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Shop Local! Handmade Markets.

12 Nov

I love holiday craft fairs. I’m disappointed to miss Vancouver’s amazing Got Craft and Make It events this year. I’m hoping Saskatoon’s Flock & Gather Winter Wonders Handmade Market and Artisan Fine Craft Market can help fill this void in my DIY, local shopping, holiday heart.

I am really loving Flock & Gather’s Winter Wonders poster! How charming is this mustached reindeer?!

Flock & Gather Winter Wonders Handmade Market.
December 7 & 8.
St. Joseph’s Parish Hall.
Admission: free!

2012 Artisan Fine Craft Market
November 23, 24 & 25
TCU Place, Saskatoon
Admission: $5.00

To readers nearby and readers far away, I encourage you to shop local this holiday season! Over the past five years my parents’ favourite Christmas presents were handmade, purchased at a local shop, or bought at a holiday market. Holiday craft fairs are the perfect opportunity to shop for one of a kind goods in a casual environment where you will have the opportunity to meet the makers in person, talk about their handmade goods, and learn about their creative processes.

Doesn’t it feel amazing to support artisans and crafters like Mabel Pike!?

Happy shopping!

The Power of We with Spencer West

23 Sep

This is an unusual post. I almost never mention work on The BB Creative. But tonight I feel compelled to share an important project I’m working on at KPMG Enterprise in Saskatoon, the accounting firm I coordinate marketing and events for.

Event planning is a significant part of my job at KPMG Enterprise. I am passionate about event management. I enjoy developing strategic event plans and goals, I am happy to have the opportunity to be creative at work, and I love bringing people together and creating community.

Planning KPMG Enterprise’s event, The Power of We with Spencer West, has been an incredible and rewarding experience. Spencer is Me to We motivational speaker, author, and ambassador of international development organization Free The Children. He is also an incredibly inspiring individual who has an important message for people of all ages on the power of believing in yourself and believing in others.

Photos courtesy of Me to We

When Spencer was five, doctors decided to amputate below his pelvis to better help him get around. Something that has never held him back. Navigating life on his hands, Spencer has always lived with purpose. If you live in Saskatoon I encourage you to come hear the inspirational and charismatic Spencer speak about overcoming bullying, finding happiness, and how he never lost the courage needed to conquer obstacles. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to hear Spencer share his latest challenge – conquering 5,895 metres of Mount Kilimanjaro! Spencer will show youth of all ages it is cool to care and inspire guests to create positive change in their communities.

Please join KPMG Enterprise for The Power of We with Spencer West on October 2, 2012 at Prairieland Park – Hall B (Ruth Street & Herman Avenue, Saskatoon). This is a free community event. Please reserve your free seat on picatic.com/thepowerofwe and bring a non-perishable food item for the Saskatoon Food Bank.

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Disclaimer: I work for KPMG Enterprise. KPMG Enterprise did not ask that I share this event on my blog. I am very excited to meet Spencer West and wanted to take this opportunity to share Spencer’s inspirational story with you, my readers.

I promise to return to my crafting and DIY posts next week!

Elysse Ford Photography

30 Aug

When I moved to Saskatoon in February Elysse, a friend from high school, made a solid effort to reconnect with me. I was very pleasantly surprised when she emailed me in January and suggested we meet up for drinks once I was settled in my new apartment. Elysse has been a great friend the past six months.

In addition to being a great friend Elysse is a wonderful photographer. One evening over drinks she mentioned that she would like to do a photo shoot with me. I was completely flattered and said yes. I was thrilled that Elysse wanted to spend an afternoon running around Saskatoon taking photos of me.

I asked Elysse what she enjoys most about photography. She said that she enjoys making people (women) feel beautiful. She enjoys capturing those special moments where people look and feel their best. Her favourite shoots are when her clients feel special and glamorous. She loves when she can bring in a stylist to do her clients hair and makeup. These small touches make a woman feel empowered, spoiled, unique, and maybe even beautiful. I think this is a great reason to be a photographer. Everyone wants to look good. Everyone wants to have nice photos of themselves.

After working with Elysse I realized that she does more than help her clients feel attractive. Before even seeing my photos I recognized that Elysse was able to create an intimate, trusting environment where her clients are able to realize how beautiful they already are.

