31
Mar

bye Ravelry

I'm logged out. Thank you to everyone showing support. I really do hope they pull their heads out of their asses and fix the site. It still makes my head hurt. #mTBI #postconcussionsyndrome #vestibularocular #ableistAssholes[Image description: large text on colour blocked background: LOGGED OUT #RavelryAccessibility]Reposted from @indigodragonfly Ravelry. “Inclusive, friendly website” must include the thousands of people who have been unable to use the site since June 2020. #ravelryaccess matters to ALL of us.—I’m logging out because:- accessibility is a basic human right- I miss my @indigodragonflystudio community which has dropped off by 34% since June 2020- my pattern sales on Ravelry have dropped considerably despite increased interest in my designs- my ads on Ravelry used to be consistently the #1 source of traffic to my website. Since June 2020, it’s #18 to #25.—Repost from @anniebeeknits using @RepostRegramApp – I've logged off @hi.ravelry for the next few days in solidarity with those who have been (a) negatively impacted by the site redesign (in some cases, to the extent of hospitalization and inability to work), and (b) repeatedly gaslit by the site's staff and owners. #RavelryAccessibility matters. Thanks to @evanitaewm for galvanizing us all into a shared, concrete action. (See her account, and especially her stories, for lots more information.) Posted by Intagrate Lite

09
Jan

nourished

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

2020

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

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

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

Birthday Salutations to our Kilted Potter

Birthday Salutations // if you see this fine gentleman today, wish him a happy birthday. Our own kilted potter, Jason made on another trip round the sun. We love him immensely. He's our rock.🤗Maker and fixer of things, master hugger, he of the fabulous laugh, punmaster splash, great dad, coach, and never one to say no to a challenge no matter what feces comes flying.Never gonna give you upNever gonna let you downNever gonna run around and desert you#happybirthdayjason #jasonitsyourbirthday#RickRollin.Image descriptions for each in Alt Text Posted by Intagrate Lite

17
Nov

The Wasps And The War

A Day Of Rest // We will be skipping our Sunday Live today because we have discovered first hand that humans are easily taken down by other organisms. In our case, the wasps under our front step are Deeply Concerned that we are encroaching on their giant hidden nest and have fought back as expected. I would not have expected a couple of stings to fell me so effectively but here I am, 15 hours later and my leg is still spasming and I'm so very nauseous. I had even scrubbed out the wounds after the stings as the old wives advised. Jason's thigh and back are finally calm from his bout with the wasps earlier in the week. We had no idea that our new housemates were so venomous. Antihistamines and ice are in rotation as we marvel at our next move since chemical warfare is failing us, and burning down the house seems a bit extreme (although flamethrowers have been discussed) Do we just wish for snow?🦂The buttercups in the picture are a more beautiful form of poison. We saw them often during our mountain hikes this summer and I was surprised that my identification guide has warnings for every variety of buttercup: POISON. At least these, we could live with in our garden….[Image description: a large number of tiny yellow five petaled flowers with green foliage, growing wild. They are pretty and nothing about them reveals their deadly nature.]..#wasps #buttercup #waspwarfare Posted by Intagrate Lite

17
Nov

pot dealer aka my kid thinks he’s funny

Pot Dealer // When my son was in Grade 3, he told his teacher that his mom was a pot dealer. He giggled as he watched her face contort, speechless, and then he skipped off to recess. My little angel mentioned this to me as we walked home from school that day, proud of his wit, and I was torn between laughing, crying, and rushing home to clean for the inevitable visit from a social worker. A phone call to his teacher and social media proof of our POTs cleared the air, however I'll never forget that moment when I realized that our child had picked up our sense of humour and it would certainly bite me in the arse for many years to come. When I saw this t-shirt later that year, I yelled "TAKE MY MONEY" and it is still my favourite shirt for studio days. It makes my son giggle, and my friends roll their eyes. Mission accomplished all around. ⚱.[Image description: white woman with brown hair in a blue t-shirt. The t-shirt has white icons of ceramic pots with white text "POT DEALER Pssst wanna buy a nice pot?"]…#creativelife #handmademovement #artisanmade #makersmovement #makersgonnamake #etsyartist #ceramics #pottery #handcrafted #studiopottery #punny #ipreview via @preview.app Posted by Intagrate Lite

17
Nov

share the chairs

Share The Chairs // Potters on the trails!⛰We ran away from home: hooked up the trailer, packed the fridge, and hit the trails. It turns out that it takes hiking daily in fresh mountain air to tire out the tireless ten year old. We feel accomplished! I'm also pretty sure that I have encouraged calf muscles to grow again after months of missed spin classes. #JasperNP #OldFortPoint #HikeAlberta #rockymountains #CovidSilverLinings Posted by Intagrate Lite

01
Jul

happy anniversary to us

Anniversary Present For You // We were married 21 years ago this month. I find this jarring and surreal since we're only emotionally 21 years old (which is a stretch). We're having a 15% off sale to "celebrate" July 1-24, hurry while supplies last. Link to shop in profile. #yychandmade #yycartists #handmadebuttons #pottery #canadianceramics #anniversary #slippersoles #slippers #sweatermugs Posted by Intagrate Lite

28
Jun

wildflowers

Exploring // the strange biome that is southern Alberta is full of surprises. Mountains met by sprawling plains, so cold at night in the summer from those mountain breezes and then winter is warmed from Chinook winds. As soon as I'm familiar with her foliage, she reveals new surprises. Yesterday, the haunted (maybe Bebb's?) willows along pathways as far as the eye can see near camp and today, this little dart-like flower in a magenta so vibrant that it feels like a special gift. This is what keeps us coming back out in the rain, the cold, out far into the Foothills to explore, these little rewards. #Alberta #ABCamping #Albertawildflowers Posted by Intagrate Lite

27
Jun

Goodbye, Pat

Alberta // devoting the day to enjoying Alberta as one of her biggest fans leaves us. I'll miss your stories, Uncle Pat, and your eagerness to connect with everyone in community around you. #RIP #FuckCancer #gonefishing Posted by Intagrate Lite

12
Feb

There Be Potters

I had a wonderful time! Great company, fabulous host, and smart artists. What's not to love? Reposted from @coffeeandceramics Great little meet up this month! We talked pots, cookies and future plans! Hopefully you can join us next month for Coffee and Ceramics! Posted by Intagrate Lite