Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Easter Ideas - What? More Eggs!


Know where you're sitting at the Easter dinner table? If not, here's an idea that I spotted in a window display here in Ottawa using a broken eggshell and decided to 'borrow'. Pretty easy to do and takes no time at all. Add a few little treats inside the egg to sweeten the sitting!!


These eco-friendly eggshell candles are available to buy at LessCandles on Etsy. Lots of other great candle products including snail shell tea lights!  

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Easter Ideas - DIY Egg Projects


Like the look of marbleized Easter eggs (and aren't these gorgeous? Don't  open a can of paint - instead use nail polish. You can get marvelous effects with nail polish.  Well, the team over at Camille Styles will show you how.

For marbleized egg how-to instructions, click here.

There's also a fun Easter project for kids for egg poppers. So - if you've got kids and a little time, these poppers would be fun to make (and give).


For egg popper how-to instructions, click here.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Easter Ideas - Eggshells and Ikea


So Easter is almost here and, like the bunny rabbit so beloved at this time of year (especially if chocolate), I'm gathering up some ideas to inspire you to create a nice hand-made Easter.

Who would have thought that used eggshells could look so pretty?  I found this Easter wreath at a Czech shopping site called fler.cz (something like Etsy, I think).  Anyway, this would be simple enough to inspire you, if you had enough eggshells.


And speaking of eggshells, the Ikea site, Livet Hemma has this cute (and very easy) Easter table centrepiece. Just recycle the carton along with the eggshells to make a pretty floral display.

For another eggshell wreath view, click here.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Welcome Spring and More Crafting with Sean!

So - it's officially spring but you'd never know it by looking outside. It's dull, grey, and wet - as well as slippery as all get out! Tried to make it to the post office and gave up half way - then dodged the cars on the street to get home - sidewalks were way too icy. Lots of folks sliding along.


Do you have any shoe trees (or lasts) cluttering up closet space? If you do, you will love this idea from my friend and creative guru, Sean. Besides using these as book ends (as described in another post here), he also had the brilliant idea to hang them up on the wall as coat hooks. Nice!  Head over to my recycling blog to see what else you can do with these and other shoe related items.  To view, click here.


Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day


Living in a city that was settled by many Irish folk way back when (and who built our glorious canal), it's not surprising that Ottawa has literally gone green - and I don't mean just ecologically - today it's Irish green. And why not? I hope that you enjoyed the parade on Saturday - the weather was perfect. I missed it because I was giving my Book Folding workshop that morning! Bad timing on my part, I'm afraid.

Today, you can take in all the festivities around the city and enjoy a Guinness (or two) at any one of our local Irish pubs. Have a good day.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Book Folding Workshop


My first Book Folding workshop is over. I'm pleased to say that my workshops sold out a couple of days after I posted the info. I had a few librarians who came along but I had to reassure them first that the books we would be using were battered, unused, unloved paperbacks. Some had even suffered water damage. Reassured, they happily folded away and each one went home with a completed project. 

I've a nice few samples to show you if you click here

Monday, March 10, 2014

Ikea Inspiration and crafting with a friend


Love this photo from Ikea's Livet Hemma site. Makes me wish I was more of a cook.  Still I'm working on it and dreaming of the day I can bake my own bread. Meanwhile, having the right gear may inspire me.  But trekking out to Ikea is more than I can handle on a winter's day! So this will have to wait.


My friend Sean came over a while ago and brought over a few things that he showed me how to repurpose. Among some of the stuff he brought over were National Geographic Magazine slipcases and shoe trees (I have a bunch of my own that I like to display as sculptural pieces) but Sean showed me a new use for both the slipcases and the slipcases. 


To find out what he did, click here.