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 hooch – the 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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The Thursday Night Art Market YXE is organized by Erin Pell.

Sustainable Style: Recap on Do Sask’s Pop-up Clothing Swap in the Park

How do you look stylish while keeping your wardrobe sustainable? We asked three of Saskatoon's newest stylists to share their advice as part of the Do Sask Clothing Swap.

This week, some of Saskatoon’s most fashionable were invited to share how to make budget- and environmentally-friendly choices when it comes to shopping for our wardrobes.

The folks at Wild About Saskatoon asked me to host an event as part of NatureCity Festival 2017, so I got creative with their request. Do Sask is all about connecting with other people in the community, so I thought what better way to mix the two values of environmental preservation and meaningful connections than with a sustainable style focused clothing swap?

The Pop-up Swap in the Park was a charity fundraiser for the YWCA that also provided folks with insight on increasing the life of their wardrobe. People were invited to register to get the location of the event sent to their inbox two days before the swap.

In the weeks leading up to the pop-up swap, nearly 30 people registered. Unfortunately due to weather warnings only a handful actually showed up.

Here’s what we learned when three amazing stylists agreed to give us their favourite tips on sustainable style.

*This post has been edited as of November 6, 2017 to reflect business closures.

PickNic’s Catering provided a delicious spread while we discussed sustainable style. Here's all the food we enjoyed from our generous sponsor, PickNic's Catering.

We all loved nibbling on this fantastic array of colourful appetizers. The beet hummus went pretty quickly. The raspberry iced tea was divine! No need to gush over the cupcakes –  they were just as good to eat as they are to look at.

Krysta Arsenault from the YWCA gave us some insight on what programs are offered through the Crisis Shelter and how our donations have an impact.

Next up, we heard some great fashion (and let’s face it – life) advice from Je Suis Style, Paramount Day Spa & Boutique, and The Knick Vintage.

Here's a peak at some of the stylists listening to information about YWCA

K-Lyn from Je Suis Style (edit: now closed) brought in models to demonstrate how to upgrade an item from their closet that they haven’t worn, or never wear.

The model Amber chose this vest as something she loves, but can't figure out what to wear it with. K-lyn came in and showed her how to work it.

Model Amber Hoffart chose her chic vest and K-Lyn styled the outfit around it, bringing in the casual joggers with a striking floral heel.

K-Lyn’s top tips for styling a wardrobe with sustainability in mind are:

  • Fashion doesn’t need to be expensive to look good. Brand name clothing isn’t the be all end all of fashion. You can purchase clothing from Walmart, Value Village, Costco, etc. and still be stylish and save money.
  • Throw away those “ratty” pieces that are damaged (holes, stains, rips, etc). If it’s an essential item you always wear, replace it.
  • Wear items you never seem to get rid of during your closets raids. Ask a friend (or hire a stylist 😉 ) for help picking out an outfit to go with that shirt or pants that sit at the back of your closet. A second opinion makes a difference!
  • We all have flaws or parts of us that we don’t like to show. Wear what makes you feel comfortable. Nothing is worse than going out and feeling uncomfortable the entire time.
  • Don’t be afraid to step outside of the box with your style. Have fun with your clothes and wear whatever makes you happy.

Chelsey from Paramount Day Spa Salon & Boutique gave some vivid examples of how accessories can make or break your style.

Recap Do Sask Clothing Swap in the Park - Chelsey Hein Paramount Day Spa talks about using accessories to improve your look.

Chelsey’s keys to being thoughtful about your wardrobe are:

  • Accessorize! Adding stunning accessories can change an outfit dramatically. Go from drab to fab with a simple add-on to any outfit. For example, incorporating jewelry, shoes, hats, purses, belts can flip a basic black dress from workday to weekend in an instant. No need to break the bank on these items to look fabulous.
  • Be Patient. Those great pieces at affordable prices are out there. Stay on the lookout and don’t settle for any item because you feel you need something new.
  • Know what’s in your wardrobe. If you are adding pieces to your closet it’s best to get items that can be paired with what you already have.  Otherwise it will sit in your closet because you have nothing that goes with it.

