Date In A Jar::Guest Post by Katie Evans

Hello Crafting Chick readers! I’m thrilled to be guesting posting today. Before we begin let me share a little bit about me…From the time I was very small I have LOVED being creative. Some people find themselves getting lost in gardening, shopping or cooking but find myself getting lost in arts and crafts. Even before I had kids in school I would buy markers, crayons, scissors and glue sticks every year just to stock up and have them on hand! Along with arts and crafts my creative side finds me drawn to photography. Over the lsat several years I found myself becoming a professional photographer and just recently wrote a photography book called, The Key to Taking Pictures like a Professional Photographer. I wrote it in response to the many people who are buying digital slr cameras but don’t quite know how to use them to their full potential and create those amazing pictures they desire. Okay, on to the [Read More...]

The Circle Wrap Skirt:: Elizabeth from Simple Simon & Co Guest Post

Hi.  My name is Elizabeth and I blog with my sister-in-law at Simple Simon & Co.  We are two girls, who married brothers and ended up with the same names.  Yes, it’s very confusing sometimes.  But we joke about who is the “good” Liz and who is the “bad” Liz at any given family event.  We both love to sew, make all things vintage modern again, and are both former school teachers.  Come and see us sometime! One thing you will notice about me on the blog is that I love to make skirts.  They are one of the first things I learned to make as a teenager, and I love them because there are a million possiblities.  And now that I have an 11 month old crawling EVERYWHERE, I love them even more because they are a one nap project.  YES! And circle skirts. Well, they are just up there on my skirt list.   Probably because they are one of [Read More...]

Organizing Your Photos:: Mandy Douglass

I am so honored to be featured as a guest blogger for the Crafting Chicks. Let me introduce myself. My name is Mandy Douglass. I have been an avid scrapbooker, and crafter for over 20 years. In fact you might have seen some of my work in Creating Keepsakes magazine. I have worked for them for the past few years and was named the 2008 Scrapbooker of the Year! My blog is focused around things that CHANGE MY LIFE. Whether it be scrapbooking, cooking, or crafting … I try to cover it all. So enough about me personally, today I want to share with you my love for preserving memories. First, this post is for scrapbookers, and non scrapbookers. It is for anyone who takes photos and wants to preserve their memories! I am sure many of you are a lot like me … you have boxes and boxes of photos, files upon files of digital photos, yet when it [Read More...]

Flag Day Pillow:: Autie From ICandy Handmade

Hey gals! I’ve been counting down the days since Becky asked me to guest blog over here at The Crafty Chicks! First of all, let me introduce myself, I’m Autie (which is short for Autumn) from over at iCandy handmade.  We’re a relatively new blog with, hopefully, some fun ideas that will inspire you to make something on your own!  I’m a mom to two cute little kids, and I love to sew, and craft with just about anything! When Becky asked me to guest post over here, I wanted to think of something fun and summery.  But when I looked at the calendar, I realized that today is flag day (Happy Flag Day!), and I had to do something flag-ish.  The 4th of July is coming up fast, so why not! Here’s what I came up with for today: The Ruched Flag Pillow I think I have an obsession with pillows  because I make and remake them all the [Read More...]

Summer Picnic Blanket:: Tammy from She Wears Flowers

Hi Crafting Chicks readers! I am so excited to be here today. This is one of the first craft blogs I ever discovered and I feel kinda special  being here today! I’m Tammy and you can usually find me crafting up something or another at She Wears Flowers. I have 3 girls (10 year old twins and a 3 year old) who keep me pretty busy sewing and creating fun things for them. Sewing is one of my favorite things to do, but I am always willing to try other crafty stuff. I like simple and quick over just about anything else and you can find lots of simple and quick craft tutorials on my blog (even boy stuff! ;). Today’s craft is also a simple and quick one. I realized I needed a picnic blanket. You know—the blanket that is always in the car and you can pull it out for all kinds of things. Some friends had a [Read More...]

Fabric Appliqué Greeting Cards:: Angela Flicker

Hi, I’m Angela Flicker from The Artists’ House and today I’m going to show you how to make fabric applique greeting cards. Before I get to the tutorial though, I thought I would first introduce myself. The Artists’ House started one happy day when I married a boy who was an artist. I too loved to create things and so side-by-side we created beautiful things together. Soon I was pregnant, and before my daughter was born I wanted the very best for her. When looking for that perfect baby blanket, I found myself disappointed with what was out there. When it came to something as precious as her baby blanket, something she would wrap up in every night, and drag around every day, well, only the best would do. Nothing was quite right though, so I designed and made her blanket, my very first quilt. One quilt turned into two, and two to three. Soon I realized that I too [Read More...]

