5th Anniversary Giveaway–DIY Set

Here we are, at the last of the three big giveaways celebrating my 5th anniversary here at Crafty Staci.  If you missed the first two, you still have time to enter.  Visit the Uncommon Goods Giveaway and the Kitchen Set Giveaway and get your entry in by Sunday evening.

Crafty Staci 5th Anniversary Celebration

I’d like to thank Tuttle Publishing for the fun book included in today’s giveaway package!

My goal for this blog is to encourage readers to make and/or enjoy handmade things.  It’s always fun for me to show you things I’ve made, but I’d love for you to create as well.  That’s where this week’s giveaway set comes in.

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary DIY Set Giveaway

Those are not six fat quarters, they are half-yard cuts, so that’s THREE YARDS of fabric!  I love the floral print, and I was so in love with that red wood grain I ended up buying a bit of it for myself.  Shhh.

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary Giveaway fabrics

You can’t sew anything without thread, so I’ve included four spools of coordinating Gutermann thread.  It’s my sewing machines’ favorite.  I also threw in a couple of packages of buttons, just in case you need them for whatever fabulous thing (or things) you create from the fabric.

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary Giveaway thread and buttons

Even if you aren’t big on sewing, with this Wrapping with Fabric Book from Tuttle Publishing you can make some amazing things by simply hemming the fabric edges.  In fact, I’m pretty sure some of the wraps could be accomplished without even doing that. 

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary Giveaway Wrapping with Fabric book

I don’t know about you, but my sewing and crafting would not be possible without keeping a list of what I need to do.  I also have a list of what I need to buy next time I’m in a fabric store.  I’ve included this craft room checklist in case you also enjoy the feeling of deep satisfaction in checking off those little boxes.

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary Giveaway checklist

Last, but not least, I couldn’t let this set go without sewing something.  I’ve been wanting to come up with a pincushion for years now, but I didn’t want to do something that someone else already had out there.  I think I’ve finally made something unique, and I love it so, so much.  Come back on Wednesday, and I’ll show you how to make one yourself!

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary Giveaway - Alphabet Block Pincushion

Whew!  Now, how can you win all of this amazing stuff?

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  Here’s how to enter:

1st entry: Leave a comment telling me something you’d like to see here on Crafty Staci in the future.  It can be anything your heart desires.

2nd entry: Follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or email (right sidebar). Leave a second comment here letting me know.  If you were already following me just leave a comment telling me so (you don’t need to follow somewhere else just to enter).

This giveaway opens on March 2, 2015 and will remain open for entries until midnight Pacific Time on March 8, 2015. I will email the randomly selected winner on March 9th. If I don’t receive a response by midnight on March 15th I will randomly select a new winner.

All three giveaways close this Sunday, so be sure to get your entries in!

Friday Favorites–Top Ten Crafty Staci Recipes

I don’t consider this a food blog.  I spend my fair share of time gawking at legitimate food blogs, and I do not qualify.  That’s very unlikely to ever change, since I usually only cook because my family needs to eat.  Every once in a while though I feel inspired to go into the kitchen and make something for fun, and it usually involves sugar.  These are the top ten most popular recipes I’ve shared here, in spite of myself.

10

Habanero Caramel Sauce

This is something I made entirely for the benefit of my husband.  He tends to like things on the melt-your-face level of spiciness, and he was pretty pleased with this sauce.

Habanero Caramel Sauce from Crafty Staci

9

Cowboy Caviar

This recipe came from my friend Melinda.  We’ve tried it as originally written, with some tweaks, and we even have it for dinner once in a while with shrimp mixed in.  Yum.

Cowboy Caviar from Crafty Staci

8

Gluten-Free Fried Cheese Curds

My daughter gave up a few things she loves to go gluten-free.  One of those was fried squeaky cheese, until her dad swooped in and saved the day with this flour-free version.

Gluten-Free Fried Cheese Curds from Crafty Staci

7

Cow Pie Cookies

I can’t help the name now.  It was the first thing I thought when I looked at them.  But if you can get past that, they are definitely tasty.

