Days 9, 10, 11, and 12

I know, I know it’s been over ten days since I’ve made a post but I’ve been busy with figuring out school and my up coming move and all that.

So I’m actually going to scoop over day 8 because I don’t have a flatlay so it wouldn’t really make sense for me to be talking about one.

Day 9, how it’s made: currently I am using two Janome machines, one regular sewing machine and one serger. They were both gifts from my dad actually. I got my first machine back when I was in like grade 12, I had been using my mums old machine and it needed a lot of love so my dad figured it was cheaper and better to just get me my own. My serger was very much a surprise, my parents kept bugging me about what I wanted for Yule one year (literally first world problems I know but apparently making a payment or two towards my student loans wasn’t an option) so I just blurted out a serger, mostly just to get them off my back. But lo and behold that exactly what I received.

Day 10, time to relax: this is kind of a hard question to answer because I either do nothing or I’m working on some kind of knitting or sewing. Like when I get home from my clock-in job I either just sit down and watch tv, not doing anything just completely sitting still, eating dinner or whatever. Or I’m nonchalantly knitting or reading. I don’t really have specific “down time” it’s pretty much if I’m not st the salon then I’m at home (or out running errands) and once I’m home it’s all kind of depends on how much time, effort, or supplies I have. I could be sewing or knitting which since my shop is also considered a job that arguably isn’t down time, but like anyone who has their own business there’s no real down time unless you’re on vacation or sleeping.

Day 11, branding: Trash Witch Apparel got its name from the fact that I tag basically every selfie on my personal accounts with #trashking as well as the fact that I am a practicing witch. I wanted a name that would reflect myself no matter how much I change and grow over time. Will I eventually stop calling myself trash? Maybe. But I also do a form of trash witchcraft, meaning being an urban witch I tend to live in not the cleanest cities. Ones where people just throw their garbage on the ground or on the side of highways, I either clean up what I can or I reuse the cleaner stuff in some aspect within my craft. Also it’s that standard self deprecating humour we millennials have.

Day 12, postage and packaging: I don’t really have a whole lot to say for this, I’ve been using recycled boxes or whatever Canada post has at the post office, I have recently bought a full calligraphy quill set and I’m in the process of designing an actually proper shipping label.


March Meet The Maker

We’re three days into March Meet The Maker and I finally have time to post them on here, and in more detail then I could on my Vero, Instagram, or other social media accounts. So to make up for lost time we’ll just cover the first three days in one post, this’ll also give me something to write about since I did say I wanted to post here more often and since this gives me a topic a day, essentially, none of us will get bored with me haha. So here we go.

Day one: Me.

Since I do have an intro post we don’t have to go to into deal with this one. I’m just a humble gay, trans man trying to make a living from the things I create with my own two hands. I’m both a cat and plant dad currently as it stands my cat and my plants are hand-me-downs in one way or another but I love them all the same. The only schooling I’ve taken to date, after high school, has been for hair and I am a red seal licensed hair stylist, but I do kind of have the goal to leave the industry eventually mostly because I’ve always had the dream of working from for myself, and because in the long run my body can’t handle that kind of work. One colour and two long hair women’s cuts in a row and my back hurts for almost the whole day afterwards. I turned to and have been walking the pagan path since I was 13, like most people finding this path on their own I started with books on Wicca, not realizing there’s a difference between paganism and wicca, and it just grew from there. I started practicing witchcraft as something separate from my paganism when I was 17-18, this could be a whole post in it self so I’ll save that for later. I will say that I have a growing crystal collection that I arguably have a problem since even though I try to budget I will still ignore and break my planned budget just to get a new stone and I will very poorly justify buying said rock.

Day two: Where.

Canada, kind of specifically outside of Edmonton. I moved here in the later half of 2012 because my dad got posted here and I couldn’t afford to stay in Victoria so I didn’t really have a choice. While I’m grateful for all the growth I’ve done since moving here, I do have to say that the prairies are not for me. I’m currently waiting to hear back from this school about wether or not I’ve been accepted. I have really high hopes about my acceptance because the interviewer said he really liked me and my answers and I’ve applied for the July start date, like who the hell wants to start in the middle of summer? I didn’t but he recommended that I do because it would up my chances of getting in. But honestly even if by some horrible accident I don’t get in then I’m still moving to Vancouver either way, like I said the prairies are not for me. Plus I’ll be moving with a friend and she wants out of the province so I’ll be moving back to BC no matter what haha. To be slightly more specific but still super vague I work out of my home, everything’s all in one chaotic room. If you read anything about fen shui you know you’re not suppose to have work anywhere near your bed otherwise it disrupts your sleep…which could explain so much actually haha.

Day three: How you started.

