Posts Tagged ‘crafting at home’

Inside Our New Bonus Projects

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Happy Earth Week!  As you may have noticed, we’re celebrating with a huge relaunch of our products, tons of giveaways on Facebook, free shipping on any order at our web store (see below), and much more.  Today on the blog, we wanted to highlight one of the most exciting new features of our line–now each kit comes with TWO bonus projects!

bonus projects!

The outer box can turn into a dollhouse, mailbox, special storage case for art supplies, or anything you can imagine!  In the example above, Forrest covered it with scraps of denim, including a pocket for the front, and our production assistant Sierra sewed on all sorts of felt and ribbon to jazz it up.  Now it’s a fancy place for extra felt pieces, beads, etc., plus tiny scraps can fit in the outside pocket.  Pretty creative, huh?

felted box

Here’s another special storage box adorned with needle felted trees and birds.  The possibilities are truly endless.

When you open up a kit, you’ll see a sturdy cardboard tray that slides out.  Once you’re done with the project, the empty tray can be transformed into a beautiful frame for your finished artwork.  Here’s one we painted and filled with Wire & Bead Art Kit samples for an upcoming trade show display:

wire and bead frame

We hope that everyone who buys or receives one of our kits will be inspired to create something special with the sturdy packaging, and maybe even looks at packaging in general in a new way.  Imagine all the fun stuff you can make when you see boxes as art supplies rather than garbage!

This week at our web store, enjoy free shipping on any order!  Use code FREESHIPNOW through May 1st.  We can’t wait for you to give the new kits a try!

Mobile Art Station

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Here in Madison, WI we started out the morning at -6 degrees, and now it has warmed up to a balmy zero!  So, it feels like the perfect day to share one of our favorite ways to stay cozy inside your house and active with art projects all winter long—make yourself a mobile art station!

Often an art and craft-filled life can have a way of taking over lots of space.  Unless you’re lucky enough to have a dedicated table or room for art, you end up packing and unpacking supplies, stashing your project away every time someone wants to use the dining room table for something less important, like say eating.  The mobile art station makes it easy to keep one project together while it’s in progress, and it frees you from being stuck in one spot.

Perfect for keeping your supplies together, wherever you are

Perfect for keeping your supplies together, wherever you are

We love this simple, light bamboo tray, with a nice lip all the way around so you won’t lose anything, and convenient handles.  Its even, smooth surface is great for laying out your designs, and it’s the perfect size to balance on your lap.  If you don’t have a tray at home, head over to your local thrift store.  A shallow basket or plastic platter could also work just fine, depending on the type of project.

Of course, we are not knocking your dining room table.  Sometimes you need lots of room to spread out, especially if you are crafting with a crowd.

Valentine Crafting on a cold winter day

Valentine Crafting on a cold winter day

Wherever you create your art, we hope you have a lot of fun while staying cozy this winter!  Stay tuned for our next few blog posts; we’ll be sharing some simple, inspiring and eco-friendly Valentine’s Day projects you’ll definitely want to try!