Cow Pie Cookies from Crafty Staci

6

Cake Pop Parfaits

I need to find an excuse to make these again.  All the yumminess of a cake pop without the stick.

Cake Pop Parfait from Crafty Staci

5

Easy Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Looking back at all these recipes is making me hungry.  These little jars of carrot cake were delicious.

Easy Carrot Cake Cupcakes from Crafty Staci

4

Breakfast in a Jar

One thing many of these recipes have in common:  jars.  I ate this for breakfast every morning for months. 

Breakfast in a Jar from Crafty Staci

3

Caramel No Bake Cookies

I just made these again last weekend.  I learned that if you’re trying to make a half batch and accidentally put the full amount of peanut butter in at the end, you can still add the second half of all the other ingredients and cook them and they come out the same.  Even making more than I intended, they all disappeared.

Caramel No Bake Cookies from Crafty Staci

2

Spiced Chai Tea Mix and Salted Caramel Cocoa Mix

My kids loved these mixes.  To think, I only made them so I had something to put in my newly etched jars.

Spiced Chai Tea Mix and Salted Caramel Cocoa Mix from Crafty Staci

1

Microwave Homemade Caramels

These candies are one of my favorite foods.  They’re also the first recipe I ever shared here.  If I had the ability to not eat them, I’d make them more often.  Easy, sweet and amazingly delicious.

Microwave Homemade Salted Caramels from Crafty Staci

Be sure to click over and get entered to win the Uncommon Goods giveaway and the Kitchen Set giveaway – another great giveaway will open for entries on Monday!

Quilt-As-You-Go Table Runner

Spending most of my days sewing, I tend to have a lot of fabric scraps.  I have a box of them that will eventually be cut into 2” squares and made into some sort of amazing quilt.  If they’d just take care of that square thing on their own it would go a lot faster, but they seem to be waiting for me.  This batch of scraps didn’t make it into the box though, and instead became this springy table runner.

Quilt-As-You-Go Table Runner by Crafty Staci

You have until March 8th to enter to win this, along with the Mug Hot Pads I showed you last week, my Craft Warehouse Design Team apron, some great cookbooks from Tuttle Publishing and a grocery list/menu pad I’ll be sharing here soon.  If you haven’t entered, get over there!  You can also still enter to win the gift certificate from Uncommon Goods.

In the meantime, I’m going to show you how to make this easy table runner.  It’s a great way to use up small pieces of fabric, and they don’t even need to be uniform in size.  In face, I think it’s better if they aren’t. 

To make this, you’ll need to cut a piece of cotton fabric for your backing in the approximate size you’d like your runner.  You may find it shrinks a bit as you sew it together.  You’ll also need a piece of thin batting in the same size.  I went with 12 by 30”.  Cut strips for the front that are slightly longer than the back (14”) and in varying widths.  You’ll need to account for seam allowances, so you’ll probably need more strips than you think. 

Pieces to cut for Quilt-As-You-Go Table Runner - Crafty Staci

Lay the backing face down.  Add the batting on top, then pin the two layers together with safety pins.  And pin some more.

Pinning first two layers - Crafty Staci

You don’t want those two layers shifting while you complete the remaining steps.  Another option would be to use fusible fleece, and just iron it onto your backing.

Lay one fabric strip, right side up, in the center of the runner.  Add a second strip on top, right side down, lining up the raw edges on the right.  Pin in place and stitch down the right side with a 1/4” seam.

Sewing down first strips - Crafty Staci

Fold out strip on right and press the seam.

Press first seam - Crafty Staci

Add another strip, face down, even with the edge of the first strip.  Do the same with the second strip.

Adding third and fourth strips - Crafty Staci

Stitch both sides with a 1/4” seam.  Flip them out and press, just like the first two strips.  Continue, adding one strip to each side and removing the safety pins as needed.

Several strips added - Crafty Staci

Stop when the batting is completely covered.  Trim the edges so they are even with the backing and batting.

