canadian living february 2012 issue: valentine candy heart boxes

January 9, 2012 § 8 Comments

On Friday, as my co-workers and I spent our lunch hour wandering the aisles of a nearby Walmart, I spotted the February issue of Canadian Living Magazine already out on newsstands!

I did my rounds of grocery shopping on Saturday and, indeed, the issue is available everywhere magazines are sold in Canada.  So if you’re in Canada, please head over to your closest newsstands to pick up a copy and turn to pages 66-67.   For those of you beyond our Canadian borders, you can find the article at (I will update once the craft is available for viewing online).

Here it is!  Treat boxes in the likeness of candy hearts for you to make for your sweetheart this Valentine’s!

Am I giddy!  My first print publication.  Well, my “first”, unless considered are my monthly column for our local Parish newspaper at the age of 13 and my dreadful illustrations in the high school newspaper, but they simply won’t (shan’t) count.  So yes, this is my first print publication.  Ever.  And of the year.  I am so blessed.  I didn’t imagine when I started this blog not so long ago that my first print publication would be a two-page spread in a national magazine.

I cannot wait to share with you other publications to follow in 2012 (and, praying for a bit of luck, beyond).  I could not have more gratitude for the opportunities being given.  Thank you!

canadian living crafts contest

January 5, 2011 § 8 Comments

This year, I have resolved to actively participate in crafts challenges.  Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve entered some of my holiday crafts into the Canadian Living Christmas Crafts Contest.

I decided to enter the following projects into the contest.  I hope you still remember them.  If you are a new subscriber, I welcome you to view my tutorials on these projects under Crafting Ideas on the left sidebar.

Peppermint favor boxes made out of two styrofoam bowls and red electrical tape.

Homemade cookie stamps created by cutting a shape out of an old plastic cutting sheet.  Also, creative cookie wrapping inspired by traditional pleated soap packaging.

Advent calendar: Lego-inspired stackable treat boxes entirely made of paper and foam sheets, and of course, fully functional.

Mini stockings created by cutting and reconstructing the fingers of gloves.  No knitting needed!

Paper ornaments created by rolling strips of construction paper and quilling decorative details.

A winter centerpiece made by rolling foil pie pans into rosettes, which are glued together into a papier mache ball to make a modern topiary.

And so, I would like to ask you the favor of checking out my entries and voting for your favorite(s)!   Please click on your favorite project(s) above and you will be directed to the Canadian Living site where you can register/login and vote daily until January 21st.

Thank you so much for all your support!

It would be fantastic to be able to use all the wonderful crafting supplies on their prize list.  In the end, if I don’t win, what’s most valuable to me is earning the recognition and nods of the editors at Canadian Living where I hope I can contribute my many crafty ideas one day…the votes from you will be a nudge towards that direction.  Many thanks!  :)

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