Crafty Saturday Show and Sell #43

Happy Halloween and Dia de los Muertos weekend! Thanks for stopping by. As always, I only have treats to share with you, no tricks.

I experienced a curious coincidence when I was selecting my favorite items from last week's link party, both items come from shops with the word "curious" in their name. What are the odds? Both items are filled with an autumn flavor.

Mini Pie Charm by CuriousGigi on Etsy
Mini Pie Charm by CuriousGigi
Maple Bacon Candle by curiouscarrie on Etsy
Maple Bacon Candle by curiouscarrie

(If you ever want a sneak peek at my favorites, I usually post them on Wanelo and Twitter on Tuesday and Facebook on Saturday and of course all of the Crafty Saturday items are on my Crafty Saturday Show and Sell Pinterest board and in my Crafty Saturday List on Etsy.

Since it's been awhile, this week will be having an Etsy Treasury Challenge. Anyone can share a handmade item in our regular link-up, like always. But, for our Etsy friends, please take a moment to share some Crafty Saturday love by making a treasury, too.

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Field Trip: Tucson Botanical Gardens

I'm going to take a little break from my normal crafty topics today. Instead of crafting, let's go on a field trip!

When my daughter was much younger, one of the places we enjoyed exploring together was the Tucson Botanical Gardens. The property is beautifully maintained and has a variety of plant life and exhibits that always please. Unfortunately, over the years, hanging out with mom and looking at plants became increasingly "uncool" so our visits to the garden became less frequent.

Now that mini-me is out of the house, my husband and I have had more time to spend doing the things we enjoy, so a couple weeks ago we headed out to the gardens.

Since our last visit, the Garden Railway exhibit has expanded. The mini town is enchanting, especially as the model train zooms by.

I especially liked this little store on main street. Maybe it would be easier to get our husbands to join us at the fabric shop if it was more like this one ;)

We saw some critters throughout the gardens.

Of course I am always on the lookout for project ideas like this beautiful mosaic bench.

But the highlight of our visit was Butterfly Magic in the Butterfly and Orchid (and tree frog) Pavillion.

Butterfly Magic at the Tucson Botanical Gardens

Butterfly Magic at the Tucson Botanical Gardens

Butterfly Magic at the Tucson Botanical Gardens

Butterfly Magic at the Tucson Botanical Gardens

Butterfly Magic at the Tucson Botanical Gardens

Butterfly Magic at the Tucson Botanical Gardens

Butterfly Magic at the Tucson Botanical Gardens

Butterfly Magic at the Tucson Botanical Gardens

 After wandering the grounds, imagine our surprise when we turned a corner to discover...

 I guess it's time to head back to the sewing room and get to work!

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November Workshop: Typography T-shirts

Hello my Tucson friends! I have a fun project planned for you in November.

This month, I'll teach you how to make a typography t-shirt with solar activated dye.

After applying the ink, you'll conceal part of the print, set your shirt in the sun and let the magic happen.

The process is so cool and I can hardly wait to share it with you.

When: Sunday, November 9 at 1 p.m.
Where: My Tucson home
Cost: $25

You will need to bring your own shirt to print on, but I'll supply the ink, brushes, stencil, and of course a little snack.

Reserve your spot by e-mailing me at

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Crafty Saturday Show and Sell #42

Fall is in the air. The high temperatures here in Tucson have finally dropped below the 100 degree mark. Brisk ;) I'm even starting to think about planting my winter garden.

One thing we miss out on, here in the desert, is the autumn leaves changing colors. A lot of the plants here are prickly and leafless. The trees that do have leaves seem to go from green to brown almost overnight.

So, I was drawn to the beautiful fall colors in two of the items from last week's link-up.

Falling Foliage Painting by annarobertsart
Colorful Flower Journal by CarolaBartz

(If you ever want a sneak peek at my favorites, I usually post them on Wanelo and Twitter on Tuesday and Facebook on Saturday)

Happy Fall!

If you enjoy this link party, follow and share the Crafty Saturday Show and Sell Board on Pinterest.

