11
Feb

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Polar Vortex 10% off Sale // We wish it was at least 10 degrees warmer so take 10% off in shop. Link in bio! 🧦.My slipper and sock knitting is in full swing during our cold snap. I popped outside to take this video and the temp report is -30 C ("realfeel" at -38C) and I can confirm: I was not picky about video details with a bare hand! Brrrrr! Shown in the video are our "ultra thin" Heels and Toes slipper soles, a smidge thinner than our regular soles. .Our vehicles have given up even trying to run as this weather was the breaking point, one demanding a battery replacement and the other a trip to the mechanic after we have been asking it to stumble onward with that glowing check engine light (so many electrical problems) for far too long. You'll find our humans now warm at home, cutting suede and buried in woolens instead. 🧦.I hope you are warm and cozy where you are!.#slippersoles #suedepatches #soles #socksoles #sockpatches #polarvortex[Image description: a video of a white hand holding a grouped pile of olive brown suede leather slipper soles, flapping them side to side to show flexibility. You can see the snow in the background.) Posted by Intagrate Lite

09
Jan

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Mail Run // On my way to get my social time aka time with the Canada Post staff! Even with the crush on the postal system, they are still joyful and a highlight during my week. Small blessings are the ones I'm counting: the great support we get from continuing orders and these lovely ladies that I visit weekly..What small blessings are you counting today?..#buyhandmade #CanadaPost #SocialTime #MadeInAlberta #SlipperSoles.[image description: Two hands in handmade knit gloves holding a stack of yellow padded envelopes with a return address stamp "Chasing Fire Studio".] Posted by Intagrate Lite

09
Jan

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Nourished // Thank you @calgaryhealthfoundation and @sunterramarket for feeding our family tonight. It's been a really hard year emotionally and this gesture meant more than I thought it would. You made the plans. You worked on these incredibly complex logistics. You pulled it off. And it was delicious (every single one of us liked every single bit!) Working in and for health care is something I'm incredibly proud of, something I work hard at, and it was so nice to feel and taste the gratitude. The smiling (masked) kindness of the Sunterra delivery gentleman this morning was the best start that I've had in a long time, and this meal rounded off a very VERY challenging week as we enter month 11 (1100?) of this pandemic. Thank you for seeing us, and seeing us all. .I do believe the Calgary Health Foundation is still taking donations if anyone wants to add to the fund to help feed a healthcare worker and their family as part of their feeding healthcare workers and #FeedTheFrontline campaign. Make more of us cry after we close the door on the Sunterra delivery man because that felt pretty good….#HealthCareWorker #SunterraMarket #CalgaryHealthFoundation #Grateful …[IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A kitchen counter with a jar of Sunterra fresh pomodoro sauce, fresh pasta, a kale and Brussel sprout caeser salad accompanied by a thank you letter from the Calgary Health Foundation.] Posted by Intagrate Lite

09
Jan

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2020 // we began 2020 in another country, in an adorable apartment, surrounded by family. The year progressed into challenges, personal and professional, however, we have been the luckiest in many ways: day jobs that continued (one eventually and one got so much more busy), a country that supported us when one job disappeared with the onset of lockdown, a community of support emotionally. We continued to explore our mountains, our art, our boundaries. We set goals, did not meet several (I didn't go to spin class every week this year), but found strength where we didn't expect. We focused on protecting the at-risk people we love, and we have many. We said goodbye to people and a special dog that we love. We found ways to cope and try to survive. As much as we want to thrive, we're working on giving ourselves so much permission to be ok with "survive". 2020 was something for history books. Thank you for walking with us through it. ..#2020 #topnine #thankyou Posted by Intagrate Lite

09
Jan

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Boxing Day Sale // it is Boxing Day here in the Great White North, a day traditionally spent ACTIVE after the quiet of Christmas Day, boxing up the decorations and cleaning, getting outside, and engaging in a very popular game of shopping sales. We have slipper soles and a few tidbits on for 20% because BOXING DAY! Our shop link is in bio. Please note that mail service is still bananas in many parts of the world so please plan accordingly – and maybe tell your postal worker and delivery person that they are awesome. …[Image description: a background of our Christmas tree with a variety or ornaments including baby Yoda eating an elf, and John McLain crawling through an air duct, emblazoned with the words "Boxing Day Sale 20% off"].#boxingday #boxingdaysale #etsysale #SlipperSoles #slippersolesforsale Posted by Intagrate Lite

23
Nov

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Sketchbooks // my sketchbooks are full of circular doodles, some dreamy in colour, other greyscale. Soon they will morph into each other and the panel will be full of circle and pattern and colour, thinly contained chaos. Just the way I like it. ..#doodle #meditationdrawing #zentangleart #ink #coloredpencil #CantStopWontStop #CalmYourMind Posted by Intagrate Lite

23
Nov

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Jealousy // you should have envy because lookit my new @gmitchellceramics cup. It arrived last night and this is a quick pic before it goes into use. #localartists #LocalLove #handmade #yyc #yycpottery #yycceramics #HappyNovemberToMe Posted by Intagrate Lite

