Edmonton blog roundup: Feb. 2, 2016

It seems a lot of us are in a mood to make things these days. Lucky for me, lots of you write about your making, which creates an opportunity for me to make this:

Miranda Post table
Miranda Post made this table to be auctioned off for Habitat for Humanity. Nice! (Photo used with permission from anchorsandproteas.com)
  • Miranda Post cleverly upcycles a door into a breakfast table inspired by Palm Springs for the Edmonton Renovation Show.
  • Katryna Rae gets her sew-jo back with by making a sequin skirt.
  • Erin Wallace learns to whittle something good with the Northern Alberta Woodcarvers’ Association.
  • The music makers featured on Northern Sessions continue to impress. This time it’s indie-folk trio Post Script.
  • Michael Senchuk previews Royal Tusk’s first full-length album, Dealbreaker.
  • On Nostalgic Kitchen, Miranda shares a recipe for perogy nachos, which sounds awful darn good.
  • YEG People chats with John Ahn, the marketer-turned-restaurateur behind NongBu.
  • Justina Smith paints a real spring day in Vancouver on a fake spring day in Edmonton.
  • Ferocious in the Service of Love” — what a heartstopping expression from poet Anna Marie Sewell.
  • Stacey Knopp previews Local Love, a popup shop for wedding vendors on Feb. 27.
  • I’m so glad Paper Leaf resumed making its monthly desktop calendar wallpaper. Automatic download for me, every time.

Challenges and adventures

  • On Copper and Blue, sdh0809 writes powerfully about her own mental illness and how depression and anxiety lurk in the shadows of hockey.
  • Robin Mazumder has moved away, but he left some light behind in Edmonton, in more ways than one.
  • Nicole Winski has a new puppy. So cute! Also so much work!
  • Amanda reveals a struggle she’s going to start chronicling on Life’s Too Short… Buy the Shoes.
  • Kelsey Jones challenges herself to eat breakfast every day in February.
  • Phil Wilson embarks on a brunch odyssey.
  • The Local Good launches #28DaysofYEG, a challenge to make the most of the city in February.
  • Are you a FranzenFriend or a FranzenFoe? Either way, book blogger Laura Frey is going to entertain you with Franzen in February.
  • Adina J is starting a book club at Blue Collar, Red Lipstick.
  • Stephen Robinson recruits a zombie survival dream team to conclude his zombie apocalypse series on 52Skillz.
  • Lori Godin offers great advice on what 15 minutes of undivided attention can do for your child. A good thing to remember on days like this.
  • Sometimes, writes Kelly-Dawn Aulenbach, the best thing you can do is decide to be yourself.
  • Marie a la Mode is getting closer to welcoming her baby into the world.
  • Matt Dance is making progress on his Naming Edmonton open data project.



  • Jenna Marynowski has the same “oh, now I get it” response to Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as I had after seeing the Citadel’s stellar production.
  • John Richardson gives a rave review to Cliff Cardinal’s one-man show, Huff.
  • Dave Cournoyer weighs in on the royalty review and the NDP government’s response to it. He gathers up other reactions, too.
  • Dave Von Bieker reviews Sketch Party TV, a Pictionary-like app for the Apple TV.
  • Tom Sedens is not so impressed with the luxury hybrid he recently test-drove.
  • Nerd culture has taken over pop culture, and the evidence is everywhere in Edmonton, writes Mike Ross.

Many more posts can be found at ShareEdmonton. You can find these picks and previous ones on my Flipboard magazine.

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