Crafty Chica New products bundle

 

GIVEAWAY: Crafty Chica New products bundle

GIVEAWAY: Crafty Chica New products bundle! This season has been bursting new items designed – from paper crafting to Crafty Chica fabric items, stationery and I thought it would be a good time to show appreciation to all of YOU!

GIVEAWAY: Crafty Chica New products bundle

I’m doing a giveaway!

There are three prizes!

Crafty Chica desk planner for Barnes and Noble
Crafty Chica desk planner for Barnes and Noble

1st prize: A FREE spot to your choice of an upcoming Crafty Chica Virtual Art Retreat ($200 value). There will be a Dia de Los Muertos one I’m announcing next week, and then Crafty Navidad in December. And a gift bag of new goodies from my various product lines.

2nd prize: Items from my new and exclusive Barnes & Noble collections: A desk planner, and two notebooks. Plus a felt panel kit, embroidery floss, and two sugar skull charms.

3rd prize: Desk planner, felt panel, floss, and two enamel sugar skull charms!

How to enter the giveaway:

GIVEAWAY: Crafty Chica New products bundle

 

Leave a comment below sharing how, why, and when you started crafting.

I would love to read your stories! Extra points if you answer these:

Do you remember the first project you ever made?

How about the first project you were SUPER proud of?

Your favorite personal craftastrophe – we all have them!

Best craft tool you will use until the end of time

 

I’ll go first!

Do you remember the first project you ever made?

Crafty Chica's first sewing project
My first complete, legit project – I made this skirt in HomeEc class! I only wore it once, for my grade! We had to model our clothes in front of the our parents!

How about the first project you were SUPER proud of?

A latch hook rug of the Heart (band) logo from Dreamboat Annie. It took me forever and my crafts teacher took off points because I didn’t use one of the templates he gave us. I didn’t care, I wanted the rug the way I wanted it! No picture, I wish I had one. I have no idea what happened to the rug. I think I tossed it out once I switched to my British New Wave era…lol!

Your favorite personal craftastrophe – we all have them!

There are plenty, I even have a craftastrophe category list!

Best craft tool you will use until the end of time:

Heavy paper and juicy markers!

Alright, your turn! Entries will be accepted until August 31st, 11:59 pm PT. 18 years and older, USA residents only, please.

Good luck!

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54 thoughts on “Crafty Chica New products bundle”

  1. I’m a bilingual teacher to little minions so I’m always crafting. I craft to make things fun for my students . Visual learners and tactile learners need the methods to understanding deeper and challenging concepts . I started 7 years ago and now my mom and I craft together!! She’s a toddler teacher. It’s become our way of spending time with each other and connecting .

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  2. I’ve been crafting since I was a little girl. I had fun decorating my room with “floating hearts” made of cray paper and I taped some thread to the paper and then taped the ends of the thread to my ceiling. When I turned on the ceiling fan the hearts would move. They looked like floating hearts dancing in midair.

    I created all my centerpieces for my wedding as well as my throw away bouquet.

    I’ve always enjoyed decorating my home and up cycling and turning items into a shabby chic.

    Fast forward to now, creating mosaic jewelry. Best part…customers buying and enjoying their own little works of art.

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  3. Love seeing your amazing inspiring creations! I remember the first crafty project I did was for my daughter’s baptism; some very special bookmarks with a photo of her and a special bible verse. Then I took it to get it laminated which was pricy back then and made hole punches at the corner which I was able to add a lovely ribbon. One of my most special crafting projects close to my heart. The love for your child will inspire to bring out your creative talents you didn’t know was in you. Keep sharing your amazing creative talent with all of us!

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  4. You pick such good fun crafty items and I love watching your craft videos. Very inspirational.

    One of my first memorable craft projects, was making a father’s day card out of construction paper as a kid in class. We put ties on the card but I ended up putting a head, arms and legs on the card as well and then I drew a picture of our home on the inside. Had a lot of fun making it and was really proud of it. I still make my own cards.

