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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Scandinavian-felt-bag-madness! on: May 31, 2010 06:10:33 PM
I saw the cover of the new book Scandinavian Needlecraft, by Clare Youngs and fell in love with the bag featured.  I drafted my own pattern based on the cover image, blended that idea with inspiration from those red, painted horses you see in Sweden (and Ikea!) and came up with this little bag:







It was such a fun project.  Everything I was doing was a 'first' for me.  I can't wait to make another!

For more info, photos, and the backstory to this project, you can visit me at www.canuckcraft.blogspot.com

Thanks for looking.
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Mom! Is that you? - Shopping bag with portrait on: April 21, 2010 09:24:27 AM
My mom recently made me a book containing hilarious note, report cards and drawing from the first decade, or so, of my life.  

My favourite part is the drawing section, where I found a drawing of my mom I'd done when I was 3 or 4.  She had 3 kids under 5 years of age when I drew this, so I think the expression is probably accurate.

I copied the drawing and embroidered it onto some linen.  I then took the completed emboidery and turned it into the pocket for a homemade shopping bag I made her.  

Here are the results:












Thanks for looking!
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Egg-citing Pysanky on: March 23, 2010 07:27:15 AM

While I feel a bit like a poseur posting in the 'art' section, it seemed the best place to showcase my egg-babies.

Pysanky, for those who don't know, is the Ukrainian art of decorating eggs.  It's a process a lot like Batik, involving alternating layers of dye and wax.

While I love the traditional designs, I also like looking for inspiration in other places, like quilting.  Here are a few of my pysanka from over the years:




For more info, and more pictures, you can visit my blog:  http://canuckcraft.blogspot.com/2010/03/tis-time-for-eggs.html

Thanks for looking and happy egg-decorating!

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Traveling Car Caddy for a 3 year old boy on: March 20, 2010 01:48:32 PM
Using the great tutorial at homemade by jill (http://homemadebyjill.blogspot.com/2009/12/cozy-car-caddy-tutorial.html) I made this car caddy for my nephew.  He's turning 3 in a week and I can't think of anything more appropriate than a vehicle related, portable gift.  Hopefully, he will agree:






It's a great tutorial, if you're looking for a quick-made gift for a little one!
5  COOKING / Dessert / Train cake for a 4 and 2 year old on: February 23, 2010 10:14:47 AM
I made a train cake for my boys, who celebrate their birthdays together (yay for me!).  I've never done anything like this before, so I used the WWKD? philosophy (What Would a Kid Do?).  Using that thought, I just covered it in processed sugar until I felt nauseated.  The reactions?  Total success.



6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Twig and yarn dandelions on: February 23, 2010 10:04:47 AM
This project has been kicking around on a few sites lately, but I used the instructions on Poopscape Projectshttp://www.poopscape.com/index.htm for my flowers.  They are quick and fun and easy.  And, if you're like me, a nice break from winter.



7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Googily: A dream come true! on: December 21, 2009 09:40:27 AM


My little boys love, love, love the book 'Jumpy Jack and Googily' by Meg Rosoff. http://www.amazon.com/Jumpy-Jack-Googily-Meg-Rosoff/dp/080508066X  I've read it to them approximately 792 times.

It is such a great book... all her books are.  It's funny and silly and a bit creepy and all the things that little boys love.   I won't go into my mega-love for this author but, trust me, it's HUGE.

So, to make my boys laugh and honour Ms. Rosoff, I decided to make a 'Googily' doll.  I'd never made a soft toy before so it really was an experiment from start to finish. 

Here's what he looks like in the book:



And here's what my guy looks like:




The best part of the whole process is that I sent an email to Ms. Rosoff and she wrote back, thrilled about the doll.  Such a great, great thing for me to receive in my indbox.

If you want to read more, visit the post on my blog here: http://canuckcraft.blogspot.com/2009/12/googily.html

Thanks for reading.  And, if you too are a Googily fan, then a hearty "No monsters HERE!" to you.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Super-easy toddler mittens on: December 10, 2009 08:53:52 PM

I am a mom of two little boys and losing mittens make the 'Dreadful Winter' even more irritating.  I hate being ready to so and stuck looking for that one elusive mitt.   I figured out a quick way to make a whole bunch of matching mittens that are reversible and mix-n-matchable.  Don't have a left?  Just flip a right over!

The photos kind of tell the story.  It's not a ground-breaking design, that's for sure!















I've made a whole bunch for my boys.  These fit both my 3 1/2 year old and my 1 1/2 year old.  I whipped up these orange ones this afternoon in about half an hour.  If you're interested in more details, like measurements and stuff, this is the direct link to the tute on my blog:

http://canuckcraft.blogspot.com/2009/12/my-easy-toddler-mittens.html

(Forgive the link, but I already wrote this up once today!)

Oh!  If only this wasn't the very beginning of months of needing these mitts!  Brrrr.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Ruffle Pillow from a man's t-shirt on: December 08, 2009 11:26:06 AM
I made this little ruffle pillow from a $1 man's t-shirt I found at Goodwill.  I used Floralshowers tute for this : http://floralshowers.com/sewing/ruffle-pillow-tutorial/.  It's really easy to follow and is such a quick and fun project.  Hard to go wrong, really!

And who doesn't have old t-shirts hanging around?  Fun.



10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Argh Matey! Nautical themed pillows on: December 08, 2009 11:20:11 AM
So, yesterday I posted my first ever embroidery project.  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=330337.0.  Having survived that project (gleefully!) I embarked on another present.

My sister loves all things nautical.  She sailed tall ships as a teen and loves the ocean and everything to do with it.  When I told my sisters that they had to choose a fabric collection for me to use as the base for a present, it was no surprise that she chose Odyssea by Momo for Moda.

So, I used the fabric to create a border and a super-fuzzy fleece for the backing.  I embroidered two panels, (one for each pillow) and they became the centres.

My newbie stitching is very apparent here, but I think she'll like them.

She'd better, or she'll walk the plank!






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