Friday, October 4, 2013

Celebrating the Things that Go Bump in the Night

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and Autumn is definitely my favorite time of year.  The warm days and cool nights.  The beautiful and rich colors of fall leaves.  The rich aromas of cinnamon, mulberry, pumpkin, and baked apples.  And of course, the ghoulish and sometimes very sweet decorations and costumes.  I love it all!

To help you celebrate Autumn and Halloween this year, I have added three more rag wreaths to the Calico Craft Designs Etsy Shop but here's sneak peek for you below.  I hope you will stop by a take a look at what we have to offer and as always, suggestions and comments are very welcome and appreciated!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Calico Craft Designs Proudly Presents....

One of the new cross-stitch Halloween cards
Calico Craft Designs proudly presents new handmade cross-stitch cards for Halloween in the Etsy Shop!!!  I have expanded the product line to now include small cross-stitched items.  I will continue to produce fabric rag wreaths and candle-rings but felt that a few cross-stitched items would also be a good fit.

Five Halloween cards have been added to the shop and I'll be starting on other projects very soon.  I've also added a new Candy Corn Rag Wreath and a Candy Corn Candle-Ring.  Who doesn't love sugary candy corn?!?!

I'd love some feedback on what you think of the new items.  Enjoy and be sure to visit us again soon!
The Candy Corn Candle-Ring

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Getting Back into the Groove

Life is finally starting to get back to "normal" around here and I'm happy to say that progress has started again on creating items for the Calico Craft Designs Etsy shop.  I'm focusing on the upcoming fall and holiday season.  I hope to have new items loaded later this month or early September.

I have finished a couple of small cross-stitch pieces for Halloween cards and thought I'd share them as a sneak peek.  I can't wait to see how these come out in the finished cards.

Hope you are having a wonderful summer!  Be sure to check back again soon.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Independence Day!

Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower
I hope that you and your families enjoy a wonderful and safe 4th of July.  Happy Independence Day!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

An Apology

I want to take just a moment to apologize for the lack of blog posts and new products in the Calico Craft Designs Etsy store.  I will not be releasing any new items for the upcoming 4th of July holiday.  I simply have not had the opportunity and time to complete any new items due to my husband's medical issues and an unexpected surgery.  The recovery period has been difficult for us both but he is doing a little better every day.  As time passes, I'm sure I'll begin adding additional items for the Autumn season so please keep checking back.  I thank you for your patience and understanding.  I hope that you and your families have a wonderful upcoming 4th of July!

Please check in again for any updates or go to my personal craft blog, "The Girl's Gone Crafty" at

Friday, May 10, 2013

Enjoy This Mother's Day Weekend!

Mother's Day is just around the corner, and although I will not be able to spend this special day with my mom this year, I certainly will reach out to tell her how much she means to me.  I am very thankful to have her in my life.  I hope that you can celebrate with the special women in your life this upcoming weekend.  Happy Mother's Day to you!

"A Mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories."

--- Honore de Balzac

Saturday, May 4, 2013

New Upcoming Designs for Etsy

If you have visited the Calico Craft Designs Etsy Shop lately, you will probably have noticed the lack of any new items.  It has been one of those months where time has seriously gotten away from me.  I have started on a few fabric "rag" wreaths for Independence Day and I hope to have them completed very soon.

I've also been busy gathering designs and supplies for a few new upcoming designs to add to the shop.  I believe that it's time that I expand the shop's inventory from just fabric wreaths and candle-rings to include handmade, cross-stitch cards.  I'm excited about sharing this long-time passion with you by creating beautiful keepsake cards for you and your loved ones!  I hope to have these new items posted in the upcoming weeks.

Please check in again for any updates or go to my personal craft blog, "The Girl's Gone Crafty" at

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Fireworks, Flags, and Stars...Oh My!

