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I usually don't do anything Christmas related until after Halloween. I will apologize a million times for putting Christmas in your face before Halloween. 
We are just about a month away from our Christmas Be Crafty workshop. I don't know about you but my calendar is already packed with something going on almost every weekend leading up to Christmas. We had a hard enough time trying to find a date to craft with you all. 
This will be the last workshop of the year. We will probably be ready to play with some glitter again around February, so we hope you will be able to join us!!! 
We will be creating gift boxes, stamped canvas bags, cupcake wrapper bows, ruffled tags, mini glitter clothes pins, and learn how to use Annie's Chalk Paint as we turn a glass jar into the gift container.

We will be hosting TWO workshops this Christmas season. Join us in Minneapolis Saturday Nov.17th, 
1-4pm at our Studio in NE Minneapolis. Our second workshop will be hosted in the fabulous studio of Elisabeth Eden in FARGO, ND Saturday Dec. 7th 1-4pm.

      
     Just $50/person, which includes all supplies and a sweet treats. Hurry and register HERE--space is limited !!!

Yesterday was the perfect day for a fall workshop. It was a cold and raining day. The kinda of day where you just want to stay inside and craft.  And that we did.
I always get a little nervous before workshops. Maybe its the nerves of making sure everything has been brought to the studio, like all the foot pedals for the sewing machines, or making sure pins for sewing have been brought      ( yes, I forgot the pins !!!  Do you use pins when you sew??? - I don’t). I  am not a perfect crafter,  I don’t always follow the directions fully and usually end up creating it my own way.  I do however  want to teach the best I can.
Jessica and I were super excited after a long summer break to finally be back in the studio crafting and sharing our love of handmade with our Be Crafty guests.
It was such a fun afternoon with these girls. Everyone completed and learned how to create a ruffle + sew a envelope pillow, stamp a fall banner on burlap and create a simple coffee cup sleeve out of felt. All perfect crafts to use during the fall season.
 And a big thank-you to our amazing sponsors Lesley of Recipe For Crazy for giving one of her amazing chalk prints and Cole of Hand Made Colectibles  for sending us a bouquet of her lovely handmade felt flowers.  You girls are amazing, and I am so honored to have you apart of the workshop!!!!
If you are interested in joining us for a BE CRAFTY  we will hosting our Christmas workshop on Nov. 17th and will be sharing more info with you soon.

I have gone back and forth debating whether or not post this. I don’t want this post to been seen as an applause.  I hope this post can be an inspiration as a way to bless someone special in your life. And a way to encourage random acts of kindness.
Last year I had the most amazing birthday celebration. When I’m 90,  I can imagine this will be one of the stories that I will repeat and tell you over and over again. As this years birthday approached I was inspired to keep giving instead of receiving. So again, this year I decided to give on my birthday rather then receive.
As I began thinking about what I wanted to do this year,  I was inspired once again by pretty paper.  As I gathered supplies I currently had, I began cutting scraps of paper into mini bunting flags. Once the banners were sewn I wrapped them around a mini tag and finished with a bow.
                                             Each tag was a little different, but still had the same concept.
Inside I glued a clear glassine envelope which held the bunting banner. I also included a couple Starbucks gift cards for a few friends who also celebrated their birthday in October.
As I send these little happy mail cards into the big world I hope they brighten a day that may be cloudy or a day that is need of a extra cup of coffee. Most of all I hope they are opened and felt a little extra loved.
  • April 16, 2014 - 1:26 am

    Alissa - These are gorgeous! I can just imagine the happiness and sunshine you gave the recipients! What a good, deep heart!ReplyCancel

A few nights ago we made a pot full of our favorite pumpkin soup. I’m not joking when I say I could eat soup every day until Thanksgiving. I love warming up to a big cup of homemade soup.
Re-using cans is a great way to craft and recycle. With the Be Crafty workshop just a few weeks away, I thought I would plant a few succulents to use for decoration.
Since I am re-using, and keeping this a low budget project, I only used supplies I currently have.  This metallic gold spray paint by Rust-olum is my favorite (usually found at home-depot or wal-mart). Give the cans 2 good coats of paint and let them dry for an hour.
Once the paint dried, I started adding trim and lace.  Using paper doilies is a inexpensive way to decorate any project.
As you can see I just kept adding layers on top of layers. I love these stamped tags from Oh Hello Friend. I think I might have to start saving cans for future gift giving.

There you go. A simple and easy project to pretty up any soup can.

 

Yesterday I meet my dear friend Jessica at our studio for a afternoon of crafting. I could spend hours crafting with this sweet friend. In just a few weeks we will be hosting a fall BE CRAFTY workshop in our studio here in Minneapolis.
With the change in fall colors we thought we would decorate accordingly. I am not a huge fan of traditional fall decorations.  I do however love paper fans.
                                             Some days it just feels good to get out of the house and craft with a friend. Today was that.