Friday, 10 April 2015

WEST Handmade and Vintage Sale VII

The Winnipeg Etsy team sales keep getting better and better! And this one promises to be no exception to the rule. Follow along on the team blog or on the facebook event to see a preview of the great vendors that will be selling their wares at this year's spring sale. It's hard to believe it's only 3 weeks away!

Monday, 30 March 2015

Gypsy Bohemian Coiled Tote

Here are some pictures of my latest fabric coiled tote bag in progress.

It started in a very ordinary way, looking like one of my average sized coiled baskets.

Detail of the stitching.

But it kept growing bigger and bigger. Here it is looking a lot like a prairie landscape, which I quite like, and might just have to make another basket that ends here!

Still needs to be bigger, so adding more colours.... 

Checking out the placement for the straps with twill tape.

Deconstructing this old leather jacket for pieces to use for the straps.

And the finished bag!

It's available in my PrairieThreads Etsy shop for purchase here.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Handmade Papermaking

I've been playing around with handmade paper lately, hoping to make some sheets nice enough to bind into some books.

It all starts with scraps of paper I save in a bin, including bits of maps. These get shredded with my paper shredder, and then soaked in water, at least overnight.

The buckets have different shades of the same colour, so it's unpredictable what colour the paper will be when finished.

Soaked paper is then run through the blender, to make pulp. Wet pulp is not very pretty, and surprisingly, maps end up a rather dull grey! I mixed this with the blue pulp and it turned out a lighter blue (see below).

The mold and deckle is slipped through the wet pulp to get some of the pulp to settle on the mesh screen.

I like recycling paper to make new paper because the results are more unpredictable, although you can buy premade cotton or abaca pulp to get started. For the above sheets and the green sheets below, I didn't process the pulp very long in the blender, so bits of paper and the odd inked letter remained in the pulp.

For the mustard yellow sheets, I processed the pulp for a longer time in the blender, resulting in a more uniform looking pulp.

I'm having fun experimenting. Stay tuned to see more paper experiments, and what I might decide to do with this paper!

Sunday, 8 March 2015

International Women's Day

It's International Women's Day today. The theme for 2015 is "Make It Happen." Let's join all women in encouraging the recognition of women in the workplace, the safety of women in the street and in their homes, and the power of choice over their own bodies and their own lives.

I'd like to also celebrate the uniqueness and beauty in every single woman and acknowledge that we are all strange and colourful in some way or another!

Saturday, 28 February 2015

On Sale

I've got a few items marked down 25-50% in my PrairiePeasant Etsy shop to clear out old stock and make room for new!

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Scrabble Journals

Here are a few more small Scrabble Journals that I have available, getting them listed in my shop this week.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Instagram Loop Giveaway!

Happy Valentine's Day!!! We have teamed up with 10 fabulous WEST Sellers to bring you an awesome giveaway to celebrate the weekend of love! Our shop will be giving away a $25 gift certificate which can be used in either PrairiePeasant or PrairieThreads. Want to help us celebrate? Here's how you can enter:

1. Visit me on Instagram and follow 

Follow the instructions on Instagram on my post with the picture above

The loop will run for 48 hours, ending 10:30am CST on February 16, and winners will be chosen and announced within 24 hours. 

Thanks for participating and good luck!!!

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Paul Klee Recycled Envelopes

What are the chances of finding the same fabulous art book a second time?

A few years ago, I found a once loved book on the art of Paul Klee, and recycled into envelopes. They were quite popular and sold very quickly in my Etsy shop.

This summer I found the same book at a garage sale and finally had the chance to make some more recycled envelopes with the pages.

These will bring a smile to someone's face if they are used for snail mail, and I think even the letter carrier would enjoy seeing them! They are available here.