snowflakes in the air…

Lots of snow over the past week of the holidays. A lovely winter wonderland here in the neighbourhood…

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Beautiful snowfall on Christmas day! :D

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Some snowflake Christmas cards I made in addition to the Christmas tree ones. They’re made by scribbling on coffee filters with washable markers and then spraying water on them. Super fun, and the effect is quite magical-looking.

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Will post more holiday craft photos in 2013, which will be here in just a few days :D Wishing everyone a happy new year!

O fir tree

O Christmas tree

 

 

A snapshot from our Christmas card production this year. It’s one of the few (sometimes the only) art projects that Mike and I collaborate on every year. Mike set the O’s using a design program and I printed the Christmas trees and the stars with this fun foam stamping method :D

This made me curious about the origin of the carol, O Christmas Tree. So I looked it up, and wanted to share with you an excerpt of it on this Christmas day, translated from the original German song, O Tannenbaum.

O Fir Tree, O Fir Tree,
How steadfast are your branches!
Your boughs are green in summer’s clime
And through the snows of wintertime.
O Fir Tree, O Fir Tree,
How steadfast are your branches!

O Fir Tree, O Fir Tree,
Your boughs can teach a lesson
That constant faith and hope sublime
Lend strength and comfort through all time.
O Fir Tree, O Fir Tree,
Your boughs can teach a lesson.

 

I like using the words Fir Tree instead.

May good will, faith, hope, strength, comfort, and peace fill our hearts not only during Christmas but throughout every season this year.

Merry Christmas, friends!

 

 

 

Christmas market :D

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Last week we went to the annual Christmas Market at the Distillery District :D It was such a festive place, with carolers singing and lights everywhere and a magnificent Christmas tree.

What really made my day though was this extraordinary installation in the building where all the artist studios are. 

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It’s built upon what I believe to be a conveyor mechanism (for sending down bottles and boxes when the building functioned as a distillery, perhaps). There were spools of thread in the middle, connected to felt nests with crochet-covered rocks inside!

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 They were just precious.

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And cheerful buntings made of different kinds of fabric too!

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I think I will attempt the crochet-covered rocks in the new year (here’s a free pattern from the Purl Bee if you’d like to give it a try too!).

Wishing you a lovely Sunday :D

 

 

 

this week’s awesome finds

Just a few quick gifts — for others and self :D

 

 Photo snowglobe ornaments! From Photojojo.

 

 Snow globe soap dispensers! One could totally use small plastic dinosaurs instead of Christmas village people! From Mad in Crafts

 

 Cotton candy plush! From Twinkie Chan.

 

 Dinosaur planter, made from plastic dinosaur from the dollar store. From Carrieelissa.

 

 Such lovely top, with buttons on the back. From C & C.

 

 Simple headwrap, via Smile and Wave (scroll down for downloadable pattern).

 

Hope you’re having a lovely weekend! :D

 

 

long week

It was a really long and busy week last week, in the process of getting everything done before the holiday season.

I got home after a very long day, and I made something.

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Corals! Here’s a closer look.

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Actually, this idea came to me when I was travelling home on the bus and I felt that I would feel much better and more energized if I can just make it. I basically crocheted a tube, and crocheted corals on the tube all around. I then threaded the chain through the tube to make a necklace.

There’s something very meditative about crocheting corals.

I’ve had a good weekend after the long week, enjoying some Christmas festivities (photos to come!). Everything is winding down this week, getting ready for the holidays :D

Hope your week is filled with things that nourish you.

 

 

 

 

be the change

be the change

 

 

I was watching the news last night while making this for a teacher/colleague. 

Amongst the many things about this teacher that I admire and want to emulate is her ability to see the goodness and strength in every person she meets, and to see possibilities for resistance, change and growth even in the most dire situations.

It is not only that she sees strengths and goodness and possibilities. More importantly, she reflects it back to the person, lovingly pointing out what she sees and cheering everyone on, which makes everyone feel good about their abilities and wants to do good in the world.

While watching the news last night, like many across the world, I felt incredibly sad and angry. Angry at the senselessness of it all. So angry that I thought if the world really does end on December 21 it wouldn’t be half bad.

But actually I don’t believe that the world will end on December 21. 

Instead, I believe that we can all be agents of change, encouraging the good in one another.

 

My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.”
― Jack Layton

 

 

this week’s awesome finds

Haven’t posted for a while! Doesn’t mean that I haven’t been making things though… I just can’t show you what I’ve been making until after December, because they’re Christmas gifts :D But here are a few awesome ideas that I’ve come across lately, gifts for others and for ourselves, perhaps :D

Paper punched shapes from leaves — such awesome colours! From Grow Creative.

 

Snowflake ornaments made with dusty miller leaves. I kept noticing that a house down the street has a large bush of dusty miller. Hmm… From Michele Made Me.

 

This makes me grin :D Spotted on The Dapper Toad, where you will find the link to the pattern for sale on Ravelry.

 

I just imagine making this out of soft fleece and wrapping myself in it while watching TV. That’d be hilarious. From Etsy.

 

I especially love the ones with the scarves! :D By Raveler Stripespolkadots.

 

Really intrigued by this wispy lace pattern. I think I might be able to tackle this, realized that knitting lace is not as difficult as it looks. Also from Ravelry — a free pattern by Samantha Edgerly.

 

Pretty self-explanatory. Pretty result. Think I’m going to give this a try soon. Spotted on Pinterest.

 

Also looks like a bird, doesn’t it? From Crafts for Lily.

 

Made from those fleece blankets from the dollar store! :D From Dollar Store Crafts.

 

And finally — a crocheted Marcel the Shell with Shoes on! :D If you haven’t seen the video (part 1, part 2), I highly recommend it! Crochet pattern from The Hook Brings You Back.

 

Happy crafting! :D

 

 

this cthulhu, it has a soft side

I made this for my good friend (and talented artist!) Kityan, because it was her birthday. I couldn’t help but made myself one too.

 

It came from this pattern on Ravelry. I made mine a bit shorter, with velcro to keep the ends together, and also lined the back of it with fabric. The one for my friend has polka dots. Mine’s from an old shirt that got paint on it, with tiny purple flowers. I really liked that shirt, so I’m glad to be able wear it again in an other form. Perhaps tiny purple flowers are not something that we think a cthulhu would like — but one never knows! :D

 

Have a great Monday!