Monday, March 31, 2008


woah! rainy day today, does that mean the elusive spring everyone has been waiting for has finally arrived? maybe it's just tip-toeing in. again, i've been crocheting like mad, and doing a bit of quilting.
i love how zen making things by hand can be; it clears my mind and pulls my thoughts away from all the stressors and distractions of life and focuses them on my own two hands.
as part of the Toronto Craft Alert's goal to galvanize the city's craft community, we'd like to get a bit of a discussion going. discuss any crafty topic you like... we'll be re-posting this thread every monday morning, so that the discussions can continue in the comments section of this post.


Blogger The_Gnarled_Branch said...

Hey gang...

Here's a question I'd like to pose~

Does music play a role whilst you are creating and crafting?

Personally for me I rarely work without some sort of music on in the background.
It ranges in genre from classical to old early 80s punk rock--(I seem to get alot more product done when the Ramones are on, crafting to the beat I guess)

I think with music some genres are better for coming up with initial ideas and designs and others good for getting things finished the night before a show.

11:25 a.m.  
Anonymous karyn @ the workroom said...

my guilty pleasure is a night of crafting/sewing until the wee hours of the morning with dvds going non-stop. my favourites are audrey hepburn movies or old episodes of felicity. lol.

1:38 p.m.  
Blogger not so crafty lady said...

Yeah! For sure need music when doing just about anything but mostly when painting. Tori Amos or Bjork are my faves or depending on my mood Portishead or The Smashing Pumpkins!!! I can't paint or write without music!!! ROCK ON!

2:53 p.m.  
Blogger Ghostface Knittah said...

Hardcore gangsta rap keeps me crafting.

And hooray for the meditative nature of creating with our own two hands!

10:14 p.m.  
Blogger I Heart That! Dance said...

Hi folks! I was late today (busy work-work day) but at least I made it :)

Music definitely plays a role! I have two Sewing Mixes of Shame, one Mellow, one Wacky and both packed with either obscure Celtic trad or stuff I'm not going to admit listening to, much less downloading from iTunes :) I somehow like to know that it's ON, even if I can't hear it over my machine.

I also am a big fan of the background DVD -- I put on Lord of the Rings when the sewing will be Epic, for example, or Firefly if it will be Action-Packed.

And now, bed :D

11:08 p.m.  
Blogger The_Gnarled_Branch said...

I can just see each of us in our cubby holes with the tunes playin'...
as far as Tori/Portis/Bjork...that would be definitely the music used during the creative process...letting things flow while coming up with ideas..

I have actually burned cd's for various moods... I shall come on and list them out --- some great bands--

As well I will play TV/movie dvd's of shows I've seen a gazillion times--just as a backround noise..
Curb Your Enthusiasm or The Larry Sanders show come to mind...

and of course Amadeus-- movie, classical music combo....

When it gets real nice out--I may just open the window and let the birds do the musical work...

I'll post some bands/groups that I find stimulate the ole creative juices... until then happy zzzz


12:39 a.m.  
Blogger angelune@TCA said...

yay for everyone chatting!
I don't think I've found the optimal music for crafting yet, sometimes I just like to listen to cbc radio. Lately I've been working in front of the television, or on the streetcar on my way to work. has a "craft soundtrack" that changes regularly, maybe I'll try her suggestions.

7:50 a.m.  
Blogger toronto craft alert said...

i always forget to turn on the music for some reason, but when i do, crafting is sooo much better. craft podcasts can also be a cool crafting accompaniment. do you guys ever listen to these?

this is reminding me to download something from craftypod while i put together the next mail out! thanks guys!


8:43 a.m.  
Blogger I Heart That! Dance said...

I don't listen to a lot of podcasts -- partially because I can't concentrate on what they're saying while I'm embroidering and partially cause I keep forgetting they're out there :P

I'm off to the Workroom for the first time today! Wooo! Got to get myself organized tho :)

10:49 a.m.  
Blogger My Belle Bijoux said...

I guess I'm a little late on this one, but you know, busy time of year!

When I paint, I MUST listen to music (90% of the time it's Pink Floyd - they really get my artsy-fartsy juices flowing).

When I make wire/beaded jewellery I do it in front of the tv (which explains why my tv room is piled high with my junk).

When I do my wood-burned jewellery I will sometimes listen to music, depending on which room i'm working in, sometimes listen to the tv, and sometimes I just prefer complete silence. Once the weather is nice and I don't need to bundle up to go outside, I hope to do some wood burning in my backyard under the giant maple trees. And perhaps I will work in my bathing suit and periodically jump into my hot tub whenever my neck/back gets too sore from leaning over my work!

