embroidery barbie

This piece by Peterborough-based Lucky Jackson combines my childhood love of Barbie with my more recent interest in embroidery. I can’t get over how perfect the sunset background is, or the movement that the handlebar tassels create.

I bought a scalloped wooden cross-stitch pendant at City of Craft on Saturday from the Workroom, and I’ve been trying to find something to stitch on to it. I really like the idea of a floral pattern, but we’ll see what else I can find first Any thoughts on what would work or where to look?

crepe paper source

Crepe paper has been popping up all over the craft blogs I read this year, and while I can find some basic colours at my local DeSerres, I came across a new source this week. Marisa of Omiyage used Carte Fini Italian crepe paper for her crepe paper flowers DIY on oh my! handmade goodness and the results are stunning. The rolls seem hefty, and are not terribly unreasonable at $7 to $8.50 a pop. The quality of the paper is so important when folding, cutting and shaping, as cheap, thin paper just rips and isn’t as pliable. Where is your go-to source for crepe paper?

bike diys

I got hit by a car while riding my bike a couple of summers ago, and I am still not 100 percent comfortable riding my bike in the city. It has been sitting outside all winter, so it needs a tune-up and a bath in CLR but I think I should get it fixed up so it’s a least usable if Adam and I decide to go on a bike ride around the neighbourhood. Despite not being the most savvy cyclist, I saw a couple of bike-related blog posts yesterday that were too cute not to share.

Anabela of fieldguided made an adorable reflective cape for night riding, and Brittany of The House That Lars Built showed us how to decorate bike baskets with the cutest flowers, showing that she’s just not talented at creating paper flowers, but at aluminum ones too.

Photo by Hilda Grahnat

perfect paper flowers

Brittany Jepsen wedding

Photos by Ali Degraff

I’ve been a reader of The House That Lars Built for a while, initially drawn to the blog by Brittany Jepsen’s giant paper flower creations she made for her wedding (shown above). Since then, she has created paper flowers of every size, colour and shape, and is kind enough to share the instructions on her blog. (Her paper leaf topiary DIY was featured on Etsy’s blog this week and it is equally amazing).

While I was going through Brittany’s archives, I came across another paper flower artist, Eloise Corr Danch.  I’m in love with Eloise’s floral letters and names that she sells in her shop. I’d take seeing my name in paper flowers over my name in lights any day.

Visit Ali Degraff here, Brittany Jepsen here, and Eloise Corr Danch here.

fez lamp DIY

The touch of gold peeking out from the Fez lamp adds just the right amount of glamour in a space without overdoing it.

When I spotted this bowl on Ikea’s website I knew that it would make the perfect shade for a DIY Fez-inspired light. With a drill and a light kit, this would be a very easy project and cost about $30 per light, a bargain if you are looking to group several lamps. You can find another Ikea bowl-turned-light DIY here.

Would you try this project? Let me know in the comments.

natural paper art

Michelle at Feminine Modern framed this Amate weave paper made from the bark fibers of fig and mulberry trees. At $7.50 a sheet, it’s an affordable way to add textured art to your home. I like the way the weave makes a polka dot pattern.

a few good things

I’ve seen a lot of painted sisal rug tutorials, but this Persian patterned rug is tops.

Classic striped sheets on sale.

I love the Canadian cabin vibe of this apartment.

Two blogs I enjoyed reading on Sunday evening.

Photo by My Hands Made It

unexpected watercolour

I discovered Jill Wignall’s blog, Today I Saw, after ordering a collaborative print that she did with Bookhou. One post that stood out to me is of a paint job in progress in her bedroom. I love that the pattern and colours remind me of summer, and create such a playful look that also manages to be calming thanks to the subdued, watercolour effect. Would you ever try your hand at something like this in your home?

mailing station

I have amassed a collection of ribbon, twine, tape, and paper over the past few months in anticipation of wrapping Christmas gifts. In fact, I bought all the trimmings for the gifts before even buying the gifts. I’m weird. Anyway, though I rarely ship packages, I like the idea of having a mini shipping station with all the means to send off a package or letter.

1. Postcard holder: I would use this to display my homemade cards, and incoming mail as well.

2. Twine dispenser: This is self-explanatory, but is a cute way to keep twine untangled.

3. Mini postal board: This handy tool from Sweetie Pie Press has slots to measure the standard and oversize shipping maximums. The ribbon is great for hanging.

Do you send a lot of mail?

for the makers

I got my For The Makers box a while ago, and here is the first project I made with some of the materials. I added the neon pink paint, but everything else came in the box. Have you joined For The Makers yet? I always find those makeup box delivery programs disappointing, but a box full of unique craft supplies delivered to my door every month? There’s no possible way to be disappointed. Check out the For The Makers website here, blog here, and follow @forthemakers on Twitter too.

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