Free Graphics: Don’t Sprinkle When You Tinkle (bathroom signs)

These graphics are perfect for using with your Cricut or Silhouette, using for digital design or even for print-on-demand items. Best part: they’re totally FREE! You have my express permission to use them however you want (commercial use included!) They’ve been created with a transparent background, making them easy to upload into your Cricut or Silhouette software, or a print on demand website. Just right … Continue reading Free Graphics: Don’t Sprinkle When You Tinkle (bathroom signs)

Free Graphics: Bookmarks Are For Quitters

These graphics are perfect for using with your Cricut or Silhouette, using for digital design or even for print-on-demand items. Best part: they’re totally FREE! You have my express permission to use them however you want (commercial use included!) They’ve been created with a transparent background, making them easy to upload into your Cricut or Silhouette software, or a print on demand website. Just right … Continue reading Free Graphics: Bookmarks Are For Quitters

CraftyGirl Supports Small Business: Expressions Vinyl

As a small business myself, I like to purchase from other small businesses whenever possible. Not only do you get great customer service, but you sometimes find speciality items you wouldn’t find at a national chain. With this series of blog posts, I’m going to share with you some of my FAVORITE small businesses! Expressions Vinyl When I say that I’ve always had great customer … Continue reading CraftyGirl Supports Small Business: Expressions Vinyl

There’s a new Etsy shop in town…

In the past, I’ve had two Etsy shops: CraftyGirlMerch, and CraftyGirlCreates. Right now, CraftyGirlMerch is currently closed, but I recently reopened CraftyGirlCreates…as well as a new shop, CGCRetailTherapy. CGCRetailTherapy is dedicated to something that is very close to my heart – mental wellness. For over half of my life, I have struggled with anxiety and depression – crippling panic attacks, constant worry, fear of never … Continue reading There’s a new Etsy shop in town…

Handmade Wooden Toys Your Kids Will Love

Sometimes, the simplest toys are the best for using your imagination and fostering creativity. And honestly, does your kid really need another loud toy with flashing lights? (I know mine doesn’t!) So, today, I’d love to share with you a few handmade wooden toys from creative minds around the world. Rainbow Painted Blocks by HappyToyHouse on Etsy. Montessori Wooden Peg Doll, Set of 10 by … Continue reading Handmade Wooden Toys Your Kids Will Love

Quiet & Quarantine

As you might have noticed, I’ve been quiet for the past month…maybe a little more. Like most of the world, we’ve been dealing with the consequences of COVID-19. While we’ve been blessed to not get sick so far, it’s definitely been stressful having our whole lives change…and we’re some of the lucky ones. My husband is, thankfully, able to telecommute to one of his jobs. … Continue reading Quiet & Quarantine

I’m back!

To quote Leonardo da Vinci: “Art is never finished, only abandoned”.  While I don’t consider my writing to be art, I feel like this quote summarizes the past few years of inactivity on CraftyGirl Creates. I love sharing crafty finds with you, and doing artist interviews so you can see into the mind of some truly awesome and creative souls. The break for the past … Continue reading I’m back!

Handmade Wooden Cutting Boards

I was recently browsing pictures from our local farmer’s market’s opening day, and I noticed a table with handmade wooden cutting boards in the background. I am FASCINATED with them! I’ve always wanted to be able to make something so precise, so intricate…though if I did make myself one, I don’t think I’d be able to use it because I’d be afraid of messing it … Continue reading Handmade Wooden Cutting Boards

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, … Continue reading Keeping It Green for St. Patrick’s Day!

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 … Continue reading Moving to the Country

HollyODesigns: Handmade Pearl Jewelry & Gifts

The shop:  HollyODesigns The owner: Holly O’Connor from Madisonville, Louisiana The products:  Handmade pearl jewelry – necklaces, earrings and more! Fun facts:  Holly has a Bachelors of Fine Art degree, with a concentration in jewelry design and metal smithing.  Reviews & Sales:  99 sales with a 5 star average review rating 🙂  Here’s 3 of my favorite items from Etsy shop HollyODesigns:   Vintage crystal … Continue reading HollyODesigns: Handmade Pearl Jewelry & Gifts

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 … Continue reading Tissue Paper Crafts DIY Tutorials

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!   A lot of … Continue reading RestlessRemedy: An Interview with Owner Debra

40% off coupon at Michael’s!

Valid through Saturday (9/3/16), you can use this promo coupon online to get 40% off any one regular price item at Michael’s! It’s a great deal – there are some exclusions (sewing machines and Cricut machines, to name a few) but if there’s something you’ve been thinking about getting for a while, now’s the time to get it! Until next time, stay crafty! -Katie Continue reading 40% off coupon at Michael’s!

MonsterNo5: An Interview with Owner Hannah Holmes

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! Hannah Holmes isn’t afraid … Continue reading MonsterNo5: An Interview with Owner Hannah Holmes

FoxHillLlamas: An Interview with Owner Nichelle Scholz

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!   “Llamas are an … Continue reading FoxHillLlamas: An Interview with Owner Nichelle Scholz

CustomPortraitArt: An Interview with Owner Robin Zebley

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! For some people, painting … Continue reading CustomPortraitArt: An Interview with Owner Robin Zebley

Crafting for Good: Cards for Kids

Do you want to put your crafting superpowers to use for good & not evil? 🙂 There are so many ways that you can take your talents and use them to brighten someone’s day. Today, I thought we’d cover making cards for children in hospitals. There are some regulations – no loose glitter, for one (it’s a breathing hazard..plus it’s just a mess to clean … Continue reading Crafting for Good: Cards for Kids

WhimsicallyOrdinary: An Interview with Owner Lacie Beverly

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!   A lot of … Continue reading WhimsicallyOrdinary: An Interview with Owner Lacie Beverly

StarShineVintage: Vintage Clothing, Jewelry and Accessories

The shop: StarShineVintage The owner: Krista Morrison from Seattle, WA The products: A carefully curated collection of vintage clothing, jewelry and accessories. Use coupon code 15OFF for 15% off your purchase! Fun facts: Krista’s motto is “Live in style, wear vintage”. Vintage pieces are a great way to add flair to your wardrobe, and timeless pieces never go out of style. Reviews & Sales:  1300+ … Continue reading StarShineVintage: Vintage Clothing, Jewelry and Accessories

Back to School: College Edition

In just a a week, our local schools will start their fall semester. In the spirit of the season, I’ve decided to publish a series on affordable back to school items for kids of all ages. 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… college supplies! … Continue reading Back to School: College Edition