Saturday, 27 October 2012

Waterfall Braid

Button Earrings Tutorial

So I saw these super cute mint green buttons the other day at Fabricland. And I thought to myself "These are really awesome, but I don't know what I would use them for". Then I looked up at the price tag, and as if it were meant to be, there was a big 50% off sign! Hallelujah! So I got them. I guess it was kind of one of those things that you want, but you don't know why. Anywho! I of course, put them to good use, and made these cool retro looking earrings. They were very very easy to make. I could easily make a hundred more. Fabricland here I come!
xoxo Emma-lee

To draw or not to draw?

 Some of you may have never ever tried to draw anything. Or maybe you've attempted it a few times, but failed. Well, don't give up yet. There are lots of reasons why you should draw! It's relaxing and stress relieving. Whenever I'm mad or upset I pull out my sketchbook and just draw. Even if I'm doodling, I find that it helps me calm down, and feel better. Drawing doesn't have to be realistic either. A drawing can be a doodle, a scribble, a sketch, and pretty much anything you want. You can use pencils, pens, paints, etc. And believe it or not, it helps us become more creative. I prefer drawing realistically, because I have yet to find the abstract artist within me. But, often times I'll just take my notebook and draw out random designs, logos, words, and basically whatever comes to mind. And It's quite fun. Even if you throw out your finished product or you aren't happy with it. You still learned something for next time. Maybe you learnt that you shouldn't make the lines so dark, or you shouldn't try to draw clouds in the shape of molecules. Whatever you draw you learn something from. That's how we discover new techniques, and new forms of art. So don't stop drawing just because your frustrated that it isn't turning out the way you imagined it. When I start sketching a picture, I always imagine it to be this amazing picture I saw on Pinterest or something, but it almost never ends up the way I imagined it. That doesn't mean it's not good, in fact, it means I've got my own unique style that likes to show itself through my drawings. And I'm sure you've heard it before - Everyone is one of a kind. Because, if everyone was the same, you would never have your very on style of creating. But don't get me wrong, if your 20 and you draw like a 7 yr. old, you should definitely keep progressing. We never stop learning, our brains are like sponges that absorb information as long as there is a constant flow of it. So learn from your mistakes, progress, and don't ever give up.

Another thought that might come to mind when considering art, is "it's too expensive! I don't want to spend a whole ton of money on something I might never actually enjoy".  Well the truth is, you probably have everything it takes to make art, right inside your house. A pencil, a paper, maybe even an eraser, that's all it takes! You don't need that fancy pencil kit from Michael's with all the different 2Bs and 8Bs. A regular old HB mechanical pencil works wonderfully.

I drew this using that pink mechanical pencil you see above. That's it! but, of course I'm not quite finished yet.

So you see, it's really just a matter of finding the time, and the tools. But, I'm sure that eventually once you start to like what your making, and enjoy what you're doing, you'll want to graduate to the better quality drawing tools. (a post on the tools I use, coming soon!) And don't limit your thinking to just drawing with pencils. Trust me, it's harder to get into other mediums once you've only focused on one for your entire life. But, we all prefer one medium over the other, I'm sure. Just remember to exercise yourself by using different stuff once in a while.

So there you go, I hope this inspired you to create one of a kind art. And if you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

<3 Emma-lee

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Who wants S'more Cookies?

Hello All! I'm back, but this time....with a real post! I know, I know, it's been a while. But tonight I felt like I had to get out of my lazy chair, get the computer, camera, and tablet and sit back down in a chair (not the lazy one) to write up a little post for ya'll (wow! look at that, I'm going all southern on ya now) Tonight my Mom went to this couponing workshop (yes, she is now one of "those" people), So I got the lovely job of watching my siblings. All of Them. Usually when I babysit the sibs, it's on with a movie, and out with the snacks.  But tonight I decided to shake things up a bit, and do some baking! And Basically that's what this post is all about. Baking...with lots of kids.

             I wouldn't suggest doing this part of the cookie with the younger kids, just because first of all: it's quite time consuming with little ones. Second of all: it's messy, and third of all: I really don't think they could care less. So what I did, was made up this batch of cookie dough and gave it to them in separate little balls. So they could do the "fun" part.

