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All Are Welcome Here

Misfits unite! At A Crafty Crew we realize the magic of bringing everyone together — quiet writers, dedicated equestrians, weird artists, loving foster parents, individuals committed to yoga practice, and families who nurture wholesome family values. We understand being passionate about your special interests and your creative lifestyle.

We get you!

We’re writers who love being lost in our own heads, immersed in thrilling stories we make up. We’re horse lovers who go to the barn day or night, rain or shine, heat wave or freezing wind. Because being with our horses is our positive energy source and our happy place. We’re artists who wake up at night haunted by exciting new design ideas that won’t go away. We’re the tireless foster parents who put their kids health and happiness ahead of their own. We’re girls who practice yoga in cute tights grunting and groaning with every wonderful stretch.

You’re not alone. You’ve found friends, fans, and family here. We know what it takes to forge ahead when things get hard. We see you driven by dreams that won’t be ignored or forgotten. We’re made from the same stubborn mold as you. We don’t bend or break under pressure. Obstacles make us stronger, more resilient, and even more determined to succeed. Quiet self-confidence combined with pit bull tenacity is our superpower.

Let it shine!

We know you’re awesome. Don’t be shy! Let the rest of the world know it too. At A Crafty Crew we encourage self-expression in all its colorful forms. That free-spirit energy fuels our creative flame. It inspires us to dig deep to create original artwork for our unique apparel, mugs and Eco-totes that speak to you.

Whether you’re sitting in a crowded coffee shop sipping a steaming latte or nestled snug in your bed with a good book, you’re important to us. That’s why we continue to create comforting, feel-good designs to make you feel included and loved.

Our commitment to supporting a strong artistic community doesn’t stop with our feisty fashions or unique accessories. We also strive to nurture your spiritual well being. We inspire productive hands-on activities for all ages by offering smart, fun, easy-to-make, inexpensive craft project tutorials.  

We’re excited to share a new acrylic painting-on-canvas design titled All Are Welcome Here. Watch the how-to video on our YouTube channel. Get your FREE copy of the companion eBook with color pictures, full size pattern and supply list on our website.

Thanks for stopping by. We look forward to sharing more as we continue to support, encourage, and inspire your creative lifestyle.  

Live, Love, Create,

Lisa, Jessie & Niki

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A Crafty Crew:
Content and Merchandise to Inspire Your Creative Lifestyle

A Crafty Crew began as a small spark of an idea. Our mission is simple: we want to share our unique talents to empower other creatives who share our diverse interests by building a supportive community. Our journey to this point of growth wasn’t fast or easy. We overcame obstacles, we learned to trust our individual visions, and we continually challenge each other to bring the absolute best of ourselves to our work. 

Times are tough, but we won’t allow adversity to shadow our dreams. Here at A Crafty Crew, we’re 3 driven women prepared to encourage everyone through positive attitude and creativity. With passion and focus we can change the world. We kindly ask for your support. Join the crew and let’s get crafty. Please Like, Follow and Share. Help us grow and we will help you live, love and be creative.

Here’s to our bright and happy future.

Live, love, create!

Lisa, Jessie & Niki


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5 Tips to Get into Your Crafty Creative Zone

The creative zone is a wonderful place where new ideas are conceived, and innovative pieces of art are brought to life. In the creative zone, time doesn’t exist. It’s a beautiful realm full of wonder and surprise. It’s a place of magic we all want to visit. So, how do you produce the right environment to get to this artist’s heaven on-demand? Here are some tricks to fast-track you to the zone.  


1) Find your sweet spot.

Identify when you feel most productive creatively. Don’t fight it. Not everyone is meant for a 9:00 to 5:00 workday. For me, my most fruitful hours are between 11:00 am and 7:00 pm. I like to work even later if I’ve gained momentum that’s getting projects done. My day starts a lot earlier than 11:00, but I like to go for a walk and tidy the house a little before I get serious about crafting. Then, I can focus on artistic projects without distractions.


2) Free-play without a critic.

Play with your medium without a rigid plan. Allow your spontaneous artistic mind to wander and explore new ways to combine materials to make interesting new pieces. I pull random craft items out and lay them on a table. Then I mix them up to get unique combinations. This exercise is a process. Once you’ve exhausted the routine combinations, it’s amazing how fresh new ideas reveal themselves.


