Fresh Finds #50

As a handmade shop owner I love promoting handmade businesses. 

Every Friday I share some of my favorite handmade Fresh Finds of the week. 

Summer is the time for games and being outdoors. This weeks finds combine games and the outdoors.

For my local friends and makers! Etsy Fort Worth and North Texas M.A.D.E. have two upcoming events.

The first is a M.A.D.E. By You craft night! It will be a night of handM.A.D.E. fun where you get to take home a project made by YOU! Details HERE. (And a peek at the project we will be making HERE.)

Second, is a Makers Pop-Up Bazaar benefiting the Hope Center 4 Autism. If you are a maker they are now accepting vendor applications HERE. (Applications close August 1st.)

Crafty Thursday Obsessions {#30}

Welcome to another Crafty Thursday Obsessions! I'm so glad you are here to share your crafty obsessions.

I've got the beach on the brain and this week I shared these crochet anchors (here) 

Now for your Crafty Obsessions features!


Make sure to visit the other Crafty Thursday Obsession hosts, Kendra and Stacey, to see what they have been obsessed with recently.

And don't forget to link up what you've been up to this week!!!

Sand Dollar Sugar Cookies

Crafts often inspire snacks. Yesterday's crochet anchors (here) led to today's sugar cookie sand dollars. I'm trying to get the kids excited about our upcoming trip.

Sugar cookie dough topped with slivered almonds to make them look like sugar cookies. And while I almost always make my own sugar cookie dough, the refrigerated slice and bake dough was on sale at the grocery store. Slice, top with almonds, bake, and eat. And the kids got to help place the almonds. Doesn't get any easier. 

The cookies were perfect to eat while playing some games. During our most recent camping trip to Big Bend National Park we taught Littlest Brother how to play Uno. He knows his colors and his numbers so it is a game where can play (mostly) by himself.

The hardest time he has is trying to hold all the cards in his hand at the same time.

This was Littles Brother legitimately winning a game against Youngest Twin. (His older brother wasn't nearly as excited as he was.) 

What games do you and your kids like to play?

{Crochet} Anchors Away

We've got a trip to the beach planned before the summer is over and I've got all things nautical on the brain.

These crochet anchors were really quick to make up and add a fun touch of summer decor.

I made two anchors in each color from this pattern and then I stitched them together to make them a little more substantial.

I'm planning to attach fun anchor quotes to each one and give mine to some friends

But I'm pretty sure they could be used for all kinds of things! Stringing several together for a summer bunting. Adding them to other craft projects, like a summer wreath. I even imagine wearing one as a brooch!

My Little Black Dress

#ownyourmoment #projectgravitas #gravitas #lbd

I am generally not a dress wearer. Skirts? Yes. Love them. Dresses? Not so much. Mainly because I find it very difficult to wear one that fits me well. It has honestly been years since I have even owned a quintessential little black dress. Not any more!

#ownyourmoment #projectgravitas #gravitas #lbd

#ownyourmoment #projectgravitas #gravitas #lbd

#ownyourmoment #projectgravitas #gravitas #lbd

#ownyourmoment #projectgravitas #gravitas #lbd

Now to find some fun events so I can wear my new little black dress. Also, my hose are pretty fun. With a leafy design running up the back. I always recommend fun tights when dressing up.