I got a phone call this morning that made me feel so darn good. It was a friend, whose little one has an intense, shall we say – diaper rash. She was calling me because this is upsetting. For both mama and tot. Understandably, I’ve been there. She had called her sister in-law who told her to call me. Me? Me! It feels good to know that other mama’s respect and admire me the way that I do them. That my salve is making the rounds amongst family and friends as this sort of miracle product? Sweet.
I’ve put so much research, time and care into mastering this salve. People are telling me to get it certified, (as I use all organic ingredients). It’s an expensive, paper crunching, timely process – but Ima thinkin’ I will. That and my plush toy certification, thingy. Whatever that’s called. Sandy? (<The afore mentioned mama) Sandy also has an Etsy shop and a blog – both of which are awesome and you should check out. Her sister in-law is also a kick-ass business woman, mama and a dear friend – my son Wyndham’s sponsor in fact. She’s a guru baker babe and mighty fine writer. Here and here.
That was an immediate digression from the true nature of this post. Shout out’s were necessary though because phone calls and texts from women like these? They make my sleepy head day. Onto my show and tell. As you may know, I was part of an art show collective this past weekend with Thunderbird Arts in Toronto. What an inspiring and rewarding experience. I shared a gallery room with leather and woodworking artist Mike Birdman Bomberry of Rad Leatherworks. He had his lovely girlfiend with him and boy did those two make me laugh. His creations are lovely and I’m thinking of ordering a custom eagle feather and medicine box for my elder for Solstice. SHhh! The set-up at the Gladstone was clean and profesh, the perfect gallery setting for an art show.
There were so many amazing Anishinaabe artists there, both as a part of the show and the exhibit. (Which is still running until November 30th, so you still have time to check it out!) Jason Jenkins, the curator of the VBT show is also a supah talented photographer and was on site all weekend snapping shots. He’s uploading onto the Flickr group, organically over the next few days, here a some of the Opening Ceremonies. Ancestral Teachings: Contemporary Perspectives.
I didn’t have much time to parouse to the other rooms, but you can bet I slid out to do some Holiday shopping. A couple of my favourite fellow artists…
That necklace up there? Heavy WANT for Xmas. Mama LIKE. Someone…tell the mister, mmk?
I leave you this fine Thursday with this, I hear tell the Disney Store is 60% off tomorrow morning starting at 7am. I have a young lad who loves him some Jungle Book. Should I brave it?
Peace out loverlies.