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Tutorial: Solar Printed T-Shirt

Learn how to use Lumi Inkodye, solar activated ink to create a high quality, printed t-shirt design.I was wandering the aisles of Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts a few weeks ago when I discovered a small display of Lumi Inkodye. I have enjoyed a few fabric dyeing projects in my day and have even experimented with screen printing, but I had never seen anything like the Inkodye before.

It's solar activated. So you spread it on your fabric, set it out in the sun, and whatever sections of the ink are exposed to the sun, dye the fabric. The ink that's not exposed washes out.

I simply had to give it a try. I was not disappointed by the result. The crisp lettering looks as if it could have been screen printed. The best part is, it's 1000 times easier than screen printing.



Before you begin, wash and dry your shirt. Skip the fabric softener when you are laundering it.

Next, create a stencil of your design.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the words "Create Happiness" out of Contact paper.
Remove the paper backing and stick the stencil onto your shirt.

Design Tip: When you print a design on a t-shirt, the top edge of the printed area should be at least 2 1/2 inches (about four finger widths) below the neckline of a crew neck shirt or 1 1/4 inches (about two finger widths) below a v-neck.
Slide a piece of cardboard into the shirt so the ink won't bleed through to the back of the shirt.

Secure the shirt in place with a few clothespins so it won't shift as you apply the ink.
You will need to work in a shaded room for the next part. I just closed the curtains in my studio and left the lights off. Also, make sure you work in a well ventilated are because the dye has a pretty strong scent, like hair coloring.

Shake up the Inkodye packet and squirt it onto a disposable plate. Use your foam brush to stir up the dye on the plate.
Use your foam brush to pounce (not brush) the ink onto the shirt.

Make sure that your lettering is completely covered with ink, but don't over do it. The material should be damp, not sopping wet.
Carefully take your shirt outside and place it in the sun so it is completely exposed and there are no odd shadows over it.
Within 3-5 minutes, the ink is already starting to darken.
After 20-25 minutes, it looks perfect. (I don't think you can really overexpose the dye.)
When you are happy with the color, take your shirt back inside to your dark room and carefully peel off your Contact paper or vinyl stencil.

Finally, wash your shirt twice, using the Inkowash. Lumi recommends using a hot wash/cold rinse cycle. (I used a warm wash/cold rinse cycle because I was afraid my shirt might shrink and it turned out just fine.)

After that, your shirt is ready wear and you can show off your one of a kind style!

Learn how to use Lumi Inkodye, solar activated ink to create a high quality, printed t-shirt design.

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10 Sites for Crafting Ideas and Inspiration

10 sites you should check out for craft projects, patterns, idea and inspiration.My name is Ellen and I am a Pinterest junkie. I could spend hours and hours scouring Pinterest for crafty ideas. The problem is, even if I am specifically searching for a little crafting inspiration, I end up spending way too much time looking at pictures of cute kittens or other cool, but "uncrafty" stuff.

On those days I am trying to avoid pin overload, I like to browse these sites for craft projects, patterns, ideas and most importantly, inspiration!

  1. Craftsy - Online classes, patterns, supplies, and projects. Everything you need to get crafting.
  2. craftgawker - All  crafts, all the time. This site has kids crafts, holiday projects, jewelry making, paper crafts, yarn crafts and so much more.
  3. Craft Gossip - Lots of projects listed by craft type and there's usually some fun giveaways, too.
  4. Fave Crafts and the Fave Crafts Blog - Great ideas on both, but I prefer the blog because there are less pop ups asking for my e-mail
  5. Find and Craft - Search by craft type, skill level, the time it takes to complete a project or be brave and see random projects.
  6. Fun Family Crafts - Lots of projects that can be made for kids or by kids.
  7. Free Needle - Sewing projects only, here, but there's 5000+ clever ones.
  8. All Free Knitting, All Free Crochet, All Free Sewing, All Free Paper Crafts - Each of these sites focuses on a specific craft type and has project ideas as well as free e-books, giveaways, etc.
  9. Totally Tutorials - This site has the best of the best. Only one or two new projects are added each day.
  10. Create Happy Crafts - I'm a little biased about this one because it's my site. I try to feature some of the coolest projects from around the web and only add a few new projects each week.
If your still looking for some crafty fun and ideas, I invite you to join the Create Happy Crafts Community on Google+ where you can interact with other crafters, share your latest projects, shop for handmade creations, watch craft tutorial videos and more!

