Sunday, September 7, 2014

Road Trippin'

I have been off in Detroit, Chicago, Holland (Michigan), Point Pelee National Park (Canada) and many places in between. I went on my first ever road trip last week, and it was really lovely!

What an awesome way to travel and see the world around you.

Hopefully I will write up a nice list of do's and don'ts to share with you all, but in the mean time, here are a few pics from the trip!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Michael Brown and Racism

Yet again, an unarmed young black male has been killed by police. Unarmed.

This is a topic far from the norm on my little crafty blog, but I can't stay quiet. I have to at least try and join the conversation in a constructive way.

I have never had to fear police in the same way that so many non-white people, especially men, have. And yes, it may be better in Canada, but there is still, without a doubt, a racial bias in our police force.

I sit here reading news reports, and tweets, and blogs written by white people who have not done there homework. You can not respond to something only black people and other non-white groups experience by asking the question "but how does this affect white people?" or stating "not all white people are like that". Please stop making this about you.

ALL white people have an obligation to do their homework and understand their white privilege*. Yes, you may not have set up the system, but you benefit from it. You benefit from it every single day. And to sit there benefiting from white privilege without doing anything to work towards reducing it, is racist. Maybe not in the traditional way that you imagine racism, but it is racism. We need to listen to these stories, and to the people shouting in the streets of Ferguson, crying over the loss of another unarmed black young man.

Listen to the voices of the people of colour who have lived this experience. Listen to the people who have had to fear police their whole lives.

I have found a few articles, and blogs that I think add to this discussion in a constructive way:

*Not sure what this is? Please read up and learn about it:
(Please ensure all comments are constructive, or they will be removed)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Reupholstered Chair!

I reupholstered my first chair! I found this sweet thing at a 2nd hand store for $10, and had the fabric on hand. So it was a cheap and cheerful project.

I didn't remove the red fabric first, I just upholstered two layers of fabric over the red. I think if I did it again I would remove the red fabric, it has a different texture, so I can kind of feel it when I sit on the chair. The two layers of fabric did fully cover the colour though!

Love that staple gun! (Seriously, it's one of my favourite tools of all time).

Thanks to my sister for demonstrating that it does really work as a chair! haha

I'm really happy with how it turned out, aaaaand it was a lot of fun! Hooray