Easter Roundup


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Happy Easter Week! I don’t know about you guys, but for me Easter ties with Christmas as one of my two favorite holidays. Every Easter Week I become more and more joyful leading up to the big day.

If you’re anything like me, though, you might still have some last minute things you need to finish before this Sunday. If that’s the case, you’ve come to the right place! I’ve got 10 Easter crafts for you this week for Wednesday Roundup.

Let’s get hopping! =D

1) Handmade Linen Bunny SackNana Company

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These little sacks are so cute and I love that they’re a bit vintage-looking. They would be great for holding party favors or a special basket item – perhaps the cross necklace or bath bombs I have listed as numbers 7 and 9 later in this post!

2) Easter Egg GarlandCrafty Endeavor

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This garland is really festive and super easy to make. The littles can even help! Alissa uses liquid starch and flour as her glue, but you could also use a diluted mixture of craft/school glue and water.

3) Fabric Easter BasketModa Bake Shop

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Isn’t this basket precious? The instructions are really thorough and there are lots of pictures to walk you through the process, as well. It’s perfect for kids of any age, or you could make one to set out as a decoration or centerpiece.

4) Sweet Softie Bunny TutorialSew4Home

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This sweet softie really is so sweet! It’s a perfect basket gift for the younger littles. The pattern is included as a download in this tutorial, as well as plenty of pictures and detailed instructions. It looks so snuggly!

5) DIY Easter Cross WreathCheerios & Lattes

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I know it’s called an Easter wreath, but I think this would actually be pretty all Spring. If you have a lot of trees in your yard this is a great way to get rid of all those pesky fallen limbs, but you can also purchase bundles of them at craft stores.

6) DIY Easter CardsNorthstory

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So cute and so simple! As we all know, some crafters (*raises hand*) tend to hoard craft/scrapbook paper, so this would be a good project for you if you’re a paper hoarder who’s trying to get out some last minute Easter cards.

7) Easter Egg Bath BombsBitz & Giggles

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I would have loved to have gotten these bath bombs in my Easter basket as a tween/teen girl. Actually, let’s be real, I still like bath bombs. =P If you’re trying to put together a basket for a girl around that age, consider making these and getting a candle with a scent that coordinates with the essential oil you choose.

8) DIY Easter GardenPosed Perfection

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What an awesome decoration to symbolize what this holiday is all about. If you have older kids, let them help you make this and use that time to talk about the meaning of Easter. If your kids are too young to help, you can still use this as a good visual aid to help tell the story. Have the stone covering the opening so that, when you’re finished talking, they can roll away the stone to find the tomb empty.

9) Wire Wrapped Cross TutorialArt-Z Jewelry

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The first thing I thought when I saw this was “My husband is definitely going to want one,” so I showed it to him he immediately said “I want one!” =) This would be a great Easter gift for teens or adults. In fact, I want to make one for each of us.

10) Silk-Dyed EggsOur Best Bites

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I can’t wait to do this! Who knew that you could dye eggs with silk?! There are so many good tutorials floating around the interwebs on different ways to dye or design Easter eggs, but this is by far the coolest.

I hope you enjoy these fun crafts and that you all have a wonderful Easter! As always, leave me a comment to let me know what you think, and remember to e-mail me pictures of the completed projects if you want your handiwork featured here on Stella Crafts.

Lots of love,

Song of the day: God’s Not Dead (Like A Lion) by Newsboys This is a great song for Easter! If you haven’t heard it, you should definitely give it a listen. Also, if you haven’t seen the movie God’s Not Dead, watch it! It’s on Netflix, folks! ❤


Floral Roundup


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Happy Wednesday, dolls! How is everyone doing today? I have a new roundup for you that is sure to get you in the mood for Spring. On a side note, Wednesday Roundup is going to be a regular weekly thing here on Stella Crafts from now on, so if you like roundups be sure to check back every week!

As you can see from the title, this week’s collection is about all things floral. It’s been warming up quickly here in the Brazos Valley – the sun is shining, the flowers are starting to bloom, and the trees are beautifully green once again.

While you know from my last roundup that I LOVE me some rainy weather, it’s been nice to have the sun back this week and I thought that some pretty floral crafts were just the ticket to kick start a lively and beautiful Spring. Let’s get started!

