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Oh My Mob!

I have been delaying writing this post. I wrote about my initial reactions immediately following the event, but then have let the day sit and nestle into my heart since then.

photographic source: Michelle Doucette

On Saturday, March 10th, Yelp Halifax organized its first ever Cash Mob. The idea is similar to that of a flash mob – people meet up to complete a task and create an event. But in the cash of a Cash Mob, the idea is to meet up and shower a local business with patronage. Participants are not told the location until minutes before they set out to ‘mob’ and the participating retailer is told with just enough time to call in some friends to help and ensure they have change in their cash drawers.

To say the experience was overwhelming is too simple and not heartfelt enough. To have over 100 (joyful) people stand in line for over an hour (on the first gorgeous Saturday since I don’t know how long), has a profound effect on this shopkeeper whose business is so deeply personal.

I think I will just litter this post with links (here) and photos because I have gotten to the point that I have talked about it so much I don’t want it to become over simplified. I think I will just end with a reminder: where you choose to spend your money has an effect. (And if you shop here and read my blog, well I am preaching to the choir, I know… but I feel it can never be said too much, right?) When you shop local, your dollars count. When you get to know the retailers and they get to know you, that is a relationship and that makes a community. It mattered to me that 100 people chose to support me – before they knew they were told that it was Love, Me being mobbed AND after they were told. It mattered to me that people were happy in my shop where I try really hard to create a little piece of happy. It mattered to me that people were thanking me even though I was almost in tears attempting to thank them. It mattered to me that Yelp and others wanted to help me because they see that my wee shop has something to offer. This does not happen in a box/chain stores. Big chains don’t make an effort to remember your name. They don’t care about what you spend your money on. They don’t thank you for realsies when you shop in their store. You are not going to be able to Cash Mob everyone you would like to. You are not going to be able to shop local and independent all the time. But your choices matter. Where ever and whenever you can make them. OK?

photographic source: Michelle Doucette

What I can’t show you is the amount of Twitter traffic #yelpcashmob generated that day. It was the highest trending topic in NS and fourth for Canada. Shut the front door!!

Thank you to all who participated.

Blessings and love to all ya’all.

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Nocturne 2011

Another successful Nocturne event has now come and gone. Love, Me closed for the evening and instead left a big box of chalk out to encourage people to chalk love letters to the city & general messages of silliness throughout the evening.

 When I left to go off and explore some of the projects, there was already some fun additions to our sidewalk and down our street. When I returned at the end of the night, my small block had turned into a beautiful colourful chalk wonderland! The few streetlights and store window lights shone down on a rainbow of drawings and messages (including a proposal!) My only wish is that I could have come back the next day to see the smiles on peoples faces as they discovered our colourful happy Birmingham Street.

I was very thankful to have the opportunity to get out and see some projects this year (outside my own zone and without the pressure to get back in 15 minutes). I was blown away by the varied, amazing projects and the electric atmosphere. My hightlights? Talking to China with the Remote Corners project, the NSCAD students large scale pottery pieces lit and smoking in front of the waterfront campus, the Phantom Limb architecture hauntingly blowing in the wind, Happy Wash, the buzzing honey bee treestump piece, being transported to a Kabul market outside the AGNS, and making berry baskets.  It was such a great night. I am so happy Halifax has embraced this amazing event and can’t wait until next year.

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pARTicipate

This Saturday is my grandfather’s 90th birthday. (Hi Papa!) It is also one of the most fun, interesting, and anticipated annual events in Halifax. This  Saturday, October 15 night is Nocturne – Art at Night. From 6pm – midnight our city of Halifax is alive with art and culture projects, installations, and shows open to everyone. If you haven’t been, you need to clear your schedule pronto and make plans stat.

Love, Me Boutique is not only a big fan of Nocturne, we are also one of the Nocturne sites. Every year since we have opened, we have concentrated our efforts on having an interactive activity as well as having the shop open for visitors. In our first year, we had a DIY 1″ button station. In year two, we hosted a portraiture artist (Zach Gough) and a live concert from Mary Stewart. In year three, last year, we pulled off a ridiculously fun photographic session complete with props with help from our friend Shelagh Duffett.

Karen, of Belltristic Buttons, helps a young Nocturne visitor cut out his image and make his 1″ button in 2008.

2010 Nocturne characters, complete with zany props, having a gas in our photobooth.

This year, we are doing something a little bit different.

With a love of smart street art, a crush on chalkboards and chalking, a love of the handwritten love letter, an insistence that Love, Me Boutique have a pARTicipation effort in Nocturne, our store will physically be closed BUT we will have chalk out for Nocturne participants to take on their journey Saturday evening.

This year Love, Me is encouraging pARTicipants to chalk love letters to Halifax / citizens of Halifax throughout their travels Saturday evening. That simple. You. Others. Some chalk. And hopefully, some beautiful messages throughout the city.

hello beautiful by me.

I hope you all have a great night this Saturday. Bundle up, grab a warm bevie and stop by the shop for some chalk. (First come. First serve.) And then get out there and make some art.

