Day 11 – A song on the soundtrack of your favourite movie

In school I never read The Great Gatsby, so when the movie came out I was surprised by how many people have already read the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I loved so many things in this movie. The love story, the glam, the storyline, the soundtrack. I LOVED the soundtrack to this movie. Did you know that Jay-Z was the executive producer on the soundtrack? Yeah. Cool eh?

Emeli Sande version of Crazy in Love really caught my ear while watching the movie. If you’re a fan of Beyonce and big band music, you’ve got to have a listen.

Here is one of my favourite parts of the movie. “Who is this Gatsby?”


Free World Tattoos

Earlier this week, I may or may not have gotten a tattoo.

Sunday night, while we were watching The Amazing Spiderman on Netflix (I chose this movie because I love Emma Stone* for lip  syncing with Jimmy Fallon), I saw something on my Facebook newsfeed that caught my eye.

There is a new tattoo shop in Ottawa called Free World Tattoo. It’s a cute little shop and it’s just off Preston Street in Ottawa.

They have a new apprentice named Chris. Chris is huge Star Wars fan and is currently learning to tattoo outlines of silhouettes on people (specifically the ones on their Facebook page). It always amazes me how talented tattoo artists are to not only draw beautiful things on paper, but on people too.

Chris is looking for willing subjects to have one of these silhouettes done on their body for free. I’m not sure if there is any room left to book an appointment with him, but I would recommend calling ((613) 238-2059) the shop right away to find out if they have any availability. I think they had limited space available for this promotion.

Speaking of tattoos…

Recently, the Postcards from the Mothership wanted bloggy peeps to talk about tattoos. Here are my answers to her Q & A’s:

Are tattoos still risqué when the moms at the schoolyard pickup are sharing tattoo aftercare tips? Or do they still send out a negative impression in your opinion?

Oh gawd, I hope not. When I first started dropping my daughter off at daycare, I have to admit, I was a little conscience about showing my tattoos to the daycare providers. Not because I didn’t want them to think I was a “bad mom”, but because I didn’t want my tattoos to be their first impression of me. I think I’m pretty swell (thank you very much), but still I think some people still do have a negative impression about tattoos. People like to judge, it’s in their nature. So, I just wanted to avoid that all together and just hide them. Now, I don’t give a f**k. I think our daycare providers are pretty awesome and that they “get it”. So now I don’t hide them at all.

Are tattoos mainstream, or do they still make people judgy?

Both. I think tattoos are becoming more mainstream. Doctors, teachers and 60-year old moms (hi mom!) are getting them. I do think that there is still a stigma attached to them and I do think that people will judge, but if they aren’t judging you on your tattoos, they’ll judge you for something else (the car you drive, the daycare you chose, the clothing you wear).

I read the blog post that DaniGirl linked to on her blog. Have a read: Why it’s okay to have a baby, but not tattoos.

Do you have one?

Yes… a few.

How and why did you choose your design?

Most of my tattoos are to stamp a moment in time. Maybe I’ll make another blog post about them and why I chose them, but for now this is the best way to describe them.

Do you have any regrets about having – or not having – one?

Nope. Not a single regret and if I ever did, I know there are some great artists in the Ottawa area that could help me cover it or touch it up. I really do love all my tattoos.

Do you have any tattoos? Do you agree or disagree with my comments above? Let me know if you book an appointment with Chris! Help support a local artist!

Also, don’t forget to enter our giveaway for one of Lapeetz’s LAVISHY wallets!





*Lip Sync Battle with Jimmy Fallon and Emma Stone

R2-D2 in Ottawa’s MakerFaire and Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game

Today, I found out that a friend of mine, has a husband, who is in the process of making a original R2-D2 and today his R2’s head was featured on Ottawa’s CTV Morning Live! Check out the interview here:

August 15, 2014 – CTV Morning Live: Makers2

I have to say, I’m pretty impressed. Not only am I impressed that someone is building one of these from scratch, but also that it will be a beeping talking wiggling machine! That’s really impressive.

Star Wars Fans! I have a question for you. Was the original R2-D2 in the Star Wars movies talking and beeping the way this one does in the video above or was it all movie magic?

Not only was the head  R2-D2 featured on TV this morning, it will also be at the Ottawa Mini MakerFaire this weekend at the Museum of Science and Technology.

What is a MakerFaire? It is a “celebration of the DIY sprit”. It a fair of people who make some pretty cool s*ht. There will be robot makers, engineers, knitters, woodworkers.. It sounds really cool. Tickets to the fair are free with admission to the museum ($12/adults).

Not only did I learn about the work that goes into building an R2-D2 and about Ottawa’s Mini MakerFaire today, I also learned about deck building card games. Today, I was taught how to play  Legendary: A Marvel Deck Building Game. At first, I thought it was super complicated and difficult to understand, but by the end of the first round, I got it and it actually looks like a lot of fun. I still don’t think I’m ready to be a ‘hero’, but I’m really enjoying the concept of the game and can totally see why this game is so popular. Now to convince my husband to try playing Avengers with me to practice.

Do you play Legendary? Are you going to MakerFaire? Did you see R2-D2 on TV this morning? What are you doing this weekend?


Watching: Ed Hardy – Tattoo the World

From IMDbEd Hardy emblazoned on clothing worn by Madonna, Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger, on wine and dozens of other products. Now you’ll meet the real Ed Hardy, the godfather of modern tattooing and artist extraordinaire who gave up a promising career in the fine arts to pursue his childhood obsession: tattoos.

Don Ed Hardy – Wikipedia bio