March 31, 2011

feature artist

Guess who is feature artist in the Green Issue of the latest "Fernie Fix"?

Thanks to "the Fix" for taking interest in what I do.
Thank you for the opportunity to put myself really out there! I'm OUT THERE!!
Thank you to all those who have encouraged and supported me, especially over the past few months. It's been a struggle at times, but I'm sensing good things to come...

new things to come...

I've been out of blog-land on and off all week as I have been busy...doing what? 


Well that's my little surprise...Come back and see me in the next day or two...exciting things afoot!

March 29, 2011

Joy Ang

 Meet Joy Ang. Canadian illustrator/comic artist from Calgary.

March 28, 2011


Well, we may as well accept it...spring equinox has passed and here in the heart of the Rocky's still very much winter. Oh well. 

Mr T and Miss E have been on spring break the past two weeks and we've been making the most of the seemingly never-ending winter, skiing together every day. The sun has even popped out a few afternoons, here and there providing us with muchly needed, sun induced smiles...not to mention, a little vitamin D. Miss E said to me, as we were riding the chair lift, "I can feeeel the sun. This is the best day ever 'cause my face smells like sunscreen". Amen little one!

Here is one of my new favourite cookies to take to the ski hill for snacktime. They are the perfect balance of sweet and spicy, warming your insides on a wintery day. Great alongside your favourite coffee of hot chocolate. Got small children? Don't be afraid to try these for school lunches...the perfect amount of spice for children to tolerate. My kids LOVE them! Even better, the dough is made ahead of time and frozen. Just cut off a few slices of dough and eight minutes later...mmmm! Thanks to the small object for this delicious recipe. 

Chocolate Cayenne Icebox Cookies

1 cup flour
3/4 cup dutch-process unsweetened cocoa, sifted
1tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 freshly ground pepper
1 cup raw sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
3/4 cup cold unsalted butte, chopped into small pieces
1 cup chopped pecans

1.  Whisk flour, cocoa, cinnamon, cayenne, salt and pepper together in medium bowl. Set aside.
2.  Beat together sugar, vanila and egg until thick and pale: about 3 mins.
3.  Add butter and beat until smooth: about 3 more mins.
4.  Slowly add flour mixture and mix slowly until fully blended
5.  Add chopped nuts and stir only long enough that they are evenly mixed through your dough.
6.  Place dough on parchment paper or wax paper. Gently roll dough inside paper to form a log shape.
7.  Place in freezer until frozen or overnight.
8. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350C. Unwrap dough log and cut off desired number of cookie rounds, of about 1/4" thick. Place on parchment lined cookie sheet about 1/2" apart. Bake for about 8 minutes, until cookies are slightly puffy and small cracks have appeared on the top of the cookies. Remove from pan immediately and allow to cool on rack.
9.  Enjoy!!

p.s. forgot to show you these beautiful tea cups my friend Katherine, a true thrifty goddess, gave me for my last birthday. I wish you could see the iridescent finish...stunning. Anyone for tea?

March 21, 2011

March 20, 2011

fort building kit tutorial

I was browsing one of my favourite sites Saltwater Kids, the other day, and found a tutorial for making a fort building kit. How cool is that idea?!! I found myself just itching for the next kid's birthday to come along, and this week it did. Mr T's kindergarten friend was turning six, and I thought "perfect!" I mean, who doesn't like to lay inside a fort and make believe. 

This project is truly SO simple...and thrifty. In all the gift's cost came in well under $20, with a little imagination and handmade love thrown in too.

Interested? Follow along with me.

First you'll need: 
thrifted sheets: I used 3 double size flat sheets
ball of acrylic yarn
fabric dye(s)
a couple of large bowls
a jug from your recycling bin for each colour you intend to use

Get your kids involved! Mr.T and Ms.E gladly helped me with the tie dying part of the project. 
(Also, if tie dye isn't your thing you can skip this step.)

 Cover your workspace, in my case, my basement floor, in plastic sheeting. For this, I cut open 2 large garbage bags and taped them down to the floor. Mix your fabric dye as per manufacturer's instructions in your large plastic jugs: 1 colour per jug. 

Tie thick bands of acrylic yarn around your sheets. If you want some ideas of patterns you can achieve and how to tie them, follow this Link

Our prepared sheets from left to right above: 

1: place the centre of your sheet over a large bowl. Grab the centre and twist, twist, twist the sheet in one direction. This will give you a random dyed effect.
2: Fold your sheet in a consertina fashion (that's cat's stairs for north american folk). Tie at regular intervals. This will result in a striped effect. (below left)
3: Starting in the centre of your sheet, pinch your sheet up into a point and tie at regular intervals to the sheet's perimeter. This will result in a concentric circle effect.  (below right)

Place your sheets, one by one, in a large bowl and pour in enough your fabric dye from your jugs to colour the fabric but not cover it, unless you want the colours to mix. Allow to sit for 10-15 mins, checking the dye is reaching into the inner folds of your tied sheets. Rinse in cold water and dry in a hot dryer.

