Make your own alcohol ink coaster at Thursday Night Art Market YXE

Saskatchewan Pride Alcohol Ink Ceramic Tile Coaster
Learn how to become an alcohol ink artist!

Back by popular demand, this Thursday Night Art Market I’ll teach you how to make a custom alcohol ink ceramic tile coaster for $10. You’ll take home your coaster to show all of your friends what your artistic talents are made of!

*This is not a formal workshop and does not require advance registration. I’ll be taking “students” on a first-come, first served basis.

Alcohol Ink Ceramic Tile Coaster Mini-Maker

Saskatchewan Pride Alcohol Ink Ceramic Tile Coaster

Ceramic tiles are non-porous so alcohol inks won’t permeate the surface.

Supplies you’ll use:

  • 4×4 Ceramic White Tile
  • Ranger Ink Alcohol Ink
  • Isopropanol Alcohol
  • Cotton Pad
  • Q-Tip
  • Drinking Straw

Techniques:

1. Stamp the ink onto the tile with cotton pad,

2. blow the ink before it dries with a straw,

3. drip the ink with a paint brush,

4. sprinkle alcohol on top of the ink to create a star-like galaxy,

5. Remove ink for clean finish with alcohol soaked brush or Q-Tip,

6. Use tape or decal to create precise symbols that you will stamp over.

To protect your finished alcohol ink ceramic tile coaster you’ll need:

  • Modge Podge
  • Paint Brush
  • EnviroTex Lite Resin Kit
  • Popsicle Stick
  • Disposable Mixing Dish
  • Cork or Felt (protects wood surfaces)
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue

If you want to use your alcohol ink ceramic tile coaster for everyday coffee and tea you will need to protect it by using the following method:

  1. Paint Modge Podge onto your tile and let it dry for about 60 minutes. (This protects the colour from the resin.)
  2. Mix resin and hardener together in a disposable dish for two minutes.
  3. Once the resin has thickened from stirring drip the mixture onto your tile and spread the mixture evenly across it.
  4. Shake your tile to get bubbles out. There may be some bubbling, but remember this project isn’t perfect!
  5. Put the tile in a safe, relatively dust free area to set for up to 72 hours.
  6. Cut cork or felt to fit 4×4 tile and hot glue to the bottom.

New doers can WIN stuff!

If you like Do Sask, encourage your friends and family to come down to the Thursday Night Art Market and sign up to become a Doer. When they opt-in to the newsletter they will have a chance to Win a To-Go Terrarium Kit package for 3 – a $90 value!*

Terrarium Kit CompleteTwo draws will be made on July 27th and September 7th, 2017. Our first draw for the Terrarium Kit “Night In” happens this Thursday at 9:00 PM!

*To qualify, winners must be new Doers (you can always ask them nicely to share the prize).

Hope to see you at #ThursdayNightArtMarketYXE!

I’ll be set up at Market Square in front of the Saskatoon Farmer’s Market just off Avenue B and 19th street every Thursday from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM until September 7th. River Landing is only steps away.

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Saskatoon Speed Dating in the Summer

Saskatoon Speed Dating Tuesdays
The dog days of summer are no more…

Okay, my phone has been burning up lately. Folks have been missing Saskatoon speed dating this July. Someone even emailed asking me to find them a wife. (If I could do that, believe me I would be a very wealthy woman!)

Thanks for having patience while I take some much-needed time off with my hubby.

Saskatoon Speed Dating Dates Announced

Luckily, Do Sask is making up for the time away with not one, not two, not three, but FOUR events coming up to set you up for a summer of lovin’:

AUGUST 1, ages 24 – 38

Register HERE.

AUGUST 15, ages 44 – 58

Register HERE.

AUGUST 29, ages 34-48

Register HERE.

SEPTEMBER 12, ages 21-31

Register HERE.

Every Other Tuesday at The Hose & Hydrant Pub

I’m thrilled to announce The Hose & Hydrant Pub is now a regular host venue for Saskatoon Speed Dating very other Tuesday starting at 7 p.m.! They have generously let us take over half of the bar to give you a shot at love.

Let’s give Anton, Ana, and the servers at the Hose a big round of applause next time, shall we?

Save up to $50!

Tickets are $35 including taxes and fees via Eventbrite, or $25 cash throughout summer at the Thursday Night Art Market. Register for up to 5 speed dating tickets in advance to save up to $50 on speed dating.

Offer ends September 7, 2017.

$35 Registration Announcement

In case you missed my latest FB announcement, I’d like to thank all of the speed daters who took part my pre-launch events in the first half of 2017.

