Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Old Navy Stores in Canada - 25% off on April 1st

No April Fools Joke.

Received a note that Old Navy will be taking an extra 25% off your purchase on April 1.

*Offer valid on April 1, 2010 only at Old Navy stores in Canada. Not valid online. Discount applies to merchandise only, not value of gift cards purchased, packaging or applicable taxes. No adjustments on previous purchases. Not valid for cash or cash equivalent. Cannot be combined with other offers or discounts including Gap Inc. employee discount.

Bunny Finger Puppets

Bunny overload here.  Note to self:  there is a fine line between crafting a holiday to death and enjoying it.

I saw Molly's Bunny Finger Puppet Tutorial on the Purl Bee and had to try it during an episode of insomnia.   This is not an instant gratification project. The cutting requires care, but it is a good exercise in hand-stitching if you want to practice. 


A lot of children's books have a bunny protagonist (Peter Rabbit, Good Night Moon, Runaway Bunny, Guess How Much I Love You.....). It is nice to have a little bunny finger puppet as a reading buddy.




Have a lovely day and thanks for hopping by (groan),

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Hop into Spring Bunting

I made this bunting for my sister's family for Easter.



I didn't need to buy anything for it.  Just used what I had on hand. The problem with many projects is the shopping. It takes up too much time.  It's nice when you are able to use what you have already.  I cut the letters (very carefully) out of craft felt and applied them with Fabritac (I love that stuff!).


As for the inspiration, I was recently drooling over, I mean reacquainted with, Jennifer Pagniolli of Sis Bloom's blog and really liked the rectangle banners featured on her site, like this one.  Someday I would like to make a birthday banner, here

P.S. Jennifer has a number of great tutorials. Her frayed rosettes are on my to-do list.  You can download the rosettes tutorial, here.  The potential for an Anthro necklace knockoff should be obvious!

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Egg Cup Pincushions

These egg cup pincushions would make a perfect easter gift for the crafters in your family.  They are quite easy to make.


I saw the Sometimes Crafter's tutorial last year about this time and this project has been on my to-do list for about a year. 

I found these egg cups at a thrift store for 25 cents a piece.
With fabric scraps (you need about 4-5 inch circles) and a little polyfill and glue I turned them into these
 
In the shops right now, there are a lot of novelty egg cups. Or, maybe you received a set as a gift.   My girls refuse to eat eggs, so this little herd feels more loved as a pin cushion (as opposed to sitting in a dark china cabinet waiting to be used).


Have a great week and I really appreciate you stopping by! 

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Tatertots & Jello's Weekend wrap up party

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

Weekend Inspiration: Vegetable Gardens at Canada Blooms

Poster available here.

Canada Blooms Recap:  Veggies were everywhere. 

Here are a few of my favourites:

The mushrooms in this one (and I bet lots of fairies)


Boston lettuce in a snail shape

These raised beds and the bamboo fencing

A "spring mix" and a miniature birdhouse


If you need seeds to get your garden started, Home Depot has a special coupon good this weekend, "buy any three packets of McKenzie Seeds and get the 4th pack free.  Coupon here.

I hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Delicious Ambiguity




My Easter Blessings bunting was featured on Delicious Ambiguity.   Be sure to head over there and check out all the great Easter projects!

Everytime I feel like I am going to quit this blog, something small happens that changes my mind.  Have a great weekend.  






P.S. I posted a recipe below.  More projects next week.

Salmon with Wasabi Crust

Adapted from Epicurious
(Image Via Amazon)  [You can find these in most Asian markets or at your local bulk barn]

We prefer this dish on the crunchy side - so we throw about a cup or so of wasabi peas (you will see the original uses wasabi powder), a little dijon and a dash of fish seasoning into the food processor.   Then add 2 tbsp of EVOO to make a paste.  Apply the mixture to the salmon. If possible, let the salmon rest for a short while to absorb some of the flavors. Place Salmon on a baking sheet (on parchment paper will save on clean up!) and bake at 375 degrees for about 10 - 20 minutes (i.e. until it looks cooked through).

As shown, we served it that particular night with bok choy: lightly steamed and then lightly sauteed with garlic and a dash of fish sauce.

The girls are fish eaters, but they will not eat salmon.  They get a small tilapia minus the wasabi crust. 

Enjoy and have a lovely weekend!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Chocolate Bunnies

Miss Lily is really into chocolate bunnies.  When I saw Andrea's link on Sew, Mama, Sew! Easter Roundup,  I just had to try one of her chocolate felt bunnies

So here he is


I felt the little guy was missing something (and not 70% cacao).  On close examination (Lindt is an extra 20% off at the Bay), it dawned on me that Lindt bunnies had a little bell

(Image via Lindt)

So I raided my Christmas stash and found a little bell

Much better.
This is an no-cal instant gratification project.  If you don't have ribbon stash (shame on you), just clip the pretty brown/pink/blue ribbon from all of those baby Gap bags.  It would work perfectly. 

Be sure to check out Andrea's blog (lovely!) and download her template. When I complete a little project like this I. Feel. So. Good.

Accomplishing something is good for the soul. That's the way I see it. 
Have a lovely day and I really appreciate you stopping by,

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Are you my mother?

My girls enjoy this book.

(Image via Amazon)

When my pal pointed me to this post on The Long Thread (a fabulous blog) I just knew we had to try it at home.  The tutorial is found on Alpha Mom, here.  

Miss Lily and I worked on the nest together.  The tutorial calls for shredding (no legal opinions were harmed) and clear glue (we used diluted modge podge which worked fine). Miss Lily painted the foam eggs pale blue on her own.  The chick is from the dollarstore.



The girls really enjoy this nest.  Lots of pretend play.  It is a fun and messy project! and I think the end result is just as nice as these


Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Easter Blessings Bunting

Here is the Easter Blessings Bunting I completed. 


Recipe: The stash of yellow and green gingham. A dash of eyelet.  A couple of yards of pale yellow double-fold bias tape.


A close up.



The little grey sheep are salvaged from an old Ikea nursery mobile which has been discontinued.

For the letters, I used "cooper black 72 point font" enlarged to 400%.  I printed out the words and then traced the letters onto adhesive prestofelt and carefully cut out each letter.

I recently discovered that adhesive felt is sold by the yard at Fabricland for $16/metre.  For this project, I required 10 cm ($1.60).  Unfortunately, the colours are limited (brown, black, dark green, red, and white).  No pastels (weep).

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