                                               Here's the recipe:


1/2 cup of butter or margarine (softened)
3/4 cup of granulated sugar
1 egg
1 tbsp. milk or cream
1 tsp. vanilla flavouring
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt

Combine the first three ingredients together in large bowl. Stir in the milk or cream and vanilla. Mix  together thoroughly. Then add in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Once the ingredients are all blended together, (It shouldn't be sticky. If it is, add more flour) roll into separate balls for each person. Hollow out the inside of the dough ball, and stuff in peanut butter, marshmallows, chocolate chips, etc. until it's full. Then close the opening of the ball so that it covers all the goodies inside. Make sure the cookie is not too thick (it might not cook fully if it's too round). Place on greased tart pan or cookie sheet, and put in oven (at 425). Cook for about 15 to 20 minutes.
Makes about 8 cookies.

                                                          even the little bro' made one!

All in All, I'd say it was a hit! They all had fun, it wasn't too messy, and the cookies were delicious if I do say so myself.  What do you do when you babysit?

<3 Emma-lee

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Pinterest Love

Don't you love pinterest? It's pretty much the answer to boredom. Yes, it uses a LOT of bandwidth....but it is my main outlet for inspiration. And I always get a kick out of pins like these:


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you gotta love 'em!



Okay, so some of you may not know I draw. But more specifically, some of you may not know my favourite thing to draw is portraits of people. So I thought I'd just share with you one of my newest portraits. I'm not really sure if I'm done, or if it needs more work. So fill me in on what you think!

                                                             trust me, it looks better in real life

xoxo Emma-lee


Okay, so 25 followers isn't that big a deal for some of you guys who have hundreds. But, I'm still excited! Since I started in March I have been followed by 25 lovely people (including myself). Woot! sooo now what? I guess I'll just continue blogging and hopefully get more traffic. I will do a giveaway when I get to the 50 mark, so stay tuned. And spread the word like butter.

xoxox Emma-lee

under construction

Please overlook the weird malfunctions while I'm redesigning this blog. It's under construction, and if there were such a thing as virtual caution tape, it would be all over the place.

Thank you!


Monday, 22 October 2012

Monday, 15 October 2012

Surprise surprise!

Okay, okay, I'm so sorry I didn't end up posting yesterday. It was raining, so I didn't get any good pictures of "you don't know what". So yes, that is why I kept you in suspense for a day longer. *insert evil laugh here* Anywho, I am very proud to tell you that over the weekend..... I learned to crochet! Yes yes, I know, It's very exciting. I made my very first project this morning, a hat. Here it is:


But wait, that's not all! The picture in my last post was a photo of this lovely creation in the making. Here it is now. And it's mine :o)

My cape, modeled by the maker. Yes, my awesome sis made this for me. She also taught me to crochet. Now, I am officially addicted. Well, I hope this wasn't a disappointment. I hope you loved it, and who knows? Maybe there will be some more creations in the future. We'll see!


Saturday, 13 October 2012


I have a special something to show you tomorrow. I am in love with it, and my sister graciously spent the entire day making it for me. She really is the best. Here's a sneek peek.

PS: My Mom finally let me use the new DSLR! It's so Amazing!!!!

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

life lately..

What I've been up to lately
Hanging with friends
Eating Thanksgiving dinner. YUM!
Making Bread....
lots and lots of bread
playing with my cute little bro (this is him making a "silly face")
And patiently awaiting the moment when my Mom will open her new DSLR. She's had it for over a week now, but she refuses to open it. Isn't that just pure torture? Sheesh...
Anyway, that's what I've been up to lately according to my camera (since I don't have a fancy iphone, I must make-do). How about you? Did you have a good Thanksgiving weekend?
In Christ,

Monday, 8 October 2012


With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the LORD: “He is good; his love toward Israel endures forever.” And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid.   Ezra 3:11
Happy Thanksgiving! What does that really mean? I guess it's a friendly thing to say this time of year, but what is the real meaning of "Thanksgiving"?  Well, the definition of the word is - The expression of gratitude towards others. So today I'm going to try and express some of my gratitude.
I would make a list of all my blessings, but that would take too long. So I will simply say thank you for all the people who make Life worth it.

To All My Family,

Thanks for being there whenever I need you...and even when I don't. Thanks for loving me, caring about me, and blessing me. I love you so much.

To All My Friends,

Thanks for being the ones I can talk to, when I don't understand what's going on. Thanks for making me laugh so hard I can't breathe. You are some of the best people I know, and life would be so boring without you. You guys are the best!

To God,

Thank you for sending your Son to die for us. Even though I sin, you forgive me over, and over again. You love me despite my past, and my faults. I can't tell you how much I love you. Thank you for being the greatest God, the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords. You are fully Awesome.


I only hope that today you will realize how blessed you really are, and will remember to say a big thank you to those who have impacted your life. Have a great Thanksgiving! and enjoy the Turkey.