Friday, December 31, 2010

"The Best Thing I Made This Year" Contest

Here are the entries so far for the "Best thing I made this year" contest in the Cafemom Group!

Gray Ribbon Lap Quilt by Threads of Gray

This Swarovski crystal heart bracelet by Ms. Rios Originals

Full Crayon Apron from Childish Thoughts

Dolphins at the beach - Quilted wall hanging or table topper 28 in. square by Quilting Diva

Pat Hat by Crafty Jones Creations

Vintage Inspired Apron from Heather's Custom Sewing

Cloth Menstrual Pads from Hen and Chick Cloth

Mermaid Molly from Heather's Doll Shop

Rockarella Punk Princess Quilt Blanket with Rockin Zebra Border from Cozy Cabin Creations

Pink/Brown Dots Pillowcase Dress with Flower Cuff with Owl Applique by Kids Fashions

Custom Snowman Family by Patty's Pretty Things

Ruby Lou Dolls by Kiwi and Kiki

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Friday, December 17, 2010

Gift Treasury!

Looking for last inexpensive last minute gifts? Check out this Treasury on Etsy of handmade items from the Cafemom Group that are under $15

Click HERE!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tutorial posted on member's blog today!

Head on over to Heather's Blog, from Heather's Custom Sewing and check out her tutorial for a Crocheted Rag Rug!
Click HERE to go to the tutorial!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Meet Team Member Kenzy Bug!

I am a work at home mom of 4 kids. I love making tutu bags. Since my daughter started dance we were looking for cute unique bags for her to carry her dance shoes and leotards in. Perfect size for that.

You can find her shop HERE!

If you've got a cute little girlie girl to buy gifts for, these bags are just too cute!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Meet Team Member Liza Belle Scrapbook Boutique!

Hi! Welcome to Liza Belle's!

I am a stay at home mom of 2 little ones. They keep me busy...this shop keeps me sane! :-) Liza Belle's is a combination of my two favorite hobbies....scrap booking and collecting vintage!

I have a fresh take on scrap booking and LOVE to scout out (and create) interesting embellishments and papers. I also enjoy hunting for vintage finds at estate and garage sales, auctions, and the occasional flea market and antique store!

You can find her shop HERE!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Meet Team Member Heather!

Heather is a busy woman, with THREE shops!!

Hi! I'm Heather. I'm 26 & I'm a stay at home mom, homemaker, housewife & seamstress. I have a 7 year old son (Ian) and our 2nd son joined us Oct 1, 2009 (Jameson). My husband (Justin) is in the military. He travels a lot but is currently not deployed. I spend all my extra time sewing and creating things that I love.

We are a smoke-free home and while we do have 2 kitties they are not allowed in my sewing room.

You can find her Custom Sewing Shop HERE, her Cloth Diaper Shop HERE, and her Doll Shop HERE!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Meet The Girls Room Designs!

Hi there! Thank you for stopping by my little piece of Etsy. Wanna know a little about me? I have an adorable 2 year old boy who is a total whirlwind, I love making my crafts and hope you love them too. I'm currently not "working" outside of the home, but you mama's out there know raising children is a full time job.

You can check out The Girls Room Designs on Etsy on HERE!

And here are a few of my favorite items!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

Meet Bugsie of Cardiology!

Hi, I'm Bugsie, aka Michelle.

My previous handmade wares have included everything from purses to pillows to PJs and now I am simply doing back-flips about my latest creative endeavor! These handmade cards fashioned from all recycled and reused materials are, well ... so ME! I love vintage and I love letter writing! I like the idea that the cards are recycled AND pretty at the same time. Kind of girly and green all at once! Let's just say girlygreen! And I adore making them!

After spending my entire life in California, I moved to Texas with my husband and daughter almost 13 years ago. It has been a great experience for us, we've made wonderful friends here, and it's been a place where I have enjoyed so much creative layering.

A perfect day for me means spending hours and hours in my workshop (you should see's really cool!) fueling my soul through creative work. Dogs snoring at my feet. Sunlight falling across my worktable spread with scraps of lovely old linens and bits of embroidery. It is my wish that you will enjoy my Cardiology line of stationery as a way to breathe life back into the art of letter writing, go green while you're at it, and with the help of a little postage stamp, sprinkle a few kind words around the planet.

A few of my favorite items from her shop!

Fall Cards
Watch Ring

And these adorable quilted tags!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Thanksgiving Theme Contest Entries

This month's theme is Thanksgiving and here are the entries!

