This past Friday I went to Poppytalk Etsy Craft Party and had a total blast! Not only was the party great, but I finally got a chance to check out Jan and Earl’s new shop located at 109 East Broadway at Main Street. It’s such a breath of fresh air with white walls, tall ceilings and an array of items for sale from local designers, makers and crafters. Check it out if you haven’t done so already! The theme for the Etsy Craft Party was embroidery on photography. Jan had purchased vintage photos from Etsy, but also recommended bringing our own. […]
I recently posted a vintage cabinet before and after that included a DIY Leather Furniture Pull. I had seen a few online, but wasn’t sure how it would work out, mostly because I wanted to be as thrifty as possible. So I bet you’re wondering, why go to all the fuss to make this when you can just buy ready made hardware and be done in 2 minutes. Well, I had an issue to hide, you see when I removed the old handle from the door, a big chunk of the wood veneer came with it and it wasn’t an easy […]
For the past 20+ years I’ve held on to a wine cork reindeer craft I made in grade school. He gets displayed every Christmas but for the longest time I’ve wanted to make him a friend. I kept forgetting to save a few wine corks for the project but I’ve finally got enough, so I decided to share with you what you’ll need to make a wine cork reindeer. It’s a very easy craft project that’s perfect for children and adults. An alternate idea, once you’ve made your reindeer, attach a screw eye hook (the kind used for hanging pictures) […]
For my friends bridal shower, I created a vintage book page table runner from old romance novels. Below, I’ll walk you through the steps to create your own for any event. Roll out your ikea paper to the length you want your table runner to be. This will be the base of your project. I found it easier to have something to glue the pages to instead of trying to glue the pages to themselves. You’re then going to carefully remove the pages from your books and lay them onto the paper glueing as you go. They don’t need much glue, […]
For my friends bridal shower, I wanted to create a simple and useable party favour. I purchased some tiny glass bottles from Michaels and filled them with Japanese Roasted Rice Tea. Then I designed and printed small labels to hang on the bottles with string from the dollar store. The photos explain it further.
This weekend I hosted a bridal shower at our apartment. I went all out and made my first 4 layer cake, Vanilla and Chocolate Earl Grey cake with Earl Grey butter cream icing. I had previously blogged about this cake, but decided to experiment and do a chocolate version, the contrast when you cut it open, looks so fun! In the next few weeks i’ll be blogging about a few of the decorations I created for the shower, but I felt the need to share the cake photos now.
This past Christmas I made a gift for a friend, knowing that she liked to play Scrabble. I couldn’t afford to buy fancy presents this year, so a craft project was a fun solution. Unfortunately I don’t have step by step photos for this project, so hopefully my instructions are good enough. It’s really more about the idea, you could use just about any materials as a backing and use wood glue to set the tiles in place. Here’s what the final product look like, 4 in total, each one has a hidden word. I used words that relate to […]
As promised, here’s some photos of how the origami ornaments turned out! I had the day off today, so I was very motivated to fold some paper! I went to my local dollar store and picked up some origami paper and I was on my way to awesomeness! Instructions for these can be found on Poppytalk.
Tonight was great fun! I went to a workshop hosted by Poppytalk at Anthropologie. We learned how to make origami Christmas ornaments. Hopefully in the next few weeks i’ll get around to finishing the project and post some photos of how it turned out. Thanks to Joanne for sending me some photos to post. She’s the lovely lady in the last photo of this post, along with Jan from Poppytalk. Come back soon to see photos of the final project!
This is probably the most affordable and fun cake topper i’ve done ever. 1. Find your favourite plastic animals at the dollar store 2. Drill holes in their belly area just deep enough for a wooden skewer. I didn’t have a power drill handy so I just used players and a skrew. 3. Attach bamboo skewers, they should fit in just find, no need for glue. 4. Spray them your favourite colour, preferably one that matches your party theme. Tip: I find that spray painting things in a small apartment is nearly impossible, but if you place your item in […]
This is the perfect gift for any person in your life. 52 Things I Love About You was made for my boyfriend. It’s an ideal gift for Valentine’s, Birthday, Anniversary, Christmas, Wedding, or just because… Item’s you’ll need: Playing Cards Mod-Podge Binder Rings One Hole Punch Scissors I created a template using Adobe Illustrator, but you can do this using Microsoft Word. I’ve provided a downloadable template file below to make your life easier! I printed my 52 things on card stock and cut out each square by hand. I then glued each square to the playing cards using a thin layer of basic […]
My birthday is on Monday, followed by Valentine’s day. This year I made goodie bags for a small birthday party i’m having on sunday. I sourced the craft supplies at my local asian dollar store, stickers, clips, really cute kraft paper with hearts on it and some simple white paper bags to hold all the items that I made. Inside the bags: homemade cookies, homemade banana chips, organic chocolate, and a small toy. If you’re curious about the font I used for the names, it’s called Kraft Nine.