r-anne-dom : a place for me (anne) to leave random blog posts.
Such as:
..knitting, sewing, and other random activities pursued
..Girl Guides of Canada : yep, Guiding Lives Here
..the 4 shops on Etsy : one features quality handmade items; the second has lots of patterns, & crafting supplies; the third is stocked with Vintage; and the fourth is guiding flowers.
Enjoy the r-anne-domness!

June 25, 2017

June 15, 2017

Cutlery Keeper for Camp / Picnic / Pot Luck

Cutlery Keeper for Camp / Picnic / Pot Luck

Isn't this neat? 
My sister made it for me years ago based on a photo I sent her by email. This was in pre-Pinterest and pre-Facebook days! That's how long ago she made it!

I can see these being used for camp, picnics, and pot luck meals. 
Any other uses you can suggest?

That little bit of pink yarn you see is the bit of a repair job I did just before I went to a Girl Guide camp weekend. No more forks poking out of my dishes bag! By the way, what do you call your dishes bag? Ditty Bag? What else? Any other terms out there?

At camp the other leaders and some of the girls expressed an interest in this keeper and I realized I could use up more of my existing yarn stash as well as much of the plastic canvas I have it my house! So I've pre-cut as many keepers as I could from the plastic canvas on hand and now I'm all set for one meeting of Guides in the fall!! Talk about pre-planning, lol!!

Should I do a tutorial? 
Or is there already one out there somewhere?

May 13, 2017

Saturday Spotlight: ENVE

Saturday Spotlight


1. What is the name of your shop or business and what do you sell?

I'm the sole owner, operator of ENVE HIDEWORKS, handmade leather. 
I design all my patterns original to my style. I hand cut, and hand make all my products beginning to end. Sometimes including hand hammering personalized monograms. Hand dying and edge finishing. I also do a lot of work with other small businesses & custom one of a kind jobs. 

2. Where are you located? or where do you sell?

I'm currently located in Brantford On. I rent a studio space and have a small shop there. 
I also sell directly through my Facebook page: facebook.com/envebynickvaneck 
OR my instagram page: @enve82. 
I own "enve.ca" but we are still working on launch. 

Most customers love the experiences of coming by the shop and getting to pick their own leathers, threads and styles, some even get to watch their product being made. 

3. How long have you been doing your craft/art and how did you get started?

I've been doing leather work for about 25 years. I started ENVE HIDEWORKS about 5 years ago but have been working on it full time for the last 2 years. 
I was born into a family of leather workers. My dad behind the cutting Knife and my mother behind the sewing machine, both expert pattern makers and true artists. I learned so much from them. 

4. Who or what inspires you to create?

There are so many different sources of inspiration. It could be a funny character in a movie that make you wonder what kind of wallet he would carry or a nature scene full of beautiful colours that all work perfectly together and become a piece of art for a moment. 
Even seeing a beautiful painting. Music can also be very inspiring for me too. 

5. Do you listen to music when you work, and if so what kind?

When I'm at the bench I must have my speakers going. 
Lately I've been listening to a lot of folky blue grass, raw old school country songs. 
What I do is an ancient trade, one of the first trades ever. Listening to that old music brings you back a bit and makes you ask so many questions about how things use to be. 

6. What do you like least/most about your craft?

What I love most about my craft is when the customer (usually turned friend) receives their product and they instantly fall in love. As they use their product they fall more in love daily with the quality. I've made many valued friendships doing what I do.  The only thing I struggle with sometimes but very rarely is trying to get my vision of a project across to a customer. 

7. Describe your workspace?

My workspace began with me on my bedroom floor with a 2×2 wooded cutting board on my lap chopping wallets until my legs went numb. Now I work in a large well lit with natural light finished space. I couldn't ask for more, it's the perfect inspiring place.

8. What advice would you give to anyone thinking about starting their own craft business?

All I can say to anyone who would like to start their own business is...  you have to WANT IT!! you have to BELIEVE IT'S ALREADY YOURS!! you have to PUSH and work harder then you ever have in your life. 
And I promise you will feel greatly rewarded.

April 01, 2017

Saturday Spotlight: Cement Gators

Saturday Spotlight

Cement Gators

1. What is the name of your shop or business and what do you sell?

My shop name is Cement Gators.

...also known as Garden Gators  

2. Where are you located? or where do you sell?

I live in london and I started selling my gators on Etsy and letgo, but a lot of my sales are by word of mouth or when someone sees one of my gators in someone's yard or garden.

3. Do you have your own website/store or online link?

4. Who or what inspires you to create?

What inspires me to make them is seeing that people enjoy them! 
They send me pictures of where they have put them in there gardens, by their pool or how they painted them and how much they like them, I even have people who have given them names . Lol Wally gator is a popular one??

5. Describe your workspace?

My work space started out with a small section of my workbench and now has taken over the whole space plus !! I need another bench for myself!

6. What is one of your best moments as a crafter/artist?

The best moment I had and still have is when people see my gators for the first time and say things like that's awesome or that's cool I've never seen anything like that before ! Makes me smile??

7. What advice would you give to anyone thinking about starting their own craft business?

My advice to anyone starting out is to find something you really enjoy doing! Get feedback from friends and family, they will be honest!!! Lol, they are trying to help you out with your new business! It's a great feeling to be able to say I made that!

March 20, 2017

Tutorial: Crown Royal Coasters


Crown Royal Coasters

My nephew sent me some Crown Royal bags and asked me to make coasters.

First I carefully cut the fabric from the bags.

Next I cut a square from card stock as my "pattern".
It is 4.5 inches (11.5cm) square.

I first cut the plain fabric squares for the back of the coaster.

Here are all the plain squares.

I had some white terry cloth fabric (think towels) so I cut those into squares too, to ensure the coaster would be absorbant.
Here are the white squares.

Then I realized that my card stock pattern would not allow me to make sure the words "Crown Royal" were centred in my squares.
I needed something I could see through.
So I found a pink plastic bag and cut a 4.5 inch (11.5cm) square.

Now I could see what I was cutting.

Some of the bags were larger than others. I always got the words centred left to right, but sometimes the words were lower in the square because of the size of the bag.

Here are all the Crown Royal squares.

Now, time to stack for sewing.
The Crown Royal square and the plain square are right sides together.
Add the white square outside the plain square.

When pinning, mark where you will leave an opening.
This is to turn the coaster right side out.
My green pins mark my opening.

I started sewing at the bottom green pin.
My seam was a scant 1/4 inch seam.
And I sewed all the way 'round to the other green pin.

Trim your corners.

Turn right side out.
This is an example of one of the Crown Royal squares where the words are lower than centre.
It is because the bag was smaller than the others. 

Fold in the edges at the opening.
Pin opening.

Topstitch across the opening and all 'round the coaster.

Ta da!
All done.