We used to be friends, a long time ago

Hello old friend,

If you’ve made it here, I assume that you’ve known me from a time where my crazycanadianloon handle is me.

Sometimes in life, things happen and things change.  We may have been friends and now we no longer speak.  Maybe something dramatic happened, or maybe life just happened and we moved on.  If you were wondering how I am but don’t have it in you to start a conversation again, here are some updates of my life that you won’t find out from Facebook (which I hardly update anyway):

  • I own a condo now.  It has an indoor swimming pool and it’s awesome.  My strata fees are worth every penny.
  • My job is fantastic.  Even on the days where I want to flip a table because I’m stressed, I can still go home and smile because the work I do is meaningful.
  • I have two cats: Tobiko and Tamago.
  • The people currently in my life make me happier.  I listen to them.  They listen to me.  Whether we talk about things that are good or things that are bad, we are there for each other.
  • I’m still obsessed with miniatures.  I do have other hobbies now though.  Another hobby I get obsessed with in certain seasonal cycles is knitting.
  • I still think the 3 best TV shows are: Scrubs, Futurama, and Arrested Development.  Watch Scrubs if you want to laugh, cry, and feel any other emotion in between.  Futurama will make you laugh and wonder about a future you will never see.  Arrested Development (even with season 4) is funny and witty and make you feel smart if you get the jokes.
  • I still listen to early 2000s pop punk.  It’s just the best.
  • I like my parents now that I don’t have to live with them.

If you were looking for schadenfreude, I’m sorry.  Do know that there were a lot of tears shed and harsh life lessons learned before I got to where I am today, though.

Wishing you the best,



A Flying Cat I Call Coco

This project idea has been spinning around in my head for several months now.  It wasn’t until last month that I lucked out at a dollar store and found the black cat to fulfill this idea.  This is why Halloween season is awesome!

Flying Cat 12

Flying Cat 09

Only minor surgery to sew the legs into a “flying” position and cutting up the back to insert the wings was needed.


Crafty Avocado Stuff

A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from someone who had come across my Avocado Earrings and Avocado Necklace.  She had been looking for something avocado related and was in quite a rush because she was leaving the country soon and wanted to give something to her boyfriend.  (Awwwwwwww!)  She was looking for avocados because it was something they shared between them and something they both loved (Double awwwwwwww!).  Although the originals had already been given out as gifts, I had some extras (and that is why you never waste craft material!).  So, the earrings turned into keychains and the necklace turned into a rear view mirror decoration.

Anyway, when I met with her to exchange the goods, we had a conversation about avocados and her search for crafty ones.  She’d mentioned that she tried to find a plush avocado and wasn’t having any luck.  I ended up poaching the idea and did some experiments.

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Now, the stuffed avocado was cute and all, but what was I going to do with it?

Avocado Wristband 02

Since I’ve been working with leather, I had a few pieces of scrap from my projects.  It was a very simple process of attaching the avocado to the leather band and now it’s a useful pincushion!


Hand Sewn Mocassins

All the way back in March, I attended a workshop on how to make moccasins from recycled leather at Blim.  The instructor was amazing in teaching us techniques.  At the time, I made a pair of moccasins that ended up being a little too small for my feet so I gave them to my mom.  I had been meaning to make myself a pair but summer rolled around and I didn’t need to wrap my feet in something warm, so the project fell into a “to do” pile.  Well, now that fall is around the corner and I have to put away my open-toed shoes, I pulled my supplies from the pile and started work.

Mocassins 01

Mocassins 02

Mocassins 03

Mocassins 04

Mocassins 05

Mocassins 06

This is the “Inca Boot” style.  I’m going to try to make the “Scout” for my next moccasin project.

Reusing a Reusable Bag

A colleague of mine had a reusable bag where the straps broke and she didn’t have much use for it anymore.  She knew I was crafty and passed it on to me to “do something with it”.  Ever the craft supplies hoarder, I took it in without quite yet knowing what to do with it… until one day my drafting supplies fell out of the flimsy plastic bag I was carrying them around in, and thought that the broken owl bag would be perfect to fashion some sort of big pencil case.

But I’m a procrastinator, so I didn’t get around to actually whipping one up until the past long weekend.  It turns out it was incredibly easy and it took me a total of less than half an hour to put it all together.

Owl Bag (1)

Owl Bag (2)

Owl Bag (3)

Owl Bag (4)

Now all I have to make something to take care of my T square.

Avocado Necklace

After making the avocado earrings, I decided to make a matching necklace.




I found that it was actually harder to make the necklace because it’s a bigger piece, which makes it harder to control the shade.

Foam Core Gazebo

I’ve been posting quite a bit lately on the jewelery I’ve been making and stepping away a bit from the dollhouse fascination.  I think it’s because I have a lot of architecture projects on the go lately and I wanted to finish them before making posts.  One thing that I’ve been working on is the class project for making architectural models.  I’m learning how to build models from foam core and the process that goes along with it.  It’s great to be able to work with my hands and have a design pop up from what used to be a flat sheet of foam core and glue.

Gazebo with Lighting (7)

Gazebo with Lighting (2)

Gazebo with Lighting (6)


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