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DIY Halloween Inspiration

21 Oct

What are your Halloween costume plans this year?!

Unicorn. Rabbit. Loofah.

Lady Bird. Orange Owl. Child Owl.

Mr. Fox.

Masquerade Mask.

Frizzy Halloween Hair.

Peacock Tutu. (I’d love to do an adult version of this!)

national lowercase day

14 Oct

the ultimate holiday site says it is national lowercase day, “an entire day to turn your back on everything you’ve learned about proper nouns.” a day dedicated to poor grammar. the awesomeness of this holiday is debatable. writing this blog post without capital letters is making microsoft word angry and hurting my brain.

love it or hate it – we are acknowledging national lowercase day on the bb creative. enjoy this fun project with lower case (and upper case) letters by tien-min liao.

h a n d m a d e  t y p e –  a typography experiment 

happy topographic holiday!

DIY Découpage Television Tables

17 Sep

I’ve been living with Henry (my apartment) for about seven months. This charming little apartment is finally starting to feel like home.

I haven’t purchased any sort of side or coffee table since I’ve moved in with Henry. Side tables were a luxury item that I didn’t think were necessary. After placing two wine glasses on the floor, accidentally kicking them over, and shattering them into tiny pieces, I realized side tables do, in fact, serve an important purpose.

I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on side tables and went searching online. I bought these simple, wooden, television tables off of kijiji. I paid $20 for these tv tables with a découpage, DIY makeover in mind.

Découpage makeover supplies: tv trays, art print or patterned paper, mod podge (I used Golden Acrylic Medium instead of mod podge), a paint brush, a pencil, a ruler, and scissors.

Découpaging is really easy. Step one: clean your soon-to-be-découpaged item. Step two: experiment with different papers and patterns. You can cut paper into tiny pieces to make a fun pattern. Overlap your paper for a collage look. Use a favourite poster to cover the surface of your DIY item. You don’t have to limit yourself to paper; you can use fabric, lace, doilies, stickers - any crafting odds and ends you have in your “I’ll use this someday for an awesome craft” supply box.

Step three: (my favourite part) get messy! My hands were covered in glue. Twenty-four hours after this craft project I was still peeling dried glue off of my hands.

Once you have made a creative decision cut paper for your furniture makeover. Cover the surface of the furniture item with the glue using a paint brush. The glue should be wet when the paper is positioned on the surface. Apply more glue or an acrylic polyurethane over the finished product. Ta-da! A little messy, but super easy, DIY project. Your friends will definitely compliment you on your fabulous, découpaged furniture (hint, friends please compliment me on my side tables when you visit).

All three television trays turned out nicely. I don’t love the baby blue and red television trays (above). I wish I picked different paper. But they are still cute and functional.

This blue checkered table is my favourite. I like the classic pattern and contrast of the periwinkle blue and pale wood on the table’s surface.

This is my favourite space in my apartment. It’s so sweet and cozy. Having a side table is a nice addition to this sunny nook. No more broken wine glasses or spilled tea for me! Hooray!

Happy crafting. XO.

Thoughts on Murals and Such

9 Sep

Murals are fascinating.

Montreal Mural: somewhere near the waterfront

I love the culture behind street murals and graffiti. Murals belong to the do it yourself creatives; there are no rules, no galleries, no elitism, no curating authority. Murals are accessible. They are for the people. They make ordinary and dull public spaces interesting, challenging, and often, beautiful. They can help us reevaluate the way we use and see urban spaces.

Murals and graffiti also challenge the controversial question: Is this art?

NYC Mural: somewhere in SoHo

NYC Mural: near the New Museum of Art

NYC Mural: near The Highline

Since my urban vacation I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about the arts. I sit and daydream about artists, musicians, actors, stage designers, dancers, photographers. These people are so intriguing. They dedicate their lives to a cause, to learning, to refining their practice. This requires so much thought and patience. There is so much uncertainty to dedicating your life to the arts.

Montreal Mural: near Saint-Louis Square

Montreal Mural: near Old Montreal

There was a time in my life that I wanted to dedicate my life to the world of art. I wanted to be a painter, to design theatre sets, to become a professional stage manager.

In Montreal I met up with a friend from high school. He is an incredibly talented pianist. He studied piano during his undergrad and masters. I imagine he will continue his studies and complete his doctorate. Whenever I see him he asks about my artwork, which is sweet, but also embarrassing. He is a professional pianist and I barely pursue the arts in my free time. I never really know how to respond.

