Blog & Shop I love nothing more than re-inventing fairy tales and nursery rhymes. My latest project was the rhyme, "There once was a man with a beard, who said, "It is just as I feared. Two owls and a hen, four larks and a wren, have all built their nests in my beard." I elaborated on the rhyme to give the man a wife and to show how their relationship progressed over time until in their old age, they shared the birds. The finished portraits were entitled, "Birds of a Feather" and "Flock Together".Blog & Shop I am Jane Heinrichs, a writer and illustrator. I divide my time between London (UK) and Winnipeg (Canada). I love children’s books, especially vintage ones. I recently wrote and illustrated a children’s book called “Magic at the Museum”. It is about a young girl named Anne who visits an art gallery on her birthday. Anne falls asleep, the paintings come alive, and they have a magical birthday party. I was inspired to create this book after studying in a beautiful art college in London. At the time I fell ill with mono, and I needed something to keep my spirits up. The whole message of this book is love and courage: I hope all my readers get courage from “Magic at the Museum.” I created my own publishing company to self-publish this book. Within one year of publication “Magic at the Museum” was short-listed for a major Canadian illustration award and spent two weeks on the bestseller list in Winnipeg. This is a testament to the power of confidence and the chutzpah of an indie-business! Giveaway: Two handmade greeting cards designed and published by Jane * Blog My name is Gillian King (aka Gillian Giggs) from Winnipeg, Manitoba and I'm sharing a 'How-to-Scowl' pattern! Along with my passion for painting I am always itching to learn to make new things. This past summer I attended one of Studio Lune's knitting tutorials and was taught to knit and purl by none other than Ms. Dizzy Dame! Since then I have started my own Stitch and Bitch, where once a week I meet up with fellow peg city knitters and over wine and snorting laughter we share patterns and teach eachother new techniques. One of my first projects was something I called a 'scowl', which is a mix between a scarf and a cowl. It can be free-styled quite easily, meaning you can switch up the type of wool you use or the number of rows you wish to knit. I would highly recommend this project for brand new knitters! It is a very easy and fast way to master your knit stitch and come away with something you'll be proud to say you made!
How-To-Scowl: Tutorial from Gillian Giggs
1 skein of fairly bulky wool (I would recommend wool that says it requires needles sized 6-9mm)
1 set of corresponding needles (ex. if the label on your wool says it requires 8mm use 8mm needles)
3 big buttons
*To learn a basic knit stitch and how to cast on and off visit http://www.knittinghelp.com for free how to videos
Step 1: Cast on 20 stitches
Step 2: Simply knit the next 62 rows
Step 3: Cast off, tying a knot at the end so it doesn't unravel
Step 4: You will now have enough scowl to wrap around your neck once - place onto flat surface and connect the two ends with one side overlapping by 1-2 inches - decide where you will like your buttons to sit on the scowl
Step 5: *With your excess wool cut off a 5" strand and loop it through your button holes so the two ends are hanging below the button - place on overlapped scowl and pull strands through holes in scowl until you have both strands through the two layers - tie into secure knot and cut off the excess
[Repeat from * for remaining buttons]
You will now have a scowl that will slip over your head like a neckwarmer and will be warm and funky for cold days (which are 2/3 of the year in Winnipeg)!Giveaway: a pair of 'puff' earrings made of wool. * Blog & Shop
I am so inspired by the color yellow lately. I don't know if it is because of the gray skies and slushy streets...or maybe the urge to go someplace tropical. So to bring a little bit of sunshine into my world, I took a vintage pillowcase with the prettiest yellow flower pattern and chopped it up! I made all sorts of fun embellishments for my scrapbook pages and even turned the beautifully detailed trim of the pillowcase into a BIG hair accessory. I accordion folded & stitched the trim, and then paired it with some dreamy white tulle, a couple of big pearl beads, and one of my great-aunt's vintage yellow rhinestone clip-on earrings to make an oversized pretty for my oversized hair! Super easy and fun!Giveaway: Little Miss Sunshine crafty kit... * Blog & Studio & Etsy
One of my new year's resolutions for 2010 was to give back through doing what I love. Lune Vintage's Project Recon was born - and it really has me excited about using my skills to make positive change. The first Project Recon dress was born from a lemon yellow thrift store peasant dress. Read about the entire transformation here.