"As you take the normal opportunities of your daily life and create something of beauty and helpfulness,
you improve not only the world around you but also the world within you"

Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

{Rachael's Homemade Soap} Review/Giveaway!


I was sooo excited when Rachael from Rachael's Homemade Natural Soap contacted me... and offered to send me some of her soap for review.  I definitely said YES!!

Here is what I received:

Such a CuTe package...

Isn't it BEAUTIFUL!!

She sent me peppermint...and let me tell you...It is AMAZING!!  The color...and the scent...and it  made my hands feel cool and refreshed...and best of is NATURAL!   I definitely love Rachael's Soap...and am grateful that she was willing to share it with me!  Thank you Rachael!!! I LOVE IT!!

Here is a quick peek at a few of the many FaBulouS soaps she currently has to offer:

Honey Almond Oatmeal Soap
Honey Almond Oatmeal  Soap - All Natural - Cold Process

Black Raspberry Vanilla Soap w/ Poppyseeds
Black Raspberry Vanilla Soap w/Poppyseeds - All Natural - Cold Process

Grapefruit Gingersnap Soap
Grapefruit Ginger Soap - All Natural -Cold Process

Pick 16 Bars of Soap - YOUR CHOICE - All Natural - Cold Process

She also makes and sells these CuTe scrubbies:

Rainbow Cotton Bath Scrubbies - Set of 5 - Pick your Favorite Colors


Rachael wanted to give away 3 bars of soap and 3 scrubbies (your choice) to one of my lucky readers!

How sweet is she?!!!

Here's how to enter:

1. Visit Rachael's Homemade Soap Etsy Shop...then come back and tell us what 3 bars of soap you would pick. {1 entry}

2. "Favorite" Rachael's Homemade Soap Etsy Shop {1 entry}

3.  "Like" Rachael's Homemade Soap Facebook page {1 entry}

4.  Purchase something from Rachael's Homemade Soap Shop during this giveaway...and mention The Creative Crate in the "notes to seller" will receive 2 free bath scrubbies...then come back and leave 2 more comments and tell us you did! {2 entries} have up to 5 chances to win!

**Don't forget to leave a separate comment for each entry**

This giveaway will end June 8th. 




Thank you {Modern Nana}!!

I am sooo excited...this week Modern Nana  is featuring The Creative Crate on their Blog of the Week!!

Thank you Modern Nana!


Sodderbug WINNER!

Your Favorite Soldier  Custom Photo Charm 2 Sided

And the winner of the custom Sodderbug Photo Charm is......

My Photo

Tiffany said...
I'm a follower of Creative Crate!

Congratulations Tiffany!!  You will be contacted shortly!!! :)

Thanks so much for all who entered...and a HUGE thanks to Janelle from Sodderbug for giving away this FaBuLouS charm!


Friday, May 27, 2011

Creative-ly U Link-Up!!

Welcome to Creative-ly U Link-Up!!!!

You are welcome to link-up:

*DIY Projects & Ideas 
*Sewing Projects
*Photography Tips and Ideas 
*Crafty Ideas
*Re-Vamps or Redo's
*Ok...pretty much anything creative you would like to add!

**Don't forget to link to your specific post**

Have a Fantastic Memorial Day Weekend!!


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

{FuN} Last Minute Teacher Gift Idea!

These were some FuN key chain wristlets that my sis-in-law whipped up for our teachers this year.  She used two different styles of 1.5 size ribbon {that she bought @ Hobby Lobby} ...and a strip of Warm n Natural quilt batting to place  in between both ribbon layers. 

First she sewed both ribbons together on the outsides...then using a safety pin attached to a strip of Warm n Natural...we worked it through the sewn strips of ribbon {to give it a little more cushioning}.  Then singed the frayed edges of ribbon...then folded them over 3 times...and placed in the key chain and used a clamp to clamp the metal together. { Boy I really hope that made sense :) }

Then I found a picture of a key online...and printed it out and used as a template to have my kiddos trace on some scrapbook paper.  Then they cut out...and wrote their little thank-you notes on the back.  We made one for each their teachers and and their bus driver. 

