Craft-In Wednesdays

October 06, 2010, 11:05 am  Posted by Craft Your Life Team

Pull up some chairs, call all your friends, and gather your supplies–Craft-In is here!!!! Now, Craft-In is not your typical craft book; it’s more like a box of crafty wonder. It’s a box-set of 12 craft booklets featuring all indie crafters. Each booklet features a craft project by a different indie designer, with step-by-step photos, tips, inspiration, and suggestions for your own crafty gatherings.

Imagine stumbling into the living room of your favorite crafter, hanging out, having a little nosh, listening to music, and crafting together with a bunch of your friends. That’s Craft-In! There’s even a little invitation that you can embellish and send out for your own crafty gatherings. And, we’ve got digital invitations too!

Craft-In box cover and a peek at the little invite you can embellish for yourself.

Check out all the booklets! Projects include jar lid masterpieces, natural cupcake makeovers, cruiser hula hoops, sock creatures, crochet cacti, pet portrait embroidery, mint tin worlds, felt strawberries, shrinkable plastic jewelry, terrariums with sheep (more on that below), retro paper dolls, and culture logs. Phew. I told you it’s a box ‘o crafty wonder.

1 box + 12 project booklets = crafty box of wonder

Here’s a little video you can play to get into the Craft-In spirit!

Are you feelin’ it? Good. Do you like sheep? (Stick with me; it gets even better.) Mini sheep? Mini needle-felted sheep that you can place in your own Craft-In inspired terrarium? Well, you’re in luck, because to kick Craft-In Wednesdays off, you have a chance to win not only a copy of the full box-set of Craft-In, but your very own needle-felted sheep as featured in the Craft-In booklet Little Ireland by Maura Okuley. Look how cute! Invite your friends over to make your own awesome mossy terrariums (and sheep!) with a customized invite.

To be entered for a chance to win, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post by 9pm EST on Wednesday, October 13th. I’d love to hear about your own Craft-In style. If you could pick one indie crafter to craft-in with, who would it be, and why? We’ll announce the randomly chosen winner on Wednesday, October 20th. Official rules are here. Good luck! And see you next Wednesday for the next Craft-In giveaway…wait till see the next project we’re giving away!

UPDATE: We have a winner! Congratulations to Bev for leaving the winning comment, as determined by a digital drawing at random.org. Hope you enjoy the little sheep and the copy of Craft-In. Be sure to share the projects you make from it; we’d love to see!


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38 Responses

    Susannah says:

    Pick me, pick me. I don’t know too many indie crafters by name, but I would have to pick Suzie Millions since I hear about her a lot.

    Sarah says:

    Great collection!

    Ivy says:

    NotMartha would be my dream craft partner–I mine her holiday archives at every seasonal opportunity. I love this community crafting idea and I know my Ladies’ Social Wine Club will too.

    Janel says:

    I would love to craft with Diane Gilleland! :)

    Amy says:

    This looks cool. I’m not sure if she is considered indie or not, but I would LOVE to hang out with Amy Sedaris bc she makes me laugh. We could talk about Strangers with Candy and have a grand time!

    Hope Spragg says:

    I would choose Kathleen because her craftiness radiates from an inner light that shines, shines, shines!!! And I love to see her walk everywhere with Ira, who is probably the craftiest cartoonist canine I know, it makes me smile.

    Jen says:

    Cindy Steiler aka Mary’s Granddaughter would be my personal indie crafter choice! I could see a fantastic collaboration between her embroidery and my jewelry.

    Kathleen says:

    Yes! Did you know Cindy’s got her own Craft-In booklet — it’s the Pet Portrait Embroidery one, and one of my favorites! I’ll need to share the embroidered portrait I did of my dog, Ira. :)

    Wanda Eash says:

    Wow, these are so meat! There are so many awesome indie crafters – how does one choose??? I would have to say Lisa Kettell – she has been my art-friend on the internet for several years – and we have never had the chance to meet in person. We both love altered art and vintage doll-crafts, so making art with her would be a win-win situation.

    Gillwatson says:

    I’d love to craft with Vanessa Caban!
    Her eye for colour is superb!!!

