This year’s contribution to the MAWA “Over the Top” auction is quite possibly my favourite.
Halloween is just around the corner and I have three new projects to help you get ready for spookin’ season. Each one is super-easy and super-affordable, thanks to some homemade craft products and dollar store supplies.
Click the links below for full instructions and remember to tag #smallcraftwarning in your crafty posts on social media!
Project: Halloween Votive Holders
Even the littlest ones can help with these easy, colourful votive holders, made with homemade Podge (recipe included.) Light ’em up with flameless tealight candles for a safe and happy halloween!
Project: Spooky Ghosts
Don’t worry – these are friendly ghosts! And, thanks to a little homemade fabric stiffener (recipe included), they don’t come with a scary price tag.
Project: Scary Soap
Make this and quietly leave it beside the sink…
A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to talk about upcycling on CTV Morning Live. I took a few projects with me, but this one has received the most attention. Made from a kitchen drawer and a handful of salvaged hardware, it’s an awesome project, perfect for beginners or anyone with a desire to turn trash into treasure!
Click here to learn how to make it: Upcycled Jewelry Display
It’s harvest time and that means it’s time for Canola Camp and, of course the camp craft!
This year, I changed things up a bit and I absolutely LOVE how the whole thing turned out. Click here to see and read about all the crafts: Canola Harvest Camp Craft – 2018
Or business card or concert ticket or…?
For as long as I have been crafty, I have been moderately obsessed with Mod Podge. I’ve used it for full sized pieces, like chairs and cabinets, all the way down to my signature Domino Pins. Be warned: if it stands still long enough, I will stick paper to it.
My latest project: fun wire photo holders with Mod Podge’d wooden bases. They’re easy, inexpensive and, most of all, cute AF.
Click here for full instructions, or contact me for a custom order.
For the second year in a row, I had the amazingly awesome opportunity to design the craft for the Manitoba Canola Growers’ Harvest Camp.
Each year, 15 “campers” (bloggers, chefs, nutritionists and professional home economists) spend a weekend in September exploring rural Manitoba in search of a greater understanding of where our food comes from, and along the way, they get to meet the people who grow it, raise it and gather it. (I had the privilege of being a camper a few years ago and I can honestly say it was life-changing.)
Last year, the Canola gang contacted me about making a special craft for the campers to create as one of their souvenirs of the weekend. After a little brainstorming, we came up with the idea of a set of charms; each representing the different stops that make up Harvest Camp – everything from a bison farm to a grain elevator. The charms were a big hit last year, so we decided to do it again, with a few tweaks.
To read more about the charms, click here: Canola Harvest Camp Charms – 2017
Last year, I was tasked with designing two coasters for a brand-new brewery here in Winnipeg. We wanted to do something fun and different, with a vintage feel… and pretty much the opposite of the plain old logo on a plain old round coaster.
Once I had an idea for the coasters, it was time to dig into my stash and start pulling papers.
This is always a fun part of the design process for me. I pull way more than I need and let the patterns and colours tell me what to do next.
In this case, the yellow, “bubbly” paper really wanted to be beer. And, I couldn’t choose just one, so I ripped it up and layered it until I had a full mug!
To see the two finished coasters, click here: Torque Brewing Co. Coasters
The challenge: create a shadowbox filled with 10 charms for the Canola Summit, held this spring at Kelburn Farm. The shadowboxes would be given to each person in attendance as a souvenir and memento of the day.
Playing off the idea of the Harvest Camp charms, I came up with 10 crafts to represent the themes at the Summit – everything from bees, to community, to the big, blue sea.
Click here to read more and see the final project: Canola Summit Window
When I first started making my Domino Pins, my number one rule was to “be nice.” No profanity, no negative or provocative statements – just friendly, uplifting, g-rated messages.
Ah, to hell with that. These new, cheekier pins are way more fun!
How did this big change come about? Well, I’m much, much (ok, not that much) older than I was when I started this whole thing. With age comes decidedly less thought to what others may think. Zero fucks, if you will.
Plus, it’s so great to see customers (of all ages) react to my new pins. Apparently, the f-word is something that almost all generations can get behind. (Very small children shouldn’t be playing with sharp things anyway!)
Subversive crafting is my new favourite crafting. There. I’ve said it.
Well, that was fun!
Hands down, the highlight of the 2016 Christmas craft sale season was the W.E.S.T. (Winnipeg ETSY Street Team) Holiday Craft Market, held at the St James Civic Centre on December 17.
It was my first W.E.S.T. sale since… ack… since forever, and it definitely didn’t disappoint.
Along with dozens of Domino Pins, cards, and a couple pieces of framed art, a huge pile of t-shirt pillows (including all of the ones pictured here) went to their forever homes.
Thanks to all who came out to support local makers!!
I’m looking forward to re-stocking the shop with some new pillows and pins for the Spring 2017 sales, but for now, it’s nice to be able to take a little break and recharge the creative batteries.
I’ve just shipped another batch of scrappy, quilty pins to Brandy in beautiful BC!
You may remember the first batch? Well, it was great fun to get to do round two – even with those teensy-tiny, hand-cut red hearts! Ack!*
If you are a quilter, Brandy has a great website with a blog, online store and instructional videos, and you can even listen to archives of her podcast, Canadian Quilt Talk (perfect for listening to whilst quilting, I imagine!)
Quilter on Fire
*I kid! That’s the best part!