Swedish Fest Fun!

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Hi Crafter’s

A couple of weekends ago we attended Thorsby, Alabama’s Swedish Festival. Thorsby is a town only a short drive from our home and we love this little event. From the Swedish Fest website “Thorsby was founded in 1895 by people of Scandinavian descent who had previously settled in the northern United States. They came to Alabama hoping to raise fruits to sell and to use to make wine. The northern climate had proven unsuitable for growing grapes so Central Alabama was chosen as a good candidate for a new start. The idea of the festival to honor these early settlers began in the late 1980’s with the first event being held in 1988. It was called the Swedish Festival but it actually celebrates its truly Scandinavian beginning’s. Alongside those Swedish settlers were peoples from Norway, Finland, and Denmark as well.”

My family has attended as visitors and a vendor in years past. This year, I was just shopping! As I shopped I saw some of the most unique crafty items. I spoke with the vendors and artist at the Fest and asked if I could share their work with you guys. I made sure that each vendor I will mention in this post are able to ship their crafts because I promise, once you see these items you will want some of them!!!

I will show the beautiful creations in the order that I saw them on the day, sort of like taking you along with me as I walked around the park.

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These beautiful creations are made by Handmade Wreaths by Janet and Kim while talking with these sweet ladies I learned that they also make live wreaths and they are gorgeous!  They aren’t able to ship the live wreaths as they are too heavy to be affordable to ship.  If you’re local, then you are in for a treat on the live wreaths.  The prices in the pictures are subject to change.

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How stinkin’ cute is this lighted halloween wreath?  So cute with the geo mesh and deco mesh mixed together and the lights were purple spiders!

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I have to say that my favorite wreath at the booth was this pumpkin, I think I like it because it is shaped like a pumpkin and not just a circle decorated like a pumpkin.  Great job ladies, thanks for letting me share!

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The next booth I visited had these amazing vanity mirrors.  These were hand made by Jo Ann Coker and they are stunning, the photo does not do them justice!  They are made using vintage pieces like buttons, broaches and earrings and the best part!  That is a butter knife!!!  Great work Joanna, she also does custom burlap monogramming and embroidery…

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Can you believe how cute this is?  I just love it!  Jo Ann’s prices were great too!  Look at this framed and embroidered piece she makes for wedding gifts…

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The poor picture is my fault, way too much glare but how cute is that?  You can contact Jo Ann at her Facebook page for more info.  Another stunning crafter at work!

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What about these gorgeous hand crafted pieces?  These are from Jessie’s Jewels and they were super cute!

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I have to say that this peacock necklace was my favorite, the colors were so beautiful and the gold it is set in was rich and antique feeling.

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Another photo of Jessie’s Jewels, the colors were so rich and vibrant.  Jessie, you do good work girl!  Next I saw these adorable hair bows and these are created by Joanna Davis, Joanna doesn’t have an online store but she can be reached through her Facebook page.

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I loved this ice cream bow, how cute is that!  and all the bright colors.  I have to tell you that her prices were the best I have ever seen, to the point that I told her they were too cheap!!

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What little girl wouldn’t love a Nascar bow or a lady but bow?  Really!  Such cute bows for the little girl in your life.  Contact Joanna and get your hair bows, she does really nice work!  These pendants we stunning, they are created by Janet of Southern Sass on Facebook.  I don’t have a link to her store just yet but I will update it when I have it.

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I fell in love with these pendants!  The little candy canes and holly leaves are all deep set in a clear epoxy with great Christmas backgrounds.  Notice the Halloween one’s in the top left corner..so cute!  These are created by

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And then this happened!  Reclaimed wood and burlap?  Yes, please!  Oh my, I fell in love with all the items in this booth.  These photo frames were awesome, this company is called Burlap & Bows and I fell in love with everything!

 

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Can you spot the pumpkins?  I can, they caught my eye immediately!  The chevron cross art was amazing as well!  The colors in this booth were so inviting!

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These ladies have a flair for design and you really must go check them out on Facebook at Burlap & Bows.  I enjoyed this shop so much!

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I even bought a few things from Burlap & Bows booth and a friend of mine had a booth at the festival and I got some goodies from her as well.

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I have been looking for old box springs for quite sometime.  Short of buying an old box spring and putting it in my yard to rust, I thought I was out of luck!  Well, Burlap & Bows had them and for only $1 each!  Y’all know that is my favorite number!!  The bowling pin and tattered door knob were from my friends booth.  She offers a lot of vintage items that she scours around and finds.  That knob…$1!  The bowling pin, only $3.

