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Easter’s coming – are you ready?

Featured Easter finds from handmade sellers on Etsy

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 couple of years was definitely necessary (can you imagine me trying to feed a baby and post at the same time? Total 💩 show, haha)… Read more 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 up 🙂  So, for today’s post, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some handmade cutting boards on Etsy. Even if… Read more 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, Abstract Flare Dress $62.96     Mens Necktie Green with White Polka Dots Necktie 8.5cm Party Tie.Casual Tie.Handmade Tie.Polka dot tie. Green tie.Formal Tie.Business Tie.… Read more 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 mind buying more craft supplies! 😉 No, these past two months have been spent in preparation of a huge move, the move, and then the… Read more Moving to the Country

Kid Friendly Fall Crafts

It’s fall! Depending on where you live, the weather may be getting a bit more chilly, the leaves may be changing colors, and you *might* just be gearing up for Halloween and Thanksgiving. 🙂 If you’re looking for some great kid friendly fall crafts, look no further! I’ve rounded up some of my favorites for you that I think your kids – and you! – will enjoy. Fall Leaf Bowl from Hello! Lucky Corn Cob Wreath from Purely from the Heart Cardboard Tube Pumpkin Craft for Kids by Buggy &… Read more Kid Friendly Fall Crafts

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 earrings Vintage pearl earrings Vintage style jewelry Vintage wedding earrings Bridal pearl earrings Crystal dangle earrings $30.00     Grey pearl chunky necklace Braided pearl… Read more 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 🙂  Tissue Paper Wreath Tutorial from A Blissful Nest   Cardboard Tube Pumpkin Craft for Kids from Buggy & Buddy  Tissue Paper Decorated Pumpkins from… Read more Tissue Paper Crafts DIY Tutorials

25% off at JoAnn Fabrics!

  Check it out! From now until Saturday, September 3rd 2016, you can get 25% off your TOTAL purchase at JoAnn Fabrics!  That means 25% off of beads, craft paints, and more! If you make a purchase, let me know what you got! 🙂 Until next time, stay crafty! -Katie

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 Etsy shops are born out of inspiration to provide a product that the owner feels would be a benefit to a group of people, and… Read more 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

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 of monsters – they’re one of her biggest inspirations. “I am so, so in love and intrigued with the Universal Movie Monsters. Those are comprised… Read more 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 enchanting animal, with so many unique colors and fibers”, says Nichelle Scholz, owner of Etsy shop FoxHillLlamas. Having started paper crafting at the young age… Read more 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 comes easy…and for others, like Robin Zebley (owner of Etsy shop CustomPortraitArt), it takes lots of dedication. Already proficient at drawing portraits, Robin wanted to… Read more 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 up). But it’s pretty straightforward, and it’s a great way to unleash your creativity and do a little something to make the world a little… Read more 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 Etsy shops start out of necessity; dissatisfied with current products, Etsy shop owners create to fill a need in their life…and then the product takes… Read more 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+ sales with a 5 star average review rating 🙂 Here’s a very special 7 items from Etsy shop StarShineVintage:   Me & Ro Graduated Shell… Read more 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! Whether it’s clothes, bedding or office supplies, these options are sure to please. I’ve picked three handcrafted options from Etsy, as well as two great… Read more Back to School: College Edition

DinnerWearJewelry: An Interview with Owner Mary-Ann Wood

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! When asked about how crafting became a part of her life, DinnerWear Jewelry owner Mary-Ann Wood muses, “Crafting has always been a part of my life, for as long… Read more DinnerWearJewelry: An Interview with Owner Mary-Ann Wood

Back to School: School Supplies

In just a a week or two, our local schools will start their fall semester. 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… school supplies! I’ve picked three handcrafted options from Etsy, as well as two great deals from Wal-Mart (affiliate links, please see my disclosure policy for more… Read more Back to School: School Supplies

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… Read more SmartSeeds: Rare Flower & Vegetable Seeds