Free Printable: Crafty is the new… Pretty! / Descargable gratuito!

September 26, 2012 at 22:09 | Posted in Crafts - DIY, Free Printables | 4 Comments
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We all have our favorites quotes that keep us going in our creative endeavors and in life in general. With the economy being the way it is right now, crafts have become very popular in the past few years. The DIY movement is growing and growing! Aren’t you glad? I love it!

Todos tenemos nuestros citas favoritas que nos inspiran en nuestros esfuerzos creativos y en la vida en general. De la forma en la que actualmente está la economía, las manualidades están muy en boga desde hace unos años. ¡El movimiento Hágalo Usted Mismo (DIY) está creciendo y creciendo! ¿No es maravilloso? ¡Me encanta!

I came up with this quote and made a nice printable to display at my craft room. And you can do it too! Just click on the image and save  it to your computer. You are welcome 😉

Se me ocurrió esta cita y diseñé un poster para colgarlo en mi taller. ¡Tú lo puedes imprimir también! Sólo haz click en la imágen y guárdalo en tu computadora. De nada 😉

I also want to let you know we are moving! Mother Crafter, not my family. We will have the new site running in the next couple of weeks. It will be the same format, with some little changes and a link to my Etsy store with pretty things to buy! Is going to be awesome! Coming soon…

También les cuento que nos vamos a mudar! Mother Crafter, no mi familia. Vamos a tener el nuevo sitio listo en las proximas semanas. Seguiremos con el mismo diseño por ahora, con algunos pequeños cambios y con un link para mi tienda en Etsy, donde vas a poder comprar cositas lindas! Va a estar bueno! Próximamente…

I craft all night and party everyday at these Craft Parties. Check them out and party with us!

Hago manualidades toda la noche y festejo todos los días en estas Craft Parties. Vení a festejar con nosotros!

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{Show & Tell} Mosaic Artist Mela Delgado

July 30, 2012 at 23:30 | Posted in Crafts - DIY, Stimulus | 3 Comments
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Hi! Welcome to another Mother Crafter Show & Tell Feature. As you know, this is a space where artists/crafters share their work with us and we immerse ourselves in their creative world, a space where we only breathe inspiration and creative stimulus. Here is Mela Delgado to tell us about her art. Enjoy!

Hola! Bienvenidos a la sección de Show & Tell de Mother Crafter, el primer Show & Tell bilingüe! Este es un espacio donde diferentes artistas y artesanos comparten su trabajo con nosotros y donde nos sumergimos en su mundo creativo, un espacio donde sólo respiramos inspiración y mucho estímulo creativo. Hoy aquí está Mela Delgado para contarnos acerca de su arte. Disfruten!

Galilea’s Sky, 2009 / Mirror, glass and beach glass 9”x42”

Tell me a little about yourself. I was raised in the Island of Puerto Rico, but for the past seven years I’ve been living in Oakland, CA with my husband Jason and our two-year-old daughter Gala.

Who taught you your craft? I actually took a mosaic class.

Cuéntanos un poco sobre ti. Crecí en la isla de Puerto Rico, pero por los últimos siete años vivo en Oakland, CA con mi esposo Jason y nuestra hija de dos años Gala.

¿Quién te enseñó tu oficio?Tomé una clase para aprender a hacer mosaicos.

Galilea’s Sky, detail

When and how did you start making your mosaics? What drew you into choosing this medium? I was in the middle of writing my master thesis to finish my degree in Museum Studies, and I was very stressed. I decided that to relieve stress I should take an art class, and this art class happened to be in mosaics. I’ve always been drawn to this medium. First, it’s an ancient form of art; and I have a passion for Art History. Second, I love working with my hands and experimenting with different types of mediums and with mosaics I had the opportunity to combine all of these aspects into one piece of art.

