Friday, November 22, 2019

Free Photo Friday

Once a week I share an old timey photo from my personal collection. Feel free to use them in your mess making, art and crafting.

The images are not polished and left in their grungy, smudged and speckled glory. Just how I like 'em! Without further ado... 


Do NOT sell, give, or distribute the images as your own, digitally or printed, alone or as part of a collection, collage sheet or group. BUT DO absolutely make stuff with them and sell the stuff you make. If you share your project, a link is appreciated.

Violators will be turned into toads, given warts, all the bad stuff... I mean it... It won't be pretty. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Hot Chocolate, Baby

I said I was going to post some gift ideas for the "A Merry Little Christmas" label download I posted the other week. Today I'm sharing the first of those sweet little ideas.


I'm using some of the square 'Holiday Magic' labels for hot chocolate garnishes. I bought some inexpensive spice jars and filled them with crushed up candy canes and a homemade sugar/cinnamon spice blend.


Glue the appropriate labels to the front and they look pretty snazzy!


I'll package these up with a tiny spoon, an over-sized mug, and some packages of hot chocolate.


My kid is a hot chocolate fiend and I'm sure he'll love these 'fancy' toppings. 


Don't like hot chocolate? Never fear! You could make a similar set for tea or coffee drinkers. Swap out the mug and spoon for some cookie cutters for your favourite baker, and gift them baking blends or cookie toppings. I'd love to hear YOUR ideas, and what YOU come up with for the nice people on your list.

The "A Merry Little Christmas" sheet is available HERE and I'll be sharing more gift ideas and projects using it over the next few weeks.

Monday, November 18, 2019

More Holiday Matchbox Fairies

I'm plugging along like an elf high on candycanes over here. I'm torn between slowing down so that I don't burn myself out before December even begins, or taking advantage of the momentum and MAKING ALL THE THINGS!!!!!


Not only have I made more of these cute little holiday fairy matchboxes, but I even made a batch of fruitcake yesterday (plenty of time to allow it to age and soak up a bit of boozy flavour).

 
I've added ribbons to this batch and I think I'll add a loop too so that they can be hung on the tree or added to a bottle of good cheer.


Same supply list as the last batch, with just few snips of ribbon added:

Matchbox Fairy CS
Jolly Holly Day CS
Wee Transparent Wings
Merry Little Christmas Labels CS

Scrapbook paper of choice
Faux Snow
Ribbon
Foam adhesive squares
Glue

Sunday, November 17, 2019

A Hufflepuff Scarf and Badger Pin

I bought this yarn in the discount bin at Michaels. I knew as soon as I saw it that I'd be making a Hufflepuff something with it.


In no time at all made a thick scarf with rows of crochet shells. 


After making those moony scarf pins last week, I knew I needed a badger to hold my wooly Hufflepuff scarf in place.


And now this Hufflepuff is ready for pudding and wand waving and more chilly weather.

Also, I finally got an eye exam and proper readers (aren't they  cute?!?) After using them for a couple of weeks now I cannot believe how bad my sight was. I've even bought more books to my eyes to proper use! Get your eyes checked lovelies xoxo

Friday, November 15, 2019

A Little Christmas Cupboard

Have you watched "Derry Girls"? It's a super funny show about a groups of teens growing up in Northern Ireland. The Mr fell asleep watching it, but I thought it was super funny. There's this one scene where they're trying to study and the table before them is strewn with candy wrappers... they've raided the Christmas cupboard!

After making all those wee jars and vials of holiday bits, I thought I'd make a wee Christmas cupboard for the fairies to pilfer.


Nothing too fancy. Just a coat of acrylic paint on a miniature cupboard. A bit of age and grunge to make it feel 'homey' and comforting.


Sitting on top is a short length of garland, a kettle, cakes, honey, and Christmas cards.


See that little vial tucked in the back, between the copper kettle and the jar of honey? There's a lump of coal in there. I imagine a little fairy mother shaking it at her implings "You'd best behave or THIS is what will end up in your Christmas stockings!"


