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 :)