Friday Feature: catfriendo

paper art by catfriendo on Etsy
The paper art made by catfriendo on Etsy blows my mind! The detail is amazing! You can see more wonderful paper art pieces here.

Have a great weekend all!

 

Friday Freature: Becky Warren Design

Becky Warren Design
Every time I see this card it makes me giggle. You can check out more “punny” cards in the shop Becky Warren Design on Etsy.

Happy Friday!

Free Printable 2015 Calendar

Free Printable 2015 Calendar

IMG_7271 crop Free Printable 2015 Calendar

It’s that time again! Free Calendar Time! Every year I make myself a calendar that I can print out and use to keep track of all our family activities and I decided why not share it with all of you! Yay for sharing! Below you’ll find 15 downloadable pages starting this month, October 2014 ending December 2015. This years Free Printable 2015 Calendar design is a simple but colourful banner. You can check out last years design here. Happy organizing!

October 2014
November 2014
December 2014
January 2015
February 2015
March 2015
April 2015
May 2015
June 2015
July 2015
August 2015
September 2015
October 2015
November 2015
December 2015

Be sure to set your print scaling to None or Actual Size so that the calendar will print correctly.

This calendar is for personal use only. It’s not to be redistributed or used for commercial purposes. If you want to share this calendar please link to this post. Thank you!

Friday Feature: Stationery Boutique

Stationery Boutique
Is it weird that I want to buy these business cards exactly as is? Brilliant!

Check out Stationery Boutique on Etsy.

Happy Friday!

Etsy Made In Canada Pop-Up Market – Calgary

Etsy Made In Canada

This past Saturday, September 27th Etsy hosted pop-up markets in 22 cities across Canada! I had the pleasure of being asked to do the event decorations for the Calgary market. The whole day was a huge success and so much fun! I’m so grateful that I got to be part of such a wonderful event! Here are some pictures of the day.

Symons Valley Ranch Calgary

The Calgary market was held at Symons Valley Ranch. They were so great to work with and even offered to put the giant Etsy Made In Canada sign on their building.

Made In Canada Decor

Some of the 40+ Etsy vendors that participated on Saturday were located inside the building with the majority of the vendors being housed under these large red and white tents just outside the main farmers market space. The outdoor space had a very rustic feel with wood fences, brick and mulch.

Bunting decoration for Etsy Made in Canada Calgary

In order to brighten up the space I decided to make colourful ribbon bunting. Here’s a close up of some of the bunting that Suzy of Tinged and I made.

Chalkboard Sign for Etsy Made In Canada Calgary

We also hung the bunting up inside the market where the other vendors were located as well as in the photo booth area as a backdrop for pictures. In the photo booth area I asked my friend Rozzie if she could make us some chalkboard typography signs. She made this amazing one for the photo booth area as well as the Welcome Sign as seen in the first picture of this post. You can see more of Rozzie’s amazing chalkboard art on her Instagram feed.

Photo Booth Made In Canada

Here’s what the photo booth area looked like.

Photobooth Props Made In Canada

For photo booth props I found some old picture frames and spray painted them bright orange and yellow. I also made some “I am Canadian” and “I heart Handmade” signs and I gathered up other props such as masks, fun glasses, lollipop erasers, flowers, etc. to be used.

Photobooth Made In Canada

Photobooth Made In Canada

The photo booth area turned out so great! It was used constantly all day and it was so fun seeing everyone have such a great time with it!

Floral Centerpieces on Picnic Table for Made In Canada

The space also had 3 picnic tables. One of them we used as a colouring area for kids complete with colouring pages and stickers. The other two I covered in a floral sheet that I bought at a second hand store. I cut the sheet in half and each side fit the tables perfectly. I asked my dad to cut up some firewood he had in his backyard to be used as centerpiece coasters and I bought bright yellow flowers to put into bell jars that I already had.

Made In Canada 3D sign

Another element of the event decorations was this 4 foot x 5 foot 3D sign I made of the official Etsy Made In Canada poster design. This was one of those ideas that I get but I’m never sure if I can actually pull off. In the end it turned out exactly how I imagined. It was a lot of work but I’m so thrilled with it and I could not have done it without the help and knowledge of my dad, Adrian Cooke! I’m going to share more about the making of this sign in another blog post soon. Pictured above is the event organizers and crew for the Calgary Etsy Made In Canada market. Left to Right: Jillian of Logee Photography, Hilda of Handmade Therapy, Lindy (me) of Crafted by Lindy and Suzy of Tinged.

Etsy Made In Canada 3D Sign

Here’s a side view of the sign.

Crafted by Lindy Booth Etsy Made In Canada

On top of doing the event decorations I was also a vendor at the market. Here’s my table set up. Another shout out to my dad for making the peg board display for me so that I could add some height to my display. More on that in another post.

