Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving and Craft Bargains

Happy Thanksgiving Crafty Peeps! It is time to get crafting for the holidays. I am thankful to the people who follow this blog. I am going to share some of my favorite online shopping and links for great coupons to the bigger craft stores.

And there are some wonderful bargains out there to help get started. Save up to 50% of Brother Sewing Machines at Amazon. Special Pricing


I like shopping at an old catalog shopping spot.  Sunshine Discount Crafts.  I am old enough to remember mailing in my order because I couldn't call during business hours. Today I am thankful for Internet shopping! Free shipping is usually available for $100 orders and up.  I have a promo code for free shipping on orders of $25 or more. You can find old style craft supplies, newer products and more. Use code TGFS25 good through Sunday 12/1/13.

Have you visited yet? Well check it out.  You can get craft supplies and crafts people have made for sale. TODAY ONLY 11/28/13 they are having a Thanksgiving Sale

Consumer Crafts is a recent find. They don't have an uber broad selection but they have some good products and a great project blog. TODAY ONLY 11/28/13 get free shipping, no minimum.  Or check out the Thanksgiving weekend specials. has 20% off store wide through Sunday 12/1/13. Promo code is TURKEY20.
If you go shopping today, don't forget to pull from your newspaper or go to Michaels. Today only in addition to sales you get 30% off your total purchase. I am conflicted about attending as I may go crazy (98% probability of going shopping crazy, that is why I don't work in a craft story or book store). Get Coupons. Tomorrow you get 25% off your entire purchase. Yippee! - Oh, oh I feel a crafting shopping crazy coming. ;) is celebrating by gifting 20% off store wide until Sunday 12/1/13. Use code BF13. They have excellent selection of specialty tools you can't find just anywhere, platting, diamond setting and more along with your more basic supplies for the everyday crafter.

Are you a crocheter like me or a knitter? for 20% off select yarns and free shipping with no minimum through Sunday 12/1/13. - GET THE COUPONS before you shop.

Check out another Christmas Tree I found at  Made with cupcake liners - can't get easier than this and cute!

Friday, November 22, 2013

A Collection of Christmas Tree Crafts

I have trigger finger from using the glue gun, but in my ring finger. The finger is immobilized so I am impaired from writing, typing, crafting and even brushing my hair, If I try left handed, well I guess I don't need to brush my hair after all. I'm typing with one finger right now, the splint I crafted gets in the way.

Yes, I crafted my own splint using common household items. First I tried a foam nail file then half of a wooden clothespin. Finally the answer is a hair clip. 

So after crafting, I have been doing some one hand typing for reviews for my Review, reading, writing blog. A lot of TV and some reading - and surfing.

I thought I'd share some of my crafting finds. So here we go in no particular order, some speak for themselves and others will have input from me.

Christmas tree from newspaper.  I have seen them before but none like this. Large and appears to be made not only with higher quality newsprint/paper but I don't think the rolls of paper are glued to a Styrofoam cone.

These are some pretty yarn wrapped trees. I use jiffy yarn or homespun yarn.  The jiffy yarn I do very neatly but the homespun, I need chaotic wrapping. I like how these patterns were made.
The second yarn tree photo comes from Uncommon Designs and they have (yes they, 2 ladies named Bonnie & Trish) have a mini tutorial here.

 This is a wood tree attached to the wall from HGTV.

Jingle Bells.
Here is a tree from Crafts Unleashed Blog and owners of Consumer Crafts. Tutorial here

From Tatertots and Jello.  She has some great hand crafted replicas of Pottery Barn and Anthropologie items.

Let me know if you make trees and attach a photo with a link back to your blog!

Enjoy. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Craft Show Photo and Tree Tutorial

Here are some photos from my craft show and tutorial on some of my Xmas tree mantel décor and a tutorial link.
I have been making Christmas trees for several years. My tutorial on the cord wrapped tree below can be found from an earlier post here.


This photo from the show features a variety of trees, all my ideas (and work) except for the fabric covered trees. 
The fabric trees originated from this post (originally I saw an image of her trees) by The Creativity Exchange. I believe and hope I put my own twist on them.