Chicken Teriyaki Rice Bowls:: Laura from Real Mom Kitchen

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Hi, I’m Laura from realmomkitchen.com.  I have a passion for cooking and food, that was fostered by my mother from the time I was a young girl.  I love to share my experiences in the kitchen and that’s why I started a blog 3 years ago.  Real Mom Kitchen is full of delicious family friendly recipes along with photographs of each recipe.  Today I am stopping by The Crafting Chicks to share a quick and easy dinner recipe for chicken teriyaki rice bowls.   Why eat out when you can make your own teriyaki rice bowl in no time?  The recipe begins with a simple teriyaki sauce you make at home.  It is so easy to do and is much better than anything you can find in a bottle at the store.  This recipe will give you enough sauce for a couple meals and stores in the fridge for several weeks.   Then all you need is some steamed rice, frozen stir [Read More...]

Pin-Tucked Mother’s Day Apron::Delia Creates

Hello Crafting Chicks Readers! I am Delia from Delia Creates.  I am so excited to be here. Everything these ladies do is top notch. I just hope my project follows suit. I am a mom to two sweet little boys, 2 and 6. Being a mother is my most cherished role in this life and I wouldn’t be who I am today without my dear mother, so I am honored to be sharing a Mother’s Day gift idea with you. When I was brainstorming for what to make this Mother’s Day for our mothers/grandmas, I naturally thought of aprons. They were a necessity to every wife and mother decades ago, becoming more of just a useful accessory in our day; but they will always remind me of being a mother and the mothers in my life. After sketching around a bit, I came up with this… This apron is actually quite simple to make. Let me show you how… Gather [Read More...]

Personalized Mugs::Running With Glitter Guest Post

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Hi, I’m Kelly from Running With Glitter. Thank you for having me on this blog. I’m way honored! What a beautiful place for inspiration! My blog is my outlet and I love to share my ideas! Life is so crazy sometimes and crafting keep me sane! Today I’m going to share with you a super cute and easy gift idea. Browsing Michaels armed with a 50% off coupon I found these blank photo mugs. They were $10.00 but my coupon made them $5.00. I have made a couple of trips this week The wheels began to turn… Then I spotted Amy Butler paper… SQUEAL!!!! Amy Butler is truly my favorite fabric designer and now this! Obviously this has been in the store a while because when I went to check out the Butler paper pack rang up $3.99! SHOCKING! I’m not a scrapbooker so I’m not familiar with paper.. But I’m familiar with the brand and know I got a smokin’ [Read More...]

How to Make Your Bed::Guest Post from Homes By Heidi

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I am super excited to introduce you all to our Guest Post for today, Heidi.  I have been following Heidi’s blog for a while now and I just love the tips and tricks that she gives for decorating.  She is a genius and uber talented!  We are so happy to have her on our site sharing a fun tip!  We hope you enjoy!   Hello Friends, my name is Heidi Parson,  I’m a stay at home mom with a flair for Interior Design and D.I.Y projects!  I have a passion for making the world around me beautiful! You can find me at Home By Heidi.  Today, I am super excited to share my secrets and tips on how to make your bed at home look like the display beds in designer store windows.  Do you ever find yourself asking the question “How in the HECK do you maintain a bed like that in REAL life?!?” Well . . . you are [Read More...]

{Roberts Crafts – Basket of Craft Goodies Giveaway}

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The Crafting Chicks love Roberts Crafts for all of our crafty needs.  They have a great selection of wonderful products. Roberts Crafts is giving away an awesome gift basket full of crafty goodies to one of our readers! This fabulous gift basket includes: • American Crafts 12″x12″ Album • Folder Punch by McGill (1 7/8″x 1 3/16″) • Mariposa Stack by DCWV (12″x12″) • Mariposa Mat Stack • 2 packs of Mariposa Stickers • Mango Frost Stack by DCWV (12″x12″) • 2 packs of Mango Frost stickers • Neutral Border Punch Strips by DCWV • Pastels Border Punch Strips by DCWV • 7 packages of Alphabet Thickers by American Crafts • 13 packs of Rub Ons • Color Me Crazy Flower Embellishments • i•Rock tool • i•Rock stencil kit • i•Rock Hot Rocks Compact • i•Rock Jewel Setter Sticks • i•Rock Glam Rocks To enter this giveaway, leave a comment. For additional entries you can: Become a fan of Roberts Crafts [Read More...]