Trim front to match back - Crafty Staci

To finish the edge, I cut binding strips from one of the fabrics.  Because of the direction I had to cut them, based on the fabric I had available, if I stitched them into one long strip the diagonal lines were going to go in two different directions.  Instead, I bound one edge at a time, starting with the long edges and folding the ends of the binding in 1/4”.

Binding the long edges - Crafty Staci

After those sides were finished I added binding on the short edges so the lines would all run in the same direction.

Binding the short edges - Crafty Staci

That’s it.  No additional quilting is necessary, because all the layers are bound together between each strip, as you can see on the also-usable back.

Quilt-As-You-Go Table Runner back - Crafty Staci

I have to admit, I really loved how this little runner brightened up the table, and it’s going to be tough to give it up.  That’s how much I appreciate you guys!

Quilt-As-You-Go Table Runner from Crafty Staci

5th Anniversary Giveaway–Kitchen Set

Welcome to the second of the three giveaways to celebrate my 5th blog anniversary!

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Hopefully you had a chance to enter last week’s giveaway – if not, pop over before March 8th.  I’m excited about this week, because I made lots of what you can win today.  I owe a big thanks to Craft Warehouse for the cute apron pattern and fabric, and Tuttle Publishing for the beautiful cookbooks included in today’s package.

Crafty Staci's 5th Anniversary Giveaway - Kitchen Set

You know I cracked the cover on these cookbooks when they arrived from Tuttle Publishing.  You really want these – trust me.

Cookbooks from Tuttle Publishing - Crafty Staci

You might recognize the reversible Chatterbox Apron from my Craft Warehouse Design Team project.  This fabric is so cheerful, and I’ve been anxious to make more things to match.

Apron for Craft Warehouse - Crafty Staci

The Mug Hot Pads are the first in my newest series.

Mug Hot Pads - Crafty Staci

I’ll show you how to make this quilt-as-you-go table runner on Wednesday.

Quilt As You Go Table Runner - Crafty Staci

I’ll be sharing this printable shopping list and menu pad soon.  To make life easier, each shopping list page is followed by a menu planning page.

Shopping List and Menu Pad - Crafty Staci

All this can be yours!

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  Here’s how to enter:

1st entry: Leave a comment telling me your all-time favorite project from my blog.

2nd entry: Follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or email (right sidebar). Leave a second comment here letting me know.

This giveaway opens on February 23, 2015 and will remain open for entries until midnight Pacific Time on March 8, 2015. I will email the randomly selected winner on March 9th. If I don’t receive a response by midnight on March 15th I will randomly select a new winner.

Crafty Staci 5th Anniversary Celebration

Good luck everybody!

Friday Favorites–Crafty Staci’s Top Twenty, Part 2

Since I began writing in 2010, I’ve shared 188 of my own tutorials here.  Wait, let me say that again –

188!!!

They account for about a quarter of my posts.  It felt like a shame to only talk about a few of those, so I settled on the top twenty for my anniversary Friday Favorites this year.  Last week I covered 20 – 11, so this week we’re down to the top ten.

10

More Fabric Flowers

This flower came about because I needed one that could be washed without fraying.  And it seemed like I was putting flowers on EVERYTHING for a while there.

10 More Fabric Flowers

9

Passport Wallet

This wallet happened when I was invited to participate in Pocket Week at Always Expect Moore.  It’s seen some action since then, and I’m hoping to take it to new places in the future.

9 Passport Wallet

8

Make Your Own Tags

I went through several methods of making my own tags before I landed on the one I use now.  Besides business purposes, I think they’re a nice way for a gift recipient to remember who a handmade item came from.

8 Make Your Own Tags

7

Ribbon Candy Ornaments

I have an entire box of these in my Christmas decorations.  I had to stop making them because I ran out of space to put them.  I might have to start slipping them into mailboxes or something.

7 Ribbon Candy Ornaments

6

Felt and Wire Angel

I almost didn’t even bother posting this little angel because I thought it was too simple for anyone to care about.  Lesson learned.

