Craft, Snack, and Be Merry Workshop

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Last weekend I hosted my Craft, Snack, and Be Merry Workshop. It was so much fun and to add to the fun it actually snowed the morning of this workshop! It never snows here in Southwest Louisiana so it was quite a surprise. The locals told me the last time it actually snowed like this was twenty something years ago. It was also the first time my two daughters were able to experience snow and that was a whole magical thing to watch in and of itself. So with snow on the ground (but not the roads thankfully), I prepared for my guests and we even made them gumbo and hot chocolate (from scratch!) to enjoy during the craft night.

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I kept the decor simple since our home was already decorated for Christmas. I made a simple sign with some card stock using my Cricut machine and used paper decorations that I have picked up over the years when I see them on sale. I highly recommend doing that if you host lots of parties. Then you have a stash you can always grab from. I laid out each space with the sign they would be painting, their supplies, and fabric covered plastic candy canes with their names on it.

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Once everyone arrived, we snacked some and then got to work. There were three projects: a Christmas countdown sign, oyster shell ornaments, and water color gift tags with pom poms. While the sign and ornaments were a “do it just like me” kind of project, the water color tags allowed them to be creative and make them however they wanted. I loved seeing everyone’s creativity and I enjoyed sharing with them skills they hadn’t learned before.

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I’m so thankful for these ladies that support and encourage me in my crafting endeavors. They make these type of events so worth it! -jess

Craft, Snack, and Be Merry Craft Workshop

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Christmas is just around the corner! If you live in the Southwest Louisiana area, I am hosting a ladies night out Christmas craft workshop “Craft, Snack, and Be Merry” that you are invited to attend. It will be held on Friday, December 8, 2017, at 6:30 pm in Sulphur, LA. The address of where it will take place will be sent once your ticket is purchased. Each participant will create three projects: a hand painted Christmas countdown sign, a gilded oyster shell ornament, and water color gift tags with mini pom-poms. All supplies are provided and there will be snacks too. The cost is $35 + processing fees and you can register here. There are limited tickets available, so make sure to get yours today if you plan on attending. I look forward to doing some Christmas crafting with y’all. -jess

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The Crafty Social DIY Workshop Fall 2017

The Crafty Social Workshop Fall 2017 | happy together
Last month I hosted my first ever craft workshop! It was a dream come true and what’s even better was that I was able to make it a fundraiser for a ministry at our church, so all the funds went right back out to helping people in our community. When I began to dream up this event, the first thing I focused on was a name. I wanted something that wasn’t too common, but would convey what type of event this is. Hence, it became The Crafty Social. I created a logo for it and we decided to hold it in October which is why the crafts have a fall theme.

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We ended up having 40 women attend. I was pleased with the turnout and believe that next time we will have even more because it received such a positive response. It was open to any woman and girl age 13 and up. Next time we plan to allow ages 10 and up. I chose four crafts of varying skill levels, but still all doable for someone who might not have any craft experience. All attendees were able to create a mason jar pumpkin (six color choices offered), a fall felt banner (3 color choices offered), a tassel keychain (3 color choices offered), and then I had a pin button maker set up where they could choose which graphics they wanted. You can see more info about all of the crafts here. I placed all individual supplies in a bag according to what color options they chose.

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To quickly locate whose bag was whose, I added their name tag on top of a folded paper doily attached with a paper clip that had a small piece of fabric tied on. Then once they had their bag, they could put on their name tags. We had many women attend who do not go to our church, so this made it easier for everyone to meet one another and help remember names.

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I had already decorated our church foyer for fall, so I went simple and added some lights over one of the counters and draped streamers from the ceilings. I also added some large balloons that unfortunately began to pop the day I put them up hahaha. Gotta love that Louisiana humidity! We set up tables and taped brown craft paper across to create a cohesive look and also protect the tables.

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The rolling wood backdrop is one I designed (and built by my friend Nekoda) after doing back drops for our church for a few years. I have always wanted a rolling back drop. It’s not quite as tall as I would prefer, but it needs to fit through doors. It is perfect though for all we do. My friend Dorothy helped me decorate it. I strung fishing line across the top and she hung all the streamers for me. Then I added the random garlands (mostly from Target and Micheals) and some honeycomb balls (from Target and Micheals as well) and small balloons (from Party City). The hashtag sign is one I designed and had made on Vista Print. I just put The Crafty Social hashtag (#thecraftysocialworkshop) over the regular one that’s on there.

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I had a few ladies bring some snacks to munch on. This event was at 10 am on a Saturday morning so we weren’t trying to provide a full meal. But snacks are always a good idea!

