• Columns,  Featured Artists

    Michelle from Beauséjour Art

          1. Let us know a bit about yourself. By day I work behind the scenes of an online store for a major cellphone service provider. My days mostly consist of analysing people’s credit and preventing fraud (I like to think this could be my superpower!). When I’m not in the office I am usually enjoying the quiet nature of my riverside Montréal home. I also enjoy cooking, crafting and playing with my two ferrets Skittle and Belette. 2. What do you make? I like to dabble in a bit of everything. I could not say I make just one product, but yet multiple products for different aspects…

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    ABC booklet annivesary gift

    It was my 5th year anniversary not so long ago with my boyfriend and I wanted to come up with a thoughtful gift that would be budget friendly and more meaningful than your average “hallmark” gift. I thought up of this booklet after seeing some abc cutouts for kids.   What you’ll need: ABC banners printed on cardstock Hole punch Binder rings Markers and pens           1. First I printed an alphabet banner I found on another crafting blog here: http://www.montcomom.com/2011/07/getting-crafty-with-nicole-free-abcs.html Using a hole punch I punched holes on the top ends where I’ll attach the binder clips and also made a back and cover from…

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    Joanna from Cute Cartoon Portraits

      1. Let us know a bit about yourself Cartoonist, Illustrator, Animator, craftsperson… I just love to draw! My day job is as a Motion Graphics/ Visual Effects artist. I work mostly on movies and TV shows. In my spare time illustration keeps me very busy with custom logo designs, portraits, and cartoons. 2. What do you make? I specialize in custom cartoon portraits of YOUR pets, family, and loved ones. These portraits tend to have a stylized retro flare to them.     3. Where do you find inspiration? I find inspiration from the countless amazing artists out there on the internet! A great source for amazing videos is…

  • Columns,  Food,  Recipes

    Simple Peanut Butter Cookies

    With September halfway through and fall slowly creeping up on us, I tend to find myself craving warm home cooked meals and treats baked by scratch. Now not all of us can find the time or the ingredients on hand when that craving hits but here is a great classic recipe using what most of us should have on hand in the kitchen. Here is my simple version of those classic peanut butter cookies.     Ingredients: 1/2 cup Butter 1/2 cup Sugar 1/2 cup Brown sugar 1 Egg 1 tsp Vanilla 1/2 cup Peanut butter 1 1/2 cups Flour 1 tsp Baking soda 1/4 tsp Salt *Makes 2 dozen…

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    Felted Acorns

    Fall is my favorite season, well behind winter anyways and in my opinion it is never to early to start on some fall inspired crafts. I’ve seen needle and wet felting before and wanted to try it out for myself to make some hand felted acorns with some of the acorn caps I collected while up north on my vacation. These acorns are great for all kinds of uses, put them in a glass vase for great fall decor or even make a couple into a cute brooch or necklace! The great thing is this craft only takes a few simple steps.   What you’ll need: Merino wool Bar of…

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    Vanessa from CUTIFULbaby & CUTIFULmemories

    1. Let us know a bit about yourself I’m a young mom to a 15 months old baby girl. I studied & work in fashion design. I’m not married but I’ve been with my boyfriend for almost 10 years (already!!!) We have a dog & a rabbit (no, I’m not kidding!). I absolutely love cooking, crafting (of course!) and I think I’m a bit obsessed with my Iphone! Haha! That’s who I am!   2. What do you make? For CUTIFULbaby, I make baby toys & accessories:  soft baby cube, quiet book, headband, hair accessories, pacifier clips, toy strap, baby keepsake & nursery decor…and for CUTIFULmemories, I make custom digital…

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    Pascale from Creations de La Berge

    1. Let us know a bit about yourself I have a bachelor degree in Fashion Merchandising and I worked for a few years at chain store’s head offices as an assistant-buyer and distribution analyst. I’ve always been passionate about trends and fashion.  Over time, I realized I really wanted to have my own business, have the opportunity to design my jewelry line and make all the decisions from A to Z; from the buying process to photo editing pictures to show online. 2. What do you make? I make jewel using sterling silver, 14k gold-filled and vermeil, and I like to mix these material with colorful Swarovski crystals and genuine…

  • Columns,  Craft on the Cob,  Paper Craft,  Tutorials

    Book Page Silhouettes

    I think most elementary classrooms have done silhouette crafts. Sitting infront of the projector having the teacher trace your silhouette to decorate as you please. Here I’ve taken this classic crafting staple and have given it a elegant twist.   What you’ll need: Profile shots of your subjects (I’ve printed and cut mine on regular printer paper). Don’t be afraid to get the pets involved! Scissors Cardstock Book pages pencil Stick glue 1. Trace your silhouettes onto the book pages     2. Cut out all silhouettes and arrange on cardstock   3. Glue into place and press using a large book until dry. Once dry your silhouettes will be…

