• News

    The Future of the Craftcore YouTube Channel #YouTubePartnerProgram

    I started my YouTube channel in November of 2016, posting craft tutorials, craft room tours, and sewing machine reviews.  I’ve loved having a way to show you guys even more sides of my crafty life.  Sometimes it’s easier to show you a tutorial in video format rather than in static images and text. Eligibility Changes for the YouTube Partner Program Like many content creators, I support this blog with advertising.  The advertising helps cover my server costs and costs of supplies.  It does not cover all my costs, but that’s okay.  This is my hobby, not a business (as much as I’d love for Craftcore to be a standalone business one day, I have…

  • Food,  Projects,  Recipes

    The Microwave Incident – Microwave Apple Crisp

    Right before the microwave incident occurred, I joked with my husband that what I was about to do was going to kill our poor old microwave.  I really didn’t believe what I was going to do was going to hurt it, honest. Honest! I had a ton of apples on hand that I knew I wouldn’t be able to eat before they went bad.  I had purchased a giant pack of “imperfect” apples that were in various states of freshness and quality.  It was a warm night and I didn’t want to heat up my oven, so I turned to my microwave as a keep-cool option.  Who knew that microwaving…

  • Articles,  Community,  Crafty Q and A

    Meet the Craftcore Cats

    If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably noticed that I share photos of my cats getting all up in my crafty business.  Regardless of whether they are resting on top of my ironing board, draping themselves over my quilting fabrics, or standing right in front of my computer monitor while I’m trying to type up a tutorial for Craftcore, these cute kitties are impossible to ignore.  I would love to formally introduce you to my my clowder: I’m bursting at the seams (har-har) with cats, with 5 total in my furry family. I get asked from time to time to share a little about such-and-such a cat, so I put together this little guide…

  • News

    Craftcore Has a New Look! Website Redesign

    If you’re like me, as soon as you’re able to open up the windows and let in the fresh spring air, a sudden urge to give the house a deep clean strikes.  Similarly, I’ve been itching to give my humble ‘ol blog a spring makeover.  I don’t think there was anything wrong with the old look, but sometimes I just want to experience something different. Yesterday, I gave Craftcore a fresh redesign that features larger images and an easier-to-browse navigation.   All blog posts from now on will feature larger, higher-quality pictures, meaning that you’ll be able to get up close and personal with all those crafty details.   Additionally, the…

  • Articles,  News

    Canvas Pouch Giveaway Winners Announcement

    I’m pleased as punch to announce that the two lucky winners of the Craftcore Canvas Pouch Giveaway.  Jenny H and Richard B will be receiving a canvas pouch of their choice from my Etsy shop.    Hooray! Jenny and Richard, I’ve sent you an email to arrange prizing.  Check your email! Thank you to everyone who entered the contest and supported my new Etsy shop.  Be sure to check out my shop and take a look around at all my available designs. Be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook to keep in the loop about future giveaways and all the activity going on at Craftcore!

  • Articles,  Community,  Reviews

    My Favourite Artisans at the One of a Kind Show (Spring 2017)

    Yesterday I attended the One of a Kind Show in Toronto.  This is my third time attending the show, and it always is a great time.  This season did not disappoint!  I always love seeing what other crafty people are making, and I absolutely love seeing how artisans create their customized booth setups. The Details Craft Show: One of a Kind Show (oneofakindshow.com) Date: Wednesday March 29 to Sunday April 2, 2017 Location: Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place, Toronto Size: 500 artisans My One of a Kind Show Haul I was a spectator this season due to being on an extremely strict budget (maternity leave problems, ha!).  I didn’t expect to…

  • Articles,  News

    Craftcore Announcement & Canvas Pouch GIVEAWAY

    Hello everyone! Last week I soft-launched my Craftcore Etsy shop! I’m so excited to share my yoga leggings and canvas pouches with you, made from fabrics designed by me. After a successful first week (four sales), I feel confident enough to share this with you all here on the blog. To celebrate launching the shop, I wanted to host a giveaway.  I’m giving away a prize to two lucky winners. Each winner will receive a canvas pouch of their choice from my Etsy shop ($15 CAD value).  I currently have more than 45 designs available. I’m also celebrating 300 Facebook fans!  I’m aiming to reach 1000 Facebook followers next.  If…

  • News

    A Year in Review: 30 Crafty Projects Before 30

    365 days ago I decided to pick 30 crafty projects to complete before I turned 30. What a year!  30 projects was too aggressive, but I am happy with the projects that I was able to complete.  It’s always great to shoot for the moon – that way if you fail to reach the moon, you’ll still reach the stars. Out of the 30 projects I dreamed about, I completed 12 projects. 40% Completion. My biggest problem was that I kept on making things last year that were not on the list.  I can’t help it!  When the desire to make something hit, the 30-before-30 list inevitably was moved aside to make room.…

