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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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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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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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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 Best DIY Superhero Home Decor - How to put the “super” in your home decor budget When I was a kid growing up in the ‘90’s, we didn’t have many superhero comic book films to watch on the big screen like we do today. In fact, the only superhero comic book movies I ever remember watching as a kid were DC’s Superman films starring Christopher Reeve from 1978-1987 and the Batman films from 1989-1997. My exposure to Marvel Comics was limited…

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The Benefits of Crafting For Stress Relief - “Creativity is intelligence having fun.” --Albert Einstein Did you know that making arts and crafts helps to relieve stress in your body? I’ve been making crafts for most of my life and I can attest to this claim. My mom got me started on making crafts when I was still a child and I carried it through into adulthood. I loved crafting with any medium, including painting ceramic ornaments, cross-stitching and sewing, knotting bracelets with…

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15 Creative Activities to Do While Social Distancing - The first question that comes to my mind when I’m told that I should practice social distancing during the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19) is: Do I have enough to do? Since I’m a crafter, the answer is yes. I’m fortunate in that way because I have bins full of craft supplies to keep me occupied for a long time, possibly even months, so I can hunker down as long as need be. Unfortunately, not everyone has…

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10 Spring Break Craft Activities for Kids - In August 2019, my husband's parents had an unexpected visit from their niece and her two young girls (ages 6 and 4). The girls were expecting to stay with my husband's parents for an uncertain amount of time and my mother-in-law asked me for some creative ideas to keep the girls busy during their stay, so I had started collecting a list of activities for them. Never would I have imagined that this list would…

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Handmade Ornamental Tree For All Occasions - This year, I decided to decorate for Valentine’s Day for the first time. Of course, I jumped on the bandwagon a little late, which is why this Valentine’s Day post is coming to you after Valentine’s Day. Oh well! This will give you ideas for next year, right? Since I decided to start my own craft business and blog, I have been reading a lot of articles and researching craft ideas over the past few…

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