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Renewed inspiration

Every once and a while we lose sight of our path in life. We are humming along “la la la” minding our own business and look down only to find the path we had assumed we would still be on is no where to be found. A quick turn to the left and then the right still leaves us bewildered as we struggle to see where we went awry. Life is funny that way, we are chugging along and then boom!!!!! we are on our assess wondering which way is up. Recently this has been my life, between adulting, being a mom, and trying to do renos around the house I slowly started to lose sight of my path. My path had become covered in baby food, poo, dirt, negative energy, I mean you name it and it was probably somewhere on my now unrecognizable path. Sometimes we are meant to take the road less travelled and maybe that’s why life interferes but every now and again it is our own doing that leaves us astray. Between my daily routine and daily fixing around the house I put down my hook in order to get things taken care of. Whenever this happens, as it often does, I start to lose that creative energy. I love being creative especially for self care purposes, it makes me feel whole and restored. I didn’t know how lost I really was until our recent trip to Vancouver;

The combined smells of the ocean, the soil and the delicious foods flooding the streets brought me back to life! It was exactly what I never knew I needed at that moment in time. I needed to feel alive and inspired.

Vancouver will always feel like home to me and be very close to my heart for it was the place that truly inspired me to start crocheting and expressing myself creatively. When we first moved there five years ago I thought I was on top of the world, I was so excited for this new adventure. It didn’t take too long for life to knock me over and laugh it’s evil laugh “bahahahah”, the excitement had been wiped away and I was left wondering what the hell I was doing in this unknown city. I was stuck at a job I hated and I felt so alone. I eventually found the courage to do something I had never done before which was up and quit a job before I had found a new one but I did it and it felt gooooodddd!!!!! Though after my last pay cheque dwindled away and the reality of the job market sunk in I wasn’t feeling as good but I had no regrets. I was at my lowest moment in life, jobless in a new city and feeling even more alone than ever. I’m not sure where I got the initial idea from but one day I decided I needed to try something new…..something soft and snuggly….I walked around Micheals with my last few bucks in hand and found the yarn isle. It was like it was calling my name, like Golome to the ring, I found myself petting all the yarn saying “my precious”. Okay, maybe not that creepy but I was in love and I knew I had to make all the things.

From then on I was hooked. I found that I got a lot of my inspiration from nature, especially when we would get lost in the forest. I loved the colours, the smells, the dampness and the feeling of being so small is something that was so wonderfully mysterious and bigger than myself. I was so happy with my new found creative outlet as it would allow me to create some warm cozy goodness for my loved ones at Christmas. By the time I knew it I had landed a great job, had started a blog and was creating all day every day. My circle of friends had grown and I was finally feeling at home in a place I so desperately wanted to be part of. Not only did the city accept me but it brought out the best in me. Through being on an unknown and messy path I had found so much more than I would have if I would have stayed on the one laid out in front of me, you know that clean one that is safe and never changes. It was comfortable but I was only existing and not truly living until I had been thrown from my safely net to my new found path. Being back in Vancouver this past week has got me feeling all kinds of inspired and I feel like me again and ready to put time aside to create.

Life can get messy but we need to set time aside each day to feed our souls, whatever it might be, find it and remember it when you are feeling lost. Hold it close to light the way back home because we all get a little lost every once and a while.

I have to share this picture and for those who have read my “about me” page and for those who know me personally, you know that our son Oliver was born in this beautiful city. We had the pleasure of touring around with him and I have to say my new favourite part of visiting our second home was seeing it through his eyes;

 

 

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Early Welcome

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If you follow me on Pinterest then I am sure it will come as no surprise that I have been making these beauties. I have been pinning DIY for felt flowers and greenery like crazy. I am having a blast trying out different tutorials and experimenting with colours and shapes. There is something special about making a floral arrangement but there is something even more magical when you can make the flowers to go with the arrangement. It makes you feel as though you are a super hero with super flower power. How can you not feel bad ass when you look at a floral you made as well as the flowers that go with, just all like “damn I am so boss I make my own flowers”, of course all of this is followed by a hair toss……too much?! Okay maybe it’s not like hair toss level cool but it’s still pretty rad. I would like to share some of my super powers with you so you too can aspire to the hair toss level of coolness. Let’s start with the elegant Calla Lily;

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This is one of my favourite flowers so of course I had to give it a try. It is one of the simplest tutorials which is great because that means you can make a lot of them before your hands give out. I am sure you can pretty much figure out how to make this without looking at the tutorial but it does give some added instructions on how to attach it to a wire to give it a stem vibe.

