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Think spring

I’m not sure where you are located on the map but if you are close to the prairies you will have felt my pain this week. On Monday morning the snow graced us yet again with her presence. Like that clingy friend who just won’t go no matter how direct you are, oh and better yet this time she brought her friends; windy, cold and cloudy. Ugh, it’s been a long week trying to stay positive but try as I might it always takes me back a couple steps when we get our clingy friend in the spring. Unfortunately, it’s not that uncommon to get snow this late in the game and yes being a prairie girl I should be used to it by now but I don’t think I ever will. That’s why when the weather gets me down I need to find my happy place, that being cozy on the couch with a ball of yarn. I decided to make my own friends to fight back against the snow and her gang, meet; cactus, succulent and flower cactus (okay not original but I am still recovering from the white out).

Thankfully as I write this the snow has melted leaving only a few patches of white as evidence that she was just here. Her friends got the memo as well and left so it’s blue skies and sun all around. It truly does make a difference when the sun is shining and you can once again dance the happy dance while you daydream about all the spring things you can’t wait to do. Having my new friends also helped me get my groove back, I just love them and all their tiny goodness.

So you might be wondering how you too can create some friends of your own, well don’t you fret because I’m about to share all the things. Lets start with friend number 1, Cactus;

I found an easy to follow pattern on Pinterest from a site called la casa de crafts (on my crochet Pinterest board). The pattern, as stated above, is simple and easy to follow. The only thing it didn’t provide was the brown base, aka dirt, so if you are looking for that part it can be found with my second friend, succulent;

5 Little Monsters is where I found this awesome pattern. I know you aren’t supposed to say it out loud but this is by far my favourite friend 😉 The blog post shows some really great variations as well it provides a pattern for the the dirt, so you can add that extra touch. I made an extra dirt patch and gave it to my third friend, flower cactus;

This cactus is fun to make as it allows you to add a splash of colour. I love greenery as I am sure you all know but I also love putting flowers on things! I have a matching one that sits on my night stand, it’s the perfect house plant as you never have to give it anything but your admiration. I posted a pattern for this crochet cactus a while back so if you haven’t yet checked it out now is the time. I wrote it myself so if you are struggling or have any questions please let me know (my email is along the side).

So there you have it folks, another great way to fight through some of life’s set backs while creating some beauty with your own two hands.

For some added fun you can mix things up and paint the ceramic pots in a simple white or add a splash of colour. I painted two of mine, one white as you can see and the other white with a hint of green. I have to say it was relaxing to paint for a change and I can’t wait to paint a few more. If you aren’t a hooker and you are in need of some new friends then check out my Etsy shop, BBCraftlandia, as all three are on there and looking for some TLC.

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Slow moving

Part of my goal this year was to learn the art of macrame which I will admit has been slow moving. If any of you have given this a try you know what I mean when I say it’s challenging. Yes, it’s essentially tying knots but knowing when and where to put a specific knot is key. There is a lot of strategy and planning when it comes to macrame. I have been playing around with different ideas, part of which led me to this next crafting project….

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I bought some dream catcher rings with the hopes of using it for my macrame projects but I got a brilliant idea as I threw one across the room in frustration, like I said my macrame skills have been slow going. As it laid there I got to thinking of how I could incorporate some pretty flowers and then from there magic happened. I quickly got to work, maybe out of relief from taking a break from all the knots, whatever it was that was keeping me going was wondrous. It’s the same feeling you get when you have been staring at a math problem wondering how the f@#& you solve x and also wondering when in life you will ever need to solve x! Then it all begins to become so clear, duh!! How did you not see it before?! You gleefully start writing as swiftly as your hands will go all while shaking your head in disbelief that you had been so blind. Ahhhh, the moment it all comes together is a glorious one!  That’s how I felt with this project, in an instance it all just seemed to click and come together so effortlessly. I stepped back and looked at my perfectly solved equation for x…..well in my case x=flower power.

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I am so happy with how this came together even if it started out in a dark place. Sometimes we need to move slowly to get to where we need to be. We fight it, don’t understand why but in the end it all works out the way it’s supposed to. Don’t get me wrong though I haven’t given up tying those knots 😉

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*You can find this as well as other floral creations I have made on my Etsy shop BBCraftlandia*

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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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Part 1: Frosty the Snowman

Hey Folks! I hope ya’ll are doing great, I know I am. There is no snow to jump start this Christmas spirit but that hasn’t stopped me. My heart is a flutter just thinking of all the things I want to make this holiday season as well it will by my little’s first Christmas which basically makes this the best one yet! This Christmas season has me crafting to the tune of Frosty the Snowman. Just like the holiday he comes once a year and we can’t help but feel jolly in his presence so please join me in my three part holiday post. I hope to inspire you to get your craft on and spread a little joy and love. The world could really use it right about now.

