Welcome to the blog

A string of thoughts, DIY, thrift scores, geeking out, sewing, crafting, and so on....

Welcome to the blog

A string of thoughts, DIY, thrift scores, geeking out, sewing, crafting, and so on...

Welcome to the blog

A string of thoughts, DIY, thrift scores, geeking out, sewing, crafting, and so on...

Welcome to the blog

A string of thoughts, DIY, thrift scores, geeking out, sewing, crafting, and so on...

Welcome to the blog

A string of thoughts, DIY, thrift scores, geeking out, sewing, crafting, and so on...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Giveaway Day! Enter NOW!

UPDATE: All comments received by midnight 12/6/09 central standard time (Chicago) will be published. Others received after that...I wish you better luck next time. :)

I am participating in this year's
Giveaway Day hosted by Sew, Mama,Sew. Enter to win this wintry sweet box pouch made with Alexander Henry "Granville" Blues fabric. It measures 7" x 2.5" x 3". How do you enter? Well that's simple. All you have to do pick one of the following options:
  1. Become a fan of CrankHeartPony on facebook.
  2. Become a follower of my blog - click the 'follow' button on the right sidebar.
  3. Post my shop button to your blog - its on the right sidebar (see details for help) Comment with your blog link.
  4. Tell me what your favorite item is from my shop
Which ever you do, you must post a comment on this post so I know which one you did...otherwise I won't know if you're participating in the giveaway or just a random new fan/follower. Plus, I will randomly pick the winner from the comments. So post away! Some more details -
  • This is open to the world, so I will ship anywhere and everywhere!
  • This offer is open until midnight (Chicago time) on December 6th.
  • The winner will be announced on December 7th and the item will be shipped no later than December 12th.
  • To add the button to your blog (for Blogger users): Right click on the button; click "save image as" and save on your computer; open your blogger layout; select "add a gadget"; add "picture"; Upload picture with the link being http://crankheartpony.com. Done!
Thanks and good luck to all!

in the holiday spirit and thought I would offer a freebie for anyone who buys from the shop...FREE 3x3 6pc glitter vinyl sampler for every order til we hit 400 sales. Mention 'glitter' in notes to seller and let me know what colors from the list you would like. Some ideas for this stuff is making fun holiday garland, retro style ornaments, appliques, decorations,etc. It is easily cut or sewn and has the fabric backing on it. This is fun stuff, so get some while it lasts!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

DIY Dishes

I saw this cute tutorial on making boring dishes not so boring. Give it a try!

What You Need
  • Your own design or some free clip art from the interweb for a pattern
  • Signmaking vinyl from a signmaking store (one that creates logos for delivery cars)
  • Crafts knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Pen
  • Graphite paper
How to Make It
  1. Place signmaking vinyl face up on a hard surface, then put graphite paper face down on it. Set your pattern on top of the graphite paper, trace, and cut out using the crafts knife.
  2. Remove the white backing from the signmaking paper, dip the cut vinyl in a bowl of water, and "float" the vinyl shape into place.
  3. Rub a soft cloth over the vinyl to secure it to the surface.
  4. The moisture under the vinyl will evaporate and leave the design stuck tight.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Free Printable Advent Calendar from MIBO

Hey, need a sweet DIY advent calendar right now? For free? Just email Mibo at info@mibo.co.uk and they'll send one your way. They have a link to download it, but it isnt working very well so they suggest emailing them. The calendar takes about 5-15 mins to make - all you need is a ruler, a craft knife and a gluestick...oh and obviously a printer. Full instructions are included. How nice of them!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Hooray holidays! Making stuff is fun!

Ok, I have been a busy bee as of late. Today alone I have sewn 7 of these box pouches. Its been lots of fun. I just love working in the 3rd dimension.
My other crafting exploration was making these feather headbands and hair pins. I can say Ive never been covered in more down in my life...except in comforter form whilst sleeping. But its addicting making all this stuff...the Fall and Winter months put me in high gear craft mode...its cathartic and way better than the unproductive summer time.

I just saw this posted at Plum Pudding and thought it was such a sweet idea. Its so adorable, I really want to do this with my kids...but how do I get them to be still while I simply trace their hands? That may prove difficult...maybe I can do that while they are asleep.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

C{heart}P Around the Interweb

Huzzah! My Strawberry Shortcake and Custard Coffee Mug made it into a gift guide! Just thought I'd share that.

Now, onto some SNS's (social networking sites) that I frequent... Post yours if you feel so inclined on the comments page :)

Twitter is one of those places I like to promote my items with ambiguous, yet slightly amusing blurbs. I wonder if my approach is effective. I wonder what would happen if I swapped my one liners for actual descriptions, albeit short ones... I think I chose the first route because just giving it away was too boring. Maybe people are more inclined to click on a line that says : "S is for "Suck it, Trebek!" I'll take "SWORDS" for $400 http://bit.ly/1lS20x" Instead of: "Here is a mug with the letter S on it." I may never know.

Facebook Fan pages - another fun place to pal around on. I'm not a big updater of the status, I mainly just post links with an occasional sale here and there. I did't want to be 'that' person whose page you fanned and all you get is updates ever 5 seconds on things too random to be posted on said page..like how many twinkies they can shove in thier mouth without gagging.

For Men, by Men

My husband and his friend have joined forces in the blogosphere to create Manly Vintage..a collection of vintage finds, thrift store ratings, manly interviews, videos, etc. Check them out...if you're man enough ;)

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