Sarah Gaudry from The Knick Vintage gave us some tips on choosing quality items and the importance of staying patient throughout the process.

Swap in the Park - Sarah Gaudry from the Knick Vintage talks about paying attention to quality before purchasing and item.

Here are Sarah’s tips on becoming your own curator of vintage fashion:

  • Get a feel for quality items. While shopping second hand, touch the fabric of your item and bunch it up in your hand. If it hold its shape and feels good give it a second look. On the other hand, if it feels itchy or like it will fall apart then put it back on the rack. Some styles and fabrics were meant to stay in the 70’s. Natural fibers always look best over time.
  • Browse fast-fashion stores to see what’s on trend. You don’t have to buy the latest design brand new to look cutting-edge. If you see a pattern like leopard print or staple item like overalls that’s back in style go to the thrift shop and try to find it there first. When you do find it check the tag. Was it made in the 1940’s? Even better!
  • If you find an item you love, but needs TLC put it back. We like to think we can fix things, but ultimately an item that’s damaged will only sit on your floor waiting to be fixed rather than being worn.
  • Make a list. Come shopping with a list of things you are looking for, but don’t live and die by it.
  • Stick to pieces with clean lines and classic shapes if you don’t want to look dated. 
  • Know your own personal size. Do not get caught up in the number on the tag. You may need to try on three different sizes to find yours since modern sizing has gotten smaller over time.
  • And above anything: BE PATIENT! If it doesn’t feel right today just put it back for someone else to enjoy.

Bonus: Consider a tailor if you’re getting a deal on the item. Spending $20 on a $5 dress may just be the best money you’ve ever spent. If you have a pair of pants that you love, but are out of style Sarah can tailor the design to give them new life.

Lastly, we started sorting through the piles to find our new gems.

This slinky top complements the mermaid hair perfectly.

The stylists themselves even got in on the swapping pile action!

A heap of clothing to browse and donate back to YWCA

So much appreciation to these three fashionistas for taking the opportunity to talk about keeping style sustainable.

From left: Amy Rederburg, Chelsey Hein, K-Lyn Bonogofski, Sarah from The Knick Vintage
From Left: Amy Rederburg (DoSask.com), Chelsey Hein (Paramount Day Spa & Boutique), K-Lyn Bonogofski (Je Suis Style), Sarah Gaudry (The Knick Vintage).

P.S. This is my ‘shit happens’ when registered guests don’t show up look.

What happens when none of your guests show up your clothing swap? You say "fuck it" and party!

Thanks to my amazing volunteers Jacinda Johnston, Janelle Kowalchuk, and Linda Wood who provided much needed backup on picture-taking, set up and tear down.

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Do Sask & Nature City Festival present Pop-up Clothing Swap in the Park

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In partnership with the Nature City Festival and PickNic’s Catering & Fine Foods, Do Sask is thrilled to invite you to clean out your closet for our charity Pop-up Clothing Swap in support of the YWCA Crisis Shelter & Residence.

Although the spirit of donating clothing to people in need is always appreciated, about 85% of our clothing eventually ends up in a landfill. For this reason swapping instead of buying brand new clothes is an exciting way to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

We are lucky to have style hack advice by a handful of local wardrobe stylists, including Je Suis Style, The Knick Vintage, and Paramount Day Spa Salon & Boutique. Learn how to upgrade your closet with second-hand gems as an introduction to swapping.

Enjoy light refreshments while you browse and get to know other doers from the Do Sask community.

The pop-up park location will be announced to registered guests only on May 22, 2017 at 4:00 pm. This is to ensure an intimate environment and manageable selection of clothing and accessories to browse.

Register now. Space is limited.

SWAP IN THE PARK

Clothing Swap Agenda:

6:00 pm: Welcome – Hanging of Clothes & Refreshments
7:00 pm: Style Hack presentation
7:45 pm: Swapping & Shopping
9:00 pm: Clean-up & Closing

Don’t miss the first Do Sask Swap Party. We look forward to seeing you there!

How this clothing swap works:

1. Come with 5 – 12 items of clothing, or accessories to add to the swap collection pool.

2. After the welcome and brief styling workshop, swap shopping will officially begin. You can start picking any garments and accessories and then take home as much as you like.

