Category Archives: etsy

New Adventures in Etsy-land!

So if your on my Facebook page, you will know that I’ve started another Etsy shop.  We have decided to call this one Great Lakes Craft.  We also have a Facebook page to follow along too!  This one my husband helps with.  He bought a machine for his business and I was like, I know I can use this and I know that we can make good money with what I want to make, so we tried it, and so far after just a few weeks, sales have been constantly coming in!

11717389_1552930794927726_3102322577126741279_oI know can offer wood monograms and engraved cutting boards(will be adding in the next day or so) in my shop!  I’ll be making more custom items later once I learn the software to design more, but these are turning out so cute and beginning to be a BIG seller for us!  I can’t wait to see what the holiday season brings for us!

11701088_1553559734864832_4277372170599294786_nWe are already super busy with kids sports (hockey, soccer, baseball, basketball) so adding in this and a full time job, CRAZY!!!  But being able to be an entrepreneur and do something at home is amazing!  I love having that creative outlet to make things and also the extra money we get while doing it!

If your interested in purchasing a wood monogram, I can do other fonts too! Just message me and ask!  Go ahead and check out my pages for more information!

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30 Spring Craft Ideas

Spring officially sprung back in March.  But with super cold temperatures, it was hard to really welcome spring in at the time.  Mother nature is funny that way I guess.  Of course, that didn’t keep from cruising Pinterest and day dreaming about warmer temperatures and bright spring colors.  I found so many great ideas that I decided to make a collection of 30 spring craft ideas so that you can be inspired too.

30 Spring Craft Ideas #crafts #roundups #spring

Now some of these will make great 30 minutes crafts or things while a few will take a little longer.  No worries though because the weather is finally warm enough that you actually might want to be outside doing crafts…or anything really!

If you make any of these {or any Spring crafts really}, be sure to come back and share them with at the Pinworthy Projects Party that happens here each and every Friday.

Get inspired for Spring with these amazing craft projects.

 Paper Flower Tutorial

 Easy Decorating – Split Pea Spring Decor

 Easy Doily Garland

 Upcycled Plastic Container and Duct Tape Vase

 Burlap Wrapped Vases with Pom Pom Flowers

 Spring Moss Wreath with Butterflies

 Spring Flower Vase

 Spring Printable

 You are My Sunshine

 Spring Decor: Stamped Mini Pots

 Homemade Lemonade Gift Kit and Printables

 Cupcake Liner Spring Decor

 DIY Burlap Spring Banner

 Glitter Terra Cotta Pots

 Washi Tape Topiary Centerpiece

 Make a Pretty Layered Paper Spring Banner!

 Paper Mache Confetti Bowl

 “hello” spring wreath

 DIY Spring Burlap Wreath

 Free Spring Printables

 CraftyBridge: Spring Wreath

 Easy Embroidered Felt Birds Pillow

 New Photos of My Satin Flowers Spring Wreath |

 Easy Silk Flower Magnets

 Fabric Ball Spring Wreath

 Garden Boot Planter

 DIY Wooden Succulent Planter

 DIY Spring Wreath

 Spring Burlap Wreath

 Gumball Corsage

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Been working on all sorts of fun stuff!

I haven’t gotten around to posting too often lately because between work, orders and kids’ sports, I haven’t had time!! But I have been making some super cute items for lots of people lately!!

I finally made my nephew a pillow for his birthday with his name. Since he just moved to his new room and loves anything with trains on it, I thought this was the perfect combination for him!  And he knew that it spelt his name too 🙂

 

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Then a friend at work’s sister is getting married, and she saw a shirt similar to this online somewhere and asked if I could reproduce something simliar.  I think they turned out amazing!! It was a lot of work, because each color has to be done seperately, but in the end, it was worth it!  I can’t wait to see the whole group in their matching shirts! I even added the bride and groom’s name on the back and their wedding date for the bride to wear!  That way the rest of the pary can still wear this shirt any other time, and it won’t have personal information on it. 

 

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Wedding Season is also here!! I had an order for a group of glasses for a wedding party for their shower.  The girls are going to LOVE these cups.  I even minicked the colors of the wedding to make it all match!  I also put their names on the back of the cups, so they wouldn’t have any mixups!

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I’ve also had a lot of other projects going on, and also, enjoying summer!! It was a LONG, HARD winter for us here in Michigan and so there will be no complaining about the heat/humidity/sunburns this year from us!!  Take it all in because we only get 3-4 good months of warm weather, the rest is colder.   We have a few camping trips scheduled this summer, also going to the lake house, and baseball games!!! What are your summer plans?? I’d love to hear them!!

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You’re NEVER gonna get it all DONE!

Sometimes social media distracts you from what you are trying to accomplish.  And sometimes life gets in the way, here is a great article from Handmadeology about how to better use your time and manager it better to get projects done throughout the day! http://www.handmadeology.com/four-tips-on-managing-your-creative-time/

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I know that as I also work full time and do my business full time that there doesn’t always leave a lot of free time, but if you want to be successful, you have to be busy and get your product out there!  But you have to set time away, say this is the time of night where it’s Etsy time, this is the time of night I check Facebook.   Facebook sucks you in and you lose an hour of productivity and then your behind on your things.  Using time management is key!

