Friday, February 17, 2017

Keeping It Green for St. Patrick's Day!

St. Patrick's Day is the perfect excuse to wear bright, vibrant shades of green - though, in my opinion, you don't need an excuse :) Since I love focusing on handmade items, I thought I'd feature some apparel and accessories for the whole family from Etsy sellers.




Emerald Dress, Emerald Flare Dress, Green Dress, Green Flare Dress, Swirl Dress, Green Swirl Dress, Abstract Dress, Abstract Flare Dress 




Mens Necktie Green with White Polka Dots  Necktie 8.5cm Party Tie.Casual Tie.Handmade Tie.Polka dot tie. Green tie.Formal Tie.Business Tie. 




 









Slip on Fabric Bandana over the Dog Collar - St. Patrick Day 


Until next time...stay crafty!
-Katie



Friday, November 11, 2016

Moving to the Country

It's been at least a month since my last post - probably close to two. What could've possibly happened to silence CraftyGirl for so long, you ask? Was it a month of mourning because I couldn't find the right fabric for a project? Did Michael's have a huge sale and I'm currently buried in shopping bags? :) Thankfully, it's not either of those...though I wouldn't mind buying more craft supplies! ;) No, these past two months have been spent in preparation of a huge move, the move, and then the unpacking.



Are we completely unpacked yet?...I'm not sure if we ever will be :) But I think we're getting there! We've also added to our family since we moved - Navi (our dog), Link & Zelda (our cats) and George, Grace & Audrey (the chickens). If you're a fan of The Legend of Zelda video games, you might've picked up on our enthusiasm over naming our pets :)






It's so nice to be in a house, not an apartment...one of my favorite things (besides having two bathrooms instead of one) is that I can make noise anytime I want without worrying about waking people up. Sometimes I can't sleep, and cleaning helps me wind down. I'm pretty sure the neighbors at our apartment complex wouldn't have appreciated me vacuuming at 2am. :)



The only downside to moving, that I can think of, is that I haven't had much time to work on craft projects lately...and Christmas is rapidly approaching! The past few weeks have been full of painting, unpacking, chasing after animals, and there just hasn't been much time in there to work on Christmas presents.

So, dear readers, I'd like to ask you: What's your go-to quick Christmas present that you like to make? I can't wait to hear your ideas in the comments section! :)

Until next time, stay crafty!
-Katie

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Kid Friendly Fall Crafts






It's fall! Depending on where you live, the weather may be getting a bit more chilly, the leaves may be changing colors, and you *might* just be gearing up for Halloween and Thanksgiving. :) If you're looking for some great kid friendly fall crafts, look no further! I've rounded up some of my favorites for you that I think your kids - and you! - will enjoy.

























Friday, September 9, 2016

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Tissue Paper Crafts DIY Tutorials






I was browsing on Pinterest this morning..and afternoon (because we all know, you can get sucked into Pinterest for hours!) and I came across some tissue paper craft tutorials that I just HAVE to share! Some of these are classic, others use tissue paper in ways I would've never thought of. So, scroll down to see my favorite picks from my Pinterest binge session today :) 







Tissue Paper Wreath Tutorial by A Blissful Nest







Halloween Crafts: Pumpkin Decoration and Treat Holder~ Buggy and Buddy 




Tissue paper pumpkins - a beautiful (and kid-friendly) way to decorate pumpkins for Halloween! OMG So pretty! I love this! || Gift of Curiosity





 Decoupage on paper mache letters - by Craft & Creativity



Until next time, stay crafty!
-Katie









Thursday, September 1, 2016

25% off at JoAnn Fabrics!



In-store & Online Extra 25% off your total purchase. Ends Saturday. Get Coupon. 

Check it out! From now until Saturday, September 3rd 2016, you can get 25% off your TOTAL purchase at JoAnn Fabrics!  That means 25% off of beads, craft paints, and more!

If you make a purchase, let me know what you got! :)

Until next time, stay crafty!
-Katie






Wednesday, August 31, 2016

RestlessRemedy: An Interview with Owner Debra

One of the things I've enjoyed the most about featuring Etsy shops on my blog is getting to know the owners; what inspires them to design? What brought them to open their shop? I've started a new series of blog posts specifically for this occasion - owner interviews. I hope you'll enjoy learning more about these unique artists' process and inspiration!



Alzheimer's Fidget Quilt Fidget Blanket Stroke Rehabilitation Dementia Patient MOD Hot Pink FLOWERS by Restless Remedy 


A lot of Etsy shops are born out of inspiration to provide a product that the owner feels would be a benefit to a group of people, and Etsy shop RestlessRemedy is no exception. After her sister-in-law suffered from a stroke and was diagnosed with dementia, owner Debra set out to create a way to help her maintain her fine motor skills. After researching, Debra learned about fidget quilts: a lap-sized quilt with different buttons, pulls, and other activities that patients can use to occupy their mind and help with their motor skills. "After making Alexandria a quilt and seeing how much she enjoyed it, I made a few more to donate to my local senior center. Restless Remedy has snowballed from there", says Debra.


Alzheimer's Fidget Quilt Fidget Blanket Stroke Rehabilitation Dementia Patient CATS on the BEACH by Restless Remedy 

When asked if she's always been interested in arts and crafts, Debra replies, "You name it, I've crafted it!". When she was a child, her grandmother taught her to sew; and as an adult, Debra focused on jewelry making, paper crafts, knitting and crocheting. Debra's been a fan of Etsy for the past several years, but just opened her shop in 2015.


Alzheimer's Fidget Quilt Fidget Blanket Stroke Rehabilitation Dementia Patient FISTFUL OF VIOLETS  by Restless Remedy

As you might have guessed, Debra's main inspiration for RestlessRemedy is her sister-in-law, Alexandria. Debra loves crafting fidget quilts, and loves the rewards of being able to inspire and help out her customers and their families: "Every time I get feedback from my customers, my heart sings! I especially love seeing pictures of loved ones with their fidget quilts." Debra loves working on custom quilts, getting to learn about who she's making it for. 


As for her plans for the future, Debra wants to focus on the same things she's always done: maintaining the care, quality and meaning of each quilt.

You can find Debra at RestlessRemedy on Etsy, on Instagram and on Facebook.

Until next time, stay crafty!
-Katie