Monday, December 15, 2014

Shop Opening Countdown & Vintage Bed Sheet Bundle Real Deal!

A BEAUTIFUL BUNDLE OF SUNSHINE!

After my obsession with vintage books, would be my slight hoarding tendencies concerning vintage bed linens, or in everyday language . . . sheets!  I lve these beautiful swatches and bundles so very much.  Old, comfy, cared for and loved beyond any other fabric in the world.  To me.


I love to look at them, smile at them, hold them and even pet them.  I know, it sounds kinda creepy, huh?  But if you even have a smidgeon of the fascination I have with these retro pieces of sunshiny goodness, well, you know exactly what I'm talking about!

I've been collecting them for years and it's now time in our love affair, for us to part and for me to share with you. Hoarding is not cool.  It's like being all clingy and needy and who needs that?  Yep, I'm selling them to good and loving homes where they will be made into lovely and useful memories for the world!

These are my 10 very good reasons to pre-order now.


Here is what is included in this beautiful bundle.  I have put together this bundle with such care.  Do they not coordinate perfectly and just make you miss spring time in the worst way?  Now you can make something beautiful and bring some sunshine indoors.  But truthfully, it looks just perfect sitting on a shelf, as is.  Like I am wont to say . . . "Cute doesn't need a reason"  Anyway, you get 5 different & lovely sheet patterns.  You will receive One (1) 12" x 12" square of each pattern and Four (4) 6" x 6" squares of each pattern.  That's 25 pieces of fabric in all. Sizes are approximate and so is the squareness, that's why they are actually, at least, 1/2" bigger all around. Perfection is not my goal, but making sure my butt is covered, is. ;)

All fabric has been gently laundered and will be pressed and kissed good-bye, before being stitched into it's own custom mailing pouch.  Actually, I'm just kidding about the kissing it good-bye part, although I may mist up and blow a kiss when leaving the post-office.

There is a pre-order button over on the right side bar.  These will be regularly priced at $10.50 when Domesticraft officially opens on January 1.  Until then you will recieve a 20% discount bringing the cost down to $8.40!  Shipping is a flat rate $5.75 and I can stuff (gently & lovingly, of course) a lot in the box.  Please email me for an international shipping quote.  

I've got many, many other pretties, in all types of color palettes.  Please feel free to leave a comment with a question on something in particular you may have in mind.


I've curated a special PINTEREST BOARD entitled Vintage Sheet Projects just for you.  I'm going to set up another board for tomorrow's blog post that will include using vintage sheets in your paper projects, which I do a bunch! 

Here is just a brief list of some things I am going to being making.  I'll do my best to get tutorials up as well!  I have a little questionnaire box on the right side bar that lets you make a suggestion as to what kind of tutorial you would like to see me do for the blog.  I am happy to entertain them all, as I am sure there will be some very entertaining suggestions. ;)  Okay, here's the list:

1.  Buntings, garlands, banners or flags.  Big, little, mini.  Because they make me inordinately happy!
2.  Embroidery Hoop Art, with and without embroidery.  Love 'em.  Want to make them into a headboard.
3.  Patchwork Pillows.  Pillows also make me happy!
4.  Jammie pants, with a matching  scarf for my hair.  One for everyday of the week.
5.  Hot pads.  Quilted.  I would just toss them casually all over my counters and table.
6.  Garden Party and Picnic Napkins and Hankies.  Interchangeable.  So perfectly soft for my skin.
7.  Coasters.  Cute and useful.  My husbands says I'm like a coaster then.  Hmmmmm . . .
8.  Lampshade.  I've made a doily lampshade and a globe lampshade.  This idea would be right at home.
9.  Patchwork tablecloth and/or runner.  I can't wait to design this . . . it looks awesome in my head!
10. Rag Rug.  I have to learn how to crochet this winter and I would love to try this as one of my first projects!


The awesome giveaway is still going on and will be through Saturday! The large bundle of vintage paper yumminess will be up for grabs and all you have to do is comment on this blog post!  

But wait, that's not all!  Sometimes it's necessary to say that.  I try to use it sparingly! ;)

[Sign up with your email to win 10 extra bonus entries, up & over there on the right hand column.  You see where it says RSVP RIGHT HERE . . . just put in your email address.  I'll email you when a new blog post comes out or if there is anything new in the shop I think you might like or if I have some particularly juicy stuff to share that I know you don't want to miss!  You can email me too ya know, just to say hi, if you want.   Oh, and if you put your email in the bar at the tippy-top of the blog, I will send you 6 free Printable Journal Cards!  I am working on them right now and will be making a downloadable PDF for you.  I just wanted to give you a heads up that it is coming soon!]



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That's all for tonight.  Tomorrow will be something new and exciting!  Stay tuned and don't forget to comment, comment, comment!   
BIG LOVE!

Craft Happy,
Nancy
xoxoxo

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Shop Opening Countdown & Vintage Book Page Bundle Giveaway!