1) DIY Floral LetterThe Mrs & Momma Bird

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Let me just start with this fun fact: Paige over at The Mrs & Momma Bird spent less than $8 on this project. The letter itself cost less than $5 and the frame was $3. And, in addition to being easy on the wallet and absolutely gorgeous, it is super simple to make. I’ll definitely be making this for myself at some point. I can’t decide whether I want to do it with a frame to hang inside, or without a frame to make a monogram wreath for my door. Either way I can’t wait to try it!

2) DIY Tissue Paper Flower Photo WallMargot Madison Creative

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Margot made this for her 40th birthday celebration and I think it’s a fabulous idea. While she doesn’t have a tutorial on how to make the pom poms, she does provide this link to your choice of tutorials and she explains how she set up the wall. This would be perfect for a Spring birthday party, baby shower, wedding/wedding shower, women’s retreat…really anything!

3) Fresh Flower Pendant Light DIYPaper & Stitch

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I can’t get over how cool this is. It’s a great way to bring the freshness of Spring into your your house and it’s so outside the box. If creating this with fresh flowers isn’t practical for you, you could always do it with all wax flowers for a more permanent fixture.

4) DIY Floral SunglassesHonestly WTF

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Oh, these sunglasses. They’re inspired by these Dolce & Gabbana shades, but are far less expensive to make than the almost $500 price tag on the D&G ones. I love how fun and feminine they are, adding the perfect touch to a breezy Spring outfit. They’re also a great way to add some pizzazz to plain jeans and t-shirt.

5) Easter DIY Clay OrnamentsMahalolena

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There are so many possibilities with these ornaments. You could do these for Easter tags, but you could also make some for Mother’s Day or a birthday. You could do some with the stamped letters, but then do some without and cover them completely with the floral tissue paper. They can be used as gift tags, ornaments, or even on a garland or mobile. Have fun with them and see what you can come up with!

6) DIY Wallpaper DresserChelsey Life and Design

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Is it time to update that old dresser that’s been sitting in storage for the longest time that you just KNOW you’ll find a use for one of these days? Well, this tutorial is for you. It’s so simple and the results are beautiful. This is the dresser equivalent of wearing funky socks with a sophisticated suit. From the outside it looks like any other dresser, but when you open the drawers – BAM! A touch of whimsy. Love it.

7) Coconut Rose Lip BalmHer Campus

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Melt the ingredients together, pour into container, let firm. Done. So quick and easy, and it sounds luxurious, too. Plus, I’m down for just about anything with the word “coconut” in the title. I bet this smells amazing!

8) DIY Floral Fabric Pots Better Decorating Bible

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These pots are too cute and I love the fabric they used. I can just picture how lovely these would look on a sunny windowsill. While they’re not recommended for outdoor use, in the comments section BDB suggests using clear spray paint to make them more durable for the elements if you wish to keep them outside.

9) DIY Floral HeadbandPink Pistachio

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How darling is this headband?! This project will only take you about 5-10 minutes from start to finish, and it’s a perfect girly accessory. One commenter said “You look like a beautiful Summer Fairy,” and I couldn’t agree more. I want to make one for every girly-girl I know!

10) DIY Tea SoapThirsty For Tea

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I am obsessing over these soaps, you guys! These are a definite must on my list of projects to try. The base is a ready-made olive oil soap that you can get from most craft stores, so don’t be afraid to try it! This is a great way to make soap without having to actually “make” the soap. There are so many soap bases out there – Goats Milk, Shea Butter, Oatmeal, and Olive Oil are just a few – so try this project with any soap base you’d like!

That concludes the roundup for this week, folks! Let me know what you think, and remember to e-mail me pictures if you do any of these projects so I can post them and show off your work!

Lots of love,

Song of the day: “On Top Of The World” by Imagine Dragons. This song has such an upbeat vibe, perfect for riding in the car with the windows down on a beautiful sunny day. =D

Five Minute Friday – Plan


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Hello, my dears. I hope your week has been lovely.

I want to share with you all the awesomeness that is Five Minute Friday. Some of you have probably heard of it or participated in it before. However, as you know, I’m a newbie, so I’m just now discovering it for myself.

