4 years, 7 months ago Comments Off on Handmade Hamilton Holiday Show Vendor Call!

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 If payment is not received by this date acceptance will be withdrawn.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.


4 years, 8 months ago Comments Off on Write On Wednesdays, Again

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!
6 years, 8 months ago Comments Off on Small Sweet And Quiet Fundraiser!

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!


7 years ago 1

Getting back to basics

I have been busy this year.

Busy with work, and busy with family and trying to find a new sort of normal since my Dad passed in August.  It hasn’t been easy.  But I feel that in order to grieve properly it is necessary for me to live day by day and get back to the basics.

The basics for me are pretty simple.  Surrounding myself with those I love, taking my time to be alone, eating good food, sleeping, making art and reading books.

For those of you who don’t know me, I LOVE BOOKS. I worked in bookstores for 15 years.  When my Dad was diagnosed with multiply myeloma in 2003 I quit my job so that i could be with him.   When I moved from Toronto to Hamilton we moved 70 boxes of books.  I am seriously hoping that I live in this house for the rest of my life as I am sure we now have at least 10 more boxes than we had two years ago.

You see, for me books are magic reminders of others and their lives and stories.  They have been solace to me during my life, and they continue to inspire, teach and fulfill my imagination.

In August, after my dad passed,  I started working at a local independent bookseller in Hamilton.  Epic Books is the perfect little shop where the people who come in love books and literature.  Being able to talk to others about books again has truly made me feel lucky that we live in the world that we live in.  One where intelligence and learning are available for most, and that books are not forbidden, not censored for the most part.

The books that I have enjoyed lately have been Watch How We Walk by Jennifer Lovegrove, a captivating coming of age tale of a young woman and her struggles with her family, who are devout Jehovah Witnesses.  I know Jennifer, but hadn’t read any of her work.  So beautiful and tragic, her descriptions are powerful and sharp.  I felt like I had stepped back in time to when I was a teenager.  I never wanted this book to end.

I am reading This is How you Lose Her by Junot Diaz.  I loved his previous book The Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and this new collection of short stories does not disappoint.  I am not finished and am taking my time to read this book cause it’s just so darn good.

Books to me are like friends, they are trustworthy, and they keep secrets and unfold sweetly.  I am happy that I am finally taking the time to read books again.  It is the one thing that is hard when you become a mother but so glad that i am finally able to focus and take the time to reconnect with my love of words. . It has always been and will continue to be something that soothes me and my soul.

What are you reading?  Any suggestions for me would be so very appreciated.

7 years, 3 months ago 2

How Art Saved Me This Summer

It has been quite some time since I have posted in this blog.  In June I decided that I would take a bit of a summer break from Art and Craft and it has ended up being a good thing for sure.  This has been one of the most challenging summers of my life.  Two weeks ago, I was in a bad car accident.  I was taking a break from the hospital where my father had been and decided to go to the bookshop.  I took my almost three year old son Max with me and off we went.  It was a sweet visit with Max buying a book about bugs and me picking up the latest Cloth, Paper, Scissors Magazine.  On our way back, we were cut off by a driver and the car was totalled.  Max was fine, but I ended up with whiplash, bruises on my abdomen, and some serious back pain.  Thankfully I will be fine with some massage and physiotherapy over the next few months.

A week later, after 11 years of battling multiple myeloma, my father passed away.  For those of you who don’t know me, My dad meant the world to me. He  was a wonderful man and a great dad.  Supportive, Funny and Kind.  Now that he is gone, my heart is so very sad.  I don’t know quite how to describe it.  Since my father has left the world is quieter, a bit more serious, and somewhat frightening. I know that time heals and that memories will help me get through this  with the support of friends and family, but I can’t help but feel alone.

And this is when Art comes in.  During these past few weeks, I have sat  by my father’s bedside listening to him breathe heavily. I sat with journal in hand and i just wrote down memories, poems, thoughts.  I got out markers and drew doodles, and sketched my father’s profile.  At night when I am home and can’t sleep, I listen to music that my father adored, Spanish Zarzuelas, Mario Lanza and Placido Domingo.  And it all helps.  It helps a lot.

My dad was someone who taught me that it was important to do what you love.  I know that he was surprised when I decided to be an artist, be it a performer or a visual artist.  He might have been worried but after we would talk about things, he would always say, “I don’t really understand what you do, but it’s clear that it makes you happy and you are good at it, so keep on.”

These past few weeks have been horrible.  The most difficult times have been at night, but when i take a moment  to write, or draw or collage,  it felt like i was at home, as if healing was happening, slowly but surely.   The work that I am creating won’t be seen in public, but it’s just for me and my dad.  A way to cherish, remember and to love him. What a gift.