Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Crafty Updates: Fan Expo

Fan Expo Canada starts tomorrow! Eeee! This is the largest convention that I sell at every year. It's also the most fun. The convention takes over the entire Metro Toronto Convention Centre for 4 days and it's incredibly busy and chaotic, but also amazing.

My table is in Artist Alley at A351. If you come to the show over the weekend, feel free to come say hi!

August has become so incredibly busy for me while I finish up prep work for this show. I've been sewing like crazy, with both new fabrics and scraps of old fabrics that I had buried in my fabric bins. I'm pretty excited and happy with the stock I have to bring to this year's show.

I have more stock this year than I've ever had for Fan Expo. I wanted to make sure I covered all the big fandom bases this year (especially Pokemon and Harry Potter).

I'll be back next week after my 4-days of Fan Expo fun!
xo Jen

Monday, 29 August 2016

Pumpkin Season is Coming

Yes, it's still August. However, companies are already promoting the Pumpkin season and it makes me so excited! Starting next week I'll be able to drink weekly pumpkin spice lattes and look for pumpkin treats in the grocery store (Canada has a pathetic selection in comparison to the U.S. though).

I know new items will pop up this year but these are my favourite pumpkin treats that I'm looking forward to.

Clockwise from top left corner:

1. Tim Horton's Pumpkin Pie Iced Capp. It came out last year and I only had the one but it was really good. I've noticed it popping up on U.S. friends' instagrams so I'm assuming it'll be showing up at Canadian locations again.
2. Pumpkin Pie Blizzard at Dairy Queen. This has been coming out year after year for as long as I can remember and it's one of my favourite things! The graham cracker bits throughout the blizzard are perfect.
3. Pumpkin Chai tea from Davids Tea. I've said it again and again, but this is one of my favourite teas. Pumpkin spice and chai are the perfect combination.
4. Pumpkin Spice Oreos. These finally showed up in Canada last year and they're so tasty. I'm sure I'll be stocking up again this year
5. McDonald's Pumpkin Spice Latte. I like it better than Starbucks' version. It's less sweet and more spicy. I will be consuming this pumpkin treat the most during the upcoming months.

I also really like the Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts and Pumpkin Spice M&Ms but these aren't available in Canada and I've only been able to try them a couple times.

What are you favourite pumpkin treats?
xo Jen

Friday, 26 August 2016

What I'm Loving Now

Honestly, life has been mainly work and sewing for me lately. The couple of weeks leading up to Fan Expo are always a blur of fabric scraps, thread, sore hands, and getting through my shifts at work thanks to caffeine. It's during this time that I long for September, when I can slow down a bit on sewing, snuggle up on the couch to watch shows starting up for the fall season, and spend some evenings relaxing.


The idea of fall is so incredibly appealing right now - the cool weather, layered clothing, pretty coloured leaves, pumpkins, bonfires. We've sat around so many bonfires this summer which is one of my favourite things but we have plans for some fall bonfires too. Afternoons and early evenings, layered in clothes, and using the fire to keep us warm (and the mosquitoes will be gone too!). I can't wait!


A friend introduced me to something wonderful last month - Dutch sprinkles. They are incredibly tasty and there's a wide range of flavours. I've tried dark chocolate and a fruity one, and both are so good. Now what you do with these sprinkles is add it to bread or toast. You put some butter on your bread and add your sprinkles. It turns your basic bread into a delicious slice of dessert. And it's perfectly acceptable to eat for breakfast! Seriously, find some Dutch sprinkles and try this out. I can't stop eating them.

What are you into this month?
xo Jen
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