Thursday, February 27, 2014

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop: LucyBirdy

I have a deep love for books. While I love the Kindle app I have on my tablet, nothing beats the original: a good, old fashioned book. Sadly, a lot of books fall into disrepair and end up being trashed. Determined to show the character of older books, and bring them into a second life, owner Cassandra created paper wreaths, flowers, and more from the pages of old books...and Etsy shop LucyBirdy was born. I'm amazed at the amount of care and detail that goes into every one of her products, and I thought I would share a few that caught my eye.

Children's Book Wreath - Paper Cone Wreath - Vintage Paper Dahlia

When I saw this Children's Book Wreath, I immediately recognized that Cassandra had used pages from Disney's Sword in the Stone, which is one of my all time favorite animated movies. It's bright, colorful, and would be PERFECT for a Disney themed nursery or bedroom!



Antique Book Wreath,  Paper Rose Heart Wreath,  Paper Rose Wreath

If you're looking for something a little more grown up to display, look no further than this Antique Paper Rose Wreath, made from the pages of  "The Works of Emile Zola," by Walter J. Black, copyrighted and printed in 1928.


Sheet Music Wreath - Antique Book Wreath - Paper Flower Wreath
Easily my favorite, this Sheet Music Wreath is made of gorgeous antique sheet music from the Opera "Rose of the Danube," written by Geoffrey F. Morgan with music by Arthur A. Penn.


Stay crafty!
-Katie



Wednesday, February 26, 2014

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop: FeltLikeSweets

When I was initially searching for shops to feature on my blog, I posted in the Etsy forums asking if anyone was interested. The reply was overwhelming! (Though, who would turn down free advertising anyhow? :) )

One of the replies that really caught my attention was from C.M. Cameron, father of two little girls and owner of the shop FeltLikeSweets. C.M. mentioned that he would be ideal for a feature, because he's a dad who..get this...sews! Intrigued, I clicked on his shop link and came across a wonderland of felted cupcakes, tea bags and more, all perfect for play. Here are a few of FeltLikeSweet's items that caught my eye :)


Felt Food: Scented Felt Cupcake, Strawberry Shortcake Hand Stitched Cupcake -- child's pretend play, tea set, tea party, felt cupcake, gift

Strawberry Shortcake Scented Felted Cupcake, $20. It's adorable, playful AND it smells like strawberry shortcake. That's a win in my book :)


Felt Food: The Ultimate Felt Cupcakes, Cookies, and Tea Time Sweets Set -- The ultimate children's pretend play, tea set, tea party, or gift
The Ultimate Felted Food Set, $240. Adorably handcrafted, this set features 4 felt cupcakes, 8 felt cookies, 6 felt sandwich cookies, 4 felt iced cookies, 4 felt tea bags, 4 felt strawberries and 4 felt lemons.


Felt tea bags -- 5 handmade felt tea bags with beads for children's pretend play, tea set, tea party, tea bags, gift

Set of 5 Felt Tea Bags, $28. Intricately designed with a dash of sparkle, these adorable tea bags are perfect for play time.


Stay crafty!
-Katie

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop: SaltyAndSandy

Based in Hawaii, SaltyAndSandy was featured in Ladies' Home Journal in the fall of 2013, and for very good reasons...Gorgeous products.

Having grown up near the beach, I'm a big fan of her beach-inspired hair accessories, signs and decor. Here are a few of SaltyAndSandy's products that caught my eye.



Cute Magnet Clips - wood magnets - cute wood clips - cute office organization - photo prop, polka dots, chevron, fridge magnets, wood magnet

Available in different colors and patterns, these Wood Magnet Clips are perfect for holding that takeout menu, recipe or information on your fridge.



Lace Headband, lace leaf, bridesmaid headband, vintage accessories, bridal headband, bridal party gift

If you're looking for that perfect accessory, check out this vintage inspired Lace Leaf Headband. It's available in a variety of colors, and each one is unique.


Starfish Hair Clips - BEACH WEDDING - Beach Hair Accessories - Knobby Starfish Hair Clip - Starfish - Starfish Hair Pins - Beach Hair

And last, but not least;  Starfish Hair Clips, made with real starfish, are the perfect hair accessory for that beach themed wedding or event.


Stay crafty!
-Katie

Monday, February 24, 2014

Sneak Peek

I've been absent for a few days now, so I just wanted to update on what I've been working on. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so..here goes!



Wednesday, February 19, 2014

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop: FairyBubbles!


I'm one of those people who goes nuts in Bath & Body Works. Must. Smell. EVERYTHING! I love lip balms, body washes, bath bombs..you name it, I adore it. And that's why today's featured shop is making me wish I could smell their products through the computer screen!

