Welcome To Kraftykrew

Hi we are kraftykrew and "Welcome" to our blog. We are still under construction so please be patient with us. We are always adding content to the blog. So please leave us a comment and let us know what you think and we hope you subscribe to our blog so you can keep intouch with us. Feel free to visit our shop http://www.kraftykrew.etsy.com/ again thanks you for stopping by.
1/3 of Kraftykrew (Rita Aguirre-Frankmore)

Our Shop Sections

When you visit our etsy shop you will find sections where we have certain items listed in these sections and also letting you know who has handcrafted this item.

Krafty Kreations --- Rita
Body Pillows
Sewing Notions

Irene's Busy Hands --- Irene
Soft Sculpture Dolls
Sewing Notions

Kica's Designs --- Frances
Knitting Queen
Machined Knitted Items
Machine Emboriered Items

Monday, December 29, 2008

Banner Exchange

Hi Everyone, I hope that all of you had a wonderful Chirstmas and celebrated the holiday the way it was ment to be. Well here are the this weeks shops to take a look at and see if you find something you just cant live without.


I have see these shops and they are great and hey some of them are having sales!!! So go and get your credit card and start shopping the more you buy the more you can save on those Sales!!!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Banner Exchange

Hi all here is this weeks banner exchange

take a look at these shope there are great and there maybe something you just cant live without !!!

Hanford Craft Show

Hi all well we did it 3 shows in les than one month wow !!!!!! And now I havent blogged b/c I got sick well at least I waited till we were done to get sick LOL!!!
Somehow we lost the pictures that were taken at the craft show since I didnt use my camera and I wanst incharge of the pictures I didnt know what happened to them.
But anyway we met 2 etsy shop owners there at the Hanford show and it was great to meet some of them and hear their opinion of etsy, which was great. We were alittle disapointed in our sales, but I gues this ecomony is hitting everyone.
We did have so much fun and I met some great ladies who want to wholesalewith me!!! So well thats a project for the first of the year after we get all holidays done with. Here are some people that we met at the show

Cavity I thought this was a great name for a candy shop LOL!!! too cute here is their email if you would like to contact them
Monica Matos she sold Mary kay mmatos@marykay.com
GraceNote Chimes Wow these were so great and they were all hand made and so beautiful www.gracenotes.com
My Bella Books they sold books for children with the childrens name in the story great idea www.mybellabooks.com
Custom Needle Arts she had so many little creations her and her husband I just loved thier little knitted kittens dewneal@comcast.net
Alpacas at PorterBray Pines wow did they have some great picturesque art and all done with alpaca wool my sister loved it she may wholesale with them so she can work with their wool www.aplacas-porterbraypines.com
CBS Crafts adn Gifts these lovely peolpe were selliing crafts and all proceeds were going to the foster care programs, which I thought was such a good idea
www.chehime.etsy.com was one of the etsy shop owners I met
Jennifer was another etsy shop owners I met she was great and much help

I sure wish I could find those pictures its no fun without pictures but enjoy the shops and you do need to take alook at those who have a website and take a peek at them and see if there is something you just cant live without.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Neatostuff.com Banner Exchange for the Week

Hi there, I've been in bed sick all this week and over the weekend so I havent been on my computer or updated our blog. But I have to do advertise our shops this is a must so here goes

I havent been able to check these shops out yet due to being sick but I am more than possitive there are great shops and run by great people. Give me a few more days to feel better and I'll take alook and let you know what I think about these shops, which I am sure I'll love I've loved every shop so far from Neatostuff.com

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Banner Exchange

Hi All I am actually on time this week can you believe it LOL!!!
her are this weeks shops


You might find something for that special someone in one of these shops so go and take a look at their great items and spend some money :~)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Many Thank Yous

My dear friends thank you so much for leaving such lovely comments on our blog. It makes us feel good that all of you have become our friends. We do try to blog about once a week since we are so busy at the moment I really dont have the time right now. I have been failing in our banner exchange and I do aplogize for that neatostuff.com I know you have looked at our site and have seen that we are doing our job in promoting.
And to our friends in Brazil thank you are so great and such good friends :~) I just love these ladies they have sent us so many free patterns that I dont have the time to make them all. One day I hope I can make them all and just to see all the lovely faces that come out on the dolls and stuffed animals :~) You know that not one come out the same they all look different even if you use the same pattern they all have a differnet personality, isnt that wierd? But it is fun thats my favorite part.
To all of our friends at ETSY just love you guys you ahve been such a great help to us when we were just starting our shop. I sure hope I have helped someone along the way to pay forward. Boy do I hope our sales start going up this is a bumber its so slow. We have opend a few new shops on other sites

We're justing testing these shops at the moment to see what happens. I am not sure if I am all that crazy about dawanda due to the fact that I have to deal in EUROS glad I have a currency converter on my blog other wise I would have no idea how to do that conversion.
Well I just wanted to thank everyone for being there for us and supporting us
we'll talk soon

Monday, December 1, 2008

New Shop

We just opened our new shop online
go and take alook at our new store we only have a fewitems listed give us some time and we'll have more soon busy getting ready for our next show this saturday

Christmas Street Fair -- Morro Bay, California

Well we did it went to Morro Bay and got there at 6:30am to start setting up. We were sad that we were miss led by the foot traffic that was expressed to us. We did ok in sales but not as great as we hoped. But next year we're going to ask to be on the main though fair of the show and not a side street. But we did meet some lovely ladies there that were our booth nieghbors and they did help us in some tips on how to display our items and after we put those tips to work we started to sell. We had all our shop oweners promo items set out and we give them out to everyone who visited our booth and we let them know that we like to promote other shop owners on etsy so they knew what they were getting and where they could find us all. But all in all is waws ok not great but we did get some leads on some other shows for next year. But we still have our craft show here locally this saturday so we'll be promoting all of you shop owners that send us your promo items at this show also.

Banner Exchange

Hi everyone I know I'am behind on promoting these shops ,but I have mbeen so busy getting ready for a show this last weekend that I didnt get a chance to list last weeks shops but here I go
Thanksgiving week
www.glitterstar.etsy.com www.strangechild.etsy.com
www.cthings.etsy.com www.lunarrastar.etsy.com
www.kayzkreations.etsy.com www.jenniferladd.etsy.com

This Weeks Shops
www.gaiatrovechicago.etsy.com www.abbadabbabags.etsy.com
www.crostini.etsy.com www.mixit.etsy.com
www.batfineart.etsy.com www.myrecordpurse.etsy.com

These shops are fabulous I take a look at tehm and yes you need to go and take a peek and maybe buy an item or two you'll just love them :~)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Our First Craft Show

D&J Sewing Center 1st Annual Craft Show
This our host at the register with her helpers. It was wonderful ,she hosted our first craft show and she made a great sale to someone who didnt know the store even existed now this lovely ladY has a great sewing store to come and visit.
We donated a baked goodie so the store could have aVbake sale at the same time while the craft show was going on and hot apple cider was provied along with a sample of some outrageously good cookies and friut cake that "Kats and Threads" donated.

Boy did we have so much fun and make so many new friends. And we did great in sales. For our first show it was a blast. I took so many pictures of all the other vendors and promised them I would put their booths in our blog along with a little blurp about their business , So here goes ladies I hope you're watching :~) The picture of the top is our booth you can see my little critters and my mom's pruses and a few scraves that my sister makes. Here we have a picture of a very happy customer that bought one of my sister's handknitted hats. She told us she was a retired school teacher. We think she looks lovely with her gorgeous hat :~) ENJOY!!!!

Here we have "Creative Threads Captured" a lovely booth full of Old Victorian Chirstmas ornaments that this lovely ladies 90 year old Aunt had made. She told us that her 90 year old aunt has supplied these ornaments for years to many shop owners throught the world.

Here is another lovely booth from Mother and Daughter "Stich in Time" their names are Linda Curutchet and Dine Sandlin. They had some great looking items I just wanted to buy them out. But I have a rule I dont buy without selling first I am funny that way. They had to leave early on Saturday do to family emergency. We hope everything is alright.

Here we have Donna's Jewelry & Things from Fresno, Ca. She had some great looking jewlery, too bad I have a nickel allergery :~(.

Here is our hosts way of taking care of unruly parents of unruly children LOL!!!


Here is our new banner exchange for the week and last weeks too we are alittle behind but its getting done :~)

http://www.zeba.etsy.com/ http://www.norakaren.etsy.com/

http://www.renewedresopurces.etsy.com/ http://www.purpledaiseyjewlery.etsy.com/

http://www.shrupg.etsy.com/ http://www.maryzoom.etsy.com/

http://www.littlepinkplum.etsy.com/ http://www.threadedgoodness.etsy.com/

http://www.moodygirl.etsy.com/ www.uniquegarden.etsy.com



Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Cambria California Craft Show

hey we went to Cambria Craft Show it was nice to get out of town and go to the coast , but we were a little disappointed it was so small. Theior were about 10 booths. But hey we did get some new info about the Morro-Bay Christmas Street Fair. We are hoping to get into that fair as a vendor . The Street Fair is on Nov. 30th and they do expect 50,000 people to attend so lets all cross our fingers and hope we do very well YEAH!!!