For those of you who don’t know what it is, Five Minute Friday is a link-up party hosted by Kate Motaung over at her blog, Heading Home. Kate gives out a new one-word writing prompt every Thursday evening for anyone who would like to take part in this five minute free writing exercise, and you don’t have to have a blog to participate. For more info, visit this link.

The word of the week is “Plan.” Here I go!


Life never goes how you plan for it to go, does it? One minute you have all these ideas about where your life is headed and then it changes in the blink of an eye.

If someone had told my younger self what my life would look like today, I would never have believed it. I never would have believed that I would end up married to the nerdy boy (I say that lovingly) who asked me out, and who I turned down, in 8th grade. I never would have thought I’d live where I live. I wouldn’t have imagined that I’d be married for almost nine years and still not have kids, or much less that the not having kids would be attributed to my unexpected diagnosis with PCOS in 2007, and most especially not that I would one day be truly content with the idea that I may never be a mom (the natural way, anyway).

I didn’t plan for my life to be what it is. No one ever really does. But as I sit here in my bed tonight, next to my sleeping husband who I didn’t plan to marry, in the town I never expected to live in, I am truly happy. As the song goes, “God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers,” and I thank God every day that He gave me what I needed, and not what I planned and hoped and prayed for so many years ago.


Well, that was fun, and not too shabby for my first go at FMF! Come back next week for a new FMF post!


Song of the day: “Royals” by Pentatonix. Pentatonix is my all time most favorite group ever in the history of ever. If you don’t know who they are, PLEASE do yourself a favor and check them out. In fact, I may just have a post devoted to them. I never get all fangirl for anyone, but I do for PTX. ❤

Rainy Roundup


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Rainy Roundup - 10 Rain-Inspired Crafts - By Stella CraftsHello again, lovelies. I hope you are all having a wonderful week! So, I know we don’t know each other very well just yet, but one thing you’ll learn about me is that I love rainy weather. Yesterday just so happened to be a beautiful, dreary, rainy day and I got inspired to gather up some projects to share with you (ten, to be exact) that go with the rain theme.

Here we go!

1) Cloudy Day Applique Tote TutorialCraft Snob


Isn’t this tote adorable? If you’ve read my first post you know that I would like to learn to sew, and I think this could be a good project to start with. The instructions are easy to understand and there are pictures to help guide you, as well. They also provide the link to the cloud and raindrop pattern they used, so you don’t have to go searching for one. Score!

2) DIY Glitter Rain BootsHome Heart Craft

diy glitter rainboots kid how to 1Glitter and bows, you guys! Sounds like a perfect combo to me! These little girl’s boots are precious, but you can jazz up rain boots in any size. I want to make some in every color! The options are really limitless with this fun project.

3) DIY: Striped UmbrellaWhat I Wore


You’ll be rainy day chic with this classic, vintage-inspired umbrella. I actually like the one that she made better than the one that it was inspired by. It’s elegant and reminds me of Audrey Hepburn, but it’s budget friendly and super simple to make. So, next time you’re feeling crafty, try turning your boring old black umbrella into this classy accessory!

4) Doggy CoatMartha Stewart


Don’t forget about keeping your pups dry, too! This doggy coat is water-resistant, adjustable, and really cute. Your fur babies will be extra happy that you’re keeping them warm and dry when they have to do their business in inclement weather.

5) Rain PaintingHousing a Forest

Rain-Painting-9This looks like so much fun, and would be a perfect rainy day activity for kids. Housing a Forest shows us 5 different ways to paint with the rain and gives instructions and pictures for each. They also have other fun rainy day activities for kids here, but this was my favorite.

6) How To Make A Rain BarrelChristine Hennessey


I found this on Pinterest a while back and I think it’s GENIUS, so when I decided to do this roundup I knew I had to include it. I can’t wait to not live in an apartment anymore so we can do this! There are so many places online where you can find out how to make a rain barrel, but this post actually shows you how to make a really cool rain barrel system. All you gardeners should definitely check this out.

