April 27, 2015

The Vintage Market

This Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2, Lisa and I will have a Strong Arts & Crafts booth at The Vintage Market in Coon Valley, Wisconsin. We'll be selling quality upcycled, repurposed, and handmade items. Here is just a sampling of what I will have available:

Fabric Buntings
Strong Arts & Crafts shabby chic style fabric bunting

Hand embroidered dish towels
SA&C hand embroidered Urban Garden dish towels

decoupage journals
Strong Arts and Crafts

Felt crafts

Hand embroidered hoop art

If you're a Wisconsin local, make the drive to Coon Valley for this beautiful event.

April 26, 2015

April 24, 2015

Spring is in the air

Spring is in the air, well, almost. We've had some below average temperatures this past week which even included some snowflakes. I'm choosing to ignore that. The leaves are out on my trees, the grass is green, and the catkins on the Birch are long. Before you know it, I'll have apple blossoms on the tree. Spring is coming even if it is slow to arrive.

I had very little time to craft while I was working on the play for the past month. Then my sweet littlest had a virus that had her dehydrated and in the emergency room. I am delighted to say that she is back to her healthy, happy self and expecting me at school to volunteer in her classroom later this morning.

I now have some time to get crafty. It's a good thing too. In just over a week, Lisa and I will be selling our treasures as Strong Arts & Crafts at The Vintage Market in Coon Valley, Wisconsin. I'm looking forward to it. It's a two-day event with over 20 venders all selling vintage, antique, upcycled, repurposed, and handmade items. I've been working on some felt flowers and they are turning out beautifully. Here's a peek at what you'll find at The Vintage Market.




Join us May 1 and 2!
the vintage market

April 5, 2015

Sunday Funnies

Looking for costumes in Mom and Dad's basement. 

March 29, 2015

Sunday Funnies

My littlest loves to do Silly Selfies. 

March 25, 2015

Rainbow Shamrock

I finished up the Mendhika Shamrock design from Urban Threads a little late for St. Patrick's Day. At least it's still March. My husband's family is half Irish and we had shamrocks at our wedding so I hold them dear all year long. You can find this and other hand embroidered dish towels in my Etsy shop, Strong Arts & Crafts.

Rainbow Mendhika Shamrock Hand Embroidered Dish Towel

This is the same design I stitched as a donation to The Chad Corcoran Memorial Irish Fest.
Strong Arts and Crafts hand embroidered shamrock

Yep, that's me the years ago. Can you spy the shamrocks in the background?
Bride with flowers

Happy Stitching.


March 23, 2015

Coin toss - Spring or Winter

Spring Girl Hand Embroidered 8 inch Hoop Art


Winter Girl Hand-embroidered Cotton Dish Towel
SA&C Winter Girl hand embroidered dish towel

It's Wisconsin and there is always a late snow. In fact one year our late snow was in April. The girls and I call this a Sugar Snow like in Little House in the Big Woods. Snow this time of year makes the sap run in the trees. That's good for those of us who love maple syrup. I'd like to make up a batch of my Maple Pecan Shortbread Recipe today for a little treat.

I kind of enjoy a snow this time of year. One last little good-bye to winter. It's so beautiful and still out today. I can say I like the snow this time of year because I'm sure it won't last long. The robins are here and my crocus are poking through the earth and I know the Spring will come. The girls will enjoy playing hard in the snow and they will love coming in for some warm cookies.

I hope you can find some joy in the unexpected today.



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