Hello and welcome, I’m Candice! I’m a card-making, cross-stitching, dog-loving, Canadian twenty-something; and I am so happy you’ve stopped by my creative corner of the Internet!
I am a young and ambitious life science student, but crafter at heart. I just graduated with my Honours Bachelor of Science and am now completing my Master’s of Public Health. I work in clinical research and on a mental health helpline; while I could craft all day long, I also LOVE science and aspire to have a career in medicine. I’ve always struggled to find a balance between my academic pursuits and love of arts and crafts—I still haven’t figured out the solution (my life is one big teeter-totter!), but I’m working on it. After all, as my favorite little girl from the Old el Paso commercial says, “Why not both?”
Crafting has played a huge role in helping me deal with anxiety and mental health challenges. Creating is such a fun and enjoyable outlet for me, and I’d love to help others find the joy I’ve been able to find in crafting! I’m still learning, but I do hope you’ll enjoy (…or at least find some entertainment in) following along my creative journey!
THINGS I LOVE
I picked up brush-lettering in February 2017 and have recently started experimenting with pointed-pen. I'm entirely self-taught and have been able to learn and grow from other amazing artists online!
I began cross-stitching in 2018 and have fallen in love with designing my own nerdy & sassy cross-stitch pixel patterns. I also LOVE stitching on cards!
I took my first jewelry class when I was 16 and was immediately hooked. Although I don't make as much as I used to, I still find myself with pliers in hand every once in a while.
I found card-making in 2017 and have found pure joy in stamp, dies, and inks! Card-making allows me to incorporate all my hobbies while sharing handmade kindness.
I initially made my mom some cute stitch markers in 2018, but after our friends at Knit School saw them, they fell in love. I've been lucky enough to be part of their pop-up shops and crafternoons since then!
Knit & Crochet
Although this is my most longstanding hobby, I would still consider myself a beginner. I mostly stick to knitting scarves and shawls, and amigurumi plushies are so fun to crochet!
I also LOVE dogs! We (my family & I) have 2 little dogs—Elmo & Ernie—who are my crafting helpers… and
by that I mean that they like to come and sit-on and/or fall asleep all over
everything. I love them more than anything, and my craft room is actually their bedroom!
My Creative Journey
My creative journey started at the ripe young age of 4 when my mom taught me how to knit, and I haven’t stopped since! I took my first pottery class at 13, and was soon put into the adult classes. I later began teaching the children’s and youth classes at a local studio. When I was 16, I took my first jewelry class at a local bead store that offered free classes, and was hooked immediately. I’ve picked up everything from macrame and chainmaille to apoxy sculpt.
I “scrapbooked” growing-up… if you
can even call it that! It was more of a “cut-pictures-into-different-shapes-and-throw-some-stickers-on-there”
sort of situation. BUT all the supplies I hoarded over the years are now being
put to good use!
While learning calligraphy, I stumbled upon Jennifer McGuire’s (& several others!) blog and YouTube videos, and was so inspired. I saw a video by Laura Bassen where she made the most beautiful rainbow background using the Altenew Cube Builder Stencil. I fell in love, but couldn’t find it at any retailer in Canada, and that’s when I stumbled upon the amazing, life changing Simon Says Stamp! Next thing you know buying “just the Altenew Cube Builder Stencil” turned into a cart load of goodies… and the rest is history!
The card making
community is so wonderful, inspiring, and kind; I’m so thankful for all the amazing
artists I’ve been able to learn from and all the crafty friends I’ve met along