Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Project: Handmade Wreaths for Christmas!

It was a very crafty Christmas! We exchanged a bunch of handmade gifts - all of which are blog-worthy - so I'll be posting my pictures waves. First, some lovely handmade wreaths that I made for Cheryl and Daera!

This lovely wreath reminds me of spring, perfect for a 70 degree Christmas!

I didn't make the flowers, but I did hand-weave the yarn pattern that I wrapped around the wreath.

I spent entirely too much time weaving 5-string braids to give this wreath its cool textured look. If you want to know how to make a 5-string braid, I posted a tutorial here.

 I love the way this wintery wreath turned out! I wrapped it with blue and white yarn and decorated it with some wintery decorations that I had stored in my craft room.

Handmade gifts are the best!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Tutorial: 4 Easy Handmade Gifts

Handmade items make great gifts, especially if you personalize them for you friends or loved ones. Still, if you're a Certified Procrastinator, you may not have enough time to work on a complicated project. If you are looking for a list of simple craft projects that can be completed in a day, you are in the right place! 

1. Tile Coasters

All of my close friends and family members have received tile coasters from me at some point. Tile coasters are practical, easy to make, and look great! You will need to purchase some inexpensive supplies, but once you do, this is a project that can be finished in an afternoon. Click the photo to view a step by step tutorial.

2. A Handmade Recipe Book

When my sister turned 21, I made her a little book of drink recipes. The project was extremely easy. I found all the recipes on Pinterest and made them look cute using scrap paper and sticker letters. If you don't want to purchase anything, you can create your recipe book on the computer and print it -  I once used a template on Microsoft Word to make a book of restaurant suggestions for my husband. Click the photo to see the full post on the drink recipe book.

3. Sewing Pin Christmas Ornaments

I have tons of sewing pin ornaments on my tree! This is another project that will require you to buy some (inexpensive) supplies, but once you do, it is simple to complete. There is absolutely no skill required to make these! Click the photo for a step by step tutorial.

4. Etched glasses

Glass etching is much easier than it sounds, I promise. You can etch plain glasses you already own, or you can buy inexpensive glass items at your local dollar store. Craft supply stores sell both etching stencils and Armor Etch, the solution used to create the etched effect. Click the photo for a tutorial of how to create your own stencil, or if you're planning on using a pre-made stencil, you can read a simplified tutorial here.

Happy crafting!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines for 2015

The holiday season is here! If you're anything like me, you're doing at least some of your Christmas shopping online. While online shopping is great for finding specific items and scoring great deals, it's not something you can procrastinate. Each year, the United States Postal Service publishes recommendations for when you should order items online to ensure they will arrive on time.

In order to receive your package by December 24th, you need to order by the following dates:
  • December 19th for First Class mail
  • December 21st for Priority mail
  • December 23rd for Priority Mail Express
This, of course, is only applicable if you're shipping domestically. If you're shipping internationally, USPS recommends shipping by December 8th.

As always, our Etsy shop is up and running. Happy shopping!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Felt Flower Headbands

I've made lots of felt flowers in the past, but finally, I have my own design that I'm really satisfied with. Presenting our new felt flower headband collection - now on Etsy!

To create these flowers, I experimented with petal sizes until I finally found one that I liked. This was my original prototype:

Though I was happy with the way this one came out, I wanted to make the next ones slightly smaller and less angular. This way, it would be easier for me to keep the petals uniform, and the size of the flowers would be more appropriate for young girls and babies.

Success! (Have I mentioned sunflowers and daisies are my favorite flowers?)

I love the chunky texture of this one.

I experimented with different textures for the centers of the flowers. I don't think I have a preference, but I do like that they are all a little different.

I did some experimenting with multiple colors, too! 

These are fun to make, and I love the way they turn out. I hope others love them too so I can keep making them!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

2015 November Sale!

The holiday shopping season is approaching quickly! Instead of waiting for Black Friday, spending all day in line, and risking bodily injury, visit our Etsy shop!

Use the coupon code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout to receive 15% off your entire purchase. Coupon code expires 11/30/2015.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Millsboro Fire Hall Fall Festival

Thank you to everyone who visited us at the Fall Festival today! I really enjoyed seeing the diverse collection of items in all three rooms. The cold rain also made it a great day for an indoor craft event!

We situated ourselves in a corner of the room. Lots of color to contrast with the gray skies outside!

I love the way this display looks!

These cute solar lights are perfect for beach houses.

We didn't hang our bags like we usually do, and it was interesting to see all of the fabrics laying against each other.

If you're ever interested in making your fridge more fabulous, you know who to call.

There were three separate rooms of vendors today, and it was awesome seeing such a wide variety of items. We have some very talented people in our community!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Tutorial: How to make a 5 string braid

Five string braids look complicated, but they're actually very simple! To create a five string braid, choose any five colors - I used yarn for the tutorial so the strings would be easier to see. You can also use embroidery floss if you're making a friendship bracelet, or a cut-up t-shirt to make a braided headband!

I used a clipboard to help hold my strings in place.

Separate your strings into two sections - two strings on one side and three strings on the other. On the side with three strings, pick up the outermost string (the purple one in my picture.)

Bring the outside string over the second string (the green string in this picture) and under the third. Then, move it to the other side so you still have three strings on one side and two on the other.

Now, repeat the process again! Pick up the outermost string on the side with three strings.

Bring it over the center string and under the last string.

You should have three strings on the side where you initially started, and two on the other.

Keep going! I like to periodically readjust the clipboard to help me keep my strings organized.

All done! Tie up the ends so it doesn't unravel.

Don't forget, if you're not in the mood to DIY, our Etsy shop is always open!