  • Home Decor,  News,  Projects

    Ultrasound Pregnancy Announcement and Gender Reveal

    What is the best way to announce to your friends and family that you’re having a baby?  I had a really hard time with the big reveal.  I’m an introverted type when it comes to telling people news about myself in person, so I decided that after telling close family about my pregnancy in person, I would use Facebook to do the announcing at 12 weeks to tell everyone else the good news. Pregnancy Announcement Photography For my reveal, I kept it simple.  I printed out a copy of my 11 week dating digital ultrasound photo on plain computer paper, increasing the contrast prior to printing to make the whites brighter and the blacks darker.  I…

  • Food,  Recipes

    Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

    What tastes better than peanut butter and chocolate? I was in the mood for some Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, but I was also in the mood to make something peanut buttery in the kitchen. I followed Nicko’s Kitchen’s recipe to make these, and they turned out great. Below the picture, you can watch the video that shows just how easy this is. No baking is required, but patience is needed to wait for all the layers to set. Is anyone else addicted to watching those short and sweet recipe videos?  This is the video below that inspired me to try Nicko’s recipe: Recipe Video My Attempts at the Peanut Butter…

  • Food,  Projects,  Recipes

    Adventures in Cake Pops

    I previously posted about my misadventures in cake pop making; my previous attempt at making cake pops were a failure, and was not a great start for my 30 before 30 series.  Oh boy. My friend Danielle came to my rescue so I can officially check this tricky cake pop task off the to do list. (Thanks Danielle!) This time, the results were much better!  Take a look at this tray of cute cake pops.  We used a variety of coatings (milk chocolate, white chocolate, and Greek yogurt) and sprinkles for variety. Cake pop success! Here are some things I learned in the process: My original cake pops were way too big.  The bigger they are, the more…

  • Food,  Projects,  Recipes

    Misadventures in Cake Pops

    Cake pops are irresistible; they deliver a perfectly sized bite of cake in an adorable sphere shape.  Foods on a stick also have a certain charm to them.  To celebrate my birthday earlier this month, I set out to make my own batch of cake pops.  This was my first project to try in my 30 Before 30 project (my project is apparently off to a rocky start!). First, let’s take a look at some adorable cake pops.  Brace yourself: mine look nothing like these fantastic looking ones from Love from the Oven. Yum, that looks great doesn’t it? My adventures in cake pop making turned into a bit of a misadventure,…

  • News

    Grow Your Fabric Collection with Yard Sales

    I love having fabric on hand to choose from for impromptu projects.  Sometimes inspiration comes at unexpected times so having at least a few prints available in a rainbow of colours makes it easy to jump into a new project quickly without losing that motivated feeling. I originally grew my fabric stash by always buying “a little extra.”  Not only does this grow the stash, but it allows for cutting mistakes in desperate situations. Additionally, I went through a phase of online shopping a few years ago, waiting for the best deals to pick up off-season fabrics on the cheap.  I don’t do this as much now due to budgeting constraints. This…

  • Food,  Recipes,  Tutorials

    Mulberry Zucchini Bread Recipe

    This Mulberry Zucchini Bread recipe is a great way to use up your zucchini and mulberry harvest. This is my first year having zucchini in my garden, and it’s shocking how many zucchini the two plants I have growing in my backyard garden have produced. I can’t eat it fast enough! My front yard has a mulberry tree, and I have the same problem. Mulberries too are growing faster than I can consume them. If you don’t have mulberries on hand, you could swap them out for another berry of your choice.  Blueberries would be delicious too! This recipe will yield two loaves of mulberry zucchini bread.  One loaf is…

  • Home,  Home Decor

    New Craftroom in a New House

    I recently moved into a new home with my husband. We had an early December move, and it was a great feeling moving from our cramped apartment into a three bedroom bungalow. In our apartment, we had a small room that served as our home office, my craftroom, held our general purpose storage unit. On top of that, it was also the cat litter area.  Needless to say, the space had a lot going on and wasn’t the most relaxing space to get your craft on. Our bungalow has a small south-facing bedroom with lots of great light. The room was an empty slate, ready to make into my own…

  • Events,  Paper Craft,  Projects

    Paper Roses – Wedding Edition

    Wedding bells are ringing!  On June 6, 2014, my husband and I got married in a perfect little ceremony just south of Niagara Falls.  If you are an Ontario bride-to-be, be sure check out our amazing venue, Elope Niagara – recommend 100% if you want a stress-free wedding with gorgeous photography included!  The first two photos featured here are professional photos. One of my favourite elements of our wedding was the DIY flowers provided by my close friend and Craftcore guest blogger, Michelle Beausejour.  She made me custom paper roses, hand dyed in shades of blue and beige.  The stem was bound with twine for a rustic look.  The paper…

  • Community,  Pinterest

    Avoiding Pinterest Paralysis

    Not Every Idea is a Good Idea There are a lot of good ideas on Pinterest. There are also a lot of ideas that should either be left to the experts or that are altogether misleading. Sometimes the source material is not trustworthy, or sometimes someone has created a new description for a pin that is inaccurate or not representative of the content behind the link. Before pinning, check out the source website and read the comments on the original article to see if others have had issues replicating the project. Turn It Off Sometimes, it’s hard to stop. With Pinterest automatically loading more pins when you reach the bottom,…