Sunday, January 30, 2011

Stamp Carving

I haven't posted anything new in the past few days because I've been caught up in a crafty new hobby obsession. It is stamp carving, and it is fabulous.

A few months ago I discovered an amazing artist named Gennine. Everything this woman touches turns to art. Everything. Her vast repertoire of artistic talent includes carving stamps out of what are effectively giant erasers, using linoleum cutters. I have been wanting to try this for myself ever since I saw her amazing creations and this week I finally gave it a go. It is really fun. I've already got a decent little collection started, and ideas for lots more.
My collection of hand-carved stamps


Thursday, January 27, 2011

Thursday's creations


This is my new necklace! This afternoon I had a craft date with my friend who makes jewelry and she was kind enough to lend me her tools and helped me put it together. :)
I also have a little video to show you. When we were at the beach yesterday W took some clips of my hooping and today he made a mini movie. I'm still a total rookie- this was the first time I practiced in a space big enough to move around in since the hour-long intro to hooping workshop I took a couple weeks ago :) It was a lot of fun though and I'm going to practice every chance I get!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Beach Hoopin'

Mother Nature must have heard me asking for the sun to shine, because today is a gorgeous day! The sun is shining and the temperature is warm. W and I decided to make the most of it and go for a bike ride. We rode down to the beach, and I practiced hooping while W spent some time with his camera.


Monday, January 24, 2011

Update Monday! Yoga, food, armpits and more!


I recently treated myself to a new, eco-friendly Jade yoga mat. It is amazing, super grippy and cushy and the olive green colour makes me feel like I'm practicing in a field, even when I'm really in the middle of the studio :) A new mat calls for a new, colour coordinated bag, so I made one:


Friday, January 21, 2011

Natural Body Products, DIY-style

I've been wanting to start making my own body care products for a good long while. Store-bought types are often laden with strange, manmade, potentially dangerous chemicals, and their natural alternatives are often really expensive. I figured it couldn't be too difficult to make my own- after all, the whole point of holistic products is that they're made with safe, naturally occurring substances, right? Anyway, I finally got the ball rolling tonight and made some lavender bath salts, and all-natural deodorant.

                    Getting my craft on in my yellow monkey pj's

Thursday, January 20, 2011

What is Yoga?

In one week, I'm going to be starting my yoga teacher training at Semperviva, and I am incredibly excited. I feel really lucky to be immersed in something I feel so passionate about. In fact, I was jazzed when I found my first homework assignment in my inbox a few days ago. We were asked to answer the question "What is Yoga?" and send it in prior to the commencement of the course. I'd already given this topic a good bit of thought and ideas raced through my head. Today I sat down and put them all together in what I hope is a coherent manner. I thought I would share it with those of you that are interested, so here it is. I've just sent it in, and am now going to reward myself with some hula hooping... and maybe some popcorn!


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Cowl-y goodness

A few days ago my lovely friend presented me with several hanks of incredibly soft, fluffy white yarn with blues and browns mixed in. I was keen to get started and dived right in with no pattern or plan. I just grabbed some great big needles and started knitting. It turned itself into a great big cowl that can be worn a bunch of different ways, and I love it! The yarn is really funky so the simple, loose stitches really highlighted the texture. Check it out!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sea Urchins and Yoga Bags

So, I decided that the pincushion I showed you in my last post could use a buddy, and made another one. This one is for my sewing needles, and it came out looking like a sea urchin, which I love. Colourful snail and urchin pincushions - yep, sounds about right!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Pincushion Personification

While out for a walk this week I stumbled upon a hobby and craft store I'd never been in. I scoped it out and scored some cool felt. It was really cheap, and made out of recycled plastic bottles, which I like. I picked out some of my favourite colours for a few projects I had in mind.

Then I whipped up this little pincushion:


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Naturally Sweet

In the past couple of weeks I've been thinking it would be good to start experimenting with natural, healthier alternatives to refined sugar. Raw sugar is an obvious choice, but I was wondering how to replace sugar altogether when I bake. As luck would have it, I was at the library yesterday having a glance at magazines and an issue of Vegetarian Times caught my eye- one of the cover stories was about natural sweeteners. I brought it home, read it, and learned. Now I pay it forward to you! Here are things you can use instead of sugar:

Monday, January 10, 2011

VICTORY!


This is my latest Craigslist score, and I am very excited! I've been keeping an eye out for used sewing machines and I hit the jackpot this week with this beauty. I haven't used a sewing machine for a long time, and I'm stoked to get back into it. I also decided this was the perfect opportunity to challenge myself with a new commitment for 2011. My new goal is to go the entire year without buying any clothes, and making my own instead. Exciting! I do have a couple of loopholes (of course):
1. Thrift store finds are a kosher source of materials (I can probably reconstruct second hand clothes for less $ than buying new fabric, and I love recycling).
2. Clothing exchanges are no problem... I trade clothes among my friends pretty often and plan on keeping that up.
3. Should I find myself somewhere exotic and foreign again this year, purchasing clothes is cool as long as it's something unique, local, and preferably handmade.

4. If I really want/need something I can't make myself, I'll support fellow indie crafters and shop at Etsy.
I think I'm going to kick off the year by turning an old pair of jeans into a new skirt... assuming I can remember how to thread my machine...!



Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Shake your pom-pom

A while back I wrote about two hats I knitted for my boyfriend and one of our good friends. I kept borrowing the one I made for Will, and finally decided to whip one up for myself. To one-up the boys just a little, I chose a bright turquoise colour and made a fuzzy pom-pom for bonus whimsy points. Check it out!
I also just finished making the blue armwarmers out of one of Will's old T-shirts. I'm really happy I've started sewing again!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Feliz Ano Nuevo!


This was the view from our house as the sun went down tonight. 
With a sunset this beautiful to wrap up the first day of the year, 2011 is bound to be amazing.

Happy New Year, and may we all be happy and free!