Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Roller Derby: Red River Deep Freeze

Another awesome weekend of roller derby. The RDRDA Nightshades headed across a couple of provinces to play the Murder City Maidens.

The third floor of the convention center was dark, with spotlights on the track. The start of the game was postponed 20 minutes to get over 2000 people into the stands. As the Nightshades were introduced, only a hand full of people cheered while low booing came from the crowd. Smiling and waving, it didn't shake our confidence. We were ready to play! When the Maidens entered the track the crowd exploded into a frenzy. They have an amazing fanbase. This is the largest crowd I had ever seen at a roller derby bout.
It was an exciting game! The score was close for most of the game. Big hits, pile ups, and penalties. One Maiden's skate flew into the "suicide seating" section after a hit from Nightshades Gunpowder Gertie.
The fans kept their passion for their local girls known. So much excitement during this bout, the refs scolded our team for being " too intense". When I considered this as on our best behavior. No major injuries or players ejected from the game. Both teams played hard! We were so pleased to roll away with this victory! Especially since it was the Nightshades first game.

Murder City Maidens: 111
Nightshades: 133

The game was featured in the Sunday Winnipeg Free Press. Full 2 pages.

Here is a close up of the picture of me that made it. I am in the Blue.

This great shot ended up on Facebook. It was taken by Winnipeg photographer James Carey Lauder. There aren't many good action shots around of me.

I am so proud of RDRDA's Nightshades! I hope to play many more games with these girls.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Keeping up with gossip...

This is one of my favourite sites to visit. Lots of information, trends, tutorials, contests and freebies. I get a lot of inspiration from them. Its well organized into categories, for super easy browsing. They are very up to date with fresh stuff all of the time! Once you get on there, I know it will be your favourite too. *CLICK*

Monday, February 14, 2011


I have enjoyed making jewelry for many years. I remember knotting friendship bracelets in elementary school with friends. I dream up and design pieces all of the time. Since I started creating my own beads and pendants, my jewelry making became a bit consuming. Ideas would keep me up at night. I solved that by writing and sketching them down.
I recently started teaching jewelry classes at Michaels Arts and Crafts. So far there are 8 different classes and there are more on the way! I really enjoy teaching. Not just beading but anything really.
I do sell my designs at farmers markets and online. I have many more designs sketched out and dreamed up. Check my Etsy, I will post pictures soon!

Creative Creature

This is a painting by Creative Creature. I find her work so inspiring. I have known her for many years and I value her opinions and suggestions when it comes to my work. It takes a very close friend to tell you the truth about your art. Most people just say "its great!" "you are talented", which is nice to hear, but not what I am looking for when I ask. She is the only person that sees it the way I do, "its missing something" or "get rid of that". Maybe we think to similarly? Maybe we collaborated over so many years that we understand each others style and intent without having to explain. Not sure what it is. I do know that I admire her as an artist and a person.

Creating Post!

This is #65 of 365. Making mail art is so freeing! I used to journal and create little things and think, now what? I have a bunch of stuff around, piling up with nowhere to go. Now I make it and send it away! I always enjoy what I receive, so I know it will go to a happy home maybe even be reused or added to a collection. I put mine up on the wall and when its filled I remove them and put them in a scrapbook. I use photo corners to attach them. Sometimes a dot of glue for envelopes, they tend to fall out.
Check out more mail art at Mail Art 365 blog.

Mail Art Today!

From a PostCrosser in Russia
From a Postcrosser in Japan
From Okani
From Rani
From IUOMA member
From Boo

Lots of art to brighten my morning! Fighting some kinda of sinus thing last 2 days. Its not too bad but its distracting. I LOVE getting post from people. E-mail me if you are interested in getting some from me! lady_laceration@hotmail.com

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Stark Raving Plaid Update!

It was an amazing game! The Belladonnas train hard and their work paid off at the game last night! The Lassies played hard and hit hard. It was a fight for every point, for each team. The Belladonnas had solid defence. I believe that was the main reason in the gap for the final score. They also ran their offensive plays flawlessly. The Lassies did not make it easy for them in any way.
I stood behind the bench watching, screaming, cheering and pacing. Sometimes acting as water girl. The venue was packed! Over 1000 people packing the stands, seats, and some left standing. Roller derby is getting a lot more popular around here. Some found the score confusing but one thing was clear, the Belladonnas rocked it!

Great job everyone! I'd also like to shout out to the referees, NSO's, security and all other volunteers. THANK YOU!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Roller Derby

This is a photo from the SK808 tournament in Hawaii, this past January. Not very glamourous, but its a clear shot of me, blue shirt at the back with striped helmet cover. I have a lot of derby lately. Its hard for it to not take over my life completely. I have been part of the RDRDA league since December 2008. Having been around for 2 years, I have a great understanding of the game but I am nowhere near the best. I hover somewhere around the middle. I think it is because I am not an athletic person. I have never really been involved in team sports or what my fall under "typical sports". I have enjoyed sailing since I was 12 years old. I love boats and water. While in high school I did biathlon with Cadets for 3 years or so. I do hit the gym, once and a while, but I do not consider myself athletic at all. Some girls on my team are amazing! They have experience on skates, hockey and figure skating, and they move into the game naturally and are a lot faster than I am. Although I am confident in my skills, I strive to improve.
I want to be faster! I find it difficult. Maybe new wheels will help? Mine are worn and around a year old. Maybe more practices will help? I go between 2 and 4 times a week. I push myself to my limits each time. I decided to include my blog followers in my Roller Derby journey on the flat track.
This Saturday the Belladonnas are playing the Thrashing Lassies. I am an alternate for this game. I am very excited to watch. I had a break from the Belladonnas for a couple of months while travelling and doing other things. I am very glad to be back. This team is fierce and their practices are kicking my ass. The game is well matched and will be amazing to watch!

Then next weekend the NightShades are playing Murder City Maidens.
I am very excited to play in this game! A lot of the Nightshades are on the newer side of playing, but I know we will do well! Some friends are travelling from out of town to watch me play as well as some Winnipeg locals. Its so nice whens friends come to watch! They better cheer loud.

I will keep you updated on my games and things from now on. At first I was just going to focus on this as an art and craft blog, but there is so much more to me! I am doing a lot when I am not crafting. I hope this wasn't to long winded. More to post soon!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Hello Again!

I have been catching up on my mail art! It feels so good. I have some other projects on the go too. I am hoping to post something awesome here soon. Take a peek!