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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sharing Sunday

Happy Easter Everyone!  I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend and get a chance to have a  delicious Easter dinner with family and friends.

In honour of the Easter Bunny finding our home again this year and hiding fun treats for the kids, I thought I’d share some more adorable bunny finds.

This time I went with the three dimensional kind.  Each one has its own unique personality.  It was fun to put this collection together.  I just want to take them all home with me!

All artists are Canadian and their links are below.  Enjoy!



Clockwise starting top left
fromtheseeds, from Surrey, BC
AuntieShrews, from Richmond, BC
CraftsbyKeri, from Ottawa, ON
Naturefelted, from Brighton, ON
EvesLittleEarthlings, from Guelph, ON
DreamMakersDolls, from Port Colborne, ON

I hope you enjoyed my sharing this week.  If you have any suggestions for upcoming weeks let me know.  I'd love to hear it.  Have a great week!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sharing Sunday

Dragonflies!!!  What is it about dragonflies?  They’re a combination of prehistoric creature, grace, magic, wonder and so much more.  Their colours can be unbelievable and they carry so much meaning: wisdom of transformation, adaptability in life and joy and lightness of being.  Truly special animals.

I hope you enjoy this collection.  And please take a moment to visit the amazing shops these beautiful pieces come from.  There are so many more treasures to be found!

All artists are Canadian and their links are below.  Enjoy!


Top row, left to right
theraveniron, from Edgewood, BC
ElleRJBoutique, from Toronto, ON
artfromabove, from Vancouver, BC

Middle row, left to right
seasonaltreasures, from Cheticamp, NS
HappyBirdStudios, from Vancouver, BC

Bottom row, left to right 
PeaceofViolet, from Montreal, QC
ErinMorrisCeramics, from Victoria, BC
carm1224, from Vancouver, BC
McNeilStudioArts, from Magog, QC

I hope you enjoyed my sharing this week.  If you have any suggestions for upcoming weeks let me know.  I'd love to hear it.  Have a great week!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sharing Sunday

Happy Sunday!

Easter is fast approaching and what is Easter without the cute little bunny rabbits??  This week I just had to share magnificent bunny works of art.  And take a minute or two to browse through these talent artists’ shops.  You’ll find even more wondrous sights there.


As always, these are Canadian shops and the links are at the bottom.  Enjoy!


Top Row from left to right
Vanolga from Vancouver, BC
Rainbowofcrazy from Toronto, ON
DogEarPrints from Montreal, QC

Middle Row from left to right
DavidCBrown from Toronto, ON
LindaCoteStudio from Canmore, AB
DeepColouredWater from Vancouver, BC

Bottom row from left to right
baublesNwhatnots from Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC
MimoCadeaux from Montreal, QC
Rainbowofcrazy from Toronto, ON

I hope you enjoyed my sharing this week.  If you have any suggestions for upcoming weeks let me know.  I'd love to hear it.  Have a great week!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sharing Sunday

It’s Sunday!

And that means another edition of Sharing Sunday is here!

Recently I was introduced to the art of needle felting.  I’d never heard of it before.  I knew about wet felting but this new idea of using a needle intrigued me.  I have been learning about it and bought a kit and some beautiful roving and will soon attempt to try my own hand at it soon.

In the meantime I wanted to share some very talented artists and their needle felting work.  Some of it just blows me away!  For instance, TangleWoodThicket makes the most gorgeous dragons that stand a few feet tall and are full of colour and whimsy.  FunFeltbyWinnie and MiloandBen create a softer, gentler feeling that’s full of character and makes wonder about the stories each piece holds inside.

As always, each shop is Canadian and the links are below.  Take a few minutes to browse the shops.  You won’t be disappointed.


Top row from left to right:
TangleWoodThicket from Kelowna, BC
MiloandBen from Toronto, ON
JoyfulCoyote from Hampton, NB

Middle row:
JoyfulCoyote from Hampton, NB

Bottom row from left to right:
NotCarvedInStone from Ottawa, ON
FunFeltByWinnie from Markham, ON
TangleWoodThicket from Kelowna, BC

Hope you enjoyed my sharing this week.  If you have a suggestion for a theme let me know.  I’d love to hear it.  Have a great week!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Foodie Friday!

You will notice that a lot of the recipes I post are for baked foods.  I am more at home baking that I am cooking.  I love food and all the amazing smells coming from the kitchen and my favourite smells are from baking something sweet and yummy.

So today I am going to share my absolute favourite muffin recipe with you.  I make these all the time, but mostly when we have bananas that are getting a little too brown for anyone to eat by themselves.

The following recipe is mine.  I’ve altered one, that I found many years ago, to make it a tad healthier and yet still delicious.  My family has no idea the changes I’ve made and they think it’s just as good as the original recipe.

We prefer to make the muffins in mini size.  They are way more fun to eat and I find them easier to put in the kids’ lunch boxes when they’re small.

Here is my recipe:

    Banana Chip Muffins

    3/4 cup flour
    3/4 whole wheat flour
    1 Tbsp ground flax
    1 Tbsp wheat germ
    1 Tbsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 cup chocolate chips
    1 egg
    1/4 cup apple sauce
    1/4 cup milk
    3 mashed bananas

Measure first 7 ingredients into a large bow.  Mix thoroughly and make a well in the centre.

Beat egg in smaller bowl until frothy.  Mix in apple sauce, milk and bananas.  Pour into well.  Stir only to moisten.  Batter will be lumpy.

Fill greased muffin cups 3/4 full. (I always put more in and overflow the mini muffin tin)

Bake in 400F oven for 20-25 minutes for regular size or 18-20 for mini size.

The only changes left that I would like to make are finding a substitute for the sugar and maybe using carob chips or cacao nibs for the chocolate chips.  It’s fun to experiment and see what works.  

If you have any sugar substitute suggestions I’d love to hear them.


Enjoy!


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Back to Pyrography

Last week I was working on a wine box for a wedding.  Unfinished wine boxes are very difficult to find unless you want to purchase a HUGE amount.  So, I thought I’d give making one a try.  I’m not a carpenter or woodworker.  I just burn the wood.  I have a few tools that get me by so I thought I could make it happen.  

This is my first attempt.  Not too bad and I learned a lot from it.  The hardest part was the door.


Once I figured out the door I made another, better version and I am so proud of it!



And here is the finished box with the design and wood finish. 


I have more exciting new things to share with you
so make sure you check back again soon!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sharing Sunday

This week is a little different.  Some people love tattoos and others are completely against them. 

I don’t have any tattoos myself but I’ve thought about getting one many times.  There’s a few reason’s why I haven’t taken the plunge but I won’t go in to that now.  Tattoos can be incredible pieces of art and the people who tattoo are very, very talented.  I have a lot of respect for them.  A little while back I came across these little gems.  What a super fun alternative to the permanent kind!  

These are all temporary and you can request custom designs that fit your style.  Canadian shops and the links are below.


Centre:
OottatTattoo from Montreal, QC

Clockwise starting from top left:
HilliaryCustomLiving from Peterborough, ON
cclstore from Montreal, QC
MadeByTattooYou from Calgary, AB
MadeByTattooYou from Calgary, AB
cclstore from Montreal, QC
OottatTattoo from Montreal, QC
MadeByTattooYou from Calgary, AB
HilliaryCustomLiving from Peterborough, ON

Hope you enjoyed my sharing this week.  If you have a suggestion for a theme let me know.  I’d love to hear it.  Have a great week!