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    Copious HQ Happenings

    Daisy Jones & The Six, Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller, Schitts Creek, Halloween Movie, The Femme Sweater

     

     

    What I have been listening to...

    DAISY JONES & THE SIX

    I highly recommend listening to the audio version of this book, it has multiply actors voicing the band members and the people interviewed, it makes for a dynamic listen. It has all my favourite things, set in the 70’s, music, fashion & people trying to find themselves. I adored this book and can’t wait for the series to be out.

     

     

     

     

    What I have reading... 

    TROPIC OF CANCER

    This book won’t be for everyone, but if you like seeing the evolution of literature, like me, you may enjoy this. TOC is the reason we have free speech in literature today. It was dubbed as overtly sexual in1934, but really reading it today, I felt sad for a man who couldn’t look at himself honestly and used sex to hide. The last few pages are the best, because he finally sees himself.

     

     

     

     

    What I have watching... 

    SCHITTS CREEK

    I have no idea why I waited SO long to watch this, but now I LITERALLY (Moira Rose voice) can’t stop thinking about and gushing over it. It is simply put BEAUTIFUL. It is what television should be, characters that become a part of your everyday, a world that you want to be in & an ending that makes you warm and fuzzy.

     

     

     

     

     

    What I have been doing...

    WATCHING HALLOWEEN MOVIES

    I love October, the beau and I screen LOTS of Halloween movies including: Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Interview with a Vampire, Dracula, SCREAM. Which ones do you watch? 

     

     

     

     

    What I have been working on... 

    STITCHING FEMME SWEATERS

    This year has been insane, but I am all about looking for the positive in things. I keep coming back to if these were normal times I could never offer The Femme Sweater for holiday gifts. I just would not have time between sewing and markets. Being trapped at home has its perks, like stitching these babies up for all of you, they have been a welcomed distraction.

     

    Copious HQ Happenings

    slow burn podcast | vernon subutex 2 | black mirror: striking viper | closing the cottage down | new fall sweaters

     

     

    What I have been listening to...

    SLOW BURN

    This series has been incredible. S1 highlighted Nixon, S2 highlighted Clinton and I assumed S3 would highlight Trump. But it took a different turn and brilliantly highlighted Duke and his affiliations with the KKK and effort to become an elected official. Without pointing at it, they showed where Duke failed, Trump succeeded and we should all take that very seriously!

     

     

     

     

    What I have reading... 

    VERNON SUBETEX 2

    The second book in the trilogy did not disappoint. It picks up with the lead character, Vernon and his band of followers, they have become cult like in their devotion to him. Since becoming homeless he needs only one thing, music. It has always been the constant in his life and he uses its power to transport people out of theirs.

     

     

     

     

    What I have watching... 

    BLACK MIRROR: STRIKING VIPER

    I have watched no Black Mirror episodes until this one and WOW! This is one of the greatest episodes of TV I have ever seen. It takes society’s views on relationships and flips them upside down. It asks us to look more deeply at what our attractions are and what brings us pleasure and why would we shy away from that?

     

     

     

     

     

    What I have been doing...

    SHUTTING THE COTTAGE DOWN

    Shutting the cottage down is always bittersweet, but we had the most gorgeous season! Literally 4 months of bbq’s, swimming, boating, enjoying the sun and playing with the kiddos. We do one last big feast out there, while we shut the cottage down, do some cleaning and get the boat ready for winter.

     

     

     

     

    What I have been working on... 

    NEW FALL SWEATERS

    Typically, I would order Fall Fabric in March, but then this year happened, so I made the decision that I would work with the end rolls of fabric I had. This is a small step in the direction I want to move Copious, buying less fabric. I am so excited to share this mini collection of Sweaters, soon you will get to see the Milly, Jordan and James Sweater.

     

    Copious HQ Happenings

    heavy medals podcast, sula by toni morrison, the last picture show movie, pirate life theatre cruise in ottawa and custom femme sweater

     

    What I have been listening to...

    HEAVY MEDALS

    ESPN’S docs are always very powerful and Heavy Medals is no exception. You follow Bela and Martha Karolyi from their start in Romania, to their escape to the US and then their journey to training the Olympic Gymnastics Team. You see their unflinching need to win at all costs, even at the expense of the young athletes bodies and emotional wellbeing.

     

     

     

     

    What I have reading... 

    SULA

    Toni Morrison has always written books that make us look at ourselves. Sula holds up a mirror to how we often judge others and like to look at ourselves as better than. Nel and Sula, friends since childhood and are put at odds as they enter adulthood, with Nel following society and Sula rebelling against it. In the end Sula stays true and Nel is shown who she really is.

