Sunday, November 29, 2009

Craft Bazaar

What a busy week! My kids had their piano recital. Can I tell you how cute 3-5 year olds playing the piano are??! yes, my 3 and 5 year old take piano. It is a wonderful group, keyboard based program called
Music for Young Children . it is canadian, but is all over the world. it turns 30 next year. I can't say enough how wonderful and child based it is. Look it up if you're thinking of a piano based program for your children....

Anyhow, you didn't come here to hear me gush about that. Another night out was the craft bazaar.
Here are some shots of my table :

I have to say, I've never made such quantities of things before. I still have a fair bit left over, but I have other opportunities to sell them. And they are done! I don't have to dread going to my room every night! :}
Now I can start some new projects I have swimming in my mind.

thanks for looking,

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Key chains all in a row

I took another go at making some keychains from these great acrylic keychain holders I got from a crafty friend. (thanks)

I made a bunch from Quickutz dies, ballet, music, happy face, football.....

Then I discovered my rock star set! Jackpot! I had such fun mixing these up.

Yep, just 1 day left to make signs, etc. for the craft bazaar. I made a lot of each type of thing I'm selling. Let's hope the people like and are buying.

thanks for looking,

Sunday, November 22, 2009


so here I am, blurfing instead of pinning the 50 eleven coffee cozies that I need to make tonight.

I'm so not a return to a former project kind of girl. I want to make some buntings.

It's all in my head. I just may have to do it so I can be productive in my procrastination instead of ... well... not.

Friday, November 20, 2009

two tutus

I've been admiring these tutus at Treasures for Tots
So this week, when I went to Michael's I picked up some tulle. Today when Angelina Ballerina came on, Neve ran for her princess dancing dress. I knew then that I had to make the tutu right away.

I love how easy it was. The worst part was the tulle hooking on all my little hangnails from my winter dry hands problem.
(BTW, Burt's Bees cuticle cream really helps, but I can't find what pocket I put it in.)

I wrapped the tulle around a mimi muffin tin and only cut one side of it so that the tulle measured 10 inches when put on the elastic. i wanted a longer tutu rather than the traditional shorter one.

After she tried it on and danced a bit, there was a request for one for dolly. so here it is

This doll has been nicknamed "Bride of Chuckie" as she is motorized and energized. she talks, asks for bottle, blankie, bear and plays peekaboo and makes raspberry sounds. yeah, not so fun when there is no one to play with her. Turn her off and walk away kid.

So, this is step one for the tutu. I'm going to embellish it with ribbons and maybe some jewels. I'll show you the final one when it gets done.

Happy weekend!

Thanks for looking,

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Eco-Family Holiday Sale is almost here!

Post Number 2 today, scroll down for the crafty one.

This time of year is all about getting together, enjoying each others company and yes, even a bit of gift giving. Little Footprints is hoping to make your gift giving easier and greener this year by co-hosting The Eco Family Holiday Sale with our friends Toronto e-tailers Kai Kids.

Little Footprints, as you already know, is Canada's online eco toy store dedicated to fun and games for kids of all ages; Kai Kids specializes in ethically-made and earth-friendly clothing and accessories for babies to preschoolers and pregnant and nursing moms. Together they will be offering an opportunity to browse and shop a unique selection of sustainable, non-toxic and planet-friendly products for everyone in the family. There will be lots of special sales, toys for the kids to try out, and Amanda Pedro of Musica Music school will be on hand from 10:30 to 2:30 every hour on the half hour to keep the kids entertained while you shop!

Event Details Snapshot:
The Eco Family Holiday Sale
Saturday - November 21st
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1390 Danforth Avenue (East of Greenwood)

If you're in the area, come and have a gander. if you're not from here, check out the 2 companies online.
Little Footprints Toys
Kai Kids
great service and great products. tell them I sent ya.

Thanks for looking,

microscope slide ornaments all in a row

I had a big blitz of making these ornaments the other day. The ideas and combinations are endless, I could happily spend another week making different designs.
here they are all in a row:

Here are some from the music collection

And one for ballet

And another from the see through collection. These are a little tricky, as you need to consider the hook on the back. I make the swirl of the hook part of the ornament. I use crystal effect from Stampin' Up! to adhere the hooks.

The shapes are die cuts from Quickutz and Cuttlebug. and the music notes from a mini punch set from the Philippines. I need to add some ribbon to the hooks to finish them off.

The colours are a shade off in the 1st few photos. Playing around with my settings too much. And notice the background blurry in the HO Ho Ho one? New camera! Heee heeeeeeee!

thanks for looking,

Sunday, November 15, 2009

little ornaments

Here are a few more ornaments. I've made soo many today. More pics to come tomorrow.

And there will be a few music themed ones and even a ballet one.

thanks for looking,

Saturday, November 14, 2009


no crafty pictures today, just this

yeah, I know, how cool is that? DH brought it home from the supermarket. Don't know the name, do you?

