Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas 2010

Christmas is a time of joy and wonder. I grew-up in the Caribbean, but visited my grand parents in Toronto for Christmas throughout my childhood. The baking of old fashioned West Indian black cake and taking sips of sorrel, mauby, ginger beer and punch-of-cream is a continued tradition is my home. I have transported my Caribbean holiday traditions and combined them with my husband's Canadian traditions, creating what I think is a truly unique experience.

Decorating the Christmas tree is my favourite thing to do (just after eating the West Indian black cake). This is the second year that my husband and I got a fresh tree, and we officially donated our artificial Christmas tree. This year we journeyed out with our little family and chose what we think is the best tree we could find. The smell of fresh spruce fills the air and heightens the festive experience.

A special ornament is added to our collection each year. Each ornament is carefully selected and have has their own story. The colours are a combination of rich creams, golden tones with hints of green and ruby reds. They are in all shapes and sizes and hang from golden cords and satin ribbons. I wanted to share with you my favourite ornaments.

This is the first Christmas for Crafted Spaces and the first Christmas post. I will like to wish all those who follow our blog, as well as all first time visitors a very Happy Holiday and best wishes for the New Year.

Yvette-Michelle Cottle Darby
Crafted Spaces

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Craft Shop

Crafted Spaces is happy to introduce its online shop, featuring books and other resources. We hope that you will enjoy this great collection of resources. The books and other items featured have been reviewed or used by us at our studio. Many of the books are part of our library and has been a source of information and inspiration.

One of the books listed at our online shop is Heartfelt by Teresa Searle. This is a great book with 25 creative projects. There are a variety of items that you can create for yourself or as a gift. The book itself will make a great gift for the crafter in your life. The mittens are our personal favourite.

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