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

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.


Forgot Lughnasadh…again

General life updates since I’ve been to busy to work on the shop.

All of last week I was busy working with Cirque du Soleil at the remote box office at K-Days and the basically one day I had free was spent catching up on some much needed sleep. When I got home around 9pm I didn’t really have much effort for anything, not even reading, so sadly I didn’t get any of the knitting I needed done. But this week things have slowed right down, I’ve got time to clean, knit, and sew until my hearts content.

I have a few projects on go and I really just want them done as soon as possible, a couple of them I’ve dragged on for longer then I’d like and others I just want done in a timely manner.

Also I completely forgot about Lughnasadh tomorrow (like I do with every sabbath or holidays) and I’m completely unprepared for it. Normally I’d blame this on work but I haven’t been working for that long or consistently to scapegoat my inability to pay attention to dates rather then just days of the week, but I should be able to figure something out in a “I tried” way of celebrating.

But speaking of work, I have a few decisions coming up that I need to figure out, I’ve already decided that mine and my friend’s mini vacation to Iceland isn’t going to happen. So I’m left with a) go back to school in september, b) follow Cirque over to Vancouver in october, c) try out (and hopefully land a part) for a haunted house here in town for the Halloween season, or d) work whatever job I can find that helps my bank while I work on my shop so I can eventually make a living off of it like I’ve always wanted to. Either way auditions are on the 20th so I’ll go to it and if I don’t get a part then I’ll go with one of the other options. Really I can work a process of elimination with all these options and whatever happens, happens. It’s to early to decide what I’m 100% going to shoot for so I’m just going to shoot for all of them equally.


Also on a completely different note, I’m finally stretching my lip up form a 4g to a 2g and let me tell you 1mm is more of a difference then you’d think in a lip piercing. Like I’ve had to tape it up to even try to fit my new post in and my lip is so sore from me trying to go to quickly on saturday, but if I can patiently stretch up a septum then I can be patient with my lip.

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.

Gnomes enjoy knitting too

Yesterday I had planned to get a bit more work done on this one knitting project for a friend who kind of low-key commissioned it. I had been making some pretty decent progress on it the night before, and was planning on finishing this one section of it.

I went down to my room to get it and decided to bring up my dress form so I can get some kind of idea how it’s looking on a more female shaped body (meaning not on my super flat self). So I unraveled the working yarn off of the rolled up progress and needles, placed the empty needle beside me, and held up what I had against the dress form.

Once I had figured out how much more I needed to knit and add to the width I pushed the dress form off to the side and went to grab the other needle. But it was gone. It just flat out disappeared on me. I hadn’t gotten up from my spot, nor did I heard that classic sound of a metal needle hitting the ground. Mind you it is only a US size 5, but I should have still heard something. Out of habit I checked the creases of the couch, the gabs that lead to underneath it, on the side table. I even went as far as to check from where I picked up the knitting, my bed, along my stairs, and the floor from my door to the living room.

I’ve checked everywhere I could think it fell and then some less likely places it could have ended up. My house isn’t that big, nor do I really venture out of the three basic rooms I normally spend any bit of time in.

So either I’m just blind and the knitting needle is right there in plain view, or house gnomes have stolen it and are holding it for ransom. I do have a fair amount of cleaning that needs to get done so perhaps that’s what they’re waiting for, I can’t be for certain.

I’m trying to not have five projects on the go at once, I do that with books and it takes me forever to finish them, so I’m trying really hard to not just start something new while I look for that needle. Now I could always go out and buy a new pair of US size 5 needles, or even get a thing of circular needles which would probably help me out a lot especially for this project, but I’m trying to not get anymore…at least not until I have a proper storage system for them. At the moment they’re all in a tall mason jar.