{Shabby Chic Crafts – Giveaway!}

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We are so excited to introduce you all to Shabby Chic Crafts.  They make THE cutest tags ever!  They just introduced their new Spring Tags.  I love the bright fresh colors.  Their journaling tags are my absolute favorite, they are so great for so many different things. I have really enjoyed looking through the Shabby Chic Crafts blog.  They have so many wonderful and creative ideas for using tags on there.  These tags are definitely not just for scrapbooking.  Check our the Shabby Chic Crafts blog for awesome crafty ideas. We were able to receive some darling Spring Tags to have fun and be creative with.  Here are some of the things we came up with… I made this cute framed photo montage for my Blakes 7th birthday.  He loved it.  Like I said, the journaling tags are my very favorite.    I love personalizing my decor, especially for my kids rooms and I think this turned out really great. [Read More...]

Cute Candy Stands

 We are so excited to welcome Abby from A Feathered Nest to our nest!  I love reading Abby’s blog and seeing what creative and clever things she is up to. She has stopped by to share a fun quick project.  We hope you enjoy and go visit Abby! Hi Cute Ladies!!!  I’m Abby over at “A Feathered Nest” and I’m SO excited to be a guest here with the Creative {Hot} Crafting Chicks!  {scream!} I’m giddy that they would ask, so here goes. Before we begin…do you even know how hardit is finding a project that hasn’t been done over a bazillion times?!  I mean, how many unique & easy Valentine thingies can there BE out there?!  After my hysteria settled down, I talked to my BFF Kadie and she told me, “just make one of those candy stands I made you for Christmas. It’s easy.”  {gasp!} She nailed it, gave me the inspiration for something that hasn’t been over-saturated [Read More...]

{‘You’ve Got Mail’ – Wool Felt Central Giveaway}

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This Giveaway is now closed. The Crafting Chicks are so excited to have Wool Felt Central as  one of our newest sponsors.  They have a fabulous selection of wool felt for all of your felt crafting needs.    You have to check out their site, I have never seen so many awesome colors of felt!  They also have a really great website and blog called Prairie Point Junction with lots of fun ideas.  We are so happy that we can share them with you!  “Hi, every one!  I’m Julie, owner of Prairie Point Junction Quilt Shop  – best known online as Wool Felt Central.  I’m so excited for the opportunity to join the Crafting Chicks community.  Their blog has been on my favorites list for some time now.  When I saw the darling little Valentine Felt Envelopes that Brooke made –  I knew I had to jump in and introduce my shop to these talented gals as another source of supplies for all [Read More...]

Post-Holiday Recovery: Organization Strategies to Get Back On Track

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We are excited to have a wonderful guest on today.  Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and blog junkie. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.  She is sharing with us some great ideas on getting organized after the holidays.  I don’t know about you, but I sure need some help here.  Let us know if you have any great ideas to share as well! The holiday season can be stressful, hectic, and difficult to control, so it’s important to be prepared to reorganize your life before you’re thrust straight back into it with your New Year’s party hat still stuck on your head. Once you’re back to your regular routine, it will be even more difficult to take the time to organize the post-holiday mayhem that’s been left strewn around your house. So, before the real world intervenes, try organizing your post-holiday schedule, decoration storage, and “stuff management” in anticipation of more toys. Sound [Read More...]

{Giveaway – Down This Road Designs}

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If you are looking for darling digi scrapbooking kits, you must check out Down This Road Designs.   There are so many fun kits! I am loving the new Christmas kit, Deck The Halls.  I think the colors are great and there are so many fun papers. Are these tags not so adorable!   They are so easy to print and put on gifts.  The tags are my favorite!    These would be so perfect to use on neighbor or teacher gifts. I made this cute scrapbook page of my Jett’s first Christmas  using the Deck The Halls kit.   The grey & green polka dot paper is my favorite in the kit, I LOVE polka dots.  Becky made this fabulous recipe card with a yummy recipe for peppermint bark  using the kit and she is sharing it with all of you. You can download this recipe card here.  You can use it for neighbor gifts, or even Visiting and Home Teaching gifts.   [Read More...]

{Giveaway – Vinylize It}

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Vinylize It has recently become a sponsor on The Crafting Chicks.   We are so excited to share some of their awesome projects! They have a wonderful selection of vinyl.  I spent a long time looking around on their website and I was super impressed.  Here are a few of the fun new products that they are offering… This adorable reusable fabric  ‘Happy Birthday’ banner.  These make great Christmas gifts because it can be used to start a new family tradition.  How fun and special to hang up the birthday banner for each family member’s birthday. Vinylize It also offers just the vinyl lettering for the fabric.  So if you are feeling crafty, you can make your own banner and then simply iron on the letters.  This really neat Christmas countdown vinyl is something I would love to get.  My kids would love it!  You can stick it directly on  your fridge or on a cookie sheet or pizza pan.  So [Read More...]

