Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Season of Birthdays

There are a string of celebrations for Team LT at the end of every year. My birthday, Logan's birthday, our dating anniversary, Terry's Birthday, Christmas, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve...

And we can't forget about my shop Tawny Bee.  Tawny Bee turned 3 on November 27th. :D

The shop is still plugging along pretty well. 

I have increased my local presence this year by doing 5 craft shows (I have one left this year!).

The first year I had 6 online sales.
The second year I had 17 online sales.
This year I had 26 online sales.  6 of those sales coming from my new Zibbet shop! Yay!

Not bad.  My original goal was to have one online sale per month - so I've well exceeded that!

I am suffering from a little bit of burn out, so forgive me if I don't have a sale, or giveaway or anything to mark the occasion.  I promise that when I'm feeling better, I'll work on something terrific.  Perhaps in the New Year?

Until then, you are welcome to check out some of the new things I have in the shop.  They will be available for purchase until Thursday December 8th.  Then the shop will be on much needed vacation until the New Year. :D

Purple Flowers Upcycled Teddy Bed - Large with Ruffle

On Etsy
On Zibbet

Pink Snowflake Fabric Earmuffs

On Etsy
On Zibbet

Sleepy Reindeer Boy Cut Panties - Set of 2

On Etsy
On Zibbet

Pink Plaid Lost Socks Keeper

On Etsy
On Zibbet

Orange Peace Stars Upcycled Winter Hat - Newborn Size

On Etsy
On Zibbet

Monday, 28 November 2011

Macrame Monday: Christmas Snowflake

I'm in full Christmas holiday decorating mode.  And it just wouldn't be right if I didn't include some retro macrame projects in the mix.

Here is my first Macrame Christmas craft:

A macrame snowflake!

I used this free macrame pattern.

I modified it slightly of course.

In the spirit of using stuff around the house, I cut the top off a plastic cup to use instead of a brass ring.  It's bigger to accommodate my bigger spool knitting cord.

Since I'm pretty rough on my macrame projects, I used duck tape to strengthen the plastic ring so that when I was pulling my knots the ring wouldn't break.

Here's step one.  You use the Lark's Head knot.

The rest of the steps use the Square Knot.

Ta da!

I think it turned out kind of dream catcher-ish as well.

I hung it up above our stairs going down to the rec room.

Doesn't it look all retro and Christmas-ey?  I love it!


I'm sharing my first macrame Christmas craft with:
The More The Merrier Monday - The DIY Home Sweet Home Project
Too Cute Tuesday - The Funky Polkadot Giraffe
Show Off Your Stuff - Fireflies and Jellybeans
Making It With Allie - What Allie's Making Now

Thursday, 24 November 2011

My Birthday is the New Thanksgiving

It's my birthday today.

It's also Thanksgiving in the States. 

This happens every few years....

I could complain, but instead I embrace...

After all, it's a perfect excuse to make a turkey dinner - and that's just what I did.

My birthday is the new Thanksgiving.

And 35 is the new Turkey Dinner.

Here's to at least 35 more birthdays as wonderful as this one!

P.S.: Did you know there is 251 calories in a slice of birthday cake?

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Weigh In Wednesday - Stressed

Did you know that 'stressed' spelled backwards is 'desserts'?

And let me tell you, there is definitely a direct correlation between how stressed I feel and how tempting desserts become.

This past weekend I had two craft shows.  That meant that I didn't get a weekend. No time to de-stress and have some mommy time.  Nope...

That made me very stressed out and anxious. So I have had a difficult time avoiding the snacks. 

Even though my calorie counts haven't been great, I ended up losing one lb this week.


Starting Weight: 174 lbs 09/12/11
Current Weight: 161 lbs 11/23/11
Target Weight: 150 lbs

Weight Change: 13 lbs
Remaining to Lose: 11 lbs
Avg. Lost Per Week: -1.3 lbs

As a way to relax last night, we went to the mall for dinner and the kids worked up enough nerve to visit with Santa.

Lane wouldn't sit on his knee, but this is a huge step! First time chillin with Santa!

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

How Tuesday Kids Craft: Christmas Bells

We're starting to get into the Christmas spirit this week.  It's difficult for us to think about the holidays when both mine and Logan's birthday are coming up before Christmas still.

