8 months, 3 weeks ago Comments Off

Handmade Hamilton! This weekend! Doors open at 11!


1 year, 3 months ago Comments Off

RED: A Night of Live Performance This Thursday!


1 year, 3 months ago Comments Off

Handmade Hamilton Holiday Show Vendor Call!

 A Holiday Arts and Craft Show at the Staircase Theatre Wants You!


When? Saturday November 26 and Sunday November 27, 2016

11 am to 5 pm.


A one of a kind show that celebrates 32 of the finest local makers of art and craft.

Handmade Hamilton celebrates it’s 5th year in Hamilton and it’s 3rd year at the Staircase.

 The show is organized by The Staircase Cafe  Theatre and Lisa Pijuan-Nomura of GirlCanCreate.  Pijuan-Nomura is the founder of Movies and Makers in Toronto, one of the co-founders of Queen and Jackson in Hamilton and is especially interested in bringing together the best creative makers in beautiful vintage buildings.  Together with the hospitality of The Staircase Cafe, Handmade Hamilton showcases great makers, local community and good food, all under one roof

Handmade Hamilton is looking for a variety of makers.

If you make jewelry, clothes, art, stuffies, zines, buttons…we want you.

Please note that we cannot accept any makers of food or drink due to building health codes.


The deadline for applications is midnight on June 30, 2016.

All applicants will be notified of participation by July 20, 2016.

Please email all applications to curator Lisa Pijuan-Nomura

Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Information
  • Company Name

*  Primary Contact

  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Email Contact
  • Detailed Description of what you create (250 word maximum)
  • Price Range of Goods
  • 3 to 5 digital images of your work

(please keep files under 500k in JPEG or GIF format.)

These photos might be used for as on screen promotion at the Staircase Theatre. If you have a logo please include that.

  • Website (Etsy, Artfire, Blog, etc)
  • Table Request

6ftx2.5ft table-$165

4ft x 2ft table-$115

Please note that there are 3 separate rooms in the building that will be used for the show.

Unfortunately the building is not fully accessible, only partially accessible.


Upon receipt of your application you will receive an email confirmation.

We will contact all applicants by email by July 20, 2016.


Once accepted all vendor payments must be submitted by August 15, 2016. If payment is not received by this date acceptance will be withdrawn. If accepted payment info will be sent out along with your acceptance letter.


Once accepted into Handmade Hamilton and your payment has been submitted, your participation fee is non-refundable.

Questions/Contact Information

Contact Lisa Pijuan-Nomura at girlcancreate [at] with any questions.


1 year, 4 months ago Comments Off

Write On Wednesdays, Again

A few times in my life i have had the good joy of being part of an online writing community. I am at a time, where again, i feel the need to engage in this sort of communication and practice, which i think benefits all who participate. 
About ten years ago, I was part of a online book group. It was based on the book Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg and it was amazing. If you don’t have this book on your shelf, i suggest it highly. Not only does it have wise thoughts about writing and creativity, but also for life as well.
The basic idea of that group, and now this group will be that we do weekly writings that are creating from  both visual and written prompts. You would use the prompt as a beginning for your writing. Each writing is a stream of conciousness writing for 10 minutes. After you finish the writing , without editing, you post it in the comments section with a link, a title that states your name, the Week Number and the prompt for the week. ie,, Lisa – Week #1 – Us
There is basically two sides to this project. One is the writing part, and the second is the reading part. By the middle of the week, everyone should have posted their writings in order for us to have time to read each others writings so that we can comment on it. I think this is one of the most important aspects of this work. We comment on one thing that we really enjoyed about the writing, and then we ask a question about something in the writing. All of this happens on a weekly basis. The written prompt goes up on Wednesday, and you post your writing by Sunday and then you comment on the others work in the comments area by Wednesday and then it begins again.
In the past i have limited the amount of people set up in the group but have decided that it’s best to put it out to the world! This process will take 10 minutes of writing followed by about 15 minutes of reading and then about 15 minutes of commenting. If you miss a few writing prompts, that is fine, but please try to commit to writing as much as you can as it contributes to the quality of the experience!
This process is a great way to free up your mind, and soul and it often makes you want to write more. Which is one of the main reasons that i enjoy this forum.
The blog is public and anyone can read it, so you might keep that in mind, but hopefully that won’t influence your decision to post here!  Because this is a writing group, sometimes some of the writing can be personal, and i ask that we respect each other and the writing.
Here we go! And as always, if you have any questions, please do send them my way!
And feel free to hashtag #WriteOnWednesdays to share far and wide!
3 years, 5 months ago Comments Off

Small Sweet And Quiet Fundraiser!

Small Sweet and Quiet is a one woman show that I will be performing in the upcoming month at Theatre Aquarius in Hamilton. It will be my first solo show in a long time and I am so pleased to be working with the amazing team of historian Ann McDougall and shadow artist Sean Frey.


I have decided to do a fundraiser to help cover some of the costs involved in the production including fees for the artistic team as well as production costs. The idea is that you donate a certain amount and you get some of my artwork in return.  Please note that these prints will not be made available anywhere else.  Here is how it works. You will receive a print on an archival paper using acid free inks to ensure the quality.  The image will be a 6 x 6 inch image on a 8 x 11.5 piece of paper. The print runs are editions of 25!

a) You choose from either the Small, Sweet or Quiet Packages.  

b) Click on the Donate button. Follow the instructions.  Let me know in the notes which print you will be interested in and or if you would prefer buttons to magnets!

c) Sit back and wait for your package to arrive and know that our forever appreciation is sent your way for this support!


The Small Donation – $10

Small but ever so sweet! A $10 donation gets you a random offering of three vintage magnets and/or pins.  You let me know which you would prefer and I will make sure that they arrive at your doorstep.  Every bit counts and we will mention you on our social media site!

The Quiet Donation – $25

We love the silent but strong supporters! A $25 donation gets you a limited edition print of your choice of one of my 9 mixed media collage pieces created for this campaign.   We will also give a shout out on our social media sites.

The Sweet Donation – $100

We love the Sweet Donation here at GirlCanCreate!  A $100 donation gets you the super pack of three limited edition prints of your choice, four random vintage postage stamp cards, and a random selection five vintages buttons or magnets. We will list you as our of our Sweet sponsors in the program and will give a shout out on our social media site!

Please share this campaign far and wide! We look forward to sharing more about this fundraiser with you!