Ho, ho, ho-lidays!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Wishing everyone happy holidays, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year! See you in 2009!!

Cocoa mix

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Thought I would make these Classic Cocoa mix jars to give away. They are so super easy to put together and looks fantastic! Hope they taste as good as they look.

Homemade goodies

Friday, December 19, 2008

Around this time of the year, Darcy being a teacher, gets lots of homemade goodies from his students and their parents. Yummy!!

It's good to be a teacher....and the wife of a teacher!

Wine bottle cozy

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I was thinking of ways to wrap a bottle of wine. I wanted something more then putting it in a gift bag. So I thought, hey, why not make a wine bottle cozy.

This is what I came up with.

I didn't sew the bottom of the cozy that well. Sewing in a circle...arghh! Is there a tutorial out there for sewing in a circle?? Good thing it's hidden. But other then that, I'm quite happy with how it turned out.


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

My Statcounter has been going crazy. I'm getting hundreds, hundreds, and hundreds of hits daily! I have to give a big thanks to One Pretty Thing, Free Printable Fun, and Bella Dia for linking me. Sorry if I missed anyone else that has linked me. These are the sites that my statcounter is showing me.

Also thanks to all those that commented on here. It means so much to me to hear people enjoying and actually using those printabe Christmas tags.


Save handmade!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

I don't usually get mad, upset, or all fired up, but I did because of this!

Cosmetic bag

Brrrrr! It is -30c today. With the wind it feels like -38c. So cold! So it's a perfect day to stay indoors and finish up some of my gifts and start on some baking.

Lastnight, I finally got around to making this cosmetic bag for a friend's teenage daughter. I'm really happy how it turned out. It was my first time sewing on a zipper and I think I was swearing beyond belief. Hahaha! Well, it wasn't that bad, but zipper's definitely aren't my favorite things.

Here's a link to a great tutorial for making this bag. Now time to fill it up with some fun lip balms, funky nail polishes and other accessories.

Crochet cat toy....yes linked again

Friday, December 12, 2008

A crochet gift for my friend's cats. Part of a gift basket of homemade goodies I hope to put together for them. You can find this free amigurumi mouse cat toy pattern from Lion Brand. You must register to view pattern.

On another note, I found out I've been linked for my printable Christmas gift tags by a site called Free Printable Fun. Go check it out!

Snow, snow, snow

Monday, December 8, 2008

It's been snowing non-stop for the past few days. It's white, white everywhere! It's absolutely gorgeous!! Thought I would take a break from crocheting and illustrate this girl wearing a warm parka enjoying the beautiful snow.

("Snowgirl"-digital coloring)

Crochet ruffle scarf

Friday, December 5, 2008

I've been busy, busy making gifts. I wish I could share all the things I plan to make or have made, but you never know who will drop by and take a little peek. However, I am safe to share this scarf I made for my mom since she doesn't check my blog. Unless someone tells her (Yes, you bro! Shhh!).

You can get this free Crochet Ruffle Scarf Pattern from Lion Brand. You must register, for free, onto their site to view their free patterns. For material I used Lion Brand Homespun yarn, 381 Barley.

And yes, that's me!!

Sugar and spice...

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

..and all things nice.

Cinnamon an aphrodisiac? Oh yes, I do believe so.

Printable Christmas Gift Tags

Sunday, November 30, 2008

For the month of December, I thought it would be appropriate to create printable gift tags since there will be a lot of gift giving going on. Available in color or black & white
(pdf file)
. One sheet will print 12 tags with 4 different designs. Best printed on a 8.5 x 11 cardstock or matte photo paper.


Handmade is good

On Friday I went to the Lac La Biche Christmas craft sale that was held at the McArthur Place. I am so happy for the handmade things I found.

I bought pantoufles (French for slippers) to send them to some of my Japanese friends in Japan. Can you believe each pair was only $4!

I bought a lovely pair of 100% wool mittens for Lucius.

