Etsy shop grand re-opening October 2014!

Visit us on Etsy!

I’m back on Etsy with a selection of premium wools, unique & vintage patterns, and handmade gifts, including these Slouchy Slipper Boots for ladies. Check back soon for the pattern.

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Back to school means back to knitting

There’s something about fall that makes me want to cocoon at home and make warm woolly things. I’ve finished a top-down knit raglan pullover sweater for my daughter, a bunch of hats (knitted and crocheted), and slippers too. My other daughter asked for a raglan cardigan in a sparkly yarn, and that one is nearly finished. She is just deciding on a few customizations. I finally finished this toque (a toque is a winter hat, for all you non-Canadians), made of springy Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran superwash merino (luxury!).

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Upcoming: Craft Daily Trial Subscription Review

Are online crafting videos worth the subscription price? Blueberry Creek Crafts puts it to the test. Many companies, like Interweave, Craftsy, and Craft Daily, offer pay-per-view online video instruction for knitting and crochet. I originally wanted to watch the Knitting Daily TV series, now available through Knitting Daily. The first season is on Craft Daily, along with many other workshops by famous names like Doris Chan and Lily Chin. I subscribed for one month. My trial is in progress – I’ll report back after a month with what I’ve found useful, what wasn’t worth the money, and an overall rating.

 

Frozen-Inspired Halloween Hats

I thought we were Frozen-ed out here at home, but as soon as my daughters saw these Anna and Elsa costume hats on the Hopeful Honey blog, they told me I HAD to make them!

There’s a lot going on here at Blueberry Creek Crafts, and I hope you’ll join me.

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Introducing The Balanced Family, a new resource for working parents

New Site! The Balanced Family is a resource for working parents

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Wonderfall Home Decor Project

Hi, I just wanted to share something that Wendy Weixler of the 2012 Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team has created. The Artisan team is a resource for all the demonstrators, and they are busy creating every month. My own version is also shown. If I can do it, so can you.

She’s used the Wonderfall stamps and coordinating Bigz Autumn Accents die, along with the woodgrain and perfect polka dots embossing folders to create framed artwork. You can find these items in the Holiday Catalogue. I made my own version this project today, with a purchased frame matted for 3 4″x6″ photos. It has double matting which gave some space for the dimensional items in the centre photo space. The outside of the matting is embellished with more Wonderfall leaves, and the Tweet Leaves stamp. Here’s my version (Wendy’s are shown below):

You can visit Wendy’s blog for more great ideas & inspiration. Her site is full of lovely designs.

Chicken and Lobster Mushroom Alfredo

A colleague recently brought me some lobster mushrooms (thank you C.J., you rock). My husband was skeptical but he whipped up a batch of chicken and lobster mushroom alfredo with linguine. Even the kids ate it, and they’re picky.

Lobster mushrooms grow wild where we live, and I didn’t know about it until last week! Wow, do I live a sheltered life or what. In future I will be looking for them.

Autumn harvest time in Blueberry

Unfortunately the frost got to our tomatoes before I could harvest the rest of them. We planted a little late this year and didn’t get the best results. Next year my daughters and I will plant the tomatoes and pumpkins at our summer cabin, where they have plenty of sunshine and space to grow.