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Aunty Project: Halloween Cuteness

Sometimes I miss being young….okay most days I miss it. You could daydream the day away and the most you had to worry about was what troll you were going to take to school that day, ahhh the good ol’days. One of my favourite time of year, besides Christmas of course, was Halloween. On no other day could you dress up in a silly costume and take candy from a stranger! I would plan months in advance as to what I would be for Halloween and now that I am older I still dress up every once and a while but the neighbours always seem to have an attitude when I knock on their door for candy, “what I’m dressed up?!”. Halloween is a month away but it is never too early to start planning, this was my inspiration for my next Aunty project.

I wanted to crochet my little niece something special for her first Halloween. When I first started hooking a friend posted a link on my Facebook wall for a cabbage patch doll hat pattern. I remember gazing at it and knowing there was no way I would be able to pull that off, maybe one day I thought. Well that one day has come back around because I made it my mission to make a cute little cabbage patch doll hat for my real life dolly Eva. I found a great pattern on Pinterest, the instructions were easy to follow and also included some great tutorials. The most challenging part by far with this pattern is the little curly loops around the bottom of the hat. I found a helpful tutorial which I highly recommend if you are wanting to make your own. All I can say is thank goodness for YouTube and all those lovely crafters out there that share their wisdom, I couldn’t do it without you!!

After a few struggles here and there I finally completed my dolly costume for my niece and I sat in awe. I still look at it and can’t believe I was able to pull it off. By no means is it perfect but I guess I never thought I would be able to complete it and I am so delighted that I did! I hope my little niece Eva is as equally delighted. I hope you have a fun first Halloween my little dolly! Aunty misses you lots and can’t wait to see some pictures of you all dressed up, oh and one piece of advise, if you get an apple don’t eat it, it’s just insulting and the old lady knows it too.

So here is my completed cabbage patch dolly hat, all that is missing is a cute little outfit to go with and she will be all set for some Halloween fun!

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If you yourself have a little dolly in your life that would look perfect in this little hat take a peek at my Etsy shop, BBCraftlandia, as I made an extra one for your little one 😉 You can also follow my blog by clicking on the “follow” button along the side, as well you can follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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The leaves are falling and the burlap is calling

In honour of the first day of fall approaching it seems only fitting to bring out some fall inspired burlap.  This time of year makes it effortless to update any wreath as there are so many rich colours to choose from. My favourites by far are the deep colours of purple, orange and red. Just by looking at these colours I get the sense that fall is here and I am delighted by it, why not get out there and celebrate the change of season?! This time of year, I can almost guarantee that the moment you walk into a crafting store you won’t have any trouble visualizing and planing out your floral creation and the best part is lots of stores have their fall décor on sale so it’s a win-win!

For those of you who don’t recall how or where to begin you can refresh your memory by checking out my “DIY” section. Earlier this year I posted a do it yourself on how to make some burlap magic. It really is a fun project and this time of year when it starts to get a little cooler outside there is no better way to spend a cloudy afternoon.

Here is my fall inspired floral creation;

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And here is a closer look;

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If you didn’t want to commit and glue the décor then use some floral wire. You can also weave some of the floral stems into the burlap and wire frame to secure them in place. This will allow you to update your burlap come the change of another season and if crafting just isn’t your thing then I got you covered. This wreath is now available on my Etsy store, BBCraftlandia, so take a peek! I also added some additional items to keep you warm this fall. Make sure you are following along by clicking on the follow button along the side, as well you can follow me on Instagram and Twitter!

*Each day is a gift so get out there, enjoy the little things, don’t be afraid to dream, release your creativity and craft*

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West Coast Get Away

Recently I was able to get away for a much needed vacation and what better way to escape than heading down the west coast. If you have never been I highly recommend it, there is no coast like the west coast and if you ask me it’s the best coast. A band with the same name, Best Coast, captures this west coast feeling perfectly with their song The Only Place. They are probably referring more so to the sunny coast, aka Los Angeles, but it’s the same vibe that is felt all the way through, a feeling of fun and a carefree attitude, much of what gives the west coast it’s laid back vibe.

If you ever wonder why my heart is not whole well it’s because Portland will always have a piece of it.