My sis-in-law purchased her clamp key ring hardware online somewhere...but for the life of me...I can't remember the site...Uggg... but I know you can purchase some on Etsy.   Does anyone else know where to find them??
Anyways...they were a BLAST to make...and would really make a FanTasTiC gift for anyone!

Happy Crafting!


{Sodderbug} GIVEAWAY!!


I am CraZy EXCITED to introduce you to Janelle from Sodderbug!

"Hello! My name is Janelle and is my little corner of the internet.
I am the owner of Sodderbug and Founder of Miles for Smiles. And? I'm mom to two children who keep me running. I like to stay busy but also love to nap every day for 2 hours while my kids nap! I love to run and have completed 4 marathons. In fact, it was a marathon that led to the start of my business - it never occurred to me that I would become a designer of custom jewelry.

While in Chicago preparing to run the Chicago Marathon, I stayed with a friend. She was excited to take me out and show me the town that weekend, but all I wanted to do was see her craft room. She took me down there, taught me how to solder - which was merely one of her hobbies - and I spent the weekend distracting myself from the anxious feelings that can come just before running a marathon - and I was hooked!"

Here is a peek at a FEW of the many amazing photo charms that she has created:
Your Favorite Soldier  Custom Photo Charm 2 Sided

Your Favorite Soldier  Custom Photo Charm 2 Sided

LoVe them!!!

Now for the Giveaway!!

Janelle is offering to give away 1 custom photo charm with FREE shipping to one of my lucky readers!! {a $48 value!}

How AWESOME is that??!!!

Here's how to enter:

1.   Visit Sodderbug on Facebook  and "Like" them...then come back and tell us you did.

2.  If you follow The Creative Crate...go ahead and leave another comment and just remind me :)  {Thank you!!!}

That's it!!  Only 2 chances to win.

*Please leave a separate comment for each entry*

Giveaway will end  May 31st!



Monday, May 23, 2011

Creative-ly U Project Parade!

Here is a quick peek at a FEW of the many FanTasTiC projects that were linked up over the weekend!!

DIY Ruffled Binkie Clip @ The Copycat Crafter!

 Summer Flip Flops @ Ms. Smartie Pants!

Under $100 Bedroom Makeover @ Thrifty Decorating!


Vintage Wedding Decor Idea @ Wayward Girls Crafts

Fabric Flower Tutorial @ Being Creative!

DIY Photos on Canvas @ Living Up!

Appetizer Idea: Crab Crackers @ Day In the Life of a Mormon Mommy!

Pop Up Camper Re-do @ KoKoBabies!

Wool Felt Headbands @ Living Craftily Ever After!

Duct Tape Checkerboard @ Jelly Beans-n-Crafty Things!

A "Berry" Fun Gift Idea with Printable Tags @ Today's Fabulous Finds

Baby Dress and MaryJanes @ Holy Craft!

Thanks for linkin' up!!!


Friday, May 20, 2011

Creative-ly U Link Up!!!

Welcome to Creative-ly U Link-up!!
Go ahead and link up:

*DIY Projects & Ideas
*Sewing Projects
*Photography Tips and Ideas
*Crafty Ideas
*Re-Vamps or Redo's
*Ok...pretty much anything creative you would like to add!

**Don't forget to link to your specific post...and...if you'd like show some creative love...comment on at least 3 other links around yours! We all love comments :) **

HaPpy Weekend!!


{FuN} Summer Earings!!

How CuTe are these Chevron Painted Earrings that Jen made over at Craft-O-Maniac!

Sooo FuN...and LOVE the color combination!!

To check out her complete how-to...go  HERE!

Jen...thanks so much for sharing!


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Chocolate Dipped Oreos!! YUM!

Check out these Fun Chocolate Dipped Oreos from

I am a HUGE fan of Oreos {mint to be exact} when I saw this...I was in LOVE!! 

Who would have thought Oreos could be so PRETTY!
LoVe it!!

For a complete tutorial on this FaBuLouS idea...go HERE!

Amanda...thanks so much for sharing!!

Don't stop here...Click on "OLDER POSTS"!!