1:51 p.m.  
Blogger I Heart That! Dance said...

Ah yes, artsy-fartsy juice. From the rare artsy-fartsy fruit :D

I haven't been able to handle Pink Floyd since I did a very cliche thing during a midnight viewing of The Wall. Nuff said I think ;) But I get the juice-flowing-ness part!

Michelle, I have a ridiculous quesion -- for wood burning, do you not need to plug something in? I think in my head I'm picturing a thingy like a soldering tool...

OK back to sewing/organizing... still hoping to make it downtown to the workroom today...

2:48 p.m.  
Blogger My Belle Bijoux said...

Good ol' artsy-fartsy juice, not to be mistaken for just fart juice! (ahhh, I can't believe I just said that! Ick!)

On a much less disgusting note, yes you do have to plug in a wood burner and it is much like a soldering iron. If you were wondering how I could do that in my backyard, it's because I have an outlet outside. I figure I would just bring an extension cord so I can reach the table. It would be cooler if wood burners were battery powered. Maybe they do have ones like that, I just haven't found one yet.

Who's gonna be at the SpeakEasy tomorrow, other than me and Dave?

3:16 p.m.  
Blogger not so crafty lady said...

I am going to try to go to Speakeasy tonite! I hope I can make it!

2:06 p.m.  
Blogger not so crafty lady said...

So Speakeasy last night so awesome!!! Even though I didn't get there until 11:30pm I still had time to see everything and buy some stuff! To the Gnarled Branch and My Belle Bijoux it was very cool to meet you both and thanks for selling your stuff to me. And to all who don't know... The Gnarled Branch is awesome! Sexxxy to!!! Oh Gnarly Branch I'll be following you around from show to show now just to bask in your sexyness you super hot man you! I think everyone else should too! If you have not experienced the sexy sexyness of the Gnarled Branch then go to the webwite flock to the shows and stalk him at night so you to can experience what I am saying!!!
(how was that Gnarly dude?)
But was a really great show at a great venue I urge all who haven't been to check it out!
And MBB I love the pendant I got from you and hope to wear it a lot! Happy Crafting!

10:53 a.m.  
Blogger My Belle Bijoux said...

Yeah, the SpeakEasy was pretty groovy! And I was lucky enough to be squeezed into a tiny room next to the gnarled branch and bask in his "sexy sexyness" all night long! hahaha!
Jen, you are too much! And it was awesome meeting you as well and thanks again for shopping at my little booth!

It was a really nice venue and so different from any show I've done before. Definitely worth my while to be there and to meet so many other cool crafty people!


11:37 a.m.  
Blogger The_Gnarled_Branch said...


you gals are a nutty bunch!
My cologne Eaux DeCraft
really kicked it up a notch last night.

Thanks for your generous post there Not was great meeting you too!
I'm all a twitter.
Now when I get groceries this weekend I'll be walkin' with a bit of swagger---Sexy Dave is in the House! I'm a Crafter oooh yeah.

It was alot of fun- venues are a crapshoot with what you have 'neighbour' wise.... I had a sneak around twice to see what was cookin' in the other areas, and I think our little section was the party room.
Some nifty crafts and works of art though overall...

MBB and I shared alot of laughs and are certainly hoping to be neighbours again at future events.
Her work is truly special and she's a great gal...what are the odds we were beside each other...
well everything happens for a reason I guess.

A great time.

I just got in from finishing a mural job, and now going to enjoy and adult bevie and go through tons of emails from adoring fans...oh wait--no its spam. damn


Dave "GB"

2:50 p.m.  
Blogger toronto craft alert said...

wowzas guys... quite the chat happening over by the watercooler this week.

just wanted to pipe in with my regrets re: the speakeasy show. i was really looking forward to meeting some of you and supporting pals who were showing at the sale, but i hit a task/meeting/outing wall and could do nothing but lay on the couch in my sweats falling asleep to CSI.

anyhow, sounds like a successful show was had (or at least some serious flirting was executed, which is a type of success), and i look forward to be conscious for the next one.


4:08 p.m.  
Blogger My Belle Bijoux said...

Oh Dave, you crack me up! Thanks for the compliments, I'm blushing now :S

Looking forward to future craft shows with ya!

4:53 p.m.  
Blogger not so crafty lady said...

Hey GB I just call 'em as I see 'em! I wish I could be there to see the Sexy Dave swagger though *sigh* maybe next time I see you I can get a demonstration!
Take care all I'm off to the Drake tonite to enjoy some old school know, when hip hop was good!! Goin' back to high school days! Lates!

5:55 p.m.  

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