Three of my favorite hobbies are crafting, volunteering, and running. So, I am combining all three in conjunction with reaching my fund raising goal for the St. Jude Half Marathon. The race is less than three weeks away, and I have a ways to go to reach my $500 personal fund raising goal!
So, I decided to add an extra benefit to the donations made by my supporters! For every $25 in donations that I receive (and have already received), I will put together a craft kit to donate to St. Jude. Craft kits are individual craft projects that patients and their families can pick up from the Happy Cart. All the supplies and instructions for the craft project are included in a plastic bag and available to those in need of a fun activity or just a distraction from the daily hardships they are facing.
If you would like to donate money (plus contribute to the craft kits donations) to St. Jude, click my fundraising page here.
If you would like to make your own craft kit for a child at St. Jude, click here for more information and craft kit tips.
I took a little break from crafting since the festival, but of course, I couldn’t be 100% craft-free. I had to keep it crafty for my friend Sarah’s birthday party. Continue reading
Cooper Young Festival finally arrived! On Saturday, I had my very first craft fair experience (as a seller, not a buyer). This would be my first attempt ever at selling anything I’ve made…I was a little nervous! Continue reading
Last weekend, I turned the big 3-0! To repress the sadness of exiting my 20s, I decided that I needed to have a big ole party. I fell in love with a bright orange 60s style shift dress, and I received some stylin’ earrings as a birthday present. But, I really wanted an accessory for my hair, and I didn’t have much time! Continue reading
In the last few months, I became a little obsessed with craft podcasts especially one called CraftyPod. They are currently not making new podcasts, so I listened to every single episode from the beginning of the show which was like 2005. This is actually a great way to pass the time during my 25 minute commute. Anyway, in one of the episodes, I learned of a website Swap-bot where people from all over the world swap stuff. Continue reading
Martha Stewart has been a huge influence on the crafting world for years and has inspired many people to become do-it-yourselfers and explore their own creativity. However, she is also responsible for many women feeling completely inadequate because they do not make their own organic hair products, have a compost pile in their backyard, and make every meal from scratch with spices from their own herb garden. Continue reading
I love screened doors. They make me feel warm and fuzzy. I love their look and sound and how they make you feel like you’re in the country. I also have a little problem with buying jewelry, Continue reading
My latest project is hand painted magnets made out of wood chips. All you need for this project is wood chips from Hobby Lobby or other craft store, paint, paint brushes, sandpaper, glue, and magnets. I painted a base coat and top coat on the wood chips, then sanded them to give them a weathered look. Continue reading
Since I started this crafty journey, I have become a materials scavenger….pulling over at every pile of wood on the side of the road, scooping up used chicken wire from a trash pile, enlisting friends to save their wine bottles. Continue reading
It seems that I give half a closet full of clothes to Goodwill every year. How does this happen? I’m not really even a big clothes shopper. But I guess several poor shopping choices and style changes add up over time. I bought this dress last summer in Key West, Continue reading
Felt + thread + button + elastic = lovely flower headband! I am a little addicted to headbands and headwraps. I have a whole drawer full and cannot stop buying more.
This project was super easy. Continue reading
Wine and crafts are two of my favorite things, so my latest project is wine glass charms! Continue reading
This project can be anything you want to press between two pieces of glass and solder together. I wanted to make a pressed flower ornament, Continue reading
So, more magnet fun! I saw a super cute perpetual calendar on the Fashionably Late etsy shop, and I decided that I had to make my own! I used scrapbook paper and 1.5″ inch flattened marble magnets. I printed out the numbers on the scrapbook paper. Continue reading
I’m obsessed with marble magnets and thumbtacks. The first place I saw these was on the Martha Stewart website. Continue reading
A few projects I finished this weekend. Continue reading
Over the past few years, the weathered, barnwood style picture frames have really caught my eye (I’ve even bought some of the fake ones at Hobby Lobby). I decided I wanted to make these, but I didn’t have the tools, supplies, or knowledge that I needed. Continue reading
I’ve always been into crafts, always making things and taking classes to learn how to make things. On a whim, a friend and I decided to rent a booth a local crafts festival. She is a talented painter and does really great watercolors. And I do…well I don’t know what I do. I’ve dabbled in stained glass, glass and tile mosaics, sewing, acrylic painting, jewelry, and whatever else interests me. But, I’ve never spent enough time in any one area to become really good at it. So, 12 weeks to figure that out. I’ve decided to spend six weeks experimenting – making projects that I have been wanting to make and doing a little market research to try to figure out what people would want to buy. Then, I am hoping I will have some brilliant product ideas that I will be exceptionally talented at making. Let the adventure begin!