How cute are these photos?!

Full disclosure: I am a low maintenance girl. Most workdays I am rushing out the door in wet hair, mascara and lip-gloss searching for my keys and blackberry. I don’t see myself as a particularly attractive girl. I don’t wake up thinking I look pretty. Right now I’m looking at these photos and thinking, “Wow… is this what I really look like?” (in a good way, of course).

Seeing these photos makes me feel very empowered. It is a special gift being able to see yourself through someone else’s eyes.

Elysse, thank you for the lovely photos. I love them. These photos are so incredibly beautiful. You are a very talented photographer. I look forward to working with you again in the future.

So hard to pick a favourite, but this might be it! 

Make sure to visit Elysse’s website, blog, and facebook page.

While I’m Away…

30 Jul

Well friends, I am taking a much needed vacation. I’m not entirely sure how relaxing my time away will be, but I know it will be completely fabulous. I’ll share more about my travels when I’m back.

While I’m away please enjoy these lovely Saskatchewan landscapes my mom took this summer at a family reunion! So peaceful and serene. Very unlike my upcoming urban vacation!

For those who follow me on twitter you may have noticed that I’m a little excited for Osheaga (3 days, 18hours, and 30 minutes to go!). Looking forward to seeing Dan Mangan, one of Canada’s favorite independent musicians, live Sunday afternoon.

When I’m back in Saskatchewan I will definitely be watching What Happens Next? The Dan Mangan Documentary on CBC August 25 (or on a later date via CBC Music). I also plan to see Dan perform at the Odeon in Saskatoon with the Rural Alberta Advantage on November 3, 2012. Who wants to join me?

Yup! I’m excited! Have a fabulous, summery August. I’ll be back in a couple of weeks.

BB

Happy Wedding Anniversary!

8 Jul

Last year I shared all of Vanessa and Jason’s lovely wedding details on my blog. I was completely delighted that Vanessa asked me to be her maid of honour and play such a special role in this momentous day. I was equally ecstatic about helping Vanessa plan her dream wedding and documenting all the fabulous details on The BB Creative.

I am proud to share that Vanessa and Jason have been happily married for one year – Congratulations! I can’t believe your wedding day was only one short year ago.

This week I received a surprise gift in the mail from the happy couple. Vanessa made me a super sweet iphoto album full of beautiful memories. Thank you so much Vanessa! The photo album is perfect.

Here are some photos from my super sweet album!

These photos with Vanessa’s old station wagon are my favourite! So fun and playful.

Here are more photos from Nicole Gerhardt Photography. Vanessa you were an incredibly gorgeous bride. Happy Anniversary!

More from Vanessa and Jason’s magical day: Nicole Gerhardt Photography. Eclectic & Lovely DIY Wedding Projects. Wedding Stationary & Design. Birds, Spring, Love. The Invites are Here! Primary Colours (Vanessa’s wedding colours). Lino Cutting. WANT – Handmade Weddings.

I read this quote on sweetsugarbean this afternoon and think it is quite appropriate for this occasion: “That was a memorable day to me, for it made great changes in me.  But it is the same with any life.  Imagine one selected day struck out of it and think how different its course would have been.  Pause, you who read this, and think for a long moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on that memorable day.”
- Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Love really is sweet. XO

Saskatoon Summer To-Do List

17 Jun

Can you believe it’s already June 17? There are only two and a half months left of summer! I have so many projects to start, parties to plan, and events to attend before the end of August arrives.

I am a very organized person and am a huge fan of goal setting and to-do lists. Soooo here is my Saskatoon summer to-do list full of fun summertime goals!

