14 Creative Valentine Boxes

Hello everyone! 
Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips and More! I am Allison, from A Glimpse Inside, back again to share with you one last tip for Valentine’s Day. 
 
I remember being a kid and getting so excited about the Valentine’s Day party at school. I love making my own little box to take to allow everyone to drop their valentine cards into. When I was young though, a basic shoe box covered in construction paper and stickers was as creative I ever got but now a days, Valentine boxes are works of art! 

 I’ve rounded up 14 creative Valentine boxes that you can create with your kiddo to take to school that they will absolutely love!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What type of Valentine boxes have you created in the past? 
 
 
Stay tuned next month when we begin a whole new topic of must have posts! 
 
 


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Reusable Snack and Sandwich Bags

Hello there friends! Today Shannon of Hustlemama Handmade is back to share one of her amazing back-to-school products from her handmade shop. We collaborated on this post together- she made the items and sent them to me, and I am going to share them with all of you! Check out these awesome Reusable Snack and Sandwich Bags that she makes!

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These fold-over lunch pouches come in a variety of fun fabrics and colors! Lego, Frozen, My Little Pony, super heroes, Angry Birds, and more! So kid-friendly!

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I love that these pouches are easy to wash, store, and pack into lunch boxes!

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No BPAs, phthalates, or led coatings! You can wash them with hot, soapy water or machine wash or on the top rack of the dishwasher! 

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They are perfect for packing sandwiches, wraps, chips, crackers, fruit, veggies, pretzel sticks, and more! Easy to store when they aren’t being used and they fit perfectly in a lunch box. I can’t even tell you how much my daughter loves the Frozen set of bags! They are sure to make the first day of (home)school even more special!

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You can find these awesome Reusable Snack and Sandwich Bags right in Shannon’s shop! Did I mention how affordable they are too? And don’t be fooled…these bags can be used by mommas too! Anyone can use them!

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Shannon is such a talented seamstress. You’ll have to stop by her shop to check out all of her other awesome, eco-friendly products. I adore her mason jar tumblers with the cute straws and sleeves! It’s my favorite cup…like ever. 

Sweet Shannon is offering a special discount in her shop for MFTM readers… get 10% off using code HUSTLEOVER at checkout. You can also get free shipping on your order until the end of today (July 31st)! So head on over to Hustlemama Handmade and get your back-to-school shopping on! 

 

 

Looluh Rue Giveaway!

I am so excited to share one of my newest *favorite* handmade shops with you today!

Looluh Rue is a beautiful shop full of all things lovely and handmade by by dear friend, Amanda. Who wants to win a Looluh Rue Giveaway?!

I started following Amanda long ago when she linked up to my fashion linky party. I loved EVERYTHING she made and quickly became a follower. I loved that her daughter was close to the same age as mine and that she often blogged about her and the projects she made for her. I related to her. And I totally dig her style. We’ve been bloggy friends ever since!

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Amanda sent me my new favorite necklace that beautifully displays her artwork…and my motto! *wink*

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Makers Gonna Make. Enough said.

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Isn’t it pretty?! I LOVE it and I can’t tell you how many compliments I’ve received on it. 

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I love the ombre turquoise water colors and the script… so so pretty. Wait until you see all of her gorgeous prints too!

Amanda wants to give one lucky MFTM reader a $25 credit to her shop, Looluh Rue! Not only is she creatively talented, but she’s generous too! 

Entering the giveaway is easy. Just visit Looluh Rue on Etsy and check out all of Amanda’s beautiful work. Come back here and leave a comment letting us know what you would buy if you won! Then enter the rafflecopter below. I’ll randomly choose a winner in about a week! Good luck friends!

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Photo credit goes to my hunk of a husband. Check out his work HERE

My Favorite Things Giveaway

This is a sponsored post, but all ideas and honest opinions are 100% my own.

Friends. I am SO excited for this week. Not only is Mine for the Making blog 4 years old this month, but I turn the big THREE-ZERO…tomorrow! That’s right. This momma is entering her third decade and what better way to celebrate than with a My Favorite Things Giveaway!! Just a little thank you from me to you for supporting me, encouraging me, and continuing to read my little ol’ blog. 

I contacted some of my very FAVORITE handmade shop owners and creative entrepreneurs and guess what?! They are going to give one lucky Mine for the Making reader some of my favorite things from their shops. SO generous!! The handmade community is really one-of-a-kind and I’m so thankful to be apart of it.

As a *now* thirty year old momma, some of my very favorite things are *HANDMADE*. I love the authenticity, the uniqueness, the creativity, and the talent. So today we are going to give y’all a real treat. Are you ready to see what some of my favorite things are?

