Saturday

confidentiality

I work at a restaurant in Hamilton, called Bread Bar. I work with, generally, a wonderderful crew of people that are helpful and supportive and lovely. There is an issue with the company, and that is a common practice in this industry called 'tip-out'. A portion of the servers' tips, or, as in this case, a percentage based on sales, is given to accounting in each end of the night cashout that a server files.
With this company, it is 4% of sales - if I sell $1000 worth of food and drink, I must give $40 in tip out to 'the House', plus 1% to the bartender. At every other restaurant I have worked at, this is divided up between kitchen staff and support staff (hosts, bussers). At this place, it goes to 'the House', and not directly to the kitchen. No one has been willing to give us a direct answer as to where it goes.

We've all recently been asked to sign a confidentiality agreement. I am putting this out on the internet to make it 'lawfully obtainable from other non-confidential sources', so that it remains something we can discuss.

Sunday





finally some light - it's been so dark and rainy the past little while, which makes it impossible to take photos. a warm coral in the mix for spring.



I've added a flip-top Ball jar to the farm teatowel set, and put fiddleheads in the jar for spring. I must be thinking a lot about nova scotia, the first place I had fiddleheads and where their arrival means that spring is here.

Friday

sweeping up snipped threads today, I found this hiding behind the hot water rad in front of the window. a nice reminder when it is so cold outside - I can't wait for spring.

linen

new photos of tea towels made in linen - I've made the switch. this is a natural, unbleached fabric, so it is easier to use than the crisp white hemp/cotton. updated etsy shop with teatowels and napkins.
and due to popular demand - cloth napkins.

this weekend

tomorrow! city of craft is this weekend, and I am sewing up some final things, folding, labeling, and trying to remember everything I need.
above, new little zippered pouches. each is unique, as I make them out of offcuts of my printed fabrics that are left from cutting out other things. I love them - I like deciding how to place each pattern on the pouch as I cut them out, and I love these little YKK zippers. YKK makes the best zippers.
and, a little device that Jane and I saw in use everywhere when we went to Renegade Chicago. Meet the Square, a little guy that plugs into your smartphone's headset jack, and allows you to take credit cards. I can't believe the amount of money it cost me to accept credit cards when I did the gigantic OOAK show. Huge set-up costs, monthly fees, transaction fees, percentage of sales taken, machine and slips costs...sigh. this company gives it away for free, and only charges a percentage of sales. this means I finally got a smartphone, so you can find me Instagramming my time away over here.
speaking of Jane, we went out to Halifax together for the Halifax Crafters Society holiday show. it was amazing, as usual. well organized, super busy, and everyone I know in the province knows to find me there, so I get to visit and hug old dear friends all day. Particularly nice to see Emily, who has started her own business, Local Tasting Tours. Em and I worked together at Epicurious Morsels for years. I also had the very lovely opportunity to meet the owners of two shops that carry my work - Andrea from Inkwell in Halifax, and Melanie and Stephen of Dots & Loops in Lunenberg. it was an awesome visit.

Thursday

laundromats have always been a favorite place of mine - the one on James North has a massive machine that lets me wash 30 metres of linen at once.

Friday

it looks to be getting colder in the next few days, so I am bringing in what might be the last of my marigolds. I grow them on the roof of my studio, it is so nice to have a garden here, as I don't have one at my flat. I grow them for their dye properties, but I also love the smell of them, which a lot of people tell me they don't like.
new colours - I was using purple in the asparagus that i currently have in the crown jar, and tried it out with the laundry lines and the burlesque, which is now printed in two colours.