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.

24 on the 24th

So as the title vaguely states, it’s my birthday today. I am now officially 24 on the 24th of September.

I feel as though this is some kind of mile stone, like last year there was a new moon (or dark moon depending on how you look at it) on my birthday and I had a few “new beginnings” happen this past year (birthday to birthday). Work wise I had my ups and downs, home life things didn’t work out the way I had planned but things are looking up again, I’ve got some big plans in that regard (which I can sadly only plan so much until I know what’s happening as far as my dad’s posting).

But anywho, this year’s birthday milestone should be something big, like finally getting my life in order kind of big. After all it’s only once in a life time you turn the same age as the day you’re born on. I made a kind of vague list last night and it’s basically just getting my place in order and (finally) finish the floors and walls. Getting my work, both the salon work and my shop work, in the top priority along with bringing my witchcraft and spirituality up from casual “when I have time” to a more daily activity…like doing my makeup, do I need to do it every day? No. Do I do it everyday? Also no because my face needs a day or two to breath. But on days I do put on a face I make enough time in the mornings to not rush through it, some days I have more effort then others but that’s like anything.

Also I should really probably start using this the way I had intended this blog to be, a record of progress for my shop. So let’s see what have I done with it lately…I’ve finished one scarf, just about finished a “fashion kimono” the handmade fringe I made for it is fighting me a bit, I’ve started another scarf this one is much more of a aesthetic scarf since the yarn is much finer then what I normally use for scarves, and I also have a cardigan in the works. I’ve also picked up a bunch of new fabrics for vests and what not (some of them might make nice bags). But I guess none of this matters if I don’t get my act together and start to prioritize this like I do my lazing around.

So I’m going to do a bit of cleaning around the salon and then start in on some knitting, as bad as it sounds I really don’t want anyone to come in today…not when I have a ten hour day tomorrows

More Fae problems and Cirque plans

So last post I had talked about how a gnome stole one of my knitting needles from literally under my nose, placed it down for a second and boom! It was gone.

Well, I sadly still haven’t been able to find it, but also my pillow case (my only pillow case) was taken as well. I pulled out my bedding from the dryer to unravel it so it could dry completely and evenly. I placed my pillow case on top of the dryer and stretched my arms upwards while holding onto an edge of one of my blankets to unravel it, if anything my pillow case would have fallen forward from where I had put it. But when I brought my arms back down to put the now straightened out sheet back into the dryer, my pillow case was gone.

Much like that one knitting needle I still haven’t found it.

Now a pillow case might seem like nothing, something easily replaced, and it is but I had plans of just completely buying new bedding. What I currently have is a cheap set from walmart or something and it’s just a lint and cat fur magnet.

But good news being I’ve found a temporary set up until I get that whole new bedding set, which hopefully I’ll be able to afford soon as this week I start work with Cirque Du Soleil! I’m not working with the actual circus, I’m not that lucky haha, but I’m working for the venue here in town. It’ll give me some kind of income while I figure out what to do next, I have a few plans for August, right now any of those three plans could happen.

I could go back to school, go on a mini vacation with a friend (if she ever speaks up and tells her friend that she doesn’t want to go to this wedding), or I go straight to working another random job.

Whatever I end up doing in August, these next few weeks of work with the circus is going to be fun, I’ll be honest I’ve never been to a show, but I’ll take the position I was hired for as a complement. I’m pretty sure the was mention that as a venue employee I might be able to see a show at some point. Either way, it’s going to be fun.

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.