Hi! I’m Shea!
And I’m so glad you’re here!
- Are you a beginning crafter or a seasoned vet?
- Are you looking for quick tips or more in-depth procedures?
- Do you work outside the home or are you a stay-at-home mom or partner?
- Are you retired and looking for a way to pass your new-found time?
Whatever your situation, you’ve come to the right place!
I get it – there are a zillion craft blogs out there. And I’m not knocking them. As a newbie crafter, I leaned on them heavily to teach me something, ANYTHING! And yet, there was always something missing. I always wanted a little “more” to add to my projects. So after years of playing with paper and glitter and wood, I finally found my jim jam, and I’d like to share my particular way of looking at things with YOU.
“So who is this blog for,” you ask
- This blog is for the crafter who wants to go beyond the ordinary humdrum projects. She (or he!) wants to craft something that will be enjoyed for a long time, not just “at the moment.”
- It’s for the crafter who likes getting down and glittery into a project and doesn’t mind that it might take hours instead of minutes. (Not that quick & easy is bad, we cover those types of crafts, too. Just sayin’…)
- This blog is tailor made for the crafter who loves adding dimension and details to her projects and who enjoys creating some of her craft supplies (such as homemade shimmer paint, and hand-dyed seam binding).
- It’s even for the crafter who doesn’t yet know she’s a crafter!
And it’s even for peeps (crafters or not) who have an incurable sweet tooth and who think desserts are as vital as air.
So why do I feel I must craft? Well…
Imagine life without television, radio or *gasp!* internet
I grew up with parents in the Foreign Service and then married a man in the U.S. Army. I spent years of my life in foreign countries and discovered that many amenities we take for granted here in the U.S. were nonexistent then.
We lived like this two years at a time with small 2-month breaks in between. We could either moan and groan about the lack of conveniences as some of our friends did, or we could do something about it. So rather than die from sheer boredom, my mother and I chose to take up hobbies and learn to craft. We had our own particular tastes and we did our own thing, but neither of us was ever bored. Ever.
And we were entirely self-taught. Because the internet didn’t even exist back then. And computers were the size of living rooms.
I learned how to knit, crochet, sew (including my entire wedding wardrobe!), bake and decorate wedding cakes, garden, quilt, and more. And until 8 years ago, those hobbies kept me busy. Until the day I tried my hand at making greeting cards.
“Hello glitter, meet glue.”
And I’ve been hooked ever since.
From then on, I’ve created countless greeting cards ranging from fairly simple to over-the-top glamorous. I explore the world of die cuts using my Silhouette Cameo, and I make some of my own craft supplies because I want my projects to look completely one-of-a-kind. I immersed myself in crafting and felt like I would just burst if I didn’t share with others. So I created this blog to share the yummy, glittery goodness, tips, techniques and recipes with you, darling reader.
And every now and then I’ll share my darling crafting companion, too. (Luckily, her naughtiest days are behind her.)
What you can expect
This blog will feature all sorts of goodies, including (but not limited to):
- Handmade greeting cards
- Cut file projects (custom labels, stickers, etc.)
- Other paper crafts and projects
- Mixed media
- Home decor
And every now and then I will include desserts and other sweets, because in my book, dinner is merely the vehicle by which one arrives at dessert.
But don’t worry, mostly we’ll be getting sparkly, colorful and glittery in these pages.
Every week, I’ll share a new blog post outlining a new technique, special project, crafty tips or delicious recipe to build your crafter’s toolkit or to satisfy your sweet tooth. Some of these projects will be quick and easy, others will be more complicated.
I’ll share techniques, tool lists, sources and more. And I’ll invite you to share your creations, successes and yes, even the failures (we all have them). We want to be part of your story as we hope you’ll be part of ours.
A few of my top posts
This is my least favorite type of card to make, but it’s occasionally necessary. When you need a simple, Elegant Sympathy Card that’s Quick and Easy, try this one.
For an easy pie with a light, creamy melt-in-your-mouth fresh strawberry flavor, try my Fresh Strawberry Chiffon Pie. It’s so light and delicious, it’ll be impossible to eat just one piece.
And finally, here’s one of my favorite posts, How to Print on Tissue Paper. It’s one of my favorite ways to customize my decoupage crafts.