Showing posts with label craft. Show all posts
Showing posts with label craft. Show all posts

Sunday, March 17, 2019

We Are Knitters: Fun and Happiness in a kit

we are knitters kits
We Are Knittersan European based DIY knitting kit company has expanded into the Canadian marketplace. We Are Knitters encourages creativity and self-wellness through the art of knitting, as the benefits of knitting has been embraced as both a fashion trend and health practice. Knitting also helps reduce stress levels, exercise memory, combat hyperactivity, and increase overall happiness - read more about the benefits of crafts on my recent post.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Pottery Painting at Crock a Doodle

Crock a Doodle pottery painting studio
We were excited to drop-in aCrock a Doodle in Niagara Falls for an afternoon of fun. This pottery themed creative space with friendly staff made us feel welcomed. This studio is setup in a way that makes it comfortable for children to sit down and paint. For adults, it gives an opportunity to let go of everything and be a kid again. We loved it! 

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Creative Designs on Wood using the Dewalt DW788 20" Variable Speed Scroll Saw

Dewalt DW788 20
We enjoy scrolling as a hobby and have done lots of small projects on a smaller entry level scroll saw. Scroll sawing is the art of making intricate cuts in wood or metal to create different patterns and objects. We enjoy doing woodworking projects on a regular basis, and using the scroll saw has taken woodworking to another level for us.  

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Embroidered Crazy Patchwork

embroidered crazy patchwork
I have been working on a crazy patchwork surface to use it as the cover for a DIY stool we are working on. For this patchwork surface, I used the Crazy Patchwork method that uses random shapes of cloth attached together. Crazy patchwork is a lot of fun to do, as we do not have to cut each material using a pattern or measurement. 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Learning Needle Tatting

needle tatting amazon
I have been waiting to learn the craft of tatting, however I couldn't find the tools at any of the stores in Ontario. I searched it up on Amazon.ca and was super excited that it was available to purchase.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Hands on origami kits

origami kits dover craft
Origami kits are a fun way to start folding creative models right away as the kits include the instructions and material we need to get started. We have been trying to use the below activity packed kits to get creative. We found that the instructions could be a little clearer, so beginners can follow it easily to make the beautiful nature inspired origami. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Knitted Cozy Slippers

knit slipper pattern
These handmade knitted slippers are beginner friendly. I used Phentex Slipper and Craft Yarn that makes these slippers feel durable and warm. With this pattern we can personalize each of the slippers by choosing different colour combinations. The slipper stretches, so keep this in mind when you are casting on. 

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Win Klutz Kits for the Holidays

klutz punch pillow
Klutz Kits have great play value, they are educational and fun for children and adults. We love using Klutz kits to learn new crafts. These kits have all the necessary tools and material needed to start the projects right away.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Ease of Crocheting Amigurumi Characters

crochet cacti
Crochet lovers will love these quirky crochet kits. These kits come with instructions on how to create adorable themed characters and supplies to complete two projects. We have been having lots of fun crocheting stuffed characters with these kits.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Excitement of Machine Embroidery

HE240 brother machine
Machine embroidery is a fun way to add unique touches to our sewing and home décor projects. I found that once we figure out how to setup the machine by switching the embroidery foot, inserting the panel, and embroidery hoop, it becomes simple as pressing a button and changing the thread.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Dewalt DCP580B 20V Max Brushless Planer #DIY tool

Dewalt Max Brushless Planer
We do a lot of DIY projects using wood and have a decent collection of tools to get the job done. The latest addition to our tools is the Dewalt DCP580B 20V Max Brushless planer. A planer is a really useful tool to have, as it has lots of varying uses. The DEWALT DCP580B 20V Max Brushless planer we are using is the cordless version, and it comes as a bare tool without any batteries. Since, most of our power tools are Dewalt we already have batteries to go with them. It is always best to use 3 Ah batteries or greater, so there is enough power to get the job done. 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Art of Weaving

weaving wool
Weaving is a craft I remember doing as a child using ribbons, construction paper, and wool. My daughter started enjoying weaving about four years ago when she did an activity at Michaels, and when she made the scarf using the Weaved Threadz kit. From a young age, my daughter has weaved using wool, yarn, thread, and once on vacation we used leaves from a coconut tree. We find weaving to be a relaxing meditative craft that is fun and the end results are rewarding.

Win Your Own A Stork's Journey Birdhouse DIY kit

craft kit giveaway
A young sparrow raised as a stork must prove he has what it takes to be a stork in the family animated film A Stork's Journey, which will be available on DVD, Digital HD, and On Demand July 4th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Collage and Paper: Calming Meditative Activities

collage cut and create paper mosaic
Everyone in our family enjoyed taking part in doing the calming and interesting paper mosaic activity in Chiharu Rosenberg's Cut and Create Paper Mosaics kit. This craft mosaic-by-number artwork is done by cutting the numbered paper tiles which are printed on coloured and patterned paper, then gluing it to the card stock. 

Monday, June 5, 2017

Inspiring Sewing Books

Learning the craft of sewing is lots of fun, as it gives us the creative freedom to sew our own clothes and home décor pieces. I recently checked out a few books and found some of these useful and inspiring. 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Crocheting Motifs following the Granny Square Book

granny square book
The Granny Square Book, Second Edition: Timeless Techniques and Fresh Ideas for Crocheting Square by Square has 100 Motifs and 25 All New Projects. Since first published in 2011, The Granny Square Book has instructed and inspired crocheters to make and create beautiful, stylish projects with these classic motifs.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Cleaning and Clearing Out Clutter to Rejuvenate Our Space

spring cleaning clorox means clean
Spring time when new life literally emerges, is also a time for us to rejuvenate our space and feel fresh! I love taking the time to do a deep clean in every nook and cranny in our home and toss away, donate, as well as repurpose our belongings. During this process, we always find inspiration to start new projects; most of which better utilizes the space and makes it more functional.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

DIY Chalk Board and Crocheted Heart Duster

diy chalkboard recycle
We transformed a clipboard into a chalk board using the Americana Chalkboard Paint. This chalk board will by useful to hang anywhere you need to write quick messages in your home or office.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

How to build a Terrarium #DIY

How to build a Terrarium
When we went to the #TDCommonGround launch during the Family Day weekendwe got to experience the inside of TD's one-of-a-kind Green Globe - a 1200 square foot pop-up park. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The Art of Pysanky Displaying Creativity on Eggs

pysanky
Few years ago for the first time I tried the beautiful art of Pysanky. I like how this art gives us a different canvas to work on - eggs! And how it requires us to display patience and give a little bit of thought in to how we want the colours to show as we work with a variety of special dyes and layers of wax. I am excited that we can now purchase the unique line of essential tools and supplies for this art that are made in made in Canada easily from Ukrainian Egg-Cessories.