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Showing posts with label love week. Show all posts
Showing posts with label love week. Show all posts

love week: baked treats

cupcakes
Yesterday I baked up a bunch of these breakfast cupcakes to bring to church today. Don't tell the band that they are really just regular cupcakes without real frosting...they deserve a Valentine's treat!

love week: i love my sponsors

I have got to say, I have a really great bunch of sponsors right now. I mean, I liked them before, but after reading their "official" introductions that they've written up, I like them even more. In fact, I love them, and I'm so thankful for their support. Today we're going to take a moment to get to know them each a little better:
Daphne
Hello! My name is Daphne from Sunrise Folk. I love Lady Grey tea and re-purposing vintage clothing and linens into functional accessories like aprons and bags. I have also recently found wool felt (if you've never used it before you really should try it, it is lovely!) and have so much fun telling little stories through the creatures & creations that get stitched from the images that come to me while I'm falling asleep or washing the dishes.
Cristina
I'm Cristina and I am the founder of GetCraftee.com! Craftee is my part time hobby, and other than blogging I enjoy making all sorts of crafts. My favourite things are crocheting and embroidery! I'm also trying to get comfortable with my pretty little sewing machine! I love everything to do with crafts and I could spend hours and hours inside a Michael's or Fabricland (here in Ontario we don't have awesome stores like Jo-Ann's!).

Away from Craftee I work full time as a project coordinator at Ganz (they make Webkinz!). I'm in school part time for Business Management/Marketing (Don't ask how I find the time for it all! Sometimes I wonder myself lol). I love animals and I have a cute Jack Russell named Miss Piggy as well as two crazy cats (Ninja and Smudge). One of my other passions is cake decorating and I even used to work at a cute little Cupcake shop here in Toronto. These days I try to bake/decorate on weekends and for special events to keep my skills in tune.
Amina
I'm Amina, a broke, starving, college kid. I love to sew and make things and have two lovely cats that love to stick their noses into my projects. [They have great creative advice!] I do a lot of sewing of clothes and bags, loveeee book-binding and try to upcycle as much as possible for the sake of the planet. Thrift stores are my Sunday mass. I started my business Cats and Crafts by Amina over the summer because I couldn't find a job and have fallen soo in love with it! As I'm still pretty new, my shop and aesthetic are always changing with the seasons so keep up with it by following my blog!
Tara
I'm Tara over at SewTara where I make things and show and tell them. I'm also a mommy to my 2 little boys and spend my afternoons playing games with children in a noisy gym...oh I mean teaching. I started my blog as a way to journal my creations and keep myself motivated. It's grown from there and I'm loving every minute of it.
Talia
My name's Talia (Ta-LEE-a, or T'lia). I live on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia with my husband and our puppy, Pepper. I'm a teacher, and crafter, and those two things, combined with cleaning the house, takes up most of my time! I remember pretty clearly when I started crafting. It was a rainy day, I was surfing the web, found a tutorial for felt mushrooms, thought, "I can make that". And so it began... Since then have joined my nana's craft group and I love making things with her each Tuesday morning. Everyone should try to learn as much as they can from their grandparents! My blog, Life's Visual Journal is called that because it's about the experiments, trials, colours and patterns that make up my life!
Stacey
Hello, My name is Stacey! I am a full time crafty Mom, part time waitress extraordinaire. Some of my favorite things are collecting Pyrex, eating lots of sushi, drinking tons of lattes, taking pictures & going thrifting. I recently opened a little Etsy shop -One Fine Day- full of vintage treasures. In my free time I write about all my adventures on my blog Morning by Morning!
BeanBell
Hello, I'm Bean Bell. I got really restless and bored at the end of 2010. Instead of having a midlife crisis, I started a blog. I'm too young for a midlife crisis anyways! I decided to merge my love of craft materials with my admiration of animals. I think bats are adorable and I once acted as a midwife for a goat named Cheese. I am a part-time nanny (aka Beaniesitter) and recently sold fancy chocolates, worked in a pet store, and volunteered at Brookfield Zoo. I hope you enjoy seeing what animals, critters, and beasties I create!
Alli
Hello! My name is Alli and I blog at One Pearl Button. I'm a graduate student and Roman archaeologist who loves all things vintage and creative. My blog documents my creative life, primarily through crafts and photography. I'm crazy about instant analog photography, and I also run a shop, OPB Studios, where I sell my Polaroid photos and fun things made from them. My other favorite things include scooters, tea, and my retired racing greyhound. Stop by OPB sometime; I would love to get to know you!
Andee
Hi everyone! I am so glad to meet you. My name is Andee Eve and I am visiting here from my blog Bearing Fruit where I chronicle my creative and quirky life. On the creative side, I sew, I paint, I draw, I collage and make just about anything I can get my hands on. On the quirky side, I love to explore new and interesting places and
chronicle my journeys. It could be a cool unexpected object I see, a neat-o thrift store find, or a walk in my neighborhood and I just can't help myself from blogging about it. I am often wearing a tiara or an apron. I am excited to be meeting you here at Wild Olive and I'd love to have you for a visit. C'mon over anytime. xo Andee
Ren
Hello! My name is Lauren. I go by Ren. Hence the name Ren Was Here. I'm just a person who enjoys writing, crafting, baking, singing, and learning new things. I blog because I enjoy sharing what I have to say, even if no one actually reads what I write. I go back and forth on writing styles, but the one thing that stays the same is me!
Isabela
I am a loving mommy of 2 cute puppies, Melvyn and Leela, an English bulldog and a silky terrier. If you guessed Leela is what inspired me to name my shop (and blog!) Ooh Leela!, you are absolutely right! I love hanging out with my husband, sitting on the couch, popcorn in one hand, his hand in the other. And when I am not doing that, I love to sew and make things. This is what inspired me to start my own line of unique dish towels, kitchenware and accessories: Ooh Leela!
Nichole
Hello! I'm Nichole from I Was Only Stitching. I was asked to write a little about myself, so here it goes: I am a homemaker and home-schooler, and very much love both of those callings in my life. On Fridays I teach an art class to home-schooled children in our area and next year I hope to teach a sewing/embroidery class...but, of course:) My home life and church life take up the bulk of my time, but then there is that tiny special "just for me" part which is made up of the BBC, my blog, and all of the wonderful, terribly talented women I meet and come across through blogging. I am a selective social networker, so no facebook for me, only a blog...though the pressure is mounting! I did try twitter, but once I began rolling my eyes at my own thoughts, I knew it couldn't last;) So there you go, a teeny glimpse into me...

