A Beautiful Winter Day - CDA High School Holiday Craft Fair

It is a lovely winter day here in Northern Idaho. Several inches of fluffy white snow fell, dressing the trees and houses. Here at Cutoff Crafts we are thrilled to invite you to the Coeur d’Alene High Schools’s 31st Annual Holiday Craft Fair.

Coeur d’Alene High School’s

31st Annual Holiday Craft Fair

November 5th, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

5530 North Fourth Street Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83815

Entry fee: $3 per person

And now it is time for the Cutoff Crafts Item Spotlight!

Michelle has made a several new angel earrings. These beaded drop earrings are on nickel-free sterling silver hooks and are made with Czech glass beads from the Czech Republic.

Also from the latest round of crafting are a new set of winter rose earrings. These were inspired by the story The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen.

Ahsoka meanwhile has been creating all kinds of fun new colorful keychains. This tiny little button bag holds an entire deck of cards!

With the snow falling and frost nipping at the fingertips it is coffee cozy season once again! Personally I love this one with the bright and colorful seahorse. It reminds me of the ocean.

We hope you have a wonderful day, stay safe, and come on by to the craft fair if you have a chance!

Cutoff Crafts is at the Cancer and Community Charities Craft Show - October 28 and 29, 2022

It is a beautiful weekend to come on by to the local Cancer and Community Charities Craft Show! Cutoff Crafts is proud to support such a fantastic cause and happy to have a booth at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds. The ladies at 3Cs have raised over $2.5 million dollars for fighting cancer and assisting locals in immediate need.

The 3C’s Craft Fair 

Friday October 28, 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday October 29, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Kootenai County Fairgrounds

4056 N Government Way, 

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 

We will have all kinds of fun colorful things! These teeny tiny handmade bags are incredibly durable and fit the perfect amount of toys or treats. Some of them even glow in the dark!

We have some Halloween keychains for the spoOOOooky season to dress up any purse or backpack. Ghosts, eyeballs, and candy corn are ready and willing to be your keychain buddy. Plus we can also turn them into ornaments for the family Christmas Tree!

Michelle has created a range of chainmail bracelets just for Halloween this year. The show stopping winner is the red and black aluminum dragonscale. Looks at those colors!

Ahsoka has freshly crocheted little kittens to perch in the palm of your hand. These kitties are paws-itively adorable.

A few of these lovely cross stitched pins are kind of sus. Others seem a bit strange. We have all kinds of inspired pins and magnets for anyone looking to flaunt their favorite fandom.

Finally, we have some brand new coin purses! The silver threaded wave fabric is from South Korea. Each one is lined and will help keep your coins handy.

Come swing by and say, “hi!” We’d love to see everyone!

A Lovely Fall Weekend at the Valley Vista Craft Fair

Cutoff Crafts will be at the Valley Vista Craft Fair this Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 24-25, 2022). This year marks the very first Valley Vista Craft Fair. Cutoff Crafts is thrilled to join them for their inaugural event!

Valley Vista Craft Fair
Sept 24, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sept 25, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

459560 HWY 95
Cocolalla, Idaho, 83813

And now for the Cutoff Crafts Spotlight!

Ahsoka has been hard at work making these cute and quirky dinosaurs! The little guys are positively adorable. A lovely blue ridge runs all the way down to the tip of the tail.

The great pineapple dicebag! Pineapples have long been symbols of hospitality and friendship. This bag has every single scale crocheted by hand. Plus it has fun emerald green pompoms!

Fun fact: the Hawaiian word for pineapple is “hala kahiki.”

Michelle will be bringing new and exciting stones to the fair! Including a selection of stunning druzy quartz geodes from Morocco.

Additionally, a brand new batch of earrings on nickel-free sterling silver hooks has been spotted in the tall grass. These Pokemon-inspired charms are sure to delight any gamer.

So come on by the Valley Vista Craft Fair and say, hi! We will be in the big red barn. It should be a lovely Fall weekend. We hope to see you there!

Come on out to Ponderay Neighbor Day!

Cutoff Crafts is returning to the beautiful town of Ponderay, Idaho! We will be at the lovely Harbison Field, this Saturday, September 10th, 2022. There will be face painting, pony rides, a carnival games, inflatables, and even a magic show! For the adults, there will be live music, a beer garden, and a petting zoo. No-one is too old for a petting zoo!

Cutoff Crafts is once again bringing brand new things to the craft fair! 

Ahsoka’s prize-winning fluffy bees are getting ready for Halloween and have donned their Zom-Bee costumes. Red eyes and an ominous green glow have these bees looking spoooky.

She has also been working away and has created an absolutely adorable new baby dragon. He’d fit right in at home in anyone’s petting zoo.