Meet Amanda, the proud owner of FairyBubbles, a great Etsy shop with literally thousands of sales. Originally opened in 2008, FairyBubbles carries a vast assortment, including lip balms, shaving kits, whipped soaps, sugar scrubs and more. Here are a few of her items that caught my eye...and may just be making it onto my birthday wishlist!




As Seen on HGTV.com - Pink Cherry Bomb Sugar Soaps

First of all, how cute are these?! Featured on HGTV's website, these awesome Pink Cherry Bomb Sugar Soaps are sure to get you squeaky clean and feeling fresh in no time. :)




Chocolate Whipped Soap 4 oz jar

FairyBubble's Chocolate Whipped Soap comes in a 4 ounce jar and is super moisturizing, leaving your bath or shower feeling incredibly indulgent.


Butterscotch Lip Balm - New Fairy Kisses made with Real Butterscotch

And last, but not least, is FairyBubble's Butterscotch Lip Balm, made with all natural ingredients and real butterscotch. It keeps your lips healthy and moisturized, while providing you with a great lip smacking flavor.


Stay crafty!
-Katie

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop: Aprons2Tie4

Today's featured shop is Aprons2Tie4, a wonderful Etsy shop that makes vintage inspired reversible aprons in all shapes and sizes...and colors :)

While some people prefer the white, starched aprons so popular among line cooks and professional chefs, I'm of the opinion that if you're going to wear it, you might as well enjoy it :) Here are a few of Apron2Tie4's products that caught my eye...




Little Girls Apron full Reversible Toddler Apron Pick Your Colors

Little Girl's Full Reversible Apron comes in a variety of color and pattern combinations and is a total steal at $27!



Mother Daughter Matching Aprons Reversible Apron Set

If you're looking for a set, Aprons2Tie4 has some adorable cute matching Mommy & Me sets, like this Mommy and Me Matching Reversible Apron Set in teal and tangerine.






Chevron Party Banner Fabric Bunting Rainbow Chevron and Polka Dots Photo Prop

Owner Lynn Dee even makes adorable fabric buntings, such as this Chevron Party Banner.


Stay crafty!
-Katie

Sunday, February 16, 2014

New Items!


Just a quick post to show off..errr..display..some of my newest creations available for purchase. :) I have a blast, doing what I do, and I can't imagine it any other way. So...here we go!



0 to 3 Months Sized Newborn Yellow Hat with White Flower
0 to 3 Months Sized Newborn Yellow Hat with Flower, $12.00.


6 to 9 Months Sized Crochet Turquoise Hat with Purple and White Flower - Crochet Blue Hat Purple Flower
6 to 9 Months Sized Crochet Turquoise Baby Hat with Flower, $15.00


3 to 6 Months Sized Crochet Turquoise Hat with White Flower - Crochet Baby Hat Blue
3 to 6 Months Sized Crochet Turquoise Baby Hat with Flower, $12.00.



6 Months Sized Crochet Purple and White Striped Baby Hat with Flower, $14.00.



Stay crafty!

-Katie

Thursday, February 13, 2014

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop of the Day: DerBayzVintage!

Today's featured shop, DerBayzVintage, features vintage art decor, Native American jewelry and a treasure trove of other items. Based out of Montclair, Virginia, owner Adele Boese enjoys going to estate sales and auctions with her children, and restoring vintage pieces to their original glory.  Here are a few of her items that caught my eye:



On Sale Vintage Avon Filigree Cross Necklace with Lucite Stones, turquoise, jade, lapis and camelian

Ornate and colorful, this Vintage Avon Filigree Cross Necklace is currently on sale for $12 and features a 24 inch long chain.


On Sale Vintage 1961 Betty Crocker New Picture Cookbook. Hardcover. 1st Edition

I'm a sucker for vintage cookbooks, so it comes as no surprise that I'd feature this Vintage 1961 Betty Crocker Cookbook. While some recipes in vintage cookbooks are outdated (jello with asparagus, anyone?), most recipes are timeless and there are little gems hidden in every vintage cookbook to enhance your cooking experience.


DerBayzVintage is currently having a HUGE sale, so if any of these items strike your fancy, order them before they're gone! :)



Stay crafty,

-Katie

Snow, snow, snow..and new items!

I hadn't planned on coming back from my break until tomorrow, but with the giant snow drifts outside...yeah, it's time :)

Here in Southwestern VA, we got a whopping 10 inches of snow, with snowdrifts up to (or exceeding) 2 feet. Wow! Hubby and I went out with the intention of sledding, but came to the conclusion: We're too tired for this! :) While we both love snow, trying to walk through snow that deep exhausted us within about 20 minutes. So, back into our little apartment we went, content to curl up with books (or in my case, the computer).


