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!

Thank you for stopping by!

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Ginger Snap Crafts –Seeking Lavender Lane  – Skip to My Lou – Dagmar’s Home

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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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Living with Intention- January Recap

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Happy Tuesday Friends!

This week is a busy, busy week around our home! My husband has three away basketball games, I am hosting my monthly “blind date” book club, my mom and I are hosting a vintage sale two nights, we are going away for a night this weekend, my son has his own basketball practice and game and I am prepping at work for a few days off next while I have a surgical procedure… lots going on this week. All good stuff, but this introvert might need to hide one evening!

I wanted to share with you how I did last month on being intentional. You can find all the details of my original post {HERE}. As I also shared last month I love using my bullet journal! My self-care habit tracker page each month helps me to see when I am on track with what I would like to focus on & when I need to reset and begin focusing again. I will share in a later post how I specifically use this page and share a free printable for you to use too.

HEALTH

Start a Nightly Skin Routine– I really started out strong on this routine at the beginning of the month through the middle of the month. I began getting a little relaxed with the routine by the end of the month. I definitely need to reset in this area!

Meal Prep Each Sunday – I feel like I did pretty good in this area throughout the month. I have always meal planned on some level for our weekly nights, but taking the time to also prep some of the food for lunch and snacks over the weekend really helped me to grab healthy items on the go.

Schedule Regular Bodywork Appointments Each Month– I scheduled biweekly massages and chiropractor appointments in January. I loved making this time commitment for myself! With my surgery coming up next week I will most likely not be able to do this more than once this month, but plan to still make it a priority once I am healed.

HOME MANAGEMENT

Setup a Monthly Budget at the Start of Each Month– I just finished up my planning for February and also did it for January too. This is another item that I faithfully added into my bullet journal and it just really helps me stay on track. I also took all of my misc. money from selling a few things that I purged while cleaning and my clothing consignment items into an extra savings account. I thought it would be a fun way to save money for my son’s graduation party and next year’s Christmas shopping. After a month I was already surprised at how much I was able to put aside from just purge unused items in our house.

Organize Photos from 2009 to 2016– I took one afternoon and began working on this project. I don’t feel like I made much progress because I take a ton of photos, but I am also not putting a ton of pressure on myself to complete this soon either. This may take me the full year to purge, organize and print into books and I am 100% okay with that. I will still continue to keep you updated on my progress in this area each month.

FRIENDSHIP

Schedule a Coffee/Lunch Date Each Week– I followed through with this each week and was so grateful for the time with my friends throughout the month!

FAMILY

Set Down My Phone–Definitely a work in progress! I did happen to get a couple books read in Januaryouple books read in January, but I still reach for my phone far to much for my liking.

SPIRITUAL

Daily Gratitude Practice– After a month of incorporating this into my daily bullet journal it really is becoming a habit for me which I absolutely love!

All in all January was a great month! I look forward to staying on track throughout February and maybe adding one or two new intentions as some of the items become habits. What are you focusing on for February?

DIY Faux Mercury Glass Bottles

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Happy Sunday Friends!

What a busy week! Our littlest guy turned 5 years old this last week. It is so hard to believe how quickly they grow and get older. The time truly does pass by too quickly! It is also hard to believe that we are already into February! We are half way through Winter… so they say anyways… Winter can sometimes drag into late April and May here in Michigan, but I am always optimistic for sunshine in early Spring.

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A few days ago I shared a monthly blog recap for January. I truly appreciate all who take a moment to find my little corner of blogland.

I also spent a few days in January getting the rest of my Christmas decor put away and “quieting” the surfaces in our home. As much as I enjoy decorating for the Holidays I always love the freshness of our home after things are put away following the Holidays. I keep a few winter decor items out here and there, but try to keep the decor mostly simple.

I chose to keep my faux mercury glass bottles out as part of my Winter decor and thought it would be fun to share how I made them.

Items needed:

Krylon Looking Glass Spray PaintVarious bottles of different sizes & shapes
Spray Bottle
Vinegar
Water
Paper Towel

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Here is how you make faux mercury glass bottles:

-Mix equal parts vinegar & water into a spray bottle
-Spray bottle with water mixture
-Quickly begin spraying bottle with the Looking Glass Spray Paint
-Spray Paint will appear to have bubbles where the water mixture is
-Let spray paint dry on bottle
-Once dry…lightly wipe down the jar, “popping” the bubbles from the water mixture

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How do you like to decorate for Winter?

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