A Crafter's Beginnings - The Ticking Heart A Crafter’s Beginnings Welcome to my Craft Blog! My name is Charlene and I’m a crafter at heart (always have been and always will be!). Being creative in some way, shape or form is an essential part of my daily life that sustains me and makes me thrive. As the heart pumps blood to nourish the body, so my creative brain pumps creative energy to nourish me down to my core. I cannot possibly fathom what life would…

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The Ticking Heart's Best of Halloween Costumes 2020 The Ticking Heart’s Best of Halloween Costumes - Previously Published: October 15, 2019 Updated: October 20, 2020 I love Halloween! Next to Christmas, Halloween is my favourite time of year. I have such fond memories of dressing up and Trick o' Treating with my family. What kid wouldn't love playing dress up and getting candy for it? For today's blog post, I would like to walk down memory lane and share some of the handmade Halloween costumes made by my mom over the…

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25_R.I.P. (Recycled in Peace) Halloween Decor_The Ticking Heart R.I.P. (Recycled in Peace) Halloween - Halloween is just around the corner and we’re gearing up to find creative ways to celebrate this year while the COVID-19 pandemic affects communities around the world. At the present time, the City of Winnipeg has been elevated to a Restricted (Orange) status within the Province of Manitoba’s Pandemic Response System. This means that all indoor and outdoor public gatherings have been reduced to a maximum of ten people in addition to other restrictions (see…

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3-Bean Vegetarian Chili Recipe, The Ticking Heart 3-Bean Vegetarian Chili Recipe - Hurray! It’s Autumn, my favourite season of the year! Why is it my favourite season? Because it’s that time of year when pumpkin spice everything emerges into baking and hot beverages, when I can wear a hooded sweater with my jean jacket and comfortable hiking boots, when I can curl up on the couch with a good book or movie and wrap myself in a fuzzy blanket, and when I can pour myself a steaming…

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Upcycled Bundt Pan 'Pumpkin' Tutorial, The Ticking Heart Upcycled Bundt Pan ‘Pumpkin’ Tutorial - Wow! It’s hard to believe it’s already Fall! The leaves are already changing colours here in Manitoba. I feel like I just came back from summer vacation and plunged right into Fall. It seems too early, but I have to remind myself that it is September and cooler weather is inevitable. Thankfully, I love Fall! It’s my favourite time of year. I love the bright reds and yellows on the trees; the scent of burning…

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Homemade BBQ Beef Burger Recipe Homemade BBQ Beef Burger Recipe - I love summer because it’s BBQ season in southern Manitoba! There’s nothing like the scent of burgers grilling on the barbeque. Whenever my husband and I go for a walk and I smell the aroma of BBQ in the air, I take a deep breath, inhaling the sweet smoky scent, and sigh in satisfaction as my mouth begins to water. If I could have a BBQ all year long, I would be so happy, but…

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Wanted Father's Day Card Tutorial Thumbnail “Wanted” Father’s Day Card Tutorial - Father's Day is coming up in two weeks. Even if you can't visit with your dad because of pandemic restrictions, you can still make him feel “WANTED” by making him a western-themed handmade card to express just how much he means to you. Approximate time to make: 30 minutes Tools Needed  Pencil Fine-tipped black marker (0.5 mm recommended) Paper cutter Scissors Ruler Glue stick Hot glue gun with glue stick Printer and ink Card Supplies…

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101+ Tips to Live Green The Ticking Heart 101+ Tips to Live Green - Last week I shared the origins of my own green living journey in a blog post titled, “Planet Earth: Our One and Only Home and Our Caretaking Responsibilities.” In this post, I addressed the need for us to do the responsible thing and make changes to our bad consumption habits before we do irreparable damage to our home planet. While change sounds like such a chore, it’s much easier than we might think. We don’t…

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Planet Earth - The Ticking Heart Planet Earth: Our One and Only Home - and Our Caretaking Responsibilities I love nature and I have always loved nature as far back as I can remember. My parents instilled that love in me even before I reached my first birthday. They often took me to the park to play. Then they purchased an acreage out in the country before I turned three and I had a huge yard to run around and play in. Most of my childhood memories consist of…

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Thin-Crust Tortilla Pizza - The Ticking Heart Thin-Crust Tortilla Pizza Recipe - This thin-crust tortilla pizza recipe is simple to make but packs a punch of flavour and satisfies your hunger. Because the crust is thin, you can load your pizza with any vegetable toppings of your choice to get in your daily recommended serving of vegetables without filling up on carbs. You can also keep it vegetarian or add any meat of your choice. I started making this pizza when I was experimenting with a gluten-reduced…

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Mother Bird Mother's Day Card Tutorial “Mother Bird” Mother’s Day Card Tutorial - Mother's Day is coming up on Sunday. Even if you can't visit with your mom because of pandemic restrictions, you can still make her feel extra special by making her a lovely handmade card to express just how much she means to you.   Give her a "hug" this Mother’s Day by making her this extra special handmade “Mother Bird” card. It will touch her heart!   Approximate time to make: 30 minutes   Tools…

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The Ticking Heart's Best of Halloween Costumes 2020
Previously Published: October 15, 2019 Updated: October 20, 2020 I love Halloween! Next to Christmas, Halloween is my favourite time
25_R.I.P. (Recycled in Peace) Halloween Decor_The Ticking Heart
Halloween is just around the corner and we’re gearing up to find creative ways to celebrate this year while the
3-Bean Vegetarian Chili Recipe, The Ticking Heart
Hurray! It’s Autumn, my favourite season of the year! Why is it my favourite season? Because it’s that time of
Upcycled Bundt Pan 'Pumpkin' Tutorial, The Ticking Heart
Wow! It’s hard to believe it’s already Fall! The leaves are already changing colours here in Manitoba. I feel like
Homemade BBQ Beef Burger Recipe
I love summer because it’s BBQ season in southern Manitoba! There’s nothing like the scent of burgers grilling on the
Wanted Father's Day Card Tutorial Thumbnail
Father’s Day is coming up in two weeks. Even if you can’t visit with your dad because of pandemic restrictions,
101+ Tips to Live Green The Ticking Heart
Last week I shared the origins of my own green living journey in a blog post titled, “Planet Earth: Our
Planet Earth - The Ticking Heart
and Our Caretaking Responsibilities I love nature and I have always loved nature as far back as I can remember.
Thin-Crust Tortilla Pizza - The Ticking Heart
This thin-crust tortilla pizza recipe is simple to make but packs a punch of flavour and satisfies your hunger. Because
Mother Bird Mother's Day Card Tutorial
Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday. Even if you can’t visit with your mom because of pandemic restrictions, you