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Hello Wonderful! An Interview With Marie Foxall WASTED EFFORT


Have you guys been to ROVE? ROVE is a Mount Pleasant Art Walk and where I first came across WASTED EFFORT by Marie Foxall! She set up a mini shop in Rebecca Chaperon's studio and I fell in love with her work. I seriously feel like a magical witchy queen every time I wear my WASTED EFFORT ring and burn my candles and it's a great feeling! Marie is super cool and so is her work. Enjoy getting to know her below! 


Who are you, what do you do and where in the world are you?

Hi! Hello! I'm Marie, a full-time jeweler, part-time candle-maker and occasional pin/graphic designer. I live, work and am part of an awesome community in East Vancouver, Canada.

What do you believe in?

I believe in perseverance, focus, hard work and serendipity. I believe in having the ambition and drive to pursue what you want, while keeping yourself open to unexpected possibilities. Many of the most wonderful things in my life have happened as a result of taking a gamble on something that just fell into my lap. You never know unless you try!

When do you feel your most wonderful?

I feel most wonderful when I can make an idea come to life. Whether it's a piece of jewelry taking 3-dimensional form based on an abstract image in my head, or a collaborative project blossoming after a bunch of brainstorming sessions, there is nothing more wonderfully satisfying than seeing thoughts take shape. I especially love the collaborative process, because ideas grow and shift and flourish so much more rapidly and the results are often better than I could possibly have imagined alone.


What is something wonderful that has happened that would have never have happened if you hadn't made a mistake or a wrong turn somewhere?: Haha, well... I feel like my whole life is basically a series of mistakes and wrong turns that have led me to where I am today. For a long time, I tried to fit into a mold of the person I felt I was expected to be and made myriad decisions that were absolutely wrong for me (see: degrees I earned, jobs I held, you name it). However, I wouldn't trade any of those choices in, because that meandering path led me to a point where I am able to live and thrive on my art. And that's the most wonderful thing ever.

What is the earliest time in your life that you can remember experiencing wonder?: I'm not sure exactly which memory was the earliest, but my memories of childhood mostly feature the forested property where I grew up. I had specific climbing trees, reading trees and hiding trees. We had a long, hilly front driveway that we would roll all the way down in sleeping bags or our little fabric play-tunnel. We had a path to the ocean with a secret tree fort, and a rope swing to get over the marshy stream. My brother and I didn't grow up in a typical suburban cul-de-sac with tons of other kids around, so we had to create our own wonder and that forest was a catalyst for our imaginations.

Who are three wonderful people you think we need to know about?

The photographer and collaborative co-conspirator for all of my jewelry look books, Lindsay Elliott. She is an incredible photographer and a great businesswoman. I love working with her because she's so open to my weird ideas and always comes back with something that fits perfectly and makes the weirdness even better.

My long-time super-friend and muse Allie Sheldan. She and I have known each other since we were teens and have both been growing in our artistic pursuits simultaneously but in parallel worlds. The very first pieces of jewelry I ever sold were at her band Legs' very first show, as a direct result of her encouragement. Her new musical project, Little Destroyer, is going be a huge deal and I can't wait to say "I knew her when..."


My Adventure Twin, travel buddy and business partner (for an upcoming, super-wonderful collaborative venture) Melanie Kissick. She and I traveled together across America for a month in a tiny car with no power steering and we remained amazing friends! She is one of the most upbeat, kind-hearted and generous women I know and I can't wait to create wonderful work with her! Stay tuned :)


Thank you so much Marie! You can view Marie's WASTED EFFORT website here and follow her journey on Instagram and Facebook

Have a wonderful day!


Hello Wonderful! An interview with the wonderful Evie Barrow


Do you ever feel like you need Grandpa strength? Sometimes I do. Luckily I have one of Evie Barrow's Bearded Bloke Brooches and as soon I pin it on I am ready to go, Grandpa style! I've enjoyed Evie's work for a while now and most recently it has been fun to follow along on her 100 Day Project. Enjoy getting to know Evie below and you'll see why she's so inspiring and wonderful!  


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Who are you, what do you do and where in the world are you?
Hi. My name is Evie Barrow, I do many creative things including graphic design, illustration and textile art. One of my favourite things to do is to create by hand. I currently live in Melbourne, Australia with my husband and Millie the cat.

What do you believe in? 
Kindness, beauty and truth... stealing from Einstein on this but I think he got it right.

When do you feel your most wonderful? 
Three things come to mind. 1. When something I've made makes someone else happy. 2. Being outside, soaking up the sun rays on a cloudy day when the clouds part long enough to warm up. 3. Spending a slow and lazy Sunday morning at home with a yummy breakfast, good coffee, my husband and cuddles from my cat. 

What is something wonderful that has happened that would have never have happened if you hadn't made a mistake or a wrong turn
somewhere?

This is hard, I have a terrible memory! However one moment I remember that was literally a wrong turn was while walking the streets of Paris on my first night there. I had no clue where I was going and I looked up to my right while crossing a narrow back street and unexpectedly getting a clear view of the Eiffel Tower. It was the first time I'd seen it in person and the sheer wonderfulness of this sight made me stop in my tracks in the middle of the road and gasp out loud. I learned pretty quickly why Paris is called the city of lights!