READY . . . SET . . . SW♡♡N!  

This is one of my favorite products that I'll be offering in my shop, opening January 1, 2015! (just in case I hadn't mentioned that 1000 times already)  This is also what the awesome giveaway is!  Yep, this could be yours!  I had so much fun gathering all the components of this large bundle of vintage paper yumminess!  I hope you love it too! 

 VINTAGE BOOK PAGE BUNDLE
with VINTAGE EPHEMERA, BUTTONS and NOTIONS
also includes HANDCRAFTED EMBELLISHMENTS made from vintage book pages

 If you want to win this large bundle of vintage and handcrafted paper happiness,  be sure to comment on this post!!  Here are some delightful examples of what you could make with this lovely and versatile packet of paper!
Tree - Red - PrintThe escape  - Art Print - Butterflies and moths  - book page art
Annette Mangseth at Carambatack Design
THE LOVELY DETAILS
Thirty six (36) vintage and antique pages from cookbooks, dictionaries, foreign language books,  grammar books, interior design books, an atlas and several old novels. 2 subtraction flash cards, 4 french and Spanish vocabulary flash cards, 1  sight word flash card, 10 vintage buttons, seam binding lace, some twine & string, hand punched circles, 2 vintage doilies & 3 hand crafted embellishments.

This vintage paper crafting kit is chock full of vintage and antique items for your scrapbooking  or mixed media art adventures.  I can envision traditional scrapbooks and Project Life type albums, post cards, greeting cards, ATC cards,  mini albums, collages, journals, notebooks, altered art, home/office decor and mixed media pieces. 

I've curated a Pinterest board just for you!  It's full of unique and awesome vintage book page crafts.  Go get a cup of coffee or tea and get ready for a real treat!  There are so many cool and beautiful things you can do with these bundles!  So go ahead and pre-order to get your best deal and enjoy! The store is not open yet, as you know, so I placed a convenient PAYPAL payment button on the right hand column of this blog just above the Pinterest widget.
Round World Designs on Etsy
You could use the pages as a foundation, like the artwork above, use them as a mat or even layer them with patterned paper.

You could make so many different types of embellishments, from flowers to covered buttons. I think the little rolls of paper look so cute in the clear glass ornament shown above.
                                                  
Punch or fussy cut (by hand) shapes, like the little handful of circle shapes that come  in this kit.  These make the most adorable garlands!

Print an image from your computer directly on to your book page.  (I want to make a million of these, wait till you see the Pinterest Board!)

  Mask or stencil an image on your book page and paint around it.

  Cut words or phrases and use them on anything and everything!

  Fussy cut an image from a page for embellishment (i.e., a bird or other animal) 

  Paper-piece small shapes, such as a leaf,  to make a tree.


So, who is drooling over this delish bundle of paper crafting bliss?  All items have been lovingly sought out and rescued from local thrift stores in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area. (the craft & thrift hub of the Universe ) You can purchase a vintage book page bundle similar to this one, of your very own!   Or two or three or seventeen even!  I'll be happy to put a bundle together, with love, just for you!  They will be offered at $22.00 per bundle when Domesticraft opens on January 1st.  You can receive a 20% discount by pre-ordering your bundle before the shops opens.  Also, I'll be offering a smaller bundle, a bundle-ette . . . if you will and this will be offered at $14.00 with the same discount.  That would be $17.60 and $11.20, respectively.  

Your purchase will be gathered together in a beautiful presentation and it will be sweetly and carefully wrapped and then machine stitched into it's own unique parcel pouch . . . yep, you are going to want to keep it cause it will be way too cute to throw in the recycle can! (Shipping is additional and International customers will need to email me for a quote and of course, photo props are not included, like ya didn't know, right? Your bundle will be made especially for you and shipped in the order received, starting January 2, 2015.


But wait, that's not all!  Sometimes it's necessary to say that.  I try to us it sparingly! ;)
[Sign up with your email to win 10 extra bonus entries, up & over there on the right hand column.  You see where it says RSVP RIGHT HERE . . . just put in you email address.  I'll email you when a new blog post comes out or if there is anything new in the shop I think you might like or if I have some particularly juicy stuff to share that I know you don't want to miss!  You can email me too ya know, just to say hi, if you want.   Oh, and if you put your email in the bar at the tippy-top of the blog, I will send you 6 free Printable Journal Cards!  I am working on them right now and will be making a downloadable PDF for you.  I just wanted to give you a heads up that it is coming soon!]









That's it for this post.  So, ladies, go to the Pinterest Board I curated just for you and see what sparks your creativity!  I'd love for you to tell me what you might make if you won this giveaway package!  p.s.  Remember, dear,  that you must comment to be entered and I do so want you to win!

Don't forget you can pre-order a vintage book page bundle similar to this one, of your very own!   Or two or three or seventeen . . . I'll be happy to put a bundle together, with love, just for you! 

Craft Happy!
xoxoxo


Thursday, December 4, 2014

What's up with Washi Tape?