What inspires you in your creations? Many things inspire my work. Artists, for example: the painter Frida Kahlo, the sculptor Andy Goldsworthy, the mosaic artist Verdiano Marzi or the mosaic collaborators CaCo3, and many others. Architecture also inspires my work, from the concrete houses I grew up in to the extraordinary buildings by Antonio Gaudí. The environment that surrounds me inspires my work, the moss that grows between cracked concrete, the deep blue of the ocean, and even a sky full of celestial stars. Also, the people around me inspire me, especially my daughter Gala.

¿Cuándo empezaste a hacer tus mosaicos? ¿Qué te llevó a elegir este medio? Me encontraba en el medio de la escritura de mi tésis, para terminar mi maestria en Museología, y estaba muy estresada. Para aliviar el estrés decidí tomar una clase de arte, y la clase que tomé fue de mosaicos. Siempre me ha fascinado este medio. Primero, es un arte antiguo; y yo tengo una pasión por la historia del arte. Segundo, me encanta trabajar con mis manos y experimentar con diferentes medios; y con el mosaico tengo la oportunidad de combinar todos esos aspectos en una pieza de arte.

¿Qué te inspira en tus creaciones? Muchas cosas me inspiran, Artistas, por ejemplo: la pintora Frida Kahlo, el escultor Andy Goldsworthy, el artista de mosaic Verdiano Marzi o los colaboradores del mosaico CaCo3, y muchos otros. La arquitectura también inspira mi trabajo, desde las casas en concreto donde me crié hasta los edificios extraordinarios de Antonio Gaudí. El ambiente a mi alrededor también me inspira, el musgo que crece entre las aperturas del hormigón, el profundo color azul del océano, hasta el cielo repleto de estrellas celestiales. Me inspira también la gente a mi alrededor, especialmente mi hija Gala.

Caguana, 2009 / Stone, ceramic and glass 16”x16”

What keeps you motivated to continue creating? The passion for mosaics keeps me motivated, and the endless possibilities and use of materials for its creation.

Do you have a “creative process”? To give me ideas I usually start with a rough drawing, or even images I find around in magazines or the Internet.

¿Qué te motiva a seguir creando? Me mantiene motivada la pasión por los mosaicos , y la infinidad de posibilidades y uso de materiales para su creación.

¿Tienes un proceso creativo? Para darme ideas usualmente comienzo con un simple dibujo, o hasta imágenes que encuentro en revistas o el internet.

Dig#1, detail / Stone, ceramic, glass, smalti, gold, beads and sea shells 16”x16”

Do you have other crafts activities/hobbies? Right now I don’t have other crafts, I would like to have others but being a full time stay at home mama this is the only craft I can focus on. I do read fervently and I love going to art gallery openings and visit museums.

¿Tienes otros oficios o pasatiempos? Ahora mismo no tengo otro arte, me gustaria hacer otra cosa pero soy una mamá tiempo completo y solo puedo enfocarme en una cosa. Si leo fervientemente y me encanta ir a exhibiciones de arte y museos.

Dig#3, 2012 / smalti, sicis, dichroic glass, elementile recycled glass, mix vitreous glass, crystals, stone, beach glass, seashells and teeth 9.25”x12.25”

Do you think the economic situation we are living right now is impacting the DIY/craft world? If so, how? I believe it’s impacting it in a positive way; with the unemployment rates so high people like me that have a Master Degree and can’t easily find a job in their field have to rely in their other skills and talents to make a living.

¿Crees que la situación económica que estamos viviendo actualmente está afectando el mundo de DIY/arte? Si es así, ¿cómo? Creo que ha impactado la situación económica de una manera positiva; con el porcentaje de desempleo tan alto, personas como yo que tienen una Maestría y que no pueden encontar un empleo con facilidad en su rama tienen que recaer en sus otros talentos para ganarse la vida.

Are you able to make a profit from your art? Jaja, Not yet!

¿Sos capaz de vivir de tu arte? Jaja, todavia no!

Dig#2, 2011, detail / marble, ceramic, glass, beach glass, quartz, smalti, pearls and teeth 9”x24”

Is there anything else you want to share with other crafters? To all the Mother Crafters out there, if you have passion for your art don’t have excuses for not doing it or say that you don’t have enough time. There is always time, meaning if you have to get up or go to bed an hr or two before or after your kids, do it! Or, you have to work on your art while your kid is running around, and you are also trying to cook and wash clothes, do it! Even if a piece takes you a whole year to do, but you are proud and satisfied with what you’ve created, then it was worth it!

