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Virtual Toronto Lit Up: Inanna’s Spring Releases

I’m very excited for my sister (from a whole other set of parents), fellow red-headed dame, and incredible writer! Please join in for the Inanna reading as well as follow Heather’s blog!

Meet Me at the Soda Fountain

June 18 TO LIT UP launch banner_for posting

On Thursday, June 18th at 5pm, Toronto Lit Up and Inanna Publications will be hosting a virtual book launch to celebrate Inanna’s Spring 2020 releases! I am so excited to be launching with these fabulous authors! Here are the details:

Join us for a virtual celebratory evening of readings and revelry featuring authors Heather Babcock (Filthy Sugar), Nina Munteanu (A Diary in the Age of Water), Ruth Panofsky (Radiant Shards: Hoda’s North End Poems) and Mary Rykov (some conditions apply). Books discounted for the event, author Q & A and more!

Register here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/toronto-lit-up-inanna-launch

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Stay The Fuck Home The Reading Edition

When you are under lock-down or quarantine during a pandemic, catching up on your reading is a great idea! Here in Toronto, if you have a library card, you can download e-books and audio books for free. If you are also looking for alternatives, here are some blogs and e-books you can also check out.

Heather Babcock (author and blogger) https://meetmeatthesodafountain.home.blog/

Tony Nappo/Nappoholics (actor and blogger) https://www.intermissionmagazine.ca/nappoholics-anonymous/nappoholics-anonymous-172/?fbclid=IwAR22xk_z1Dy5U1LduIHfkJbermWLuK21k1XjDSlM8PT6tNSSjgPuGAOtVp0

Life With More Cowbell https://lifewithmorecowbell.com/

TOPoet (author and blogger) https://topoet.ca/

Haley Davis (author) https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Haley+Travis&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

The Wonderful World of Cinema https://thewonderfulworldofcinema.wordpress.com/

Silents Please https://silentsplease.wordpress.com/

John Oughton (author) https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/876281

Precode https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/46006979

Killer Kitsch https://killerkitschdesigns.com/

OnSpec Magazine https://onspecmag.wpcomstaging.com/

Archive.org https://archive.org/

Guttenberg https://www.gutenberg.org/

Open Library https://openlibrary.org/

Librivox https://librivox.org/

Day 6

Day 6 was harder and WTH happened to my core strength! Belly fat is not my friend. Begone belly fat!

I’ve been thinking a lot about being grateful. Grateful that I get to fulfill a creative life. Grateful for my family, the family I created and friends. Grateful to live in Canada. Grateful to find the love of my life. I know I go on a lot about it and many of you are making the barfy sound right now, but I am grateful that Zed Dulac came into my life. He encourages and inspires me. He gets me and most of all he willingly goes along with my mad plans.

Who joined in today? What are you grateful for right now?

Here Birdie Birdie & Tales Of Other Flying Things

Where are my Crows and Ravens? Where are you?

One of the things I look forward to when I visit my parents is seeing the Crows and Ravens. I absolutely love Crows and Ravens. I swear as soon as I show up, they aren’t around. Why? Why do you do this to me? All I want to do is love you. Please come back Crows and Ravens. COME BACK!!!

In the meantime, I will lovingly look at this drawing of two Crows.

crows

All kidding aside, There are two birds that fit with who I am and what people think they see. On the inside, I feel like I am a Raven. I also feel that it is my spirit bird. The Raven is intelligence and is able to learn quickly, using what they learn to figure out solutions to problems, to puzzles.  They are dark and mysterious. ‘The Raven totem signifies mystery and divination, and the attraction to the magical or mystical ways.’  I’m the dark little girl with the crooked smile. I am a Raven.

Others see a Flamingo. Someone who is bright and showy. I am only that way when I really, truly need to be. I am what you might call an extroverted introvert. I love being on a stage and performing, yet being around people close-up and personal has always made me uncomfortable. I was an incredibly shy kid who would rather sit alone and read or draw. I’m ok to perform for those people, I just don’t feel comfortable talking to them. This is why I am so drawn to both of those birds.

flamingos

Of late, I have also become very curious about all birds. With Spring sort of returning, there are many, many different types of birds singing in the trees around us. I’ve been seeing a lot of Cardinals this year. Way more than any other year and it had me thinking that I would love to learn more about the birds that are in my neighbourhood. I want to hear a song from one of them and immediately recognize what kind of bird it is. The High Park Nature Centre down the street does have walkabouts for bird identification and I am considering going on one. They had a fantastic one for Bats.

cardinals

Oh, Bats. Another flying creature I am obsessed with. My ghoul fiends Thea and Adam gave us a Bat Detector for our wedding gift last year and I CANNOT wait to start using it! It is finally warming up enough that the Bats will be out feeding. Nightly walks will be becoming a popular end to the day.

bats

Now off to find my Crows and Ravens.

The Sad Blisters: The story behind the photo — life with more cowbell

The Sad Blisters poster/postcard uses real-life images of the cast, taken at weddings over the years. Here’s the story behind my photo: This photo was taken in 1998, at my brother Brian and sister-in-law Anne-Marie’s wedding reception. It was a great day, with one notable omission: my youngest brother Sean, who was to be Brian’s […]

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News & upcoming hiatus! — life with more cowbell

As promised, I’ve got some news, including an accompanying Spring hiatus for the blog… Back in January, I was invited to join the cast of an indie production of The Sad Blisters, a new play by Andrew Batten, directed by Victoria Shepherd. It’s a quirky, funny, poignant family dramedy with an all-female cast—so, of course, […]

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Show-a-long

We’ve had many requests to do a certain type of sew-a-longs AND the most popular has been to do a themed SAL and one that is based on a television show! The most requested show is….

Drum roll, please!

To create a  garment from The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel! I’m excited to say that our February 2019 SAL will be just that!  Once we decided it was time to do this SAL we did a poll to ask if you all wanted to do specific garment or a choice from a selection of options. The winning poll selection is to choose your own garment. The idea of this SAL is to replicate an outfit, though it doesn’t need to be an exact replica, please show us your inspiration from the show and your finished garment.

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You will find the sew-a-long over at https://www.facebook.com/groups/killerkitschvintagewips/.

As always, here are some links to both self-draft tutorials or places to purchase patterns to help you along! Please feel free to use your own patterns as well.

The SAL will run from February 1 to 28. As always, if you post on Instagram please tag @killerkitsch13 and use hashtags #killerkitschsewalong #mrsmaisel-a-long.