It’s been a blast trying new things with you as we grow this awesome activity in Saskatoon.

Due to the popularity of Saskatoon speed dating and the increased demand that they require, you will notice that the cost per ticket will be $35 including all taxes and fees at our subsequent speed dating nights.

This will not only make it possible for me to keep hosting events, but you’ll get extra value in your ticket with better quality supplies available, a minimum date guarantee and an array of local event options coming soon!

Your ticket still includes matching, a complementary drink and appetizers. There is no other provider in Saskatoon that offers this value.

Additionally, Do Sask will not run events unless there is a minimum of 14 people registered in advance.

That means you’re guaranteed at least 7 dates, or you’ll get your money back.

The Matching Process

Most people ask about how matching works, so I thought I’d give you the rundown. It takes between two to three hours to match all attendees and reconcile the data to ensure that no mistakes have been made. (Sometimes clerical errors happen, but I try very hard to avoid that!)

When you hand in your match card at the end of the night, I organize it the following morning on a spreadsheet (from SpeedDater):

Match + Match = Dating Match

Match + Friend = Friendship Match

Friend + Friend = Friendship Match

Match + No = No Match

Friend + No = No Match

No + No = No Match

I then follow up with each and every match to let them know the details of their connections which takes about 1.5 hours.

When all is said and done, the entire matching process takes about 4 hours on average. This doesn’t include the time spent finding the people to attend speed dating, advertising, setting up the venue, setting up ticketing, selling tickets, etc.

If you have any additional questions or concerns related to this increase, or you want to register for an upcoming event contact info@dosask.com.

The Great Southeastern Saskatchewan Summer Road Trip

How an Ontarian and a Sasky discovered the land of the living skies for a memorable and affordable Canada 150 summer vacation.

I am a professional copywriter by day, and match-making, craft-making, community-building gal by night. That doesn’t leave much room for anything but work! So after an intense spring glued to either my keyboard or client meetings my husband, Chris, somehow managed to pull me away from my laptop for an entire week.

We researched the National Parks in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary (particularly Quebec and Alberta), but decided to save some cash and get to know the province we now call home, Saskatchewan. I grew up here, but I didn’t do too much travelling as a kid. Chris is a native Bramptonian (Ontario) and he’s had very little experience in the great outdoors.

So while I was holed up at my desk writing, Chris took the lead on planning our Southeastern Saskatchewan Road Trip. I can’t take credit for planning this route. It was so nice not to have to worry about making a plan this time around. Most of these places I had never visited before, so it was truly a new experience for both of us!

*This post is a bit more personal than most. And I’m not the greatest photographer, but I hope you get inspired to explore your own backyard. 

Great Southeastern Saskatchewan Summer Road Trip Itinerary

Chris added the following stops to our map:

  1. Jackfish Lake (Saskatchewan)
  2. The Crooked Bush
  3. Manitou Springs Resort and Mineral Spa
  4. Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan
  5. Kenosee Superslides
  6. KFC Weyburn (The only All-You-Can-Eat Buffet in Canada)
  7. Moose Jaw Mineral Spa
  8. Tunnels of Moose Jaw
Southeastern Saskatchewan Road Trip
The Google Maps route we followed on our Southeastern Saskatchewan road trip.

If you’re counting, that’s a total of about 1,400 kilometers of prairie driving at the height of construction season. Read on to learn what we did at each stop.

Note: This Saskatchewan summer road trip could be done way cheaper if you love to camp. Chris doesn’t enjoy tenting as much as I do, so we spent a bit more to stay in hotels and resorts.

Jackfish Lake

Pros:
Giant Jenga
Canada 150
Cochin Lighthouse

Cons:
Dad’s moving away soon (you can buy his house if you want)

We started our holiday with a visit to my dad’s place in the village of Meota. It was likely one of the last times we’ll get to spend with him there since he’s moving away to Mexico in the fall. My step mom bought some fresh baked goods from the church bake sale that morning, so we were treated to “Raspberry Delight” with our dinner.

The town had invested over five thousand dollars in fireworks to celebrate Canada 150, so we were in for show on the night of July 1. Volunteers set up giant Jenga and Kerplunk lawn games to pass the time before the sky lit up (DIY lawn games!). We ordered ice cream from the shop, drank cheap beer from the can, and danced to Shania Twain and “Despasito”.

DIY Kerplunk game
A DIY Kerplunk lawn game at Meota’s community Canada Day celebration.

I’ve never seen the village busier than it was that night. We felt like proud Canadians at the start of our vacation.

The Crooked Bush

Pros:
It’s cool to see and hard to understand up close.

