November 22,2009: West End Bazaar

Sunday, November 22, 2009 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

4026 Richmond Road, Ottawa, Ontario.

Website: Facebook Event page….

This bazaar is also a fundraiser for the Women’s Shelter in Iqaluit: it is named Qimaavik. This is the only Shelter for women in all the thousands of square miles of the Territory. Woman and child abuse in the Nunavut is 1200% higher there than in the rest of Canada.
They need funds for their daily life, education and counselling as well as much needed security, night and day! They get no official government funding.

The Bazaar will have 14 vendors:
Creative Clothing by Roxane,
Tracey with TAV Creations,
Zamira and her Flying Veils,
Darlene with her Shibori hand-painted veils,
Sha’ Vega in her Tarot Tent,
Rain Kazymerchyk with her Silver Jewellery,
Sylvie Girard will be cooking up her wonderful treats,
Curves will be there to help us with our fitness!

You will find: jewellery, practice and recital clothing, accessories for Cabaret and Tribal dancing, pottery and Val’s trading table will be chock-full of surprises.

Here are more of the vendors:
Barbara Szatanski’s *B Daszled Deszings*,
Melissa Wakeling from Belleville,
Catherine Archer from Montreal and
Lynn Commanda, a Native jeweller.

Admission is free but donations for Qimaavik will be welcome!

WEST END bazaar FALL2009

pARTicipate-March 29, 2009

Shakti fusion presents: pARTicipate! A Benefit for Hollis Hawthorne

As some of you may have heard, a friend I work with at Burning Man, Hollis Hawthorne, has been in a motorcycle accident while travelling in India, suffered a head injury, and is in a coma. Her family wants to bring her home to the US, and we need to raise $200,000 to cover the cost of the MedEvac air ambulance to get her to Stanford hospital, where she has been admitted as a charity case. Since the accident last week, the community has raised $41,000 and that number continues to climb through the support of her friends in the international performance arts community. Fundraisers are happening in San Francisco, New York, Portland, and Nevada, and Leslie of Shakti Fusion organized a fundraiser benefit show here in Ottawa!
The details:
Shakti fusion presents: pARTicipate! A Benefit for Hollis Hawthorne
Sunday, March 29th
7-10 at The Mercury Lounge, 56 Byward

Performers: Leslie, Shakti fusion bellydance, Francesca (Rockalily Burlesque) Dani LeBlanc, Safiya, Halyma, Joshua Tacoma, Vera Sagram, Zamira, Justin Barca, John Lloyd, Dollhouse Dance Co, and more to come!

Visuals by: The Latest Artists (AO & Deborah O’Malley)

All funds generated from this event were donated to Hollis’ family via the PayPal account they have set up. I’d like to generate at least $1000 from this event!

To learn more about Hollis and the efforts of her friends and family, or to make a donation, please visit:

Eco-TAV Video Submission Contest!

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Let’s have some fun this fall and yes, you can win a prize!

The top 4 videos will each be awarded a fun prize as a thank you for your creative efforts!
The top prize will be a choice of one of two options:
1 – $50 value of Eco-TAV products, gift wrapped and mailed to an address of your choice for the upcoming holiday season.
2- $50 gift certificate to any restaurant of your choice within the Ottawa area.

The three other prizes will be valued at $20 each and your choice between

1 – $20 value of Eco-TAV products, gift wrapped and mailed to an address of your choice for the upcoming holiday season.
2- $20 gift certificate to any restaurant of your choice within the Ottawa area.


I am seeking different ways to:
a. generate interest in the Eco-TAV line…
b. get folks thinking and acting a bit more ‘green’, one step at a time…
c. encourage that community feeling…
..and I thought maybe this could be a fun adventure for those interested in coming on it!

The adventure is to create a video up to 2 minutes – or whatever!- in length that shows how you and yours are using the Eco-TAV line to enhance your lives. It should feature at least one of the Eco-TAV products, but I totally welcome the inclusion of other green/eco-friendly/healthy lifestyle products too!

Submit your video to the Eco-TAV Youtube Channel and let everyone see it and vote on it.  While I don’t like the idea of “competition”, I do want to award those creative sparks and encourage some funky thinking!

Submit your video [s] until December 12th. Judging will be on going with the standard YouTube rating system already in place, and comments will be open so that folks can really let us know what they think!
Judging will end December 15th so that the Prizes can be awarded in time for Holiday enjoyment!

