Saturday, December 11, 2010

Tutorial: Paper Christmas Wreath

Since it’s Christmas time, just surfing to see any great craft ideas.

This wreath is so striking and made from one of my favourite mediums, paper!  This is a tutorial by Lisa Tilse a busy mom, blogger and entrepreneur who runs owns The Red Thread

Her blog is full of tutorials and the few that I did scan through were so beautiful.  I’ll definitely checking more out soon!

Paper Christmas Wreath Tutorial by Lisa Tilse

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Bulembu: Handcrafted Wall Art

image Bulembu is a small town in Swaziland, South Africa, that was once a vibrant community supported by a local mine.  In 2001, that mining company closed down.  Much of the key infrastructures that supported this community such as hospitals, schools, stores closed or downscaled.  The community fell apart.  This sounds terrible isn’t it?  Well, there are people who cared and wanted to help.  In 2006, a group of developers and entrepreneurs purchased the town with the key intent to restore Bulembu to be again a self sustaining community. 

My company is a funding partner for Bulembu cause, I can’t remember exactly which year, but I think they sponsored this town close to the beginning when the town was purchased.  Over the past few years, we had numerous charity events and donation drives.  My company even give employees the opportunity to go the Bulembu as a volunteer!IMG_0467

This year, the Swazi people wanted to give their thanks.  The Creativity Centre in Bulembu made this handmade advent calendar as a gift!

IMG_0468It was such a pleasant surprise.  The quality of work is beautiful.  I wish you can see it in person. They hand stitched each felt piece; the detail work is amazing.

As beautiful as it was, we didn’t have a place for it.  So, after being displayed for a couple of weeks so everyone had a chance to admire it, we raffled it off and donated 100% of the proceeds back into Bulembu.   IMG_0469

My favourite part are the angels over looking the town.  I didn’t win the raffle, but I wish I did!



Saturday, December 4, 2010

Tutorial: Mini Clothespin Snowmen

 Mini Clothespin Snowmen

Lately I’ve been addicted to clothespins and clothespin crafts and I stumbled upon this cute tutorial by a fellow blogger Eyeballs by Day, Crafts by Night.  Click on the picture or the title to check it out!

I love her pseudo name

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

The Paper Place: The Katazome Contest


Last year, I missed out on an awesome contest held by The Paper Place called, The Great Origami Giveaway.  I literally found out about that contest one day too late.  It was such a major disappointment, I actually sulked about it for an hour because I love working with Chiyogami paper.  This year, The Paper Place is hosting a new give-a-way this season The Great Katazome Giveaway – 12 Days in December

The prize this year is one sample sheet  each of all 169 patterns of Katazome paper.  Of course I entered in hopes to win.  I’ve never worked with Katazome paper before but I know they are sturdier so it would open many new opportunities of creativity.  I’m already thinking of potential projects if I win!  The designs are so beautiful. 

If you haven’t heard of The Paper Place, check them out!  It’s a Canadian based store based out of Ontario, Canada.  They have such variety of paper and designs on their online store.  One day I’ll be visiting the East Coast and definitely be visiting.