Thursday, November 2, 2017

Vintage Christmas


I've been busy making cards to sell for the upcoming Christmas season.   Man I dislike that term, but when making things to sell, unfortunately November 1- December 24 is the Christmas season...

I've attacked a pile of vintage cards that were given to me and upcycled them to be able to use today.  The artwork is quite pretty and it seems such a shame not to re-use them!  I cut them apart and add pretty papers, sometimes fibres and Voila!  We have new/old cards!

For all my cards, new or recycled, I try to add a little something of the front of the card to the inside.

Sometimes it's a few strips of the same paper, sometimes a bit more.

Feel free to come down to the Vintage Co-Op on Saturday's from 10-4 to see what new cards I have for sale!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Minion Love


As previously mentioned, my sister and I are both Minion lovers:)  I got inspired to make some cards with some sticker sets I found at the store and my own supplies.  These can be used for almost any reason: birthday, thank you, Halloween!  Let me know what you think?

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Giving Thanks


Well, we are a week away from the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend.  I regularly try to keep my perspective and be grateful for what I have: family, my husband, my puppy, friends, relatively good health, safety...  Especially with recent hurricanes and storms, I am grateful to be working and have a safe, clean home to be in.

Here are some of the cards I created in this spirit.  Stop by the Vintage Co-Op if you get a chance and check them out!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

New Opportunities


There is a saying that goes something like, 'Whenever one door closes, another one opens'.

Well this summer that is what happened...The Artisan Emporium here in the Soo closed at the end of July and I was wondering where else I could place my cards for sale.  Then at the end of August, another group, whom I have been a guest vendor, invited me to become a full time vendor with them!  Woo Hoo!  So I am proud to announce that Connell Crafts is a vendor at The Vintage Co-op at the bottom of Church Street here in Sault Ste. Marie.  They have a Facebook page where you can keep tabs on all the beautiful things you can find there.  Just click here.

I'm off to make more cards!

Monday, August 28, 2017

HBC Inspired

Hello all!

Here in Canada there is a store that has its roots in the formation of our country.  It's called Hudson's Bay, formerly Hudson's Bay Company (HBC).  Back in the days of the settlement of Canada, this company representing England traded furs for products like knives, guns and many other things including blankets!  These were made of wool and had a signature look to them. Details on this blanket can be found at

It is a beautiful blanket, but neither my husband or I can stand wool.  Bit allergic, actually.  So when I saw blankets that were crocheted in the same pattern, I thought it would be a perfect project to do in the evenings while watching TV!

Because it's pretty straight forward, I just created my own pattern as I went.  Using information I found from the 2010 Crochet World magazine article by Michele Maks and also an artist on Ravelry by the name of Anteateralice, I compiled my supplies.

3x 14oz balls  Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Aran (off white)
1x 7oz ball each of the same type yarn in Black, Gold, Cherry Red and Paddy Green.

I made the blanket 143 single stitches wide.
and did the following rows:
12 rows White
8 rows black
8 rows white
8 rows gold
8 rows white
8 rows red
8 rows white
8 rows green
100 rows white  (you'll need to start a second ball here)
8 rows green
8 rows white
8 rows red
8 rows white
8 rows gold
8 rows white
8 rows black
12 rows white ( the 3rd ball will be started here)

The blanket was completed in about a month of evening sessions.  I sent it off to my friend in Alberta and she will be donating it to a cancer hospital that she is receiving treatments in right now.  Hugs Alanna!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Minion Love


I've been working on a special project for my sister for a few weeks...
A Minion Quilt!

Truth be known, I started planning this in January, but finally got it going in June.
I cut out the fabric in January at my mom's when I was visiting.

It had to be put aside for a while then I started piecing it in my quilting class.

After a few weeks of assembling blocks, then rows, the connecting the rows...

I pieced the back of the quilt too, then brought it to my newest friend, Shawna with Aba Daba Quilts to pick out a pattern and thread.  She quilted it on her long arm, edge to edge.

I finished the binding in time to enter it in a local quilt show at St. Joseph's Island.
 Here's Shawna again at the show with the backside:)

My first show...
Now I just have to bring it to my sister for her birthday present at the end of August.
Cindy :)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Canada Cards


I seem to finish my cards just before an event and therefore do not leave myself enough time to post them before hand!  Oh well!  Hope you like these anyway.

I am selling my cards at a local store that was started up for local artisans in May.  So each celebration that passes, I try to make new cards to sell. Mother's day and Father's day passed in a blur, then came Canada Day.

I decided to use some left over scraps from my Canada quilt that is almost done :)  I hate wasting such beautiful fabric, so they went into these cards.  There were more, but I had to bring them in fast and forgot to photograph them...

On Canada Day the store had a $1.50 table in honour of Canada's 150th birthday this year.  As I did not want to sell my cards for that low a price, I made up these bookmarks.  They're selling great!

Thanks for checking in!
Cindy :)