Category: Local Interest

Why I’m Not Talking About DIY This Week | Montreal Flood 2017

You may have noticed that things have been quiet here on the blog for the past week or so. I’ve been struggling to come up with content because talking about DIYing (and just being creative in general) has felt incredibly trivial compared to what’s been going on in my community. 

What’s been going on, you ask?

Photo used with permission, courtesy of Nathalie Constant.

In the past 10 days, parts of the Montreal area (and communities farther afield in Quebec and Ontario) have been devastated by flooding. Only a few kilometers away (and I really mean “a few” – like, 4) people’s homes have sustained major damage or even been lost to floodwaters. We’ve been lucky (we live on a hill and away from the waterfront), but many of my neighbours, work colleagues, students, and friends haven’t been. They are displaced from their homes with only what they could remove quickly, and are so in need. It is heartbreaking. You always think that this sort of thing will happen elsewhere… until it arrives on your doorstep. 

Montreal Flood 2017 | Montreal and surrounding areas that were affected by the spring flooding are in need of HELP! | How to help flood victims | #MtlFlood2017

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Creative Canadian Bloggers to Read Now!

Creative Canadian Bloggers to Read Now | Canadian female bloggers | bloggers in Canada | DIY Bloggers | Flourish & Knot

I’m honoured (and a tad nervous, if I’m honest) to be speaking at the Yes Women Can! Au feminin pluriel conference this weekend in Vankleek Hill, Ontario. Yes Women Can! is a day-long event and trade show celebrating female entrepreneurs, creatives, performers… and all-round fabulous people. Organized by a firecracker group of can-doers from the small town of Vankleek Hill, the day will feature speakers, presentations, workshops, exhibits, and more. I cannot wait to share my adventures – and misadventures – in DIY and handmade living! As I was preparing my talk for the conference, I was struck by the idea to interview some of my fellow Canadian bloggers (and ladybosses!) for Flourish & Knot. We just don’t celebrate the amazing woman-power here in Canadian blogland enough! But that ends here and now. Here’s my list of 11 Canadian (female!) bloggers to read now!

Creative Canadian Bloggers to Read Now | Canadian female bloggers | bloggers in Canada | DIY Bloggers | Flourish & Knot


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Friday Faves: Etsy Fait Au Québec Edition

Small Paisley Bowl from Au Bout du Rang

Happy Friday, gang! We made it to the end of the week. Yahoo! I feel like I’ve had a pretty productive week, actually. I started working on refinishing our front door (the paint was peeling something fierce) and I also started a little sewing project for fall. We’ll see how that one turns out… Quebec teachers are having one heck of a time with our contract negotiations, so it was DIY therapy amidst all the political and professional upheaval. 🙂

I can’t wait for this weekend because I’m attending the Etsy Fait au Québec fair in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. It’s basically this artisany-loving, DIY-ing blogger’s dream. Tonnes of awesome Canadian Etsy vendors under the same roof… Yup, that’s the dream.

So I thought I’d share a couple of artisans I’ll be on the lookout for this weekend!

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First up is Virginie Martin Studio, who creates lovely silver jewelry. I particularly like this freshwater pearl necklace in the shape of a flower.

Flower Pearl Necklace from Virginie Martin Studios

Flower Pearl Necklace by Virginie Martin Studios

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