Thank you so much for introducing yourselves, ladies! It's so good to see your smiling faces! Now, go visit these wonderful sponsors, and see what they've got to share on each of their blogs...they have stories to tell!

love week: anna's heart mobile

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My dear sister, Anna, made this heart mobile for in her window. I asked if I could share it with you, and she was a little hesitant. Which made me go, what? WHY? I convinced her to let me use it though, so you get at least a glimpse.

The hearts are punched from catalog pages and glued back to back on strings. She was looking for a ring of some king to hang them from, and I got to contribute an embroidery hoop!

Anna pointed out that her photography style is so different from mine, and that her pictures might not look like they go on my blog. Silly girl.
random photo....
It is true that her style is not like mine, but that's what I love about it. I would never get a photo like this, but I think it is so pretty. Especially because it has Anna's mobile in the background, and a little bit of Anna right there in the foreground.

I love you sis! Thanks for being my best friend!

love week: printable stamp valentines


Now we're getting pretty close to Valentine's Day. And I don't know about you, but I still love the silly little Valentines that come in the flat-ish boxes. I think they are way cool, and I wish that I had saved some from when I was young.

Even though I'm "all grown up", I'll be giving away a few of these stamp Valentines this year. They are based on my Teeny Tiny Commemoratives, and I thought you or your littles might want to print some too.

Download the PDF with 4 designs, then trim around them (but don't worry about the shaped edges!).

