Thursday, May 31, 2012

Stretch Bracelets

Stretch bracelets can add an extra splash of personality to any outfit. Here is Daera's official stretch bracelet tutorial.

  • Beads - Assorted colors and sizes
  • Cutters - Scissors work fine
  • Stretch Cord - I use Stretch Magic in size .5mm
  • Glue - I've had great luck with Jazzy Jewel Glue. Aleene's Craft Glue is another inexpensive, sturdy glue. DO NOT USE KRAZY GLUE! This will eat the elastic.
  • Needle (optional.) You can string the beads by hand if the holes are too small for the needle.
  • Chip Clip - This is handy for holding the ends of your string.

Step One
Cut about 14 to 16 inches of your stretch cord and thread it through your needle.

Fold your thread in half and clip the loose ends with your chip clip.

Step Two

Here’s the fun part! Start stringing your beads! 

You can create a pattern or randomly string. It’s your creation, make it how you like it! I tend to work in 3’s… three different colors or three different beads. But, you can use as many different colors that you’d like, or all the same color. You can even make a beautiful bracelet using just one kind of bead.

Step Three
Once you have 7 to 8 inches worth of beads on the cord, it’s time to tie off your bracelet! I like to use a surgeon’s knot. Youtube user, Abeadofroses,has a fantastic 1 min video on how to tie a surgeon’s knot. I am going to attempt to teach you how to do it, but I suggest watching the video instead :-)

You can find the video here. 
Remove the needle and chip-clip and hold the ends of your cord in each hand. 

Wrap the cord in your left hand over the cord in your right hand, bring it down and back up. Do this two times.

Take the cord that’s in your right hand and pass it over and under the cord in your left hand and pull tight.

Add a dab of glue and if the holes are large enough, pull the knot inside a bead.

Allow your knot to dry for a day and snip off the stray ends of your cord as close as possible to the beads. Be careful not to clip your bracelet!

You are finished!

Continue making bracelets till you have one for every outfit. And be sure to congratulate your beading partner on a job well done!

And, of course, if you don't have time to make a bracelet for every outfit, you can buy a few from us at our craft events :)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Very Crafty Memorial Day

The internet is working again! Woo!

Apparently, craftiness is contagious. For our Memorial Day party, the men in the family decided to build and paint their own cornhole boards. If you're not familiar with cornhole, it's just a glorified bean bag toss...though it tends to get a little competitive :)

The official Crafty Crabs cornhole boards.

You can't play cornhole without bean bags! 
When sewing them together, Cheryl made sure to choose "manly" fabrics.

The weather this Memorial Day weekend was beautiful. Perfect for outdoor games!

We did run into some issues. For a little while, the dog thought the bean bags were for fetching :)

And look! Our show tent came in handy!

Last, but certainly not least, I baked Irish Car Bomb cupcakes for our party. They are - hands down - the BEST cupcakes I've ever had. I originally found the recipe here and they were a huge hit both times I've baked them. The pirate decorations are optional, but recommended.

Summer is coming, meaning I'll have more time for tutorials and posts. My goal is to open our official Etsy shop!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

55th Annual Milford Hospital Fair

Thank you to everyone who visited us at the Milford Hospital Fair. We had a great time! The weather was beautiful and it was fun chatting with people who wandered through our tent. We had a fantastic day; I'm already excited for our next event.

Next time I'll remember my camera. Thankfully, my phone takes halfway decent pictures.

Though the wind was wild, the weather was beautiful. A perfect day for outdoor activities.

Our sign somehow survived the wind!

The flower frill accessory board at the beginning of the day.

The coasters. I proved that they were waterproof after
 I spilled coffee all over the table before the event began.


The first earring board.

The second earring board. They're both looking a little bare after today!

The magnet boards were VERY bare at the end of the day! 
They are easily one of our most popular items.

Fabric button bobby pins.

Daera's dad made crab pots and flounder teasers. If you want, you could catch your own crafty crabs!

Yep, both of these are gone now! We'll make more for next time.

My mom actually walked away with this necklace. 
It looked like it was made for the shirt she was wearing!

We had a live show going on in the back of the tent. Chris and Matt spent the afternoon painting Warhammer minis and attracting spectators.

