Handmade Craft Features – Week #12


Check out Week #12 Handmade Craft Features! Click on the photos to view the feature craft and you will find the link to the project.  There’s still time to be inspired and share your craft projects!   Why not share your crafts at the next Handmade Craft Link Party on Sunday, January 24th & Monday, January 18th until midnight (U.S./Eastern Standard Time). Stay tuned there’s more to come from LaCartera!

8 Steps to Create a Stagecoach Valance or Faux Roman Shade- Tutorial


I was torn between a Roman shade and a stagecoach valance in my craft room! After scouring Pinterest I decided to combine the two ideas to create this valance that adds a bit of color to my craft room this winter.  If you’re looking to add some color to your room, here’s a fun 8 step tutorial! Pin…

Handmade Craft Feature – Week #11


Check out Week #11 Handmade Craft Feature! If you love to knit the Miniature Scandinavian Hjerte Mitten Ornament featured comes with easy instructions… These were originally uploaded on Ravelry a free site for crocheters and knitters, and shared with me.  There are lots of free patterns and design ideas on Ravelry to get you started.  You will need to login in…

Handmade Craft Feature – Week #10


Check out Week #10 Handmade Craft Feature! Click on the photo to view the feature craft and you will find the link to the project.  There’s still time to be inspired and share your craft projects before Valentine’s Day!   Why not share your crafts at the next Handmade Craft Link Party on Sunday, January 10th & Monday, January 11th until midnight (U.S./Eastern Standard Time). Stay tuned there’s more…

DIY Pinecone Wreath


I fell in love with a white pinecone wreath that cost more than I wanted to spend….So I decided to upcycle a wreath I found last year on sale along with the pinecones that I normally use to decorate my Christmas tree.  I cut and shaved half of the pinecones with garden pruning shears then hot…

Designing Fabric -Results of the Good, the Bad, and the not so Pretty


Are you thinking about designing your own fabrics?  Experiment, experiment and experiment some more is my advice to you! Keep experimenting until you find a technique and the design you’re looking to create.  Let’s take a close look at some of the good, the bad, and the not so pretty details of my fabric design experiments. The…

Batik Templates


Step two is complete!  I’ve decided on theses batik designs, and added color to my sketches. Stay tuned there’s more to come from LaCartera!      

Batik Sketches-Is it a Hit or Miss? Fab or Drab?


Since I’ve been taking it slow, I decided to get started on some sketches for my next challenge of creating my own batik designs. The designs aren’t finished, but I thought I would share what I have before I transfer it to fabric. What do you Think? Hit or Miss? Fab or Drab?   Bring on…

Searching for Treasures in Asia – part 8


I am very excited about the batik fabrics I purchased at the Craft Complex in Kuala Lumpur! I’m always on the lookout for unique designs, and now I think I’m ready to create my own batik designs too. My second batik class went by so quickly.  I wanted to spend more time enjoying the calming…

Searching for Treasures in Asia – part 7


I happened  to stumble upon an art exhibit at the Bank Negara Malaysia Museum and Art Gallery on the Fine Art of Fabrics. I felt really excited about learning more about the history of Batik since I had taken the class. This is the first time there has been an exhibit of this kind in Malaysia….

Searching for Treasures in Asia – part 6


I found some spectacular art at the SI Yuan Gallery SDN. BHD while searching for treasures in Malaysia. The Central Market is the perfect place to find all of the local vendors! It’s rare to find an artist at work in the shop when you purchase art in the U.S. At the SI Yuan Gallery…

Searching for Treasures in Asia – part 5


While searching for treasures in Malaysia at the Central Market, I found the most delightful young lady, and purse designer named Emmy! Emmy is a kiosk owner of 💜 absolutely Emmy💜 and her purse designs are absolutely adorable! Emmy decided to leave her 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. job to pursue her handmade handbag dreams in…