Monday, September 13, 2021

Repurposing

Repurposing has been all the rage for some time now. Social media is full of photos of how to reuse doors, shutters, outdated furniture, and more. It's so much fun to scan Pinterest, or watch home decorating shows to see the creative ways people turn old into new. We at Cruisin' Creations love the challenge of turning old household items into keepsakes in the form of pine needle baskets, keyrings, and ornaments.

Shopping garage sales, antique stores, and flea markets is a great way to find unique items to repurpose. While that spigot handle may have seen better days or that kitchen tool may not be suitable for use in food any longer, each may work very well as a center for one of Cruisin' Creations baskets. Old necklaces and bracelets are a great source for beads to use as accents and handles as well as using the pendants as centers for our baskets, keyrings, and ornaments. 

To date we've repurposed a number of items including potato mashers, pendants, trivets, drawer pulls, painted trays, and spigot handles. Here are photos of some of these items.

Contact us if you have an item you would like to turn into a family heirloom to be cherished by family members for years to come.










Turn your unusable keepsakes into an heirloom pine needle basket, ornament, or keyring.

Do you have an old kitchen utensil, broach, trivet, drawer pull or other item that you no longer use but can't part with? Does it have holes around the outside edge? Perhaps it would work as a repurposed basket, keyring, or ornament? 
If this is something you would like to do please contact me at dbabin731@gmail.com. Send a photo of the item along with approximate dimensions.  

Until Next Time...

Diane


Thursday, August 5, 2021

Announcing A Shop 'Til You Drop Event!

Are you looking for a place to get out and do some serious shopping? We've got you covered! You'll find exactly what you're looking for at the Hamilton County TWIGS craft fair in Speculator, NY on August 12, 2021. Shopaholics will be in Heaven as they shop the 150 handcrafted and food vendors throughout the grounds. This is a juried show so you know all of the offerings are handcrafted by local artisans and are the best quality. Pick up items for gifts or treat yourself to something special. Enjoy lunch at one of the food trucks that will be on site.

Of course, Santa will be there with his Santa Snacks. Santa Snacks are delicious gourmet seasoned pretzels that Santa and the elves make! Did you know that he is introducing a new flavor this year? Stop by to sample and let Santa know if it's a yay or a nay.



Cruisin' Creations will be selling her handcrafted pine needle coiled baskets, keyrings, and ornaments. There are many new styles that will be on display for your viewing pleasure and purchase.

Both Santa Snacks and Cruisin' Creations will be in the pavilion. 

Come on out and support the Hamilton County TWIGS! 

Who are the Hamilton County TWIGS. They are a philanthropic organization that supports the ambulance service in Speculator, Wells, and Piseco. They also fund scholarships for students interested in a career in the medical field and donate to the Oak Mountain Ski Patrol and Speculator Primary Care Center. TWIGS is a acronym for The volunteers Working to Increase funds for the Growing needs and Services of Hamilton County medical personnel.

Where do I go?

We'll see you at the Speculator, NY ball fields at routes 8 & 30 on August 12 from 9 am - 4 pm. They're adjacent to the firehouse and across the street from Lake Pleasant.

Make sure you wear your walking shoes! Also, we recommend that you bring plenty of cash since cell service is spotty in the Adirondacks and vendors' credit card readers may not work.

Here's a preview of Cruisin' Creations offerings!









Until Next Time...

Diane


Friday, April 9, 2021

New Offerings

The first six months of any year are a time for us to build inventory for the upcoming craft show season. This year is no different although I seem to be working slower than normal. Here are a few baskets that will be available for sale at our upcoming events. All have been stitched with colorful nylon thread and sealed with polyurethane. All are beautiful as decorative pieces as well as useful when needed. Use as bread or fruit baskets, as candy dishes, to hold your keys. Sizes and prices vary. 

