June 2, 2015

2 and a half days until Summer


Are you ready for Summer yet? We are counting down the days.

We're counting down to Root Beer Float Day, playing at the pool, Summer camp, and our family vacation to Hayward. We're counting down to not having to rush out the door in the morning, spending all day outside, picnics at the Farmers' Market, and spontaneous trips to the splash pad.

Transitions are tricky and we'll have some choppy waters before we're sailing through Summer, but I'm ready. I'm ready with a good mix of scheduled activities and plenty of free time. My eldest daughter will be going to her first theater camp this summer. Welcome to the "family business," Dear. My youngest will be experiencing a lot of firsts this summer. She's got two wiggly teeth, she's SO close to riding a two-wheeler on her own, and she gets to join her sister at Camp Shriver this year. That is a really big deal for her.

Just two and a half days and counting.

May 28, 2015

Confessions of a theater junkie


So I said I wouldn't but I did. I got involved in another play. I'll be assistant directing and stage managing Damn Yankees at a local community theatre. Because it's a summer show, I'll get to hang out with my girls all day and then head out to rehearsals. That's so much better that the mad rush after school to get them outside to play, fed, cleaned up, and spend quality time with them before rehearsals. We'll have all day for quality time.

I'm sure I'll squeak in some craftiness to share along the way. Be sure to check out Strong Arts & Crafts on Etsy and you can follow me on Instagram where I post more often. I hope you enjoy your Summer!

I took this to heart today. #goplayoutside by @katieisadaisy I finally got my #garden planted.

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May 4, 2015

Vintage Market Recap







Lisa and I had a beautiful weekend at The Vintage Market in Coon Valley, Wisconsin. Friday was a little slow because it was a chilly and rainy day but Saturday we had a lot of traffic in our booth. I'll be adding a few more things, like some felt roses, to our Etsy shop this week so be sure to check back with me.

I love crafting with my sister. She's so talented and we always laugh when we are together. That really is the best part of this little job.

I hope you have a beautiful week and again, thank you to all who supported us at the market this weekend.


May 2, 2015

a quick Thank You

Strong Arts & Crafts at The Vintage Market
Thank you to all who supported Strong Arts & Crafts at The Vintage Market this weekend. I'll post some special pictures on Monday for you. For now, I'm heading off to get some much needed sleep.


April 30, 2015

Last minute craftiness

The Vintage Market is Friday and Saturday. I've been spending the morning updating my Strong Arts & Crafts inventory while enjoying my Bewley's Irish Breakfast tea. Now comes the mad rush to finish as ALL THE CRAFTS! Well, maybe not all, but I am going to churn out a few more hoops today and finish up some picture frames I started.




Have a crafty day! Hope to see you at The Vintage Market this weekend.

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.


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