Thursday, April 2, 2015

Crafteeo helmet kit and a giveaway!

Crafteeo contacted me recently and asked if I would like to review one of their crafting kits. I loved hearing how the company got started. A dad saw his son more interested in cardboard boxes than electronic toys at Christmas. He quickly put together a helmet from a shipping box and Crafteeo was born. It helps that they are in San Diego (my hometown!) and put a focus on spending time with kids while creating. Since doing crafts with kids is one of my favorite ways to play I was happy to test out a helmet kit.

Right away I loved the durability of the helmet (multiple layers of corrugated cardboard are really sturdy) and the light up feature was a big hit. I taped off the light with some washi tape so we could get started painting. 

My four year old crafting partner is not as careful when it comes to painting as a school ago kiddo. We spent about 20 minutes painting, and as you can see it will take another one or two sessions to complete the painting.

My little crafter was a bit late to the world of dress up (she spent a lot of time cutting and gluing and painting), but I can see this helmet becoming a regular part of her play time. Yesterday she was trying to escape a snow monster! And for the older kids, there is a very intricate backstory for these helmets, complete with illustrations.

Christiana at Crafteeo sent me an assembled helmet kit, ready to be painted, because she knew about my time restraints. But these kits would be so much fun to assemble with kids that are a just a bit older. And after spending a few crafting sessions constructing and painting your kits with the kids, they will have a costume piece that will foster endless hours of imaginative play.

You can see a short video about the assembly of a helmet kit here:

And the generous people at Crafteeo were kind enough to sponsor a giveaway! Please use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for your chance to win one of the two helmet kits up for grabs.

Disclaimer: Crafteeo sent me the product featured in this review, and is providing the prizes for this contest. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

back in the {sewing} saddle

It has been eight weeks since I had my sweet baby boy, and I managed to start and finish a sewing project. I think I can declare - I'm back! Thanks mom, for watching the kids so I could actually finish these throw pillows.
fresh crafts blog - fat quarter throw pillows
Is it sad that I was proud of myself for actually taking out the iron and ironing board to get the seams sewn properly on the fold over backside? Either way, I'm happy that it all turned out well, no pattern and about 90 minutes later.
fresh crafts blog - fat quarter throw pillows
I found the zebra print as a fat quarter at my favorite quilt shop, Fourth Corner Quilts. I picked up a few more Tula Pink fat quarters while I was there for additional pillows (Tula Pink Acacia Pixel Dot and Tula Pink Fox Field Foxtrot), but may end up using them for a different project. The sunburst backing fabric was a steal at $5/yard at Joanns. Here's another little secret. Instead of craft store pillow forms I used IKEA pillows at $4/each.

Friday, April 11, 2014

play mailbox & fabric envelopes with stamps

While on vacation earlier this year, my daughter fell in love with a play mailbox that included some letters and postcards with velcro stamps. When she kept talking about it a week later I knew that I had to make one for her. So this was her Valentine's Day present this year.
fresh crafts blog - play mailbox

I found a wooden mailbox at Joann that had magnets on the door and a flag that moved - perfect! She insisted that the color of the mailbox should be blue because that was the color of the one she originally liked. It was easy to take the mailbox apart for painting and finishing it with a couple coats of clear spray paint (my new favorite thing!).
fresh crafts blog - play mailbox

And she was happy to help me go through some fabric scraps to find good pieces for her "envelopes". My favorite part are the snail stamps. 
fresh crafts blog - fabric envelopes
She has actually played with this so much more than I expected! This kid loves getting mail just as much as I do. If you ask her what kind of mail she gets in her mailbox, she will usually tell you that she got an invitation to a party from our wiener dog.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Review | First Baby Shoes Kit

I had the privilege of reviewing a kit for making leather baby booties, and I loved the experience! First Baby Shoes sent me the "Nina" kit in brown leather and I had so much fun making these for my baby boy that will arrive any day now. 
First Baby Shoes Kit on fresh crafts blog

First Baby Shoes Kit with fresh crafts helper

First Baby Shoes by fresh crafts blog

The full review will appear on Craft Critique and I will update with a direct link as soon as it is published. Please let me know if you have any questions about First Baby Shoes.

You can see that my favorite crafty helper got in on the action. And by that I mean she made me stop sewing so that I could watch her go down a slide and read books to her dolls. As part of my preparations for the new baby I made her a "Big Sister" bag that she will get when she visits at the hospital. I'll post all the details on that soon.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

new craft critique reviews

A few new reviews have been posted to Craft Critique. Click through to see the full reviews and project photos.

fresh crafts blog - Clover Wonder Clips

fresh crafts blog - Tulip Spray Dye Kit

fresh crafts blog - The Brushstroke Handbook review

Monday, March 3, 2014

random rainbows

I recently decided to expand my DMC floss collection because I have been doing more stitching on my paper crafting projects. And my mom happened to have an extra floss I spent the last couple nights winding up floss while watching TV. Only problem is that I can now see which colors I am missing (navy blue, red, purple, and coral just to name a few). Not that I need them right now - but I can see that I am missing them!
I also love doing art projects with my daughter, and she was kind enough to let me use her Do A Dot markers on a doily while she was creating her masterpiece (on the green sheet underneath).
The end result on the scrap paper under the doily is what I really loved. It gave me some ideas for future painting, misting, distress, etc. I'm still loving doilies, long after Valentine's Day.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

gold embossing paste

I have a new love! And it is the metallic gold embossing paste from Wendy Vecchi (Dreamweaver). I got it as a Christmas present and am just using it for the first time. It was something that Jennifer McGuire started using and I thought that I had to have it. She was right.
fresh crafts blog - gold embossing paste
I made my own chevron stencil by cutting a few layers of card stock with my new Stampin' Up punch. It ended up a little wonky, mainly because my distress stained background paper was warped. But I still in love with the result. I actually have a real chevron stencil, but have not found it since moving last year. 
fresh crafts blog - gold embossing paste
I used a new stamp set and punch from Stampin' Up - "Simply Celebrate" stamp set and Chevron border punch. 
fresh crafts blog - Stampin' Up "Simply Celebrate" and chevron border punch
And a few older items - Radiant Rain gold shimmer spray (mixed with the Distress Stains) and the Amy Tangerine "Capture" embroidery stencil kit. 
fresh crafts blog - embossing paste, Radiant Rain, Amy Tangerine embroidery kit
Tim Holtz Distress Stains - Ranger
Simply Celebrate stamp set - Stampin' Up
Chevron border punch - Stampin' Up
Wendy Vecchi Metallic Gold embossing paste - Dreamweaver
Radiant Rain shimmer spray - LuminArte
Amy Tangerine embroidery stencil kit - American Crafts