Browsing archives for 'Feeling Crafty'

A Fun Craft Project To Do With Kids

10 September 2014 | 0 Comments



This past weekend, Clara and I did a little craft project together.  Or, more accurately, Clara fluttered in and out of the room while I did the craft project (she’s only 3.5 so her attention span isn’t very long). We did a Cate and Levi “Be the Maker” kit, and made a dog hand puppet out of reclaimed wool.  It took about 4 hours from start to finish, and I used my sewing machine (it would take longer if you were hand stitching the whole thing).  Now that it’s done, Clara loves playing with her new puppet!

What I Ended Up Doing With the Wall in My Office

29 September 2013 | 4 Comments


Thanks for all your suggestions for what to do with the wall in my office. Lots of people said chalkboard wall or whiteboard.  I already have a whiteboard by my desk, and whiteboard paint is expensive (apparently the only one worth getting is IdeaPaint, and it’s not cheap).  I almost painted a framed piece of plywood with chalkboard paint (in order to hang it on the wall), but in the end, decided to paint a strip of chalkboard from the floor to the ceiling, so Clara can use it too.

I primed the area first, and then applied 4-5 coats of Benjamin Moore chalkboard paint. Left it for 48 hours to cure, and then rubbed it down with white chalk to prep it (a bunch of DIY websites said to do that). Clara and I tried it out this afternoon, and it’s fantastic!

I might eventually add moulding or framing to the wall to give it a clear line… or I might just leave it as-is. I kind of like the DIY look. And when I’m sick of it (which will definitely happen at some point), I’ll just paint over it.


My New Craft Project

19 March 2013 | 0 Comments



I usually knit blankets and hats if I’m feeling crafty, but lately I’ve been uninspired with knitting.  Then, a few weeks ago, I got an email from TinyModernist – the company that made the adorable toddler dress for Clara (remember, the one I tried to copy last summer, only so-so successfully?).  TinyModernist is now out of the kids’ clothing business, and into the cross stitch pattern business.  But these aren’t your grandma’s cross stitch patterns – these are cool and hip.

I haven’t done cross stitch since I was about 12 years old, but I thought I’d give it a whirl.  I picked a pattern that seemed pretty simple – the adorable “mod owl” pictured above.  At first, I just bought the PDF pattern, and then struggled to find a spot near me that sells DMC floss and aida cloth.  I wrote to Cheryl, the owner, who told me it can be hard to find cross stitch supplies in Toronto, and suggested I upgrade to the full kit for the owl pattern.  The full kit includes everything you could need – the pattern, instructions, DMC floss, aida cloth, and even a needle!

It arrive in the mail yesterday, and I’m now happily stitching away.  I’ll share a photo of the final product when I’m done.  In the meantime, check out the TinyModernist website – which cross stitch pattern would you pick?  There are so many to love…



Kid Made Modern at Target

26 July 2012 | 0 Comments

Next month we’re going to a cottage we rented in upstate New York.  Since we’ll be in the States for a week, I’m collecting a list of items I want to order from (and have it all shipped to the cottage).

A definite “must” for my Target shopping list is a few pieces from Todd Oldham’s Kid Made Modern collection.  It’s classic kids’ craft supplies, but with a modern twist.  I think these crayon gems (for Clara) and modern printed tape (for me) are so great.  Yay American shipping!

[via DesignSponge]

What I’ll Be Doing on Sunday… Making Soap!

20 July 2012 | 0 Comments

I just booked my spot for the soap making workshop at Nathalie-Roze & Co in Leslieville this Sunday afternoon.  Here are all the details if you’d like to join me:

“natural SOAP-Making workshop (12 to 3pm)…make your own custom batch with your choice of essential oils & or exfoliants. All supplies included, plus tea/treats served on the break. COST: $65+HST. Call us at the shop, to book your spot & get crafty: 416-792-1699.”

You can also check out the Nathalie-Roze & Co Facebook page if you’d like.