¿Algo más que desees compartir con otros artesanos? Para todas las Mother Crafters, si sienten pasión por su arte no tengan excusas para no hacerlo, o digan que no tienen suficiente tiempo. Siempre hay tiempo, aunque tengas que levantarte o acostarte una o dos horas antes o después de tus hijos, házlo! O, tienes que trabajar en tu arte mientras tu hijo esté correteando, y a la vez estás cocinando y lavando la ropa, házlo! No importa si la pieza te toma un año para terminar, pero si estás orgullosa y satisfecha con lo que haz creado, entonces valió la pena!

La playa Kitchen Backsplash, 2010, detail / ceramic, glass, local beach glass, peebles, seashells and metal 2‘x5’

Aren’t her pieces awesome? Thank you Mela for joining us and sharing your work! Check her website, Twitter and Facebook page to connect with her.

And remember, If you would like to be featured in the future please send me an email at mothercrafterblog (at) gmail (dot) com.

Sus piezas son increíbles, ¿no crees? Muchas gracias Mela por estar con nosotros y compartir tu arte! Vé a su página web o conéctate con ella en Twitter o Facebook.

Y recuerda: si deseas compartir tu oficio y creaciones en futuros Show & Tell, envíame un email a mothercrafterblog (@) gmail (.) com.

Jewelry Holder – Colgador de Aretes {Tutorial}

July 21, 2012 at 16:51 | Posted in Crafts - DIY, Tutorials | 9 Comments
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Now that Paloma is old enough to understand that pulling jewelry hurts, and that my awesome aunt Melissa (my biggest fan 😉 and the one who encourages me the most with my crafts) sent me several earrings she is not using anymore, I have the urge to start wearing my necklaces and earrings again. I used to have them in pretty boxes and bags,  but I was thinking it would be nice to actually see them daily and have them easily accessible. So after a little research and stimulus in the web, I came up with these jewelry holders, using doilies, a nylon mesh bag (the ones that oranges come in) and embroidery hoops.

Ahora que Paloma tiene la edad suficiente para entender que tirar de los aretes o collares duele, y que mi tía Melissa (mi fan número uno y la que siempre me alienta con mis manualidades) me envió un monton de aros que ya no usa más, me han dado ganas de empezar a usar mis aretes y collares nuevamente. Los tengo guardados en bolsas y cajas bonitas, pero he estado pensando que sería bueno tenerlos a la vista y fácilmente accesibles. Así que después de una inspiradora búsqueda en el internet, hice estos colgadores de aretes utilizando carpetas tejidas al crochet, una bolsa de malla de nylon (de las que vienen con las naranjas en el supermercado) y aros de bordado.

I decided to use the nylon mesh because I wanted something to contrast with the delicacy of the doily and make it more modern. And also because we are eating a lot of oranges and have a lot of these around (hehe).

Decidí usar la malla de nylon porque quería algo que contrastara con la delicadeza del crochet y también para hacerlo más moderno. Y porque estamos comiendo un montón de naranjas y tengo un montón de bolsas dando vueltas en la casa (jajaja!)

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Here is what you need to make your own:

  • A doily
  • An embroidery hoop (with a smaller diameter than the doily)
  • Nylon mesh
  • Silver spray paint (optional).

Esto es lo que necesitas para hacer tu propio colgador:

  • Una carpeta tejida al crochet
  • Un aro para bordar (con un diámetro menor al de la carpeta)
  • Una bolsa de malla de nylon
  • Pintura en aerosol plateada (opcional).

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Spray paint the mesh in a well ventilated room or better yet, outside. Let it dry. (This step is optional. I only painted the one I used for the big hoop, and let the other one in its original color for the smaller hoop. I like them both.)