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My absolute favorite t-shirt OFALLTIME is my Maker’s Gonna Make shirt from Jude Landry’s shop. It has my motto on it, it’s a beautiful piece of art I can wear, and it’s the most comfy t-shirt ever. I’d live in it if that wasn’t weird…

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You have the chance to win one of these shirts because Jude is not only talented, but he’s COOL. Visit his SHOP to check out his art and follow him on TWITTER too.

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My go-to hair accessory  is ALWAYS Vintage Rose Wraps. Always. On a good hair day or a bad one, you just can’t go wrong. I love the styles and color combinations… and if you ever get the chance to meet Katie, you will instantly love her. She is just the sweetest lady around. So sweet, in fact, that she’s giving away not one but THREE Vintage Rose Wraps. Say whaaat?! Check out her SHOP, BLOG, and FACEBOOK page for more prettiness.

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I have the HARDEST time remembering to drink water. Silly, right? Then I found Hustle Mama Handmade’s coolest ever mason jar cups. And drinking water just got cooler. Lucky for you, she’s giving away one of her Sweet Foxes Mason Jar Tumblers! Check out her SHOP, INSTAGRAM, and FACEBOOK page to see even more of Shannon’s hustling. 

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Have you noticed my True Love ring and necklace? They are from Amy Cornwell’s shop and I wear them almost every single day. Absolutely beautiful pieces of jewelry. And Amy is so sweet… she is giving away one of her True Love Necklaces! Perfect Valentine’s Day gift! Check out her SHOP, INSTAGRAM, and FACEBOOK page for even more gorgeous, handmade jewelry. 

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And of course there needs to be something for the kiddos…because let’s face it, this blog is for mommas and our kiddos. My daughter and I are both OBSESSED with the felt treats from KaseyPies. So cute you almost want to eat one! Probably the cutest, inedible cakes I’ve ever seen. They are a hit with all of her little friends too. Visit KaseyPies SHOP and her FACEBOOK page to see more of her adorable, handmade treats. 

I’m also going to throw in a few of my favorite craft supplies: washi tape, baker’s twine, and a little something *chalkboard*. 

So let’s recap on all of the awesomeness that YOU have the chance to win:

  • Maker’s Gonna Make shirt from Jude Landry
  • 3 Vintage Rose Wraps from Vintage Rose Wraps
  • Sweet Foxes Mason Jar Tumbler from Hustle Mama Handmade
  • True Love Necklace from Amy Cornwell
  • Felt Pie from Kasey’s Pies
  • A few of my favorite crafting supplies

That’s about $150 worth of amazing, handmade products and crafting supplies!

Now I’m assuming you want to know how to enter My Favorite Things Giveaway, right? Who would pass up all this handmade AWESOMENESS?! All you need to do is enter the rafflecopter below. And it would be EXTRA awesome if you would go visit all of the shops featured here today. You can find their shop buttons in my right sidebar. 

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This giveaway is open to US residents who are 18 years or older and will run for a week. GOOD LUCK! 

Thanks to my hot husband for taking all of my photos…check out more of his work HERE.

 

 

Easy Hello Kitty Necklace + 9 more Hello Kitty Crafts

My daughter is smitten for the white kitten, friends. If she could dress in Hello Kitty from head to toe everyday, she would. Remember this post when she even modeled her new Hello Kitty clothes? And this one where she showed off her Hello Kitty Ribbon Dancer? Yeah. It’s definitely a thing in our house. 

With Christmas around the corner, I thought I’d share the Easy Hello Kitty Necklace I made my daughter plus 9 more Hello Kitty Crafts, all of which would make great handmade gifts for those little girls in your life. 

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This necklace is so cute and so easy to make…it will take you NO time at all!

You will need…

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You can find the E6000, mini ball chain and bail at your local craft store and you can find Hello Kitty cabochons at Wholeport.

There are 2 steps for this tutorial…are you ready?

Glue the bail onto the back of the Hello Kitty cabochon…

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And slip it onto the mini ball chain…

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DONE! What a great gift for little ladies. I think it turned out super cute. We made another one for my daughter to give to her bestie for Christmas too. 

Now let’s check out 9 more Hello Kitty Crafts!

10 Hello Kitty Crafts

Thanks so much for stopping by today!! I hope you are having a great week.

10 Alternatives to Using PayPal

Hello there!

