Friday Favorites–Leather

Nineteen years ago today, I was in the hospital, ready to bring my little boy into the world.  He wasn’t due for another few days, but my doctor was concerned about his size and wanted to induce me.  When he made his appearance, all 9 pounds and 4 ounces of him, I was thankful I listened to that advice.  He’s no chubby baby anymore, but about six feet tall and all muscle.  He’s also finding some domestic interests, like cooking and leather working, which means there’s a very good chance he’ll be able to survive on his own one of these days.

Leather - Crafty Staci's Friday Favorites

I’ll start off with the project that most reminded me of my son.  He rescued an ax that was about to be thrown away a few years ago and refurbished it back to usable condition.  I could see him taking it one step further and making it this Leather Mask from Survival Sherpa.

Tucker and I just started watching a new show together last night called Forever.  I won’t go into the whole story, but it centers around an immortal medical examiner.  In a recent episode, he pulled out his autopsy tools, which were in a leather roll and included a bowie knife.  I’m pretty sure that was the point my son decided he was hooked.  Now he can make one for himself, thanks to this Leather Tool Roll tutorial from Caila Made.

Ever since he started working with leather, wallets seem to be his thing.  He’s got two in the works right now, with another one to follow.  Maybe when he’s done with those, I’ll start hinting by showing him this wallet pattern from The Art of Manliness.

Leather Wallet by The Art of Manliness

Our house has a half-basement, with a bedroom at the back that used to be my sewing studio.  My son traded with me a few years ago (yay!) and proceeded to pretty much take over the whole basement.  We literally have a man cave.  Maybe I could get him to organize it a little with this Sling Magazine Rack from Design Sponge.

Sling Magazine Rack by Design Sponge

While we’re getting him to clean up, let’s throw in these Folded Leather Baskets from Between the Lines.

Folded Leather Basket by Between the Lines

This Woven Belt Seat from Saved by Love Creations is definitely a project I could see Tucker doing.  And it would coordinate with all of his other leather items he’ll be making!

Woven Belt Seat by Saved by Love Creations

Nieces and nephews are probably a few years away, but when the time comes these DIY Moccasins for Children from A Beautiful Mess will be on his radar.

DIY Moccasins for Children by A Beautiful Mess

I wonder if I could get him to squeeze in a bracelet for me from some of his scraps?  Any one of these Three DIY Leather Bracelets from Lia Griffith would be okay with me.

Three DIY Leather Bracelets by Lia Griffith

While we’re at it, I probably need a matching necklace.  How about this Dragon Tail Necklace from Michele Made Me?  You know, just so he can improve his skills. 

Dragon Tail Necklace by Michele Made Me

I’ll save these beautiful Leather Flowers from Funny Squirrel for somewhere down the road when he’s looking to challenge himself a bit.  And make Mom very happy.

Leather Flowers by Funny Squirrel

Happy birthday to my boy, starting his last year of being a teenager!

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Hot and Cold Pillowcase

I love Oregon, but I find this time of year a little frustrating.  Don’t get me wrong, there are things I love about fall, like apples, pumpkins and boots.  Oh, the boots.  But the inconsistency in the temperature drives me a little nuts.  One minute I’m freezing, the next I’m roasting.  When you live here, you learn to dress in layers.  But nighttime is a little harder to solve.  This project was made to help a friend in the hospital who wanted something soft by his face, but I think I’ve found an easy solution to my freezer/oven problem.

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This is a basic pillowcase, but the secret is using woven cotton fabric on one side and super-soft Minky, or other soft fleece, on the other.  If you’re too warm, flip it to the cotton side for instant cooling.  If you’re trying to warm up, the fleece is the side you want.

To make this, you’ll need 14” of woven cotton fabric, 14” of fleece, 12” of woven cotton for the cuff and 3” of woven cotton for the accent.  The fleece will probably be wider than the cotton (54” vs 42”), so you’ll need to cut it to the same size so each piece is 14 by 42”.

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Sew two of the 42” sides together with wrong sides together and a slightly less than 1/4” seam.  Turn the pieces so the right sides are together and press the seam on the cotton fabric side.  Stitch again with a slightly larger than 1/4” seam.

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What you should have at that point is a piece that measures 27” long and 42” wide with a French seam running down the middle.  Set that piece aside for a moment. 

Fold your 3” accent piece in half with wrong sides together and press.

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Take your cuff piece and lay it face up on your workspace.  Mine is a little deceiving here because I happened to find a piece that was printed with two different colors.  You could certainly piece two prints together if you’d like a different color on each side of your pillow, but what’s shown here is just one piece.