Banner Exchange

Hi there I am apart of this great site www.neatostuff.com and we're doing a banner exchange and here are some great sites you need to take alook at


I've taken a look at these great sites and I just love them and I hope you do too. so lets go on a littel shopping trip and get some christmas shopping done.

Saturday, October 25, 2008


We just opened a shop on DaWanda http://kraftykrew.dawanda.com
take alook at our new shosp . we are tring this site out and see if we like it. So give us a few weeks maybe months to see how we do.

Christmas Ornaments


Well my sister has added some Sworski crystals to her ornaments I dont think you can really tell on how great they look by a picture but you tell me what you think.

I really like this one of the Christmas Tree it is also embellished with crushed autrian crystals. They would look so pretty with those twinkly lights that you would put on your christmas tree. The crystals catches all the different colors that it is near. They look fabulous. I also love this nativity one it looks so pretty. It does have a crystal right at the north star. Good to our shop to see the whole line of our Christmas Ornaments http:www.kraftykrew.etsy.com
We have many more to list and different styles

Thursday, October 9, 2008

New Template

Hi I've been playing with all the templates and tring to make up my mind which one I like I love pink but it just wasnt doing for me especially on the 2nd page. I have been tring to add a 3rd colum but it just isnt working for me either. But I guess I am pretty computer stupid for now I guess until I figure it out then I wont be so stupid LOL!!!! But well let me know what you think of this one ok

My Tia's Quilt

Hi All, I finally finished my Tia Mary's quilt , well that's my aunt Mary's for those of you who don't know what Tia means it's Spanish for aunt. But do you know that I didn't take a picture of it. I was in such a rush to finish it that I totally forgot. But it is a design that I made myself. I hand appliqued angels on muslin and I put 3 borders on it one solid bright yellow, bright pink and pretty blue with little flowers that have yellow and pink flowers. I am going to see if my Tia will take pictures for me and send them to me so I can post them on my blog. I feel so dumb about not taking pictures I can pictures of everything I make. My Tia was diagnosed with Leukemia of the bone marrow. And I used the cancer pink ribbon fabric for the backing of her quilt. All of our family would appreciate all of your prayers for her.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

New Friends

I have made so many new friends on etsy.com and also on flickr.com. This has been so much fun to write a blog , its abit hard because you dont know what to write, but I have found that if I read other blogs it gives me some ideas of what to write. Please excuse me punctuation and style of writing, I am not a English major LOL!!!
So lets see New Friends. I have met some great ladies from Brazil and wow do they have some great talent you can see them on their flickr photostream I am waiting to recieve their blog address so I can post them here. I plan on doing some swapping with them when I am not so busy. I would love to receive some new items from different countries and why not start with Brazil. I think it great. I love some of those patterns they use and I have seen on Picasa Web. One of my new friends tuned me on to picasa,thank you Veronica , gracias Veronica.
I have access to all of the patterns they post there , the only problem is my photoshop trial just expired now I have to buy the program and I cant print anything that requires this program, bummer. I'll be listing my New Friends blogs, flickr.coms, etsy shops, etc as soon as I recieve them so keep those lovely eyes open :~)

Thursday, September 18, 2008

New Kreations

Well we've been working on our christmas line. I am creating little elf pillows . They are looking so cute I dont have a picture to post yet they are not finished yet. I am still working on the faces and all their little decorations. You'll be surprised. I got the idea from a tuorial I saw but I changed it some to suit me. First on the tutorial they didnt have ears only arms and legs. I gave them ears and their hats are made from different shapes like one is a christmas tree and the other is a kinda of a santa hat. I am creating one that will have a big star as the hat haven't figured that one out yet, but I am having fun with it. I hope to have pictures this weekend. I am working hard, but I fear that I will not be ready for my crafts show in November. My mom has been working hard also, but she has been in bed with a terrible back pain for the last few days so she hasn't been able to do much of anything really. So keep us in your thoguhts and prayers that we will be ready for our crafts show and that we do well.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Little Tid-Bits


