Simple Succulent Planter

I'm over at DIY Candy again sharing how to turn a thrifted basket into a simple succulent planter. It's been up for a week in my house now and I'm loving it! Maybe I should try my hand at some more houseplants. Stop by DIY Candy for the full how-to!

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The Maker View Podcast Episode 14 | Ana Manzano of Ana Apple

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This week's episode of The Maker View features Ana Manzano, the creative behind the sustainable children's clothing brand, Ana Apple. Ana and I met back several years ago at Craftcation, and her positive energy was nothing less than contagious. Tune in to hear how she went from being a beginning sewer, opening her first Etsy shop, and winning a contest for the funding of her own brick and mortar shop. Click through for resources from today's episode. 

Maker Mama Valentine's Day Pop Up Shop

So today's the day! I've been busy as a bee getting things ready and today the Maker Mama shop is stocked and open. I have to admit that I've been pretty nervous about putting my work out there. When people hear that I'm a crafter they always ask what I sell, and up until now the answer has always been nothing. I haven't had a unique 'thing' that I've made to sell, and that's been a way of playing it safe. It's a goal of mine to continue making my living as a creative and I'm sure what that looks like will ebb and flow, and right now it looks like putting myself out there in new ways. I definitely have fears of my work not being good enough, but I'm stepping out of my comfort zone and into the ring anyway. 

I was inspired to make my heart pillows and door hangers for a few different reasons. I fell in love with the look of the striped colored denim when I made my recycled denim quilt back in the summer. The colors lift me up every time I see them, and I love working with the reclaimed denim. Reusing materials instead of creating waste is extremely important to me--and there's something redeeming about taking unwanted scraps and turning them into something beautiful. The similarity in my own life this past year is no coincidence. This year as a single mom has been one of resilience. Of rising from the ashes of my former life, and picking up the scattered pieces to create a new picture. 

These scrappy quirky hearts are imperfect and full of love. I hope that they bring a smile to your face when you look at them. I cut each pair of denim into panels, stitching them together in fun color combinations. The heart pillows are stuffed with poly-fil made from 100% recycled polyester fibers and the heart door hangers are filled with recycled t-shirts. I plan to have the pop up open until just before Valentine's Day, and will be adding some additional color varieties between now and then. I'd love to share my hearts with you, and they'd make for some perfect teacher's gifts as well! Thank you all so much for your support; I truly couldn't do this without you. 

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Upcycled Chalkboard Valentine Tin

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and this week I'm sharing a fun way to reuse a thrifted tin using chalkboard paint. Visit me over at DIY Candy for the full how-to and check out some of my other Valentine's Day projects below.

DIY Doilies

Geometric Rose

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Recycled Mini Chalkboard

Up until this week I've always tossed my old mint tins in the recycling, but they're a perfect medium for creative reuse. I'm back with my second mint tin project of the week over at PBS Parents' Crafts for Kids. You can also check out how I upcycled mint tins with washi tape earlier this week. Any mint tin crafts on your list? I'd love to hear about them in the comments below!

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Washi Tape Mint Tin

I'm sharing my latest upcycling project over at DIY Candy this week. Stop by and learn how to make your own washi tape mint tin--they're perfect for all your little knickknacks! 

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The Maker View Podcast Episode 13 | Jenelle Montilone of TrashN2Tees

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This week's episode features Jenelle Montilone, founder and designer at TrashN2Tees, a recycled clothing and accessory shop. Jenelle talks about how she brought together her passion for her children and her background in environmental science to create her brand, starting a clothing recycling program, working up the courage to talk to thought leaders like Seth Godin and Al Gore, and creating her new book, The Upcycled T-Shirt. Click through for complete show notes and a chance to win a copy of Jenelle's book!

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