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Maker Monday: Jennifer from The Project Girl

Something to make Monday a little brighter is a Maker Monday, and that is just what we have for you today! Jennifer Nugent from The Project Girl is one of our Michaels Makers that has been furiously working on all of the fun, holiday hoopla that we’ve had for her this month. We know you’ve seen their Dream Tree Reveal and we know you’ve read their expert Tree Decorating Tips, but we have to tell you one more time – they are awesome! Today we get to talk to Jennifer and hear all about her scrapbooking dreams (and expertise!), her antique crafting style and more.

From Jennifer:

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been artistic and crafty. I love working in any medium and creating a wide variety of projects from making handmade cards to decorating big party tables and everything in between. My craft room is my sanctuary and I try to get in there several times a week to just create. In addition to crafting, I design paper and scrapbooking products for My Mind’s Eye, and quilting fabric for Riley Blake Designs. I also am married to an artist, and have two little boys that keep me on my toes. To see my projects and what keeps me busy, visit my blog The Project Girl.

The Project Girl

1. When did you start crafting?

I think I’ve always been crafting. I remember at age 4 cutting up paper to make butterflies and cards with. My mother is a great seamstress, so I was always watching, wanting to be just like her.  My parents were always taking me to Michaels and buying me craft supplies and art supplies, I still remember the day, 40% off coupon in hand, that I bought my first big set of Prismacolor pencils.

2. Describe your ideal environment to create a craft project.

A big, big work surface with very organized supplies. I also need lots of light and pretty inspiration around me.

3. What is your favorite type of craft?

I seriously love all crafting. My favorite crafting of all time is creating holiday décor. I definitely love quilting, but I just don’t have the time right now to do any major piecing.

4. What craft tool can you not live without?

Cricut Explore

I couldn’t live without my craft cutter. I have both a Silhouette Cameo AND a Cricut Explore.

5. What inspires your blog posts?

Whatever is going on in my life at the moment. I’m a very authentic blogger, I don’t have months of editorial calendars, I just live my life and try to post about what I’m creating at the moment.

6. What project have you always dreamed of doing, but haven’t tackled yet?

The Project Girl

A year ago I created a hand-painted wall for a craft trade-show booth using gold foil paint. I really want to replicate the same idea in my craft room to showcase all my scrapbook layouts, photos, and crafts.

7. What project are you most proud of?

Halloween Mantle

I absolutely love my Halloween mantle. I wanted an apothecary type feel and created graphics for apothecary jars, a custom chalkboard sign, a layered spooky banner, and even a lit tree full of crows!

8. What project was your biggest craft fail?

I don’t really have a craft fail! I do have to say that I have a lot of works in progress that just never get finished. I love instant gratification and am not terribly great at follow through on more detailed projects!

9. Describe your craft style.

I tend to like antiqued things, inked, glazed etc. to make projects look older than they are.

10. What is your favorite craft trend right now?

I love the hand-written/hand-lettered look that is going on right now. I also love all the raw products – burlap, cork, and wood. And I can’t leave out gold, gold everything is fabulous. I’m even currently gold-leafing my office desk!

11. Who is your favorite person to craft with?

The Project Girl & her son

I had a really great group of crafting buddies where we used to live. I’m slowly gathering a group of crafty ladies around me where we live now, but what usually happens is that I craft with my little buddy – my 3 year-old Ollie. He sits at my big craft table drawing or organizing pins, while I craft away.

Tree Decorating Tips

Michaels Makers Dream Tree Decorating Tips

Did you all hear about the 30 amazing holiday trees our Michaels Makers created this month? Well, if you have been hiding out from this crazy cold weather and did not get a chance to look at them you must do so now! They were given just two short weeks to complete the Third Annual Dream Tree Challenge, and they are truly dreamy. Today the Michaels Makers are sharing with us a closer look at all of the work that went into creating their trees this year. They are also providing some insight on how to decorate our trees in new, creative ways without the stress that comes with it. Check out their tree decorating tips below. We’ve got everything from a countdown-to-Christmas advent tree to an ABC kids Christmas tree and much more!

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How are you going to decorate your dream tree this year?