6 Felt and Wire Angel

5

Ninja Monkey Bag

This was one of the first projects where I stepped back when I was done and thought “I just designed a pattern!”

5 Ninja Monkey Bag

4

Fabric Daffodils

I still love these daffodils, but it will forever drive me crazy that I left off one petal.

4 Fabric Daffodils

3

Creamer Bottle Snowman

This chilly guy was the one that made me ask myself if I could share this stuff with others.  I guess you could call him my original muse.

3 Creamer Bottle Snowman

2

Robin Hood Hats

I don’t get to make a lot of things for my son, and he’s not easily impressed, so this hat will forever hold a place in my heart.  I also love how people around the world have adapted it for so many different characters.

2 Robin Hood Hats

1

Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeves

This one is in the number 1 slot by a landslide.  Always.  I’ve made hundreds of these.  No kidding.  Besides selling them on Etsy, everyone I know ends up with one at some point, and I actually have a storage area in my closet just to hold my own collection.

01 Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeves

Don’t forget to come back on Monday to enter my second Crafty Staci Anniversary Giveaway, sponsored by Tuttle Publishing and Craft Warehouse!

Hot Pad of the Month–February Mug

I love a good series.  There’s something about a set of anything that coordinates that gets my attention.  The Coffee Sleeve of the Month series I finished up last spring was so much fun for me.  It’s generally a healthy obsession…generally.  If, for instance, a fabric pattern comes in twelve colors and I own eleven of them I will never sleep again.  Rather than dwell on my personality disorders, lets talk about the new series I’m starting today!

February Hot Pad of the Month - Mug - Crafty Staci

This idea started, like many of mine do, with a page full of scribbling.  I wanted to make a mug-shaped hot pad, but soon my page was filled with other hot pads using the same shape as the cup, but with entirely different themes.  Then I wrote months next to the seasonal shapes, and pretty soon I had a calendar full – and then some.  I can’t wait to show you all of them, but for now, let’s talk about how to make that mug.

You’ll need this pattern, pieced together using the dotted line to match up the two sides.  You could cut the handle from one side before taping them together so you don’t have to trace it into another piece of paper.  Cut two of the mug and handle from cotton fabric, one of each from Insul-Bright and one of just the mug from cotton or cotton blend batting.  If you’d like the accent strip you’ll need to cut a cotton fabric strip 2” by 8 1/2”.

Mug Hot Pad pieces - Crafty Staci

Fold the long edges of the accent strip under 1/4” on each side and press.  Pin it in place on the front of the mug, 2” from the top edge.  Stitch along both edges.

Attaching accent strip - Crafty Staci

To assemble the handle, layer the pieces with the Insul-Bright first, with the two fabric pieces on top, right sides together.  Stitch around the outer and inner curves, 1/4” from the edge.  Leave the two short edges open.

Sewing the handle - Crafty Staci

Clip the curves.  Pin a safety pin to the seam.  Push the pin into the handle.

Turning handle - Crafty Staci

Lead the pin all the way through and out the other side to turn right side out.

Turned handle - Crafty Staci

Press the seams.  Top stitch close to the seams on both sides.

Finished handle - Crafty Staci

To prepare the mug for stitching, lay the Insul-Bright out with the shinier side up.  Lay the front mug, right side up, over that.  Add the handle, with the loop to the inside and the top 1 1/2” from the top of the mug.

Layering pieces - Crafty Staci

Lay the back, face down, over the top.  Add the batting, and carefully pin all the layers in place.  Stitch around the outside edge, leaving a 3” opening at the bottom.

Stitching outside edge - Crafty Staci

Clip the corners and turn right side out.  Press, turning in the opening.  Stitch close to the edge all the way around the mug.

Top stitching outside edge - Crafty Staci

You’ll want to add a bit of quilting to keep the layers from shifting.  I went with lines coming from the top and converging at the bottom center of the mug.  Knowing I couldn’t be consistent without some guidelines, I drew the lines on with a pen that can be erased with a bit of water.

Drawing guidelines for quilting - Crafty Staci

It was just a matter of stitching along those lines.  You could go with straight lines if you’re more comfortable with that.

