To be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Hunter St. W. @ Rubidge. Friday 4 - 8 and Saturday and Sunday 10 - 4 All items are handcrafted by local artisans, many are one-of-a-kind (both the items and the artisans!) Here's a peek of a few things I plan to submit... I sure hope to … Continue reading Peterboro’s Artisanity Nov 3-5 Sale
In A Joyful Life, I talk about becoming a partner with my depression rather than its ennemy. And how, surprisingly, this approach provided a level of freedom from its steel grip on my life. But in order to become a partner you first must understand who or what the dark beast is made up … Continue reading Get To Know Your Depression
It's about breathing new life into discarded textiles. On top of its ecological friendliness, up-cycling appeals to my practical roots, where thrift store finds were a source of ingenuity, not shame. And where linings from old fur coats could be transformed into gorgeous satin pants! These days, making new pieces from old ones nourishes my creative … Continue reading AppleTowne Designs
First things first! Learn to navigate a sewing machine in Session I. Then start building your skills right away by making bags of varied styles (including one with a zipper similar to picture). Enjoy hands-on instruction and expert guidance. Session II will have you constructing PJ bottoms - by learning to understand a pattern - … Continue reading Sewing for Beginners Starts in 2 Days
You might have heard about 'the science of happiness' or seen books with a big yellow smiley face on the whole cover. I'm not a fan of that yellow smiley so much, because it seems to reduce this important psychology to something simplistic (just smile a lot and you'll be happy as a clam, just … Continue reading Positive Psychology
yipee! The Mighty magazine published my article for their 150 million readers. Thank you, for giving a voice to those with lived experiences, and spreading the word on mental wellness.
Recently, I had an opportunity to hear a Doctor of Psychology speak about Post Traumatic Growth. I had never heard this term and as the scientist explained the phenomenon, I realized that I had experienced that very thing. And it is what my book explains. The term perfectly describes how my experience with clinical depression … Continue reading Post Traumatic Growth (PTG)
Lately I've been thinking about my relationship to food as I find myself carrying a stubborn 20 extra pounds, having had no 'luck' reversing the trend these past several years (when I began taking anti-anxiety medication). Over the past 11 weeks however, I have shed 9 pounds - not a huge number in itself but … Continue reading Cravings
Hey there, Oh oh... I goofed in my earlier blog post - I wasn't supposed to press the 'publish' button just yet! You see, I'm preparing a series of posts on the big lessons I learned from depression; but entry number 1 should really come before 5... Stay tuned, and thanks for your patience 🙂 … Continue reading Sent Prematurely
Learn it. Make it. Love it. Oh boy, it's a BEAUTY! 205 Sherbrooke St. - Unit EAs you can imagine by these front windows, of which there are more on the side of the building, the space has tons of natural light! It is a maker's dream... And YOU are invited! Classes begin in September … Continue reading The Sign is Up!