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I can’t tell you how exciting it is to finally type SPRING !!! The snow is finally melting and the sun is shinning.  We are so excited to announce our spring workshop,  just in time for handmade Mother’s Day gifts.

WHEN: SATURDAY April, 26th at our Minneapolis Studio.

TIME: 1-4pm

Cost: $45

Workshop includes 3 projects. Painted wood spoons ( pictured above)

Handmade laundry soap . Each attendee with receive a jar to decorate and take home their laundry soap mixture. A sweet paper dress  and a handful of ribbons and lace will be provided to use for decorations.

potholderAnd finally, learn simple patch work skills as you sew a hot pad.

Registration is open and seats can be purchased here.


It’s here.

Registration for the Be Crafty + oh, hello friend workshops are now open.  I am SO excited to be working with Danni and to meet all of you in May!! Seats are limited due to space and can be purchased here.

On Saturday we have a full days line up of crafty goodness.  All workshops will take place in Fullerton, CA.  After our main workshop at 2pm we will be hosting mini workshops. Come to one or all.  There is a $10 discount to any add on workshop for those who attend the main workshop in the morning.

1. Main workshop: 10:00am - 2:00pm with lunch included.

Craft Projects:

- Learn how to make your own chalk paint (take home in mason jar!)
- Use your chalk paint to create a succulent planter and plant with fun a fun DIY banner
- Paint a “hello” outdoor mat
- Create glitter + Flower Cabochon Magnets
- Jewelry Craft Project

All attendee’s will receive a swag bag and photo booth photos.

Use code ” 10OFF ” to receive $10 off on additional add on workshops with the purchase of this workshop.


2. Effortless Party workshop: 2:30 - 4:00pm

- Mini Tissue Fringe Banner + Words
- Watercolor Treat Bags
- decorate bamboo silverware (spoon, fork and Knife sets)

3. Stylized photography tips : 4:15 - 4:45pm

Learn tips and tricks on how to stylize your instagram photo’s. Notepad and pen will be provided.


4. A mini seminar covering  pretty packaging : 5:00-5:45pm

Everyone will take home a box full of supplies to make packages at home.


5. A evening of socializing and a Movie : 6:15 - 9:00pm

Movie: TBD

- Snack Bar
- Photo booth
- Take home art print


6. Mother’s Day Workshop: Sunday, May 4th: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Grab you mom and treat her to a fun afternoon of creativity. Lunch will be provided.

- Silhouette artist
- Photo booth
- Take home gift book
- Craft



Do you still use a mouse pad ???

The other day while at the store I browsed through the electronics isle looking for a replacement. After years I realized my dirty mouse pad was in need of a replacement.  Now don’t get me wrong, a cute picture of a kitty melts my heart, just not on a mouse pad.

I knew there had to be a budget friendly way to make one.



  • 1/2 yard of fabric
  • Heat N Bond - Ultra Hold
  • Scissors / rotary cutter + pad
  • 1 sheet of thick foam .99 cents. There are 2 sizes, I used the thickest ( found at Michaels in the kids craft section)
  • Iron


Now I don’t iron very often, ok hardly ever.

I must say this Hamilton Beach Durathon Iron is AMAZING!!! When I first plugged it in and turned it on I was a little intimidated by the high tech electronic settings. And I love the retractable cord.

Make sure you have your iron preheated on cotton/Linen before you start.


Step 1: cut your 8.5×11 sheet of foam in half using your ruler and rotary cutter.  I tend to like a longer mouse pad rather then a circle.  Step 2: Once your pad piece is cut open your Heat N Bond and cut to size of pad.


Step 3: Iron your Heat N Bond to your pad. The bubble side should be touching the pad and your iron on the paper side. Once cooled peel back the paper.

Step 4: Choose a fabric, I know this is the hard part.

Step 5: Iron the fabric to the foam. Your fabric should be facing up.


STEP 6: Once your pad has cooled turn over trim using your rotary cutter.  This will give your pad a clean and finished look.


And there you go!!! How easy was that.

Total cost for this project is under $5. And no more dirty mouse pad on my desk.

AND, Hamilton Beach is giving away one of their Durathon irons to one lucky reader. To ENTER leave a comment and tell me what craft projects you need a new iron for. Giveaway ends on  Friday March 7th  * CLOSED* and winner will be announced!!!