Quilting lines - Crafty Staci

These are really easy, and would make a fantastic housewarming gift!

Mug Hot Pads - Crafty Staci

Are you ready for eleven other variations of this cute hot pad? 

Mug Hot Pad - Crafty Staci

Remember when I told you there will be three giveaways for my 5th anniversary?  These two hot pads will be part of the Kitchen Set Giveaway that begins next Monday, so be sure to come back to enter.  You can still enter the giveaway that started this week for a $50 gift certificate to Uncommon Goods!

Friday Favorites–Crafty Staci’s Top Twenty, Part 1

About this time every year, I share with you the most popular tutorials from my blog.  I usually confine it to the top ten, but because this is a special, milestone year, I decided to expand it to the top twenty.  That gives a few things a chance to have their moment that don’t ordinarily make it onto the all-time list.  I’m here to try to make the popularity contest a little more inclusive.  Coming next to a high school near you.

20

 

Messenger Bag

I made this bag for my daughter when she bought her first laptop computer.  In an instance of blog vs. real life, I wanted to make it with pretty fabric, but it wouldn’t have suited my Batman-loving girl.

20 Messenger Bag

19

Lined Christmas Stockings

My daughter used this pattern to make a stocking for her new husband last Christmas.  <3

19 Lined Christmas Stockings

18

Glass Block To-Do List

The fact that this one made the list was a bit of a surprise to me, but I guess I really like it too, since it’s still in my kitchen after 4 years.

18 Glass Block To-Do List

17

Pencil and Paper Drink Sleeve and Mat

Since I started selling these in my Etsy shop with the teacher’s name hand embroidered on them, I can tell you exactly what you’ll find me working on every evening before Christmas and near the end of the school year.

17 Pencil and Paper Drink Sleeve and Mat

16

Drawstring Wristlet

I’m going to be perfectly honest here – when I started this wristlet, I didn’t think it was going to turn out well.  I took photos anyway, just in case, but I was winging it and I was intimidated by the fabric.  I’ve never been happier to be wrong.

16 Drawstring Wristlet

15

T-Shirt Bracelet

This bracelet was born out of a legitimate fail.  I tried to make a t-shirt into a summer top and it was wrong in every direction.  Fortunately, I was able to use it in this much more successful project.

15 T-Shirt Bracelet

14

Cross-Body Backpack

I made this backpack to carry my stuff on some land excursions during a family cruise to Mexico a few years ago.  This bag and I drove a dune buggy, rode a horse, toured a tequila distillery and hung out at the beach.  I still have it, and I think it deserves another trip.  You know, for the backpack’s sake.

14 Cross Body Backpack

13

Bleach-Sprayed T-Shirts

These were really fun to make, and now that I have a vinyl cutting machine they’d be even better.  It might be time to make these again.

13 Bleach-Sprayed T-Shirts

12

Knitting Loom Infinity Scarf

I have to assume this made the list because there are lots of other people out there trying to figure out how to make an infinity scarf on a knitting loom.  They’re probably a little disappointed by what they find here.  That, or everyone is enjoying laughing at my mistake.  I kinda hope it’s that second one.

12 Knitting Loom Infinity Scarf

11

Stethoscope Cover

This is one of the most controversial projects I’ve shared.  All I have to say about it is that these are allowed in some facilities and not others, so be sure to check before making one for yourself or giving it as a gift.  Goodness.

11 Stethoscope Cover

Look for the top ten next Friday!

Be sure to come back on Monday to enter my first Crafty Staci Anniversary Giveaway, courtesy of Uncommon Goods!

Crafty Staci’s 5th Anniversary

Crafty Staci 5th Anniversary Celebration

Five years ago, on February 13, 2010, I sat down and wrote this:

I believe that everyone has the ability to be artistic or crafty. I’ve had many friends over the years argue that it isn’t true, that they have no talent. I’m not talking about talent. I’m talking about the simple ability to create something that wasn’t there before. Preferably, something that makes you happy to use, eat or just look at. Or something you can give someone else that they won’t throw away. At least not immediately.