And I bought some beautiful crocheted snowflakes ornaments from this nice elderly lady. I had no idea you can crochet such things. I googled and found some patterns. I asked the lady how she gets them stiff. She told me all you have to do is boil some sugar and water. Dip the crochet snowflakes in the sugarwater and place them on a flat surface to dry. That sounds easy enough doesn't it? Another thing to add on my long list of crafts to try.

The mystery of time.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

It seems like there isn't enough time during the day to do all that I would like to do. Now that Christmas is around the corner, time is ever so precious. I have so many things on my to do list that I actually wrote a to do list, which is so unlike me. My plans to open up an Etsy shop will have to wait till the new year. I won't be able to blog as frequent as I do, but be sure there still will be a printable for the month of December. Off to crochet that Christmas gift for my mom.


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Funny how I have never shared this recipe on my blog because I make these biscuits at least once every week. These are so very yummy and they turn out everytime. So here's the link to J.P.'s Big Daddy Biscuits from, of course, the all faithful allrecipes site.
I substitute butter for the shortening and Instead of rolling the dough out and using a cutter, I just divide the dough evenly into 16 pieces and simply put them on a baking sheet. Much faster and easier!

Biscuits served with assortment of cheeses, red wine olives, and a bowl of warm soup. My dinner was, as you can see, scrumptious. I think it's time for a leftovers, night time snack!


Monday, November 24, 2008

We went to Edmonton again this weekend. It was our good friend Nash's birthday.
The highlights of our weekend:

  • Taking PH TOS. Photos at a photo booth. It's a long story why we call them that, but it's a family thing we do about every 6 months.
  • Catching up with friends at Nash's birthday party. Watching hockey game, pizza, Wii bowling competition between the guys and gals, putting together a gingerbread house. Oh yeah, Rip(Jeanie) gave Lucius a Spock haircut. Haha! Thanks Rip!!
  • Lindt Excellence Chili. Chocolate with a hint of Chili. Suprisingly, it's really really good. But then again I'll eat anything chocolate.
  • Coming home with snow on the ground. I do, I do like that white, fluffy stuff.

I better get started on those Christmas cards and send them out before it's too late!!


Friday, November 21, 2008

You can never have a story without the magical fairies.

("The Woodland Fairies" - Acrylic paint)

If I had a castle...

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Lucius wasn't feeling all that well today with his tummy. So, little creative time for me. So instead I looked through our travel photos for ideas and inspirations. I came upon this picture of a beautiful window grill I took of The Citadel in Cairo, Egypt.
If only I could decorate all my windows with this.

Let's get nuts

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I love this time of the year where you can buy big bags of nuts at the grocery stores. Just so much fun sitting at the table, with a cup of something, cracking those nuts open, having good conversations.

Is it just me, or does anyone else out there look at the details of the shells and marvel how wonderful mother nature is?!

Hello Abaddon

Monday, November 17, 2008

I bought a small set of acrylic paints last week when I was in Edmonton. I'm all for trying different mediums. Thought I would give it a go tonight. Is it ever difficult when you are use to watercolors, but I can't wait to practice some more.

("Abaddon and The Bee" - acrylic paint)

Procrastinating bunny

Friday, November 14, 2008

I have so much to do, but instead I ended up crocheting this bunny.
It's so like me to procrastinate in such a fashion.

Pattern from Amigurumi World: Seriously Cute Crochet by Ana Rimoli.

The face of one...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

My baby Aymeric turned one yesterday.
I don't think he was too impressed! Hahaha!!

Taking a little breather

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

~Stop and smell the roses~
("Lily with flowers" - hand drawn, digital coloring)


Monday, November 10, 2008

I'm in Edmonton this weekend. Darcy has Monday off and Tuesday is Remembrance Day holiday. So super four day long weekend for us! Yay!
I stopped by the fabric store (also known as the sewer's Bermuda Triangle!) and of course had to come out with something. I bought some more fabric, spool of thread and some snap buttons. The lady working at the cutting table asked me what I was going to make. I told her as of right now I collect fabric. That ain't far from the truth. I better start sewing some stuff before I become a fabric hoarder.

