Get Ready for Cinco de Mayo!

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By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

After the long (long, LOOONGGG) winter that just about everyone has had this year, spring couldn’t be more welcome. And what better way to celebrate the return of the warmth (and we deserve some warmth after this winter!) than to bring in the bright colors of Cinco de Mayo? You can’t help but smile with all the colors and flowers of Cinco de Mayo and it’s the perfect opportunity for some colorful crafting! Maybe you’re planning a big bash for the day, or perhaps it’s just a good reason to bring out the bright and cheerful, either way, here are some of our favorite Cinco de Mayo projects!

Geometric Cinco de Mayo Garland - Oh Happy Day

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta GarlandOh Happy Day

It can’t be Cinco de Mayo without tissue paper bunting! I think this is the first craft I ever did for Cinco de Mayo, back when I was a little girl and I always think of these as the quintessential Cinco de Mayo decorations. And bonus! It’s a great craft to do with kids!

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Table Cloth Weights

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By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the Blog A Geek in Glasses.

Table Cloth Weights

Table Cloth Weights for Summer Cookouts

Just in time for all of those summer picnics, make your own clip on weights that keep the table cloth in place even on the breezy days. A set of 4 make a nice gift for mom on Mother’s Day or for the hostess of the weekend cook out.

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Free Stuff Friday Winner!!

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We hope you all had a wonderful, spring-y weekend. It’s time to announce another Free Stuff Friday Winner! Congratulations to… Gina! Enjoy your new jewelry making supplies!

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If you love beads in all shapes and sizes, this prize is for you. Each bag has at least 12 different types of beads and two types of string in varying sizes and shapes. Enter to win one of these grab bags before it’s too late!

The winning answer to “What is your favorite spring activity?” is…

“Watching baseball, especially the Mariners!!!”

Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week.  Check back on Friday for your chance to win!!

Social Media Recap

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As the marketing assistant for CreateForLess, I have a lot of fun coming up with new ways to help inspire and interact with all of you through social media. We try to bring new ideas and fun finds from around the internet right to your screen with our different social media channels. If you’re not already following, and like what you see, make sure to click over and like, follow, comment, and share!

Let’s start out with Tumblr this week. I shared a lot of springtime crafts, but these go-to’s were definitely the favorites of the week:

These earrings let you take your friendship bracelet tying skills to the next level. So cool!

DIY Friendship Earrings - Curly Made

Friendship EarringsCurly Made

These confetti decorated packages would be so fun to receive for a birthday or just because.

Confetti Decorated Packages - You Are My Fave

Confetti Decorated PackageYou Are My Fave

Find out what else we’ve been up to after the jump:

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Featured Crafter: Julie Saling

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Julie does wonderful, intricate work with clay in beads and on wine glasses. Check out her one-of-a-kind look and learn more about how she started this creative craft! 

Julie Saling

Hi! I’m Julie Saling, retired (meaning old) and living the good life in AZ. I have not come from a crafty family although my daughter has done some wonderful scrapbooking. So, I took a beading class here in my community that offers soooo many things. Then I started beading with a couple of gals. Well one of thoes “gals” comes from a VERY crafty family. She spends a week, every year, with her mother at a craft get-together and she teaches and takes classes. And you guessed it….. she took a clay class! As soon as she got back she taught us how to make beads and I’ve never looked back, except to look in horror at the check book to see where ALL the money went. Create For Less has most of it and I have been very happy with their products. I know I don’t have enough life to do all I want to do with clay. The canes I make often end up as jewelry as well as on wine glasses. So far I have only sold at the craft show and tennis tournament and of course friends, I would love to give everything away (which I did with lots of jewelry) to my sweetie’s horror. So, when I started a new hobby he said it had to support itself. :-)
I would welcome comments or contact.

Thank you! Julie

Terry’s Blinds Feature!!

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I was recently asked by Terry’s Blinds to do an interview about my design aesthetic and inspiration as the editor of Think Crafts. I have to admit, it was a little intimidating. The beautiful magazine style layout and wonderful designers had me wondering if I was good enough to be included. I absolutely adore interior design and love drooling over perfectly styled rooms, but I’m horrible at executing it in my own life. This was a nice little challenge for me, and I have to say, the interview itself really got me inspired to get to decorating my own home!

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Check out my top choices for spring style and read my interview over on Terry’s Blinds Designer Insights! You should also take a look at the other designers featured. There is a designer for every aesthetic and style and everyone is so inspiring!

Free Stuff Friday!!

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It’s Friday again, so let’s get to giving away this week’s prize! Get inspired with one of our Bead Grab Bags!

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If you love beads in all shapes and sizes, this prize is for you. Each bag has at least 12 different types of beads and two types of string in varying sizes and shapes. Enter to win one of these grab bags before it’s too late!

Every Friday we’ll post a giveaway on Think Crafts and all you have to do is comment on the blog post answering the question of the week. We’ll pick the winners and contact them via email. Deadline is midnight tonight and the winner will be announced Monday. One entry per person please.

Question of the week:  What is your favorite spring activity?

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