So, what has CraftyGirl been up to since she went on break? Well, I'm glad you asked! I've been working on a lot of various projects, and I finally had the chance to list two of them on my Etsy shop. They are...





This adorable 0 to 3 Months Sized Pink Flower Hat, which is perfect for newborn photo shoot or just a day out with Mommy & Daddy. At only $12, it's a steal.


And this...


Crocheted Color Block Lime Green and Purple Adult Sized Long Scarf

Crocheted Color Block Scarf for $20! Fun and colorful, it's 5 inches wide and 60 inches (aka, 5 feet) long.


I have plenty of other projects in the works, so I'll post pictures as I go!


Stay warm (and crafty!),

-Katie


Monday, February 10, 2014

CraftyGirl's Break

Everyone needs a break now and then, and this CraftyGirl definitely does. I'll be back later this week with new Featured Shops,  new project updates and more of the same sweet, southern charm.


Stay crafty!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop of the Day: TORYmakes

Kids are adorable. Kids in crocheted hats? Even more adorable :) Or at least, that's the thought that first came to mind when I came across TORYmakes, an Etsy shop that features fun, vibrant and colorful crocheted accessories and more. Words can't describe how awesome her products are, so I'm going to let the pictures do the talking!



Crocheted Cupcake Hat, Girls Hat, Baby Girl Beanie

This adorable Crochet Cupcake Hat is bright and colorful, accented with a red cherry on top. Delicious! :)





Looking for something for your little leprechaun? Look no further than this Crochet St Patrick's Day Beanie. :)


Tory's products are bright, colorful and perfect for that little someone in your life :) Check out her shop, TORYmakes and be amazed!

Friday, February 7, 2014

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop of the Day: JustScrunchies

Whoever said scrunchies were out of style has obviously never seen the work of Tameria Payne, owner of JustScrunchies.Available in various sizes and colors, Tameria brings new creativity and style to the world of Scrunchies. No longer just a hair accessory, her choices of colors and textures evoke a more modern style evolution for the Scrunchie. Here are some of my favorites:



Silk Hair Scrunchie- Turquoise Scrunchy- Turquoise Blue Hair Accessories- Spring Scrunchies- Silk Hair Bands

This brightly colored Turquoise Silk Scrunchie is basic, but bright. It's made out of silk chiffon, and is the perfect color for spring.



Scrunchies for hair in Rainbow Peace Signs

This colorful Rainbow Peace Sign Scrunchie is a blast of color, with a fun and funky peace sign print.

Red White and Blue Stars Scrunchies 2 for 7.00 Handmade American Cotton Hair Accessory/ Star Scrunchy/ Patriotic Ponytail Holder

Show off your patriotic side with this Red, White and Blue Stars Scrunchie Set! Perfect for that 4th of July cookout :)


Stay crafty!

-CraftyGirl

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Featured Shop of the Day: TimelessToyBox

CraftyGirl here! I've had a lot of fun these past few days, featuring various shops on my blog...and today's shop is full of fun! Meet TimelessToyBox, a shop run by husband and wife team from Sherman Oaks, CA. TimelessToyBox is full of fun, because they sell vintage toys! Their products are so cute, I'm pretty sure they speak for themselves. Here are a few of their items that caught my eye...





Lego Ring, Party Favors, Fashion Statement - One per Order

Not only do they sell vintage toys at TimelessToyBox, but they also make and sell Lego party favors! These adorable Lego Ring Party Favors are bright and colorful, perfect for your child's next party. (They also make Lego Necklaces, Lego Stud Earrings, Lego Heart Pendants and more!)


Star Wars Han Solo 12" by Hasbro Toys

My husband is a huge Star Wars junkie, and I know he'd love this Star Wars Han Solo Action Figure, made in 1992.



Lego Activity Table for Creative Play

And last, but certainly not least, TimelessToyBox makes these amazing Lego Activity Tables! Available in birch, white or red, it features a 15 inch by 15 inch play area, perfect for building anything your child's imagination creates.

Thanks for reading CraftyGirl's Featured Shop of the Day! Come back tomorrow for our next shop :)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Featured Shop of the Day: JewelryArtByDawn

Today's featured shop is JewelryArtByDawn, an online Etsy shop that recently opened in December of 2013. As suggested by the title, JewelryArtByDawn makes...jewelry! :) Now, as any woman knows, jewelry can be the key from taking an outfit from so-so to WOW. Here are some of the pieces that caught my eye today...



