Saturday, December 31, 2011

What are you doing New Year's Eve?

I will be spending a quiet evening with friends.....

Friday, December 30, 2011

Five Faves Friday! Favourite Fiction Books of 2011

My favourite fiction books that I read this year (not necessarily published this year)

1. Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
2. Come, Thou Tortoise (Jessica Grant)
3. Room (Emma Donoghue)
4. The Red Queen (Philippa Gregory)
5. Never Look Away (Linwood Barclay)

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

13 Days of Christmas - Day 9,10,11,12,13

oops... I kind of dropped the ball on the 13 Days of Christmas! I was too too busy with school and preparations at home. I didn't even get my tree decorated for Christmas! That's okay, because my mom had a beautiful tree and I was able to spend 4 days looking at it!

Back to the 13 Days...
(Most of the unwrapped images were taken from Leslie Brier's blog -- because I forgot all of the gifts and my camera at school for the holidays... )

Day 9 was Hope

Hope made these beautiful pins --she is so talented at painting faces... my pin is actually a bit darker grey/ blue and goes with my grey sweaters perfectly!

Day 10 was Terrie. The clasp on the bag is a vintage candle clip for a Christmas tree!

Inside was a pretty ornament -- vintage sheet music wrapped around a wooden spool -- it has the perfect amount of glitter on it, and looks fantastic on my little tree! (I have a twig tree up that carries all of my 13 days ornaments from this year and years past)

Day 11 was Linda Morgan

Linda made beautiful assemblage dolls --= the arms and legs are vintage doll parts uneartherd (literally) in Germany.
Day 12 was Terry

-- she made us these super cute birds -- I love the eyelash detail and the plumage :)

Day 13 was Pat Winter

Pat made us each a pin -- it is very romantic and filled with lavender so it smells so pretty!

So many of us made ornaments this year! Our instructions simply said to make a gift for each person in the group. I'm glad that some people made pins though -- I can wear them all year round :)

Next up with this group is a Valentine Charm swap (not a 12 Days or 14 days -- just a simple swap)... I'm off now to start sketching charms !

Monday, December 12, 2011

13 Days of Christmas - Day 8

Day 8 was from Corinne

This garland is BEAUTIFUL! The photo doesn't do it justice at all. I have this hung in my kitchen doorway now. It looks fabulous!

Thank you, Corinne!

13 Days of Christmas - Day 7

Day 7 is Vivian!
Viv is fabulous at making very detailed little bundles of whimsy!
This is the group of them (photo from Viv's blog)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

13) Days of Christmas - Day 6

Day 6 is me!

This is my gift all wrapped up. I recycled a bird seed sack and cut it into small pieces, sewed them into small pouches and then stamped a 6 on each one. then I punched some holes in then and tied them up with yarn. I love white and red. So pretty......

I made some decoupaged glass ornaments. First I made collages and then I decoupaged them on to the backs of glass hearts.

Then I collaged the backs. SO one side is under glass and one side isn't.

I'm sure that everyone expected a stitched ornament (or gift) from me this year. I hope that I didn't disappoint anyone! I really wanted to try these :)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

13 Days of Christmas - Day 3,4,5

Oops -- I went awol for a few days -- I even missed Five Faves Friday! (it will return next Friday)

Day 3

Day 3 is Elizabeth. Elizabeth was our lovely hostess. I give many thanks to any American host of a swap that has me in it. Not because I'm difficult, lol, but because they have to do extra work to get my package back to Canada. THANKS for having me, Elizabeth!

Elizabeth made us pretty hanging fabric cones. She sun-printed the fabric herself. It is so pretty and this photo really doesn't do it justice :)

Day 4

Day 4 was Leslie.
She made these super cute little snowmen and trees in a basket. They are so fun in the tree!
Here is a shot of them from Leslie's blog -- I love them all grouped together!

Day 5

On the fifth day of Christmas Patti and Elizabeth were channeling each other :) Patti made ths sweet vintage cone. It was nicely wrapped in a piece of muslin (all ready for me to use when I make some fabric tags for Christmas gifts)

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

13 Days of Christmas - Day 2

Day 2 was from Mary Zimany!

I love Mary's packaging. I'm not sure if she put the bags through a printer, or not. I'll report back on that :)

Again, some hard-to-photograph glass...
This is very 3D inside a watchmakers case. It is so pretty. I'm going to have THE BEST tree this year!!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

13 Days of Christmas!! Day 1!

Our 13 Days of Christmas started of a bit later than intended (we were supposed to start opening on December 1), because Canada Post decided not to be super speedy :) But the gifties are finally here safe and sound! Let the rumpus begin!

These are all of the wrapped gifts:

I've decided to open Day 1, 2, 3 and 4 all at school this week to make it easier to photograph. Won't all of my teacher friends be jealous?

