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    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!

     

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    phoebe reads a mystery podcast, the basketball diaries book, fargo tv series, femme stories blog post

     

    What I have been listening to...

    PHOEBE READS A MYSTERY

    If you have ever listened to the podcast, Criminal you know that the host Phoebe has the perfect voice for audiobooks. During this time of self-isolation on top of her other podcasts, she started reading some of her favourite books. The chapters are quick and it has been perfect while I am out for a walk or in the studio sewing. 

     

     

     

     

     

    What I have reading... 

    THE BASKETBALL DIARIES

    If you are looking for a perfect grammatical read, this might not be for you. It really is a diary, showing Jim’s unedited thoughts and feelings. He documents growing up with little supervision in New York. He is honest about his struggle with drugs, coming to terms with his sexuality and hustling to make enough to support his habit.     

     

     

     

     

    What I have watching... 

    FARGO

    The beau and I have been waiting for time to watch this, and now we have lots! Season 1 & 2 are amazing, while season 3 is more of slow burn. If you are a fan of the Coen Brothers movie this is a must watch for you. It is well written and has links throughout all the seasons so you really have to pay attention while watching.

     

     

     

     

    What I have been doing...

    LOTS OF WALKING

    The thing I miss most about Toronto is walking those busy streets, listening to my music and working through my thoughts and ideas. Well the streets might not be busy, but I have been getting back into walking and letting it clear my mind. Some of my best ideas come on a good walk and we all need that inspiration now!

     

     

     

     

     

    What I have been working on... 

    FEMME STORIES

    I am so proud of this Blog Series. I had the idea to do this last year, but finding the time was the problem. When we started isolating and I saw all these amazing business women pivoting to keep their companies going I was inspired to document their journey. The first one came out last week, with a new story launching each Friday.

     

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    radio lab podcast, vernon subetex book, the america's tv series, quarantine vibes and THREADED collection launch

     

     

     

    What I have been listening to...

    RADIOLAB- THE OTHER LATIF

    This miniseries Radiolab produced is a must listen. It explores a lot of issues, but it is all centred around a man trapped at Guantanamo Bay, freed by Obama, but then trapped by change of administration. They dive into his life before the war how he was a young man trying to find his way in the world. I highly recommend this miniseries. 

     

     

     

    What I have reading... 

    VERNON SUBUTEX 1

    I picked up this book on a whim at one of my fav book shops, TYPE, in Toronto. Book 1 of this trilogy shows the downward spiral of Vernon, an infamous record shop owner in Paris. With changes in the industry due to the internet, he loses his shop and home and you tag along as he bounces from friend to friend to try and avoid homelessness.    

     

     

     

     

    What I have watching... 

    THE AMERICANS

    I had watched the first season years ago, so I wanted to pick up and finish the series. It is great at times, but I also find it repetitive, a lot of anxiety because they are constantly in peril of being found out that they are spies. I don’t find there are enough lull moments that you can breathe and enjoy learning about the characters. 

     

     

     

     

     

    What I have been doing...

    QUARANTINE

    Like everyone else, the beau and I have been self-isolating. We have been working from home and trying to keep up our “routine” just at home. I have been doing yoga, working during the day and trying to unplug in the evenings. Also, been taking this time to clean every inch of our house! 

     

     

     

     

     

    What I have been working on... 

    THREADED LAUNCHED

    THREADED has been my baby for months now and when we all started isolating, it was a struggle to decide whether to move forward with the launch. Many thanks to the lovely business women who are mentors and sounding boards for me and helped me decide to move forward with this beautiful project.

     

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    accused podcast, giovanni's room by james baldwin, the shield,

     

     

    What I have been listening to...

    ACCUSED

    This new season has an Erin Brockovich vibe and it is extremely interesting look at what a company will do to avoid  the police looking at them closer. In the mid 80’s at a Cincinnati Plant a worker died and it was later revealed the plant was processing uranium, which had huge environmental affects on local citizens. So was it an accident or murder? 

     

     

     

     

    What I have reading... 

    GIOVANNI’S ROOM

    This book is a truly great read. Set in the 50’s it takes a deep look at what it means to be honest about your sexuality. Whether homosexual or bisexual, it was a time that meant you had to hide this part of you, it looks closely at the consequences that happen to us and the people around us when we aren’t being truthful and honest with ourselves.

     

     

     

     

    What I have watching... 

    THE SHIELD

    One of the things I hate when a show ends is when they don’t do the characters justice. This show is great all the way through and the ending is one of the best. Kurt Sutter took over writing this show and he always follows a Shakespearean storyline and this shows ending does not disappoint. I highly recommend watching it if you haven’t. 

     

     

     

     

     

    What I have been doing...

    CATCHING UP WITH FAMILY

    February has been about lots of family time and catchng up with everyone after our trip and celebrating birthdays, also it has been pretty wintery out there so I have been happy to chill at my grandparents house enjoying good food, good company and being goofy with the kiddos. 

     

     

     

     

    What I have been working on... 

    DESIGNING FALL 2020

    When designing a new collection, fabric is always the hardest choice. I got all the styles narrowed down and most of the fabrics chosen, but which mustard to use has really been tripping me up. Anytime I really can’t decide I put it away for a couple weeks, focus on something else and  then ask you!

     

     

     

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    dateline podcast, carrie brownstein hunger makes me an angry, cheer netflix, traveling japan, copious THREADED Collection

     

     

    What I have been listening to...

    DATELINE

    I definitely grew up in the generation whose parents watched Dateline every week, and now they have taken their episodes and turned them into podcasts. I have been binging them, it is a super easy listen and you can pretty much always guess how it’s going to end, but when you are working and need something to listen to, this could be the ticket.

     

     

     

     

    What I have reading... 

    HUNGER MAKES ME A MODERN GIRL

    I can’t say enough amazing things about this book. Carrie does not mince words and holds herself very accountable in this memoir. If you are a fan of the 90’s grunge and riot grrrl movement, then I highly recommend this book. Her knowledge and love for the Seattle music scene is palpable with every word she has written.

     

     

     

     

    What I have watching... 

    CHEER

    This show was show good! It instantly made me reminisce about my time on a competitive soccer team and how your teammates become family. I loved hearing the athletes stories and see how much they had overcome to get to where they were. It was completely bingeable and is perfect for these winter days!

     

     

     

     

    What I have been doing...

    VACATIONING IN JAPAN!

    I will never be over this trip, it was truly incredible to experience this amazing country. We went from Hiroshima, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara to Tokyo and each city was full of culture, incredible food, one of a kind experiences and the beau and I loved every minute of it! 

     

     

     

     

    What I have been working on... 

    THREADED

    I think we are all looking around at what we buy and trying to strike that balance of supporting local and the environment and I love that this collection takes both into considertion. THREADED will be thrifted pieces that I find and then add my hand embroidered skills to. I am excited to work on a collection that upcycles pieces that already exist.