Let it snow, let it snow

The temperature seems to be dropping fast here in BC, and there is a dusting of snow everywhere you look. Actually, I don’t like the snow very much, although it does make this small town look like a winter wonderland, or at least my backyard seems that way. I hope everyone is enjoying this holiday season and I wish you a Merry Christmas!

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Countdown to Christmas

Although I don’t enjoy this cold weather, I love the holidays (not to mention the time I’ll have off from school next month!). It may be a little early, but I couldn’t wait until December to share these goodies. They would make great stocking stuffers, or you could keep them for yourself. Click on the pictures to go to etsy page they are sold at. This gingerbread lip balm is makes a great gift, without breaking the bank.

Gingerbread - Lip Balm

Candy cane hand soap smells great, and is perfect for Christmas time. The best part is the fact that it is foaming soap!

Candy Cane Foaming Hand Soap

I really like how these sugar scrubs are packaged in clear Christmas ornaments. How festive!

Stocking Stuffer Christmas Scrub Set

This requires a bit of assembly and DIY, but is just too cute! Time to start the countdown!

Christmas Countdown Kit

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I love long sleeves

Winter is officially here. The weather has gotten much colder, and there is quite a bit of snow where I live, and more expected to come. So, it is time to break out the scarves, mittens, knitted hats and long sleeves. I hope someday I can make a dress with long sleeves. I especially like just plain, straight long sleeves. Here are some dresses to inspire you (click on pictures to enlarge):

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The long-awaited cowl neck

Hello! Yesterday I finished my first knitting project. It was such fun making, and it is finished just in time for winter. I know I will be wearing it a lot through these cold Canadian winter months. The colour, a rich red called ‘wine’ is absolutely beautiful and so warm. I’m pretty proud of making it, I learned to knit on Saturday and then I started my cowl neck  the next day. You would not believe how long it took me to make- a whopping 6 hours! It really isn’t even that big, the height is about 9 in. and it has a circumference of about 22 in. Any who, here are the photos.

Cozy Cowl Neck

If you are considering learning how to knit, I think this is a good first project. It’s not as long as a scarf, so would take less time. I’ve actually already started my second project, but I want to keep it a secret for now.

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I love knitting

Although I find it rather frustrating. I’m just learning to knit right now, but decided to take a break to share the news with all my wonderful readers. I’ve just completed about 10 in. of the long-tail cast on, and I honestly haven’t a clue what to do next, or how to do it. Hopefully I’ll finish in the next day or two and post it here. Any suggestions would be great! Happy knitting and sewing!

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I love Halloween

I’ve been awfully quiet lately, and unfortunately I’m going to have to keep this post short. As you all know, yesterday was Halloween. I hope none of you ate too much candy 🙂 I do have a project planned for whenever I find enough time, so watch out on Burdastyle for that. Now, back to Halloween. I didn’t go trick-or-treating this year, so for most of the night I found myself handing out candy dressed as a ninja and watching Ghostbusters. All the compliments on my jack-o-lantern really made my day. Perhaps I should become a professional pumpkin carver?

If you can’t tell, it’s Mario! I worked quite hard on carving this, and I think it was well worth it.

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Time to take a bow

But not that kind of bow, bow as in fabric, ribbons, shoelaces… the cute kind! I’ve always loved bows, I think they make everything just a little sweeter. I actually have this t-shirt with a big satin bow appliqued on the front (and for the Canadians out there, I got it at the superstore). Anyway, I had these scraps of fabric, and I didn’t know what to do with them. It was really nice fabric, so I didn’t want to cut into it and destroy it. Another thing was that they were really small, probably only about 10 cm across, in both directions. And I had 5 pieces this size. But today, after school, I took the plunge. I decided last night what these scraps would become: bows. Didn’t expect that now, did ya?  I cut only 3 of the 5 pieces.

Sorry for the side-ways picture. If I rotate it, it squishes it, so I thought, at least this way they’re in proportion.Each bow probably measures about 3×5 cm, hence the burdastyle name ‘mini bows.’ I hope to get my hands on some full-sized fabric this weekend, but I will sew before then again. I actually have some pieces of fabric left from my tote bag that I made a couple of weeks ago. Any ideas as to what I should make of them?

. I’ve thought of quite a few ways to wear these: in my hair, as a necklace (on a chain, ribbon, or pearl necklace), and as a brooch (did I spell that correctly?). These were so simple to make, they probably only took a few minutes each, plus ironing.

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