As you know, my amazing sister has been working on LoveCraft, the gallery and studio space in Calgary, AB that she co-owns, for the last bit. They very close to their grand opening on May 30th. They have just put out a call for help, and I extend that call to you, my friends, family and readers.
Do you support the Arts in Canada? Do you support small Canadian businesses? Young women in business? Would you love some pretty jewelry, a custom dyed scarf, a drinking horn, or the chance to attend some workshops in Calgary? If so, please check out their kickstarter here.
Here are some samples of what you can “buy” with a pledge:
I am back from my fantastic trip out west to see my sister. It’s a sad thing to admit, but I haven’t seen much of my native country. Canada is just so damn big and so expensive to see. I had a brief visit to Calgary about 5 years ago when my cousin got married (I stopped in AB to visit my sister for a couple of days before heading with her to Regina for the wedding), though we were so busy that I really didn’t see much of the town.
This time, I was honoured to attend her grad show and convocation! My little sister is all grown up now, and is one hell of a fiber artist. I flew in on Saturday (which was a lovely flight. Super empty and quiet. Watched True Grit and my first episode of Dexter). We spent the first day and a half hanging out and wandering downtown.
Monday we visited with my Aunt, Uncle and cousins, which was lovely. Some of them I haven’t seen in 7 years. Tuesday we did more running around and I was finally able to meet my sister’s best friend, Phil, his lovely wife, Kristy, and the amazing Drea at The Old Spaghetti Factory.
Wednesday was the grad show, Thursday the convocation.
Friday was my first ever trip to Banff. I am completely smitten by the mountains!
We did some wandering around, shopping, eating and then hit the hot spring. After an hour or two of relaxing, she treated me to an amazing meal at The Grizzly House.
My family, we love fondue. It was so damn good!
Saturday, we survived the rapture and then I flew home (despite the Calgary airport being without power, I made it to Ottawa only a couple of minutes late, with luggage this time). There was a lot of great conversations, many laughs, some great shopping, I met lots of great people and ate lots of amazing food. I also discovered my new favourite wine.
All in all, while I missed my husband, our critters and my friends, I am sad to be back to the real world. I don’t feel at all prepared to be back into the swing of things. Guess I gotta just keep on going, right? Now, to plan a baby shower, be a Maid of Honour and wrap up an estate.
As a little knitting aside: She learned to knit socks over Christmas, while visiting us. We went down to one of my favourite local shops, picked up some yarn and together, we picked out a pattern for her. Here is her knitting before heading home to Calgary:
I will give a little update once the weekend is over, hopefully with stuff I can actually elaborate on. <3