Quilted Reversible Fall/Christmas Table Runner - 17 1/2 in. x 31 in. by Quilting Diva.

Handpainted Glasses by the Blushing Ivy

Personalized Reversible Brown Cord Turkey/ Red Cord Present Aline Dress by Kids Fashions by Linda

Set of 6 Clothespins ALTERED or MAGNETS---Happy Fall Yall, by MicroMops

Gobble Gobble I'm Stuffed Thanksgiving Turkey Table Runner, by CozyCabinCreations

Printable Personalized Recipe Cards - Autumn Pumpkins Fall Leaves Design, by Pixel Perfect Boutique

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Meet PattysPrettyThings!

Meet Patty, of Patty's Pretty Things on Etsy!

"I'm a stay-at-home mom of 1 terrific little boy, and I love to craft and make jewelry. Right now, polymer clay is my preferred medium, but that is subject to change at any moment!"

Patty has some amazing Holiday items in her shop, and I've personally gotten several pieces from her that I just adore! You can find her shop HERE!

This is my absolutely favorite necklace of all time, I purchased it from Patty and have even planned entire shopping trips around finding as many blouses as I can to match it!

And these beautiful ornaments that are for charity!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

7PolkaDots Crochet Baby and Bassinet Tutorial

From 7PolkaDots on Etsy, a member of the Cafemom Team!

These are my Baby Doll and Convertible Baby Bassinet Bag patterns. These are patterns I created early on and I do plan on creating some new ones hopefully soon.

I really hope you all enjoy these patterns for your personal use. Please do not use these patterns to make items for resale or in any way make a profit without my express written permission. Also please don't post any of these patterns to your blog but you can link to this bog if you like. If you have any questions regarding anything that you see here, the patterns, or if you would like limited permissions, please email me at

Click on the links below to download

Thanks for sharing your fabulous tutorials 7PolkaDots! Check out her shop HERE!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Tutorial: Hand Stamped Sterling Silver Jewelry

Thanks to Kiwi of KiwiandKiki on Etsy for this awesome tutorial!

My latest addiction - once I learned how to make my own hand stamped sterling silvery jewelry (so easy!) I knew I had to share it with the world. One thing I learned while trying to find information on this craft was that it is hard to find information about it! :) This tutorial will outline the basic tools you need, and help you get started with how to use your tools.

Basic Tools:

You will need a mallet (or some people prefer to use a regular hammer), steel bench block, 600 grit sandpaper, polishing pads, design stamp (I use a snowflake stamp in this tutorial), black permanent marker (for the oxidizing look), 1/2 inch 24 gauge sterling silver disc, 1.7mm hole punch pliers, a sterling silver jump ring (sizes vary, use the size that you like best) and a necklace chain (I am using an 18" 1.2mm sterling silver ball chain.

Okay, after seeing that list, you should be getting the idea that this is not an inexpensive hobby/craft. It will take a little investment in the beginning, but it will pay off when you are creating beautiful pendants that people charge a lot of money for.

Okay- let's get started!
Step 1: Start by placing your sterling silver disc on the steel bench block. Place your design stamp carefully in the desired place on the disk. For this small pendant, I'll place the design slightly below the middle of the disc, so that when the hole is punch on the top, it still looks centered.

Step 2: Firmly hit your mallet against the design stamp several times, to ensure your design has been stamped into the sterling silver disc. You want to make sure you get it right the first time - otherwise, it would be difficult to place it perfectly back on top of the design to stamp it again.

Step 3: Using your hole punch pliers, place your disc in the hole punch, lining the disc up so that the hole will be place properly. Squeeze the punch tightly - if you don't do this correctly, you could end up damaging the disc, and you'll want to start all over again.

Step 4: This is the step that makes your design image pop off of the disc - to give your silver the "oxidized" look, we're going to cheat a little by using a black permanent marker to mark in the grooves of the design. When you are done, it will look something like the picture at right.

Step 5: Use the fine grit sandpaper to smooth off all edges of the disc, and then follow it up with the polishing pad. As you work the polishing pad over the design area, it will polish off the excess black marker, leaving your disc beautifully polished and your design will stand out on the disc.

Step 6: Add your jump ring and necklace chain (or you could make several of these and add them to a charm bracelet), and you are finished! Here is an up-close picture of my finished product. This particular sized disc also works well for single letter.

Thanks Kiwi! :)