Nov 12, 2013

by Begnaud: Giveaway winner

by Begnaud: Giveaway winner: Thank you very much to everyone that entered my first giveaway! And the winners are... First place: Court B ...
Permission was granted for use of this photo in this post.
I won a blog giveaway from Danielle at by Begnaud!  You can read all about what was offered in the giveaway in this post.  I was really excited to win because I really like her taxidermy collection of crochet.  Danielle has an Etsy page too. 

You should check it out.

She has a wide range of really cute crochet items up there. 
Once I receive my items I will take some fun pictures of them and let you see what I picked.

Nov 8, 2013

How I got to my Blogiversary!

I can't believe it's been one year since my first post (November 14). Lots has happened in the last year. 
1. As you may have noticed... I started a Blog (Over 50 posts and still having fun)
2. My husband and I sold our first home
3. We moved to our second home
4. We have had some great summer pool parties
5. I have biked home from work many times (15km/55mins)
6. Coincidentally I leave my first job today.  I will be starting a new job at a new law firm on Monday.
Thank you for following my written adventures!  I look forward to entertaining you in the next year and beyond. If you have any ideas or things you would like me to blog about please let me know by a comment below or you can email me at:  Also if you would like any more information on anything you see in my blog please get in touch.

Nov 7, 2013

Card Making Challenge (lots of pictures)

Remember my earlier post about a card I made for the wedding I attended in late September?  Well that card was a part of a challenge called the November Challenge put on by PJ Challenge.  A way to inspire paper crafters to keep motivated to make projects.  I am not a true paper crafter.  I just like do a little here and there. 
Sherry and I decided to tackle this challenge together.  She helped with the pieces I needed as a collaborative kit for the card... since I don't have a Cricut machine.  So my part was to make a card for the wedding.  Then Sherry would use the leftovers and make other projects to complete the challenge.
Here is the inspiration for the card. The invitation. (Edited to protect the newlywed's privacy)
The card making began.
Pop-up dots were very important part of this card construction.
The couple has a cute dog.  So I wanted to use a dog in the card to make it more personal. 
I attached a small piece of white card stock on the back to give the dog some eyes.
Conte was the chalk of choice.  I actually had a few leftover pieces of it from high school. It was nice to look at a picture of the couple's dog and add some white to make him similar to their dog.
Here I am fiddling with the inside of the card trying to figure out placement and what I want to see inside the card.
Other attempts at the inside. 
Getting closer... 
Now for work on the front... what to do?
Getting closer.
Do I want ribbon or gems? 
Close up view of the use of pop-up dots.

The final front of the card!

The final inside of the card.
I used the dog as a money holder since we did a small gift including some money.  The dog was only attached on the feet, tail and under the head.
I also made an envelope since I had lots more personalized pieces for them.
Here is the craftermath
So messy!!

Since the challenge is to use as much as you can... here are my little garbage scraps (added an eraser in the picture to give perspective)

Nov 5, 2013

Link to the Universal Craft Blog Directory

If you are interested in checking out
other crafty blogs take a look at this list.


Oct 22, 2013

Amigurumi Pig: Pink

Started September 18th.
I am going to try and not have favorites, but this little piggy is so cute!

Here it is... all put together.

I love how the tail turned out!
Only one more to go before I can start assembling the mobile.

Oct 11, 2013

Photos of Snuggle the Penguin

Would you like to see him complete?
I added a little fringe to his scarf.
Here he is...


What a cutie!
Thank you Stephanie for putting up such a cute pattern. Found here.

Oct 10, 2013

Snuggles the Penguin

Snuggles was the first amigurumi that I started.  I assumed correctly that he wouldn't be too difficult to try.  I put him aside and moved onto the mobile animals.  I have been working on him here and there and now he is

Oct 3, 2013

Amigurumi Elephant: Light Blue

Started September 20th.

Finished October 2nd.

That is 3 characters done.  The amigurumi mobile is coming along nicely.

Oct 1, 2013

How long have you been crocheting?

Wow how time flies.  I cannot believe it has already been two years since I have learned to crochet (October 2011)
Thank you Peggy!
I have love every minute of it... the projects that frustrate me... and the ones that I sail through.

Sep 26, 2013

Thank YOU!

1500 Page Views!  Thank you for reading!

Taken by me at the Lac Lemay-Sound of Lights-Fireworks competition Aug 2012.

Sep 24, 2013

Card Making Kit

I am going to a wedding on September 28, 2013 (Congratulations to C & J!).  Sherry D of Papertician likes to make homemade cards... So I asked her if she could cut a few pieces (using the circuit machine) for me to make my own card.
The "kit" was born. 

She presented me with a bunch of cut-outs, some already stamped with a wood grain and in a few different colours.  This happen to be a good time to make a kit since the blog PJ Challenge  was having a challenge, "What is to come for November" (deadline is September 30), to showcase the ability to make a kit and use the supplies. 
Challenge accepted!
Sherry gave me the above supplies, I will add some of my own supplies and put the card together then we will photograph.

Sep 23, 2013

Amigurumi Frog: Kelly Green and Octopus: Grape Purple

A super cute little update.
I am so glad my safety eye delivery arrived on Friday.

Pepper and froggy hanging out.

They make me very happy!

Sep 20, 2013

Safety Eyes Arrived

My safety eyes arrived!  My safety eyes arrived!  Yay!
I ordered 25 pairs of 9 mm black eyes, 25 pairs of 6 mm black eyes and 10 pair of coloured cat eyes.  I ordered from Etsy at a shop called 6060 came from Maryland from a lady affectionately known as "the eye lady".  They took less than a week to arrive. :)
Look at that one orange eye staring up at me all cyclops-like.

Oh the fun I will have with so many eyes!