Showing posts with label creative and crafty. Show all posts
Showing posts with label creative and crafty. Show all posts

Sunday

Weekend Moments in photos and in watercolour


We had a fairly lazy weekend, and spent most of it at home. Although we did clean out and reorganize our entire basement, so that Zac has room to run around and get his ya-yas out.

Sunday morning was the olympic gold medal hockey game (airing at the ungodly hour of 7am)…. but we were devoted to watching it anyway, because, well, we're Canadians. And hockey supposedly runs  in our veins. So we went all out and invited our friends over for an early morning breakfast/pajama party. The instructions were to literally roll out of bed and come straight over, and we would supply bottomless cups of coffee.


There were so many babies and kids in our living room this weekend, I couldn't believe it! I still can't get over how quickly life changes. We are suddenly all parents now, with kids and wonderful chaos all around us…. And these kids? They are seriously gaining on us. And soon, we will be outnumbered ;)


 It was a lot of fun (and yes, we won gold!). But to be honest, I 'm happy the olympics are over now. I'm not even sure why…. just time to wrap it up and move on, I guess.

In other news, our African iris bloomed this weekend. It's such a magnificent thing when it happens (it  rarely does), and the flowers only last a few hours, making it feel that much more special.  We always feel lucky when we witness it. And the flowers are just brilliant, and they smell sweet like honey.



I've been playing around with this Waterlogue app, which turns your photos into watercolour paintings. It gives your photos this incredibly dreamy feel, and makes me want to start painting again.



I hope you had a lovely weekend.
oxo
Vanessa.


Monday

Lady Grey Loves... Greg Voisin Pottery





Aren't these adorable? I want that "smile" camera mug :)

(Images via Greg Voisin)

Tuesday

DIY après-ski drink cosy


Aren't these cute? They're made from the tops of old knitted socks (these ones specifically).

All you do is cut the top 4 1/2 inches off of an old clean sock. Turn the sock inside-out, and fold over  a 1/2 inch of fabric from the bottom (cut edge). Sew in place using a zigzag stitch. Re-invert, and voila! a stylish and rustic drink cosy to jazz up your coffee, tea or hot chocolate :)

Via Canada's Style at Home Magazine. 

Wednesday

This wee little felt canoe...


I couldn't resist sharing this...
Margie Oomen of Resurrection Fern handmade this adorable felt canoe (and teepee) for her grand-daughter Lilith's first birthday.


Isn't it just the sweetest gift ever?!
I love the leather accents and thick stitching.

I would love to make something like this for Zac one day.


Lilith is one lucky little lady to have a grandmother as talented as this!

(photos from Resurrection Fern)

Friday

DIY - Glittered & Painted Plastic Party Cups


This crafty little idea comes from Ruche's A Homemade Holiday Guide...
I think it would be great for a New Year's Eve party.


Here's what you need, and how to do it...



 Have a look at the rest of Ruche's gorgeous holiday guide here.

Adorable & unique advent calendar ideas...


I love all these unique homemade advent calendar ideas from Martha Stewart.

When I was a kid I absolutely loved advent calendars. Who am I kidding, I still love them. I remember my brother used to open all his little doors way too early and eat all the chocolates, but I was always so disciplined... although I admit that I would sometimes sneak a peak to see what was awaiting me behind those secret paper doors.

When little Zachary gets older, I will definitely be making something like this, with individualized treats and trinkets for each day of December.


A baby sock clothesline advent calendar
Isn't that crazy cute?!

A mini matchbox advent calendar

(All photos from Martha Stewart)

Tuesday

Getting Crafty... DIY Caribou Coat Rack


I found these funky caribou head hooks at a decor store in Montreal and thought they would make a cool coat rack.



So I asked my handy wood-working father for some help....

He helped me sand down and varnish a board that came from one of his fallen down walnut trees (I wanted something rustic looking and I thought that the bark on this piece of wood was a perfect match).
Then we mounted the little caribou heads, and voilà a unique homemade coat rack!



 I think it turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself ; )

Wednesday

Friday

Getting crafty while waiting for baby....


 I'm not used to having so much time on my hands. It's weird not to be working.

So I decided to try a little sewing project.
I wanted to make something homemade for the nursery. So yesterday I walked down to the fabric store, picked out some cute patterns, and made some bunting flags.


 I followed this very easy online tutorial, and I think they turned out pretty well!


(we're still in the process of slowly transforming our guest room into a nursery. We still have to get rid of our guest bed and finally set up that crib! But at least its starting to feel a bit more baby-ish in there now)

Have a Sweet & Dreamy Weekend...


My lovely friend Alexandra gave me this beautiful handmade mobile as a baby gift. Isn't it adorable?!
She hand stitched all the little hot air balloons and puffy clouds herself, and used wine corks as the little balloon baskets. I had no idea she was so crafty!


 I'm honestly not sure who is going to love this mobile more, me or the baby.
Aren't homemade gifts the best?!
(thank you so much, Alex)


I hope you have a lovely weekend.
I know that I'll be having sweet dreams : )

Wednesday

Fall Flower Arrangements




I just love these autumn leaf-based arrangements.
(which are especially suited for people living in the north like me where flowers are non-existant these days)

(photos via Martha Stewart)

Friday

A match made in heaven - the cookie coffee cup!


Isn't this brilliant? An edible cookie coffee cup, that is great for the environment and gives you a nice sweet bite at the end of your coffee! It's lined with a special icing sugar blend that makes the cookie cup waterproof. It's genius!



Wednesday

Adorable DIY garden idea...


I saw this great idea on Inhabitat the other day... 
Turn an old window into a gorgeous vintage flower box.



Isn't that sweet?

(pictures from inhabitat.com)

Beautiful Blue Trees... popping up everywhere!


How gorgeous are these photos of Australian artist Konstantin Dimopoulos' Blue Trees?

Dimopoulos uses environmentally safe pigments to paint trees blue, in hopes of raising awareness about the millions of acres of forests that are being destroyed each year.


He has painted trees in Melbourne, Vancouver, Virginia and supposedly this week in Seattle.



 Doesn't it look like in Avatar?!

Photography Credits:  Clayton Perry Photoworks, David Brown Photography, Manfred Kraus

Saturday

Even the electric poles in Iceland are cool!


Who knew that electric poles could ever be made to look beautiful?
Thanks to the creative minds of Choi+Shine Architects, we now know they can.


  This is also more proof that Iceland is one of the coolest countries out there.


Apparently these guys designed reindeer electric poles in Russia too!
How amazing is that?!
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