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Must Love Crafts. Summer 2013.

Round two was Saturday evening for my awesome Craft Exchange meetup! Check out round 1 – here.

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Sticking with the DREAM theme – since Martha graced me in my dreams to inspire me with this project.

Since the first go around, we’ve doubled in size (up to 19 people) and split into two groups to keep the work load at a minimum. The process is still the same, make one of each homemade/handcrafted items for each person in your group (Pancakes and Waffles) – in addition to one for yourself.

I have been dying to share my craft with everyone since my dream with Martha Stewart and her helping me with every little aspect. So I give to you, my 2nd annual Craft Exchange gift!

Everyone in my respective group received a banner to display in their house. I am fascinated with these cute banners that you can literally change any room with. I’m slowly experimenting with using fabric, burlap, and paper to spruce them up, but haven’t reached that point yet. These were very simple with burlap, twine, and Martha Stewart acrylic paint.

The process of making them became complicated when I started with the cutting – the problems of allergies came into play. WareBear and I both have horrible allergies and burlap is far from allergy friendly. By the time I was finished cutting and sewing – we were both wheezing.

IMG_5642The painting had its own challenges because it started to bleed through the burlap as I used the stencils on each different banner. A few times WareBear and I had to pull up paper to scrub paint off our wood dining room table. Trial and error – it’s as simple as that, but we managed through it. Once I got a little success under my belt with the painting, my house became an assembly line of banners hanging around to dry. After getting them all packaged up, it was so hard waiting for the reveal night to come around.

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WareBear was thrilled about this project!

The meet up Saturday was a phenomenal experience of just how creative this group is. The displays on all different fronts both inspired and blew my mind. To see and hear the stories behind each project and the stories behind them were amazing. From personalized coasters and a vinyl sit upon mat – it was like Christmas in June! Outrageous displays of talent were at hand and I know that I am very excited about the next go around. To see the thought process and creativity of others is definitely a plus for my whole embracing creativity for the year. Projects that I never would imagine tackling become possible birthday or holiday presents. My intense need for a Silhouette Cameo has grown even more with the craftiness that I’ve seen produced from it. The urge to just create is as vibrant as ever because of the individuals that I’m lucky to be inspired by.

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Spoils of the exchange!

And yes, we are doing this again and I’ve already decided on my craft!

*Sidenote: Individual pictures of all the spoils are on my flickr account. Check them out!

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5 Comments

  • Reply Trista Perot

    It was soooo fun! I’m thrilled to have you a part of it! 🙂 And I’m a bit jealous that I wasn’t in the group to get your adorable banner.

    June 24, 2013 at 9:45 am
    • Reply Sevi

      Trista! I cannot thank you enough for inviting me to be apart of the group – like over the moon thrilled and will love you forever and ever because you picked little ol’ me!

      June 24, 2013 at 1:26 pm
  • Reply cheekygeeks

    This sounds like such incredible fun!! I’ve always wanted to do a craft exchange — is this something that anyone can sign up to do? Or is it a special club that only the amazing are allowed to join? :O
    Those are some crazy awesome banners, though you’re far braver than I to use burlap — I’d have been just like you, what with the sneezing & wheezing & all…gah!
    The rest of the crafty goodness is awe-inspiring as well! Now I’m itching to make stuff. 😀

    June 24, 2013 at 1:24 pm
    • Reply Sevi

      I was actually invited to be apart of this craft exchange group by a close friend and that started it all. This was our second go around and it was interesting working with a group so large.

      Thank you so much for the kind compliment! The banners were a lot of fun to make, but my allergies definitely will never let me do it again.

      If we accept any more people, I will definitely keep you at the top of my list 🙂

      June 24, 2013 at 9:45 pm
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