Cons:
There’s nothing else to do after you walk through the short path.

Take a virtual tour through the eerie aspen trees near Hafford, Saskatchewan.

Did you know that Saskatchewan is home to a natural phenomenon? The Crooked Bush is unexplained, but I think the twists and turns of the aspen trees have something to do with the Earth’s moving magnetic field. This spot is best enjoyed as a pit stop as part of a larger trip, so pack a picnic and hit up one of the lakes nearby (e.g. Jackfish Lake, Blaine Lake, Meeting Lake, Redberry Lake, etc.)

Also, don’t miss St. Mary’s Anglican Church on a gravel road nearby… it’s an abandoned sanctuary and graveyard that looks like everyone picked up and left it. Bibles, stained glass, and a trunk of… who knows what. Saskatchewan definitely has its fair share of creepy locales to visit on a summer road trip.

Manitou Beach

Pros:
Horse-hair dancefloor and live music at Danceland
Floating at Manitou Springs Resort
A 1950s vibe including drive-in theatre

Cons:
Everything is for sale
No change rooms at the beach
The mineral-rich water is a weird shade of brown. Like ocean water, it will burn every part of you… Every. Part.

We went to Danceland to experience one of Canada’s only remaining horse-hair dance floors for Toonie Tuesday.

Every Tuesday throughout the summer spend a toonie to listen to live music and perhaps take a whirl around the dance floor. This nostalgic dance hall will make you feel like you’re back in the 1950s for the night. They have a concession and bar if you need to wet your whistle at some point during the dance.

Note: Danceland would make a perfect wedding venue for a rustic, or vintage bride.

What else is there to do at Manitou Beach? While we were there we enjoyed floating in the healing waters of Lake Manitou, got pampered at Manitou Springs Resort, enjoyed a few beers on the patio, and had a wonderful buffet breakfast.

The village is also home to one of only 4 drive-in theatres left in the province and they have showings every Thursday through Sunday.

Most of the town is FOR SALE which may be due to a bad string of flooding that has happened in recent years.

It’s worth a day trip. If you really need to relax stay for two.

Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan

Pros:
A gorgeous Catholic Church plunked in the middle of Lebret
Free splashing and sunning at Katepwa Beach
Fresh-made donuts at Valley Bake & Coffee Shop

Cons:
Ticks galore!
Limited dining options
Probably haunted

At the Fort Qu’Appelle museum, volunteer and long-time resident, Hummer, gave us a walking tour through all of the artifacts that history left behind. We loved his wit as he explained the history of the Sanatorium where TB patients were treated, the artists who called Qu’Appelle Valley home, and the wealthy families that used to fly private jets around the region. You won’t find this kind of appeal in a larger museum, so get down for a visit and hear the oral history from Hummer.

We asked Hummer for some tips on things to do in the area and he didn’t disappoint:

✔Dinner and drinks on the patio at Katepwa Hotel, overlooking the lake and valley.

Amy Rederburg in the sun
The squishy face a writer makes when you put them out in the sun, as demonstrated by Amy.

Sun, sand, and a nice swimming beach – Katepwa Beach was an unexpected highlight of the trip! I finally put my giant inflatable flamingo to use. Chris got ice cream and I got a lemon-lime screamer after a hot day in the sun.

✔Devouring a fresh (and frugal) breakfast of ham and eggs on a bun from the Valley Bake & Coffee Shop. They have ginormous cinnamon buns that looked delicious, too.

At Echo Valley Provincial Park, we took the longest hike we could through the trees and plains. At one point, we heard a large rattling and thought it could be a snake, but after closer inspection we found it was just a pair of dragonflies going at it.

After the trek, Chris and I picked close to 20 ticks out of our shoes. Thank goodness we didn’t find them anywhere else. (That’s not exactly a highlight, but it should be noted.)

An incredible church dropped in the middle of Lebret.

BONUS: The incredible Lebret Catholic church looks like it was dropped in the middle of nowhere at the end of main street in the small village. Nearby, there are several antique shops for window shopping. Plus, the view is amazing if you head toward Fort San.

Kenosee Superslides

Pros:
Who doesn’t have fun at a waterslide park?
The eats are cheap n’ greasy

Cons:
Dated bathrooms, pools, and pumps
Hungry, hungry horseflies

Our next destination was the Kenosee Superslides – the anticipated highlight of our Saskatchewan summer road trip. However once we arrived they took a bit of getting used to. The women’s bathroom was my first impression of the place. It was a bit off-putting when the doors on the stalls wouldn’t latch and floor was ultra-slippery. These are issues that could be improved with regular maintenance and a little TLC.

