Tag Archives: Crafty Ladies

Flock & Gather Springtime Handmade Market

27 Mar

I am super excited for the upcoming Flock & Gather Springtime Handmade Market!

I love springtime and I love craft fairs!

I am very excited Saskatoon has an independent craft fair. Flock & Gather looks and feels very similar to my favourite Vancouver craft market – Got Craft?.

Got Craft? is the original, indie, East Vancouver craft fair that supports all things handmade. I cannot wait to see how Flock & Gather compares. I am sure it will be equally awesome.

Check out these beautiful posters for Flock & Gather by Shauna Buck.

Here are some lovely behind the scenes images of Flock and Gather’s printing process.

In summary:
Flock & Gather Springtime Handmade Market.
April 13 & 14.
St. Joseph’s Parish Hall.
Free Admission.
Yup. I’m excited.

Check out Flock & Gather’s blog and facebook page for more information.

All images from this post are borrowed from Flock & Gather’s blog.

Clothes Hanger Jewelry Organizer

19 Mar

Jewelry organization can be challenging. Why not keep things simple?

For my latest crafty project I took some inspiration from Household 6 Diva’s wooden clothes hanger jewelry display.

I like the simplicity of hanging jewelry on a clothes hanger. It is beautifully displayed and easily accessible.

For my earring organization I glue gunned some nylon thread to the inside of a pants hanger.  I love how the project turned out!

Check out my previous post on DIY jewelry organization for more inspiration.

Happy Crafting.

Celebrating Friendship: Natasha Kanji Photography + Fashion Tights

24 Jan

Friendship is a pretty amazing thing and I believe it should be celebrated. My friends are so near and dear to my heart; I am incredibly grateful for them.

Significant life events are often captured with professional photography: engagements, weddings, anniversaries, births, graduations… These events (from my experience) focus on family and partner portraits. I agree that these are special and momentous occasions that should be recorded and shared, but who helps us survive the ups and downs of life between these life-changing events? Who do we complain to about our families and partners after the honeymoon is over? Who do we call when we have an exciting announcement? Our friends.

Friends are important and need to be celebrated.

My friends help me get through the craziness of life. As much as I love my family, they do not understand me the way my girlfriends do. My university friendships are so special – we have gone through the same experiences, have had the same identity crises, share similar political opinions, similar interests (hello Crafty Ladies), and realized collectively that life does not get any easier after you finish your undergrad (or masters). My friends are supportive, generous, intellectual, funny, kind, beautiful people. When we get together time stops and we can literally sit around and talk and laugh for hours. It is really magical.

My friends are amazing. I know that they know that I think they are fabulous. To celebrate our shared awesomeness I organized a photo shoot with the very talented Natasha Kanji. I bought some helium balloons and met my friends in Gastown Vancouver for a fun afternoon running around cobblestone streets in bright fashion tights and sassy heels. It was a great experience. I had so much fun! And the photos are gorgeous.

I can’t thank Natasha enough for the beautiful photos. She did a great job of capturing everyone’s personalities and the incredible Vancouver cityscape. These photos make me so so so happy; they are such a special keepsake. I can’t wait to frame them and make an album. I love them – Thank you Natasha!

To see more photos from our Gastown photo shoot please check out Natasha’s blog or visit her website.

Snowmen Holiday Cards

29 Dec

Thank you to my creative friends for these handsome, handmade Christmas cards!  I find it super amusing that you all gave me snowman themed cards. Your lovely cards almost make up for the brown Christmas I am having in Saskatchewan this year (I’m a little disappointed there is no snow).

Thank you for the charming cards and kind words. Merry Christmas + Happy New Year!

Stitched + Printed Christmas Cards

18 Dec

One of my favourite things about the holiday season is giving and receiving cards. I love getting Christmas cards and knowing that someone out there is thinking about me. Cards are such a simple gesture to show friends, family, and colleagues that you value their friendship, encouragement, and support.

That being said I am incredibly behind on my holiday cards. It is December 18 and I have not given away one Christmas card. I am sorry that many of you are viewing your Christmas card online before I give it to you in person.

This year I made two different Christmas cards – hand stitched cards and lino cut/printed cards. I am incredibly pleased with how all my cards turned out. I hope the recipients enjoy them as well!

I found a tutorial for DIY hand stitched cards from Leigh-Ann on Freckled Nest. Leigh-Ann’s instructions are really easy to follow and her blog is beautiful. I love the versatility of hand stitched cards, you can create these cards for any occasion. Your creativity and imagination is the only limit!

I found some fantastic fonts online (Honey Script, English Essay, and Morado) to help me with the type for my quirky, hand stitched, holiday cards.

