Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Wicked Awesome Duct Tape Notebook!

So we've been having a great time the last few months, experimenting with duct tape, and trying out various ideas of ways we can use duct tape for crafting!

One of the crafts I was particularly drawn to when I first began playing with duct tape was duct tape paintings. Basically a duct tape painting is when you create/recreate a picture using ONLY duct tape. Usually it's on a canvas, but it can be on any sort of base. As soon as I got the idea to do a duct tape painting, I knew exactly the picture I wanted to "paint".

Wicked is one of my absolute favorite musicals, and I've always loved the cover of the playbill, with Glinda whispering to Elphaba. I got it into my head that I needed to recreate that picture, using nothing but duct tape!

Back when we saw Wicked, I had purchased the big, souvenir program, and I used tracing paper to trace the picture off the front of the program. I used a non-spiral notebook as my base, and began mapping out which colors would go where, and the best ways to go about recreating this picture. I got side-lined for a while when I couldn't locate a cream colored duct tape to use for Glinda's skin, but I finally got my hands on a tan that -while a little darker than I'd wanted- would work well enough.

I didn't want to do any of the small details or facial features, because I liked the idea of it being more simple; but at the last minute I decided to add the red lips on Elphaba, and I think it was the perfect touch!

It came out exactly the way I pictured it, I couldn't be more pleased :) Now onto my next "painting" which is going to be a My Little Pony picture
for my goddaughter! Crossing my fingers that it turns out just as great as the Wicked notebook did :)

Monday, December 2, 2013

Minions - A Peek Behind the Curtain!

Meet our Minions from Despicable Me and Despicable Me 2! Aren't they TO DIE FOR??? Each one is about 10 hours of crochet work. They stand about 16-22 inches tall (they are each unique!) Anyone who sees one of these amazing minions in person wants to know how we possibly created such an adorable little guy all out of crochet! So we thought we'd give a little behind the scenes information on how they are created :)

All the various parts are crocheted separately, and attached to the main body of the minion assembly line style. Which means we'll have the following scene lying about the living room...........

Which can be a little bit creepy LOL! But once they are assembled they are the most amazing little guys :)  We leave all the pockets open so that the minions can put their little hands in their pockets, or they can keep little treats in there!
We are working on creating accessories and outfits for our minions as well! A maid's outfit like the one in the movie is in the works, as well as other minion characters - if you have a favorite minion that you'd love to see a crochet version of, leave it in a comment! We love new ideas :)

Our kids LOVE these little minions, and have put them on their Christmas lists! They are incredibly huggable and squeezable!

If you are interested in a minion of your very own, email us at!
Also, if you like the Reindeer Games house in the second picture, check out our friend's website, She is AMAZING!

The Cyber Monday Giveaway Winners ARE.....

Thanks to everyone who entered, we really appreciate it, and we promise there'll be more giveaways in the future! The winners are....

Grand Prize- OvertheCounter!! You have won a free scarf or hat, please email us at to discuss the details! You have also won $10 to be used at our etsy store, at :)

Consolation Prize 1- Sarah!! You have won a duct tape wallet, please email us at to discuss the details! You have also won a 20% discount to use at our etsy store, at :)

Consolation Prize 2- Glenda!!You have won a duct tape wallet, please email us at to discuss the details! You have also won a 20% discount to use at our etsy store, at :)

To everyone else who entered, thank you so much for playing :) If you haven't subscribed to our blog yet, make sure to do so, so you don't miss the next giveaway!

Friday, November 22, 2013


To celebrate the holiday season, as well as to celebrate our grand opening, Busy Bee Stitchery is hosting a Cyber Monday Giveaway!! Cyber Monday is the biggest internet shopping day of the entire year, and we hope that you keep Busy Bee Stitchery in mind when you're scouring the 'net for great deals! The prizes were chosen specifically because they aren't only great if you want to keep it for yourself, but they are also great items to give as gifts!

One winner is just no fun, so instead, there will be THREE winners chosen!