Lay the accent piece on top, lining up the raw edges.  As you can see on the right, they may not match up on the end.  That’s okay – we’ll deal with it shortly.

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Lay the cotton/fleece piece on top of that with the right side down and raw edge matching the others.  If you did piece the cuff, make sure to match up the seams of both pieces. 

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Starting from the bottom edge, carefully roll up the cotton/fleece until it’s past the center of the cuff but not all the way to the top edge.

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Fold the bottom edge of the cuff up and over the roll and match the raw edge to the raw edges at the top.  Pin in place.

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Stitch 1/4” from the raw edge all the way across.  Pull the roll from the inside out one end to turn everything right side out.

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I’d recommend checking your seam to make sure you caught all the layers in it before turning.  The fleece is a little slippery and you don’t want to end up with this hot mess.

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Cut off the accent, cuff and body to match the shortest of the three.

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Line up the edges with wrong sides together and stitch a scant 1/4” seam down the side and across the bottom.  I always go way under 1/4”, just make sure you’re catching both layers.

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Turn the pillowcase wrong side out.  Press the seam on the cotton side.  Stitch a bit over 1/4” from each edge.

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Turn the pillowcase right side out and press the seams one last time on the cotton side.

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I’m ready now, Autumn.  Bring it on.

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Product Review: Personalized Tree Trunk Glassware Duo from Uncommon Goods

We’ll just go ahead and get the disclaimer out of the way first:  I received these products from Uncommon Goods to review, however, all opinions are strictly my own.  I’m going to gush a little here, and it’s for real.

If you’ve been around here for a while, you might be familiar with my annual birthday post.  It’s similar to my Friday Favorites, but isn’t restricted to only crafty or tasty things.  Over the years, there are a couple of retailers who’ve come up repeatedly, only because I really like their stuff.  One of those is Uncommon Goods.  They noticed, and invited me to review one of their products.  After some extensive browsing, I made a selection that I couldn’t be happier with.

I’ve talked a lot about my daughter’s wedding lately, but this Sunday I’ll be celebrating 23 years of marriage to that sweet guy that pops up here once in a while and leaves comments that make me say “Aww, that’s sweet!”  When I was searching for just the right product to review, Uncommon Goods’ collection of anniversary gifts, found here, was a natural fit.  I landed on this set of personalized glasses, in part because we keep joking about the “after party” we’re going to have after the kids leave for their honeymoon.  They’re also a great replacement for the toasting glasses from our wedding that were broken years ago.

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These glasses arrived much quicker than I expected for a personalized item.  They were also very well packaged.

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That little paper on top was actually an explanation of who the crafter is, where she’s from and a bit about her process.  I love that!  I didn’t know much about Uncommon Goods as a company until they contacted me, but I like what I’ve learned.  They are big supporters of artists and designers, with half the products they sell made by hand.  They also donate $1 of each purchase to a non-profit of the customer’s choice, to the tune of $700,000 so far.  That’s a company I can get behind.

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I had high expectations for these glasses, and they did not disappoint.  They’re much sturdier and heavier than I thought they’d be, and the artwork is beautiful.  I especially loved that they could be personalized with our initials and wedding date.

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The pilsner glass has a nice, heavy bottom and holds about 20 ounces of beer.

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The wine glass has some extra frosting on the bottom in addition to the design, which is a nice touch.

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Uncommon Goods has a huge selection of gifts that can be personalized, as shown here, which I spent hours looking through.   I feel like I made a great choice with these though.  I could definitely see giving them as a wedding or shower gift.  Don’t they just look romantic?

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These will be displayed in the window for the next month until my husband and I can share a “We Survived Our Daughter’s Wedding” drink together.  Thank you Uncommon Goods!

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Friday Favorites–Gifts for Dad

It hasn’t been the best week, but I can think of no better way to finish it off than to plan a great day for the papa bear in our house.  He’s earned it.  When Sunday comes, we’ll be pampering that guy as much as he’ll let us.  And there will be gifts.

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Bacon and dads go together like salt and pepper.  Give your pepper this Bacon Salt from Not Quite Nigella.

Bacon Salt by Not Quite Nigella

Do you remember those Choose Your Own Adventure books?  Is my 70’s and 80’s childhood showing?  This Choose Your Own Father’s Day Adventure from the Dating Divas would be a fun gift for any dad.

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If your dad likes to venture out on his bike, like my kids’ dad does, this Upcycled Handlebar Bag from Givers Log would be a handy gift.