The idea for “Merry Me” came from a coworker who created a poem with my Magnetic Poetry Little Box of Cheer word magnets. This magnet set only contains cheerful words, which made it quiet challenging to write an interesting poem! One of the verses from this very happy poem is “Merry Me” and I thought these words would make a really charming holiday card! Do you agree?

Joyeux is a beautiful word. These cards are inspired by my Québécois heritage. Joyeux Noël!

“DFF” and “Slutty Work Pants” are cards for friends, both are inside jokes and I cannot adequately explain their hilarity in this blog post. I am sure they will both be greatly appreciated – let the inside jokes continue into the New Year!

“Cool Beans” was inspired by the movie Hot Rod and is for my brother (who does not read my blog so his card will be a surprise). If you haven’t seen the movie you should definitely check out this clip. Whenever I watch Hot Rod it makes me think of my little brother and smile.

I love lino printing. I love the process: finding an image, modifying it for the linoleum sheet, cutting the lino, choosing the image colour, rolling the ink on the stamp, printing the first image and praying it turns out the way I envisioned. It’s exciting because you never know exactly how the print will turn out! Each card has small imperfections that make it unique. No two cards are the same.

My lino cut cards are dedicated to my childhood memories of horse-drawn sleigh rides at Christmas. When I was really young my grandpa would harness up the horses, cover them with jingle bells, and take us for a sleigh ride (or wagon ride). It was such a magical experience.

When searching for images of sleighs I came across The Bells, a beautiful poem by Edgar Allan Poe. I love how Poe describes the sound of the silver bells and the crisp, starry night skies. For me The Bells invokes romantic and quintessential Canadian images of Christmas nights on the prairies.

The Bells by Edgar Allan Poe

Hear the sledges with the bells -
Silver bells!
What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle,
In the icy air of night!
While the stars that oversprinkle
All the heavens seem to twinkle
With a crystalline delight;
Keeping time, time, time,
In a sort of Runic rhyme,
To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells
From the bells, bells, bells, bells,
Bells, bells, bells -
From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells

A wagon ride with my grandpa during a very brown Saskatchewan Christmas.

Happy Holidays + Merry Christmas.

Here’s to many more laughs, crafts, dreams, and successes in 2012!


20 Nov

It’s my blogoversary!

365 days, 121 comments, and 87 posts later The BB Creative is one year old! I’m really excited about my blogoversary. Why does this seem so much more exciting than my actual birthday?!

If you don’t mind I’m going to take a moment to reminisce and re-share some of the most popular stories, ideas, and projects I posted on The BB Creative.

I really have to thank my dear friend Vanessa for asking me to be her maid of honour and allowing me to blog about her charming Saskatchewan wedding. I loved blogging about Vanessa’s wedding and I think my readers enjoyed it as well. My posts on Vanessa’s wedding are some of the most popular stories on The BB Creative.

Want to see some amazing eye-candy (it’s 100% calorie free!)? Take a walk with me down memory lane and check out these very popular posts!

Eclectic & Lovely DIY Wedding Projects

The Invites are Here!

Nicole Gerhardt Photography

I started The BB Creative as a space for me to explore and reconnect with my artistic childhood dreams, to showcase past and present projects, and to share the work of other creatives that inspire me. I’ve really enjoyed sharing my handmade projects with you, my readers. This blog is an excellent catalogue of projects, events, tutorials and random inspiration I’ve found on other blogs that continue to motivate me creatively.

These aren’t necessarily my most popular posts, but they are some of my favourites and I believe they are worth revisiting because they have helped me get to where I am today.

High School Drawings

The Medium is the Message

Creative Process for: Can’t Stop

Give Thanks

I don’t think that I would have started this modest blog without the encouragement of the lovely Crafty Ladies! They gave me the extra little push I needed to start The BB Creative. They are the best and I love getting together for our crafternoons and later blogging about our crafty projects. Thanks for the moral support ladies!

I find keyword searches that bring people to The BB Creative really amusing. But I also take these Google keyword searches as huge compliments; I can’t believe that such lovely words direct people to my blog. Here are some of my favourite keyword searches from the past year:

  • gorgeous whimsical (love this!)
  • amazing invitations (obviously for Vanessa’s wedding)
  • vintage cheesecake (hahaha – what is vintage cheesecake?! Hilarious.)
  • hippie posters
  • i love art
  • dream

I can’t believe The BB Creative is a whole year old! Thank you so much for reading, whoever you are.  I am always amazed and surprised that people other than my mom find what I write about interesting. I know that time is a precious commodity and really appreciate that you are willing to share a small part of your busy week with me. Thank you.


