Category Archives: crafty

Fabulous Patterns from Leila & Ben

Oooo…how sweet are all the fabulous sewing and crocheting patterns over at Leila & Ben?  Made with the beginner in mind, all patterns are created with clear instructions and step by steps instructions to walk your through your complete project.  Go check out Leila & Ben and take a peek at all the fun patterns there!

Awesome Yarn Bown from StudioElan

I know *so many* people who would benefit from this gorgeous ceramic yarn bowl StudioElan…such a great idea!


Perfect for the knitter in your life, this yarn bowl will corral wandering yarn balls.

Thread the yarn through the hole if you are committed to the project or use the hook slot if you might want to change yarn without cutting. The hook and hole are very smooth to avoid snagging on precious fibers. The top of the bowl tapers in to prevent the ball from hopping out. The bowl is bottom heavy to keep it from wandering. And last but not least, the bottom is very smooth to protect your floors. What more could you ask for?

The exterior glaze is a luscious satin matte cream glaze that begs to be caressed. The interior is a powder blue smooth glaze. The variegated rim is glazed in spring green.

Measures approximately 6x6x4.5″ or 14x14x11cm and will hold a rather large ball of yarn or multiple small ones.

This is a stock photo. Your yarn bowl will be very similar and just as nice -I promise!


Just in time! Valentine’s Gallery

  1. Valentine Paper Treat Boxes in Pink and Brown by A Paper Buffet:  Set of 4 boxes, decorated with patterned paper, and taffeta ribbon. Boxes measure 2″x2″x1″ (width x length x depth) and are made with heavy chocolate brown cardstock; main image is stamped on vanilla cardstock.
  2. Red Love Cuff Bracelet by Verre Design:  Handcrafted large, contemporary bangle bracelet made of glass barrels in black red & white to which turquoise oriental inspiration designs & poppies were added. Strong elastic bracelet thread makes it very comfortable. Gorgeous, unique and eye catching wearable work of art.
  3. Valentine Mini Notes by Wry and Ginger:  Just like those cute little notes you used to hand out at Valentines… except for the adult themes, threats of aggression and constant reference to ‘nuts’.
  4. Tellus Pure Mineral Eye Shadow by Pure Fusion Makeup:  Stay-true colors that are easy to blend, long wearing and always looks fabulous.
    Apply eye shadows dry or apply wet for an intense pop of colour.
  5. Valentine’s Red Heart Soother Saver by Medley Designs:  A soother saver will keep your baby’s soother from falling onto unclean surfaces when he or she inevitably spits it out.
  6. Red Heart Shell Earrings Leanne Designs:  mother of pearl gorgeous red heart beads 30m x 39m  *gold plated medium kidney wires
  7. Bunny and Love Scrabble Tile Pendant by TwentySix7:  A cute image is applied to a scrabble tile then sealed in a thick layer of glass-like resin.
  8. Olivia Pink Silk Headband by Anna Shoub:  Olivia shimmers and shines. Although she is technically a headband, if you look closely you will see that she is really a hat. She is hand made from dupioni silk. She consists of a wonderful oversized rose, two large leaves and a thin metal headband that is covered in silk.
  9. Pink Valentine Hearts Soft Soled Baby Shoes by Little Jumping Beans:  These soft soled baby shoes are perfect for little growing feet! Robeez style, but without the higher price!

Gorgeous Lampwork Beads from ADAoutlet

If this shop doesn’t inspire you to get to work designing gorgeous pieces of jewelery, I don’t know what will!  Go check out ADAoutlet and get your creative juices flowing!!!

  1. Transparent Silver Lampwork Beads:  This is a set of 8 thin discs made with transparent blue, teal,green, orange and framed with beautiful metalic glass.
  2. Green Disk Focal Bead:  1 Round Large Hole Disk Focal
    Size: approx.25mm diameter
    Hole size: approx.9mm diameter
    Colors: Green. Colors of Effetre Moretti Soft Glasses
  3. Sunny Circles Set:  Bright and colorful just like a sunny spring morning.  This is a set of nine lampwork discs made with various colours of Italian and American soft glasses. Each bead has different colour combinations.

Awesome Fabrics from Mad About Patchwork!


In keeping with my “enabler” personality, I’d like to take today to introduce all my fabric addicted friends to a new dealer…errrrrr…supplier. ;)   Meet Pam from Mad About Patchwork.  Pam keeps her online store stocked full of fabulous fabrics in gorgeous colours and prints.  Add some beautiful quilt patterns and fun kits, and you have the makings of a very serious fabric habit indeed!

Says Pam:

“At Mad About Patchwork our goal is to inspire you to have fun with fabric. It starts with colorful quilting cottons, from well known designers including Holly Holderman (for LakeHouse), Denyse Schmidt and Valori Wells (for FreeSpirit), and others. Not just for quilting, our 100% cotton fabrics are great for lots of other projects as well – from aprons and totes, to children’s clothing and toys.

After you’ve fallen in love with the fabrics, take a look at our hand-picked selection of quilt patterns. Most of them are simple enough to be made up in a day or two – ideal for beginners and for experienced quilters in a hurry. If you want the convenience of a kit, many of the patterns have several options to choose from.

Please browse our online shop – I hope you like what you see and that you find inspiration for your next project.

Pam Denesyk, Quiltmaker & Shop Owner”

Go check out Mad About Patchwork…I’m already eyeballing a couple of prints there myself!

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