cloth bag pillow project

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During the summer of 2012 we attended the wedding of some good friends of ours in Maui. Their favours for the guests were wonderful cloth bags filled with a local bottle of wine, coffee beans and lovely treats. I came across the cloth bag again this fall and it gave me an idea. Although super cute, seeing as it had our friends’ names on it, we thought it would be nice to gift it back to them for Christmas as a fun throw pillow.

The project was quite simple to do, but I think produced a great outcome. I simply took off each of the handles, turned the bag inside out, and sewed across the top opening leaving a small hole in which to fill the pillowcase with stuffing. After googling a how-to video on the ladder stitch, and redoing it three times, I finally nailed it. Continue reading

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happy harvest

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I spent some time in the gorgeous dusk light this evening taking photos of some of my favourite new – and old – items. We received a beautiful Hudson’s Bay Company wool blanket with the traditional coloured stripes as a wedding gift from some wonderful friends and it inspired me to style a bit of a photo shoot. As it’s also very clearly now autumn in BC, I am now ‘allowed’ to start decorating with pumpkins, another one of my favourite harvest items.  The vintage lantern I picked up at an antique store in Fort Langley a few weeks back and have been itching to make it the star in my fireplace centrepiece. The last and perhaps most useful of these items is my new apple peeler/corer/slicer that somehow makes apples ten times more delicious and desirable. Finally ‘an apple a day’ may actually be achievable. Continue reading

my pallet project

So clearly I’ve been absent on this blog for awhile; it’s terrible. I honestly have been busy. Plus I haven’t done a whole lot of making, baking or picture taking these days. Mostly because the cards that I have done, are simpler than usual, which I am really liking, but doesn’t make for good blogging. Also I haven’t been baking lately as my Bootcamp classes and conscience won’t allow it. Picture taking I have done a bit of, and will post on my explorations soon.

Right now however, I am going to share the one project that I have been working on for a few weeks. It took some time to complete. Much more than others in the past. I have recently become addicted to Pinterest. If you don’t know what Pinterest is, it may be wise to stop reading right now. It’s a fantastic site to find and share images. Images of recipes, craft projects, wedding inspiration, or any inspirational photos at all. It’s a great place to find all sorts of interesting ideas, however it is tremendously easy to waste hours away scrolling through these beautiful photos. Continue reading

recycling identity

Being a student in the Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management program at UNBC exposed me to many courses on sustainability, being “green”, as well as global climate change. I’ve always tried to do things as environmentally friendly as possible, which could be what has dictated my crafting identity. Most of the greeting cards that I make are made from cards that I have received over the years. I have always loved getting mail, not bills and junk mail of course, but letters and greetings from friends and family. I have however, never been a huge fan of cards. I mean after your birthday is over, or the Christmas season has come to an end, what do you do with them? I usually feel that they need to be kept and not thrown away as there are kind sentiments written into each one and someone put a lot of thought into writing and sending them to me. However, I find that it’s a shame to keep them hidden in a drawer for no one to see and for me to forget about until the next holiday comes along when I have a whole new pile to add to the drawer. This I believe is why I decided to use these beautiful pieces of card to make new creations. I do hope that I do not offend anyone by chopping up the card they sent me, but I see it as a form of recycling. Making new things out of the old gives me a sense of renewal. It may not be as big as bringing your old electronics to the recycle depot or composting your kitchen waste, but I do stand by the recycling aspect of it all.

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