Well, everyone who has been touched or will be touched by Eco-TAV, of course! If you know someone who is a creative soul and would love to play with this, send them to so that they can find out where to get their own Eco-fabulous piece of the action!

Rules of engagement:
1 – Copyright issues:
You must have copyrights to everything used in the video. If you are going to talk about someone else’s products and can get permission to do so, that would be ideal.

Any music/ logos/ etc. must be original content created by the creators of the video, or you get written permission to use that music.

Use of the Eco-TAV logo in the video will be permitted. You can contact me for a good quality image!

Once you submit your video, you are giving permission to Eco-TAV/ TAV Creations to use the video, completely or in part, for promotional purposes.  Credit will be given to you in every way possible, though no compensation, financial or in trade, other than indicated in the original contest can or will ever be granted.  But the Fame!  and the Glory!

2. Video submissions should be family friendly.
That’s the way I roll – it can be funny, serious, kooky, dark and even mind numbing – as long as it is safe for work and safe for the kids to walk past while it is on screen!

So, I hope you see this as a fun way to get creative and share you own love of the planet.  Remember to tell your friends to go and vote too!

Elevator pitch and other thoughts


TraceyThere’s that concept of the 30 second elevator pitch to promote/ introduce/ explain what your job is.  That one was always easy for me: “I sew, and I dance and I teach both, but not at the same time :-)”  I don’t define myself with labels, but with verbs – and that makes sense to me!

People will describe me as a “seamstress” and I inwardly cringe.  Yes, according to the official definition, that is one of the aspects of my reality.  I really do like to think I am so much more than that.  I design, I read people’s minds and pull their ideas out and bring them to life, I create new concepts for them to explore as we journey through making their garment – whatever it is.  And yes, I hem pants too – and that part of my job is not really creative, but it takes at least a modicum of awareness on how the whole procedure works!  [youtube=]

HalymaMaybe I need to approach the label Seamstress in the same way that I approach Belly dance – empower it in my own mind and revel in it!

My signature on my emails starts with “Creativity Abounds”.  I am thinking of using that on my website – when we get it updated [ hopefully sometime in the next month]  So, I invite creative titles and inspired labels 🙂

And I have had an epiphany regarding folks reactions to my telling them about my Eco-TAV products.  Many folks simply react in a pleasantly positive way, even if it is not something they see themselves embracing right away.  But I have had what seemed to me to be an odd reaction from other business folk and a few non business type folk.  Suddenly I was being told about a similar but different product and it was implied or occasionally stated that I should copy it. What?  What??  Why would I do that?  Why would I want to do that?  Would I want someone doing that to me??? No…So with much restraint, I would try to reply with a simple, thank you, possibly adding a clarification if the product in question involved the use of plastic – I don’t do plastic.  Speaking of not doing plastic – here’s a local company’s video of my Eco-TAV Napkin…They have an absolutely fabulous all natural insulated lunchbag too!


My epiphany was that these good friends were merely trying to help.  So I thought they deserved credit for their intentions, and I genuinely thank them for their links and face to face suggestions.  I can only design, engineer, test, supply, make and market a limited number of products, so I think I’ll stick with what I have come up with, and improve upon them.

While some were inspiring, it is a fine line to be original/unique when working with simple concepts – bags and fabric, so one really has to make the decision to not outright steal someone else’s idea/combination etc. Well, if one wants to look at oneself in the mirror and see some integrity.

Many of the suggestions that have come my way, were created by artisans setting up their own online stores, with the opportunity for anyone to buy their goods online as easily as mine. We all have similar goals, ideals and creative skills, and I hope to encourage everyone to check us all out – and see what you like!  While some brand loyalty is great – just stopping using the disposable stuff is the first step -so choose the eco product that will work for you!  I’ll send you all to Artfire first – Etsy is easy, and great too but Artfire is new and cool!

So, let’s embrace the creativity – support artists, entrepreneurs, and farmers!  Share your knowledge, share a smile if that’s all you’ve got, add a kind word if you are inspired!

On a side note – this weekend is full of artistic events to support :

~St. Brigid’s on St.Patrick will be full of paintings and artwork – in support of something fabulous I am sure – but there is no website!  So, just check it out if you are in the neighbourhood!

~ La Petite Mort on Cumberland hosts a fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders starting Friday evening til Sunday.  Details are online here!

~ Lansdowne Park will be full of Women this weekend for the National Women Show.  I do not have a booth at this one, but may go check it out Saturday morning!