- Start and finish a painting. I bought a 20”x40” canvas yesterday. This summer I will complete my first large acrylic painting since my first year of university!
- Read at least three books. Sometimes I am so exhausted at the end of the day it is much easier to watch television or mindlessly surf the interwebs than read a book. I want to spend as much time as possible reading this summer (preferably outside in the sunshine at the beach or park). Any good book suggestions out there?
- Organize a potluck. After living in Saskatoon for nearly five months I have accumulated enough furniture to have more than one person over at a time. Par-tay!
- Play bocce ball. I have a bocce ball set that has only been used a handful of times. It needs to be used more often.
- Go stargazing. Vancouver was terrible for stargazing. I can’t wait to spend an evening outside with a quilt looking up at the stars and dreaming about the future.
- Organize a photo shoot. I promised my friend Elysse that I would organize a photo shoot with her when I moved back to Saskatoon. This needs to happen soon!
- Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan. I loved Bard on the Beach in Vancouver. I can’t wait to check out the Saskatoon equivalent.
- Check out Saskatoon’s best summer festivals: Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, Wake Ride, A Taste of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Folk Fest and fireworks! I just realized that I’m not here for the Finge Festival, which makes me a little sad.
- Visit the Mendel Art Gallery. I seriously can’t believe I haven’t been to this gallery yet, it is only a few blocks away from where I live. Shame on me.
- Plan a crafternoon for my Saskatoon girlfriends! I haven’t had a crafting party since my birthday. I hope to have a crafternoon sometime in July. Ideas include: Cake Stands from Table Legs, Colour Blocked Coasters, Fish Scale Pendant Lamp, and Hemp Hoop Earrings.

Phew! On top of that long to-do list I am visiting friends in Vancouver and planning a vacation to Montreal and NYC! I’m looking forward to an amazing first summer in Saskatoon and a fabulous vacation exploring some of the best cities eastern Canada and America have to offer.

There is a lot of text in this post so here is a cool video for some visual stimulation:

I COULD HAVE DONE THIS.. from Briar Mark on Vimeo.

ps – please don’t judge me too much for creating a summertime to-do list!

Saskatoon Blog Round-Up

10 Jun

Once again I am complaining about the prairie rain. It is damp and ugly outside so I’m spending most of my day catching up on what is new in the blogosphere and watching Netflix.

Despite the rain I do want to show Saskatoon some love. Here are some awesome, random finds from bloggers and people who call this (currently) rainy City of Bridges home.

Puddle Vision in London by Gavin Hammond (found via City of Skies)

Go Green! Lentil Salad with Sorrel & Asparagus (from Renee at Sweet Sugar Bean)

S’more Stuffed French Toast (from Bob at BS in the Kitchen)

Coffee night with Cathy Terepocki (organized by Flock & Gather)

Saskatoon’s craft collective is hosting an evening chat with artist Cathy Terepocki to discuss the perks and challenges of selling handmade goods by consignment and wholesale June 19 at the Mendel Art Gallery.

Matt HunterObservations

This week I had the pleasure of working with acoustic guitar player, Matt Hunter, for a work event. Matt recently created this charming music video; not only is the music lovely but the video highlights the quiet beauty of Saskatoon.

Happy Weekend! 

TEDxUofS

31 Mar

Last Saturday I attended TEDxUofS. It was an incredibly refreshing, inspiring, and exhausting day. It has been a very long time since I sat in a university lecture hall and listened to people share passionate, inspiring stories about their lives, studies, and careers.

When I was a grade twelve student in high school I felt invincible. I truly thought I could do anything I wanted. With enough hard work, perseverance, and chocolate I could take on the world. This feeling of invincibility wavered during my university career; I became a little jaded and cynical somewhere between writing socialist papers on the concentration of media ownership in Canada and the democratic potential of the internet. I left the world of academia feeling… uncertain. I felt smart and capable. I did not feel brave.

Is it naïve to follow your dreams? No matter how unrealistic they are? Maybe. But these naïve, crazy people are inspiring! They make me feel like I can pursue my passions and dreams. Though, I confess, I don’t know what those passions and dreams are (and I’m pretty satisfied with my day job). But I do love feeling inspired, sharing stories, and learning where people find their happiness.

What is TED and TEDx?
TED is an event of riveting talks by remarkable people. TED believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. TED is building a clearinghouse of knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.

TEDx was created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading”. TEDx is designed to give communities, organizations, and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.

TEDxUofS
The theme for TEDxUofS was The Wisdom of Play. The conference’s presenters shared stories of how they use creativity and curiosity to deepen their understanding of the world and discover new ways to connect with local and international communities.