3. At the end of the swap, you can choose to take home remaining items you brought that have not been taken, or you can leave them at the swap to be donated to the YWCA Crisis Shelter & Residence.

Clothing Swap Guidelines:

What to bring: dresses, pants, skirts, tops, shoes, bags, scarves, hats, jewellery, a fiver to donate and a few friends. This swap has no size restrictions.

What NOT to bring: gowns, earrings, swimwear, underwear, night wear, and children’s clothes.

Clothes must be clean and in good condition. If you wouldn’t pass it on to your best friend, please leave it at home.

Important details:

Unfortunately try-ons cannot be accommodated (unless you have a portable changing room that you can let us borrow)!
A portion of proceeds will go to the YWCA Crisis Shelter & Residence. If you would like to donate additional household items to the YWCA, please see this handy list of their current needs.

Due to space limitations, we are unable to collect large items and appliances at the event.

Please support our generous sponsor, PickNic’s Catering.

 

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PickNic’s Catering Saskatoon, is proud to offer affordable appetizers, nibbles or meals for your lunch, dinner or event catering needs. They cater throughout Saskatoon, and would be more than happy to provide for your next special event. Specialties include, but are not limited to, weddings, banquets, midnight lunches, conventions, Christmas parties, and more!

For your daily dose of #foodporn, follow @PICKNICS_CATERING on Instagram. Like PickNic’s on Facebook for contests, and updates on weekly lunch and dessert specials.

Nature City Festival runs May 23 – 28, 2017 at locations across Saskatoon. 

Pick 10: Score Awesome Stuff at Saskatoon’s Best Second-Hand Shopping

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Only got $20 in your pocket? No need to worry! There are plenty of options at Saskatoon’s best second-hand shopping spots.

My mom, Linda, would often take my brother and me shopping at thrift stores and garage sales around Saskatoon. Although I reluctantly joined her kicking and screaming for most of my childhood (the smell turned me right off – and I was a brat who wanted to have name brand clothes like the cool kids), I’ve developed a renewed appreciation for her bargain lessons as an adult. Funny how that works, isn’t it?

Being a single, working-mom of two didn’t leave Linda much room in the budget for shopping sprees and Wal-Mart trips. So she’d make the best of her limited cash supply and got creative with whatever coinage she had to style both herself and us with thrifty finds. I have some good memories of pulling together new outfits for less than $10 a pop.

Since then, I’ve grown up to become a bonafide thrifter for two main reasons:

  1. Adulting 101. Cash is tight and I’d rather buy groceries than a $100 dress.
  2. When people compliment me on my duds they tend to follow it up with, “So, where’d you get that?” Most of the time the answer will be either from a vintage store, or a thrift shop. And there’s a difference between the two.

It can be a bit overwhelming to start thrifting if you’ve never done it before. Stick to these three tips to make it out alive:

  1. Always know what you need before you start.
  2. Set a limit and stick to it (both time & money).
  3. And put back the stuff you don’t really need or love.

If you get excited about the possibility of searching through piles of options for a hidden treasure, this post is about all the gems you could find at Saskatoon’s best second-hand shopping spots.

As a reminder these picks aren’t organized in a countdown format.

*This list has been edited as of November 6, 2017 to reflect business closures and location moves. 

Better Off Duds

A shop so nice it has its own jingle. According to Planet S Magazine’s “Best Of” their owner is one of Saskatoon’s most beloved small business owners. It may be because she’s a believer of sequins and second chances. Check ’em out for vinyl, vintage and all sorts of other funky stuff.

Montgomery Community Garage Sale on the first Saturday in May.

You’ll want to be prepared for this one, as the entire community gets together on one day of the year to purge their household treasures and haggle with buyers. They’ve been doing it since I was a kid, but now it’s gotten so big that they have to set up porta potties and mobile ATMs. This year, they have a pancake breakfast and a BBQ lunch.

YWCA Opportunity Shop

The YWCA will always be near and dear to my heart. All proceeds support the Crisis Intervention Programs and Services. Check this hole in the wall often as they get new donations all the time.

