Very productive day

As you would know from my earlier post, today was to be cleaning day. And although I was off to a rough start, I did manage to get everything I wanted to do completed, along with some others! Yay for being productive! I had an inquiry from a customer about other toys and stuffies I make for children as I had just sent them a picture of their finished patchy patch. Unfortunately at the moment I do not have pictures of what I can make, so off I went and pulled out my hook and yarn and went away crocheting.
I ended up with this cute little guy! Just needs his other leg attached and he will be finished but isnt he adorable?! Now I just need a name for this one.

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Suggestions anyone?

Cheers!

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Cleaning day

Today is day 2 of my rare 2 day weekend. I usually have to pack all cleaning and crafting into one day here and there depending on my schedule, but not this week. This week I actually have 2 days off in a row and I spent last night working tirelessly on my little mans keepsake box, sanding for hours. Today was to be cleaning and laundry, however I seemed to have been sidetracked.
Upon waking up I poured my coffee enjoyed the quiet of the house as everyone was still asleep and finished off the last patchy patch toy of my order. I then stepped outside and although it is windy, I can tell spring is coming soon, regardless of what the weather man says about upcoming snow and freezing again. It is a nice day, the sun is out and the mountains of snow are melting.
It got my mind turning. I still had a wreath form left over from my christmas crafting, and just enough yellow to wrap it. So I went to work wrapping this wreath and time just flew by. Soon hours had passed and it is now 2pm. Oh my! I started doing this at 12! Might as well finish this and get to cleaning as planned. So this is as far as I have gotten and I am quite impressed! Tossed some kusudama flowers together to start off the embellishment process, thinking of making up some white roses to compliment the purple and I have a spring wreath to add to my store!

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Cheers!

Mini hiatus and Easter already?

I have been missing the last little bit with my updates. I apologize once again for my mini hiatus, but I was busy with working on an oldy but a goody. I recently had a few orders for my patchy patch toys and needed to complete them asap! So upon finishing them I continued into something I have been wanting to get put together for some time. I started on a pattern for the Binoo character from the same show. I am sure it will be as much a hit as the patchy patch ones, however they will take a bit longer because they are evidently larger. 

I have also been thinking up ideas for Easter. Yes, I know it is quite a ways away. Yet, I am trying to build up some stock to open up shop by then. I am doing this by challenging myself to use up craft supplies I already have and not go out and buy new ones. I came to a realization that my cupboards that I have for craft supplies are over flowing with a multitude of yarn, glitter and cardstock. So this is what I have come up with thus far.

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I have also started to work on a Facebook page for local selling and try to promote my products, just need to get on the photography part of putting it all together.

Cheers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stickers stickers everywhere…but not an album to be found…

I want to bring you back to the late 80’s early 90’s. I am a youngster and I am starting to get the hang of collecting things. Time passes and I am in school. One book in particular goes everywhere with me. One that everyone can enjoy. I add things to it everyday, swap with friends, collect certain ones that I like. That’s right! The sticker book!
Now let me take you back to present day. My little man will be the big 3 in a couple days and as of late he has really started enjoying stickers. So naturally I got him this kit that has a bunch of stickers and an “album” in it. Now I say “album” because it was this tiny 4 page booklet with scenes specific to the stickers that come with it. Yes I get why they did that, but he loves them all and just wants to put them in a book, take them off again and put them somewhere else.
So off I went on a rampant search for the famous sticker book I so much enjoyed as a kid. Only to come up empty. You would imagine my disappointment finding nothing at my work, the dollar store, also nothing at any toy store! How could this be? Needless to say I gave up and decided I was better off making one, but how?
My first thought was go out and buy a small 8×8 scrapbook and just slide in some fun cardstock. But that was pointless, seeing as he is 3 and it will just get ruined and why would I pay 30$ for something that looks so pretty to have a toddler stick his stickers all over? Next stop was pinterest which really was helpful but gave no specific ideas. So my brain went turning and I ended up with something that is cheap and although it may not be the best I have done, I am quite happy and proud of what I made!
I simply took some cardstock and cut it into 6×12 rectangles and laminated them. Next was the fun part as I clearly didn’t think it through. I had to bind them somehow. So I tried every hole punch I had and nearly broke a couple. Final straw? Hammer and nails. Yup! Lined up all the pages and went at it to stab some holes in there.
Making the cover was the easiest bit, I simply cut up some cardboard into 2 squares slightly larger than the pages and a rectangle for the spine, laid out some fabric and stretched it on there to look like this.

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And with a lot of hit glue and other sticky stuff I ended up with this…

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Now he can stick and peel all he wants!
I must say I am still quite disappointed about the sticker album being M.I.A.

Cheers!

“You may say that I’m a dreamer… but I’m not the only one”

I write a lot about creativity as it is a huge part of my life. I try to pass it a long to my son, to instill in him the beauty of imagination and creativity. To freely express himself in whatever means. Now, my little man will be 3 years old in about a week, and I know the ways he chooses to do this will vary and grow with him. For Christmas I had given him a toddler digital camera, which he has fallen in love with. Taking pictures of anything and everything, asking to get his picture taken. He also enjoys doing crafts, asking me to bring him home crafts from work. This, of course, makes me smile. Here I have done it, I have passed on my passion for creativity to my son, but of course, everyone has their own way of creating, their own imagination.