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  5. My first project was a gym bag in home economics class in Jr High
    Project I was proud of was my first quilow I made in a quilting class for a gift, as I’m not a good sewer.
    Best crafting tool is a good glue gun and acrylic paint.

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  6. My mom was a crafter, so I’ve been getting my hands covered in paint and glue since I was a wee kiddo! The first projects I remember were things we made for the holidays. We made chrismons out of styrofoam (decorated with lots of gold sequins and pins and rickrack) for our Christmas tree, and sugar eggs for Easter with tiny dioramas inside. First project I remember being very proud of was a cross stitched piece that my mom loved. She had it hanging in her house until she passed a few years ago. ❤️

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  7. Do you remember the first project you ever made? My first was a set of pillows i sewed by hand! they spelled out LOVE

    How about the first project you were SUPER proud of? A tote bag i made in high school.

    Your favorite personal craftastrophe: when i use modge podge and glitter goes everywhere!

    Best craft tool you will use until the end of time: GLUE GUN! it’s my all time go to tool

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  8. My first project was an apron. My nana made it with me I was six and had a plastic singer machine. I had a major tufting catastrophe and dang near lost a finger. My go to tool is absolutely my seam ripper!!!

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  9. my first project was a handbag. my sewing catastrophe I got a used serger it never worked right. my go to tool is hemostats

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  10. My first project is when my mother in law showed my to cross stitch on my first daughter’s bedding set. Still have to this day she’s 25. I have always loved to be creative though life makes it hard sometimes and dive in to my creative space. I do have a new grand baby on the way need to make him something g special with my two hands!! Love your creativity!!

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  11. I love that you’re doing this giveaway! I listened to your episode on Tamarindo podcast and then followed you on social media! ¡Son preciosas todas tus ideas! I started bullet journaling during the shutdown in 2020. I’m also a Spanish teacher who loves incorporating crafts into our curriculum!

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  12. +/My first project was a thread crochet rectangle with fine thin thread. I did complete it. What was my grandmother and mother thinking to use #10 crochet thread..I was six. I kept crocheting and continue to this day. found worsted yarn and thought I had died and gone to heaven. No more thread for me. I started sewing in junior high and still sew today. Well,, catastrophes galore with sewing , Nothing fit. Lol. With crocheting, I crochet a sweater that would fit two big elephants. I just kept crocheting and buying more yarn. No idea what gauge was. I just frogged it and made an afghan. My best project was a daisy blanket made on a circle loom. My best tool are my Tulip crochet hooks and my sewing machine. Hope you enjoy, Chicas..

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  13. Thank you Cathy for promoting the joys of creativity! I am always happy to see your art.
    I remember enjoying crafts from a young age, but not necessarily the first project. I remember using clay, paint, yarn, etc. As early 4 to make things for my dolls. My mom was very creative and artistic so she was my first artistic role model. She sewed, crocheted, painted, etc. My favorite was seeing her make our Halloween costume dreams a reality! This was before Pinterest and the internet. she passed away before I had children, but my daughter inherited her creativity! That’s a blessing!

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  14. Thanking about my first project and I must have been an elementary school child at the time. My mom was taught how to sew by her mom and grandmother so she taught me to sew and I made a bag. The first project I was super proud of… I’ll have to think about that because I’m always looking for perfection. What I was super proud of his probably little girl dresses that I made for my girls. Somewhere better than others but I also remember a very basic tank dress with jacket and I wore that thing forever and I still have it today. I think it’s about 20 years old. A catastrophe? Probably when I sewed a sleeve backwards and the jacket looked funny. The best craft tool in my opinion is an X-Acto knife! It cuts anything crafty… It will not cut flowers or wire but if you are doing paper or something like it cuts right through it.

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  15. I started my crafting journey like most people in elementary school. I wish I could remember all of those projects, but my first memory was the apron I made in 7th grade Home Ec. My grandmother loved it but laughed because she knew I would never use it! 😉 My fave crafts during that time were paint-by-numbers and latch hook rugs. Hearing all of the praise from family and friends made me want to continue crafting over the years.

