Crime Stoppers launched a complete fail of a project in St.John's this summer. The idea was to remind folks of the important and anonymous role they play in keeping their cities safe.In reality though, the posters portrayed St. John's as a dangerous, crime riddled back-alley; not the charming jelly-bean town that Newfoundland tourism has been so diligently promoting.The campaign was particularly offensive to downtown business owners who felt the posters painted an unfair portrait of the city-so within days they were all torn down. The mood had been set though, and news reached not only Twillingate, but the mainland too. You can read about it here.With a trip to the city on the horizon a cheeky idea started to formulate.Inspired by the fabulous Ladies Fancywork Society use of doilies and spray paint, I went to town...literally and figuratively!I made three doilies with positive, everyday messages; messages that one would be quite likely to encounter throughout Newfoundland.I installed them on Duckworth and an alley off Water Street and then went home.By the time I arrived back in Twill, I had messages from three CBC reporters. They were rather excited by my response to the campaign and wanted to chat. You can read about it here.Of course, I was all fired up about doilies and spray paint then, so I made one for Gander too.From what I can tell, they're all still up too! I'll be back in St. John's in a couple weeks- installing art for the Out of Earshot Festival so will confirm (and remove) then.And now I want to know, what message-on-a-doily would you like to see in your community? Or better yet, what message does your community need to see? **Disclaimer: If you suggest something that can fit my doily, I might just make it for you! 😎I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas, so holler at me here in the comment section, or let's connect on insta- and then you can show me what you're making too!-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!
Wisdom bomb, mantra bomb, craftbomb...I dont know what to call it but I like it! I heard a quote recently about how if you knew how powerful your thoughts were, you'd never have a negative thought again. This newest 'craftbomb' is inspired by this idea.I often use symbols in my crafty street art to spread an idea or message but rarely words. This is partly because I have been travelling through Asia where English is not the primary language; but also because knitted shapes are able to communicate non-verbally rather well. That said, my knitting mojo has been low since I finished the yarnbomb for Vietnam, so I needed to switch things up. Fortunately, my backpack-crafting kit is able to accommodate both knitting and embroidery and I had a project on back order. FYI: Embroidery is an excellent craft for long term travel on account of its very impressive portability. One additional point for Embroidery please!Now back to the importance of words. Words have a powerful effect on us, both consciously and subconsciously. Some people leverage this wisdom, by repeating valuable and empowering messages, or mantras to themselves during times of frustration or struggle. It may not seem like a radical technique, but you can be sure it's an effective one. In the short-term, you have a strategy that can boost your energy and morale when you're ready to give up. In the long-term, your consistent efforts pay off in the form of an empowered world view. Whats not to love about that?These two shirts were completed on request by my favourite bearded man. They aren't my typical, street-arts and craft style, but they do trumpet a message for all to see. My hope is that they prime everyone who sees them to think positive, empowering thoughts. Just having them around the bungalow has definitely been an inspiring force for me. I've been applying the Will Can Do mantra to my crafting goals (and challenges) and come out feeling very ambitious. If you want a visual of the power of positive thinking, check out this wild video. This little guy clearly lives by the Will Can Do philosphy *pun intended!Will Can Do is a powerful mantra, one that can both pick you up and propel you forward when you need it. Anybody out there use a mantra? If not, give Will Can Do a try next time you feel challenged and be sure to check back in with your results in the comment section below. I am on both Twitter and Instagram and would love to hear from you.Also, I am experimenting with a new look on the blog so take a tour and let me know what you think.
The Lotus flower is an important symbol of human development and potential in eastern spirituality. Lotus flowers grow out of mud and stagnant water, emerging and opening to the sun entirely clean and unsoiled by their murky beginnings. The symbology behind an image of a lotus is associated with its stage of opening (open, closed, partially open) and its colour. White flowers represent mental and spiritual enlightenment, blue symbolizes the growth of the spirit and mind, representing knowledge, intelligence and wisdom with red and pink representing the heart and symbolizing universal love, compassion and empathy.
In January, thanks to a Versatile Blogger award nomination from Quirky Cats, I resolved to Yarnbomb each country that I visited in 2016 and I am delighted to report that I have actually abided by this plan. Cambodia is the fourth country on this years travel list preceded by Thailand, Malaysia and Laos, and of course this means that I strung something special together to celebrate this incredible country.Cambodia is known as the Kingdom of Wonder and there is no more suitable title. Angkor, the main tourist attraction refers to a 400 square kilometre complex of temples (the equivilant of 305 football fields) that range in age from 800-1300 years old! Not only are these temples impressive in their scale, aesthetic and design, they are also incredibly detailed and let's not forget, totally ancient.With enough wandering through temples, your mind eventually shifts towards pure amazement and you start to wonder about their intention, the process required for their construction and of course, to attempt to understand the faith that was required to conceive them.The latest addition to the Rock Vandals wellness catalogue is a blue lotus flower, which as you recall symbolizes the opening of the mind. The Flower of Your Mind lotus is significant as it is the very first Rock Vandal knit-design and pattern; yahoo for progress and yes, you can email me for deets on the pattern.As with most Rock Vandal knits it also includes a call to action which is, for you dear reader, to consider the state of your own minds blossom. But before that, it is worth noting that blue lotus flowers are always depicted as either closed or partially open, never opened in full bloom- thus indicating that the opening of the mind is a lifelong pursuit for even the most intellectually enlightened among us.An open mind is a worthy pursuit along the path towards well-being, as it provides opportunity for new expanding experiences, connection with others, both with those who are similiar and those who may be seen as different, and enables a deep and broad curiosity that will stoke the spirit for a lifetime. Amazingly, it doesn't even seem that difficult to cultivate an open mind; the key to unlocking a closed mind is a sense of wonder. And this is great news as we each have the innate ability to wonder.The key to unlocking a closed mind is a sense of Wonder (Click to Tweet)Allow yourself the opportunity to wonder. There is much to learn right where you are, and it's even easier if you have strong wifi connection! The essential components to cultivating an open mind is active curiosity and consistently putting yourself in a 'learners' state of mind.Here are a few fun ideas to help you increase your wonder and care for the flower of your mind:* Challenge yourself to cook 4 new themed dishes this month. They could be Thai or Cambodian dishes but they can be anything you want. Ever tried cooking vegan or raw or macrobiotic? You could try your hand at Cambodias national dish, Fish Amok* Think about ways you could minimize your waste production. You could start a vegetable garden, try composting, keep re-usable bags in your car trunk, commit to using a travel mug or experimenting with vegetarianism or Meat Free Monday's, use Tupperware instead of take-away containers. Have conversations about how you and your family could be better to the earth* Try something new and fun. What about a dance class, slacklining, cake design, drawing a caricature, laughter yoga, learning a language, starting (and finishing) an online course* Ask someone to teach you about something they are passionate about* Be interested and ask questions when presented with someone or something newDo you have a practise for keeping an open mind? I'de love to hear your mind opening insights so comment below or holler at me on Twitter or Instagram to share how you cultivate an active curiosity and sense of wonder.