Monday, November 23, 2015

Getting Ready

The first of the two shows I'm doing this year is on Saturday. On the weekend I did a test run of the table set up and it's looking good! I'm excited about my new products this year. Here's a sneek peek. 

The fox and owl pouches were inspired by my cousin who suggested animal pencil cases when I asked her "what should I make?"  Thanks for the suggestion Emily!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Quick Craft

My mum's birthday was this week so a handmade card was in order. I'm not very proficient at watercolours but they're fun and luckily landscapes are pretty forgiving. 

While I was digging around for paper to mount it on I figured it would be good to use up some of my stash and made a couple notecards with this sweet paper for fall correspondence. 

Nothing more than cutting paper to size (discovered years ago it's much easier to choose your envelope before cutting the card to size) and adding some washi tape. A simple project but also one that got finished a few minutes after starting which isn't a bad thing!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Christmas Crafternoon

Now an annual tradition among my friends, Christmas Crafternoon is an event I host each November. After scouring Pinterest for ideas I bake some cookies, get out the craft supplies and invite friends over for an afternoon of crafting.

This year was a little earlier then usual due to some scheduling conflicts so some of all of the festive decor was lacking but we put Christmas songs on, drank hot apple cider out of candy cane mugs (which themselves are such a part of the tradition that if we didn't have them I'm sure I'd have a revolt on my hands) and set to crafting.

I've come to realize after hosting a few Crafternoons that my friends are not particularly crafty - in that our annual Christmas Crafternoon is probably 90% of their crafting for the year (sad but true). Keeping this in mind I've learned to pick projects that are quick and easy and involve no sewing whatsoever.  Even the tiniest bit of sewing seems to be enough to turn most people off.

The most popular activity any year is card making.  Out come card blanks, stamps, punches, coloured pens, glue sticks and all the rest.  I'm always interested to see what other's make out of the supplies I am so accustomed to.  One difference is that usually the insides of cards get just as much decoration as the front whereas I'm almost always leaving those insides naked, adding a short verse or stamped saying later.

This year in addition to card making we experimented with melting candy canes from this tutorial and I thought these candle holders were great but I was the only one to try making one.  

And now that Christmas Crafternoon 2014 is over all the great Christmas crafts I see can go on the Pinterest board for 2015! Nothing like planning ahead. (Speaking of planning ahead, one of these years I will remember to take photos before the sun sets and the light is crappy!)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sneek Peek

A little look at what I've been working on for the Creative Spark Winter Market.  I love those fabrics and am excited to think of them going to new homes.  A few threads to trim, turning holes to close and cord to thread.  Then they will be done!  Stayed tuned for more pictures.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Staying in Touch

I've spent most of this year away from home sailing around the Atlantic on a beautiful tall ship (more about my adventures on the other blog, Betula`Loo Sets Sail) and while I was away from home I sent many a postcard or letter back to friends and family. Now I'm back home, till Christmas at least, and one of the first things I sat down to make were hand-carved stamps to use on stationery.  The pack of rainbow cards and envelopes I picked up (somewhere in my travels) was the perfect base for these cheery stamps that cover a variety of occasions from thankyous to congratulations to those times you just want to say hi.  And after meeting so many amazing people on board I'm not running short of friends to send cheery cards to!  I won't be keeping this loveliness all to myself, sets will be for sale at the Creative Spark Winter Market and DDC's Holiday Extravaganza!  For those not in the area I plan to list some on Etsy as well.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

T-minus Four Weeks

It's that time of year again... making time in preparation for the Creative Spark Winter Market! The second annual show has a great line-up of vendors, if you're in the Guelph area come by and say hi!

This is my latest project for the show - any guesses?

Monday, July 1, 2013

What I'm Up to Now

Sorry abandoned blog, there are no good excuses for this kind of neglect! Sad to say the neglect will continue a little longer but if you want to see what I'm up to this summer (tall ships! Sailing! Adventure!) find me at: