Tuesday, July 26, 2016

SmartSeeds: Rare Flower & Vegetable Seeds

 Next year, I'm planning on having a huge garden at our new house - plenty of fruits and vegetables. While browsing online for seeds, I came across SmartSeeds on Etsy - I already have several of their seeds bookmarked to purchase for planting :) I think my favorite are the rainbow heirloom carrots!

The shop:  SmartSeeds

The owner:  Mia from Claremont, CA

The products:  Rare flower seeds, heirloom vegetable seeds and more - from all over the world! 

Fun facts:  SmartSeeds offers 300+ items to choose from; rare seeds, that you wouldn't find in your ordinary gardening catalog.

Reviews & Sales:  A whopping 57,000+ sales with a 5 star average review rating

Here's my top 3 favorite picks from Etsy shop SmartSeeds:

Rainbow Carrot Mix - seven fancy heirlooms, 350 seeds, spring garden, fun for kids, non GMO, crazy colors 

Aloe polyphylla, spiraling succulent, 5 rare seeds, almost extinct, cool climate aloe, Lesotho native, South Africa, collectors plant 

Sky Flower, Duranta repens, 25 seeds, tall fragrant shrub, blue blooms, golden berries, warm zones 8 to 11, fast grower, container, indoors 

Until next time, stay crafty!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Back to School: Kids' Clothes

In just a few short weeks, our local schools will start their fall semester. Some kids I've talked to are, understandably, displeased that summer is almost over...while two of my favorite munchkins are super excited to go back to school. (I think it might have something to do with the fact that they're both straight A students, and love learning.)

So, in the spirit of the season, I've decided to publish a series on cute & affordable back to school items for kids. Most of the items I'm including are handmade, but there are some great deals from non-handmade sources that I'll be including as well.

Today's blog post is... Kids' Clothes! I've picked three handcrafted options from Etsy, as well as two great deals from Amazon (affiliate links, please see my disclosure policy for more info).

Back to School Dress Paint Palette Applique, Paint Dress, Toddler Dress or Girl's Dress- Choose Dress Color and Sleeve Length

3rd Grade is Awesome - Back To School / First Day of School Tshirt for Third Grade - Youth Boy / Girl Shirt / Super Soft Kids Tee Triblend

Back to School Dinosaur Shirt- Monogram- First Day of School- Last Day- Preschool, Kindergarten, First Grade

Which one is your favorite? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, stay crafty :)

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Chicken Coop Ideas from Country Living Magazine

One of the exciting things happening this year in the life of CraftyGirl is that my husband and I are purchasing our first home. :) I am so excited! It's on about an acre of land, which is perfect for what we want, and I *might* just already have chickens lined up...(okay, fine, I do). There's already a chicken coop on the farm that I'll want to fix up a little bit (paint, etc), but I can't stop looking up chicken coops online...if you could see my web history, you'd think I'd gone chicken crazy!

When we first saw this brightly painted coop we only had one question—can we move in? With colorful shutters and a picket fence, these lucky chickens live in high style.
Get the tutorial at TrevorMade.
Photo Credit: One Tree Photography
Isn't this so cute?

So, when I came across this slideshow from Country Living Magazine, I was in chicken coop heaven. I love them all, but I think #13 is my favorite...

This Cape Cod-inspired structure is prettier than many human dwellings! You can build it yourself using stock building materials and hardware from Home Depot. 
Get the plans.
#13 from the Country Living slideshow

It's decorative, but still classic. I love the doors as well - easy to reach in and get the eggs! Which one is your favorite?

Until next time, stay crafty!

Friday, July 1, 2016

CharmMonkey - Handmade Jewelry & Charms

The shop:  CharmMonkey

The owner:  CharmMonkey from Rapid City, South Dakota

The products:  Handmade polymer clay charms and jewelry in an assortment of cute shapes - donuts, muffins and more! Look for the NEW Back to School line to launch later this summer.

Fun facts:  If you sign up for the Charmers Club (CharmMonkey's newsletter), you receive a 30% off coupon code! You can sign up by clicking here.

Reviews & Sales: Recently opened, CharmMonkey has 4 sales, with one 5 star review rating :)

Here's my top 3 favorite items from Etsy shop CharmMonkey:

Chocolate Best friend Vanilla donut necklace, donut necklace, Donut charm, Polymer clay charm, clay charm, food charm, novelty jewelry, 

Miniature food charm / food jewelry / lollipop charm / clay lollipop charm / clay charm  / polymer clay food / charm bracelet 

Kawaii donut earrings,  polymer clay earrings, polymer clay, fishook earrings, Donut earrings, happy earrings, gifts for her, mothers day 

Until next time, stay crafty!