Featured Crafter: Rachel from Slow Down Productions

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Slow Down Productions is Rachel’s Etsy shop, full of intricate macrame plant hangers and wall hangings to decorate your home. The bright colors and gorgeous knotted designs are the perfect way to add some texture and color to a boring wall. She has been featured in blogs and websites such as Apartment Therapy and Moon to Moon UK.

Featured Crafter: Rachel from Slow Down Productions

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Rachel is a huge fan of Sugar n’ Cream Yarn and dyes and knots it to make her stunning pieces.

Featured Crafter: Rachel from Slow Down Productions

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Rachel lives and works out of Baltimore and loves to bring color and beauty into the home with her brightly dyed macrame creations.

Featured Crafter: Rachel from Slow Down Productions

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Outside of her Etsy shop, Rachel has sold her pieces at Species by the Thousands, Hunters Alley, Urban Outfitters, and
One Kings Lane.

Featured Crafter: Rachel from Slow Down Productions

Find this plant hanger at Slow Down Productions

Check out Slow Down Productions for even more bright colors, beautiful macrame, and statement making wall hangings.

Featured Crafter: Julie Larson

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Julie uses her paper crafting skills to create lovely mini albums that can hold plenty of photos in beautiful layouts

Featured Crafter Mini Album

Julie Larson Mini Album

I am a full-time wife, mother, paralegal and paper crafter. Any spare moment I have I spend in my craft area making scrapbooks, cards and mini albums. If you have invited me to a wedding, baby shower, graduation party or other event you will probably be receiving some kind of album and home made card. I also make and donate items for local fundraisers and dinners. When not up to my elbows in paper and adhesive I am searching the internet for inspiration and finding new and unique ideas for my paper crafting.

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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

Featured Crafter: Linda Sienkiewicz

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Featured Crafter: Linda Sienkiewicz

My name is Linda Sienkiewicz, and my business is Rókki Handbags. I craft purses out of everything from the seat of a pair of jeans to record album covers. Several years ago, a fellow writer asked me to make a purse from her newly published historical romance. Thus began my new passion: making book purses! I take book covers and give them new life by crafting them into purses, clutches, wallets and cell phone cases. I especially enjoy recycling the really old books, the ones that are falling apart, into purses. Some of these vintage book covers have beautiful cover designs with embossing, illustrations and colors.

Featured Crafter: Linda Sienkiewicz

Please don’t think I’m simply ripping books apart for the fun of it. Turn-of-the-century books were not made to last. They were printed on cheap paper with pressed board covers that is so acidic it actually eats away at the cover fabric. I often do extensive repair work on some covers. I see repurposing such books as a way of honoring and preserving them. The end product is a one of a kind purse that can be used and enjoyed for years, as a day clutch or an evening bag. The best part is that the texts of vintage books have been digitalized and can be read online for free.

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Featured Crafter: Melissa from Green Owl Art

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No Sew Halloween Costumes

Easy No-Sew Halloween Costumes

My name is Melissa and I am a stay at home mama to two beautiful babes, Emma, 6 and Grayson, 3. I strongly believe that art should be an essential part of a child’s life. I watch my children grow and learn through art everyday. I have always been an artist my entire life and dabbled in pretty much every form, but when I became a mother it was a bit challenging for me to find ways for my children to be involved. After much trial and error I have found that children are born artists with amazing imaginations ready to create. We just need to help them embrace their creative mind.

Melissa has fantastic recipes, games and crafts to make with your kids. Check out some of our favorites:

Easy Hand Puppets - Green Owl Art

Easy Hand Puppets

Kids can create their own characters and stories for each face on their finger puppets to act out in a puppet theater! The above photo is the 3 Little Pigs!

No-Cook Oatmeal - Green Owl Art

No-Cook Oatmeal

Make a healthy breakfast the night before with this fun recipe. All you have to do is grab and go in the morning!

“With Me All Day” Pendant

To help with her daughter’s first day of school jitters, Melissa made a special pendant just for her, and had Em create a pendant for Melissa to wear. Whenever one missed the other, they could look at the pendants.

Find even more lovely tutorials and ideas to create and teach with your children over at Melissa’s blog, Green Owl Art.

Featured Crafter: Jamie from Frogs & Snails & Puppy Dog Tails

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Wristbands for Kids

Hi, I am Jaime. Mommy of 3 busy little boys I have to find fun ways to keep them occupied. I love creating fun children crafts for us to do together. Crafting is just one part of our busy days.  I love sharing our fun on my blog Frogs & Snails & Puppy Dog Tails.

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Flower Craft for Kids

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Paper Plate Monster

I started this blog in 2012 for family and friends who had an interest in my personal FB photos.  They wanted directions or recipes to go with the photo.  What better way to do this than to start a blog.  Put up quick directions with a photo right?  Well, one and a half years later, I have learned that it is not quite that easy.  Blogging has become a hobby and passion of mine over this time however.  I have also had a chance to meet some great new people and work on a few fun projects along the way.

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 Footprint Rocket

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Name Frames

If you would enjoy following along to see what fun we get into check out FSDPT on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and our G+ community, All Things Kids where you will not only see what we have been up to but other fab bloggers ideas too.

Jamie from Frogs & Snails & Puppy Dog Tails

Be sure to check out Jamie’s blog for wonderful crafts for learning and kid’s crafts!

Featured Crafter: Craftulate

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Homemade Herb and Spice Play Dough

I have been blogging about arts and crafts for young children and toddlers since January 2013 and have achieved a big following in a short space of time. I love trying new ideas with my son (now 2.5 yrs) and developing his skills in every area.

Here are some of Georgina’s Favorite Posts from her blog, Craftulate

ABC Animal Handprints

Teach children the alphabet and let them get a little messy with this fun craft. Georgina says it’s also a great way to use up excess paint!

Melty Bead Coasters

An easy DIY gift for any age, kids will have lots of fun watching the beads transform in the oven.

Farm Small World

Create your own miniature farm to teach and interact. You can include any animals and plants you would like, customize for your area!

Check out some of the fun series Craftulate has for learning and exploring like Learning Colors with Brown Bear, where children explore a different color every week with the help of their best friends – stuffed animals! The current series in progress is Craftulate’s All Things Transport, that focuses on a different mode of transportation every week!


Check out Craftulate to find more creative and learning crafts for toddlers!


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