Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Hiatus?

Life has taken the fine ladies of Shenanigans in different directions for now... To you fine folk who continue to pop in here from time to time to check if we're still alive or not, please feel free to peruse our personal blogs!

Much love!

Later days...

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Recycled Art...






It's a bowl!
Isn't she beautiful?

When Grace moved to Vic I was gifted with her magazine collection (Whooooohooo). So this is what I am turning all of her glossy pages into...

I think I'll make some coasters next...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Funny Story...

So Grace and I were busking the other day...
We play an extremely island sounding uke-ified version of the following Jonas Brothers song:



And then...

Out of nowhere...

Three guys...

Trendy looking hipsters...

With curly dark hair...

Walked by...

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.

Truly--!

--- DANIELLE ----->

Friday, July 10, 2009

My Ever Growing List Of Why I Love This Island



#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.

Go swimming--!!!

Monday, July 6, 2009

GRACETUBE # 17

HOLLER!

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



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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

New Shoes, New Continent



Hi All,

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


 We Started with a pair of White chucks

Then Grace and I took turns splattering them with fabric and acrylic paints 
They turned out wicked!!!

and I am sure that they will match all my outfits nicely :)

*hummm :)

Still have a bunch of stuff to do to get ready and there are a bunch of us that are having some wicked Canada Day Shenanigans tomorrow... well today I guess. More pictures of all our adventures later. Till then...

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Welcome to the Lair

Hello All!

This was just one of our Shenanigans that we put on film. It is random but fun :)

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Etsy, Ooh La La.

Yes, I know it's summertime, but if it's still fashionable to wear one's sunglasses at night then there are still many opportunities to incorporate your favorite toques into your summer wardrobe!  Like on a chilly night while huddled around a crackling campfire for example...












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...

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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

"Blainstorming"...

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."

Have a happy evening!! -D

Monday, June 22, 2009

I <3 TOMS!

Ok... so if you are my friend on Facebook chances are you've heard this... but... I LOVE TOMS! I just discovered this amazing shoe company that, for every pair of shoes sold, will put one pair of shoes on the feet of a child in need! ONE FOR ONE


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!

*Grace*

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Busking & Late Night Shenanigans

First of all... Busking.  Yesterday we broke the busking ice and headed down Government Street, ukuleles in hand... Grace and I serenaded passers by and Jessica cheered us on and photographed the momentous occasion--!
Bugs? Yep. We discovered plenty of bugs that we need to work out... It was a learning experience...
My fav. part?  Well, we definitely made some $$.  That's always nice... And we know that it will only go up from there... But the best part, in all honesty, was knowing that we absolutely MADE some people's days... People smiled, and lingered, and beamed, and stopped to talk to us... We even had one man come out of his place of business and hire us to go dedicate a song to his girlfriend who was working at a restaurant a block down.  What an amazing day!!  Even if there was no money involved (which, don't get me wrong, is a definite benefit) I have to say that the pure joy of good company, good music and making some strangers happy... Worth it.  Worth it a thousand times over.
LATE NIGHT SHENANIGANS.... Um... Well.... 4 or so in the am... Jess and I... Well... Just watch the video.  Enjoy. 

Friday, June 19, 2009

TGIF!

Knitegans? Shenanaknit? Ooh, nevermind.  Nice toque, Grace! WOOT! 

N e how, to let our viewing public know, we are tentatively planning our FIRST BUSKING ADVENTURE on the streets of Victoria BC for this Saturday...  Oh my gosh, that's tomorrow.  Wow, we need to hurry on that busking lisence.

In other news:
Please look forward to MONDAY, June 22, 2009.  This will be the date of our first major store update... Come see what we've been working on!

-D-

Late night confessions of a Knit-aholic

Good evening/morning/evening... whatever it is! So this is the blog... and here are some of my shenanigans as of late... It all started with Jessica wanting a toque. What's that you say? "But Grace, it's the middle of June! Surely she doesn't want a toque in light of this splendid-warm-non-toque-needing- weather!" Oh but there is no stopping Jessica in her quest for the perfect toque... regardless of the season.

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!

Muah*
-Grace

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Just that kind of week...


So I think this image of Grace completely sums up how I'm feeling... Somehow, she was just able to capture what was inside of me and put it on her face for all the world to view. Thank you Grace.  You have a way with me... Clearly. 
 

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Recent Adventures...

Hmmm, so recent adventures... Yesterday I went to the zoo! Please note the lady in red shoes... I thought she was very appropriately dressed... Why didn't I think of that? The "ROUS" who struck a pose for me... I'm very grateful. ("Rodents of unusual size?? I don't think they exist.") There are a couple of pics from the grade 1/2 pool party... Me uking of course, and a close up of the icing splattered across my face during an icing fight that I was innocently trying to stay out of... And of course our trip to the emu farm. Good times. Hello emu! Hello man who looks after emu.




















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

Silly Boys

Here's a couple of pics from my Sunday... You really should have been there to witness the whole episode. Scene 1: Boys disappear into bushes, grunting and making manly noises. Scene 2: Boys reemerge carrying a fallen tree. Scene 3: Tree is chucked into the river. Scene 4: Boys mount tree... Scene 5: RAPIDS.

You should have heard them squeal.

Heh heh heh.



Saturday, June 6, 2009

The Beginning . . .

Hey, my name is Danielle. You'll be meeting my amazing friends Grace and Jessica shortly but first I'm going to take a little time to explain what on earth is going on here...

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!!

***Danielle

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.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

SHE*NAN*I*GANS

The adventures of three young ladies in life, art, music and mischief.
Heeeere we go!