Day 1 is from the WONDERFUL Barbara Burkhard!

Here it is all wrapped in black and white splendor...

And inside was this beautiful delicate ornament! So difficult to photograph, but I didn't do a bad job, I don't think. It is a clear glass ball with a transparency inside. I've seen tutorials of these around blogland lately -- and I think that barb did a fabulous job!!!

The ornament was nestled inside of this pretty winter cuff.

Barb has set the bar high for the rest of us to follow!!!
Thanks Barb :)

Monday, December 05, 2011

Another simple card

This is one of my favourite cards. I love the simplicity. And the pine cone stamp is fabulous, isn't it?

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Holiday cards 2011!

I've been making cards! (not that I've had much time with all of these craft shows to visit :)

I like the simplicity of these... and of course, using up fabric bits is high on my priority list...

But I love playing with washi tape too!

Friday, December 02, 2011

Five Faves Friday! Salty Snacks

I love salty snacks. Problem is, sometimes I eat a whole meal while I'm snacking.

My favourite salty snacks!

1. Cheese and crackers (Triscuits or Wheat Thins)
2. Plain ripple chips
3. Nuts and Bolts (Bits and Bites)
4. Nuts -- Peanuts, almonds, pistachios....
5. Olives

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Wychwood Barns Holiday Art Market

December 4th & 11th, 2011
Barns Holiday Art Market (at Artscape)
Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street , Toronto

Sunday, November 27, 2011

OOAK - Stacy Cameron

Another one of my favourite OOAK artists is Stacy Cameron. Stacy makes BEAUTIFUL jewelry from silver and copper. I have many of her pieces! She's in booth O-06. She'll be filling up her etsy shop after the show, so be sure to check it out in December.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

OOAK Danielle Hession

If you are in Toronto, don't forget to go to the One of a Kind show this week! It's on until December 4. (10am-9pm Mon-Sat. Closes at 6 on Sunday)

Please stop in and see Danielle Hession. She's in booth K 53. This is the first year that she's done this show, but I've purchased work from her in many sales all over the city! She has so many beautiful collages this year... it will be hard for me to choose only one when I go back today!

CBC Charity Craft Show

(card by okku designs)

Wednesday November 30th, 2011
CBC Charity Craft Sale
Canadian Broadcasting Centre, 250 Front Street West, 8:30am-5:30pm
(click here for a list of vendors)

I'll be running there right after school to check out Fumiko Maehara's fabulous pottery. Her work is my fave and I own many pieces :)

Speakeasy Sale at the Gladstone

Thursday December 1st, 2011
SpeakEasy's Annual Holiday Sale
The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen West, 7pm-11pm

Friday, November 25, 2011

Five Faves Friday! TV shows

If it's Thursday night at 10 pm, you'll find me curled up on the sofa watching The Mentalist

My Five Favourite (current) TV Shows:

1. The Mentalist

2. Criminal Minds (I heart Matthew Gray Gubler :)

3. House

4. The Big Bang Theory (Mr B says that I remind him of Amy Farrah Fowler - my personality -- is this a compliment????)

5. CSI (Although I'm losing interest this season) (I miss Grissom so much)

It's all about the Hospital and Crime shows :) And BBT is just odd. I like odd.

I'd add Greys Anatomy, but I'm losing interest in it this season....
I'd likely enjoy Mad Men -- I hear that it's good-- but I've never watched it.
I think that I like Grimm -- but I've only seen 2 episodes.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Craft Fairs coming to a (Toronto) neighbourhood near you!

Coming up This week in LeslieVille:

Thurs. November 24th
, 6pm to 10pm:
Leslieville Wanderlust
, an evening neighbourhood shop-hop & holiday kick-off along Queen East from Logan to Greenwood (think discounts, gratis treats, prizes & East-End good cheer)

Sat. November 26th, 11am to 5pm:
Crafternoon Tea, an annual holiday crafty/fashion market & charity tea party (25+ indie vendors of handmade gifts & wearables, plus a fundraising English-style tea to benefit Red Door Shelter).Held at Nathalie-Roze & Co. 1015 Queen Street East (on the south side, at Pape)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Christmas Book

I joined an exchange this year (with the Canadian Chickies) that was a book exchange. We were supposed to create or alter a book and make it Christmassy for the recipient to use as a journal, scrapbook, etc.

I decided to do a "Remains of the Day" Style journal.

I chose a rose coloured fabric as a base, with a green contrast. The ruffle of silk on the ribbon is my favourite embellishment.

Then I made 2 signatures of pages and stitched them in.

I hope that Heather likes it! Thanks for organizing us Dawn!

This last shot is the Ghost of Christmas Present(s)" AKA the reflection of Martha in the window :) . I took it while I was shooting the above photos. That's my school yard in the back ground. AKA the school with no balls. Sigh.....