7) DIY Rain Chain Using SpoonsBirds and Blooms


Speaking of things to do in a garden, here’s this awesome rain chain. This is something you can do with your old silverware after you replace it with fancy new silverware, instead of just throwing the old stuff out. You could probably make this using just about any type of metal utensil, but I think I like it best with the spoons.

8) How To Stencil TutorialThe 36th Avenue


This little bench is darling. The tutorial is simple and easy to follow, and I’m really loving the stencils she uses – they come in packs of 8! This would be cute to do on just about anything.

9) Embroidery BasicsWild Olive


This tutorial is all about different embroidery fill stitches. These sweet little raindrops would look great on a bag or even on a wall canvas, and the colors she uses are just perfect! Her instructions are very thorough, there are tons of great pictures, and it’s actually part 2 in a series.

10) Raindrop Latte Mug sprout*studio


What goes perfectly with a rainy day? A raindrop mug full of your favorite hot drink, of course! Sprout*studio is an Etsy store and they make all kinds of coolness. I know this last one isn’t technically a project, but I had to include it! Super cute, right?

That’s all for now, peeps! I hope you all enjoyed this post as much as I did. Comment and let me know what you think or just to say hi, and e-mail me a picture if you do any of these projects and would like your masterpiece posted on my blog!

Lots of love,

Song of the day: “The Scientist” by Willie Nelson. Yes, the Willie Nelson version. It’s awesome. Trust me.

First blog post! Yikes!


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Hello and welcome to my blog! This is a first for me and I’m very excited to be (FINALLY!) starting this journey. It’s also a little scary, but I’m just going to dive right in and get started. =)

My name is Katie, I’m in my late twenties, and I live in the Brazos Valley area in Texas. I’m married to my high school sweetheart, Nick, and we’ll be celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary in June. (Whoa, you guys! Time flies by so quickly!)

This is us! <3

This is us! ❤

I’ve started Stella Crafts because, like so many of you out there, I simply love to craft. I love working with my hands, I love art, I love creating. Eventually I want to own my own brick-and-mortar store, which will be named Stella, and I believe this blog will be a stepping stone to one day achieving that dream.

A jewelry board I made

A jewelry board that I made.

You might be wondering where I came up with the name “Stella” for my blog and my future store. Stella is actually my grandmother’s middle name, and I chose it for many reasons. First and foremost – my grandma is awesome, you guys! I really wish you all could meet her, because everyone who meets her loves her. She and my grandfather (a.k.a. Memaw and Papa) are two of my best friends in the world and I love them dearly.

Dorothy Stella - my beautiful grandmother and this blog's namesake.

Dorothy Stella – my beautiful grandmother and this blog’s namesake.

Isn’t she just so classic? And gorgeous? *sigh* I love this picture. In addition to being awesome and beautiful and the best friend a girl could have, she also helped ignite my crafty love. I can remember being somewhere around 6 years old or so and her giving me my grandfather’s old handkerchiefs to practice embroidery on. That’s where it all started. I was hooked.

So, now that you know a little bit about me and how my blog started, I’ll fill you in on what you can expect to find here. I will most definitely be doing tutorials for a wide range of crafts, as well as chronicling everything from trying to learn new skills (sewing, here I come!) to cooking adventures to personal stories, and lots more. I’m a big time reader, so you’ll probably be seeing any pertinent articles posted here at some point, and I would also like to include polls, surveys, and maybe even contests! I’m also going to include a section to post any reader-submitted pictures of projects done from tutorials you find here.

In addition to being a self-proclaimed craftaholic, I’m also a musician and I love love LOVE music. All kinds of music. That being said, I’m going to include song suggestions at the end of each post, so expect to see a WIDE range of songs and musical styles to choose from.

Me playing my guitar.

Me playing my guitar.

Well, that about wraps it up for my first post, folks. Whew! I did it! =D

Thanks for sticking with me to the end of this post, and please bear with me while I stumble through learning all about this whole blogging thing. Feel free to leave comments! I want to hear what you all have to say! You can also email me at stella.crafts.blog@gmail.com. Feedback, suggestions, questions, etc. are all encouraged, and if there is anything you’d like to see from me, just let me know!


Your very first song suggestion from me: “Dirty Paws” by Of Monsters and Men.