Monday, October 22, 2012

Crafting with my kids: pumpkin jar luminaries


We made this sweet little craft on the weekend.  I have a weakness for reusing jars.  The girls love luminaries and I saw these tissue paper pumpkin jars on the Michaels project site.  We changed it up a bit.  Ric rac for tendrils and cork for a stem.  We inserted flickering LED lights. 


I snuck a photo of her saying grace. She set the table for her and her big sister to eat together.  I thought it was sweet.


Thanks for stopping by,


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Miniatures Enthusiast of Toronto Show


On the weekend, I took the girls to Miniatures Enthusiasts of Toronto show.  It was an opportunity to test out my camera on teeny tiny objects (and realize the limitations of my lens in low light). I thought I would share a few photos of our experience.

Some of the miniatures were set up for Christmas.


{k.kuti designs}


The Christmas trees are above are made from pipe cleaners and the mouths on the miniature nutcrackers really work   {Exhibitor: Laura Lisowsky}.


Handmade bears by Bears Abundant.


The miniatures above - including the furniture - are knit on very fine needles {Second Childhood}.


Some of the exhibitors had spooky displays.  Unfinished wooden coffins were turned into bookshelves {Exhibitors: The Little Dollhouse Company & Out of the Ordinary}

In the next few photographs, you can see that there was an abundance of furnishings and special touches for dollhouses.  This is just a small peak.


Pacific Wood Imports had a wonderful display miniatures, mostly Japanese.   The sushi was adorable.   The girls love sushi so they were very interested in this display as well as the “mini ice cream”.


We had a fun time and plan to go again next year. There were so many things to see (and not touch!).

I am starting to see everything in 1/8 scale. 

Have a lovely day,


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Crafting with my kids: Milkweed babies


We have been observing the milkweed on many of our nature walks.


Monarchs need the milkweed to lay their eggs?

If you don’t have the milkweed, you don’t have the life cycle.

Dr. Chip Taylor of Monarch Watch

This weekend, we noticed that the milk weed had burst.


Location: The Brick Works

We collected some empty seed pods. I had picked up some roving wool in assorted colours at the Creativ Festival (there was a vendor who dealt in bulk about 8 oz for $3).  I found the project idea here with the instructions here.  You can also use peg dolls, like here.  We used an assortment of beads, acorns and acorn caps, peg dolls which we had on hand.  It was a sensory experience of the girls, they enjoyed the feel of the wool.


Wishing you a great week!  Our furnace was condemned by the gas company a few weeks back, the same year our house turned 100.  We are very much looking forward to getting a new one tomorrow.

Happy Crafting,


Friday, October 12, 2012

Toronto’s Creativ Festival

The Creativ Festival takes place in Toronto twice a year.  It describes itself as “ a comprehensive interactive marketplace and Canada's largest consumer show dedicated to sewing, knitting, quilting, beading, needlework, scrapbooking, diy decorating, crafting, fibre, textile and paper arts and more.”

I haven’t posted about the festival before, but it is a twice a year tradition for my sewing pal and I (it’s our 5th festival!).   The fall festival is taking place this weekend.  We always find it inspiring and it energizes us to get sewing.  For me, today’s highlights were learning how to paper piece hexagons and finding a fabric Advent calendar that I intend to complete before December 1st.

Fabric Advent Calendar panels were very popular at the festival. Here are a few samples of what was on display.

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We were very delighted when we spotted a bolt of the UK’s Makower (Henley Studio) 2011 and 2012 advent calendar panels at the  Lens Mills booth for an amazing price (less than $10).

My pal picked up the train advent (2012) for her boys

Image via Makower

and I picked up the Angel Advent (2011 collection), which I plan to put up in the girls’ bedroom


Image via Hulu Crafts (UK)

The Lens Mills booth is a crazy treasure hunt. It is amazing that we spotted the panels.   There are about five aisles or so that look something like this.  I break out in a sweat.


For me, the other item of interest was the opportunity to take in a very interesting paper piecing demonstration. I picked up all of the supplies to start my first hexagon project.


There were also some interesting fondant displays, like this sewing machine cake, which included a tomato pincushion and various other notions made out of fondant!  I think a tomato pincushion birthday cake would be perfect.


I also loved these sewing machine cookie cutters.  One cutter set included scissors and a thimble.


There are a number of crochet and knitting exhibitors.   The crochet Ferris wheel and carousel were darling.

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We had a marvellous time and left the festival feeling plenty inspired.

Wishing you one crafty weekend,