Adoring Winnipeg

PegDots

January 02, 2020 Season 1 Episode 7
Adoring Winnipeg
PegDots
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Adoring Winnipeg
PegDots
Jan 02, 2020 Season 1 Episode 7
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Karyn Balser from PegDots is the guest.  PegDots is an eclectic gift shop that offers hand painted dot mandala works of art for all occasions.  Belief that beauty soothes the soul.  Gifting a piece of artwork that is both gorgeous and functional shows you put that extra bit of care into choosing products for the ones you love! 

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Karyn Balser from PegDots is the guest.  PegDots is an eclectic gift shop that offers hand painted dot mandala works of art for all occasions.  Belief that beauty soothes the soul.  Gifting a piece of artwork that is both gorgeous and functional shows you put that extra bit of care into choosing products for the ones you love! 

Social Media:

Adoring Winnipeg

Adoring Winnipeg Insta

PegDots Website


PegDots Facebook


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Speaker 1:
0:09
Your guide to explore it and shopping local. Here's to hello and welcome to the adoring Winnipeg podcast. My name is Jenelle and I'm the host of this show and the owner of adoring Winnepeg and online source to help you find local Winnipeg businesses for all your needs. Um, I started this podcast as a way to get to know the owners of these businesses and their products so you can find out if their services would be the right fit for you. Uh, today I have Karen from peg dots on the show. Hi Karen. Hi. So thank you for being here. Thanks for having me. I'm just going to dive right in. And how about you start by just kind of introducing yourself and peg dots at what I'm Karen and I'm a the hands, I guess, behind peg dots. So I do dot Mandela, uh, our work in gifts, just a lot of, uh, just gifts for whatever, whatever you need, needed mugs, canvas work.
Speaker 1:
0:59
It's kind of a unique art form that I like doing. Okay. So yeah, you said gifts, looking on your website and stuff. There's quite a variety of things. The mugs, the home decor. I'm, I believe you do custom work as well. Can you kind of talk to us a little bit about what style of stuff you offer? Um, yeah, so mugs, mugs are probably the most popular thing that I do right now. I do, um, a lot of Mandela designs, but I do a lot of custom things, um, for if someone's looking for gifts and stuff and they want, um, like last night I just put 'em a lot of people do like Manitoba shapes on them. So that kinda thing. Um, ornaments around Christmas time kind of depends on the season. In the spring and summer. Do flowerpots uh, and canvas work. Just a lot of people, you know, I'm looking for, so I have an accent wall in my kitchen that I would like, you know, an eight by 10 something.
Speaker 1:
1:47
So I'll work with them and design something for them that way. Okay. So kind of whatever you can put paint on, you'll, you'll tack fruity much. I've done, yeah, all kinds of things. I did a mailbox for someone once, so that's pretty, pretty interesting. So how this all start. Uh, I started actually a few years ago with my oldest daughter. Um, we started doing Winnipeg rocks. Oh, have you seen around there? Um, painting rocks and hiding them around the city. And it started as a good way to just kind of bond with her and get, um, uh, get an excuse to get her outside and actually want to spend time with me. The 11 year old. Um, so we did that and then I started noticing, you know, more Mandela patterns around and I thought it was really fascinating and I thought I'd give it a shot and I really liked it.
Speaker 1:
2:32
It turned into a pretty good stress reliever. Is that just like all self-taught then? Or did you Oh wow. Just watching and pick it up. You pick it up on your own. Yeah. Okay. So where do the like ideas and patterns and stuff come from? Cause it's so intricate. So do you have like templates or patterns or all just kinda in your head? Yeah, it's all, it's all free hand. Um, I just kinda, you, you can learn some kind of basic rules. Like, if you start with this and put, you know, eight around a circle, you can build out way kind of thing, but you just kind of learn. Yeah. Cause it's a surgery involved. Yeah. So you just kind of start playing and there's really no wrong way to do it. And just kinda, usually I'll sit down and I'll just pick some colors and see what happens.
Speaker 1:
3:13