Pinta la bolsa con la pintura en aerosol en un lugar muy bien ventilado o, mejor aún, afuera. Dejar secar. (Este paso es opcional. Yo pinté una sola bolsa para el aro mas grande, y dejé la otra en su color original para el aro más pequeño. Me gustan los dos.)

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While you are waiting, center your doily on top of the smallest embroidery hoop.  You can use some glue on the sides if you need to keep it in place. Once the mesh is dry, put in on top of the doily. Put the bigger loop and close the opening as tight as you can. Trim the extra mesh all around the hoop.

Mientras esperas que se seque la pintura, centra la carpeta encima del aro más pequeño. Puedes utilizar un poco de pegamento en los lados para mantenerla en su lugar si es necesario. Cuando la bolsa se halla secado por completo, ubícala encima de la carpeta. Pon el lazo más grande y ciérralo lo más ajustado que puedas.

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Mother Crafter Jewelry Holder Tutorial

Now get your earrings and start hanging!

¡Busca tus aretes y empieza a colgarlos!

Mother Crafter Jewelry Holder Tutorial

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I really like how they came out. You can use doilies from your grandma or other relatives and that way you will surround yourself with special objects that are meaningful and filled with memories. On top of that, hang the earrings you inherited and double the energy and love!

Me encanta como quedaron. Puedes usar carpetas o tapetes tejidos por tu abuela o por otro familiar, y de ese modo te rodearás de objetos especiales que tienen un significado para tí y llenos de memorias. Además de eso, cuelga los pendientes que heredaste y ¡duplicarás la energía y el amor!

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Where do you store your jewelry?

Y tú, ¿dónde guardas tu bijou?

Did you make one? Show me by uploading it at the Mother Crafter Flickr Project Pool!

Si hiciste uno, me encantaría verlo! Lo puedes compatir subiendolo al grupo de Mother Crafter en Flickr.

I craft all night and party everyday at these Craft Parties. Check them out and party with us!

Hago manualidades toda la noche y festejo todos los días en estas Craft Parties. Vení a festejar con nosotros! 

30 Days of Creativity, Days 15-30

July 3, 2012 at 14:59 | Posted in Crafts - DIY | 2 Comments
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Here I am! Sorry I haven’t post since the 14th, but I have been… exhausted. I do not know what has happened to me! The clock says 10pm and I am a zombie… although that is not a good example since zombies probably have much more energy than me. I also have to say the days are wonderful and we are out and about having summer fun too.

I have been keeping up with 30 days though. I thought this year was going to be easier than the previous one, but I was wrong. I now have two jobs and a very active 18 month old.  That would do it, don’t you think?

Before I show you my projects, I have some exciting news: I started to work for a local jewelry company! It is called Dragonfly Designs, and they teach jewelry making at Summer Camps, after school programs, and birthday parties. Even though I had limited experience making jewelry, I showed them some of my crafts and Mother Crafter and they loved what I do (HELLO, What is the point?) 😉 so they are training me over the summer so I can become a teacher in the Fall. I started assisting teaching two weeks ago, and I really liked it. The girls were from 5 to 14 years old, and it was pretty cool seeing them create all sorts of projects. If you have time, go check out the company webpage, their mission and products are very nice.

Here are my creative efforts of the last 15 days of June.

Day 15: We went to MOCHA with some friends. Me and Paloma made this coffee filter flower for Father’s Day.

Day 16: Giants gift voucher for Michael.

Day 17:  I made a Lemon Pudding Cake with a personal twist from the Real Simple magazine. You will need to trust me on this one (I have witnesses), the baking dish was empty before I remembered to take pictures! Recipe here.

Day 18: I played with the fabrics of the mini quilt from Day 13. I remove three of the pieces and decided to keep everything in the same color range: grey, white, black and yellow.

Day 19: First day of Summer Camp. We helped the girls make clay pendants.

Day 20: Second day at Summer Camp. We did hair clips with seed beads and feathers.

Day 21: Again at Summer Camp. We did bracelets with wood beads.

Day 22: My auntie Melissa sent me this jewelry website with tutorials, tips and stimulus. I watched a couple of them.