Lots of ideas and stories were shared during TEDxUofS. It was total information overload. I enjoyed every minute of it. Here are some highlights from the day:

Ryan Leier: I very much enjoyed Ryan Leier’s presentation on the Oneness of Yoga. Ryan was sincere, engaging, and funny. He reminded me we need to focus on harmony not harm, we should not react negatively to life, and whatever we do we should try to do the very best we can. Fun fact: Ryan is the go-to yoga teacher for the band Arcade Fire.

Photo from TEDxUofS facebook page.

Curtis Olson: Curtis Olson is an incredibly inventive individual that is blurring the border between public and private spaces. Curtis’ projects revitalize neighborhoods and build community. Curtis repurposes old buildings and renovates them with materials from the community that carry historic and sentimental value. The buildings Curtis builds have the ability to connect a community of people together through shared history. His buildings encourage collaboration and sharing; these spaces create community. Curtis challenged attendees: What type of communities are we building?

Photo from TEDxUofS facebook page.

Greg Johnson: Greg Johnson is a storm chaser. Such a cool job, such a great guy. Greg is incredibly genuine, approachable, and smart. Greg shared the story of how he was unhappy with life. He built a successful marketing and communications firm from the ground up and was unsatisfied. He gave it all up to take photos of nature’s most beautiful and extreme storms. He recently published a gorgeous book of photos and stories from his adventures chasing storms and tornadoes across North American.

Photo from TEDxUofS facebook page.

Greg ended his engaging presentation with the following quote from Therou: Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but for the love of the job.

Words to live by.

Photo from TEDxUofS facebook page.

Thanks TEDxUofS! I had a fabulous day! 

Flock & Gather Springtime Handmade Market

27 Mar

I am super excited for the upcoming Flock & Gather Springtime Handmade Market!

I love springtime and I love craft fairs!

I am very excited Saskatoon has an independent craft fair. Flock & Gather looks and feels very similar to my favourite Vancouver craft market – Got Craft?.

Got Craft? is the original, indie, East Vancouver craft fair that supports all things handmade. I cannot wait to see how Flock & Gather compares. I am sure it will be equally awesome.

Check out these beautiful posters for Flock & Gather by Shauna Buck.

Here are some lovely behind the scenes images of Flock and Gather’s printing process.

In summary:
Flock & Gather Springtime Handmade Market.
April 13 & 14.
St. Joseph’s Parish Hall.
Free Admission.
Yup. I’m excited.

Check out Flock & Gather’s blog and facebook page for more information.

All images from this post are borrowed from Flock & Gather’s blog.
 
 

Canada’s Wild West – Moving from BC to SK

19 Feb

Last week I introduced you to handsome Henry, my new apartment. What I failed to mention is that Henry is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, not Vancouver, British Columbia.

After living in the metropolis of Vancouver for nearly seven years I decided to move back to sunny Saskatchewan, my home province. This was a huge decision. A decision that took me over four months to commit to. I created a great life for myself in Vancouver and made some incredible friends. Vancouver is where I grew up; it is where I studied university, started my career, discovered the DIY/handmade culture that I love, and ultimately found what it is in life that makes me happy. But Saskatchewan was calling me home and I couldn’t resist its big skies and big opportunities. Now I’m living in Canada’s sunniest city and it is great. Bring on the sunshine!

My wonderful parents drove to Vancouver to help me move. Driving from Vancouver to Saskatoon is a pretty epic trip, especially in the middle of winter. We drove through the mountains, badlands, and prairies. Driving through the mountains was challenging. I haven’t seen that much snow since I was a child. The snow and the mountains were gorgeous. Canada amazes me; I always forget how breathtaking and diverse the landscape is.

Here are some photos we took during the big move.

Thank goodness all of my belongings fit in my parents truck!

A quick lunch and some sightseeing with my parents in Banff, Alberta.

I’m starting the next exciting chapter of my life in Saskatoon. I feel a bit like I’m starting over. I’m not from Saskatoon and don’t know many people here. I do think that this is the best move for me and that I will love it here. Saskatoon is a happening city!

Image by Adam Hayes found on designworklife.

Looking forward to sharing more about life in the City of Bridges with you!

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