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I love this flower, to me it has a Daisy flower vibe going on, there are so many colour combos to play around with. My goal with this one is to make miniature ones to add to a new wall hanging floral I am working on, eeekk, guys I am so excited to show you but that is for another day. The tutorial for this flower also shows how you can get your stem on, if you choose to make them without the stem please be careful as I burnt myself with the hot glue on this one. I hope you aren’t as clumsy as myself but it’s rare I can escape without burning one of my fingers.

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This last one, we will call it the Ruffle Flower, has a very simple design which again means you can make a bunch of them. They can be used as a centre for another larger flower or you can leave them on their own. Again, lots of colour combos and variations once you figure out how to make it. I just love this super hero flower power and I am just getting started. Follow me on Pinterst to see what other ones I will be attempting to make (link along the left hand side).

There you have it folks, lots of ways to add some colour to welcome spring. Yes, it’s coming but probably not for a few more months which doesn’t mean you can’t have an early welcome. I usually start my spring cleaning and decorating right about now, it’s the only thing that gets me through these winter blues. Get out your glue guns and put your super powers to work and let the hair flow 😉

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New year, fresh start

Welp, the presents are unwrapped, the tree is down and Santa is off to start his vacation after a long year of work. If you are like me you spend some time mourning the finishing of another Christmas season and are so over the winter though it has just begun. It’s hard to find motivation to pack it all in and start with a new year. Where does one start? How do we shake those winter blues? How can we re-charge? All these questions have been dancing in my mind for the past few nights as I try and find a way to say goodbye to one year and hello to the next.

I decided I needed to change my perspective, why not try and be happy that a new year is starting? It’s a chance to grow and learn from the previous one. I decided I would get out my notebook and start with some creative goals to get motivated. I don’t do resolutions, never have and I never will. I am all about goal setting and I try to do this all year round not just with the changing of the calendar. A new year is a good time to take a fresh look at things and re-focus. I have decided that this year’s theme for my blog is going to be about learning new ways to be creative. I have been daydreaming of this for a while now and will declare it here so I am more inspired to follow through. So here goes, these are the three things I want to improve and learn this year;

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Yup, I know I said I would never do it but with most things I have sworn I would never do it too has come back around and I have changed my mind. The driving force behind this is one pattern in particular which I won’t divulge just yet. I have been dying to try it ever since I started crocheting and found out that I needed two needles instead of one hook to make it. So here I am, setting aside my pride as I vow to pick up the needles and get my knit on. I have heard mixed reviews, some say knitting is harder than crochet while others say the opposite. Either way I accept the challenge and am going to try and learn how to knit.

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Next up I want to add more wall art to my Etsy shop and am in love with the art of macrame. I am only beginning and have a long long way to go but so far I am enjoying the ride. I hope to have some macrame up in my shop, if not this year by the next for sure. I will be blogging about my struggles, successes and failures all throughout the year so please stay tuned.

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The last creative goal on my list is getting more practice with this beauty. I have created some sewn projects but I feel we need to get better acquainted. I have some new ideas as well for my Etsy shop so I need this friendship to work! So far we are headed in the right direction. Okay, yes I know my sewing machine is an inanimate object but after a few hours of sweating over this machine and working in harmony it’s as if she comes to life and we are dancing to the sound of the needle hitting the fabric…..or I have gone completely mad either way our friendship is real and will hopefullly grow within the coming year. Some people have their squad goals and this is mine  #squadgoals

After getting this all off my chest I feel as though I am ready for a new year and a fresh start. The winter blues have melted away even though the snow remains. I am ready for you 2017, I am ready for the good, the bad, the great and the “omg can this day be over”, kind of days. So bring it!