I would say I had a great day meeting new people and got to take home some soon to be great craft projects for the Christmas season!  How did the rest of my crew fair on that day?

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This is my littlest boy Joe, excited about going home to watch the ball game!!  We stopped to wait for Vince to talk with some friends and I was able to snap this rare, smiling photo of Joe.  All in all, a good day.

I hope you enjoyed coming along with us, go check these folks out that I showed you by clicking on their names or the photos of the items and tell them Maymay sent ya!  I don’t receive any commission or anything, it’s just nice to let them know how you found them.

I have enjoyed sharing this little adventure with all of you!

Maymay Siggy

 

 

 

Santa Canvas Mixed Media on a Pedastal

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Mom and I were shopping in one of our favorite stores a few weeks ago and I saw something like this and I had to try it.

You know my love for burlap, but the way the paper just seemed to be a part of the canvas was so cool to me.  I decided to find a way to make it happen.

To see me attempt it step by step check out the video tutorial below.


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Halloween Witch Treat Holder That You Can Wear?

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I had so much fun making this one.  Jamie sent me these hats quite a while ago and I have to be honest, I just didn’t know what to do with them.  To me they were just hats, then I saw some people making witch hats out of paper and stuffing them with candy.  Well, that was all fine and good but these were too nice to be used as candy holders and then tossed away.

That is where the “costume” part came up, why not add the little elastic band to the hat and wear it after you open it.

So fun and easy to do but the recipient will think you worked a spell to make this happen!

You can get your hats here!

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All Aboard The Birthday Party Train

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Hi Crafter’s

We celebrated my three year old cousin Jett’s birthday this weekend.  Jett and my son Thomas have birthdays one day apart so each year we usually end up celebrating on the same day.  However, Jared and Samantha came home to visit for the week, so we moved Thomas’ party until they got home on Monday night.

The minute I arrived to the party I knew I had to share this with you guys.  I know how many times I struggled to come up with party ideas for my boys and this would have a been a fun one to do.  Check this great party out!

Jett’s mommy Jeannine and her helpers did a wonderful job on this train themed birthday.    First, let me introduce you to this beautiful family.  This is Dwayne, Jeannine and Jett.  Jett is the cutie in the train conductor outfit, in case you might have thought Dwayne was the three year old!  Dwayne is my cousin and Jeannine is his wife and Jett’s mommy!

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The cake was made by a local bakery and it was so cute.  Two tiers of choo choo train yummy sweetness!  The train cars wrapped around the cake in bright blues, reds, and yellows.  Pretty white fluffy circles of steam comes out of the engine and made the cake come to life.  Not to mention that adorable railroad crossing sign on the top announcing we should stop for Jett’s birthday.

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I think the next part was perfect, Jeannine took a toy train and added snack filled “train cars” with little black circles for wheels and chalkboard labels to tell you what that car was carrying.  Simple and smart, a great way to make the best of the train theme.

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They also added black electrical tape on the table cloth to represent the train track.

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There were railroad crossing signs made using upcycled materials, Y’all know I am all about that!  Jeannine and her team took paint cans and lids and created these adorable stop and go signs.  Using electrical tape for the crossing marks and stick on letters for the R’s.  Genius!

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Centerpieces where made using little buckets and tissue paper, railroad signs and candy.  The little train was a wooden piece that was written on to remind us we were on the Jett express.

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 In the driveway was this adorable train track.  Made from tape and designed to look and feel like you were crossing the tracks to the party.  So cute!

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Jett’s Grandma had these adorable crossing signs on either side of the driveway in front of the tracks.  There were two of them and they flanked the driveway.  They are made using foam core board, sticky letters, paper plates, a stick and a bucket.  Frugal and fun!

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Jett was dressed for the day, in his navy shorts and and train embroidered tee.  I couldn’t get over how adorable he was looked, he is always a picture perfect little guy, but this outfit took the cake!  The train conductor hat and bandana were the perfect touch!

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I have to say that they looked better on Jett than Daddy!  Daddy is so silly!

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Dwayne and I are one month to the day apart in age.  I am older!  He will be glad I admitted that!  We grew up very close and I will always love him like a brother.  We all love his little family, we are proud to call Jeannine family and Jett is a blessing!

I hope you guys enjoyed this little peek into our weekend and this absolutely fantastic party. Can’t wait to see what they do for his fourth birthday!!!

Maymay Siggy

Fall Decorating…what do you mean it’s too early?

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I spent my weekend decorating for the “not gonna get here fast enough” fall season.  I love Fall and all the colors and themes that go with it.  Christmas is my favorite time of year but Fall just paves the way for that season.

