I learned my lesson   I used to scoff at holidaying.  The art of holidaying?  Nope.  That was just frivolous and …

Darling, Can We Reinvent Luxury?   In the past when I heard the word luxury, I used to imagine private jets …

“I feel kinda guilty. I have a happy family, good friends, a warm bed…and I know there are so many people …

We’re totally biased about the Peggy Sue Collection here at Peace Flag House. Not only do we represent PSC as a …

I’m a die hard Value Village fan. Boutique VV is where I go to think, to unwind, to savour the treasure …

  Yesterday evening I had the privilege of listening, gorgeous Colette Grand Café cocktail in hand, to four successful, brilliant women speak …

Originally posted Spring 2016, www.uppercanadafibreshed.com How often to you ponder the intricacies of the fashion world? Do this season’s heel heights …

The Back Story I ride the subway here in Toronto a lot. It can feel like I’m that little package being …

Welcome to 2016! I feel like 2016 is going to be THE year where local fibres, sustainable textiles and all things ethical …

  A pig greeted me at the mill room door. I could hear the machinery working inside and called out a hello, scratching …

Happy Knitting Season Everyone! It’s been a little bit since I’ve written because I’ve been overwhelmed with local fibre, sustainable textile, …

Meet Florinda and Rockabella Who among us doesn’t dream of someday owning a little herd of cuddly fibre-producing animals? After 30 …

Alpaca Bliss I have visited the Buckingham Palace of barns. In fact, I’m a tad jealous of the huacaya alpacas that …

The Wheelwright

September 1, 2015
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Where Have I Been? I know that it appears to have been a quiet summer around Peace Flag House but let …

    The Unsung Creativity of the DIY’er Do you ever wonder if the urge to DIY is a somewhat misunderstood practical …

              I want an A. I mean, I Want An A!  This winter I have …

My Drop Spindle Way Back When When I was in grade school we had days during the Winter called Electives. It was …

What Do You Do When a Problem Needs fixed? Some of us lament over the problem’s existence. Some of us just get …

THANK YOU FACEBOOK These are the moments that make me adore social media. 15 years after the conclusion of my highschool …

Sometimes I meet people because I am unabashedly snoopy. Last summer I visited Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – a beautiful city that is entirely …

I don’t think I could feel any less “masterful” with my spinning these days. The last round of homework for the OHS …

In my other life beyond the spinning wheel and knitting needles, I teach at Ryerson University on the topic of Homelessness. …

The dying workshop in Haliburton reminded me of the chemistry lab in high school. Not my strongest subject. It was a …

I thought there were just two options when it came to fibre colouration: dye it or leave it natural. It never …

Meet Darlene. She’s a spinning wheel. A Double-Tredle Lendrum to be exact. Made in Odessa, Ontario by a fellow named Gord …

Salsa in September

September 29, 2014
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The last tomatoes of the season are hanging on the vine in my container garden. I have to admit it has …

Mary in front of Notre Dame, Paris, 2013. It’s been a cold, wet summer here in Ontario but us canners are …

Pascal and I just finished our Spring teaching at Ryerson. In April we quickly wrap up the winter semester and plunge directly …

The nausea washed over me just before I clicked the “publish” button. I reminded myself that vomiting on the keyboard would be …

It’s -25C. Again. Juliana and I keep dreaming of seed starting and debating how we should divvy up the resources of our …

Sheep aren’t known for their ability to follow directions. These cuddly, sweet-faced creatures are determined to surge in the exact opposite …

We just returned from a brief visit to Grey County. These memories will help me dream my way through the last legs …

Quietly Inside, 2013, Sarah Jean February is the Wednesday of Winter. We’re stuck in seemingly unending snowbanks, struggling to remember what …

Cob House. Dreaming of building a Peace Flag House by hand… Cob House Interior A hobbit hole might be nice. Maybe …

Nice is Nice

February 10, 2014
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“Nice is nice,” was Sue’s signature phrase. As a teenager I would groan a little and roll my eyes. I did not …

I think we all need a little time to dream while we are in the depths of winter. After writing about Nana …

My Nana and Bucko could make anything. Nana and Bucko (the name I christened my Grandfather with when I was three…it’s …

We lost Pete Seeger this week.  He had a few years on me and I admittedly wasn’t even a twinkle in my …

The sound was somewhere between a slap and a snap. I couldn’t place it as I slowly woke up Saturday morning. …

I let the coffee warm me up as I sat in a rocking chair at The Bakery and watched the village …

Nelson Mandela, A Lifetime of Peacing for Peace   and   All the Wimmin Who Have Lost Their Lives to Gender-Based Violence …

  A little peek at the Peace Flag House stash. I have an obsession with yarn.  I knit on the subway, …

Frank Meyers. (Photograph by Cole Garside) This is Frank Meyers.  He has refused to give up his land for Joint Task …

Early Morning Walking Coffee kept snug in my new Le Thrumbed Cup Cozy. When my coffee steams as I step outside …

That Takes Ovaries!

September 30, 2013
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I was procrastinating on Facebook the other day when the phrase This Is What a Feminist Looks Like caught my eye.   …

Mural in Athens, Greece. (photo Sarah Jean Harrison) The Neighbours United for Inclusion Community BBQ on September 14th confirmed a few …

Photos: Anne Zbitnew Neighbours United for Inclusion  Community BBQ Saturday, September 14th Runnymede Collegiate Institute The politicians, the police and the …

Peace Flag House: exploring how to make peace a verb. Peace for Peace. Fabulous idea!But…how do we do it?  If peace …

After our rainbow peace flags found a new home on the second floor of the house, we assumed the hater(s) would …

Life is not all sunshine and lollipops here at Peace Flag House. Over the last few years we have been flying …

Coming Home

August 30, 2013
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Peace Flag House has been quietly rolling along this summer with the support of my brother, James. Our downstairs neighbours have …

This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting one of my gardening mentors, Sheila Clarke, in Stratford, Ontario. Our gardening friendship …

March 8, 2013
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  Happy International Womyn’s Day from Peace Flag House

The Joy Jar

February 27, 2013
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Winter is long. Long, long, long. All the coats and hats and mitts and boots and long underwear and warm socks.It’s all …

As 2012 slid into 2013 Pascal and I began work on the renovation of the second floor of Peace Flag House. We moved …

Have you ever had a year long case of the self-doubts?Have you ever been ambushed by the vicious monsters of self-criticism? With …

  Growing up on the farm I raised chickens to make the money needed to pay for my winter after-school activity …

Aboriginal issues have been in the news consistently for the last number of months. Chief Theresa Spence’s decision to declare an emergency …

We’re on a post-holiday, welcome-2012 cleanse here at Peace Flag House. This is our first time cleansing and we’re starting with the …

Making Stuff

January 17, 2012
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We’re DIY’ers here at Peace Flag House.  We make stuff, build stuff, fix stuff, reuse and repurpose stuff. I get all excited …

The Back Story

January 11, 2012
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Peace Flag House has a back story that Pascal and I love to tell.  Before the Peace Flag this house had a …

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