How to make a custom baby blanket.
First, have a conversation with your neighbors who are having a baby girl!! Maybe one like this:
Me: Have you chosen a name?
Him (excited!): Yeah! Lyra!
Me: Is there meaning in it?
Him: Yes. We’re both into music. In Latin, a Lyra is like a harp. My wife is into astronomy too, and Lyra is a really cool constellation.
My brain: This. Needs. To. Be. A. Blanket.
First, paint some outer space textures.
Then pull out your tombows and do some lettering. Do a lot and write “nope” next to the bad ones.
Next, pull it all into Adobe CC to isolate your shapes, colorize them and create a repeating pattern. Save as jpg.
Headto spoonflower.com to order the fabric. Sew the edges, run through the wash and bam.
My 5YO got into dual immersion Kindergarten! I’m so excited for her! I decided to do “Spanish Kids Night’ once a week so she’s not overwhelmed when she starts. I hope DI opens doors for her later in her life. We did colors last week, and learned an AWESOME color song in Spanish! It’s sung to the tune of Frere Jacque:
Rojo, Red, Rojo, Red.
Azul, Blue, Azul, Blue.
Amarillo, Yellow, Amarillo, Yellow.
Verde, Green, Verde, Green.
Blanco, White, Blanco, White.
Negro, Black, Negro, Black.
Gris, Gray, Gris, Gray
Café, Brown, Café, Brown.
Anaranjado, Orange, Anaranjado, Orange.
Rosa, Pink, Rosa, Pink.
Morado, Purple, Morado, Purple.
Los Colores, Los Colores.
And since I’m a designer by day, I made this poster for her and the other kids to reference while we did some other Spanish color activities.
What’s the best way to get your Pinterest views up to the hundreds of thousands? Millions? There are a few ways. But the only 2 important steps are:
1. Make a product.
2. Pin it.
That’s it. You’re done. You’re going to be a millionaire in no time. Okay, okay, chances are, if you’re reading this, you’ve already done those 2 steps, and you’re not quite a millionaire. But you’ve done what most won’t. I offer a sincere ‘congratulations’ on doing the creative work. Sometimes that’s the hardest step! Now it’s just a matter of putting in some time. And it’s gonna be boring. But it could lead to 180,000 views, and hopefully a ton of purchases.
There are MANY ways to get this many views. You can do any, or all, of these. Please add your own too! I’d love to hear how YOU have increased your interweb views. Below are the things I did.
Or coffee. Or a hand-written thank you card. Or …
Many of my facebook posts start with ‘I’ll buy you a cupcake if you …‘ In this case, it was ‘if you pin my map to one of your boards.’ I put these posts up on my personal facebook page, my business facebook page, and also in appropriate facebook groups (etsy promotion groups, buy/sell groups, mama groups, etc). I’ve yet to have someone take me up on the offer, but I’m willing! There are always helpers out there, and I love them so much! I have the best friends and family in the world, they are crazy supportive.
The more you post, the more people will pin. The more people pin, the more exposure you get. The more exposure you get, the more purchases, and the more pins. It just takes time.
Use a Nice Pic.
I’m biased, this is a pic of my babe, so of course it’s a quality image! But I did pull out my nice camera, got the lighting just right, did her hair, cleaned up the floor (just the part that was going to be in the picture of course), took about 70 shots, then photoshopped the imperfections out of the wall.
Make Sure your Pin Directs Users to the Right Place.
Reach out to bloggers.
Since mine is a Montessori product, I reached out to Montessori bloggers (about 20-30 over 2 years), and offered to send them a free sample to review, or a discount code for their readers. Only a few took me up, but they were quality blogs with TONS of followers.
Offer discounts to pinners.
This won’t get pins from your original pin, so you won’t be able to track, but they’ll sure bring you more traffic! This is the semi-permanent announcement in my shop:
Join Collaborative Pinterest Boards.
Search facebook for ‘pinterest group boards.’ Join the boards that are relevant to your product. Re-pin your original pin into their boards. Most will let you do this every couple of weeks.
Interact on Instagram.
This is fun, but takes time too. Go find people that are into what you’re into, and find places where it makes sense to introduce your product. Be sincere. Follow people who will enjoy your product. And by follow, I mean look at their posts, ❤ their images, leave nice comments about what you like and why they inspire you. It takes time, but being nice pays off in the long run.
