Another confession: I hoard fabric scraps. Sometimes is the color, sometimes it’s the texture, sometimes it’s just that it’s a bit of a piece of clothing or reminds me of something I can’t let go of yet. So I hold on to a ton of fabric scraps! Today, I have a ton of great ideas for using up fabric scraps- some from me, but a bunch from other talented crafters/bloggers/designers. SO many great ideas here! So…now are you […]
Eek! Halloween just ended…which means that Holiday crafting is in full swing! For those of us who make our own Holiday Cards, it’s time to get cracking. For me, that means doing some playing experimenting with different designs to see which one will actually “make the cut” and become the holiday card for the season. I recently got a nice box of the Stampin’ UP holiday product to work with, and in this video I’ll share with you the items […]
I asked my Facebook Crew today if I should share some crafty inspiration I found on the interwebs or do a giveaway of a mystery craft box. You know what they said, right? BOTH. *duh* Okay, I guess I can do that. SO here are some wonderfully crafty thinks I found on the interwebs this week that made me happy! Overview of iPhone Camera Apps from Julie Fei-Fan Balzer. Damn, I love this woman!! First, she admits that 90% of […]
Yesterday I showed you how I transform paper scraps into paper beads that mimic glass lampwork beads- and today, I bring you more projects to use up, transform and recycle paper, newsprint, sheet music, and more! I’ve got some amazing projects for you to check out!
Wow! I can’t believe that the month has flown by this fast- but it has. National Crafting Month is almost over. I’ve decided we should go out in a blaze of glory with our biggest giveaway yet- a Fiskars Fuse Creativity System! If you read my initial review, you know that this is my new go-to manual die cutting machine. The platform is HUGE and will accommodate all of the other dies on the market. Then in my follow-up review […]
I was looking back through my reviews the other day and realized that I’d never reviewed Armour Etch Cream. I literally gasped out loud. I have use this product for years and yet never gave it a mention- so today is that day! Armour Etching Cream is the leading chemical glass-etching product on the market. Actually, depending on where you live, it might be the only glass etching cream you’ll ever see on the shelves! The cream is a thick […]
Yes, it’s a Thankful Thursday…the MOST “Thankful” day of the year, in fact- Thanksgiving! Today I will be surrounded by my family in the comfort of my home, enjoying the food everyone has prepared. My husband is famous for his families’ sweet potato pie casserole, my Mom is bringing the Mandarin Orange Salad I’ve eaten since childhood, and my sister is bringing stuffing AND a new niece for us all to fawn over! Yes, I am thankful indeed. For my […]
I love keeping journals. I don’t write in them religiously, but I do keep several going at one time for ideas, lists, art journaling, and as travel diaries. Usually I just buy what is on sale at the craft or bookstore, without any thought to the actual notebook- manufacture, recycled materials, etc. Until I received an ecosystem Artist NotebookÂ in the mail, I had no idea. So what’s the big deal? Well, this is the notebook for crafters and artists […]
This is a version of a post I put up at CraftsUnleashed.com, but with my special “CraftTestDummies” touch for you! Mod Podge is a true crafting staple, and every craftersâ€™ closet should have a bottle or two. This miracle 3-in-one product is a glue, sealer, and finish, all in one bottle. Whatâ€™s more, you have a choice of finishes: gloss, satin, and even sparkle and fabric versions! So hereâ€™s what you should know about Mod Podge: Itâ€™s a glue. You […]
Honestly, my favorite season is fall and one of my favorite celebrations is Halloween. I love decorating the house, wearing orange/purple/lime green and black (I mean, when else can you pull THAT color combo off??) and making fun nummy treats for the kiddos.Â So I was ready to dive into “Witch Craft: Wicked Accessories, Creepy-Cute Toys, Magical Treats, and More!” by Margaret McGuire and Alicia Kachmar. I was thrilled when it hit my mailbox, and quite frankly I had to […]
One of the perks of living in CLE + is that we’ve got some faboo indie artists/authors/crafters who make this an interesting place to live. One of the MOST interesting and talented is Shannon Okey, also known as Knitgrrl. Shannon is an author, TV personality, knitwear designer, and world-class wisea$$, not necessarily in that order. She is also a self-described workaholic. Doubt it? Take a look at the list of books she’s either authored or edited: Knitgrrl Knitgrrl 2 Spin […]
Jenny hosts a “pay it forward” giveaway on her crafty blog.
I wasn’t going to do another give-away so soon, but I ran across this book in my collection and figured I’d better pass it along before the season is over. The book is called Spirit of Christmas by Leisure Arts and is CHOCK-full of all kinds of Christmas crafts in different styles: Southwest, Romanic, folk-art, etc. And there are projects that incorporate sewing, needlepoint, cross stitch, paper crafting, tin works, painting, stencilling, clay, raffia…. and even some recipes! WOW! There’s […]
(((Please note: this item has been given away. Thanks for visiting, and read on, anyway!))) Well, I’ve got a little Thanksgiving give away for you: a book called “Fantastic Folds: Origami Projects” by Andrew Stoker. It’s chock-full of origami animals, boxes, envelopes, and other goodies. I was into making little gift boxes for a while, and now I’d like to pass on the crafty love. If you’d like it, just leave me a comment on this post, and on Friday […]