Click the link under each photo to view more details about each basket and to purchase.


https://www.etsy.com/listing/974549007/blue-and-green-pine-needle-basket?ref=shop_home_feat_1&frs=1


https://www.etsy.com/listing/924207726/purple-pine-needle-basket?ref=shop_home_active_20&frs=1


https://www.etsy.com/listing/847108549/florida-seashells-in-resin-pine-needle?ref=shop_home_active_14&frs=1


https://www.etsy.com/listing/946825395/beach-scene-pine-needle-baskets?ref=shop_home_active_17&frs=1


https://www.etsy.com/listing/968464313/blue-butterfly-pine-needle-basket?ref=shop_home_active_8&frs=1


https://www.etsy.com/listing/975089409/yellow-and-black-bee-pine-needle-basket?ref=shop_home_active_1&frs=1&cns=1


https://www.etsy.com/listing/975060431/blue-flower-pine-needle-basket?ref=shop_home_active_4&frs=1


https://www.etsy.com/listing/938130407/elk-pine-needle-basket-with-handles?ref=shop_home_active_18&frs=1


https://www.etsy.com/listing/961232276/wood-slice-pine-needle-basket?ref=shop_home_active_6&frs=1


https://www.etsy.com/listing/519583418/seashell-pine-needle-basket?ref=shop_home_active_13&frs=1

Visit our Etsy shop - cruisincreations.etsy.com for details and to view other basket and ornament options.

Upcoming Events

We are looking forward to starting our 2021 craft show season in July at The Northville Woodworkers and Fine Arts Show!


Until Next Time...

Diane


Friday, January 22, 2021

Free Shipping!

 2020 was a year of challenges and a time to try new things. People did more cooking at home including baking bread. Not a bag of flour nor a package of yeast could be found for weeks. We felt like we had won the lottery when we found either. And we all know the toilet paper situation.

Cruisin' Creations tried some new things as well. New basket bases were used, new basket designs were created, and new charms were used in our ornaments.

One thing we tried that was very popular was free shipping. Because of the popularity of our free shipping trial we have decided to offer free shipping on all orders of $35.00 or more in our Etsy shop.

It doesn't matter whether you purchase one basket worth $35.00 or more, or any combination of baskets, basket supplies, ornaments, jewelry display covers, and face masks. If your order totals $35.00 or more it will ship for free.

So do a little virtual shopping in our Etsy shop to pick up: 

~ one of a kind gifts

~ one of a kind items to enhance your decor

~ display covers for your jewelry displays

~ pine needle basket supplies to make your own one of a kind pine needle designs

~ cloth face masks to add to your collection

Where can you find all of these things? cruisincreations.etsy.com 

Check back often as new items are added frequently. 

What's New?

Here are a few new pieces we've been working on!



https://www.etsy.com/listing/946825395/beach-scene-pine-needle-baskets?ref=shop_home_active_1&frs=1







You'll find these baskets and more at cruisincreations.etsy.com

Santa Snacks Update

As many of you know, Santa sells his delicious gourmet seasoned pretzels at many of the same events that I am at. Over the years you've enjoyed his cinnamon- sugar (Prancer's Pieces), garlic-dill (Blitzen's Bits) and Southwest (Rudolph's Red) pretzels. Did you know that Santa has a new flavor for 2021? He's developed his own version of Honey-Mustard (Comet's Crunch). It is wonderful! Look for Santa at the booth next to Cruisin' Creations at our events.

Upcoming Events

We are working on our events schedule and are hoping to see many of you in 2021. You can keep up with our events schedule by checking the upcoming events section on the right side of our blog.

Current scheduled events are:
July 16 - 18 - Northville Rotary, Northville NY
August 12 - Speculator, NY 

You can also shop local at The Schenectady Trading Company, 609 Union St, Schenectady, NY or visit our website, cruisincreations.etsy.com

Until Next Time ...

