Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Embrace the Rain

    Living on the West (wet) Coast, we get rain.  And a lot of it.  At least it seems that way through the winter months.  I know for a lot of people it can be depressing.  But I've learned to enjoy the rain.  I love sound of it at night.  During the day, when it's grey and gloomy outside, means a day inside to enjoy reading, crafting or baking.  This time of year also means woodstove fires.  There is nothing better to get rid of the damp coldness that can creep into your bones then a hot dry fire!  We're lucky where we live that we hardly get any snow, but the rain can make everything seem just as cold as snow would.

    So next time it rains, get outside for a minute.  Let the raindrops hit your face.  Rain is good for the earth and good for your soul!  Then get back in the house, start up a warm fire, bake some yummy cookies and read a book snuggled under a blanket.

Do you love or hate the rain? Comment below!

Friday, 2 October 2015

I Heart Fridays - PiratesYarrrn

Pender Island, where I live, has so many talented artists.  Everything from writing and painting to pottery and fiber.  I love to try different types of art forms and something I've dabbled in is knitting.  We have 'Knit Night' where once a week a few of us get together to knit and eat sushi! (I'm all about the sushi as I'm still knitting dishcloths and not even close to some of their creations)  One of the awesome knitters is Rowie and her business is called Pirate Yarrrn! (I just love the name!)  Here is a little about Rowie (taken from her Etsy shop):

I am a California girl living on a small island in British Columbia. I am a Professional Baker, and a Massage Therapist. I live with my husband, 5 dogs, 2 cats, 2 pigs and some birds.  I have always been a crafty person, and knitting and dying are my newest obsessions.

Living in Canada, even the southern west coast, requires warm wooly things for every day. That means they have to be cute AND functional! Through experience I have come up with a collection of items that I enjoy making and wearing. My yarn is all hand dyed/painted with care, and sometimes I love it so much I have a hard time letting it go! The selection is always changing slightly, especially with the seasons, so check back often!

Farmers market on Pender Island
Her Etsy shop is crammed full of pretty colourful yarn, lots of different types to pick from too!  And every item has an awesome pirate name too! Here are a few of the pretty selections:

Colorway: Electric Jellyfish
Colorway: Davy Jones' Locker
Colorway: Wench

If you knit or crochet, then you'll love Pirate Yarrrn!  And follow along on Instagram too!

**Use coupon code: 15offforfall in her Etsy shop to get 15% off
Expires October 11th, 2015**

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Review of Love and Farkles on Vancity Mommy D: Mom-Approved Monday

  I love supporting and networking with other Momprenuers! It is so fun to meet others that are passionate and driven with their business.  I was happy to connect with a fellow blogger and Mompreneur, Janette from Vancity Mommy D a few weeks ago.  I love reading her blog and following her on Instagram.

Check out her review of Love and Farkles products! >>

Happy Coffee Day!

Happy National Coffee Day!! I hope you celebrated with a huge cup of joe this morning! Love my coffee, it never let's me down! Yay for coffee!!


Thursday, 24 September 2015

New necklaces in our Made Urban Shop!

Pretty necklaces just uploaded into our MadeUrban shop!  Dainty resin roses set on a filigree heart with matching glass pearls.  These are all set on antique bronze with heart connectors.  These lovely necklaces are perfect for the office, date night or a special occasion. Pick one up now in our store!
Pretty in Purple
Classic Bridal Ivory
Lovely Teal

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Choose Happy Blog and a Giveaway

  With a blog name like 'Choose Happy', how could you not want to go check it out?!

  I had been following Rebecca's blog, Choose Happy, and her Instagram account for a while and finally decided to send her a message. I especially loved her 'What I Wore Wednesday' posts as she always had cute outfits and fun accessories. I wanted to send her a few of my creations since I thought we had similar tastes in fashion!

So I mailed off some resin rose earrings and a bracelet for her to test out (and her young daughter is wearing the rose earrings too! Super cute!). She is also hosting a giveaway for 2 pairs of our hand painted filigree earrings!

If you'd like to enter to win, head over to her blog to get all the details >>>> Choose Happy
Contest closes on Friday September 25th at 9am

Friday, 21 August 2015

I Heart Fridays - Kozy Komforts

  I love supporting other handmade businesses, especially mompreneurs.  And this 'I Heart Friday' business is Kozy Komforts, definitely a favourite of mine!  I connected with the owner, Cristin, online through mutual friends and fell in love with her knitted/crocheted creations.  We also have a shared love of turquoise and coffee!  She makes so many fun and functional products including the facial skrubbies and beautiful cowl pictured below. I also own an awesome custom mug cozy for my coffee in the cold mornings!