3) Take a break.

Look outside for inspiration. Exciting original crafts are the product of creatives who actively seek out stimuli to generate new ideas. Take a walk, go to the beach, the mountains, the zoo or the park. The exercise and fresh air nurtures your creative spirit and promotes action.


4) Sketch design ideas on paper.

You don’t have to be good at drawing for this exercise to work. The process of doodling frees your mind and hushes the internal sensor that holds you back. Forge ahead. Be bold. The idea is to let the drawings come naturally. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how much this simple act empowers your artistic style. Try it!


5) Dedicate time to developing your craft and your talent.

Commit to branching out and trying new types of crafts that excite you. In this unfamiliar territory you’ll find renewed energy that’ll quickly develop into exciting new craft ideas.    

The creative zone is wonderful rejuvenating place that replenishes our positive energy. Make it a  priority to set aside time to make a craft, get messy and get in the zone.


Be kind to yourself. Keep trying. Wherever you are in your crafting journey, you’re doing great!

Live, Love, Create!

Lisa 


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For the Love of Wine

For the Love of Wine

Don’t judge! In my defense we’ve been saving wine bottle corks for years. Yes, years. I knew one day inspiration would strike. I’d eventually find a creative way to enjoy the corks I lovingly saved from the trash.  

As it turned out, this wood plank project had two winning advantages. It used a bunch of corks and it makes a striking statement in our butler’s pantry where we pour the wine.

Watch the how-to video here!


Let’s get started!


You will need:

  • Wine bottle corks 60 -70 count
  • Wood 8 in. x 20 in. x ¼ in.
  • Light wood stain & dark wood stain
  • Wood block for the cutting jig
  • Right angle  
  • Marker
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Foam paint brush
  • Adhesive E6000
  • Saw tooth hanger & nails
  • Hammer
  • Power Tools
  • Orbital sander
  • Drill & drill bit
  • Bandsaw

Cut the ¼ in. thick wood to a 8 in. x 20 in. piece. Use an orbital sander to sand the wood plank to a smooth finish.

Use a foam paint brush to stain the wood. We used Golden Pecan stain on the entire surface including the edges and the back. We followed up with Red Mahogany around the perimeter. The two colors were blended with a dry paper towel. Set the wood aside and let the stain dry overnight.

Make a cutting jig for the corks. We took a scrap block of wood and drilled a hole slightly larger than the thickness of the corks. The hole is also slightly deeper than the length of the corks. Drill a second similar hole on the side of the block of wood.

Using a bandsaw cut guidelines through the holes. The first guideline is used to cut the corks in two length wise. The second set of guidelines is used to cut the corks into four even discs. Cut 60 – 70 corks in half using the wood jig and bandsaw.

Use a right angel and marker to draw a 45 degree angle line on eight corks. Match the best fitting pairs together to make four tight fitting corners for the outer border.

Draw the full size text pattern on paper with a pencil. I based the pattern on the width of the corks. The height is based on two corks laid out end to end. Trace the finished pattern with a black marker. 

Match the corks to the full size pattern and draw cutting guidelines on the corks with the marker. Cut the corks to size and lay them on the paper pattern.

Turn the wood over. Attach the saw-tooth hanger in the center on the backside.

Back on the front side, use a pencil to draw a light center line on the board vertically. Draw a light line in the center horizontally.

Glue the border on the board. Apply a small amount of glue to the back of the cut corks. Continue adding corks working toward the middle line on the board. Custom cut a cork or two to fill any remaining space left in the middle.

Glue the border on the board. Apply a small amount of glue to the back of the cut corks. Continue adding corks working toward the middle line on the board. Custom cut a cork or two to fill any remaining space left in the middle.

Lay the word out in the center of the wood. Use extra corks as spacers. Glue the cut corks on the board. Let the glue dry overnight.

It’s time to celebrate your new creation! This rustic custom made piece of art makes a thoughtful, easy, and inexpensive gift for wine loving family and friends. But I totally understand if you want to keep it for yourself. 

Cheers!

