So the holidays are over and I hope everyone had a fantastic time. I know I did! In the days leading up to Christmas I had to make a few gifts for some lovely people. Here are the results:
This little number is a notebook that I covered for Emma. It’s a combination of eco felt and beautiful wool felt and wool fabrics. I made it to house her knitting notes for her projects.
These two guys were made for a couple of people at work. On the outside is snuggly knit yarn and inside is a sack of steel cut oats that can be removed and warmed up in the microwave. They’re great for winter and were a big hit!
Is anyone else prone to making the gifts they give?
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!
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!
It’s been a few weeks since I’ve done a post for Fabric Friday so I have a great print for you to make up for it!
This fabric is from Sis Boom by Jennifer Paganelli. It is from the beautifully designed and intricate West Indies line. The print I chose is called Velentina a vibrant floral with a bright yellow background to bring some life into the dark rainy days before us.
I love the vintage feeling it has. I would love to see this as a skirt in the spring! It would also look great in a quilt with other prints from the West Indies line.
I also came across this picture of matryoshka dolls made from other Jennifer Paganelli prints. They’re so cute! Gives me some ideas…
(click the picture to find the original poster of these wonderful dolls!)
What would you make with this fabric? Let us know in the comments!
Now when we craft we don’t just sit there in silence, right? So, why not share what we listen to when we’re in the crafting mood. If anyone knows me they know how passionate I can get about the music I listen to. As a young girl it was the Backstreet Boys, as an angsty teen it was Dashboard Confessional, and beyond that, John Mayer. Another one of my big music loves is Glen Hansard. I first discovered this amazing musician when I saw the film he created with Marketa Irglova, Once. If you haven’t seen the movie or listened to the soundtrack for it, do yourself a favour and do it now. When you’re done with that, and trust me you’ll want to listen to that 1000 times, buy Hansard’s latest album Rhythm and Repose.
A couple of tracks really stand out to me on the album, High Hope and Philander. Hansard has always been able to evoke so much emotion in his work with beautiful lyrics and a powerful voice. It very much comes out in these two songs. Let’s not even get into his live performances as they are not of this world and need to be experienced in person.
Go ahead, have a listen. Let me know what you think!
Now, what to make? Bought two of these little guys this past weekend at Michael’s! I love the colour and they were on sale. Not sure what this yarn is destined for just yet. Wanted to try making some kind … Continue reading →
Emily here, and yes, it’s that time of the week again… Fabric Friday! This week I have chosen a laminated fabric by Joel Dewberry.
This print is from Dewberry’s Heirloom collection from the selection of fabrics in the Sapphire group.
When I first encountered laminated fabric it was a drab white and red plaid often used for picnic tables. Once I came across wonderful designs like this though, I started thinking of what I could use them for. I thought this would make a great shopping tote. The deep amethyst color in this print allows it to be worn in the fall and the floral print is great for spring! It would also be great as a seat cover for an outdoor chair.