But we tried our best to get started on all the fun holiday crafts with these bells.


They are super easy to make and a great thing to try with kids :D


Supplies Needed:
Plastic Cups
Jingly Bells
Pipe Cleaner
Stuff to Decorate the cups - paper, paint, stickers, markers, glitter, whatever you like!
String, lace or ribbon to hang the bells up in your house

Time Needed:
I did the preliminary work of making the actual bells while Logan was at school.  It took me about 20 minutes to make 5 bells.  The decorating can take as long or as short as you like.

Skill Needed:
Super easy. Can be done with children.  As long as you do the tiny amount of cutting at the beginning.

Step One:
Cut two tiny holes in the bottom of a plastic cup.


Step Two:
Insert pipe cleaner through the two holes and connect some jingly bells.

This is what it should look like from the top of the bell:


Step Three:
Make as many bells as you like.  I made five.


Step Four:
If you'd like you can glue a band of paper around the bells so there is something for the kids to paint or draw on with markers.

Step Five:
Decorate in any fashion you like!

The kids used the Tadoodles.  You can see my bell in the centre of the photo.  It says "mommy" on it.

We then decorated with winter themed stickers.

Lane decorated hers with lots of colourful paint dots.


Logan's were the most intricate with stickers, his named in paint and then a bunch of swirls and dots.

Step Six: 

Hang 'em up!

I used some stretchy lace string to hang ours up in front of the window.  I left some of the string hanging down so that the kids could reach and "ring" the bells whenever they wanted.

It's kind of rough to photograph the bells in front of the window, so I hung them on the chairs so that you could get a better look at the kids' masterpieces.

There should be plenty more kids Christmas crafts coming up on the blog in the next few weeks.  Stay tuned!

Are you planning any special Christmas Crafts?  Do you plan on doing them with the kids, or waiting until they are asleep before busting out the hot glue gun?


Sharing this fun project with:

Too Cute Tuesday - Funky Polkadot Giraffe

Friday, 18 November 2011

The Creative Collection

If you can't make it to the Winakwa Craft Show on Saturday this weekend, why not think about making it out to the Creative Collection show on Sunday?

I did this craft show last year and was VERY successful.  And that was in the middle of a snow storm!  This year it's gonna be cold, but there shouldn't be 2 feet of snow dumped on the ground the night before.  You shouldn't have to plow your way to the show this year hehehe

I realize that the CFL Eastern Final is being hosted in the city, but come on out before you go to the game :D

The Creative Collection Craft Fair
Sunday November 20th, 2011
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Crescentwood Community Centre 1170 Corydon

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Report Card

Logan brought home his very first report card today!

Oh. My. Gosh. 

Too cute!

He's such a big boy to be bringing home a report card.

Before the big report card day, Terry and I were joking about how silly it is for kindergartners to have report cards.  I mean, what are they going to say? "Well Logan is doing well with the number 3, but he needs to work more on the colour purple." HAHAHAHA

But truly, that is pretty much what a kindergartner's report card looks like.

Logan can count to 31 and he participates well in class discussions.  He needs to work a little on holding a pencil properly.  He has a lovely voice and has a good rhythm and beat in music (so not Terry's kid hehehehe).  He knows the safety rules in gym class.

Yup that's about it.  Awesome.

So we let the big school boy choose where he wanted to go out for dinner.

He chose Montanas - even though it wasn't craft night.

Logan's favourite thing right now is writing letters.  We bought him a book to help him along with writing words and he loves it.  He's working through it.  And look - he's even holding his crayon correctly!  Even at Montanas he's busy working on his favourite activity.  Good thing you're encouraged to write on the tables!

Lane approved of Logan's restaurant choice as well.  Nummy nummy ice cream cone.

And in a moment of sibling friendship, Logan gave his little sister a hug at the end of our evening out.  Awwwww....

Do you you give out rewards for good report cards?  What types of things do you shell out if you do?  I think I got a couple of dollars for each A or something.  I think a dinner out is a pretty good reward. :)

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Wednesday Weigh In - Slipping

Starting Weight: 174 lbs 09/12/11
Current Weight: 162 lbs 11/16/11
Target Weight: 150 lbs
Weight Change: 12 lbs
Remaining to Lose: 12 lbs
Avg. Lost Per Week: -1.3 lbs 
No change at all this week.  No lbs on or off. No inches on or off.
I've had a really tough week for sticking to a calorie reduced plan. I am feeling so hungry. I'm sure it's the stress of having two craft shows this weekend.  Gah! I always eat when I'm stressed.  Gotta chill...