Have fun!

love week: blogs i love

Just when I think that I can't add another blog to my Google Reader list (and yes, I've just started giving Blog Lovin' a try), another blog comes along and I'm hooked. Some of these are recent finds, and some are ones that I've been reading for a while and just haven't really mentioned. I won't overload you too much, but here are some blogs that I love:
PleatedPoppy
Lindsey of The Pleated Poppy has many things that inspire me. Her shop items and projects use the most colorful fabrics. She's found a super lovely way to cover up holey jeans. Her house is really wow. But most of all, her What I Wore Wednesday posts have greatly influenced my fashion-style. Seriously, start reading her blog.
FamilyChic
I feel as though I should have been reading Family Chic for a long time and have missed out. Camilla's blog is full of the kinds of tutorials that are exactly what I like to do. They are simple and sophisticated, and many times she uses embroidery. To make tags, chocolate bar wrappers, and even on leaves. Oh, yes...you'll love Family Chic as much as I do.
GoodKnits
Good Knits is the newest to my list of blogs I love. It literally took about 30 seconds for me to fall head over heels. Gorgeous photos full of color, lots of crocheted lovelies, and man, how about these woven pieces of art!?! I can't wait to see what comes next from Lisa.

And here are a few more folks that you'll want to visit: Tyler Stanton is always good at making me laugh, Ginger and George has pretty things and fun color palette projects, and One Charming Party makes me want to throw the best celebrations ever.

(all photos are from their respective blogs and were used with permission)

love week: diana from our.city.lights

Are you ready to welcome another guest? Diana has a love for books, cameras, and beautiful things, so I was very excited when she accepted my invitation to share something pretty. I should warn you though, you're gonna want to buy some fancy toys for your camera after this...

Hello Wild Olive readers! My name is Diana, from our.city.lights! I’m happy to be a guest post on Mollie’s blog for Valentine’s Day. Love doesn’t need a holiday to be celebrated on a specific day! When it involves hearts, bokeh is my favorite.

There are tons of DIY tips on online, but I didn’t want to fuss with tape and cardboard on my favorite 50mm lens, I went with Photojojo’s bokeh kit, which can be inserted in the Lensbaby.


Now, all you need is some fireworks, a few streetlights, and a beautiful clear night to see your results.

The less focused you are, the more dominant the shape exposes itself.




Valentine’s Day is a cute holiday to celebrate with hearts, but Mollie is a great example to celebrate love daily with some creativity. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Yep, that does it. I really, really want a Lensbaby and bokeh kit now. Sigh. Anyway, thank you so much, Diana, for these lovely photos! They are oh so sweet and sparkly!

love week: this is how we know

People often have unpleasant things to say about Valentines's Day, because we can't stand the idea of forced, frilly, fluffy romance. When I decided to have Love Week here, romance was not a part of it at all. Love week is about cute and crafty, the things and people we love, and the many ways we can express that love, and it will continue to be that. But even though these things are fun, they're still kinda frilly and fluffy. What is love really?
This is how we know...
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us.

That is love. Serious love. The kind of love that would give anything and everything for someone. My everyday life doesn't usually encounter the kind of situation that would require me laying down my life for another, but it does bring opportunities for small sacrifices. Can I show love by walking away from my computer and doing the dishes instead? Can I love another person enough to not say what I'm thinking? Can I demonstrate my love of God by memorizing His words?

Those little acts of love can feel as difficult as the big ones. But I'm working on it.

At the risk of going off-track, I want to share a quick craft to go along with one of these little ways of showing love. (It's a bit frilly, but with a deep intent.) We made some little magnets for our fridge. They have short scriptures printed on them, and I'm going to make an effort to learn these, and add to them. Perhaps you'd like to as well?
verse magnets front
Print out some short verses in a small font. Cut or punch a heart shape around the verse (I used my new Fiskars scalloped heart punch). Glue the heart onto cereal box cardboard.
verse magnets back
Cut around the heart shaped, then add a magnet strip to the back. You're ready to take God's Word to heart!

And if you'd like a reminder of what love is, feel free to download the "this is how we know" image, and print it out. Keep it handy and think about what you're doing to demonstrate love, real love, to your family, your friends, your community, your God.

love week: embroidered love, two ways

Embroidered Love: Two Ways
When Tammie approached me about collaborating on a little project involving stitching, I was definitely in. Her idea was simple. We would choose a theme, and she would cross stitch and I would embroider. Love seemed to be the perfect theme for stitching up in February.

We didn't consult at all on this, but how cool is it that we both chose to use words, AND that we each did a variation on "I Love You"?!

