November 28, 2013 § 1 Comment
Here is the follow up post to display the mason jar syrup dispensers from the previous post in all their glory at our wedding reception. We had a little lemonade stand set up out on the deck, complete with painted drift-wood signage.
There were two dispensers; one with plain syrup and the other with flavoured syrup. This one is raspberry (which I bought on sale from Chapters). I heard that this one flavour was popular enough to be stolen and monopolized by one of the tables for some time.
Here is one the drinks fully mixed with our handy-dandy paper straws (also from Chapters – super cheap!). We still have some left over and they are fun to bring out every so often.
We also gave guests the option of iced tea or lemonade. There was a really ugly painted sign underneath the lemonade stand and it is being covered by those lovely crepe streamers we got from dollar store hung on a string. So easy!
More wedding DIY photos to come
August 6, 2013 § 1 Comment
I will fill you all in, making a long story short, but I have not posted in about a year and I have some good reasons why. In September I started a 12 month, intensive teacher certification program AND in December I got engaged and basically all of my crafting energies have been focused on this one event coming up in…3 weeks now! Holy smokes.
With the help of friends, family and pinterest (oooooh guilty pleasure) we have succeeded in pulling off a DIY wedding of the century! Well, we may be biased. I have determined to post these creations to share with you all the various projects we took on. Here are just a few: sewn paper heart banners (for that whimsical feel), repurposed map circular fans (for wall decor) and pump-top mason jars (for dispersing syrups for the iced tea and lemonade stand).
Today, I will be filling you in on the pump-top mason jars, which were one of my fav DIYs so far. The DIY we based ours off of can be found ugly duckling transformations blog.
Here it is!
The pump dispensers were quite difficult to find. I planned to go to the shop Soap Dispensary on Main St., but they were closed that day. Then proceeded a mad dash down Main, trying to find a store that sold dispensers. After asking MANY storekeepers I made it to Urban Source. Aaaaaaaw! (angels singing) I love them. They did not have dispensers, but they said to check a hairdresser’s shop because they usually sell them for the big shampoo bottles. Of course! I presented the dispensers to Dan with pride and our mason jar crafting night was on it’s way.
Basically we followed Ugly Duckling’s DIY, but with a few modifications. Since we wanted to use these dispensers for syrup which would be added to drinks, the sealant we used for attaching the pump and metal lid need to be food safe. Since Dan works at a marina shop, it was easy for us to find an alternative. We used a putty (which smelled hideous! but worked) which was ‘water safe’, which works for our purposes. The putty is mixed to be moldable and then once in place it will dry to be hard.
Here is basically what we used. Probably this would be findable in a hardware store.
To make a hole in the metal lid for the pump we used one of the machines in the marina workshop. The hole was bigger than needed, but the putty filled the gap easily.
We are really looking forward to making our syrups and adding them to our iced tea and lemonade stand at the reception. I will have to post pictures after the big day.
Probably we will be needing to put labels on these jars to say what kind of syrup is inside. Any suggestions?
August 31, 2012 § 2 Comments
September is…the day after tomorrow, and so the knitting itch has officially set in. I am only slightly ashamed to say that for pretty much the ENTIRE summer I have not knitted a stitch, but now that the sun is softening and the rain is returning, it is time to KNIT!
To inaugurate this occasion, I have some photos of some epic knits I finished last spring, but never blogged. I apologize for my lack of sharing. But with a little help from my friend and a fun location in front of the highschool by my old apartment, I actually have some eye candy for you all. One is a varsity style cardigan (which I adapted from a simple raglan sleeve pattern I found on ravelry) and a green throw, which I have a feeling will get a lot of use in my new basement apartment during long nights of studying. Both took me at least a month each to complete.
Here is a close up of the raglan sleeve
And of course it wasn’t all business…
We also found some local knit graffiti!
Thanks to Vancouver Tech. School for letting us play for half-an-hour and feel like kids again!
There are more projects to come (promise!).
January 22, 2012 § 1 Comment
This post is dedicated to the recent Wiki strike.
I like canabalizing things. Let me explain: I like to take old items that no longer have any use to anyone, collecting dust shoved into the corner of a closet somewhere or the back of a dresser drawer, take them apart and make them into something new. I have been doing this waaaaaay before people decided it was cool. Now all sorts of people are talking about being “green” and recycling old items. Canabalizing is much edgier.
Well, in the spirit of one of my favourite past-times, I took an old Webster’s dictionary I had found at Sally-Ann and used it to make some hip fridge magnets. I tore out pages and everything! Very liberating…and seemingly subversive in a weird way. They became Christmas presents for friends who I knew would enjoy the addition they would make to their refrigerators. The magnets aren’t the strongest, so I believe they may need to just be decorative, but hey, people take magnetic poetry and decorate their fridges with those, so why not dictionary entries? It’s educational and ecologically friendly. What more can I say?
Last but not least is good old Mr.Webster himself! There are 9 separate magnets that make up this picture and gives you some idea of the size of the magnets.
January 19, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Every so often I am getting time for more Christmas gift reveals. The one I just posted is Ben’s toque which has quite a story behind it. It’s in the “projects” pages, but here is an easy link for your convenient perusal.
What’s new then? Well, my friend Lisa and I waited half-an-hour or more to get into the big Three Bags Full yarn sale last weekend. We spent so much time in there oohing and aahing over the yarns. Petting them. It had to be done. While inside, we found a gourgeous yarn on sale 50% off. Two colours of pink silkwool Malabrigo…we just had to have them, but what would we make? Lisa had the genius idea to make a Valentines themed project we could work on together. GLORIOUS! So now, we are planning the details…probably not using a pattern again (which I usually regret later). Seriously, I never learn, but sometimes it has to be done. We are thinking, spring inspired cowls (even though the weather in Vancouver right now doesn’t provide much inspiration). We should get our acts together in the next week or so.
Other than that, I am starting another big project. A shawl. I am a little worried about having enough yarn for my desired length buuuut, here goes nothing!
December 29, 2011 § 2 Comments
Now that all the surprises are out there, here is a Christmas present I finished a few weeks back. This a mobile for my (second??) niece, Avie, that I made using felting and one of my favourite techniques: glue gunning. (For details on this and other projects check out Projects on the left hand menu – click here for sheep mobile info)
More gift reveals later.
October 28, 2011 § 6 Comments
Well, actually this has nothing to do with writing and everything to do with repurposing…BUT I do believe that the medium justifies the reference. You can be the judge.
I recently moved into a new apartment. An essential part of making an apartment your own is putting up pictures, but I am not very conventional in this area of decorating. It may be because I am soo creative and crrrazy, but it could also be because I am poor and picture frames cost money.
Now, moving onto what would seem to be a completely unrelated event: when my brother-in-law moved away a few weeks ago he bequeathed an old typewriter to me. It is old. And it doesn’t work anymore, but as I had only moved into my place a few weeks prior, the addition of useless items seemed a completely rational thing to do.
Here we have the eureka moment: the broken typewriter sat on the top of my bookshelf, reminding me everyday of its uselessness and space taking-upness. Then one day it came to me, I could display my photos in a unique way and solve the problem of the useless typewriter that was nagging me. I began slipping photos in between the typewriter keys. And it was good. Then I decided to put photos under the rollers that would have held paper in place. And it was very good. I took a step back and I knew, I knew that the universe would never be the same again. I, along with my few visitors, looked at what I had created and said that it was very good. And so the typewriter-photo-disply-thing came into being. And then, I rested.