Lisa Fulmer’s Craft Your Stash Book Review

Lisa Fulmer’s Craft Your Stash Book Review

It is true that I thought I had completely lost my craft-tastic mojo over the last year and that my run in with breast cancer did more mental and physical damage than I care to admit. Luckily my friends and family have been extra gentle with me. They even held back the look of horror when I donated most all of my craft studio supplies to a local art center. I knew they were sad for me but I assured them that I kept my favorite items such as glitter, paint and sewing supplies – just incase the crafter bug bit me again. In all honesty I thought I’d end up donating all of that stuff too. Deep down it seemed very possible that I would let go of crafting forever. That was until my friend and crafty sistah Lisa Fulmer sent me her very first craft book. I know it sounds crazy but a little craft light went off in my head when I opened Craft Your Stash. As I flipped through the pages I found myself nodding and saying “yes, yes, yes!”. Then I found myself pulling out the few boxes of crafting supplies I had stowed away and imagining all of the colorful possibilities. Lisa’s book motivates readers to organize and utilize everything they have in their crafty stash. I know for some, this sounds easier said than done but if I can do it, so can you! Lisa has a panache for demonstrating versatile techniques and adorable projects which you can replicate or in the words of  Fleetwood Mac – “you can go your own way”. Lisa’s book...
The Crafter’s Book of Clever Ideas: Awesome Craft Techniques for Handmade Craft Projects

The Crafter’s Book of Clever Ideas: Awesome Craft Techniques for Handmade Craft Projects

As many of you know, Cliff and I have had a rough go at the last 12 months, with the most notable low being diagnosed with a rare breast cancer at the age of 32 and almost dying from severe infection soon after. Luckily, sprinkled among our darkest days were some epic wins, such as the publishing of our very first book called The Crafter’s Book of Clever Ideas: Awesome Craft Techniques for Handmade Craft Projects. It’s safe to say that both breast cancer and the book have made us stronger, exceptionally grateful and even more hopeful for our future than ever before. We undoubtedly wouldn’t be as optimistic had it not been for the love and support from our friends, family and you! The happiest news is that we’re back from our blog sabbatical! Yup, we’re finally putting our glittery boots back on and kicking this crafty shindig into high gear! And what a better way to celebrate our creative resurrection than with our favorite creative bloggers and a massive book giveaway! About The Book We specifically wrote and designed The Crafter’s Book of Clever Ideas for hobbyists, crafty pros, families and DIYers alike. Among the 50 projects, you’ll find our He Crafted/She Crafted panache as well as a plethora of unique techniques, versatile projects, fun materials and of course glitter! The words we love to describe our style in this book are – kitschy, geeky and fun. Some might say it’s a craft battle royal where only one glittery victor can win. I like to think of it as a cheeky craft-off between two very loving people….. but...
Plaid Crafts Glittered Trophies with Lisa Fulmer and Cliff

Plaid Crafts Glittered Trophies with Lisa Fulmer and Cliff

One of my favorite parts about being in the craft industry is when a world class crafting company such as Plaid Crafts asks me and my two favorite crafters (Lisa Fulmer and Cliff) to demonstrate a fun project using their products! As you can tell from the photo we had a fantastic time filming our glittered trophy craft segment in the Plaid crafts booth at the CHA Winter show!  Now watch this video to see how we turned some plastic cups into some blingy trophies and how Cliff apparently wanted to craft and cuddle at the same time! Also click this link for some more amazing Plaid demonstrations by our fellow designer friends!   Craft...
Polymer Clay Valentine’s Day Hearts

Polymer Clay Valentine’s Day Hearts

This year Cliff and I have decided that we are adding polymer clay to our list of creative loves and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our new crafty passion than with  polymer clay Valentine’s day hearts. Cute, no? These wild style polymer clay hearts are great for beginners and polymer clay enthusiasts alike. We simply rolled out the clay and hand cut different shaped hearts. Then we used tiny balls for the marbled effect and small strips for the zebra effect. As you can see the variations are endless and highly addictive. Our only advice is to remember to add a string hole with a bbq skewer before you bake! Craft On....
5 Simple Christmas Stockings Crafts + Template

5 Simple Christmas Stockings Crafts + Template

Last week I whipped up some simple cute stockings for a TV segment using the below versatile stocking template – which is perfect for kids, adults and crafters of every level. Ohh and it’s only 99 cents to download!  Check out the recorded segment here if you want to see me in crafty action and if you want to see me say Christmas balls twice :) Then check out the examples below! Burlap and Ric Rac Simplicity is key when crafting for a dude, so it’s no wonder that a little burlap and green ric rac goes a long way. Burlap is forgiving so you just top stich it and you are done. Don’t forget to stitch on the ric rac first! No Sew Felt Stocking with Appliques Felt is normally the most forgiving of fabrics and this no sew felt stocking is so simple to create with just a little strong fusible interfacing (Stich Witchery) around the seams. Finish it off with some iron on appliques and you have a cute no fuss stocking. A Little Monogram Felt Stocking Top stich two red felt pieces (along with white piece and loop) and then personalize your little stocking with little felt iron on t-shirt letters. Simple, fun and perfect as a little gift and Christmas ornament. Mini Hot Chocolate Stocking This mini stocking fits a packet of Swiss Miss and marshmallows perfectly! If your sewing machine can handel a little plastic (never use the same needle on plastic and fabric) then simply trace the mini stocking onto a plastic bag then sew a tight straight stich along the template starting just...
Gluten Free Cocoa Crispy Coal Treats Recipe

