Crafty Saturday Show and Sell #56

Welcome to Crafty Saturday! Winter storms have hit much of the US this week, so I picked favorites that will help you stay cozy and warm, wherever you live.

Knit Ear Warmer by CreativeObsessionn

Crochet Cowl by softtotouch
You can get a peek at my favorite items every Tuesday on Wanelo and Twitter and Saturdays on Facebook.

Before we start linking, I just want to send a shout out to Diana from Joliefemme! Thanks for making this great Crafty Saturday Valentine Treasury.

Love from Crafty Saturday
Red Queen Anne's Lace - Real Flower Garden Necklace - Pressed flower, Nature inspired, natural, modern, minimal, everyday casual, ooak, gift
Kids Valentine's Cards for the Classroom 25 Handmade Mini Notecards with Hedgehogs
LOVE cup for Valentines Day, coffee, cappuccino, cocoa, tea, hand painted, mug, gift
Red crystal bracelet, Swarovski crystal, red bracelet, fitted bracelet, Christmas bracelet, holiday bracelet, holiday gift, sterling silver
Sacred Geometry, Seed of Life Ring with Garnets in 925 Sterling Silver
Deep red  African recycled glass trade bead necklace, with black inlaid wood  Tibetan prayer beads, ethnic jewelry, tribal jewelry, OOAK
Gum Paste Briar Roses (Wild Roses)  for Wedding cakes
Red rose necklace, polymer clay jewelry, red roses, spring beauty,  everyday jewelry, gift item, wedding, party, matching, christmas
Love Knot Heart, Jewelry Gift Box, Hand Painted Box, Valentine's Box, Heart Box
LOVE, set of four, Hand Painted Mason Jars | Rustic, Home Decor -- Red, Pink and White Mason Jars
Contemporary Stained Glass Panel - Red Heart Panel
Ruby Red Pendant Necklace with Swarovski Crystals, Swarovski Pearls, and Gold Fill
Miniature pastries magnetic Play set , cupcake , gourmet donuts and platter . Polymer clay collectible art. Play food for toys & doll house
Square Pineapple Doily
Pot Holder Hot Pad Knit Potholder Trivet Red Country Christmas Kitchen Baker Cook Cooking Gift Idea
Classic Red and White Polka Dot digital paper scrapbook red polka dots for Red polka dot dress fabric print polka dot wall decal clipart DIY

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(If you are ever in the treasury making mood, you can find all the Crafty Saturday Etsy items on my Crafty Saturday 14 and Crafty Saturday 15 lists.)

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Recipe: Kale Chips

Recipe: kale chips are easy to make and can be a tempting treat for even the fussiest eatersEvery year, in early November I plant my winter garden. That's one of the benefits of living in a temperate climate. I typically grow a couple varieties of lettuce, spinach, cabbage, chard, kale, broccoli, cauliflower and snow peas. Yummy!

This year, I'm happy to say that my garden has been ridiculously over abundant. I have more veggies than I know what to do with. We've had fresh salads for dinner almost every night and enjoyed a couple soups featuring spinach or chard as the main ingredient. But what to do with the under-apprecited kale?

No one in my house gets particularly excited about eating kale. I have to hide it in stuff. Which is sad, because kale is filled with vitamins and antioxidants which are really good for you. Instead of hiding it, I decided to be bold and try making some kale chips.


  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp coarsely ground salt
  • cayenne pepper (optional)


Preheat the oven to 300 F.
Wash and dry the kale leaves and remove the thick ribs. Tear the leaves into fairly large pieces. They shrink up a bit when you bake them.
Put the kale in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil and a little salt. If you want to add a little zip to your chip, add a light sprinkle of cayenne pepper. Toss gently to evenly coat the leaves.
Arrange the kale leaves in a single layer on two baking sheets. Bake for about 20-22 minutes, rotating the baking sheets after about 10 minutes.
The kale leaves are a dry and crispy treat that everyone is sure to enjoy!

Recipe: kale chips are easy to make and can be a tempting treat for even the fussiest eaters

Knitting Pattern: Textured Washcloth

Free Pattern: Learn how to knit a simple cotton washcloth for the bath or kitchenI've been knitting for well over 20 years, and I have recently discovered the joys of making hand knit, cotton washcloths. It's a simple project that you can easily finish up in an evening or two.

