Monday, November 17, 2014

Crafting with Pops and Podge - Christmas Edition

Hello Fellow Crafters!

This blog has kinda gone by the wayside...But it now has a new purpose! We have revived it! Hallelujah! (And I will now break into song and dance. Please excuse me for a minute)...

.... and now I'm back.

Christie and I are embarking on a new adventure. See, we have been known to host some pretty awesome craft nights. Craft nights are amazing cause we do all the prep work  (the cutting of the boards, sanding them, cutting all the vinyl, shopping for all the crafty supplies) and then our friends come and sit down and start crafting away without having to do the back-breaking labor that goes on behind the scenes.

Well. There's been a problem with our craft nights. They've become a little too big to host in our little house anymore. Womp womp. So, what are two girls to do?

I'll tell ya... We decided to make our craft nights b.i.g.g.e.r.! We rented a space and are expanding our craft night to everyone! #mindblown

Now, I have to warn you cause the building isn't really anything to be desired. It's not super fancy or anything, but it'll do the trick. We are just over the moon excited to have a place big enough to hold more than 10 people!

Look at us! We just rented a crafting space! Yippee!

Here are the deets on the craft night (and please read it carefully! There will be a test! Ha ha, just kidding. No test. BUT, it does help to read all the info and ask questions later).

Date: Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Time: 2 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Come anytime. You can stay for a half hour or all 8 hours. Your call.

Where: Scholls Grange (not Kinton Grange)
             16917 SW Hillsboro Hwy
             Scholls, OR 97140
Just past the Smith Berry Farm!

Cost: There is an admission fee of $5 (to cover the cost of the building and clean-up). This is just for entrance only. The cost of the crafts will be extra.
How Do I Pay? The easiest way would be via Paypal. You will register below and let us know which crafts you want and we'll send you an invoice. If you fill out the registration form early enough, you are more than welcome to mail a check or drop it off to one of our houses. Just shoot us a quick email if this is the route you want to go. If you want to pay by credit card over the phone or drop off a payment in Beaverton or Hillsboro, we can make arrangements with you! We could also SHIP kits if your interested!

Who Can Come? Um... anybody! You don't have to be super crafty to come! This is the perfect night for you to get your craft on. There is a lot of work that goes into crafting, but we've figured out all the nitty gritty details, and you just get to have fun! We will have examples and detailed instructions for you. And of course, we will be there in person #it'syourluckyday to answer questions.

Do I Need To Bring Anything? Besides yourself... your mom or your neighbor or your sister. Don't worry about bringing anything unless you're super attached to that special pair of scissors that cut amazingly and you can't craft without them. :)

BONUS:  Guess what? We've added a bonus feature for you! We are lucky to have Stephanie from Crafting in the Rain doing a demo from 4 pm - 8 pm on some amazing FROZEN ornaments (check it out here), which you can purchase for $8 (which has been added to the registration form) and Lauren from Lauren's Latest will be doing a demo at 6pm of some of her amazing (and yes, they are amazing... I've tasted it) mixes (cookie mix and chocolate cake mix). These are amazing (yes, I keep saying that word) because all YOU do is add the butter, eggs, and water, and you're good to go. You can put them together right there with her.  Or if you were planning on attending earlier or later, we will have all of the supplies there for you with the instructions.

Now onto the crafts!

O Holy Night Board
Color Choices: Red or Green
Board is approx 8" x 24"

Fa La La La La Board
Color Choices: Red or Green
Board is approx. 8" x 24"

Glitter Reindeer 
Limited quantity. If you want this one, sign up fast!
Glitter Choices: Gold, Red, or Silver

Christmas Trio Boards
Colors are as shown (we will have a variety of greens available).
$15 for the set
Large Board: approx 12" x 14"
Medium Board: approx 8" x 10"
Small Board: approx 4" x 6"

Christmas Advent Calendar
Color Choices: Red, gold, and white
or Green, gold, and white
(Or if you want just red and white, or green and white, let us know!)
Board is approx 10" x 18"
It has chalkboard vinyl on it and will come with a piece of chalk

Rosette Grapevine Wreath
Felt Color Choices: Cream, white, green, mustard, red, or burgandy, 
Wreath is approx 14"