Crafternoon: Kate’s Painterly Silhouettes

23 Oct

The Crafty Ladies have been long overdue for an afternoon of crafting. This weekend we got together to make a DIY project from Design*Sponge. We followed the online tutorial for Kate’s Painterly Silhouettes.

Step one: collect supplies, treats, and inspiration. To get the creative vibes flowing I made some apple cider in my slow cooker. To make hot apple cider put the following ingredients in your slow cooker on high for a couple of hours: apple juice, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, sliced oranges and sliced lemons. Feel free to spike your cider with Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum. Yum!

In addition to apple cider, rum, cookies, and grapes you will need:
1. acrylic paint
2. contact paper (we found this at the Home Depot)
3. exacto knife/blade
4. permanent marker
5. paintbrushes
6. illustration board (we found this at Opus)
7. images (our images included a tree, deer, pony, owls, love birds, and crown)
8. newspaper or scrap paper for painting on
9. cutting board (or cardboard)

Step two: follow the Design*Sponge tutorial. The instructions are super simple and easy to follow.

Step three: Admire your beautiful artwork! I love the variety in the prints the crafty ladies made. Even though we all followed the same tutorial everyone’s artwork is completely original (unfortunately I didn’t a photo of the royal crown print).

It took us about three hours to finish this stencil art project. I think everyone is relatively happy with how their artwork turned out. I think all the prints look great!

I really enjoyed this craft. I never worked with contact paper before, but now know it is an ingenious craft supply that I will definitely be using for future craft projects.

Do you like my purple deer? I’m pretty happy with him. It would be fun to do a whole series of purple deer (or purple prairie animal) artworks.

All in all – a successful crafternoon with some of my favourite ladies.

DIY Jewelry Organization Roundup

18 Sep

This is my current jewelry organization system. Simple. Effective. And a bit too small for my growing jewelry collection. My love for necklaces and earrings is slowly taking over my stenciled canvas and makeshift latch hook earring holder.

I found plenty of jewelry organization inspiration on Pinterest. Check out some of these awesome ideas. I personally love the wine cork organizer. Wine, jewelry, and DIY – the perfect combination.

Wine cork jewelry organizer from Carol Wild on Pinterest.

Wooden clothes hanger jewelry organizer from Household 6 Diva.

Pretty framed jewelry DIY from PoppyTalk.

Oven rack to jewelry organizer from Just Sew Sassy.

Kitchen grater earring holder from GroovePress.

How do you organize/display your jewelry?

Ice Cube Resin Magnets

12 Sep

According to my fabulous readers (and WordPress stats) one of the most popular posts on The BB Creative is my tutorial on how to make resin magnets.

Resin magnets are a very simple and easy craft. My previous post covers all the instructions for this quirky craft, but I wanted to share some photos with more detail on how to create these fun, ice cube shaped magnets. 

Step One – Gather Supplies

  • Hard plastic ice cube trays (polypropylene ice cube trays).
  • Castin’ Craft Casting Resin (I found this at Opus).
  • A container to mix the resin in (I used a left over glass jar).
  • Various odds and ends, for this batch of magnets I used: miniature clothes pins, embroidery thread, straight pins, old computer keys, paper clips, beads, paper flowers, plastic dragonflies, and fresh flowers.
  • Magnets.
  • Glue gun and glue sticks.

Step Two – Fill Ice Cube Trays

  • I recommend that you create this craft in a well ventilated area. The resin smells terrible. I worked on this craft outside on a beautiful, sunny afternoon. Perfect!
  • Please carefully read the directions for the casting resin. Stir the catalyst into the resin at the recommended ratio. Mix well (for at least one minute).
  • Pour a little bit of the casting resin into the bottom of the ice cube tray. Allow the resin to set.
  • Place your crafting supplies, trinkets, keepsakes, and miniature items into the ice cube tray on top of the set resin. Pour more resin in the ice cube tray until the trinket is covered.

Step Three – Allow to set & Enjoy

  • Allow to set completely (this will take several hours). Leave the tray outside or in a well ventilated area to set. It will smell.
  • Pop out your resin ice cubes. The resin will become more clear with time.
  • Hot glue a magnet onto the back and enjoy!

DIY Nautical Headband

31 Jul

I had a fabulous Saturday evening with my crafty ladies drinking wine and making this simple nautical headband from Presser Foot.

I’m quite pleased with my royal blue headband. Now I just need to find a cute boy with boat to take me sailing!

To make your own cute headband check Presser Foot’s simple and easy to follow tutorial.


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