Gardening Finds

When you think of Etsy, you don’t always think of gardening…right? However, you’d be surprised at the number of handmade gardening finds available for sale. Planters, tools, and (my absolute favorite) seeds are just a few options.

I’m in the process of planning my vegetable garden for this year, and while I probably (okay, definitely) have all the seeds and supplies I’ll need, I couldn’t help but browse online for more. Here’s a couple of my favorites…

Reclaimed Wood Planter Box by PiccadillyPrairie on Etsy.

Heirloom Rainbow Carrot Seeds by SmartSeedsEmporium on Etsy.

Hand Forged Garden Tool by Fisher Blacksmithing on Etsy.

I’d also like to link to a couple of DIY projects I found that I think you’ll enjoy….After all, we’re here to get crafty together. 🙂

How to Build an Elevated Wooden Planter Box

How to Build an Arbor for Your Garden

DIY Terrazzo Planter with Oven Bake Clay

Until next time,


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) but I’m back, and – I’d like to think – better than ever. 

So, what will I be sharing? 
– DIY projects
– Interviews with handmade artisans
– My own brand of snarky wit (you’re welcome 😉)
– Recipes (everyone’s gotta eat, and cooking is creative when you have fun with it)
– Handmade items I’ve found that I just have to share. 
Let’s get crafty together. 
Find me on…

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.

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 by A Blissful Nest
Halloween Crafts: Pumpkin Decoration and Treat Holder~ Buggy and Buddy 
Tissue paper pumpkins - a beautiful (and kid-friendly) way to decorate pumpkins for Halloween! OMG So pretty! I love this! || Gift of Curiosity
 Decoupage on paper mache letters - by Craft & Creativity

Until next time, stay crafty!

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!

CraftyGirl’s Featured Shop: IlzeOfNorway

If you’re looking for a new knitting project, check out today’s featured shop, IlzeOfNorway! Opened in early 2014, IlzeOfNorway offers tested knit apparel patterns, available for instant download. Owner Jurgita Imbrasiene prepares carefully created knitted fashion collections twice a year, with over 20 patterns currently available for purchase. IzleOfNorway appreciates customer feedback, and would love to hear from you if you have any questions! Here’s my top 3 picks from Etsy shop IzleOfNorway:

Instant Download PDF pattern. Hand knitted long chunky vest with pockets. Digital pattern from Ilze Of Norway. (0103) 
Instant Download PDF pattern. Hand knitted long sleeve sweater and hat set. Digital pattern from Ilze Of Norway. (0104) 
Instant Download PDF pattern. Hand knitted hooded cable knit sweater. Digital pattern from Ilze Of Norway. (0106) 
 Until next time, stay crafty (and knit)!