Day 23: I went to the library and checked out a lot of quilting and sewing books for stimulus.

Day 24: More work on the quilt.

Day 25: Paloma had a fever, so we creatively played to kept her indoors.

Day 26: I made this Owl necklace with pieces I bought in Argentina.

Day 27: At camp, we showed the kids how to make three strand beaded necklaces.

Day 28: We made headbands with the kids.

Day 29: I watched the introduction of the online class Michael gave me for Mother’s Day.

Day 30: We went to the Lindsay Wildlife Museum and experienced flying over Mount Diablo through a hawk’s eyes.

I can’t believe is over. It was definitely a challenge this year. Phew! Now that July is here, I have line dup some pretty cool Show and Tell posts, the goodies of the Christmas in July gift exchange, and more! Next, I will post the pictures of the Alameda County Fair we went last weekend, including one of Paloma taking her first horseback ride! See you soon. I promise! 🙂

30 Days of Creativity, Day 13

June 13, 2012 at 23:02 | Posted in Crafts - DIY | Leave a comment
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The quilting bug is itching! I started to cut fabric to make a mini hanging quilt.

We will see how it goes! 😉

“It is better to create than to be learned, creating is the true essence of life” -Barthold Georg Niebuhr

30 Days of Creativity, Days 10 and 11

June 11, 2012 at 22:52 | Posted in Crafts - DIY | Leave a comment
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Yesterday I was about to post what I did but Paloma woke up. I went to put her back to sleep, and I fell asleep! So here are Days 10 and 11 together.

Sunday I made another version of the Crochet Button Cuff.

And today, I played with more buttons, burlap and tiny embroidery hoops.

“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.” -Leo Burnett

 

30 Days of Creativity, Days 1-4

June 4, 2012 at 21:16 | Posted in Crafts - DIY | Leave a comment
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I got into a car accident on Friday on my way to Art Murmur. Luckily everyone that was involved is fine (including Paloma) but the situation was very scary and I am still not recovered mentally. Saturday I was feeling crappy all day but Sunday I put myself together (a little) and did some fun stuff with my family. I managed to do my projects for the challenge though, but I was not in the mood to really post my projects.

Today I am feeling a lot better. Life goes on… with trashed cars and all. I realized there is not point worrying about something you can’t control or know with certainty how it will resolve.

So here are my projects:

Day 1: I covered one of the drawers of my craft cabinet with chevron tape. Chevron. I told myself I would never use it because I am so tired of seeing it all over Pinterest… but here I am. I’ve sold my soul. I am planning to do the rest of the drawers over the duration of the challenge in different partners.

Day 2:  I made a custom apron for a painter. She was next to me at my last Craft Show and ordered one from me with shorter pockets. She also picked out the fabric from my stash.

Day 3: I made a quilt block! YES! My first quilt block!!! I just made it up, no planning at all. I like it, and it was fast! I just grabbed scraps in coordinating colors and sewed them together. I am so excited about the beginning of my quilt journey.

Day 4 (today): I made a “create” sign inspired by this. Check out the rest of the blog, I became obssesed with it as soon as I discovered it a couple of weeks ago.

What have you been making? Show me!

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” — Mary Lou Cook

Last Minute Cinco de Mayo Decoration

May 4, 2012 at 22:29 | Posted in Crafts - DIY, Stimulus | Leave a comment
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Cinco de Mayo is tomorrow! Here is a very last minute decoration idea you can whip up in half an hour or less using frames and fabric scraps.

This weekend I will be participating at a Spring Craft Sale for the home selling my fun, unique and creative aprons. I am very excited to be back doing craft shows! I stopped when Paloma was born, so it is nice to be back. I have been sewing them all week, and while cutting one out of a beautiful Frida Kahlo print, an idea for using some frames I have laying around came to me. Use them to frame fabric!

You just need to cut the fabric to the size of the frame. You can exchange them for different holidays or seasons (flowers prints for spring, patriotic prints for 4th of July, etc).

