Archive for the ‘Craft’ Category

Baked Soap Co.

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

I had the pleasure of sharing a table with the Baked Soap Co. at the Toronto Indie Arts Market and picked up some delectable handmade soaps. Not only are they formed in wonderfully delicious shapes, but they’re available in a variety of enticing scents — fragrant, but not overwhelming. I bought the Rhubarb and Berry Pie bar and a set of mini donuts. These would be perfect party favours or stocking stuffers, that is if you’re willing to part with them yourself.

 

Check out other Baked Soap Co. items here. They’re also available in some local Toronto stores and at many shows and events leading up to the holidays. Check out locations here.

Thanks!

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

I had a great time at the Toronto Indie Arts Market this past weekend. Thanks to all my family and friends for their support and all the kind people who came by. Also great appreciation to the OH and WingMe for helping to man the table and being all around amusing. For my first time at an actual crafty event, it was a good learning experience with hopefully more in the future.

 

Cunning & Crafty at the Toronto Indie Arts Market

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

This Saturday, Nov. 9th, I’ll have a table at the Toronto Indie Arts Market at the Gladstone Hotel. I’ll have some necklaces, cards, buttons, magnets and zipper pouches, so come by and check it out!

http://www.torontoindieartsmarket.com/upcoming-markets/november-9th-early-holiday-market/

Paper Star Lanterns

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Getting into the Christmas spirit with some paper lanterns! Found the tutorial online and thought of trying it out. It requires some patience in cutting and folding, but it’s pretty easy to put together.  I used 90lb. sketch pad paper for the smaller star which was easy to fold and cut, but relatively sturdy enough to attach to the string of lights. The larger star was made of dollar store bristol board which also worked well, but the holes are a little harder to punch.

 

Here’s the tutorial with template. I doubled and quadrupled the measurements for my requirements:  http://www.homemade-gifts-made-easy.com/paper-star-lantern.html

And another simple star to add to the mix: http://annekata.com/2010/11/tutorial-super-simple-paper-stars/

Turned out pretty good!

Light Box

Sunday, November 25th, 2012

Hello Sweatshoppers!  It’s been a while…rack it up to laziness and malaise. ..maybe we’ve been enjoying life too much!

As we enter the winter season with less daylight and my late hours, I finally made a light box  so I could take photos of items for my shop. I wanted something cheap and collapsible that I could easily stow away so I checked out some tutorials for ideas.

cardboard box tutorial

laundry hamper tutorial

foam core solution

I decided to follow the basic idea of the cardboard box solution, but constructed my own box shape with pieces of foam core and matte board leftover from old school projects. I figured out which was the best way to fold it up and hinged the edges with packing tape. White plastic tablecloth from the dollar store was perfect for covering the windows on the top and sides, and there’s plenty leftover if you ever need to replace  them.

Works quite well for $1 and salvaged materials. I still need to play with the levels and colour balance of the images after in photoshop, but I think this will serve my purposes.  ~ Lurgs

 

 

 

Falconwright

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

My love affair of Falconwright began back in the winter edition of City of Craft 2011, when I hemmed and hawed over a xmas gift for my friend, finally settling on a hot pink zig zag and cream change purse. Then a month later, I came across their website somehow and it was game over.

Sandi (Deadweight) and Danielle (Caboto) are talented in their own right, so combining their skills together was kind of a game-changer. And on top of it all, they are friendly ladies.

My obsession is warranted. I love prints, colours, and pouches. And these ladies serve it up in spades. I’ve bought 6 so far. 2 gifts for others. and 4 for me! I’ve also managed to spread the love to my friends and family. C’mon, you know you want one! Shop here.

They are getting lots of blog love and so here’s mine… ~yy

*all photos from Falconwright

 

 

Friendship bracelets are the old/new I love you…

Friday, August 12th, 2011

image from Jak and Jill

image from Honestly...WTF

Bracelet by Orange is the Sun at Etsy

Seriously, we all did them right? I used to bust out the coloured embroidery thread and work away making these bracelets. I had a book that taught me different designs. It was fun times.

Now we can see them popping up in all sorts of places. I like it. Nostalgic. It can be the pop of colour in your outfit.

Make your own! I really like this DIY by Honestly…wtf.

And remember GIMP cord??? ~yy

Lanyward bracelet from Anthropologie

Lanyward bracelet from Anthropologie

 

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition 2011

Friday, July 8th, 2011

It’s that time again! Arm yourselves with sunglasses and some water and check out the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition at Nathan Phillips Square this weekend. It’s a scorcher out there! The show seems a bit smaller this year, perhaps due to the construction at city hall, and they’re not using the full lawn area, but still quite a bit to see. It’s on Fri. and Sat. from 10:30am – 7:30pm. and Sun. from 10:30am. – 6:30pm. I had the chance to run through quickly today and here are a few things that caught my eye (sorry, I gravitate towards the plush and sewn).

The Fierce Bunnies by Sonja Ahlers are incredibly cute,  handsewn bunnies made from deconstructed vintage sweaters. They go through an intricate process and nothing goes to waste! They seem calm and quiet, but somehow I feel I don’t want to wake these bunnies. You can see more of Sonja’s work on her website: http://www.sonjaahlers.com  I’ve also seen her work before at the Magic Pony shop and bunnies are also available on her etsy store.

I also liked the animal busts at the Felt Factory by Sabine Alpers. All the animals are all patiently needle felted from wool.

And one of our blog favourites, Amanda Ho of Denture Thief Productions is also at the show. She has many of the items we’ve featured previously plus new elephants! Love the embroidery details on all the elephants, making them each unique. She also has a new website so check out her stuff: www.denture-thief.com

Wish I had more time to spend at the show, but hope this little preview leads you to check out all the artists there! ~ Lurgs

Custom Stamps

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

I had been planning to get a custom stamp made for my shop Cunning & Crafty for a while and had browsed through many stamp shops on Etsy until I decided on JLMould. She provides lots of wood mounted and clear mounted stamps in various sizes. You can choose from a variety of designs or supply your own image from a digital file or a drawing (as long as it’s a clear, monotone design). I chose a 2″ x 0.5″ sized stamp mounted on a clear block and emailed Jessica Lynn my file. She responded quickly and in a few weeks (only delayed by the Canadian Postal Strike), I got my stamp and I couldn’t be happier.

Another reason why I chose JLMould was that they also provided the clear mounting block for the stamp and gave me 2 moulds of my stamp. The moulds are flexible pieces of plastic that contain your design and you can peel it off from the clear mounting block to change designs or reposition. They just stick with their inherent plastic stickiness. It’s also nice to have a clear stamp so you can see exactly where you’re stamping. Looking forward to stamping my packages and cards! Check out www.JLMould.etsy.com to see if she might have the stamp for you!

~Lurgs

Thanks Sweat Shoppers!

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Hurray for a successful first showing in Toronto last Saturday at the Parkdale Bazaar!  Mama Yee made an appearance! We had a great time meeting fellow craftsters and displaying our work from PS I Heart You and Cunning & Crafty. Thanks to everyone for coming to support us and for all the new customers. We can’t wait to do another show!

Except for a little drizzle, we’re so happy the rain held off and we got to babysit this little cutie for a most memorable customer.