Sunday, January 25, 2015

Robbie Burns

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Although there is no snow on the ground, the air was frigid. We braved the wind chill and joined the St. Andrew’s Society at Allan Gardens to celebrate Robbie Burns’ birthday without our kilts.  The event included piping, singing Happy Birthday, Auld Lang Syne, and the address to the haggis. The haggis was delicious (although I had reservations).

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After the event, we headed over to the MacKenzie House Museum for more Burns celebrations.  The girls had a chance to use a 170 year old printing press and print out Burns’ Selkirk Grace on paper.  They were permitted to roll the paper through the press and apply the 2000lbs of pressure to make the print.  The prints were top notch.

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After the exhibition, we congregated in the museum’s kitchen for another feast of haggis, shortbread and cider.

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While it was too cold for us to wear our kilts, the dolls dressed up for the event.  IMG_1360

Sewing Notes: These outfits were whipped up using scraps. These are the free patterns I used: Bear Dolly and Moi’s  Vest pattern, American Doll Outfitter’s Beret pattern,and You can Make This Reversible  Wrap skirt

Happy Burns night from our family to yours and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Downton Abbey Tote

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Happy New Year! 
This is my first sewing project for 2015 as it coincides with the North American premiere of  Downton Abbey Season 5.  Sometime ago, a friend gave my husband a very large needlepoint that was otherwise headed to the curb.
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I always feel sad when I see needle points on the curb or at the thrifts – that sort of sad crafters’ graveyard feeling (you might know it).  I have wanted to try a needle point repurpose project for ages - especially since this one was in exceptional condition and a good size. From time to time, I have seen some clever repurposed needle point totes on Etsy and at Anthropologie.
I cut up the needle point into four sections and used the Jane Market Bag pattern. The center panel is fabric from the most recent Downton Abbey fabric collection (purchased from the Fat Quarter Shop).
The bag came together very well, but I broke 3 needles putting on the straps. I then changed to titanium needles and that worked much better given the thick layers.IMG_1182
Happy crafting and enjoy season 5.  Will Lady Edith find happiness?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Crafting with my Kids: Jellybean Row Ornaments

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This past summer we visited Atlantic Canada (stops in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island). The downtown of St. John’s, Newfoundland is renowned for its colourful “jellybean row houses.”

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The jellybean houses figure prominently in the work of local artists.

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IMG_9914  We even noticed some jellybean birdhouses.

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It was our first trip to Newfoundland and a very special time. I thought it would be a nice idea to add something to our Christmas tree as a memory for 2014.  We used scrap 2X2 wood cut between 2-4 inches high and painted little jellybean houses with acrylic craft paint. Eye hooks were added for hanging. [We didn’t fuss too much about sanding the woodcuts because these were hanging and not playing.]

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And here they are at night!

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Happy Crafting and thanks for stopping by!