Wasatch Woman Feature TODAY!!

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Today is an EXCITING day for us because The Crafting Chicks were featured in the October issue of Wasatch Woman Magazine! We’ve been dying to get our hands on it! If you live in Utah and have a subscription to either the Deseret News or Salt Lake Tribune, you would have received the magazine as an insert today. If you aren’t local, here is what it looks like! You can also take a look at the digital version of the whole magazine, and here is a direct link to our feature right here: October 2010 Wasatch Woman. Check it out! The lovely Crafting Chick Kirsten shared photos and her tutorial for her Halloween chic Spooky Banner and we think it looks amazing! It was a treat to be featured with other delicious and crafty blogs as well, such as www.twopeasandtheirpod.com, www.phemomenon.blogspot.com, www.makeandtakes.com, and www.carinagardner.com. We are thrilled about it! Huge thanks to Pamela Baumeister, editor-in-chief of Wasatch Woman, for this [Read More...]

{Trick or Tweet Recap-12 Projects from the Chicks}

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Halloween is ALMOST here!  Sometimes it’s nice to have some of our favorites in one post so here they are. All six Crafting Chicks are represented here in this Halloween Recap. We wish you all a wonderful Halloween week next week that will HOPEFULLY be filled with treats, costumes, treats, parties, treats and other fun spooky things.  This is a shout out to all of you, our readers.  Thanks for your friendships & support, fun comments, and link love. XOXO, the CHICKS Paper Wreath by Brooke Boo Blocks by Jamie Trick or Treat Banner by Jamie 13 Days ’til Halloween by Brooke Ghostly Handprints by Becky Decorating with white pumpkins & Boo! sign by Nikkala Halloween tattoos by Nikkala Vintage Paper Wreath by Kirsten Halloween Kids’ Games by Jamie Vintage Spooky Banner by Kirsten Halloween Cupcake Toppers & Pumpkin Decor by Jen

Scheming for the Holidays…

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Hi everyone! My name is Candice Palmer. I have been a professional photographer for fourteen years, a mom for eleven years, and a lover of all things crafty pretty much my entire life. All of these interests kind of collided into an obsession with scrapbooking a few years ago. Through the years I have worked as a contributing editor for Simple Scrapbooks magazine and have had fun adding to lots of scrapbooking publications. My work is currently featured at write.click.scrapbook.com. I’m excited to get to share a couple of ideas with you today! Well I don’t know about the rest of you, but here in Oklahoma we’re finally getting a bit of chill in the air and I’m starting to get excited about the upcoming holidays! So while looking through some festive photos from last year I decided to create a couple of digital scrapbook pages. I’m a pretty simple scrapper and I often copy my own schemes when I [Read More...]

Guest Post:: Monika Wright

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To round out our fabulous two weeks of Trick or Tweet, we have a wonderful guest post from Monika Wright of i love it all! She is super talented and has a fun easy craft for you today! Hi, I’m Monika Wright and I’ll be walking you down Trick-or-Treat Lane today with a not-so-spooky Halloween craft. I love the candy treats and the cute costumes, but not the tricks and the creepiness so much. Today, we’ll be making two different framed projects using an art print available as a free download on my blog, i love it all.  You’ll see a section titled free downloads in my sidebar. We’ll begin by making our own photo matte. I recycled the backing from a notepad, but an old cereal box would work just fine, too. When trimming out the middle portion of the matte, you’ll want to cut it somewhat smaller. For example, for a 4×6 photo, you might try cutting your [Read More...]

Halloween Chandelier

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Hey everyone! I am so excited to be guest posting on The Crafting Chicks blog! I am Briana, I work as the graphic designer for Roberts Crafts, which has been the most perfectly dangerous job for an avid crafter/scrapbooker/beader like myself. But I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect job for me! On to the project! This will be the first Halloween that I’ve spent in my own apartment with my kids, and I am SO excited to decorate! I wanted to create something unique and different, so I went walking through the American Fork Roberts location to see what I could come up with. I keep seeing so many blog posts about the many fun uses of spray paint, and I’ve been wanting to try a project with it. I grew up hearing from my dad that spray paint is BAD! (With a capitol B that rhymes with P that stands for. . . I’m going to have [Read More...]

