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embroidered postcards

3 Feb

To celebrate the New Year my friend Courtney and I exchanged handmade gifts. We’ve been exchanging DIY gifts around the holiday season since 2010. I love our gift exchanges; I look forward to them every year.

I was at a loss of what to make for Courtney this year. I took me weeks to think of an idea worthy of my friend. Our gift exchange deadline was approaching fast and I needed to commit to a project. I decided to make embroidered postcards, inspired by Freckled Nest. I love receiving mail and loved the idea of making something Courtney could share with others throughout the year.

Who wouldn’t love to receive a handmade postcard in the mail?

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Happy New Year friend! I hope you find time to share these monthly, embroidered postcards with some lucky recipients!

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ps – Check out Courtney’s lovely post on our gift exchange.


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!

Got Craft, Spool of Thread + DIY Felt Bow

11 Dec

Last week I went to my favourite Vancouver craft fair – Got Craft?. Vancouver has lots of craft fairs; it is one of the reasons why I love this amazing city so much. We have big craft fairs, small craft fairs, craft fairs with DJ’s, craft fairs with live acoustic music, craft fairs with alcohol, craft fairs with vegan/gluten-free cupcakes, craft fairs in glossy new buildings, craft fairs in well used community centers, craft fairs with how-to demonstrations, and craft fairs with DIY crafting booths. There are craft fairs for every businesswoman, homemaker, hippy, minimalist, traditionalist, and foodie out there. It doesn’t matter what your personal style, budget, or lifestyle is – when it comes to craft fairs Vancouver has you covered.

When my schedule is too busy to spend every weekend running around Vancouver to check out all the great artistic talent this rainy city has to offer and I have to choose just one craft market to attend – I always choose Got Craft?. Got Craft? is the original, indie, East Vancouver craft fair that supports all things handmade. The show is always really well curated with a good variety of local vendors and artists. It is my favourite place to find unique crafts, special gifts, DIY inspiration, and meet interesting people.

I arrived to Got Craft? later in the afternoon and it was packed. Thank goodness Spool of Thread was there with a simple (and free) craft to occupy my time while I waited for the crowd to disperse.

Photo from Spool of Thread.

Check out the super cute felt bows I made! Aren’t they darling? I think they would also make great holiday ornaments, gift toppers, or very festive hair fascinators.

Here is the tutorial for these DIY felt bows. You will need some felt, cotton fabric, needle and thread, and a safety pin to attach the bow to your sweater or coat.

If you like to sew I suggest you check out Spool of Thread.  The store is super charming and the staff are really friendly. Spool of Thread is on a great little strip of art galleries and cafes on Fraser Street (at 15th + Fraser Street) in Vancouver and is just right around the corner from the very lovely Collage Collage. Spool of Thread provides beginner and experienced sewers with the space, tools, materials and classes needed to create their next exciting sewing project. I have to admit, I am not much of a sewer. I may need to sign up for a sewing class in 2012!

Spool of Thread also has a great fabric collection. Last time I was visiting the store I spent an hour browsing their fabulous fabrics and I didn’t even have a project to work on! Spool of Thread carries modern and retro-inspired fabric from fabulous designers including Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner, Heather Ross, Kona Cottons, and Michael Miller. In addition to their hard-to-find fabric collection, they also sell vintage inspired designer sewing patterns like Oliver + S and Colette Patterns.

Moral of the blog post – sewing is fun + I had a great day! Happy Crafting.

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.

Vintage Inspired Apron

28 May

My mom made this adorable apron for Vanessa’s bridal shower. I love it and think that it definitely rivals the aprons from Anthropologie. Although my mom did most of the work I would like to take credit for the fabric choices. I love the combination of the rainbow stripes and polka dots. Unfortunately I cannot remember who the fabric designer is, but I’m pretty sure it’s Amy Butler.

I can totally see Vanessa baking cupcakes and drinking fizzy pink cocktails in this apron.

I would post the pattern for the apron but my mom made it up! She is much better at sewing than I am. I personally don’t think that I would have the patience to make anything more complicated than pajama pants.

Happy Bridal Shower Vanessa! Sorry I couldn’t be there.

Handmade by Courtney

29 Jan

My friend Courtney has made me some fabulous gifts over the years. As I mentioned previously we always exchange handmade Christmas presents.  I posted about the crafty gifts I have made for her and would like to showcase what she has made for me! Here is a roundup of some of her genius.

1.    A beautiful quilted potholder
2.    Super cute embroidered tea towels
3.    A lovely, purple felted bowl
4.    Funky earrings – I always get compliments on the button ones!