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Hello friends! It’s Jessica here—I had the privilege of helping Amanda with the recent Be Crafty workshop in Minneapolis. Today I’m popping in to share a recap of the event and a few photos of our weaving!  We enjoyed the perfect fall afternoon with friends new and old, creating our wooden frame looms from scratch and using them to create yarn wall hangings.  
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We greeted our guests with these amazing mini weave name tags created by Amanda, then got straight to work with our hammers! You can imagine the racket involved in 10 girls pounding so many nails in our echoing warehouse studio space. We were all laughing at ourselves, with ears ringing, table rattling, and trying not to lose our thumbs along the way.
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Once our loom construction projects were complete, we moved on to the more relaxing, inspiring portion of the project–weaving the afternoon away with the most lovely colors and textures of yarn. Amanda shared a few tips and tricks for adding color, pattern, and of course fringe, then we turned everyone loose to chit chat and create. We set up a treat table on one of Amanda’s famous painted dressers and came up with three unique popcorn flavors for our guests to snack on while crafting.
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At the end of our afternoon together, each girl took home a sweet stash of swag from each of our talented sponsors:
Ike & Co
Katy Girl Designs
Give with Joy
Natalie Creates
Raising Up Rubies
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We had such a wonderful time with these girls and are getting so giddy for our big Be Crafty holiday event coming up here in our studio in December! Stay tuned…We’d love to see you back here soon!

Fridays are 20% off at the unique thrift store . I am all about saving a extra 20% so I usually try to make a stop in.  And when I do I always walk right towards the furniture.

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As soon as I saw this dresser I knew I wanted to take it home with me. And for  $9 it fit my budget. But then I started second guessing. You see my garage is already FULL of thrifty finds. I have less then a month before the really cold weather shows up, and I NEED to figure out how I am going to park inside my garage again. Which means no more bring dressers or chairs home.

I walked out the front doors without it. As much as I wanted it I just didn’t really NEED it.

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After driving a few miles away I sat at the stop light still thinking about it. Have you ever done that before ?  I just couldn’t get it off my mind. I turned around and went back. It was still there which was a sign it was meant to be.

Over the weekend I painted her (dresser) my favorite vintage pink: ruffles by behr paint. Using one sample container which only costs $2.39 I had her all fancy again. The dresser was really scuffed up, but with 2 coats she looked like new.  I found the white knobs at hobby lobby for 50%.

Our upstairs needed a little splash of pink.

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I love texting my thrifty friends photos while at the store especially if I know they are on the look out for an item I have spotted.  My favorite current find is a full set of gold flateware. I can’t wait to eat birthday cake with them in a few weeks!!  And yes that yellow chair is in my garage.

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I always get asked what is your trick to finding such good finds ??  Honestly I don’t  have any special secrets besides go often. I usually stop in at  least 3 times a week or if I am in the area. I typically don’t spend more then 10 -15 minutes in the store. I typically walk right to the furniture section, look at the sheet isle/ crafts and a quick look over at the dinnerware. On days that I am not in a rush I will look more in depth but usually I walk in with a mission and look at a fast pace. I apologize in advance if I ever go to the thrift store with you. Just tell me to slow down.

lastly, don’t forget to grab your discount coupon if you donate. I try to space my donations out so I have more coupons to use!!  Happy thrifting.

 

  • October 7, 2014 - 2:17 pm

    Crystal K - Is “Unique Thrift Store” it’s name? In Burnsville?ReplyCancel

    • October 7, 2014 - 10:17 pm

      amandarydell@gmail.com - There are a few around Minneapolis !!ReplyCancel

  • October 7, 2014 - 3:30 pm

    creole wisdom - I thrift the same way you do, but I don’t have a garage so that keeps the hoarding to a minimum ;) You did a beautiful job, Amanda. I love how you paint furniture!ReplyCancel

  • October 7, 2014 - 9:41 pm

    Emily - Lovely dresser! Last week, I saw a beautiful tote bag at Target but didn’t get it. I was still thinking about it the next day so I stopped by again. It was 30% off. Obviously I got it that time. It was meant to be! ☺ReplyCancel

  • October 7, 2014 - 11:35 pm

    Stephanie - May I please thrift at your garage? :) I have a dresser waiting in my garage. Was one sample enough for two coats?ReplyCancel

It all started off with a need for a quick birthday present. I had been putting off going to the store to get a sweet little girl her present for her birthday. I remember walking through all the isles and could not find one thing that stood out or something she didn’t already have.

