This weekend is Handmade Harvest in Almonte, Ontario. I’m all stocked up and ready to go, even have a few new items up for sale. The “vegan antler racks” have been very popular this fall, I’m tempted to keep one for my daughter’s room.
Thanks to my new stock of local walnut, I’ve got many new walnut cutting/charcuterie boards for sale. Things were looking grim for a while as the price of walnut seemed to be sky rocketing lately.
Finally, a personal favourite of mine, this doll crib was originally made for my daughter, but was so popular with her friends that I decided to make some more for sale. Made from birch plywood and walnut plugs. My daughter insists I remind everyone that the doll (aka Molly the Dolly) is not included.
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My first commission as a fine woodworker… This one was requested by my 3 year old for her birthday as her doll needed a proper place to sleep apparently. I had made her a cardboard crib back in Paris, but … Continue reading →
My wife and I teamed up on this one… It’s an outdoor sandbox made from scrap wood, painted white. But in order to keep the sun off, and to add some fun, we added a removable Tipi that slots into … Continue reading →
As a kid I always loved advent calendars. You know the ones with the stale chocolate the size of a dime? Not sure why, but my brother and I would look forward to December like no other month in order to get our daily chocolate dose, usually at breakfast. These days advent calendars don’t seem to be limited to chocolate, having seen playmobil and lego versions just the other day. While I agree that these are awesome (especially the lego star wars), they are out of our budget. That combined with a need for more craft, I have decided to make my daughter one fun little craft per day leading up to Christmas, a sort of Craft Advent Calendar, from now on referred to as a Craftvent Calendar
Now, these will be small crafts, nothing huge as I’m doing them daily for 24 days, but still fun to make and something she will enjoy playing with. So stay tuned for December 1st when day 1 craft is revealed!
52 Create, my weekly creative output for 2011… My little turkey, also known as AK around these parts, has become absolutely enamoured with a french cartoon called “Chloe Magique“. It’s about a girl who has a magic closet that is full of dress up clothes. Each episode she and her friends make believe some fantastic adventure. Where am I going with all of this? Well last week she was a cowboy, and wore a cowboy hat. Since that morning, my daughter talks about cowboy hats all day everyday. I felt I needed to make one…
I’m pretty sure they use a similar design at the Calgary stampede, but made out of foam. In all honesty, foam would likely be a better material to work with, but when I was at Rouge et Ple (an awesome art supply store, which being French doesn’t have a website of course…), I saw some card stock that was the right thickness and not too pricey. It’s likely not going to last forever, but the smile you see above stayed on her face till bed time, so mission accomplished.
Gotta love simple but brilliant toys…. I was at the Conran Shop in Paris the other day when I came across My First Autobahn. It’s a small car and a roll of tape that looks like a road. You get to lay down the streets wherever you chose. Absolutely brilliant, almost bought one to play with for myself.
52 Create, my weekly creative output for 2011. Continuing on my quest of cheap crafts that require little tools and free materials, I bring you the flyer necklace… My little turkey is currently in love with necklaces, she wants to be just like her mom, so I decided I would make her a little one.
I needed some cheap material, so I grabbed one of our weekly grocery store flyers, and cut it up and rolled and glued it into tubes. I then cut the tubes at various lengths and threaded them onto some string. The flyer was nice and colourful and while it isn’t indestructible, it’s fairly durable and should last her awhile (she generally tires of new things after 2 weeks anyways).