Grand prize (one winner) will be a hat or scarf* from Busy Bee Stitchery AND a $10 gift certificate to use in our Etsy store!

The consolation prizes (two winners) will be a duct tape wallet of your choosing (you can choose from the over 30 duct tape prints we have), AND a 20% discount coupon to use in our Etsy store!

*Does not include the Packer scarves

To enter this awesome giveaway, please do the following:

1.) Subscribe to our blog - on the right hand side of the blog page, there is a subscription box. Just type in your email, and hit submit :)

2.) Favorite our Etsy shop

3.) Make a comment on THIS blog post, telling us one of your favorite holiday traditions!

To earn an extra entry into this giveaway, please follow us on twitter (@BusyBeeStitcher) and follow our Pinterest page! ( In your comment, mention that you did these two steps, and we'll add your name a second time into the drawing :)

You may earn an extra entry every day between now and December 1 by commenting once each day :) You cannot make more than one comment in a day, however.

Winners will be drawn early morning on Monday, December 2 (JUST in time for Cyber Monday shopping!!) All the entries will be put into a hat and a name will be drawn randomly for grand prize, followed by two more names drawn randomly for the consolation prizes.
We will reply to your comment if you win, so make sure you check back to see if you're one of the lucky winners, OR leave an email address in your comment, if you'd prefer us to email you. 


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Some frame their first dollar bill...

But that's kind of hard to do when you're an internet based business, and your money goes through paypal! So I thought it would be fun to save our very first review! Of course we had reviews when we were two separate businesses (and lots of awesome ones, might I add!), but this was our very first review since our merge!

Thank you very much, Kimberly Jordan, for leaving such a lovely review, and making our day! We thought you were pretty amazing as well :)

This shop did an amazing job with my order. I requested something she had never even heard of and she was able to research it, and when I received it, it came out even better than expected. I got my grandsons each a duct tape wallet, each with a different design, and they are going to LOVE them. I would highly recommend this shop!

Four out of Four stars!! GOLD stars, at that :) Here's to many more stars in the future!!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

It's Wallet Weekend!

This week, behind the scenes at Busy Bee Stitchery you'll find the girls hustling to make duct tape wallets! The girls at BZB (which is the acronym they use when they're too lazy to type out their full name!) were lucky enough to be able to work with a buyer for a middle school's school store, who ordered FIFTY duct tape wallets!! And they have about 10 days to create those 50 wallets!!!

When the girls were first contacted about the idea of creating a bulk amount of the wallets for the school store, the buyer was thinking between 25 and 40 wallets. The next day she said it would most likely be 30 wallets, but she had to get the order okayed by the committee. Later that afternoon, the buyer said the committee LOVED the wallets (YAY!) and wanted 50!!! Before November 28!! There was lots of ecstatic squealing and cyber high fiving (since all this took place through texting and emails lol)- what an awesome order to receive, to commemorate the beginning of the girls' newly merged business! AND THEN some panic set in, and they realized there was a LOT of work to do lol.

So Brooke immediately went home and set up home base for duct tape wallet production!

Here is the center of all the wallet producing hub bub! Look at all that green tape lol!

Just taking it one step at a time, so first things first - time to make 50 wallet bases! There's about 20 here....

The star of the show! The Creeper wallet. This will be the end result....Multiplied by 50 lol!

Because Brooke likes to break it up a bit, after every couple hours of making Creeper wallets she takes a little break and makes a different kind of wallet for Etsy and other shows....tonight she worked on Duck Dynasty wallets!

It'll be a very busy 10 days here at Busy Bee Stitchery, that's for SURE!!!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Welcome to our new blog!

I'm so excited to announce our new blog, Busy At Busy Bee Stitchery! We'll be using this blog to keep a little behind the scenes diary of what goes on here at Busy Bee Stitchery :) There's always new projects being worked on, fun craft nights being planned, crazy shopping trips, Sarah and Rachel trying to get Brooke out of bed for an early craft show...we'll post lots of pictures, and keep everyone up to date on the happenings of the girls of Busy Bee Stitchery!