What is the earliest time in your life that you can remember experiencing wonder? When was the most recent time?
I'm not sure this is my earliest experience of wonder but I do remember discovering drop tail lizards with my older brother when we were were about 5 or 6. The lizards would sunbake on the steps of our front porch and we'd try to pick them up, some by their tails. I remember feeling sad because I thought we'd broken them. Once I realised they'd be okay I was relived and amazed! More recently...  it's Autumn here, my favourite season so every time I go outside it's pretty wonderful! I'm in awe of nature and the beauty of the changing seasons. I especially love the colours of the  changing Autumn leaves.

Who are three wonderful people you think we need to know about. Why are they wonderful?

Narrowing this down to three is tricky so I have chosen a mix from a list of many.

Maira Kalman
Illustrator, Maira Kalman who has a wonderful way of reminding us why it is wonderful to be alive and to be human. Her passion and observation of life and her ability to find magic in the every day always makes me feel wonderful. I love this Portraits in Creativity video with her. 

Dr Karl
Dr Karl, he is a crazy-wonderful scientist, with a wonderful curious mind and some pretty wonderful, colourful shirts too! He makes science interesting and accessible for all. Plus he won a Nobel Prize interestingly enough for a belly button lint survey! 

James
My grandfather in-law, James, who had two major strokes last year, lost two of his sons and was diagnosed with bowl cancer. He's currently being cared for in a nursing home. Every time we visit he never fails to crack a joke and make us laugh. His strength to carry on and ability to find humor are wonderful gifts. He is a very loveable person and I feel incredible lucky to know him.


Thank you so much Evie! You can view Evie's website here and also find her on InstagramFacebook, and Pinterest.  

Have a wonderful day!


Hello Wonderful! An interview with the wonderful Nicole Phillips!

Workspace and Self Portrait

Workspace and Self Portrait


Hello Wonderful! 

Today is Nicole Phillips Day on the Hello Wonderful blog! Yayyy! I first got to know Nicole at a Poppytalk workshop a few years ago and since then I've stayed in the loop on all her creative inspiring adventures online. I recommend a going on a visit to Nicole's home on Design Sponge and her blog to see before and afters. Enjoy getting to know Nicole below and you'll see why she's so inspiring and wonderful! 


Who are you, what do you do and where in the world are you

I’m Nicole and I do a lot of creative things. I started out in Fine Arts school in hopes of finding some career direction, then ended up going to school for Graphic Design and eventually ended up working in advertising for 8 years. Now I do freelance design and interior decorating. When I have spare time, I upcycle vintage furniture with my boyfriend Andrew. I’m located in beautiful Mount Pleasant, Vancouver.


What do you believe in?

I believe if you do good and treat others good, the universe will give good things back to you and more!


When do you feel your most wonderful?

Unplugged. Information overload and digital noise from always being plugged in to my phone or computer for work can be exhausting. I feel most wonderful when I get quiet moments away from the screen, just enjoying the moment alone or with someone I love.

The library in my apartment and an up cycled dresser before & after

The library in my apartment and an up cycled dresser before & after

What is something wonderful that has happened that would have never have happened if you hadn't made a mistake or a wrong turn somewhere?

Losing my job. Yes that may not sound wonderful at all, but I’ll explain. After almost 8 years working full-time in a fast pace advertising agency, I lost my job in the worst way. I won’t get into details, but I learned a lot and if that didn’t happen I wouldn’t be as happy as I am today. I am building my own career, meeting so many wonderful creative people, experiencing new things and branching out of my comfort zone. All of this never would have been possible if I was stuck behind a desk working Monday - Friday, 9-5. The daily grind was burning me out and after while it was no longer inspiring. Losing my job gave me the push I needed to do something different and figure out a new career direction, and that’s wonderful!

What is the earliest time in your life that you can remember experiencing wonder? When was the most recent time?

As a child, many moments of wonder were experienced in the forest. I grew up on the North Shore and back then it was acceptable to let your children run free in the neighbour and in the forest. I spent many hours wandering the trails, climbing trees and catching fish in small creeks.

These days I don’t spend as many hours in nature, but whenever I venture out to waterfront locations in Vancouver, that’s when I feel it. Specifically the views from Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver. Just looking out at the water and the trees is pure wonder!

Lighthouse Park (left) and Cates Park (right)

Lighthouse Park (left) and Cates Park (right)

Who are three wonderful people you think we need to know about. Why are they wonderful? (include links if they apply)

Too many wonderful people to choose from, but heres a few that came to mind right away.

Miko

Maker & crafter from coral and cloud. Her designs are unique, colourful and handmade. 

Josie and Ian

Photographers & just plain awesome people that have infectious creative energy.  

Andrea and Rob

Local entrepreneurs, I love what this couple brings to my community with their newly opened shop  and craft event.


Thank you so much Nicole! You can view Nicole's website here and she is @visualheart on twitter and instagram. You can like her on Facebook and check out her Pinterest boards here

Have a wonderful day!