Happy New Year from Crafty Bombshell Designs!

2019 came in like a lamb in my household. K was in bed by 9 & my husband and I watched the ball drop on television and went straight to bed. 2018 was such a monumental building year for us. It was mostly all great things, some not so great but we are not complaining.

2018 is the year that I officially started my business, Crafty Bombshell Designs LLC. From one of my previous posts, 3’ x 3’ Local Farm Sign I talked about my sign making business a little. But a little more history about it is that in February of 2018, I was sought out by an old high school classmate, Stephanie over at The Little White Cabin in Roxbury, CT. She had plans in motion to open a small home decor store in her hometown & wanted to know if I was interested in making hand-painted signs to sell there. I had been trying my hand at some signs a few months prior, and she had seen them and my potential. I owe this new dream of mine to her and her insight!

March started my official business with tax & name officially registered. Since then, I have been going non-stop. I love this work, making things with my hands is something I was born to do. I come from a very creative family background, my mother is an amazing artist, as is my brother over at Tru Boo Images – Instagram. My Father & other brother are geniuses when it comes to building anything out of wood (or other materials). Even still my other brother & sister are wizards with all things computer. Our family is very talented & I’m proud the I’ve inherited it too!

2018 was great for business. I ended the year with my products in three separate stores, The Little White Cabin in Roxbury CT, The Brush & Pallet in Harwinton CT & Kelly’s Crystals right in my hometown of Torrington CT!

My goal for the next year is to get into three more boutique stores, start an online store & create new and exciting items for you! I want to push myself to learn new styles & techniques, new crafts such as candle making & stained glass, and also make connections within my community. 2019 will be an even better year and I cannot wait to share it with you!

Have a happy New year! & until next time,

Stay #FashionablyCrafty !

Here are a few of my favorite custom orders & projects from this past year! I hope you enjoy!

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DIY Hand-dye Acrylic yarn with Acrylic Paint

Back in my New Years post I talked about how looking at Pinterest for “gym bag essentials” lead me to “diy hand-dyeing acrylic yarn”. I’ve always loved looking at the beautiful skeins of hand-dyed yarn at my local yarn store but the price tag always scared me away. I am so happy my pinning lead me in this direction today!

Not only did I have all the supplies on hand, but it really only took me about an hour to complete and then 5-8 hours of drying time!

Supplies:

  • 1 skein white or cream acrylic yarn
  • Plastic solo cups
  • Plastic spoons or popsicle sticks
  • Large bowl
  • Water
  • Acrylic paint – your color choice(s)
  • Rubber gloves

Step One

Start by wrapping your skein of yarn around two chairs like the photo below. This will make it long enough to do a stopping effect with the yarn if you wish to do. When you are done, wrap 4 strands around the ends and middles and tie a loose knot. This way, your yarn won’t become a tangled mess.

Step Two

Take your yarn and soak it in a bowl. Make sure it’s nice and saturated to allow the “dye” to soak all the way through. Pick it up and squeeze the excess water out. You can dump the bowl and put it away, we won’t be needing it anymore.

Step Three

Mix your colors. I forgot to get a photo of this step, but all I did was pour it halfway full with warm water, then squeeze in a bunch of acrylic paint. Mind you, your finished colors are gonna be a lot lighter than what you see in your cup.

Step Four

Place your yarn in the cups like the picture below. I used a spoon to distribute some of the colors up and over the edges of the cups. But in the drying phase they will blend together too. Leave your yarn in the dye for 30 minutes.

Step Five

Slowly take your yarn out carefully, and dump out your paint dye. In this process I accidentally got some pure paint that hadn’t mixed on my yarn but I like it. Makes it unique! I put some rubber gloves on my faucet to protect it and I hung my yarn to drip dry. I also put a cup underneath since I didn’t want the paint to stain my sink 😋.

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e hard part. Waiting for your beautiful yarn to dry! I have tried to use a hairdryer to speed up the process but didn't get too far with it. The only true way is to just wait it out. But I promise, the results are worth it!!

As I wrote this, I am still waiting for my beautiful hand-dyed yarn to dry and I cannot wait to make something out of it!!!

Until then,

Stay Crafty!

Loom Knitting

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but it’s because I am just so involved with my new projects I barley have time for anything else (please excuse the laundry pile that keeps growing 🤦🏼‍♀️).

The other day I decided to pick up my knitting needles again after almost a year of not making anything. But my project was progressing slowly as I am not a fast needle knitter. So like usual, I took to YouTube and Pinterest and searched for “how to knit faster.” My results? Showed some really fast knitters with incredible hand speeds, and something called loom knitting. I wasn’t completely unaware of loom knitting since my sister in law had a few round looms that she would make hats with. But I thought that’s all you could do.

Every video that I watched got better and better and I just could t stop! The next day I went to my local Hobby Lobby and purchased an adjustable long loom and some sugarwheel yarn by YarnBee.

I started my project last Tuesday night, and I finished it by Sunday! I can’t believe how easy and fast it was!

As soon as I was done with this blanket, I went on to making custom scarf orders! These and more projects can be found in my Etsy Shop!!!

Check out my Etsy Shop! I accept custom orders!!

Hand-Lettering 101

Two months ago I was eagerly awaiting my new purchase from Amazon, Hand Lettering 101: An Introduction to the Art of Creative Lettering. Even with AmazonPrime I felt like it couldn’t get here fast enough!  I have scoured Pinterest and all it has to hold and instantly became enthralled with this art form. I instantly started doodling on anything I could get my hands on!

If you remember from my Dinosaur Thank You Cards post I’ve been trying to keep up this standard of etiquette that our generations before us have all held. Send thank you cards, birthday cards, even a thinking of you note from time to time to a special someone far away. Ever since I have started my practice of hand lettering, I have put a special touch on all the cards I have sent out. Below you can see some of the other projects and “doodles” that I have done, and also a peek into the book!

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In the book it explains about the different mediums you can use to hand letter, the different types of paper and also about different typefonts that work well together.

After trial and error, mostly because I couldn’t wait for the pens on order to come in, I found that Crayola Markers don’t work very well. Some of my favorite pens to use for hand lettering are Elegant Writers. They have a tapered tip to handle all those thick downstrokes and thin upstrokes.

This was a fun little St. Patrick’s Day craft that I did with my little man!

I got this idea from one project closer. Go check out her blog for more cute ideas!

The easter bunny even knows how to hand-letter!

 

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