Wonderful Things Blog Tour


Welcome to my Wonderful Things blog tour day! As always I am incredibly excited and jazzed that I get to be a part of something so cool. I have enjoyed each and every time that I have been asked by a designer to make something to showcase their work. Albeit I am totally stressed about it as there are so many incredible makers out there and I always feel like I struggle to find something to make and put it together in a timely fashion. As per usual I am a day late and a buck short. Working till the wee hours and making up things as I went along. Thankfully despite the stress of it I managed to put together something that I am quite proud of and above all I had a lot of fun doing and I learnt some stuff along the way. So let’s get to it.


Living in Canada it always takes me a little longer to get my fabric and being in full on market season I knew I didn’t have time for an extensive project. I wanted to make something that would be simple but still creative and would really put a spotlight on Bonnie Christine’s gorgeous designs and show off the premium fabrics that Art Gallery Fabrics makes. I decided to snatch up some canvas as I had envisioned a uber flashy tassley picnic or beach blanket of sorts almost turkish towel-esque. I used the Aquarelle Study Wash in Canvas and made the tassles just using a bulk teal yarn grabbed from the local box store. I used Art Gallery’s blue bottle field denim for the back.


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I had some amazing help this time prepping for this project. I am truly blessed with some awesome ladies in my life. I bribed one of my crafty gals with my company and a bottle of wine if she helped make a bazillion tassels. I had two other friends who made the trek out to my neck of the woods to help me stage, shoot and offer up their kids as models for some clothes and of course my awesome company.


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I drafted a simple knit top for the youngest using the Sweet Bubbles Sugar knit and the Joy Crossroads Azure knit for leggings and then again using the sweet bubbles sugar knit for the cuff to make a complete outfit.

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For my older model I ordered in some of the wovens to make a lovely cheerful vintage feeling dress. I even had a local maker friend Britt from Southern MB Comforts donate some lovely felt headpieces for the girls to wear.

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It’s interesting or lovely how things work out for a reason or fate or just sheer coincidence. I originally thought we might have to do this shoot in my home as it had rained all morning and was calling for thunderstorms. We decided to chance it when there was a break in the clouds and when we got to the beach the skies parted and the sun shone and we were able to capture some great photos and the kids had a lot of fun playing in the water and sand too.

As always I had an absolute blast putting everything together, being a part of this tour and working with Bonnie Christine and Art Gallery Fabrics. If you would like to grab some knit from this line I have some in my shop Boreal Fabrics. If you would like something made in any of the pieces shown or interested in having something made for your little, you can head over to my other shop Wild Forest Handmade and send me a message or grab something ready to ship. If you would like to follow along head on over to Bonnie’s site Going Home To Roost and you can see previous makes and see who is coming up.


Thanks again to everyone. Photography done by Prairie Souls Photography . Models are from Norah Loves Handmade and BixiPix. Felt Headpieces from Southern MB Comforts.

Tomorrow Maria is up on the blog tour block so make sure to check her out here: https://mariaelenabliss.wordpress.com/

*Also if you are looking for even more inspiration Art Gallery Fabrics puts together amazing lookbooks with all of their collections and they are packed full of quilts, pillows, bags, apparel patterns and more. Their lookbooks are one of my go to’s for any form of inspiration whether it be pattern or fabric inspo and you can view it here. You can also view the whole collection here.

Tell me have you made something with Art Gallery Fabrics before? What was it? What do you think of the Wonderful Things Collection? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.




My Yellow Moon Dress

I love love love this dress! When Maureen Cracknell released her Nightfall Fabric line I was head over heels or more like head over steel toe boots, heels don’t work so well in the bush. I knew I had to have all of her fabric line and it seems like a lot of other people had to have it too. I couldn’t keep her prints especially the knits in stock.



As with most of my pieces I day dream about what a piece could be long before my scissors hit the fabric. This one was instant. I had wedding to attend too so I wanted something with length and a full skirt I wanted a piece that I could wear out on a date as well as wear in my everyday life. Also I knew it had to go with my amazing cowboy boots. So grabbed my trusty Sew Caroline Out and About Dress Pattern and got to cutting.


I made just above elbow length sleeves and full mid calf skirt. I made absolutely no modifications on this dress. It sewed like a dream and turned out perfectly. As always I got my amazing friend Emily Christie to photograph me and let me tell you she does wonders with someone who has absolutely no modelling skills and is camera stupid! It was a chilly day when we shot the pics and the waves wear high. Thankfully being a bush girl I can totally hold my own on a floating dock while trying to look completely poised.