Gluten Free Cocoa Crispy Coal Treats Recipe

As many of you know we are gluten free which means we are forced to eat rice crispy treats all season long while everyone else gets to chow down on a variety of cookies full of gooey chocolate peanut butter goodness. Not this year my friend! I decided to ward of the gluten free holiday blues by adding some a peanut butter pizzaz and a chocolate kick to the standard crispy treat. I call them the Cocoa Crispy Coal Treats! Ok, so they don’t look like black coal but when you put them inside a parchment paper christmas stocking anything can look like lumps of coal! Check out the parchment paper stocking DIY and other fun stocking crafts here. Cocoa Crispy Coal Treats Recipe Box of Cocoa Crispy cereal Package of marshmallows Half cup agave syrup One cup of peanut butter (We use Skippy natural) Greased pan Directions Bring agave syrup to a simmer then quickly stir in peanut butter, marshmallows and cereal. The trick is to stir fast to keep them from burning. Once it’s all mixed nicely pour into greased pan and wait for it to cool. The end result is gooey yummy peanut butter chocolate marshmallow goodness! Take that...
4 DIY Thanksgiving Crafts

4 DIY Thanksgiving Crafts

Over the last 5 days Andrea has been whipping up some amazing DIY Thanksgiving crafts for some local news stations and boy has it been fun to watch! My favorite part of this DIY Thanksgiving craft-a-palooza is how she used The Paint Chip Pals to pick great color stories for each of her centerpieces! The Wine Country Centerpiece My crafty lady used empty wine bottles, corks, burlap and  OrAngie, Yallow and Gaareen for this wine country themed Thanksgiving table scape. She even threw in a sweet crafty tip on how to turn your wine bottles into votive candle holders with a jar lid! The Modern Succulent Centerpiece Succulents are are great addition to modern centerpieces. Keep it simple by using colors from Gaareen and OrAngie! Plus succulents give you a plethora of options for future holidays! And here’s one for the magazines ;) The Squash Mason Jar Centerpiece Squash and skinny orange tapers are a great alternative for your thanksgiving lighting needs. Add a simple floral arrangement with a mason jar wrapped in twine and filled with orange daisies. The Simple Glittery Centerpiece Instead of spending a fortune on flowers we recommend adding a touch of glitter and the vibrant color combo of OrAngie and Gaareen. It’s simple, sweet and best of all cheap! I’m kind of partial to the modern succulent centerpiece!  Which is your favorite? For more fun colorful holiday crafts be sure you follow the Paint Chip Pals holiday blog hop and don’t forget to get your own Paint Chip Pal Plush doll at our Kickstarter campaign...
The Paint Chip Pals Rainbow-Tastic Holiday Blog Hop!

The Paint Chip Pals Rainbow-Tastic Holiday Blog Hop!

In support of the Paint Chip Pals Kickstarter Campaign we’ve challenged a diverse group of bloggers  to create a variety of rainbow-tastic holiday projects inspired by the Paint Chip Pals! From now until December 10th the widget below will fill up with colorful blog posts from chefs, crafters, designers, DIYers, writers and makers! We encourage you to not only visit each blog but to also leave a comment (on each one) for a chance to win your very own Paint Chip Pal Plush doll!! We’ll be adding new blog posts for you to comment on each week (from November 13th to December 10th). The winner will be picked at random and announced on December 12th! Ohh and  if you have a colorful holiday project that you want to share in the Rainbow-Tastic Blog hop just insert the below graphic in your post and send me the link (andrea at handmakemyday dot...
Get to know the Paint Chip Pals

Get to know the Paint Chip Pals

Meet The Paint Chip Pals Many of you know we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to get the Paint Chip Pals Kickstarter campaign launched. As of this moment we have everything turned into Kickstarter and we’re just waiting (on pins and needles) for their thumbs up before we release it into the wild. I figured since we have some time (and tons of anxiety) I would let you all get to know the Paint Chip Pals a little better! Now just imagine how much happiness hugging a Paint Chip Pal Plush doll would bring you! It looks a lot like this :) For those newer to crowd funding I explain it as an exciting way to support independent designers, creatives and inventors while getting something neat in return! In our case we want to make a bunch of Paint Chip Pal plush dolls but we don’t have the money to fill a large minimum quantity order. By using Kickstarter we can raise the money needed to manufacture the Paint Chip Pals and send them to the people who backed the Kickstarter project! The fail safe is that nobody will be charged a cent if for some freakish reason we don’t reach our funding goal. If we do meet our funding goal (yippee) then you will be charged at the pledge level you chose and then  we send you all of the great things that you pledged for. On top of all that, our backers will also get to follow our journey and help shape where we go in the future! Make sure you are following the Paint Chip Pals on Facebook and Twitter for the...
Craftin’ In The City of Riverside Appearance October 27th!

Craftin’ In The City of Riverside Appearance October 27th!

When the city of Riverside asked me to make an appearance at Craftin’ In The City – a Make and Take Marathon, I just couldn’t say no. Crafting extravaganza = Yes please! If you are in the Riverside area I hope you stop by the main stage area of the La Sierra senior Center around 5pm-7ish. Cliff and I will be crafting fun Podgeable charm make and takes! That pretty bird on the left is actually Lisa’s Podgeable bird that I stole from her at CHA….. Don’t tell her, ok? Craft...