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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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Yellow is the colour

You ever start making something, paying close attention to every detail and step in a new pattern, and think to yourself “this is never going to turn out like the picture”. This thought was going through my head like a broken record even before I started this next project. I hadn’t even attempted the pattern but had already begun to accept defeat, for some reason I just couldn’t envision it. I decided to push away the doubt and pick up my hook…..but the thoughts slowly crept back in. I began to feel even more frustrated as I was making it for a special little girl who was turning 3. Grrrr, but I powered on and just trusted that the pattern wouldn’t leave me astray.

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In case you are wondering what I am trying to make and for whom well that comes next. I have bought a few patterns from The Velvet Acron and I should know from previous experience that they always turn out as beautiful as the pictures in the pattern. They are very well written and I am always impressed with the end results but with anything new there is always doubt and when it is a birthday gift for your niece there is added pressure. First of all I needed to get the right colour and yellow it is. Most people who have been in contact with any 2 going on 3 year old know that they begin to get their own distinct personality which includes likes/dislikes. With this in mind I made a point of making sure I got the colour right because ruining my nieces birthday is not on my list of “to do’s”. The colour of choice was yellow, in fact she loves yellow everything!!! With the colour being on point the rest was up to my fingers and hands to make sure I could crochet an Aura Pullover sweater. Seriously if you haven’t checked out her Etsy shop yet you need to, take a break right now and go take a peek, I’ll wait.

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So on I went, self doubt in tow, and I came to the part that I was just not able to envision. That part being the neck opening, for some reason I just couldn’t envision it. Thinking back it was so plainly obvious and simple but at the time I just wasn’t there. It still amazes me how a ball of yarn can turn into something like this…..if you haven’t started hooking yet what are you waiting for?! It’s truly amazing what you are capable of making. Next up was to finish the cowl like neck opening.

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The bottom photo is how you work the rows all the way around. I’m not going to lie, I did run out of yarn and couldn’t make it as long as the pattern advised but I think once it’s folded down it still looks pretty darn cute. I ordered the yarn online because I couldn’t find any yellow yarn in the right weight at my local stores and as you already know it HAD to be yellow. So I just accepted defeat when I ran out and made the best of it. I still think it came out on point and way cuter than I initially imagined.

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Okay there was one other set back and that was the button choice. I left things too late and didn’t have time to order from my go to button shop, brickbubble, so I had to search high and low at the local stores and this was the best I could come up with. I really wanted a nice earthy toned button but hey sometimes you have to take the good with the bad. Things were turning out so wonderfully that I knew no matter what colour the buttons were it wasn’t going to ruin the overall look of the pull over…..so here goes……the final project…..what we have all been waiting for….

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Oh wait I forgot one last step before the final reveal,attaching one of my BBCraftlandia custom tag 🙂 Also bought from brickbubble. Okay no more foolin, here she be;

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I am so in love with the final product and I hope she is too! At the very least it’s yellow and when you are 2 going on 3 thats all that matters 😉

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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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Part 3: Frosty the Snowman

Christmas is just around the corner and at this point I’m sure your feet are up, the eggnog is flowing and you are glowing from the roaring fire as you reward yourself for finishing all your shopping and baking on time as per usual…..no? Okay, me neither!! It always seems I start off with the best intentions and always fall short of my goal for a December free of the hustle and bustle. Oh well, tis the season, I guess.

I hope this next post comes in handy for the last minute gift exchange you forgot about, or crafting with the kids, or maybe just to keep and hang on your tree. This Christmas craft is just as magical as that old silk hat they found and put on Frosty’s head…..okay maybe not that magical but adorable for sure.

For this next Frosty inspired project you will need the following;

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Let’s start by making our snowman a cute winter’s hat. Take the red yard (or any colour of your choosing) along with the toilet paper roll. From here you will cut the roll so that you are left with a small circular piece like so;

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This will be the base of the hat. Take the red yarn and cut a few strands that will be used to loop around the base. You can use a box or small container to wrap the yarn around to get even strands and to make it a bit easier. Once you have about 25-30 strands around 15-20cm long you can start looping the yarn around the base of the roll.