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If you have been following me thus far you know that one of my favourite crafting projects is making wreaths. I love creating an inviting space for you and your guests, especially around this time of year because glitter is everything. I want to share some of my tips so you too can make your very own wreath. Here we go;

  • When buying the base for your wreath always buy some extra pine picks. These are great fillers to add to your wreath, especially if your base is pine, it adds extra volume and creates a fuller look. I also used the same technique when I bought my tree. You can fill  it out by gluing some pine cones and adding some pine picks. If you aren’t sure what a pine pick is here is an example;

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  • Always have a focal point for your wreath. Pick a section of your wreath and then really ensure you add enough to make a statement and draw the eye in. For my wreath I chose Frosty himself. Having a focal point makes it easier to fill in the rest.

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  • Make sure you space your decor out so things that are the same aren’t directly across or beside one another. For example, if you want to add in pine cones make sure they are at staggering heights so they aren’t directly across or right beside one another. You don’t want your wreath to be too “matchy-matchy”. Putting the decorations at different points of view adds that professional touch to your wreath.
  • When buying decorations to put on your wreath I suggesting buying in threes or more. You want a polished looked, you don’t want the decor to get lost or to not add to the wreath.
  • If you want to add in small ornaments such as the white snowballs like I added in my wreath;

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  • I find it best to cluster them in twos or threes. Again you don’t want your decor to get lost and not stand out. This technique also gives it a nice dimensional look and really draws the eye in. I use piping when attaching the decorations to the wreath. Just pull the one end of the piping through the hole at the top of the ornaments and then wrap it around the base of the wreath. Each side of the wreath should look slightly different while complimenting and staying in theme with the focal point.

There you have it, I hope you find these tips helpful when you are getting your Christmas craft on. I did however forget to add one more important detail and that is to have fun with it! You can make it your own and add in whatever you would like, there are no rules when it comes to being creative. Each individual has their own style so when you are making one for your home go with something that will match your tree or outside decorations, if it’s for a loved one then do the same for them. You can give it that personal touch that makes it one of a kind and special. I love making wreaths, it brings me so much joy and the possibilities are endless.

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Now what are you waiting for, hurry up and be on your way now before he melts away.

*This wreath is available on my Etsy shop, BBCraftlandia, along with other festive wreaths. My goal is to bring the warmth and magic of the season into your and your loved ones homes. My Etsy shop will be closed on Dec. 3/16 so I can spend time with my family. Make sure you get your order in 🙂 *

 

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It’s all in a leaf

I hope you all have been enjoying the weather as much as I have. The leaves are falling, the sun is dancing and my heart is skipping a beat as I’m so ready for the change in season. In a way it’s sad to say goodbye to summer and to watch those bright green leaves change colour and lay to rest on the damp grass below. Though you don’t have to look far to discover the beauty in the change, it’s all in a leaf. This leaf was once a vibrant green and has now been taken over by a brilliant mix of yellow, orange and brown shades. I wonder if Mother Nature planned it that way to make the change in season less upsetting. It’s hard not to smile as you watch the leaves dance in the wind until they land on the ground below. You can probably tell I don’t have a tree in my yard and do not have the tedious chore of cleaning this beautiful mess. Nope, instead I am the one drinking my cup of joe watching you from my living room window, sitting in my comfy chair, as you resentfully try and clean up Mother Nature’s debris. I may even smile a little when you think you have them all and one more decides to come to the dance party a little late, hehe, I can tell that one leaf bothers you as you decide to leave it and give up for the day…..you probably thought about it all night, oh the torture!!

Yes, most of us find the simple joy in the fall and some of us even craft away our happiness to celebrate the change. I decided to do just that in the form of a wreath. Funny I spent so much time talking about my love of leaves yet there are very little in this wreath….

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What it lacks in leaves it makes up for in colour. I wanted to compliment the rich colours in the ribbon while keeping the naturey feel of the wreath. I decided that I needed a simple array of flowers arranged at the top with some greenery hanging softly beside. I tried a new technique this time with my wicker wreath and ribbon;

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I really wanted to have the ribbon throughout the wreath and not just in one place. I decided to try and weave it in and out of the wicker base and what I got was something very magical.

