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Twine time….

Does everyone know what time it is? That’s right it’s….wait no it’s not “Tool Time”, do I look like Al Borland?! We both share a love for plaid but that’s about it! Okay and one time when I was twelve I wrote a letter to Jonathan Taylor Thomas, aka Randy from said show, and he never wrote a letter in return. Hence forth tool time is over!! I have moved on, broken heart and all. Now it is all about “Twine Time”….

This next crafting venture is all about taking something that is “dull” and adding a splash of “oh yeah”. So grab those empty wine bottles and if you don’t have any lying around, no don’t go out and buy a bottle of wine though that may make it a bit more fun ūüėČ rather you can go out to your local thrift store and pick up some glass vases/containers that look like they could use some TLC. We are gong to spruce up these vases and/or empty bottles with some spice, better known as, you guessed it,¬†twine;

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Twine provides a great canvas so that you can later add some additional spunk and character to the glass container. Once it is decorated you can use it as a vase for some fresh/silk flowers, or you can leave it as is. It is a great and inexpensive crafting project and is the perfect d√©cor to add to any room. Here is my finished¬†twine project……

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If you are curious and¬†yearning to learn more then next week will be the perfect post for you, so make sure you are following along, as I will be posting a “do it yourself” for this crafting project because we can all use a little twine to ourselves ūüėČ

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I’ve got a fever, and the only cure is more burlap…

I don’t know about you but it seems like forever since I updated my burlap wreath, so I thought it’s about time¬†I give it¬†a little summer lovin’. Ever since I made a wicker wreath using flowers made from felt, I have been eager to try it again so I decided to make some sunny flowers using burlap¬†mixed with¬†felt. It’s a double dose of burlap but it is the only cure for¬†this summer time fever!

To create the burlap and felt flowers I used the following supplies, which I purchased from Michaels;

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I¬†cut the burlap into squares and then using the same technique as I did the last time I used felt, rolled them into flowers.¬†If you have yet to venture into the land of “Craflandia” I highly recommend this crafty creation, nothing is better than creating some pretty flowers by hand.

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I completed the look with some ribbon and greenery, and without further ado I present to you my version of summer time burlap;

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I wanted the look to be fun for summer and at the same time classy. I think I accomplished what I was aiming for, and by far this is one of my most favourite floral creations to date. If you yourself have made a burlap wreath please share your pictures in the comment section, I would love to see what you have created! Happy crafting ūüôā

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Hello old friend…..

There once was a time in my life that all I ever wore were headbands, I don’t think I ever went out of the house without one. I’m not going to lie, it was probably because it pulled the “rat’s nest” aka my hair, out of my face so that I could breathe. I was the type of kid that wasn’t really fond of change, I loved my long hair and didn’t want to cut it…..I also didn’t want it to be brushed, washed or touched. Yup, now you can see why I called it a “rat’s nest”, the logic behind my thinking I’ll never know. I loved my long hair though and the thought of cutting it was painful, for whatever reason, and luckily for me the 80’s loved headbands just as much as I did. You probably have an image in your mind of how I looked as a young one but to add to the beautiful picture I have¬†painted above let me add in another precious detail of my past, to add to that mess I called hair, pulled back with a floral print, extra wide headband (my fav), I also had the biggest teeth of life! I kid you not!! I am not sure why I was punished as a child but it happened and it’s probably why I have sworn off headbands and constantly change my hair as much as possible. I have also added in the routine of shampoo, rinse and repeat! Yup, times have changed but one thing that hasn’t ever really gone away is the curse of the headband….

I have noticed more and more of the 80’s “flower power” coming back in fashion trends and with that comes the all mighty headband. I am by no means a fashion follower but I think deep down the love I once had for my beloved headband is seeping through¬†and I am finding myself drawn to its powers. This has lead me to pick up my crochet hook to¬†see what I can come up with, I mean if I am going to bring back my old friend I might as well create it with my own two hands. I must say, there are some really funky and creative takes on the headband now a days, especially in the world of “do it yourself”. I fell in love with one style and took it upon myself to learn how to create¬†it. I followed a pattern I found on an amazing¬†blog (http://www.allaboutami.com/post/18110601640/knottedheadband). If you are into crocheting I highly recommend following her blog, she has done some amazing things with a crochet hook and loves to share how she does it. I changed the pattern a bit and used a single crochet stitch instead of a double stitch. Here is the end result and my attempts at crocheting headbands;

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As you can see I couldn’t make just one, a girl needs options right?! I am so in love and I won’t apologize for it either. I think me and headbands just go together and the heart wants what the heart wants ūüėČ I made the purple and the black one a bit “chunky” and made the grey one less so.

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What do you think, do you like it?¬†Would you buy one? If so, which do you prefer? I would love to hear your feedback as I am going to be adding it¬†along with the crochet infinity scarves to my Etsy shop this fall so please do share your thoughts. Even better, follow my blog so you can be notified when I make a new post and who knows, I may be making a surprise draw for a free give away to one of my lucky followers so don’t miss out!

