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Happy Tuesday Friends. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

Over the holiday my family and I spent a week in Palm Springs, California. We ditched the dreamy white snowy scene and opted in for some sun and relaxation. As much as I loved hanging out at the pool during the day, at night I enjoyed pulling out a few papers + embellishments to create a day by day mini album of our vacation. Hop on over to Maggies blog  to see the full album.

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  • December 30, 2014 - 11:00 am

    Laura In Sacto - Love this idea!!!ReplyCancel

  • January 2, 2015 - 5:56 am

    Creative Neighbours - Love this idea! And it looks great!ReplyCancel

  • February 1, 2015 - 3:06 pm

    Ashley Eubanks - This is so cute! I just got back from a trip to Colorado and I can’t wait to make one to remind me of all the fun things we did !ReplyCancel

We are so excited to announce registration for our first workshop for 2015 is officially open. Join us at our Minneapolis studio on January 31st  as we spend the afternoon with the amazing Lesley Zellers. You will learn chalk art tips and tricks lead by Lesley and craft 3 inspiring projects taught by Amanda.



WHEN:  January 31st, 2015

COST: $70.00 early bird. $80.00 starting Monday, January 5th .

All materials + supplies are provided. We ask that you bring your own scissors for your convenience.

Workshop has a limit of 20 seats due to studio space. Workshop is  for ages 18+ // register here



1. Create a chalk art banner using vintage fabrics all while practicing chalk art techniques with Lesley.

2. Just in time for Valentines Day, paint a heart pattern dish towel. Using a sewing machine, we will add a simple lace trim to the bottom.

3. Using colorful paint and a variety of wood beads we’ll make a fashionable geometric bead necklace.

becrafty2And we can’t have a workshop without treats. The extraordinary Melissa from Faux Martha will be spoiling us with her amazing culinary talents; and, we are so excited to have shop sweet lulu join us too !!!!

Oh what a fun day it’s going to be.



  • December 31, 2014 - 10:21 pm

    Susan - PLEASE,OH, PLEASE!!! Come to Little Rock Arkansas !!!ReplyCancel

  • February 11, 2015 - 8:43 am

    Heart Stamped Cookies - The Fauxmartha - […] inspiration of these heart stamped cookies (aside from the aforementioned) came from Amanda’s announcement for the latest Be Crafty Workshop—a black and white heart stamped towel plus a chalk drawing from […]ReplyCancel

I wrapped the last of the Christmas presents last week in preps for our Christmas vacation. I can’t believe how fast the first few weeks in December went by.

Most days, (ok every day) my desk, floor and every table top seemed to be covered in ribbons, fabric and every other craft supply that made its way out of its organized spot.  It seemed impossible to keep things organized.

Despite the mess, it was such a joy to wrap each gift. I cant help but think of these words from Acts 20:35

“…It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ “


All photos were shared over on my instagram and were taken on my iphone 5/6

Can you believe we are just over a week before Christmas. Do you have all your gifts wrapped yet?? I have a few left and excited to use these cute tags I am sharing over on Maggie Holmes Blog.


  • December 17, 2014 - 4:39 pm

    Nickie - Cute gift tag idea, thanks so much for sharing! I’ve been looking for a unique way to wrap gifts this year and now I’ve found it thanks to your site. They’re just adorable!


DSC_0745Hi there! It’s Jessica popping in again, and today Amanda has given me the honor of sharing a quick how-to just in time for Christmas!  These simple fabric wrapped candy canes make the sweetest gift toppers or ornaments and take less than 5 minutes to make.  Ultra quick & easy touches like these are my favorite during this busy season!    DSC_0732 1. Chances are, at this time of year, you already have everything you need on hand. Supplies include: candy canes, scrap fabric, low-temp hot glue gun (can’t stress LOW enough-you will definitely burn your fingers otherwise), and simple embellishments like lace, pinecones, jingle bells, etc.  Begin by tearing your fabric into a strip that is approximately 1″ wide and 2-3′ long.  You can always snip off the excess fabric at the end.
becraftywrappedcandycanetutorial14-012. Add a big dollup of hot glue to the bottom tip of your candy cane and attach your fabric strip, starting approximately 1″ away from the end.  While your glue is still hot, squish down your fabric on all 4 sides to secure it all around the tip.
3. Begin wrapping your fabric, tightly all the way up your cane until you reach the curve at the top. Note: I left mine wrapped in plastic in case it breaks or crumbles. You could also unwrap your cane for a more tight, sleek look.

DSC_07424. Instead of wrapping all the way to the end. Pause at the curve of the candy cane. Cut your fabric strip and glue it secure. The trick to finishing it off nicely is to repeat Step #2 on the other end, then wrap back up join and cover the fabric in the curve. Secure with one last dab of glue.

5. Tie on a piece of lace, a to-from tag, or a mini holiday embellishment. DSC_0756

Tip: For variety, try wrapping your candy canes with burlap, lace, or ribbon. Go crazy and enjoy!
Merry Christmas friends!

  • December 16, 2014 - 2:53 pm

    DIY >> Cute Holiday Gift Tags » Maggie Holmes Design - […] If you are looking for ideas for cute DIY Holiday gift tags, this is the post for you! Amanda is showing us how to use cupcake wrappers, die cuts and bows to embellish your tags and I think they are just darling!! I also LOVE her fabric wrapped candy canes!! How cute and easy is that little trick!?! I am definitely making those too!! Tutorial for fabric wrapped candy canes on Amanda’s blog here. […]ReplyCancel

  • February 7, 2015 - 11:11 am

    DIY Fabric Wrapped Bangle Bracelet Tutorial - Custom Rubber Bracelets - […] your own spring accessories and give these fabric wrapped bangles a try. SUPPLIES: –. Unfinished wood bangle bracelets (I found my on Etsy) –. […]ReplyCancel