02.20.2016

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

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I read somewhere that February 20 was ‘Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day’ and I just so happen to have an engineer in my very own family that I would to introduce you to! My sister, Jocelyne Moyer.

Jocelyne is presently away at Harvard Business School, just about to finish her degree, but she started her educational career at McMaster University as a Mechanical Engineering student.

I recently did an interview with her in honour of ‘Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day’.

She was happy to participate. I hope that you enjoy the interview and perhaps even find the inspiration to pass on some of her insights to a special girl in your life who may be interested in a career in engineering.

For starters, what exactly is an engineer and what do they do?

An engineer does all sorts of things! It really depends on your chosen field. You may design buildings or roads, computer programs or managing large projects. The best thing about engineering is that it opens so many doors to different fields and careers.

When did you think that you first wanted to become an engineer? 

I used to tinker when I was a kid and I loved to build things. Dad suggested that I should be an engineer and the idea just kind of stuck. I made sure to take all the math and science classes that I could!

Describe the engineering program that you took in school.

Mechanical Engineering focuses on anything that moves. We learned about things like mechanical systems, fluids, and vibrations. We also did a ton of calculus and algebra courses, which are important to be able to understand the fundamentals of engineering systems. We did a combination of lectures, small groups, and labs so that we could learn concepts in all different ways.

How long was your program?

5 years.

What was one of the most important lessons you learned during the course of your program?

The most important thing that I learned was systematic problem solving. We learn how to find all the important variables in a problem and break it down into smaller pieces. This has been so valuable in my career. Problem solving is one of the most important skills you can have and you need it in every field.

What do you think is most interesting about engineering?

I think that engineering is a great intersection between science and the real world. If you like math, you’ll love engineering.

When you first entered your program, what profession were you hoping to pursue?

I was hoping to start out in manufacturing to get a base knowledge before moving to the business side. So far, everything has gone according to plan!

How many other girls were in your class?

Our class was about 20% women. There wasn’t many of us and we all became great friends during the course of our program. One thing I loved about engineering was how supportive everyone was, guys and girls. We all studied together and supported one another. I made some of my best friends in engineering.

What was your most positive school experience?

I think the best part was the study sessions I would have with my friends. We would be in the library with snacks, hanging out for hours. We all just became so close during that time. It was studying and bonding at the same time.

What would your dream engineering job look like?

I no longer work as an engineer, so it’s hard to say. The best thing about engineering for is that it gave me the skills and confidence that I needed to pursue any career I want! I know that the knowledge that I gained from my degree is applied every day.

I would like to thank my wonderful sister for participating in this little interview and opening the window to Engineering and what it is like to be a girl in the field.

Once she finishes studying at Harvard in late April, the lucky gal will be doing some travelling before returning to Canada and settling into a new position at Bain & Company, a consulting firm in Toronto.

She may not have decided to stay in the field of Engineering, but as she alluded to in her interview, it was her Engineering degree that has led her to where she is today and opened many doors for herself. moving forward.

Jocelyne has always been one of the hardest workers that I have ever know, whether it be in school (especially in school) or in her career and I am so proud for what she has been able to accomplish thus far in her life.

 

Allison
02.18.2016

Blogger Profile:: Forever Yours Betty

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As Betty, from foreveryoursbetty.com, puts it herself, she is “a tangerine haired, glasses wearing Scottish Fashion blogger with a nose for a good sandwich and an eye for style”.

Her blog is bright and bold, brimming with images of her on the streets of her native Glasgow, showcasing her eccentric style.

Categories range from “Betty’s Fashion” to “Betty’s Hair” to “Betty’s Travels” and beyond.

She sometimes blogs with BFF’s on travel and style features, which always adds an extra spectrum of pop and colour. One example of a BFF post was this post about Betty’s recent trip to Marrakech with her best pal, Honey Pop!

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Aren’t they the cutest little colourful couple! I love them!!

If you think that the pictures pop on the blog, then you should check out Betty’s Instagram feed, where she boasts over 25.9k followers. It is fun and never dull. Well worth a follow.

When reading about what Betty plans to bring into her 2016, it looks like we can look forward to a daring year full of even further self-expression and experimentation with colour, style, and tone of voice.

If you are interested in working with Betty, you can connect with her through her blog agent, The Blogger Agent. She’s the real thing, right?

I, for one, will be reading along with her as she explores everything that the new year has to offer.

Allison
02.16.2016

Business Profile:: This Kid Clothing Co

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This Kid Clothing Co is the team effort of Melissa, Tim, and 2 year old Anton. They have recently been joined by a new little baby, which thankfully hasn’t put a glitch in any of their plans for the up and coming SS16 line.