Back in high school I would thrift most of my wardrobe and customise what I had, nothing to big just like changing the sleeves, lengths, collars, hoods, etc. But I would have, from grade 11, one big project a year which was always my Halloween costume. That I would make from an idea and a pile of fabrics, still to this day Halloween is the one time of year I basically drop everything and work on almost nothing but my costume…but yet that somehow doesn’t stop me from leaving so much of it to last minute. But in high school I always had the dream of living in some big city making a living off of my art (coffee and ramen) but come fall of 2011, specifically Halloween, I made the decision that I might not actually have the will to push myself to draw, paint, or write on a daily basis but I could sew or knit a bit every day without it feeling like some task that I HAD to do. It became something I could mindlessly do while watching tv or on a bus or waiting for someone at a coffee shop. So fall 2011 I decided to tweak my high school dream to focus on making and selling clothing and other fibre based arts. It might have taken me like 6 years to gain enough confidence to put my work out there, but I had some things in my personal life that needed attending to and I’m glad I dealt with them rather then rushing into having a shop. Because aside from the fact that it would have been a mess if I started it at 18 I would have been stuck with a horrible name since even now my ability to name thing is terrible. So for all our sakes it’s a good thing I on,y started this at like 23.

I lost my glasses…

Since my last post was basically on Lughnasadh I have a whole month of updates for all of you, not that there’s a lot but still.

Let’s see, Cirque Du Soleil left Edmonton down to Portland on the 14th, so on the 13th I worked my last shift with them and stayed for as much of the tear down as I could. It was also the day I lost my glasses. Like I was kind of due for an updated pair but the fact that I didn’t have the option of wearing them while I wait for a new pair is kind of the shitty part. Worst part is I waited until a few days ago to finally looking into getting a new pair, I now have like a touch under two weeks (at the most) until I get my new pair.

So I haven’t been the most productive with the shop, I have two sewing projects and three knitting projects on the go. I’ve been trying to get as much work done as I can on them but without my glasses I get to a point where it just hurts to much. I can work through a headache, it’s unpleasant but I can make do, a migraine however is a different story.

Now that brings us to what I’ve been doing since Cirque left town, I’m pretty sure I mentioned this before but for a wee refresher I got a call from this one salon asking if I was still looking for a place closer to home (the last salon I worked at was like 2 hours of bus transfers one way). So on the 14th I started there, it’s a super convenient like 20-30 mins walk.

Since I’ve been working at a salon again my migraines can last for a good few days, especially if I over do it with knitting or sewing after work. When I first found out I needed glasses for work and what not I had had a single migraine for almost two weeks straight. It would be gone for like an hour or two after I woke up and when I was asleep…but then again who feels anything when they’re asleep?

But any who, since basically everyone is back to school we’ve hit a slow period in the salon. I’ve been able to take my knitting into work. I seem to get less progress done there because of my headaches, I think it’s the difference in lighting, but the point is I’m trying to get things done.

Once I get my glasses my plan is to get as much work done as possible so I can have a decent update for the shop by the end of the month. I know I continually say shit like that but this time I’m being 100% serious. I also need to figure out what I’m dressing up for Halloween, I work that day so it has to be work appropriate. I also open that day so basically every kid is going to be in school until like two hours before my shift ends so it doesn’t have to be a tacky “child appropriate goofy” costume. Just like toned down on the gory aspect.


Study date with the cats

I’m taking a break from home renos and working on stuff for the shop, knitting has been killing my hands lately and I need a new chair for my sewing table, to have a sort of study day. It’s been raining on and off all day so sadly I can’t quite go out and do this outside, but that’s not to bad, it wouldn’t have been to enjoyable if it was nice out since both my neighbours are home and they’re very noisy when they do their yard work. So really either way I would have been inside.

But at least with the rain I can open a couple windows and just listen to the rain fall while I spend today listening to documentaries about the fae folk or celtic shamanism while I read books on faerie craft, or druidry. It feels like it’s been a fairly good while since I’ve done this. I always have some kind of witchy book on me, but lately my bad books (the books I keep purely in my bag to read whenever I’m out and about) have been books on Everyday Witchcraft or Magical Housekeeping. Useful books without a doubt, but it’s been a while since I’ve read specifically books about my beliefs, like books about faeries, druidry, or celtic witchcraft.

This is the last day that I have the full house to myself, and you can bet I’ve been burning incense in every room of this place, I was suppose to have the place until saturday and I had all these things planned but since my alone time is cut down I can’t quite do what I had planned. I mean I can still do the spells and witchy shit I wanted to do, but it’s that I could have done any of this up in the kitchen. I’m a French guy from New Brunswick with an English grandmother, basically everything about me has history of people collecting in the kitchen. Mind you I’m pretty sure everyone with any and every kind of backgrounds gathers in kitchens, it’s kind of the one thing that everyone has in common I think.

But the simple fact that whenever I’m alone in the house, wether it be for the day or for a week, I tend hang out at the kitchen table, like not on the couch or anything but at the kitchen table. I can sit there for hours (no matter how uncomfortable the kitchen chairs are) and seem to actually get things done. Like I don’t even feel this productive at the table in my room.

At the moment I’ve got a couple incense sticks burning, some soup cooking on the stove, and a documentary about the Faery Faith in Ireland playing in the background. One cat is asleep on the cat tree and the other is passed out on one of the kitchen chairs. The rain has temporarily stopped but it’s still really windy and the sun is coming out.

Needless to say I feel really at peace right now and this is exactly what I needed.