For an advanced desktop publishing class, we were instructed to create an identity package. I decided to do one for my mom, who is a level three Reiki master.

Reiki is a massage therapy where there is no physical contact, but rather energy transfer through your chakras. Chakras are your energy channels and each one has a purpose, and Reiki is mean to balance these channels and balance your life. It’s something that my mom has done to surgeons before they perform surgery.

I decided to do this for my mom because I thought Reiki would be a fun theme to design around, and so she can have some tools to work with to make some extra money on the side. It’s also fun to create something for someone else, and more so when they give you free reign and they appreciate it. Originally, I used all the colours of the chakras on the shape of the body, but for the purposes of the assignment I only used black and a nice deep purple.


Painting is my favourite creative outlet, and I also love making gifts. So painting for crafts is a fun, and simple way to paint. It’s a different approach because you can take things to different levels of texture, shape and medium. It’s three-dimensional and you end up with a gift that’s inexpensive and really personal. So, with creating a cute Halloween craft I will show my tips for CRAFT PAINTING.

Now you have a Halloween treat box. You can use these tips for any craft and make the best gifts.

Kind of obsessed with this song/video. I love the lyrics, and the voices of Sheryl Crow and Stevie Nicks makes me melt. I’ve recently discovered an old ’90’s Sheryl Crow CD and when I like a CD or a track I KILL IT and play it on repeat. This song gives me shivers, hope it does the same for you.

Are you strong enough?

It’s no surprise if you know me that I would write a post about piercings. With internships fast approaching I’m distraught with the decision to keep my metal in my face. I’ve heard both sides of the coin.

 “people are more accepting these days than ever”


“you’ll be closing yourself off to opportunities”

The reason that I’m in school is to get a good job, and unfortunately the fact is that some people think it’s inappropriate to hire people with piercings.

So why is it so important to me? I’ve had it for so long that it just feels like my go-to accessory. It gives me confidence because I know that it’s something I like the look of, and that I did it to make myself happy. Like chopping your hair super short, even though your mom may not like it, you like it!

The tattoo/piercing culture is so vast, interesting and passionate. It’s art. Bodies are merely our vessels. We cannot choose our hair colour at birth, but we can change things up as we see fit. I only have one life in this body, why not adorn it the way I think would suit me. It’s not a new concept, and it allows people to express themselves further than clothes and makeup.

Growing up, and now, I praise rock gods. Do you think Gene Simmons gave a shit what people thought of him in his full makeup and nearly transvestite attire? Not one bit. He became a character of himself, an extension of his regular being. It’s all apart of tattoos and piercings. It’s customizing and becoming what you feel is a representation of one’s personal ideals of beauty, glamour, and imagination.

If I took all my facial jewelry out I think my face would be just a little more boring. Like an eye without mascara. Like a great outfit without killer shoes. Like someone telling me I should wear a polo.

Fashion and individuality come in all forms. There are endless options out there for what one can adorn a body with. Why the hell not add jewelry you think would look fabulous on your face shape, or extenuate a feature. Not everyone likes polos and khakis.

Despite loving piercings, I am torn. I still face the chance that someone will think it’s inappropriate for me to represent them, and that’s just the truth of the matter.

What? You don’t like Piercings? Bwaaaa?

Whenever we get a creative assignment in school, I immediately gravitate to do something dark. Scary stories are always the most interesting because their suspenseful, mysterious and induce fear. Here is my collage which I focused on a creepy style of Little Red Riding Hood. I drew Little Red and the Wolf, scanned them and put them into Photoshop. I like the grungy feel, and I spent a lot time outlining and highlighting the castle in the background.



My little trip couldn’t have gone better! My interviews were amazing, and the sightseeing was unforgettable. I pretty much spent the whole weekend picking my jaw up off of the floor. I can’t wait for another opportunity to go back. Here are a few things I learnt while in Toronto:


  • No matter how many Starbucks you put on a street, they will always be full of people.
  • In Toronto, if you travel a street or two, you can be in a totally different scene.
  • There’s a restaurant for literally every occasion. (one restaurant was just for eggs)
  • Tuxedo’s got nothing on the bridal path.
  • Their transit system is 1000x better. I rode the subway and street car 🙂
  • Flying alone isn’t really all that bad.
  • Winnipeg isn’t as big as I thought it was…
  • Toronto-ites have a lot more say about what gets built than Winnipeggers (they don’t even have casinos!)
  • I have a really dope family. ❤

I’ve always wanted to travel. So, with my IPP having so many opportunities for great interviews in Toronto I snatched up the opportunity to get out of Winnipeg. I’m such a noob when it comes to traveling. This was the second time I’ve taken a plane, and the first time actually going somewhere by myself.
I felt nauseous even booking the flight! I kept second guessing myself if it was even a good idea. I can be such a control freak and it terrified me that I might not be able to control exactly how the trip or my interviews went. But I’m so glad that I went.
I’ve always been Independent, but this is a whole new level of independence. Actually getting on that plane by myself and planning my whole weekend in a Foreign city fills me with confidence that I will do plenty more traveling.
I’m also so blessed that I have fabulous family to stay with. My uncle took me driving around last night to look at some million dollar homes and some of the nice areas of Toronto. I truly wish I had an entire week to look around.  I’m pretty sure I’m going to spend the entire weekend with my jaw dragging on the ground.
With these interviews I’m confident that I will have a documentary at the end that I will be proud of, and that will make a difference. Having these valued opinions will brighten up the dark world that is RSD/CRPS.