Posts Tagged ‘crafts’

Happy July 4th!

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

To help you get in the holiday spirit, I want to share with you these antique postcards from the early 20th century. Happy July 4th everyone!

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Sweet Little Felted Hearts

Friday, June 28th, 2013

A truly “zen” way to while away an evening. My daughter and I had lots of fun creating these cute little needle felted hearts. Izzy wanted to make these as a little token of appreciation for her teacher.

All you need to get started is felting wool, felting needles and a soft surface to rest your project on. You can buy special foam felting blocks but we used a couple of folded towels and they worked just fine. This is the video we watched prior to getting started. Cookie cutters really work well to help guide the beginner.

It might be fun to do some little stars for July 4th, I think a few of them would look so cute in a little wooden bowl as a centerpiece. Or for my fellow Canadian friends some little maple leafs to celebrate Canada Day on July 1st. Happy celebrating!

In my neighborhood

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

When the Cat’s away the Mice will play! Whenever my husband goes away on business my daughter and I devote ourselves to all things creative. This past weekend while Fraser was in Boston, Izzy and I visited one of our favorite shops. Urban Source is a fun little shop in the hipster neighborhood of lower Main street. At this eco-friendly wonderland most of the crafting goodies are recyclables. Factories of all types donate their off-cuts and scraps, stuff that otherwise might be headed for the nearest landfill. Crafters and creatives of all ages pay by the bag full and find themselves on a mini treasure hunt while filling them to the brim. They also have a good selection of glues and glitters etc. to round out their offering. A fun place to visit and never the same twice.

After our shopping spree we made cute matching pendants. Still in progress are a saddled turkey and a robot:)

Party Décor DIY

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

I was “pinning” on Pinterest, and came across so many fun DIY ideas that I thought I’d share! So many easy and affordable ideas to try at home that would be perfect for outdoor barbeques, garden parties, and birthdays. A creative way to make your party a memorable one for your guests. I can’t wait to try out some of these beautiful DIY’s! To check out the “pins” click here.

DIY Paper Flower Backdrop

Pink and Blue Strawberry Birthday Party

DIY Ruffled Ice Cream Cones

Tiny Tassels DIY

DIY Wedding Pom Pom Vines

Wedding DIY: Cupcake Liner Pom-Poms

Cupcake Liner Crafts

DIY Food Picks

Make It: Paper Lanterns

Crepe Paper Streamers Chandelier



Magnetic Storage Tins

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Old tea or spice tins make perfect little storage helpers for your fridge or magnetic message board. I used “Mod Podge” to adhere some pretty fabric scraps and simply hot glued magnets to the back. So cute and handy! Use them for pens, pencils, rubber bands, etc. and finally clean out that messy kitchen drawer!

Tip – Be sure to use strong magnets so the tins don’t slide down the fridge. Also be sure to let the “Mod Podge” dry completely before gluing.


Decoupage Easter Eggs

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

My daughter Isabella and I spent the other evening creating these easter eggs by decoupaging elements from my paper party napkin collection. I wanted to use real eggs but for the sake of wanting to keep them for a longer time, I used wooden eggs from Michaels. To prep for this, I painted the eggs using basic acrylic paint. I then cut out the designs from the napkins. Admittedly, this part was a bit painstaking but so worth it in the end. I used glossy mod podge to adhere the design on and then coated the entire egg with more mod podge. I put the eggs in little flower pots and have them on my mantle but I think they’d make a great little addition to the Easter table. Enjoy the long weekend everyone!


Get Crafty with Cricut!

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

I’m so excited about getting crafty with my new Cricut Imagine Cartridge, Floral Emporium! The collection is complete with 20 new flower patterned designs. I had fun designing the patterns so I hope you’ll have fun creating! Be sure to watch the video for some inspiration:)

DIY Pin Cushion

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

On a recent trip to Victoria I stopped at one of my favorite antique shops on Fort street. I happened upon this adorable child’s cup from the 1930′s. The cup was made by W.R. Midwinter Ltd, Burslem, England. For those of you who share my love of vintage here is a little info about the manufacturer.

William Midwinter started the factory at Bank Potteries but their success was so big that in 1914 they had to move to a new location, Albion Pottery. The factory excelled in the production of nursery ware, for which they employed designer William Heath Robinson. Roy Midwinter joined the company in 1946. This mark on my cup was in use from 1932 till 1941.

Well after bringing the cup home I decided “Georgie Porgie” looked a little too sad so I am hoping he will feel more useful now that he is a part of my funky new pincushion!

  1. Start by heating your glue gun. Fill the bottom of your cup with something heavy – we suggest rice. Using fabric scissors, cut your fabric and sheets of cotton batting into circles which are about 3 times as wide as the opening of your cup.
  2. Grab an elastic and your cotton batting and prepare to wrap your styrofoam ball. We suggest using 2-3 layers of the cotton batting to ensure that you’ll have plenty of space for your pins to hold.
  3. Next, wrap your styrofoam ball with layers of cotton batting, then secure tightly with an elastic. Finish by adding your layer of fabric on top, securing with a second elastic.
  4. Using your glue gun, add a thin layer of glue to the top of the inside of your cup. You want to ensure that the padded pin cushion stays inside the cup when the pins are pulled in and out. Push down, and hold tightly for a minutes until the glue sets.

Simple as that – You’re finished! Fill up your new pin cushion and feel free to add any extra decorations like ribbons or bows to compliment your fabric choice. Enjoy!