Quilling and Other Fun Paper Things
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How to Make a Quilled Paper Grapefruit

I really enjoy creating quilling projects inspired by everyday objects. In fact, one of the most amazing things about paper, in my opinion, is the way it can be transformed with a few twists and turns and a little imagination. When I started my handmade quilling decor business, I started with simple designs based on fruit and vegetables.  One of my most recent designs are my quilled citrus fruits. For those quilling fans out there, I thought I’d share a…

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Why I Submitted Samples for a Craft Subscription Service

Why I Submitted Samples for a Craft Subscription Box

I’m so excited ya’ll!  I just mailed off my very first offering to a monthly craft-based subscription box, The Crafty Mail!  For those new on the scene, subscription boxes are curated packages that are based on a common theme, this one being made up of entirely handmade crafts. I put in a good amount of work to get my samples together, but I’m thrilled to work with this new company and this is why I submitted samples for a craft…

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16 Craft Show Tips for New Sellers

Craft show and festival season is in full gear right now and the fall shows are right around the corner.  And so I’ve pulled together 16 craft show tips for new sellers to get you in tip-top shape to showcase your wares at all the events you’d like! Know your show details. Do you have to bring a table and chairs or are they being provided for you? What is the vendor fee? Who is your contact person? Are you…

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8 Father’s Day Paper Crafts for Kids

Every year, May and June bring a flurry of birthdays and celebrations for our family and the dads in my life get the short end of the stick when their day rolls around. So I pulled together 8 Father’s Day Paper Crafts for Kids to help get me (and the kiddos) inspired to get crafting for Dad. For the very early crafters, try this fingerprint baseball from Crafty Morning. It could even be turned into a card with a cute…

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Skull and Crossbones Quilling

Sometimes it’s a good idea to get out of your comfort zone and just say yes. I was recently contacted by a friend who asked me if I would be able to create a custom skull and crossbones quilling paper piece. Yikes! Anyone who knows my work, knows me for quilled cupcakes and puppies. Quilling a Jolly Roger was totally foreign to me! Honestly, my first thoughts went to a negative place. All I could think was “no, I’ve never…

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Fourth of July Fireworks Painting

My Moose has just started to get into painting (Hooray says his artist mommy!).  Some days I think he loves the process of making a mess more than anything, so I knew he would enjoy a new technique that could easily get out of control. I learned the process of using a straw to create blown paintings when I was working at our local children’s museum and the kiddos just loved it. The idea is that you blow through a…

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10 Fun Paper Crafts for Kids to Celebrate Summer

The days are getting warmer and school is ending soon.  That can only mean one thing…summer is coming!  I’ve gathered up 10 fun paper crafts for kids to celebrate the season (and maybe help Mom keep a little sanity when the kiddos get bored 2 days into summer break!) Have an indoor campout with this mini campfire from Home Sweet Homebodies. These sweet snails from Learning Ideas Grade K-8 are made from rolled paper.  Hmmmm, that gives me a great…

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To Do List for the Creative shop

Crafty To-do list

I can’t remember a darn thing these days. My brain tends to be a colander with big holes in it so all my brilliant ideas can run right through. Maybe its the stress of trying to run my own business, or keeping up on household chores.  Maybe it’s exhaustion from chasing after Moose and the Bean all day.  Thinking about any one of these just makes me want to curl up in bed and take a nap, but …I’ve got…

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9 Things to Keep in Mind When Creating Custom Orders

Custom order season is upon us.  Weddings, graduations, Mother’s and Father’s Day. Customers love customization and being able to ask for truly unique items. But it can be pretty scary taking this leap when you’re used to making your own choices when it comes to your creations.  Here’s a list of 9 things to keep in mind when creating custom orders. 1. The true custom order versus a variation. Is this new item a version of something you’ve already made…

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4 Fun Mother’s Day Paper Crafts

Mother’s Day is sneaking up on me quickly this year. To get a little inspiration for the 3 moms in my life, I pulled together a smattering of sweet, handmade paper crafts that any mama would swoon over. This woven heart card is pretty special, but it could easily be modified for your mom.  Maybe a flower shape or a custom monogram would be more her style? And I’m jazzed over the idea of snipping the extra paper to use…

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