  • Home Decor,  Pinterest,  Tutorials

    3D Canvas Art with Paint

    I’ve seen this Pinterest pin floating around a bit. How it goes is to use either Elmer’s glue or hot glue on a canvas and then simply paint over the whole thing in one colour. So I’ve tried it out and my first attempt with Elmer’s glue was unsuccessful, basically it does not really work as the glue tends to run and flatten while drying. I then went to take two in which I attempted the same process with hot glue, you’ll see below the results of this. However, I would suggest using a larger canvas than what I used. Simply because it is hard to control the consistancy of…

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    Fiona from BuxtonBears

    1. Let us know a bit about you BuxtonBears was inspired in 2004 from a trip to the UK to visit my Grandmother. She taught me the fine art of making a Teddy Bear, and later on, the Elephants and Birds. It’s taken a number of years to get to where I am now, but it was well worth it. Last summer, I decided to bring BuxtonBears; the idea, into the reality of a website, which is going through a major overhaul at the moment, and to make it more user friendly. Building a business, whether it is part time or full time, can still take time, and mine is…

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    Paper Roses

    I love working with scrap paper or old books and giving them new life. I’ve seen a few paper flower tutorials around have combine a few things I’ve seen in them to bring you my version. What you’ll need: Scrap paper (here I’m using some scrap book pages from “The Secret Garden” Scissors Hot Glue Ribbon Thick gauge wire or cut coat hangers 1. First cut the paper into 5 different sized petal shapes and than make 4 more again of each size. Shape and general size do not matter as this will depend on how large you want the flower. Here I’ve included in scissors for size comparison.  …

  • Food,  Recipes

    Fruit and Veggie Smoothies

    I personally love smoothies. Great to cool you down in the summer or even as a breakfast supplement when on the go. Usually I’m the first one to experiment in different types of fruit smoothies but I have to admit I was thrown off a bit by a few recipies that called for veggies like spinach and avocado. That is until I tried it, I have to say I was happily surprised of what a great addition it can make! In today’s recipie I’ve expirimented with both fruits and veggies! Ingredients: Frozen fruits (Blueberries, strawberries, and mangos) Avocado Spinach Yogurt (can be regular or greek) Orange juice       1.…

  • Home Decor,  Tutorials

    Fabric Box Lid Canvas

    I always have weird fabric bits laying around in patterns I wouldn’t necessarily make into a garment. Which is why I like this project, I can display my interesting fabric finds as great decor. What you’ll need: Shoe box or scrap box lid Scrap fabric Scissors Stapler 1. Cut your fabric to fit the box lid with a bit of excess. 2.  Staple the fabric to both of the first opposing sides of the lid. Ensure that the fabric is pulled tightly so it looks smooth across the lid. 3. Staple the remaining sides tucking the corners how you would wrap a present ensuring the fabric is still pulled tightly…

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    DIY Shoe Hangers

    I always have a hard time organizing shoes so when I saw this tutorial on Pinterest I had to try it out. This originally comes from OH SO PRETTY the DIARIES blog  What you’ll need is a hanger, wire cutters, and plyers. The rest is pretty simple, simply follow the pictures.         And thats it! Super easy and will be a nice storage for my shoes when winter comes. Here is the finished hanger (I realized I hung my shoes opposite after I posted this haha):  

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    Emilie from Chic & Tonic / Orange & Coco

      1. Let us know a bit about yourself I come from a small town in the north of Québec called Alma. Having spent a few years in metropolitan Montréal, where I studied fashion and marketing, and worked in the fashion industry, here I am back in my native town with my husband and two children. We love our regional setting, with its snow-covered landscapes in winter and fabulous sunny days on the beach in summer. My return marked by a new professional challenge: helping companies develop international markets. For three years I worked as a coordinator and as a general manager for a commercial organisation. But for as long…

  • Food,  Recipes

    Spinach and Zucchini Lasagna Rolls

    I love lasagna but unfortunately when there are only two in your household and both of us living a fast paced life style there is not much time to make this classic dish. After discovering that I can enjoy one of my favorite dishes and cut the cooking time lasagna rolls have now become a great supper treat and with enough left over for lunches the next day!   Ingredients: Lasagna noodles 1/2 lb of lean ground beef Spaghetti sauce Mozzarella cheese (shredded) Fresh spinach Zucchini *makes 6 servings     1. Boil 6 lasagna noodles in a large pot. While the noodles boil brown the ground beef in a…

  • Fashion,  Tutorials

    Fabric Flowers

    What you’ll need: Fabric scraps cut into different sized strips scissors hot glue 1. Cut your fabric into 8 strips. Sizes do not matter as it depends on what size flower you want and what you would be using it for. Since I make mine for headbands my largest strip will be about 6 inches in length. Here I’ve cut 2 large strips, 3 medium, and 3 small. 2. Take your first strip and follow the folding instructions as shown in the pictures: And here is the finished strip! 3. Now follow this process again until all your strips have been folded and glued in place. 4. Last step is…