We started and ended our Superslides visit in the lazy river. The jets have a limited pushing power, so you’re moving at a snail’s pace. Although it’s a nice little break from the waterslides. Speaking of the slides there are seven in total, but only three are really fun to ride. We found that out through testing all of them (except the kids’ slides). Chris bounced so hard out of one that he knocked his head on the side. He’s fine, but we learned not to go down that one again. Stick to the middle three and you’ll have a great time. The rest are kind of scary and should be used at your own risk!

Adrenaline junkies or a kid with lots of energy will find the Kenosee Superslides worth the trip. If you prefer an easier time, then it’s probably best to stick to the lake.

Pro Tip: At the top of the hill while you’re waiting to slide horseflies will circle you and bite. Use your float tube to whack them away. Don’t have a tube? Move around and swing your arms.

BONUS: The food is incredibly cheap – they definitely don’t rob you on eats.

Weyburn

Pros:
Ramada Hotel is on point
All-You-Can-Eat KFC
Family Reunion

Cons:
All-You-Can-Eat KFC

We spent the night with my grandma Mary-Lynn and distant relatives at the All-You-Can-Eat KFC that Premier Brad Wall prevented from closing. Since I hadn’t seen her in years she invited aunts and cousins that I had no idea existed.

It was interesting to learn about the history of my last name “Rederburg” and hear about the family quirks. That night we were shown the grave of my grandfather Cliff who passed away from a stroke in 2013. The next morning we stopped by to visit Mary-Lynn’s home. She is 91 years old, but keeps up her garden better than we do.

Family dinner at KFC Weyburn
A family reunion at KFC in Weyburn with Mary Lynn, Ian, Ada, Larry, Sharon, Brian, and Amy.

We also made a detour to see the gravesites of my great-great-great grandfather Swen and great-great-great grandmother Mary in Midale. (Our last name Rederburg was made up after a German general in the Swedish army in order to solve a problem with mail delivery when Swen Olson came over to the States in the 1800s. But that’s a story for another time.)

Midale graveyard Swen and Mary Rederburg
Midale is home to Amy’s great-great-great grandfather and grandmother, Swen and Mary Rederburg.

The Ramada Hotel in Weyburn was the best room we had on our entire trip, but one we spent the least amount of time at. It has super high ceilings and a luxurious feel.

BONUS: On the way to Moose Jaw from Weyburn, you’ll pass the town of Rouleau A.K.A. Dog River where they filmed “Corner Gas”. The gas station and diner was designed for the show and has since been removed, but you can tour around the rest of the town to see all of the filming locations.

Grain elevators and flat land are a quintessential part of a Saskatchewan summer road trip, but this was one of the few places we found one on our route.

Corner Gas Dog River Elevator
The Dog River grain elevator made famous by “Corner Gas”.

 

Moose Jaw

Pros:
Temple Gardens Hotel & Spa
Tunnels of Moose Jaw
Great Gatsby vibe

Cons:
Not nearly as floaty as Manitou
We should have stayed for two nights

Between 1920s gangster folklore, relaxation at the spa, and an energetic street fair Moose Jaw was my favourite stop of the trip!

When we arrived in town we noticed that Main Street was closed for a street fair. So we checked into the Spa and made a bee-line to check out what was happening. For a city with a fairly small population, Moose Jaw is overflowing with energy. At the fair there was live music, free bounce castles for kids, and plenty of shops with unique gift items. At the end of the street we enjoyed sangrias on the patio at Original Joe’s before heading to the Tunnels of Moose Jaw’s “Chicago Connection”.

Tunnels of Moose Jaw Chicago Connection.
Chester looks at home as a brewmaster in the Tunnels of Moose Jaw.

The Chicago Connection tells the story of Al Capone in the times of prohibition, when he allegedly made Moose Jaw one of his hideouts. During the tour both Chris and I were chosen to play roles. I was a gal named “Gidget” in charge of the hush money and Chris was one of two muscle on the road to bootlegging.  I’m not sure if there’s any truth to the story itself, but it’s entertaining to think that a gangster would make Moose Jaw a main pipeline for hooch. The tunnels are definitely suspicious.

Speaking of hoochthe Moose Jaw liquor store is located inside a beautiful restored train station. It has to be one of the nicest liquor stores I’ve visited in Saskatchewan.

We had supper at Rosie’s on River Street, where they make a delicious Reuben. It’s a nice hole in the wall with lots of personality and plenty of local options on tap.