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Crafty Saturday Show and Sell #41

Before you add your links this week, make sure to check out my October Giveaway Page. My friend Vanessa, from Blue Copper Jewelry Designs, is offering one of her beautiful gemstone necklaces in the winner's color of choice. You don't want to miss your chance to get this great prize!

Now, onto my favorites from last week's link-up. I must have been in an Asian mood when I was picking items. I absolutely love the clever design of this Sushi Cowl by KnittyKittie. And I couldn't resist the the great colors and thoughtful craftsmanship of these Striped Hanji Paper Earrings by HanjiNaty.

Sushi Cowl by KnittyKittie
Sushi Cowl by KnittyKittie

Hanji Paper Earrings by HanjiNaty

Now, with fall in the air, let's share our nature and plant inspired items with a "Bountiful Botanicals" theme.

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Tutorial: Accordion Fold Paper Pumpkin

Craft Tutorial: How to make an accordion fold paper pumpkin decoration for HalloweenIt's been awhile since I shared a paper craft, so I got out my paper trimmer, my Tombow and some Glu6 craft paste to create a mini, 3-D pumpkins.

These little pumpkins could easily add a little Halloween spirit to a desk or shelf. The finished pumpkin is about the size of a baseball.

Evenly scoring the paper, before cutting it, makes it easier to create the accordion fold rosettes that stack up to form the pumpkin.



Start by scoring the card stock at 1/2 inch intervals.
          2 - 1 x 11 1/2 inch strips
          4 - 1 1/4 x 6 1/2 inch strips
          2 - 1 1/2 x 7 inch strips
          1 - 2 x 12 inch strip

(The long edge of each rectangle should be perpendicular to the score lines.)
Accordion fold all the strips except the 2 x 12 inch one.
Next, you'll create the five layers of the pumpkin.

Apply a swipe of Tombow Xtreme Adhesive to one end of a 1-inch strip.
Press the two ends of the strip together, as shown, to create a ring.
Repeat with the other 1-inch strip.
Next you are going to attach two of the 1 1/4 inch strips together to form a ring.

Apply the Tombow Xtreme Adhesive to one end of the strip.
Attach it to another strip.
Apply Tombow Xtreme Adhesive to the other end of the strip.
Form a ring by attaching the other strip.
Repeat with the remaining 1 1/4 inch strips and the 1 1/2 inch strips. You should now have five zig-zagy rings.
Next, you'll create a rosette with each ring.

Press the top of the ring together.
Then press out the bottom of the ring.

My card stock was pretty stiff and kept popping back into a ring.
How to make an accordion fold paper rosette. To help the rosette retain its shape, lightly mist it with water then dry it with a hairdryer. It's unconventional, but easy.
How to make an accordion fold paper rosette Once dried, the rosettes hold their shape nicely.
Remember that 2-inch strip of paper?

Use a pencil to draw 6 circles with 1 1/2 inch diameter and cut them out.

Punch a hole at the center of five of the circles.
Apply craft paste to one side of the un-punched circle. This is the bottom of the pumpkin.
Slide a small rosette to the end of your dowel or skewer and center the circle on the bottom.
Then you can set it on your work surface while you add the remaining pieces.
Apply glue to both sides of a circle.
Slide it down the dowel.
Add one of the medium size rosettes.
Continue layering a glue covered circle, the large rosette, a glue covered circle, a medium rosette, a glue covered circle, the small rosette and finally a circle with glue on one side only.

Press everything together and let the glue dry.

Snip off the dowel about 1/2 inch above the top of the pumpkin to form the stem.
If you want, you can also make a leaf or two with a scrap of green paper to top off your pumpkin or even add a strand of green curling ribbon to make a vine. Happy Harvest

Craft Tutorial: How to make an accordion fold paper pumpkin decoration for Halloween

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