Thursday, March 31, 2011

Welcome to Handmade Love Thursdays!

I am so happy to be launching the first Handmade Love Thursdays with Cariboo Butterfly Handmade!!


The blog hop is all about sharing things handmade. Show us your creativity. I can't wait to see what everyone has to share!

The Rules:

1. Please do not link up to any shops, only blog posts about your creations.

2. Please post my blog hop button on a post or somewhere on your blog. If you chose to follow ( not required) Cariboo Butterfly Handmade or any of the other great blogs, please be sure to leave a comment. I love comments, and will check and respond to each one...though it might take me a day or two. :)

3. Post up to 2 entries only.

4. Please keep entries family friendly.

Most of all have fun! Sit back with a cup of tea, and take in all the craftiness.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wednesday Hops!

Good Morning!! It has been a busy few days around our house, so sorry for the lack of posts. I am linking up at these great hops today.

Be sure to come by for Handmade Love Thursdays tomorrow!! :)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

My Craft Room Reveal!!!

I am finally finished with my craft room!! I am so happy that it is finally done. I can now start my new projects, and break in my new needle felting machine! :)

I am linking up here:

The Girl Creative

Thursday Hops! :)

I am linking up at these great blog hops today. Hope you go by and say hi! :)
Be sure to come back next Thursday for the kick off for Handmade Love Thursdays here at Cariboo Butterfly Handmade! Are you crafty, and love things handmade? You can link up your crafts, creations, recipes, room reveals, decorating ideas. If it is handmade then we want to see it here! :)

The Two Savvy Sisters

Acting Balanced

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Handmade Love Thursdays!

I am happy to announce next Thursday, March 31, 2011 will be the kick off for Handmade Love Thursdays!! I just wanted to get the word out, so be sure to come back next week to link up your creations!!

Minx Designs handles all of my design work, and she made this lovely button for me. She is the best! :)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Mid Week Blog Hop

I am happy to announce I am starting up my own blog hop coming next week!! Be sure to come back next week to see what it is all about! :)


Monday, March 21, 2011

What's coming up for CBH...

Well, I am super excited, because I picked up my new Janome needle felting machine today! My husband was home for 4 days, and that proved to be an unproductive time for me. Yesterday, I helped him bring in more firewood, and dropped a large piece on my foot. I did have socks on, but it SURE did HURT! I got a cut, and some bruising. I don't think the toes are broken because I can move them, but the way I was carrying on you would have thought I had my foot amputated without anesthetic!

I have a friend lined up to watch Molly for a few hours over the next two days so I can finish my organizing, and do a big house cleaning. Thursday, I am going to get busy with my new bear orders. If things go well as I expect they will, I will be able to finish the bears so much quicker with this machine. I am already dreaming up new projects to work on with and without the machine.

The local farmer's market will be starting up in May, so I hope to get some things made up to sell there as well, maybe once a month. I am so excited about the possibilities!

Meanwhile, I am watching it snow again. sigh. Spring, please, please come to stay. :)

Paws 4 Thor

As some of you may have noticed, I have a new button on my sidebar for Paws 4 Thor. Thor is the little boy of my friend Erin. Erin is a single mom , and also my blog designer over at Minx. She has started a new blog for Thor and his journey. Please take a minute to read and get the word out for this amazing little boy.

This is Thor's story:

" My son, Thor, was a bright baby and by 15 months he could use short sentences ("How you doin' dude?") and had an extensive vocabulary for his age. When he was about 18 months, Thor slowly regressed to non-verbal and showed signs of aggression, self injury, and severe anxiety. Thor was diagnosed in November 2010 as Severely Developmentally Delayed, and is suspected by his therapy team to have Autism (the wait time for the official autism evaluation is long and we’re told it won’t happen until June 2011).

There are many issues that arise from Thor’s disability that makes living each day difficult, both for Thor and myself (I’m a single parent). Currently, I cannot let Thor go for even a second because he will run - usually towards traffic. He has severe anxiety issues, and also self injures (hitting, slapping, pinching himself and even banging his head on hard surfaces).
How will a service dog help?
A service dog would allow Thor the ability to have more freedom when we are in public by having him tethered to the dog and being able to walk along side the dog, rather than being carried or strapped in a stroller. A service dog would also be able to track and retrieve Thor if he were to get away from me, comfort him when he is upset or having a meltdown, and keep him from dangerous activities and bad behaviors (such as hitting himself or banging his head on hard surfaces - for which he requires a helmet right now). It would give me another set of eyes to keep Thor safe.