Ottawa Centre Class Party: June 10, 2009

Halyma’s Ottawa Centre Class Party

Doors Open at 6:30
Show starts at 7p.m.

211 Bronson, Ottawa, Ontario.

An evening of Belly Dance presented by Halyma’s Belly Dancing For Fun with the participation of many local belly dance teachers and their students.

Support professionals, and emerging student dancers, as they explore classic styles of Raks sharki, fusion styles with modern elements, and Tribal style dance, all based on a foundation of belly dance.

This “class recital” brings forth a culmination of months and years of dedication to learning this ancient dance form with a variety of local teachers in the Ottawa area and beyond.

Tickets ONLY $10 at the door!

A grateful thanks from Eco-TAV

Yesterday was launch day! – YAY

While I did leave with some stock – I think it went very well for the first exposure of the Eco-TAV products to the public!  And that means I am not going crazy today in a panic for next weekend.  Time to order fabric and supplies in a semi-leisurely fashion!

 Even total strangers bought some!

That leads to my need to say thank you publicly to the many people who helped in the development stages of the Eco-TAV line!

My eco-survey respondants – I won’t list you all, but you can click back through my posts to see everyone who took the time to post their responses in my comments area – thanks so much!  And thanks to those who tried to reply but were thwarted by the “submit” button 🙂

Official Testers: Jess, Treena, Katheryne, Gailene, Julia, Dar, Susi,Pia, Angelique, and Mireille willingly took time out of their days to connect with me, learn the folding technique, and tested my napkins and pouches and sent me feedback!  

Secondary Testers: Dana and Cynthia – who spent some time playing with the products and gave me some of their feedback!

Sewing: Dana, again – Thanks for helping get those stacks of napkins sewn!

Website: Sara who was indispensable in helping me brainstorm the marketing ideas, designing the site, and helping me get my butt in gear to get it going! Tom too – but his thanks comes later…

Katheryne – special thanks for being a willing model that chilly morning!

First Customers: Andrew – first Ipod Touch case and Pouch!  Susan – First custom ordered Ipod Touch case – not doing those often, but glad it worked out so well!  Her pic is on the Eco-TAV Facebook page. The unknown person at the RA Centre who bought the first Eco-TAV Napkin/Pouch set and Diane who was the first friend to buy the set!

Cynthia, who got up early to help me all day at the RA Centre! and has offered to do it again next weekend! And Linda, who was planning to help, but was struck down by the bug that has been hitting people – feel better, chicky!

And last but NEVER LEAST, Tom [ aka WTL].  

He is beyond amazing when I get an idea in my head.  He supports me, encourages me, and then does a lot of work to help me make it happen.  We were up until 2 a.m. to get the site up on Saturday night/Sunday morning, and he did a phenomenal job getting our [ Sara’s, mine and his] ideas worked out as a functioning and beautiful website! He does the product photography for the site, all the nitty gritty stuff, and coming soon video work!  What a guy – I am very lucky!  he also makes the wonderful veggie soup that we live on most of the time – healthy and easy gets us through!

Thanks also to those who have commented on my Facebook Wall, sending their good energy and support!

I hope the minimum of this product line is to get us all thinking about our daily choices.  The sky is the limit after that!

Introducing Eco-Tav

my new, environmentally friendly/aware product line of Take-out Textiles Products and Tech-oriented Textile Products.

As you may know, I have been sewing for most of my life, and still enjoy the creative aspect of custom work with in the bridal and dance-wear realm.  I continue to welcome new and exciting projects in my custom work, and wanted to give myself an outlet where I could simply do what came to mind of my own volition.  

Over the summer, I began seeing possibilities and potentials for creating a small line of goods that would help reduce the garbage I myself was producing with my own visits to my local coffee shop, as well as when I was “brown-bagging” it. I have been intrigued by sustainable textiles for a while as well, and sought ways to encourage their use. I have also been unable to toss out textile scraps left over from my custom sewing and found that I could create some lovely pieces with these reclaimed textiles

After some test marketing and textile research, I am ready to go!  I have, with the help of friends, colleagues and family, my first run of Eco-TAV goods ready to introduce to the marketplace online and in person this Sunday, November 16th.

I have booked myself in the Ottawa RA Centre Christmas Craft Sale for the next two Sundays:
November 16 and 23rd. If you happen to be in Ottawa, either this week or next, I invite you to come check things out in person!