And by ‘lucky’ I mean, after you’ve made an amazing product, then put in hours and hours, and days and days of work, sometimes feeling like it’s in vain and futile, then people are going to find you, and blog about your product for FREE, without you having to do anything! THANK YOU to the blogs that have picked up my product and shared. Speaking of luck, please enjoy some cliche thoughts:
Luck is great, but most of life is hard work.
Iain Duncan Smith
Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Many people may say that luck is important, but I think you create your own luck by working hard to ensure you don’t miss opportunities.
I say luck is when an opportunity comes along and you’re prepared for it.
Be Grateful, and Just Keep Going.
I’m grateful for Pinterest, Facebook, my supportive friends and families, my computer, my phone, and of course the craft store. Y’all, it really takes a village, and I’m grateful for mine – both locally and through the web. I love you all!
I’ll keep pinning, keep posting, and hope to see your pins, and advice below!
Holy smokes! You guys made 2017 AMAZING!! You bought felt walls, you bought prints of sloths, you bought greeting cards painted with breast milk (it’s weird, I know)! You placed orders from January through December; from down the street and across the globe. Add it all up and what do you get? One phenomenal year.
The first order came from Colorado on January 2. The last, was placed on December 30, and went all the way from Utah to Maine! In between, another 485 orders were made from 42 states (plus a military base, DC and Puerto Rico) and 22 countries.
The furthest? All the way to New Zealand – that’s over 7,200 miles! The country with the most orders (excluding United States)? France with 15 orders. I also got to send a few to Czech Republic and one to Cyprus! Next time, I think I’ll stuff myself into one of those packages.
The state with the most orders? California with 47 orders, then Texas with 36 orders, then Florida with 28.
But of all these numbers, one is the most important: $1,068.
That’s right, we donated $1,068 to the RMCHF Mother’s Milk Bank. That equals 267 ounces of breast milk that the they were able to process thanks to your generosity in 2017. But they process WAY more than that every single day. So let’s keep this going! I’ll keep making crafts, if you’ll keep buying them! I was able to fly out to visit them in January, and I was bawling the whole time! The amount of milk they process is insane! The lab techs pour milk sent in from selfless moms, then they pasteurize it and ship it out to hospitals around the country. This is the lab where the magic happens:
I can’t even explain how awesome I think they are.
And how awesome I think you are. Thank you for buying crafts. Thank you for supporting my little family.
I give you, my buyers, and the Mother’s Milk Bank ONE COLOSSAL, GIGANTIC, ENORMOUS THANK YOU!!!
You guys! This dinosaur wall was my 1,500th sale!! 1,500 of you have bought from my shop. We’ve helped feed lots of babies with that $. I love you all!
My sister talked me into a craft fair last week. I compiled a list of all the felt walls for the show, and it was rewarding to see how years of work have led to so many fun felt walls. I keep thinking my babies will get sick of them, but they haven’t yet! Every day, my 4-year-old asks ‘what kind of felt wall haven’t we made yet?’ Follow us on FB or insta see what we create next.
I had one bag of frozen breast milk left. Three ounces of a drink, but it represented a year of breastfeeding my first babe, and two years of breastfeeding my second babe. All the emotions. Lots of moms make jewelry from milk to commemorate this achievement. That’s not quite weird enough for me. In fact, the paintings I make with breast milk aren’t even weird enough. What’s weirder than milk jewelry and painting with breast milk? I made glue with the proteins from my last bag of milk. Milk that my body made to feed my beautiful babies. Then used the glue as papier-mâché to build a topographical map of Soldier Hollow in Midway, Utah. The place where I discovered my strength. Continue reading “Making Glue with Breast Milk. It’s weird, I know.”
My cousin is on an LDS mission in Oregon. He sends a fun little update every week, and this week’s email had a message that inspired me. He shared this spiritual thought:
This lovely (and anatomically correct!) felt heart wall hanging, was created for a friend who recently had heart surgery. Luckily, everything went great with his surgery and he’s recovering! And, of course Emily HAD to make him the perfect present — it is both thoughtful and incredibly useful for explaining, to those of us who are less-than-familiar with the finer details of the cardiovascular system, what he had to have done.
