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CHRISTMAS GIFT WRAPPING

December 21, 2015
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8 Ways to get inspired and creative with your Christmas gift wrapping this year! I understand that for many this is the very bane of their existence when it comes to Christmas, to the point where they leave it to the last minute. For me, it has always been a task that not only needs doing, but that I enjoy. I can remember carefully selecting wrapping for Christmas gifts over the years. Side note: my brother used to pay me…

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A HANDMADE CHRISTMAS CARD

December 7, 2015
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Inspiration for handmade Christmas cards and a DIY tutorial. For as long as I can remember I have been making Christmas cards. It started with scribbled misspelled holiday greeting cards to my parents, evolving eventually to include stick men. Eventually this gave way to hand painted cards, every year something different. I then started painted these cards for others, Mike, his parents, friends. Eventually I decided I wanted to try something different than painting and tried cards that involved more…

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FRESH CHRISTMAS WREATH

December 2, 2015
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It’s December! This means majority of us are in full holiday mode, putting up Christmas decorations and checking items off the shopping list. We’ve had our Christmas lights up outside since mid-November, with no other decor up. Normally I purchase a fresh wreath for our front door from Costco or one of the local garden nurseries. This year I decided to try and make my own. As I mentioned in our November Favourites post yesterday, Ryan and I always cut…

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DIY SOY CANDLES

November 25, 2015
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An easy tutorial for DIY soy candles. We both love candles, especially soy and beeswax. But the one downside is they can be quite expensive and hard to find. We try to stay away from paraffin wax, which contains carcinogens and pollutes the air in your home. Soy candles are made from soybeans, and do not release any toxins. There is some great information here going into further detail, and natural alternatives to you can look for. During the cooler…

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DIY HOLIDAY GARLAND

November 11, 2015
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A simple tutorial on how you can make a beautiful holiday garland for your mantel or any area in your home. Here at Discover Happiness, we love Christmas! The holidays are our favourite time of year and both Danielle and I have already begun listening to Christmas music. Last week, I slowly began putting up my decorations bit by bit. Everything but the tree goes up now, and at the end of November Ryan and I take Abby and go…

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NEW CRAFTING ADVENTURES

November 3, 2015
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Taking on a few new crafting hobbies this month! It’s the beginning of a new month and that usually means I’m close to starting a new knitting project. The fall sweater knit along at my local yarn shop will be wrapping up in two weeks, so I’m knitting away trying to get the last of the pieces knit. Rather than starting a new project, I’ll be working on a couple gifts and some other new activities I thought I’d share…

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NATURAL DYEING

September 3, 2015
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As a knitter and sewer, I’ve always been interested in dyeing fabrics and yarn. A local fabric and creative space shop here in Hamilton runs several classes and courses for all sorts of crafty things, and the natural dyeing class was one I’d had my eye on for a while. This summer I finally had the opportunity to sign up, and boy oh boy did I ever love it! The studio is on a rooftop in the middle of the…

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