Wish me luck at the craft show! Do you sell at Craft Shows/Bazaars?

Aprons, aprons, aprons 😉

Bold and Colorful Curtains

April 23, 2012 at 22:52 | Posted in Crafts - DIY, Stimulus | 7 Comments
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Happy (belated) Earth Day! and Happy National Dance week! We had a great weekend, full of activities. I took a Vertical Dance Class, it was so much fun! but boy, I was sore all weekend (yes! that is me!). And then  we went to the Poi Fire Dance Expo in SF.

I hope you had a good weekend too!

Now back to business 😉 One of the projects in my never-ending list of house projects are curtains. Curtains for the kitchen, the laundry room, the bedrooms… see… never-ending! I only made the ones for the kitchen and laundry room so far, from fabric I got at IKEA. Very colorful fun print and budget friendly.

I hung a beautiful batik cloth Michael bought a long time ago in the office, and I really like how you can see it both from the street and inside, so I think I will keep it like that (one less to do!).

I made these when we lived in the apartment, we chose a rich red color burnt-out fabric that paired really nice with the yellow walls (and with Bob the Super Cat too).

Curtains are relatively easy to make, depending on the style you choose. You can find some guidance about choosing the perfect curtain, calculating the yardage and more here, here, and here. Also, check out these tutorials.

Personally, I prefer the curtains to be bold, graphic and colorful, so here are more ideas I absolutely adore.

 

Do you make your own curtains? Do you prefer graphic or solids? Tell me! 🙂

Tea Towel Spring Dress {Tutorial}

March 20, 2012 at 20:57 | Posted in Before and After, Crafts - DIY, Tutorials | 5 Comments
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My aunt Melissa sent me several boxes full of goodies at the beginning of the year. Boxes filled with old linens, amazing clothes, bags, and sewing notions, even the coolest aprons you have ever seen. Not only these boxes are a great source of inspiration and motivation, but most of the items are handcrafted and vintage, so they are all very special.

In one of the boxes there was this gorgeous Vera by Vera Neumann vintage linen tea towel. If you do not know who Vera Neumann was, she was an iconic artist that created the first signature scarf in history around WWII, by kepping her signature on art transferred to the scarves. She was the innovator of cross-licensing and one of the most successful female entrepreneurs of her time. Her philosophy: fine art should be accessible to everyone, not just a select few. She believed that artwork should not be relegated to walls. Rather, people should surround themselves with art–wear it, dine off it, and dream under it. Pretty cool lady, don’t you think? Her art is bright and colorful.

As my aunt told me, it stayed pristine because it was “too pretty to use”. Linen dishtowels were a popular gift item in the 1970s.  They were very handsome graphically but had to be ironed when used. I also thinks that it is too pretty to use, so I made it into a dress for Paloma. For the top, I used an old romper that I got at one of the baby clothing swaps at the Library, but it was too small. The colors were very close and the material very similar too;  they were made for each other! So now they live together happily ever after 😉 Here is the tutorial. Enjoy!

You will need:

  • A tea towel
  • A romper or shirt or onesie.
  • Sewing supplies (scissors, sewing machine, thread)
  • Trim, ribbon or fringe for decoration (optional).

First, measure the garment that you will use for the top of the dress and cut it at the desired length. You can go to the waist or to the chest. If there is a pocket on it like in mine, remove it with a seam ripper. (I cannot resist! I have to show off my cool vintage hem clips too!)

Then fold your tea towel in half (width-wise) and cut it. Pin the sides and sew them together.

Iron the seams flat.

Matching the side seams of both pieces, pin them in place and after doing this, start pinning the rest, making a couple of pleats every 1 1/2″ or 2″. Sew them together.

Finito! You can add a trim or ribbon or fringe as decoration.  I used an orange pom pom fringe I got in Argentina. CUUUUUUTE!!!!!!

And on her, super cuuuute!! 🙂

Perfect spring dress that cost me absolutely nothing,  ZERO money, just friends and love.

I craft all night and party everyday at these Craft Parties. Check them out and party with us!

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