Personally, I think the key is simplicity. Work at your comfort level. If it’s absolutely imperative to you that everything always turn out right, stick with what you know or at least what you know you can figure out. If you’re ok with the occasional failure or not-so-perfect outcome, branch out. I live in what I know and take vacations in new things.

I’d like to share some of the things that have worked for me in the crafty, home-operating, trying to keep the world spinning in one direction arena. Hopefully, you’ll either be inspired by them or learn from my mistakes. Someone should.

I left out a paragraph and corrected a couple of spelling errors, and some of it makes me cringe a little now (you can read the whole thing here), but I stand by what I said.  One of my favorite sayings is this Swedish proverb:

Those who wish to sing always find a song

What that means to me is if there’s something you want to do, you can find a way to do it.  If that thing was in the crafty realm, my goal was to help you achieve it.  I have a deep love for the creative spark and I felt like I had something to contribute to those looking to nurture their own.  Five years ago, my thoughts were on teaching.  As it turned out, I’ve learned more than I’ve taught.  It’s been more ups than downs and I wouldn’t change any of it.  And I have all of you to thank for that. 

To show my profound appreciation, I’ve organized the biggest anniversary celebration I’ve ever had, which is going to last a whole month.  I’ve partnered with some of my favorite crafty companies to offer not one, but THREE different giveaway packages!

Crafty Staci 5th Anniversary Giveaway Partners

A different giveaway will open up each Monday for the next three weeks, beginning on the 16th with Uncommon Goods.  I’ll wait until Monday to reveal what it is, but you’ll definitely want to come back to enter to win.  The following week, both Craft Warehouse and Tuttle Publishing generously contributed to the giveaway package, and Tuttle Publishing returns for the final package.  Sprinkled throughout will also be a few items handmade by me. 

I also have some new sewing projects to share.  Remember my Coffee Cup Sleeve of the Month series?  I’ll be starting a new series this month, and I promise it has nothing to do with coffee cozies.  I’m very excited about it!  Here’s a sneak peek:

Teacup Hot Pad Preview - Crafty Staci

So, those are some of the things you can look forward to during the coming month –

I hope it will be as fun for you as planning it has been for me!

Orchard Supply Hardware Preview

Before I take Wednesday to fill you in on the amazing sponsors, giveaways and projects coming up to celebrate my 5 year anniversary writing this blog, I’d like to tell you a bit about an event I attended recently at Orchard Supply Hardware.  While they did give me lots of stuff because I attended, I was not required to write this post in exchange and all opinions here are my own.  The stuff was pretty awesome though.

I’ve spent lots of time in hardware stores.  I live in a house that was built in the 70’s that we’re constantly working on bringing into the 21st century.  We spent a year working on a DIY wedding.  To top it all off, my son is now a happy employee of a local store.  I think he had the job when he told the interviewer he had practically been raised in their store and could tell them where anything is.  So, I am no stranger to both the big and little box stores to be found in our area.  However, Orchard Supply Hardware is new to me, so when they invited me to a preview day at their newest store, I was happy to go.

Orchard Supply Hardware garden

The store is located in what’s known as the Hollywood District in Portland.  It was previously the site of a bowling alley.  The first thing I noticed walking in the door was the amazing wood beam ceilings, which apparently were found when they started tearing out the old drop ceilings.  That’s like pulling up your vinyl flooring and finding hardwood.

Orchard Supply Hardware - wood ceilings

I think hardware stores big and small have something to offer, but I really liked the smaller feel to this place.  They didn’t have shelves of lumber and roofing for contractors, but seemed to be focused more on the individual homeowner.  I could spend all day just in the knobs and pulls aisle.

Orchard Hardware knobs and pulls

They did a great job of adding some personality, like this fun lid display over the paint department.

Orchard Hardware paint department

The store wasn’t open yet for my visit, so there were still finishing touches being added, like this amazing hand painted wall by the front entrance.  The artists were painting it freehand, just referring to the pictures you see taped up.  Amazing.