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I am ever so found of Portland, hence the name Craftlandia. If you have no idea what that is is in reference to then you must check out a delightful show called Portlandia. Yes, it pokes fun at the lovely hipsters, hippies, yogis and all the other characters that make up this beautiful place where young folks go to retire 😉 But it also captures the essence of this hidden gem, where people aren’t afraid to be who they are and who express themselves freely without care or fear of judgement. The city is full of art, history, craft beer, local goods, crafts, and amazing food. It has something for everyone and will lure your heart away especially if you are a crafter like me. If you go, you better just get used to not being completely whole as once you leave Portland you will never be the same again. There are lots of areas in Portland to explore and my favourites are the Pearl District and Nob Hill. One shop that is described as being “all things Portland” is called Crafty Wonderland.

I wasn’t sure what I would find when I entered through the colourful doorway but when I saw the picture in the window with the cat wearing a cardigan I knew I was home! I looked around and admired all the wonderfully crafted items until I came across a travel mug that finally spoke my language and I knew I had to have it. I also found some fun pins to add to my collection, one with a saying I try to live by and the other….well who doesn’t want a cat wearing a bow tie?!

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With heavy hearts we had to say goodbye to Portland and move on to our next destination which was San Francisco.

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Now there are many popular attractions such as Alcatraz, Union Square, the Painted Ladies in Alamo Square and so many more I am sure most are familiar with but San Francisco surprised me with its creative side. We stumbled upon so many unique places where local shops flooded the streets with art, fashion and crafting supplies. Some areas I would recommend checking out are Hayes Valley and the Castro District. Nestled away in Castro is where I found the cutest little yarn store;

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Not only did it have the best name of life, ImagiKnit, I mean come on!! But it also had an amazing selection of yarn, knitting and crocheting supplies. I was delightfully surprised at what San Fran had to offer me and I didn’t walk away empty handed either;

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I am so excited to use my treasured finds and can’t wait to show you what I have created! One of which I have already created and put up for sale on my Etsy store, BBCraftlandia, make sure you take a peek!

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*For more pictures of our trip make sure you click on the “Dave’s Photography” link along the side of the page*

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I never thought I would see the day….

I feel like the title of this post pretty much sums up what I am feeling right about now. I am about to unveil the launch of my online store and it’s true, I never thought I would see the day! I want to start off by saying a huge thank you to all my supporters out there and followers. It’s because of you and your continued encouragement that I have taken this step and I am ever so grateful. I have had lots of questions about the creations I have been making, whether I sell them or if I do custom orders so here goes nothing. I am nervous and terrified all at the same time. Thoughts keep running through my mind, such as “is my stuff really that good? What if no one likes it?”. Rejection is a hard thing to over come, that along with the fear of the unknown. Let’s face it I am not that technologically advanced, I mean this time last year if you were to ask me what a blog was I would have been all like “meh, beats me” and now here I am bogging away and ready to sell my creations…..mind blown!! One quote that always sticks out for me when I am feeling unmotivated and fearful is one by the great, aka Wayne Gretsky — “You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don’t take” so here I am, stick in hand and ready to take my slap shot……

For those of you who know me you will know that commitment is not something I am fully comfortable with and I change my mind constantly, yup I am crafty and crazy! I had said I would be selling my crafts from my blog but after a few stumbling blocks I have decided to just go with Etsy, it seems to be the right path. If not, I would have to start a whole new process and with Etsy all can remain as is. I finally just got the hang of things, though I still have lots to learn, the thought of changing everything makes me a little nauseous. A long rant but basically I dislike being one of those who say they are going to do something and then change their minds. I figured you needed a back story but I think in doing so I have played my crazy card and well it’s out there now hehe

I have set up my store and can’t wait for you to all take a peek…..no pressure to buy anything, honestly it is there if you want but if not that’s cool too. Here is the link to my Etsy store BBCraftlandia, please let me know if you have any comments or questions as I would love to hear your feedback. I have also added a link to my store along the side of the page so you can easily click on it to check in as I will be adding new items frequently. As always I promise to grow and learn as much as I can so please bare with me as we go, for my path is usually the bumpy one that over looks the smooth path everyone else seems to be walking…..nope not bitter, not bitter at all 😉

Oh I almost forgot, it’s time for a free give away. All month long I have been talking about a draw to give one lucky follower a token of my appreciation so here we go;

First a quick reminder of what the prize is;

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And here is the pool of candidates;

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And the winner is…..

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Congratulations KCWatson!! I will be emailing you shortly to get your mailing information so I can send you your gift. Thanks again to all my supporters and followers. Much love to you all, thanks for making one of my dreams come true!!!!!