Meanwhile, Michelle is excited to be able to offer fossilized shark teeth. These sharks lived millions of years ago, right here in the United States. The teeth were collected from deposits along the Mississippi River and from Venice Beech in Florida.

There are also a plethora of new earrings available including a lovely pair of dragons. As always, the hooks are nickel-free sterling silver that is safe for sensitive ears.

Ponderay Neighbor Day runs from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Sept. 10th. The park is located right behind the Hoot Owl Restaurant on Highway 200. Parking is available off Emerald Industrial Drive. The weather looks like it is going to be gorgeous so come on by and say, “hi!”

We are at the 2022 Bonner County Fair!

Cutoff Crafts is at the 96th Annual Bonner County Fair here in beautiful Idaho!

I am super excited to announce that Cutoff Crafts has won two blue ribbons! In Hobbies and Crafts, Jewelry, Michelle's prize-winning bracelet was a red, white, and blue chainmail bracelet done in the byzantine weave. Woo!

Ahsoka Galeana's huge plushy crocheted bumblebee has taken the blue ribbon in Crocheted Children's Toys! Way to go Ahsoka!

The Fair runs from today, August 17th, through Saturday August 20th.

Wednesday Aug. 17th: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Thursday Aug. 18th: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Friday Aug. 19th: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Saturday Aug. 20th: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Come on by to say hi and check out our crazy booth full of colorful creations. Ahsoka has new crocheted sloths, aliens, gigantic bumblebees, dumbo octopi, cows, and many more! Michelle is rocking a tower full of rocks (amethyst, rose quartz, fossils, obsidian, jasper, tiger eye, aventurine, etc) as well as rabbit fur dice bags, earrings, and chainmail bracelets!

The Fair will also have a fantastic collection of nighttime events this year. Be sure and buy your tickets at the gate for any nighttime activity. The Rodeo and Demolition Derby tickets sell out FAST.

The Copper Mountain Band will be preforming tomorrow (Aug 18th) from 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 for an adult and $8 for a youth.

The Challenge of Champions Bull Riding will take place on Friday (Aug 19th) from 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

And the Demolition Derby will take place on Saturday (Aug 20th) from, you guessed it, 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Admission to the Fair itself is FREE. Parking is incredibly affordable and only costs $3. There’s a tremendous outpouring of local creativity, animal husbandry, and huge bouncy castles. Come pet some goats, stroll though the beautiful grounds, eat delicious food, and slide down a huge inflatable slide.

Above all, have a great time and welcome to the FAIR!!!

Wire Wrapping with Michelle - An Intimidating Art

The snow was thick on the ground in December 2019. My mom gave me the book Wire Jewelry Masterclass by Abby Hook (affiliate link) for Saturnalia that year. Up until that point, the only jewelry I had made of pure continuous wire was my own bracelet clasps and the occasional earring hook. I fell in love with the gorgeous photos and incredibly detailed guide to crafting rings, bracelets, and necklaces out of wire, pliers, and the occasional stone. Then I promptly shelved the book and tried to forget about it for a few years.

Every so often I would pull the book down and page through the glossy photos calmly describing how to turn coils and loops of metal into finished pendants that look like a cross between High Fantasy and straight Sci-Fi. Then I would place it back on the shelf and sigh wistfully. Wire wrapping is a rather striking art form and I was quite intimidated.

Wire wrapping is one of the oldest forms of jewelry making. Surviving examples have even been pulled from the Sumerian city of Ur (sumerianshakespeare.com). The Greeks, Etruscans, Romans, and Celts also utilized wire wrapping, although typically without any other material such as glass or stones. Fibulae (brooch pins) were often made of spirals of wire (harvardartmuseums.org1 and mgur.com/). Torcs (open necklaces) showcase wire braiding as well as decorative coils depending on the piece (britishmuseum.org.

9th-8th century BCE spiral brooch or fibula from the Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Etruria
Image from https://harvardartmuseums.org/art/304071

I am no stranger to working with metal. After all, I have been making chainmail for some 16 years. At first glance, wire wrapping demands a continuous length of wire to weave about in effortless loops to yield a stunning finished piece. Chainmail is constructed of hundreds of individual rings. If I biff a ring and say, scrape the finish off with my pliers, it is no great loss to remove the individual ring and replace it with another. In actuality, wire wrapping is more forgiving than it appears at first glance. Extra coils for stabilization can and should be freely worked in to strengthen the piece as needed. While some attempts unfortunately end up too damaged and tossed in the scrap bucket, others can be salvaged with a bit of cleverness and a deft hand.

I finally decided to take a stab at wire wrapping stones when I bought my first quartz arrowheads. These pieces NEEDED some way to mount them as pendants. As they are modern works, the arrowheads were also affordable enough that I would not cry if I accidentally shattered one. I am extremely happy with how they turned out.

