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This past weekend I hosted a BE CRAFTY workshop with the lovely Maggie Holmes in Arizona. We had such a fun afternoon crafting with so many amazing ladies.  I can’t wait to show you a full recap of our event soon.

A big THANK YOU to our amazing sponsors who contributed to our workshop swag box. We wanted to give all of you a chance to win so we hosted a giveaway over on Instagram to share the love of all the amazing goodies we received.

GIVEAWAY WINNER   >>>>>> @portlandianbonanza >>>>>

please email me your address so I can send you this lovely box of goodies.

Barberry and Lace

Be Crafty

Faber Castell

Give with Joy

Katy Girl Designs

Live Sweet Photography

Maggie Holmes & Crate Paper

Pen & Paint

Pretty Girl Designs

Studio Calico

Wifey Singer

Yellow Bungalow Shop

A big thanks to our amazing photographer RED POPPY for the fun photo of all our amazing swag goodies. We are so excited to share the rest of our event photos with you and our other event sponsors in an upcoming blog post.

Yesterday afternoon I finally sat down to work on some be crafty swag for this weekends workshop in Arizona. I can’t believe it is already this coming weekend. I have been so busy packing and shipping boxes I haven’t had time to work on my own swag for our gift boxes.

If you follow along on instagram you might have noticed that I have been making lots of tassels and finding every way to include them in every project . They are just so fun and easy to make.


This cute little feather stamp was include in a pack that came along with the bike that I used a few weeks ago. tasselfeathersyarn


After the feathers were stamped onto my white paper I used my embossing heat gun to set the ink to prevent smearing.  I cut around each feather to remove the access white paper to create a feather shape and then tied the paper feather into my tassel.

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I’m not sure what I love more, the eye candy tassels or the paper feathers. I think there will be a lot more of these showing up in the near feature.

About a year ago I discovered the White House Boutique girls while searching online looking for antique and upcoming junk events. I secretly stalked their Facebook page (before Instagram) wishing we could be friends.

Fast forward to May,  I was sitting in their truck driving around digging for junk at their local city clean out event in Fargo, ND. Our love for vintage and repurpose goods made us instant friends.


I was so honored when Katie asked me to bring BE CRAFTY to their farm during their last summer White House  farm junk event. If you are in the Northern MN / ND area, check these girls out. They are crazy talented and have the best vintage goodies a girl dreams about!!!


We strung our lights, gathered Katie’s camper, brought the cupcakes and supplies for a fun and hot afternoon of crafting outside on the farm.


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Everyone enjoyed ice cold raspberry lemonade in our Mason Bar jars and tried to stay cool from the hot sun.




The afternoon was spent learning different painting techniques along with making our very own chalk paint. Everyone got to choose from a unique selection of frames and created a painted chicken wire or chalkboard frame.  We also created our own handmade laundry soap and painted mason jars to take it home. paintingfarm

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We  were so lucky to have the most amazing handmade shops share their goodies with us.  A big thanks to :

If you haven’t visited their etsy shops, go. These girls are my favorite.



What a fun day we had out on the farm. Laughter filled the hot humid air, and I think everyone left ready to start their next painting project when they got home. farmallofus

Days like this fill your heart.

A big thanks to Rosie for spending the afternoon with us. Her magic behind the camera amazes me, and we are so grateful for these images she captured. They remind us that we all need a little time set aside to create and bring a little more handmade into our lives.


All images are credited to : Simply Rosie Photography


  • September 3, 2014 - 10:22 am

    Katie - A day I will never forget and will cherish for a very long time! Way too much fun hanging out with you all! Until next time friends! xoxo The White House GirlsReplyCancel

  • September 21, 2014 - 8:50 am

    Stephanie - Hello!

    Wondering if you know what color of pink paint that dresser is painted?ReplyCancel

Do you remember making paper chains when you were little?? I can remember making them in school with cheap construction paper during Christmas to count down the days till we got to open presents. Usually we would hang it on our fire place and half way through the season we would usually forget a day, which then turned the paper chain into a decoration.

With less then 13 days to our AZ workshop, I thought it would be fun to send a fun happy mail count down paper chain to a sweet friend who will be attending the workshop.

Using my favorite Maggie Holmes styleboard paper I cut a wide variety of 1/2 inch width strips. Because I was using scraps, the lengths varied in size. As soon as I had enough strips, I started glueing them together to make the paper chain. chain mailer2After the paper chain was made, I began decorating the outside of a mini gold mailing tube, which I was sending the paper chain in.

mailer I used my typewriter  to add  the address onto the pink label and then added a cardboard floral embellishment.  To finish it off I added a letter of the receivers name .

mailer7On the end of the paper chain I added a manilla tag with a typed note and a small yarn tassel tied with a small piece of lace.

mailer6How fun are these cardboard frames!  Although they are intended  to use as photo frames, I added one on top of my  typed  ” see you in 13days ” count down note , I and backed it with some patterned paper.  .  mailer4To finish the mailer off, I glued a circle punch out “open here” to the top of the cap so my receiver knew where to open the tube. I also taped the first chain loop to the top of the cap. so when the it gets opened the chain will pull out!!  I also added a gold rub on to the tube above the address label. I just love how the two golds look together .

mailer1 I am already thinking of different ways to use mini tube mailers They are so unique and fun to send in the mail.  And who wouldn’t love a splash of gold in their mailbox!!!!


See you in 13 days !!!!



  • August 26, 2014 - 12:02 pm

    Julie - Such a sweet and fun idea!ReplyCancel

  • August 28, 2014 - 11:36 pm

    darcy - adorable! i love using tubes for a mailer! so fun! i need to send more happy mail!ReplyCancel

  • September 3, 2014 - 2:43 pm

    alissa - amanda, NO ONE does paper like you! this is beyond anything i’ve seen. it’s like the best chocolate truffles, the ruffliest, sweetest cupcake… but in paper form. : )
    your blog posts are like therapy. GORGEOUS!!ReplyCancel