Adulting is Hard

I know so many Mompreneurs out there who think this exact same thing 🙂 Spring break is nearly over so there is a silver lining!

So it inspired this adorable mug here. The link is in my bio as well as my etsy shop. @artisanloft

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Gifts In A Jar

I do not know about anyone else. But I LOVE Mason Jars! They are so useful for anything!

This idea is just a simple and very quick gift idea. You can place a few nail polishes, file, maybe some tylenol, and an eye mask and BOOM you have a “Mommy Survival Kit.”

(Maybe even a mini bottle of alcohol 🙂   ). haha! Place a cute little label on it and they can store it easily until they are ready to use it!

Check out this link for more ideas!

Hope everyone’s new year is going great so far!

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DIY Gumball Machine – Valentine Project

What you need:

4″ terracotta pot (Dollar Tree)
4″ terracotta saucer (Dollar Tree)
Wooden Ball (Handle)
Paint (we used outdoor patio paint, white for the base, pink for the top coat)
A small round bowl – Fish Bowl – Dollar Tree has them.
Alphabet stickers (Although we almost used a Sharpie and glitter.)
Ribbon
Candy
Glue or hot glue gun.

What to do:

Paint the terracotta pot for whatever design you want. In this case we are doing a valentine theme! Flip the pot over and hot glue the glass bowl to the Pot.

Then glue the wooden ball to the bottom of the saucer as the lid and handle.

Fill the glass bowl with candies – place the lid on top and Voila! You have a handmade gumball machine!

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Happy Valentines Day Fellow Crafters!

New Year Cleanup!

Hey there fellow bloggers!

I hope this new year has brought exciting new plans and adventures for you and your family. I have decided to take this time to clean up my Etsy shop and craft supplies! Also, to expand my crafting abilities (all while being a mom to two children, two dogs, a bunny and going to school full time). Ahh! 

I want to take this opportunity to tell you about some of my clearance items that are available in my shop until the end of January! I will even throw in a Coupon Code since January is my birthday month 🙂

My two shop locations are:

www.artisanloft.etsy.com

www.artisanloft.org

Coupon code: BIRTHDAY (Available until Jan 30th)

I hope you love what you see. Watch for my next entry on my next DIY craft for this week. 

xo.

 

Stocking Stuffers

Ah! It’s December. I seriously have thought for months what to do for our family members for fun, interesting gifts and I always come back to these ideas because it is such a hit each year.

Between our 4 oz. sugar scrubs, java junkie exfoliating scrubs, bath salts, and bubble baths we have all your bath and beauty needs!

Check out our websites: Click here.

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Tips for Saturday Markets or Craft Shows

Hey There!

So, I recently have organized a craft show myself as well as attended a few events. Let me tell you – you can spend hours and tons of money on your displays and products and packaging and it all be a complete waste – if you do not do your research first!

Let me explain – if you plan to attend a Saturday market with your items, make sure to read up on the event.

Is it their first year? How many vendors will there be? What is the crowd expectancy?

I cannot tell you how disappointing it is – to have your display be ON POINT! and there be absolutely no traffic at all.

The same goes if you are hosting – make sure you spend the majority of your budget and effort into advertising. Print flyers, request that your vendors post on social media, place ads online for the event and completely TALK IT UP to everyone about how it is supposed to be the largest crafting event this side of New York! It seems silly – but people love it. I promise you, if the crowd arrives – you will have a much better time just socializing with buyers and lookers than you did perfecting your display.

Now – do not get me wrong. No one wants to purchase items that are just thrown on our table. Appearance is important. My point is, I would rather have a mediocre display of items and a great personality with a LARGE crowd than a perfect extravagant display with NO crowd.

Learn to weigh your time and priority for a successful event.

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Holidays already??

I know that all parents out there have looked at the calendar and thought….seriously? It’s holiday season already!? Ahhh!

No? Maybe I am the only one…

Regardless, I started these fun stocking stuffers a few years ago and now I sell them in my Etsy shop for those last minute shoppers! These fun soaps look like real desserts but are a great exfoliating soap. Feel free to check them out and indulge in some online shopping.

See you all out there!

www.artisanloft.org

www.artisanloft.etsy.com

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FALLing in Love with Decor

If you are anything like me, you change decor around often for seasons, holidays, or just boredom. This project is super simple and beyond adorable.

All you need is a mason jar, leaves from outside, paintbrush, and modge podge.

Place a few dots of modge podge on the jar, place your leaf on the glue, and modge podge on the top of the leaf to create full coatings. Cover the entire jar this way – (its okay to overlap). 

If you have extra raffia or ribbon – tie it around the mouth of the jar. You can also put a tealight inside the mason jar for a really cute fall glow.

Happy Crafting!

  

My Venture into Handmade

 I love to shop. That is a large understatement actually. I am obsessed with shopping. I could spend hours in Target buying hundreds of items that I have no use for just because its discounted 2%. But I soon realized, corporate places are the only ones who benefit from that type of shopping. The deals really arent that great, and in search of some fun customized gifts for a family member – I discovered the world of Etsy about two years ago and fell in love. I already had been dipping my toes into fun crafting adventures but this showed me a whole new world of small businesses. 

  

I grew up in a small town. Where you are willing to spend the extra buck for items that you know come from hardworking families. Keeping that money in the economy, our economy. Proving that we care about one another and the road they travel into owning their own business. Good, amazing, hardworking people. 

The community of handmade crafters is beyond the best type of people I have ever stumbled across. 

I hope you all discover some of those amazing handmade artisans as well!

View these handmade organic sugar scrubs, HERE