Celtic Style Braided Copper Cuff Spiral Ends Antique Finish

As any good Irish girl, I love anything Celtic inspired. This Celtic Style Braided Copper Cuff is right up my alley. In fact, I'm not even sure if I should post it for ya'll to see since I am so tempted to buy it myself! :) I love the copper color, and the swirls at the ends.



Black and White Butterfly Pendant Necklace with Red Coral and Black Bone Beads, Handpainted


Not only is Dawn wonderful at making jewelry, she's an artist too! This Black and White Butterfly Pendant Necklace is hand painted and features the artist's signature on the back. It's gorgeous!


Come back tomorrow to see my next Featured Shop of the Day!

Stay crafty,

CraftyGirl

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Featured Shop of the Day: ThreeForty


The perfect accessory can make or break any outfit. Myself? I'm an earrings girl. I got out of the habit of wearing them when I was completing my Culinary Arts degree (big earrings are a kitchen no-no) but the habit is back full force.

Today's Featured Shop has adorable fabric button earrings, and she's just getting started!

Meet ThreeForty, the creations of Audrey Walker. Recently opened, she already has a nice sized inventory for someone who's just getting started. (My inventory for the first month was perhaps...4 things? Not very well planned!). A few of her colorful creations caught my eye...


Purple Fabric Button Earrings / Purple Post Earrings / Modern Earrings / Minimalist Jewelry

If you know me, you know of my love of everything purple. Purple pillows, purple clothes, and even (yes, I know, I'm an adult) a purple stuffed hippo. Simple but colorful, these adorable Purple Fabric Button Earrings would easily compliment any outfit you wear. I love the texture; just a plain solid purple would've been boring, but these provide enough detail to make them perfect for any outfit.

Black and White Heart Earrings / Heart Studs / Heart Fabric Button Earrings / Modern Jewelry

Black and white combinations are timeless. (Unlike some of the fashions we've seen lately. Men wearing skinny jeans still freak me out) ThreeForty's Black and White Heart Earrings are perfect in the fact that they'll literally go well with any color outfit you might be wearing that day...or any day afterwards!


ThreeForty's only just getting started, and I think we can expect to see great things from Audrey in the future. Her adorable fabric butting earrings are timeless, colorful and (pun intended) cute as a button. :)

Monday, February 3, 2014

Featured Shop of the Day: EarthsTrove Vintage Emporium

When I think of the word "vintage", I think of class. Simplicity. Elegance. Having been raised by two parents who frequented auctions, estate sales and antique shops, I've grown to have a great fondness for vintage. Some days I think I was born in the wrong era!

So, when I came upon EarthsTrove Vintage Emporium, I sighed happily. Greeted by a discount code in the shop's announcement section, I browsed through the shop and came upon a few items I just HAD to share!


Vintage Eel Skin Purse Bag  Gold Chain Strap Small Party Purse Red Purse Excellent Condition

If you know me at all, you know my love for vintage handbags. They're simple, yet wonderfully detailed, and the quality of work is always outstanding. This adorable little number, a Vintage Eel Skin Purse, is a bright pop of color in a timeless style.


VintageGlasses Ice Cream Cone Shaped Glasses Birthday Party Glasses Pastel Colors Ice Cream Dishes  Retro Cups  Kids Cups Retro Glasses

Another one of my great loves is anything related to the kitchen. Being a trained chef has lead me to enjoy presenting dishes in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Could you imagine a whimsical, brightly colored sundae in these Vintage Ice Cream Cone Shaped Glasses? Perfection in a glass!

So, be sure to head over to EarthsTrove Vintage Emporium and check our their amazing stash of all things vintage!

The Reluctant Model




My poor husband..haha. The things I put him through. Most recently, I was working on a custom ordered crochet beard hat, and I needed him to try it on to make sure I had the correct size. He paused in his book, put the hat on and went back to reading. "Smile!", I shouted, as I snapped a picture. "What? You never told me you were taking a picture!" he grumbled. Oh well...he got over it quickly and went back to reading. Here's the photographic proof...


 Request a Custom Order

One of the things I love about custom orders are the ability to create things for a specific person. You have no idea the happiness it brings me when someone receives their order and their eyes light up. The pictures they send me afterwards make me smile, giggle, and sometimes just outright laugh. My favorites, however, are custom ordered baby hats and booties. Babies are a precious gift, something to be cherished, and my heart pretty much sings whenever I get to make something for them. My husband and I don't have any children of our own yet, but I imagine that when we do, they're going to be covered in crochet!...and spoiled rotten. :)