Etsy Valentine’s Card Roundup

January 29, 2010 - Filed under Paper goods, Valentine's Day

Not everyone has time to make their own Valentines, but that doesn’t mean you can’t support handmade. Here are some of my favorite Valentine cards on Etsy.com.

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1. You know what I love more than Bacon? | 2. Like a fat kid love cake | 3. I love you more than Xbox | 4. Crazy bunnies in Love | 5. I love you so much… | 6. You’re the cheese to my macaroni

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7. Octopus love | 8. I (blank) You. | 9. I ♥ you | 10. blank mini note cards

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Nothing says ‘I love you’ like giving handmade

January 25, 2010 - Filed under Paper goods, Valentine's Day

This Valentine’s Day instead of giving into the commercial craze of the holiday, show someone you really love them, by giving them something handmade. Here’s a few simple card ideas to get you inspired, they’re quick and easy, and feel extra special cause they’re handmade!

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Stitched Hearts | Stars & Hearts | Paper Hearts | Button Heart | Puppy Love | Love

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Reknit – Turn your old sweaters into something new!

January 21, 2010 - Filed under Kniting

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Have you got an old sweater or two, hanging around in the back of your closet that you’re just not sure what to do with? Well look no further… You can send your old sweater to designer Haik Avanian‘s mom and she’ll unravel it, knit it into something new and send it back to you.

Each month Haik’s mom will Reknit a new and useful object, this month she’s making scarves, but you can vote on what you’d like next month’s object to be — a beanie, socks, an iPod case, or cut-off gloves.

Visit the Reknit website to print out a shipping label for your sweater and get Haik’s mom knitting for you!

Check out Reknit

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Posted by: kelly

Help Haiti through crafting

January 17, 2010 - Filed under Events

Wishing you could do more to help those in need in Haiti? In addition to donating money, I’ve got two crafty ways you can give…

Craft Hope for Haiti

Craft Hope for Haiti

The Craft Hope Etsy shop is full of generously donated handcrafted goods, with all proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders. New products are being added all the time, so check out some of the great finds, and feel good knowing that your purchase is making a difference.

If you can sew, knit, crochet, or craft you can also help, by donating your items to the shop. Visit the Craft Hope website for more info.

Visit the Craft Hope for Haiti Etsy Store >

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(A few of the items up for sale on Craft Hope)

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Haiti Relief Silent Auction

Indie Fixx has organized a silent auction with all proceeds to going to the Red Cross International Response Fund. Each day new items, that have been donated by indie crafters, artists and designers will be put up for auction. You can bid via the comments and are able rebid as much as you want. The highest bidder wins, and can make their payment through Paypal. Jen from Indie Fixx will pay all the Paypal fee’s to ensure that 100% of your bid goes to the Red Cross.

The best way you can help is by bidding! There are some fantastic items up for grabs, and every little bit helps.

Visit the Indie Fixx Silent Auction >

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(A few of the items up for Auction)

Posted by: kelly

Quilt-in-a-day tutorial

January 13, 2010 - Filed under Sewing

Looking for an easy weekend project to keep you cozy in these cold winter months? Cloud 9 has a great tutorial for a super simple quilt, that even a beginner sewer can handle.

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Check out the tutorial here.

Posted by: kelly

Edible Crayons

January 11, 2010 - Filed under Children, How-to

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These handmade crayons are completely edible. Made from nuts, berries, dried fruits, marshmallows and fruity pebbles, then pressed into a crayon mold. Click here to see all the photos of how they were made.

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A night of social crafting @ Museum of Vancouver

January 7, 2010 - Filed under Events

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The Museum of Vancouver is holding a craft night on January 21st, dedicated to celebrating the growing DIY craft, art & design movement in Vancouver. There will be workshops, with free materials, a DJ and even a bar.

The event is sponsored by Opus Framing & Art Supplies, and is geared to both craft newbies, and more seasoned creators.

Go, enjoy, create…

DIY @ MOV
Thursday, January 21
7:00pm
Museum of Vancouver
1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, British Columbia [map]

Posted by: kelly

Is your Calendar up yet? – Happy 2010!

January 5, 2010 - Filed under Paper goods

It’s been a little hard to snap back into the swing of things after the holidays. I had a fantastic couple of weeks off, but I could feel the impending work looming all weekend. Yesterday seemed to hit all at once, and I just couldn’t get organized enough to blog, and get everything else on the list done. After a couple weeks off, relaxing and chilling at the beach, it was hard to ramp up to full speed.

For those of you that are also having a slow start to the year and haven’t picked out your 2010 Calendar there’s still time. Here are some of my favs…

2010 letterpress and handmade calendars

Leah Duncan, illustrated calendar – This is wall calendar features 12 original drawings and is printed on Mohawk recycled paper.

Letterpress with walnut base – This simple, modern calendar is made up of 12 individual cards. Each month stands in a slotted base, hand cut from walnut wood.

Die Cut Calendar – This six-page calendar (2 months per page) features beautiful die cut patterns, and is printed on natural colored, recycled and FSC certified paper.

Pillow Calendar – An alternative to your typical wall or desk calendar, this pillow calendar is printed on a 250 thread count cotton blend and has a Poly-fill insert.

Birch Wood Critter Calendar – This calendar is printed, double sided, on 6 pieces of Eco-friendly sustainably harvested yellow birch wood.

Hand-drawn and Printed Calendar – Printed on super duper heavy French cardstock, this calendar features 12 hand-drawn cards bound with a metal bulldog clip. (poster version also available)

Posted by: kelly