Sunday, 15 November 2015

Tooth Fairy Pillow #2

Several years ago I made a tooth fairy pillow for Logan.

Now it's Lane's turn. She insists that she has wiggly teeth. And they could possibly be wiggly... but I think at this point it's more in her head. She has such a strong personality that she might actually will those teeth out of her mouth. She really really really wants the tooth fairy to pay her a visit. She wants so much to be like her big brother.

So I decided it was time even if those teeth weren't coming out any time soon. Well... maybe Lane decided it was time. She needed a tooth fairy pillow so that she would be ready.

It's made in a similar style to Logan's. A pocket on the front for the tooth. And a large pocket on the back to house the sweet sweet money that the tooth fairy leaves behind (and maybe a note).

I like that the pillow can be hung on Lane's doorknob. You know... so the tooth fairy doesn't disturb her when she sleeps. ;)

Monday, 9 November 2015

Iron Craft 22: Fall is Falling

This week's challenge:

"We have had a glorious fall here in Minnesota and, even though snow is predicted for today, I’m not ready to stop celebrating it. For this challenge make something inspired by fall. You can use the fruits of fall, gourds, leaves, dried flowers and seeds; the colors of fall, red, browns, yellows and oranges; or maybe the scents of fall, bonfires, cinnamon and apples."

This week I was looking outside at our tree int he front yard and marveled a bit at all the birds that are attracted to it. The tree is bare now because all the leaves had fallen in the past few weeks. All that is left on it are the berries. The birds love these berries. They aren't so interested in our tree when it has it's red leaves on it in the summer. But they flock to it in autumn and winter.

Thee tough birds that don't migrate south and decide to stick it out in Winnipeg in the winter are what remind me that autumn is upon us. They feed off of those berries all fall and winter.

So here is my autumn bird project:

Meet Stevie the autumn bird. I made her on the prettiest autumn colours I could find (including orange which is my very favourite colour). I bet she would love to hang out on our tree and eat those berries all day long much to the chagrin of our cat who watches them from inside and plots about the day she might escape and catch those birdies!

What reminds you of autumn? Is is the cinnamon and apples? is it the leaves falling? Is it that crisp feel in the air?

To see the fall is falling projects from all the Iron Crafters, check out the Flickr Group.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

The Making of My Mukluks - Part 2 - Finished!

So after 6 classes, I have a pair of finished mukluks.

I'm so proud of myself for learning a new skill.

Check them out:

They fit perfectly. I love them so much.

And I'm even more proud of myself for pushing through my anxiety and actually taking a class with a friend when my natural instinct is to hide away at home and not bother with the scary social situations.

And I got a fantastic pair of boots to show for it. I

I have 3 more kits waiting for me to make. One of each of the kids and one for Terry. We're all going to have the nicest winter boots this year.


Monday, 26 October 2015

Iron Craft #21: None More Black

This week's challenge:

"Let’s have a color challenge and since we are still in the heart of Halloween season let’s make that color Black. Create a project in which the main color is black. (It does not need to be a Halloween project)." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough).

I thought that I was going to have to take another pass on this one because I have been so busy with Halloween costumes. But then I made Terry's costume:

 A big black satin (with red lining) cape for his Dracula costume.

Or is it for a Darth Vader costume? Doesn't matter

The main thing is that it's black and it fits the challenge. WOO!

And I sewed a pile of black and red satin, which is a serious challenge in my books. Gah, that stuff is so slippery. But I did a decent enough job and am proud to say that all the Halloween costumes for this year are done! :)

To see all the Iron Crafters' projects in black, please visit the Flickr group.

Friday, 16 October 2015

Making of the Mukluks Part One

What?!!! I'm actually writing a blog post?!!! A blog post that isn't Iron Craft?!!!

I know! Weird eh?

I just got myself a new toy - a laptop! :)

Check it out! Hmmmm..... well.... you can have a good look at my fingernail in the way of the camera as well. Sheesh. Anyhoo... Lane thinks I bought this laptop for her to play Bubble Santa in front of the TV. But I actually bought it to catch up on this blog among other things

So let me tell you about a class I've been taking to learn how to make mukluks from scratch. It's been such an awesome experience so far. The teacher has let us all pick out anything we wanted to make these boots. The leather colour, the fur colour, the bead colour, the weld colour, everything! She will even accommodate feathers or animal print. Crazy.

We've been working on beading. I have never beaded like this before and I'm loving it. I decided to put a little bit of my personality into my boots. So the toes will have a crochet hook with a yarn ball and knitting needles with a yarn ball.