Upcycled Handlebar Bag by Givers Log

This My Superhero My Dad Poem and Printable from Create Craft Love is sweet, and it would be even better if you happen to have a great photo of dad and kid in matching costumes like these.

My Superhero My Dad Poem and Printable from Create Craft Love

Is Dad a Star Wars fan?  If so, he’ll love this Star Wars Father’s Day Mug from Architecture of a Mom.  I can guarantee he’ll attempt the Darth Vader voice.

Star Wars Father's Day Mug from Architecture of a Mom

When my husband was a road officer, he loved the night shift.  We spent a lot of time trying to make the bedroom dark enough so he could sleep during the day.  What he really needed was a Superhero Sleep Mask like this one from Cutesy Crafts.

Superhero Sleep Masks from Cutesy Crafts

My hubby would get a kick out of this Father’s Day Beer Tasting Party from That’s What Che Said.  In fact, this one is on the short list for Sunday.

Father's Day Beer Tasting Party by That's What Che Said

Just about every guy wears shorts, so why not sew him a pair?  Melly Sews is here to show you how you can draft a pattern just for him.

Men's Shorts Pattern by Melly Sews

Since the warmer weather is here, Dad might appreciate a can cozy, like this one from So Sew Easy.  I think it would be fun to work a little duct tape in there.

Cool It Can Cozy by So Sew Easy

This Giant Dice Outdoor Game from DIY Showoff would be a great gift for Dad and a fun activity for the family.

Giant Outdoor Dice Game by DIY Showoff

Give the dad in your house a giant hug and tell him how great he is this weekend!

Embellished Kitchen Towels

Now that my daughter’s bridal shower is over, I can show you what I made for her!  It’s not too difficult to shop for someone who has never had her own kitchen before, but I really wanted to give her something homemade and personal.  She chose her kitchen colors based on the colors of three appliances owned that would be sitting on the counter, but I love them together.

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I set out to find fabric based on her color scheme.  That proved to be more difficult than I expected, but I ended up finding a couple I liked together. 

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I made the apron based on a pattern I came up with last year.  I’ve decided every bridal shower I go to from now on will include one of these in the gift from me.  I added an extra pocket this time, with a little embroidery for the bride.

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And, of course, it’s reversible.

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I love these cotton kitchen towels.  Also known as tea towels, they’re a good size, absorbent and fun to decorate.  For the first one, I decided to add a strip of fabric overlapping the top edge of some eyelet lace.  It reminds me of some of her outfits when she was a little girl.  Sigh.

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For the next one, I just went with two simple pieces of fabric.  I wanted to make sure there was at least one that her fiancé might be willing to use.

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For the last towel I went a little fancier.  I cut seven 4” squares, then folded each corner to corner and pressed.

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Then I folded again to create this shape.

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I pinned them in place on the towel, overlapping to spread them evenly across the space. 

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Next I cut a piece of fabric the width of the towel plus 1/4” on each end, and 4” wide.  I turned all the edges under 1/4” and pressed.

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I stitched the strip on, overlapping the top of the triangles. 

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The turquoise is my favorite of the three, but it wasn’t an easy choice.  Fortunately, the bride loved them all!

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Friday Favorites–Tea Party

I attended my daughter’s bridal shower last weekend, and it was an afternoon of girly fun.  This mother-of-the-bride job is pretty great!

Codi's Bridal Shower

 

Events like these always remind me that I have an ongoing wish to throw a mostly-grown-up tea party.  Not for any event…just because.  I’ve been collecting ideas for years now, and every time I mention it my daughter says “Do it!”  One of these days…

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If you’re going to throw a tea party, the first thing you need to do is invite some guests.  This Tea Party Invite from Seven Thirty Three would definitely convey the theme.

Tea Party Invitation by Seven Thirty Three

What’s a tea party without cute decorations?  This simple, printable paper chain from Allsorts seems perfect to me.

Paper Chains by Allsorts

I think these Paper Mache Tea Cups from Ann Wood would make beautiful centerpieces.

Paper Mache Tea Cups by Ann Wood

Sure, there’s tea at a tea party, but there’s also tasty snacks.  I couldn’t pass up these No Bake Teacup Treats from She Knows.

No Bake Teacup Treats from She Knows

Maybe you’d prefer something a little more traditional?  How about these Meyer Lemon Tea Cakes with Pomegranate Glaze from Weelicious?

Meyer Lemon Tea Cakes by Weelicious

If you want to go all-in, try some of the 50 options for tea sandwiches offered by the Food Network.