    My fave project was the art journal I made during my trip to Tokyo. I loved it when people said they could feel how much I loved the city by reading my journal and how much they hoped to travel there someday.

    Now, my first art journal on the other hand was a bit of a catastrophe. So, big and bulky and all over the place, not sure what it was all about in the end. It was a mess, but I learned from it.

    My fave craft tool is my correction tape. I even carry one in my purse! I use it not only to make corrections, but in my art journals I use it while making what is called a masking technique on my book pages.

    Win or lose, I loved this trip down memory lane!

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  16. I remember crafting as a kid- we would find the supplies at rummage sales and I had such an array. Latch hook, canvas art with yarn, painting, making magnets…

    I don’t remember my first project… but I remember wanting to do a project from the highlights magazine… and we needed sponges and Brazilian nuts to make a mouse peeking out of cheese… it took a long time to find the nuts and they were expensive but my parents spent what they didn’t have for me… and my mom saved the final project for a LONGGG time… and yes, I was super proud of it…

    Favorite catastrophe? Hmmm, spilling beads all over the floor

    My go to tool is an xacto blade

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  17. I started really seriously crafting after I had a miscarriage and felt the urge to do something with my hands. I was very proud of learning to knit and made a Motherbear to donate to a child in Africa who was orphaned by AIDS.

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  18. One of the very first things I remember making, that I was so proud of, was a calendar for each month and I drew Snoopy on it with Charlie Brown. Each page was 20 x 30, used crayons & a 12” ruler, I must have been 9. I hung it on the wall in my bedroom. I put family birthdays & special events on each month. My mom said I was patient & precise.
    Then, at 10, I learned how to sew, marble bag, tote bag, shoe bag, then I made a quilt! Today, I’m 61 and am still quilting & sewing.

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  19. I inherited my love for textile crafts from my beloved mother, Margarita, and her sister, my Tía Manuela. My Tía had an old pedal Singer sewing machine, which I tried as a child (in Mexico) to master, but I could never get the pedal rhythm right. I took up sewing again in junior high school (in the USA now) and made clothes for myself and my three younger sisters. I even made my prom dress! and a wedding dress for a dear college roommate. Now I use my sewing machine for quilts, small projects, and junk journaling (aka, treasure books). My mom used to make those beautiful crochet “doilies” that are traditional in Mexico. I didn’t get to master that either, but have been able to get fairly good at crochet and some knitting, even a few crochet doilies & “granny square afghans.” I mostly LOVE embroidery and cross stitch these days. MY MOST FAVORITE craft tools will forever be —- needle and thread. Right now, I am hand quilting a quilt that I put together using Crafty Chica’s fabric line released last December. I can’t wait to finish it & will share pics when it’s done.

    Thank you, Kathy for all of your creations, your books & your inspiration!!

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  20. Hi Kathy,
    I started crafting at a young age. I would help my Mom make posters for our church bulletin boards. I then started making themed cover pages for my book reports. I’ve always love crafting and making gifts for friends and family, and using my creativity in my involvement in Boys Scouts, Girl Scouts, and sports groups with my kids, and now still creating projects now that I’m retired..
    My first craft project was sewing a Barbie dress on a tiny red sewing machine when I was 10. I continued making lots of Barbie clothes and loved it!
    I was super proud of a dinosaur costume I had made for my son when he was 4!!! It was super cute! He won a prize at school.
    My most memorable catastrophe was when I bought beautiful teacups for all the mothers in the family for Mothers Day. They were to be glued on sticks and then bird feed was placed in the cups so you could put them in the yard as bird feeders. I painted the sticks and finished 6 projects. The next day on Mothers Day the paint was peeling from the sticks. I had used bad paint or wrong paint! Never figured it out. I peeled the paint off and sprayed with shine! They came out nice and I made it in time to our Mothers Day brunch.
    The best craft tool I’ll use until the end of time is a glue gun!
    Thanks, Kathy!!

