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Rocks, Water and the Georgian Bay Fibre Co.

I was chatting with Rayna last night about an amazing new yarn dyer that she’s discovered; Carla, at the Georgian Bay Fibre co. I was drooling over her colourways, and fell in love with the one called ‘granite’. I’ve ordered up 3 skeins of her dk weight, all destined for the Boiseau Wrap, and one skein of sock yarn in her spring colour ‘Spring Skies’ (this colour is only available until June, so if you love it, better get it now!).

Spring Skies, by The Georgian Bay Fibre Co.

Spring Skies, by The Georgian Bay Fibre Co.

Granite, by the Georgian Bay Fibre Co.

Granite, by the Georgian Bay Fibre Co.

I’m so pumped to actually get my hands on this gorgeous stuff – Carla is based out of Parry Sound in North Ontario (and is super sweet and friendly in addition to hella talented) – and if you read this blog with any regularity at all you know that North Ontario is my happy place. All her colours are inspired by the unparalleled beauty of the Georgian Bay region, it’s something dear to my heart and definitely one of the reasons I connected with her work right away (it doesn’t hurt that the site is stunning, so as a designer and a photographer I’ve got to give her kudos there too!).

Rossport Beach, North Shore of Lake Superior

Rossport Beach, North Shore of Lake Superior

We got to chatting about the granite colour way and why I was so in love with it. I have been lucky enough to have discovered, in my travels, my favourite kind of place. For some folks it’s forests, for others, small towns. For me, the place where my soul really sings are places that are just rocks and water. Barren rock, and blue water – I can sit in a place like that all day and just relax.

Quidi Vidi Lake, St Johns, Newfoundland

Quidi Vidi Lake, St Johns, Newfoundland

The austere beauty of places where I have found this mixture prompted me to put together a photography collection of the best ‘rock and water’ spots I’ve ever found myself in, and the places I know I’ll be thinking of as I knit up this gorgeous yarn!

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

St Johns, Newfoundland

St Johns, Newfoundland

The Blue Grotto, Capri, Italy

The Blue Grotto, Capri, Italy

Lake Superior provincial Park

Lake Superior provincial Park

El Tunco, El Salvador

El Tunco, El Salvador

Uculet, British Columbia (yes, that's a whale breaching!)

Uculet, British Columbia (yes, that’s a whale breaching!)

Long Beach, British Columbia

Long Beach, British Columbia

Hopewell Rocks, Moncton, New Brunswick

Hopewell Rocks, Moncton, New Brunswick

Georgian Bay, Tobermory

Georgian Bay, Tobermory

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia

Aran Island, Ireland

Aran Island, Ireland

Happy New Year!

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It’s a lovely evening, even if it is -18 with the wind chill. I’m cleaning and baking and preparing to have a few close friends over to ring in the new year.

2013 was good :) It was my first year as an owner in my agency. I took up yoga, became an author, made lots of stuff and learned a ton along the way about resin and polymer clay. I started sewing and made half a quilt. We went to El Salvador, drove to Winnipeg and I went to Italy. I had a lot of opportunity to teach in Karate, and brought my self defence course to more women. Most importantly I met lots of great people, and became closer to a few beautiful friends that we will see in our lives for decades to come.

Here’s to ending the year right, with people we love and good food. From our family, 2&4 legged, we wish you a beautiful, healthy, prosperous 2014!

Policy Changes at the Blue Brick Etsy Site

A few mishaps of late have motivated me to make some changes to the Blue Brick’s Etsy store, due to the number of folks who think they’ve ordered a knitted item and not a knitted pattern.

Despite the following:

  • The listing itself is called a knitting pattern
  • The coloured bar across each image specifies that it’s a knitting pattern, not a knitted item
  • The ‘Instant Download’ bar for each listing
  • The part in the listing itself where I say “Please note, this listing is for a knitting pattern, not the actual knitted item”
  • The fact that after purchasing a pattern you get an email with a download link
  • And even the fact that, mysteriously, I am not charging anything at all for shipping…

…I’ve had an astonishing number of folks order up a pattern, download it, wait a few weeks and then write to me demanding to know where their gloves/boot toppers/ hats are. I’ve even had a few who, frustratingly, got quite abusive right off the bat, and many who, having waited this long for a shipment that wasn’t coming, wrote to me demanding that I not only ship it instantly, but include tracking information.

