Friday, 8 February 2013


It's been sometime now since I have made a post, I hate to say it but hatchet was put on the back burner. That being said, starting off with a new year, I'm going to relaunch 'hatchet'. Stay tuned for updates. I'm excited with what is to come in the future. 


Thursday, 11 October 2012

oh the places we'll go

hello all
This last month has been pretty busy for me, stressful and exciting to say the least. Tommy and I just got back from Victoria, British Columbia a couple weeks ago. Which I'm pretty sad to be back because it is just so lovely out west. In order to go on this trip I had to get a second job, which has left me no time to focus on hatchet related things. It wasn't the smartest financial decision we have made, but we definitely didn't regret a minute of it. I'm hoping once I am able to pay off my student debits I will be able to focus on what I enjoy most. Plus I want to show you all the wonderful things I saw out there with some new designs!

We stayed near downtown core of Victoria for 6 nights, it was great only being a 5 minute drive from the waterfront. We have decided that BC is most likely were we want to end up in the next couple years. The environment is so different, very relaxing compared to here in Hamilton. Its just nice to know that this it is still in Canada, I don't think I could ever live anywhere else but here. I love Canada. There is so much wildlife to see when you are surrounded by ocean. We also made friends with a sea-star which was pretty amazing.

We booked this trip manly because one of his favourite from tattooer from europe was going to be out there for a few months, Eckel. His work is amazing, and I could see why he got booked up pretty quickly but we were one of the lucky ones to get an appointment. This is a photo of what we got by Eckel, mine is on the left, and tommy's on the right. We couldn't be more happier with the way it turned out.

We spent most of the trip driving around the island, this is was taken in Cathedral Grove in Macmillan Provincial Park where the they have some of the oldest and largest Douglas Fir trees.

We took so many photos and its so difficult to only chose a few to blog, especially since we saw so much in such a short amount of time. I'm sure we will go back there sometime next year when we are debit free. hope you enjoyed your long weekend. 

Friday, 3 August 2012


I really don't update this as often as I would like, I think its just because I get distracted easily and no one really wants to sit in front of a computer when it is super gorgeous out. Plus I'm a huge procrastinator, but I'm sure everyone it at one point when they come home from work. Now its going to be much more difficult since we got another puppy!

Dussy has been moping around the apartment, so he kind of suckered us into getting him a friend, well a girlfriend. Tommy wants to eventually breed them when they are older, in a few months im sure there will be puppy's everywhere! Well maybe not, but it does make me excited. When we went to look at litter this morning, we both knew we weren't leaving without one. She is 9 weeks old, and the most relaxed puppy I have ever met. We named her Lydia, but Liddy for short. Now most of our time will be now showing affection towards our 2 dogs and 2 cats. Which I'm not going to complain at all because I love to come home to my babies.  

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

mint studio craft fair

We can finally say that the studio is now up and running! Thank you for everyone who came out to our grand opening it was great to see so many faces that support arts/handmade! If you didn't get a check to us last month, we are happy to announce that we will be participating with every Art Crawl and will be open to the public. We are just off James St N, 22 Wilson St, on the 3rd floor of Sonic Unyon building. So make sure you stop by for some treats and for some friendly faces (AND we have a/c for those hot summer nights).

Here is some of the vendors we had at our opening:

Saturday, 7 July 2012

mint studio

We are finally proud to say that on July 13th, Mint Studio will be having its grand opening! Yes, thats right! We finally came up with a name for our studio. We went with "Mint" because we all have a fresh take on textiles today and we wanted something that I guess you could say.. hip and fun. It took us, and by us I mean Brittni GazendamNatalie Eldershaw, Tiffany Canha, Mary Desrosiers, Laurika Samuels, Keisha Mohammed, and myself two months to get things up and running. A lot of hard work went into it, and we are glad to have something to call our own. The opening will be held during Hamilton's James St N Art Crawl, it should be loads of fun! So come by and say hello and enjoy some treats and buy a handmade item or two!

Wednesday, 27 June 2012


This week some of the textile graduates and I have been busy setting up for our second gallery show. The opening reception will be taking place tomorrow night; Thursday June 28th from 7-10pm at Gallery 1313 in Toronto. The show is called Potluck so not have the name mislead anyone, a variety of yummy foods will be served as well has drinks, who can pass that up? Some of us have new pieces as well as pieces that were in our previous Here & There show just incase you didn't have a chance to check out. The show will be running until July 8th, so hopefully you can all make it out!

Also if you are in the area, the OCC gallery is also have show called 20 under 30 and will feature some of graduates from the glass and furniture program. There reception is also tomorrow; Thursday June 28th but from 6-9pm.  

Come out and support local craft!

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

family vacation

These last couple weeks have been a tad overwhelming for me as well as Tommy, but I'm sure we can now say that we are fairly relaxed after our trip to Virginia. We took a week off from a messy apartment full of boxes to a hotel right on the beach. We both had a great time spending time with Tommy's family whether it was relaxing on the beach, playing in the ocean, shopping, or eating a tremendous amount of food every night.

The drive from Hamilton to Virginia Beach and back was probably the only thing I disliked because it took about 12 hours each way (WAY to long for my liking). Poor Tommy and his sister's husband had to drive the whole way cause no one else can drive standard. We left around 4am, and arrived around dinner time, the beach was packed! It was gorgeous out, and everyone was enjoying the weather on memorial day weekend.

We spent most of the time walking along the beach, and on the boardwalk. There was also a few festivals going on down the strip. We couldn't resist riding the ferris wheel, and going on some lame rides that made us both dizzy.

The weather was gorgeous all week expect for the one day of rain because of the storm coming up from Florida. We didn't mind it to much because the first day there we ended up getting sunburnt and needed to stay indoors because of the pain.

Tommy and I took walks almost every morning I love the feeling of the waves, and watching watching little bits of the ocean washing up along the shore. We collected some shells from out walks, most of the them were broken but still had some really neat colours and textures (maybe something I will use as inspiration for my new collections).

As much as it was great to get away, I'm glad to be back home (we missed Dussy way to much). He wasn't to pleased that we left him with a stranger for a week, but he is right back to cuddling under the sheets.

The trip was well worth it, and I'm sure sometime in the near future we can go on another.