Valentines Cards for Kids

Valentines Pin for Blog

This is my daughter's last Valentine's Day in elementary school. Next year she's off to middle school and I'm pretty sure they don't give valentines out to the whole class then. I' feeling a little nostalgic about it all so I thought I would share some of my favortie valentines cards for kids from ourContinue Reading

How to Recover from a Trade Show

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As a crafter, you have probably seen hundreds of posts about the Craft & Hobby Megashow this week. Maybe you were even there. What you don't see is how very exhausting a trade show can be. Long working hours, standing on the concrete floor of a convention center, and networking can take a toll onContinue Reading

I LOVE Glue Guns!

Adtech Demo Badge copy

These last few days of CHA, I'll be spending some time in the Ad Tech booth. I love their Adtech Hi Temp Precision Pro Gun and their new, scented Adtech French Vanilla Scented Glue Sticks and I can't wait to do some super fun demos with you! And while we're talking glue guns, want toContinue Reading

Smoothfoam DIY Beads

Smoothfoam Beads.

Today at the CHA Mega Show, I'll be demonstrating how to make these super cute beads from Smoothfoam balls. I'm kind of a sensitive person (emotionally and physically) and heavy, beaded necklaces really annoy me. These beads are super light so I can make some pretty fancy statement necklaces and not feel like I'm carryingContinue Reading

My Top 10 Tips for a Successful Newsletter Campaign

Roundtable Badge II copy

If you are planning on attending the CHA Mega Conference and Trade Show, be sure to sign-up for tomorrow's Designer Round Tables and get my Top 10 Tips for a Successful Newsletter Campaign. I've been sending out electronic newsletters for over seven years and, for the past few years, I've watched people focus more onContinue Reading

Make an Ice Skate Scarf

LB Skate Scarf Dec 28 Photo 1

I have never ice skated. I have no desire to ice skate. My daughter on the other hand loves it. She's always asking us to take her to the local rink. She loves ice skating so much that she had her birthday party at an ice rink. In June. (Cause that's how we roll inContinue Reading

New Year’s Eve Projects

NYE Hostess Photo 5

I'm hoping you all had a great Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year festivities this weekend. I know I am. We don't usually go out on New Year's Eve. We like to stay in, cook a fantastic meal and watch movies till midnight. How about you? Are you a party person orContinue Reading

Paint Chip Ornaments

Joy Ornament

Each year, as I get ready to design holiday crafts for my clients, I try to find a paint palette with colors that are on trend and that has a lot of mix and match capability. I knew I was going to have a lot of wood projects to do this year, so I wantedContinue Reading

Owl Ornaments

Green Owl Ornament

When I was growing-up, my parents gave all of their children an ornament every year. I took the tradition for granted, assuming everyone received an ornament for Christmas, until my first Christmas outside of our family home. As I piled ornament after ornament onto my first Christmas tree, my roommate sat there in amazement. SheContinue Reading

See You At CHA! Keep Your Contacts Organized

Tips for Successful CHA Trade Show||www.LauraBrayDesigns.com

I'm busy getting ready for the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) in January. It's one of the biggest networking opportunities I have for my business as a professional craft designer and this year, the Designer Section is hosting a See You at CHA blog hop. We're all sharing tips to get the most of thisContinue Reading