Monday, December 07, 2015

Week One Of Elf Watch 2015

Bernard Is Back!

The first week of December and the first seven days of Bernard's shenanigans has been amazing and gone by very quickly.

Day one
He's Back! 

Day two
Guess I won't be having a smoothie. 
Loki is checking out Bernard from the safety of outside

Day three
Bernard fancied himself a Captain 

Day four
I think we may have had a visitor last night, perhaps another mischievous elf.

Day five
Well that's one way to get from the tree to the shelf and back again.

Day six
I went away for the weekend and found him here when I got home. 
Looks like someone got a little skerd while I was away.

Day seven
Bernard is ready for his Christmas card photo shoot!

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Holiday Daily Planner Printables | Free Download

It's that time again!

The time for more things to remember than your brain can handle, and more things to do than your scheduled has time for.

I loved using my December Daily pages to stay organized last year. You can still download last years set with out the dates printed on them and add your own, they can be found here.

I received such amazing feedback on those sheets and quite a few requests for new ones, I thought I would offer them again this year.

They are 1/2 sheet size (slightly larger that and A5) so that you can print on regular paper and slice down the center. Quickest and most cost effective way.

I like to add a little washi tape to some of the pages, though they are quite colourfull without the added embellishment.  I went with a more whimsical and fun theme this year, I hope you like it.

I also got a new 6 hole punch this year that I am loving. It is able to punch pages designed for A5 planners, all at once. It has saved me a lot of frustrations and wasted paper.

For a full tutorial on how to use the pages and get them ready for your planner check out this post here.

December 2015 A5 (1/2 Letter) Planner Pages

Friday, November 13, 2015

Country Snowman Cross Stitch Pillow Ornament

I am in love with this little snowman ornament I stitched up for my Step Monster (an affectionate term).

I know she is going to love it as well, which made it that much more enjoyable to make.  

I'm trying my best this year to give at least one hand made gift to the closest people in my life. 

The only problem is I have left this genius brainwave to the last minute, (as usual) and don't have much time to complete my self appointed mission. 

This mission difficult just because mission Christmas impossible.

But, what's life without a little pressure--- right? 

I saw a design for this ornament on Pintrest a few weeks ago, though the image I found on Nelii's blog is very different from the original pattern. 

The original design is called "I'll keep you warm all winter long" designed by Val's Stuff. Though I love the pattern, I did lean more toward the colouring and styling of Nelii's piece.  

I decided to finish the piece as a beaded pillow ornament. I used the information from two different tutorials found here and here. I combined the two and added a little twist of my own, to get the result I had envisioned.

I used the same 32 ct linen fabric for the back and added the year as well as a hand made charm. 

For the design work I used double stranded Weeks Dye Works cotton 6 ply embroidery floss. It is by far my favourite floss to use with natural coloured linen fabric.

Finally I twisted a section of DMC floss together, for the hanging tag and called her complete.

This is going to be an early gift given this weekend when I travel to Ottawa, Ontario for a visit. Can't wait to give this to her, she is a big fan of anything handmade.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

The time for Christmas is now

If you are not a fan of Christmas and the sights of merriment and joyful decorations is not your idea of a good time, then this website for the next two months is not going to be your favourite place.

If however, you enjoy Christmas and all of the seasonal triumphant things that go along with it, you are in for a treat and some serious eye candy. 

I will be having lots of posts in the coming weeks showcasing Christmas projects and a peek into my home at Christmas. 

For daily Christmas images be sure to follow me on Instagram.

Tomorrow I will be posting one of the finished cross stitch ornaments I am planning to give as gifts.
Here is a sneak peak, just for you.

I will of course be offering A5 December planner sheets again this year, and will have them on the blog available for download by (American) Thanksgiving.

I'll also be posting a crochet pattern and a few ideas for holiday bath products.

Stay tuned for all the holiday crafting!

Friday, July 24, 2015

2015: The Year Of The Baby

I don't know about you but, in my life it seems like 2015 is going to be the year of the baby or more correctly the year of pregnancy.

More friends than I can say (because a lot of them haven't even announced it yet) are expecting their first child.

Exciting times for them, and for me! I love me some babies and I am very excited to become a Fairy Godmother and spoil these babies rotten. 

Until they come it's their Mama's I get to spoil, in the form of little knitted gifts and vitamin e belly cream.  

Of the fun I am going to have when the little ones are brought into the world.



Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A 30th Birthday Blanket

When I was crocheting my Granny Stripe Blanket last year my friend Ash absolutely fell in love.

I mean--- dropping hints that she'd like it.

Threatening to steal it when it was finished--- kind of love.

So with her 30th Birthday rolling around in January, I decided to make her one of her own.

It was a little last minute, seeing as how I started it Mid November

But, hey it is me were talking about! 

The pattern and fiber is the same as my original Granny Strip Blanket, I just switched up the colour sequence and made the boarder a darker colour pattern.

Overall I was really happy with the way the blanket turned out and I know she was too.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Meet Penny Lane

I am very excited to introduce the newest member of my family, Penny Lane.

She is 9 weeks old as of yesterday and is a Tricolour Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

We had to drive almost three hours to get her and was she ever a trooper on the way home. 

This is my first dog and I could not be more happy with her, she is such a sweetheart. 

Now wish me luck on training lol!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

WIP Wednesday: Rose City Rollers Socks

I thought I'd start a new segment called WIP Wednesdays.
I'm going to post (or at least try to!) every Wednesday with a current WIP (Work in Progress).

I've been working on the Rose City Rollers Socks by Mara Catherine Bryner. It's a free pattern on Ravelry,
and is honestly a really simple and easy to follow sock pattern. It would be great for beginners or knitters who are new to sock knitting.

I decided to knit them not only because they looked amazing and, I had been seeing such love for them on Instagram lately. But, also because I thought they would be a great Summer Sock, with the rolled down cuff they would be perfect for chilly nights and air conditioned basement studios! 

The first sock took me about a week to knit and I have cast on the second sock already. That's my iPad in the background with Dance Mom's on, I've had a guilt addiction to it lately.

Fiber Content: 75% Superwash Merino wool, 15% Nylon, 10% Tencel 
Colour Way: Across the Universe
Needles: Recommended size DPN 
All other Modification information on my project page on Ravelry

What is your Summer Project? Let me know in the comment section below.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Hydrangea Cupcakes

A dear friend of mine is getting married at the end of the summer and last weekend was her shower.

I offered to make the cupcakes for the event and had been planning for months what to make.

I knew she loved Hydrangea's (to my knowledge they are her favourite flower) and I wanted to try and make the cupcakes look like them.

The cupcakes themselves are my favourite cupcakes to make they are the Triple-Citrus Cupcakes by Martha Stewart. I use just a small amount of the lime glaze recommended in the recipe on each cupcake and then topped with her Swiss Meringue Buttercream.

I used a Wilton 2D tip to create each flower and a duel colour frosting technique. 

Let me know if you are interested in seeing how they are made in the comment section and I'll make a tutorial.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

It Finally Feels Like Summer

Summer is here!

After been out of commission last summer with my back injury, I'm hoping to soak up as much Summer Fun as I can this year. 

One of my favouite parts about summer is the fresh cut flowers at my finger tips. 

Caught this as I was leaving for work. 
I love bee's so much and try to plant a lot of flowers to attract them. 

This is mom making a friend at the our local road side stand.

A lovely reminder that I live in the county. 
Not that I really needed one!

Doing a little hand sewing and working on a hexagon quilt.