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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 - 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

      [email protected] - 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

Get ready to get WRAPPED.  I am so excited to joining the Studio Calico team for a month long class on gift wrapping. I have a deep love for giving gifts and I am so excited to teach some of my favorite techniques with you.


Today Studio Calico is offering 20% off to all BE CRAFTY readers using the code: WRAPPED20 at checkout.


*Offer ends 10/31/15 at 11:59pm EST. Enroll in Wrapped and receive 20% off enrollment. Add Wrapped to your cart and the promo code. Not valid on previous purchases. Must enter promo code at checkout. Refunds will not be issued for misused or non-entered codes. 


  • October 28, 2015 - 11:23 am

    tere - Hi Amanda. I just signed up! Tere from BCW @ Friday Harbor <3ReplyCancel

I have been having so much fun playing with the new SHINE collection. I can’t get enough of all the bright pops of color .

Over the last year I have been really challenging myself to create more pages. I have really enjoyed taking the time to document memories with friends and events that happen in my life.  Recently I tried working on a 12×12 page, after hours of frustration I came to realization  that smaller pages and mini albums are what I enjoy making the most.

Today I am over to Maggie Holmes blog sharing more details and how I created this layout using the new SHINE collection paper and embellishments.







  • October 6, 2015 - 12:13 pm

    Tiffany - I maybe enjoyed the title of this page, a little too much :)ReplyCancel

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