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What are your creative goals for the new year? What inspires you? Please share below and lets get the inspiration flowing.

*All items in my Etsy shop, BBCraftlandia, are now 30% off. Just use the promo code NEWYEARFRESHSTART at time of purchase. The sale will end Jan. 15/17)

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Update

Hello all,

You may be wondering where I have been as I haven’t made any recent posts so I decided to give an update. I was hoping to be able to share with you the crafting projects I have been working on in preparation for our little one who is coming next month. Sometimes life doesn’t always work with what you have planned as this last trimester has proved, it’s been a tough one. I haven’t been feeling that great and won’t be able to complete the posts I had hoped to. The good news is that baby is doing fine and I am starting to feel a lot better. I will be taking a break until August of this year at which point I hope you will continue to join me on my crafting journey. Until then you can follow me on Instagram (link along the side) to keep updated on my projects as I will be putting up photos regularly. Take care and I will meet you back here this summer.

Sincerely,

BBNicks

*My Etsy store, BBCraftlandia, will also be closed during this time*

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New Year = New Beginnings

Welcome back friends! I hope you and yours had a safe and merry holiday season. Alas the time has come to start a new year and with this new year comes a theme. Last year it was all about the green as I tried to incorporate more crafting projects that brought in some of Mother Nature’s goodness. This year I am inspired by new beginnings, specifically the new chapter our little family is starting which involves getting ready to welcome our newest addition into the world. That’s right we are expecting a little bundle of joy this March;

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As you can see Charlie is excited about being a big brother 😉

Like all new parents to be I go through moments of pure happiness and the next pure terror. The thought of being a parent for the first time can be a scary thing as you have no idea what to expect regardless of how many books you read. I equate it to my university days, I read, studied and thought I was prepared to take on the world and start my career but the very moment I started my first job after graduating it all went flying out the window. It was as if all those years of studying were erased from my mind and I was starting over, trying not to let anyone around me realize I was an idiot and had fooled them into hiring me. You can muddle your way through some things in life but having to take care of and shape a little person is terrifying, there is so much more involved. I really started to think more about it when I ventured into my 7th month and could barely see my toes let alone touch them. I’m going to have a mini human that will rely on me for everything, I will have to some how ensure they turn into a good, loving and decent person. No one wants to look at a kid that they have invested years of trying to steer in the right direction and think “wow, you are kind of a dick, where did I go wrong?” That’s a lot to take in! What if I don’t know what to do? How often do you bath a baby? What if I don’t hear it wake up in the middle of the night? What if the baby doesn’t like me? All these thoughts roll into my mind on and off, it’s a curse to be an over thinker! To calm myself down I remember that it’s always a good sign before any major life event to be nervous and curious so I’m not too concerned…..yet anyways 😉

The majority of my time is spent with wondrous thoughts as I try and picture what the little one will look like and what their tiny personality will develop into. Will they be bossy like mom, or sweet like dad, or maybe the best of both? Hopefully the last one as I don’t think I would be able to handle a mini me. Don’t get me wrong I wasn’t a monster growing up but I’m sure I was challenging to deal with at times and probably still am a bit today. I can be bossy, stubborn, fiery and assertive, sometime all at once. The thought of all of that bundled up into a cute version of myself is a little alarming but whatever life gives us we will be grateful and appreciate the blessing we have been given.

From now until the end of February, when I will be taking a mini break, I will be posting some of the crochet and craft projects I will be taking on as I prepare the little one’s nursery with the final reveal at the end. I hope you will continue to join me on this journey. A big thank you to all my blog followers for walking with me thus far, I appreciate each and every one of you!

