gettin' crafty in austin + the burlap bag


Last week I was invited by my dear friend Becky to a fun girls night of bead decorating and bonding at The Burlap Bag in Austin. Becky, who co-hosted the event with Rachel of The Crafted Life, is the craftiest person I know, and she's an expert in all things adorable, so I had a feeling the night was going to be both fun and fruitful. My photo darling Briley Noel was brought on to capture the event, and I knew my new friend Chelsea would be there, so I headed to the cutest shop in town after work.

When I arrived, there were already a bunch of crafty babes getting down to business snacking on sweets from 2Tarts Bakery. Bowls of wooden beads covered the tables, along with every color of paint you can imagine.

Because I know you're dying to know, I'll share the secret I learned for painting beads: masking tape! Roll a generous strip of masking tape around a wooden skewer, about 1/3 of the way down, and then just slip a bead on the skewer and get to painting! No need to worry about how to hold the bead and paint at the same time! Brilliant, I tell you!


After we finished our necklaces and key fobs, it was time to explore the many treasures of The Burlap Bag! The shop is known for its handmade soy candles, which come in the most fabulous scents like Unicorn Puke, Puppy Love, and OCD, but they also carry tons of goods from local artisans. I took home a Crazy Cat Lady scented candle, and I'm definitely going to have to go back soon to get one of those felt banners to hang above my desk.


Thanks to Becky of The Pink Samurai and Rachel of The Crafted Life for putting together the event, and thanks to The Burlap Bag for hosting! I promise to share a better pic of the necklace I made eventually, but until then, here's a better 'gram of it.


  1. This looks like exactly my kinda shindig! I want one of those soy candles...

  2. crazy cat lady smells like citrus! it's a little grapefruit-y in my opinion. apparently all cat lovers love the candles, which is how they got their name!

    and YES! you could definitely make some big ole beads. it was too easy and so fun.

  3. Awesome! This looks like so much fun! I would love to make giant bead necklaces and have one of those soy candles called Queen of Farts!

  4. Chelsea Laine FrancisFebruary 25, 2015 at 5:54 PM

    <3 you lady!!

  5. 1. you are the cutest
    2. now i want to craft with you on top of doing a taco tour of your home state

  6. What an adorable event! I want more things like this in my life. Of course, I also learned at camp that I really don't have too many 3-dimensional crafty skills... but I can stick to two dimensions just fine :)


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