Last fall my husband brought me home a beautiful flowering amaryllis. It had long pointed leaves and gorgeous red trumpet flowers. The thing was almost 3 feet tall and I couldn’t believe it was coming from a bulb in this flimsy little pot from the grocery store. It wasn’t even staked… why didn’t it just fall over?!
I loved my amaryllis and it loved me back. It flowered for me through Christmas and I was very sad when the last petal dropped to the floor. “Oh just stick in in the basement” said my sister-in-law Erin, “And bring it out next fall. It’ll grow again.” Oh sure. Has she seen my other plants? If there is one thing I don’t have, it’s a green thumb. But I listened. It’s worth a try, right?
Well this poor little bulb sat in my workroom all summer and when I dug it out to bring it upstairs last week it was covered in sawdust and cobwebs. But I’m a believer. So I watered it and put it in a sunny spot.
And not even a week later…
I’m so excited for it to grow and bloom And it’s all thanks to my plant-whispering sister-in-law. Thank you Erin! I’m dedicating this amaryllis to you!
Get a jump start on your holiday shopping and come by the Handmade Harvest Craft Show at the Old Town Hall in Almonte today or tomorrow! They have 35+ vendors selling everything from home dec items to jewelry to clothing to preserves to sweet treats. There will be something for everyone at the show (and don’t forget to pick out something for yourself!)
Stop by and say hi to Rebecca (our freckle) at the 3rdlife booth!
My niece Isla had a hard time choosing her favourite bag out of all the beautiful ones Rebecca has on display.
Sure Christmas is the number one holiday for crafters. Not only can you adorn your home from top to bottom with handmade decorations, you can also lavish your friends and family with the fruits of your crafty labours. But Halloween… Halloween is the time of year when nerdy crafters (and crafty nerds!) really shine. Not only can you flex your creative muscles decorating your home and serving up tricks and treats, but it’s the one time of year we’re allowed to dress up as our favourite superheros or video game characters. I have to admit… it’s my favourite holiday.
Here are a few highlights from Halloween’s past.
I guess I’ve been feeling a little granny-chic lately. I really enjoy nontraditional takes on lace and doilies, it’s so interesting to see such a traditional item used in modern ways, here are some of my favourites:
Art by Joana Vasconcelos
Pillow cover by Tuuni
Art by NeSpoon
Photography by Anders Schønnemann
Lace lamp – DIY by Dos Family
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Tagged doily, lace
After about 6 years of neglect and infrequent watering, my orchid decided to surprise me by growing a new stem and now it is actually blooming! It makes me so happy, I’m not the best at taking care of my plants so this feels like a little miracle of sorts. He also seems to be outgrowing the pot but I’m too afraid to transplant him, anyone have any tips?
This is the method I use to put zippered pockets in purses, because pockets are good! The pockets are put into the lining before the bag is sewn together.
– Lining for your bag that you want a pocket on
– Fabric for pocket (2 pieces)
– Ruler & Marker
1. Place one of the pocket pieces GOOD SIDE DOWN on top of the lining where you want the pocket to go and pin it in place. Draw a rectangle for the zipper opening and draw arrowheads on the ends and a line through the centre.
(In this case my zipper is 7″ so my rectangle is 7&1/4″ long x 1/2″ high)
2. Sew around the outside of the rectangle.
3. Cut the arrows and the line with scissors.
4. Pull the pocket piece through the hole you just cut and press it nice and flat with an iron. You now have a rectangle opening ready for your zipper!
5. Position your zipper, I like to pin the living heck out of it.
6. Sew the zipper into place, if you remember to use the zipper foot here then it will be a bit easier to get around the zipper pull (I did not remember)
Try to keep your stitching very close to the edge and go ssssllllllllooooooowwwwwwwww.
7. Now all you have to do is sew the back of the pocket on. Pin the 2 pocket pieces and sew them together, remember you just want to sew the 2 pocket pieces, don’t sew through the lining too.
And you’re done!
As a reward for cleaning up my fabric stash all nice and tidy last week (totally not like me) I decided to go on a little hunt to fill in the newly empty space in my fabric closet. I found some nice big pieces to work with and I have some new designs in mind for 3rdLife if I can ever find the time to make them! My favourite is the brown floral, perfect for a fun purse lining I think.
I was also lucky enough to find this amazing piece of vintage pyrex for $2.99, it’s a cinderella round casserole in the “forest fancies” pattern. I love it. And I just couldn’t pass up this little vase, eep.
Ya, I’ve always been a cat lover.
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Tagged baby, cat