If you read my Friday newsletter, you know my college roommates are visiting for a few days. It’s only the second time in fifteen years that we’ve been in the same place together.
And as you do when you’ve been friends for over twenty years, we got to chatting before the visit about getting matching tattoos. Diamonds, which last forever just like our friendship. Aw. And also, the ridiculous thing that inspired this trip is… a Neil Diamond concert.
The thing is, our styles are really different. I, especially, struggled with the idea of a diamond. I’m not so big with the shiny sparkly things, and also the ethics of diamonds are just deeply problematic. But I love these women, and our friendship is forever.
Somehow, I got to thinking about compass roses, and whether I could really stretch the diamond concept into the four points of the compass. I didn’t even realize at the time that I put a compass rose into the branding of my business a few months ago. There’s something about this symbol that’s stuck in my head these days. Something about adventuring, getting lost and found again, staying grounded while taking risks.
Leave it to the amazing Sam McWilliams to put a diamond perfectly in the centre of a compass rose tattoo. One look at her sketch and I was like yes. This is the one.
In my love of traveling, in my love for friends near and far, I know where I am and who I am and which direction is my personal north. This design on my arm forever, with the diamond at its centre that matches the diamonds my beloved friends have inked on themselves, is simply perfect.
We’ve had a very grey, very rainy (record-breaking rainy!) spring so far here in Vancouver, and it’s seriously getting people down. Me included.
So when the sun came out this morning, I made the very most of it. I took the longer route home through the woods after walking my kid to school. I ran an errand at Granville Island. I stopped at the beach on my way home.
The cherry blossoms started blooming over a week ago, and I was so grateful for this first glimpse of them against a clear blue sky.
The last several weeks have been totally wacko! Totally wacko. Is it because of politics? Not entirely, no. Most days I barely feel like I have my head on straight. So I thought I’d pop in and blog about all the things I’ve been neglecting, all in one place. Sweet-like, in list form. As you do.
After the Pussyhat pattern quickly became the most popular crochet project I’ve ever released, I started a new weekly newsletter about Action + Craft. Every Tuesday I send an email including links to a few great informative pieces about one or more current events (U.S.-inspired, but with an eye on the rest of the world, too), a list of upcoming marches and demonstrations, and a round-up of art/craft-related acts of expression or resistance. You should subscribe, obviously.
I’m still sending my Friday newsletter, too, of course. It seems that the vast majority of my writing these days is by email. Which I’m enjoying immensely. If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been, I’ve been in ye olde inbox. I’ll happily jump into yours!
I went on holiday (see beach hair, above)! It was lovely. And warm. I didn’t make a damn thing while I was away, but I did get my fiction-reading groove back, so I’m very happy.
It’s cold and cloudy back home now, but I’ve got spring fever. Bad.
Today I discovered that I have 50 patrons. 50! Holy smokes. If you enjoy my work and want to help me keep at it and to cover the cost of the tools I use to get it done (the new activism newsletter tipped me over into the next, far-more-expensive fee level of my email provider, for example), please become a patron! I create a separate biweekly newsletter just for my patrons, and patrons get behind-the-scenes and other updates that no one else gets. (Also, some get postcards in the mail. So.) Thanks for your support, lovely patrons!
Is that my full update? I honestly can’t be sure (see: head not screwed on straight). But I think so?
Happy Thanksgiving, American friends! I hope you’ve had a fabulous holiday with people you love and food that was delicious. Canadian Thanksgiving was several weeks ago, but as you read this I’m on my way to surprise someone I love this holiday weekend. Good times.
So, let’s buy experiences and not stuff this weekend, yeah? (Or, let’s buy stuff and also experiences?) I’ve got some awesome sales for you of the experience variety – treat yourself!
(Some of the following are affiliate links. I never recommend things I don’t actually think are ace!)
Online Craft & Cooking Classes at Craftsy
First up, Craftsy’s having their biggest sale ever. Through Monday, every online class – there are well over 1,000 of them! – is $17.99 USD or less. Here are some I particularly recommend (do browse around the site – there are so many classes):