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Lisa


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DIY Stained Glass Door

DIY Stained Glass Door

Welcome!  This is the house where we love, laugh, learn, and lean on each other.  Here, we relax, reflect, and rise up to the calling of our potential.  

These are all the things I wanted to say with our front door.

Seems like a tall order, but when you’re able to build it from scratch — all the way from design to construction, and even installation — then it is possible.

Watch the magic here!

Design

Some people will tell you that I’m drawn to sparkles like a moth to a flame.  And, why not?!  Who ever said we’re supposed to outgrow glitter?  Regardless of what they say, bevels were a MUST in my front door design.  Their simplicity and beauty make bevels a timeless staple in any glass masterpiece.  They cast the most beautiful rainbows across the house.

Construction

Building stained glass feels similar to building a complex puzzle.  First, you have to cut all the glass pieces to size, then after cutting hundreds of lead pieces to match up with the glass, you get to fit it all together.

Soldering is a bit tricky.  You have to get the heat and distribution just right, otherwise you could end up with lumpy joints, or in the worst case cracked glass.  Jake’s experience with soldering computer parts came in handy here.

Cleaning the completely constructed glass may arguably be the most rewarding part of the whole process.  By the time the piece is whole, there are fingerprints all over the glass, the lead has oxidized, and remnant putty muddies the design.  Cleaning the piece is like a grand reveal!

Installation

Have you ever walked a tight rope, 50 stories high, above a swarm of hungry alligators?  Me neither.  But that’s what installation felt like.  Or at least, I imagine they’re the same feeling…  I held my breath the entire time!

Preparing the door itself wasn’t bad; we could always go buy a new door.  But after countless hours, and pouring blood, sweat, and tears (literally, because glass is sharp and Florida is hot) into the stained glass — it officially became priceless.

Thankfully everything went off without a hitch!  The only thing I thought when I saw sunlight streaming through my new, handmade, designer door was: my cup runneth over!  What a breathtaking sight!

So, welcome!

This is the home where we love, laugh, learn, and lean on each other.  Here, we relax, reflect, and rise up to the calling of our potential.  We’re glad to have you over!


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Love for all- Heart Wall Art

Love for All – Heart Wall Art

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Here’s a quick, easy and fun little project you can make in just a few minutes to add a personalized touch to your home. This cheerful heart wall art also makes a wonderful gift to show family and friends how much you care.

While I’m creating, I like to keep things simple, quiet my mind and let my imagination run free. When I started this painting, I had no real design direction. What I did know was I would use a specific, minimalist color palette of red, white, and pink. I just painted the design freehand without the guidance of pencil lines. If that scares you out of making a lovely painting of your own feel free to draw light shapes on the wood that you can fill in and follow.

Set up for this painting is very easy. I’m using inexpensive poster paints, a variety of paint brush sizes and a paper plate for my paint palette. The wood is a cut-off left over from another wood working project.

Watch the how-to video here.  


Let’s get started!


You will need:

  • 8 tbsp (1 stick) butter
  • Wood 10 in. x 12 in. x ¼ in.
  • Red Paint
  • White Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Ribbon
  • 2 Metal Hangers
  • Paper plate
  • Water bucket

Pour red paint on your paper plate palette. Use a wide brush to paint the top surface and edge of the wood. Let the paint dry completely otherwise your heart will be pink instead of crisp white.

Pour white paint on your palette. Use a wide paint brush to paint the heart. I reload the brush with paint and turn it on edge when I’m out lining the shape for sharp line quality. Apply several coats of paint for solid coverage. Let the white paint dry completely.

Using a small pointy brush, mix a touch of red into the white paint. Add a little at a time until you have a shade of pink you like. Paint spirals of varying sizes in several directions. Overlap the white heart and red background. Outline the white heart on the right side to create a pretty drop shadow. Get carried away. You can’t mess this up. Have fun with your painting and the process of creating from the heart.

The dots are fun. Dip the flat end of a paint brush into the pink paint. Tap the end on the wood to make round accents for your spirals. When you’re satisfied with your design let the paint dry completely.

Turn the art over and affix 2 hangers to the back. Thread ribbon through one hanger and tie a knot. Thread the ribbon through the second hanger and tie a second knot. There, you’re done. It’s that easy.

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Lisa



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Garden Art

We have funny looking birds here.


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