I know that I don't know how to knit, but I thought that more people would connect all yarn arts with knitting more than crochet. 

For the uppers I'm adding my passion for sewing. I was sick today so I sat on the couch and beaded. Phew! It takes a lot of work to bead the picture that I want. As you can see from the photo below, it's turning out successful.

Right now I only have half of one of the uppers done. The thread and needle will be mirrored on the other side. This is the part that goes around my calf. I think the effect of the spool and the needle and thread will look cool going around my leg.

I'll  keep you updated on the progress. I am so excited for how these will turn out. I'm also debating whether or not I should make a pair for the kids and Terry as well. What do you think? Should I give it a try? The person teaching the class provides kits with the correct sized patterns traced on the pieces and the correct thread, needles and lacing, fur, leather, lining and rubber soles so it takes the guess work out of doing it myself while I'm just learning. Gotta love that!

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Iron Craft #20: Monsters and Mummies and Ghouls Oh My!

This week's challenge:

"October is creeping up on us and that means it’s time to get creepy! So, get your Halloween on for this challenge. You can do decor, a costume or even a treat." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

All I have to say is thank goodness it was Thanksgiving long weekend up here in Canada this past weekend. It gave me plenty of time to get started on the kids costumes.

I must have skimmed the description of this challenge a little too quickly because I had it in my head that the challenge wanted something creepy and not just Halloween.

Anyhoo, I started with the creepier of the kids' costumes because of this reason when I really didn't have to. And then the costume turned out more adorable than creepy so it was all for not.

As you have probably already read several times on either my Facebook or this blog, my son is obsessed with Minecraft. Isn't everyone's kid?

So he decided that he was going to be a Minecraft Creeper for Halloween. Cool! But here's the catch - he refuses to wear a box on his head or have any sort of stiffeners in his costume. Gah! How on earth will I pull off a blocky costume without any stiffeners? Logan even pointed out that I can't cover cardboard with fabric to get the effect either. Only soft and comfortable. EEPS!

So I began with the fleecy pants.

Oh and did I mention that he didn't want me to patchwork the colours on this costume to get the effect of the Minecraft blockiness? I barely convinced him to let me do the knee patches with a few blocks. Logan is a very practical boy. Last year with his Ash Ketchum costume I had to make him a coat that he could really wear after Halloween (in fact, he still wears that coat almost every day). So I'm guessing this is the case again this year. He wants something that he can wear as regular clothes after Halloween. Although I think these pants might be defined as pajama pants after trick or treating is over.

Then I moved onto the hoodie....

Again, I added the patchwork blocks at the elbows for effect. Logan can wear this hoodie as a regular hoodie so he was very pleased about that.

The design of the blocky head was plaguing me so I decided to put the only cardboard I was allowed into a candy catcher. 

Creepers are known for blowing themselves (and sometimes you) up. So a TNT block (candy bag) was the perfect thing. It's amazing what you can make with empty toilet paper rolls, paint, and a hot glue gun isn't it?

Then came the Creeper head. What to do? What to do? This is what i eventually came up with.

 A semi-blocky fleece Creeper hat. Logan is pleased, although he wouldn't stop playing video games long enough to model it after i made it. Sheesh.

And here is the entire costume in full effect:

What was meant to be Creeper Creepy, ended up being Creeper adorable! But don't tell Logan that... I think he thinks he's going to be the creepiest Creeper of them all this Halloween.

To see all of the Iron Crafters' ghoulish projects, check out the Flickr Group.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Iron Craft #19: Mulligan

This week's challenge:

"This week we give you a chance to revisit any of the past Iron Craft challenges from this year. Do a challenge you skipped or perhaps there was a challenge you had more than one idea for. We can all use a do over every now and then right!" (Courtesy of Just Craft Enough)

I had a pile of ideas for the "So Wee" challenge so I decided to do one of those ideas. That was the challenge where we were tasked with making something in miniature.

Actually I've wanted to do this challenge since I started work, but haven't found the time.

Introducing my teeny, tiny mail minion.

Compared to the minions that I've made for my kids that are between a foot and 2 feet tall, this little guy is in miniature. He's only 6 inches high. He's my little mail minion and he is decorating my cubicle at work. The FS stands for Foundation Services (which is really just a fancy way of saying Mail Room).

He has tiny Service Canada passes just like me. I keep telling people at work to refer all difficult questions to the mail minion. And I tell him that he'd better get all my boxes of files unpacked while I'm at lunch. But he's not a very good minion - he never listens to me. He's always seen chatting it up with my co-workers instead of doing any actual work. hehehe

To see all the Mulligan projects from all the Iron Crafters, please visit the Flickr Group.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Iron Craft #17: F Is For...