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  21. Best craft tool- my fingers!!! I love applying paint and gesso with them! I don’t remember my first project, but I remember the first time meeting you! I think it was Scrapfest. We made notebooks with your papers and added string and yarn on the edges!

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  22. I remember watching my Nana crochet at a very young age. I would sit and watch her knit for hours. One day she decided to teach me. She was a righty, but learned to crochet with her left hand as well just to be able to show me. It’s one of my fondest memories and what sparked my interest in crafting.

    My first project was helping her as she would make everyone in the family a blanket. ?

    Currently, I’m working on a fringe backdrop for my son’s 3rd birthday. It’s more difficult than anticipated but something I’m super proud of at the moment.

    I didn’t initially take measurements for the fringe backdrop like I should have, so I had to undo a large amount of the work and REDO it ??‍♀️

    Best craft tool? A Cricut counts, right? ?

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  23. I love art and have been a fan of yours for a while, lol. I love anytime I use glitter! The first thing I made that was the best I thi k was in ceram8cs class I made a jar that was the shape of a boom box and the lid was the handle came off but I used this to store my tapes back then 🙂

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  24. My first craft I remember is angels made of beads for the Christmas tree. My mom always had crafts for us to do. The project I am most proud of is the scrapbook I made for my daughter for her sixth birthday. She did so much that year and it was fun to put in all in one place!! That being said, her Quince book is still in parts waiting to be finished…she turns 24 this year…
    As for my gavorite craft tool, a good pair of scissors and a great adhesive!!

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  25. When I was in elementary school, I made bookmarks out of scrap paper and crayons when we were staying with my grandma. She let me walk around the neighborhood to sell them to her church lady friends for 25 cents a piece. I don’t know how, but I sold most of them! Haha

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  26. My first craft was making little sea creatures made from seaweed on little pieces of drift wood. The one craft I was super proud of was a cake I made from my granddaughter. It was a Barbie doll cake. Turned out really cute and she loved it. My worst disaster was the skirt in home economics. I had to seam ripper out the zipper atleast 4 times. I finished it, but had to wear the blouse untucked so you wouldn’t see the holes in the fabric. OMG the best crafting tools is my Misti stamping platform. Being able to re-stamp has been a frustration buster. Also have to throw in a second favorite and that is the bone folder.

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  27. Hi Kathy! My first and favorite craft is sewing, but I love all crafting! When I was 10, I learned to sew from my grandmother on her Singer Featherweight 221 sewing machine, which I inherited much later in life. My first sewing project was making a pink gingham apron (easy to sew straight lines) and hemming a red dish towel (because they had no pink dish towel fabric) to go with it. It was a 4-H project in 1966!
    I don’t remember the first project I was super proud of. I made all my own clothes in HS, which I was proud of, but I remember one dress in particular…it was an awesome maxi dress for a dance that I loved! It had tons of buttons all down the front, and a flounce at the hem. It was off-white with brown top-stitching. I loved that dress and so proud of how complicated it was and how great it looked!
    How can any catastrophe be a favorite, and I don’t remember a specific one…I guess any project I spent money on and never completed…and there are many!
    My favorite craft tool is my grandmother’s Singer Featherweight. Sews like a charm!
    I first discovered you, Kathy, when I was visiting SMA, Guanajuato, MX. I purchased one of your craft books in a bookstore there, 17 years ago! I also brought home a ton of oil cloth from that trip! I love everything about Mexican culture. No connection to it other than visiting family ex-pats living there and traveling around. One of my favorite places in the world!

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  28. Have tons of beautiful doilies crocheted by my grandmother in that very fine thread! I could never understand how she worked with it.

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  29. Ever since I was little I’ve had a passion for art. My mother was a crafter and taught me how to use arts and crafts as a way to express my always curious mind. I remember always cutting out pictures from magazines and creating collages to hang on my walls.
    My favorite crafts project was using construction paper and cutting them into small pieces. Then I would glue them to glass bottles or shoe boxes then put glue on top to make it shiny.
    I would always end up with dried glue on my clothes, hair, and fingers.
    My favorite go to tool to have is a glue gun and mod podge.
    I enjoy how encouraging you are and how you share your experiences with people. Your work is very inspiring and fun.