Temple Gardens Hotel & Spa is where we stayed for the night. It’s in better shape than Manitou, but you won’t float as easily due to less sodium in the water. (Chris said that he felt better after floating in Manitou.)

The spa has a steam room and extremely hot outdoor pool that connects directly to the indoor pool, so you can swim out to soak in summer or winter months. We spent a lot of time in the pool and wanted desperately to stay another night, but we knew the end was near.

Usually at the end of a trip I can’t wait to go home. This time I felt like I wanted to see more of this province before going back to reality. Chris did a great job planning this Saskatchewan summer road trip.

It isn’t the last of our summer road trips yet. Next month, we’re heading to Cypress Hills for a short weekend camping trip.

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Why I Became a Craft Vendor at Thursday Night Art Market YXE

I’ve been writing my entire adult career, but I’ve always had a crafty side. So this summer I decided to try something different as a craft vendor at the Thursday Night Art Market YXE.

Become a Doer Poster
The poster that’s going up at my Thursday Night Art Market booth. Looking at the faces of all of my attendees makes me smile.

Why do I craft?

Apart from running craft workshops since the start of 2017 at locations across Saskatoon, I’ve never actually sold my crafts to people. But I’ve been ‘making’ since I was small and have enjoyed giving handmade items to my close family and friends. Crocheted scarves, preserves, beer nuts, handmade cards, custom photo coasters – you name it, I’ve dabbled in it! My items usually get a big happy reaction too, so I am just as excited to give them as my friends are to get them.

In fact, one winter I got together with a group of friends called the “Crafty Bitches” to make a variety of goods to give for Christmas in bulk. It was the most fun to get together, make stuff, and then share the awesome results when people opened their gifts that year.

I don’t think of myself as an artist, but I am creative.

Artists have always inspired me, but I’ve never really felt like one. Back in high school, I applied to art school and got wait-listed. I decided to take my talents to the media world instead and developed a 10 year career in advertising copywriting. Do Sask is about trying new things and getting involved in the community.

The Thursday Night Art Market caught my eye because it’s a place where people can go to support local artists every Thursday in the summer months in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Each event hosts local vendors selling diverse goods from handmade craftsmen items to artisan eats & more! You’ll also find food trucks, bands, dancers, outdoor seating, and other things.

What’s at my Thursday Night Art Market YXE booth?

The chance to build a terrarium on your own time with less hassle. No need to wait for another Do Sask workshop – grab one to go for rainy-day fun at the lake or a night in with friends. To-Go Terrarium Kits give you all the pieces you need to make a glass terrarium at home.

Terrarium To-Go Kit Red and Gold
Terrarium To-Go Kit options include the choice of red and gold, or yellow and silver gravel.

Includes:

  • Detailed Instructions
  • High-Quality Glass Vessel in bubble or wine goblet
  • Locally-Grown Succulent & Moss
  • Coloured Rocks/Pebbles
  • Rocks
  • Soil
  • Filtration
  • Terraring Tools (chopstick and spoon)

Don’t forget to share your finished terrarium with me on Instagram by tagging @Do.Sask and #TeamDoSask. I’d love to see what your green thumbs are capable of creating.

Terrarium Kit Complete
A pair of completed terrariums using supplies from the to-go terrarium kit. Choose a wine goblet or bubble vessel.

Alongside To-Go Terrarium Kits, you’ll find my handmade gifts including Alcohol Ink Ceramic Coasters, String Art, and Pre-Made Terrariums. I can also make custom pieces if you’re interested in a personalized gift for someone special – perhaps your new summer fling!

If you’re single, register in advance for an upcoming speed dating night at the Thursday Night Art Market YXE and save the Eventbrite fees. 

Saskatchewan Pride Alcohol Ink Ceramic Tile Coaster
Alcohol ink ceramic tile coasters in a special edition Saskatchewan Pride theme.

New doers can WIN stuff!

If you like Do Sask, encourage your friends and family to come down to the Thursday Night Art Market and sign up to become a Doer. When they opt-in to the newsletter they will have a chance to Win a To-Go Terrarium Kit package for 3 – a $90 value!*

Two draws will be made on July 27th and September 7th, 2017.

*To qualify, winners must be new Doers (you can always ask them nicely to share the prize).

Hope to see you at #ThursdayNightArtMarketYXE this summer, Doers!

I’ll be set up at Market Square in front of the Saskatoon Farmer’s Market just off Avenue B and 19th street every Thursday from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM until September 7th. River Landing is only steps away. 

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Become a vendor!

The Thursday Night Art Market YXE is organized by Erin Pell. Click HERE to get in touch with her and join me as a vendor.