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My First Hand-Poke Tattoo with @Miniminiminatures

Handpoke Experience - JanessaMann.Com

This past weekend I went to Toronto, and managed to find time to get a beautiful handpoke/stick-and-poke tattoo of two mint sprigs. My friend Ang had gotten a bunch of pieces from Odette(@miniminiminiatures), and I knew I wanted something fun.

Nic had a blast hanging out with Lupe, Odette’s boston terrier!

It was really fun collaborating with Odette on how exactly I wanted the poke to look. She had sent me some sketches, and then we worked together to chose the exact angles and the tufts etc. What is the significance of the mint? I love mint.

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Two sprigs of mint

Cleanliness:

Some people wondered how clean a handpoke tattoo can be, but Odette’s studio is super professional, clean, and comfortable. She had a table (like a massage table) set up in her studio, proper gloves, proper needles, cleaning supplies, etc. All the things that you should ALWAYS look for when you’re getting a tattoo. It’s creating an open wound, and putting foreign matter into your body. No glove, no love.

Pain:

The only real difference between the poke on my bicep and the machine-made tattoos on my feet is the level of pain. On my feet, my tattoos felt like a power drill into my bone. On the arm, it was like a long allergy test (minus the itching). It took about an hour with going over it a couple times. Handpokes, since the needle is smaller, takes longer even though the art is usually smaller.

Handpoke experience - JanessaMann.com

Aftercare:

I used an oil cleanser to be super gentle, dried it with paper towel, and moisturized it with shea butter. It seems to be healing well, and there’s no redness.

Cost:

Cost always depends on the studio, the artist, size, time, etc. One small foot tattoo (about 3 inches long, narrow writing) cost me $120. This tattoo which was about the same size, but way more talent is involved, was cheaper. Studios often charge by hour, but an individual may be able to adjust their budget for you.

I’m super pumped about my newest tattoo (and the fourth one is coming in January, it’ll be a big rib piece!) and can’t wait for it to heal.

The Drake Devonshire – Prince Edward County

The Drake Devonshire - JanessaMann.Com

The Drake Devonshire - JanessaMann.com

In July, we took a weekend trip to Prince Edward County with some friends. We had beautiful weather, and loved checking out the wineries, a cider company, and breweries.

Saturday night we went to the Drake Devonshire for  our 5-a-7. The location was beautiful. So great.

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It’s got the same cool, mid-century feel as the Drake Hotel in Toronto, but more Palm Springs inspired with all the outdoor aspects due to it being right on Lake Ontario. I would absolutely love to stay there and wake up with their yoga classes on the waterfront, and a phenomenal brunch.

The Drake Devonshire - JanessaMann.com

The Drake Devonshire - JanessaMann.com
*cheering emoji*

They had some delicious mixed drinks. I got their Wanderlust (grapefruit, cucumber, mint, raspberry, lemon, seltzer water, and added tequila). We also had their “loaded potatoes” with a delicious spicy sauce.

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the lakeshore

Wouldn’t that be an awesome view for your morning coffee?!

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the patio

The Drake Devonshire - JanessaMann.com

Certainly a boutique hotel and restaurant is a little more expensive than others, but I’d say it was worth it. The Drake was wonderful, and I’m looking  forward to trying it again next time we head out that way!

DIY Valentine’s Day Cards

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One of my favourite things to do is to make my own cards. Whenever I run out of my packages of blank cards and envelopes from Michael’s, and have to give someone a card, I feel disappointed. How can I find the exact words I want to say in a store-bought card? It’s impossible. 
I’m just way better of an artist and writer. 
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If you are in a pinch, you can always buy the packages that every store seems to sell, but there are always a bunch of duds in there. What you can do, is take a picture of it, or buy it and scan it, and recreate whichever card you liked most. 
In all seriousness, receiving a handmade card is a lot more heartfelt- even if you’re terrible at drawing, and you just scribbled a heart on a piece of scrap paper and folded it in half, you cared enough to do so. 
DIY Valentine's Day Cards - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca

There are many different routes you can go with Valentines, and my favourite is the funny way. Of course, I don’t mind the cheesy ones, but it’s way more fun to be sassy and unexpected, so most of the ideas posted above are humorous (hah, get it? with the skeleton?).

Looking for inspiration? Check out my Valentine’s Day Pinterest board here, and you’ll find some of the sources. Another great source for inspiration (other than wandering the aisles of card stores) is Etsy.

Once you have ideas that you like, practice them- or just free-hand it. I tried doing a cat for one of my friends, but it was her cat, so it actually had to look right. And she has a Persian, which I’d never drawn before. I’m still working on that one.

Michael’s has lots of different options for packages of envelopes and blank cards (sizes, colours etc.) so check them out. If you’re not mailing the card, you can always just use construction paper, or any other paper you find to draw on.

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The cards I drew above are:
-Dinosaurs “I’m horny.” “You always are.”
-Dat Ass Tho
-You are the ketchup to my fries!
I drew the cards, wrote my messages, and popped them in the mail for my 3 bridesmaids because we don’t live in the same city, and they’re my best friends. 

Things to do in Toronto: Free Wednesdays at the Art Gallery of Ontario

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This past Wednesday, Nic and I went to the Art Gallery of Ontario for a fun date to celebrate 7 months of marriage. Wednesdays from 6-9 the Gallery is free. (That is something I miss about Ottawa- all museums and galleries are free Thursday evenings, whereas the ROM here is only slightly cheaper on Friday nights.)

Things to do in Toronto: Free Wednesdays at the Art Gallery of Ontario - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca

Things to do in Toronto: Free Wednesdays at the Art Gallery of Ontario - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca

Things to do in Toronto: Free Wednesdays at the Art Gallery of Ontario - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca

This was a really cool display: Benjamin Cheverton created this reduction machine to copy larger sculptures into smaller ones.

Things to do in Toronto: Free Wednesdays at the Art Gallery of Ontario - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca

Things to do in Toronto: Free Wednesdays at the Art Gallery of Ontario - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca

Things to do in Toronto: Free Wednesdays at the Art Gallery of Ontario - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca

Things to do in Toronto: Free Wednesdays at the Art Gallery of Ontario - TheCraftyMann.Blogspot.Ca

Our First Christmas Ornament

Yesterday marked 5 months of marriage with Nic! I decided I needed to make a “first Christmas” ornament for our first tree. I looked at different things on Pinterest (see my Christmas ornament board below) and eventually decided I wanted to x-stitch/embroider a hoop.

I love how simple the design is, but who knows, I may add some more red on it (it seems to not have enough red, now that I’m writing this post…) Lots of ornaments I found were tacky sculpey things of the wedding cake, or dried petals from the bouquet in a bulb, and this seems to go along with our Scandinavian/thrift store decor style. (I just made that theme up.)

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