Dec 11, 2009

BonesInspired's Favorite Xmas Projects!

BonesInspired's Top Five
Holiday Craft Projects!

While I don't have the time this year to put up my own holiday tutorials, I would like to share some of my favorite holiday projects that I've come across in the last few months.
Here they are in no particular order.

How to Make Easy Fabric Christmas Ornaments

This video tutorial is super easy, inexpensive and fast to make.
Pam you Rock! Thank you for this fantastic tutorial!

Expandable Christmas Stocking

Now this is a tutorial I know you are all going to love! Who wouldn't want one of these kick ass stockings?! Scoochmaroo you're a genius!

Scrap Wreaths

An awesome way to use your scraps and turn them into a holiday heirloom.

So beautiful!
Lindamade where did your blog go?!
We all want to see more of your gorgeous handiwork!

Here's another fabulous example by Swallowfield

Felt Garland

I love the look of this felt garland by Anna Maria Horner.

This garland would be great for any occasion.

Hand Made Gift Bows

Sure you can buy them but wouldn't you rather make your own unique gift bows?
Miss American Pie from Crafster tells us how to make them!

Well that's all for now folks. I hope you've enjoyed my personal favorite picks!
If I can't find the time to make it back before Xmas I'd like to wish you and your families a very warm and safe holiday season.

Dec 6, 2009

Many appologies!

Hi everyone!

I'm really sorry to have left you hanging for so long! I've missed you and thought about you all the while I've been away.
I went on my first vacation and just had two craft sales this weekend so I have lots of craftiness to blog about. For now, it's much needed R&R time for me.
Happy Crafting!

Oct 15, 2009

BonesInspired Upcoming Craft Sales!

Hi everyone!
I just found out that I've been accepted for a second craft sale in December.
Come see my goodies in person December 5th and 6th and find tons of unique gifts for your friends and family!


Saturday December 5th, 2009
@ Kathedral
651 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario.

Under 30 Crafts Christmas Market

Nothing over 30 dollars!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Oct 13, 2009

Another fantastic craft site!

How could I forget this website?!

Here is another one of my favorite crafty websites. It lists vendor calls, and crafty happenings around the city.

Toronto Craft Alert!

Oct 8, 2009

Sweater-Scarf Tutorial!

Oh So Simple Sweater-Scarf tutorial

First, find an old, tightly knit sweater with a funky pattern or colors that you think might look nice as a scarf. This patterned black and white sweater is what I chose:

Start cutting off the sweater ribbing and the sleeves so that it looks like this:

*Don't forget to keep the ribbing for later!

Now, cut up the sides and lay it out flat again.

Cut on the top shoulder seam and around the neck ribbing.

You can use either the front or the back of the sweater as you only need one half to complete a scarf. I chose the back of this sweater. Cut the back of the sweater into a big square.

Cut the square evenly into smaller squares or rectangles.
At the bottom you can see that I saved a small rectangle from the scraps of the previous step.

Time to start sewing your scarf!
To get a cute fringe type seam, sew the pieces wrong sides together into a long chain.

Now, find the sweater ribbing that you cut off earlier and trim it
a tiny bit smaller than the width of the scarf.
Sew it on right sides together to tidy up the ends.

Weee! They look exactly like sweater sleeves!

It's almost finished!

Fold the scarf length-wise in half, right sides together and sew up the seam.
You can pin it or just match up all the little seams as you sew.

Last, but certainly not least, slowly turn your scarf right side out.
Pull the ribbing to the left, over the the inside-out scarf and pull the scarf out with your right

Finally, here are two finished reclaimed sweater scarves. I just love the way they look! They feel fantastic too.

Well that's it I hope you find this tutorial helpful and Please feel free to post photos of your brand new sweater scarves!
I'd love to see them!

Until next time,
Happy Crafting Everyone!

Oct 4, 2009

Nuit Blanche! One of my favorite nights of the year.

So, I know we are all still waiting for that tutorial I promised, and I promise it will be up soon. But, in the meantime I just had to write about Nuit Blanche!

Nuit Blanche translated from french literally means "White Night" or "All-nighter".
Apparently, its exact beginning is disputed between Paris, St Petersburg, and Berlin, but, taking elements from all of these, the idea of a night-time festival of the arts has spread around the world since 1997, taking hold of Toronto and Montreal, Madrid, Lima and Leeds.
A Nuit Blanche will typically have museums, private and public art galleries, and other cultural institutions open free of charge, with the center of the city itself being turned into a de facto art gallery, providing space for art installations, performances, themed social gatherings, and other activities.