Again, it was a really awesome day for us. I'm excited to spend more time crafting over the summer once I have more time to myself. More photos and tutorials are coming!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Spring Hair Accessories

This time of year is always hectic. Despite family birthdays, spring cleaning, and the impending school-year closeout, I've managed to make some more hair accessories for our show this Friday. Here are just SOME of the fabulous styles we'll have in stock!

I made some red, white, and blue hair clips in anticipation of Memorial Day. 
(Okay, okay, the red is actually maroon. It's close enough, right?)

The event this Saturday takes place at Milford Middle school. Milford's colors are maroon and gold, so I made sure to make some hair clips and headbands to match. They're also useful for Harry Potter fans :)

Turquoise is my absolute favorite color. These also match Daera's crafty necklaces perfectly!

You will probably see me wearing a headband in this color on Saturday. 
I still have one left for sale!

Bright yellow

Lime green. 

Coral, yellow, and white. 

I'm still making more to make sure people have plenty of options. These ivory & white patterned poufs will be hairbands by the end of the week. 

Monday, May 7, 2012

Upcoming Shows

When we're quiet, you know we're busy! This past week we've been working on increasing our inventory, taking into consideration the items we sold at our previous event. Here's where we'll definitely be this upcoming month.

Milford Middle School
May 19th, 10 - 4

2nd Annual Ellendale Family Fun Day
June 9th, 10 - 4
(More info to come)

We're looking at some other summer shows, but nothing is official yet. We will keep you posted! In the meantime, if you have ANY suggestions about items we should sell - new ideas, color schemes, anything - please feel free to let us know. More craft tutorials and project photos are coming soon!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Etched Glass Centerpiece

Glass etching is easy. Really, really easy. In this tutorial I'll show you how to etch designs onto glass using pre-made stencils or using stencils you can create yourself.

A while ago, my mom asked me to make a centerpiece, and it's taken me until now to figure out what to do. Though it took me forever to come up with an idea, my timing couldn't be better - it's right after my parents' anniversary and right before Mother's Day. The candle centerpiece in this tutorial is going to her!

The finished product will have a ring of flowers at the bottom. If you're wondering what it says, it's "don't worry, be happy." 

  • Armour Etch (or, another brand of glass etching cream)
  • Glass - for this project, I etched a glass jar
  • A paintbrush
  • Vinyl stencils. You can buy pre-made stencils, or, you can buy a blank sheet of vinyl and create your own. Craft stores sell vinyl specifically for etching
  • A sink to rinse the etching cream
Step One

Make sure your glass surface is clean. Place the stencils on the glass and make sure they are completely flat. 

You can overlap the stencils to make sure you don't get lines in between.

 Step Two

Use a paintbrush to coat the stencils in etching cream and let them sit for about 5 minutes. When it comes to Armour Etch, more is more. I paint a thick coat onto each stencil to make sure the glass etches  evenly.

I'm not sure about other etching solutions, but Armour Etch doesn't run. You can leave your glass standing up while you wait for it to set.

Step Three

Rinse the etching cream off with water and then peel off the stencils. If necessary, continue etching; I had to do a few rounds so I could re-use certain letters.

Yes, it is this easy. Stick stencil, apply armour etch, rinse with water.

The Centerpiece

My original plan was to put a candle in the jar and be done with it, but I decided against that. I found a bag of glass rocks (is that what they're called?) and separated all of the warm-colored ones to match the color scheme of my parents' house. I filled the jar about halfway, added an oversized tea light, and then surrounded the tea light with the remaining stones. I made sure not to go past the etching so it's readable when the candle is lit.

The jar looks awesome when it's lit because the candlelight bounces off the stones

My mom mentioned that she wanted me to incorporate my fabric flower frills, so I'm planning on creating a ring for the bottom. I'll post pictures when it's 100% finished.

Advanced Etching

You can also purchase a blank sheet of vinyl and create your own stencil. I've done this once before...the stencil was awesome, but I accidentally destroyed it when I tried to use it a third time. Helpful hint - be extra careful when etching onto rounded surfaces.

To create my own stencil, I drew the design I wanted onto the vinyl. Then, I used an exact-o knife to cut the design out. You may recognize the logo :)

Happy crafting!