2015 Fundraising!

Lynn's Lids is fundraising for Rethink Breast Cancer

I’m in full production mode for Sunday’s Leslieville Flea and for my new project: Fundraising!

In 2011 I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, and later, papillary thyroid cancer. Rethink Breast Cancer was a great support and source of information for me. They are an organization targeted at younger women with breast cancer and their unique issues, as well as building awareness and education in prevention.

50% of the proceeds from all pink products sold in January, February and March will be donated to Rethink Breast Cancer. I have made a few items for this Sunday’s flea at the Fermenting Cellar in the Distillery District, including some pink Sheepy Dryer Ball sets, a tea cosy, and a few hats as well.

Come see me on Sunday (I will be in the 2nd aisle to the right when you come into the Fermenting Cellar) or contact me to order your special pink products. I will have them online on the new website next week.

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 Lynn's Lids Sheepy Wool Dryer Balls for Rethink Breast Cancer

Lynn's Lids pink houndstoque for Rethink Breast Cancer Lynn's Lids pink folded toque for Rethink Breast Cancer

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Fellow Artisan: Mikafleur Design (Leslieville Flea)

My neighbour from the October Leslieville Flea with the amazing terrariums and planters will be at the Flea in a week, check out Mika’s work below, and in person next Sunday 10am-4pm at the Leslieville Flea in the Fermenting Cellar (28 Distillery Lane).

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Mikafleur Design - terrariums Mikafleur Design - hanging planters Mikafleur Design - teapots

Mikafleur Design

Product: unique & creative planters in Mika’s hand-made pottery, Orchid Kokedamas, air plants hanging planters, terrariums, and of course hand-made pottery such as tea pots, cups, mugs and etc.

Price range: $5-100

About:
Mika Sato was born in Hiroshima, Japan, and grew up surrounding by the bounty of nature that both nurtured and inspired her. In her youth, Mika studied the ancient floral art of Ikebaha, and this has profoundly influenced her design aesthetic over the last twenty-five years.
Mika moved to Canada in 1997 and has spent time travelling and learning new styles and techniques in Europe, South East Asia, and North America.
In 2010 she decided to pursue her interest in pottery through classes with recognized Toronto and Japanese potters. Most recently, she has been working independently at a local studio and has been creatively excited by her use of natural materials such as shells, seeds, corals, etc.
she combine her pottery and floral design together creating unique planters, Kokedamas, terrariums, etc.

Find Mikafleur Design on her website, Facebook, and Instagram.

Mikafleur Design orchid

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Fellow Artisan: Papermuse Designs (Leslieville Flea)

Next week I’m at the Leslieville Flea, and my fantastic Crafternoon Tea neighbour, Natalie, will be there with her super cool notebooks. Check it out!
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Papermuse 3 Papermuse coasters Papermuse 2

Papermuse Designs

Products: Funky, retro-inspired notebooks and journals from upcycled items like vinyl records, maps, children’s books, and other interesting materials.

Price Range: $9 to $60

How did this all begin?
I’ve always loved books, paper and journaling, so I was naturally curious when I came across a bookbinding/papermaking class 10+ years ago. I registered for the class, instantly fell in love with bookbinding and haven’t looked back since.

About:
I’m a huge music lover, so when I figured out how to cut vinyl records and transform them into notebooks, it was a breakthrough moment. I knew I was onto something special when everyone reacted so positively to them. They’re now my signature product.

I’m always on the lookout for interesting materials that can be upcycled into notebooks. So many things inspire me: Movie posters, beautiful paper, art galleries, eclectic shops, bookstores, and especially Pinterest!

I also love teaching workshops to people who are curious about bookbinding, but aren’t convinced they have the skills to make a notebook from scratch. (I always prove them wrong.)

Papermuse Designs can be found on Etsy, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and their blog.

Papermuse 4

 

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New website & new hats!

Well, it’s been a looooooong time coming, but I finally have my very own e-commerce site! Please check it out at www.lynnslids.com (or use the linked logo to the right)!

You may notice that I put a few items up there that are “sold out” – sorry about that. It’s being used to showcase my works for an application to a show, so I need as much of my work up there as possible, and want to make sure it gets found. However, you can order custom hats, tea cosies, or even ornaments at any time.