Welcome Say It on the Wall:: and a Giveaway

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We are so excited to introduce you all to Say It On the Wall! They have such fun and creative vinyl for your home and for any craft you can think of.  They allow you to not only order premade vinyl, but to customize your own so that you can have exactly what you want.  They also hold custom design contest (one is going on right now), where you enter your design and if you win you get your design for FREE!  How cool is that?  Say It On The Wall is offering an awesome giveaway to our fabulous readers!  They are giving away a $20 gift card to two lucky readers!!! To enter this giveaway, you need to become a fan of Say It On The Wall on Facebook, then leave a comment letting us know that you did. For additional entries, you can: -become a follower of Say It On The Wall -become a Say It On The [Read More...]

{Giveaway – Andee Lew Clothing}

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***THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED*** We are so excited to be doing this awesome giveaway! Andee Lew Clothing makes  the most wonderful solid color t-shirts & onsies, and camisoles  for little girls and t-shirts for little boys.  We love that they are SO versatile and affordable.  The onesies and t-shirts fit pefectly and are great for layering.  Lindsay Kelly, the creator of Andee Lew, is so sweet and is offering two of these fashionable little shirts to three lucky readers!   To enter this fabulous giveaway,  leave a comment by Midnight MST, Monday September 13th.  The winner will be announced on Tuesday. For additional entries you can: -become a fan of Andee Lew Clothing on Facebook -become a follower of The Crafting Chicks (or tell us if you already are ) -become a fan of The Crafting Chicks on Facebook Check out all of the cute  Andee Lew Clothing at andeelew.com Good luck!!!

WINNERS of the GG Digital Designs Giveaway!

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Thanks to you all for entering this awesome giveaway from our sponsor GG Digital Designs! Let’s get announcing the winners!! The lucky winner of the “Home Blocks” set is commenter #54 (chosen by random.org): Tiffany, congrats!! Please email us at craftingchicks@gmail.com so we can get your blocks to you! The lucky winner of the $25 gift card to spend at GG Digital Designs is commenter #94 (chosen by random.org): Congrats to you, Brenda! Please email us at craftingchicks@gmail.com so Leslie can send you the gift card. Thanks to GG Digital Designs for the generous giveaway!

Guest Post: Crystal Wilkerson

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Giveaway now closed. We are so excited to have Crystal here today! She is one of our favorite designers and is giving away some FANTASTIC prizes! You’ve seen Crystal’s designs in our projects here, here, here, and here. We’re not joking when we say she’s a favorite, and a little jealous we can’t enter the giveaways! Hello!  My name is Crystal Wilkerson & I am thrilled to be invited as a guest here at “The Crafting Chicks”!  I’m a SAHM of 3 kiddos (7, 5, & 2) who keep me on my toes & laughing on a daily basis.  I’m also a digital & paper scrapbook designer.  You can find my digital designs at www.JessicaSprague.com & my paper line (Sweet Summertime) through www.EchoParkPaper.com.  You can also follow me on my blog at www.creativitybycrystal.blogspot.com. I started designing a little over 2 years ago and love playing with patterns & colors.   As you can probably tell from my kits, my favorite [Read More...]

{Giveaway-Purple Trail Cards & Announcements}

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*** This giveaway is closed ***  If you are looking for a fabulously easy and fun way to create your own cards, announcements, or invites, definitely check out Purple Trail.com! With Purple Trail it is super easy to design your invite or announcement from scratch.  You can also personalize one of their thousand designs with your own text and photos.  They don’t even charge for the customization!   They have an awesome design center  that is so easy to use.  I LOVE this, it is so fun!    Once your design is ready, you can send it online, download and print from home, or order prints online.  They also have an extensive party planning service  including ticketing for big events.  I love the tips and ideas they have for planning an event.  Purple Trail is wonderful! They are so wonderful, that they are giving away a one year basic membership to one lucky reader!!! To enter this giveaway leave a comment telling us [Read More...]

Craft Therapy: The Chicks at “Or So She Says”

  Mariel and Jessica, the talented duo behind the website Or So She Says, have graciously invited us to guest post—and Jamie’s delightful post is up today! We’d love for you to check it out! Thanks for the feature, Mariel and Jessica! Do You Need Some Craft Therapy? You might also remember Mariel’s FUN post here on The Crafting Chicks: Ideas Up the Whazoo!

