Tuesday, December 29, 2009
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Friday, September 4, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
So Grace and I were busking the other day...
We play an extremely island sounding uke-ified version of the following Jonas Brothers song:
Out of nowhere...
Trendy looking hipsters...
With curly dark hair...
Giving us slightly confused looks...
And Grace and I both had this moment of "Oh my gosh, was that the Jonas Brothers? Did they just walk by and hear us uke-ing their song?"
And then we both spontaneously burst into fits of giggles and laughter and could not finish...
I'm sure in Webster's next dictionary edition next to the word "epic" will be a picture of us.
--- DANIELLE ----->
Friday, July 10, 2009
#1 (with many more to come)
The huge variety of lakes, rivers and creeks to go swimming in. Come on, picture yourself living in Vancouver... What would your options be? A local chlorine and pee filled swimming pool? Or a road trip to Cultus Lake where you can pay for parking, and cram your little bikini clad self onto an overpopulated beach? Hmm, sounds like fun...
Vancouver Island, however, comes with a significant amount of options...
SO HERE'S YOUR CHALLENGE: Throw on your swimsuit, get out and discover someplace new. It doesn't have to be uncharted, just new to you... Then tell us about it!! We are always up for new adventures... :-)
Some places I've enjoyed... Frequented... Discovered.
- Up a backroad on Mount Prevost is a beautiful piece of heaven. Several creek fed pools back to back. Although the water is so pure and clean that you can see right to the details of the lake's floor it is deceivingly deep in spots! Follow the trail of the little creek offshoot at the back of the second pool to find a third lake, bigger than the first two. Last time I was there I enjoyed countless hours running and jumping off of a giant log propped as a diving board over the lake, and swinging on a rope swing.
- Tubing down the Cowichan River. Tres fun!
- Shawnigan Lake
- Maple Bay
- Lake Cowichan
- Sombrio Beach (on the West Coast)
- Along the Circle Route... Took a random turn on a logging road... Which lead to another random turn, and another... Drove for a couple of hours until literally the road ended. Found an old decaying bridge overtop of a beautiful stream... Of course we shimmied down the side of the bridge and went for a splash. :-)
- Many, many maanny more
SO THAT'S IT, you have been COMMISSIONED.
It's warm outside.
Find someplace new.
Monday, July 6, 2009
ok... at long last a new GRACETUBE has finally made it into existence! I can't believe it's taken this long... It's not like I was busy moving or anything... pffft. ANYWAYS... please excuse the lower quality a much nicer GRACETUBE is yet to come! This is simply to remind you all that I still love you and have not died.
I would love to hear some requests as well! What can I play for you? Just let me know in the comments. <3
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Sica here! Just wanted to give you an up date on what I have been up to. I am leaving for africa in one day!!! I am so excited to be part of an awesome team working with christian Mission Aid and the water school to teach the Masai people in Kenya about clean water. It is this amazing project called SODIS. You should check out the website. http://www.thewaterschool.org/ I am going for three weeks and I am so beyond pumped!! It has been a crazy long road to get here, but thanks to alot of praying and some really great people I am going!!!
So in the Kenyan culture the dress is super conservative so we will have to wear skirts for the majority of the trip. I was a little freaked out at first cause of the fashion implications (I blame my mother that I care at all about fashion), my biggest concern being shoes. We can't wear sandals because of the Jibber bugs that attack your feet but Grace and I have come up with a solution that will help me with my matching obsession. Heres what we came up with
Friday, June 26, 2009
So you want someone to knit you a toque, but you don't know who to ask?
You can ask ME!
Custom made with all my love and care.
The Slouch finishes to be 9 inches in length with a brim of 2 inches. For a more smurfish look try The Super Slouch which finishes to 11 inches in length with no brim. One size fits all (unless of course you have an unusually large brain in which case we'll find a way to accommodate you.)
Click on the Juniper Grace button for details...
A huge kudos, thank you, thumbs up, applause and any other form of positive affirmation goes out to JESSICA for her stellar photography and HOT modeling skills... Plus she's just awesome.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Due to some technical difficulties our store update has been postponed until Thursday, June 25th 2009.
The fruits of tonight's labours instead came in the form of face-lifts to the blog... How much do you L-O-V-E the new header designed by Grace? tons, I know!
Here are some random scans from the doodle-fest/"blain-storm".
Please note that the spelling error on "Etsy" has been remedied... Haha. If Grace was still here she would tell you: "Don't judge! It's late."
Monday, June 22, 2009
This makes my heart want to sing for joy! NO JOKES... So I've decided that come fall I will need a new pair of shoes... especially given that I usually only have one pair of "actual shoes" on the go at any given time... and then I wear those shoes to the ground (flip flops don't count... never you mind then)
ANYWAYS.. I want to save a little moola and buy some TOMS... so that not only will I put some shoes on my feet but on some other little person's feet who really needs them! Please will you help me decide which ones to choose? I have given you four options... vote in the comments... I will keep you posted.
