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What We Do in the Shadows

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

I ended TIFF on a high last week with What We Do in the Shadows, directed and starring Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement. It’s a hilarious mockumentary following a group of vampires in New Zealand as they deal with the usual fights between flatmates, past relationships and dealing with newcomers. It won the People’s Choice award for the best of Midnight Madness and an added joy was having Jemaine and Stu present for a Q&A after the screening (very rare for the last day of TIFF!).

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In tribute of a brilliant cameo, I made a werewolf button available at Cunning & Crafty.

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TIFF 2014 – Song of the Sea

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

It’s that time of year again, where I drop a lot of dough to line up and watch some films. The Toronto International Film Festival is in full swing, and I do find it a thrill to be in the audience as a director giddily presents the premiere of their labour of love.

It was an honour to see the world premiere of Song of Sea yesterday, a story of a brother and sister in their fantastical journey dipping in Irish folklore. Each frame is a beautiful rendering that you want to freeze-frame just to study all the details and humour (I especially love Ben’s hand-drawn map and how he sees the world). The film was written and directed by Tomm Moore and created by Irish studio Cartoon Saloon who are also the creators of The Secret of Kells. The story is as rich and lush as the images.

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You can learn more from the Cartoon Saloon website and production blog: http://www.cartoonsaloon.ie/2009/06/feature-films-song-of-the-sea/

Seek it out when it comes to your town!

I also noticed the voice of the main character was David Rawle of Moone Boy! Also a funny series worth checking out: http://www.sky.com/tv/show/moone-boy

Baked Soap Co.

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

I had the pleasure of sharing a table with the Baked Soap Co. at the Toronto Indie Arts Market and picked up some delectable handmade soaps. Not only are they formed in wonderfully delicious shapes, but they’re available in a variety of enticing scents — fragrant, but not overwhelming. I bought the Rhubarb and Berry Pie bar and a set of mini donuts. These would be perfect party favours or stocking stuffers, that is if you’re willing to part with them yourself.

 

Check out other Baked Soap Co. items here. They’re also available in some local Toronto stores and at many shows and events leading up to the holidays. Check out locations here.

Thanks!

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

I had a great time at the Toronto Indie Arts Market this past weekend. Thanks to all my family and friends for their support and all the kind people who came by. Also great appreciation to the OH and WingMe for helping to man the table and being all around amusing. For my first time at an actual crafty event, it was a good learning experience with hopefully more in the future.

 

Cunning & Crafty at the Toronto Indie Arts Market

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

This Saturday, Nov. 9th, I’ll have a table at the Toronto Indie Arts Market at the Gladstone Hotel. I’ll have some necklaces, cards, buttons, magnets and zipper pouches, so come by and check it out!

http://www.torontoindieartsmarket.com/upcoming-markets/november-9th-early-holiday-market/

Red Snow and Kim’s Convenience

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

I had the chance to see 2 great plays this week, both of Asian origin and on the themes of family, history, forgiveness and love.

Red Snow by Diana Tso is the haunting story of Isabel as she journeys to find what happened to her family during the holocaust in Nanjing during WWII. The play brings to light this horrible event in history, that is often overlooked, and the need for forgiveness and reconciliation.  You can see it at Theatre Passe Muraille till Jan. 28th. For show schedule check here.

Kim’s Convenience by Ins Choi, is the funny and touching story of the Kim family and their Convenience Store in Regent Park. I could identify with a lot of the feelings of growing up in an immigrant family. Kim’s Convenience plays at the Young Centre in the Distillery District till Feb. 11th. Click here for schedule.

Knowing Diana and following her updates, and actually having been to one of the readings for the fu-Gen playwriting unit where a few scenes from Kim’s Convenience were performed many years ago  (though I don’t remember much), it’s so great to see the fruition of all their time and effort. Congratulations to both on their inspiring work!

** I also really enjoy the illustrations Brian Rea in the Soul Pepper program, like the one above for Kim’s Convenience. Check out his work here.

TDSB’s Dare to Dance 2011

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

I had the joy of being invited to the finale of Toronto District School Board’s Dare to Dance competition last week. Groups from various highschools put together dance pieces based on a social justice issue. It felt like a real “So you think you can Dance” show with video interviews and even guest judge, Tre Armstrong. It was so fun to watch these hard working, talented dancers in so many different styles. Thanks to all the dancers for putting on a great show and the teachers and administrators that made it possible. It was inspiring to see so much talent and potential bubbling out of that theatre.

Here’s the crew from William Lyon Mackenzie, just one of the awesome crews to perform that night.

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition 2011

Friday, July 8th, 2011

It’s that time again! Arm yourselves with sunglasses and some water and check out the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition at Nathan Phillips Square this weekend. It’s a scorcher out there! The show seems a bit smaller this year, perhaps due to the construction at city hall, and they’re not using the full lawn area, but still quite a bit to see. It’s on Fri. and Sat. from 10:30am – 7:30pm. and Sun. from 10:30am. – 6:30pm. I had the chance to run through quickly today and here are a few things that caught my eye (sorry, I gravitate towards the plush and sewn).

The Fierce Bunnies by Sonja Ahlers are incredibly cute,  handsewn bunnies made from deconstructed vintage sweaters. They go through an intricate process and nothing goes to waste! They seem calm and quiet, but somehow I feel I don’t want to wake these bunnies. You can see more of Sonja’s work on her website: http://www.sonjaahlers.com  I’ve also seen her work before at the Magic Pony shop and bunnies are also available on her etsy store.

I also liked the animal busts at the Felt Factory by Sabine Alpers. All the animals are all patiently needle felted from wool.

And one of our blog favourites, Amanda Ho of Denture Thief Productions is also at the show. She has many of the items we’ve featured previously plus new elephants! Love the embroidery details on all the elephants, making them each unique. She also has a new website so check out her stuff: www.denture-thief.com

Wish I had more time to spend at the show, but hope this little preview leads you to check out all the artists there! ~ Lurgs

Thanks Sweat Shoppers!

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Hurray for a successful first showing in Toronto last Saturday at the Parkdale Bazaar!  Mama Yee made an appearance! We had a great time meeting fellow craftsters and displaying our work from PS I Heart You and Cunning & Crafty. Thanks to everyone for coming to support us and for all the new customers. We can’t wait to do another show!

Except for a little drizzle, we’re so happy the rain held off and we got to babysit this little cutie for a most memorable customer.

PS I Heart You and Cunning & Crafty at the Parkdale Bazaar!

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011


Yes, the sweatshop is humming with activity. PS I Heart You and Cunning & Crafty will be sharing a table at the Parkdale Bazaar on Sat. June 25th, from 11am – 5pm. So if you’re in the Toronto area, come by and say hi!

This is the first time YY and I will be participating in a sale together so we’re very excited! So come see what we have in stock in person. We’ll have lovely jewelery and accessories, buttons, magnets, greeting cards, and various sewn goods.

The Parkdale Bazaar will be located at the Parkdale Town Square at the corner of Queen St. W & Cowan Ave.

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