*My etsy store, BBCrafltandia, will be re-opening soon but will be closing for a mini break as well at the end of February. From now until then I will be having a sale on all items, use the coupon code NEWBEGINNINGS to receive 20% off.*

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All about the cozy

The time has come to put away the ghosts and goblins for yet another year. Gone is one holiday as we wait for the next which is always the hardest part, especially for us Christmas nuts! We can be impulsive in our Christmas decorating and can sometimes start too early with all our bottled up festive cheer. Yes November 1st is too early to put up the Christmas tree, alas we must wait. Myself, I usually wait until after Remembrance Day to start slowly rolling out the Christmas gear and yes these next couple of weeks will be painful. I decided I needed to ease the pain with some crafting that focused on preping my home for the cozy nights ahead. Today’s post is all about just that so put away those pumpkin pie candles and bring on the apple spice and cinnamon. Get your place feeling the cozy with this next do it yourself project. We are going to get our cup o’cheer on!

You have probably seen the cups decorated using sharpie makers on Pinterest and thought “what a great idea” but never got around to attempting it. I hope this post inspires you to take the next step in creating your very own one of a kind designed mug. You will need the following supplies;

  • one white mug
  • oil based sharpie marker (1-2 depending on what you are wanting to draw)
  • nail polish remover (to help erase mistakes along the way)

The above maybe cost me around $10.00 – $15.00, very inexpensive. Sounds pretty easy so far right? These next two pins found on Pinterest will give you further instructions and provide some inspiration;

  1. Instructions on how to design your mug
  2. Some fun ideas

The instructions are really simple, decorate your mug using the oil based sharpie marker(s) and then bake it in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. The hard part might be figuring out how to design your mug but if all else fails remember you can never go wrong with a kitty cat or a moustache! I went with what I love doing;

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I’m so excited to use my mug for a hot cup of chocolate as I soak in the cozy before the delightful hustle and bustle of the season. What does your cozy look like?

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Etsy anniversary…….

That’s right, it has been almost one year since I started this wild and crazy journey called Etsy! I can’t believe I have made it this far and I want to thank each one of you for following along and supporting my shop. Whether it be sharing my posts, liking them, leaving comment or purchasing something from my store, I truly appreciate it all!! I have learnt so much in this past year and can’t wait to learn even more. Nothing is more rewarding than being able to have a creative outlet and sharing it with the world. I hope to continue to grow and I hope you continue to join me along the way 🙂

With a new year comes a new challenge……

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Isn’t she beautiful?! Don’t ask me how she works because I have no clue…….nope, none! I once took a home economics class in high school but that was a while ago and I remember nothing. Wait that’s not exactly true, I do remember we were given the task of sewing a sweater. I was eager to start and went with my mom to pick out some fabric. I went with a green coloured fleece and was going to top it off with some black fabric for the trim around the edges. I had this beautiful picture in mind, I would create the most perfect sweater and high five all the kids in the hallways because they would instantly have to stop and admire my sweater. Naturally when you admire something you want to give a solid high five and that’s exactly what I planned on doing…..well let’s just say my dream was quickly diminished the moment I got a little too carried away. I, being the cool kid I was, decided every cool sweater needed to have a name stitched along the arm so everyone knows who the awesomeness belonged to, duh! Oh and it also needed a dinosaur badge on the front, lucky for me the machine ended up ripping my sweater so my teacher decided to add the exact same dinosaur badge to the front so I had two……yup two dinosaurs on my ugly green sweater oh and my name along the arm…..yup I was sooo coooollllll. I gave up halfway through making my sweater when I knew the dream was dead and let’s just say my poor grade on the project reflected my broken dreams. I tried throwing it out once but my mom found it and I am pretty sure she still has it hanging in her closet, there it will sit and taunt me for the rest of my life. Let’s just hope history doesn’t repeat itself and I can make a comeback with my new hobby.

I am eager to start another year on Etsy and will be sending a special promotion for all my followers, you still have time to follow along if you want to be included (click on the follow button along the side). This promotion will be good until September 13, 2015. If for some reason you are following but do not receive an email in regards to the special promotion please contact me at bbcraftlandia@gmail.com. Thanks again for making this such a wonderful journey and here’s to taking on new challenges in the ones to come 🙂

*Contest time: that’s right, it’s time to announce the winner of a lovely new crochet clutch and the winner winner chicken dinner is;

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Congrats!!! I will be contacting you shortly to get your shipping details*