Sometimes it’s worth investing in some cool craft gadgets for your troop! Or, as a gift for your favorite troop leader! We hope that this Crafty Gift Guide will help lead you in the right direction for your favorite troop leader, troop mom, or just generally crafty friend! This equipment and supplies will really step up your game. And pay attention to the $300 savings on that laser printer! Supplies are limited on that one!
Before you point out that a Girl Scouts Cookie Oven isn’t really related to crafts, COME ON how awesome is this?! Why wasn’t this a thing when we were kids? It’s been thrown in for fun! Click the image to enlarge it a bit if you need.
- Cricut Explore Air™ Machine + EVERYTHING Starter Set ($379.99 | Cricut.com)
- Beadsmith RV Beading Loom ($49.99 | Create and Craft)
- Girl Scouts Cookie Oven ($48.98 | Sears)
- Plaid Adhesive Vinyl ($3.25 per roll | Happy Crafters)
- Canon MF212w Mono MFP Wireless Laser Multifunctional Printer/Copier/Scanner (
$399.99$99.10 | Walmart.com)
- Happy Press – 15″ x 15″ – Nearly New T-Shirt Press ( $316.00 | Happy Crafters)
- Singer 8763 Curvy Electronic Sewing Machine ($179.99 | Joann.com)
- Essential 40 Color Embroidery Starter Kit With Rack ($79.99 | ThreadArt.com | 10% off w/ code SAVE10)
- Xyron 250 Create-A-Sticker Machine ($19.99 | Walgreens.com)
- Adult Coloring Books ($5.99 – $24.99 | Michaels.com)
We don’t have to tell you that the Girl Scout motto is “Be Prepared”. The motto, as explained in the 1947 Girl Scout Handbook, means “A Girl Scout is ready to help out wherever she is needed. Willingness to serve is not enough; you must know how to do the job well, even in an emergency.” One of the things we can often forget in our quest to be prepared are that rips and tears can happen, and sometimes a safety pin is not enough!
Here at Girl Scout Guide we were given a Quick Stitch Sewing Kit complimentary to review. Having a sewing kit on hand is very important in all activities and travel – from troop camping trips to day trips, weekly meetings to awards ceremonies. You never know when a badge might come loose or an inconvenient hole may need a few quick stitches on the trail.
The Quick Stitch Sewing Kit is compact for sure – measuring at 4.5 x 0.8 x 4.8 inches it weighs just 3.7 ounces according to my package scale. It’s easily slim enough to fit unobtrusively in any duffle bag, backpack, or suitcase. It contains 24 stainless steel needles in 8 sizes contained in a plastic case, 12 spools of thread in assorted colors, stainless steel scissors, a seem ripper with plastic cover, 2 aluminum needle threaders, a tape measure, 2 straight pins, 3 white opalescent buttons, a safety pin, and a thimble. It retails on Amazon for $11.95.
The kit we received was actually missing it’s thimble, which isn’t a big deal to us because none of us use one, but it might be a big deal to you if yours comes up missing.
For all that’s contained within this kit, it’s remarkably lightweight. It doesn’t add any bulk to a day pack or even a larger purse, though it might be somewhat cumbersome for a fanny pack or smaller purse if you travel light on troop outings. It is relatively thin, so it can easily tuck into some pockets out of the way within those larger bags.
A distinct downside is that there’s only one lonely safety pin. Being the all-stars of any travel emergency, safety pins are invaluable when on the go, so we recommend tossing a few extra into your kit before heading out. While small, there’s still plenty of room within the zippered walls of this kit to hold some extras.
The stainless steel scissors are a HUGE bonus and very easily justify the price. Yes, you can get less expensive travel sewing kits, but those flimsy scissors won’t work if some serious repairs are needed while out with your troop on a hike, day trip, or other situation where you may not have a real pair of scissors around otherwise. The seem ripper is also handy to clean up a mending job and not necessarily have to do more serious repairs once you get back home. It’ll be like it never happened!
The variety of threads is nice, though they are rather small spools. They include your basic primary colors, the required black and white, and even some pastels and browns to cover your bases. There’s no orange or purple, but if you find yourself using more oranges and purples and less of the other colors, you could probably substitute some spools from cheaper travel kits or throw in a wound bobbin from home.
The zipper is secure, so even if you include some other odds and ends like we’ve recommended, they won’t end up falling out all over your bag waiting to stab you or get tangled up in a zipper. The kit has hard sides, so you don’t have to worry about those pointy scissors poking through either.
Whether you’re going out for the day with your troop on an adventure, or spending a few days reconnecting with nature on a camping trip, we highly recommend having this Quick Stitch Sewing Kit on hand. If the size is a little big for the type of bags you like to travel with, it’s also a handy item to have with your regular meeting supplies or “backstage” for an awards ceremony to fix up your uniform and patches in a pinch. The price might be a little high for you, but it’s actually on the less expensive spectrum of kits with comparable items inside that are on the market, so it is the best value for your troop budget dollars.Read More
Halloween inspires so many delightfully devilish crafting projects that it is no wonder there should be a celebration! Enter to win the Cricut Halloween Giveaway, where you could win a Cricut gift card for $50, $75 or even $100! Winning designs will be posted on the Cricut Facebook page!
Here are some designs that I found on the Cricut site to get your creative juices flowing. If you need to stock up on your Cricut supplies in order to give your designs that extra bit of spook, great news—Cricut offers free shipping on all orders of $31 or more through 10/31!
Good luck, and may the best ghost or goblin win! Submit your Entry to Cricut’s Halloween Contest here!Read More
With the rise in more exotic names of children these days, Personalized decor for kids’ bedrooms and play spaces is in more demand than ever! Oopsy Daisy offers lots of kids room decor & wall art that i appropriate for all kids and lots of personalized items.
At Oopsy Daisy, you can find personalized canvas art, growth charts, night lights, lamps, birthday banners, and placemats. Growing up, my grandparents marked our growth on a door jam in their house, and all these years later unfortunately that door jam has been lost to the ages with the selling of their house. Portable growth charts are a great alternative when families are more mobile these days.
Boy do we have an Oopsy Daisy coupon for you! Through the end of the year, you can save 15% off all room decor at Oopsy Daisy with code DL15. Take advantage of these savings today!Read More
Yes, you read that right! It may be blasphemy to suggest that cookies be enjoyed with a beverage other than milk, but to celebrate National Girl Scout Cookie Day, the fine folks at Wine Club Reviews & Ratings have paired your favorite Girl Scout cookies with the appropriate wine to enjoy them with! Check out their article to learn about wine paired with Girl Scout Cookies!
Some of their wisdom:
When snacking on these shortbread cookies with lemon-flavored icing, grab a buttery Chardonnay like the 2009 Cambria Chardonnay from Uncorked Ventures.
Go give the entire article a read here: Pairing Wine With Girl Scout CookiesRead More