This week's challenge:
"Let's get back to an alphabet challenge and cook up some projects that start wirh the letter "F". (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough).

I decided to go with an easy one this week. Balancing a new job, summer activities with the kids and creative pursuits have proven a little too much for me lately. So flannelette it is! :)

Actually, for those in the US it's just flannel. I have no idea why they call it flannelette in Canada.

Anyhoo.... Logan needed new jammies. Most of his pajama sets are turning into shorts. They started out as pants. Honestly they did. The boy just keeps growing and growing.

Several weeks ago we went to the fabric store and Logan chose some flannelette that he liked. I washed it and then it sat on my cutting table. Iron Craft was the perfect spur to get me going.

I made this pajama set:

As you can see, the race cars is the "F" part of the project - Flannelette. The green is just a t-shirt knit. Both a super soft and comfy. Logan has worn these pajamas once already and said he had a good sleep because they were so soft.


So there you have it! I actually got off my butt and finished a project. Phew!

To see all the other "F" projects from the Iron Crafters, please check out the Flickr Group.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Iron Craft #15: So Wee...

This week's challenge:

"think small, work in miniature, make something tiny…" (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

Oh dear... those who know me know that I never really do anything small.

But this couldn't have come at a better time.

 I started a full time job after being a stay at home mommy for 8 and a half years. Whoa! That was a change! I'm still working on balancing my work time with my creative time. So a small project was needed.

Ta Da! I bought a 6" by 6" cross stitch canvas and made this cute kitty cross stitch.

The kids insisted that I make the kitty black like our kitty Mathilda. Although if you ask me, this kitty is much more intelligent than our curious cat. ;)

I think I may do a series of the "smart cat" cross stitches and hang them all together someplace in our house. They are so cute!

To see all of the tiny projects from the Iron Crafters, please check out the Flickr Group.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Iron Craft #14: Blue Skies

This week's challenge:

"We haven’t had a color challenge in awhile, so let’s celebrate those lovely summer blue skies. For this challenge we want you to make something where the prominent color is blue. It can be anything from the palest blue grey to a bright cyan to the darkest midnight blue." (courtesy of Just Craft Enough)

I have been working on a ton of birthday presents and custom orders from friends lately, so thankfully one of those involved some blue! :D

Lucy! From Peanuts.

(Actually... the pattern I had for Lucy called for a red dress... but I've never seen Lucy wear a red dress....?)

 I sewed several expressions on Lucy's face and finally ended up with this one. Not exactly happy about it, but it captures her well enough. I had tried closed mouth, open mouth (like when she's yelling BLOCKHEAD at the top of her lungs). I tried slit eyes and bead eyes. I tried eyebrows and no eyebrows. Nothing made me happy. Everyone else I've shown her to seems to think that she's great though. So I stopped worrying about it.

She was the last in a series of Peanuts characters that I made for a friend to give for a birthday present to a boy who has recently discovered the Peanuts through a school animation project. Cool!

I made Charlie Brown first, then Woodstock and Snoopy and finally Lucy. :D

To see all of the blue project from the Iron Crafters, check out the Flickr Group.

My Lucy project is on Ravelry here.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Lane's Birthday Party 2015

Here are a few scenes from Lane's birthday party this year. We had her party early as usual because it's impossible to get a hold of her friends in August when he real birthday is.

We convinced her somehow to have her birthday party at our house instead of shelling out a ton of dough to have a birthday party elsewhere. I'm torn between whether that was a good idea or not.

It rained. And most of our plans were outdoors. And it wasn't just a little rain. It was full out thunder and lightening and pouring drenching wet. :(

We moved most of the party indoors and were able to sneak outside in between downpours to smack around a pinata and throw a few water balloons.

Might just have been easier to pay the moola to have the party elsewhere. A bunch of hot, sweaty little kids in a house with no air conditioning didn't exactly make for a pleasurable time for the adults. The kids didn't seem to notice luckily and Lane said she had a great time.

Terry braved the weather and bar-b-qued hotdogs for the kids. They sat on a picnic blanket in the living room to enjoy their lunch.

It stopped raining just enough to smash the guitar shaped pinata. We filled it with candy from the Bulk Barn. A friend suggested that we divide the candy into separate bags so that everyone would end up with the same amount of candy and the candy wouldn't end up in the muck and grass. That was a fantastic idea!

Then the kids all threw water balloons at the target. It wasn't nice enough to have them throw the water balloons at each other.