  I love these cotton facial skrubbies! Gentle on the skin and perfect for my daughters at bath time, or for me during my nighttime skin care routine!  I asked her to surprise me with the colours and I loved what she picked out!  I've washed them several times and they still look great and have held their shape! The headband she includes with her orders works perfect to keep my hair back while washing my face too.

  Being a huge Hunger Games fan, I had my eye on these 'Katniss' inspired cowls for a long time.  So I finally decided to order one, and well, I absolutely LOVE it!   I was so excited to open this package when it came in the mail.  This cowl is so thick and well made.  It is perfect for the Fall and Winter months when the weather is cooler.  I'm looking forward to the colder weather just to wear this.....almost (I do love my sunshine!)

To find out more about Cristin and her awesome products, check out her Facebook page and Made Urban shop! Links below.
Links for Kozy Komfort
Made Urban Shop

**This is a personal weblog. The opinions expressed here are solely my own 
and I am not paid to promote this business**

Thursday, 20 August 2015

More Bracelets in our Made Urban shop!

I have been super busy creating new products and have brought back some old favourties too!  Last summer these bracelets were a huge hit so I have made a few more and uploaded them into our Made Urban shop! Purchase these and our other products here: Love and Farkles 

Peacock Inspired

Lotus Flower

Blue Bird

Sunday, 5 July 2015

New Earrings!

Just received a new shipment of supplies in and I've been busy this past weekend!  Making up a lot of new stock and items for my MadeUrban shop!  I have so many ideas, just need more hours in the day to create!!

Check out the cute new earrings! Lots more to come too!

Aren't these so sweet! Cupcake glass cabochon earrings

Oh deer! How adorable!

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

DIY Baby Toys: Gifts for my new Nephew!

I love DIY projects and I'm always looking to challenge myself with creating something new.  Handmade gifts are the best and these 2 DIY projects were fairly easy!  

 I enjoy sewing and while I'm not very good at it yet (I like straight sewing lines!) I decided to try out some new projects for my newborn nephew, Nate.  My sister just had a baby boy (first grandson in the family....lots of little girls so having a boy is pretty exciting!!)  I searched out Pinterest for some easy beginner sewing toys to make for him.

First is the taggie blanket toy.  This is a small square toy with ribbons around the edges.  I knew I'd be able to make this one as it's all straight lines and pretty easy.  I found some awesome blue minky fabric and also used some lime green cotton. (the nursery colors are blue and green)  I also used some cellophane inside the square so it makes lots of crunchy noises when played with.  I had been hoarding my StarWars ribbon for quite some time, waiting for the perfect project to use it on (my sisters hubby is a big fan!) So why not use it on this cute toy for their new son!

Link for tutorial:

  I also wanted to make a stuffed animal.  I knew it couldn't be too complicated as my sewing skills are at a beginner level.  I found a cute dino pattern and tutorial that I thought I might be able to pull off.  I think it turned out pretty cute!

Link to dino tutorial:

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

New Dresses in our Made Urban Shop!

Aren't these pillowcase dresses adorable??  I just love them on my girls for the Summer!  Easy to put on, no zippers or snaps and they look cute with a little pair of shorts or some leggings!

$15.00 plus shipping. They fit from ages 12 months and up.

Check them out in our Made Urban shop!

Purple and Hot Pink
White and Hot Pink

White with Purple Ribbon

Brown with Light Pink

Monday, 8 June 2015

Father's Day Gift Idea - 5 Free Printables

  Looking for a cute idea for your child to give their Dad on Father's Day?  I've rounded up 5 cute FREE printables that would make a perfect gift!  Help your son or daughter fill these out, I'm sure their answers to these fill in the blank forms will be super cute!  I'm even filling one out and sending it to my Dad too! Click on the links below to direct you to the page!

Thursday, 4 June 2015

DIY Taco Seasoning Mix - Recipe

  Have you ever tried to make your own taco seasoning mix?  It is so easy!  We love soft tacos in our house and for a long time I would always buy Old el Paso's Taco Seasoning (as this is what I grew up with).  That was until I stumbled upon a DIY recipe (somewhere on Pinterest) for making my own!

  This recipe is quick and contains ingredients you probably already have in your pantry!  I use a mason jar to store the mix, just give it a shake before you use it.
DIY Taco Seasoning Mix Recipe by Love and Farkles

Taco Seasoning Mix

1 cup chili powder
1/2 cup onion powder
1/4 cup ground cumin
2 tbsp. garlic powder
2 tbsp. paprika
2 tbsp. sea salt

Using a funnel (so you don't spill any!) add all of the ingredients to a mason jar or container.  Shake well. 

I add about 2 tbsp. to my ground turkey taco dishes! But you can add as much or little as you like!  Enjoy!