I enjoyed university and am happy with my chosen profession (communications). I enjoy, and am good at, coordinating communications, marketing, and events. I don’t know if I could have survived a career in the arts. I enjoy routine. I enjoy my expansive shoe collection. I would make a terrible starving artist.

When I told my friend I am a communications coordinator I was met with a blank stare. I sighed. It is hard to describe what I do. I explained to him I am a stage manager for business people. He nodded and smiled. Apparently this is a good job description (at least for people who know what stage management is).

NYC Installation (not a mural but still very cool public art!): The High Line Zoo

People in suits have replaced actors in sweatpants. Maybe my career isn’t as far from my high school aspirations as I once thought.

Obsessed: Embroidery Thread + Friendship Bracelets

24 Jun

Last week I shared my summer to-do list. One of the things on my to-do list is to plan a summertime crafternoon for my lady friends. I found some DIY ideas last week but am still searching for the perfect summer crafternoon project.

Friendship bracelets are hot right now. They are all over pinterest and etsy. I love friendship bracelets. Friendship bracelets were the topic of one of my first blog posts and I am so pleased this bright trend has been building over the last two years. These colourful bracelets are no longer for nerdy girls trying to fill their Girl Guide sashs with DIY badges at summer camp. Yes – I think it’s time for my new crafty ladies to break out the embroidery thread!

Check out these awesome tutorials. So fun and colourful!

one. two. three.

one. two. three.

one. two. three.

I think I found my summer crafternoon party craft.

Saskatoon Summer To-Do List

17 Jun

Can you believe it’s already June 17? There are only two and a half months left of summer! I have so many projects to start, parties to plan, and events to attend before the end of August arrives.

I am a very organized person and am a huge fan of goal setting and to-do lists. Soooo here is my Saskatoon summer to-do list full of fun summertime goals!

- Start and finish a painting. I bought a 20”x40” canvas yesterday. This summer I will complete my first large acrylic painting since my first year of university!
- Read at least three books. Sometimes I am so exhausted at the end of the day it is much easier to watch television or mindlessly surf the interwebs than read a book. I want to spend as much time as possible reading this summer (preferably outside in the sunshine at the beach or park). Any good book suggestions out there?
- Organize a potluck. After living in Saskatoon for nearly five months I have accumulated enough furniture to have more than one person over at a time. Par-tay!
- Play bocce ball. I have a bocce ball set that has only been used a handful of times. It needs to be used more often.
- Go stargazing. Vancouver was terrible for stargazing. I can’t wait to spend an evening outside with a quilt looking up at the stars and dreaming about the future.
- Organize a photo shoot. I promised my friend Elysse that I would organize a photo shoot with her when I moved back to Saskatoon. This needs to happen soon!
- Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan. I loved Bard on the Beach in Vancouver. I can’t wait to check out the Saskatoon equivalent.
- Check out Saskatoon’s best summer festivals: Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, Wake Ride, A Taste of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Folk Fest and fireworks! I just realized that I’m not here for the Finge Festival, which makes me a little sad.
- Visit the Mendel Art Gallery. I seriously can’t believe I haven’t been to this gallery yet, it is only a few blocks away from where I live. Shame on me.
- Plan a crafternoon for my Saskatoon girlfriends! I haven’t had a crafting party since my birthday. I hope to have a crafternoon sometime in July. Ideas include: Cake Stands from Table Legs, Colour Blocked Coasters, Fish Scale Pendant Lamp, and Hemp Hoop Earrings.

Phew! On top of that long to-do list I am visiting friends in Vancouver and planning a vacation to Montreal and NYC! I’m looking forward to an amazing first summer in Saskatoon and a fabulous vacation exploring some of the best cities eastern Canada and America have to offer.

There is a lot of text in this post so here is a cool video for some visual stimulation:

I COULD HAVE DONE THIS.. from Briar Mark on Vimeo.

ps – please don’t judge me too much for creating a summertime to-do list!

Saskatoon Blog Round-Up

10 Jun

Once again I am complaining about the prairie rain. It is damp and ugly outside so I’m spending most of my day catching up on what is new in the blogosphere and watching Netflix.

Despite the rain I do want to show Saskatoon some love. Here are some awesome, random finds from bloggers and people who call this (currently) rainy City of Bridges home.

Puddle Vision in London by Gavin Hammond (found via City of Skies)

Go Green! Lentil Salad with Sorrel & Asparagus (from Renee at Sweet Sugar Bean)

S’more Stuffed French Toast (from Bob at BS in the Kitchen)

Coffee night with Cathy Terepocki (organized by Flock & Gather)

Saskatoon’s craft collective is hosting an evening chat with artist Cathy Terepocki to discuss the perks and challenges of selling handmade goods by consignment and wholesale June 19 at the Mendel Art Gallery.

