Category Archives: CRAFT!

Christmas Craft Show-Off

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This is the week when everyone can finally reveal what crafty things they’ve been making for Christmas gifts, right?

I only have one small handcrafted Christmas gift to show, but I was really pleased with the way it came out. I made my parents a set of coffee mugs emblazoned with their Sandybrook Ranch cattle brand. I created the brand in Illustrator and then printed it out and traced it onto the mugs using graphite paper and then filled in the design with black porcelain pen. I baked them in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes to set the ink and that was it!

My parents really liked the gift and I’m sure next time we go to visit they’ll be sipping their morning coffee out of their new Sandybrook Ranch mugs.

 

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A Crafty Saturday

The Autumnal Equinox arrived this weekend, and here in Texas we finally felt the first break from our 90+ degree heat. Saturday was such a lovely day with temps in the 60s in the morning and peaking in the mid 80s in the afternoon. I met up with some lady friends for a nice brunch and all around crafty day.

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We stopped by The DIME Store, a brick and mortar store born out of the Etsy Denton collective. DIME (Denton Independent Maker Exchange) opened up shop this spring and I have been really wanting to visit and take a peek at their handmade wares.

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These burlap pillows by Home Again were really cute, and even though the “I heart US” is surely referring to the United States, I really loved the idea of a pillow that says “I love Us” referring to the identity of a couple.

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There were some really adorable bags and clutches made by Rachel Elise that I was too busy drooling over to get a picture of and these cute little knitted baby hats by Cassie Arnold Art.

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Afterwards, we went back to my friend Felicia’s house for a little bit of knitting ourselves. Felicia cast on for a Hill Country Hat, and Bri started up a slightly modded version of my Infinity Cowl pattern, having given the one she previously knit away to a good friend.

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We had such a good time talking knitting all day and I look forward to seeing their finished knits.

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Ladies’ Domestic Arts Society: DIY Porcelain Mugs

I have quite a few crafty lady-friends and we’ve always talked about getting together and just making stuff- one of us would show the others how to make jewelry, another would teach us all how to sew, another would show us how to bake awesome deserts, and so on and so on.  And so we formed the Ladies’ Domestic Arts Society, a monthly meetup with the sole purpose of making crafty things together. Recently, we gathered at my home and decorated coffee mugs with porcelain pens while catching up on each others’ lives and sipping mimosas. It was a really fabulous time and I’m already looking forward to our next meetup.

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