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I love the whimsical feel of the ribbon being looped around the wreath, it adds a little drama without being overwhelming. I will definitely use this technique again! I hope you will too the next time you feel like getting your craft on. Here is where I would normally say this wreath is now available for purchase on my Etsy shop, BBCraftlandia, but it has already been sold. However, I do have lots of festive goodies available on my shop that are sure to brighten up your homes and keep you cozy.

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Which old witch? The wicked witch…..

Some may say it’s too early to start all this Halloween talk but I disagree! Now is the time, why you may ask? Well it’s usually the perfect time to stock up on supplies for making some Halloween “do it yourself” projects as most craft stores will have their Halloween stuff on sale. So get out there and get your craft on, if you are needing some inspiration this next post has you covered.

I had Halloween on the brain a few weeks back and decided to make a wicked witch themed Halloween wreath. I went with burlap but this time I bought it in black instead of the usual brown colour;

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If you are needing a refresher on how to make one of these beauties then check out the “DIY” post I did a while back, click here. Once I had the burlap attached my heart filled with excitement and my mind with ideas…..

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I kept in theme with some witchy burlap ribbon and the rest just came together nicely. I find once you have a theme in mind the rest usually flows quite nicely. You may need to play around with things a bit to get them just as you like which is great when things are on sale. This allows you to get a bit extra so you have more to play with. Surprisingly enough I had a difficult time finding a witch with a broom stick, I mean what is a witch without her means of transportation?! I was able to improvise, luckily enough I found a pumpkin on a wooden stick with some hay attached so I used that instead. I took off the pumpkin and re-attached the hay with some piping, of course after I purchased it, hehe, I don’t recommend improvising with merchandise in the store unless you have paid for it, it’s usually frowned upon 😉 Once I had my broom stick my wreath was complete;

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What better way to ensure you get to keep some of your Halloween treats than hanging up a scary wreath, it’s sure to keep some kids away which means more chocolate for you! It’s a win-win, really. At this point I would usually say “this wreath is now available on my etsy store BBCraftlandia” but it has already been sold. No worries though, you got this! Get out there and craft it up, you will have your very own Halloween wreath in no time. If you do make one please share a picture in the comments below, I would love to see what you come up with 🙂

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Preppin for the fall in style

  • Pumping spice candle – check
  • Fall florals out – check
  • Favourite fall scarves ready to go – check
  • Fall yarns ready on the hook – check

This is usually how I prepare for the fall, it’s all the essentials for the season but if I could only choose the bare minimum then it would definitely be a delightful pumpkin candle and a bulky scarf. Ohhhhh how I love the fall. I love it so much I started prepping for it early and decided I would share my secrets…..well as you can see above it’s not really a secret or anything that special. Nope, it’s nothing mind blowing but if anything else it will get you moving and grooving for the fall. The colours, the change in the air, the leaves, the yarn colours, chunky sweaters and pumpkin flavoured everything!! I know it’s not officially the fall until September 8th aka the release of the long awaited pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks but there is so much to be done so you can be ready with Starbucks in hand for the big day. Okay, one last thing about my beloved drink, this year it’s made with real pumpkin!!! I mean it kind of makes me wonder what they have been using all this time but never the less I couldn’t be more thrilled and can’t wait to savour the deliciousness of fall in a cup.

There was one thing missing from my list that would make it all complete, that being the perfect wreath. One that would let the world know, or annoy my neighbours, that fall is on it’s way. I decided to get to work and pulled out my trusted burlap. The beauty of the season can be found in the rich fall colours, it’s easy to find inspiration and get the idea train chugging. I had so many I ended up buying way more than I needed but I couldn’t get enough once I started…..yes I may have a problem……

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I am so thrilled with how it turned out. I used some twigs, silk flowers/leaves, pine cones, a mini pumpkin, sunflowers and some ribbon to tie it all together. I stuck with the traditional colours of orange, yellow, brown, cream, rust and green. I think this wreath says exactly how I am feeling, “helllloooo….yes it’s the fall I’ve been looking for”.

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If you are wanting this one of a kind wreath and aren’t into crafting yourself then you are in luck as I just added this beauty to my Etsy store BBCrafltandia, come on down and take a peek. I have been busy adding some new and exciting items to my store. I would love to hear your feedback, let me know what you think is missing from my store in the comment section below and I will try my best to hook it up. Also, if you welcome the season in your own special way then let me know, I would love to hear your exciting ideas for the fall. Happy crafting ya’ll 🙂

*Contest time: if you are following along then you already know you are entered to win a special prize (pictured below), the draw will take place on September 6th, 2015. If you aren’t yet following along and want to be included in the draw then make sure you click on the “follow” button along the left hand side of the screen. Good Luck!*

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