I’m really looking forward to it – I’m hoping to make lavender scented soap.  Mmmmmm.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, whatever you’re up to!

Waterproof, Tote-able Picnic Blanket

31 May 2012 | 0 Comments

Clara and I are big fans of eating lunch in the park, next to her beloved playground. We were having a picnic playdate with friends last week, and I had picnic blanket envy. My pal had a JJ Cole blanket with a water resistant backing, and the whole thing folded into a tote.  So cool.  She told me she paid somewhere between $40-50 for it though, so I got to thinking… I wonder if I could make one myself.

I found these instructions for making a picnic blanket that has a waterproof backing (the author suggests using a shower curtain – I think I’d use ripstop nylon), and the whole thing folds into a tote (pictured above).

I think it looks pretty do-able… now I just have to find the time to work on it!

I Made a Dress for Clara

2 May 2012 | 2 Comments

Yup, I can sew.  Kind of.  Here’s the story – I purchased one of these adorable little girl’s overall dresses from Tiny Modernist at the Spring One of a Kind Show.  I love the dress, and I bought one in a big size, so Clara has lots of room to grow with it.  I was looking at the construction of the dress, and it seemed pretty simple, so I thought I’d try my hand at making one.

So I went to MacFab and bought these gorgeous fabrics.  Since I only needed one yard of each, I splurged on some Amy Butler and Michael Miller prints:

I then used the Tiny Modernist dress (it’s the purple one, below) as a bit of a pattern, and cut out my fabric.  I wish I could give you detailed step-by-step instructions, but really, I just kind of winged it, figuring it out as I went.

And here’s the finished product (and a shot of it on top of the Tiny Modernist dress that I used as a pattern – it’s a good thing that purple dress is big, since I ended up making my orange and green dress pretty small.  It fits Clara perfectly now, but doesn’t have a lot of extra room).  I’m pretty impressed with how it turned out.  Of course, some of the seams don’t perfectly match up, and I need to do a proper hem at the bottom.  And I made it pretty small – I always forget how much fabric gets taken up by seam allowances.  My dress is definitely not as nice as the Tiny Modernist one, but heck, for building it from scratch, I did a pretty good job!

And here are pictures of Clara looking adorable with her new dress on.  It works really well over leggings.  And the best part is, I have fabric left over, so I think I’ll make a matching hat for her.  I also still have the other patterned fabric (the light blue and green one) that I didn’t use at all yet.  I think I’ll use that to make another dress, but I’ll probably work from an actual pattern for that one, instead of winging it.  =)

Gift Idea: Handmade Gifts

8 December 2011 | 0 Comments

There’s a pretty awesome roundup of handmade gift ideas on Design*Sponge.  My favourites are the doodled mugs and vintage book/electronic cord organizer.  I think I could actually make both of those, and that’s saying something!

Crafternoon Tea

16 November 2011 | 0 Comments

Another great event happening in the ‘hood next week – Crafternoon Tea!  Go check it out next Saturday, November 26, from 11am – 5pm.

It’s a “curated crafty/fashion market & charity tea-party” hosted by Nathalie-Roze (of Nathalie-Roze & Co).  But it’s not at her shop – it’s at the church down the street,Queen Street East Presbyterian Church (947 Queen St. East at Carlaw).

Some confirmed vendors include Knotted Nest, Clay Girl, and The Happy Seamstress (whose Beard Knitting Kit, above, is genius!)

See the Crafternoon Tea Facebook page, or follow Nathalie-Roze on Twitter for the latest information.


Cheater Quilt

24 October 2011 | 0 Comments

I was hanging with Hilary yesterday, telling her about my new sewing machine that just arrived, and she reminded me about the blog Prudent Baby, which features all kinds of cool DIY crafts and things for babies.

I checked it out, and found this awesome post about cheater quilts.  How cool is this?  You can make a quilt (or at least, a blanket that looks like a quilt) without actually having to do all the piecework.  LOVE IT.  Just added this to my list of projects that I may or may not ever complete.

[cheater quilt fabric image via Spoonflower]