Personalizing Bean’s Totes

19 09 2009

tote 2Bean loves carrying things around in bags, so I bought a package of small, colorful tote bags at the craft store to make some Christmas gifts for her.  But, she didn’t forget about seeing me purchase them and I couldn’t wait to try out some ideas, so we’ve already made two together. Maybe I’ll get some of my cloth bags back from her now!

The blue one has a iron-on from Simplicity and a twill black ribbon which I ironed on with stitch witchery. The felt pieces on the yellow bag were cut out freehand from scraps. They were too thick to iron-on, so Bean helped me glue them on and I’m slowly finishing sewing the edges down. It’s a picture of her in a leotard (although she calls the girl Maisy) with Maisy’s Panda sitting on the balance beam (it was going to be Little Black Cat, but I couldn’t find a visual reference). They’re playing with the bouncy balls and the purple slide/beam/cheese/scrap that Bean found. She couldn’t decide what to call it, but insisted that it be part of the design! Bean also didn’t want the little girl to have a smile on her face. She’s saying “ta-da” with her arms in the air, so she must be happy!tote 1

Insert plug here: If you’re looking for a handmade, personalized gift for your super star, I’d be happy to help! Email me or convo through Etsy with your ideas and I’ll send you a quote. I could also put together a kit for you to assemble together…


Is it September or December?

6 09 2009

The weather starts turning a bit chillier and my thoughts automatically jump to Christmastime. Well, I’ve already begun a little crafting in hopes of restocking our Etsy store and hanging out at few craft fairs this year. But what about the family? I can’t really give them any of my unsold crafts, since they’ll think  they’re getting “seconds” even though I put lots of love and time into each and every item! Not sure how many ideas Jennifer & I can share here, since some of our family members sneak around and visit us here every once in awhile. But we will be showing off our new ideas as the months turn into days before Christmas.

24/7 Moms are already thinking about December on their blog too. They offer a few suggestions for planning ahead to make your own Christmas gifts.

Allrecipes has a collection of make-your-own food gifts too, like this recipe for homemade Limoncello. Yum! There’s also this recipe for Friendship Soup Mix in a Jar. Sounds good, as long as it doesn’t multiply like the friendship bread starters.

Are you thinking about December already too?

Other people get to be creative

19 05 2009

 I wish I had some space to spread out and get creative, but the little hands around the house have been getting into everything. So, I ‘m going to wander around looking at what other people have been up to.

How about sewing up a new friend? See Larissa’s Molly Monkey and Nina’s Felt Monsters. Bean has a thing recently for monsters and has keeps talking about monster shoes. Maybe she needs a monster friend…

Pay it forward, handmade style!

8 05 2009

Our family’s been under a lot of different types of stress the past couple of weeks and I need to get out of this rut. While blog surfing today, I’ve found a great solution at the Polka Dot Daisy and Creations by Lanie: “pay it forward.” This is not just your typical raok or putting on a happy face, but paying it forward with something handmade. And I love to make things! Yipee!

Here we go…

Making handcrafted items is a dying art, but they are so fun to make and get! So, here’s a little game to encourage the handcrafting to live and thrive. The first 5 people to leave a comment on this post, will receive, at some point during the year, a super-duper handmade gift from me! What it will be and when it will arrive is a total surprise. The catch is that you must participate as well 🙂 So before you leave your comment here, write up (or copy and paste) a pay it forward post on your blog to keep the fun going. Then, come back, let me know you are going to play, and anticipate the arrival of your super-duper handmade gift! Remember that only the FIRST FIVE comments will receive a gift from me, so be quick!

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:

  1. I make no guarantee that you will like what I make. But, I will try my best to make sure that you do 🙂
  2. It will be done this year (hopefully sooner than later)
  3. You will have no clue what or when it will be. Please make sure to leave your e-mail address too so I can get a hold of you.
    Have fun!

What is the CPSIA?

30 01 2009

The hot topic in the art & handmade world is the CPSIA. The artist Sarah Jane has summed up the situation very well on her blog here. If you have a small business that sells kids things or buy anything for children from artists or  little mom & pop shops, you need to read this! Yes, now!! Go read!! 

Save Handmade!

A Mini Altered Clipboard

7 06 2008

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This is my first altered mini clipboard that I created for my sister-in-law’s birthday. I don’t like the term “altered” since I didn’t change the function of the clipboard, just prettied it up. I used Creative Memories paper (valentine power pack), and layered it on with modgepodge. The pack also had these cute clear stickers; I layered the “inspiration” one on another patterned sticker. I like the handy size of the mini clipboards…With a giftcard tucked under the clip, it was a fun gift to give!

Gotta hand it to Etsy…

30 05 2008

the creativity on their site never fails to impress me! If you have yet to visit Etsy, browse through their site today…It is a giant collection of handcrafted goodies! There are some great ideas for grad gifts too. (I don’t know about you, but it’s so hard for me to shop for teens!)

If you don’t have time for window shopping, Sydnei at Simply Sentimental is devoted to highlighting some of the unique shops and creations on Etsy. She also hosts Simply Sweet Treats and giveaways from different Etsy artists. I am so excited to have won a pendant from PennyGlassGirl last week! So stroll on by & check it out!