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The Nooks

I am so excited! Sticks and Pins will now be showcased at The Nook General Store.

I’ve been thinking about this since the spring when Colleen, owner of The Nooks, contacted me to see if I would be interested in being a vendor at the new Design Nook. Can’t believe it took me this long to decide. The Nooks is a great place for artisans to showcase their wares. I have to say it is so inspiring to see what people create, there are so many talented people in Toronto.

Please drop in at one of the four shops. You’re sure to find that special one of a kind gift for that special someone on your Christmas list and something for yourself of course.

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No not doing a crossword puzzle, but getting ready for my second craft show. One more to go after this one. This Saturday September 24th is the Craftadian show in Mississauga featuring over 150 vendors! If you get a chance come out and check out all the great stuff created by very talented artisans.

My chaos as I get ready

 

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So Exciting!

I am so excited to be working with the one and only Dana Gervais! Dana is a sock pattern designer extraordinaire. Her patterns have been featured in I Like Knitting magazine, Blue Moon Fiber Arts, Socks That Rock Rockin’ Sock club, Interweave Knits, Knitscene, and Love of Knitting. You can find her new sock pattern in the Fall issue of Knitscene. I love these yellow socks, can’t wait to knit my own pair.

Dana is combining my love of sewing and her love of sock designing.  In September Dana will be launching something new, so be sure to check her blog at: http://danagervaisdesigns.blogspot.ca/

Thanks  Dana for this great opportunity!

February Blahs

The February blahs would of had the best of me in the past, but not this year. I’ve been busy working on new bags, shopping for new fabrics and thinking up stuff for spinners!

I’ve had to move my creative space to the basement and it’s taking me some time to get used to working in a not so inspiring space, where I stashed all my bits and pieces and the overall set up. I was told that creativity can happen anywhere even in our basement!

Here’s a look at a few new inspirations.

It’s a New Year

A new year brings new resolutions for some people. For me this means the start of new lists. I love lists! I love making lists of things to do, things to buy, things to make and I love the honey-do-list for my husband(which seems to grow every year).

One of the first things I started was making a list of all the possible craft shows I could attend this year. From one of my previous posts you know that I attended my very first show last September and had a great time. This coming year I’m hoping I can fit in at least 4 shows, which means lots of designing and sewing. This leads me to my next list…

I have started a list of new or improved items for my Etsy shop. My follow knitters and crafters have given me tons of new ideas and what they would like to see in a project bag or to carry and store notions. I already have some new and interesting materials to work with.

This brings me to the next, but certainly not my last list. I have decided that it’s time to make an inventory list…not very exciting I know, but I have shelves, baskets, boxes and jars of stuff and for some reason forget I have it. I’m sure this happens to a lot of people, you go to the store or shop online, buy stuff, only to find that you already have 6 of the same and vow to put it away where you’ll remember, but can’t remember when you need it, so you buy more of the same. Of course, in my opinion, you can never have enough fabric or notebooks!

Stay tuned for some new items.

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Summer is almost here!

In anticipation of summer, hot weather, picnics and the beach, I decided a couple of new bags were needed. I had some scrap fabrics from quilting jelly rolls in my scrap stash so I put them to good use in a clothesline bag. It was a bit tricky at first trying to get that bowl shape while at the same time wrapping the fabric around your clothesline. Once that was done, I lined it, added leather handles and its ready it go. For a first time project I think it looks pretty good.

The second bag was much easier. I already had the straw bag, all I had to do was add lining and some trim. I really like the drawstring top, keeps everything inside and out of sight. I’m hoping to make a few more to put up on my Esty shop.

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