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Custom Mary Poppins Bouquet

It is spring time in Massachusetts – not that the four Noreasters we’ve gotten this March really seem to care – but that means my daughter will be performing in her high school’s spring musical very soon. It is time then for a new custom bouquet to match the musical: Mary Poppins.

I started out with half an idea based on the popularity of the Comic Book Roses I made a few weeks ago. I found a “Little Golden Book” version of Mary Poppins and proceeded to cut out all of the pages to make flowers. I used a 3×3 square for these roses because it worked more naturally with the book page’s 6 inch width.

My husband got me all propped in bed with my foot elevated and all of my tools within easy reach and I assembled roses while we binge watched Altered Carbon on Netflix. Here is the book I began with and the finished bucket of roses waiting for the next steps:

Those next steps involved inordinate amounts of hot glue and modge podge. The cover of the book was cut into a tall rectangular handle for the bouquet. The roses were all attached to floral wire stems. Once everything was suitably dry and ready for assembly, I put floral foam into the book handle. I then poked all the flower stems into the foam. Lastly, I tied the Mary Poppins Funko Pop to the handle with ribbon and the bouquet is ready to present to my daughter this weekend!

Over the Rainbow

Belatedly, last Friday I realized we should probably have a sign for our table at our first craft fair.

I took pictures as I was working on this.  I loved this spaghetti of rainbow pieces.

And here they are turning into little fledgling rainbows.

Once I glued all the pieces together (was covered in glue!) I cut the rainbows out and put them through the laminator.

Then I cut out letters for our words and attached them to clouds.

And our finished product!  Everything is clipped on with clothespins, which ended up being a big pain, so before the next fair, I need to punch some holes and make it a little easier to set up.  But I was really happy with my last minute sign!

 

Crafting while Broken

It has been almost two weeks since I broke my foot. I will spare everyone the gory details and the pictures from the emergency room. You’re welcome! But a broken foot brings a lot of logistical problems into my extremely busy life. I cannot walk, nor drive, nor shower. Even the little things require big preparation and are far more complicated and exhausting than I ever imagined.

That said, I am nothing if not determined, so I’ve been working at keeping the crafting happening even with my limitations. Instead of working in my crafting area, we have compartmentalized the various steps in each project and brought just those supplies to me.

I’ve been working on balancing a small work surface on my lap. This has presented some challenges as my broken foot needs to be elevated pretty high. I use a silicone mat to keep things from sliding whenever possible. I also balance the tray with blankets to help level the surface. I’m currently writing this blog post from my laptop on said tray. The other day I was busy making flowers:

Elevated foot makes for an interesting balancing act.

We have a fair to prepare for and that won’t wait until after my foot has healed. I’m fortunate enough to have a knee scooter for around the house. I’ve been making liberal use of the basket on the front to carry supplies around:

 

Clothesline Project

We all wear many hats in our lives. I’m a crafter and co-founder of this “Crafty Coop” business. I am a wife, mother, volunteer, survivor.

I am also the Activities Coordinator for my friend Lisa’s Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial Chapter – 142 here in Haverhill. Last year we participated in Earth Day Cleanup, helped fund new equipment for the HHS girls swim and dive team, raised money for the Hillview Montessori School’s outdoor classroom, and we learned how college financial planning works. In partnership with our youth group we raised money for the local animal shelter.

This year our chapter is helping our local homeless shelter and our local YWCA. The YWCA is raising awareness for sexual assault through their hosting of the “Clothesline Project.” In this project survivors of sexual assault and abuse can make a Tshirt for display in various key points around the city. Our chapter is donating shirts and markers and helping with the making of shirts as well.

The Crafty Coop is donating custom thank you cards for the YWCA to use to thank those who have supported this project along the way. Here is the design we’ve made:

We made it!

We made it!  Our first fair is over and done with.  All in all, it was a good day.   Sadly, it was a bit of a slow fair, so we didn’t see nearly as many customers as we wanted, but we made some great contacts and met some great people.  We also got a good idea of how we want to set up for the fair and feedback about our items and prices.  Not every fair is about what you sell!

psst. Those wreaths are a new item that will be in our shop later this week!

I was so happy with our set up, we brought some items to add height to the table and keep things organized.  The only downside is I felt like I was inside a castle sitting behind them!

Another new item we bought for the table this time was a card rack!  Kathy filled it beforehand and we just repacked it into a box full, once we got to the fair, all we had to do was pull it out.  Great organization and time saver!

 

I tried to get some good shots of our table and items all set up.  A lot of fairs ask for pictures of your display with your application!

 

 

Speaking of fairs, we’ve added a page to our website where we will be listing all of our upcoming events.  You can check it here.  We’ll be adding events on an ongoing basis, so keep checking back!

 

 

 

 

 

The Fair is coming!

We’ve been so busy with life…..vacations and snow days and kids activities and broken feet, and all of a sudden fair season is upon us!