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I am pretty lucky in that I already have Fall colors all over my home, I decorate with them all year round.  Our open dining room is red and brown, my couches are a red-orange with very Autumnal colors in the pillows and I have two side chairs that are completely done is the colors of Fall.

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You guys may recognize the avocado jar in this photo, well, the walnut and the acorn were ones I already had in my collection.  I just love the three of these together.  I think they make a cute little set.

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Don’t forget to use some of your current decor for Fall as well.  This little three tiered stand is one that I use all the time to hold a set of really large mugs.  I love how it really shows off the three pumpkins.  Can you tell that I like to decorate in threes?

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These books are something I use all year as well, I know that it says Autumn but I just really like how they look in my living room.

In the video I have included in this post I will show you how I dress it up with a few items from my Fall collection.

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For my last picture from my decor, this is what I see as I walk up the stairs to my living area.  The pilgrim hats were made by one of my subscribers, Gareth, he did an amazing job on them.  You won’t believe that the hats are made from CD’s and yogurt containers.  I just love them!

There are a couple of tiny DIY tutorials in the video above.  Just a couple of things that might help in you in your decorating.

Happy Fall Y’all!

Maymay Siggy

Our Money Tree Bridal Shower

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Hi Crafter’s

Whew!  It has been a hectic few months for our family.  We had college and high school graduation, and engagement, an open heart surgery, bridal showers, a rehearsal dinner, a wedding and then a big move.  Oh, so that is why I am so stressed out!

My oldest son, Jared, and his new bride Samantha moved half way across the country to start their grad school adventures.  We are so happy for them, and sad, but mostly happy.

I feel that I have gotten enough of a breather to sit down and blog about some of our fun, so I thought I would start with the bridal shower

There were three of us that hosted the shower, my mother in law, my mother and I.  Since the happy couple would be moving so far away and packing was going to be a strain, we decided to have a Money Tree Shower.  When I say we, I really mean, my mother in law had the idea!  “We” ran with the it!

We mailed out invitations asking for all gifts to be in the form of a gift card or cash and placed in an envelope.  The invitation told the party goer that the envelopes would be clipped to our “money tree” and we hoped they would help us fill it up.

This is the money tree with cards beginning to fill it up!

This is the money tree with cards beginning to fill it up!

My mom found the cutest tree at a local floral supply place, it was around $50 and she wants to use it for her Christmas decor as well.  Never hurts to kill two birds with one stone, huh?  It was a pretty tall tree with a very whimsical feel to it.  Don’t tell mom, but I think it was kinda “Dr. Suess-y.”  Mom wrote a cute little poem and placed it along with a basket of clothes pins out for everyone to clip their gift to the tree.

Yummy cheesecake and key lime pie!  Thank you Costco!!!

Yummy cheesecake and key lime pie! Thank you Costco!!!

For food, we kept it easy!  The shower was held at 2:30 on a Sunday afternoon so most folks had just finished Sunday Dinner. Therefore, we kept the menu to desserts.  Costco has the most amazing cheesecake and key lime pie, everyone loved them and they were very nearly completely gone by the end of the party.  Since the cheesecake and pie were the stars of the show we surrounded them with fruit, nuts, mints and Danish wedding cookies.  I have to give my husband mad props (a little gangsta for ya!), he shopped for all of the food except the fruit all by himself!  He even went to three stores to find those little cookies!  He’s a keeper, y’all!

Pom Poms and Pearls decorated the table.

Pom Poms and Pearls decorated the table.

The Shower was held at my mom’s house.  If you haven’t seen her holiday home tour be sure to check it out here.  We set her dining room table using items from around her house.  The kissing angels were from her grand daughter’s bedroom, the candles she saves for all occasions and the pearls that you can’t see in this photo are her everyday jewelry!  You guys know my motto, ‘use whatcha got!”

His and Her's Chairs

His and Her’s Chairs

Because we invited couples to this shower we felt it was only appropriate to have His and Her’s chairs for the happy couple.  Jared’s chair was just a smart, dark iron and white canvas chair from mom’s home and Samantha’s chair we jazzed up a bit.

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Would you believe a plastic table cloth and tulle?

We really wanted the Bride’s chair to stand out.  This chair had a very simple bottom to it, just legs and nothing fancy.  Mom had about a roll and a half of 6 inch wide tulle left over from some bows we tied around various things.  The tulle alone wasn’t enough to fill up the bottom of the chair.  So we dug around and found an old plastic table cloth that had a lace print on it.  So, I cut the table cloth into strips and tied them on.  The first thing was to wrap a piece of tulle around the top of the chair legs and tie it tight.  That sort of made a “clothesline” around the base of the seat to tie the table cloth, tool and curling ribbon to.  Then I just alternated strips of the products and tied them on with slip knots.  I just kept adding the strips till it was full and resembled a dress.  We just loved it and Samantha looked adorable in her “Bride” chair.