Making the trees that don't start with a Styrofoam cone base is harder than I thought. Getting the bottom even and round and the top of the cone to come to a point is a challenge. Getting the fabric to make a smooth glued edge was a difficult enterprise as well. I had to hot glue then I went bag and used a hot air gun on an area. When the area was heated I rolled the cone on my cutting mat and shoved my hand or a tool (my arm is only so long when I am working with a 3 foot tall cone) inside and pressed. 

The results are lovely but this craft was a pain in many ways beyond burned fingers.

I love the trees below. Have a look and I will tell you how to create them.


  1. Create a cone. I used poster board but you could buy Styrofoam, the plastic cones for angels didn't work.
  2. Ribbon. I used 4" wide wire edged gold ribbons. Wire edge ribbons were much easier to work with than non wire.
  3. Decide what you want to use to decorate (or not) the top of the tree. This will help whether you start at the top or bottom, I did both and found the bottom easier but starting at the top used less ribbon. When you start at the top you must wrap back down the tree - more on this later.
  4. For my decorations I used 1)stars I took a paper mache ornament, pulled the cord and inserted a wire or tooth pick inside securing with hot glue. I painted some stars with liquid gold leaf and coated others with embossing powder, 2) I created 2 fabric flowers and glued together at the top of the cone, 3) store bought mini star top decorations on a spring. The store bought were easiest though not my favorite.
  5. I recommend for handmade poster board cones taking additional half circles of poster board and insert inside the cone. Secure with glue. This gives added weight and security to the base.
  6. If starting at the top cut your ribbon at an angle. Fold ribbon to make a point. Glue the folded cut edge first than add a drop of hot glue at the top. The glue is very hot through the ribbon so wear gloves or use a spatula type tool to hold in place.
  7. If starting at the bottom glue the end inside the cone. Then wrap the ribbon around the bottom. Because of the cone shape the ribbon will never lay flat but this is part of the beauty of the tree.
  8. I put a thin thread of hot glue around the base the cone and secure ribbon leaving about 1/3 of the width hanging below the bottom edge. Bend the wire ribbon left hanging/dangling into the cone and glue inside.
  9. Press the wire against the cone and begin wrapping. The beauty of this project is the wrapping. To accommodate the decreasing size of the cone I pulled the ribbon tightly and periodically folded the ribbon in a twist. Attach with glue periodically to insure ribbon remains fixed to the cone. Trust me if you don't it will slip and fall down.
See how pretty the twist in the wrap looks? When you start at the top you must twist up to the top twist back down. This uses more ribbon because the top will be thicker so you will need to compensate by using more ribbon.

You are not done, there is one final step. I spent a LOT of time finding the best solution. I just can't seem to cut a good circle even using a traced template. I wanted to use felt which requires either a base or very, very thick pressed felt. 

Finally here is what I came up with as a solution. I took my empty ribbon rolls and tore of one side of the paper. I painted the bottom and the inside edge the used ribbon bobbin. I then glued the inside lip of the ribbon bobbin and inserted into the cone.  If some of the inner edge showed, that was okay because I had painted. If I felt I needed a felt bottom, the slightly imperfectly cut felt didn't matter or you can by pre-glued circles of felt that go on table legs or vases to prevent scratches.  I know 3M makes them, look in the area of picture hangers or furniture markers.

More Craft Show projects to come.  What do you think?

Friday, November 15, 2013

Christmas Craftshow

Busy and busy. I have made so many items this week for a craft show tomorrow. Next week I will take better photos and add tutorials. I have burned fingers and a smile on my face. 

Projects included my easy peasy wreaths, trees covered and decorated with: fabric, yarn, ribbon, cord, paper and more - santa hat pillows, mini santa hat magnets, reindeer and handcast paper ornaments.

Here is a sampling:


Friday, November 8, 2013

Craft Show Wreaths

I am in the process of making products for two upcoming craft shows.

Along with my traditional cone trees, wreaths and reindeer I am attempting something new.

Here are pictures of my 'standard' products.

I just finished a 24 inch fabric cone tree.   It looks elegant. I need to photograph. This was a surprisingly difficult craft. The point of the cone gave me fits.

Here are some items I have seen online that I am in the process of making. If they turn out nicely I will post pictures and steps.