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Etsy Made In Canada


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.


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.


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.

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.

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.



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



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.


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.



Another TinkerTote, this one’s for me.

I can’t tell you how much I loved this class my Tara Rebman- Quilt-As-You-Go: Patchwork Bags. I have made sooo many. They never fail to get commented on. And they play on my love of making use of scraps!


I love Echnio fabrics and I had a vision of making my self a bag using scraps of their prints.  So off I went to Etsy to find a scrap bundle.  I found Mountain of the Dragon and after some chats about ‘Will you pretty please ship to Canada?’ we sorted out a way to get me some pretties.  Basically I said ‘I’m willing to spend $X, send what you can for that amount’.  It’s so hard lately with the terrible exchange rate to get things shipped from the US . . .


These scraps were perfect! So I set to sewing up my own tote, finally.


I used some thrifted purple denim at the bottom instead of the usual blue and chose to make use of my pre-made bias tape I purchased from my favourite pattern making gal Michelle Patterns.  Sadly I was missing about 4-5 inches of tape to finish it off! Of course I hadn’t measured twice before I started so I had all the tape sewn on the bag and then was missing this one piece.  Luckily thanks to a sad face shout out on Instagram Michelle let me know what the fabric was.


Did, yet another, quick Etsy search and found this shop to order exactly what I needed, and of course a few things more . . . because FABRIC!





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.


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.


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


PicMonkey Collage

Find her blog online or follow her prettiness on Instagram.

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.

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!

New Shop?

Ages ago I worked really hard to brainstorm a cool name for another Etsy shop.

My brainstorming, and pestering some friend, paid off and I came up with a great name for the shop. I signed up on Etsy and since it’s just been sitting there.

Waiting for me to fill it with the things I want to make for it.

And waiting.

I had planned to get to it this summer and so far, this is as far as I’ve gotten. Making the screens.

Perhaps this weekend, before school starts again, I can go insane with creativity and get it all done and launched?!

Cross your fingers form me and send some happy creative thoughts.