Arrowheads are historically found anywhere arrows have been used. They are commonly associated with Native American cultures in North America but archery developed all over the world. As such, prehistoric stone arrowheads are found in the caves of France, the cliffs of Greece, the fields of China, and countless other locations. I wanted to emphasize an Etruscan look and so focused on smooth spirals that still showcased the beauty of the quartz arrowhead. I wanted it to be a piece anyone could wear, and so used fine silver (.999) to avoid any nickel sensitivities. The cordage is 100% silk while the clasp is a nickel-free sterling silver (.925).

Wire wrapping is an intimidating art but not nearly as scary as it looks. I am sure I will wrap many more pieces in the coming years. I am especially looking forward to working with other semi-precious stones such as carnelian, amethyst, tiger eye, and apricot agate.

North Idaho Events, Fairs, and Markets News and Giveaway!

When things go well, sometimes we just have to shout it to the world. So in this case...our Facebook group North Idaho Events, Fairs, and Markets has reached the massive 5K member milestone! It is amazing to see the community come together and help each other out to find the perfect event to attend or to sign up to be a vendor. Not only do we have posts sharing the events, we have a calendar of events that is run by the community. Events are added by those who find them or are hosting them, making the calendar the go-to for what is happening in the area!

Because we reached this amazing milestone, We are hosting a giveaway to all the members in the group! Everyone in the group can enter for a chance to win an ad on the amazing calendar mentioned! Many will enter only one will win! Good Luck!!

About the prize:
One winner will get a 300x300 pixel advertisement on our calendar for one month! You can select any month you wish that is remaining in the year 2022. The ad will be one image that will link to a website, social media page, or an item in your shop. It must meet the groups rules and standards. Admins reserve the right to refuse ads that we feel do not match our standards. The ad will remain active for 1 month of the winners choosing in the year 2022. Please see the terms and conditions in the rafflecopter form below. On July 6, we will select one random winner!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Cutoff Crafts' Online Store Is Growing!

I am very excited to announce that our online store is growing! As of May/18, 2022, Cutoff Crafts has officially posted over 140 items for sale! These items range from sterling silver jewelry to downloadable patterns! Now those who want our items but live in other states or can't attend the fairs where we display our wares are able to purchase online and either have them shipped or schedule a pickup.  It is truly exciting!

As our online store grows,  we gain new categories to display our items. Right now we 14 categories and some of them even have sub categories.  Some of our most popular sections include: Crochet Animals, Dice Bags, Earrings, Magnets, Gamer/Geek, Patterns, and Magnets. The Earrings category has several sub categories to help make it easier to find the perfect pair. Need animal earrings? We have them. Need chainmail earrings? we got you covered. Need to special order something unique? Guess what, we can do that too.

What is really amazing about our online store is that if you see something adorable and want it in a different color or if you want us to create a unique bracelet or pair of earrings, we take special orders! Simply send us a message requesting you design and we will work with you to make sure your item is what you desire. Check out some of the special orders we have already taken!

Image 1 - Stitch

Image 2 - Stormtrooper

Image 3 - Cow with purple spots

Image 4 - Gnome and Spider

The Spider in image 4 was a surprise request and it turned out crazy epic.  The Gnome holds a flower that actually changes color in the sun. It is a magical piece that was fun crochet.

So, long story long, we are online, we take special orders, and we are very excited about it! It has already been fun helping many of you to find the perfect gift whether for yourself or for someone you care about. We hope to continue to provide this service for years to come! If you wish to check out our store go to CutoffCrafts.square.site or click the image below.  Welcome to Cutoff Crafts!

DIY Crochet Bunny Garland For Easter Decorations

As a crochet artist, I love to look around the web for patterns and fun crochet ideas. With Easter around the corner, my attention has targeted anything bunny related. Their long ears, cute nose, and cotton ball tails make them one of the most adorable animals to create. Among the bunny patterns I found, the Red Heart Bunny Garland from yarnspirations.com is on my "To-Try" list. The adorable bunny tails and ears will make for the cutest decor ever. Which is why...I am making them!

The following steps come from the pattern I found here. I did make a change or two to the original pattern. I will state where I make changes from the original pattern in the steps below.  These changes are not a requirement, the original pattern makes an adorable bunny garland. I simply made changes because I have other stitches I prefer to the ones mentioned.

To make this bunny garland I used a Size 5 crochet hook (F), and pink Red Heart worsted weight 4 yarn.

Step 1: This is the start of the bunny body.

{Round 1} I created a magic ring and crocheted 8 single stitches inside the ring.  I then slip stitched into the first stitch. This made a base for the soon to be fluffy fur of the bunny's butt.

