Category Archives: fun finds

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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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!

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Guess How Much I Love Sharing the Love?

Years ago one of my earliest blog posts was all about my son Nate’s nursery. I had lucked out on a warehouse clean out after contacting the publisher and I bought a bunch of Guess How Much I Love you themed stuff that seemed to be part of the very hard last to find things out there.

Pardon the evil pictures, as I said early post.
While wandering at the Spring One of a Kind Craft Show a booth caught my eye, Country Clothesline. Not only were her items pretty, she used words like me ‘vintagey’ and she somehow had some Guess How Much I Love You fabric in her items and stash!

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She’s got a pillowcase and another and quilt.

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I used to get emails often asking me where my stuff was and what I was keeping and could people purchase it. I eventually went through it and parted with that I was willing to pass on to another mother.

Another one.

I bought another bag. I did it before with this one.

Then I did it again with this one.

Now I’ve done it with this one.
Same style I already have, just in another awesome colour.
This bag is great, I have little words to tell you how awesome it is.

I still want the grey one.

I may have a problem.

Check out the whole shop selection here.

Surrounded with art and creativity to get me back into art and creativity

So many months, so many WIP’s in my craft space, so much time lost, so many ideas! Well it’s time to get cracking! Since I’m off for the summer I should be able to handle this blog thing I’ve missed so much and the creative addiction I used to have. Lost my way for a bit but I’m back to spread my creative wings once again, but I’m going to try to do it in a realistic way. Isn’t it just the worst to make promises to ourselves that we can’t keep and raise the bar so high it’s impossible to get there. New leaf, new plan.

I spent time on Canada Day, translation July 1st, wandering the arts and crafts tent display at the Cobourg Waterfront Festival and I was apparently in the mood for some art because I picked up a few gems.

I walked away with two prints and a pendant necklace from Moon House Art. She has an Etsy shop as well, I picked up a fairy print, the fox in the woods and a pendant with this image in it.

I also fell in love with Cori Lee Marvin’s work. It’s breathtaking. I love watercolours and used to paint them often, something that I haven’t done in ages and ages. Her work is super realistic and absolutely amazing. She also has an Etsy shop.

I picked up this print, shocking I’m sure.

I’m also going back some day for this one, the colours in person are beautiful and I figured together with a sewing machine it was a good pairing for a crafty sometime blogger!

It was a super day browsing crafts, chatting with creative people and expanding my bedroom art wall (soon to be three walls because I have an addiction!)

My art wall.

Ok I think it’s done . . . for now. Here’s some close ups.

#1 from Lisah
#2 & 5 from the lovely Jenny, an original hoop I won (yes won!!) from her 365 project and a print available in her Etsy shop.
#3 from Coucousalut
#4 bought from from Elsie herself at Renegade Chicago a few years back.

#1 Bought at a craft show, sorry about the glare. It says “When I get sad, I just stop being sad and be awesome instead” Thank you Barney Stinson.
#2 freebie from an Etsy event, made by 1canoe2
#3 print from ninjandninj
#4 another from from Jenny’s Etsy shop.

#1 From Julie her stuff is great, sadly her shop is empty right now.
#2 I don’t remember at all, bought in Ottawa at a craft show many, many years ago.
#3 Cub and Cabin on Etsy.
#4 Laura Jean‘s amazing work. I even picked more up yesterday from her.

#1 Julie again.
#2 Light and Paper
#3 Happy Town USA
#4 Made by my best friend. Says “Don’t ever let anyone dull your sparkle, because sparkle” Based on this and something funny my son said.
#5 One of two great prints I picked up at Make It Indie last year from Christine Benson
#6 Mittens by Katie Muth

I had another plan for the wall that my headboard is against but I started on the mission and realized it wasn’t going to work out as planned. I’ll have to rethink that one for now and make a new plan.

I splurged a bit.

When my shop was featured I had some money come in and it was just my birthday and some lovely people gave me money too so I decided to treat myself to some of my Etsy wishes. Since I have a tote/purse/bag weakness I stumbled upon, and fell in love with, this bag from luckycann.

I had a terrible time deciding on the colour I wanted.

Now that it’s arrived I’m totally in love with it and want to order more colours just because!

Just for fun I wanted to share what I actually carry in my bag! It’s funny when the bag I’m using is one I’ve made myself because when people ask “Did you make that?” I usually answer with “Yes and this and this and this and this . . ”

Clockwise from top left – budgeting envelope, coin purse, wallet (pattern here), notebook with cover (tutorial here), purse organizer (pattern here), thing I put my earbuds in (pattern here), sunglass case, pencil case (pattern here) and in the middle, of course, my cup cozy!

Thrifting Find.

My attention was drawn to this great vintage looking box at a cluttered store called Barn Finds out on Highway 28 just north of Port Hope here, east of my place.

It had a recipe box inside and the box contained . . . . bath bombs?! What the heck!?

Not sure what those have to do with recipes, I tossed them.

The box is metal and it’s totally awesome.

I love the colours and the design. I think I might use it to hold money while I save up for something fun. It’s cuter than the bank.

Ballieboro day trip.

I lugged the boys out last weekend to the Bailieboro Pottery & Glass Festival. There were some lovely things there to behold.

I must have been in a blue mood or something because anything blue was grabbing my attention.

I left with this lovely rectangular piece.

The design inside is so pretty. This piece is from Terra Dolus Pottery.

I decided to use it to keep all my little pins and brooches in.

I also got these nice coasters from Blue Cheese Pottery. They’re a really light blue/green colour.

The show was all around this church that houses an antiques store, very lovely stuff in there. The boys were so good on the car ride and even tolerated me stopping at a place called Barn Finds to look at neat stuff and do some thrifting.