Thursday, 23 June 2016

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Stash bust

Spring has come and gone, and I tried to do some spring cleaning, really I did! I started with my yarn stash. Oh boy.
WHO has this much yarn? Well, me. And this isn't even all of it. BUT I cleaned it out and got rid of a lot. In fact, last week, I dropped off two HUGE bags of yarn for Handmade Hugs - it's funny, because I usually pick up yarn from them! But someone else can make use of it, instead of it just sitting shoved in the back of my closet. I also dropped off two finished blankets for them, the green granny and the granny stripe blanket.
I also took the time to organize the yarn that I kept in a nice fashion. I have 2 big clear plastic bins, filled with beautiful yarn. As well as a couple of smaller containers. It's a huge improvement - now I can find like colours and weights. Wheee, yarn!

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Soy Candles

I have a new craft obsession: Soy Candles!
I looked in my kitchen cupboard one day and realized I had a lot of glass mason jars. I also had a lot of essential oils. What to do, what to do...
So I hopped on Pinterest and looked up how to make soy candles.
It's very easy! Soy is great to work with, because it cleans up so well. I picked up a 4-lb bag of soy flakes from Michael's, using a 40% off coupon. And I had a pack of 10 candle wicks in a craft drawer, so I put them to use.

The first batch was Rosemary and Cinnamon.
I added some hand-written calligraphy labels, to incorporate that craft obsession.
And of course added a bit of yarn to tie it all together.
Done! I gave one to my mom, one to my father-in-law, will give one to Shawna, and kept a cinnamon one for myself. Here it is, in action!
They're very easy and fast to make. I will try and mix scents next time - and there WILL be a next time, so stay tuned...

Monday, 20 June 2016

Patons Yarn test

A few weeks ago, Tiffany from Paton's contacted me about testing out some of their yarn. I hadn't even finished reading her email, and I was like YES! Test out our yarn and write a review, what could be better?
I emailed her my choice of two colours and she sent these along. So yummy!! I plan to make socks with the pink yarn and a shawl with the turquoise yarn. I can't wait, the yarn is already so nice to work with - so soft and I LOVE the colours!

Friday, 17 June 2016

Tea for me

We had a bout of hot hot hot weather a couple weeks ago, but it's back to rain these days.
I don't mind the rain too much - I am a Vancouverite, after all. Cool afternoons make tea time a welcome time. I got this lovely set of David's Tea from my co-workers. It's all their best teas, and it's such fun opening up and seeing what I want to try next.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Qualicum Visit

We got a chance to visit Qualicum while we were over on the island last week.

This is Fuller Lake (in Chemainus), and the hubs, looking tranquil.
This is a patch of daisies in Qualicum, at our friend's back yard. So lovely!
Omen the dog, taking a break from his rough life.
Qualicum Beach! Those clouds weren't kidding, it started to rain as we were leaving.
I love this beach, I haven't been here in almost 20 years!
The tide was out, so we got to walk for a long ways and Omen got to swim.
Look at this teenie crab! Just lounging out on the sand.