50 Tea Sandwiches on Food Network

These Handsewn Tea Bags Tied to Yummy Cookies from Merriment Design could serve as both tea bag and dessert.

Handsewn Teabags Tied to Yummy Cookies by Merriment Design

Someday, when I throw my tea party, all girls will be invited, no matter how small.  However, those little ones are going to want something to do, so I’m keeping my eye on this Mad Hatter Tea Set pattern by Super Pop on Craftsy.

Mad Hatter Tea Set by Super Pop on Craftsy

To go with that tea set, I’m going to need this Tea Box from Lil Blue Boo.  You might find I’ve wandered off during my party to join the little bits who are playing with these.

Tea Box by Lil Blue Boo

I want to send my guests off at the end of the party with a little something to take home.  I think this Tea Wallet from Sew It Girl would be a perfect tea party favor.

Tea Wallet by Sew It Girl

Father’s Day Tool Box Treats

My husband is difficult to shop for.  He’s a fix-it guy, so most of his wish list is tool related, but if he needs one he just buys it.  The other things he wants are generally out of my price range when it comes to Father’s Day.  I came up with a fun idea last year, but it was too close to the wire to share here so I had to save it.  Imagine how delighted I was when I remembered it before Father’s Day instead of after!

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To make this tool box full of treats, you’ll need a 4-pack of Starbucks Frappuccinos, these printables and Dad’s favorite candy.  If you want to put candy into the bottles, you’ll need to empty a couple of them.  My son and I took the hit on that one.

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Cut out all the pieces.  Glue the bottom on, folding and wrapping the tabs up the sides.

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Glue the tool box drawers onto the front.

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Add the blank red piece to the back.  You could use that area to write a personal note.

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Glue the ends with the words on over the tabs.

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Fold the handle and glue over the top.

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Wrap the bottle covers around the center and glue where it overlaps.

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Glue the screw tops to the bottle caps.

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In order to have the bottles sit a bit higher in the carrier, I added a layer of candy in the bottom.

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Carefully slide in the bottles so the labels don’t get torn.

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And you’ve got the perfect set of tools for Dad!

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Friday Favorites–Grad Cash

There are many things kids need (or want) when they’re finishing up high school and getting ready to head out into the world.  That opens up lots of possibilities for great graduation gifts.  But for those hard to shop for or saving up for something big, like a first car, cash is king.  Just because you’re giving cash doesn’t mean it has to be impersonal or boring though.

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What’s better than a box of chocolates?  A chocolate box full of cash, like this one from Life as Mom.  I’d probably end up spending it on chocolate anyway.  And coffee.

Box of Chocolates by LIfe As a Mom

Pizza and teens go together like…well, like pizza and teens.  Give your college-bound student the gift of survival with this Money Pizza from kleone2u on Hubpages.

Money Pizza by kleone2u on HubPages

If you’re mailing a graduation gift, consider these money-filled balloons from She’s Crafty.  Tell them you’ll be expecting to see a Vine of the popping.

Cash Balloons by She's Crafty

If you give this Money Lei from Lil’ Luna to a kid at graduation, you better make sure he’s fast.

Money Leis by Lil Luna

This card holder serving as gift packaging, as shown on Start Up GF, does dual duty.  After the money is spent they can use it to hold the business cards related to all those job leads they’ll be accumulating.

Card Holder with Cash by Start Up GF

Who knew dollar bills could be so pretty?  Visit Kylyssa on Squidoo to learn how to make this Money Rose.

Money Rose by Kylyssa on Squidoo

This Cold Hard Cash idea from Lovezilla would require a little planning ahead.  Make sure you don’t store it near the Hot Pockets, so the graduate doesn’t accidentally find it.

Cold Hard Cash by Lovezilla

Spruce up his graduation day wardrobe with this Money Tie from Honey I’m Home (formerly known as Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust – just to explain the watermark).

Money Tie by Honey I'm Home

So many “Bread” and “Dough” jokes to be made here, I can’t even pick one.  Just check out this cash gift idea from Style Baggage.

Loaf of Dough by Style Baggage

I think this umbrella raining cash from The Seasonal Home would be such a fun gift.  Imagine handing this over closed and the recipient opening it to find all that money!

Raining Money by The Seasonal Home

Next Thursday I’ll be in the stands, probably holding a Kleenex or two, watching my son receive his high school diploma!

Friday Favorites–Graduation

The year I graduated from kindergarten, one of my older cousins was also graduating from high school.  There was a big party at my aunt’s house.  Someone involved decided that rather than just celebrating the graduation from high school, everyone would party it up over my kindergarten accomplishment as well.  There were gifts, some of them things that made me feel quite grown up, food and tons of family.  As a six-year-old, it was overwhelming and kind of awesome.  From that moment on, I couldn’t wait to graduate from high school so I could repeat it.  Hey, everybody has to have some motivation to get through it, right?

