Doodling

Had a bit of a crummy evening the other day. So while the kids were running around with friends and otherwise occupied I decided to be creative.

There are so many fun classes on Creativebug, I’ve made and learned so many things. Creative Doodling with Pam Garrison was exactly what I needed that day.

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Here are my butterflies. I did have to work a few times to stifle the urge to compare them with Pam’s seemingly effortless doodles, but she is a pro and I got over it.
I shared it on my Instagram and *both* she and Creativebug liked it so I can’t be doing all that bad!

My kids and I also got our sketchbooks out while my leg was still all castified and healing and we all did some of Pam Garrison Drawing Challenge. It was a fun activity to do together.

You should check the class out, or some of the other great ones on there if doodling isn’t your thing (although I think you could be swayed between this class or one of Lisa Cogdon’s like Paint a Geometric Star)

You can see them all at Creativebug.

Zipper pulls!

Ok here’s another amazing tip and pattern from the pattern lady I love Michelle at, michellepatterns.com.

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I can’t say enough how much I love all her patterns and tutorials.

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A great place to start if you haven’t done much sewing, or a great place to just go to create some fun accessories.

Embroidery addiction.

I’ve become a bit addicted to embroidery lately. I’ve been carrying around little projects to have on hand. After finishing my Mollie Makes bear I happened to stumble onto this little beauty on Etsy in Jenny Blair’s shop.

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It’s a sampler so just the printed fabric arrived for me to fill it in how I’d like. Which is a great idea. It came packaged very nicely, and the fact that it’s all nice and flat means that shipping was pretty reasonable.

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She has a mix of pdf, fabric and kits in her shop. They’re all really quite lovely. I’m swooning over these ones.

 

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Find her blog online or follow her prettiness on Instagram.

Reddit stationary and pen swap.

Ever done a Reddit Gift exchange?

They run almost constantly and they have a wide variety of themes.

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Last summer I signed up for a teacher gift giving one. It was a Secret Santa sort of thing but teachers singed up and were paired with gift givers. The person who sent my package to me was so ridiculously generous. My students were thrilled to get so many neat items. The limit was set at $20 but my Santa clearly went overboard. Even went so far as to send me a cheque when I was surprised at having to pay a bunch of delivery charges.

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This is the great pile of goodies I received from my gift giver. She did some online research and found out some things about me to drive her gift collecting.

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I packaged up some lovely things to send to my match. I hope she enjoys them as much as I enjoyed mine.

Kiriki Press

I love getting my new Mollie Makes magazines. I diligently travel to the magazine store every few weeks, the only place I can still find the UK imports, and pick up my copy. They set it aside for me. I have to buy the imports because I want the kits. I tried the US editions when they started printing them but I couldn’t bear to miss out on kits and also I found some of the content was recycled and I’d seen it before in the UK editions.

image1 I tend to toss the kits in a drawer and then hope to get to them. Recently I’ve been making it a point to get to them and this kit helped give me the push I needed to do so. It’s also launched me into a stitchy frenzy. I pulled out my previously (read ages ago) purchased Kiriki kit.

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It’s from Kingston, Ontario based Kiriki Press. It’s neat to see people grow their businesses. I remmebre meeting her years ago at some Etsy events in Toronto. Now she’s got her Etsy shop and a fancy website.

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You can find and follow Michelle on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook

Now I’ll have to get going on a few other projects I have lying around, and this lovely came with this month’s issue.

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And of course I’ve still got my lovely get well gift from Mollie.

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Hey don’t forget to sign up for the pincushion swap!!

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Swap time! Wanna play?

Let’s swap pincushions!

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Instead of trying to match up and email people myself I’m going to try Elfster and let the site do it for me. Please head here if you’d like to join in our pincushion swap.

You will create a pincushion with your own hands and ship it away to someone who is sending you a new to you pin cushion as well. How fun!

You can scour Pinterest or Google for some ideas and tutorials.

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Skinny pincushion

So made myself a scrappy quick little project the other day. I absolutely love things that use up scraps, the small the better. I remember the first time I made something with a ton of prints on it, one of my scrappy wallets, I was hesitant at first but once you just let go and put things together it all looks great once it’s finished.

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It’s from a free pattern by Green Bee Designs, they have a free patterns section and it’s in there.

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I added more sections to mine because I wanted it even more scrappy.  I rarely do things as dictated.

Delicious flour free chocolate muffins.

A few years ago I lost a bunch of weight eating very little carbs. I’ve since found some of that weight and sort of kinda try to keep the low carb habits going. It’s a challenge I find being busy, on the go, with the kids and eating at work. Once place I really try to keep it up is with treats and sweets. I have a load of low carb (or adaptable) recipes on my Food Pinterest board.

These are a fav. I’ve adapted the recipe from Averie Cooks post here. She also links to her original recipe, which she improved upon by making them double chocolate.

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I DO NOT make these in my blender. I tried that the first time and it was just waaaaay too difficult to clean that thing out afterwards! Her’s are dairy free but I tend to just use mini chocolate chips I have on hand at times. I also use whatever nut butter I happen to have. My cousin works at Nuts To You so I get to try a lot of different types.

Here’s my minty take on Averie’s recipe.

INGREDIENTS
1 medium banana
1 large egg
1/2 cup nut butter
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tbsp honey
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS
Preheat to 400
Blend all ingredients (reserve a small amount of chocolate chips)
Put in lined mini cups
Sprinkle with chocolate chips
Bake 8-12 mins

VARIATION
I love, love, love to add 1/2 tsp mint extract to mine

Happy, happy mail.

Not only did some great books arrive for me the other day, and my bff showed up with some fun stickers for me but I also got a surprise get well gift from my best yet to be met online friend Mollie.

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Look at how fun she is?! She even drew a signature Mollie smiley face on the ankle!

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I already have a plan for making something fun based on this project.

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Stuck on couch = play on Pinterest

Spent some time organizing and adding to my boards on Pinterest the other day.

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I’m going to attempt a petal quilt, using all my current fabric to cut the petals. I picked up some white fabric for the front and a perfect pattern for the backing.

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It’s perfect for the quilt I’m going to make, inspired by this one by Little Miss Shabby.

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