Cool. Is anybody who knows me knows that symmetry is not my forte. So to me it's like you do that freehand. So how long does something, like we'll say the mug, since you said that's the most common that you do, how long does that take you then? It kind of depends on how intricate and, and stuff. Um, I I don't even know cause I usually end up doing a few at once. So I would say depending maybe 45 minutes or so depending. And then they, it's, they need to sit and dry for four days before I bake them. I bake them in the oven afterwards to seal them. Okay. And so they're protected from washing and such. Um, so start to finish. I mean it's probably about a week, but not, not straight through. Okay. So then is it, um, like do just buy whatever mugs you like from a store?
Speaker 1:
3:57
I don't do, I don't make my own mugs. I love to try plotter green, but that's, that's not in the game right now. Yeah, fair enough. He could partner up with thinking about that. I know I have to talk to her. This a friend of mine, I'm actually gonna talk to you soon and see if maybe we can work that out because I do like partnering with other and it's just like a, like really paint or something. Is that what it is? It's all acrylic. Oh cool. So then you talked about the mugs that we go back to that a lot because that is definitely the most common theme that you will see on your social media or anything like that is those, um, so hopefully people are using them and washing them. So is it, is it, does it last a long time? Yeah, they are functional.
Speaker 1:
4:36
I always have people actually use this and I have mine washing the paints. Yeah, I use them every day. The only thing is I would wash them. Some dishwashers are okay, but I always tell people just to be safe. You want to hand wash it, but they are baked to seal and you know, they're usable. I have mine, I use them every day. They're, they're not meant to just look at you can use them too. Okay. So functional and pretty. Yeah. And the last, which is good. Yeah. Um, so for this Christmas, this past Christmas you had done same, some Manitoba or Newman's and support of dream factory. How did that come about? Um, well I wanted to start this as a first year or, um, I wanted to start doing kind of a, a special edition ornament that I, um, would do a different one every year. And the proceeds part of the proceeds would go to a different charity every year.
Speaker 1:
5:24
Okay. So I picked a couple patterns and I kinda had some people, um, put it out on my social media, you know, which kind of pattern do you like. And it ended up being pretty close. So I did two, the two different patterns. And then, um, had people suggest charities and same thing, kind of the most popular ones I had people vote on. And this past year it was, uh, for the dream factory Manitoba. So, okay. So the public's all very involved in what you're doing. So that's how you kind of decide where the funds will go. Yeah, exactly. Neat. And these are ornaments like for your Christmas? Yeah. Okay. Yeah. In the shape of a Manitoba, that's fine. So we can watch out for that. Hopefully every year I go for that. Yeah. Yeah. Nice on it for your tree. And a good cause, so that's great.
Speaker 1:
6:03
Um, so how about a favorite item? Do you have anything that you like to make the most or one particular thing that sticks out to you that you've made in the past? Like I said, I did a mailbox once. I was probably, I was probably the most unique. Definitely. Uh, I do like, I like doing canvas work. Um, I think it just, you can, there's something freeing about, uh, that sounds really cheesy, but you know, a blank surface and you just start and let it go. And see where it goes. I like working with things, uh, with people and they tell me, you know, I really want, um, something, you know, to match this or specific colors. I did a piece once for someone, probably the biggest one I've done. It was 36 inches by 36, three feet by three feet. And um, they wanted to um, recognize like the birth birthstones of everyone in their family.
Speaker 1:
6:54
So kind of, kind of had different rings for different colors, for different family members and stuff like that. That's meaningful to someone is, it's pretty cool to be able to take part in that. Definitely. Something like that must have taken awhile to that one day. Take a lot of time. Yeah, that was, I think I was probably about 50 or 60 hours I put into that one in 2000 little dots. Yeah. No, I didn't give up counting. I didn't bother counting. Um, all right. So with all that being said, how do we get a hold of your stuff? Where do I have a website? Just pegged dots.com I'm on Facebook and Instagram as well. Peg dots. Um, and Etsy shop, same thing. Everything's just pegged dots. Um, and you can find all my links and everything on my website, a calendar of everywhere LP where you can find my items.
Speaker 1:
7:36