Echo Apparel *Edit Now Closed

You never know what you’ll find, but you know the experience will be easier than most. From designer duds, to vintage items and upcycled treasures – Echo strives to organize it all at clearly-marked, modest prices. If you’re into locally hand-crafted jewellery, you’ll find a selection of originals in store.

Plato’s Closet *Moved Locations

According to a source, Plato’s has a lot of new items from brands like Silver and Guess with the price tag still on ’em at a super low cost. This could be due to the many people who buy new clothes without thinking about whether they’ll wear them, or not. (I have a friend who had a closet full of clothes with the tags still attached.) No judgement here, just more deals for us frugal folk!

New location: 3, 415-115St E, Saskatoon

Stasia

Tres chic. #rocknroll #shoplocalyxe #christianaudigier

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Have you always wanted to dabble with designer duds, but struggled to justify the heart-wrenching digits on the price tag? At Stasia, you’ll find high-end apparel at a pretty reasonable consignment cost.

SuperThrift *Now Closed

If this store were a movie it’d be a mixture of Gremlins, Superman, Little Miss Sunshine and Empire Records. You’ll find a whole lot of everything at SuperThrift, so use your time wisely!

Mid Mod Vintage *Now Closed

Midmod is a vintage furniture shop with a range of Danish modern pieces circa the 60’s and 70’s. If you want your apartment to have that cool look that hearkens back to the era of American Hustle, Midmod should be on your list.

The Knick Vintage

Run by a young female entrepreneur out of Ideas Inc., The Knick has a pulse on what’s trending in the vintage world. Sarah travels far and wide searching for deluxe items you just can’t find at your average shop. Choose a piece at The Knick for history and style.

Plus, she offers hemming if you really love those pants, but they are way too long for you.

Value Village Circle Drive

With the resurgence of 1990’s fashion (crushed velvet, spaghetti straps and chokers), you’ll have a field day at the VV Boutique. Value Village is definitely somewhere I frequent on the regular because they have such a wide variety of options to poke through.

Two Locations: one on Circle Drive and another in Stonebridge. In my opinion, the Circle Drive location tends to have the better selection of the two.

BONUS Avalon-area “Sailing”

Next to my mom, my uncle is the champion of garage sales. Last spring, he took me out with him for about an hour around Avalon area. I picked up a trunk full of awesome stuff including a set of tinted blue goblets for $5 (like the ones in the picture) and a $200+ kettle bell for a bargain at $25. This is a good area to drive by every once in a while during the spring/summer months.

This post is dedicated to my mom, Linda, for teaching me how to be thrifty.

Like the thrill of the hunt?

Join the Do Sask Community for a Pop-up Clothing Swap as part of the Nature City Festival on May 24. Come out and meet others doers, enjoy some refreshments, and swap clothes in the park. The location will only be revealed to registered guests, so get on the list today!

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How to Create a Wine Glass Succulent Terrarium Like a Pro

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Last weekend at the Modern Woman Show, I led a sold-out crowd of ladies in a workshop on how to create a wine glass succulent terrarium. Today, I’m using their photos to show you how they did it.

Succulents are the most popular plants around lately. From hipster weddings to trendy restaurant decor, everyone is going gaga over the resilient plant. And the Modern Woman Show provided the perfect spot to get our hands dirty with the little buds. This post will tell you how we did it.

When you think about it, a succulent is kind of an awesome metaphor for a woman’s life. It can be put through a lot of abuse and still survive. It can even thrive!

So whether you have a green thumb, or you kill every plant you touch – succulents terrariums are good for you.  They’re easy and decorative, incredibly stress-free to maintain, love an abundance of sun and are drought tolerant.

How to create a wine glass succulent terrarium.

First, you have to gather your materials.

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Photo via Instagram @mortaliciousmoo.
  • Vessel (Wine Glass)
  • Sand/Gravel
  • River Stones
  • Clay Balls
  • Potting Soil with Perlite
  • Plants (Succulent & Moss)

Next, fill your wine glass with a false drainage system and a layer of soil.

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Photo via Instagram @morecowbell73.