*This dress was made last fall and photographed then as well. I wear this dress religiously! The fabric washes and wears well as well it is a great fabric for every season.*



Etsy Sellers of Manitoba

Well I am excited to announce that I took a little leap forward and just become one of the newest team leaders for the Etsy Sellers of Manitoba. I have been a member since it’s inception as well as an active shop owner in the Etsy community both locally and online and I am thrilled that I get to step that up a bit and play a more integral role. Take on some mentoring and more in the future, hopefully! I thought I would give you an outline of what Etsy Sellers of Manitoba is, who is all involved, how it can help you and more.

team logo designed by @papercanoedesign

What is Etsy Sellers of Manitoba? It is a team that’s here to help you succeed as a seller on Etsy and in the local community. They are a “Rural Friendly” Etsy Team for any shop based out of Manitoba, Canada with a focus on growing and helping each other by offering workshops, pop up markets, team events, mentorship program, and More! This team is working to create a group that encourages growth and community mindedness between makers, vintage and craft supply curators with Etsy shops new and old.

http://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/CelebratedMoment http://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/ElephantCraftsShop http://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/DuvalTea http://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/VREEM http://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/OriginHG http://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/wearecaribou http://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/LeatherPatches http://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/SuttonSmithworks


How did Etsy Sellers of Manitoba come to be? Well this new team was the brain child of Amanda of Silver Moose Arts. She created this group to be an ally to other Manitoba groups and teams. This group stems from the Manitoba Etsy Seller Support Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/etsymanitoba.

Amanda in Toronto for Etsy Captains Summit.

Who is Amanda? Well let me tell you, she is a force to be reckoned with. I don’t know the exact day I met her but when I did she certainly made an impact. She is the owner of Silver Moose Arts a beautifully modern and vintage sterling silver jewelry shop. Wanting her business to be successful it only made sense that she would become more active in the Etsy community. With that passion in mind she started taking on leadership roles with W.E.S.T our sister Etsy chapter. From there she attended Etsy Summits in Toronto where she learned to mentor, teach workshops and in general how to be a good leader. She created the Etsy Sellers of Manitoba in 2014 and it became an official team late last fall. With the support of W.E.S.T and Etsy she has now started hosting pop ups at other successful markets which has exceeded everyone’s expectations. Amanda is very energetic and full of life which makes her a serious go getter. She is also very knowledgeable when it comes to all things Etsy, which was proven in 2015 when she was able to quit her day job to commit to her Etsy shop full time.

Who else is involved? Well besides the many shops that are a part of this group I will introduce you to the rest of the leadership. Besides Amanda, they’re are four others that are here to support you and help you and your shop succeed. From left to right to right you have Rebecca Wright-Waczko of BixiPix, Sarah Neville of Sarah Neville Studios, Leanne Thiessen of Paper Canoe Designs, Deanne Chambers of Wild Forest Handmade and Boreal Fabrics.


Want to learn about how Etsy Sellers of Manitoba can support you and your Manitoba based Etsy Shop? Head over to our Facebook page for details on the new Etsy Team AND if you have an Etsy shop join us through the team forum. Head to your Etsy shop and click on your etsy profile and in the drop down menu click on teams and search for Etsy Sellers of Manitoba. Read over the team info and make sure the team fits you and you like it and if you do apply. Don’t have an Etsy shop yet and have question, message us on our Facebook page with any questions you have, we’d love to help you out.


Looking for a great markets to join? We are currently accepting applications for the Scattered Seeds Etsy Boutique 2017 ! This is the second year we will be partnering up with the wonderful gals running the Scattered Seeds to create a unique shopping experience for their 13,000 plus shoppers. This is a great opportunity for Etsy sellers not ready to commit to a whole booth and running it all weekend or having to create a full inventory of product for a big space, but more a stocked sampling of their products throughout a “boutique” like setting. More details in the application! Apply here.

Shops featured above:

Nojo Textiles, Lucy Jane and Co, Brook Drabot Glass, Kodiak Milly, Tulum and Co, Just the Goods, Pipcreek Farm Studios and Lewis and Clark Co.

Would you like to have your Etsy shop featured on my blog? Send me an email deanne@wildforesthandmade.com. Have an Etsy shop? Let me know in the comments below.




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