Em is Crafty

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Emily Caraballo

2019 Review!






Thanks to your support and generosity, we were able to donate over $800 to the Mother’s Milk Bank at Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation!! That money goes directly to fragile babies who need lifesaving, nourishing breastmilk. Human milk is so critical during the first few days of life. Here are some stories that will make you bawl!

Seriously, you’re my heroes!! Now let’s get even more to them in 2020.

Y’all bought over 150 oceans and rainbows:

You inspired me to design more clothing:

And you ate up the frog/plumeria tropical leggings!! 😍😍😍

You requested (and I made) 3 new felt wall designs:

Noah’s Ark & The Human Body & Polar Play

What’s that you say, Photoshop?! I totally don’t Photoshop my daughter into multiple pictures.*

Help me out? I’d love to share your photos of your kiddos enjoying their felt wall in exchange for some awesome stuff! Send me a DM at @feltwalltoys.

*Yeah. I do.

And … Coasters!!

I am currently offering three designs with shoutouts to Puerto Ricans, gamers and (randomly, but not that randomly, because my brother is one) dentists! I am taking custom requests.

Thank you for your kind reviews.

Thank you for your orders.

Thank you for supporting my family, and tiny babies in NICUs across the country.

I love you.


Em is *clutzy* & shuts her thumb in a car door. The healing progression is incredible.

Sometimes my projects are more clutzy than crafty. Okay, let’s be honest, there doesn’t even need to be a project involved for the clutz to show.

I was holding the car door funny while I shut it. OWWWW. Black thumbnail, and TONS of pain. The progression of the wound is very interesting to me, especially the last 2 days when a big chunk just fell off and an almost normal nail was behind it. Our bodies are freaking incredible.

After 10 hours, I kind of wanted to cut my thumb off. So. Much. Pain. I did a bunch of research on what a US instacare does/charges for this. Then consulted a bunch of friends with similar experiences. Then went to a facebook wood-working group who told me to drill a hole in it. (WHAT THE ACTUAL!?) But pain. And $200 to save. So I twisted a drill bit into my nail, and I’m so glad I did.


Here’s to more crafts, more smashed thumbs, and more healing.

Farmhouse Style Wedding Guestbook Sign

Step 1:

Buy cheap lumber from Lowes/Home Depot:

4″ Strips of wood
Qty: 2 strips, cut to 31.5″ each. 6 strips total for the background.

2″ x8′ Strips of wood
Qty: 2 strips, 2 cut to 31.5″, the next 2 cut to the height of your sign (line them up, then make a pencil mark).

Step 2:

Paint the 1x2s white, and the 1x4s brown. I use cheap apple barrel paint.

Step 3:

Glue and nail the top and bottom frame edges to the panels.

Step 4:

Glue and nail the sides on, use a clamp if you can to hold all the panels as close together as possible.


Step 5:

Design your layout in illustrator/silhouette/cricut software.

Step 6:

Cut your layout out of vinyl, then put transfer tape over the vinyl.

Step 7:

Apply vinyl to wood, remove transfer tape. It takes a little finessing to keep the vinyl down, especially if your wood has lots of character.

Step 8:

Dab paint onto your wood sign through vinyl stencil, then remove vinyl. I do it while it’s still wet so the paint doesn’t crack.

Step 9:

Coat the sign with polyurethane. This is my biggest expense, and makes the sign look amazing. Don’t go cheap on this product. Buy the real thing. From my link, or from the hardware store. I don’t care, just get the real stuff.

A Shirt for the Man who has Everything. Made from drawings by his kids.

Me (in my most annoying big sister voice):

Draw an iconic Hawaii thing in Sharpie and send me a pic! I’m making a gift for Dad (who lives in Hawaii, and is a minimalist, and has everything he could ever need).

My siblings and nieces (with very little grumbling):


Me after many hours in Illustrator:




Except, of course, I got much more than a fat quarter. 🙂

Me after USPS shows up:


The gift after a lot of hours of sewing (but not too much unpicking!):






Wedding Things

Over the past decade (when did I start evaluating my life by decade!?), I’ve made a few wedding things. I’m finally showing them off here for you to all “ooh-and-ahh” over. Please. I mean, I don’t want to sound desperate, but I love the encouragement. 😉


Wedding Invitation:




Sparkly paper WIN!!!

