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10 Great Gifts for the Crafty Mama This Holiday Season!

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It seems like she has everything – every pair of scissors, every single pattern in the Simplicity catalog, every color ribbon you could ever dream of. What does one get the crafting mama who has everything?! Trust me – I’ve run into the same dilemma. You’re pacing through Walmart’s craft isle, trying to find the perfect gift – but nothing! Never fret though! Someone somewhere has the perfect gift for the crafting queen in your life! And in this gift guide I’m here to show you just a few things to get her this holiday season!

 

1. Singer Sewing Basket Kit

Sewing boxes no longer just come in white, fake, plastic wicker! There are hundreds of different styles for sewing boxes now a’days, in all sorts of sizes! Every crafty mama needs a sewing box just as rad and stylin’ as she is! So whether she’s into pink or black, there’s a sewing box for everyone!

 

2. Swingline Paper Trimmer

A straight edged paper cutter is something that almost every crafter needs. Whether you’re cutting scrapbook pages, hand making cards, or just making price tags for a craft show. There’s endless uses for paper cutters in the craft room!

3. Desktop Craft Organizer

Storage in the craft room is always an issue in my house, I don’t know about yours. But it doesn’t have to be! With this nifty desk organizer, your crafty mama will have plenty of space to put all of her glitter and bobbins and do-dads. Making plenty of room to get more!

 

4. Half Yard Heaven: Easy Sewing Projects Using Left-over Pieces of Fabric 

Left over fabric just seems like a waste, doesn’t it? But no more! With this cool book, you can make use of the left overs. There are lots of awesome projects bound within these pages. Any sewer would love this – no more wasted money on scraps you can’t use!

 

5. Fiskars 45mm Contour Rotary Cutter

Rotary cutters are a life saver. No more killing your wrist, trying to cut with scissors. (And I personally love Fiskars for any craft tools I need!) If your crafty mama sews a lot, and still uses scissors, definitely look into getting her this. She can use it on fabric, paper, felt, vinyl – anything really. Just don’t forget to get her a cutting mat to go with!

6.  DIY Bath Bomb Kit

After a hard day crafting, everybody needs a break. So why not relax with a bathbomb? And what’s better than making them yourself? As many as you want for way less than you’d pay from the store!

7. Super Crafty Mom T-Shirt

You can also take a different approach, and buy her clothes to show off her skills! Every crafty mama loving boasting about all the cool stuff they create! You can also show how proud you are of her!

8. Material Girl Canvas Tote Bag

Everybody loves a good crafting pun. Especially one related to an old song! Even if you don’t get it, mom probably will! Plus, she can take it on a trip to Joann’s!

9. “I Was Thinking About Crafting Again” Long Sleeve Shirt 

Isn’t crafting always on the mind? What project comes next? What do you need for this one?! Help mom let everyone know what’s going around her head!

10. Crafty Mom T-Shirt

With this simple ‘crafty mom’ design, any mom would love this! Something she can wear to a craft show, out to the store, or while she’s crafting – of course!

 

So in your quest to find that perfect gift for your crafty mama this year, make sure to check out some of these sweet things that she’s sure to love! From that one little tool to replace an old one, to a statement piece in her wardrobe announcing her love of crafting. There’s always a perfect gift for your crafter!


Thanks for reading!

~ Amber

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April 2017 Recap

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With April at a close, I thought I’d do a little recap on it. I’m thinking about doing this every month. But I haven’t decided yet.

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So, to start, I did my very first craft show this month! It was very long, and I was super tired by the end. But it was fun, spending time with my mom (you can find her blog here, she’s a crafter). I basically designed an whole line for my bottle cap things. I sold two buttons to a sweet little toddler!

Also, I got my first commission buttons done! It was cool! Therewere six of them; Koro-sensei, Karma, and Nagisa from Assassination Classroom and three of her own characters. It took longer than I would have liked, but I got them done! She loved them, and I’m so happy that she did!

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I colored my hair for the first time in a while!! I did it cyan and fuchsia, and then covered over that with aqua blue (you can go read my hair color review here).

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I celebrated 10 months with my boyfriend! He’s the first guy I’ve been with this long! I love him so much, and I’m so glad that we’re together. Sure, we have our ups and downs. But he’s sweet, loving and supportive, and just – so much more!

I changed my username on Instagram to match my business name, and I also started up a Facebook page and an Etsy store! If you want to check those out, links below!!

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Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/pastelbottlerocket/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pastelbottlerocket/

Etsy – https://www.etsy.com/shop/PastelBottleRocket

Also, my boyfriend and I played Little Nightmares the day it came out – it was trippy. But it was also a cool little game (might do a review)! If you don’t know what Little Nightmares is, you can watch the trailer here.

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Also, in April, I started really advertising more! Plus, this is two months since I started my blog! It’s so exciting!! I also reached ten blog posts, and fifteen followers last month! I’m hoping to really raise that up in the months to come.

The last few weeks were crammed with finals, but I got out of school the third of this month! So now it’s time to get crackin’ on my blog and business! I’m super excited!

Annnddd…yeah, that about sums up my April!

How was your April? Was it productive?

Thanks for Reading!

~ Amber

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How to Design Buttons!

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Button badges come in all shapes and sizes. Every person who makes them, designs them in different ways. I’m no different when it comes to that. I haven’t gotten a chance to actually make any yet, but my punch will be coming in soon! Anyway – I’ve been using a template I got offline.

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I found this diagram to help explain a little better.

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  1. My button maker is 2.25″, so I found a template that size. I use MediBang Paint Pro to draw and design in. So I put the template into MediBang, and made it the size of my workspace.

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2. I drew a grey circle where the 2.25″ face will be. I do that so I don’t design outside of the lines. Anyway, I always start with a solid background colour on a separate layer.

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3. If I want a gradient type thing, I take a pale colour in the same colour family as my background and the watercolour brush on the same layer. I want the center to be the lightest, so I press harder here and blend as I go out.

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4. On top of that, on a new layer, I do lineart of the design I want using the pen brush. Here, I’m making a Sailor Moon button.

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5. The next thing I do, is the flat colours. Here, it’s only the gold of the tiara and the red of the gem.

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6. Using the Airbrush tool, on the same layer as the flat colour, I choose a medium colour for the accents. After, on the same layer, I choose an even lighter colour for the highlights.

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7. Lastly, I add in text! MediBang is a little hard to use for this, since the options for text are in Japanese. Along with the fact that it takes a second to give you a preview. But it works well enough!

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And so we have a finished button!

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I know it isn’t the best tutorial, it’s the first I’ve ever made. But that’s the basic gist of how I’ve been designing buttons!!

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Thanks for Reading!

Amber

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