Instead of throw the rings around the bottles outside, we had to do it inside. Not much room but still fun!

We also had to do the Pin The Candle on the Birthday Cake game inside. The kids did a pretty decent job.

Barbie Cake!

Lane blew out the candles.

And opened presents while it was pouring outside.

Then some of the girls got to watching Katy Perry and Taylor Swift videos on TV and enjoying some snacks. The other kids played toys and had pretend sword fights with Terry in the basement while the parents were coming to pick them up.

When all was said and done, there wasn't much mess to clean up, but our house was a hot hot hot 29 degrees C. Yowsa! So when Logan came back from the birthday party that he went to, we all went to Mongos Grill to cool off in their air conditioning and enjoy some noodles.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Iron Craft #13: Words, Words, Words

This week's challenge:

"Oh, it’s the halfway point for Iron Craft ’15. Wow, time has gone by fast this year. Let’s take a little break and have an easy challenge. Create a project that uses text in it. This one should be a snap for all of you creative Iron Crafters." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

Somehow - when someone says it's going to be a snap, that's when I get all freaked out and can't think of anything.

Thankfully, inspiration hit when we went on a road trip to the International Peace Gardens. The garden is on the border between Manitoba, Canada and North Dakota, USA. It was a beautiful day and a fantastic destination.

When we were coming home, we had to go through the border. That's when I realized that I haven't anything pretty to hold our passports.

That needed to be fixed ASAP.

So I made this:

It's my new "Let's Go!" passport holder. (Although, I thought it sounded better en Francais).

It holds all of our passports snug and snaps up nicely.

Incidentally, I was showing my new creation off to a Dr. Who fan and apparently the phrase Allons-y (Let's Go!) has some sort of significance - purely unintentional, but kinda funny. Everything seems to relate to that show somehow.

To see all the Iron Craft masterpieces this week, check out the Flickr Group.

Monday, 6 July 2015

A MidSummer Night Garden Party 2015

It's that time of year again! Garden party time!
  Garden Party

Tawny Bee will be participating in A Midsummer Night Garden Party in St. Boniface again this year. It's such a fun, relaxed, delicious time. You really should come.

 Here are the details: 

Where: 273 Enfield Crescent, St. Boniface, Winnipeg 

Time: Wednesday July 8th, 2015 at 5:30pm - 8:00pm

 Join some amazing local artists, beautiful garden and fun!

 Participating Vendors:
  NancyBloklandPottery - pottery and gifts
A Pinch of Creativity - hand created cards, journals and more
Tawny Bee - handmade dolls, crochet and sewn items
Cloverleaf Art and Fibre - fibre creations
 CLW Creates - Dishcloth Goddess an knitted things
Oakhorn Shop - knitted maps, live music
Anita's Garden Art- ornamentation for your garden
Soga Artisan Soaperie - handcrafted soaps 
Paper Girl in a Plastic World - artisan cards and paper art 
Shut Ur Pie Hole - wonderful, deliciousness in a jar 
Twisted Kopper and Coin Rings - coin jewellery 

 Bring your knitting, spinning, crochet, looming, needle work and a lawn chair. Come relax and visit in a beautiful garden setting. 

 Rain date is Wednesday, July 15th

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Team LT Does the Red River Ex 2015

Some photos from the Red River Exhibition this year:

What?! We're just at the beginning and the kids already want foot massages? Hehehe.

Lane was a big girl this year and got up and down off the horsey all by herself.

Will he do it? To tell the truth I didn't think Logan would go through with jumping off a platform onto a big cushion. The age restriction was 8, so I thought that he might be a little young for it and my mommy brain was so worried.

HE DID IT!!! He was so proud of himself for conquering this adventure.  He couldn't wait to go to school and tell all his friends and classmates that he conquered The Big Jump.

We bought a cheap 12 ride pass and the kids went on several rides by themselves. It was awesome! Here they are on the roller coaster.

On the race cars.

Lane went on the kite flyers by herself.

Terry took the kids on the very wet water log ride.

Bumper cars. Logan is finally big enough to reach the pedals and steer (although barely).

Terry took Lane on the bumper cars.


Then we watched the stunt dogs. They even jumped into a big pool which was highly entertaining to a certain little girl who is obsessed with puppies.

Of course we looked at the farm display.

And played some games and won some prizes. Logan has a Minecraft sword and Lane has a pink horsey.

Something new this year was a fun hand washing station. The kids had a great time at Sudsy's. And they were washing their hands, so I didn't argue.

I don't know if I'd be comfortable washing my hands with donkey spit. But who am I to judge?

A great time was had by all!