But also don’t ignore your social media! Use it to your advantage, as that’s where a majority of your customers are looking for information!

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Where It All Started- Silhouette Cameo Project

I was asked to make a unique wedding shower gift and once I looked online for some inspiration I came up with this fabulous pillow!! I just LOVE how it turned out!DSC_0198-1I used my Silhouette Cameo just like I use with a lot of my other projects.  This was a project made with freezer paper, paint and fabric.

I bought some fabric from JoAnn Fabrics in a tan color, almost like a Muslin.  Then I had the regular paint at home, which I just added fabric medium to it.  I use a flat headed sponge brush to paint it and freezer paper stencil cut out from my Silhouette.     photo 1 (10)You cut the negative image out on freezer paper, and you mirror the image.  You then iron the freezer paper onto the fabric, with shiny side down, and it temporarily sticks to the fabric your ironing it onto.  This creates a stencil and you can paint it how you wish! I’ve did this quite a few times with the other pillows I have in my Etsy Shop too.   photo 2 (10)Just brush the paint on, and make sure the whole area is covered.  Don’t put too much on or it will take forever to try and it might seep through the edges of the paper and your project won’t turn out right. photo 3 (4)Tada!  After the paint dries, you peel off the paper and you have your project!!  I thought a little red in the heart would be perfect for this pillow.  The pillow is meant to represent where the couple met each other.  I know they will love it! I can’t wait to get it listed on my Etsy Shop! DSC_0200-1

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Baby Shower Gifts

With a few new babies coming from friends and family, it’s the perfect opportunity for me to use my new multi-needle embroidery machine and make those cute gifts I’d been dying to make for awhile.  With my single needle, it’s not as easy to make these so I had shyed away from making bigger named projects just because it’s so complex.  But no longer will I do that!! I LOVE my new Brother Entrepreneur PE-650e!

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I made this matching set for my old co-worker/friend who is due with a little girl around Thanksgiving.  We are throwing her a little shower today with some co-workers and it will be fun to see all my old friends!DSC_0217-1

The gown was ordered and I appliqued her name onto it.  I found this fabulous fabric at Hobby Lobby, so bright and cheerful!!  I made her a matching bib with the pattern that my aunt mailed me when I was pregnant with my son 9 years ago!  It’s a great pattern and perfect size for babies!!  And homemade is WAY better then store bought!  I also purchased the little knit hat and put her name on it too!  Perfect for hospital pictures!DSC_0221-1

Making this tag blanket was super easy.  Just use a 12″ x 12″ piece of fabric and minky backing, along with various ribbons and stitch it together.  Babies love these things!DSC_0222-1 DSC_0224-1

made her this beautiful gown out of a onsie and fabric.  I saw a few patterns on Pinterest and kinda made up my own.  I didn’t take pictures, but maybe next time.  It has elastic on the bottom just like the regular gowns.  Matching bib with minky on the back and a personalize burp cloth for Miss Sophia!DSC_0226-1 I can’t wait to see her open it today, which is why I set the blog to publish later on so she won’t see it til she opens it at the shower!!!  Congrats Matt & Amanda!

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My new embroidery machine- Brother 650E

1185765_10151867437003343_890431119_nI did it! I made a large purchase for my small business in my home.  This is a Brother 650E Entrepreneur Embroidery Machine.  It’s a big bad beast with 6 needles so I can get things stitched out easier and faster.  I can’t wait to see all the amazing things I get to make with it!  It’s also quite intimidating but I’m still thrilled about it!

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Thank you!

So I was just eating my lunch, look at when I had hit 600 Sales on Etsy and that was July 31st. So that means I’ve had 95 sales in 15 days! WOW! No wonder I’m busy all the time! And the addition of this new machine will make it even more! THANK YOU CUSTOMERS!!!

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I am also adding a new machine to my business next week.  I purchased a Brother 650e 6-Needle Embroidery Machine.  I’ve wanted this machine for about 5 years, but since I couldn’t afford it, I had a smaller embroidery machine.  Well to stay at home and be successful full time, this was the next step to add to my business.  I’m hoping that with this new machine, I can stay at home for awhile and be a full blown embroidery business.  I’m so excited about this opportunity and I feel like it was a great purchase!  pr650e__27887.1369928909.1280.1280

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Enter to Win a Personalized Melamine Platter

To thank all my wonderful customers for all their purchases, I am doing another giveaway!!!il_570xN.390370452_2qah

Enter below to win a Personalized Melamine Platter!  Winner to be announced Friday, August 16th at 7pm!!  Spread the word and tell your friends!  Enter now!!  (You get to customize the platter yourself.  Pick the background patter, colors, names and everything!)

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