Several years ago when I started my handmade business, I needed to find a way to send invoices, receive money and send  money securely. At the time, the only only company I knew of doing such a thing was PayPal. I had heard of lots of other people using PayPal and the company advertised that they were safe, secure, reliable and with low transaction fees. Now after using PayPal for almost 4 years, I finally decided to research what else is out there. Is there another more secure and maybe even cheaper company providing the same services? A company with amazing customer service (seems hard to find these days) who will work with me, listen to me, and make me feel safe while holding my funds?

After some research, I have found 10 alternatives to using PayPal. Most of these companies provide the same services as PayPal, if not more. Click each company to find out more about their terms, security, and fees. Don’t be afraid to check out reviews for the companies either! It’s important to check out others’ experiences, in my opinion.

10 Alternatives to PayPal

1. Google Wallet

2. Amazon Payments

3. Serve

4. Square

5. Braintree Payments

6. MoneyBookers

7. Merchantinc

8. WePay

9. Payza

10. Click2Sell

 

I think I am going to be trying Google Wallet first. I really like all of the special features it offers that are different than PayPal features.

Recently I’ve had some major issues with the customer service at PayPal and issues with my account being frozen without explanation. As you can imagine, this is a HUGE inconvenience as a handmade shop owner. This situation is what provoked me to do some research, which in all honestly I should have done from the get-go. While researching alternatives to PayPal, I came across many MANY people and businesses who have encountered the same problems with PayPal and their customer service…many even more severe than my situation. So do yourself a favor and do the research. Find a company that will fit your needs and that you feel will keep your finances safe. After all, it is your business we’re talking about here. And if PayPal is the company that works best for you, by all means continue using their services. I felt it necessary to share my experience with my fellow handmade/small business owner friends.

Further Reading:

Why You Don’t Have to Use PayPal for Online Transactions

Why People Look for Alternatives to PayPal

Why You Should Ditch PayPal

Are you a handmade shop/small business owner? What company do you prefer while doing your online transactions/business? I’d love to hear your opinions! And if you have experience with any of the companies listed above, let us know your thoughts and opinions!

Thanks for stopping by today! If you found this post helpful, I would love for you to PIN it or SHARE it with your friends!

Have a great night!

Creative Blogger Business Cards

Hi friends!

As most of you know, I had to privilege of attending SNAP! conference in Utah this year. I was able to meet, learn from, chat with, laugh with, and hug lots of my blogger buddies. And I’d have to say one of my most favorite things I received from the conference (besides the amazing swag of course) were the business cards my blogger buddies gave me. Talk about colorful, happy, creative business cards. Not only are they probably the most important thing to bring with you to a conference, but they are so fun to collect!

Kinda like collecting pogs and slammers…but cooler.

As a first timer to a blog conference, I had no idea what I could do to make my business cards really stand out. Let me tell you what…there are some serious pros out there. Bloggers who have “been around the block” when it comes to attending a conference. So today I thought I would share some of my favorite blogger business cards with you. And if you are planning to attend a blog conference, take out your notebook and get to note taking, because I guarantee these cards will inspire you to make yours that much better…

Starting at the top left…

Jen of Four Marrs & One Venus gave out cards that were HILARIOUS. They totally fit her personality.

Michelle of Faith, Trust & Pixie Dust attached little bottles of “fairy dust” to her cards.

Ann Marie of White House Black Shutters attached a crayon to her card so that the recipient can color the card themselves. Clever.

Angela of Livingstons House Full of Boys & Bubbas Basics gave a mini mustache photo prop with her cards.

Jamielyn of I Heart Nap Time gave out ice cream cone pens which fit her personality well also.

Kellie of Nest of Posies made her cards into magnets! LOVE.

Laura of Pink Cake Plate attached small cupcake charms to her cards. I already put mine on a necklace for my 5 year old.

Bev of Flamingo Toes gave out handmade bracelets (I wear mine practically everyday) with her cards, which is perfect since she is known for her gorgeous handmade jewelry.

Shelley of House of Smiths attached mini buttons to her cards (that we all wore on our SNAP lanyards) with her personal theme of the year, “I am Awesomer.”

Marissa of Rae Gun Ramblings gave out super cool bookmarks with her shop photos on one side and blog photos on the other. If you know Marissa, you know that a bookmark couldn’t be more perfect for her to give out.

Michele of The Scrap Shoppe gave out a cute mini print and baker’s twine with her card in a cute paper envelope.

Amanda of Burlap and Denim made her cards out of… burlap and denim! SUPER cute.

McKenzie of Girl Loves Glam gave out adorable vinyl decals with all kinds of quirky blogger sayings.

