Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Black Friday Sale!

I love shopping, and I love sales, but I don't love the chaos that can come along with Black Friday. The solution? Online shopping.

From Wednesday 11-27 to Monday, 12-2, use the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout to receive 15% off of your total Crafty Crabs purchase! This means the more you spend, the more you save :)

Happy shopping!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Tutorial: Sewing Pin Christmas Ornaments

Christmas ornaments are so much more special when they are personalized. If you're looking for a simple DIY ornament, this project is for you!

  • Foam spheres
  • Sewing pins - I used ones with white tops, but you have plenty of options. The larger your sphere, the more pins you will need.
  • A hole puncher - I used one that punches flower-shaped holes
  • Paper in the color of your choice
  • Ribbon

The first thing you'll need to do is punch holes in your paper. I picked up this cute flower hole puncher at Michael's so the sewing pins would look like the centers of the flowers.

Some of the ornaments I made were entirely red, some were entirely green, and some were red, green, and white. The color choices are entirely up to you.

Once you have enough punch-outs, begin pinning them into your foam ornament.

I pinned a sparkly red ribbon on the top of the ornament so I can hang it from my tree.


Sunday, November 3, 2013

November Etsy Update

Fall is always an exhausting time for me. We attended Delmar's Heritage Day and the (very soggy) Apple Scrapple Festival, but unfortunately have no photos to show for it. We're busy getting ready for the holiday season.

First, I made a super cute Christmas Treasury. Check it out!

I also listed 9 more pairs of earrings. It's never too early to begin planning Christmas gifts :)

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Milford Riverwalk Freedom Festival 2013

What a beautiful September day. Thanks again, Milford!

This awesome truck was parked behind us. I absolutely love the color.

Plenty of food options!

For real though, I think I do craft fairs to have an excuse to eat festival food on a regular basis.

I'm in the process of listing a bunch of bags on Etsy, so make sure to check them out! We're trying to bulk up the shop before the holiday shopping season hits. If you see something you like, grab it before it's gone!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Tutorial: DVD Labels and Case Inserts

Recently, I made DVDs for my friends' wedding. I spent hours editing the video and perfecting the DVD menu, so once everything was burned, I knew that handing them a set of plain, unmarked DVDs wouldn't cut it. To make the DVDs look more professional, I decided to make labels and case inserts.

And it was so easy.

If you can use Microsoft Word, you can make professional-looking DVDs.

What you'll need:

  • DVD labels (can be purchased at office supply stores or large department stores)
  • A printer with color ink
  • White card-stock (regular paper will also work, but card-stock is better)
  • Microsoft Word or another word-processing program (like Pages)

I used these labels for my DVDs. I don't think the type matters, but I know that you can find Avery templates on Microsoft Word.

To design your labels on the computer, you'll need a template to ensure that they print correctly. If you use Microsoft Word, go to "Tools" and scroll down to "Labels."

When this screen pops up, click on "Options."

Look at the labels you purchased and find the corresponding product number.

If you can't find your product listed, don't worry! Check your labels to see if you can download a template online - I had to do this with the Avery labels I purchased. Downloading the template was extremely easy, and I didn't have to worry whether or not the labels would print correctly.

If you can't download a template, some versions of Word also have a CD label template.

Now it's time for the fun part! Design your labels any way you'd like. Navy and green were the colors for the wedding, so I decided to make my DVDs match the decor. When you print the labels, remove remove the centers then peel off the labels, following the directions described in the packet. Make sure you know whether your DVD cases are standard or slimline, so your labels will align correctly.

Place your DVD in the case. Align the edge of the label guide against the edge of the DVD case, then press the label onto the DVD. 

After you've adhered the first half, peel off the label guide to adhere the other half. 


Though I liked the way the DVDs looked with the clear case, I decided to make a cover insert. Again, to make sure the inserts printed perfectly, I used a template. This time, I used the one that came with Word.

I made the inserts to match the CDs on the inside, printed them on card stock so they would be sturdier, and then cut them out.


Much better than a title scrawled on in sharpie :)

Monday, July 29, 2013

2013 Indian River Art and Seafood Festival

Thank you to everyone who visited us at the Art & Seafood Festival this past Saturday. We've been to quite a few events, and I have to admit that this was one of my favorites. I love the Marina, I love being by the water, and I love seeing the work of other crafters and artists. There's something special about an event that features only handmade items.

And of course, the food was spectacular!

As you can see, we were set up right along the water.

No ducks were harmed in the making of these duck decoy planters.

Our homemade crab traps.
I know, I know, the sign says crab "pots," but we realized our labeling error.

Let's take a moment to appreciate the cuteness of the fish-shaped fishing lure board.

Earrings, magnets, and rings.

Hair clips, necklaces, and bracelets.

Pretty and unique!

Ramona makes a guest appearance!

My toad friend!

What a beautiful day.

Not pictured: the epic tan and/or burn lines we all earned.

We sold quite a few items that were previously listed in our Etsy shop, so expect more new online listings soon. I also have plans to list the yarn-wrapped wreaths online, so keep an eye out. Keep it crafty :)