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We set up a glue gun bar (which was just perfect! in my opinion lol) and had some great giveaways. Zoe Photography offered a free mini session, a friend made a wood yard game, and there were things like a felt letter board, fall platter, fall candle, and blanket added to the mix. Since it was a fall theme, I tried to pick fall like giveaways :)

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I used a large foam board to hold three of the crafts. This made it easy for me to show what colors to use when I was teaching how to make things.

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My goal was to arrange the tables so everyone could easily see me no matter where they were sitting. While this worked well, we had some smaller tables in the coffee shop area that only held two seats so they didn’t get to socialize as easily. Next time we plan on doing all big tables and making the small tables the snack area.

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It was a fun experience to put this all together and I’m so glad I was able to do so. It also gives me the confidence to do this on a smaller scale with my business. I always thought one day it would be neat to have a store similar to the places you go paint at, but you can pick crafts to make instead. Sounds fun right?

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And I have to give a big THANK YOU to my friend Dorothy (with me in the pic above) for all her help with decorating and being my helper at the event. And THANK YOU to everyone who supported me, brought snacks, helped with clean up, and attended. I can’t wait for next Crafty Social this spring! -jess

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The Crafty Social: A Fall Inspired DIY Workshop


In a previous post I mentioned about how I was in the middle of preparing for this event. It is time I can finally announce The Crafty Social! It is a fall inspired DIY workshop that I am hosting here in southwest Louisiana through the Women’s Ministry at my church. It will consist of four DIY projects (all supplies included except for scissors and no crafting experience necessary!), snacks, and giveaways.  If you are local, you can register here. If you are not local, you can still participate and purchase the limited edition t-shirt and wait for the DIY posts that I will share mid October covering a few of the projects so you can make them at home. The above video is a closer look at all the projects. Clark Miller of Zoe Photography helped bring my vision to reality for that. It turned out so good!

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The first campaign for this t-shirt will be open until Monday, September 11, for orders. This allows for those who want to receive it before the event to get it in time. As soon as it is over, I will start another campaign for it though. That one will be open for orders until October 9th. There are a few color options available. Below are the four projects that we will make together. A few of them have color options that you will be able to choose from when you register. The first is these cute pumpkin mason jars. I made four, but there are six colors to pick from.

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The second project will be this tassel key chain.

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The third will be pinback buttons. Each participant will create three (one being The Crafty Social collectors pin and the other two being selected during the event).

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The fourth and final project will be this fall felt banner. There are three color options available for this project.

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I do hope you can join me for The Crafty Social 2017 DIY Workshop. And if not, I hope you consider purchasing a limited edition t-shirt and then coming back to check out the tutorials later in October. Be following along on social media #thecraftysocialworkshop -jess

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Corbel Wall Lamp DIY

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I love when a project turns out even better than what I was hoping for! That is what happened with this corbel wall lamp diy. Miss E’s room has been mostly done for a while, but she’s needed some type of lighting for reading at night. I was on instagram and saw these wall lamps in someone’s foyer, and I instantly remembered these bookends I had bought at Magnolia last year. I just bought them because I thought they were pretty but then didn’t know where to put them. Lo and behold, they were the perfect thing to make these with! And good news! No electrical knowledge needed ;)

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To make your own you will need:

  • Corbel (I used these corbel bookends)
  • Lampshade that is size appropriate for corbel (I used these lampshades)
  • Mason Jar Lamp Adapter (small mouth/wide mouth…. use the size that would look best on the corbel you use. I used the small mouth ones)
  • Strong Adhesive (I used E6000)
  • Optional: Spray paint and cord cover (you can easily make a diy cord cover like I did too)
  • Hanging hardware of your choice
  • Tools: staple gun and tools necessary to attach hanging hardware you chose

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First do any preparation to the corbel that is needed. If you are using antique ones, you might need to clean it up, repaint, etc. Since these were technically bookends, I had to scrape off the black things, sand it down, and change where the hanging hardware went.

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This next step is optional, but I wanted to spray paint the top of the lamp adapter a bronze color (I used this). To make sure the cord didn’t get any paint on it, I covered it with a plastic bag and taped it in place. I also taped over the on/off switch and put a paper towel in the top to protect the light bulb socket.

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Once the paint dries, glue on the lamp adapter. Make sure to try it in place with the lampshade first though. You want to make sure that the lampshade won’t hit the wall when it’s in on. When the glue has dried, you can use a staple gun and secure the cord down in a few places. If you would like to add a cord cover you can find them already made or you can make your own. I just used burlap ribbon with metal in the edges. I hand sewed it together over the cord and then scrunched it up. The metal edging keeps it in place so it keeps that scrunched up look.

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I am so impressed with the finished product and it didn’t take long at all. Let me know if you make one. I would love to see one of these made with different types of corbels. Share on social media using #happytogetherbyjess Happy creating! -jess

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