You know... like Lane was doing on the Scrapbuster rug while I was making it:

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Winakwa Community Centre Craft Sale

Hi Everyone,

This weekend is going to be very busy for Tawny Bee.  I'm at two craft shows!

The first one on Saturday is at the Winakwa Community Centre.

This community centre is only a few blocks from my house so I expect to meet up with lots of neighbours and have a great time!

Come on down and visit on Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm!

Monday, 14 November 2011

Macrame Monday: The Ultimate Scrapbuster Rug!

Technically this project falls under the "rug hooking" category.  But if you know anything about rug hooking, you will know that it's just billions of Lark's Head (or overhand) knots in a row.

So it's Macrame! Yay!

Isn't this a gorgeous rug?  The first time I went with Terry up north, I saw a bunch of these handmade rugs scattered all over his family's cottage. They were so soft and fabulous that I wanted to figure out how to make them.  And they aren't difficult at all!

Supplies Needed:
- Some rubber grid (I found mine at the thrift store for 99 cents). You can also use the rug hooking canvas
- a ton of knit or fleece (or both) scraps.  And by a ton - I mean like bags full.  You can use up every single piece of knit scraps you have laying around.  I even used up some of the knits I had leftover from my upcycling projects.  All the wonderful knits from my kids' old jammies :)
- Plastic vinyl
- duck tape

Time Needed:
- this rug took me weeks to make.  But you can knot it while watching TV so it isn't that bad.

Skill Needed:
- if you can tie a knot and cut strips of fabric, you can do this project.  Super easy.

Step One:
- Cut up your scrap knits into strips about 4 inches by .5 inch.  They don't have to be perfect.  I just cut the way the fabric was, so some strips were longer than others.  You can always give your rug a trim after your done knotting.  You will have to repeat step one over and over again because you won't know how many strips of fabric you need (or want to have all those strips hanging about).  I cut enough to fill an easy access plastic bag.

Step Two:
With those strips, tie a Lark's Head or overhand knot onto each horizontal segment of grid.  You will have nice rows like the one pictured above.  If you're familiar with rug hooking, it's the same technique.  You can even use the rug hooking contraption tool if you like.  I don't have one, so I knotted all of mine by hand.

Step Three:
Keep going in that fashion until you've got a rug that is the size you desire.
If the fabric is getting too thick and difficult to tie, you can always skip one and tie a knot every second horizontal segment if you like.

Step Four:
My rug was made with a rubber grid which was fabulous because it stretched a little when I was knotting some thick fleece, but it also rolled a lot!  I decided to use some clear plastic on the bottom.  I liked the way the knots looked on the back so I didn't want to cover them up and I also needed something that would help with the rolling.  I'm sure if I had left the rug as it was, it would have stopped rolling once it had been stepped on enough.

All I did was cut the plastic to fit the back and duck tape it into place with some pretty decorative duck tape that I bought from Michaels. :D

I taped around the edges with a couple pieces of tape and down the seam that I had in my plastic.  This way, the rug should have a little grip and not move or slip as much when on a wooden surface.

Lane is the lucky recipient of this rug.  Logan has insisted that I make him one as well. I just happen to have another half of rubber grid leftover, so I might try to make one in two colours with his name patterned in it.  You can just colour the pieces of grid that you want to knot in each colour and go.

Doesn't it look lovely?  It's much nicer than the silly foam that we had there to catch Lane should she fall out of the bed.  This rug is so much softer and prettier.

And seriously... the amount of scraps I got rid of... unbelievable!  The ultimate scrapbuster!


I'm sharing this project with:
The More The Merrier Monday - The DIY Home Sweet Home Project
November Blog Hop - Favecrafts
Too Cute Tuesday - Funky Polkadot Giraffe
Luna Link Party - Lil' Luna
Show Off Your Stuff - Fireflies and Jellybeans
Link Party #75 - Tea Rose Home
Making it with Allie - What Allie's Making Now