Orchard Hardware wall painting

Any store that names a section What-cha-ma-call-its has my attention.

Orchard Hardware what-cha-ma-call-its

I think most crafters will find themselves in a hardware store at some point.  It’s often for an item that might not ordinarily be considered a craft tool.  I’ve purchased paint, glues, chain, pipe, wire, wood and things I don’t remember the name of or their actual purpose, all in the name of crafts.  But it was nice to see things here that were a little off the beaten hardware path, like this wall of tape, an aisle of decorative bottles and mason jars galore.

Orchard Hardware tape

Toward the end of our tour, we were introduced to this gentleman.  Sorry for the blur, but I really wanted you to see his amazing mustache and bicycle tattoo.  

Orchard Hardware bicycle repair

He’s a bicycle repair expert and showed us everything we’d need to make this quirky beer bottle lamp.  Those two things are not related, but I got the impression he’s one of those guys that probably knows his way around lots of projects.  He even drilled holes in the bottles and inserted the rubber grommet, letting us choose the bottle we liked to take home and make with all the supplies included!  I love the old fashioned bulb.

Orchard Hardware - beer bottle lamp

In addition to the lamp kits, we were sent away with a bag filled with an apron, level, cookies and this herb garden kit, which I’m anxious to try not to kill.

Orchard Hardware herb garden

It was really fun to get a tour of a store that hadn’t even opened to the public yet, especially one that hits as many of my gardening, crafting, outdoor living, home improvement and cooking interests as Orchard did.  The store is open now, so if you find yourself in the area, check them out.  I’m already planning my next visit!

Friday Favorites–Be My Valentine

Valentine’s Day is probably one of the biggest crafting holidays on the calendar.  There are so many ideas out there it feels like floating in a sea of pink and red.  And yet, I seem to usually find myself scrambling at the last minute.  Not this year – welcome to planning ahead (a little) with me!

Be My Valentine - Crafty Staci's Friday Favorites

I don’t so much love the hang-it-on-the-door-and-run suggestion here, but the idea of having Valentine Pennie Pockets, like these from Moda Bake Shop is a winner.

Valentine Pennie Pockets from Moda Bake Shop

Every Day Cheer has a great printable card you can edit to show the number the days that applies in your situation, along with a link to a calculator to help you figure that out.  It’s kinda fun to play with!

Printable Valentine Card from Every Day Cheer

I’m fairly certain I couldn’t make these Chocolate Covered Strawberry Hearts by 1 Fine Cookie quite as pretty as she did, but I’ll best they’d taste good enough to make up for it.

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Hearts from 1 Fine Cookie

Even though these are called Man Approved Valentines, from Dating Divas, I know lots of people they would be perfect for who aren’t, myself included!

Man Approved Valentines from The Dating Divas

How fun would Mad Lib Valentines be?  Check out these from Design Mom.

MadLib Valentines from Design Mom

These gumball machine Valentines from Meet the Dubiens are adorable.

Valentine I Chews You from Meet the Dubiens

These Valentine Heart Straws from The Things She Makes could be slid onto all kinds of things.  Click through to see them on breakfast silverware.

Valentine Heart Straws from The Things She Makes

My son’s new favorite movie is definitely Guardians of the Galaxy.  I might have to make him this I am Groot Card from Spellbinders.

I am Groot Card from Spellbinders

Are you looking for a healthier, but still tasty, Valentine this year?  Check out these sweet Love Bug Fruit Cups from The NY Melrose Family.

Love Bug Fruit Cups from The NY Melrose Family

For an extra-special Valentine’s Day gift, you’ve got to see this Custom Tree Carving Love Quilt from Quiltbarnidaho on Etsy.  Beautiful!

Baby Crib Custom Tree Carving Quilt from Quiiltbarnidaho on Etsy

I love curating my Friday Favorites each week, and I want to make sure that the talented people who have created these projects are fully acknowledged for their work.  Before you pin or share, please click through the link or photo to the originating website.  You can also find all the projects each week on my Friday Favorites Pinterest board.  Thank you!