How to Host a Monthly Craft Party

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Happy Friday Friends!

A favorite pastime of mine is hosting crafting events for my friends and small community. I love sharing my ideas with others and helping people along as they get creative. For the past 3 1/2 years I have been hosting regular crafting events in my small town. I started with a small group and then my idea quickly gain momentum with regular attendance being 20 or more people. I even had a couple of events with over 40 in attendance at one time. Those were busy, busy evenings.

I love gathering women together and creating an atmosphere where they can take some time to themselves, meet new people, and get creative.  I thought it would be fun to share some of my tips for hosting a monthly crafting  event in hopes of inspiring you to gather your friends on a regular basis to craft too.

1.) Decide on a project…
To be honest this may seem simple, but sometimes it is the hardest part for me. I love offering crafts that are useful and worth taking the time away from your family for. So I quite often put a lot of thought into what I offer as a project. I also need to factor in the number of supplies it takes to create the item, any prep I may need to do beforehand, and the number of steps I can easily instruct my attendees for making the item. A few days ago I shared some of my most recent projects for the Fall events I hosted. I also need to be able to instruct and complete the project in 2 hours… 3 hours is the maximum time I have ever allotted for an event.

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2.) Create the project a head of time…

As I said earlier some of the things I take into consideration before choosing a project are the number of supplies needed and the number of steps it takes to instruct or make the project. Most often those who attend aren’t used to being creative and see themselves as a non creative type. I like to show them that they can in fact be creative by making the project and even sometimes putting their own spin on the project. I feel like I do this best when I have created the same project ahead of time to use as a demo at the event. This process also helps me determine any extra supplies I may need to have on hand to make the project easier. I will be honest there have been some projects I have hosted that I either felt confident enough in helping make the project that I haven’t made a demo or I knew I would use the item in my own home so I didn’t create a demo.

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3.) Set cost & decide how to charge for the supplies…

I have had the most trial and error learning in this area of hosting my events. I now take prepaid registration for all my events thru Eventbrite. When I first started hosting I took people at their word for attending, bought the supplies and figured on that reimbursement when they attended the event. I learned very quickly that even the most well intended people have things that come up very quickly and without the prepaid registration they are more likely to put the crafting event aside. I, in most instances, did not fault the person for this happening, but learned that I wasn’t going to put forth the money for it to happen on a regular basis. Setting the cost can also be tricky… Tricky because in the type of events I often host I do because I love doing it, but I also need to be reimbursed for the supplies and for a portion of the time that goes into planning and hosting. On the other hand if you are hosting for friends and family, you can be more lenient by either having your attendees bring part of the supplies or just have the cost of the project be the reimbursement for supplies.

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4.) Pick a location

If you have the space you can host in your home which is what I currently do. I have had a variety locations from a community meeting room, church, other ladies homes who hosted the event, a local business & community organization. All are great location options for a variety of reasons.

My most favorite are hosting in my home because I don’t have to carry supplies out of my home and because I can set up on any day at any time. My second favorite location is at a local business because if it is the right business it can add to the whole experience of hosting. I have hosted at a local coffee shop where the attendees could grab a yummy drink and I have hosted at a local women’s clothing boutique where the store stayed open for the attendees to shop before and after. I also love hosting in others homes, I did this for a number of months, but haven’t offered it in quite some time simply because of how popular it was in my small community. I didn’t have the time needed to meet the number of requests I was getting for hosting so I stopped offering it up.

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5.) Invite friends, family and friends of friends…

When I hosted my first event this part was the scariest for me… I knew I loved getting together with others and meeting new people… I also knew my community didn’t have any community offerings making space for ladies to come together creatively, but the fear of what others would think or want made me nervous… at first!

I eventually got over the initial fear and just put the information out there and you know what… other people saw a need for it too and were excited to attend. I let the power of social media carry the message for attending and the events quickly grew.

All of the events I host gain attendees through a Facebook event. I create the event, include photos and description of the project and a registration link for the event. I also allow through Eventbrite for friends to register up to 3 or 4 friends at one time to ensure that they can come as a group to the event.

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6.) Keep the lines of communication open…

I often get a variety of questions once I post my Facebook event. I try to leave time within my schedule directly following the event posting so that I can quickly answer any questions before moving onto something else.

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7.) Create a welcoming atmosphere…

This is one of my favorite parts of hosting regular crafting events. I love creating an atmosphere where everyone feels welcomed and comfortable. If I have the time then I enjoy adding special or seasonal touches to the event when setting up. It is the part of hosting that is creative for me.