We will have an online launch as well on Sunday, November 16th at . The site is in early development and I will be taking online orders via email and Paypal payments until my shopping cart system is set up – soon!

We have placed some teaser info online as well at the following sites, which you are welcome to check out today – in anticipation of tomorrow’s launch!

Thanks for your time, and even if this only gets you thinking about your environmental choices, then a good thing has been done!


Eco Tav soft launch

Just a teaser – Eco-TAV will feature new products from TAV Creations that involve looking at our daily choices in regards to our environment!



Join me at the RA Centre
Join me at the RA Centre


Who doesn’t look at their daily choices these days?

Who isn’t going green?

And that’s great!  Everyone does need to take a moment and find the easy ways to make their choices as consumers, creators, teachers, parents and citizens of the planet reflect their own level of concern!

Eco-Tav will provide you with ways for reducing take-out garbage, replacing the disposable with the reusable, and finding some joy in beautiful and creative one of a kind accessories for the technologically inclined!

Join me at the RA Centre Christmas Craft Sale as I bring these goodies to light!


Read through my eco tav survey…

…and help save the planet!  Well, start to think about being a small contributing part of the solution at least!

{ I am updating this post as I feel the questions are still wroth reading, even if I have moved onto the next stage of my study and am presently not taking any more testers!  But I think it helps people to think about the choices we make!}

The view almost every day!
The view almost every day!

Thanks for taking a moment to read this through.  I am in the early stages of developing a new product line for my TAV Creations: Eco-Sewing.  I have tested the concept myself, and am now ready to find out if what I think is a great idea may have a place in the “real world”.  The first step is to get an idea of how many people out there might fit the criteria of someone who would use this product.  I have to be vague for now, and the questions will simply help me establish a more accurate picture of how people think and follow through in this area of their lives.

The questions relate to how people approach take out food establishments and the how we use them. [shortened]

Thanks again for taking the time to help me out in this exciting new endeavor!

 I will be making announcements about the new product line within the next few months as I go through a bit further development and testing.  If anyone has piles of cash to make it a huge endeavor and want to be an Angel investor – let me know!

The questions:

1. How concerned are you with the environment and what we as humans are doing to destroy or protect it? 

a – extremely
b – somewhat
c- not very
d-not at all

2. Do you feel your daily actions reflect how you feel about the environment?

a – Definitely
b – somewhat
c- not very
d-not at all

3. Do you carry a reuseable tote bag with you, even if you are not planning any shopping.

a. no
b. yes, about 1/4 of the time
c. yes, about 1/2 of the time
d. yes, about 3/4 of the time
e. yes,always with only the rare exception

4.Do you eat take-out/pick up food? This would include any time that disposable serving plates, cups, cutlery are used. 

a. no [ at this point, you are probably done with the survey, thanks for your time! ]
b. yes,1 to 6 times per year
c. yes, 6- 12 times per year
d. yes, 1-4 times pre month
e. yes, pretty much daily

5.  Do you use your own travel mug/thermos or similar re-usable drinking container when you frequent take-out establishments? 

a. no
b. yes, about 1/4 of the time
c. yes, about 1/2 of the time
d. yes, about 3/4 of the time
e. yes, always with only the rare exception

6. Do you take back the disposable serving container, if you frequent a favorite take-out place? example: some Thai food take out restaurants use plastic containers that are sturdy enough that they can be washed and re-used at home as well as returned to be re-filled at the restaurant.

a. no
b. yes, about 1/4 of the time
c. yes, about 1/2 of the time
d. yes, about 3/4 of the time
e. yes,always with only the rare exception

7. Please order the following according to your personal value system:

      1 being the most important and 6 being the least important :
a. Reducing all waste/ landfill
b. Recycling following the guidelines of your city’s definitions and services offered
c. Recycling more than the city suggests
d. Saving money
e. Reducing the use of plastics
f. Buying organic

8.How important is it for your actions, in regards to environmental awareness, to be easy?

a – extremely [ I am a busy person, I recycle my paper and plastic as much as I can]
b – somewhat [ I take my travel mug and tote bag when I can, and recycle faithfully within the city guidelines]
c- not very [ I have my travel cup, tote bag and reduce my personal waste contribution when I can]
d-not at all [ it is more important to do what I can to help the planet, and I make the time and energy to do it.]

Thanks for your time!  I’ll be contacting the random winners of protoypes, who may choose to continue into the next level of participation in September. 

Tracey/ Halyma

PS. Boing says thanks too! judgement
….in judgement