September 2011Occasionally Crafty: September 2011

Thursday, September 29

Soap that Makes Scents

Gifts from my sponsor Soap that Makes Scents would be perfect for Christmas, birthdays, Mother's Day- you name it.  I can almost smell them through the screen.

How about this Sugared Walnut Whipped Soap?  It sounds divine.

Sugared Walnut - Handmade Body Souffle Whipped Cream Soap

Love lotions?  How about this Cheeky Peach Cream Velvet Body Lotion?

Body Velvet Lotion - Cheeky Peach Cream with Shea Butter and Rice Bran Oil, 2nd item ships free

Doesn't this Vanilla Frosted Cupcake Shea Butter Lip Balm sound amazing?  My lips feel soft just thinking about it.

Soap that Makes Scents offers gift certificates and subscriptions (lip balm of the month!) so your recipient can pick out their favorites!

The variety of scents is wide, the prices are AMAZING, and if it's important to you, the handmade soap bars are vegan.  I hope you'll stop by and visit.  


Three Things Thursday

Welcome to Three Things Thursday, where I share a few projects that have caught my eye in the link parties this week.  Let me tell you, there are some beautiful, fun, adorable projects out there every week.  Even if you don't link projects up, you should definitely visit the parties for some major inspiration.

First up, I am in love with this Fall Ombre Rosette Wreath from Flamingo Toes.  It is just beautiful!

Next, I came across this creative, colorful, fun, ADORABLE First Birthday Party from Life with Luke.  I've got birthdays on the brain, since my youngest turns 2 next week.  She has some beautiful projects, so definitely click over for all the details!  I just had to show you her wreath, because I would have NEVER thought to do this, and it's so cute!

  Finally, these Fruit-Themed Baby Bibs from My Own Road  might just be the cutest bibs I've ever seen!  I don't know if I could bear to actually use them on a baby.  Love!  I think the strawberry is my favorite.

Thanks so much for the inspiration ladies!  Feel free to grab a featured button if you like!



Wednesday, September 28

Scrappin' Wednesday- Some Days Ya Gotta Dance

My oldest daughter started dance in 2010.  She enrolled in a combination class that taught tap, ballet, hip-hop, and tumbling.  In June, they put on a recital at a local high school.  My daughter's class performed a tap number to the Dixie Chick's "Some Days You Gotta Dance".  It was adorable.  I'm sure someday we will look back on the performance with chagrin, but for a bunch of five year olds, it was great!

Here's the layout I put together for her cute dance pictures.  Imagine a whole stage full of cuties in these costumes!

Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, September 27

Scarlett and Maria- Kanzashi Accessories

I'd like to introduce you to one of my sponsors this month, a unique Etsy shop called Scarlett and Maria- Handmade Kanzashi Accessories.  She says:

Tsumami Kanzashi are the hair ornaments worn by the Geishas dating back hundreds of years to the Edo period. Scarlett and Maria mixes traditional Japanese Kanzashi technique with an American twist inspired by modern trends, 20th century vintage, & found materials. These flowers are sustainably made with upcycled or vintage materials and buttons. They are folded like origami petal by petal, sewn together, and secured with high quality craft glue, then finally if necessary sprayed with fabric stiffener for the more delicate shapes. Each piece is one of a kind, and this technique renders them highly customizable and adaptable to my clients' favorite colors and themes. Handmade in St. Louis, Missouri.

These are beautiful!  She has them for your hair, as jewelry, and on trinket boxes and home decorations.  I particularly like these:

The Lilac Dahlia

Kanzashi Fabric Hair Flower Lilac Dahlia

This Red Fabric Flower Necklace

Red Fabric Flower Necklace Tsumami Kanzashi

and this Magenta Flower Ring

Kanzashi Flower Ring Magenta Sakura

There's so much to see at Scarlett and Maria, so click on over!  You'll love it!


Monday, September 26

WINNER- Bonita Bellita

I know you're dying to know who won the cute hairpins from Bonita Bellita.

The winner was entry #20-


Steph said "I like Occasionally Crafty on FB"!

Congrats Steph!  I sent you an email, so make sure to check it for details in claiming your prize!  I need to hear back within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

And thanks again to Stephanie from Bonita Bellita for sponsoring the giveaway!


My First Purse- The Layla Bag

I'm pretty sure I've discussed my general lack of sewing skills and downright fear of trying new things.  So, really, I don't know what I was thinking when I decided that I could make a purse.

I won a free pattern from Linda at Ruffled Begonia (better known as the blog author of Craftaholics Anonymous).  I chose the Layla Bag Pattern, which is available for purchase here.  It's pretty adorable, don't you think?

small ruffled hand bag sewing pattern: The Layla Bag with free Pleated Flower Tutorial

I decided to also be brave and order designer fabric for this project.  I had a vision in my head of what I wanted this purse to be, and regular old fabric from Joann wasn't going to cut it this time.  I found this Citron Gray Color Story from Michael Miller and fell in love.  It took me awhile to choose which fabrics I wanted the most.  It's just gorgeous.

Anyway, while I waited for my fabric to arrive, I decided to test out the pattern on some scraps.  I knew I would screw something up, and really didn't want to waste my "good" fabric.  Does anyone else do this or I am I just totally neurotic?  Anyway, I'm so glad I did, because my ruffles weren't sewed on evenly, I stitched my top strip on incorrectly, and I totally messed up the pocket (of all things).  (All user error, I assure you.  The pattern and directions are easy to follow).  When my fabric came, I took my time and made sure to correct all my mistakes.

Now, it is my second first attempt at a purse, so there are definitely some imperfections, but overall, I LOVE how it turned out.