Nature of Crafty Things Vendor Table

Here’s my table buddy Kasia of Nature of Crafty Things! I’m so glad she shared a table with me!

Vendors Etsy Made In Canada Calgary

More amazing Etsy vendors, Rachel of TheBleachedTee and Becky Warren of Becky Warren Design.

Vendors Made In Canada Calgary

Carly of FollyaTet.

Vendors Made In Canada Calgary

Amazing products from Tribes Society and Medicine River Soap Co.

Vendors Etsy Made In Canada Calgary

Jillian and Curtis of RainyGator and Chika of Chika Ando.

Symons Valley Ranch Farmers Market Tents

And just like that it was over! If you’d like to see some behind the scenes pictures of the making of the event decorations you can check out my Instagram feed here.

Till next year!

For more pictures and details of the day visit the Handmade Therapy blog.

Photos by: Handmade Therapy and Crafted by Lindy

Summertime

Mexico

Last week we were in Mexico for a wedding. It was hot and humid but still amazing. Mexico is our happy place.

This week I’ve reopened my shop and I’m working on some new listings that I hope to have in the shop soon.

Summer is our favourite around here. Sleep in, eat treats, hit the splash park two or three or 12 times at least!

What are you doing this summer?

 

Stationery as a Gift

Stationery Makes a Great Gift
I realize I might be a bit bias seeing as I design and sell stationery but truly I think stationery makes the best gift! It works for just about anybody and it’s one of those gifts that keeps on giving! For example a package of 8 “You’re A Delight” Thank You Cards are given in appreciation to a friend and this friend can now use said cards to show their gratitude to 8 other people! It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

Happy Friday everyone!

 

Party Animal Mini Party Hat Tutorial

Party Animal Mini Party Hat Tutorial

In yesterdays post I mentioned this fun Party Animal Birthday Cake that I made for my sons 2nd birthday. I saw the idea on Bleubird and loved it immediately. Here’s how I went about creating these tiny little party animals…

Party Animals

Materials:
Plastic Animals (I got mine at the dollar store in 2 different sizes)
Patterned Scrapbook Paper
Clear Plastic Mini Hair Elastics (also bought at the dollar store)
1″ Hole Punch
Clear Tape
Scissors

Party Animal Party Hat Tutorial
1. Punch out some circles with a punch. I think I used a 1″ Punch. You’ll have to eyeball the right size based on the size of your animals.

Party Animal Party Hat Tutorial
2. Make two cuts from the edge of the circle into the middle of the circle cutting away roughly a third of your circle.
3. Gently wrap the circle around your finger making a cone and secure with a tiny piece of tape.

Party Animal Mini Party Hat Tutorial
4. Cut a tiny slit into the top of the hat with a pair of scissors.
5. Insert 2 fingers into an elastic band.
6. Carefully insert one end of the elastic band into the top of the hat where you just made your slit.
7. Using your finger hold the elastic band in place at the top of the hat while carefully wrapping the other end of the elastic band around the animals head and then remove your fingers.

Party Animal Party Hat Tutorial
Done! I liked that the elastics held the hats on securely without taking away visually from the colourful hats! Plus they looked liked they really were part of the hats!

Party Animal Party Hat Tutorial

Party Animal Party Hat Tutorial

They were a hit!

Party Animal 2nd Birthday

Party Animal 2nd Birthday

Our son turned 2 recently. We didn’t want to go too nuts with party details so instead we had a very low key event complete with this fun Party Animal Birthday Cake. It was a huge hit! I saw the idea for the party hats on the blog Bleubird. Tomorrow I’ll share with you how I attached them to these wee little animals.

Party Animal Cake

The cake was 3 layers, 2 chocolate and 1 vanilla. Vanilla Butter Cream Icing was used between each layer as well as on the outside of the cake. While the icing was still wet I carefully added Fudgee-O crumbs to the outside of the cake as well as the base of the cake. To make the Fudgee-O crumbs I put some Fudgee-O’s into a plastic bag and crunched them up with a rolling pin. If the crumbs get a bit too moist you can add some icing sugar to the bag. This will help to dry them up. I got the idea for this cake from this one posted on the blog Created by Diane.

Party Animal Cake

Party Animal 2nd Birthday

Party Animal Favor Buckets complete with Animal Paddle Ball, Animal Crackers, Animal Sand Molds and squishy Water Balls, just cause!

Floral Thank You Cards

Floral Thank You Cards
In just under a month my awesome cousin will be marrying my awesome soon-to-be cousin in Mexico! I recently attended the bridal shower where we were asked to bring handmade gifts. I made these fun Floral Thank You Cards including a matching personalized tag.

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Look for a similar design coming to my shop this summer!

 

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