Shaker Woods Festival

This weekend and next, a forest in Columbiana, OH, will turn into a crafter’s/maker’s paradise with more than 200 craftspeople selling their wares during the Shaker Woods Festival. I had the chance to check it out last weekend, and I was really impressed! There were countless sellers of quality handmade goods, including holiday decorations, primitive dolls, wreaths, quilts, apparel, furniture, signs, home and garden decor, soaps, toys, art, and candles. I scooped up this fabric pumpkin, wooden tray, and beeswax candle. It’s definitely an interesting experience to walk through a craft fair in the woods, made even more intriguing by the crafters who are dressed as shakers.

They have live music and food vendors, so it’s a fun activity for families. Wear comfortable shoes! Admission is $8. Shaker Woods is located 1 hour from Pittsburgh and 1.5 hours from Cleveland. The address is 44337 County Line Road, Columbiana, OH.

Besides my purchases, I shared a few photos of other vendors I liked and felt inspired by.

Valentine’s Day Crafts

Valentine’s Day always seems like the best time for handmade gifts. What better way to pour your heart out to the ones you love than with a creation all your own? Here are three things I’ve been working on this year that are so easy and cheap, they don’t even need a tutorial. And I think the simple sweetness of each speaks for itself.

Handmade cards
I bought the supplies for these handmade cards at Michael’s for maybe $5 including a coupon. The only thing I had on hand already was the paint. These blank cards with envelopes are available in packs of 10 and come in a few different colors. I thought the brown would give these cards the rustic, handmade feel I was going for.

To make the shapes, I found images in a Google search, put a piece of paper on my computer screen and traced the shapes with a pencil. I then cut them out so I could use them as a stencil for drawing them onto the cards or for cutting out shapes with the fancy paper. You can buy individual sheets of the sequin paper and the lace paper for a nominal value. For the lace card, I just cut off the lace edge of one of those sheets of paper and glued it on with my glue gun. I painted the heart and lips using my water colors.

Bow Hair Tie 
This craft only cost me a $1.50 because this velvet ribbon was on clearance at Michael’s. I tied a bow and pulled on the ends and the loops of the bow until it was the size I wanted. Then I cut the ribbon still attached to the spool to match the length of the other side. I glued a hair tie to the back center of the bow with my glue gun. To make it look a little more polished, I wrapped a shorter piece of the velvet ribbon around the center (and over the hair tie) and secured it with my glue gun.

Heart Wreath
Do you ever start crafts that you don’t finish? Me too! It is my goal this year to finish this heart wreath that I started a few years ago. I started it by bending a wire hanger into a heart shape using pliers. Then I cut thin strips from a yard of cheap red fabric. Using the end of the wire hanger as my needle, I poked a hole through the center of the fabric, essentially threading the wire through the fabric accordion style. I still have a long way to go and I need to buy more fabric, but until then I actually think this looks kind of artsy and cool.

Pinterest Party: Beach Mason Jar

I was compelled to host a Pinterest party a few weeks ago because A. I love crafting and needed an excuse to do it and B. Because crafting with friends and wine and snacks is even better! My friends and I made these Beach Inspired Mason Jars we found on Pinterest via the blog A Pumpkin and A Princess. It was actually quite easy to make after we got the hang out of it.

Learn how to make these beach-themed mason jars after the jump…

Supplies:
Mason jar
Modge Podge
Broken seashells or faux rock vase filler
Brush
Twine

Work in sections. After applying a generous amount of modge podge to one side of the jar, sprinkle or place the broken seashells on that section. Let that section dry face up for 20 minutes before you start working on the next section. The pint-sized jars work well because there is less surface to cover. Don’t worry if there are some gaps here or there. The gaps let the light out. Once it is completely covered and dry, tie the twine in a bow around the mouth of the jar. Place your tea light in the jar and enjoy!

How to: American Flag on Canvas

I’m getting excited to see the fireworks on Friday. The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. I got the idea to make this American flag when I saw this Jute Canvas on sale at Michael’s. It’s great for a book shelf or as the centerpiece at your 4th of July get together. This flag is versatile enough to sit out all summer and it was very easy to make.

Read my instructions after the jump.

What You Will Need:

  • 1 tube of red acrylic paint, 1 tube of blue acrylic paint 
  • Jute canvas 
  •  Masking tape or painter’s tape
  • Star sticker

1. Measure out equal sized stripes and evenly spaced stars and use a colored pencil not much darker than the canvas to mark everything. It doesn’t matter if you have exactly 13 stripes or 50 stars like our flag just as long as everything looks even. I used the width of the masking tape that you will see in step 2 to understand how large my stripes should be. It is helpful to know the actual dimensions of the American flag so you know how large to make the blue area with the stars and how large to make the rest of the flag. The blue area is about 40% of the flag while the striped area of the flag is about 60%.

2. Place masking tape or painter’s tape on every other line. Evenly place the star stickers in rows.

3. Paint your flag while being careful not to let the colors bleed together. I used acrylic paint mixed with water. When you are painting the blue over the stars be sure to press with the brush instead of stroking so as not to lift up the edges of the stickers. I ended up pressing too hard and some of the paint leaked under the stickers. Let the paint dry at least a day before you remove the stickers and tape.

Laundry Sachets

It was a combination of feeling crafty and the need to personalize a bridal shower gift that lead me to this Lavender Sachet How To Project. Also, it was the motivation I needed to start using my sewing machine. Simple squares are much easier to take the plunge with than complicated clothing patterns. They were super easy to make with a sewing machine and I am sure they can be sewn by hand too. Give them with a laundry-themed wedding gift or put them in your drawers to have nice smelling linens and clothes.

  1. Using a ruler, I drew 4.5×4.5 inch squares on paper and pinned these to the fabric.
  2. I cut out the fabric squares and ironed them together with the wrong sides facing each other. 
  3. Using my sewing machine, I sewed a zig-zag pattern around the edges leaving enough of an opening to pour in the scented stuff. 
  4. I created a funnel by rolling together a piece of paper and inserting it into the opening.
  5. I then poured in the scented filling. Passion fruit scent from JoAnn Fabrics, which smells amazing. 
  6. I closed up the opening with the sewing machine, tied ribbons and hand sewed them to the front.