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Go all the way around the roll until you have covered it completely. Once you have done so pull all the yarn ends through the hole of the roll. From here you can use a separate piece of yarn to tie around the end of the yarn to form the top of the hat. You can make it as short or long as you would like.

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Once you have the hat the next step is making Frosty which will be made pompom styles. We will be making two different sized pompoms and then glue them together, the bottom one of course being larger than the top. There are lots of different methods to making a pompom so please feel free to use whatever method you prefer. I usually cut a piece of yarn, roughly about 15cm or so, and put it aside. I then proceed to wrap the yarn around my hand about 115-120 times (for the larger pom);

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Once you have gone around the desired amount of times you can cut the yarn end. Then pull the yarn off of your hand and lay it in the centre of the separate piece you cut and placed aside previously. From here tie a tight knot around the yarn to hold it in place. Then you can cut all the loops so they separate and start to from the pompom;

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You can trim the pom to look however you would like, fluffy or short, the fun is in making it your own. I used the same technique for the top pom only I went around about 60 times instead of 115-120 as with the larger pom. Once you have your two poms you can glue them together. Now comes the fun part, glue the hat on top and add whatever else you would like.

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There you have it, you are ready to get your frosty on. You can make the hats as separate ornaments if you prefer, either way there is lots of Christmas fun to be had. There is still some time to get your craft on especially if you aren’t feeling the spirit, crafting will always get you there.

This concludes my Christmas crafting for the year. Thanks again for making this a very memorable and rewarding year for me. I enjoy crafting and enjoy it even more when I get to share it with you. Pleases know that I feel all the feels with every “like” on Facebook, “heart” on Instagram and purchase on my Etsy shop. Your support and love makes my heart happy and I appreciate each and every single one of you. Have a very Merry Christmas and I will see you all in the New Year 🙂

*Inspiration for this project: Frosty and yarn toque/hat

 

 

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Part 2: Frosty the Snowman

“Oh, Frosty the snowman was a jolly happy soul
With a corncob pipe and a button nose
And two eyes made out of coal”

This is the song that was dancing through my head as I eagerly hooked up a storm with this next project. Tis the season and this year I wanted to try my hand at some crochet ornaments while keeping in theme.

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I picked up this book last year and so far the patterns I have attempted have turned out great! Nothing worse than following a pattern that doesn’t have the same results as the finished product shown. If you are looking to get your jolly hook on this season I highly recommend this book. It has everything from stockings, to reindeer baskets, to cozy toques and scarves. I chose to make Frosty himself;

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I wasn’t crazy about the colour choice for the toque and scarf so I went with traditional red and green yarn. I bundled up my yarn in my new yarn basket made by a talented friend;

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You can find her lovely work on Instagram under pammie_sunshine. This basket is the perfect way to keep the projects I’m working on organised and at the ready. As stated above, the pattern was easy to follow and had very clear instructions so I didn’t need to change much besides my colour of yarn. The only other change I made was using some fun squeeshy fluffs instead of the black buttons;

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I had these left over from a kit I had bought at Michaels. It had some googly eyes, piping and lots of fluffs, which also means hours of fun if you have littles at home who like to craft. After finishing my first frosty I decided I wanted to make a few and use them as garland to hang on the tree;

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I am very pleased with how they turned out and I can’t wait to string this on the tree as I dance my pants off to a little Boney M. Other ideas I had; use them as decor in a wreath or centre piece, attach them to gifts, or attach them to bottles of cheer for hostess gifts. Lots of options to spread a little love and joy this holiday season. I mean how can you not smile a little when you see these faces;

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“Oh
Frosty the snowman
Was alive as he could be
And the kids all say he could laugh
And play just the same as you and me”

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*Make sure you are following my blog to receive a special promo code that can be used on my Etsy shop, BBCraftlandia, for one day only on Cyber Monday (Nov. 28/16)*

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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 🙂 *