a real swanky kinda christmas.

Christmas Dinner was a banger. With all Christmas episodes of The Office fully blaring while sweets were baked, and the main meal was sorted, it's been a perfectly peaceful holiday season lacking passive aggressiveness and filled with solid snacks and stoked bunnies.

Three kinds of baking this year - not bad! Maple pecan bars, shortbread, and saskatoon nutmeg cake w/ buttercream frosting.

I posted each recipe / links to recipes I adapted here - my online food blog that I apparently love to abandon. With a few days off work 'til the new year, I'm hoping to revamp it some, and get y'all the recipes I'm forever using from the dusty corners of my noggin.

Last but not least, some crucial mail from my fav Americans. Ashley and Ryan sent along the greatest card,Lenny & Larry's Complete Cookies, just. brand dressings, and gomaxgo chocolate bars! Damn, snacks are the true meaning of Christmas. Super stoked all my pals got their Christmas greetings in the post right on time this year (Canada Post pulled some serious solids this year, really.) and am really looking forward to mailing some goods back to New York the moment this cold snap flies the coop.

new shops, new pieces, good times.

Damn. I don't understand why my brain thinks paying a small yearly fee for a blog is as good as updating one. Such is life. I am really trying to buckle down and "write" a bit more. Lettermail has always been a priority to me, and I used to blog like a motherfucker, what happened? Well, I guess way too much happened, way too often, way too intensely.

I'm pretty stoked to report a lot of new vegancentric pieces up in the shop. I've now done 4 vegan markets in the last few years, and am just pleased as punch every single time. I'm surrounded by rad people, the best snacks, talented makers are extremely cost-friendly tables. This is a recipe for a good time in my books. I've done a LOT of markets in my day, and there's times when I feel very sad, very frustrated, and very floored to see the way some events can be organized. I feel a tinge of minty green hostility in my bones when I overhear organizers speaking poorly of fellow makers, helicopter parenting grown adults, and taking me back to absolutely horrific high school days. Making a quick and friendly exit from these "communities" felt like a massive weight removed from my shoulders. Now, I can better focus on making, connecting, snickering appropriately at pizza fabric, and maybe even making a few bucks.

I've restocked at Tara Davis' boutique, with oh-so many mints and golds and bloody mean quips, just in time for the holidays. I am E X T R E M E L Y excited to announce Real Swanky hitting Osborne Village. Now featured at Out of the Blue, holy shit! Wendy's been a peach to communicate with and her staff are beyond sweet. Amazing photography of my embroidery by Rosalie Simone featured on OOTB's Insta made my knees knock.

My next market will be at The Forks! Half Moon is hosting this one, and I'm over said moon, to boot. Grab the event info here. RSVP. Tell all your pals. Tell your dog. Come read some beautifully stitched cuss words out loud - because you're a grown up, and you probably pay your taxes. 

Online fabric catalog - now live!

Hey pals - click here to view my online fabric swatches. Each colour family has it's own batch of numbers to make choosing your next custom order easy as pie.

While stitching has been plentiful, so's my day job!  As we enter our busy season, I find myself testing how painfully accurate my crunchy little hands can really type (...which is 90wpm, but who's counting?)

Come say hey on Instagram and pay the Etsy shop some love, will ya?

PS: Enjoy 15% off all Etsy orders until July 30th by using coupon code SWATCH15. Not bad!

stitch classy, talk nasty.

It's maybe not so great rebranding at 9:30pm but, dang, does it look alright.

I've cleaned up everything, down to the font, and with great heartache, forced my crumpled+ scanned kraft paper, into a well-deserved retirement.

Not to worry, real swanky will forever stitch you what you need for when you need it, there's just more mint green. And you can never have too much of that.

As a thank-you for your rad support over the years, I'm offering up code NEW10 at checkout, for 10% off all orders $30+ 'til Wednesday!

thanks thanks thanks.

blog feature: kami goertz // marathon1981

nasty little side-eyes, grabby hands, and SO much upcycled vintage floral upholstery fabric - all this combined surely makes my knees knock. I'm both fascinated, charmingly clammy, and completely in love with Kami Goertz's creatures.

Kami of marathon1981 has been crafting up a storm since before I got an epi-pen. A sea of rad creatures greet you at every pop up, craft show, and open studio night Kami may be found at, where she creates a clever little world awe and amusement. I've been lucky enough to work on my hand sewing in Kami's studio while she painstakingly prods a needle the size of my pinky-finger through vintage materials (all lovingly scored at one thrift shop/clothing swap/deadstock bolt or another) to add horns, sleepy eyes or other accent pieces to her one-of-a-kind makes.

Without a doubt, this lady consistently floors me with her creations, and her ability to effortlessly think-sketch-snip-sew is nothing short of admirable. Take a gander at her website, below, will you?

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