This year’s contribution to the MAWA “Over the Top” auction is quite possibly my favourite.
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!
If you are looking for some sweet gift ideas, check out our sister site, Zenbars.
We have the yummiest granola bars, granola and, just for a treat – the best handmade, chocolate-dipped sponge toffee! Everything is beautifully packaged for giving, and can be shipped or delivered until December 23. Prices range from $3.50 to $16.
Delivery within the city of Winnipeg is free on orders of $20 or more.
Every spring, we cram ourselves into MAWA’s little space on Main Street and cram cupcakes into our face-holes, while bidding on art and rubbing shoulders with Winnipeg’s creative who’s who.
For the last five years, I have attended as an artist, baker and sometimes bidder. This year, I have donated two new vintage lady collages – “Vicky” and “You Might As Well Be Amusing.”
I will have prints available after the event, but if you want an original, you’ll have to stop by MAWA this weekend and place your bid. (Bidding on each of these pieces starts at $50.)
And, if these aren’t your thing, there are dozens and dozens (hundreds?) of other amazing pieces up for grabs. And, did I mention that it’s for a great cause? All proceeds from the auction go to supporting the awesome programs at MAWA (Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art.)
If that’s STILL not enough to tempt you, your ticket gives you free reign at the cupcake tables on Sunday afternoon. Yes, TABLES with an S. What puts this event “over the top” is the thousand or so cupcakes donated by amateur and professional bakers, like me. (I will be contributing two dozen lemon curd and two dozen spiced apple…more about those later…) It’s a proven fact that you can’t be miserable while eating a cupcake, so this pretty much guarantees that you’ll have fun. Even if you don’t win the painting that you had your eye on.
Oh, and there’s also a raffle with some seriously amazing gift baskets crammed with local goodies. Convinced yet??
Bidding starts tonight and wraps up at the big shindig on Sunday (2-5pm). For more information, please check out the event page on MAWA’s website.
I’ll see you on Sunday! If you get there before me, save me a cupcake or three!
Several months ago, I had the opportunity to create a large order of custom domino pins for a friend (and ex-Winnipegger), Brandy Maslowski.
All of the pins feature fun, “quilty” sayings and are available on Brandy’s website – Brandy Lynn Designs
I had so much fun creating these pins – especially the special “I ❤ CQT” pins with cut-out red hearts. They were a little more work, but I love, love, love how they turned out.