Last week, I mentioned Red Pepper Spectacle Arts’ annual Kensington Winter Solstice parade, formerly called the Festival of Lights, in Kensington Market. Here’s a selection of pics I took in Alexandra Park, where parade participants – toting handmade paper lanterns – congregated around a gigantic papier-mâché hand and a colourful collection of talented musicians and dancers.
What’s this? The Santa Claus Parade is today? Means the holiday season is upon us (the cold definitely is!). Also means it’s time to get crafty. Over the years, at magazine prop sales, I’ve scooped up beautiful hand-block-printed wallpaper remnants and rolls to repurpose as pretty packaging and cards. I never buy gift wrap, preferring to recycle newspapers, fabric and wallpaper instead. I also don’t buy cards – why buy when you can make? And if you’re gonna make, make ’em pretty! Here’s one of my favourites.
This card is a cinch to craft. All you need are card stock, wallpaper, a button, a pencil, a ruler, an exacto knife, white glue and scissors. Here’s what to do. Continue reading