WINNER:  Screen shot 2014-03-11 at 11.43.35 AM

  • February 26, 2014 - 11:53 am

    Lauren Thompson - I’m starting to make some summer dresses for my little girl and would love this new iron to use! Mine is quite old and junky. :-)ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2014 - 11:58 am

    Nicole Kannenberg - I would use my iron to make more crayon/wax paper projects with my littles.ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2014 - 12:30 pm

    Emily - I have just started sewing and my iron is old and burnt. A new iron would definitely help out. Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2014 - 12:32 pm

    Jessica - I don’t use a mouse pad, but that is cute!
    I would use an iron for all my sewing projects-mostly hair bows and bow ties. My iron was a garage sale purchase and definitely not fancy.ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2014 - 12:51 pm

    Tonya S - A new iron would be great in helping finish some quilts up that have been sitting around for (ahem…) a couple of years.ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2014 - 1:00 pm

    Haley - Looks good. I totally forgot that people use mousepads. I would use the iron for my sewing projects. I’m not very good about pressing the things I work on… when I do, I just use a hair straightener.ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2014 - 1:11 pm

    awbree - I need a new iron to keep in my new studio! We just moved and I now have a studio for sewing and crafting and I have been carrying everything into the house to iron…not ideal. I use it mostly for appliqué which I do on shirts for my biz. And other fun stuff :)ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2014 - 1:16 pm

    Jody Carr - Starting a quilt for me, could really use a nice new iron to finish the pieces!ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2014 - 1:45 pm

    Tara - I too, am starting a quilt, and an iron would be nice!ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2014 - 2:39 pm

    Rebekah - I have a sewing project to do for my niece that I could totally use an iron for!!ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2014 - 3:14 pm

    Katherine - Ohhh I’m desperate for a new iron. Mine is transferring stains to my beautiful fabric. I’m in the process of making 2 dog beds which a new iron would come in very handy for and I’m going to attempt my first quilt in the very near future.ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2014 - 3:54 pm

    charissa - my little travel iron isn’t cutting it anymore for my craft, sewing & crochet projects!ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2014 - 4:44 pm

    Tiffany - I actually iron a few times a week for work tops. A new iron would rock! It’s always hard picking an iron. Thanks for the giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2014 - 8:57 pm

    cinback - Ha! My iron is *ruined* from years and years of using it on crafts! Especially melting crayons between sheets of wax paper… :-)ReplyCancel

  • February 26, 2014 - 10:17 pm

    rhonda - I want to make a teepee for my kids so it’d be useful for that!!ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2014 - 4:40 am

    Annie - My iron is simply old, having bought it back in my college days! I would actually use this one for DIY’s I would love to try, like your mouse pad!!ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2014 - 7:42 am

    Pattij - I’m in need of a new project, but am going to the sewing expo in Puyallup tomorrow and always come away with tons of ideas. A new iron would be fabulous!!!ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2014 - 8:55 am

    kribss - What timing- so in need of a new iron! I heat and bond curtains, so much easier than pulling out the sewing machine!ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2014 - 9:03 am

    Necole@seriouslysassymama - This is fun, and would be a great gift idea for some of my crafty friends.ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2014 - 9:37 am

    Ashley - I will use this iron for my quilt, art, & sewing projects… Pretty much everything BUT ironing my clothes ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2014 - 9:45 am

    Kolbi - (I love everything you do!) I need a new iron so I can make baby shoes! I love giving them away as gifts.ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2014 - 10:47 am

    Becky J - OOOH, my sweet girls and I all three are busy with projects using a very “on it’s last legs” iron from {ahem} college days long gone…my youngest daughter is sewing quilt patches used during the civil war period {she is 14}, my big girl {21} is recycling her spring outfits {picture the sleeves from one top now attached to a sleeveless dress} :) and I {old momma} am trying to freshen up my tired,old “ripping at the seams” couch pillows with some new tan linen covers…oooh yes, Ma’am, we could use a beautiful new iron!! Thanks for the giveaway and your darling craft ideas and inspiration..xoReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2014 - 11:09 am

    Lindsey - wow that iron is awesome!

    I would use it for sewing projects. I would like to attempt some baby blankets coming up and that would work perfectly!ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2014 - 4:23 pm

    tiffany - what a great idea! i have a good iron, but would love a second one that i could leave in my sewing room… so my husband will stop accusing me of swiping his! :)ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2014 - 5:24 pm

    Christina - This is so cute and right up my alley as a crafty computer programmer. I want to make a set to swap out at work now. ^_^

    As for the iron, I have a set of bags for my 5 sisters-in-law that have iron on transfers calling their name. Maybe I’ll be able to get them done before the birthday’s start happening this year.ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2014 - 8:36 pm

    Friday Favorites no. 018 // links from the week | {amelia} writes - […] fun + simple DIY mouse pad by Amanda […]ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2014 - 9:38 pm

    nicole i - oh, i need a good iron…i am working on quilts for my 2 kids!ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2014 - 10:32 pm

    Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - For the mouse pad, of course!ReplyCancel

  • February 28, 2014 - 7:39 pm

    camilla - What a darling mousepad! I would love a new iron for sewing projects.ReplyCancel

  • February 28, 2014 - 7:58 pm

    Jessica Williams - Uhhh I iron all of my sewing projects! Maybe it’s my OCD. AND I am in the market (as in I NEED) a new iron like today!ReplyCancel

  • March 2, 2014 - 7:50 pm

    Erin - For a new mousepad, I just ripped out some pages from an old book and modpodged it on to my old mousepad. It looks really cute and adds a nice touch of sophistication to my desk! Not to mention that it’s SUPER easy. :)ReplyCancel

  • March 5, 2014 - 8:39 pm

    katherine marie - your talent and creativity always BLOWS me away and leaves me smiling!!!!!!! LOVE!!!!ReplyCancel


Hello Friends, Happy Monday.  Did you have a good weekend??

