Spreading Holiday Cheer

It was recently one of my good friend’s birthdays so I asked him what he wanted. It was simple, he asked for a Christmas self-tie bow tie. I rose to the challenge and found some creepy Santa fabric to complete my task. Martha Stewart was kind enough to provide me with a template for the bow tie. You can find that here. It was super simple to make which made it an enjoyable project.

Here’s the final result:

You can use any quilting fabric your heart desires so the possibilities are endless!

Hope you try this at home!

Happy sewing!

Love, Emily

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Christmas Time is Near… Part 2

Earlier, maybe a month ago, I posted the beginnings of a major project I created for myself. I had to make 72 Holiday ornaments to sell at the TIFF Shop. I successfully completed my tasks and over the next couple of weeks I’d like to share the finished products! Let’s start with some of my favourite pieces, the Matryoshka dolls:

Next up are the candy canes:

And finally for today, are the small medallions with tiny trees stitched onto them:

I really enjoyed making these. Make sure to visit us again as I’ll be posting more photos of my handmade holiday ornaments!

Happy crafting!

Love, Emily

Glitter, Glitter Everywhere!

Hello All!

We’re getting closer to the holidays and for many of us this mean glitter… and lots of it. I’ve recently had some fun with the herpes of the crafting world (think about it, once you get it you can’t get rid of it) and  here are some of the results!

With these clear glass ornaments I found at Michaels I just took some Mod Podge and painted the bottom half and sprinkled some super-fine glitter on it while it was still wet. I think I’ll coat the inside with different colours of acrylic paint.

On my same trip to Michaels when I found the glass ornaments, I found these great plaster ornaments. They were all white and ready for me to paint them! I used acrylic paint to paint them and added some glitter to help them stand out on the tree!

I also picked up some regular glitter in which I fully coated some ornaments. With a small paint brush I was able to do some more detailed work as well.

This particular piece isn’t fully dry yet, but I covered it in white glitter first and used some of the remnants of the blue ornaments and dusted it on top.

This is some of the glitter I used. Found the packs for $1.00 each at the dollar store.

These were so easy to do! Although they are messy they could be a fun project for the family!

Happy crafting!

Love, Emily

Goat Cheese Lasagna

Hi everyone!

I made this veggie lasagna with my sister a little while ago. I am allergic to cow’s milk so we used a combination of two types of goat cheese instead.

President’s Choice goat milk mozzarella.

and

President’s Choice soft unripened herbed goat cheese.

 

 

We layered this with oven ready noodles, zucchini, and rich tomato sauce.

Needless to say, it was delicious!

Happy Cooking!

Emma

The Bookshelf

Hi Everyone!

What a week! If you’re like me you’re probably still recovering from late night election watching.

As the dust settles after the election, I find myself inspired by all things American and found this cute book of all American recipes. I don’t own this book, but it looks like fun (and full of great recipes too).

Find it on Amazon. Try it and let me know what you think!

Happy post-election day to all our American readers, and happy reading!

Emma