category: handmade


November 10, 2014

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happy monday, friends! i always bookmark links and resources that i find interesting / helpful / fun and thought it was time i share some of them with you. below is a list of the things i’ve been loving lately. i hope you’ll grab a cup of jo and enjoying hopping down this rabbit hole with me!

i would love to make this DIY baby swing for bear and hang it from the beams in our living room. how fun!
something about this copper trowel just makes me want to dig in the dirt.
a beautifully illustrated article on the 10 things a blog should definitely have.
a generous and informative guide to art supplies.
i love making overlays for my photos with the studio app.
have you heard of task rabbit? now, all the things are possible!
the perfect DIY terrarium gift.
learn how to propogate succulents- it’s easy!
drawnimal (for kids!) is such a simple and fun app.
5 lovely uses for a latte bowl.
beautiful wedding font ideas, i especially love mina.
the snap seedapp allows for very detailed adjustments when editing photos.
loved this article on the dos and don’ts of bringing home baby 2.0+ (nope, i’m not hinting!)
recently, i’ve been listening to the most bless’ed man.
battery powered and beautiful are these stargazer lights.
turn your ideas into books with blurb.
use squarespace to build websites of all kinds!
more pretty fall fonts.
why not have a beautiful moth smoke alarm?
learn 6 different ways to finish a hem.
learn three tips for faster blogging- i needed this!
obsessing over this house. and that screen door!
plan out all your long trips using roadtrippers.
texture goodness with this retro supply photoshop kit.
learn how to make custom vector textures with this tutorial.
free printables to give to those who make the world go round.
if you have one, follow these tips on keeping your fiddle leaf fig tree healthy.
more lovely free fonts round up one and two.

now, it’s your turn! what favorite websites, products or apps have you been loving lately?


wrkdesigns holiday showcase

November 5, 2014

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wrkdesigns holiday showcase

whitney from wrkdesigns handmade makes original digital papers as well as handmade jewelry, baby bibs, ornaments and home decor items. almost all of her designs are made from upcycled materials making them very eco-friendly! i also love her digital papers – they would be great to use for scrapbooking, wrapping paper, card making and other paper crafts.

whitney is also having a holiday sale! save 15% with coupon code: WRKDSAVE15. expires 12/20. (though you should place your order before 12/15 to ensure delivery before Christmas.)

 wrkdesigns handmade elsewhere: web | twitter | facebook 

interested in advertising on ghtr? find out more about the holiday showcase and other sponsor opportunities by checking out the press package.


october roost tribe recap

October 31, 2014

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hi everyone! i’m here to share this month’s recap of the roost tribe, which gives you a sneak peek of what roost tribe members received during the month of october. if you’re interested in receiving, it’s not too late to get it all! i’ll be sending out a recap on tuesday, november 4th to the roost tribe with all of the content in it from october so no one will have missed anything, regardless of when you might have joined during this month.

that means, that if you join before tuesday, november 4th you’ll still get all of october’s content + november’s content as well- that’s two months for the price of one!

whew. got it? :)

adobe illustrator tutorial on how to use the type on a path tool.

geo basics pattern collection. you can print patterns, frame them, make cards from them, use them on your blog, social media sites, use them as wrapping paper, etc! 

delicious recipe for vegan pumpkin kale pizza.

a fall to-do list printable.

simple living article on how to roast a pumpkin and use their seeds.

a set of forested clip art illustrations.

an inspirational set of desktop + smartphone backgrounds.

Q&A article about tradeshows.


a list of favorite & useful links and resources from around the web.

plus more! being a member is tons of fun and we would love to have you join the family!  want to learn more? head on over to read this post or check out the FAQs.

want to learn more? head on over to read this post or check out the FAQs.


calypte collection

October 29, 2014

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calytpe collection

calypte collection is a fusion of modern edgy and earthy bohemian. carol is a wildlife biologist where she’s happily immersed in the beautiful colors of nature, from the gorgeous hues of blooming flowers to the iridescent colors of hummingbird feathers. you’ll find these inspirations woven throughout her jewelry where the colors of nature and modern lines collide.

calypte collection elsewhere: blog | shop | twitter | facebook

interested in advertising on ghtr? find out more about the holiday showcase and other sponsor opportunities by checking out the press package.

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ashely corin

ashleigh corrin creates illustrated and handcrafted housewares, art and accessories. with the intent to add style with a smile, each item is designed to bring a nostalgic, charming spirit to one’s life and home.

i love ashleigh’s handcrafted story. she tells a story of having a dream, making sacrifices, taking a leap and soaring towards her creative dream. seeing an artist embrace their creativity and follow their heart makes me so happy. what an inspiration!

ashleigh elsewhere: web | twitter | facebook | instagram

interested in advertising on ghtr? find out more about the holiday showcase and other sponsor opportunities by checking out the press package.

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*hi everyone! today, we’re kicking off the holiday showcase as we meet charlotte wolf from charlotte’s sew natural. let’s join her as she discusses creativity and living the life of an artist!