Step 1
Step 2: The original pattern calls for a sc puff, however, I personally like the popcorn stitch. So I changed the sc puff to the popcorn stitch. To make the popcorn stitch 
  1. Yarn over
  2. Insert your hook into the indicated stitch
  3. Yarn over and pull up the loop
  4. Pull your hook through two loops
  5. Yarn over
  6. Insert your hook into the same indicated stitch
  7. Yarn over and pull up the loop
  8. Pull your hook through two loops
  9. Repeat steps 5-8 two more times
  10. Yarn over and pull your hook through all the loops
{Round 2} -  I chained 2 and made a popcorn stitch in the stitch I made a slip stitch in. I then chained 2 and made a popcorn stitch in the next stitch followed by another chain 2. This repeats around until all 8 stitches are done. I then slip stitched into the first popcorn stitch At this point I had 8 popcorn stitches and 8 ch2 spaces.
Step 2

Step 3: This step is almost exactly like Step 2. 
{Round 3} Ch2, popcorn stitch, in the same stitch,  ch2, *popcorn stitch in the next ch2 space, ch2, popcorn stitch in the Round 2 popcorn stitch, ch2* This was repeated until I had 16 popcorn stitches and 16 ch2 spaces. I then slip stitched to the first popcorn stitch

Step 3

Step 4 was pretty simple because it was a single stitch around to finish the bunny's butt. 
{Round 4} Ch1, single stitch in all popcorn stitches and 2 single stitches in all ch2 spaces. I had 48 stitches at the end of round 4. I then slip stitched to the first single stitch. This actually completed the fluffy bunny butt. Isn't it cute!?!?!
Step 4

Step 5: This is where I started the head. 
{Round 5) Ch1, Sc in the same stitch and the next 8 stitches. 

Tip: Make sure the fluffy butt part is facing you when you stitch the 9 stitches. I didn't do that and I had to undo 3 rounds and restart the head. Woops.

Step 5

Step 6: This step is almost the same as Step 5 except all stitches are Half Double Crochet (hdc). 

{Round 6} I started with a chain 2, which will count as a hdc for the next step., I then hdc in the first stitch and the other 8 stitches. I had 10 hdc at the end of this step.

Step 7: This step was fun to complete because I had to crochet a bit different than I normally do. This step is crochet on the bars of the previous round. I call the stitch a Bhdc. A Bhdc is made like so

  1.  Yarn Over
  2. Take your hook and push it through to the right of the bar of the previous row, go under the bar, and come up to the left of the bar
  3. Yarn over and pull a loop up
  4. yarn over and slide your hook through all of the loops

{Round 7)  To complete Round 7  I chained 1 and then Bhdc across to make 10 Bhdc stitches

Step 7

Step 8: This step completes the head by making it curve in on either side.
{Round 8}I chained 1 and turned. I then skipped the first stitch and sing stitched into the next two stitches. I then stitched two stitches together, single stitched into the next 3 stitches and stitched the last two stitches together. At this point I had 7 stitches across and the head was completed!

Step 9: This is where I started the ears! Below are the steps I took to finish the first ear.
{Round 9 A} Ch 1 and turn, skip the first stitch and sc in the next two stitches
{Round 10 A} Ch1 and turn, sc in the first stitch, 2 sc in the next stitch. This will make it 3 stitches across
{Round 11-14 A} ch 1 turn and sc across
{Round 15 A} Ch1 and turn, skip the first stitch, make 3 hdc in the next stitch, slip stitch in the last stitch. Fasten Off

Step 9

Step 10: This step had me make the second ear! To start the second ear, I skipped a stitch next to the first ear on the base of the head and attached yarn to the second stitch using a slip stitch. Below are the steps I took to finish the second ear.
{Round 9 B} Ch 1 and sc in the same stitch and in the next stitch
{Round 10 B} Ch1 and turn, 2 sc in the first stitch, sc in the next stitch. This will make it 3 stitches across
{Round 11-14 B} ch 1 turn and sc across
{Round 15 B} Ch1 and turn, skip the first stitch, make 3 hdc in the next stitch, slip stitch in the last stitch. Fasten Off

Step 10

Step 11: This step will finish off the bunny body. 
{Round 16} With the bunny butt facing me, I attached my yarn to the corner where the head meets the body on the right side of the bunny. I then slip stitched along the stitches going up the head, around the ears, and back down the head. Then I fastened off and sewed in every free yarn tail. 

Step 12: The final step allowed me to add the fluffy tail! I made my tail by making a pomple and sewing it to the bunny's butt. However, if anyone needs to, they can always purchase a puff ball at the nearest craft store. Either way, the bunny is finally completed! 
Step 12: Bunny is complete!

To make the garland several of these have to be made, attached to a string and hung. At this point I have another 11 to make.  Perhaps I will display this at our Easter event April 16, 2022 at the Silver Lake Mall. Can I make enough in time? We shall see.. hahahaha