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8.) Offer a couple creative options for the project…

When coming up with a project I try to include ways that each participant can tweak it to their own taste if possible. I may be as easy as including a couple different paint options or as in the photos below a variety of cabinet knobs for the jewelry organizers we were making or lots of bead options for the wine bottle wind chimes we made at a Spring event.

By doing this it really encourages participants to use their own creativity while still staying within the steps of completing the project.

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9.) Have fun & get to know each other…

One of the best parts of hosting this type of monthly event are the people you will come in contact with. I have met a ton of new people doing this and some of those people have become very special to me. That was one of the initial reasons I began hosting… I wanted to connect with others. It has definitely opened that door for me. There have been other instances where the ladies have either strengthened their relationships by scheduling the special time together or have had the chance to meet new friends too. Mothers and daughters attend together as a special time for them too. Offering that opportunity for them is another important reason I love doing the events.

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10.) Be open to improvement and suggestions…

Sometimes criticism even the most constructive can be hard to hear… that is why it is important to stay open to improvements and suggestions. I love hearing project suggestions from those that attend, but I also know that due to my family commitments or “real” work commitments I may not be able to improve on every suggestions, but I am still open to hearing them.

Remember those events that I mentioned having over 40 participants… it was very exciting to see everyone’s enthusiasm for attending, but those nights were also crazy busy and left me feeling like I was not able to connect or help each individual as much as I would have liked to. It was after that I realized what my limit was for participants so I could maximize my enjoyment while still feeling like I could share the individual attention.

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I hope I was able to inspire you to gather together your friends and family for a special creative event!

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Currently…

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Happy Thursday Friends!

Some of my favorite types of blog posts from other bloggers are those posts that share everyday life. Living Intentional is my theme for 2017, I thought it would be fun to slow down for a moment and share a few things I have currently been paying attention to this month!

Currently I am…

Eating:

Lots of homemade soups- Lately I have made at least one soup each week. This month I made swedish meatball soup, tortillini soup, & sausage potato soup.

Watching:

Victoria on PBS

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Reading:

Small Great Things: A Novel by Jodi Picoult

Listening:

To some of my most favorite podcasts

The Happy Hour

Jump Start Your Joy
Possibilitarian Podcast

Making:

Progress on logging inventory for an upcoming Spring vintage sale & my Etsy shop.

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Feeling:

Relieved that I easily made it through surgery and am recovering well. I am also feeling grateful for all the help my Mom gave me over the last two weeks.

Planning:

Spring projects… I want to repaint my kitchen cabinets this Spring. I have almost all the supplies ready and just need to make sure I am well and have a full weekend to tackle the project.

Loving &  Enjoying:

Watching our little guy’s first basketball season. It is such fun to watch them learn and grow.

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Celebrating: 

We celebrated out little guy’s fifth birthday at the end of January. He had a school friend over to celebrate for the first time too.

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Pinning-

White Lacy Shirts for Spring

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Two-toned kitchen cabinet inspiration

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What are some of your current favorites?

Monogram Photo Frames

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Happy Tuesday Friends!

After a week of recovering from my surgery I a feeling pretty great! I have my first post op appointment tomorrow. We have had some beautiful weather lately here in Michigan. Sunshine most days and warmer than normal weather. It has been really hard to take it easy the last few days because sunshine and Spring always get me in the mood for projects around our house. I am so ready to have nice weather for walking and being outside too.

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These monogram photo frames are an all time favorite project of mine! Having three kiddos they each get their own frame and this wall ends up being a feature wall in our living room due to the statement they make.

As with all projects I dive into, I prefer them to have a quick turn around… my favorite kind of projects are projects I can complete from start to finish in a day. These frames fall right in line with that for me.

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Items needed:

1×10 board cut to 20 inches in length
8 x 10 photo frame
wood letter
e6000 glue
stain or brown paint
black paint
chalk paint for frame
D ring picture hangers

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Steps:

1.) After purchasing your board cut it to the desired length. I usually take advantage of the service Lowes provides and have them cut my boards to the length I need

2.) Stain board… for all three of my  boards I used brown paint watered down and applied it like I would stain. Throughout the winter and for my Let’s Create Events I quite often use this process of “staining” wood so that I don’t have to contend with the fumes of regular stain indoors. I have used this process many, many times with no complaints at all on how it turns out.

3.) Remove glass from frame and paint outer frame in your desired color

4.) Paint letter … once dry… sand edgesmonogram-frames007

5.) Once all you pieces are dry begin to assemble by adding your hanging mechanism to the back side of the board. I most often use d-ring picture hangers for this type of project because I like knowing how secure the d-ring hangers are.