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I love this Letters to my Future Self from Uncommon Goods.  How great would it be to find a reminder, years later, of exactly what you were thinking when you graduated?

Letters to my Future Self - Uncommon Goods

Knowing how to make a tassel allows you to turn just about anything into a graduation-themed gift.  This DIY Tassel Necklace from Style Inked teaches you just that, and would make a great gift all by itself.

DIY Tassel Necklace - Style Inked

This laundry basket full of inspiration from Create It Go would be great to share with a college-bound graduate.  Each item is labeled with the significance to the graduate’s next step in life.

Graduation Gift to Inspire - Create It Go

I’m pretty sure security would toss me right out of the coliseum if I try to throw anything when my son graduates, but these Graduation Confetti Throwers from Evite would be perfect for a home party.

Graduation Confetti Throwers - Evite

This Giant Diploma Graduation Gift from Oh Happy Day is filled with lucky charms, but you could use it to wrap all kinds of gifts.

Giant Diploma Graduation Gift - Oh Happy Day

Right at Home has a bunch of graduation party ideas, but I particularly like these frozen grad year number skewers.

Graduation Year Fruit Skewers - Right At Home

If you’re looking for a quick and easy dessert to serve your graduate, Taste of Home has you covered with these Brownie Graduation Caps.

Brownie Graduation Caps - Taste of Home

This photo display from Kodak is so simple, but what a great idea to use as decoration at a graduation party!

Clothespin School Days - Kodak

I think the tassel in their school colors is the perfect extra touch on this Graduation Cap Pop-Up Card from Extreme Cards and Papercrafting.

Graduation Cap Pop Up Card - Extreme Cards and Papercrafting

After graduation, there is still the tassel.  This simple Graduation Tassel Ornament from Sew Many Ways is a fun way to display it for years to come.

Graduation Tassel Ornament - Sew Many Ways

Join me next Friday for lots of fun ways to give the gift of cash!

Spring Crafty Wonderland

The bi-annual Crafty Wonderland craft sale has already come and gone here in Portland, but it seems like a shame to visit a craft show without sharing it with all of you.  Also, thanks to this new thing called the internet, all of these creative retailers are available 24/7, year-round.

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This was my daughter’s first visit to Crafty Wonderland, so she walked around with her jaw hanging open a bit.  She’s knee-deep in wedding plans, so the promise of a Wedding Wonderland Section drew her in.  I’ll admit, we were a bit disappointed because we didn’t really see anything that was specifically a wedding item, but rather things that could be used in some capacity surrounding a wedding, like gifts.  But she enjoyed it anyway, finding a couple of things she couldn’t leave without, like this raw honey from Mickelberry Gardens.

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One of the first things I couldn’t walk away from was this mini felting kit from Yarnarchy.  I’ve wanted to try felting for years now, and this tiny kit seemed like a pretty manageable place to start.

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I also found this cute wood sewing machine ornament.  I wish I could tell you the name of the vendor, but I don’t have the slightest idea.  My advice to those of you participating in craft sales:  make sure your business info is included with any item you sell. 

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I tend to grab cards from vendors if I think I might want to order something from them later.  Travelust had pretty map necklaces that can be customized with any map.  I’m thinking a Boring, Oregon necklace would be fun.

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Bread and Badger sells sandblasted coffee cups, one of which has Bigfoot on it and might end up in my son’s Christmas stocking.

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Illustrated Playing Cards sells, you guessed it, illustrated playing cards.  Each card has a different drawing on it, with the entire deck themed around a city.  I think these would make a great local gift for an out-of-towner.

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This is the second time I’ve made a purchase from Hedgehog Toffee.  It’s the perfect texture, light and crisp.  That generous sample they hand me always pulls me in.  I’d show you a picture of it, but it barely made it to our house.

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I try to not completely empty my wallet at this thing, but since the show was the day before my birthday, I decided I’d find myself a necklace.  My daughter and I checked out every one there, before going back to Oliotto and buying this one. 

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I’ve worn it three times and have received several compliments every time.  And I haven’t even worn it with the reverse, stainless steel side out yet.

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I enjoy this sale every time I go and love finding new artists and revisiting those I’ve seen before.  My daughter and I have already made plans to attend the winter sale.  Hopefully, one day you’ll find me on the other side of one of those vendor tables!