 A little more Michael Miller for the inside:

The fabrics work perfectly with the pattern.  I get compliments every time I "take it out", which unfortunately, isn't often since I still usually have a toddler with me wherever I go.

Thanks so much for the pattern Linda.  I love my purse so much I'm linking up to Purse Week over at A Lemon Squeezy Home.    I'm also linking up to some of these parties.  I'm pretty proud of myself for making my first purse.

Now, which bag should I try next?


Friday, September 23

Fuzzy Sushi- Cute Crocheted Creations

I love the creations at Fuzzy Sushi.  Jen is one of my sponsors this month, and I love the jewelry I ordered from her,  I always get compliments when I wear it.

Beautiful salmon colored beaded crochet posy flower pendant

Right now, Fuzzy Sushi carries the most adorable baby hats

Cotton crochet monkey hat in your choice of color sized newborn to 2T

Kids and Adult hats

Woman's Newsboy Cap - Slouchy Cotton Crocheted Adult Newsboy Hat in Choice of Color

and fabulous hair accessories.

Set of 2 No Slip Velvet Covered Hair Clips With Crochet Flowers in Pink and Green

If you need a great gift, or just something cute for you or your child, I hope you'll visit Fuzzy Sushi.

Thursday, September 22

Three Things Thursday-

Don't forget- please enter the Bonita Bellita Giveaway!
It ends TOMORROW- so scroll down or click here to enter!

1.  These Halloween Soaps from That's What {Che} Said are the perfect adorable touch of Halloween throughout your house.

2.  This Lime Sherbet Shirt Makeover from Leslie's Latest Creations is seriously cute!  I love how it's feminine but not too overwhelming with the ruffles.


3.  This 3D Fall Art from Anne's Vinyl (and so much more) is awesome!  She has so many variations, so definitely click over and check them out.  I have been meaning to do something like this for awhile, and this just gives me more ideas on how to make it cute!

Thanks for the inspiration, ladies!  Grab a featured button if you like!



Wednesday, September 21

Scrappin' Wednesday- 8 months

Don't forget to enter the giveaway from Bonita Bellita!  It ends Friday!
Click here or scroll down to enter!

My cute baby boy turned 8 months old in June (of last year.  I'm getting there, but I'm still over a year behind!)
I decided to keep my layout simple, and just featured one of my favorite photos of him that month.

Here's what I came up with:

Have a great day!


Tuesday, September 20

New Sponsor- Tiny Tiptoes Boutique

Have you entered the Bonita Bellita giveaway?  Win some
cute hair clips by clicking here or scrolling down to enter!

First, I'm guest posting over at Crafting and Creativity today, so PLEASE go check out my tutorial to make this cute clock:

Today I have another new sponsor to introduce-

Gabrielle from Tiny Tiptoes Boutique creates all sorts of gifts and photo props that are just gorgeous.

Know someone having a fall baby? How cute is this newborn cocoon for photos?

Pumpkin Orange Newborn Cocoon and Beanie Set Photo Prop

How about a beanie for your sweet baby boy?

Little Boy Blue Teddy Bear Hat

How about a sweet and soft headband for your little girl?

Lavender Flower Newborn Headband

There are many different colors and styles to choose from, so if you're looking for one of a kind baby gifts or photo props, visit Tiny Tiptoes Boutique!


Monday, September 19

Giveaway- Bonita Bellita Hair Accessories

Aren't you the lucky readers?  Stephanie from Bonita Bellita, featured here last week as one of my sponsors this month, created a set of fall-inspired hairpins just for one of you!

These beautiful clips are perfect for adding a little something to your outfit.  I love the color of the flowers!

If you'd love these, simply visit Bonita Bellita and leave a comment here telling me which item in her shop is your favorite.

If you'd like some extra entries, please leave a separate comment for each of the following:

1.  Follow Occasionally Crafty on GFC  (or remind me that you do)
2.  Add Bonita Bellita to your favorites on Etsy
3.  Like Bonita Bellita on Facebook here (make sure you leave a note saying I sent you!)
4.  Follow Bonita Bellita on Twitter here  (tell her you're following from here!)
5.  Follow Occasionally Crafty on Facebook, Twitter, or both!

This giveaway is open until Friday at Midnight Pacific Time.  It is open to all readers, including international!  A winner will be chosen using  Good luck!

Friday, September 16

Sponsor- Piece of Cupcake

Hi everyone!  It's time to reintroduce you to another of my sponsors this month!

Who doesn't love cute cupcakes?  Piece of Cupcake sells custom cupcake wrappers and toppers, and they are really adorable!  You can tell a lot of time goes into making each set.

Here are some of my favorites:

These are adorable for a Halloween party:

Halloween Cupcake wrappers and toppers - 12 sets

These western themed ones are adorable!  Your little cowboy's party wouldn't be complete without them!

Western themed horse & badge birthday cupcake toppers and wrappers - 12 sets

I love these sweet little birds for a baby shower!

Little birdie girl baby shower cupcake toppers and wrappers - 12 sets

I hope that next time you have a party or special event, you'll think of Piece of Cupcake for your cupcake decorations!

Thursday, September 15

Three Things Thursday

I love fall!  I especially love all the creative things you can do with pumpkins.  Here are a few that inspired me this week:

1.  I adore monogrammed pumpkins.  This Monogrammed Nailhead Pumpkin from All in a Day is stunning!  I love the color- it's unique and elegant.  Great job!


3.  I love this Skinny Pumpkin Patch from Recipes and Crafts, oh My!!!  I love the staining, and that little sign is adorable!

3.  I really want to make a pumpkin topiary, and I love this one from Uncommon.  It's creative and a little spooky- perfect for Halloween!

Thanks for the inspiration, ladies!  Grab a button if you like!