January 30, 2015

Buttons Galore

SA&C vintage buttons

This week I sorted through Mom's button stash picking out colors and shapes I liked. As I sorted I was thinking about Valentine's Day coming up so naturally some heart hoop art came out of it.

Blue Vintage Button Heart - Hoop Art Ornament
SA&C vintage button hoop art


Brown Vintage Button Heart - Hoop Art Ornament
SA&C vintage button hoop art

Both are listed on Strong Arts & Crafts.

What else would you like to see made with these vintage buttons?

-Sara


January 29, 2015

Valentine Sweets

I have a long-standing tradition (dating back to when I was a girl) of having heart-shaped chocolate chip cookies for Valentine's Day. My mother always made them for us so they were still warm when we came home from school. I've carried on the tradition with my girls using the Primal Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe from Elana's Pantry. They are delicious!

If you're looking for a token of love for your sweetheart, Lisa and I have some lovely gift ideas in our Strong Arts & Crafts Etsy shop: Burlap & Felt Heart Valentine's Ornaments, Valentine's Wire & Bead Heart Decoration,or
Love - Hand-Embroidered Hoop Art.
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I also started a vintage button hoop art project yesterday. I have plans for more like this. I used some of Mom's old button stash and she joked that one of Dad's shirt buttons was in there. Probably. That's part of the joy of vintage buttons. You not only get beauty but you get nostalgia too. I'm hoping to list this little gem tonight.
SA&C vintage button hoop art

I hope you find something you love.

-Sara

January 28, 2015

Bee Happy

This weekend I finished my Bee Happy custom embroidery project. It was stitched, pressed, and shipped. I can't wait to start my next one.

Bee Happy Hand-Embroidered Dish Towel
SA&C Bee Happy Hand-embroidered dish towel

Thanks for checking in.

-Sara

January 23, 2015

a little theater to go with my crafty

It's a theater weekend for me. Tonight is opening night of the First Annual Coulee Region Improv and Sketch Festival. My husband is instrumental in making this festival possible. I'm looking forward to seeing him perform this evening. As part of the festival, classes are being offered. I signed up for a comedic movement class and am really looking forward to it. It's been a long time since I've taken a theater class. I may be a crafty mom by day but I actually went to school for theater and it is a great love of mine.

This week in crafty - I got some really great feedback from a customer.
4 inch Burlap and Wool Felt Heart Hoop Ornament
SA&C burlap and wool felt heart
"I received the above order on Monday. Thank you so much. They are really cute and will make nice gifts for Valentine's Day, I know I will order more items from you in the future."
That kind of response sure feels great.

Have a beautiful and crafty weekend.

Sara

January 20, 2015

Valentine Craftiness

When I was a girl, my mother always had a little surprise for us on Valentine's Day. Now that I'm a mother I too try to have a little something for my girls on Valentines day. I've made felt hearts and hand embroidered handkerchiefs for them in the past. I'm still trying to decide on what to make them this year.

If you're not quite so crafty but would like to get a little something for your Valentine, we have a sweet sampling of Valentine Crafts already listed on Strong Arts & Crafts already.

LOVE Hand-Embroidered Hoop Art
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Burlap and Felt Heart Ornaments
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4 inch Burlap and Wool Felt Hoop Ornament
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I have a few more things I'm stitching up so be sure to check back.

Thank you for visiting ThisMomLoves...
Sara

January 19, 2015

ThisMomLoves :: A Strong Arts and Crafts Blog

So Strong Arts & Crafts is up and running!

My sister Lisa and I opened our Etsy shop before the end of the year and it's has been growing since. I have a selection of hand-embroidered hoops and dish towels and Lisa has added some burlap banners, Valentine crafts, and my favorite - a repurposed jack stand lamp.

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Lamp by Lisa!

I'm already thinking about Spring crafts. Look for those to pop up in our shop soon.

Thanks for visiting ThisMomLoves...
Sara

January 5, 2015

A Crafty Year in Review

January
I made this hand embroidered handkerchief for my littlest. "Let the Wild Rumpus Start."
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We painted pegdolls
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and folded window stars
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February
I stitched up this beauty for the first time. Hey Good Lookin'
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I blanket stitched wool felt hearts for Valentine's Day
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and made love bugs and gnomies galore
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March
I participated in a Craft Swap.
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Stitched this, my all time favorite Urban Threads design, for the first time.
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and made up a pattern for little felt bunnies
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April
Happy Easter
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I even made chocolate bunnies
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May
I managed to do a peg doll swap in May.
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but mostly I was busy backstage at La Crosse Community Theatre as Deck Chief for the Spring musical
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June
I did a lot of embroidery in June
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I hand embroidered a couple of body suits for my cousin's baby shower.
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I even attended a Paint and Pour event with my sister.
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July
Lisa and I did our first craft fair as Strong Arts & Crafts.
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I did a load of embroidery.
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August
Spoonflower had a 30 days of drawing challenge. I had a good time flexing that creative muscle.
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I embroidered this lovely girl on a t-shirt for a silent auction
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and finished this towel on the beach in Hayward, WI.
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September
We participated in a community event about local food.
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I spent most of September at the theater as travel operator for Mary Poppins. Photo courtesy of Erik Daily, La Crosse Tribune.
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October
I was well into Christmas Crafting.
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I made Poppy for my daughter's birthday.
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and stitched this design for my sister's housewarming event.
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November
I found myself again at the theater designing props for The 39 Steps. Everything was huge!
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I was a very busy Christmas crafter.
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and Strong Arts & Crafts made a good showing at another craft fair.
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Lisa and I opened up Strong Arts & Crafts on Etsy.
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December
I played around with felt flowers
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and burlap
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and did a little touch of graphic design for A Charlie Brown Christmas.
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Oh, and that was my first gig stage managing.
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Another year over, a new one just begun. What will this year bring?
-Sara

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