize until after i left, that it was done on the back of a pack of cigarettes.  it's proudly displayed on my fridge right now, along with a thank you note from japan that's addressed to "elaine-san".  

many faces of poof

morning ritual with poof.  she comes and sits on me when she thinks i'm awake.  she makes disapproving faces and meows at me until i pet her.   


more mosssss

i might have mentioned that i love moss.  check out the bell jar & forest themed displays of my jewelry at labour of love and propaganda in toronto!  so cute!  "like" shopaganda on facebook for regular updates from both store!  


someone build me this asap

just so you know, i'm obsessed with moss.  if i see a patch of it, i'll stop to pet it & take a picture of it.  this is a rooftop garden in japan.  and it's incredible.  i'm seriously garden retarded, every season i just buy a ton of edible plants & white peonies & white roses, plant them, and hope for the best.  oh i did hack down 1/2 of my lilac tree this fall, because i'm tired of it & quite allergic to it and i didn't have a chainsaw so i couldn't cut the trunk, so it looks massacred.  my backyard has been pretty growing pretty wild for the last couple of years, which isn't really a problem, except that it's mostly weeds and it spreads to the neighbours' yards, but it's their own stupid fault for building a super modern minimal fence made out of four strands of industrial steel wire.  whatever.  this summer, i'm going to try to bribe/barter my landscaping friends to come rescue my yard, plant a bamboo fence & build me a deck or just hook me up with a giant bed of mossssssssssssssss (via inhabitat

p.s. i also haven't stirred my compost bin for over a year.


the making of an eames lounge chair

pretty neat video.  but i wish it would have shown the whole bending the plywood part and less of the putting the chair in a box part but i still enjoyed it.  excuse me, i'm on my way to the vitra factory to dumpster dive for lounger rejects.   (via chair blog)


this is what happened when i went to the post office & produce market

so, earlier today i was complaining about having to drag a huge awkward 25lbs box 8 blocks to the post office.  i cheated, i took the bus 6 blocks, and only had to walk for 2 blocks.  problem solved.  i planned on stopping by the produce market on the way home and that's it.  not very exciting other than the produce checkout lady tried to convince me to go back and exchange my blood oranges for less bloody blood oranges.  i told her maybe next time, but thank you.  oh, and they had mangos for 2/$0.99.  

i stopped in the crappy used furniture store around the corner fr/my house, and guess what they had?  this HUGE and incredible hand carved wooden crest.  it has a bear with it's tongue hanging out and three hearts!  i have a tattoo of three hearts in a row on my arm!!! it was sooo meant to be.  (oh yeah, and when it rains, it's a sign i should buy a new pair of boots.)  i can't even imagine how long it took to carve & paint! it's AMAZING!  i've spent days playing on "make your own coat of arms" websites.  the embossed sticker i put on all my packages is custom coat of arms!  hello!  three hearts!  um, and a lounging cat, and some wings....

it was labelled "armoirie", and when i asked the guy what it was & where it came from he said it was an "armoirie".  which is a coat of arms.  duh.  i was asking where it came from, because i like to know the history my things, i thought it might have come from a local pub or restaurant.   all he could tell me is that his friend found it behind/under a giant pile of trash on st. catherine street east about 15 years ago.  omg i love trash finds.  the artist name, and the name of the family it was made for is written on the back.  i'm going to do some research and find out more about my family crest. it was such a good deal, i would have lost money by not buying it.  so instead of coming home with a bag of fruit, i ended up having to lug home a HUGE slab of wood.  full circle my friends.  full circle.