 "Joy" Burlap Wreath
Red Only

Wooden Christmas Nativity

 Felt Poinsettia Tree Skirt
Color Options: Cream, white, red, or burgundy

Glitter Letters
Word Options: JOY or NOEL
Glitter Options: Red, Gold, or Silver

Frozen Ornaments
Set of 3 Ornaments: $8
Ornaments (without the vinyl) $1 each

Gifts in a Jar
2 for $12 or 1 for $7
Cookie Mix & Chocolate Cake Mix

And there ya have it, folks. Tons of crafts, demonstrations by some talented bloggers, and all around good old-fashioned fun. :)

If you think those crafts are awesome and you are feeling crafty, please register! And, don't forget to bring some extra cash to the craft day in case you want to purchase something else.

Fill out my online form.

Please contact us at if you have any questions!

We are like, super stoked to be doing this craft night and hope y'all will come and have a blast! And just as a super cool bonus we will have a raffle every few hours for something crafty.  Excited to see you all there!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Craft Kits

Hello Pops and Podgers! Christie and I are so darn excited to start making craft kits! This has been something we have talked about doing for the past 3 years... but life and babies and kids and jobs and everything in between seemed to get in the way. But, we have put together our first kit, and it's up for sale on our Etsy shop!

Why craft kits??

Good question! Christie and I have a little craft group that we do every couple of months or so. We decide the crafts, put everything together for it, and then have our friends come over and we get - our - craft - on. They love it because they don't have to do any of the work behind getting the craft ready... they just get to show up and do the fun part!! How awesome sauce is that?

Just show up and craft instantly? It's pretty much a win-win scenario.

So, Christie and I thought it would be fun to share our craft kits with all y'all.

We decided to kick off our craft kits with a Glass Etching Kit. Etching glass is a fun and super quick way to personalize your glassware! A couple of years ago for Christmas, I went to the dollar store, bought some drinking glasses, and etched each family member's name into their own glass. I gave it to them with their favorite soda, favorite candy, a movie, and some popcorn. It was so fun to create, and it's a gift that can be used over and over again!

I've also etched all my glass pans with my last name. I can't tell you how necessary this is!! If you take food to some dinner, or reception, or whatever,  there will be NO mistake which pan is yours!! And unlike that hideous masking tape some women have branded their pans with, you don't have to worry about your name coming off in the dishwasher!

So, we all know that glass etching is important. After I had decided to etch my pans a couple of years ago, I went to Michaels and looked into buying glass etching cream.... and I was SHOCKED with how expensive that goop was. Seriously! $25 for like a 10 oz bottle! What the heck? I certainly didn't need that much cream to etch 3 pans! And that price! I pretty much fainted in the middle of Michaels over that price.... but I bit the bullet and bought it. Now, almost 3 years later, I still have that same bottle sitting in my craft closet. Sure, I've used it a few more times, but it still makes me cringe thinking of how much I paid for that bottle.

Sometimes, the cost of crafting takes the fun out of it. It can take a lot of time and resources to get all the necessary supplies in order to complete a craft! And that's precisely why you should let Christie and I do the hard work for you. Just let us gather all the supplies, ship them to you, and you can party hardy while you craft!

What exactly comes in our Glass Etching Craft Kits? You will get the following:

*Small container of etching cream (enough to etch about 2 items, depending on the size)
*Foam brush to apply the cream
*Gloves (safety first!)
*Vinyl stencil for what you want to etch. You will be able to purchase one of our premade dish soap designs (if you want to etch a dish soap dispenser), or you can etch any word or phrase you would like (upon checkout, you will leave a note with what you want etched). We have 4 fonts available...

And of course, if you would like something custom made, you can always contact us and we are more than happy to work with you!

 BUT what is even better... is Christie and I have put together a video on YouTube that gives you complete directions on how to glass etch! Yeah, that's right. You get to see all the nerdiness of us giving you directions on how to glass etch. It's beyond exciting, trust me. ;)

We have put together a video with instructions for each craft kit we put together. Pictures are great... but I am a visual learner. I can follow instructions 134% better if there is a video vs. pictures. I'm not bad mouthing pictures... I'm just telling you what works for me!

You can purchase a kit through our Etsy shop. Each kit costs $9.99 plus S&H. If you want to order more than 1, you can contact us for special pricing!

Now let's get crafting!


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