Washi tape!  Oh, how I love washi tape!  It cutes up so much in my life!  I have a lot of it, which is good for you!  The prize for the giveaway is for fifteen (15) rolls of crafty, colorful and cute washi tape!  How could I not love it?  It epitomizes Domesticraft.


I have made a little "mascot" character graphic named Mr. Threadhead, (he holds the giveaway sign in the giveaway graphic and the little DIY graphic on the sidebar over to the right.  See him?  Well, I think he should have a friend named Mr. Washi T. Ape  Hahahah, I just made that up. ;)  Yeah,  I know . . . work on it.
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Here are some photos of the prized washi tape rolls and some other assorted washi tape projects I whipped out in a minute or two.   Enjoy!
This is the adapter for my smart phone.  It's even smarter with polka dots, don't you agree?

This is my washi tape supply when I was at my Sister's house last month.  (Hi, Carol!  Miss you!)  I brought most of what you see here.  I think I bought 2 rolls there while I was there!  You will note I also have rolls of burlap, lace, florist's tape and gold wire for many a cute project.

Prize washi tapes and a mini pile of bunting that is included! (not all washi tape rolls pictured)

Another pretty shot!

The leaning tower of washi.  Yes, you get the little banner too!

On your mark, get set, ROLL!

Roll on with your bad self!

Here are the washi rolls, all "propped" up!  Props are NOT included! Duh! ;)

My favorite red glasses.  $6.95 at Zennioptical.com  Totally recommend them. :)

Don't you love the CHOOSE HAPPINESS one?

I super love the tape "measure" roll too!  It's actually accurate!

See this?  It says VALLEY OF THE GIANTS.  Guess how I did that?

I taped the words, burnished them with my Martha Stewart bone folder and then pulled it up!  Woot!  The words came up too!

This is the vintage book I used.  It has a copyright date of 1918.  This is a hint of what part of the next prize is on 12-14  Sunday!

That's it for this post!  Can you believe it's so short?  Washi tape posts have to be done in little spurts for me or I would be here for the rest of my crafty career writing washi tape stuff.  That's how much I love it!  Which wouldn't really be a punishment, but there is so much more to craft, right?

In the comments, let me know what you would like to try to do with washi tape?  I would love to hear your ideas!  Sharing is caring! :)

Craft Happy!
XOXOXO





Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Domesticraft + You = Accountabilibuddies



The term is a blending of “accountability” and “buddy”.
A person who assists another in keeping them responsible for their actions and to prevent them from doing certain things.
  An accountabilibuddy is one who keeps another accountable in their actions. The relationship is usually mutual, in that the two (or more ie: buddies ) people are accountability partners for each other.   Further, such a relationship requires that the people be close, like us. :o)  Thus, the more informal term “accountabilibuddy” is more suitable to convey the close friendship in addition to the aspect of accountability.
 
My sister, Carol, is my business and life accountabilibuddy.  So is my husband, my daughters and my friends.  (shhhh . . . some of them don't even know it!)


I am now making you my official online accountabilibuddy.  Woot!

Welcome to the club!




I am writing to you on my blog so that you will hold me accountable, because I am a huge Procraftinator!  I am not exactly sure if this is a true word like accountabilibuddy, however it suits me to a tee.  I get sidetracked numerous times a day, I mean really a lot!  I got sidetracked writing this post, a lot!  I know that it is the curse of the creative or the multi-passionate, as my sister likes to be thought of as.  Ain't that right, Sis?
It really is a pretty awesome way to be and I feel super blessed, BUT I need to stay focused with the task at hand.  2015 and all that stuff is coming at me like a rocket and there's me, getting all distracted by the paper airplane flitting by. 
(One last sister reference.  She would say, SQUIRREL" every time she caught me straying.  She said it A LOT, hence this blog post)

So, this is what I need help with today.  My elevator pitch.  My "What the heck am I?"  This was SO hard for me to nail down.  I think I've got it now, though.  Keep it simple, right?  This is how is plays out in the proverbial elevator. 

The pitch:


Hi, I’m an inquisitive stranger.  My name is Need To Know.  What do you do?


Hi, Inq.  My name is Nancy,  I'm a creative . . .  

Uhhhh . . . What does that mean, Nancy? (Inq. butted in before I finished)

 . . . I design, make, photograph, share, teach and sell cute stuff.

Is that good enough?  It at least starts a conversation and gets me in my comfort zone where I could talk for hours, like if they wanted me to do the Martha Stewart Show or a CreativeLive .com course.  Hmmm . . .  

This post ties in with the one on my re-launch last week, in case ya missed it!  No more hiding out for me, right accountabilibuddy?

Oh, man!  I almost forgot to announce the prize winner!  

The winner is:

Kelly Kennard
All prizes will be mailed out the first week of December.  Thanks everybody for playing!  I'm going to have more contests during the launch of the NEW Domesticraft in 2015!  Stay tuned!

Craft Happy!



Nancy

xoxoxo