Inside is chocked full of tiny Christmas treats. More little sweets, gingerbread, candycanes... jars and tins and boxes of all sorts.



Candy cane bits, peppermint and tinsel tucked in the back. Pretty sure the tinsel is in a jar in the cupboard to keep it away from the cat.


There's even some real mistletoe in the jar on the bottom left. You never know when you'll need to sprinkle some on someones head for a smooch.


The bottom cupboards contain pressies, decorations and, of course, booze. Fairy wine, liquid Irish luck and absinthe all tucked safely away for holiday celebrations.


Here's hoping all these treats last through Yule and Christmas and don't get pillaged by the wee folk!


The cupboard is listed HERE on etsy but if you'd like to make your own, here is a handy list of some of the supplies I used:

Merry Little Christmas Labels
Any wee Christmas miniatures you can find!



Free Photo Friday

Once a week I share an old timey photo from my personal collection. Feel free to use them in your mess making, art and crafting.

The images are not polished and left in their grungy, smudged and speckled glory. Just how I like 'em! Without further ado... 


Do NOT sell, give, or distribute the images as your own, digitally or printed, alone or as part of a collection, collage sheet or group. BUT DO absolutely make stuff with them and sell the stuff you make. If you share your project, a link is appreciated.

Violators will be turned into toads, given warts, all the bad stuff... I mean it... It won't be pretty. 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Crochet, Scarves and Stabby Moons

About once a year I get the itch to knit or crochet. I am TERRIBLE at knitting. I am much less terrible at crochet. I've managed a whole slew of scarves of various lengths, colours and simple patterns.


I've made a few short scarves to turn into cowls. I was debating whether to add buttons, sew the ends or add a brooch and decided to experiment. 


I made a large sort of stick pin with a pointed dowel and a slice of wood. (I know there's a name for this sort of simple scarf pin but it totally escapes me... do you know what it's called?)


I notched the end of the dowel to give a flattened surface for the round to sit on then simply glued them in place.


Next to paint them with moons and stars... because that's what I like, baby.


I'm pretty sure these will also replace the pencil that is usually holding my hair bun in place. 


It's currently -10C here and I am sorely tempted to wear every one of these scarves all at once.

Stay warm and keep crafting, my friends!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Christmas Matchbox Fairies

We are under a serious blanket of snow at the moment. I'm talking January levels of the white stuff. As I type, my neighbour is sending billows of white into the air as he clears his driveway with his snowblower. I've already been having visions of sugarplums and this has spurred me on.


I've taken my Matchbox Fairy download and a touch of the holidays to them.


Instead of moss and flowers, these little ladies sport toadstools, clover, robins and holly from my new Jolly Holly Day sheet.


To make these more seasonal I've popped a snip from my Merry Little Christmas labels sheet


A pinch of faux snow and some Wee Transparent Wings finish off these sweet little matchboxes.


I've got a bunch of other wee boxes on the go that I'll add ribbons and baubles and thing-a-ma-bobs to.


Want to make your own? Here's all the bits:

Matchbox Fairy CS
Jolly Holly Day CS
Wee Transparent Wings
Merry Little Christmas Labels CS

Scrapbook paper of choice
Faux Snow
Foam adhesive squares
Glue

Saturday, November 09, 2019

Saints, Sinners and Mystics Little Niche Shrines

Some things take time. Life gets in the way, plans change, priorities shift, wrenches halt the wheels of progress. In other words, stuff happens. These little nicho shrines from AlphaStamps are a perfect example. An idea spouts, brainstorming swirls like mad, but somehow it takes months and months for the planets to align 'just-so' to make them happen.


And this isn't a bad thing! Waiting for the right moment is far better than rushing the wrong moment. (That's what I keep telling myself, so I hope it's true.)


Each of these shrines is made from chipboard, a small box and a decorative piece affixed to the front. There are PointedRectangleScalloped and Starburst niches available.