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  30. I’ve loved creating things since I was a kid. I did some sewing with my mom, cross stitch, bracelet making, etc. When I was in high school in the late 1990s I would cut out magazine illustrations, pictures of people, words etc and craft with them. I mod-podged my dresser with tons of cut out words, I laminated some images and made magnets, I got into collages which covered my wall. I still love paper crafting and have never met a garland I didn’t love ?
    Catastrophes?? Tons! Haha. But mostly unfinished things nowadays.
    Most favorite tool: exacto knife and/or a good, sharp pair of scissors.
    Love what you’re doing Kathy, you inspire me.

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  31. Do you remember the first project you ever made? A latch hook pillow I made with my Grandma when I was little.

    How about the first project you were SUPER proud of? Custom gifts for my friends and family always are my favorites. Of course I still like making things with my name on it, I am making up for never finding license plate key chains (or anything pre-printed) with MY name as kid ha ha ha

    Your favorite personal craftastrophe – we all have them! Just this week, I melted vinyl onto a shirt I was making for my running team….no heat pressing after 11pm should be a rule!

    Best craft tool you will use until the end of time – Too hard to choose 🙂

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  32. I have always loved being creative. As a kid, was bullied for being one of the few brown kids in a white school so doing art & reading were my distraction. As I got older, my favorite was scrapbooking. I love finding creative ways to display photographs. Until now, my favorite tools are colored cardstock, scissors and a good set of markers.
    As craftastrophies go, sewing has been a challenge… but one day I will make something I can actually wear outside my house.
    Thank you for finding such fun, creative ways to celebrate our Mexican culture.

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  33. Hi Kathy! The first craft I remember was a dog made out of an empty bleach bottle inspired by a segment on Captain Kangaroo, lol. My favorite craft was made a few years later when I received several beaded fruit kits for Christmas and I finished them all. They were so cool! I also remember watching Carol Duvall on our local tv station and my mom got her craft newsletter. So much fun! Thank you for the question, it brought back so many happy memories. <3

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  34. My first project was a paper envelope and thank you cards.i started crafting during COVID lockdown and was a a way for me to escape. I love how this new love for creativity and expression has brought new found friends. When happymail arrived crushed from plst office was a big catrospbere, but i glued it all back up. My favorite craft tool is my glue gun!

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  35. When I was a little girl I made a bear out of felt and stuffed it with fuller. The stitches were “wonky” but I was so proud of myself. ?

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  36. Hello! My mother would sit my sister and I and have us practice our crocheting and do punto de cruz. I didn’t go far with the crocheting nor punto de cruz. However, I do remember creating a small pillow that I enjoyed making in summer school (3rd grade). I enjoy acrylic painting, sewing my daughter’s Halloween costumes, and making piñatas. The beauty of errors with art/crafts is that you can almost always paint over it/correct it.

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  37. I started crafting as a little girl of 5 years old, when my family moved to Texas from Mexico City. When I was crafting, I was in my happy place. My mom and I would go to craft classes at Michaels, which are some of the best memories I have as a child. We did not know any English when we first moved here, so during craft class we would follow the steps and communicate with our creativity.

    Still today I do a lot of crafts and I always try to find a way to make everything a little more unique.

    Thank you for being an inspiration!!

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  38. My first ever project was making Christmas ornaments with my Momo (grandma) out of felt and sewing on sequins, canutillo, and shiny satin ribbon. I can remember how patient she was and how she led me through the process of making my green felt bell look beautiful! Years later as she was in the hospital a month before she passed in 1999, we made stuffed Christmas ornaments from an apron she used to wear and embellished them with some of her costume jewelry pieces, broaches and earrings. To this day, both hang on my tree and make their way to my dia de los muertos altar!

    Since then I’ve ventured into painting, stained glass, jewelry making, sculpting, and crafting of all kinds. Cathy, thank you for all you do to inspire me and others to live a life of art and beauty!

