Dress up your door

Yarn Wreath Tutorial.

Crumb Cake

Who would've thought?

Coconut Sugar Scrub

A simple, yet luxurious gift. Don't forget to make one for yourself!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Christmas Sneak Peek- Day #4

Enough chatter, you know what this is about by now :)









Without intention, it seems there’s a lot of snowflakes and rhinestones in my work this Christmas…bring on the bling!

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Christmas Sneak Peak- Day #3

Ready for another puzzle piece?  Here you go!

My favourite Bo Bunny paper from last year…I managed to save a few extra pieces. 

Happy Wednesday!

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Christmas Sneak Peak- Day #2


Here’s your next puzzle piece for a different Christmas item that will be released next week.


Happy Tuesday!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Christmas Sneak Peak- Day #1

To get ready for the release of the first of my 2010 Christmas products, I’ll be posting a puzzle piece each day of a different Christmas item.

Sneak Peaks will happen for the next 9 days to prepare for the release next week. 

Here’s your first peak and puzzle piece!


Ahh, my favourite SU colour, Old Olive!

Happy Monday!

Ciao for now,

Friday, September 24, 2010

Pitter Patter

No big announcements, just a custom order :)



I’m working on an order of 55 mini boxes for my dad’s cousin’s daughter’s baby shower.  If you understood that, it means my third cousin.  She might be once removed, but I’m not sure.

We don’t know if the baby is a boy or a girl, so we’re doing half of each.  The boxes are all made, and now the stamping is done.

Just a scalloped circle to cut out, in pink and blue for each box, add the ribbon and I’ll be done.

I’ll keep you posted on the progress, and this weekend I’m hoping to start some Christmas cards, and work on some more of the custom orders I have.

Happy Friday!

Ciao for now,

Monday, September 20, 2010

Hey Pumpkin!

I have to admit that Halloween is not really my favourite holiday.  As a kid living in Northern Ontario, we always had to have a costume that over a snowsuit (seriously).   It may not have always been snowing, but it was always nippy out. 

If your costume didn’t fit OVER the snowsuit…it had to go UNDER, which meant no one actually knew what you were when you rang the doorbell.  No kid wants to explain over and over again what their costume is.

I do love, however, this Halloween stamp.  Maybe it’s not so much Halloween, but it’s definitely a Fall stamp and super cute.

I made some simple gift tags and they’re available now in my Etsy store.

I think they’d be great on Halloween gift bags, a loaf of pumpkin bread or muffins, or any other fall treat.

I might make more and keep them for myself to use; I’m determined to find a great pumpkin bread recipe. I think it’d be a great little gift for friends, and an excuse to have a visit with some cinnamon tea.

Ciao for now,

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Bookmarks back from the dead

My Vampire can beat your Werewolf bookmark

My vampire bookmarks have been doing quite well in my Etsy shop, with 3 variations, plus a few werewolf bookmarks,  they’ve sold well.



However, it seems there’s another untapped genre of mythical creatures…zombies!  My friend Karin of KarinSF asked for some zombie bookmarks and gave me full creative power over the design, colours and quotes.  This was a bit tricky since I’ve never actually read a zombie book.

I contact my sister, who involved her fellow Zombie-loving friend and they provided me with a list of memorable and recognizable zombie related quotes.  It was a group effort and I’m very pleased with how they turned out.

I made a total of 4 bookmarks for Karin and had a blast making these look like they came back from the dead.  I think my favourite part is the ribbon tails.


Happy Thursday!

Ciao for now,

Friday, September 10, 2010

Knitting: not just for old people.

While I often feel I’m an old soul, I have fully embraced my desire to knit. I’m ready to receive the “oohs” and “ahhs” and the “YOU made THAT?”

Initially taught by my Italian grandmother (Nonna) when I was younger, I couldn’t purl to save my life and shoved the needles through the tight stitches with such force it’s a wonder I never punctured my hand. I put the needles down for many years, and have recently picked them up again.DSC04537

I’m great at knitting scarves; they’re straight and simple. I upgraded to cable knitting, not as hard as I thought and very impressive.

Last year I graduated to circular needle knitting and created my Latte Love coffee sleeves.

I was told by a fellow crafty friend about the site Ravelry, signed up and started searching patterns for beginners. It was about time I tried something new.

For some reason, I was drawn to slippers. I hate socks, and am often barefoot, which is fine in my apartment, but when I go home to my parents, or visit Nonna, I’m thrown some slippers brought back from Italy before I was born…not always stylish.

I found a pattern, took a deep breath and got to work.

Who knew they’d actually be pretty easy? and turn out fantastic?!


The pattern is from French Press Knits, and she sells the pattern on both Ravelry and Etsy. So now that I have some knitting confidence, I’m going all out.

I picked up a knitting book over the weekend when I was at home for a wedding- More Last Minute Knitted Gifts and I can’t wait to get working. I also picked out another, intended to go on my Christmas wish list; however since there was only one copy, my Mom swiftly grabbed it off the shelf and stated it would be wrapped for Christmas.

Pints and Purls encourages you to knit their portable projects whilst drinking beer in a pub with your best knitting/drinking friends. I browsed through the book before I had to hand it over for Christmas wrapping and I’m looking forward to the Drunken Sweater.

Since I’ll get the book for Christmas, I’ll have some time to answer this question…

Do I teach my drinking buddies to knit? or my knitting pals to knock one back?

Ciao for now,

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