Charlotte Wolfe
Owner of Charlotte’s Sew Natural
Newton, Kansas

Ever since I can remember, creativity was encouraged as a “good” thing. It was easy to imagine that I might grow up to be an artist! In college, I was lucky enough to discover the theatre and majored in costume design. A theatre design major offered what I hadn’t found in either a fashion design or art major – “collaboration” – wonderful, talented people to work with. The curtain going up provided an absolute deadline. There was always another project demanding creative attention with the next show. I found it very fun and satisfying.

When I started my own business, a retail fabric store which has since evolved into a “quilt shop” called Sew Natural, I benefited from that experience.

Today, 30 years later, I still consider myself an artist first and a reluctant business person second. I find that I do my best creative work under pressure. If I am having trouble getting started, I will list the problems that need to be solved. Usually heading the list, is the date by which the project must be completed!

Once I’m immersed in a project, I need to find more hours in a row to give it full attention to complete. However, most of my creative projects are built on a few snatches of time, often while multi-tasking. I work best, first thing in the morning, with a cup of strong coffee. I often push the envelope of my available time, gulping down yogurt as I dry my hair just minutes before I need to be at the store. I’ve found that the shower can wash away the creative juices, so I postpone that as long as possible!

Nothing like having to “go” to work! The structure of having to be somewhere else, is helpful in building the desire to get back into the studio to do creative work. No one works in a vacuum, and I am lucky to be exposed to many great ideas, and talented people, every day.

One recent example:

This past spring, Creative Grids Rulers challenged shop owners to make a 36” long quilt row using one of their rulers, then ran a contest on Facebook all summer, asking people to Like their favorite quilt “row” submissions. A Creative Grids Ruler had to be used in construction. The design had to be a certain height and length. It had to represent a season. And there was a deadline! Oh, one other thing, it couldn’t be too complicated, as the quilt rows were to be written as patterns and given away for free to participants in the Row By Row Experience, a new kind of quilt shop hop.

The Row By Row Experience had a seasonal theme. This included a series of trees looking different in each season. I started wondering what the small cardinal in the leaf-less winter tree saw looking out across the field of snow. One thing leading to another, I came up with the idea of the cardinal building himself a snowman friend. I found the perfect Creative Grids Ruler to cut 3 different size circles to create the snowman, and I was off and running! I worked early mornings on the design, and tweeked it in the evenings. With the deadline for photography looming, I finally had a chance to take an entire morning to stitch the row and sewed it into a table runner, in case one didn’t want to make an entire quilt.

My row was one of the top vote getters! My own design, but it owes much to others. The quilt industry is full of gifted, industrious, generous people. I am so inspired by and very lucky to be a part of this global community!

I’d love to hear from you via social media, or if you’re ever in the area stop by the store and say hi in person. – Charlotte

Charlotte’s Sew Natural elsewhere: web | newsletter | facebook

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silhouette cutting machine (1)

i’m just bopping in to share my latest love with you: the silhouette cameo cutting machine. i purchased it several months ago and didn’t start using it until last month. i cannot believe i waited so long! all of the sudden, i feel like i’m not sure how i lived without the ability to cut all.the.things.

though i had about a day’s long learning curve to get through, the machine and program that comes along with it, called silhouette studio, are really easy to use. i upgraded to the ‘designer edition‘ so that i could import files in from illustrator. it works like a charm! the cameo will cut sticker paper, vinyl, temporary tattoo paper, stencil material, cardstock, chipboard, magnet sheets and even fabric!

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one of my favorite features of the silhouette studio is the nesting feature. once you have several motifs in the document, you can simply select ‘nest’ and the program will place as many motifs as possible on the sheet in order to maximize your space and reduce waist. it’s like magic.

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i got slightly carried away with the temporary tattoos. they’re just so fun! to make these, i printed the designs on temporary tattoo paper with my standard printer (along with a set of registration marks silhouette studio includes on the document), then ran it through the cameo. the cameo reads the registration marks and cuts everything out precisely. and, it actually works!

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it has been incredibly helpful as i’ve prepared for a craft fair and upcoming trade show. i’ve made custom hang tags and sticker price tags which you might be able to see in the top photo. i also made a gold vinyl decal of my logo, which you can see in the above photo hanging on the cart. this thing is amazing!

do you have a silhouette? if so, what are you favorite ways to use it?

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handmade fashion - sewing patterns (1)

clockwise: pleated knit skirt // out and about dress // tiny pocket tee // scout tee // alder shirt dress

i’ve been on the hunt for some sweet and simple sewing patterns lately, and i’m so excited about what i’ve found! since we now have 4 knits and 2 voiles offered in each of my fabric collections (perfect for garment making), i’ve gotten the itch to learn how to sew apparel. since my mom is such an amazing seamstress, i usually outsource any apparel projects to her, but i think i’m ready to finally take the plunge and start sewing some myself. i can do it, right?!

i’m planning to start with a few tops from grainline studio and i’ll be sure to share the process with you as well. i’m also in search of a pattern for pair of high waisted – wide leg pants. do you know of any?

your turn! what are your favorite sewing patterns or companies for apparel?

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foxglove // the riding peplum | sewn by sew caroline // beautiful dreamer cardigan | sewn by sew caroline // the dreamer top

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