Here to stay?

Friday, November 7, 2008

It's snowing today!

Haven't done much creatively these past couple of days. Just relaxing, spending time with my boys, and taking lots of pictures of them. My baby Aymeric has started walking and it makes me realize they are growing up just a tad too fast. Have to capture all these precious moments.

Here's some moments I took of breakfast this morning.

Aymeric eating his Cheerios

Lucius decided to eat 4 things of yogurt. That crazy boy!


...and some more dishes..

English breakfast tea.

Boys in the cupboards

Moments that I didn't catch:
  • Tears
  • bumps
  • and screams
Haha, My typical Mornings. I do so love them!!

Sounds of silence

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

The boys are napping.
The house is quiet.
Incense burning.
A warm cup of tea.
The perfect little afternoon.

Drip drip drop

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

It's been pretty gloomy and rainy so far this week. No freezing temperatures and snow yet. So I'm not complaining. Strange as it might sound, I am looking forward to those days where we come in the house from the frigid snow and enjoy a nice cup of hot chocolate with those tiny marshmallows. Until then, I will enjoy this rain.

("Mushy and Shroom in the rain"-Hand drawn, digital coloring)

Printable Mini Phone/Address/Memo Book

Sunday, November 2, 2008

I made this mainly for myself because I'm always in that situation where you need a pen and paper and you search through your entire bag and wallet to find any possible scrap of paper you can salvage. It's perfect because on one side you can use it to jot down someone's phone number and address, and on the other side for jotting down anything else you need to remember.

The address cards are available to download (pdf files) in both color and black & white. Printed on 8-1/2x11 paper. Make sure you set your printer setting to "Fit to Printable Area" to fit it all on one page.


Cut the phone/address cards and punch out the holes.

Using scrapbook paper or cardstock (This is where those scrapbook pieces you save but never end up doing anything with them comes in handy!), cut out and punch holes into two pieces that are the same size as the phone/address cards. These will be your covers of your booklet.

String the cards through a ribbon. Make sure you string a cover card first.

String the other cover card and tie the ribbon to close.

Now to do something to try to remember that darn pen!!

You say what?!

I'm so excited! Yes, it's daylight savings time here. Extra hour of anything!!

I'm excited also because I decided I will (at least try anyways) to have a free printable once a month. I had so much fun creating that Halloween card. I'm pretty sure you might be thinking "why in the world would she want to spend all that time to create something and give it out for free." Well, I love free things and I love to share. So sharing free things is the ultimate. Also, it allows me to practice using programs and to challenge my creativeness.

This month's free printable is almost done. There's still a few kinks I need to work out. Hopefully it will be up by tonight or tomorrow morning. So stay tune!!


Friday, October 31, 2008

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Halloween!

The Dark Forest

Thursday, October 30, 2008

~Believe in yourself and you will find the way.~
("Lily in the Dark Forest" - Watercolor)

Halloween puppies

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

This year I decided to make Halloween costumes for my boys instead of buying them. (I'm so brave!) It's been so long since I've sewed. 4 years too long! I bought a new sewing machine after Lucius was born, but never got the chance to do anything with it because of being pregnant again, chasing after a toddler, renovations, etc, etc. I had this brown material I bought half a year ago and the first thing that came to my mind was puppies. Something that was easy to put on, take off, and to be comfortable was a must. So this is the puppy costume I came up with.

I have to say it turned out not too bad! There are a few mistakes and rough edges, but I'm pretty impressed how well it turned out considering I'm a bit rusty. It sure helps with a new sewing machine! I love love love love my new sewing machine.

I'm glad I managed to catch a few good ones of Lucius sitting because most of them turned out like this of him jumping.

I have never shown my kids faces on my blog, but this one of Aymeric is just too cute not to share.

I think I've restored my love of sewing. Oh, did I mention I love my new sewing machine?!