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I am so excited to finally reply ” YES” to all of you asking for a CANADIAN be crafty workshop. I am so honored to have the opportunity to collaborate with my sweet blog friend Holly,  from In The Fun lane  and bring BE CRAFTY to Edmonton, Canada.

Join Holly and I June 14th in Edmonton, Alberta for a afternoon full of crafting. Signs up are OPEN  today and are limited due to space.

We will be crafting three projects:

  1. Dipped dyed canvas bag perfect for taking to the beach and summer library trips.
  2. painted clay pot with gold foil
  3. a set of water colored notecards with DIY envelopes

All supplies will be provided + Treats and Beverages. Grab a friend and Sign-up today. Early bird pricing goes until May 19th. 

  • May 1, 2014 - 10:32 am

    katherine marie - hooray!!!!! canada will NEVER EVER EVER be the same! HAVE FUN!!!!!!ReplyCancel


workshopOn Saturday afternoon the sun filled the studio as we welcomed new friends for a day of crafting.  It didn’t take long for connections to be made and laughter soon filled the room.

workshop1 closeupupSweet treats are always near by.  Pink doily cups from shop sweet lulu  were filled with kettle corn and chocolate chip cookies stacked the plate. Jessica made these cute mini fabric flags to help remember who’s cup was who’s.


We spent the afternoon creating three projects. Everyone went home with a jar of  homemade laundry soap decorated with ribbons and a paper dress. We tackled the sewing machines and learned how to make a patchwork hot pad and made a big color happy mess painting bamboo cooking spoons.

The afternoons always goes by way to fast, I  am  thankful for Instagram and the #becraftyworkshop hashtag. Photos above are from @hadempsey and @shopsweetlulu .


workshopswagWe always feel so loved when our amazing sponsors send us with goodies from their handmade shops. A big thanks to  Katy Girl Designs, White house Boutique, kdaviscreates, and Earth Cookie Creations . Check out these awesome shops, and support handmade!!!!

groupphotoWhat a fun day we had. I am always so sad when the day is over. A big thanks to Katherine Louise Harris Photography + Design for sending us photos from the day!!! 

We will be announcing the next dates for  Be Crafty  later this week.

  • April 29, 2014 - 10:40 am

    abby - I wish I lived in the area…love this!!! May I ask where the cute little flamingo came from? I NEED him!!!

  • May 1, 2014 - 3:27 pm

    creole wisdom - This was so dang fun I don’t know even where to begin! Thanks for creating a lovely community and allowing me to come and photograph the fun. Good times, good times! Now, if I could only figure out how to look at the camera when someone is taking a photo!!!ReplyCancel

paintedjarsThis past weekend the temps in MN finally reached above 60, the golden temp to spray paint outside.  I patiently wait every spring for this day to come.

Last week I was inspired by my friend Maggie’s instagram photo.  I have spray painted mason jars before, but fell in love with her multiple color collection. I immediately went to the garage to collect jars.

paintTwo of my favorite types of spray paint are Valspar and Rust-oleum.  These are my own personal opinions. I love Valspar, which can be bought at Lowes. It’s wide collection of colors is my favorite and most colors come with a primer which is a big plus.  Rust-oleum is my go to for Gold and white, and can be picked up at walmart if i’m there.

Before you start any project, it is best to fully shake your can.  I always spray a test spray to make sure the paint has been mixed well and does not spray uneven.


paintinstagramI will admit I am pretty lazy when it comes  to putting paper down and painting. Our garage looks like one big rainbow in one area of by the end of summer. Luckily, during the winter months the dirt, rocks and snow fades it every year.

While at the hardware store picking up paint, I also picked up some flowers to plant inside some of the mason jars. We will be using them this weekend to decorate at the Be Crafty workshop.  I think when we are done, they will make the perfect gift to leave on our neighbors door step for May Day!!!

  • April 23, 2014 - 2:56 pm

    Lauren - Would you mind sharing what the names of the colors are? I always have to special order pretty colors at my hardware stores because they never carry the pretty ones!ReplyCancel

  • April 23, 2014 - 3:45 pm

    Anna Lee - I just have a quick question…did you paint the outside and the inside? And if you did paint the inside, was it difficult to get it even?ReplyCancel

  • April 23, 2014 - 7:59 pm

    A Feteful Life - I almost never put down paper when painting either — I think the outline it makes is so pretty!ReplyCancel

  • April 23, 2014 - 11:59 pm

    Jill E. - What are the names of the colors you used on these jars? So pretty!ReplyCancel

  • April 25, 2014 - 11:12 pm

    April - I stumbled onto your blog through Pinterest and I have now spent the last 30 min. being delighted by your creations! SO lovely!!ReplyCancel

  • May 5, 2014 - 11:53 am

    Carol - In my next life I a going to come back doing something much more creative! I love these jars. I have just spent the last week or so planting all sorts of flowers in pots and I am thinking these jars would look great on my glass top tables. I feel a trip coming to Lowe’s. Thank you for such a great idea!!ReplyCancel


Most days you will find my floor covered in all kinds of scraps. Mostly fabric and ribbon clippings. I hate throwing them away. I am a bit of a hoarder when it comes to saving supplies, especially when they are so pretty.  As I was in the midst of cleaning, I also had a little package sitting on my desk waiting to be wrapped.


After last weeks camera strap sewing, I had lots of fabric strips and ruffled tulle scraps. Paint samples are always laying around. Am I the only one that feels like they need to grab every color when they go to the paint store ???


I love using layers, especially with different textures.


Package wrapping is one of my favorites. Don’t be afraid to use things you have laying around the house. Some of the littlest scraps can be used and turned into something beautiful.

  • April 21, 2014 - 12:07 pm

    marie - Very cute packaging! Love the dotty bag and pretty colors!ReplyCancel

  • April 21, 2014 - 5:35 pm

    Susan @SugarBeans - You make all of your gifts SO pretty! Love every little piece of love in your pictures. Where did you get those lovely little word cards??? Lovely…

  • April 21, 2014 - 9:44 pm

    Lindsey - I just started following you on Instagram and am having a ball seeing all the cuteness you create! This is just adorable and makes me want to get creative right away! I just love it!ReplyCancel

  • April 22, 2014 - 6:02 am

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You might remember last summer  a couple friends and I got together at the studio, sewed and created the covered in love camera strap cover benefit sale for a dear friend.

I truly believe in using the gifts God has given us to help others. To help others who need extra financial help, or to help friends following their heart to help others through missions. I am so excited for my dear friend Lesley, and her upcoming mission trip to Africa. You can read all about her story here.

With scraps of fabric, and my love for making ruffles, the camera strap shop is back open.  All camera covers are universal and handmade with lots of love. There is a limited amount and ALL proceeds will go directly to Lesley to help fund her trip. If you don’t have a DSLR camera, but would still like to help, Lesley will be having a instagram auction on April 28th at 6pm central time.


Thank you friends for all your love and support.




  • April 18, 2014 - 12:24 pm

    elizabeth H - these are lovely!! i’d love to purchase one, but it looks like they’re all sold out. will you be making more? or taking orders?
    would LOVE to support Lesley ~ you’re both beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • April 18, 2014 - 9:44 pm

    Heather L. - Also interested in purchasing one! Would love to support Lesley!!!ReplyCancel

  • April 23, 2014 - 1:56 pm

    Merran - those are FABULOUS!! everything you do is just adorable….AND i am obsessed with that cream/black dot fabric. any chance you know the name/designer?ReplyCancel