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Craftastic Craftacular

That’s right people – a full-on Craftastic Craftacular. Six diverse crafty 101 workshops. Here is the skinny:

  • They all happen on a Friday night from 6-8pm.
  • In every workshop you will learn a skill or DIY craft by making a take-home. You can then take those skills and ideas and craft your heart out at home.
  • All workshops and DIYs were chosen to prepare you for the holidays. You will make things to adorn yourself, your home, and get you ahead of the game for gift giving.
  • All Love, Me workshops are about having fun, making cool stuff, sharing skills, and meeting like-minded crafty folk.
  • All workshops are to be paid for in advance by the end of the day before the workshop. You may pay in person at the shop or by visiting Eventbrite.
  • Once those workshop fees are paid, they are NOT returnable. (Even if you are a no show.)

If you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to call the shop at 444-3668 or email lovemeboutique@eastlink.ca

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Creative Fires – Burn Baby Burn

Hello September. I am not sure how I feel about seeing you here in my calendar. I am not ready to mourn summer full-out and embrace fall but I am also open to your regularity and routine. But only somewhat. Kiddos are going back to school. Life will get more structured. And then soon enough we will be turning the calendar over to 2012.

Errrrrrrt? (Enter sound of a record needles drawn across vinyl.)

No wait! Stop! We still have some adventure left in us! We still have some energy! And zest! And desire! (and apparently a lot of exclaimation points.)

If Summer is the time to flake out and fill our energy stores, then Fall is the time to put those energy stores to use. And that means CREATE and let our creative fires burn.

Instead of chillaxin’ in those last weeks of Summer, Love, Me has been collaborating with some super cool creatives and produced two great new Creative Programs. Full details are available on our Events page. But here is a little overview.

MAKE YOUR MARK – A PAINTING WORKSHOP SERIES

If someone gave you a blank canvas and paint, what would you do? Would you hesitate? Would you think and think and think some more? Would you wait for the perfect image to inspire you? Would you feel intimidated? Would yearn to make your mark but feel too self-conscious and timid to even put down a stroke?

DON’T.

Don’t let that blank canvas hold you back from exploring colour, piling on the texture, and letting your inner artist out.

NOW is your chance to let your artistic fire burn brightly.

Join Love, Me Boutique in welcoming four diverse painters in a painting workshop series for beginners who are ready to move from desire to fire. Each one of our celebrated painters paints from a place of love and joy as well as having lots of techniques and skills. MAD SKILLZ YO!

But this workshop series is not about the skills. This series is about working with 4 amazing artists who are ready to walk you through the process of blank white intimidation to colourful transformation with each artist utilizing a different focus/theme (citylife, still life, figurative).

Join us for any of the four workshops or, for the full experience, all four (at a great discount). Each artist comes from different training, different techniques, and a different perspective to share.

Your fees include basic supplies to use during the workshop. (But feel free to bring your own. It is time to crack those jars of paint wide open!)

Artists: Kyle Jackson (September 16), Daina Deblette Scarola (September 23), Shelagh Duffett (September 30), Lindsay Hicks (October 7)

All workshops are Friday nights 6-8:30pm.

Workshop space is limited. Registration is required. To avoid disappointment register on-line here or in person at Love, Me Boutique. Payment is required in advance.

SNAP & SNACK PHOTOGRAPHIC ADVENTURE – The Gardens

YOU love photography but you take the same photos over and over the same exact way.

YOU love your camera but you never really take it out except the odd family function.

YOU love meeting new like-minded people and having interesting experiences but you rarely step-out.

YOU like yummy fresh sweetly packaged lunches. No buts.

YOU are in need of a photographic adventure pronto!

Saturday, September 17, join photographer/painter/blogger/creative Shelagh Duffett and some new friends for a group photo adventure through the Public Gardens and the Spring Garden Road areas finishing with a packaged lunch (included). Shake off the sleepiness of summer. Rev up your creative eye. Get out and see your city through a new lens.

This adventure has a limited registration to provide a more intimate learning/sharing environment. To avoid disappointment, be sure not to delay in purchasing your ticket. Registration/tickets can be purchased online here or in person at the shop. Also be sure to check out the events page for FAQs related to this event.

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Swap and Make

The Love, Me Boutique B Swap is less than a week away! Fabric bundles, scrap bags and buttons OH MY!

This swap is a great way to refreshen your stocks of fabric and buttons. You may a couple of stacks of fabric kicking around from a completed project or a shoebox of scrap all in the same palatte or theme. This is a perfect opportunity to freshen things up.

So what can one do with small “samplings” or scraps of fabric? LOTS!!

 

Yo-Yos! (no not the wood string kind but the fun fabric embellishment kind)

 

Scallopped Fabric Bunting

 

Quilty Coasters (like these purty Denise Schmidt ones shown in the above image)

Scrap Dollies and Stuffed Toys

Teeny ornaments (Christmas is coming!!)

Scrap fabric collage art (like this or this one made by a four year old)

Bring back the 90’s with a hair scrunchie!

And this is just the tip of the iceberg

Participation in the swap is easy peasy lemon squeezy. Check out the events tab at the top of our page or click…here to get the scoooooop. And then join us this Saturday, August 13th 2-4pm for some hot scrappy fabric swapping action.

 

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The B swap: bundles, bags & buttons

The Bs?? Bundles of fabric, bags of scrap fabrics, and buttons. More details on our Events page here.

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