Cory U of CUExperiments


A Canadian traveler. Always searching for inspiring things. I like to make handmade experiments.

& can secretly be bribed with coffee... shhh!


Currently blogging about my adventures, hobbies & inspiring finds.


CUExperiments is a collective of experimental handmade projects I've personally designed & created. Each experiment is fabricated through the inspirations of everyday living.


-Cory U


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Copeland can make Ordinary sound Extraordinary.

Click. Listen & Enjoy.

Ordinary. By Copeland.

I can’t wait for more.

-Cory U 

I was diagnosed as “The Mystery Child” when I was seven. I had pains in my body without much proper scientific proof to label it much of anything, but they monitored me as having Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. I spent my childhood years at a SickKids Hospital with blips of signs, but mostly just symptoms of pain. Much to my fears that mystery diagnosis sure as heck remains true today. It’s said that I could have RA, or there are theories of “lingering JRA pains” (yes, pretty well the same thing), but nothing is official & everything remains a whole lot of a mystery until something scientific proves otherwise. ("Mystery Child" for life.

It’s been a rather odd week of events on the Rheumatology front for me. More tests are coming my way & lots more questions are on the table. I wouldn’t normally share all this (I like being vague & a mystery of my own merits) but I sure as heck can’t be the only one trying to figure out their body the same way that I struggle & I’ve come to the point where I want to share.

To recap the past 19 months somewhat quickly, both my wrists have been in pain. I’ve had X-Rays (fabulous hospital wear, eh?), Ultrasounds (why is that jelly goop always so cold!), MRI scans (a room with great bass beats), & multiple blood tests (just, yuck!). I’ve been on every Med imaginable except for Biologics (need the proof factors first) & had some pretty horrible side effects from most. Side effects from twitching chins, to spinning rooms, to me lying on the floor unable to move. I’ve had to adapt bunches to every day living & have lined up continuous Physio sessions to keep me going. I now think of crocheting as a great hand exercise & am a huge advocate for kinesiology tape (that stuff has become a great conversation starter). The issue is, no test comes back with any science to prove my pains as of yet & until what is happening on that tiny, unknown & microscopically small scale surfaces, I’ll never be anything more than an unknown mystery that is unofficially labeled as Arthritis.  

My own experimenting (because this is a blog of mostly experiments after all):  Since medications haven’t worked to benefit me, I’ve become med-free & feel better not having my mind & body reliant on pills for relief. The side effects disrupted me far too much. I’m also experimenting with diet since (if you really think about it), everything that you put in your body reacts in different ways. I know there’s lots of people out there with plenty of different diet ideals that think I’m kooky for this one, but I’ve started to eat vegan as an experiment of my own. It’s been a number of weeks now & I’ve been able to notice that I’ve been less dependant on weather changes (I can normally predict storms through pain) & have been more in tuned with my body to find certain foods as aggravators. I may introduce animal products to see how I react in time, but for now, I’m perfectly fine without them.   

Today: After last weeks’ appointments, I’m waiting for more mysteries to be solved. My muscle mass has become what my doctor has stated “is far too weak for your age”. “Do you struggle to brush your hair, & take things from top shelves?” I had to admit I’ve given up brushing my hair (it’s long enough with a beachy look that no one notices), & that since I live alone & am a bit of a shorty, my top shelves are used more for storage than anything else. So now I’m waiting for electrode-like muscle tests & more blood results. Today I found out, I have to re-do blood work because of what I’ve interpreted to be “bad science" or how they explained it, "a hiccup from what your normal tests look like". If it isn’t, they’ll be more questions to solve than answers to resolve.

& that’s where I stand today.

-Cory U

PS If you’re in a similar situation, I’d LOVE to hear from you! Message through tumblr or @cory_u

Wow! Just wow! Crochet is such a unique & creative platform for design. These shoes are so much fun!

-Cory U

irisnectar:

Crochet fruity shoes by Fruit Punch on etsy

Have you checked out the Open Back Tank at CUExperiments on Etsy yet? My favourite is definitely the Open Back Tank in Rose. Of course, that’s probably because the Linen colour makes me look so ghostly. No matter what I did I couldn’t beat the pale ghost-like imagery of the Linen colour against my colourless skin, so I just embraced it instead. Whites, creams, some yellows, even some soft pinks are soooo not good on me.