The new line consists of flowy tanks, onesies, long sleeve tees, sweat shirts, crop tanks, and classic tees. All donning their simple designs and texts that their brand is becoming so well known for.

Phrases like “Bad Mother Hugger”, “This Kid” and “This Kid’s Mom”, “Wife Life”, and more.

 Their e-boutique also includes accessories like totes bags, cinch bags, spirit animal necklaces, beanie hats, and tablet sleeves. In their home section, they have lovely animal printed pillows and fleece blankets.

Truly something for everyone!

Price points for their most popular tees are $18 – $25 and hoodies from the AW15 line are $30 – $42. Sizes are available from infant to toddler to adult.

So what are you waiting for? Make a statement with one of This Kid Clothing Co’s clothing options!

Allison
02.11.2016

Blogger Profile:: The House That Lars Built

Blogger Profile:: The House that Lars Built

Let me introduce you to Brittany Watson Jepsen. The lovely brains behind ‘The House That Lars Built‘. I have to tell you that I absolutely love this blog. It is a soft and beautiful blog about crafting and other pretty things that offers tips on party planning, creating cool DIYs, recipes, and smatterings of a life lived in full colour. It is well written and incredibly pleasing to the eyes.

Brittany has been blogging at The House That Lars Built for the past 8 years, with only starting to take her blogging seriously within the last 3 years. She initially started the blog as a grad school project for an interior design class. Look how far she has come in such little time?!

These days, Brittany is working hard, everyday, on the blog, as well as in her shop on Etsy, which carries her cards, calendars, and other illustrations.

Brittany has also collaborated with Twig NY on a dinnerware line that is absolutely charming.

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Allison
02.10.2016

The Beekeeper’s Quilt:: My day at Stitch

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I have been chomping on the bit to get started on that Beekeeper’s Quilt that I mentioned as part of my goals for 2016. I had attempted to get started a number of times, but I had never knit in the round before and couldn’t figure it out.

Luckily, my Dad just so happens to be lifelong friends with Jocelyne from Stitch, a place for knitters, quilters and needle artists, located at 3799 Main Street in Jordan Village, Ontario.

So, on one sunny afternoon, my Dad and I grabbed my double pointed needles and some yarn and I headed over to Jocelyne’s, with some handmade chocolates in hand to treat her for the favour of helping with my pattern.

Stitch is operated out of an old house, right in the centre of Jordan Village. Every nook and cranny is filled with luxurious yarns and fat quarter squares. The atmosphere is very warm and welcoming. I wish that I lived closer so that I could attend some of the regular workshops that Jocelyne hosts there.

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I sat in the back section of the store, next to a huge wood burning stove, at a table surrounded by chairs draped in meticulously hand stitched quilts in every colour and design.

I cast on extremely tightly (a habit that I am working to break) so our lesson was slow going at first. Eventually, once we worked past the first row, things became a little easier and I was able to see what Jocelyne was doing with the needles.

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As it turns out, I am using a slightly heavier yarn than is recommended in the pattern, but if I stick with that weight and my 4mm dpns throughout construction, it shouldn’t affect the outcome. My quilt will just have slightly larger dimensions than if I had actually used the recommended sock wool.

I had asked for assistance when purchasing my yarn from Fabricland, so I was a little frustrated to hear that I had gotten it wrong. Maybe I should have gone to a store that actually specializes in yarn. I was only after the cheaper Red Heart brand, so I thought that it wouldn’t matter. Guess I was wrong.

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Jocelyne continued to work through a couple of rows, as I tried to master the simplistic art of increasing a stitch, and my Dad and Jocie chatted about what has been going on in their lives.

Jocelyne’s son had just bought a house in nearby Fenwick and was trying to convince her to make the move there as well. My Dad was told stories about the interesting characters that he runs into on a regular basis while working his delivery job.

I quietly worked, with each row becoming easier and easier to manage.

Finally, after about an hour, I had worked the pattern to the widest point of the “hexapuff” and it was time to start decreasing.

I had worked decreasing rows before and told Jocelyne that I wouldn’t need her help to finish the pattern. I would later regret this because, although I did know how to decrease stitches, it took me two full days of trial and error to figure out how to do it properly, so that both sides of my “hexapuff” would hold together.

Now, it is about it is about a week since my trip to Stitch and I have almost 15 “hexapuffs” completed and I am hard at work making more.

I have been spending the week at my parent’s house, so I have had lots of time on my own to work on my knitting. Hopefully, I will be able to find the free moments I need to continue working on my “hexapuffs” when I am back at home. I still have nearly 400 to go!!

So thank you Jocelyne! Without your gentle assistance the other day, I would not have made the progress that I have already made in the past week. I am well on my way to a full quilt. I will be sure to post many pics in progress and once the quilt is done.

