Etsy Made In Canada

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Excited to be part of this tomorrow! I’m going to be running a workshop showing people how to use up all the itty bitty fabric scraps they have by making 1 inch magnets and hairclips.

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While the magnets involve a bit of equipment, available at Critical Buttons for rent of purchase if you’re up to making the investment.  The hairclips are much simpler.

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I get my hairclip supplies from Etsy, this shop has many of the items but I’ve found that buying the pins themselves is the most cost effective from here.

As of right now the workshop is full and I’m looking forward to unleashing my 7 large ziplock bags of scraps onto some participants to help them create some fun items to take home.

I think running this workshop might become a regular thing.

Seamwork

Well I’ve been experimenting with making my own clothing over the summer and I think I’m improving.  I’ve got a few patterns that I’m refining to get just the right fit and then I can forge ahead making even more.

While bouncing around the interwebs the other night I fell back onto Seamwork, where I’ve been before, and decided to sign up. It’s only $6 a month and each month you get to download 2 patterns to your library, which is much more than the cost of the subscription if you were to buy them.  Plus you get a bonus pattern for free.

I already owned one of their patterns (have yet to sew it up) and I picked my 2 more already.   I chose these lovelies.

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Can’t wait to get sewing!!

 

Etsy Made in Canada

Well I’m going to be part of this fun day! Etsy’s Made in Canada event in Toronto later this month.

I’m going to be running a workshop where you can make your own magnet set and hairclips. I’ll be teaching how you can use small, and smaller, scraps of fabric to make these items.

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Come say hello!

There are others happening around the country, you can find them here.

More pins!

Man am I going to be styling at school this year!

I now own these lovelies.  From Queenie’s Cards.

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This one makes me giggle all the time, but I haven’t ordered it yet.

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Yep, another Reddit swap.

I signed up for the arbitrary day Reddit swap.  It didn’t really have a theme you could just send fun things to someone based on their preferences or what you could find out about them.

I sent my person this Pokemon cup cozy I made, available in my shop now too because I thought it was such a good idea.

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These are my favs, the 7 year pen and, of course, the roller derby patch.  It’s going right on my skate bag!IMG_5664

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Expanding my accessory collection.

I’ve ordered a few pins lately.  Thanks to Instagram I’ve fallen down into a bit of an enamel pin addiction.

I found this lovely fox pin from KushKush on Etsy.

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Of course I had to like this tote and dream of owning it too.  I’m resisting . . . for now.

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Frame redo, with Instagrams.

This was on my living room wall.  A picture taken of a friend of my son’s toes with a dandelion, a personalized birthday gift from my bf and a saying I cut out of map pieces a few years ago when I was going through some rough times.

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I decided to change up the rough times picture as I feel far more settled and happy now.  I have had these printed Instagram images lying around in a pile for a while, I figured I’d finally put them to good use.

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The frame is a Ribba from IKEA.

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I picked my favs and laid them out in a way I liked.

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Then ta da! New happier wall art!

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Had a hard time getting a non glarey picture but you get the gist.

 

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Another Reddit swap

Did a ‘yarn’ Reddit swap a little while ago. Was sent these lovely yarns. I’m not the best with yarn but it’s on my craft adventure list and I’ve been giving it a go recently.

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You can sign up for current Reddit gift swaps here.

I won a thing!

A little bit ago on my my Instagram I stumbled on a ‘comment here to win’ post and gave it a go.  Then I won!

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I got my pick of t-shirt from Maker Valley.  I, of course, chose the ‘Maker’s Gonna Make’ one, although the one covered in fake threads was a close runner up.  It’s a ridiculously soft and comfortable t-shirt.

I also recieved a tote bag (I’m addicted to totes and bags) and a wee little notebook.  So much awesome.

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My friend Shannon

This is my friend Shannon and she’s amazing.  I met her years ago at Blissdom Canada.  I signed up to be her roommate without even knowing her.  I arrived at the hotel room we were to share in downtown Toronto on a Friday.  Shannon was coming from British Columbia and there was a medical emergency on her flight.  They had been diverted into the US to land and deal with it.  Things were all crazy and complicated as they were taken off the plan but no one had passports, because it was to be a through Canada flight . . it was a mess.  Apparently she had been Tweeting about it madly but I was busy settling in at the conference and meeting people.  Eventually I heard there was an issue.  So rather than meeting in the lobby or over dinner, Shannon walked into our hotel room while I was sitting in my bed in my jammies at nearly midnight.  It was a sort of ‘Hello’, ‘Hello’, ‘Good night’, ‘Good night’ sort of deal.  It was pretty funny.

Needless to say since then I’ve grown to love, love, love her!

A bit ago she started a knitting channel on YouTube, I don’t knit but she’s amazing and funny and a hoot to watch.  Might be enough to get me knitting!

She’s also started sewing recently and opened an Etsy shop, Soxcetera.  She has these great project bags, I’ve already ordered two, and now project backpacks, like this.

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Honestly, how could I resist!?! Look at these amazing prints!

il_570xN.1018805424_hf5qAnyhoo, while there are many tutorials for drawstring bags out there and I could totally whip myself up some here and there I don’t mind supporting other handmakery people, especially when they’re a friend.

 

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