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Pretty Clever {No. 11}

from the archives…

turn your handwriting into a font *DIY* !!!

there is a wonderful free and easy handwriting font creator called myscriptfont
all you have to do is print out the template

add your handwritten alphabet and numbers into the coordinating squares

be sure to stay inside the inner lines or it will be cut off.
it’s very tiny so you may need to practice once or twice.
you can also make fun drawings in the accents section.

they recommend using a black felt tip pen
first i used a regular pen

then i used a sharpie

big difference on how clear it came through.

a thinner sharpie would be good for more detailed writing.
scan your template. then name it and upload it.
then download your font and install it to your fonts or font book:

krystina’s fancy handwriting

now go make some fun things:

the cool thing about fonts is you can make them any color you want :)
type a quote:

change it to your font:
change the colors :)

you can also use your font to address envelopes!

saves you time and your hand if you are sending out lots of letters!

you can make dozens of fonts the possibilities are endless!


Pretty Clever {No. 21} The Hunger Games

a party on a shoestring

attendance is mandatory!
made in district 7 (trees, lumber = paper)
use the font from the movie; bank gothic. it was already on my Mac.
you can also purchase it.
click here for this free printable invitation i made for you :)

the actual printable is a bit larger and clearer
print onto colored paper :)

print out or purchase movie/book posters to hang
copy the mockingjay from the cover and cut it out and
hang up mockingjays around the party
have toy parachutes attached to your party favors

have everyone dress up:

  • like tributes
  • like the oddly bright citizens from the capitol
  • like Effie! haha
  • like Katniss, Peeta, Gale…

crafts & games:

  • make iron-on tee shirts with the mockingjay or the words: “may the odds be ever in your favor”
  • bookmarks from cut pages
from sotheysay on etsy. use this stamp to make your own.
  • to really save money you can print out the mockingjay and trace it onto a white tee shirt (or other things) with a sharpie.
  • for my daughter’s thick shirt i had to hang it on a window for light to see what i was tracing since i don’t have a light box :)
  • pin a target on a wall or better yet, have a stuffed animal set up to shoot toy arrows at
  • play manhunt

music from district 12 for the party

make cookies


more great dishes from fictional food

take turns reading your favorite section from the book aloud.
and be sure to serve hot chocolate!

i can’t wait to see what fun DIYs you link up today!

Pretty Clever {No. 20}

it’s my new shipping nook!

recently shipping had become my least favorite step in the handmade shop process.

i love design, printing, cutting, and packaging, however, when it came to shipping
i found myself either procrastinating it or hating it.
i decided to analyze what the problem was.
i noticed it was taking a hour to ship a few items… an HOUR!

because scissors are at my desk, packaging tape 20 feet away in the laundry room cabinet,
labels are at my desk, boxes are in the laundry room, packaging pretties in the laundry room,
markers at my desk, business cards in the laundry room…

can you see what was happening? why it was taking an hour?
i was going all over the house to put an order together!

now it’s all nice and neat stored in one convenient place…
my shipping nook!

i love it!

you don’t have to spend tons of money to create your shipping space.
it doesn’t need to take an entire weekend, or take up a whole room in your house.
just gather your supplies into a cabinet or closet and add pretty decor.

how to:
with 3M command strips i added:
a mini heart clothes pin to the inside of a cabinet door…

to hold the packing slips while i put together each order, then it gets dated and filed.

a mini clipboard with a calendar to the inside of the other door so i can mark the packing slips as: shipped on “date” and besides, i love calendars!

i added my first Queen Bee Market wooden badge “when life gives you hands, you make handmade”.

i hung my mini banner from my booth at the fall Queen Bee Market with hooks to the inside of the top shelf so it doesn’t get in the way of opening or closing the cabinet doors.

i added pens, markers, packaging pretties, boxes, envelopes, packaging tape, scissors, mailers, biz cards, and biz labels in the cabinet.

+ flattened boxes and wrapping paper between my washer and dryer held in a large gift bag.

and a pretty little framed print on the dryer for the final touch :)

now i just print shipping labels, packing slips, and thank you cards at my desk
and take it all over to the top of my dryer

to “the shipping nook” for pretties and packaging!
now i love shipping just as much as my other shop duties.
pssst, it also doubles as a gift wrapping nook ;)

do you have a little shipping “department”?
linking up with:

Pretty Clever {No. 19}

some of last week’s Pretty Clever linkies.
love these…

thanks for linking up last week friends!
i can’t wait to see what you have for this week :)


Pretty Clever {No.18}

i would like to post about a gal who needs no introduction…
she is, by all means, pretty clever ;)

my friend Erika of Rouge and Whimsy
has just launched her lovely color-block totes and purses!!!

i love this style! and the inside linings are so cheerful!

she’s a doll.
her totes and purses rock! (this translates as stylish and well made)

the end.
go check out her new shop on storenvy and take 10% off with the code “launch”

k, now link up your DIYs. if you want, you don’t have to, i know you are itching to. come on…