Rebecca of The Crafted Sparrow made 20 gorgeous necklaces (themed around her blog) to give out to 20 lucky bloggy friends…notice I was one of the lucky ones : )

I wish I could share everyone’s cards with you because they are all that great!

I think everyone enjoyed seeing the individual creativity come through with just a “simple” business card.

You’re probably wondering what I did with my collection of creative blogger business cards now that I’m home from SNAP! conference…

Those “seasoned” bloggers had this genius idea… hole punch the cards in the top corner and put them on a binder ring. PERFECT.

Thanks for stopping by today! 

I have so many more things to share with you…I just need more hours in the day to blog about it : )

See you tomorrow, friends!

SNAP! Roomie Swag (gift idea)

Hi there, friends!

I have to admit…I am playing catch-up here at home since being back from SNAP! conference. I’m almost caught up on my emails and laundry…and I am finishing up sign orders. But most of all, I’m being sure to spend time with my girl (who I missed like cray-cray) and my man (who will be heading out of town for work soon), because let’s face it… family is most important.

* Disclaimer: we are an alarmed and armed house. FYI.*

(Just in case a creepster is reading this. That disclaimer isn’t for my bloggy friends…you gals are my peeps.)

Speaking of SNAP! conference, I wanted to share the roomie swag I brought/made for my friends, Bev of Flamingo Toes and Michele of The Scrap Shoppe. I was so lucky to room with these girls…after being online buddies for 3 years, we finally got to hang out in…*gasp*…real life!! More on that fun later…

So, what do you give/make two of your favorite creatively talented blog friends?

Well…more “stuff” to create with of course! Plus, some inspiration for more creativity…

Rather than using gift bags, I gave the girls totes filled with fun goodies. I stenciled on a quote that reminded me of the both of them and fastened a felt flower and couple of rolled fabric roses to it also. I made a chalkboard tag and tied it to the tote with baker’s twine. I gave the girls cupcake liners, large washi tape, glitter, pad of paper, pen, ribbon, a blank apron to beautify, and chocolate (not pictured…eaten). I made them both a hand painted wooden sign and gave them a few things from my shop (not pictured).

Here’s a close up of the sign I made…inspired by a favorite scripture.

If you know me you know I LOVE giving gifts, so when the girls squealed and “ooooo-ed” and “aaaaaa-ed” over the goodies, my heart was happy.

Thanks to Bev for taking beautiful photos of the swag for me! I totally spaced it before rushing off to the conference.

I’m hoping to share more from SNAP! soon. Stay tuned :)

Find the large washi tape and cupcake liners at Wholeport. Find the apron and tote at FashionArtProjects.com.

My Spring Entry Way

The best thing about living in Arizona is the weather that’s happening riiiiiight NOW. 
Wedged in between super cold and super hot weather is a tiny bit of spring weather. 
And we LOVE it. 
As soon as I felt this year’s spring weather creeping in…I decorated my entry way in celebration.
You ready for a photo-filled post of my spring entry way?
Here we go…
Weeeeeeeee!
Close up?
How cute are my Bunny Blocks?! Tutorial coming soon.
 I’m loving my new Scrappy Spring Wreath.
I made this hand painted sign last year and I still love it so much.
John 10:27-28

You can find the tutorial for the pedestal birdhouse here.
Paper doilies, pastel cupcake liners, and twine make a beautiful spring garland for under a $1.
There you have it. My spring entry way.
I love the happy, clean colors. And of course I LOVE the handmade look. 
What do you think of my spring entry way?
Have you decorated for spring yet?

Tot School Tuesdays: 8 HANDmade Valentines for kids

Hi there and welcome to Tot School Tuesdays with See Vanessa Craft and Mine for the Making!
Today I am sharing 8 HANDmade Valentines for tots and preschoolers.
The fun thing about this round up is that the Valentines crafts involve the child’s hand or thumbs. And let’s face it, our babies aren’t little forever. Let’s capture those little hands and fingers while we can…and what better way than with a fun craft!
1. Sign Language Valentines at Apartment Therapy
2. Love Blossom Tree at Meet the Dubiens
3. Handprint Hearts at Mrs. Ricca’s Kindergarten
5. Valentine Thumbprint Bookmark at Free Kids Craft
7. A Long Distance Hug at The Party Event
8. “Thumb”body Loves You from my SIL who blogs at To Entertain
Aren’t those fun?! You still have time to get your Valentine’s Day craft on, so get on it! 
Don’t forget to check out more Tot School ideas at See Vanessa Craft.
Now it’s time for you to link up your Tot School ideas!