Getting ready for 4th of July!
A couple of weeks ago, I started my search for 4th of July items that I could use for fabric wreaths and deco mesh wreaths.  It's never too early to start those holiday projects!  I found a few things but then unfortunately, came down with bronchitis.  Not a fun couple of weeks.  So now that I'm better again, I of course, had to do more shopping.  Yesterday, I acquired a few more fun fabrics and accessories and thought I'd share a photo of my stash.  I'm looking very forward to getting started on a few items today and even have one design in my head that I hope will translate well to the real world.  I do hope the beautiful weather lasts today so I can even work on something outside!

What plans do you have today? 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

New Items in Etsy Shop!

I added a couple of new items to the Calico Craft Designs Etsy Shop today.  One is a beach-themed fabric candle-ring and the other is another "rag" wreath for St. Patrick's Day.  This one has a small wooden sign in the center that simply says "Luck".

Check them out at the shop today before they are gone!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Show your house some Irish love!

Dress up your house for St. Patrick's Day!  Share your Irish side with the world...well, at least your neighborhood!  Everyone needs a little green in their lives.

I just added this new gem to the Calico Craft Designs Etsy store.  Be sure to check it out!

And don't forget that all of the Valentine's Day wreaths and candle-rings are still on SALE in the Calico Craft Designs Etsy store.  Take advantage before they are gone!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Spring is in the Air!

Spring is in the air!  Or at least in the fabric stores!  :-)  I did a little shopping yesterday and found some great fabrics and ribbons that I hope will make beautiful "rag" wreaths and fabric candle-rings.  This variety of patterns is for both St. Patrick's Day and the upcoming Spring season.  I picked up a few special surprises that I'll share a bit later.  ;-)  I can't show you everything all at once!  Be sure to check back here, on our facebook page, or on the Calico Craft Designs' Etsy Shop to see the finished items.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Etsy Shop Updates

The Calico Craft Designs' Etsy Shop has been updated with a new Valentine's Day fabric wreath and brand new photos for many of the products.  I've been working to try to improve my photography and give the store a more cohesive look.  Currently, there's even a SALE on all of the Valentine's Day items in the shop!

The new rag wreath is approximately 16 inches wide with red, pink, white, and black fabrics, ribbons, and tulle.  It has a small, pink and glittery wooden sign in the middle that simply says "Love".

Check it out!

Friday, February 8, 2013

New Look for CCD!

I wanted to give a big "shout-out" to Maranda of Cyan Sky Design for providing the new logo and avatars for Calico Craft Designs!  The Calico Craft Designs blog, facebook page, and Etsy store now all have a cohesive look and feel to them.

You can view more of Maranda's work by visiting her Etsy shop at

Thank you so much Maranda!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Grand Opening on Etsy!

Today is the Grand Opening for the Calico Craft Designs store on Etsy!!!  WooHoo!  Currently, the inventory in the store is small but I am always working on new designs and I will be adding a few things very soon.  Right now I have been focused on Valentine's Day but I hope to have items for all year round coming soon.  Please check out the new Etsy store at  I hope that you will keep checking back to see my new stock.  Please let me know if you have any suggestions or have any special requests for items that you would like to see in the store.

Thank you so much for your support of handmade gifts.

Thursday, January 17, 2013


Remember that Valentine's Day fabric I bought after Christmas?  Well, I have been working on a few designs with some of the fabrics and ribbons and I decided to post a couple of photos before they go into the new Etsy store (opening soon, yay!).  One is from a new candle-ring and the other is from a new heart-shaped wreath.  Comments and feedback are definitely welcome and appreciated.  I would love to hear your suggestions for new color combinations.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Etsy Store Opening Soon!

I have been working hard on building up my inventory and setting up my Etsy Store for Calico Craft Designs.  I hope to have it up and running in another week or two. (Yay!)  I've completed a few items for Valentine's Day and am already looking ahead to St. Patrick's Day and Easter.  Whew!  Thank you for checking back and keeping tabs on my progress.  I should have photos to share very soon. 

Thank you again for all of the support and encouragement I have received thus far.  Slowly but surely wins the race as they say!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy, Happy New Year!!!

I hope that you and your families have a wonderful and safe New Year!  Welcome to 2013!

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