If you would like to stitch up a lovely message, you can download my Olive You So Much pattern here, then head over to Tammie's blog to find her cross-stitch pattern.

love week: shops i love

I try not to buy too many things, but I've always been a huge fan of window drooling shopping. Lately I've found a few shops that loooove. Shops that make me want to buy everything. Here are a few of those lovely spots:



Mayicarles has so many pretty things. Most of her items are made from sweet shades of soft felt, but there are also some fun printables. I seriously love this DIY kit.


MonkeyPuzzle makes lovely little banners from vintage textiles. Book pages, handkerchiefs, blankets, you name it. They are absolutely precious, and I'd like to fill my work space with them. This one is in my new favorite color!



TheStoryBookRabbit will absolutely melt your heart with her transfer dishes. Vintage plates + sweet little animals? Love! And how about this amazing use of a shaped dish?

I also seriously love the following: Cotton Candy Friends, lucie0ellen, aftershowershop, and Seven Ply (I bought my sister a bangle for Christmas and wears it ALL the time!).

PS: All images are from their respective shops, and link to their listings!)

love week: michelle from scissor quirk

What would Love Week be without having some friends around? Michelle Clement is a gifted illustrator, designer and crafter. She has a bright and playful style that you can't help loving. I invited her to share something here, and when I heard what she was working on, I audibly gasped. Seriously! So please welcome Michelle, and show her some love!
Love in the Middle
Hi, guys!
This is Michelle from Scissor Quirk, with a super-sweet Valentine's crafty freebie, today, just for you!

Aah. Valentine's Day! I love when this super-cute holiday rolls around, every year. It makes me happy. I mean, I doodle things with hearts on them all year, gather the cheesiest of all cheesy love cards for my husband in anticipation, and wish there were cinnamon hearts year-round. :) It really is lovely. Also lately, though, I have been gathering and loving piles and piles of old beautiful doilies, too - not just Valentines cards! Knowing how much love and care went into making them, they seem more like little Valentines, on their own! Which gave me an idea - why don't I embroider a doily? Cute, no? Two of my favorite things, rolled into one!
Love in the Middle
So I created this free Valentine pattern for you, 'Love in the Middle' - cuz that's where the heart is! You can download it right here.
Love in the Middle
Love in the Middle
Love in the Middle
I think it will make a lovely edition to my craft space (under my heart garland, of course), but how cute would it be to give one your crafty Valentine friends or display at your pink cupcake party?

Happy embroidering (and early Valentine's day!)

Thank you so much, Michelle! I'm so in love with this pattern, and can't wait to start stitching! For more of Michelle's sweetness be sure to check out her shop...you'll love these embroidery patterns!

love week: make a valentine award


A few weeks ago, I was thinking about the fabric yo-yo button pin that I made, and I noticed that it looked a bit like the top of an award ribbon. A light bulb went off, and I had to try making a ribbon pin with a fabric yo-yo. It worked! And it's perfect for Love Week and awarding your heart to your Valentine.

Here's what you'll need:
a scrap of fabric (at least 4" square)
thread
a small wooden disc (about 3/4")
paint
1" wide ribbon (about 5")
a pin back
hot glue

award pin
Here's what you'll do:
Start by making a fabric yo-yo. I like Heather Bailey's easy tutorial for this, and I made my circle 4" to start. Then, paint a simple heart onto the wooden disc.
award pin
Trim the ends of your ribbon with a notch, then fold the ribbon at an angle and secure the fold with a dot of hot glue.

Use hot glue to attach the disc to the gathered side of the fabric yo-yo.
award pin
Attach the folded ribbon and the pin back to the back of the yo-yo.
award pin
Now your award ribbon is all finished and ready to give. I've made a printable that you can attach your ribbon to when gifting it. There's a blank space for pinning or taping the ribbon in place.


Or, if you want to award your valentine, but aren't up for making a pin, I've made a version with an illustration of the award in place.


You could make this with an embroidered button, or with more hand-sewing, but I opted to simplify this a bit, because now it goes together faster. Fast enough that you could even make them for everyone at a Valentine's party!

this is love week


I'm very happy to officially announce the start of Love Week here on Wild Olive! There is still a full week until Valentine's Day, but I feel a little late to the game. Everyone has been sharing all of their lovely heart ideas for at least a week already, but I wanted to give it just a bit of time. So here we are.

All week I'll be sharing patterns, projects, printables, guest posts, and things I love. Get ready, because this is Love Week.