Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Sharing Some Fun Crafts I've Found

My church's Harvest Fair is this weekend and I've been feverishly finishing up some crafts to sell on the De-vine Cards table two friends and I have at it.

I'm always searching blogs and web sites for fun and fairly easy (but cute!) ideas for things to make for the fair. And this little bird house I found on Nicole Heady's blog sure fits the bill! Isn't this just the sweetest little thing. I totally cased this one - making it pretty much exactly the way Nicole did - (I just changed the tag and used red twine as a hanger instead of natural) and she suggests you could make Halloween houses, Easter Houses - you could add trellises, flowers, fences etc - your imagination is the limit!


So of course I made 10 of them (!) These are little - about 2" x 3.5" or so. The roof and platform are made with rectangle and square nestabilities. Nicole posts the pattern for you to download here. The stamps used are all Papertrey Ink
My next craft quest was a single vial holder for the great Martha Stewart vials that they have at Michaels this Halloween season (I even got mine half price!! whoo hoo!!) I have seen several containers that hold 3 or 4 vials but for selling at the church fair (where everything is marked very reasonably - as in cheap!) I wanted something to hold one. I searched in the SCS gallery under 'candy' and lo and behold - I found EXACTLY what I was looking for - she even used the same vials that I had that are 1" in circumference.
So - of course I made 10. (!) This design is by Lisa Somerville and you can see the instructions here.
I used Cosmo Cricket designer papers and the stamps are Spooky Sweets II by Papertrey Ink.

Then I found these fun treat bags designed by Heather Nichols again using the Spooky Sweets II set by Papertrey Ink. I used white craft ink to stamp the snowflakes on the bags instead of acrylic paint and it worked really well. I also put some purple crinkle basket filler paper inside the bags along with the fun chocolate 'eyeballs' I got at CVS.



So of course I made 10 (!) That seems to be my magic number when making crafts to sell at the fair!

And my final project to share with you is my little paper LL Bean-like bags that I posted some time ago here. I got the pattern in a book that I reference in my previous post.




I dressed them up a little for the holidays - again using some Papertrey Ink stamps as well as a Penny Black snowflake. I'll probably put a little bag of candies in these - And yes - I did make 10 (!) but had no strength left to put them all in my photo box to get a picture!

I may not be posting for a few days - tomorrow we are decorating the church hall with giant cardboard fall leaves and putting paper around all the tables - then Thursday we're setting up all the 'stuff' to sell on the tables - and Friday night and Saturday is the fair - I'll be sure to take some pics to share back here with you all!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Let me know where you are finding fun craft ideas!!


19 comments:

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Wow Julia - each one of these is amazing!! I love the little birdhouses - I think I may make a few as ornaments! And those little bags look just like the LLBean bags!! I was sitting there looking at them wondering where you got such a huge circle stamp to put on them!!!
Thanks for sharing... Good luck at your harvest fair!!
hugs, Jami

chelemom said...

Awesome projects! I am sure they will sell like hot cakes!

~amy~ said...

WOW! You've been BUSY Julia!! Great projects that will definitely sell!!!

Lisa Somerville said...

Thanks for trying out my Test Tube Pattern! Your projects look great!

Beth Thomas said...

Wow! You go girl! These are all wonderful! Definitely see some CASEing in the near future! TFS!

Bev said...

Those are all really great fair crafts but I especially like the LL Bean bags-so pretty. tfs

EB said...

Very cool and festive! I like the little candy pouches a lot.

dpkennedy said...

All of your projects are fantastic! I love those bird houses! And I have the same MS vials...got them on clearance last year! I bought a bunch of candy at Target-little bones, fangs, worms, eyeballs, that would be great in them! These are gonna sell like hot cakes baby!

Deb said...

These are all fabulous!! TFS!!

Shirley said...

How creative Julia! I love every project and you won't have any trouble at all with anyone not wanting one. Maybe you should make more. They are pretty and some are also just too cute!

WELCOME to my blog, Explore. Dream. Discover. said...

WOW, Julia! These are perfect for a bazaar! They will sell out fast for sure! LOVE all of them!

Carla said...

Good Grief, girl, where to start? These are all amazing! I think the bird houses are my favorite, though! They are just adorable!!

Joan Ervin said...

OMG, Julia...you have really been busy...love all your projects, especially the little birdhouses!!! You have been having too much fun!!!

Terri said...

Julia- All of your little projects are absolutely darling but I think those little birdhouses might be my favorite. You did a wonderful job, they are all going to sell quickly I am sure!

Kimberly said...

WOW! Fantastic projects!!!!!

moonrise said...

These are all so fabulous, Julia!! Great ideas for the craft fair. Hope it goes well and you have fun!
smiles,Deena

Anne said...

Fantastic work! When do you sleep girl?? You are so my hero!! I love all these projects, I would have been thrilled to get one done once...LOL!! You're going to do great at the fair, take your camera!!! I wanna see!!!
Hugs,
Anne

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh Julia, where do I start my oh my you have been busy. I can't beleive how much you have done they all look amazing the dog bag is a fav of mine....no I think they are all favs.

Margie said...

Oh my - I sooo love everything! Those lil' bird houses are sooo sweet and I love your LL Bean-like bags - both are so cute!!!
Have fun at the fair :)
xo, margie