To mail these, we put a clear circle sticker around the non-sewed side, then a stamp and an address label on the back. One of my favs!


Shower Invitation:


Wedding Day Decor:


And then came the baby in the baby carriage. 💖






Wedding Day Stuff:


The cake topper was so fun to make! She brought the idea, then we put string and white duct tape together. So simple and beautiful.




Shower Glasses & Hair Ties:



Photobooth Sign:



Wedding Day Gift:


And hey, guess what! I sell this last board in my Etsy shop!

Buy a Craft, Feed a Baby.


Arts Integration Lesson Plans for K-4

Hey guys! I’m getting a Master’s in Education! And it’s one of the most fun things I’ve done. For real. I love learning. One of my classes is “Arts Integration” so duh. It is inspiring, enjoyable, memorable. All the things I hope to bring as a teacher one day. One of my assignments for the class: create some lesson plans that teach core subjects while integrating art.

The 4 lesson plans are:

  • Felt Dinosaurs: Visual Art + Fractions & Geometry
  • Puppet Friends: Drama + Characters & Storytelling/Getting Along
  • Mountain Mirrors: Dance + Landforms
  • Thunderstorms: Music + Weather (adapted from my sister Mitzi!)

They’ll be going up on TPT soon, but for now, you can download them for FREE!

Be of Good Cheer, Be not Afraid // Come Follow Me Printable

My sister makes come follow me lesson plans. I begged her to let me make a printable for one of them, and this is the one! It’s in my etsy store, check it out!




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Eric Carle meets Rosa Parks meets Photoshop, a Story of how Art Heals me.

This comes from a place deep in my heart, much like my love art did. Someone recently called me racist, and it hit me way hard! Like, couldn’t sleep, hard. I’ll spare you the details, because the whole thing was so unreal. Moral of the story: ignore the haters; look at intent; be nice. I turned the hurt into art. A very therapeutic thing for me.

I’ve had Eric Carle on my mind a lot lately, between reading his books with my girls, and seeing his work in my pinterest feed! When reflecting on my recent hateful experience and who inspires me to rise above hate and assumptions, Rosa came to mind. Thus, Eric meets Rosa meets Photoshop. I already feel better.

It is composited in photoshop from newspaper clippings, photos, her signature, police reports, etc. Here’s where everything comes from:

I love the irony in the police officer’s hair being the highlight on the bus, and on Rosa’s lips. And the seating chart in so many places. This was such a fun, healing project!

2018 In Review – Dr. Seuss Style


Did you hear about the one thousand and ten dollars we raised?
We donated it to a Health Foundation that helps out newborn babes.

You see, the foundation runs a Mother’s Milk Bank.
For all the work they do for kids, they deserve a giant thank.
So many babies face illness or are premature, needing a mother’s milk to thrive.
Thankfully, selfless mothers willing to donate to the bank so often arrive.

We couldn’t have raised these funds without you.
And by you, of course, we mean you, you and, yes, you.

Abigail, Adam and Adeline, thank you for your purchase.
We hope you enjoy your felt world map, Andreas.

Bronx and Boston bought theirs together, and, wow, they sound tough.
Bradbury, for your purchase, we just can’t thank you enough.
We sold items to Chelsea, Charlaine and Christine.
And, of course, we can’t forget the one-and-only Dominique.
Thanks to everyone who shopped in their own special way.
Here’s looking at you, Emma, Ethan and Faye.
Thank you so much, Hayley, Jacky, Karyn and Lorena.
Can you believe we have customers from Salt Lake City to Valencia?
We really love your style, especially you Maria.
Before we forget, same to you Natalya, Oliver and Pia.
We can hardly believe the generous hearts of Rita and Sukee.
You’re definitely the best, Tracy, Vanessa and Whitney.
Yaro and Zsuzsanna, you made such a difference for children.
And to any buyer we didn’t mention:

Thank you, thank you, thank you a million.

Written by my friend Jaime, thanks man!

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