Tree Decorating Tips

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Maker Monday: Mariah from Giggles Galore

It has been a big week for the Michaels Makers – to kick off the holiday season, they revealed their dream holiday trees on Saturday in honor of Michaels’ Third Annual Dream Tree Challenge and they are fabulous! The dream tree reveal gets better and better every year and you have to check it out! One of those dream trees belongs to Mariah Leeson, the blogger behind Giggles Galore. We’re excited to introduce her, her favorite crafts and even her crafty kids!

With a passion for celebrating, Mariah created Giggles Galore to inspire families to celebrate life’s little moments with creative, budget friendly ideas. She believes in making the ordinary extraordinary, one creative project at a time and focuses on sharing party inspiration, DIY crafts, as well as tips and hints for creating memorable occasions filled with giggles galore. Mariah’s work has been featured in Parents Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, Tattle, Yum Food & Fun for Kids and she can also be seen regularly on KTXD TV.

Mariah from Giggles Galore

1. When did you start crafting?

I can’t remember not crafting! My mother is a very creative woman, who was always creating crafts, sewing or doing DIY projects before it was cool.  She fostered my love for crafts and helped me embrace my creative side as a child, something I am extremely grateful for. I can’t imagine a life without crafting!

2. Describe your ideal environment to create a craft project.

My ideal environment to create craft projects would be a big room with white walls, lots of natural light, tons of space for storage and organization, bright pops of color and pretty quotes and photos to provide tons of inspiration.  But for now, I’ll have to settle with creating projects in my small home office or on my kitchen island, which is where lots of my projects come together.

3. What is your favorite type of craft?

I love repurposing old things and turning ordinary items into something extraordinary.  To me extraordinary doesn’t have to be extravagant or complicated. Sometimes it’s the simplest projects that are the best, and most importantly I like making crafts that serve a purpose, like my Tattle Monster.

4. What craft tool can you not live without?

Cricut Explore

That’s a tough one, it’s almost impossible to pick a favorite.  But, since I have to I’m going to go with one of my most versatile craft tools, my Cricut Explore.  This machine lets me design, create, cut and draw with just a few clicks of a button.  I can create projects for sewing, home décor, party decorations, gifts and my favorite…I can cut vinyl and put it on everything!

5. What inspires your blog posts?

I’m inspired by my children, my childhood memories, traveling, thrift stores and nature. I find inspiration in lots of things and my goal for each blog post is to inspire families to celebrate life’s little moments with creative, budget friendly ideas.

6. What project have you always dreamed of doing, but haven’t tackled yet?

I have lots of “to-do” projects on my list and it’s constantly changing, just ask my husband! But, right now most of those dream projects have to do with redecorating our new home. From laundry room storage and playroom makeovers to hard wood floors and an outdoor patio update – I have a feeling it’s going to be a busy year.

7. What project are you most proud of?

Family Rules Subway Art

I love them all, but my Family Rules Subway Art is one of my favorites.  I took an old painting and gave it new life.  It was a challenging project to get everything perfect, but it is so satisfying to see if proudly displayed in my home.  It’s one of those things I always get complimented on when people visit our house, which makes all the work worth it!

8. What project was your biggest craft fail?

Donut Necklace

Not every project turns out perfect, but I always say “fake it till’ you make it!”  These donut necklaces I made for my daughters Donuts & PJ party are a great example of that.  They look so fun and pretty, but in reality all of the “real sprinkles” I thought would be way more fun than painted on sprinkles ended up coming off the first time my daughter wore it.  And by the time I figured it out, it was too late. We’d already given them to her friends as party favors…oops!

9. Describe your craft style.

Eclectic, thrifty and fun.

10. What is your favorite craft trend right now?

I’m still a big fan of the gold trend and I’m loving the new focus on simple and stylish projects.

11. Who is your favorite person to craft with?

Giggles Galore

My mom is a huge source of inspiration for me and I love getting together with her to create things.  But, I would have to say that my kids are my favorite people to craft with.  I love their creativity and the joy they get out of making their own special projects – spending time with them crafting definitely makes me happy!

 

 

 

2014 Dream Tree Challenge

Michaels Makers 2014 Dream Tree Challenge Reveal

We just can’t wait any longer! Today is a very special day for all of us at Michaels… that’s right – it’s the Third Annual Dream Tree Reveal! It’s time to get inspired for the holidays and we know just how to do it. Michaels’ Annual Dream Tree Challenge is our one-of-a-kind holiday kick-off and the Michaels Makers did not disappoint. Each of them has spent weeks creating a dream tree of their own, and we now have 30 fully decorated, fabulous and unique trees that will blow you away! We know that getting ready for the holidays is a huge undertaking, but after seeing what they came up with, you’ll be so inspired, you won’t be able to stop yourself. Enjoy!

