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Shop Local this Holiday Season: Vancouver Craft Fairs 2012

This week is Buy Local Week in Vancouver, but there is no reason why we can’t buy local whenever possible. Hello Vancity has a great graphic on why buying locally helps communities. As a crafter, I like supporting other local artisans when possible. Make It Vancouver, Circle Craft Christmas Market, and Christmas at Hycroft already happened in November, so here are some upcoming Vancouver-based events in December. A lot of them are this weekend and next, so be prepared to fair-hop (ala pub crawl style)! Toque 2012 December 7 & 8, 2012 Western Front, 303 E. 8th Ave., Vancouver River […]

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Crafty Projects = Home Improvement

I have three crafty projects to share with you, all home improvement related! 1. Sewing new pillows for the couch A while ago I moaned about my pillow predicament. I am happy to say I’ve solved at least a part of it. I kept the 20-inch pillows and ditched the 16-inch ones because the cases were very faded on the middle front, but mainly because they were lumpy. They’d served me well nearly daily for 2+ years; they had been the original pillow forms that came with the couch, although I’d ditched the stock pillow cases long ago. I picked […]

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This is Halloween, everyone scream

Happy Halloween everybody! This is my favourite holiday… so I go all out. This year I dyed my hair red to complete my Sally costume. My BF even suggested he go as Jack—no coercion required! To make Sally’s dress, I watched the movie several times, pausing, sketching, and taking screenshots. Then I started sewing it piece-by-piece and attempting to fit it to my body. It turned out quite well. For Jack’s suit, we got a black jacket, white tshirt, and black pants. Then I drew pinstripes on the jacket with a fabric marker, and painted pinstripes on the pants with […]

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Cushion Conundrum

A couple years ago now, I sewed some pillow covers for the cushions that came with my couch. They’re two 16″-square pillows and have served me very well (although one is getting lumpy). Unfortunately they’re lonely. As is my chaise lounge which only has the matching pillow it came with. Siobhan, a local knitting friend, posted she was selling off some new, still-in-the-package pillow forms. She did an amazing job sewing beautiful cushion covers for her couch, but ran out of steam before making the ones for her bedroom. I think we can all relate to that! So instead of […]

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Bye Bye Birkeland… Sort of

Birkeland Bros. is a 73-year-old family business in Vancouver, and earlier this year announced they would be closing due to the health of 4th generation owner, Cara. Brothers Olaf and Mike arrived from Norway in the 1930′s and set up a wool processing business in 1939 on Main Street. The business centered around The Old Lady—a two tonne 100+ years old belt-driven carding machine. So in the Spring, everyone was buying up fibre and wool from Birkeland—all the things were for sale. It was sad that such a pivotal part of Vancouver’s fibre history was going to end. It was […]

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DIY Dining Chair Seat Cushions

My apartment is a one-bedroom but I used the dining area as a home office. This leaves the side of the living room as my dining area. I have an antique drop-leaf table from my parents’ house against the wall and have been looking for ages for the right chairs. I wanted four wooden, folding chairs for the sheer convenience (similar to the drop-leaf table) of being able to put it away or take them out. I managed to find two perfect candidate chairs in full working order. I got them at a thrift store for $12 each (normally $15). […]

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Knitter’s Festivus (Belated Wrap-up)

Back in December we had our annual Knitter’s Holiday Swap. This is the third year our local knit group (via Ravelry) has celebrated the holidays with handknits. Louise (aka ladybugaloo) spoiled me rotten! She knit me the Broadstreet Mittens out of Malabrigo and gave me a package full of goodies including a gingerbread man soap, a button that says “chinchillin’” and has a picture of a chinchilla, sticker that says “knitters have balls” now adorning my laptop, lipbalm from Rocky Mountain Soap Company, and a polka dot project bag. I spoiled Jesse (aka canadiantreefrog) and because I kept unravelling and […]

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SOAR-ing away to Agassiz with the Girl Guides of Canada

I had the good fortune to respond to a request for knitting teachers and ended up as a Core Staff member for the Girl Guides’ Spirit of Adventure Rendezvous (SOAR) 2011 last week. The position was volunteer and it wasn’t knitting, but I was thrilled nonetheless. I’ve missed working at camp with kids since getting a “career”. I learned that SOAR happens every 3 years, but skipped a year (2010) for the 100th anniversary of guiding in Canada while they had a country-wide celebration. Resuming for 2011, the 6th annual SOAR was taking place in Agassiz, BC — a small […]

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