Monday, September 23, 2013

New Christmas Ornaments coming soon...

Newest Items

Find our newest items, including these adorable dish cloths, at our shop here.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

It may only be September, but...

It is a gorgeous, warm day out today....Hard to believe that fall and winter will soon be here with their cold temperatures! Stay bundled up this season and check out our shop for things to help you and your loved ones stay warm!  Check us out here,

Monday, September 9, 2013

CraftyGirl's First (and Second!) Sale

After waiting, and waiting, for a sale on my Etsy shop, I was finally rewarded last night. Not by one sale..but by two! Both of my vintage fabric panels sold last night, and I couldn't be happier. I believe my initial reaction was a lot of jumping up and down, and trying not to make a lot of noise so I wouldn't wake my neighbors up :)

Here's hoping there are a lot more sales in the future!

Feel free to check out my shop here :)

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Newest Item

Our newest item in the shop is this gorgeous Shades of Blue Adult Sized Scarf. 44 inches long and 5 inches wide, this comfortable, cozy scarf is perfect for cold winter days. You can find it here, as well as all of our other stock!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

CraftyGirl's Pick of the Week

Out of all of the projects I've worked on, I will admit: I have favorites. Being my creations...much like children...I feel like I shouldn't play favorites, but..oh well =) CraftyGirl's Pick of the Week is....

The Rainbow Twist Crocheted Newborn Hat!

I  have to admit, this was one of my favorite projects to work on..It's so colorful! Out of all of the yarns I've worked with before, this one was definitely the most eye-catching. It took me a while to decide what to make with it, and then I finally decided on this! There is also a matching scarf in the shop, though obviously not meant for newborns. (Babies + scarves=no no.)

If you'd like to check out this and other projects, feel free to swing by my shop at CraftyGirl Merchandise! Have a great Wednesday! :)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

CraftyGirl: A day in the life

Sometimes it's hard to manage daily life, while trying to constantly come up with new colors and styles of products...or even new products entirely! But if I can manage for the business side and the homemaker side to coexist peacefully on one given day, it looks a little something!

Today has been a little out of the usual, due to waiting on some test results for my husband's CT scan, but otherwise, pretty productive! I've edited listings, added new products, done some advertising and worked on an adorable scarf, done in various shades of blue. (One of my favorite colors) On the homemaker side, I've done dishes, checked on appointments, cooked, cleaned, etc.

One of the beautiful things about crafting doesn't mean you necessarily have to stick with the typical mediums. The word craft means "to make by hand"...which can include a whole slew of options. includes cooking.

I'm sure you remember me mentioning that I have a degree in Culinary Arts, but don't be confused... I don't whip up gourmet meals every single day. Life gets in the way of that, and gourmet can sometimes be expensive! What I love best is experimenting with new flavors, textures and colors when I cook. Adding something to a recipe I wouldn't have thought of before...trying something a different way.

I want to encourage you all to really think about your food before you eat it. Not necessarily from a health standpoint, but from a crafting standpoint. To me, the best food is made by hand, not bulk-processed in a factory. (Though there are several things that I enjoy that ARE made in factories) There is something about making your own food that just makes my soul sing. And when my soul sings...I am at my craftiest :)

The Origins of CraftyGirl

CraftyGirl Merchandise was a idea that played around in my mind for a while and started to come to fruition in September of 2012. I eagerly opened an Etsy shop...and then was overwhelmed! Fast forward to June of 2013, when I reopened the shop and started listing more items. Slowly, but surely, I'm filling up my shop with my handmade little treasures (and a few vintage pieces along the way!).

Arts and crafts have always been a passion of mine, almost as much so as cooking. However, my local college didn't offer a degree in off I went, and received my degree in Culinary Arts, followed by a degree in General Business. For the last little bit, I've been a stay-at-home wife..One of those women that people lovingly, and yet sometimes with disdain, refer to as a "homemaker". (Well, I guess I'm an "apartment-maker". :) ) I cook, clean, balance the bank account, bake, etc. Don't get me wrong, being a wife can be very fulfilling...but there HAD to be something more than just the day in, day out. There are only so many floors to mop!

I've always prided myself on my ability to make adorable, handmade Christmas presents for my family and close friends. Whether it's crocheting scarves, or putting together a gift basket with cookies and homemade cocoa, I enjoy adding a personal touch to the gifts I give. I had seen (and purchased items from) Etsy before, and pondered...Should I open a shop? Life went on, time passed, and finally in September 2012, I decided..Let's DO IT! I was super excited, opened the shop, and hit. Shipping? Sure, I can ship what? I don't have shipping supplies! Search Engine Optimization? WHAT?! They didn't cover that in my business classes! So Etsy got put on a back burner for a while, until recently, having run out of floors to mop...for the millionth time...I decided to take a more serious approach to it. I purchased shipping supplies, created business cards and even thought of a name.. CraftyGirl!

Now, I've often been accused of being a domestic goddess. Apparently my ability to accomplish a lot in one day is fascinating to some people. Really, I don't consider myself to be one, and the days that DO make me seem like one are far and inbetween. But I am definitely a crafty girl. Any given day, if you see me, I'm covered in yarn...or paint splatters. Sometimes even glitter! Crafting is an outlet for my creativity, something that soothes me even after a long day when nothing seems to go right.

And so, CraftyGirl was born. I like to think of it as my superhero alter-ego. Just imagine a redheaded superhero who knocks out bad guys with a bolt of fabric, or blinds them with glitter. Yes...that would be me. :)

Please feel free to check me out at  CraftyGirl Merchandise, and have a blessed day!