4 Paws for Ability takes a child with Autism and all the difficulties they have with verbalization, communication, and social relationships and pairs them with a well trained service dog specifically trained to meet their unique needs; to create a consistency in the child's life as their dogs go every where that they go, even within places of public accommodation, and the educational system bringing along with them: consistency, stability, and calm reassurance that the feelings of anxiety or fear are not needed because their trusted buddy is by their side.

Once accepted into the program*, I will have to raise $13,000 to help off-set the costs of training Thor's service dog. After the initial fund raising, it will take 9-12 months to train a dog tailored to Thor's specific needs. Once a dog is chosen and trained for him, we will have to travel to Ohio (from Northern BC, Canada) to attend an 11 day training course where I will learn to be the dog's handler, and Thor will bond with his new buddy.

Thank you for following our journey!"

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I have some motivation!

I have talked about for weeks that I am cleaning up my craft room/office space. Well, I did a little bit, and quit. I got great news yesterday , that I am getting a Janome FM-725 needle felting machine!! Soo, I reallly need to have a proper place to work. I have started taking over one corner of the living room, and I know that my husband will be glad to see all of my stuff out of there, and it its proper place.

I have taken before pictures. SCARY! It seriously looks like an episode of hoarders in this one room. The weather is starting to warm a little, and the snow is starting to melt! YEAH! So spring is on its way slowly. I will be glad when I can open the windows, and air out the house!

Next week is Spring Break here in Quesnel, and I certainly hope Spring is on its way. :)

I can't wait to finish, so I can post after pics of my new work space! :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New and Exciting things coming up for CBH! :)

I got some awesome news today! R & R Sewing Centre here in Quesnel is going to be able to bring me in a Janome FM-725 Needle Felting Machine!! It should be here next week!
I am super excited about this purchase, because it is going to open the doors to new and exciting felting work for me! It will also boost my production of current projects, and improve the quality of my work.
I can hardly wait! :) I had better get my craft room in order for sure now, so I have a place to work, and get all of my stuff out of the living room. Hubby will be thrilled. :)

This is soooo fun!

I picked up a copy of the new spring edition of Do it Yourself magazine last night, and I found this project in it, and I fell in love! I love felt, and this would be a cool project! :)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Mesa Bear

My latest order is nearly done! I am waiting on some custom labels that I ordered that I want to put on him before I send him to Colorado.
This little guy is made with eco-fi felt, and 100% Alpaca fibre. Eco-fi felt is made from 100% post consumer use plastic bottles.

I am linking up here:
The Girl Creative

Tip Junkie handmade projects
Anything Related

Friday, March 11, 2011

Praying for Japan & my niece...

Carisa and her team got flights , and flew into Seattle today. It is so good to have them back safe!!


I am very happy to report her niece and her crew are alive and unharmed! However, they are not out of the woods yet. They are on foot, cold and hungry. They are reporting total devastation where they are. They lost their cars in the tsunami, and are about 1000kms from the airport. They had to spend the night on top of a hill in the elements.

They are currently in a hotel in Tono with no power, water, or food.
There has been a relief page set up to to help raise funds to get them back home. If you are able to give a little to help, that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you... all for your prayers, and continued support.

Send your support to these brave activists by donating on their blog:

Here is the article posted on Sea Shepherd this morning. Sea Shepherd’s Cove Guardians are Alive and Unharmed

My niece through my husband's side of the family is in Northwest Japan in Otsuchi. She is traveling with 2 other companions as Cove Guardians for Sea Shepherd. They arrived early in Otsuchi yesterday, and posted on their blog that they had arrived. They have not been heard from since the earthquake and tsunami hit. We are all worried sick about her, and hope that she and her companions will be found safe and sound soon.

She and her companions were sent there to document, and film the slaughter of 1000's of Taiji Dolphins in Northwest Japan.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

My Apologies!

I just wanted to say how very sorry I am if I haven't been by your blog in a while. I am so busy these days, and there are sooo many wonderful yous out there! :) Hope this note finds you well.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Best Buds!


I got the pictures of the little needle felted bear that went to live in NY with his new best friend! Aren't they just too cute!