Canola Harvest Camp Charms – 2018

It’s harvest time and that means it’s time for Canola Camp! Once again, I had the special honour of designing and putting together a craft for the campers – a diverse group of bloggers, dietitians, scientists, foodies, chefs and ag enthusiasts.

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This year, I changed things up a bit – instead of a charm chain, I did a driftwood hanger. A couple of the crafts were changed up a bit, too, and I absolutely LOVE how the whole thing turned out. (See below for a description of each craft.)

  1. Brand new for 2018 – a terracotta wind chime. I started with a tiny flower pot and added a few beads and a custom, embossed canola flower charm. This one was put together on the first night of camp and I had a blast “teaching” it to the campers, farmers and friends.
  2. The leather & lace bison charm – given to the campers after a visit to a real bison ranch.
  3. Canola seed in a miniature bottle. I changed up the design a bit this year and added a “beneficial insect” charm.
  4. Inspired by Ellen, I made a grasslands charm for the group’s visit to a working beef farm. I’m thrilled with how this one turned out.
  5. Bees! These fun tags were given to the campers pre-stamped with the bee image – all they had to do was stamp their thumbprint in yellow behind the bee’s body.
  6. Yarn bombing! This always ends up being a favourite with the campers. It’s so simple and always turns out great for everyone.
  7. Another new one! These mini map charms feature the route from Winnipeg to Russell, MB on one side and a chalkboard on the other for the campers to add a special quote or memory. The frame is a mason jar lid and the canola flowers are painted fabric.
  8. I always love making the beaded/hand stamped “Eat Well” spoons for the campers. They hang from a removable leather string, just in case they actually want to *use* their pretty spoon.

Thanks again to the Manitoba Canola Growers for letting me be a part of this incredible, life-changing weekend. Even though I’m only there for day one, it’s so much fun to live vicariously through the crafts (and see the awesome results!)

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