I recommend a special journey over to Stitch to anyone who is planning on being in the Jordan Village area and be prepared to spend some time there, as it will take you that long to look through everything that Jocelyne has in store.

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Allison
02.04.2016

Blogger Profile:: Studio DIY

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Studio DIY is brought to you by the talented husband and wife duo of Kelly (founder + editor) and Jeff (photographer) Mindell. The rich and colourful blog has you covered if you are seeking to celebrate the DIY way and put that personal touch on your everyday life.

Kelly and Jeff live in Los Angeles and have been working on the blog for the past 5 years. Kelly is a lifelong DIY-er and an entrepreneur since the age of fifteen.

As Kelly puts it, “I think confetti throwing should be a daily occurrence” and she shares that mantra on her blog, through her impressive catalogue of projects.

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Allison
02.02.2016

Business Profile:: Oh Joy

You may recall my featuring Joy Cho from Oh Joy in a recent blog post about my TOP 5 bloggers. While Joy is a fantastic and very successful blogger, she also runs quite a neat little business for herself and her family.

Originally launched in 2005 as a graphic design studio, the Oh Joy brand has grown to include various licensed product lines, like her nursery items for target, band-aids, wallpaper for Hygge West, baby wraps for Solly Baby, and more.

On her blog, you will find how-to lifestyle videos, and other musings with a focus on design, fashion, food, and “joyful moments from everyday life.”

Joy is also the author of several books, Oh Joy!: 50 Ways To Create & Give Joy, Creative, Inc., and Blog, Inc.. You may remember that Blog, Inc. was featured in another TOP 5 post that I wrote about books on blogging. It’s a major fav of mine.

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Allison
01.29.2016

Blogger Profile:: The Arbitrary Fox

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The Arbitrary Fox is a brand new blog. It is a sweet little corner of the internet dedicated to fashion and style, run by mother and wife, Heather Gwinn. She is an artist and photographer living among the mountains in beautiful Colorado.

Heather created the blog to “get herself out of her small bubble”, make friends, and to share aspects of her life. She is very obviously a lover of all things DIY and crafty, as she features and promotes small home-grown shops in her blog posts.

She enjoys collecting pyrex, fashion, coffee, snow drives, and time spent with family.

Each image on her blog is brilliantly crisp and full of colour, accompanied by brief looks into her day and glimpses of her life with her family.

Although her blog is very new, it has already proven to be an excellent resource for fashion, and the occasional recipe, and will likely prove an even greater resource if Heather can keep it up. We hope that she does!

Allison
01.27.2016

ARTIST PROFILE:: QUIET CLEMENTINE

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Hana is the maker mastermind behind Quiet Clementine, based out of Arkansas, USA. She creates absolutely vibrant ceramic decor and jewelry pieces, each 100% by hand.

Formerly, Hana ran businesses making various items out of polymer clay, but she never felt that those endeavours were taking her where she wanted to go. Her father, a potter, then encouraged her to try her hand at ceramics, but at first Hana thought that she didn’t have the skill or space to dedicate to the craft.

Once she finally gave in to his prodding, she was hooked.

As it turns out, Quiet Clementine is the business that she never realized she had wanted from the very beginning. Now, Hana is excited everyday to work on her new venture and is anxious to see her little shop grow into all that she hopes that it can become.

Quiet Clementine ceramics made with the intention to excite and light up your eyes. They are meant for you to interact with them and hopefully they will bring you joy everyday.

Above all, it is Hana’s goal to “make fun things that are happy and vibrant” and she hopes that each piece will make your life just a little bit more colourful.

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Personally, I love Hana’s jewelry storage (pictured above) and her ceramic jewelry the most. So colourful and creative!

And she is running quite a neat little business too! She has nearly 300 sales on Etsy and more than 3.500 admirers. Check out her instagram @quietclementine where she has more that 500 bright and crisp photographs posted, with more than 11.7k followers. She also appears on Pinterest and Twitter.

Follow her shop on social media to get updates on promotions, special releases, and other shop news.

Allison
01.26.2016

Have you treated yourself lately??

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I was doing some online window shopping today. I would have loved to have made some purchases, but I’m STILL all tapped out after buying gifts for all of my friends and family members over Christmas. I won’t be able to really be able to think of myself for another month or so, and then, as always, there will very likely be something else that comes along and taps me out again.

I am not the richest gal in the world and maybe that is part of the reason why I so seldom have spare cash to spend on myself, but I don’t think that is the only reason why I never seem to get to treat myself. I think that a big part of it is that I very rarely put myself first or make my needs a priority over others.

I spent hundreds of dollars over Christmas, nearly putting myself into debt to assure that everyone knew how much I loved them in some material way.

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Allison