Sew ties to the corners of each sheet and regularly in between. For this project I cut, then stretched strips of t-shirt, as I did earlier in this tutorial from a XL mens' thrifted tee and cut into 16" lengths.

Fold over both ends of the short sides of your sheets, about 2" and sew 3", as shown below, every 12-16". This creates a channel, through which the rope included in your kit, can be thread.

Now it's time to put together your kit.

I included:
3 tie dyed sheets
about 25 pegs
6 suction cups
50ft soft rope
LED flashlight

You can let your imagination run here. I'd love to hear any other ideas of things to include.

I thought it would be sweet to package the kit in a personalised bag for Mr.T's little friend, using thrifted fabric from my stash. You could use backpack, a wouldn't that make a great bag...maybe next time. I also made a smaller bag for the accessories, so they don't end up balled up into the sheets...who's kidding who, no kid is going to fold those sheets!

Super easy and fun to make. Great imaginative play for the kids.
What could be better?!


P.S. now I want a fort making kit! Maybe if I could collect enough afghans...


March 19, 2011

Day to Day Loves

A spare moment in my day, gives me time to do one of my favourite things...have a little peek around the web at what creative souls out there are doing...grab a little piece of inspiration...

Come by my Day To Day Loves page each day, when you have a spare moment in your day, 
 to catch a little spark of creativity.

March 18, 2011

Holton Rower

Check this out. I just love the simplicity of this idea and the resulting beauty. The artist is New Yorker, Holton Rower and these pieces come from his "pour" series. Each piece is created by dripping paint onto three-dimensional objects.

In this series, Rower directs and collaborates with the forces of nature, leaving an element of the artistic process to the effects of gravity. The artist orchestrates the pouring of successive layers of coloured paint onto three-dimensional objects. 

The mesmerising beauty in his designs result, in part, from the effect of careful colour selection, timing, and pouring, and in part the less predictable result of gravity and surface forces on the materials.

Interesting huh?! So unique.

Thirteen years

My heart is yours Mr S.

March 16, 2011

little man party duds

I was contacted by a lovely lady a few weeks back and was set to the challenge of creating a formal vest and tie for her two years old's upcoming birthday. The theme was robots...lucky boy! What a fun project! A different kind of challenge, working to someone else's vision. Hope he likes it?!!

During this project I was with a interesting challenge, when I had to get really creative...I couldn't find robot fabric anywhere!! So I created my own using a freestyle applique technique. 

Stay tuned for an easy tutorial, coming in the next week! Interested?

March 14, 2011

Music Monday

"don't stop baby...let the music take control"
Well after a week of post-market-low-motivation I need some serious pick-me-up-tune-age!

If you know me at all, you know it doesn't take much to get me movin' and shakin...and Chromeo will do it every time. Their new album "Business Casual" is just the ticket. How can you not be amused and intrigued when these guys jokingly describe themselves as "the only successful Arab/Jewish partnership since the dawn of human culture". Their videos always make me giggle. These guys are hardly new news...if you haven't heard them...check them out!

For those YoYoGabba YoYoMammas out there, your kids will like this one...he's a V.C.B! Ha!

March 7, 2011

market days

Well Saturday has come and gone, and all in all, I'm pleased. The stall look came together simply and how I imagined...can you believe I had four serious offers to buy my wheatgrass?! You know it's time for spring to arrive, when? 

I offered hats, t-shirt jewellery, jersey infinity scafs, hand printed bandanas, baby onesies, jewellery holders and tea cup bird feeders.

I had lots of interest in my stuff and sold enough to make the day worthwhile. It was a great indicator of what interests people and what...not so much. I took some interesting custom orders and promoted my seamstress service, setting up some appointments for the week to come. I also made some great trades with some really clever, creative girls and fellow be honest, this is my favourite part of doing markets!!

Overall the markets were so very quiet, I think due to the fact most people were skiing the epic powpow at the hill...I know where I would've rather been...winkwink. A little disappointing, but expected. 

Now I'm ready to think SUMMER and get ready for the Canada Day Fair...that will be a good one!

March 4, 2011

just a little peek...

Apologies everyone...I've been distracted...

There are two reasons I've been offline this week. First: WAY too much snow has fallen to ignore, over a meter in 7 days (!!) and I've been snowboarding every chance I can. I've also been sewing/crafting like a madwoman due to the second reason...this weekend is Griz Days here in Fernie, BC and the Griz Days Craft Market. I committed a month ago to a market table, not anticipating an insane amount of snow would fall the week of the event, and I would leave everything to the last minute. Typical!

Anyhoo, I'm happy how everything has come together, with a few set backs and a few lessons learned along the way. Another day of sewing today, after my epic morning of perfect powder skiing, I think I'll be in good shape.

Here's a sneak peek of some of what I have to share.
Take a break from the powpow and come by and visit me and my fellow crafty folk,
 tomorrow between 9 and 4.
See you there!

BTW...Thanks Griz! You da Man!!!