    Mjdominick says:

    What a wonderful gift for Girl Scout Leaders! Not enough knowledge to name an indie crafter.

    Jo says:

    I’d pick Alisa Burke..she does really cool grafitti style work…once you know how to do it through her classes, you can transpose it onto just about anything! I just did something similar to her work/style on my lighting and Ipod, cell phone as a ‘skin”…can see it @ http://www.OttLite.com/blog…so yeah, I’d love to craft with her and get all gooey messy painting together. fun!:0

    Carmen says:

    there are too many indie crafters for me to pick just on

    Julia in WDM says:

    how could i choose? I’ll have to think about that a while.

    Melissa says:

    These books are delightful. As for indie crafters, I can name Robin Atkins for her beautiful bead embroidery and Bonnie Reardon for her sewing and knitting expertise.

    CatnipStudio says:

    I would love to win these inspirational gems! I love color and pattern and use them with abandon in my own crafty style on paper goods, mosaics, decoupage, and digital art. I would love to craft-in with Debrina Pratt – her brilliant use of imagery and color inspires me, and I’m certain to learn so much from her creativity and expertise.

    Bev says:

    I’d pick Debrina Pratt. Love her work and so neat to see one of her projects included here!

    Mandihy says:

    Very dificult to choose but I think I would like Mint Tin by Debrina Pratt… I love her work so much

    TF says:

    These look so cool! I think Maura Okuley would be fun to talk to.

    LeslieKA says:

    I would have to choose Debrina Pratt. I love her images and creative projects.

    Kym decker says:

    Dear Kathleen,

    Please enter me in the Craft-In Giveaway!! Which indie designer would I most like to craft with? Debrina Pratt !!
    Why? Debrina Pratt’s Enchanted Fairy blog and Land of Enchantment Etsy was one of the first sites I found when starting my own blog. . I was fascinated by her wonderful talent and couldn’t wait to purchase Mixed Media Dollhouses ! Debrina has been a source of inspiration for me for the past year as I have begun experimenting with my own style of mixed media art!
    She’s great!!

    Thank you,
    Kym Decker

    Jen says:

    Yes, I actually did know…see, Cindy and I are cyber friends and team mates over at Etsy. If it wasn’t for the 2400 miles between us, we’d be crafting it up weekly! She is uber talented and a super person as well!

    Skylarking_on_deck says:

    Love the little sheepies! I am thinking of starting a craft group in my town and these books would be a real kick. Thanks for the offer!

    Kris hubick says:

    My friend Debrina is in this book so I would LOVE to win!!!!! My other fav. crafter is Jennifer Perkins!
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    Merry says:

    I would love to win this! So adorable! I am trying to relearn the crafty ways of my childhood, so something like this would be super fun. If I had to pick one indie crafter to craft-in with it would be Alli Good. My boyfriend is in “art love” with her and I would love for him to get a chance to spend some quality crafty time with her.


    Sheila C says:

    I love getting together with friends to craft! I like to do small paintings, ceramic mosaics, and felt-making from raw wool! I also love to embroider and would love to craft with Cindy Steiler because she seems like such a fun, kind person!!

    Anonymous says:

    I would love to craft with Jennifer Perkins.

    Sarah T. says:

    I have always wanted to start a craft group with friends and this would be perfect to help get started! First thing I would make, those adorable little lambs!!

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    Julia in WDM says:

    an indie crafter? probably my distant cousin, because i’ve always wanted to spend time working in a screen printer place.

    Dude! So excited about this! There are so many crafters in Asheville to choose from. I’d love to get all crafty with you Kathleen, of course. And Leigh Anne at the Dry Goods Shop. And I’ve love to work with clay. Can’t wait to see all the little booklets in person.

    Jenny says:

    Love the idea of this! What a fun idea for a get-together.
    The little mint tin worlds booklet looks like a lot of fun. I’d get my craft on with the Debrina Pratt.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    CindyB says:

    I would love to craft-in with Debrina Pratt, her work is awesome!

    Marlo says:

    I’m going to say John Murphy because Frankie loves his Stupid Sock Creatures so much :) Tulip says Ira because she likes his style :)

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