weekend recap

Some snaps from the weekend including City of Craft loot, breakfast with Adam on Sunday (sunny up, rye, and sausage, and coffee), and a fun party at Tabula Rasa on Saturday night. How was your weekend?


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?

city of craft spring edition

You may recall me posting about the City of Craft winter show back in December, and next Saturday, April 21 is the first ever spring show. I will be volunteering again, and last I checked, Michelle is still looking for volunteers so if you have a couple hours to spare next Saturday, I highly recommend lending a hand. It’s a really fun event, and you will have more than enough time to scoop up goodies for yourself. Just send a short email to cityofcraft at gmail dot com.

Plus, you will get to see and buy this amazing poster in person. It’s designed by Jack Dylan and it is beautiful.

Here are the details:

City of Craft Spring
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Trinity St. Paul’s United Church
427 Bloor Street West
(one block West of Spadina)
Toronto, ON

Hope to see you there!

(It has been a month since my last post, and I have no excuses aside from work-related travel, as well as not feeling very inspired by the Internet lately. I am trying to use Twitter and Facebook less because when I take a break I am a lot happier, and a lot less stressed — there is actually research proving there is a correlation, believe it or not. Anyway, I will not be abandoning this blog, but I won’t be posting everyday)

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.

city of craft

As I mentioned earlier, I’m going to be volunteering at City of Craft this Sunday, an amazing craft show in Toronto held at The Theatre Centre at 1087 Queen West. This year, there is a second venue, at Thrush Holmes Empire, 1093 Queen Street West. If you are going to be around this weekend, I highly recommend you check it out. The first 100 people on Saturday get a free tote bag stuffed full of goodies like washi tape from Omiyage, and admission is only $2. It truly is a can’t miss craft event! Hope to see you there.

P.S. Here is a handy map.

Photo via the City of Craft blog

insta weekend

From left to right: Friday night pasta sauce, insomnia-induced craft session, art purchased at the Book Arts Fair at OCAD from Good Plant, and a guilty pleasure on Netflix

Overall, a very fun and relaxing weekend. How was yours?

I’ve had Instagram for a while, but just started using it this week. You can find me on Instagram @nehend (same as my Twitter handle). 

cheers friday

Adam has started working on Saturdays so I have about eight hours to myself. Not sure what I’ll get up to, perhaps another craft show? I love this time of year because there seems to be a craft show every weekend until Christmas! They are a great place to find gifts, but honestly, I just like walking around and looking at what local artists are up to. I may go back to the One of a Kind show for one last look (I was there last week), and hit up the Book Arts Fair too. Maybe I’ll squeeze in a visit to the Handmade Holiday Arts Crafts Show as well. Think eight hours is enough time to take in all the crafty goodness in Toronto? I hope so. What are you up to this weekend?

P.S. I’m volunteering at City of Craft next Sunday, December 11, and the show needs more volunteers on Saturday. If you’re interested, check out this post. I’ve never done it before, and don’t know anyone there, so even if you’re shy, you should still give it a go.

Photo via Jaclyn Paige

good things this week

I’m headed to Waterloo tonight to go on a holiday home tour in support of HopeSpring Cancer Support Centre. The houses will be decorated for Christmas, so I’m excited to take away some inspiration, support a great cause and spend a night with my mom.

Other great things this week include finding this pattern on a book at Value Village, setting up our espresso machine again, seeing Noel Gallagher in concert, and receiving my For The Makers package in the mail (more on that next week). What were some good things for you this week? Let me know in the comments. Enjoy your weekend!


diy: mini confetti system-inspired pinata

If you haven’t heard of Confetti System, you are about to discover your dream job. Nicholas Anderson and Julie Ho, artists and friends, founded Confetti System to transform materials like cardboard and tissue paper into festive installations for a variety of clients like J. Crew, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the American Ballet Theatre.

You can buy the large pinatas here for $150, but I used the shape to create a small, personal Confetti System-inspired pinata. Also, I loved these mini pinatas from Jordan Ferney at Oh Happy Day. Shall we?

List of materials:

  • cardboard
  • cardstock
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • hot glue
  • exacto knife
  • streamers or sheets of crepe paper cut into strips
  • thread, string or ribbon for hanging (I used gold sewing thread so the pinata almost looks like it’s floating)

This project cost me one dollar because I already had most of the materials on hand, I just had to buy streamers.

First, pick out your cardboard. I salvaged this takeout cardboard box from a cafe. I decided to use hot pink fringe, and this box has hot pink on the other side – perfect for hiding any imperfections with the fringe.

Use a ruler and a pen to draw a triangle for a template. I used some thin cardboard leftover from a package of tights!

As you’re gluing, make sure you are holding the ends together. If you are filling your pinata, this is the point where you would be adding the candy. It’s small enough that the person can crack it open and candy will spill out!

Now you’ve got the shell of your pinata. Next comes the fringe. To make fringe, I recommend checking out this tutorial from Jordan Ferney at Oh Happy Day. This woman knows fringe and even has a whole series on pinatas! 

I recommend gluing the fringe from bottom to top. You can trim the fringe as you go along. You can use hot glue for this step if you are very careful – hot glue gets stringy and is impossible to get off of the paper!

I think this pinata would be such a sweet touch for a breakfast in bed. I made pumpkin whoopie pies  which taste so good with a bit of espresso. Follow that with a bit of candy, and you’ve got a breakfast of champions!

diy instant party

Whether they have been overdone or not, I am still in love with garlands. While material varies, and there are too many DIY garland projects online to count, I really like this reusable garland from Fellow, Fellow. You could swap out the yarn with any colour you choose, and store it for the next birthday or even for an impromptu message.

A few weeks ago I picked up these letter stencils with another project in mind, but for a quick birthday party message I strung together a few stencils and fastened it to the wall with washi tape. A super easy project that took less than two minutes from start to finish. You could punch holes on the top corners of the stencils to weave them together but I like the look of the more haphazard arrangement.



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