Inspirational

Our collection of inspirational and motivational posts. See what inspires our artists and crafters, and join the conversation!


Recently, I received a card in the mail from an individual who received one of my knitted products as a gift. The front of the small card, with a plain white background and big bold letters in black simply stated, “A THOUSAND THANKS (Shakespeare).” The card was sent as an appreciation for thinking of making something for someone else who was not expecting a gift. This individual took the time to... Read more
Fall is my favorite season of the year! I enjoy the beauty that this season brings to nature through the changing of its leaves. Sometimes I imagine that each leaf is doing its own unique dance with the help of a quiet breeze as they gently fall to the ground. The weather is much cooler bringing a sense of joy and excitement to decorate my home for the upcoming holidays and try out favorite recipes. It's been... Read more
On a cool morning in June, I was sitting in my sunroom knitting the next product for the upcoming Christmas holidays. The weather was a nice relief after the hot and humid days we had been experiencing earlier in the week. I looked up briefly to glance at the backyard and saw something amazing… mother nature in the works!

Two birds were creating a nest in one of the garden arches that is covered with... Read more
I have always been fascinated by the works of art made with natural elements - masterpieces out of ordinary things around us. Rock Art is one of the most unusual, and yet – so natural and elegant, and puts me at “Ow” every time I come across something brilliant in its simplicity, and every time I think to myself – how come I didn’t come up with something like that? Well, thanks to... Read more
Faux Chenille is a unique technique that allows you to create absolutely amazing patterns with velvety texture . It's truly a fabric art. You don’t see it being used much. Why you ask? Because Faux Chenille is super TIME CONSUMING!

I was really puzzled by the look of the velvety blankets, jackets and huge quilts when I first came across Faux Chenille at a crafts show showcasing quilters from Russia... Read more
Finally as a society we have recognized that we are consuming in non-sustainable way. It’s been too much for too long, but hopefully – it’s not too late to change habits and help our environment .

Looking back I realize what a tiny footprint my parents and grandparents have left on this planet! They reused and recycled everything they possible could.

My father was able to repaire any household... Read more
With Spring in full swing and Summer approaching quickly now is the perfect time to hop on this season’s color trends! Each season a new grouping of colors comes to the forefront and those colors are then seemingly everywhere. This blog post will be diving into those color palettes so that you can stay knowledgeable for what will be selling quickly in your iCraft store.

Each season Pantone... Read more
I have just read two encouraging blog posts which I hope all iCraft sellers will take a few minutes to read. “ A New Chapter ,” by Rachel W. of Shellys Handmade Creations and “ Grand Opening – The Cotton Threadz ” by Noneez of The Cotton Threadz are connected to one another with a common thread running throughout each post: Everyone Has Creative Expression .

These four words ran... Read more
Hello everyone - this is Rachele from Shellys Handmade Creations and this is my first blog post.

I consider my life like an unfinished book with chapters written and chapters to be written. For most of my working life, I have always worked in the Corporate America environment. As a young woman, I enjoyed the opportunities to earn my own money and help my family financially in the hometown I grew up in. I was... Read more
Hello Everyone,

Today I wanted to discuss a charity that I work with frequently called " Knitted Knockers ". This organization works to provide women who have undergone mastectomies with knitted prosthetics .

A mastectomy is the removal of one or both breasts, for those who don't know, and the knitted prosthetics work to take place of the breasts and are both comfortable and adjustable for... Read more
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