It tastes sooo yummy, lovely texture, not too strong like broccoli or cauliflower, but buttery like sweet corn.

hoping for some crafting tomorrow... right now, I'm gonna dive into Bridget jones: edge of reason. the movie.
thanks for looking,

Thursday, November 12, 2009

gel pen wallet

so, um, like, I decided to do some wallets for older kids. Since crayolas wouldn't cut it, I decided on gel pens. And some artist canvass so that they can decorate their own.

this one is for my niece, who is quite artistic. I can't wait to see what she does with it.

It is an inch smaller in width than the crayon wallet and I turned the pockets around with a smaller flap for the closure.

I have one to doodle on myself, the prototype, You know, the one where you decided to try something different and it didn't quite work out? But it's good for experimenting.

And look what we were greeted with this morning....

The kids asked why I gave the squirrel an O Henry bar. I said they were nuts to think I would give a chocolate bar away, and to a squirrel! I know he didn't get it from this house! I ate them all.t

We get all kinds of critters taking rest around here. Well, city critters. My sister just moved to a more woodsy area and looked out the window, thinking her neighbours put up their Christmas decorations a little early. It was a real deer, eating the grass!

thanks for looking,

Monday, November 9, 2009

felt food

Since I like working with felt and I like my husband's cooking, it is no coincidence that the two should meet.

Here is a pasta dinner, Ravioli and bowtie pasta with a bit of tomato sauce. I only had a little "whole wheat" pasta in my cupboard today. it will be added to my shopping list for next time.

And here is a hastily made sandwich.
Ham and cheese (I know, wrong colour cheese for holey swiss)

some tomatoes and cukes (again, hastily made)

and a few leaves of lettuce.

Put it altogether, a sandwich. I need to work on the bread. I have an idea how, just didn't have the time.

And now I'm full of pasta, cucumber, tomato soup and nice bad for you, white bread.

hhmmmm, dessert. I think I need to make some cookies or muffins! yes, muffins.

Thanks for looking,

Saturday, November 7, 2009

sewing card

I bought this sewing stamp set at a 2nd hand sale recently, but there was no label as to what company it is.

Yep, this is what happens when you haven't made a card in some time and want to incorporate the fabric scraps lying on your floor. What can I say?? not much.
I also made a pink and brown boa scarf. This time, I made it only 3 inches wide and only 3 layers. I wanted it to be a little more fluffed out, so I rearranged the layers after I sewed them the first time and then re-sewed it with a wide zigzag stitch to hold it down in another direction. I know, not making a lot of sense. But it did what I wanted it to do, kinda. I have to shake it a bit. Maybe I should print a "how to" card with the gift? lol,

Going crazy making crayon wallets and hairclips. My aim is to make 4 wallets a night. So far, so good. 2 nights down, 18 more to go before the Christmas Bazaar. No, I'm not aiming to make 72, only 50! There are some other things I want to sell also.

thanks for looking,

Thursday, November 5, 2009

fabulous find!!

We took a dart into the value Village on the way to the bank today. I just had this pull to go in. And this is what i found!

Hung and lost in the curtain section. The felt pieces drew my attention 1st. When I pulled it out, I couldn't believe it! the kids liked it, it didn't smell, it has perfect stitching and will go perfectly in their bedroom.

I assume it is hand sewn, look at the stitches on the ladybug's legs. Same for the bird legs.

Cute doggie

and the bird.

I'm thinking it is a bit dated, but much appreciated in it's new home. I wish I knew the history behind it. Someone was very patient, talented and had some time.

Thanks for looking,

Felt sandwich tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Halloween bunting

A few weeks ago, Elizabeth at My Crafty Mess , hosted a giveaway for a Halloween bunting. Since we have just stated our bunting collection
celebration banner
and kid's foamie banners
I had to comment. And I won!

The bunting arrived in the mail today. There were a few ooohs and aahhhhs from the kids and I hung it over the window. Yes, we will have some autumnal colours here a while longer.

thanks Elizabeth! Go check her out!

tomorrow, a felt ham sandwich!
Thanks for looking,

Monday, November 2, 2009

Eco-friendly toys

Ever need a special gift for a wee one? Want to make it more that the plastic, run of the mill toys at the big department stores?
Check this out Little Footprints Toys
My friend has an online, eco-friendly toy store. While it is an online store, she will be making her toys available to the public on 2 occasions.
Children's Trunk Show in the Distillery District and
Eco Family Holiday Sale on the Danforth. I will be at the Danforth location to give some entertainment with the Music Pups Program that I currently teach.

There is a great selection of toys for all ages and even something for us crafters
100% wool felt kits!
These are so yummy in real life. Go have a look? And so well priced!

Check her site often leading up to the Holiday season, as she regularly gets new things in.

thanks for looking,

Sunday, November 1, 2009

felt hair clips

I LOVE felt!!!! I can't do what's in my brain fast enough! I LOVE it!
Here are some hair clips I whipped up. Still experimenting the last one I did was the blue/yellow combo. It is closer to where I want it to be.

thanks for looking,