It was a great shower and everyone blessed the happy couple with their amazing gifts.  I love sharing these events with you guys.  Keep a watch out for a quick wedding recap, I was able to snap a few shots of the beautiful decor before the tears started!

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Hallo Craft #4 Easy Milk Carton Candy Treat Holder

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In today’s HalloCraft video I did this adorable milk carton treat holder.  Now I know these aren’t a new idea but it is one I haven’t tried before.   I am using the The Big Book of Holiday Crafts for my inspiration I wanted to go ahead and try my hand at it.

I know that not everyone has the book with the template in the back, so I created this template.  That way, if any of you want to make one you can just use this template.

Screen Shot 2014-08-29 at 11.41.56 AMJust click here to get the pdf document for the milk carton

I have also included the video instructions for this milk carton above.  I really hope you enjoy the tutorial and template.  I can just see all your little Trick or Treater’s now admiring these handy little treats!  Then of course ripping in to them for the candy!

Thanks so much for watching and reading, let me know what you plan to do with the milk cartons in the comments.

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I’ve Got Butterflies!

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Hi Crafter’s,

I am so excited to let you all know that I am Guest Designing for Renea Bouquets this month!  I have been waiting to tell you guys and my Guest Design package arrived today.  OH WOW!  No photo I have ever seen online of these beautiful butterflies do them justice, including mine!  I am going to try to show them in all their glory!

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These black and white polka dot butterflies are just my style!  I can’t wait to get started using these in my projects.  I will do two Guest Designer projects in the month of August, at least two.  I may have to use more because I just want to play with them so much!

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The white portions of these gorgeous vintage butterflies are made with glitter glass, the quality is amazing.  When you actually hold these in your hands you and feel the amount of work that goes into them.  Renea has an amazing talent.

Keep a watch out this month for my design projects using these butterflies and dragonflies.  She also sent me a stunning filigree and rhinestone embellishment that needs a world of it’s own!  I will show you all the goodies in a short video soon.

Also, if you want to get your hands on these treasures for a great price, Renea has offered the Maymay Family a discount for the month of August!  Just enter the coupon code GDTAMY and you will receive 10% off of any purchase till the end of August 2014.

Check out these sites to get yours!

Reneabouquets Shop-http://www.Reneabouquets.com

Reneabouquets Etsy Shop-https://www.etsy.com/shop/Reneabouquets

Reneabouquets Facebook Page-https://www.facebook.com/ReneabouquetsEtsyShop

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The Big Book of Holiday Crafts

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Hi Crafter’s!

This week on Maymay Made It – YouTube, we are making Christmas crafts!  Using this wonderful book, this book is full of great holiday craft ideas.  It has ideas for lots of holidays and it is not just cards, there are plenty of 3D and gift projects.

My first project was this pocket card.  So easy to do with big pay off.  The pocket could hold a gift card or even cash!  Check out this video to see how it’s done.

I also made the ornament gift card holder from the Big Book of Holiday Crafts.  I love how this turned out and I think it could be used for more than just card making.  Each year my In Laws give my boys money for Christmas, they put it in envelopes and hang them on the tree.  How cute would it be if these ornaments were hanging on the tree and held the cash gift?

If you want to get your own copy of The Big Book of Holiday Crafts by Leisure Arts click here or on the picture of the book above.  Also, be sure to visit my YouTube Channel this week for more videos featuring projects from this book.

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Double Slider Technique for Paper Crafting

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Hi Crafter’s,

I have had such a busy weekend.  Don’t you just hate when your weekend just flies by!  Fortunately for me I do not work on Mondays.  That is the beauty of being a Barber, our weekend is Sunday and Monday.  However, that makes Tuesday not so fun!

Anyway, we had a wedding shower this weekend.  Not for my son this time, I helped in hosting a shower for my cousin who will be marrying in September.  I will making her flowers and I plan to share that process with you guys!  We will make corsages, boutineers and even some wreaths for the wedding.  I hope you will enjoy that process.

For today, I have not shared this mini album on the blog but I wanted to share this technique I did in the book for today’s video.  It is the double slider technique and it has always intimidated me so I attempted to make it anyway.  It works!  I love how it looks in the mini album so I thought I would share this one with you today.

If you haven’t seen the mini album from start to finish, click here to be taken to a playlist with all of the videos from the beginning.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial and can use it in your paper crafting.

Maymay Siggy

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