Everything just picked out [inaudible] dot com it's probably the easiest way. Okay. Yeah. So the calendar of markets or whatever that you'll be in the list of, um, cause you do have stockists as well. Yeah. Right? Yeah. Yeah. So all of that pink dots.com. Um, so one thing you do have on your website is you have a blog that, um, is a meet the maker themes. So, um, every Monday I believe it is you're posting, um, little interviews with local makers around, is it Winnipegger, Manitoba, Manitoba, nobody yet. And you ask them these little questions. So we thought maybe it'd be fun to turn some of them around on you and have your attorney answering some of these questions. I'm ready either. So, uh, do you have any unusual phobias? I don't think I have unusual phobias. Yeah. I've had a couple of them that people have answered.
Speaker 1:
8:24
It's been pretty interesting that I was like, Oh, I would have never thought of that. But I think I just have the standard, uh, claustrophobia. I don't like really small spaces. Yeah. The thought of an MRI or something one day. I think they're going to have to knock me out for that. I don't think I can add the whole that. Um, yeah, that's probably it. Okay. Nothing interesting when you say nothing. Interesting. Okay. So the next one that you asked the other people is you're all alone in the house, in the house. Music is blasting, you're rocking out. What's playing? Uh, I'll probably show my age, but usually have, it's more podcasts in anything when I'm wearing dance, do a podcast know. So, but I usually, the only time I get, you know, some silence, I get caught up on stuff, but if I'm playing music, it's nineties.
Speaker 1:
9:08
Yeah. Anything nineties yet. That's my, that's what I, that's solid generation. I like that. Um, and you've been asking people, can they curl their tongue? I guess first we'll get your answer, but then I kind of want to know why this question, where that come from. It came from actually in, uh, my kids were kind of split in the host. I can't, and my oldest daughter cat, but my husband and my littlest one can. So I started wondering, I'm like, well this must be like a genetic thing or something. I don't know, but I can't. Um, and I was, I was kinda surprised at the number of people that came. I thought I was, I thought I was the majority, but it's just one of those weird little quirks that can you, yeah, I can see it. And I was amazed. There's only been a handful of people that can't.
Speaker 1:
9:49
I thought, uh, so my daughter and I were like, well, maybe we're the odd ones. I can't remember if it is genetics or not. But yeah, I just thought that one was kind of interesting, odd, meet some interesting people. Right now I gotta find my tribe. Yeah. So then the unlimited poutine or denial bars. Yeah, that really kind of depends on the day. But I think if I had to be unlimited, probably poutine [inaudible] bars are really good, but they're so sweet. Don't know if you could do that all day, but the teeny can do whatever with right. Pretty much. Yeah. Yep. I think that's always a safe child. Fun way to get to know you better and I hope you enjoyed taking your turn at answering some of these questions. It's always bugging me to do lines, so well that's just a sample of them. So if you guys want to see what some of the other makers have said, that's on peg dot [inaudible] dot com on her blog and maybe one day you'll go through and answer all of them for yourself too.
Speaker 1:
10:43
Yeah. While we're doing that, I'm going to do the like a season two I guess, or a series two coming up and I'm going to change them all. So we'll have new questions, new makers, new questions. So the celebration, you can answer maybe on your mind last year, switched them out. Maybe you go do you find all my info and dates and markets and everything. I picked out [inaudible] dot com check out the blog we have. Yeah, a lot of really interesting Manitoba makers on there that I found and it's always kind of fun to get to know a little bit more of the personal side of people and not just their business. So I think that's been pretty fun. And if you have someone you want to profile or whatever, send me a message and I'll see what we can do. Larry can go, there's another idea too.
Speaker 1:
11:24
Well I won't want to thank you then for being a member first off and also for coming here on this podcast with me. So I hope you all enjoyed listening. If you like what you heard, please help me out and make sure to rate, review and subscribe so I can keep this podcast going. I hope you come back next time when I'll be interviewing another wonderful Winnipeg business owner. Until then, don't forget to head to my website during winnipeg.com to find pegged dots and other local businesses, and in case you missed them, all the links were peg dots and myself will be found in the pod script. Thanks for listening, [inaudible].
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11:56
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