Saturday, May 31, 2014

Last Month Tonight! May Edition

If you didn't catch it the title of this new monthly recap segment I'm doing is a reference to John Oliver's new HBO show. I am a huge fan of Jon Stewart, Stephan Colbert, and John Oliver. They are all hilarious comedians and I support all of their creative endeavors!

No need to be jealous about my awesome desktop, find yours here!
Anyway at the end of every month I'm going to look back and summarize what happened around the Cwafty Blog. This will let me review my work for the month and help me decide where to go next. It also helps any of you guys who may have missed something, or new readers who want to see a quick example of a months posts.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Meet Venture the Gnome: Mascot, Muse, Maker

I have had this idea in the works for a long time! When I first started Cwafty Creations, my etsy shop, I felt like as a business owner I really wanted a mascot. I went through a lot of ideas but nothing really stuck. As my business grew that didn't seem as important as getting my orders out and promoting my shop and coming up with new products so it fell to the wayside.

One day I went into my Art class and found that some kid had left behind this wonderful painting of a gnome. My whole table (4 great girls) loved him instantly and I most of all took a liking to him. Nobody claimed him from any of the art classes so I took him home, named him Venture, and declared him the inspiration I needed!
I had to make Venture into a creature of my own though, and so I had to postpone the project even longer looking for the perfect way to create my own! Find out how I did below! As well as a free desktop to introduce you to your new favorite crafting buddy!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday: Teacup Planter

(I am still working on a way to make this tutorial workable; please don't try unless you know how to keep the paint from bubbling.)
This project was one I was really excited for but unfortunately had a few snags. I didn't let those stop me though, I persevered! I was so determined to make a pretty pot for my plants I accidentally murdered one of them...I am a bad plant mommy, but you know that if you've read my Leibster Award Facts. I've got to try though, my thumb wants to be green!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Whimseybox Review: Learn Calligraphy + Printable Quote + A $5 coupon

**This company is no longer in business**
This box was a little late due to some clerical errors made because I went from being just a customer to a blogger associated with Whimseybox, but I finally got it! They have great customer service though so it was no problem!

Before we even get started, let me tell you guys Whimseybox gets a 10/10 for this box with me! Definitely one of their best boxes ever I would say! Find out about whats inside the April 2014 Whimseybox below!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Tutorial Tuesday: Antler Hair Barrettes

This is the second project inspired by Lani Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series. I finished the series last week and I was super happy with it. Lani is a great author and finished her series gracefully and happily without being cliche or stupid. It was fantastic! Last time I made a necklace inspired by the main heroine's here, this week I am making a project inspired by the third books cover!

I present to you golden antler Hair Barrettes! Perfect for if you want a little chimera in your outfit! These also could work for any nature-loving/bohemian girls! Find out how to make your own wild accessory below.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

My First Guest Post!: Dream A Little Bigger

Today marks a milestone in my blogging "career" cwafty readers! I am proud to announce my first ever guest post over at one of my personally favorite blogs, Dream a Little Bigger.

 Allison was kind enough to let me share my tutorial for a colorful, cozy bed for your cat (or small dog)! You can check it out here!
Behind the scenes shot
 Sooty-bum approves this message!

Til Next Time!