Thursday, April 30, 2009

Shopping with friends

1. Acornmoon 2. Dutch Sisters 3. A Print a Day 4. A Flower for You 5. Melissa Beach Photography 6. Sew Take a Hike 7. Jojoebi 8. Thalita Dol 9. Smooch Design 10. Cozy Memories 11. Just Charming 12. Rowena Murillo 13. Itty Bitty Birdy 14. Mmmcrafts 15. I Can't Sew Creations 16. Vanessa Valencia

I would like to thank the lovely and very sweet Sonia of Cozy Memories for featuring my artfire shop on her Arts and Crafts Tuesday blog post. Thank you for that thoughtful gesture, Sonia. It is greatly appreciated!

In response to Sonia's wonderful kindness, I would also like to feature the crafty shops of my favorite crafty peeps. Have a happy and inspired shopping!

My Creative Space

My little nook where I write, think, dream and craft! I'm joining this week's creative space meme on Kootoyo!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

In the reading nook

Today I'm just gonna kick back and read a lot of books and cookbooks and maybe do a bit of crafting (jewelry making, anyone?). I've also printed the cutest, fun and free bookplates from Helen Dardik of Orange You Lucky to stick to some of my new and old books. I love Helen's art!

So what books are those on the table, you ask?

Among others, I want to thank Autonomous Artisans Blog for featuring my shop's table pear plushie decor item on their homepage.

I leave you with this beautiful quote to contemplate on:

“Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.“

– Howard Thurman

Have a beautiful and blessed weekend!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Let's tweet again!

Among other random things, I have:

  • Added cute and affordable Happy Mom's Day goods on my Artfire shop
  • Dipped my toes on twitter..again! Would love to see you on twitter!
  • Updated my blog roll. Please email me if you want to be added to my ever growing list of crafty peeps!
Happy weekend!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Cupcake award!

The very sweet and gracious Babalisme gave me this sweet cupcake award yesterday. Thank you so much! Please check out her lovely Earth Day sticker printables too!

I would love to pass on this award to the following whose blogs are so deer to me!

Kimara of Wee Folk Art
Penny of Sew Take a Hike
Valerie of Acornmoon
Kylie of A Bite of Country Cupcakes
Sonia of Cozy Homemaking
Chelsea Ann of Ittybittybirdy
Gina of Gingerbread
Suzanne of Create Fun and Mess

I hope to post something crafty in the next few days. So hang on for that. Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Fabric of friendship

More cute and colorful fabrics to add to my collection from a dear friend to loves to share her fabric stash with me. Thank you, Cathy!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Earth Day crafts and shop special!

In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, I'm having a special discount on my Happy Handmades Shop! All items on Natural Eco Handmades will be offered at 50% from today until April 26, 2009!

Meanwhile, check out these Earth Day crafts and activities:

Craft Green Roundup from The Long Thread
Green Craft ideas from Dabbled
Free Green Man embroidery pattern from Urban Threads
Free Tree Greeting Card download from How About Orange
Free Botanical iPhone and iPod wallpapers from You Grow Girl

Have a great weekend everyone!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Meet the Crobots!

This uber cute amigurumi craft book arrived a couple of days ago from Andrews McMeel Publishing for me to pattern test. But since I have yet to learn how to crochet (or to knit ) for that matter, I will in the meantime show you what a sweet gift book this would be for hip, crafty 18-to-35 year (or older) olds who are getting "hooked" daily. If you are already a die hard amigurumi crafter, this is another must-have book for you. It's available for purchase here or on Amazon.

Crobots: 20 Amigurumi Robots to Make is authored by keen amigurumi maker and craftswoman Nelly Pailloux who also runs her online shop Le Fee Crochette. Leafing through the pages, I squealed at the delightful, sassy, fresh and hip lay-out that truly appeals to new crochet enthusiasts. This book features 20 unique amigurumi robot creatures and space denizens like Bopbot, Mrchanobot (my favorite), Babybot, Geisha, Cosmic Bear and Matryoshka among others. Every crobot pattern comes with a material list and blueprint instructions as well as skill level from simple to complex.

So now, I better learn to crochet! I can't wait to make Mechanobot!

I'd be busy this weekend making crafts and things and preparing a Mother's Day update for Happy Handmades Shop.

Have an enjoyable, crafty weekend!

Friday, April 17, 2009

Parasol Magazine

Check out Print a Day's newest creative venture-- PARASOL Magazine, an online and downloadable magazine featuring design, art and creative lifestyle. It's loaded with the coolest designers, artists and bloggers. Feel inspired! Download Parasol here.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I'm back!

Bonjour! I'm officially back from my Easter vacation! What a wonderful vacation it was! I sorely missed all your posts and happenings. I will catch up with all your blogs hopefully in a couple of days.

I managed to do some crafting during my break too! I found these super cute DIY cake and cookie kits and they are so addicting! Right now, I'm sewing a miniature strawberry cream birthday cake. I only have one cake/cookie kit left and I'm saving it for tomorrow's shop update! Hmmm, better to grab a box of DIY cake than a package of Mrs. Field's Cookies. It won't hurt your waistline that's for sure!

Look what I found during my meanderings! An old fashioned, lacquered wood sewing box ready to be filled with bits and bobs, button and thread and everything sweet and nice! Doesn't it look so ducky and charming? I just love it!

Some serious, no-nonsense craft books to add to my library--Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework and Knitwit. I still haven't given up my dream to learn how to knit!

So lovely to see you all again! Have a fantastic week everyone!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Blog break and Easter blessings

Craft of the day is a colorful assortment of felt eggs sweetly nestled inside a feathered felt basket (feather lace is available in my shop) inspired by Kimara's wonderful Easter tutorial. I've added a bit of my own fancy twist here. I hope you like it.

I'm going on an Easter retreat/vacation/R&R and I'll be back on the 15th. I hope to come back revitalized, recharged and more inspired. I've left the shop open in case there is something that inspires you! I also prepared some scheduled mosaic monday posts.

Also, many thanks to the very talented and lovely Valerie of Acornmoon for featuring my blog and shop in her inspiring blog. Thank you all for your lovely comments and I wish you all a blessed Easter season. See you soon.