I just got home from a fun weekend in Fargo, ND as I attended and had a booth at the UNGLUED craft fest. It was so fun meeting all you crafty girls and seeing the love of handmade grow into hearts of so many that attended the show.

I’m still trying to unpack my car from the weekend but wanted to share with you a few of the new ribbons that I had at the show.  Don’t they make you think of spring?? I’m SO ready for spring, especially  after the big snow storm we had on Friday.

Enjoy free shipping in the shop today with code FREE SHIP!! Lots of new colors and some new pink and coral ruffled crepe paper!!!

  • March 5, 2014 - 8:40 pm

    katherine marie - darling darling darling!!!!! xoxoxoxoReplyCancel


It has been a couple busy weeks around here. I am  getting ready for a craft show  this weekend in Fargo, ND. If your in the area, come say hello!!! You can find more on the show and location here.

During the show I will selling some BE CRAFTY goodies from the shop + hosting a free mini workshop making paper fans.


I can’t tell you how much I am enjoying the new TV set in our main area. The storage space has been a huge blessing. I don’t have a fancy craft room, or any special room that I work in. Most days my kitchen table is covered in paper and my desk has been taken over by ruffled crepe paper and every other craft I have pulled out.

I have been trying to decided what I wanted to put in that big blank space behind the TV. I had thought of printing some Instagram photos, creating a collage of prints.  I could’t really decided and honestly wasn’t at the point where I wanted to spend money on something until I really loved it.

After folding over 50 paper fans for a photo booth back drop for the craft fest, I decided to keep a few for myself.

paperfans1Problem has been solved. $5 later I  have paper fans behind my tv. Yes, my house might look like a party store but I love it.

  • February 20, 2014 - 9:41 am

    creole wisdom - Your house looks super awesome, party store decor or not. I love those fans :)ReplyCancel

  • February 20, 2014 - 1:59 pm

    Jillian - Can you please do a tutorial where you explain how you make these fans and have such a “finished” look? I always have to glue a circle medallion over the center to hid where the fan joins in the middle.ReplyCancel

  • February 21, 2014 - 8:45 pm

    Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Absolutely stunning!!ReplyCancel

  • February 21, 2014 - 9:44 pm

    Jessica - I know that you mentioned on Instagram that you have a special warehouse you get the larger paper at but do you know of any other places that sell larger paper in pretty colors? I am from CA and have no idea where to look! I seriously love these and want to make some. Thanks!!ReplyCancel

  • February 22, 2014 - 1:30 pm

    Susan @SugarBeans - Love this!!! Such a happy place! Great job, Amanda!
    Can you share how you adhered those beauties to the wall??
    Thanks bunches!

  • February 23, 2014 - 12:40 am

    Ailie - Okay, this might be a silly question, but how do you hang your paper fans?ReplyCancel

  • March 5, 2014 - 8:41 pm

    katherine marie - i bet EVERY INCH shines pure happiness!!! pure bliss!!!!ReplyCancel

  • March 6, 2014 - 11:51 am

    A Feteful Life - Love them! And I feel you on the craft store — my husband refers to my home office as “that place where Michaels blew up.”ReplyCancel

  • March 10, 2014 - 9:47 am

    Kris - This is so cute! Love all the colors and that owl cookie jar :)ReplyCancel

  • March 27, 2014 - 10:00 pm

    Crystal Beutler - Where did you find this awesome wallpaper??ReplyCancel

  • April 18, 2014 - 2:28 pm

    Miriam - Are you willing to give up where you found this awesome paper in Minneapolis? I would love to make some of these, but always have trouble finding paper big enough.ReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2014 - 8:14 pm

    Emily - Where do you find the paper for them? Silly question.ReplyCancel

    • May 8, 2014 - 2:46 pm

      alix - Those who want big paper contact a rage format printing company they generally have big paper. i have like to get that nice wrapping paper from HomeGoods and make the fans out of that. My question is- How do I hang them? Tips anyone?ReplyCancel

  • May 8, 2014 - 2:45 pm

    Alix - Those who want big paper contact a rage format printing company they generally have big paper. i have like to get that nice wrapping paper from HomeGoods and make the fans out of that. My question is- How do I hang them? Tips anyone?ReplyCancel