My only other option was to go home and make something.

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With left over scrap fabric, and a old pillow stuffing I had made a cute little house pillow. That house pillow still sits on the end of her bed, and every-time I see it my heart smiles. Gifting shouldn’t be about how much money we spend on someone, or how big the present is. It should be about the thought and love that went into that gift. And from there on, I started making house pillows for all the little girls birthdays and thank-you gifts.

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So many of you instagram friends have been asking me to sell these houses. At first I was pretty firm on not going to do it. It was my little handmade gift that I wanted to keep special. The more and more I thought about it and the more people kept asking I finally decided to put a few house pillows in my shop.

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Currently there are 12 pillows for sale and more then anything I hope they are a blessing to the receiver.

  • October 3, 2014 - 12:21 pm

    monique - These pillows are incredible!ReplyCancel

  • October 3, 2014 - 2:56 pm

    Liz Stanley - These are ADORABLE! I’d love to check them out but the link to your shop seems to not be working?ReplyCancel

    • October 6, 2014 - 9:56 pm

      amandarydell@gmail.com - it should be working now!!!ReplyCancel

  • October 5, 2014 - 11:12 pm

    katherine marie - if only EVERY gift could be this special and this amazing! these are so precious!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • October 7, 2014 - 3:31 pm

    creole wisdom - Yay! Yes! I am so glad you’ve started selling these. They will be on my list of gift ideas for the future :) Good on you!ReplyCancel

I bet you have been wondering where part two of the BE CRAFTY AZ workshop was. I am so excited to finally be sharing it with you today. You can read part one  if you missed it.

Our love for vintage and pretty paper was a big inspiration for this workshop . We had such a lovely day crafting and being inspired by other creative women. Setting up each workshop and decorating the the tables is one of my favorites. How amazing is that buffet table the DenMar Estate had for us to use. I kinda wanted to take it home with me but then I realized it wouldn’t fit on the plane!!

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The amazing White Faux Taxidermy deer head sat proudly above all the treats showing off  her amazing flower crown made by the talented Cole Franke from The Felt Flower shop.

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One of our favorite things to prepare for each workshop is creative name tags for all of our attendees. Maggie did a fabulous job making them using her bow craft die and Benzie Design Felt.

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The supply table sat in the main room where Maggie and I taught from. The attendees were also able to grab supplies to use for their projects throughout the workshp. 

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American CraftsCrate Paper and Heidi Swapp  provided their amazing products for our mini album and polka dot paper bag projects.

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During the workshop It’s always fun walking around seeing all the projects in progress. The dream catchers were such a big hit.  Everyone used  the yarn,lace, beads and feathers were used. Not one dream catcher was the same and that is so fun to see.

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 Studio Calico sent a variety of supplies for the attendees to use on their embossed polka dot gift bags.
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Each table was decorated with vintage books and spray painted succulent pots that were accessorized with paper flags from Maggies style board collection. The mini deers are always a favorite. 

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I have to say, these pink boxes that we sent each attendee home with have been one of the best swag packages yet!!!  We are so blessed to have such amazing sponsors support Be Crafty and spoil our attendees with their goodies. We love supporting handmade shops. We posted a fun video here of all the goodies inside.

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The day always goes by way way to fast and I always wish there was just one more hour left. It was such a fun day and I can’t wait to come back.

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Thanks to Red Poppy Photography for all the amazing photos!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • October 5, 2014 - 11:15 pm

    katherine marie - every time I see a photograph of your awesome workshops my HEART SKIPS a beat!!!! It’s like the most amazing dream in the world– beauty-creativity-happiness-friendship! you are a blessing to so so many— even those of us who only get to see the wonderfulness via pictures!ReplyCancel

  • October 17, 2014 - 11:04 pm

    Heather @ Glitter and Gloss - Oh, how I would love to go to one of these! Pretty please come to the Bay Area :)

    Also, please share where you got your gorgeous skirt!!ReplyCancel

    • October 19, 2014 - 12:02 pm

      amandarydell@gmail.com - Heather – it was from Nordstroms rackReplyCancel