The DIYers on your list will find endless inspiration in This Can Be Beautiful by Tiffany Pratt.
All just a click away, these creative ideas will make shopping for any DIY and craft lovers on your list a cinch.
Great for last minute shoppers, this easy, illustrated polar bear pattern and instruction booklet downloads instantly after purchase. Use the handy shopping list to gather supplies you'll need to bring your polar bear to life.
Polar bear sewing pattern, $6, Little Softie Shop.
This stylish denim and leather case has a spot for favourite needles, circulars and everything else needed to knit or crochet.
Knitting needle case, $58, Jesabelle.
This kit has all the materials needed to make and sew a yummy donut felt pin cushion.
Donut sewing kit, $11, etsy.ca.
Each pouch in this crafty advent calendar contains a miniskein of hand-dyed merino yarn and a printed sentiment or tip.
Limited edition yarn advent calendar, $79, purlin-js.myshopify.com.
Thanks to caster wheels, a foam lining and adjustable side straps, this durable trolley will transport a sewing machine safely and smoothly.
Sew Easy ABS sewing machine trolley, $130, fabricville.com.
Perfect for the crafty gal on your list, HGTV star and designer Tiffany Pratt’s new book is packed with 45 creative and straightforward projects for home, wardrobe, beauty routine, travel style and more.
This Can Be Beautiful by Tiffany Pratt, $25, tonicliving.com.
Great for quickly creating tags for gifts and crafts, this tag maker punches heavier materials than standard punches.
Fiskars tag maker, $40, amazon.ca.
Pair this Canadian-made magnetic bookmark with a crochet book and your shopping for your favourite crocheter is done!
Crochet yarn ball magnetic bookmark, $6, craftedvan.com.
A modern take on vintage-style projects, this book teaches the basics of weaving with useful information on basic stitches, tools needed and even how to make your own looms.
On the Loom: a Modern Weaver’s Guide, $30, indigo.ca.
Compact enough to take on the go, this kit includes instructions to make scarves, hats, blankets and more.
Martha Stewart Crafts Lion Brand yarn knit and weave loom kit, $70, fabricville.com.
The seamstress on your list will love this pink enamel sewing machine pin!
Sewing machine pin, $16, cityofindustryshop.com
Illustrations by Josie Portillo
These pooches, all Purina Animal Hall of Fame inductees, showed amazing loyalty and courage in the face of potential tragedy.
Late one evening, Matthew Church returned from a bike ride complaining to his wife, Patricia, of pain in his shoulder and elbow. She gave him a couple of Aspirin, and he went upstairs to watch TV while Patricia read by the fireplace downstairs, the family's labradoodle, Zola, at her feet. Moments later, Patricia heard a thud from upstairs. She would have brushed off the noise, but Zola began to bark and growl at Patricia. Confused by Zola's behaviour, Patricia followed the dog upstairs, where Matthew was lying facedown without vital signs. He'd gone into cardiac arrest, but because of Zola's protective instincts, the ambulance arrived in time to restart his heart and save his life.
Raya, a five-year-old black Labrador retriever–Norwegian elkhound mix, loves elk hunting with her owner, Brent Cote, and his mother, Trudy. On a warm fall day in 2015, one such outing turned out to be much more exciting than usual. They'd been hiking for several hours when dusk fell and they began making their way back to their truck, walking along the edge of the forest. Out of nowhere, a bear burst out of the brush and charged toward the family in an effort to protect her cub. In an instant, Raya leaped in front of Brent and Trudy, barking and growling at the bear. After three attempts at charging, the mom and her cub were forced to retreat. Because of Raya's bravery, the trio was able to escape without injury.
Port Alberni, B.C., resident Kayla Aolick credits her golden retriever, Shadow, with helping restore her independence. Kayla has epilepsy, the aftereffect of a cancerous brain tumour that was removed when she was 11, and her episodes were once so bad that she couldn't go anywhere alone. But since the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides matched her with the seizure-detection dog four years ago, things have been very different. Shadow warns Kayla when a seizure is coming on—and he may be the reason she now experiences fewer episodes. With Shadow around, she and her family don't stress out as much about what will happen if a seizure strikes; they know he'll alert Kayla, get her mom or even push her medical-alert button, if necessary. From taking cooking classes to running errands solo, Kayla can finally live a more independent life.
Toronto Police Service Canine Unit Const. Steve Balice rarely goes anywhere without his police dog, Lonca. One November evening, the duo was stationed at the back entrance of a residential address, while the rest of the Emergency Task Force entered through the front door. Const. Balice saw an armed man running from the building, seemingly headed toward the officers out front, so he shouted numerous warnings before finally releasing Lonca to bring the suspect down. The man proceeded to strike Lonca in the face with a machete—but he didn't let go until the suspect finally surrendered. Though bleeding, Lonca assisted in the capture of a second suspect before being rushed to the veterinary hospital, where he received five stitches on his face and two staples in his paw. The suspect who attacked Lonca was the first in Canada to be charged under Quanto's Law, a piece of legislation enacted in 2015 to protect law-enforcement animals, military animals and service animals.
The Purina Animal Hall of Fame is an annual ceremony that recognizes heroic animals from across Canada—to the tune of 172 inductees in its 48 years. The vast majority are dogs, but there have also been feline inductees—and even a horse! This year, in addition to these four brave dogs, Rex, a Saskatoon-area pooch who saved a family member from a house fire, was honoured. Read his heartwarming tale here: How one family's rescue dog turned out to be a hero.
Fans of Dragon's Den will love the podcast How I Built This—a collection of start-up stories from entrepreneurs, including Jane Wurwand who built beauty empire Dermalogica after moving to LA with just a beauty school diploma, and Angie Hicks who started publicly traded Angie's List, an online review site for contractors.
Don't miss Natalie Portman's performance as Jacqueline Kennedy in Jackie, which has already started generating Oscar buzz. The story follows the First Lady, leading up to and following the assassination of JFK. Opens in theatres today.
With less than a month to go until the big day, check out our nostalgic gift ideas to help you cross the main man off your list.
Born in 1899, Emma Morano—the oldest person alive—just celebrated her 117th birthday in Italy. Morano credits her longevity to being single and eating raw eggs every morning.
This week's episode of "Mind of a Chef" follows French chef Ludo Lefebvre's move to Los Angeles where he draws on inspiration from art and his children for his latest restaurant. As always, it's narrated by Anthony Bourdain.
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A few quick tips that will help you create a beautiful artisanal cheese board that will wow a crowd.
From coast to coast, Canadians are making some seriously world-class cheese.
Hit up your local cheese shop and get to know our country’s offerings, then showcase your favourites on an artisanal cheese board that reflects your style and taste.
The ideal cheese board should include three or four types of cheese: hard, semi-firm, soft and blue.
To please many tastes, consider including both cow’s and goat’s milk cheeses.
Add dried fruit, such as cranberries and apricots, as well as fresh figs, sliced pears and a selection of good quality crackers and crusty bread.
Check out our tips for creating an impressive charcuterie board.