Happy Halloween!!

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Welcome to our final edition of Costume Highlights! ^_^ This week is just a free for all of any costumes I have leftover that either didn’t make the cut, or didn’t fit well into the past few weeks. It’s been a lot of fun looking up costumes to share and I hope they’ve inspired some of you to do something extra creative and crafty this Halloween. All images will link back to the artist/costumer/photographer (when available) if you’d like more info on them, as always, and I hope you all have a fun, happy and safe Halloween! ^_^

Kiki (Kiki’s Delivery Service)

Nausicaä (Nausicaä of the Wind Valley)

Chihiro and Sen (Spritied Away)

Mononoke Cast (Princess Mononoke)

Howl (Howl’s Movie Castle)


Bizness Kitty (The LEGO Movie)

Ghostbuster and Stay Puft Man (Ghostbusters)

Baby Einstein

Easy Mac

Corn Dog

Batman & Joker

Beauty & the Beast

A Cuddly Nightmare

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With the perfect season for one of my favorite movies upon us now, I wanted to showcase this really fantastic crochet pattern that I found recently. The pattern is posted and made by raverly user Nichole’s Nerdy Knots and is a lovingly well done recreation of the character Oggie Boogie from The Nightmare Before Christmas. 😀

He’s a perfect cuddle height at about 10″ (25.5cm) tall once he’s stuffed and finished. He even has a little pocket in his mouth for hiding bugs inside. ^_^ I love the mirror round stitching technique that she uses to have the end product look like it’s been stitched in the round as well! The pattern is available for free at the above link and while it’s certainly great on it’s own, one smart thinking crafter has already taken it a step beyond and added folds in her finished version. The results are just perfect, imho.

So if you’ve got time this holiday, maybe stitch one up and add him to your own creepy/cute holiday decor. 😉


Change in My Life

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This past weekend marked another change in my life.  I have decided to leave my job at Michaels to go back to working with my parents at their insurance agency in Maryland.  The first question I have been getting is “What, are you leaving Canada?!”  The answer is no, I will not be leaving Canada, but I won’t be here all of the time.  Starting in a few weeks I will be splitting my time between the DC area and here in Ontario.  The time I spend in Ontario I will be working from my home.

So what does this mean for Quiltoni and for Craft Hackers?  Good things actually.  I will be spending more time on travel, but it also means I can spend more time at conventions promoting and helping my Craft Hacker members.  It also means when I am working in Maryland I can spend my nights with my mother quilting.  So I should be able to get quilts made faster after the new year and I can get out to more conventions!

If there is a convention you would like me to attend with Craft Hackers and bring the Crafty Thinking panel please let me know!  I am also happy to announce that I will be able to attend Awesome Con in Milwaukee November 21-23.  I am very excited to be attending a new city!  I can’t wait!



My Mini Munchies

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Back in August, I wrote a post on Gnomes.  One of my featured gnomes was from Hello Little Cloud who made the cutest little clay gnome.


Well.  I found out recently that Claudine from Hello Little Cloud opened a new etsy store called My Mini Munchies.  This store is just filled with the most ADORABLE food jewelry that I’ve ever seen!  Her pieces are whimsical and extremely detailed!  From waffle necklaces to peanut butter and jelly keychains, this store has it all!  There are even cookies, and cakes, and shakes!  Oh my!

Here are some of my favs!

Book Necklace Bakers Necklace Ice Cream Earrings Lemon Earrings

While not food, just look at how perfect those books are!!  The detail and the colours are outstanding!  And those ice cream earrings!  Be sure to stop by this shop and look for your own jewelry!

– Lindsay

Alexandra’s Adornments

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Also while I was at GenCon an artist table with beautiful jewelry caught my eye.  Alexandra’s Adornments ha jewelry that is hand crafted and a bit unique from what I have seen before.  Working at Michaels I have seen a lot of the basic jewelry that is made and shown including a lot of Renaissance pieces.  Alexandra;s Adornments is different though and is more authentic with the Victorian and Renaissance feeling as well as offering Steam Punk jewelry that catches eyes as well.

In addition to lovely jewelry she also makes feather fans and little top hats.


If you would like to see more of her work you can find her website here and her facebook here.