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  39. I have been crafting since I was a kid. My first memorable project was a big felt Santa face kit I completed as a young teenager. I can still remember how proud and happy it made my mom. After 40 years, it still looks great and is displayed every Christmas.

    I’ve created pieces for a cousin’s wedding, baby showers, scrapbooks and more. For a time I made shirts with Mexican sayings and graphics in the early 90’s in Michigan. LOL. I laugh because I had never seen such a thing for sale. But I loved making them and would lose myself for hours creating each one and sell them at craft fairs. I was so happy with every sale!! These were what I was most proud of creating – something that reflected a little bit of me and my culture for others to enjoy at a time when those things weren’t common.

    I was tickled when I found you on Facebook a few years ago and have followed you ever since. Love what you do!! Thank you for sharing your gifts with the world!

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  40. My first ever projects were with resin and I started making bottle cap earrings featuring frankenstein and his bride

    My first project I was super proud of was when I used interface and D rings for the first time and made a beautiful doctor who bag with a box bottle and zipper!

    I was making pokemon curtains for my son’s room and I was so proud and when I hung them up, one curtain was a whole inch longer shorter… they are still up like that.

    My husband got a handmedown cardboard measurement grid for sewing. I still use it today!

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  41. I got into crafting when I was a little girl. I didn’t like playing with dolls but I liked making them clothes. So I learned to hand sew. When I got older, I created my own family and didn’t have a lot of money, so I’d make things I wanted or to make my kids clothes last longer I’d cut and sew their clothes. Because I didn’t have much money and holidays would come up I wanted to give people things that were special so I learned to do bead work, crochet, and knit so I could make scarves, hats, and jewelry for family.

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  42. (My posts aren’t popping out, So I am trying again signed in through my facebook)

    I started crafting when I was a little girl because, although I didn’t like to play with dolls, I enjoyed making them clothes. So I learned to hand sew. As I got older and had my own family, I was a stay at home mom, we didn’t have much money but when I’d want things, I would make them. To help my kids clothes last longer I’d cut and sew things to make shorts out of pants and we would make tie-dye shirts every summer. When holidays would come up I wanted to give people nice things so I learned to do bead work, knit, and crochet, so I could make them jewelry, hats, and scarves.

    My first ever projects as an adult were bottle cap earrings! I made a set featuring Frankenstein and his bride

    The first project I made that I was super proud of was when I used interface and D-rings for the first time and made a beautiful doctor who box bottle bag with a zipper!

    My Craftastrophe that I never forget was a set of curtains I was so proud to make for my son which were pokemon! everything was straight, beautifully done! When I hung them up, one was a whole inch shorter. They still hang up like that today!

    One tool I have and will always love! My husband received the opportunity for some hand me downs at work and found a cardboard fold out grid measurement for sewing. I still use it and love it so much

    Thank you Kathy for this wonderful giveaway!

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  43. Crafting is in my blood! I started crafting with my grandma ?? as far back as I can remember she was always creating and sewing. And I always wanted to help or make one too! She taught me how to sew and how to crochet and use the hot glue gun. We spent so many Saturdays going from craft/fabric shops together. And Now that she’s no longer with me and I have littles of my own. I continue to craft and sew because it reminds me of all our time together creating and even shopping for supplies. I plan to show my little ones all she showed me and more. their only 6 & 8 but already ask to help and want to paint and make things of their own. Hopefully they too will have a how when and why story.

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  44. I’ve only really been crafting since November 2020, when I started learning how to embroider and crochet. My first projects were small embroidered ornaments -land crochet beanies. Though I think I was most proud of an ear warmer headband I made that year for my sister. As for a craftastrophy?! I’ve been working, frogging, and reworking a amigurumi bay with size 7 extra fully yarn and it’s been insanely difficult for me to figure out (not helping that the yarn is black, haha). My favorite craft tool has to be my little crafting scissors that look like a guitar. They are so handy, I never want to go without them.