Cover the bottom with an inch-thick layer of pebbles or rocks to create a false drainage system for the plant roots. You never want too much water settling in the soil, otherwise mold and fungus will grow in the roots.

Add a layer of potting soil. Do not use all of the soil for the first layer. Our soil mix has added perlite to keep it dry.

Shake off the excess dirt from your succulent’s roots, as they will cling better to the new soil. Carefully place it in the terrarium.

Cover the roots with your remaining soil and press until your plant is secure.

Then, get creative with your top layer.

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Photo via Instagram @morecowbell73.

Add pebbles, rocks, sand and sparkles in whatever pattern you choose. Then place your moss on top.

Plant Care

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Photo via Instagram @sloancm.

Clean up your wine glass with a paint brush, paper towel, and Windex.

Lightly water the succulents. You should plan on having to water them (again, very lightly) once a week for the first month until they’ve become established. After that, they should only need watering every 3-4 weeks.

Place your new planters on display, preferably in a sunny spot and enjoy!

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Photo via Facebook from Jacinda Johnston.

Thanks to all the ladies that came out to learn how to create a wine glass succulent terrarium. And an extra high-five to those who shared your beautiful finished products with me on Facebook and Instagram.

Special hugs to my good friend, Elle, and my mom, Linda, for taking time out of their #SundayFunday to help me make this workshop happen.

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Photo via Instagram @scufflelover. From left: My friend Elle and me.
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Do Sask hosts out-of-town art workshops with all supplies included in the cost. I would love to show your group how to create a wine glass succulent terrarium, fancy string art, alcohol ink ceramic tile coasters, and more. All I need is a minimum of 9 people confirmed and I will come to you! Plus, if you have a birthday, family reunion or celebration I’m happy to work with kids.

Email me, or call 306-241-3462 to book your hometown Do Sask Art Workshop today.

Pick 10: Spring Day Trippin’ from Saskatoon

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Here are ten good road trips from Saskatoon. All of these picks are within an hour or so of the city.

Now that the snow has more or less melted I’ve got the itch to do some spring travelling on the open road.  Finding good road trips from Saskatoon can be a cost-effective way to satisfy your wanderlust to more exotic destinations. And these places definitely won’t break the bank.

If you’re planning to get out of town for the weekend, here are ten of the best spots to check out within an hour of Saskatoon’s city limits. Each of these destinations will take you to an unexpected locale that’s far enough away while remaining close enough that you won’t need to get a room for the night.

Got the spring travelers’ itch? Scratch it off at one of these destinations. This is your pick ten for good road trips from Saskatoon.

Kick up your heels at Danceland on Manitou Beach.

If you’re like me you love to dance in the moonlight. But it can really wear you out if you’re on your feet all night at a regular bar or club. That’s when it’s time to take a special trip to Danceland, or “the world famous dancefloor built on horsehair”. Your tootsies will love you for it!

When I was around 16 years old my Aunt Alison planned a family trip to Danceland to celebrate with my grandma and her brother (my great uncle). I can’t remember what the celebration was for, but I do remember everyone having a really great time all night on the dance floor (including the grand kids all the way up to the grandparents).

Manitou Beach is also home to Canada’s largest indoor mineral spa, so make sure to plan accordingly for a truly memorable day trip.

Spook yourself silly at the Crooked Bush near Hafford.

Scientists have yet to explain why the Aspen trees are growing every which way but up. (Especially considering there is another set of Aspens right next to the crooked ones that are perfectly normal.) So locals have taken it upon themselves to develop many different explanations ranging from UFOs to lightening strikes.

While everyone is busy trying to explain the unexplained, I’ll be busy packing lunch for a picnic lunch with the paranormal*.

*This natural phenomenon is considered a national treasure and one of Canada’s 54 Wonders. Please be respectful, so that it remains intact.

Go day drinking at Wolf Willow Winery in Outlook.

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Photo via Wolf Willow Winery.

Saskatchewan has a new winery?! Why yes, it does! Wolf Willow is a seasonal winery that uses locally grown fruit to make their Cherry and Haskap vino. Plus, they have light fare to keep you grounded during an afternoon of non-stop sipping*.

Make sure you check out old Outlook standbys the SkyTrail**, Orange Bridge** and Gardiner Dam on your way home.

