Month: March 2014

DIY Decorative Bookmarks

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Are you a page folder? I am! I just can’t help it. Whenever I have a bookmark, I lose it. Unfortunately, I’ve passed this trait on to my oldest daughter. She is an avid reader and a cronic page folder. These bookmarks are a perfect way to keep up with your page and the bookmark!

You’ll need paper clips, buttons, felt, and a glue gun. Glue the paper clip to the back of the button. Cut a small square of the felt and glue it over the back of the paper clip. This will help to secure the paper clip to the button. That’s it. In less than 1  minute, I made three of these bookmarks. If you’re not a reader, these bookmarks can just be very fancy paper clips.

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Of course she’s reading Frozen and had to take a picture with her book and favorite bookmark.

Happy Crafting!

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DIY Decorative Thumbtacks

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Need a way to freshen up your bulletin board? These decorative thumbtacks are exactly what you need! The best thing about them is that you can make them using knick knacks from around your house. I made mine using left over buttons. Plus, they’re so simple to create and take no time at all.

You’ll need:

  • thumbtacks
  • buttons or some other knick knack
  • glue gun

Simply glue the thumbtack to the back of your button. That’s it! I would love to see how you decorate using these thumbtacks.

Happy Crafting!

Finished Goods – Friday Feature

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Happy Friday! So, today I am featuring my very talented and creative brother, the creator of Finished Goods. I guess you can say that creativity runs in the family 🙂 Anyway, my brother is known for his awesome sense of fashion. It’s no wonder that he is helping other men to be fashionable like him! So, here’s a little more about the man behind Finished Goods…

What is your craft?

FINISHED GOODS (BESPOKE LAPEL FLOWERS FOR MEN and WOMEN)

How long have you been doing this?

I have always had a unique fashion sense and have always been at the forefront of setting trends. I decided to step out about 8 months ago and create something to add an extra flair to the suited gentleman.

Where do you look for inspiration?

There are various places I glean inspirations from. Whether it comes from colors, fabrics or a particular mood, I can become inspired. Building a certain style can bring forth inspiration.

What is your current crafting obsession?

Different fabrics/textures. For instance, buttons, pins, and industrial pieces.

What are your future plans for your crafts?

I am currently working on a website where people can purchase Finished Goods. Also, I am in the process of unveiling a Spring/Summer promotion of lapel flowers.

Where can people find you on the web?

Currently, I am able to be seen on Instagram (@ctheGOODS)

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Didn’t I tell you that he was creative? I absolutely love these lapel flowers. My favorite has to be the ‘stash lapel. It’s trendy and super cute. Although I don’t wear suit jackets, I will definitely be rocking one of the Finished Good’s lapel flowers.

 

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If you would like to be featured on The Craft Complex’s Friday Feature, email me at thecraftcomplex@gmail.com

Live.Love.Craft.

 

Calling All Superheros – Birthday Invitation

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It’s that time of the year again..Party season! I have 3 kids who start planning their birthday parties the day after their birthday. You can only imagine how crazy this time of the year can get. They are little mini me’s when it comes to party planning. Did I forget to tell you that their birthdays are in April, May, and July. With that said, my son has thought that he was a superhero for the longest time. At first he was obsessed with Spiderman, then Iron Man, Hulk, and now Batman. Of course I am throwing the most awesome Superhero party ever! I’ll be updating you guys with the prep for this party. Today, I’m starting with the invitation.

I usually make all of my own invites. However, too much is going on. So, I headed on over to Etsy.com to find the perfect invite. I searched and searched. I personally thought that many of the invites were to generic looking. I like for my invitations to stand out. After a lot of searching, I found the perfect invite at CapturedbyJessPrints and the price was just right! lol.

Now the picture in her invite is absolutely perfect. I had a vision in my head of what I wanted my son’s picture to look like. Unfortunately, I’m working with an energetic 2 year old who seriously thinks he’s a superhero. He wouldn’t stay still to save his life!

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Anyway, I am very happy with the way the invitations turned out despite my wiggly, little Batman/Spiderman. More Superhero party ideas to come!

Live.Love.Craft

 

Party Pastries – Friday Feature

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There’s nothing like having crafty friends! Today I am featuring one of my dearest friends and fellow crafter – PARTY PASTRIES! Her sweet treats are so creative! My jaw drops every time she posts a new picture of her creations! Let’s learn a little more about PARTY PASTRIES:

What is your craft?
My craft is baking and planning special events. I own a baking business and event services/planning company by the name of Party Pastries.

How long have you been doing this?
I’ve always loved to bake cakes and cookies for as long as I can remember. I officially created Party Pastries in September of 2010 when I found out that my daughter was allergic to peanuts and eggs.

