Craftcation Recap

Craftcation Recap | The Crafted Life

Cards above from: Fresh Baked Paper Goods, Sprout Studio, Ugly Baby and La Ru, Christine Haynes, A Truly Enormous Journey, Blu Penny, Vitamini Handmade, Make and Takes, Sienne Josselin


It’s official: Craftcation is the BEST conference I’ve ever attended. It’s rare to find an environment that’s simultaneously welcoming and nurturing, but that’s exactly how I would describe my time in Ventura. I took business classes that were packed full of valuable information, chatted with other bloggers who were honest and insightful, and best of all, met passionate and talented makers.

Craftcation Recap | The Crafted LifeTaking note from Lisa Congdon’s keynote (which absolutely blew me away!), I decided to challenge myself and take workshops revolving around things I had never done before. Not only do I feel refreshed creatively, but I also feel more confident in my ability to experiment with new mediums. Sometimes, you just have to take a risk and embrace the abyss! Here are a few snippets of what I made:

Craftcation Recap | The Crafted LifeI discovered a new love for embroidery. It’s something I’ve always avoided because I thought it was too time consuming, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. I love the free flow nature of it and how forgiving the stitching can be compared to cross-stitching. One of my most peaceful moments of the trip was stitching this number while soaking in the ocean view.

Craftcation Recap | The Crafted Life

Brittni of Paper & Stitch taught us how to make fresh flower accessories. That’s right, the type of pieces dreams are made of! I’d wear this piece in my hair everyday if I could.

Craftcation Recap | The Crafted Life

The most intense workshop by far was dress making 101 with Christine Haynes. But by intense I mean amazing. This was my first experience with a sewing machine, and I am proud to say that it won’t be my last. Christine was so sweet and so fun that I instantly fell in love sewing and even started of dreaming of other items I wanted to make. After 6 hours of work (split over two days), I walked away with a lovely tunic that I’ll be wearing non-stop. If you ever get the chance, you absolutely must take one of her classes or make one of her patterns.

Craftcation Recap | The Crafted Life

Last but not least, Jennifer Lake taught a really fun workshop on how to make terrariums. I am so happy this guy made it back to SF safely because I LOVE it. I have a feeling that this will be just the start of my collection.

I can’t thank Delilah and Nicole enough for putting together such an amazing event. I’m already counting down the days for next year!


Guys, it’s here. The new site is finally here! Jordan Brantley knocked it out of the park, don’t you think?! There are still a few kinks to work out, but you can now follow me @thecraftedlife on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. I really hope you love it as much as I do, but if you have questions about anything, feel free to leave a comment below or drop me a note— I’m always happy to help.

Now, on to the fun stuff! To celebrate my brand new internet home, I thought I’d host a giveaway. One of you will win a box filled to the brim with crafty goodness. I’m talking books, DIY essentials, a $50 gift card to Darby Smart and MORE! See below for details– best of luck!

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I also want to give a HUGE shout out to my boyfriend Gabe for helping with the development of this site. You are amazing.

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Hey blogging friends, are you bummed about not attending Alt Summit this week? Well don’t worry, because Hello Lidy and I have just the thing! Join us this week, either on Thursday or Friday, for a Google Hangout. We’ll network, chat about branding, and how to monetize your blogs, amongst other great topics. RSVP soon because spaces are limited (plus we cannot wait to meet you!).

Rachel & Lidy

Goals for 2013

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My favorite thing about the new year is how fresh and exciting everything seems. It sparks a time for reflection and self improvement, which let’s face it, we tend to ignore during the rest of the year. Here are a few of my goals for the year ahead:

1. Read more. My ultimate goal would be to read one book a month, but I have a feeling that it’s going to take more time than that to read War & Peace. Suggestions for must-reads are welcome!

2. Become a better blogger. I need to devote more time to my projects than I have over these last few weeks. With our move, getting sick, and the holidays, I’ve become complacent with average posts. It’s about time I step it up

3. Take a trip. It’s been a while since I’ve traveled just to travel and I miss it. It might take me all year to save, but Hawaii, here I come?

4. Get out of my comfort zone. I’m not entirely sure what the plan is for this yet, but in 2013, I want to shake things up a bit. Perhaps I’ll join an improv group or go skydiving or buy a different brand of cheese at the grocery store. Who knows!

5. Improve my handwriting. No question, my handwriting is terrible. A calligraphy class is definitely in order.

What are your goals for the year ahead?