*Buy your designated driver a bottle to sip when they get home.
**Pedestrian access is restricted on both bridges until enough funds can be raised to repair them. 

FYI: If you remember swimming in the Regional Park as a kid, you’ll be happy to hear that they’re breaking ground on a new public swimming pool set to open in summer 2018.

Visit Zealandia, a town so small it doesn’t even have a website.

My mom Linda took my brother Todd and I to a Medieval Festival around Zealandia when we were kids. I remember that we spent an entire day jousting and shooting arrows. I couldn’t find relevant details on that event for this post, but Zealandia is still worth checking out if only for the northern light show on a quiet spring night.

If you can confirm the Medieval Festival is still a thing – get in touch with me!

SUP in the sun at Pike Lake.

SUP stands for Standup Paddleboarding. Supping is an offshoot of surfing that originated in Hawaii, only you use a paddle to propel yourself instead of the waves.

Good thing you don’t need ocean waves to SUP because Saskatchewan is renowned for our lakes. And Pike Lake is only about 20 minutes away from Saskatoon! It’s the perfect day trip where you can get comfortable on the board and relax in the sun before you head to a larger lake in the summer.

Pike Lake offers canoe, paddleboat, aquabike, surfbike, and kayak rentals from their boat shack. The season opens on May Long Weekend.

Note: due to the short distance to Pike Lake from Saskatoon, it can be insanely busy during the summer months.  So take advantage of the cooler weather before it gets nuts.

Learn about Canada’s bloody past at Batoche and Fort Carlton near Duck Lake.

Both locations straddle Duck Lake, a town that steeped in history as told from three perspectives: Cree, French and English. It’s also famous for being the home of prolific Canadian artist Glen Scrimshaw.

If you’re a history buff, this is the perfect spot to check out. Batoche tells the authentic story of Louis Reil and Gabriel Dumont with thousands of artifacts, including bullet holes in the church and a real cemetery just a few steps away. Fort Carlton tells the other side of the story from the perspective of the RCMP and the Hudson Bay Company.

Duck Lake is a must-see for tourists, but you can make it your own by hiking, canoeing, and geocaching through the landscape.

Adventure at Blue Mountain Park near North Battleford.

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Photo via Blue Mountain Adventure Park.

If testing your limits is one of your favourite pastimes than Blue Mountain is the perfect spot for you. Get a group together for paintball, zip-lines, high ropes, trail rides and more. Plus, funding supports the Lighthouse Supported Living. It’s a win-win day trip you can feel really good about.

Slip away for a quiet afternoon tea at the Station Arts Centre in Rosthern.

Is there anything more quintessentially Saskatchewan than a slice of fresh-made Saskatoon Berry crumble? That’s a rhetorical question.

Head to Rosthern to enjoy a slice for yourself. You may like it so much that you’ll want to stay a little longer for one of their many arts events (check their calendar beforehand).

Go surfing at Lake Deifenbaker.

First day back on the water #wakesurf #tige #z3 #hang10 #lakedeifenbaker

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If you’re willing to get really creative with your time off it’s possible to catch a wave on the flatlands. Surf Anywhere, a Calgary-based collective, thought that Lake Deifenbaker would make a great spot to ride a wave. According to this article from CBC, Lake Diefenbaker Tourism supports the idea. Safety is still a concern that they’re working on getting permission from SaskPower who controls the Dam. In the meantime, there are plenty of other things to do at Lake Diefenbaker.

Hike up and down Blackstrap Mountain then relax with your fishing pole by the water.

Located just 40 minutes south of the city, it’s good day trip from Saskatoon that you’ll find super relaxing.  The trail up to the top of mountain and back is only about 5 km loop, so you can spend the rest of the day with your fishing rod at the beach*.

When I was a kid, after we were done swimming at Blackstrap Lake we came out caked in algae. Wiping away all the gooey-gunk was honestly part of the fun, but I’m not totally sure if things have changed much since then (please correct me if they have).

*If you decide to catch your dinner ensure you purchase a valid fishing license.

BONUS TRIPS that are slightly more than an hour away, but worth checking out this spring.