Back to School Brainstorm: A Recap

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We hope you have enjoyed our first Back to School Brainstorm with The Crafting Chicks! We’ve had a blast sharing these fun ideas with you over the past 2 weeks and hope that it’s been helpful to you. Thanks for all of the sweet comments! We’ve compiled links to all of the Brainstorm posts right here in one place to make it easy for you in your back-to-school preparations. Teacher Gift Ideas *free downloads* Fun Uses for Altoids Tins After School Convo Cards *free printables* Back to School Photography Tips After School Fun with Morton Salt: Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag, Homemade Playdough, Salt Glitter “Larry Board” Lap Desk tutorial with guest Ellie G ABC Art Keep Clothes Looking New: stain removal tips Toothbrushing Tips + Colgate Invisible Nasties projects Healthy and Fun School Lunch Ideas After School Snack: Peanut Butter and Jelly Cupcake

After School Fun: Ice Cream in a Bag, Homemade Playdough, and Salt Glitter

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The Crafting Chicks are excited to have some new opportunities to work with a few different brands. So here and there we will have posts highlighting different products/brands that we have tried or that we have been asked to work with. It is fun to try new things and also represent some of the products we like, and we hope it will be fun for you to see projects and ideas we come up with.  So with that being said, let’s have a drum roll…bllblblllbllllbllldlpppdpdppdlllllblsllllllllll…..introducing three fun recipes/crafts using Morton Salt—the salt with the really darling vintage girl holding an umbrella….is it just me or is her dress really cute? {Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag: Morton Ice Cream Salt}  by Crafting Chick Brooke and kids Brooke:  When I saw that Morton Salt has an “Ice Cream Salt” product, my kids and I quickly decided that homemade ice cream was the perfect treat on a hot summer day (or for an after-school snack!). [Read More...]

The Larry Board

Hello all you Crafting Chicks readers! My name is Lara. I blog at Less Cake {more frosting} and I usually answer to: Ellie G. I am a stay-at-home Mom to 2 little darlins’. I love my family, Diet Coke, Broadway, Mickey Mouse, and anything made from pure sugar {including frosting}. I couldn’t be more honored to get to hijack the Crafting Chicks blog for the day! I adore this blog! And I love me some Crafting Chicks! I’m still trying to steady my hand as I type. Okay…breathe…I’m ready… I was so excited to learn that I’d be able to share a “Back-to-School” project today. I’ve actually had this project in mind all summer, and hadn’t gotten around to it. I’d like to show you how to make your very own Larry Board for school…. But before you wonder “what on earth is a Larry Board,” let me explain. About 15 years ago, I started scrapbooking. It was with awesome [Read More...]

Take that Crayon out of Your Mouth

Hi, my name is Drew and I am not a Crafting Chick. I was lucky enough to meet three of the Crafting Chicks at the Evolution of Women in Social Media conference back in June. You’re probably asking yourself “What? Who let him into that conference or here on this site?” I assure you I was invited here to try out one of the great crafting projects and then to blog about it. I don’t do a lot of crafting but I do a lot of photography so my post here is all about my family’s experience making edible crayons and it is mostly visual. My wife, Allison, picked up the supplies for the crafting project and I got the camera equipment ready. Allison picked up 3 different colors of candy melts, red, blue and green. I printed up some of the wrappers that we would use and then I interviewed my daughter Eva about what we were going to [Read More...]

Ideas Up the Whazoo! “Or so she says…” Guest Post

Hey there, Chickadees!  I’m Mariel, co-author of the women’s blog “Or so she says…” (found at www.oneshetwoshe.com.)  I’m a mother of 4, almost 5 (I’m scared!) I love to write, golf, learn, garden, spend time with “The Beard Man” and tots, and do anything that requires creativity.  Oh, I’m starting homeschool this year (pray for me!) and I can usually be found in sweats, no makeup, and up to my ears in laundry and dishes.  I’m guessing we have quite a bit in common So, it’s always fun to stop by other fun blogs, like this one (darling!)…especially when they share my love for IDEAS!  Cause really, couldn’t we all use ideas!?!  “Or so she says…” is all about ideas:  parenting, marriage, recipes, crafts, activities, you name it!  It’s updated every single-dingle day by myself, Jessica, and our readers.  It’s so neat to read about some of YOUR favorite ideas and get to know y’all. Today I wanted to give [Read More...]

Shower Me With Curtains Please…

Let’s not pretend I’m a master seamstress… because I’m not. Let’s get that out of the way up front. It’s called seam & stress for a reason. I’m just Heather, the author of Miscellaneous, etc. A new snazzy little blog designed to help me make sense of life’s randomness & become a better person. Thanks for this opportunity Beck! So yes, I like cute things, but I’m also frugal. {That’s a kinder synonym for cheap, don’t you think?} So when I realized the fun, color shower curtain I was trying to find for my kids’ bathroom {that wasn’t red, yellow or blue with tropical fish} was no where to be found, I figured… “How hard could that be to make?” Well it turns out… not that hard! Firstly I tried to find tutorials online & learned I may possibly have ADHD. I couldn’t sort through all of those tutorials & most of them might as well have been written in [Read More...]