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  45. My gave me my love of crafting so there’s no saying how long I’ve been doing it. These last two years have been really productive and I’ve created so many things I’m not sure there’s just one I’m proud of.

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  46. I remember learning to stitch with yarn on burlap for an art class project in the the third grade. I loved it and my project was way too elaborate. I continued to make things for years, but my skills really took off my junior year in high school when I discovered an old stuffed animal sewing kit that my mom had bought, but she’d never made the animal. So I sewed it all by myself, carefully following instructions, and when I’d finished a cute mouse doll with a very cute outfit, I couldn’t believe I’d been able to do that on my own. And I started sewing furiously after that. I continue to make things but I find I’m too tired after working 40 hours a week. Craftastrophe- there have been a few! I had a really hard time with screen printing- that goo was very hard to affix to the screens, I wasn’t very successful in an 8-week class. I think I made one print successfully that whole time. Favorite craft tool- glue gun. It’s such a great shortcut, either in fiber art, paper art, putting things together, etc.

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  47. Hello Crafty Chica I just love your projects and watching your videos ♥️ A project I was so proud of was from the early 80s a hanging heart basket I hot glued dusty pink lace on the edges and some flowers inside. My mom hung it in her bathroom for years until she passed I loved that she loved it ?

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  48. I started crafting when I got two puppies named Max and Sabrina. So I started a scrapbook of their lives. This let to other crafts such as stamping, card making, painting and mixd media. I love it all!

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  49. I love to craft! My first craft was in grade school. I made a project for a science fair. I made an aquarium from a cardboard box and handmade everything in it. I got first place! In high school I made a shirt for my daddy. He loved it. I worst memory has to do with pies. I am the family baker. One instance, I dropped the pie I had just taken out of the oven. The second instance, I forgot to put sugar in one of the pies. No one ever let’s me forget that one. My crafts include crocheting, paper crafts, repurposing things, baking and sewing.

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  50. First project was recycled items from everyday to make items in my Barbie house. Examples a couch I sewed by hand, pill bottle lamps and tables I painted, tissue box furniture, etc. First project I was super proud of was a long dress made in Home Ec In middle school. I wore proudly in eighth grade! First craftastrophe was home made easter bunnies for my daughters. The seams were wonky, the eyes were not embroidered in the center and their nevks were to thin so the heads flopped over! But my girls loved them! My best craft tool is my second sewing machine I just inherited from my dad. It was my moms who has been gone 21 years this year. I feel like she’s with me when I make things for my grandchildren! Ironically I taught her how to use because her first was a really old singer table top version. I loved watching you on tv back when I was a young mom. You were always so bubbly and happy.

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  51. What wonderful products to get the creative juices flowing. For me, i remember doing an embroidery flower project in elementary school. I remember how happy I was to give it to my mother. A creation I was super proud of was an outfit i made from a pattern. It was a dress with pleats! An open crochet type fabric jacket that had the binding around the whole thing & a little beanie -ish type hat of the same fabric as the little tie front jacket! Oh but what a fail when I made “prayer bracelets” as part of the swag bags I gave out for an outting to see the movie “Eat, Pray, Love.” I’d get together my girlfriends to go watch a movie & would provide a swag bag that had items related to the movie. I’d made the prayer bracelets with just regular cording, NOT the stretchy kind! Beads rolled every where when they tried to put them on! Creating brings me joy, peace, purpose, laughter & challenges. I love to create for others & myself. It is definitely one of my happy places.

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  52. My dad was an artist/crafter and always used material he found in nature or around the house. He was the first recycler artist I knew. He helped me look at objects in New ways and see possibilities. We would pick up a piece of wire and shape it into an animal. He also used his imagination and made it a tired horse or old unicorn. Everything was not always perfect and pretty. I can’t remember my first project, but it probably was a painted piece of wood we found and created art. I try to channel my dad, he went blind and still tried to use his imagination and recycle items he found. I I treasure the pieces of card board he cut and shaped and miss him dearly. I will continue to create in his honor.♥️

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