Saturday, July 31, 2010

Craft Area Ideas

My living room has many uses. It is our living room, playroom, sewing room, and craft room. My hubby was getting sick and tired of my crafting supplies hanging out all over the place all of the time. Our solution was to get this WONDERFUL armoire:

It opens up to a home office desk with lots of shelves and cubbies for all my crafting things!

And it has a pull out try for me to work on {I know that it is supposed to be for the key board... but it works great as my crafting tray!}

And when we have guest over we can close it off and hid all my crap... I mean crafts!
The seat pushes in and looks like part of the armoire! I LOVE it... We got it from my SIL who got it from someone online
I love my new crafting space!

Here are some other crafting spacing that I love!

Craft closet from The Stories from A to Z

Make your own craft desk at

This beautiful craft room that I found on Home and Garden

I hope you enjoyed my craft desk/room inspiration! How do you keep control of all your crafts?


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Friday, July 30, 2010

Feature Friday: Interview with Amanda Formaro!!

Amanda Formaro is here with us today! I got to interview her and she has some fun and exciting news to share with us!

1. Tell us a little about you and your blogs/sites:
Wow where to begin! First and foremost I am a mom. I have four great kids, 3 boys (11, 13, 18) and one precious girl (16). I've been married for 18 years, though hubby and I have been together for a total of 25. We live in southeast Wisconsin, I'm a true midwestern girl. :) As you can see from their ages, most of my kids have outgrown doing crafts with me, and #4 is losing interest as he gets older. However, that hasn't stopped me from making crafts for kids.

I've been crafting for (acquired by Disney in June 2009) for almost 5 years, I make kid's crafts for their site. I've been published in quite a few online mags as well as a couple print magazines. Back in 1997 I founded the site, then sold it in 2007, but I'm still the editor on a part time basis. I also work for a few other sites as editor,,,, among others. :) Then there's my cooking and crafting blogs. I love to bake and cook, so I record all my kitchen adventures on Amanda's Cookin' and any crafts I'm not making for other sites, including any makeovers and redos, I keep track of on Crafts by Amanda My blogs don't get the attention I would like due to my work schedule, but I squeeze in posts at night and make projects in between drying times of Kaboose crafts!

2. I know you have some exciting news for us about Craft Gossip... What is it?
I do! Craft Gossip is an excellent source for all things crafty, whether it's news, contests, craft fairs, or tutorials. However, until recently, there really wasn't a section that showcased so many of the fabulous makeovers, redos, and projects that fall into the home decorating and organizing area. I've joined the Craft Gossip team as their newest editor heading up the Home & Garden category This new category will include anything from laundry room signs, porch and deck spruce ups, furniture makeovers, and everything in between. If it's made for the home, inside or out, I'll do my best to bring you some fabulous highlights. Craft Gossip also has several other popular areas, including Crochet, Edible Crafts, Scrapbooking and several others. All of the categories are listed on the left side of the site and each one is run by an editor just like me, one that's passionate in their field. I'm excited about this new section of Craft Gossip! It has already received tons of positive feedback from Craft Gossip subscribers and continues to grow daily.

3. Where will you be looking for feature items on Home and Garden Craft Gossip?
I subscribe to an insane number of crafty blogs :) I also participate in several link parties throughout the week, so after I've entered my own post, I scour the link parties looking for new blogs to subscribe to. While most of my features will originate from bloggers, I will also feature cool projects from some of the larger websites such as Martha Stewart, craftzine, and others. I do prefer to highlight bloggers, and there's such an abundance of creative genius out there, it won't be hard to stuff this category to overflowing! First and foremost, I'm looking for creative, unique, and inspirational projects. Good photos are a must so that our readers can truly see what the end result should look like.

That means Amanda will be looking at our Show Off Your Stuff Party!!

4. What can we do to help Home and Garden Craft Gossip going?
Subscribe to the feed, tell your friends, add our button! If you use Stumble Upon, Digg, Twitter, Facebook, or any other social networking sites, I'd love it if you shared the new Home and Garden category. I try to stop by each blog that I feature and leave them a note letting them know that I have featured their project. It's wonderful when a featured blog adds the button to their blog so their readers can find out about us too. Craft Gossip is actually a rather large site with a big following, but the Internet is a much larger place and there are many who haven't discovered us yet. The more readers we have, the more exposure our featured projects receive, meaning the more traffic they receive in return. Craft Gossip doesn't house the tutorials, but rather links over to the actual project on the specific blog. So the more traffic we receive, the more the end blogger receives! :) it's a win win!

