Waldo came to town this summer and visited more than a handful of spots...in Twillingate, St.johns and Hamilton, Ontario. Did you see him?Read more
I’m sure you heard that the Simpsons came to Canada-and did you hear that they managed to offend all the Newfoundlanders when they did?I had just finished crocheting Homer when the episode dropped and was a bit concerned about the reception he would receive...but that couldn’t stop me from letting him hit the streets of Twillingate!Of course, Twill received him with open arms and even invited him to the local pub for a craft beer!You can see my knitted Split Rock growler, made in October 2017 to celebrate their opening getting in on the yarnbombing action!By the end of the summer Homer had a taste for beer and couldn't resist a visit to the famous George Street in St.Johns! Can you even say you've visited Newfoundland without a pic. on George St.? It was a quick trip but definitely a good one. With a cruise ship in the harbour for the day, there were tons of tourists around and as a result I got to see lots of people interacting with him.Homers home now- chilling with his Duff and donut in the shed. I don't have any big ideas for his future so let me know if a great one crosses your mind. It would be a shame for him to live out his days tucked away in a suitcase from the 90's.In other news, I got a sweet new logo and I'm super pumped about it! I'm also very curious about what you would like to see it on?Let me know below or hit me up on Insta because that's where I'll drop the news of my stickers landing first!-Rock out
Newfoundland is on everyone's bucket list. The truth is, you simply can't see images of Gros Morne or the architecture of Fogo, or hear the buzz around Come From Away and not want to see this incredible island for yourself.
Newfoundland is absolutely masssssssive though so you won't be able to take it all in.That said, there are a few things that connect every soul on this rugged land and I've knit them together for everyone's convenience...ok, well some are knit, some are crocheted and some were assembled with help of Gander's wonderful thrift store.Are you ready for the Top 5 Newfoundland loves...via Street Art? I hope so!5. Chocolate!Newfoundlanders love their chocolate. Having worked in a hospital for many years I have noticed that there is a clear chocolate hierarchy with Quality Street and Pot of Gold at the top.Newfoundland is well known for it's potholes too, so it's only natural that chocolates and potholes would collide in the form of art! Right?Well whether it's natural or not, they did! Feast your eyes upon Potholes of Gold, located just opposite Quality Street!4. Carnation Milk.Loves it, Newfoundlanders do!Newfoundland is the one place where milk in your tea (which is guaranteed to be Tetley) is qualified by 'fresh' or 'tinned'.If there's one day that gets everyone out to the shops too- it's when Carnation milk goes on sale! So keep that mind if you've got any kind of time limits for shopping.3. Mummers. You've got to love Mummer culture! What would you do if masked hooligans knocked on your door late one winters night? Invite them in for a party is Newfoundlands answer!
2. Purity Products. I ran an informal poll at the post office recently and JamJams emerged as the fan favourite. I've got a special place in my heart for Fishermen's Brewis though. Official recipe here, followed by an essential ingredient which can only be found in the back hills of Twillingate. 1. NewfoundlandIf there's one place that Newfoundlanders love, it's home! Home is where the Art is for sure!That's it! Thanks for checking them all out. Which one do you like best?**************************I'm pretty excited for the next few posts- I've got a couple awesome interviews lined up and am going back to my childhood roots for yarnbombing inspiration! Stay tuned friends and keep your eyes open because this one is gonna MOVE!Ok I'm off but do hit me up on Instagram and let me know what you're working on- I love hearing from you!
Wow! I can't believe it's over and that I've come out feeling pretty darn good about my crochet skills! In fact, I feel like I've just been given the keys to the castle; I'm all amped up with ideas and totally floored by how fast crochet is! So, while the 12 days of Christmas street art challenge is over- I am certainly not done vandalizing the community, or province for that matter!Take a peek through these pics and see the whole project. It's a bit of a mishmash that includes all of my favourite things, doilies, past project, upcycled clothes from the thrift store and a big first- a collaboration with another Newfoundland artist! And be sure to let me know your favourites on the comment section below.So, here we go!Day 1/12 Days of Christmas in Twillingate NewfoundlandYou may recall this beautiful face from the MusicNL installation and this summers emoji install!
Cod kissing mistletoe-Day 6￼. I wonder how many people became Newfoundlanders from this!?
Banksy inspired New Year HopeYou may recognize elements of this one from the recent auction where a similar Banksy print spontaneously shredded itself! You may also recognize the Fries, Dresses and Gravy dress-back in the mix again!
Day 11 with the beautiful doily wings!I love these wings- can't get enough of them really. I am hoping that I'll be able to get a few more sets made for this summer too- for sharing!The amazing ladies at the thrift shop promised to tuck handmade doilies away for me, so if all goes well- perhaps you'll see a set of Newfoundland doily wings near you sometime soon.And then we were storm-bound for two days! I sat inside twiddling my crochet hook- just waiting to install my best, most Newfoundlandy, crochet piece yet!Drumroll plllllease.....Tada!
So there- the 12 days of Christmas street art challenge has come and gone and I would label it a massive success!Stay tuned friends- I'll be coming at you again with more colourful crocheted yarnbombjng goodness in the very near future. And to stay right on top of the Twillingate street art scene or to share what you are working on- find me here!Peace friends and thanks for your support!
Knitting and Yoga are perfect bedfellows; more knitters should get 'downward dog'. They also happen to be my two favourite things to do.Perhaps after reading my rationale on why, you too will be convinced of their superpower and inspired to grab both your mat and needles.Here we go.1. Posture:What is your knitting or crafting posture? Most likely, it's highly straining on your back, neck, shoulders and wrists.Have you ever whispered to yourself, "just one more row'', only then to stand up and groan as you realize the tension that's accumulated during your marathon crafting session?Yoga teaches you awareness of your body and how to relieve the stiffness brought about by crafting. Yes! Ergo, more crafting!2. Meditation and Flow:Both knitting and yoga provide opportunities for meditation.Some people prefer still-meditations, while others prefer moving-meditations. Both have their place and this is why you should have both knitting and yoga in your 'toolkit'.Each offers a chance to focus and get in the flow while forgiving the irritations of the day-you just have to decide which one you need in the moment.3. Patience:One of the 'purls' of wisdom that knitting offers is a lesson in patience.You simply cant knit a sweater for a telephone pole in one night. Equally so, you cant master the headstand in your first yoga class. Each requires patient perseverance to manifest results.The way I see it, Knitting cultivates it and yoga rewards it, but the inverse is just as true.4. Creativity:Last year during my big trip around SE Asia, I got to spend four months on Koh Phangan doing upwards of three hours of yoga a day, six days a week.As, the practise deepened I started to look forward to the creative insights that popped in my mind, as much as the physical practise.While I cant do nearly as much yoga now, I can still use it to make creative space... which can then translate into adventures in street craft!So there you have it, knitting is the bomb and yoga rocks, but when combined they seem to generate symbiotic, superpower!Check out this short, knitting-specific yoga video or this video (which is one of a whole series of knitting and crochet-related, yoga content) after your next 'marathon' to see for youself.Anybody else out there have a love affair with yoga?Comment below or holler at me on Twitter or Instagram; I get really excited when I hear from you! Also, have you heard about the upcoming yarnbomb giveaway? If not, check it out here.-Knit well, Be well