Diane

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Your Help Supports Those In Need

The Quest for Grace Foundation logoEach year, Cruisin' Creations selects a local charity to donate a portion of its sales to. In 2020, your purchases helped support The Quest For Grace Foundation. The Quest for Grace Foundation has provided clothing, and other items to foster children in the Capital Region. 

As we begin 2021, we continue to help those in need. This year, we will be donating a portion of our sales to the Albany Housing Coalition, Inc. The Albany Housing Coalition provides housing and supportive services to more than 100 homeless veterans in the Capital District.
Albany Housing Coalition Logo
 
We wish you and yours a happy, safe and rewarding 2021. We hope to see you soon!

Until Next Time...

Diane

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Giving Back To The Quest for Grace

Each year Cruisin' Creations selects an organization to sponsor. Throughout the year a portion of sales is set aside for the chosen organization. In December of each year a donation is made to the organization based on annual sales. 

The organizations that we select are local and serve a population that needs much support. The mission of The Quest for Grace struck a chord with us; we knew that it was the perfect organization to sponsor in 2020.

From their website:

"Since 2005, The Quest for Grace Foundation has provided clothing, and other items to foster children in the Capital Region. The Foundation operates solely on donations and good will. Every item is free and nothing is sold.

Founded on the premise that "every child is a gift," we seek to make a positive difference in the lives of these children. We hope that our efforts help lighten the burden of neglect, indifference and abuse and let foster children know that someone cares for them."

While they are unable to accept tangible goods this year, and their fundraising events have been greatly curtailed, monetary donations are always appreciated.

You can learn more about this worthy organization at http://www.questforgrace.com/about-us/

Won't you consider making a donation to The Quest for Grace? Any amount is appreciated.

Until Next Time...

Diane

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Suffering From Craft Show Withdrawal?

Are you a self described craft show junkie? Are you suffering from withdrawal because most craft shows have been canceled for 2020? 

There is a solution!

Craft shows have gone virtual. Imagine shopping from the comfort of your own home, not having to battle crowds or jockey for position at a booth. You won't have to worry about social distancing, mask wearing, hand sanitizing, air purifying. Sounds heavenly, doesn't it? An added bonus in shopping these virtual shows is that you are purchasing some very special gifts while supporting small businesses who have been hit very hard this year because their main sources of income have been canceled.

Cruisin' Creations and many other very talented artists are participating in the following virtual shows. Please visit by copying and pasting the web address into your web browser.

~ The SUNY Oneonta Virtual Craft Show 2020 from Oct 2 - Oct 23 at https://www.facebook.com/events/1101440323522978/?active_tab=discussion                                      

~ 45th Saratoga Springs Virtual Holiday Marketplace Craft Show from Nov 14 - Nov 28 at http://saratogacraft.org

~ Of course, Cruisin' Creations is always open at cruisincreations.etsy.com and Facebook.com/cruisincreations12!                                                                

I know, it's not the same as visiting a show and touching the merchandise; however, there are a couple of options for you do just that as well!

~ Vine & Branches Gallery, 441 Main St, Bennington, VT 05201 Open Tues - Sat 11:00 am - 6:00 pm, over 40 artists display their wares in this adorable little gift shop.

~ The Shaker Heritage Society Holiday Market, 25 Meeting House Rd, Albany, NY 12211 Open Wed - Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm and Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm, 80 artists have their handcrafted designs available for purchase. The Holiday Market is open from Oct 7 - Dec 19.

Here's a sampling of what can be found at Vine & Branches Gallery, The Shaker Heritage Society, and our Etsy shop.

Choose from our Adirondack Series of birch bark baskets, wildlife baskets, walnut slice baskets, fluid art baskets, seaside baskets, and ornaments with pineapples, pigs, patriotic images, flip flops, and many more. Key rings are available at Vine and Branches Gallery and The Shaker Heritage Society. Please message me if you would like a key ring shipped to you.
















While not the same shopping experience you can still shop your favorite artists and pick up some very special gifts for your loved ones as well as yourself.

Until Next Time...

Diane