If this is the first time you’ve seen this new experiment, you can read more on the design process here. Each tank takes well over a day of stitching away to complete from start to finish. It’s a great workout for my arthritic hands!

Available in more colours upon request.

-Cory U

My mind screamed “WOMBAT!” the moment I saw this. These pieces are so dream-like…. & yes, I’ve totally dreamed of wombats. I’d want one as a pet, you know? If only.

-Cory U

sosuperawesome:

Illustrated pillows by flossypArt

(via diy-town)

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Sia,
1000 Forms of Fear

Happy Weekend! I’m off to farm country today, but before I go, a song. 

I’ve had some pretty weird, kind of tough times lately. This song fits pretty perfectly with all that. 

Click. Listen. & Enjoy.

Elastic Heart. By Sia feat. The Weeknd & Diplo.

-Cory U

(via 52hearts)

Reminds me of a mix of both Peter Pan, & that internal victory dance that happens during a really good moment when you’re too paralyzed to move.
-Cory U
romainlaurent:

One Loop Portrait a Week - #39
One last of Vincent Cyr, whose inner self is feeling real smooth right now
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Reminds me of a mix of both Peter Pan, & that internal victory dance that happens during a really good moment when you’re too paralyzed to move.

-Cory U

romainlaurent:

One Loop Portrait a Week - #39

One last of Vincent Cyr, whose inner self is feeling real smooth right now

www.romain-laurent.com
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Have you ever forgotten about a piece of clothing you own, until you see something similar on someone else? Totally happened to me this week. I spotted someone else wearing this really cute looking shirt dress on these cool summer days & made it my mission to wear mine the next day.

Course, with my luck, even after checking every weather app & reading my bones for weather pains I decided to venture outside JUST before it rained. It still was a beautiful day for fresh air & calm beach life. I clocked in some reading, & only got mostly soaked on the last block home. 

Another perk? I could even wear out my super purple arms without having to worry about sunscreen or funny tan lines. (The way I’m wearing these weekly, it’s bound to happen.)

-Cory U

There’s a new experiment available at CUExperiments on etsy. Open Back Tank in Rose & also Linen.
Link in profile.

Call them what you will; Friendship Bracelets, Crochet Bangles, Soft Jewelry etc. They’re the latest experiment to grace the CUExperiments etsy shop! In colours of Raspberry, Mint, Primary, Blue Raspberry & Grape (so far).

Each bracelet has a unique “Cory U” signature stitched inside to remind you it’s handmade & with it’s slight imperfections, essentially One of a Kind.

-Cory U

(via Primary Bangle by CUExperiments on Etsy)

I think we could all do with a little less. Traveling helped me with that a little bit.

-Cory U

I found this video on Millennials a while ago & wanted to share. From my experience, I know we’re all just trying to figure things out the best we can. 

-Cory U

(via http://www.youtube.com/attribution_link?a=bxLTRHRLJr8&u=/watch?v=ygBfwgnijlk&feature=share)

No experiment is complete without a test day. Behold the Open Back Tank.

Today I’m wearing the newest of new experiments “out & about” the town to see how out falls, if it falls down, & how it feels through a day of living. 

I started this Open Back Tank only six days ago with the scariest bit to accomplish being the top half. Working from bottom to top was new territory for me. It’s tough figuring out the length you need before working on the most fitted areas of the body. By the very end, I added some ribbed length to the bottom to complete the look. (All links above are to the documented instagram progress of the week.)

Hopefully I’ll have a doppelgänger up at CUExperiments on etsy soon enough! 

What do you think of my weeks worth of design?

-Cory U

I’m headed out on a quick road trip to Lake Eerie way today. With the weather being as it is, this seems like the perfect song for the heavy air & gloomy clouds. I mean, what’s better than a road trip with fitting new music to listen to?

Click. Listen. & Enjoy.

Hunger of the Pine. By Alt-J

-Cory U

Hey there, Shorties. 

It took some time, but I finally got these crochet Shorties available in three neutral colours at CUExperiments on etsy. With the speed of my Arthritic hands & the amount of rows I have to stitch, these Shorties are pretty well a solid days work. Totally worth it though, as I practically live out of my own pair since I first finished them. I think they’ve become my favourite experiment to date.

Lounge in, sleep in, or wear them to the beach in.

-Cory U