Sunday, November 18, 2012

Creativity: Felt baby shoes

I found a super cute tutorial on Purl Bee in Soho Newyork for felt baby shoes. I have two friends that have had babies in the last bit so I made booties for their babies. I used real wool felt and cotton embroidery thread. If you want to see a tutorial on them go here.

These are for Kaiya, Ruth and Daniels daughter.  

This is Ruth and Kaiya.

These are for Dylan, Alida and Jordan's baby boy

This is the Gagne family. Nigel (left), Alida, Jordan, Khol (right) and baby Dylan in the middle.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Family: My twin nieces dedication

On Sunday my nieces Caroline and Hannah were dedicated at Church on the Rock in Hamilton. My sister in laws and I were in Hamilton already for a girls weekend, it was great. Here are some pictures of them and my brother Mark and his wife Jenn.

\We had a great Dutch time of soup and buns after the dedication at Jenn's parents house.

 My dad and my niece
 My grandmother and my niece
 Hannah (I think) and I

 My nephew Emmanuel

My parents

We had a great time together and we are so excited that these precious girls are dedicated to the Lord. 

Creativity: Mixed Media class

I have been taking a mixed media class at the Art Gallery of Peterborough with one of my favorite artists, Anne Renouf. Her website is . At the beginning of the class she gets us to do a warm up exercise. We have worked with oil pastels, chalk, etc. Then she teaches us a skill. Two weeks ago we learned how to image transfer and this last week we learned how to apply gold leaf.

I have an art show coming up in the new year with my best friend Alida. It is going to be on trees. She loves painting birches and I am really interested in using different mediums to create trees. So most of my art work for this class will be about trees.

Here is a pastel warm up.

Here is a box that I attached Japanese paper to in the shape of trees and then I made a pastel tree for the inside.

Instead of working with canvas I got a birch board. I image transferred a picture of a tree onto it. Then I painted it in a winter theme.

I have three weeks left of the class and I am looking forward to learning more skills. 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Favorite Friday Ideas

This weeks edition of Favorite Friday ideas is all about DIY (Do it Yourself) projects, aprons and baby shoes. I hope to accomplish some of these projects in the next little while. If you are interested in learning more about these ideas click on source under the picture.

I have been hankering (that's a word I picked up in Texas) to make one of these aprons. I am hoping to pick up some cool fabric when I go to Toronto in the next couple of weeks. 

I love these baby shoes and I have a lot of babies in my life. I think I even have all the supplies to make the simple felt ones. Then gosh darnit what's stopping me?

I love DIY or Do it Yourself projects. There are tons of blogs which offer tutorials on how to make things yourself. Here are just some of the ones I like.

I love this idea. You use plates and candle sticks. Brilliant! 

Fabric lined envelopes. Great for all your material scraps.

That is this weeks edition of Favorite Friday Ideas. 
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Family: Tricker Treat

I went out Tricker Treating with my nephews and nieces. Desmond, Ivy and Anika were all dressed up at elephants. Cora was a gypsy and William was a robot. They were so cute.
Desmond and Ivy 

Uncle Michael with the kids

William and I

William in the pram. I don't know why he was in there because he is too big. But I thought he looked hilarious so I snapped a quick photo.

This is a picture of Cora but she moved so she looks like a ghost. I was having a hard time getting pictures of them while they were getting candy because the moved a lot. Oh well.  

 Michael, Andrea and William

Desmond checking out his stash of candy. 

It was a really fun evening with the kids and Auntie Laura even scored some candy from the kids hehe. I hope you had a good Halloween.