Next up: the Leslieville Flea. I’ll be back at the Fermenting Cellar for Sunday, January 18 and Sunday, February 22 (and possibly March, but some other plans may hinder that) 10am-4pm. I hope to bring at least 1 of each style that I currently make, so if you want to come and try on all of the styles, January 18, 10am-4pm at the Fermenting Cellar is the place to be! I will be including one that I’ve only made for a custom order (this is the custom order. I have yet to felt the one I’m bringing) which the customer described as a watch cap:

Lynn's Lids hand knit, felted wool watch cap

I will have a bowler, a flat brim, a couple of cloches, as well as the ever popular red bucket hat (this photo doesn’t do the gorgeous red any justice. Trust me, it’s a stunning scarlet/crimson. At some point I will get my husband to take a proper photo of one of these beauties.):

Lynn's Lids bucket hat in red

And I will have a couple of the rolled brim hats (that I showed you in the previous post) as well as a couple of baker boy hats… The list goes on. So, come by and get your lid warmer for these super chilly windy winter days! Remember the thick and dense felt is windproof!

Tomorrow I am off to St. Catharines for my needle felting class! I spent some time this week putting together kits for my learners:

… and putting together some wool packs since they tell me there’s nowhere near them to buy wool:

wool roving variety pack wool roving natural colours

That’s all for now. I’m hoping for a fellow artisan post or two before the flea, but we’ll have to see if people have time to do a little write-up on themselves.

Happy new year!

Well… I’m down to my last custom order of the season, which isn’t due for a week or two, so things are calming down.  Determined to finish some custom dachshunds (that were ordered a while back, but not for Christmas) in 2014, I finished off these guys last night:

The long-awaited (seriously, the customer has the patience of a saint!) custom dachshunds! #needlefelt #handmade

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I have been thinking a lot about the past year of Lynn’s Lids, and how amazing it has been. Highlights include:

  • being a vendor for the first time in the Etsy Section at the Spring One of a Kind Show, Cabbagetown Art & Craft Sale, and the first Etsy: Made in Canada flagship sale
  • heading out of the GTA for the first time to Niagara for the Christmas HandMade Market
  • setting Etsy goals and surpassing them
  • managing my family (we homeschool our 2 boys), home, and business while my spouse was away for 4 weeks with a family emergency during November. I had to back out of 1 sale but we fared very well, with help from my friends and family! (If cancer taught me anything, it’s to ask for help when you need it.)
  • expanding my product line to include tea cosies, iPad sleeves, new orb ornaments and a TARDIS or two!
  • having my dryer balls in Style at Home!

In upcoming news, I have a needle felting class in St. Catharines, which should be fun! This came about from the Niagara HandMade Market, at which I worked away needle felting more ornaments (the family emergency meant I didn’t have as much stock as I needed). A woman and her friend and I got to talking about needle felting and so we planned to get 4-6 of her friends together and have a class in her dining room. The class is 2 hours and they will learn to make an owl, with techniques to make any number of 3-dimensional wool sculptures. The students receive a felting foam and 2 general purpose (38 gauge) needles and the wool to make their owl (see below).

If you are in the GTA and interested in hosting your own beginner’s needle felting class, leave a comment or contact me.

The Leslieville Flea

Also in upcoming news, I’ll be at the Leslieville Flea on Sunday, January 18 from 10am-4pm in the Fermenting Cellar in the historic distillery district. I hope to have every style of hat that I make with me, so if you’ve been thinking about getting yourself a nice warm hat, come down the the Leslieville Flea in 2 weeks! A new style that is really an old style that will be available is below – the rolled brim hat. You can thank my mother, who saw a photo of it and asked me why I don’t make it anymore… Who can say no to their mom?

One more thing in upcoming news: I am currently creating an e-commerce site! I get inquiries and emails from my current website, but I’m hoping to get something a little more professional up there that is easy to update (I currently update the site using TextMate and editing the HTML – yes, I was a geek before I was a mom and an artisan). So stay tuned for that… it’s coming very soon!

Regarding the aforementioned expansion of my product line, customised iPad sleeves were the name of the game this year:

A custom iPad mini sleeve. Love this magenta!

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A custom iPad sleeve for The Vexed Muddler with flagellate bacteria on it! #lynnslidsbespoke

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Customizing an iPad sleeve on the fly yesterday at the #ArtisanSocial!

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An #iPad Air sleeve awaiting a button for the #wienerdog lover!

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Finished custom iPad sleeve for the avid camper!

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Finished the custom chicken iPad mini sleeve! How cute is that? #etsy

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Among the many things I learned this year is this: There are a million different sizes and shapes of tea pots out there. And it’s a good thing I love math, because it’s coming in handy now with the custom circumferences and heights, etc.

Anyway, off to bed now. May 2015 bring you good health, humour and happiness.