If you don’t happen to know someone who just had heart surgery (which is really, probably for the best), this felt piece is also great for teaching kids (and adults) about human anatomy! Continue reading “A Heartfelt Message”
Halloween is just around the corner! I know that I am an adult, but I still love dressing up every year. What I don’t love is having extra “junk” leftover from Halloween (or any holiday for that matter). This is especially true now that I occupy a tiny apartment with almost no storage space.
So, this year, I am opting for a minimalist Halloween costume! I’m sure everyone has different definitions, but in my book this means I am going to be buying one or two small items that I can pair with things that I already have.
Do you have a hard time getting everyone and everything ready in the morning? We do! One thing we struggle with is finding an outfit with our morning brains. So we came up with this solution:
We help the girls choose an outfit and hang it here as part of the bedtime routine. It saves so much time in the morning, and there’s way less fighting. So good for everyone’s sanity.
Available in any color:
What are your morning routine solutions to make things quick and easy?
The youtube vortex sucked me in, and I ended up watching this video:
And, like always, I thought, “I NEED to try this!” So I did. First attempt = disaster. But I learned SO much. Only use a little bit of paint in the resin. Background colors can show up. Extremely level/flat is insanely important in the drying process. Work fast. If the first (or second or third) layer looks terrible, you can pour additional resin coats on top.
I decided to experiment and combine paper maché with resin. Sometimes the stars align, and mixed media projects come together nicely. This was one of those times!
I ended up with a 3d topographical map of Antelope Island in Utah. I shipped it off to my pops for father’s day. He recognized Frary Peak right away. 🙂
And now I can add 3d land-form sculptures to my resume. Which island should I do next?
You guys. I don’t like to brag (I totally like to brag) but, I just blew my own mind. How?
I was slicing oranges (let’s pretend my kids always have fresh and healthy snacks). I was trying to pop out a few chunks for the youngest; I pushed a little harder than I meant to, and voila! Inside out, GORGEOUS, sunshine oranges!
Is this amazing as I think it is? Every kid is going to want to eat a healthy snack now, right?? I mean, I think every mom in the world needs to know about this!
Help me out? Pin this to your boards, share with your crunchy friends on insta, and click on all of my affiliate links below! #momlife #easilyimpressed #vainmuch
Love, Em Is Crafty (with food)!
To celebrate Presidents Day, I’m releasing a new Montessori style felt wall, a USA felt map!
Knowledge is, in every country, the surest basis of public happiness. – George Washington
Shout out to Emily L. on etsy for trying out our pattern. Look at her cute kiddos, and their awesome map!
Felt sticks to felt, making this a fun interactive learning activity.
DIY type? Build it yourself with this easy pattern.
As anyone who has potty trained knows, public restrooms are worse than the political bickering in my facebook feed right now. But somehow, in the LAX airport restroom, my 3-year-old had me (and everyone else in the bathroom) in tears laughing.
It happened here:
It went like this: Continue reading “Airport Bathroom + 3-Year-Old. How Things Usually Go.”
You know the drops of breast milk left in the pump after you pump? I paint with them! The latest designs:
The best part? For every craft you buy from EmIsCrafty, you help a NICU baby get human milk.
Your turn! Go paint with milk (cow, breast, goat, whatever!) It’ll be white on white, hard to see, but you can do it! When your masterpiece is complete, bake it up (400 for 3-5 minutes), and share your art! @emiscrafty #emiscrafty
Check out these creations from miss Lila and Hannah, age 7 & 4!
To everyone of you that has bought a BreastCardEver, a felt wall, a printable. That has liked my posts, shared a story, or requested custom greeting cards. That has supported me emotionally through mom life and small business life.
Look what we did!!
We sent $880 to the Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation – Mother’s Milk Bank in 2016. And it’s all because of your support. You are the best. I love you.
LOVE this quote! And LOVE my madhouse. And love the littles that keep it a madhouse. My sister gave me some art like this, and I recently re-created it for a friend. And now, you too, can publicly brag about your madhouse.
This was so much fun to make! Supplies needed:
Well now you have. ♥
Her name is Kate. She was painted by yours truly, and she is available on etsy. Same deal as always, buy a craft, feed a baby!
My big helper and I made a shelf for our wheat flour, flax seeds and yogurt-pretzels. 🙂