Tuck and roll down the sand dunes at Douglas Provincial Park.

This is one of many sand dunes in Saskatchewan, it just happens to be a bit closer to Saskatoon than most.

Although I have never been my friend Diane highly recommends it. She says, “When you arrive a park staff will give you directions to two beaches. One is the main resort and the other is further down the highway. The latter is harder to reach, but there’s a private beach with clear water that goes for miles.
It’s a one lane road and it doesn’t have bathrooms, but it’s worth the effort for those with a sense of adventure. You’ll also spot cacti on your way to the dunes. Saskatchewan has cacti!”

Slither onto a Springtime Snake Orgy at Fort Livingstone.

Little miss had a photoshoot at the #saskatchewan #snakepit #snakeorgy @themjcox

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I had you at snake orgy, didn’t I?

Full disclosure: this place is NOT within an hour of Saskatoon, but it’s so odd that I had to add it to the list.

Whether or not you can appreciate a tangled mass of writhing Discovery Channel sex or not, you must be intrigued about the history of the Fort Livingstone Snake Pit.

In the middle of winter back in the late 1800’s, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police set up a permanent camp on the banks of Swan River. Little did they know it was a thriving snake den. According to many journals when spring came around they learned of their mistake and spent most of their days catching (relatively) harmless serpents.

Although the Mounties and the Fort are long gone the snakes make a big appearance every spring for the first few weeks in May.

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Saskatoon Speed Dating Connects People with Purpose

Throw out the old rules of speed dating for a more interactive and connective experience.
90% of our dates matched with at least one other person.

Last week, the people of YXE got out of their comfort zones and off of Tinder for the first ever Saskatoon Speed Dating Night presented by Do Sask.

They met face-to-face with great new people in a casual, relaxed atmosphere courtesy of The Hose & Hydrant.

I asked all attendees to ditch their smartphones in favour or real connection for a night of socializing.

We turned traditional “speed dating” upside down for a more interactive experience by providing conversation starters, games, and plenty of nibbles at the start.

The only rules of the night were:

  1. Don’t ask about your dates’ profession.
  2. Don’t ask where your dates live.

Instead, I encouraged the singles to ask each other about their favourite hobbies, food, activities, and interests. When folks talk about the things they love doing it makes them come alive while demonstrating the best parts of their personalities.

Jolene Watson, Certified Myers-Briggs Personality Practitioner of Clarity Coaching dropped by.

She briefly talked about the myth of opposite attractions, having clear goals in mind, and knowing exactly what type of personality you have before looking for an ideal partner.  As a Certified Myers-Briggs Practitioner, she also provided insight on overcoming stressful social situations as an introvert.

People Bingo was a fun ice breaker game to kick off night.

I gave participants 10 minutes to mingle, introduce themselves, and find people who match the traits on the card. They had to put the person’s name in the corresponding box or have the person sign the appropriate square.  The first person to fill five boxes across or down yelled BINGO!

Then it was go time! Speed dating ran for the rest of the night.

Each date was 4 minutes long. They only had 30 seconds in between each one to choose whether their date was a friend, a yes, or a no on their match card. This gave people a chance to go with their gut instincts. At the end of the night, I asked each participant to hand in their match cards.

Contact details were only shared if there was a mutual match.

Over 90% of people had at least one match!

Of the people attending, 9/10 walked away with at least one match.

That’s what I call a successful start to Do Sask’s singles night!

Here’s what the singles had to say about Saskatoon Speed Dating:

4 stars –  “Fun & interesting – great new thing to do to push yourself out of your comfort zone.  :)”

5 stars – “Casual, no pressure, easy, comfortable.”

5 stars – “Very easy environment to start talking to people. Host has good energy. Opener game was an awesome ice breaker.”

4 stars – “More single people should try this! Much better way to meet people.”

4 stars – “It was a lovely evening.”

5 stars – “GREAT TIME! Amy was great. A group of us stayed drinking together until around midnight.”

5 stars – “Casual, low pressure, cool people.”

“I had fun 🙂 I hope you get more ppl and it grows cause it’s a great idea and a nice environment to meet people 🙂 good luck!!”

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