To decorate each of these I've followed the same process:
• assemble the niche
• cover with old paper
• apply washes of paint
• stamp and apply gold embossing powder (the tarot nicho skips this step)
• combine layers of fussy cut collage sheet elements spacing with foam squares
• add finishing touches like gold dresden and brass stars


While I considered styling these as homages to beautiful, colourful, Mexican nichos (and you could absolutely explore that theme!) I drew from a mash-up of images from Roman Catholicism, Mysticism, Gnosticism and just plain old lovely old woodcuts and engravings.


You can find the images I used collected onto two separate collage sheets. The Mad Mystic Collage Sheet used above, which is a bit more devilish and magically themed.


And the Saints and Sinners Collage Sheet which is all bleeding hearts and blessed beings (except for the dude above who is definitely a sinner).


Below you'll find a list of all the bits I used in making these niche shines. Have your own grand ideas? DO IT! Make all the stuff, explore your ideas and get messy! BUT if you happen to get caught up in life and get distracted and you're dodging life's wrenches... remember not to sweat it, everything  happens in it's proper time.

Little Niche Shrine - Scalloped
Little Niche Shrine - Starburst
Little Niche Shrine - Rectangle
Tiny Scalloped Fleur Dresden Borders - Antique Gold
Tiny Dot Dresden Borders - Gold
Flat-Back Gold Star Studs - 12mm
foam adhesive squares
old book pages/music sheets
acrylic paint
gold embossing powder and stamps




Friday, November 08, 2019

Free Photo Friday

Once a week I share an old timey photo from my personal collection. Feel free to use them in your mess making, art and crafting.

The images are not polished and left in their grungy, smudged and speckled glory. Just how I like 'em! Without further ado... 



Do NOT sell, give, or distribute the images as your own, digitally or printed, alone or as part of a collection, collage sheet or group. BUT DO absolutely make stuff with them and sell the stuff you make. If you share your project, a link is appreciated.

Violators will be turned into toads, given warts, all the bad stuff... I mean it... It won't be pretty. 

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Preserving Autumn

I woke to a very pretty winter wonderland this morning. 


While it is beautiful, and I do love snow, I don't know if I feel quite ready for this change. I'm grateful I preserved a little bit of fall (which never seems to last long enough).


This was my first attempt using resin, so there are bubbles and they are far from perfect, but somehow perfect at the same time.
 

I gathered bright fall leaves a couple of weeks ago and then let them dry. I crumpled them into a sort of natural confetti and sprinkled the bits into the resin.


Despite the bubbles and flaws, I love how much they remind me of the glorious colours of autumn. Time will tell how well they'll preserve but for now... swoon!


I made some simple keychain dangly thingamabobs and added loops to the others for necklace pendants for my pretty bits, now I just have to decide who needs a slice of Canadian fall colours!

Here's the bits and bobs used:
Easy Cast Clear Casting Epoxy
5 Piece Pendants Silicone Molds Set
Glass beads
Oak tree charm
Findings



Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Merry Little Christmas Labels

While I am worried about jinxing myself, I gotta say, I'm killing the holiday crafting this year! I feel really good about where I'm at and what I've made so far. The past couple of days have been spent on this plethora of tiny jars and vials.


These are going to make great stocking stuffers, baubles and trinkets! 

I made a collage sheet with LOADS of holiday themed labels and I'm really, really pleased with them. There's everything from tinsel, peppermint and North Pole snow to holiday magic and lumps of coal.


I'll be showing off projects created with this sheet over the next few weeks and if you'd like to play along it's available HERE.

And, because I never know what size I'll need, this is a two sheet download. There's a sheet with the original 'large' version of labels and a second sheet with the same designs scaled down to three smaller sizes.


I'm feeling really good about these little simple projects and I think you're going to like them too. So, keep your eyes peeled for wee glass vials and vessels, and come kick holiday ass along with me!