 

 

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Mother’s Day Shellebration

Mother’s Day is one of my favourite days of the year. I like to think I show my amazing mom all year round how¬†thankful I am to have her in my life¬†but having a special day set aside just reassures that I always take time out of my¬†busy schedule to truly show her how much I love and appreciate her. I mean lets face it, her body will never be the same, she had grey hair far too early, she spent every dime she had on us rotten kids,¬†and she managed most of it with a smile.¬†Having one day set aside where I¬†can show my¬†appreciation is the least I¬†can do!

I haven’t always been the greatest daughter, I know shocking right?! Sadly it’s true,¬†at times I¬†was awful to my mom. Most of it was when I was a teen, when you lash out due to frustrations, call it hormones or call it the facts of life, by no means is it a justification. It’s these years that we are sometimes the worst to our moms, well I was anyways. I can’t imagine now saying to my mom “I hate you” but there was a time I was guilty of saying those very words, side pony tail flailing back and forth¬†as I ran to my bedroom wearing my coveralls (one strap only, of course) crying because I thought she was being unfair and ruining my life. When in fact she did everything out of love and care, if only the teenage me knew¬†what I know now!! I can’t imagine the strength it would have taken to not want to cry or become angry at the very moment the person you gave life to and cared for from the beginning of time says to you those three¬†awful¬†words, but¬†I think what gave her the strength to make it through those days was that she knew deep down that I didn’t mean it and she was right. For all the sorrow I caused you mom, the good, the bad, and the worst of times, I am grateful¬†for the amount of love and patience you showed me. If Neil Young was searching¬†for a heart of gold he would have stopped the moment he met my mom for she has it and I am one lucky daughter. So what does one get a mom that is this wonderful you ask? Well you take what she loves and create something.

Gone are the days of macaroni art,¬†though nothing beats a macaroni picture frame, and alas come the days of much deeper sophistication. That’s right, you move onto shell art!¬†Why shells you ask? Well, if you know my mom which most of you probably don’t, but if you are ever fortunate enough to meet her you will learn instantly what¬†she loves most in life as she wears her heart on her sleeve and will help anyone in need. Those are the qualities I love most about her, she will give you the shirt off her back, and the last $20.00 dollars in her pocket, if that means helping someone else. You will also learn very quickly how much my mom loves Vancouver and how connected she feels to the ocean which brings us to her love of seashells. Though most of the seashells that wash up on the shores here aren’t very pretty and are usually in pieces, that won’t stop my mom for she sees the beauty in what others can’t. She would spend hours, if not days if you let her, walking up and down the ocean shore looking for treasured goods such as seashells and drift wood;

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What she does with her finds, I am not too sure but I thought I would take her love of the sea and create her something special. I won’t be able to spend Mother’s Day with my mom as we live apart but that’s what makes our bond strong, near or far we are forever close! I am one of the fortunate ones to call myself her daughter and her best friend ūüôā

So take what your mom loves and make her something that is as special as she is, make a memory of your favourite trip, cook her favourite meal, and do what she would probably prefer over any gift, just spend time with her.

This is what I crafted for my sea lovin momma;

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I wish I could be there with you mom on your special day but I know we will share some laughs over the phone as well,¬†I have a terrific brother who will take over the flowers we ordered you and give you a hug from me to you, though I know he isn’t as good of a “hugger” as me ūüėČ

I love you to the moon and back and I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

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Aunty Project: Crochet Headbands and a Little Puppy Love….

One of the proudest moments in my life was when I got to hold my little niece Eva for the first time and as you all know I can’t stop talking about how happy I am to be an Aunty. Naturally, I am always looking for new crafting creations to¬†make my little Peanut and as soon as I seen a mini jean jacket on a manikin at H n M I instantly knew, A) My niece has to have that jacket and B) I have the perfect crochet accessory to go with that jacket! As luck would have it a lot of other people must have had the same idea as there were no jean jackets left of the racks, so I did what any good Aunty would do, I undressed that little manikin and took the jacket. It wasn’t my finest moment and it involved a few curse words, I was really hoping that someone who worked there would come to my rescue and save me the embarrassment of “manhandling” that poor little manikin but sometimes you have to be your own superhero ūüėČ So off the jacket came as I quickly ran, averting my eye contact to the floor, as I rushed to pay before anyone noticed what I had just done and I must say it was worth the embarrassment, I mean look at how cute it is!!

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I think any good Aunty would have done the same, or at least that is what I tell myself so I can sleep at night. With the perfect clothing item comes the need for the perfect accessory! I quickly got to work and crocheted some cute little headbands.¬†I didn’t really follow a pattern, though I did find a great pin on Pinterest that gave really great and easy to follow instructions for crocheting bows, I highly recommend checking it out (http://abbyscrafts.blogspot.com.es/2012/02/crocheted-bow-tutorial.html). From there I crocheted a head band with a bow and another one with of course you guessed it, a flower;

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I hope they fit my niece Eva and that she rocks¬†it in her new jean jacket! I think Charlie was a little jelly that he didn’t get a stylish new coat and a headband so I over course had to show him a little love too, plus I enjoyed¬†creating¬†the little bows so I made him a bow tie;

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And here he is strutting his stuff;

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And that concludes another one of my¬†Aunty crafting creations…wait what’s that Charlie? Oh you want those who are reading but have yet to push that follow button to hurry up and do so? Me too buddy, me too ūüėČ