Pretty Clever {No. 17}

a new print in the shop :)
the story goes like this, the surfer guy recommended this band to me, namely this song. i didn’t like it at all at first! haha. well you may not like it at first either, you may already love it. it definitely grew on me. i love it. it’s fun to dance to with the whole family! so as the story goes, we moved to a new town and it’s different here, i am trying to make some friends (read this post for that story). i was having a tough time. then i remembered this song. so i made this print for the surfer guy for Christmas. 
it was his favorite gift :)
thank you Edward Sharpe for inspiring this print and creating 
such a fun upbeat song that touches my heart.
so many things inspire us to create. what has inspired you lately?
i can’t wait to see your clever DIYs today!
please link up :)

Pretty Clever {No. 16} with guest Stacy Lynn

DIY recycled tee shirt scarf. 
This is a great project to do with kids and a great way to recycle those old t-shirts!

All you need is one t-shirt and a pair of scissors! There is no sewing involved and they only take about 10 minutes to make! Enjoy!

step one: Cut the bottom of the t-shirt off to get a clean edge.

step two: Cut 5 or more 3″ strips across the bottom of the t-shirt. The more strips, the thicker the scarf. You can use two or more colored t-shirts for a totally different look! The options are endless! That’s what makes these scarves so fun! You can also cut the strips 2″ for a thinner look.

step three: Stretch and pull each strip so it sort of turns into a “noodle”.

step four: Stack up all your strips and pull together.

step five: Cut out the ties. I made mine 2″ wide x 12″ long out of each color.

step six: Tie your stack tightly together. I used a square knot so it will stay put. You can also add a bow or decorate with your favorite pin.

These are so fun to make and great to give away. They are comfy to wear…

just like your favorite t-shirt!

Thanks for reading!
stacy lynn

Stacy is one of my favorites! i love her style!
i have posted her several times on what i love wednesday
she’s a hit at the queen bee markets and all the boutiques 
i’ve had the pleasure of being a vendor with her at :)
she is super sweet and hilarious, she cracks me up!
so please stop by her shop today, she also makes lovely wares!
and don’t forget to share your DIYs! i can’t wait to see :)

Pretty Clever {No. 15}

did you see these lovely linkies from last week?
super fun!
i can’t wait to see your DIYs today!
and for St. Valentine’s Day my girls and i are 
hanging out in the kitchen together and making…
Saltine Toffee Candy aka Cracker Candy aka Christmas Crack via mommy’s kitchen

yea, i know it’s not Christmas, however, this sounded good for a special i ♥ u day.
and i thought you might like the recipe :)

1 1/2 – sleeves saltine crackers
1 1/4 – cups butter, not margarine
1 1/4 – cup light brown sugar
1 – 12 oz package chocolate chips or
1 – 8 oz package milk chocolate toffee bits
1 – cup chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts or almonds)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Lay crackers out on sheet in one layer. In a medium sized saucepan melt the butter and the brown sugar. Stir often and bring to a full rolling boil. After the mixture comes to a full rolling boil set your timer and boil the mixture for exactly 3 minutes.

Pour over the saltines and bake for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with chocolate chips and wait until they are almost melted then spread the chocolate evenly all over all the saltines. Sprinkle on the nuts all over the top as evenly as possible. Refrigerate for two hours and then break up into pieces and store in a air tight container.

Note: If using the Milk Chocolate Toffee Bits (Heath Bits) omit the nuts and the chocolate chips. After pouring the brown sugar mixture over the crackers and baking for 5 minutes. Remove and sprinkle the milk chocolate toffee bits all over the caramel mixture. With this version you do not have to return the cracker candy back to the oven to melt. Just leave it like it is and refrigerate for two hours.


Pretty Clever {No. 14}

candy conversatation hearts Valentine printable!
this is my favorite Valentine candy :)
ok so lets make some paper ones for garland and for Valentine’s to hand out!
print your sayings onto pastel card stock and 
cut out with Creative Memories’ custom cutting system heart shape.
(if you don’t have a heart shape cutter, don’t fret there’s a free printable!)

once you have all your shapes cut out (took me literally 2 minutes with my cutter)
then you can either hang them horizontal like a banner or like this…
i taped a thread to the cabinets above my bar and
i attached the hearts to the thread with tape -soooo high tech ;)

 download the free printable here!
what i love about this little DIY, was something i hadn’t planned…
since the paper is light and only attached at the top and the 
hearts aren’t touching anything *this garland rotates*! 
the hearts slowly spin in different directions, like a sweet display of love.
you can add plain hearts to the back or hearts with sayings since it spins.
you could call these your paper candy heart-strings!
yay! happy day!
i can’t wait to see your DIYs today :)

linked up to  Tatertots & Jello

Pretty Clever {No. 13}

today’s tutorial is how to embroider

courtesy of Martha Stewart (as i do not yet know how to do this lovely art).
i made you this lovely printable of embroidery stitches:
you’ll find all the step-by-step instructions and tips for embroidery from Martha Stewart here.
if you don’t already know how to do embroidery, 
i hope i have inspired you to and help you to begin.
i really want to make some pretty hoop art soon!
i would love to see what your working on! link up :)