Author Archives: Laura Bray

Craft Your Stash Book Review

Craft Your Stash Book Review: LauraBrayDesigns.com

My super talented friend, Lisa Fulmer, has a wonderful, new crafty book out. In the book, she intelligently deals with crafter's love of collecting craft supplies. From showing you how to organize your craft supplies to actually using them, this book has tons of ideas for playing in your stash. After all, that's what crafting is all about right?

Craft Your Stash Book Review: LauraBrayDesigns.com

When she sent me a copy and asked me to review her book, I was instantly drawn to her Mosaic Scrapbook Layout Project (page 31). I loved all the colorful tiles, but I'm not a scrapbooker, so I created a felt pen case. I just cut-up some of my felt scraps into 1" squares, created a pattern and then sewed it onto a large piece of white felt that I then sewed into a pencil case. What a fun way to use up my scraps! I'm thinking it might also be fun to embroider different designs on the squares for a similar project.

So I guess what I'm telling you is to buy Lisa Fulmer's Craft Your Stash book! You can order a signed copy at www.craftyourstash.com, buy it on Amazon, or pick it up at your local book or craft store.

And there's a fun blog hop with a bunch of very talented designers also reviewing the book. I love seeing what everyone has learned. Same book, but a million different lessons depending on who is reading it. Check out the other posts!

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Finally,there's a giveaway of the book and lots of other goodies. Enter to win here:  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Floral Mandala Key Hook

Make a Mandala Floral Key Hook:LauraBrayDesigns.com

I don't know why, but I'm still a little obsessed with organizing my keys. Last week, I showed you some fun, Quilted Flower Key Chains. I love them and decided that simply hanging them on an ugly nail by the door wasn't going to cut it so I dug through my stash and found aContinue Reading

Redecorating Your Couch for Fall

Redecorating Your Couch for Fall::LauraBrayDesigns.com

I love fall. It's my favorite season of the year. I treat fall the same way people treat spring. I redecorate and clean. I feel like a little squirrel or a mama bear, preparing a warm and safe place to wait out the winter. The first stop on my fall redecorating was the couch. LastContinue Reading

Quilted Flower Key Chains

Quilted Flower Key Chains::Laura Bray Designs

We have a bunch of small keys rolling around our house. One is for our yard gate and one for the mail. We don't keep them on our key chains, but hanging up in the house/garage because our key chains are never around when we are running out to get the mail. BUT certain peopleContinue Reading

Dresser Hardware Makeover

Makeover Dresser Hardware with Krylon Spray Paint

My daughter inherited my grandparent's bedroom set. I love reusing old furniture and this set was perfect for her because it was smaller scale than some modern sets, but it was looking it's 50+ years and needed a makeover. It was originally a dark cherry wood (which I don't have a photo of because myContinue Reading

Baked Potato Buffet

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We cook and eat at home a lot and the majority of what we eat is fresh or homemade food. I'm not going to lie. It's hard work to cook-especially from scratch, but I do have quite a few tricks I use to make things easier. A "Baked Potato Buffet" dinner is one of myContinue Reading

Friendship Bookmarks

Make Friendship Bookmarks with Washi Tape: www.laurabraydesigns.com

There was a heat wave this weekend and my daughter and her friend were getting a little bored from playing inside all day. Which means it was time for me to swoop in and come up with a fun craft. Okay. That's a lie. I was bored and lonely, so I lured them into myContinue Reading

Creative Business: What To Do When Etsy Lets You Down

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What To Do When Etsy Lets You Down Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of posts about how Etsy’s policies changes and size have let crafters and artists down. While I don’t want to get into a huge debate over whether Etsy’s policies are right or wrong, I would like to play the devil’s advocateContinue Reading

My Favorite Books on Writing

Bird Bird on Book Template

I am a bit of non-fiction junkie. I love self-help books, craft and art books, business books, and books on writing. I don't really consider myself a writer, so it's kind of interesting that I devour "how to" books about writing. Yes, I write a blog and some ebooks, but it's not my main gig.Continue Reading

Fish Bowl Needle Case

Fish Bowl Needle Case::LauraBrayDesigns.com

I'm so excited that my designer friend, Laura Kelly Walters, has a new line of die cuts out with Sizzix! They are really cute! I received the Pet Shop Flashcard set.* These are great for classrooms and for children. Instead of using them for flashcards though, I opted to use the dies to cut feltContinue Reading