Thursday, December 8, 2016

Creating with Sharpie® - Part 1

Sharpie® watercolour diy

Sharpie® Markers always seem to magically disappear in our house.  With two creative kids and a husband who’s a teacher they get scooped up pretty fast whether it’s for doodling, art projects or marking. 

Sharpie® Color Burst Permanent Markers

You can imagine the excitement (and jostling for position) when two packages of Sharpie® Color Burst Permanent Markers arrived at our home for a DIY project I’m working on with Sharpie®.

I use the black markers all the time. They are great for keeping my office organized, and are a staple in my prop styling and crafting tool kits. When I saw the colours, I couldn’t wait to try them all.

I’ve used Sharpie® markers on a variety of materials. I love how versatile they are! When Sharpie® approached me to collaborate on a DIY project it seemed like a natural fit.  I pretty much knew what I wanted to do right away. 

Sharpie® watercolour diy

For my upcoming DIY, I really wanted to try using them on fabric.  When you add rubbing alcohol to the ink it literally does burst with colour.

Isn’t this pin board of the Sharpie® Color Burst markers pretty?! It’s like a pin board of fabric swatches. These swatches show the ink colours with a watercolour effect that you get from applying rubbing alcohol to the ink. I love the effect and can't wait to share how I incorporated this method into a couple of DIY projects with you in a few days.

It was fun experimenting with the colours, there are 24 colours in this new limited edition set including 5 Colour Burst markers (intense and bright!) in addition to the 19 classic colours. They are available in both ultra-fine and fine point. They are available at Walmart, Staples, Loblaws, Deserres, Michaels and and retail (MSRP) for $5.99 (5 pack) and $28.99 (24 pack).

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Sharpie®. All thoughts and ideas remain my own.

Disclaimer: Wear protective gloves.  Wear eye or face protection. Use in a well-ventilated area. Keep away from heat, hot surfaces, sparks, open flames and other ignition sources. Keep containers tightly closed when not in use.  Do not eat, drink or smoke when using these products.  Wash hands thoroughly after handling.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Etsy Gift Guide - For The Hostess

Etsy Gift Guide - For the Hostess

December is peeking around the corner and rolling her eyes at me because truth be told I have not made very much headway with my holiday shopping. Eeek!

I try to do a portion of my holiday shopping online these days. At the end of the day I'm a much better shopper sitting on my sofa with a glass of wine rather than pushing my way through crowds at the mall. However, I also like to try to support small businesses as often as I can. Etsy is a great way to do that. You know you are supporting a talented artisan, often creating beautiful things from his or her kitchen table or tiny studio. I know, I was one of them. Christmas was always my busiest season and I really appreciated the support of people choosing handmade.

I'm hoping to share a few of these Etsy Gift Guides with you over the next week or so. Enjoy and happy shopping.

P.S. Many of these artists are Canadian. #shoplocal

Monday, October 17, 2016

Inside MacAusland's Woolen Mill - a century old family business making beautiful woolen blankets

MacAusland's woolen blanket

If you're lucky you only get a few rainy days during a holiday on Prince Edward Island, on one of these days my Dad and I headed west to visit MacAusland's Woolen Mill in Bloomfield, PEI located on the western end of the island.

MacAusland's is a family business that's been in operation for over a century. Impressive. It began as a sawmill in 1870; by 1902 it was producing yarn and in 1932 started producing its well-known, very beautiful woolen blankets.

I happen to have a bit of an obsession with blankets. I collect vintage ones picked up mostly at thrift shops. That's right. There are ways to deal with the ick factor that you might feel. Remodelista has a great post on how to do that right here.

So a trip to this family run business had to be done. In fact, I've been saying I want to go for years but I never managed to get there. I'm so glad I did. It was fun to visit the mill, see how the blankets are made and choose something special to bring home. Instant heirloom. Made in Canada. Love that.

If you happen to have some freshly sheared sheep wool you can bring it into the mill to be washed and turned into skeins of wool ready for your own projects or you can have the wool turned into a blanket. How cool is that?! 

MacAusland's Woolen Mill, inside the mill

MacAusland's Woolen Mill, inside the mill

MacAusland's Woolen Mill, inside the mill

The blanket I finally settled on (it was so hard to choose!) was woven by this lady right here, the latest MacAusland to carry on the family business. I love that I met the (lovely) person who made my blanket. It's heartwarming to know that local businesses like this are still thriving.

The good news is that you don't have to wait until you are on the island because they ship across Canada! So head over to their website and start browsing and then give them a call or email to order. Their old fashioned like that. 

P.S. In case you were wondering...this is not a sponsored post. I'm just a fan :)

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