Giveaway #4 Winner!!!

Oh wow, I am so excited about this giveaway! After reading through ALL of your sweet comments, I truly wanted to give something to each of you. Unfortunately I’m not made of money, dang. But thank you so much for entering. Quick announcement before I share the name of the winner: If you would like to order a temple print, I am having a Mother’s Day special right now. Free Shipping if you order by Tuesday May 4. That’s when I need your order to get it shipped in time for Mother’s Day. Visit Crownberry Designs (www.brookie-wookie.blogspot.com/p/crownberry-designs.html)  to place your order. Thanks!! Now on to the big announcement! Drum roll, please………………………… 16×20 Personalized Temple Print winner:  SUSAN E! Yay!!! Susan, email us at craftingchicks@gmail.com ASAP with GIVEAWAY #4 TEMPLE in your subject line, so we can get your shipping info and you can tell me which of the temple prints you want! Congratulations!!! Now, I felt bad about not being able [Read More...]

{Adorable Felt Playhouse-Guest Post}

This beautiful girl is my friend Tiffany. She made this darling playhouse. I thought it was fabulous, so I had to have her do a guest post. Here are some photos and her directions for this cute and crafty felt playhouse. Felt Playhouse This whole project is my sisters fault. She sent me a picture of a house like this, and at a moment of weakness, I started it. I am actually very glad that I made one, and it didn’t take as long as I thought it would. I used homemadebyjill.blogspot.com for pictures and some of the ideas. You can make one to fit any size table; I chose to use an old card table so that I could also take it outside. I have seen some that are made to fit kitchen tables. I completed each side panel first, and then sewed the side panels to each other, then the roof to the panels. Measure the width, length [Read More...]

Getting Crafty with the Chicks: Our Favorite Projects

Only one more day until our 3 weeks of GIVEAWAYS begins and we are so excited! Be sure to tune in Monday morning for the first giveaway. We are so excited that one of our own crafting chicks, Kirsten, is the featured guest poster later today on the Knock Off Wood blog!! Be sure to check out the details. If you have never been to Ana’s site, you must go there! She gives detailed building plans for all sorts of amazing furniture, for FREE. You’ll love it! ETA: Here is Kirsten’s fantastic post at Knock Off Wood. You guys will DIE at how amazing her kitchen is!!! And how sweet and talented is Ana? She’s SO great. I wanna be like her. **************************************************** We are so glad you’re here, thanks for coming by! We are a group of “chicks” who like to share fun projects, tutorials, recipes, and anything crafty and delightful with each other and with all of you! [Read More...]

{Blog Relaunch & Giveaways}

We are so excited for our blog relaunch and makeover this coming Monday, April 19th! We have some exciting things in store for our readers, followers and fans. Here are some fun upcoming changes with Crafting Chicks! We are going to kick off our blog relaunch and makeover with 6 giveaways in three weeks! The first one will begin on Monday, April 19th. So remember to check back and leave a comment to be entered into our giveaway. Each week there will be two giveaways. We will also continue to have giveaways throughout the year! We are excited to share more crafty ideas, to invite other crafters to guest post, and to begin offering some “crafting with the chicks” classes. So stay tuned. Also, our fellow Crafting Chick Kirsten will be doing a guest post over at Knock Off Wood on Sunday, April 18th. She will be sharing her adorable kiddie kitchen that she made. We are thrilled about the [Read More...]

{Exciting News}

Crafty Chicks started as a group of friends that wanted to share fun crafty ideas with each other. Thanks to the magical world of blogs we had a lot of friends and followers join us on the way. We are so amazed at how many of you like our little blog. It makes us all feel good to know that our fun ideas help inspire you as well. Here are a few of the upcoming changes: {More consistent posting} We are going to challenge ourselves to post more often with little ideas, tricks, and tips as well as the fun crafty ideas that pop into our heads. We also would love to hear from you so let us know if you have any questions that you would like answers to. {Guest Postings} We love all the fun ideas out there so we are going to start to have some guest posts. We know we aren’t the only crafty chicks in [Read More...]

