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
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.
This yoga mat bag is a custom order for Paula, one of my participants at the gym. Other than “blue jeans”, she gave me carte blanche for the design and accent colours; this is what I came up with.
The bag itself is made the leg from a thrifted pair of jeans. I added the jeans’ pocket (along with a piece of vintage pocket square for a little interest), and an adjustable handle, made from a vintage necktie in a vibrant blue. I absolutely love the way it turned out!
I am currently taking orders for bags similar to this one. Due to the nature of the materials (and my own artistic expression), each yoga bag is 100% unique. You can be guaranteed that your bag is a true one-of-a-kind!
The cost for a custom bag, as shown*, is $25. Please email me for details, or to place your order.
*An additional charge may apply for extra details and/or features, or if your yoga mat is a non-standard size.