6.) Next measure to where you would like to place a nail for hanging your frame. Attach nail and hang photo frame

7.) Using E6000 glue attach your letter to the board

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I love that I can take the frames off and switch out photos easily if I would like to.

I also have very light gray walls in our home. I love the warmth that the wood provides on the wall too.

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What projects are you working on right now?

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Let’s Create Event Update

Happy Sunday Friends!

I wanted to stop in today and share an update for the Let’s Create Events that were held over the last few months.

I held four events this last Fall and Winter. I took January and February off, but am looking forward to hosting a couple of events this Spring. I have a few ideas that I want to work on over the next couple weeks to iron out any kinks before scheduling the classes.

Here are the projects we had fun doing over the past few months…

September: Mason Jar Welcome Door Hanger

This was a fun project that can be used anytime of the year. I offered some Fall flowers for the girls to take with them for their front doors.

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October: Coffee Mug Hanger

One thing I love about hosting monthly crafting events is that all the ladies are given the same supplies and then they put their own spin on the project. As you can see each one of the coffee mug hanger came out different even though they were given the same supplies.

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November: Shutter Snowman

This project was my favorite of the year! I shared how to make it HERE. This event had such a demand that I will host it again next year. I will work on gathering shutters this Summer for the class next Winter.

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December: Vintage Sled Decorating

This is my third year hosting a vintage sled decorating event. Each year I am able to gather a few sleds to pass on to someone who would like to decorate them. Ladies from previous years continue to bring their sleds back each year to decorate too.

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DIY Mason Jar Canisters

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Happy Friday Friends!

I am stopping in today to share a quick project with you all. Earlier this week I shared that I am currently recovering from a surgery I had on Monday. I knew that for Valentine’s Day I would be in bed resting and unable to really go anywhere so I took some time the previous week to put together a fun craft that I could also use to give the kids for Valentine’s Day.

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I gathered some of my favorite crafting supplies:

Quilted Mason Jars
E6000 Glue
Rust-Oleum Linen White Chalked Paint
Cabinet Knobs

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Steps for creating the mason jar canisters:

1.) Paint each mason jar and it’s lid
2.) Using e6000 glue adhere the cabinet door knob to each mason jar lid
3.) Lightly sand each mason jar

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I filled each canister with a different flavor of M&M candies for them to all enjoy.

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Once the kids devour the candy I will find another place in the house to use the canisters. I love how they feel Spring like too. I am craving warmer weather and can’t wait for Winter to head out next month!

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How I Style Shelves using Vintage Items

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Happy Wednesday Friends!

How was your Valentine’s Day? I hope you were able to enjoy the day surrounded by your loved ones. I am currently recovering from a surgery I had on Monday. My focus this week is on allowing myself the time to slow down and heal.

I wanted to pop in and share how I styled my dining room shelves using vintage items and my favorite formula for decorating. Awhile back I shared this office area of our basement. In the post I shared the  formula I use when putting together most areas of our home.

Colorful vintage item(s) + a white or neutral item(s) + a wood tone item(s)
I also tend to put together an area by adding the items in groups of three.

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This is was the starting point for my shelving area in my dining room. I added my first set of three items by adding the two shelves and the vintage time card slot. I loved the color of the time slot and thought it would be a fun piece to add.  After adding the first three items, my next step was to pull the buffet together with the shelves by adding a light-colored table runner.

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Once I anchored the buffet to the shelves by adding the table runner, my next step was to add function to the area. I did this by first adding the jug lamp. As I shared above for consistency I typically add items in groups of three.

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Taking a cue from the height of the lamp I added two other items with a similar height and color.

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The next three items I choose to add were one vintage wood item, the book stack which adds a little color, and the neutral glass tree. The weight of the three items balances this side of the shelf with the height of the white pitcher.

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I then filled in the remaining area of the shelf with three more glass trees.

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Looking at the shelf you can see it is again balanced with items of three. The left side is balanced with the white pitcher & two trees, the middle is balanced with the stack of three items, and the right side is balanced with two trees and the vintage wood item.

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The next step was to add the second wood tone item. I added a chalkboard to fill the space between the buffet and first shelf.

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I then added the third wood tone item to the space by putting my collection of wooden trivets on the top shelf. As you can see, I now have three wood tone items that help balance the area from top to bottom.

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The last step in pulling the area together was by filling the middle space of the buffet. I added the third item of color to the area by adding one of my favorite spindle boxes.

Do you have a favorite formula when decorating areas of your home?

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