Barkenstein Designs

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This past Sunday I was at the Forest City Comic Con here in London (Ontario) and I was surprised by a crafty vendor I haven’t seen before.  I met Tara from Barkenstein Designs and instantly fell in love with her work.  She makes custom order pet products!  I was so excited because I baby my dog so much it was like she was reading my mind,

Look at the quality of that dog collar.  I got to pick them up and see them up close and the quality is even better than any I have seen in the store that was manufactured.

They even have dog towels!!  I am so excited that I discovered her I had to share as soon as I could.  If you want to see more pictures or contact them you can visit their site here and their Facebook here.


Costume Highlights: Video Games

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Welcome to Costume Highlights! ^_^ This week we will is all about my personal favorite cosplay category, VIDEO GAMES! I’m such a video game nerd that I always get a thrill whenever I see a well made character cosplay. I’ve tried to give a diverse selection of games here but there are several from RPG and Nintendo games as my dash feeds tend to skew that direction. Apologies as this week is a MASSIVE image load.

All images will link back to the artist/costumer/photographer (when available) if you’d like more info on them. Next week will be a free for all, so if you have some you’d like to suggest, just pop on over to the forums and let me know! ^_^

Irvine (FF8)

Zidane (FF9)

Yuna and Rikku (FFX-2)

Final Fantasy 13 Cast

Auron (FFX)

Tifa (FF7)

FF 14 Bard

Rinoa & Squall (FF8)

Wakka & son Vidina (FFX-2)

Paddra Nsu-Yeul (Final Fantasy XIII-2)

Paula (Earthbound)

Terra & Aqua (Kingdom Hearts)

Eleanor Lamb (Bioshock Series)

Elizabeth (BioShock)

Fox McCloud (Star Fox Series)

Wolf O’Donnell (Star Fox)

Pit (Kid Icarus)

Trainer (Pokemon)

Olympia (Pokemon)

Professor juniper (Pokemon)

Team Magma Grunt (Pokemon)

Breeder & Pikachu (Pokemon)

Xenoblade Group Shot

Paladin (World of Warcraft)

Empress Himiko (Atlantica Online)

Link (Zelda: Hyrule Warriors)

Princess Zelda (Zelda: Link to the Past)

Princess Hilda (Zelda: Link Between Worlds)

Vatti (Zelda: Minish Cap)

Watercolour Wonder

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I was looking around for my next inspiration for this blog post and somehow, just somehow, I stumbled upon something absolutely magical!  I can’t imagine that my wallet is going to be too happy with me for this find.

InkistPrints makes gorgeous Giclée prints, many being of watercolour images.  I am very drawn to the style of these images and particularly the colours used.  It doesn’t hurt that many of the prints are also of Disney characters!  😀  But there are also many beautiful cityscapes, monograms and even typography prints.  Something for everyone!


“What is a Giclée print?

Giclée (zhee-klay) is a French word meaning a spray or a spurt of liquid. In the past few years, the word ‘giclée’, as a fine art term, has come to be associated with prints using fade-resistant, pigment based archival inks, produced using a professional 8-colour to 12-colour inkjet printer. The giclée printing process provides incredibly detailed prints, with better color accuracy than other means of reproduction for both the fine art and photographic markets. The quality of the giclée print rivals traditional silver-halide and gelatin printing processes, whilst being very stable, and they are now more commonly found in museums, art galleries and photographic galleries.”

Here are some of my favourites!

Beauty and the Beast  Wall E  Beatles

Be sure to check out this etsy store!  You won’t be sorry!  InkistPrints can also be found on Pinterest and Wanelo.

– Lindsay

DIY: Making an X-Bench

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What many people don’t know is I almost became a carpenter.  I took woodshop in school instead of homemaking and loved every single bit of it.  I loved creating something special out of a piece of wood and even created a great (if I do say so) coffee table.  You may remember I posted about giving your furniture a facelift a few weeks ago from fix.com.  Today I noticed they have a tutorial on making an X-Bench so it immediately piqued my interest.

It looks like it is a super easy tutorial for making your own stool!  The materials are super easy to get and the finished stool looks so nice!  I have to get started on one for myself.

Happy creating!