Masthead header

I can’t believe it has already been a couple weeks since our last BE CRAFTY workshop. This workshop was a little different then our typical workshops.  I had the honor of hosting with my dear friend Ashley and her sweet daughter in Oklahoma.  Together we welcomed 50 young girls and their mothers for a Mother + Daughter BE CRAFTY. The day was as sweet as can be. Seeing all the  young girls with their mothers spending a couple hours together, crafting and just being was truly special.



The event took place at The Workshop Tulsa ( a co- creative workshop space ).  We filled the rooms with pretty decorations and balloons from Shop Sweet Lulu. We set out supplies on the tables that were lined with white table cloths.  Ashley and I painted  black polka dots on the sides.  Balloons and a chalk board sign that was created by Lesley Zellers welcomed the girls as they entered.

The day was full of smiles and lots of excited little voices.  We split the workshop up into two sessions due to the high interest; A morning and a afternoon group.


As the girls walked in they all received a name tag.  At the end of the workshop we used the ticket numbers for a couple fun giveaways from our sponsors.


Our treat table was decorated with lots of pretty honeycomb balls, tissue fringe, tickets and fabric strips. As a little girl I can’t image walking into a room filled with such pretty. I could hardly contain the excitement myself.

Cake stands were filled with the amazing Livi Lee’s Donuts. I think the girls by passed the lemonade and water when their eyes saw all the different kinds of donuts.





We spent the afternoon creating 4 projects. Each Mother + Daughter got to create their own project. We encouraged the mothers to let their daughters be as creative as they wanted.

They each got to make  a cute storage jar + beaded necklace/key chain  + headband and notebook.






We were so blessed to have so many helpers . Carol, Ashley’s mother spent the day helping all the girls /mothers on the sewing machines.




Behr paint sent us a variety of their paint  sample containers to use for our wood bead and jar projects.







At the end of the workshop we handed everyone a swag bag that was filled so many amazing items from our sponsors.



1. Rainy Day Colors 2. Once Upon a Peg 3. Pink Berry Pie 4. Pretty Girl Designs 5. Steph Loves Ben 6. Mpix 7. Blessed Moments  8. Sweet Eat Treats  9. Deco Art  10. Fresh Entity  11. Hearts Desire Photography 12. Live Sweet Shop 13. Katy Girl Designs 14. Shop Sweet Lulu 15.Give with Joy 16. Jenntag


We also surprised the girls with a few giveaways

  1. Live Sweet Shop 2. Mpix 4. Deco Art 5. Once Upon a Peg 6. Social Art working 7. Crafternoon


Morning  group Session


Afternoon group session


A BIG thanks to our amazing photographer Jessie and all the behind the scenes helpers. These workshops are so fun, but could not be done without you. And  thanks to all the Mother + Daughters. I had such a fun day crafting with you, I can’t wait to come back and do it again !!!!

>>> For more event photos hop on over to Ashley’s blog >>>>>

Today I am gust posting over on Maggie Holmes blog . I recently made a few of these super cute and easy notebooks for a gift. I originally made them for a little girl, but now I want to make some for myself. If you are a list maker like myself, these notebooks are just what you need.

Hop on over to Maggie’s blog to see the full DIY.


If I owned a storage unit I would fill it with a variety of kraft boxes and all the colors of paint.  I might have to squeeze a few vintage chairs in there too.

As we wrap up lesson one in my WRAPPED class over at Studio Calico I began gathering a few boxes for next weeks lesson all about boxes + paint. If your interested in joining us, registration is only open for a couple more days. All the lessons are online, and are at your own pace.

Creating pretty packages is more about giving from your heart, the pretty package is just a extra bonus.




Christmas is just around the corner, and I couldn’t be more excited then to gather at the studio with you as we spend the afternoon crafting holiday inspired projects.


WHEN: December 12th 2015
WHERE: BE CRAFTY STUDIO: 1330 quincy St. NE mpls ( studio 204B)
TIME: 12-3pm

Registration is now open and is limited due to space. We will spend the afternoon creating 4 holiday inspired projects. Each participant will create a few of each item.

1. DIY painted canvas bags with printed holiday saying
2. Learn how to turn a candy cane into a fabric wrapped gift tag
3. using a typewriter create holiday gift tags with wood painted letters
4. Create a holiday wreath


Along with crafting, treats will be served.

* DUE to the uniqueness of this workshop we are unable to issue any refunds.


  • November 3, 2015 - 12:12 am

    Karen - I love this! I want to make this!ReplyCancel

A couple weeks ago I took a late night trip to the thrift store.  The parking lot wasn’t very full, which hopefully meant there was lot’s of goodies inside waiting for me.  I always walk towards the furniture department first, hoping to score a vintage chair or dresser. As soon as I rounded the corner, there she stood. A small French Provincial dresser.

I was provided product by BEHR to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.


It’s not to often you see a French dresser at the thrift store, and for under $10.  I stood waving my arms trying to flag down an employee to come over with a sold sticker. She was mine.


I couldn’t wait to get home and start painting.  Choosing a color is always the hardest part.  I finally decided on OLD MUSTARD by BEHR paint. When choosing a finish I always pick flat. I find that flat finish is the easiest to paint with and allows me to add a wax finish .

Before I started painting I removed the handles along with the gold accent pieces on the bottom drawer.  Using a flat head screw driver I just popped them off since it was just plastic. They were a little to gaudy for me.




I have to say, this dresser might be one of my favorites that I have painted. I think every house needs a painted dresser.


  • October 29, 2015 - 11:48 am

    Heather - That thrift store looks suspiciously like Unique Thrift in NE Minneapolis. If it is, that place is my jam and I have scored so many good finds there!ReplyCancel

    • October 29, 2015 - 11:50 am - It is !!!!! Good eye.
      Definitely my favorite thrift spot !!ReplyCancel

  • October 29, 2015 - 8:52 pm

    Mary - Beautiful piece! I’ve been following you for a while now and I just LOVE everything you do :) You’re joyfully inspiring!

    May I ask if you prime your furniture first? I’ve got a few pieces I want to freshen up with some colorful paint and I’m just wondering the best way to go about it :)ReplyCancel

  • October 30, 2015 - 7:58 am

    Chastity -!! Can you go thrifting with me?! I love the color you chose and for $10! What a great find!ReplyCancel

  • November 1, 2015 - 1:16 am

    Karen - This is beautiful! I wish i find these things at thrift stores or at least had your vision when i saw things!ReplyCancel

  • November 11, 2015 - 9:54 am

    babs - i cant find a color called ole mustard at behr.are you sure of the yellow paint color? i really want to paint a dresser of mine that beautiful color, please HELP !!!ReplyCancel

    • November 11, 2015 - 10:02 am - Hi,
      The color is called Brown Mustard. It is a older color name, which is why you probably can’t find it on the color wall.
      You can tell the paint department you want color code 360D-7ReplyCancel

      • November 13, 2015 - 5:37 pm

        babs - thank you so much for solving the mystery. yellows are my favorite colors.i found you through ashley ann and enjoy “knowing” both of you.wish i lived close enough to participate in your craft workshops.God bless you.ReplyCancel