They are quick, inexpensive gifts for baby or bridal showers. But when you discover how nice they are to use and both the bath and the kitchen, you'll need to treat yourself to a set as well.

For a simple washcloth, you could knit a square in stockinette stitch. I like mine to have a little bit of texture, so for this pattern I used a stitch that mimics a basket weave.



I didn't really work out a gauge swatch for this project, but 31 sts and 48 rows made a 9 1/4 inch washcloth. Also, you can easily make two washcloths with a single 3 oz. skein of yarn.

co 31

Row 1 (RS): *P3, k1, repeat from * across, p3.
Row 2 (WS): P all sts.
Row 3: P1, *k1, p3, repeat from * across, k1, p1.
Row 4: P all sts

Repeat Rows 1-4 for a total of 48 rows.

Lather, rinse repeat ;)

Free Pattern: Learn how to knit a simple cotton washcloth for the bath or kitchen

Crafty Saturday Show and Sell #55

I'm excited because the Tucson Gem and Mineral show is just around the corner. It's definitely one of my favorite local events. There are multiple activities and venues that feature everything from fossils and beads to gems and fine jewelry. If you like bling and warm weather, the gem show is the place to be in February.

Even though I don't do a ton of beading or jewelry making, I already have a list of things I'm looking for at this year's event because I like shiny things :)

Which leads me into my favorite items from last weeks link up.

Starfish Bracelet by HollynSage

Turquoise Crystal Earrings by OpheliasJewels

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Sewing Tutorial: Decision Cube 2

Sewing Tutorial: Make a decision cube for your classroom to help students select activities or projects that correspond to certain subjects or standardsI love custom projects and I enjoy it when people come up with creative twists on my designs. That's why I was very excited when I was contacted by a professor from Utterly Engaging about my Decision Cube Pillows.

Giving credit where credit is due, my husband actually came up with the original concept. It was basically an over-sized die with different "yes" or "no" options printed on each side.

To improve on the original tutorial, and make it a handy teaching tool, I'm adding plastic pockets so the options on each side can be customized and changed. This decision cube could be used by teachers in the classroom to help kids select activities or projects that correspond to a certain subject or standard being taught.



The finished dimensions of this decision cube are 12 x 12 x 12 inches with pockets that hold 5 x 7 inch cards, although you could easily adjust the size to suit your needs.

Cut six sheet protectors into 5 3/4 x 7 1/2 inch rectangles.
I cut from the bottom corner of the protectors so that I would be able to use a double thickness of plastic.

Cut six 13 x 13 squares of fabric.
Center the plastic protectors onto your fabric squares. In case you don't want to do the math, they should be 2 3/4 inches from each side and 3 5/8 inches from the top and bottom.

Use masking tape to temporarily secure the plastic to the fabric since pins would leave holes in the plastic.
Use a medium zig zag stitch to secure the plastic pockets to the fabric by sewing across the two long sides of the pocket and one of the short sides.
Using 1/2 inch seam allowances, stitch the six sides, wrong sides together, as shown so that the pockets alternate directions on each side of the cube.

Finish stitching the cube, wrong sides together, making sure to leave an opening along the final stitched edge.

Turn the pillow right side out, stuff it, and hand or machine stitch the opening.

Once your cube is complete, you can create 5 x 7 inch cards featuring different options and slide them into the pockets. There are endless possibilities for ways teachers can use this decision cube to keep students engaged in the classroom.

Sewing Tutorial: Make a decision cube for your classroom to help students select activities or projects that correspond to certain subjects or standards

Printable: Blank Comic Book Pages

Free Printable PDF: 6 blank comic book pages for your resident artists and super hero fansI don't usually make printables, but this idea, courtesy of my neighbor, was to good to pass up. She has an elementary school aged son who likes to draw and asked me if I had ever seen printable comic book pages in my pinning and crafty web-surfing.

In short, no, I had never seen such a thing.

They say necessity is the mother of invention, but I like to think it's mothers who are the mother of invention.

So I created six, blank, printable comic book pages for your kiddos to enjoy. Happy drawing and I hope you get lots of fridge-worthy art.