Toronto describes it as "a free, annual all-night contemporary art thing" and it is spread out over the downtown (Toronto) core.

This year there were roughly 500 artists participating with upwards of 130 projects to discover.

My good friend and I went together and saw some amazing art exhibits/installations and a random (but wonderful!) traveling dance performance.
It really is a good thing that this event is from dusk until dawn! If you want to see even half of the exhibits, you are going to need the whole night and maybe then some.
I would suggest biking around rather than walking, busing or driving. It's the fastest and cheapest way to get around easily.

I've just been blown away by the creative minds in this city and we are so very lucky to have such a fantastic event. I wish there were a Nuit Blanche every month! It's so much fun biking around, finding new and inspiring things to look at and meeting new and interesting artists and admirers alike.

I really can't wait for that lighting bolt of sheer brilliance to strike me and tell me just what it is that I will be presenting at a future Nuit Blanche. Until then I'll just blog, keep my fingers busy doing what I do and scratch my head.

Here is a link to the archives of Nuit Blanche past, featuring fantastic photos and comments from some of those who visited the many exhibits of the night.

Is there a Nuit Blanche in your city? Come visit ours!
Here's the website so you can start planning your visit to Toronto's Scotiabank Nuit Blanche :)

Sep 29, 2009

*Sweater Scarf Recon Tutorial*

Coming Soon!
How to make a rocking new scarf from a retro 80's sweater!
In a day or so I will post my first tutorial with plenty of pictures on how to turn that tacky, 80's tight knit sweater, into a hot new scarf! There has been a small delay putting this tutorial together as while working on my second sweater scarf, I got distracted by a noise and managed to sew through my nail and nearly right through my finger.

See it's not as gory as one might imagine but one of the lovely nurses from Telehealth has informed me that I'd better go get a tetanus shot since I am breastfeeding and could potentially pass on tetanus to my daughter. Has this ever happened to you? I'm just glad I didn't have to wrestle with the machine to get my finger out LOL. Anyways, bear with me folks! I promise it will be worth the wait :D

Sep 25, 2009

A little about this crazy crafter...

So, maybe I should tell you a little bit about myself. Perhaps a rough glance at where my crafty mind roams and what drives me to make all the things that I do.

I'm 23 years old, I have always been an avid recycler, and I was born to "Craft".
For as long as I can remember I've always tried to take the old things that nobody wanted and turn them into something new and completely unique. Given my cousins old hand-me-downs, it was regular practice to cut them up to give them more character, and I've always had the need to pick up that old and dirty marble that was forgotten in the gutter. Your trash is my treasure, and every object inspires a new creation.
There are times, though, that inspiration is slow to come... I always have a dozen projects started, but still feel the need to start something new. Where do I turn for inspiration?

I could spend hours upon hours on these sites. They are very well known for their excellent tutorials made for, and by other fellow crafters.
"Craftster is an online community where people share hip, off-beat, crafty diy (do it yourself) projects." There are forums covering every sort of craft there is and then some, hundreds of fantastic tutorials, member craft swaps, and thousands of fantastic craft pictures to stir up your imagination. Craftster is my number one favorite website for inspiration.

Instructables(.com) "is the Biggest How To and DIY community where people make and share inspiring, entertaining, and useful projects, recipes, and hacks."
Again, this site has fantastic pictoral tutorials, amazing projects and brilliant minds sharing the coolest ways to recycle and make unique things that your neighbor definitely won't have.

"The ThreadBanger(.com) network is a landing point for people who want to create and discover their own style through alternative fashion: recycling, up-cycling and re-fashioning anything and everything with simple sewing tools and techniques. From our episodes, forum and blog, to our newsletter, contests and viewer-take-overs, ThreadBanger is a multi-media network for people who want to share their passion for DIY, fashion and crafting with each other. ThreadBanger is a place to share ideas, tips and advice and help make the world more fashionable, ThreadBanger style!"
I really couldn't have said it better myself!

Well, please keep checking out my blog as I add more and more to it and go now! Go check out my favorite websites. Fall in love and be inspired!

Sep 23, 2009

A craft blog to call my own.

Hello Everyone!
Weee! My very own craft blog :D
Here I plan to display my favorite projects, tutorials, websites and other fellow artists. I want to share inspiration. Expect many photos! (Hopefully this blog can keep up with me and won't wimp out on storage space.)
It's funny that nighttime is a such wellspring of inspiration...I really should be getting to bed.
Well, for any of you who have found my blog -and I have successfully piqued your curiosity- here is a link to my facebook group displaying some of my random creations:
I have some big ideas so I'll be back tomorrow (hopefully, if baby allows me) to post some more! Enjoy and have a great night!