Tuesday, August 9, 2016

End of Summer

Summer is winding down and the days are becoming cooler, the nights more quiet. The cicada have finished their songs of summer, the fireflies are starting to leave. Our summer has been very hot and dry this year. We certainly could have used more rainy days to encourage the gardens to grow and flourish.

I've spent my time altering clothes, trying out some giant crochet hooks on thick yarn and ~ butterflies! So please enjoy my round-up of summertime photos. Thank you for continuing to be followers of my little blog. And for being supportive of small artisans, seamstresses and buying locally USA made goods.
summer time frozen non-dairy ice cream

local farmer's market treats!

my long sheer coat I made & my awesome folding craft table

I finished the tank top

my fairy house from wooden bird house & clay

I raised and released painted lady butterflies

I hope everyone had a fun, enjoyable and memorable summer! I am looking forward to listing new items soon: dog bandannas and felt character charms. So do check in with my Etsy shop shortly to view new listings. 











Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Summer projects

It's hot... it's humid... I'm melting away! So what does one do when it's hot, humid and every time you step outside you sweat away 3 pounds?! Why, indoor projects!

I'm working on some little things here and there. I do have a large sewing project I want to tackle but haven't had the room or time for it yet. You want to know why?

Izzy the dog
The reason I can't pull out my huge table to cut fabric on is because - I'm pet sitting! Above is a picture of Izzy, a terrier mix. I am also watching a big ole boy named Willie, along with my own dog (and two cats). My cats out weigh the smaller dog, and they aren't afraid to let her know this (with various forms of hissing). So basically I can't do much with a full house here. 

But I have done a few little projects I'd been wanting to do. I love to put a decoration on our front door each season or holiday. So for summer, I wanted something rustic and a little farm-ish in style. I found these lovely chicken wire, metal letters at JoAnn Fabrics on sale two weeks ago. I picked one out, picked some ribbon and faux flowers and went to town. It made for a nice afternoon project while stuck indoors avoiding the heat outside. 


Don't be intimidated by the above finished piece! You honestly can pick up supplies for under $15 and play around to get something you love. I sometimes use reference photos I see online, otherwise I just let my creativity flow. To hold everything on the wired letter, I used old bread twist ties (since I have a surplus of them). 

I'm also making things for my shop on Etsy. Check it out for what I have up for sale, because these will be listed shortly. I figured with extra doggies around, I could make dog bandannas! Here is the small sized, which I have 2 finished now (different fabrics). The bandanna slips onto the dogs own collar, so no need to tie it on. I use dog bandannas on my own dog all the time. I use it for visibility, since he is medium sized and almost complete tan in color. I also use it for spraying bug spray onto the fabric, instead of the dogs skin. 

my model Izzy, in the fashionable heart print bandanna 

So for summer, it's little things and projects. I'm also already playing with yarn for future winter things. Because... reasons. Because we are all secretly longing for a break from the heat (am I right?!)



Tuesday, June 28, 2016

New blog style, FREE background!

Welcome, how do you like my new bloggy style? I decided it needed a fresh new vibe, since I love to play with design. I found a great blog and artist who offers free downloads for your personal blogs and use.

went from this ^^^ 

to this ^^^

Yes that's my bunny I crafted (not for sale) and my own picture with the spool & thread. I wanted something brighter and more colorful. Now, the background image on my blog and the pretty watercolor flowers are from Angie Makes. She has a page dedicated to the free downloads with beautiful watercolor works. 


She also has an Etsy shop, offering more custom work and digital downloads. So if you enjoy her work, please show your support by visiting her shop! 

I hope to perhaps start to offer altered and handmade clothes in my Etsy shop. I've always enjoyed altering clothing and it can be a lot of fun to let loose. I intend on using thrift store purchases as well as new purchases to alter. As for handmade clothing I have plenty of fabrics to pick from and use, such as cottons or linens. 

I hope you take the time to visit me on Instagram, I'm sharing little things about my days. From adorable silly pet photos, short videos and what projects I am working on. Hope your start to the summer is great! 




Monday, June 6, 2016

Instagram & baby gift!

Hi everyone, how is your June starting off? Mine has welcomed weather of summer settling in. I've also recently heard the song of the cicada outside by the woods. I've been busy and I always like to share what I'm up to.
First off, have you visited me on Instagram? I'm there about once a day, sharing photos of my time spent crafting & such. I love to share about my adorable pets, if I head out to something fun and nature.
I am on Instagram as CraftinessbyB

I've been also sharing photos of food. I can't help it, I love food! Since I do not have a garden this year I'm trying to share locally bought produce and such. Or if I am making something yummy (often dairy-free) and how it came out. I visited a farmer's market over the weekend and just wanted to buy all the homemade, locally farmed foods! If you want to make an impact, support your local farmer's, bakers and artisans. You'd be surprised what you can buy and at such good prices!

locally grown produce

naturally, I bought strawberries!
Now, onto the baby gift I made! A friend is expecting in about a months time. She is having a boy and I wanted to make her something handmade. Even if she never puts them on the baby, she can display them in the nursery as a decoration. I found a darling book all about felt crafting and gifts. It has these 'Hermes' baby booties to make. I made mine out of blue and took my time making the stitches even. I hope to offer a video shortly of the stitching for this craft, called the blanket stitch. 



I decided to 'wrap' the gift in a fabric cloth bag. I bought a fat quarter of fabric and only used half of it for the bag. I simply picked a matching ribbon and wooden bead for it's closure. It's a pretty way to present a handmade gift without having to actually spend money on wrapping paper. And really now, it's so much more special this way!
I hope everyone is having a great start to their summer. What are you going to craft this season? Pop on over to follow me on Instagram and leave me some comments if you like! I tend to follow back people whom follow me. 





Tuesday, May 3, 2016

May Spring SALE ~ 15% off!

It's spring time and you know what? I decided, let's have a SALE! Visit my Etsy shop, open 'announcements' to view coupon code & details. From today to the end of May the sale is going on - so come browse my quality, hand made, artisan gifts for sale.

When you buy handmade you support your local communities. You are encouraging artists to continue their skilled crafts and workmanship. Each time you purchase from a small business you help support the local economy as well. Buying handmade has never felt so good!

My Etsy shop: Craftiness by B