I've been working on some new things that are pretty cool. I've been really focusing the past year on buying locally and or Canadian made. I've been making a point of supporting local artists and producers. I've been able to buy soap, lotion, all of my toiletries really, clothing, original art, produce, home decor, furniture and stationary locally and affordably. I only buy my beads and findings from Canadian distributors and I support small business when buying my resin and art making supplies in Calgary. I recycle everything and use the green bin which is now half full of frozen goo and will become an interesting thing to watch melt come spring. I'm off the pork and beef for the most part and cutting down on fish. Still eat chicken once a week though, although he is supposedly a chicken who had a good life. Hope so. Life is a work in progress, so I feel like it is progressing in the right direction. Trying to be good is the theme. In that spirit I was looking for a way to expand my product line without looking to an overseas factory to do so. I am pleased to say I have found a printing company in town to make my fine art prints and a company in Montreal to make my line of leggings and accessories. I'm still in the fiddling stages of designing but have gotten some good results and hope to have everything going in the next few weeks.
Notebooks are something I have all over the house and in stacks and piles. I could build a small wall in the garden with some plaster and all my notebooks and sketchbooks to be sure. So I'll be having notebooks and coil bound notebooks made, pencil cases, makeup bags and carry alls.
I'm also having prints made, I know my original paintings are a little pricey. I know I could not afford to buy them myself so having prints is a good option. The way I paint is extremely time consuming, thus the price. I can only make so many paintings in a year time wise so I need to figure out different ways to use my original work.
I'm pretty excited about the leggings. It's fun to design them and they are pretty good to wear. I've been torture testing mine for the past couple months. They are easy to wear out and about and to the gym which I decided to start going to. The leggings are thicker than some I have bought elsewhere and I believe they will stand up to the awesome and terrible thigh rubbing test. I usually can rub a couple decent holes into my superstore leggings, which I have decided to stop buying. They are tantalizingly cheap but that's not a good enough reason to buy them. The idea of having fewer things that are better quality and last longer is sinking in.
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