Where do you look for inspiration?
There are many people and places that I look to find inspiration. There are so many talented bakers out there who just blow my mind with their creations. I also find inspiration from my family and friends. From someone sending me a picture of a cool cake, cupcakes or just a simple conversation with a friend about different ways to make Party Pastries unique and set apart from everyone else.

What is your current crafting obsession?
Right now I would have to say cake pops! Although I specialize in a variety of baked goods, cake pops seem to be the most popular item. Cake pops are very time consuming to make with all the fine details that goes into it. However, I find that with cake pops you can make just about any design. I just love how something so small and bite size can still be a huge hit and versatile!

What are your future plans for my crafts?
I hope to one day own a bakery and down the line have a few of them in different areas.  I’m currently in the process of launching my website. I want my customers to be able to place orders directly online from the website.

Where can people find you on the web?
For the time being you can find me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/PartyPastries
And Instagram:
@partypastries

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If you would like to be featured o Friday Features, email me at thecraftcomplex@gmail.com! I can’t wait to hear from you.

Live.Love.Craft

Get your CRAFT on! – DIY Craft Party

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Are you ready for this??? I am hosting a craft party next month!

We’ll be creating 3 crafts:

  • sharpie mugs – I am so excited to try decorating these. Hopefully they turn out as cute as ones that I’ve seen online.
  • body scrub/body butter – these have been pretty popular on my Instagram and Facebook. I’m just trying to decide which scent to make. Maybe I should let my guests decide?
  • Yarn wreaths for spring- Spring is right around the corner (next week can you believe that?). The forecast is calling for snow on Monday. I think this wreath will happily be welcomed.

If you are in the Richmond, VA area and you’re interested in coming to the party, email me at thecraftcomplex@gmail.com.

Check out the complete flyer with more info about the party:

https://www.smore.com/0pbb

Oh, and have you heard about smore.com? It’s this awesome sit where you can create online flyers. They have some really neat templates that makes creating flyers super easy. Head on over there the next time you want to create an online flyer!

Peace, Love, and Crafts!

DIY Braided t-shirt necklace and headband

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Here’s another tutorial using an old t-shirt.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • an old t-shirt
  • scissors
  • glue gun

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The steps to create this braided necklace/headband is very similar to my last post on the t-shirt necklace.

  1. Cut off the top and the bottom of the shirt.Cut the sirt into 9 strips.
  2. Pull on the strips to make them curl.
  3. Now here is where the necklaces differ…each strip has 2 seams. Cut them off. Take 3 strips and braid them. Continue to braid 3 strips until you have 5 braids.
  4. Take 3 braids and braid them together.
  5. Glue the ends of the large braid to the 2 smaller braids. Take an extra piece of cloth to wrap around the piece that you glued together. Glue it. Repeat this step on the other side.

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Looking back, I would have only cut the strips on one side so that my necklace would be longer. But I have many more old t-shirts. I will try it like that one day.

Happy Crafting!

DIY T-shirt necklace, scarf, and headband

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Spring is almost here and  I’ve already started my spring cleaning! I found a bunch of old t-shirts in a box. I’m a hoarder  crafter and it just wouldn’t be right to throw those shirts away. I

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • a t-shirt (old and wrinkled is just fine) – just not a cotton shirt. See that black shirt? Yeah, it didn’t work. lol
  • scissors

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  1. Cut off the top and bottom of the t-shirt.
  2. Cut the shirt into strips. It’s okay if your strips are not perfect.
  3. Pull the strips so that they curl.
  4. Take an extra piece of the shirt and tie it around the strips. This will create your necklace.
  5. To create the scarf, tie one end of the necklace into a knot.
  6. To create the headband, using the scraf, place it on your head and tie it snuggly.

Making this necklace/scarf/headband was so easy. It took less than 10 minutes. What an inexpensive way to add some accessories to your wardrobe. I spent $0 to make this!

Happy Crafting!

DIY Scarf Organizer

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I know winter is almost over, but I love scarves! As the weather gets warmer, I start wearing my scarves on my head. But my issue is that all of my scarves are jumbled up in my closet. So, today’s tutorial is for an organizer to hold all of your scarves. I already had all of the materials needed for this project. Yay! But you can buy a pack of hangers and shower rings from the Dollar Tree for $2.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • a clothes hanger
  • shower curtain rings
  • tape

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  1. Tape one ring to the bottom of the hanger.
  2. Tape a second ring to the hanger. Be sure to tape the two rings together as well.
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have as many rings as you need.
  4. Hang/tie your scarves to the hanger.

Happy Crafting!

It’s time to get crafty – Friday Feature

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I absolutely love crafting and creating new things. More importantly, I love showing off what I’ve created. So, now it’s your turn to show off your crafts! Every Friday, I will be featuring crafters and their crafts in my new section – Friday Features. If you are interested in showcasing your crafts (or whatever it is that you do…bake, design clothes, create art, etc.), email me at thecraftcomplex@gmail.com.

Peace, Love, and Crafts!