Crafty Easter Baskets {Guest Post}

Hi EVERYONE- my name is Kristy, I’m Becky’s cousin. I am a stay at home mommy of a 8 month old princess, who keeps me on my toes! I love to spend most of my time outside from snow boarding to 4 wheeling. I love getting together with our families and making memories. I have not always been the most crafty person, but the more I do it the more I love to do it. I want to thank CRAFTY CHICKS for letting me post my Easter Baskets. Since Easter is around the corner, I wanted to create fun Easter baskets for our family. I went to Roberts Crafts and picked up these cans, (clear 1 gallon paint cans for about $4.00 a can. You can also get all metal ones at any paint store for about $2.00) For my husbands I used scrapbook paper and rubbed the edges with ink to give it the distressed look. Then I used [Read More...]

homemade diaper wipes

i found this idea about homemade diaper wipes on my friend heather’s blog, and since i have been trying them out for the past week and just made my second batch i thought i’d share the idea with you as well. click here for more information.

mangostar creations on etsy

forgive me for using this blog to promote my new etsy store “mangostar creations”, but i am so way excited that i want to share it with everybody! i am currently selling all my hand-made greeting cards and twin size headboards & accessories (see photos below for samples). i will be adding more items as i get more time to create things. these are my new kitchen curtains i just recently created by sewing three napkins together. i found these napkins at pier 1. i am currently working on curtains for my dining room, also using napkins from pier 1. this is a sample of my hand-made greeting cards that are now selling in my etsy shop. this is a sample of the twin headboards & accessories selling in my etsy shop. ever since President Uchtdorf’s talk on creativity at the General Relief Society Meeting last fall, i have felt the desire and need to create things. this is just [Read More...]

We’ve Been Featured!

Kirsten from Crafting Chicks has been featured on Design Dazzle. Kirsten’s fabulous idea on displaying your family photos is included on today’s tips on how to hang wall art. Check it out and see all the other great ideas this site has on how to decorate your home. I am loving the fun ideas this site has, including the child size tee pee. And I can’t wait to see the upcoming ribbon bulletin board. Thanks Toni for checking out our site.

inexpensive valentine’s day decor

i made some paper hearts out of construction paper i had laying around and stuck them on a few windows around the house with good old scotch tape. the kids love it! and it didn’t cost me a dime, at least not right now. i also found these cute valentine’s day lanterns at walmart for just $3. sweet! by the way, i renamed my naomi’s world blog at www.allovernaomisworld.blogspot.com to www.mangostarblog.blogspot.com. i needed a change. come check it out here!

And the winner is…

I plugged the numbers into randomizer.org and #35 is our lucky winner! Small House said… Beautiful banner. Like everyone else, would love to win this banner. February 2, 2009 7:11 AM Because of the great feedback and kind things said about the banner, Corrine sent me this email: Congratulations Small House! Please email me at nikkala at gmail dot com with your address and I will send this beautiful banner on its way to you. For those who didn’t win, don’t worry, we are all winners today!! Sicily’s Shop is offering an exclusive bonus to Crafty Chicks readers, a FREE 16×10 personal YW theme with any $19 purchase. Here’s how you can get it: Go to sicily.etsy.com Spend $19 or more. When you place your order write, “I found you on Crafty Chicks!” And just like that, you get a free 16×10 personal banner ($7.50 value)! But like all good things, this doesn’t last long. Offer expires Thursday night at [Read More...]

Blueberry Tart

I made this delicious tart when I hosted my book club awhile ago. It was a huge hit! It looks so beautiful and is really easy to make. I made the crust with a Cuisinart food processor, it’s a lot easier and faster, but you can make it as the instructions indicate and you will be just fine. Be aware that the crust is very cumbly so don’t freak out and think you have ruined it! I love desserts like this, they bring a little Spring sunshine to our cloudy and rainy April weather! p.s. I’m sorry I don’t have a picture of the actual tart, this is a picture I found on the internet, but trust me- it is not only beautiful, but very very tasty! You won’t be dissapointed! Blueberry Tart: Crust: 1/2 cup butter 3 tbs sugar 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 tsp salt Filling: 2 pints fresh blueberries (about 2 cups) 3/4 cups sugar 2 [Read More...]

Magnet Mania

I found this awesome idea on TipJunkie on what to do with your kids magnets and save your fridge from scratches. Purchase a cookie sheet and a pizza pan from the dollar store, as well as some magnetic clips. Hot glue picture hangers to the back and hang them up on the playroom wall. Magnets under control and scratches averted.

Inexpensive kid’s room artwork

When I was decorating my son’s room my husband gave me a very steep budget so I used this idea: color copy pages of your favorite children’s book and put them in frames. I already had these frames with mats (the gold is kind of ugly, but oh well!) but I’m sure you could find inexpensive frames that come with mats at Target or Roberts. Sorry about the bad pictures!