Any other info you want to tell us about this new Craft Gossip Category?
In order for this fabulous category to survive the probationary period, we need visitors. It's already doing wonderfully, but the more the merrier. The longer this category survives, the longer I can feature the incredible projects that flood the blogosphere every day. i am continually inspired by the amazing talent out there in blogland and I'm on a mission to share it with others. :)

Crafters can submit their projects for consideration as well. Just go to Craft Gossip and click on the "Send us Gossip" ( tab. Not every link that is submitted will be guaranteed inclusion, but it will definitely be shared with the appropriate editor, and if nothing else, you've just been added to that editor's radar, which of course can lead to future inclusions. :)

Craft Gossip is an AMAZING site! I know that every time one of my projects get featured on Craft Gossip I get tons of traffic!

I hope you all check out and support this new addition to Craft Gossip!

Thanks Amanda for taking time to hang out with us today!!

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Show Off Your Stuff Party #38

It is that time of the week again! The time were we all get together and SHOW OFF YOUR STUFF!

This week I am showing off:

My scribble flower t-shirt!

We are having an AMAZING giveaway from the Pleated Poppy this week too!

Don't forget The Iron Crafter, the secret ingredient is Knobs/Hinges!

There are 3 places to link-up your projects!

One for Crafts/Sewing and one for DIY and Home decor projects and one for Recipes...

Here are the rules:
1. Link up a post that you want to show off!

Don't know where to put it... just pick on and go with it! : )

2. Add a link to your specific post, not the main page of your blog.

3. Please do not link up to something that you a just trying to sell. (If you are making it as a tutorial and selling in your shop as well that is fine.) This is not the place to advertise. Thanks :) Please don't make me be a meanie and delete these!

4. Link to this party from your post so everyone can get in on the fun. You can just grab my button!

5. By entering your link, you are giving me permission to use any part of your post including pictures in a spotlight on Fireflies and Jellybean. (Proper credit and links will be given to you, of course!)

Crafts and Sewing

DIY and Home Decor



GIVEAWAY {The Pleated Poppy}

This giveaway is now closed!

I am so excited about this next giveaway! The Pleated Poppy is full of WONDERFUL items! Lindsey has great style and she really knows how to put together some AWESOME color combos!

Here is some of the fun things you will find at her shop: The Pleated Poppy:

Posy Pins

Zipper Bags

Sunglasses Cases

Checkbook Covers

Posy Headbands

Covered Notebooks


And much much more! And it is all beautiful!

Lindsey has offered to giveaway a $25 gift certificate to one lucky Fireflies and Jellybeans reader!
Good luck trying to pick just ONE thing to get!

Here is how you can enter! Leave a separate comments for each entry.
1. (Mandatory!!) Go to The Pleated Poppy and come back to tell me your favorite item!

2. Followers of F&J get an extra entry (Because we love you!)

3. Follow Lindsey's Blog: The Pleated Poppy Blog

4. Make a purchase and get 5 extra entries (please leave 5 comments for this)
This giveaway is open until Aug 3rd midnight (CST) and a winner will be chosen randomly after that! The winner's name will be listed at the top of the blog under important information!

I was able to review something for The Pleated Poppy

I got the Posy Hair clips. I wear them all the time!

I wear one in my hair as a down do...

Or two at a time with a pony tail!
The colors a beautiful and I get so many complements on them! Plus Lindsey is a doll to work with!


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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Scribble Flower T-Shirt {Tutorial!!}

This scribble flower shirt is so fun and easy to make! It is bright, happy and summery!

I used Simply Spray again for this project. It is a fabric paint that come in a spray can. It is so MUCH fun. You can order it online HERE or buy it from a major craft store like: Joann or Micheal's {I have seen it at both of these stores}
Here is what you will need:
White T-Shirt
Fabric marker
Paper bags or card stock
1. Place your paper bags or card stock between the two layers of you shirt (to prevent bleed through to the other side) and Use the Simply Spray to spray your flowers. I started out really close to the shirt and moved it away once I started spraying. I practiced on the drop cloth before I did it on the shirt to make sure it was the way I wanted.

2. Spray different color flowers on the shirt is random spots.

Don't worry if you drip a little (like I did) you can always make it into another flower!Wait for the front of the shirt to dry and then spray your flower on the back side.

3. Once the paint has dried, use your fabric marker to make your scribble flowers. I practice a few different flowers on a piece of paper before doing them on the shirt. If you need inspiration you can Google "scribble flower images" or "doodle flower images" for ideas!

Here are some more flowers...

...and a butterfly...

...more flowers...

Here is the front of the finished T-shirt!

And this is the back!

Now, go and sit in the garden and blend in with the other flowers!

I was supplied with Simply Spray to complete this project.

Linking to:
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