Showing posts from April, 2009

Shopping with friends

1. Acornmoon2. Dutch Sisters 3. A Print a Day4. A Flower for You5. Melissa Beach Photography6. Sew Take a Hike7. Jojoebi8. Thalita Dol9. Smooch Design10. Cozy Memories11. Just Charming12. Rowena Murillo13. Itty Bitty Birdy14. Mmmcrafts15. I Can't Sew Creations16. 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!

Mosaic Monday: Favorite Things


Yummy crafts to make

What's on your craft plate?

Here are some cute weekend crafts to try:

Toddler Purse from Getting Crafty
Quilted Garden Tote from Handmade by Alissa
DIY Perpetual Calendar from Design*Sponge
Embroidery Projects from Lazy May
Watermelon Tea Cozy from Wee Folk Art
Fabric scrap basket from The Sometimes Crafter
Cupcake tote from Flower Girl Designs

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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?

How Much Joy Can You Stand? by Suzanne Falter-BarnsSimple Pleasures of the Home: Comforts & Crafts for Living Well by Susannah SetonBack to the Table by Chef Art SmithBest of the Best Cookbook by Food & Wine
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!

Let's tweet again!

Among other random things, I have:

Added cute and affordable Happy Mom's Day goods on my Artfire shopDipped 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!

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!

Happy Earth Day!

Let's renew this old and faded planet. Happy Earth Day everyone! Check out The Long Thread's Green Giveaways!

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!

Mosaic Monday: Zakka Style


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!

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 a…

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.

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&…

Mosaic Monday: Easter Joy


Mosaic Monday: Handmade Flowers


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.