19
Nov

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Reuse // With my Calgary Public Library card, I receive free online art classes on creativebug.com and the one I'm currently enjoying is the "Altered Book Daily Challenge". I'm not doing anything daily necessarily however I am having some fun trying new techniques. I found an old art textbook, and tada away I go. I've cut holes through layers of pages. I've pasted images inside. This morning, I gessoed some pages (white and black), and worked on the strangeness that is painting on a much difference surface than I've ever experienced before. I used some gouache and black pen, however my standard water resistant ink isn't so water resistant on gesso! Some things need to be approached with flexibility and a shrug, and this book is the best practice for playing and experimentation. I highly recommend the course, and finding a way to reuse old textbooks and books for those of us that maybe hold on to books for longer than they are ever useful, for anyone. ..#calgarypubliclibrary #creativebug #zentangle #ink #doodlesat5am #gouache #alteredbook #reuse Posted by Intagrate Lite

17
Nov

How to sew on Slipper Soles

I created a step by step video to help you sew on your slipper soles. You’ll need:- slipper- slipper soles- yarn, string, or embroidery thread- tapestry needle Enjoy! #Instruction #SlipperSole #SlipperBottoms #SlipperPads #DIY Posted by Intagrate Lite

17
Nov

candy corn

October // It’s suddenly a migraine season for some random reason – barometric pressure? New food trigger? Prophylactic medications have stopped working? Who knows. One of the strange side effects is that I suddenly have a taste for these nasty things. I all of a sudden can’t stomach chicken, but I’m craving candy corn. Any new changes for you on the eve of Canadian Thanksgiving and the spooky season?..[Image description: White hand open and holding two candy corns, which are triangular yellow, orange, and white horizontally striped candies.]..#migraine #candycorn Posted by Intagrate Lite

17
Nov

flocculate

Flocculate // I add vinegar to our clear glaze as a final step. As discussed in our recent igTV video, I can tell I've added enough when the swirling liquid does a brief shift backwards before the swirling completely stops. Can you spot the brief reversal?..[Video description: milky grey fluid swirling slowly clockwise and then just before settling to a stop, it rotates counterclockwise for a millisecond.]…#glazing #potteryvideos #glazemixing #handmademovement #artisanmade #makersgonnamake #etsyartist #ceramics #pottery #AlbertaMade #yycarts #canadianceramic #ceramicprocess #handmadeceramic #handmadeyyc #studiopottery #ipreview via @preview.app Posted by Intagrate Lite

17
Nov

dead leaves??

This is bullsh#t #Summer2020 #WinterIsComing #ImNotReady #yyc #AtLeastTheresPumpkinSpice #Bullshit[Image description: Photo from above, my white feet in ballet style slippers, standing on a lawn in a pile of yellow leaves. Stupid not green leaves. ] Posted by Intagrate Lite

17
Nov

Every child matters

Every child matters // I overheard my son's teacher dedicating their first class today to Orange Shirt Day, educating our next generation about the physical and cultural genocide that happened on our soil. Keep fighting for change. We can't stand by while Indigenous, Metis, and Inuk people continue to die. Our shirts are by @m.o.b.i.l.i.z.e and I'm so grateful to be stylish in orange today. The back is lovely as well, but I have no photographer on hand to really show you the goods. Please go check out their website! Thank you! [Image description: white woman with head cropped pit of photo, wearing a bright orange shirt that has text "every child matters" and image of Indigenous child in regalia.]#everychildmatters #orangeshirtday #orangeshirt #mobilize #TruthAndReconciliation Posted by Intagrate Lite

17
Nov

all the tiny pumpkins

Stress // To combat stress, I've found a couple of techniques that are serving me very well. The first, I have been painting pumpkins (see my igTV video from Sept 20 for instructions so you can too!) They are getting teenier. It is the calmest way that I've ever combated inner angst.I've also, for those looking for a more aggressive outlet, taken to always answering the phone when it rings. When a scammy phone call comes in such as CRA warning they are arresting me, I press 1 to be connected to the human scammer, close my eyes, take a deep cleansing majestic breath, and push all my horrifying anger into the telephone in the longest loudest from-my-toes scream that I can muster, then hang up before they can respond. I feel better using both of these techniques. If you live with others, warn them before you try #2 or they do come running. ..[Image description: a white hand holding thick watercolour paper square. On the square is a painting of a single orange pumpkin with green stem. A sunflower can be seen in the background behind the hand]..#combatfraud #covidstress #backtoschool #SaveAISH #watercolourpainting #pumpkin Posted by Intagrate Lite

17
Nov

RBG

Queen. We will remember you, we will not settle."When I'm sometimes asked 'When will there be enough (women on the Supreme Court)?' and my answer is: 'When there are nine.' People are shocked. But there'd been nine men, and nobody's ever raised a question about that."See ourselves for the power that we are. RIP Notorious RBG.Repost @potteryispolitical Work by @robertolugowithoutwax Posted by Intagrate Lite