HERE IS THE LINK! GO CHECK OUT TOMS! http://tomsshoes.com see for yourself how they want to change the world!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Meet "Jane" http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=16843540
I knit the first one in a blue variegated yarn I spun... and to be honest I didn't want to take it off my head! However, the toque was Jessica's and so I had to make my own!
Two days later... after running out of the original yarn I wanted to use... improvising with a new colour.... almost scrapping the entire toque at least three times... While eating a corn dog and watching 'So You Think You Can Dance: Australia' Season 1... Here she is... the green hippy toque of AWESOME! I dub her MILDRED.
She is hand-knit.. from hand-spun yarn... Truly I think I am a hippy... and that this toque is pure hippy-crafty- expression on a head! It was a delight to knit AND finish this toque. I have more plans up my sleeves for other toques.... I will keep y'all posted!
So what do you do? How would you characterize yourself? What creative expression might demonstrate who you are? Let us know. Share some pictures. GO CREATE!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Grace = currently in the process of moving to Victoria... Danielle = happy helper. Pirate gear??? One of the many surprises lurking in Grace's home just waiting to be discovered...
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
You should have heard them squeal.
Heh heh heh.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Here's how the story goes...
Chapter One: A FREAK OF NATURE friendship. I have always been the queen of a million acquaintances... But suddenly, come last January, enter into my life, stage left: Grace Morrison... This twisted bundle of absolute amazing. We have ridiculous amounts of odd things in common, from interests, quirks, idiosyncrasies, talents, life experiences, joys, fears... On top of that, we just click--get along--complement and balance one another out in unexpected ways. Weird. Weird, weird, weird.
How much do I love her? Ridiculous amounts. "Graacceee! If I were a polygamous bisexual I would MARRY YOU!"
Chapter Two: Daily Grind. We both found ourselves in very difficult positions... Money really is important. It may not be the be all-- end all, but it certainly does come in handy from time to time... (Like rent time, and when you run out of groceries for example...) But how long can you deny your gifts, passions, visions and ideas, and continue to shove them down because they don't fit into your daily routine or into your workplace? It's like trying to cram yourself into a mold that wasn't made to fit you.
Chapter Three: The Ukulele. Early this year Grace made a random impulse buy and came home with a ukulele. She learned to play quite quickly, and matched with her ridiculously beautiful voice she became quite a lovely traveling minstrel.
Now, several months later, I cannot tell you what on earth inspired me to pick up a ukulele. I'm musical, that's for sure, but I've never been what you call "successful" with any instrument even resembling a guitar... But May the 2nd, standing in a Victoria music store, nothing was going to convince me to put down the beautiful work of art known at the "Tiki King" (That's the model name -- I fondly named him Elvis -- figured it was appropriate.)
Chapter Four: Passionate and Unemployed. I became completely enamored with the ukulele and Grace and I had many a jam session. We sounded dang good together too! (Then again, why wouldn't we? I mentioned our friendship is a freak of nature, right??) We began to entertain the idea of busking... Grace had already decided that she was not going back to her job come the fall, and I had recently received the news that I was being laid off. (This was the second time in two years from the same place, take a hint, Danielle, right!?) So we figured, hmm, spend the summer months enjoying each other's company, playing music and making some good pocket change? Sounds like a good idea. That way we don't have to face the "WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE!!??" question until the fall at least. Double good!
Chapter Five: The other woman. Grace's other best friend Jessica packed up her life in New Brunswick, moved clear across the country and landed in Victoria BC to be with Grace. You can imagine how I felt... I was prematurely mourning the loss of my freak-of-nature friendship... Do you blame me? But then something unexpected happened... Can lightening strike twice? It did. Freak of nature #2... And together we make a pretty freaking glorious 3!
Chapter Six: Over a mug of tea. Grace and I go out for tea after belly-dancing class every week... It's become a bit of a tradition... It is during this time that we do the majority of our dreaming, discussing, catching up, venting, brain-storming (permanently called "blainstorming, due to my frequent texting blunders...), etc. During one such session we found ourselves once again rehashing our feelings of aimlessness and hopelessness in the employment arena. Wouldn't it be nice if we could just get paid for being ourselves? For being creative and crafty? Painting, crocheting, knitting, hemping, Selling all kinds of creations... Writing music, performing... *Happy sighs*.... If only. Wouldn't it be great? To bad life doesn't work that way...
But why shouldn't it?
WHHYYY SSSHHOOUULLDDNNN'TTT IIITTT!!???
Chapter Seven: Shenanigans is born. That night the heavens opened up over my brain and I began bubbling out ideas faster than I could write them down... I texted Grace and vomited my excitement all over her... I guess my disease was contagious because she caught it and then faithfully passed it on to Jessica. A few "blainstorming" sessions later, and we hashed out our brilliant game plan.
It all starts here, at this blog. If all goes even reasonably according to plan then there will be so much more to come, but for now this is where we start.
The three of us are looking forward to a brilliant summer.
We will explore.
We will create.
We will busk.
& We will blog.
And you will be a part of it!!
Thank you for stopping by and taking an interest.
Thank you also for supporting us as we venture seriously outside the box.
Here's to living your life authentically! Be who you were created to be.