We have been working on some new items lately and we have been working very hard. Believe it or not my mom is working on a Mr. "T" doll he is a soft sculpture doll with all the trimings; meaning he has all the jewlery and mohawk that the real Mr. "T" wears. She made one about 25 yrs ago it was to be for my little brother who at the time was about 5 yrs old and he just loved Mr. "T" and the "A" Team; you remember that show. Well anyway somehow I cant recall , but my mom sold that Mr."T" and now she owes my little brother , who isnt so little anymore, he is 30 yrs old now and is 6'5" and he is a Correctional Officer, but he still wants his Mr. "T". Can you believe he asked me to make him a diansour?
Which I did last Christmas and I put a spike dog collar on it and named him "Roffie". There is a story behind that name. My little brother nick name is Fofie and well my one of my newphews when he was young couldn't say it and it came out uncle Roffie. So now we call him uncle Roffie.
But I anyway I was sidetracked with the story of my little brother.
My mom is also getting ready to make a Betty Boop Doll and she is cute . The last time she made this doll was around the same time as Mr. "T". You wont believe it, but Betty Boop is anatomically correct.
My mom had made many dolls back then she would get pictures from customers that wanted her to make a doll that looked like their child and specially if the child had a scar, they wanted that on the doll. My mom made me a doll on my 21st birthday it looks exactly like my baby picture when I was just a few months old. She also put on the doll the scar I have from my heart surgery when I was 3 yrs old. I need to take a picture of that doll and my baby picture and post them here. My mom has a few dolls over seas that she had sold back then in the late 70's. She has sent them as far away as Germany, and that's before the internet LOL!!!! People would just hear it from word of mouth and call and order them and well she would send them out. Well I guess we'll have a few more tid-bits at a later date keep up
with us 'K :~)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

It's Looking Alot Like Christmas


Well everyone we have finally gotten there its about that time to start thinking about Christmas. Didn't this year just fly by? Well I think it did. My sister started her Ornaments series here are some pictures of them.
You can see them on our slideshow on our blog and of course you can also find them at our etsy store. She will be adding crystals to the ornaments, so we will be updating those photos once the crystals have been added. These have been machine embroidered.


We've been featured on this link. Hoenstly this was a great surprise I had forgotten all about this feature I had signed up for. She did a great job in the feature and I was so excieted about it that's why I have to write about it and have to place 2 links on my blog about it . Can you tell I am excieted!!!! We have been featured before on "thereddoor" about our craft space, which was abit embassing due to the pictures of our mess LOL!!!! you can see some pictures here . Here is mom (Irene) making some of her purses and wallets, she was a bit embassed when I took her picture, but I told her I had to; that someone wanted to feature us and see our crafting space and working area. She staring laughing she thought that was funny they wanted to see her mess!!

Beginning of Kraftykrew


Hi There , I'd like for all of you to meet "Milo" he was a custom order for my very first customer mrshennejoyner and you can find her at http://www.mrshennejoyner.etsy.com/. Her special order was he have a mohawk and well I did it . It was a first for me I had never added a mohawk to anything before, but doesnt he look great ? I think it turned out the best little octopus ever. I had to down size this pattern due to shipping cost. mrshennejoyner and I had a heck of a time tring to get him to NC for her and the shipping was out rageous , so she suggested that I shrink the pattern, which I did. Believe me "Milo" has ahead circumfernce of 50" and tenticals are approx. 60" long so can you image the size of box he needed, wow that was a job in its self. So now let me introduce you to the newest memeber of the Octopus line the re-sized version. This is "Cleo" she has a head circumference of 30" and her tenticals are 16" so whe is a lot smaller than her big brother. She is up for sale on http://www.kraftykrew.etsy.com/ so come take alook at her and maybe give her a forever home. So now from mrshennejoyner's advice I may re-size alot of my bigger items to smaller items due to shipping costs and make them more affordable to buy.

Craft Fair


Hi all , we are now getting ready for our first craft fair in Fresno ,Ca at J&D Embroidery Shop. This is where my sister , Fances, has her classes and where she buys most of her machines and equipment. This is a first for D&J's and a first for us as Kraftykrew. We will be working hard for the next 2 months creating and designing new items for the craft fair. So be patient with us we may have to neglect our etsy shop for awhile but keep your eyes on us. The new designs may end up on our shop. These are a few new items that I , Rita , created for a christmas givaway for MAU Studios from etsy .com. So these are about to make their debute at the craft fair and they will soon to available in our shop. Let me introduce you to Thumbkins Buddies. There is Olen the Tool Man, Lil'Miss, Woofy, and of course Paw-Paw Kitty all Thumbkins Buddies. I'll be creating new little Thumbkins Buddies and we'll see what I come up with. I have so may ideas floating in my head I wish I had more time in the day to do all that I want and not to sleep. I have so many drawings and sketchs in my pad that I want to finally create, but be patient and I'll get there and you may be surprised we'll see :~)
You can visit MAUStudio blog at http://maustudios.blogspot.com/ She'll be having these little guys with the next couple of days so maybe she'll have them on her blog so follow them on their trip.