 

We’ve been working hard behind the scenes (and if you aren’t following our Instagram, you should!  We post in progress photos of things and tidbits about what is going on.) to get ready for our first fair this weekend.  We’ll be hanging out all day at the Spring Bash Vendor and Craft Fair at the Haverhill Amvets from 9 am to 2 pm.

We’ve got things from our shop, some new items and some of our custom order items to show off.

 

 

We hope to see you there!

 

 

 

Easter Favors for our Upcoming Craft Fair

Since Easter is coming – and so is our Spring Craft Fair at the Haverhill Amvets – we’ve been working on some fun holiday favors.

I had a pack of mini egg cartons left over from the previous Stampin’ Up! catalog so I made toppers from the Hey Chick! stamp set and the layering squares and circles. I really love the chicken with the crazy feathered “hair.” That chicken really embodies us as “Sacrificial Chickens.”

Inside is shredded paper “grass” and egg-shaped candy with some Hershey Kisses.

I also made some bunnies using the Stampin’ Up! Curvy Keepsake box thinlits and the inspiration from the picture linked at the bottom of this post from Bloglovin. I didn’t have instructions, just the photo, so I took some liberty in substitutions that fit with the tools and papers I had on hand.

 

Bunch of bunnies

  

We weren’t sure about adding these to our Etsy Shop because they seemed awkward to ship but upon further review, they will flatten out nicely to allow for straightforward mailing so they should be appearing there soon!

 

 

Kathy

Minion Mayhem

When my youngest son asked for a Minion birthday party, I knew we were going to need to come up with some fun things to make this a really fun party.  It all started with the invites.

Kathy and I spent an afternoon making these invitations and they were a huge hit with the kids.

Since we were holding the party at our house, I decided that the best way to maximize our space was to use centers.  The kids were in 1st grade this was also a concept they were familiar with.  So food in one room, activities spaced out and the kids kind of rotated through.

One center was a create your own minion, which we used toilet paper tubes for. 

Another was our Box of Shame and minion cut-out picture taking center.  The kids had a ball with that.

      

We set up a Pin-the-Eyeball-on-the-Minion game.

                                

And we had the big kids help out doing fake tattoos, taking pictures and generally helping out.

We also had a lot of fun coming up with food names for everything.

My hardest task was the cupcakes!  The cake part was fine, but the decorating was way harder than I had figured on and my frosting came out all weird.  Don’t look too close.  The kids thought they were awesome though!

We also put together a few favors to had out at the end.

The minion mix was especially fun, we included little candy eyeballs in the mix!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Very Pastafarian Holiday

In our home we have added some extra holidays to spend with our very best friends who are family. We’ve themed them after the Pastafarian holidays and celebrate with pirates and pasta. These special holidays are Friendsgiving, Friendsmas, and Feaster.

We’ve been building a small cache of Pirate decor that we use for all of our celebrations. We also have our skulls from Halloween play double duty as pirate skulls. We have some decorative netting that makes any box look sea worthy and our ring toss doubles as a pirate treasure map:

But for me the most fun is always in the food. I love to have fun things for people to eat:

I’d love to link to instructions but going back through Pinterest all I found were dead links.

The Oreos are sprayed with Wilton’s Silver Color Mist to resemble doubloons.

The strawberry crabs are sitting on a Nilla Wafer and some cream cheese frosting. Their antennae are red licorice whips and the eyes are from Wilton.

There are so many different inspirational posts for different ways to cut a watermelon that I cannot possibly list them all. Here we went for a rather simple ship held together with toothpicks and decorated with stickers.

Lastly, the chests are made from Hershey Nugget Candies and stuffed with Mini M&M Candies held together with Chocolate Melting Wafers.

Bon Voyage and Aaargh Matey!

Kathy

Recycled Comic Book Roses

Back in college, and for a while afterwards, my husband collected comic books. He would pick up new books each week to follow the story arcs he liked. At some point this stopped and the books ended up in a box that we moved twice. The books sat forgotten until our children found them. Nothing in the box was rare or expensive so we let the kids read them – repeatedly – until their favorites stopped resembling books and started to look more like an unkempt sheaf of colorful paper.

The books ended up back in the box a lot worse for wear. I couldn’t toss them into the recycle bin though. I felt they had something else yet to do. I didn’t know what until I found this tutorial on making paper roses out of old books.

It took me until after I had made all the roses to find my toothpicks so I used a wooden skewer instead to curl the petals. This didn’t seem to impact the overall result and I am very happy with the roses.

Including the cover, I made a total of 34 roses from one issue of Superman, The Man of Steel. I added some leaves and shiny leaf-like doilies to a dozen of the roses to put in a vase for display. The rest of the roses are waiting for a proper purpose. I’d like to get some pins and turn a few into boutonnieres. I think they would be a great accessory for a super hero themed wedding!