     

     

     

     

     

    What I have watching... 

    THE LAST PICTURE SHOW

    After learning more about Polly Platt, the beau and I are diving into her filmography. This was her first film as set, hair and costume director. Set in the 50’s, in a small town in Texas, it showcases the high and lows of life, coming of age and the heartbreak of feeling like you have been forgotten. Watching it, we saw how it has influenced some of our favourite movies.

     

     

     

     

    What I have been doing...

    ADVENTURE DAY WITH THE KIDDOS

    Every year we take the kids on an adventure day and this year I was worried we might not be able to, but PIRATE LIFE to the rescue. This was perfect for our nieces and nephews, they got to play dress up and make believe, while shooting water cannons and searching for buried treasure.

     

     

     

     

     

    What I have been working on... 

    CUSTOM FEMME SWEATER

    When I launched this product at the beginning of 2020, I had specific women I wanted to feature because they had inspired me. This time around I wanted to let YOU choose the women who were featured on your sweater. You get to choose your sweater colour, thread colour and the 3 names of women that have inspired you!

     

    Copious HQ Happenings

    You Must Remember This Podcast, I am not your Negro by James Baldwin, Palm Springs Movie, Cottaging Vibes, Face Masks

     

     

    What I have been listening to...

    YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS

    The new season explores the life and accomplishments of Polly Platt, a woman I knew very little about but who has impacted movies, directors and the film industry for decades. As is so often the case, being a woman she didn’t get the recognition she deserved and this series explores all the movies she has touched over her time in Hollywood.   

     

     

     

     

    What I have reading... 

    I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

    This book was incredible. To see the world through James’ eyes is to see the pain and trauma that Black people have and still endure. This wasn’t a finished project by Baldwin, Raoul Peck stepped in and assembled his thoughts for this project into a manuscript for his movie. This book is a quick read, but SUPER insight and I highly recommend it.

     

     

     

     

    What I have watching... 

    PALM SPRINGS

    If you need a light hearted and hilarious movie with a pinch of sci-fi added in, put this at the top of your list. It takes a look at what living without consequesnces would look like and that makes for some insane hijinx. The beau and I both enjoyed it, plus it is set in Palm Springs, which I am obsessed with!

     

     

     

     

     

    What I have been doing...

    COTTAGING, COTTAGING & COTTAGING

    As Canadians we know how precious our summers are. You kind find myself and the whole fam jam at the cottage most weekends. July has been filled with reading, soaking up the sun, swimming, boating, water balloon fights and soccer. This place is my favourite and I love how much the kiddos love it! 

     

     

     

     

    What I have been working on... 

    MAKING FACE MASKS

    From Day 1, my Accoutrement section has been about making items that use up scrap fabric. Nothing makes me happier than seeing fabric that most BIG companies would throw away being used up! A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has bought a Face Mask, you not only are protecting your community, you are helping reduce waste too!

     

    Copious HQ Happenings

    Neil Young's Homegrown | The Mists of Avalon | Space Force | Hanging with Family | Funstans Facebook Ad Course

     

     

    What I have been listening to...

    HOMEGROWN

    Neil Young is one of my favourite artists. His new album is never before released songs from albums passed and you can really here the years each one was made in because you can see his style change. The new album is quintessential Neil and it has got me listening to nothing but Neil Young lately.

     

     

     

     

    What I have reading... 

    THE MISTS OF AVALON

    This book was SO good, it went right to the top of my favourites list. It spans generations, starting with Igraine and Viviane, Arthurs Aunt and Mother and then moves towards Morgaine and Gwenhwyfar, his sister and wife. It focuses on the women who influenced Arthur and had a hand in forming Camelot and the Round Table.

     

     

     

     

     

    What I have watching... 

    SPACE FORCE

    I wanted to love this so much. I am a big Office fan, so obviously I thought this would be great. It seems like they just didn’t take enough time to flush out the idea and jokes, some land, but others don’t.

    Have any of you watched it? What did you think?

     

     

     

     

    What I have been doing...

    HANGING w FAMILY

    The cottage has been our refuge during this time. It was really hard for all of us to be separated these last few months, so we are making up for it every weekend. The weather has been incredible this June, I feel like we have spent even more time out here than any year before. GG & Gracie getting some quality time. 

     

     

     

     

    What I have been working on... 

    LEARNING FACEBOOK ADS

    Facebook Ads have always been a mystery to me. It has always been on my TO DO list to learn. Happy to say I completed that goal in 2020. Hattie from Funstans Marketing put on a 5 day Virtual Class and it was super informative and I feel more confident in running own. Hattie is running the class again in August if you are interested in learning for yourself!