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Which tree is going to be your inspiration this year? Stop by our Make it Merry inspiration book for more helpful tips and holiday projects!

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Maker Monday: Rubyellen from Cakies

Rubyellen of Cakies

The Michaels Makers just wrapped up our favorite challenge yet – DIY Halloween Costumes. Be sure to take a look if you haven’t yet – there’s still time to make your own costume this year! Today we’re featuring Rubyellen Bratcher, the brains behind the blog Cakies. She shares everything from the project she is most proud of (did you know she wrote a book?!) to the stuffed animals she made as a kid. Enjoy!

Rubyellen Bratcher is the author of Let’s Sew Together and popular lifestyle blog Cakies.  She has been featured in Family Fun MagazineMartha Stewart LivingBabiekinsMollie Makes, Apartment Therapy, Design for Mankind, HGTV, and many other print and online venues. A former elementary school teacher, she is a mom to four girls: True, Brave, Soul, and Glow. Rubyellen and her family live in Southern California.

 

1. When did you start crafting?

I’ve been crafting since I was a little girl. Some of my fondest memories are making “stuffed” toys for my siblings out of brown paper bags and cotton stuffed inside, and stapled all the way around. I have always loved drawing and my dream was to be an animator. Somewhere along the way that changed, but my mom always enjoyed going on extra mile in the creative department for our family, and I think she instilled that same sense into me.

2. Describe your ideal environment to create a craft project. Cakies Craft Space

I’ve turned a room in our house into my craft space, so I love going in there and make a big mess making something, and the great thing is it has a door so no one sees my giant mess. I love it clean, but it doesn’t stay clean for long.

3. What is your favorite type of craft?

Sewing is by far my favorite way to create, so much so that I’m fortunate enough to have written a book about sewing called Let’s Sew Together (published by Potter Craft).

4. What craft tool can you not live without?

Sewing MachineMy sewing machine! And I guess scissors – you use those for most crafting projects (sewing and non-sewing).

5. What inspires your blog posts?

My blog posts are inspired by our family life. We might be making something for our house, eating, celebrating, maybe one of the girls requested a particular project, or I’m making something for them.

6. What project have you always dreamed of doing, but haven’t tackled yet?

I have wanted everyone in the family to paint their own self-portrait. I think it would be fun to see what each girls’ self-portrait would look like.

7. What project are you most proud of?

Koushi LampBesides my book, which was a labor of love, and makes me proud because everyone in the family had a hand in it – I think it is my most recent project of making my own Koushi Lamp inspired by Mark Eden Schooley’s Koushi and Nelson Sepulveda’s lamp. I love the ethereal feel of both lamps, and thought it would be a good craft to make myself. It took me an afternoon, but I love how it turned out. I used copper wire and cheesecloth, and it is indeed exactly what I needed for this space.

8. What project was your biggest craft fail?

When I sew myself clothes, I make a mistake from time to time. I don’t use a pattern and sometimes I make something too short or too tight. I’ve gotten better with time and experience, but the occasional mishap still happens.

9. Describe your craft style.

I love things to be simple and functional, a little quirky, and throw in a pop of color too!

10. What is your favorite craft trend right now?

I love the whole weaving trend! I haven’t gotten into it myself, but I love the textures different weavings have.

11. Who is your favorite person to craft with?

Reubyellen and her kids!My kids, of course!

 

Michaels Makers October Challenge

Michaels Makers October Challenge: DIY Halloween Costumes

Halloween is just two short weeks away and I don’t know about you, but a lot of us here at Michaels haven’t decided what we’re going to be yet. The only thing we have decided is that this year we are going all out! It’s a good thing our Michaels Makers delivered some extra cute (and creepy) projects this month. That’s right, DIY Halloween costumes was the challenge and it looks like we have a lot to live up to. Check out their blog posts below to see what our favorite ladies came up with… And better yet, try to make it yourself with their step by step costume tutorials!

Share with us what you’re going as this year! Check out our Halloween Market Lookbook for even more ideas.DIY Halloween Costumes