Matt HunterObservations

This week I had the pleasure of working with acoustic guitar player, Matt Hunter, for a work event. Matt recently created this charming music video; not only is the music lovely but the video highlights the quiet beauty of Saskatoon.

Happy Weekend! 

Happy Mother’s Day Sharon

13 May

It is Mother’s Day. The sun is shining, the grass is growing, and the trees are budding. It is a beautiful day.

I called my mom this morning to wish her a Happy Mother’s Day. Unfortunately that call and this (late!) blog post is all my mom will receive from me for Mother’s Day this year.

When there are momentous milestones in my life my mom creates gorgeous, handmade cards for me. My dad says these cards take her hours to craft. And I am not organized enough to purchase and send her a card in the mail before May 13. Shame on me!

To make up for my lack of Mother’s Day thoughtfulness I’m going to share with you how awesome my mom is.

My mom is extremely hard working, kind, generous, supportive, and creative. She is an amazing role model. Growing up she planted a DIY spirit in me. My family was living on the 100 Mile Diet before the foodies made it trendy. My mom was making my brother and I clothes before sewing was fashionable and kitschy (in a good way). Springtime was for planting, autumn was for harvest, and the seasons in-between were for sewing, crafting, cooking, constructing, and baking. I thought everyone grew up planting gardens, canning beans, and making piñatas for their birthdays. Now I know not everyone was so lucky.

We didn’t have a lot of money growing up and I am thankful for that. Growing up we did-it-ourselves because it was cheaper. Now DIY is an anti-consumerist movement people are embracing with open arms. We are realizing how important it is to support local farmers, artisans, buy organic, and/or do-it-ourselves. I am thankful my mom taught me to support our local community and to do-it-myself. These are very important life lessons I cherish! Thank you Mom!

Now that my brother and I are (trying to be) adults my mom has indulged in a fancy camera and has been taking some photography classes. Here are some of my favourite photos she has taken the past two years.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY MOM! You are a talented, smart, and lovely lady.

I learned on the Etsy Blog this week Mother’s Day originated with activist Julia Ward Howe in 1870. Julia wrote the Mother’s Day Proclamation calling women to come together and rally for peace. If my mom was alive in the 1870s I would like to think she would have joined this important movement.

To all the amazing women out there – Happy Mother’s Day. You are loved and appreciated.

Potato Stamp Birthday Crafternoon

22 Apr

Saturday afternoon I invited some friends over for a birthday crafternoon. We made potato stamps, drank sangria, and ate tasty, lemony birthday cake. It was the perfect way to spend a sunshine-filled Saturday afternoon.

Thank you to everyone who made this afternoon extra special for me. I’m such a lucky girl!

For some DIY potato stamp projects and inspiration check out last week’s post on Potato Stamp Artwork.

Carving potato stamps.

My favourite part: getting messy.

I believe a little wine always helps the creative process.

My lovely friends and their colourful stamps. Everyone had the same materials but all the prints are completely unique.

Time for cake! Thank you so much for the pretty and delicious cake Vanessa!

Love the bright colours and bold prints.

Some retro inspired green prints and the end of another successful crafternoon.

I’m really pleased with how my triangle potato stamps turned out! These prints look great in Henry’s little breakfast nook.

This was a super simple DIY project. The finished product is bold, graphic, modern. Who knew potato stamps could be so chic?

Potato Stamp Artwork

16 Apr

This coming weekend I’m throwing myself a birthday crafternoon; this party will be a little bittersweet. This will be my first crafternoon (and birthday) in Saskatoon. I’m missing my Vancouver communication friends terribly; I’m sure my Saskatoon crafternoon will be fun but it definitely won’t be the same.

Miss you ladies!

I love printmaking and my apartment is in desperate need of some bold, colourful, graphic wall art. Solution = potato stamp crafternoon. So simple and fun!

Check out these awesome DIY potato stamp projects and inspiration:

Chevron Potato Stamp Art by Strawberry Chic.

Potato, Potahto Starburst Artwork by Young House Love.

DIY Decorating: Pyramid Painting Potato Stamps from Woman’s Day.

Potato Print Artwork DIY from Oh Happy Day.

Celery Stamped Cards from Homemade Serenity.

Potato Stamp Cards by Julia D.

No crafternoon I plan is complete without drinking. I’ll be making this tasty Mexican Sangria recipe by Joel and Jose found on Design Sponge. YUM! 

I will be sure to share photos from my potato stamp crafternoon next week.

XO

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