The imagination of a child is a wonderful thing really. As of late, my little one has begun to ask me to follow him. So I do, and we walk around the house at least 20 times, as he narrates to me which way we are going, and slowly but surely he will add more detail. The other day, he was sitting on his little couch, I was standing in the doorway talking to his grandpa, when all of the sudden he yells MOM! So I respond the way I always have with HAYDEN! This goes on and on a few times, until he quiets down and is just whispering. Now, this time I could tell he wasn’t just saying mom, he was actually saying something I couldn’t understand. So i approached him, wondering what it was that he had to tell me. I had to get real close to hear. “We have to be quiet, because of the monsters.” Okay… Now this is where I clicked in, he was pretending. So I responded with “Oh, okay, shhh”

So with a big smile on his face he stood up very quietly, grabbed my hand and whispered “Will you tip toe with me?” Of course, how could I refuse to dive into the mind of a 3 year old right? So we tip toed across the hall and into his bedroom where he heaved a sigh of relief and ran around his bed. “Hurry! Have to climb the mountain!” Up and over the bed we went, with a “Made it!” once we did. He grabs my hand again as we head towards the door to the hallway once again. “Tip toe!” He whispers. And we do, we tip toe back to the living room as he tells me we are on an adventure. We have to get to the boat. The long journey there was quite a travel. Trying not to wake the monsters as we passed the kitchen. Just ten more tip toes and we were there.

Sitting in the boat (on the floor) he tells me we have to get our life jackets on. Now here is the interesting part. Hayden has never been in a boat, nor has he had a fear of monsters under the bed. He just randomly came up with it all on his own. My smile gets bigger as I proceed to click on my imaginary life jacket and he instructs me to put the flag up. I watch him intently as he rows us into the ocean and uses his pretend binoculars to spot land. He docks the boat and once again, we have to tip toe to avoid waking the monsters as we head for a train. This train just so happens to be in the same spot as the large mountain we had to climb, but to him it is a totally different world.

We board the train and after a few “CHOO CHOOS!!” We arrived at yet another destination. This time, we were on our way to find a treasure. Turns out, the treasure was in the kitchen the whole time! We dug it up with our shovels and heaved it into the living room to bring it on the boat. Repeating the whole adventure over again, taking the exact same route only in reverse. It amazes me at how much he can remember even if it is something he makes up on the spot. Upon bringing the treasure back to where we started, we opened it up and there it was, our gold. The smile on his face was priceless, and mine grew even bigger.

I fell in love with him over again that day, and I swear I do every time he surprises me like this. He has such an active imagination and I love him even more for it. The fact that I can inspire him through what I do, how I play with him is an amazing feeling and I love that he will go on to inspire others in whatever it is he will do. Take pride in your children and they will take pride in you. Dream big and they will dream big. Go to the mountains and beyond to find your treasure, play with your children and go along with whatever their imagination brings to them.

But please, don’t wake the monsters.

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In Search Of Spring

This quick and easy DIY comes to us from one of my co-workers, who swears she doesn’t have a creative bone in her body. Yet, as of late I have begged to differ. She came to me one day with an idea and wanting my opinion. We had received these vases in, which come in various sizes and depths, however there is this giant one that just caught her eye. Knowing that I am constantly creating things she approached me with a bunch of fake flowers and this vase. Describing her idea, she proceeded to tell me she wanted to line the bottom with river rocks and put the top of these giant flowers submerged in water.

WOW! My mind lit up with ideas and started staring at everything that would look good in my room, what would look nice here or there. So, this is what I came up with…

I ended up buying 2, one for each of my bedside tables. I think with a little bit more water and some floating candles, these would be all the much lovelier. It gives that touch of brightness during these dreary, nasty winter days. It gives me hope for spring. Not to mention the added benefit of having a couple vases of water around to help with the dry winter air in the house. My favorite part? I can change the flower to suit the season, I am thinking some nice big sunflowers for summer!

Cheers!

Its Superbowl Sunday, what did you do?

Well it’s Superbowl Sunday, that time of year where everyone complains their team didn’t make it, gets together and watches anyways. They eat food, they watch the glorious commercials (that us Canadians don’t get anyways) and scrutinize the half time show. It has become another holiday. So what did you do?
Personally, Monkey and I were at the grandparents house. Papa is a big fan and in turn so is Mama. Seeing as it was an overnight, and I not being a huge fan of football and Monkey only being 3, I thought we would entertain ourselves with other sorts of fun.
Seeing as spring is supposedly coming soon, we are getting all the spring type things in at work, which includes the paint your own birdhouses. So I picked up a couple and some tempera paint and once that big game started, coincidentally my little monkey pulled at the bag and said “we do this now?” Okay!
So we went at it for a while, and he loved it. He even wanted to paint the inside so the birds had something to look at!

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He got right into it, doorbells and windows and even a rug just inside the door!

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I think it was a great success and a great superbowl! The winner? CRAFTS!

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Cheers!