Free Printable PDF: 6 blank comic book pages for your resident artists and super hero fans

Crafty Saturday Show and Sell #54

Welcome to Crafty Saturday! Before you link your latest and greatest creations, I just wanted to let you know that I just posted a new giveaway for a hand knit washcloth set and a yummy bar of soap. If you'd like a chance to win, you are welcome visit the January giveaway and enter.

This week I'm excited that I am going to be an auntie again! So, my favorites from last week's link up are things I think would be lovely in my new niece's nursery.

Kaleidoscope Afghan by amydscrochet

Pink Whale Puzzle by berkshirebowls

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To help everyone beat the winter blahs, let's share some bright, cheery colors this week

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January and February Workshops

As many of you know, candle making has been on my DIY bucket list for quite awhile now. I finally gave it a try and would like to share my new-found knowledge with my Tucson friends.

My next workshop will be offered on both

  • Saturday, January 31, at 1 pm
  • Sunday, February 15, at 1 pm

at my SE-side Tucson home and the cost is $35.

We're going to start the afternoon by making scented jar candles. As our candles are cooling I'll share a second project and we'll make some scented lip balm. I have a variety of different scents you can use for both the candles and the lip balm.

As always, I'll supply all of the materials and a little snack.

Class size is limited. To reserve your spot in the class or ask a question, send me an e-mail.

January Giveaway

January 2015 Giveaway: Pamper yourself with a mini spa kit so you can have a relaxing soak in the tubThe holiday season can be so busy that we often forget to take time out for ourselves. You deserve a few minutes of quiet relaxation!

So, I would like to start off this year's giveaways with a mini spa kit. I have two hand knit cotton washcloths, as well as a yummy scented soap to help you pamper yourself with a hot soak in the tub.

I'm sorry that I can't include a quiet afternoon, a good book or a bottle of champagne with this kit. You'll have to find those on your own ;)

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Good Luck!

Crafty Saturday Show and Sell #53

Welcome to Crafty Saturday Show and Sell. I hope your year is off to an amazing start!

One of my goals each year is to stay connected with my friends and family. Although it may seem old fashioned, I think sending a handmade card with a thoughtful note is really special. So, my favorite items from last week were:

Baby Gift Thank You by BejuledCreations
Funny Birthday by DesignsbyCnC

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Etsy Experience: SPS Team

The Strategic Promotion for Success Team on Etsy is a diverse group who actively promotes members on multiple social media platforms #SPSTeamIf you sell on Etsy, you likely know the benefit of belonging to a team. Teams are groups of sellers that support and promote each other in a variety of different ways both on and off Etsy. Teams can also be a helpful resource for answering basic Etsy questions and sharing selling experiences.

There are teams based on the types of items you sell (handmade, vintage, crochet, sewing, etc.). There are teams based on where you are from. There are teams that use one particular type of social media.

About a year ago, I became a leader for what I think is one of the most diverse and effective teams on Etsy, The Strategic Promotion for Success Team.  Yes, I admit I am biased :)

We are a group of nearly 6000 Etsy shop owners worldwide. We sell vintage items, craft supplies and some incredible handmade items. Our team is represented on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, a Google+ Community, Wanelo and we even have a team blog.

Our team's strength is in our diversity. Some of our members actively promote each other through games and activities on our team forum. Others are more active on social media. I personally am very proud of the variety of different ways team members can get involved.

I credit our team's success not only to the SPS Team's wonderful members, but also to a handful of incredible ladies who maintain our social media presence, share their selling experience, create team activities, organize team sales events and more.

Many thanks to the Strategic Promotion for Success Team's leadership!

AnneMarie from SlatedInSpirit

Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Wanelo
Amy from Amydscrochet

Google+, Twitter, Pinterest
Beth from PrettyByrdDesigns

Diana from joliefemme

Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Wanelo
Dot from TheEverydayOwl

Ellen from thechillydog

Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Wanelo, Google+
Ildi from Ceraminic

Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Wanelo

Karen from CatchingWaves

Natalie from HanjiNaty

Blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Wanelo
Patricia from northandsouthshabby

Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest
Paula from BridgetsCollection

Facebook, Pinterest

If you sell or buy on Etsy, I hope you'll take minute to learn more about the Strategic Promotion for Success Team and maybe even join the fun.