Beagle Paws Fundraiser

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Now that I’ve learned the basics on my new sewing machine (old one had to go…too frustrating to work with and I’m barely capable of using one as it is) I feel that my dog bandannas are well constructed enough to sell them.

In the meantime, I’m donating the first few batches to my favourite animal non-profit – Beagle Paws.

Both of our dogs are Beagle Paws adoptions and I love their foster program.

I’ll be doing my Building For Beagles Fundraiser (Christmas Ornaments) again this year but, for now, the monies from the sales of these bandannas is going towards some BP vet bills.

Here’s the latest packaging:


I’m varying the packaging so I don’t get sick of making the bandannas.  If you’ve followed my blog at all (when I do post!) you’ll know that the packaging is my favourite part of crafting.

These little bags are pretty easy to do once you’ve cut out all the pieces and added the scor-tape.

I’m off to make a few more bags!

I Made A Card!

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It’s been so long since I’ve made a card.  I’ve been playing with textile crafts lately and have so much sewing and cutting paraphernalia scattered around my craft room there simply hasn’t been any space for paper crafting.

I finished a (gasp!) Christmas stocking last night – forgive the time of year for that but I don’t really sew and it was my first time making a stocking – and decided that it was time to tuck the fabric and sewing machine away for a bit and get back into playing with my neglected paper crafting supplies.

I whipped this card up fairly quickly tonight.  It’s simple but colourful and cute:

birthday bear

Image stamp is MFT, sentiment is Simon Says Stamp.  I treated myself to a couple of orders a few weeks ago and received both parcels this week.  Perfect timing to switch crafting gears.

Hoping to spend a little more time in the craft room this weekend – unfortunately, it will be mostly to do a bit or reorganizing/purging.  Ugh!

More Cushion Covers

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I’ve been busy working on some handmade items (not cards) and thought I’d share in case you think I’m not around anymore!

The following pictures are terrible but here are some cushion covers that I completed tonight:

theodore rupert rachel

I also made some custom dog scarves last weekend after somebody spotted my “Finn the Blind Beagle” scarf:

tucker 2

tucker 1

Finn’s blind doggy gift box was made especially for him so I created new packaging for these scarves/bandannas.  Just need a little more practice with the pattern (some adjustments to make them more universal) and I’ll be cranking them out like crazy!  The gift box measurements need a tweak too (well, the patterned paper – cut it too small on the first box!)

Here’s a shot of my two dogs wearing their scarves – Jack’s scarf bunches a bit because his collar is doubled up – that’s the adjustment I want to make – I’m sure he’s not the only dog that has a neck slightly too big for one size collar meaning the next size up needs to be adjusted to its smallest size.  I’m not completely convinced this will resolve the issue but it’s worth a try!:

jack and jill scarveds

Finn the Blind Beagle

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Earlier this year, Beagle Paws ( rescued a sweet beagle they named Finn.

Unfortunately, due to neglect and glaucoma, Finn had to have both eyes surgically removed.

Happily, Finn is loving life with his foster mom and he’s quickly becoming somewhat of a spokesbeagle for the organization and everyone loves reading about his adventures through his own Facebook page.

I’m off work this week and decided to use some of this morning’s “me” time to make Finn a special scarf.


Of course, I had to make cute packaging to go with it!

I’m no seamstress so my sewing is not the best but this scarf will slip right over Finn’s collar so his tags don’t need to be removed and his neck won’t feel too bulky.  It’s nice and tailored too so he won’t trip or get easily caught on something as he sniffs his way around his environment.

I hope he enjoys his gift.  I was certainly pleased to make it for him.



Hipster Birthday

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Whipped up a card this afternoon for our nephew in England.  Completely CASEd from a card I saw on Pinterest.  I traced some images I found online and cut out the shapes with my Cameo.  Sentiment is computer generated.

spiffing hipster

Now that the card is made I must try tidying up my craft room!  Anyone want to come over and clean the floor for me?

S’Up Peeps?

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Still busy, still not spending much time in my craft room (but also not spending on craft supplies so that’s a positive).

I have made a few things – St. Patrick’s Day treats, birthday cards, etc. but haven’t taken pictures as I’m usually whipping these things up at the last minute.

I’m a whole day early for my Easter treats (for work so I need them for Thursday) and made 18 little bunny and carrot treat bags with tags tonight.  This particular treat is quite appropriate as I call the people in the department I supervise my peeps…

easter peeps

The one on the right is to show you what’s in the bag (a marshmallow peep and a chocolate “carrot”).

I still have 5 bags to finish off but it’s the first time I’m on schedule since Christmas!

easter peeps 2

A Few Reviews

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Now that Christmas is over and I’m back to my usual routine, I’m doing my annual craft room clean out.

This is the time of year where I gather up the supplies I don’t/won’t use anymore and sell, toss, or donate them as applicable.  Like most people, I don’t find it easy to get rid of things that I’ve spent my hard-earned money on but there’s no point holding on to things that take up valuable space in my craft room.

Because I do find it hard to edit the room, I take frequent breaks (i.e. procrastinate!)  My latest break had me trying out my new flush cutters and I though I’d take a moment to “review” them.

Xcelite General Purpose Cutter (170cm/5″)  THUMBS UP!


I asked for these as a Christmas gift because I have a lot of trouble separating cutting dies without leaving a lot of sharp little “barbs” of metal and I sometimes can’t even fit my regular wire cutters between two dies to snip the joins.

While the cutters don’t cut all the barbs completely flush, they do cut them enough so that the remaining bits of metal are not sharp and I also found it relatively easy to fit the blade between dies so I’m quite pleased with the purchase.  The cutters were less than $9 CAD on Amazon and I think they are well worth the time I’ll save and the frustration I will avoid when separating dies.

Taylored Expressions Little Bits Snowman and Penguin dies (Penguin not pictured): THUMBS DOWN.

little bits

When I saw these dies, I thought they were so cute and would make great magnets for Christmas gifts but the pieces are so tiny and fiddly that they are not particularly fun to work with and I doubt I’ll ever use them again.  Unless you enjoy working with teeny, tiny pieces of cardstock (and trying to pry them off the plate of your die cutter without damaging them), I’d give the whole “Little Bits” line a miss.

Doodlebug Sweet Things Collection: THUMBS UP!

sweet things sweet things stickers

These are adorable!  I haven’t started crafting with them yet but the colours are so cute and I can’t wait to make a batch of little notebooks/cards with the stickers (they are flat paper stickers – not puffy or shiny – but the price is very reasonable)

That’s it for reviews today.  Must get back to organizing the room so I can use it again.

Enjoy your Saturday.

Cats and Dogs

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Made a few paper crafts using the “Bark” and “Meow” paper collections from Echo Park:

“Scratch” Pads:

scratch pads

Puppy Pads:

puppy pads

…and some quick 3X4″ notecards and handmade envelopes using pre-printed panels from the collections:

cat cards dog cards

Mojo is low at the moment – I should probably use this time to reorganize my craft room and sell off some stuff I don’t use any more. (like a million Prima flowers)

Reason For the Season 2015

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By request:

holy family

Sorry the picture is a little “off”…the card spread open a little when I was taking a picture and my room is in a sad state so I’m at the point where I hover over the card (and a lot of craft supplies) with my camera and it’s “one take or nothing”!

Sweet Treats

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Quickly popping by to show you my 2015 co-worker Christmas Treat.

They actually took a while to make but I think they turned out okay. (chocolate covered cherry inside)

sweet treats 2016

Hope to share a few Christmas cards in the next few days but it’s soooooo busy!

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