I'm from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I'm going to be taking an across-Australia trip very soon, and as I go I'd LOVE LOVELOVE to stop into some extra special fabric /craft shops and pick up a *restrained* amount of goodies to take home (backpack permitting..)
I've got access to run-of-the-mill fabric stores here at home, so what I'm looking for is more like boutiques that carry cute / designer textiles and possibly other goodies?
thoughts I'd post a Omer Desseres Update; it's not on st catheirne up by atwater anymore, that one closed and moved to Place Montreal Trust - still on st catherines, but further east, right by Ave.Mgcill College .
I live in a city neighborhood that, ever year, has a decorate-your-building-exterior contest. This year the theme is "A Green Christmas", as in, environmental decoration ideas. I'm determined to participate! And I know I can rely on you creative lot to help me come up with fabulous ideas.
Plus, it's just a plain old good idea.
I want to focus on the three R's, of course: reduce (don't buy new stuff to make the decorations) Reuse (reuse what I have, and make things that can be reused in following years, or other applications) and Recycle (anything to be trashed should be recyclable!)
So far, these are my ideas:
Reduce my use of lights, and put a timer on the lights so they only operate about 3 hours a day
Use lots and lots of ribbon! (reusable, and best of all - compact storage!)
Use evergreen boughs (can be collected by the City along with trees after christmas, and made into garden mulch)
Punctuated with real Ivy, and cranberries (would bird eat these?)(compostable!)
Craft idea: A recycled paper wreath - made from color pages of newspaper, or magazine pages, or even last year's torn up wrapping paper, crumpled up and stuffed in a wire wreath frame
Use natural items, like pine cones, hung in bunches with ribbons
I was even thinking of making hanging balls of jingle-bells that ring when the wind blows (sounds like Christmas to me!)
Popcorn balls is a neat idea INSIDE, but outside would result in a pigeon-feeding-frenzy
Some kind of decoration made of empty green wine bottles + red ribbon (hmmmmm, this needs some though...)
Craft community, I challenge you to suggest lots of ideas, and show Craftster's green side by making this a big topic!
Does anyone know where I can take fun knitting or crochet lessons in Montreal, Preferably 'downtown' somewhere? I have basic knowledge... Something young & urban, true to Craftster, would be perfect...
such beautiful fabric put to use in the PERFECT way; The shape of the bag and the fabric are accented wonderfully by the lovely ribbon-esque strap. I LOVE reusing old clothes made of lovely fabrics to make great crafts. its a great source of leather actually; plus-sized aline leather skirts are the BEST!
you MUST carry around the book in the bag, just so you can whip it out and the perfect moment to show off your uncanny ability to match!!