Unfortunately, that sort of treatment wears down one’s ability to deal with such things. I go from ‘Sorry! You appear to have misunderstood my listing’ followed by a prompt refund to ‘Look, even if I stole the gloves, for $4.50 with no shipping I still couldn’t afford to send you gloves in the mail, much less a tracked shipment, are you baked?”

I don’t like it when I feel like writing the second email instead of the first. It’s been frustrating, and I’ve honestly made it as obvious as I can that I don’t sell my knitting at all, much less for an amount that would mean I pay myself 35 cents an hour to make things that I then ship for free.

So, as much as I’ve tried to avoid it, I’ve had to change the Blue Brick’s pdf sales policy.

  • If someone has bought a pattern in error, and they have not downloaded the pattern from the link Etsy provides, I will still process a refund. After all, mistakes do happen.
  • If someone has bought a pattern, and proceeded to download the pattern, then I consider the transaction complete and will no longer process a refund.
  • If someone starts the dialogue with an abusive email, then it’s pretty unlikely I’m going to want to devote any time at all to them, much less the time it takes to cancel a sale on Etsy, process a refund through paypal and then write a letter to the buyer explaining what happened. This is particularly true if the sale happened months ago.

I’m sad to make these changes. I’m also sad that I’m frustrated enough to rant on my blog – a place for happy artsy pursuits only. However, it’s happened often enough that something needed to change, and I hope this does the trick!

 

Surprise!!

I basically live in a bubble when it comes to things like black Friday. So, when I went to the mall this morning for a meeting, and arrived super early by accident, it was a mystery to me a) why the mall was already open and b) why there were massive sales everywhere.

The mall wasn’t too crowded yet, and I had 45 minutes to kill, so I enjoyed some shopping at my favourite retailer, and everything was 25% off. What a steal!

SO. Now that I’m caught up, everything on my Etsy site, patterns, the book, the jewellery, everything is 25% off, just for today. Enter the coupon code SURPRISE25 when you check out to receive the discount!

Resin Jewelry Sale

Capri, and the Bluest Place Ever

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The island of Capri lies just off the Amalfi Coast, about an hour long ferry ride from Amalfi itself. The ferry ride is gorgeous, passing the town of Positano on the way in. Positano was so lovely, that I decided then and there to spend my last day exploring it, but that’s for another post :)

Capri ©Shireen Nadir 2013

Capri is stunningly, stupefyingly lovely. There’s a reason celebrities have been setting up little private villas on this rock – it’s so charming that I can see why people fall in love. Just look at the colour of the water.

Capri ©Shireen Nadir 2013

Capri ©Shireen Nadir 2013

My favourite part of Capri though, is a place called the Blue Grotto. The Blue Grotto is  a cave in the side of the cliff face with an opening so small you have to lie down in the boat to get inside.

Capri ©Shireen Nadir 2013

The boatman pulls the boat in via a chain on the ceiling of the cave. Once inside – you turn around, and the water glows. It glows with an incredible amount of sunlight, turning the water a deep, iridescent blue, like nothing I’ve ever seen. The boatmen circle the cave for about 2 minutes, no kidding. They sing as they do it, and combined with the light it’s quite surreal.

Capri ©Shireen Nadir 2013

The wikipedia article, which I read before going, says it’s a ‘love it or loath it’ type spot. Either you’re blown away, or you’re amazed that you paid €25 to be in a cave for 2 minutes. Well, I loved it. Even better, I loved the friend I made before going in.

Capri ©Shireen Nadir 2013

Capri ©Shireen Nadir 2013

One of the great things about travelling alone is how many folks you meet. I met Barbara and Ernie at the docks before the boat ride to the cave. Ernie decided to forego the cave, and Barbara and I went in together. In the spirit of Harry Potter; there are some things you can’t do without becoming fast friends, and lying down on top of each other while being pulled into a glowing cave is one of them.

Capri ©Shireen Nadir 2013

In Lieu of a proper post…

I give you an unimpressed guinea hen.

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This photo was taken last weekend at the ‘Art in the Vineyard’ show at Frogpond farms, and I promise you there are many more gorgeous photos to share, as soon as I can get 2 minutes to rub together and process all that photography!

Blog Lovin’ ?

Yep – I’m on it! And this is me.

And just so I don’t feel like the entire post was shameless plugging, here’s a lovely photo of the yarn display we just made (full DIY details coming soon!)

©Shireen Nadir 2013


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