December 11, 2016

I love my job. I get to be surrounded by crafty, creative people and wonderful craft supplies every day. But like most crafters, I would love to have more crafting time. Time, or lack of it, is why I especially like quick projects.

Today, I decided to try a project that...

December 4, 2016

I love holiday crafts and decorating! How about you? This year for our Window Wonderland we transformed paper, pop sticks,and styrofoam into a charming winter scene. Choosing a simple color scheme, in our case using only white and silver, really helps pull it all toget...

November 6, 2016

Two years ago today, The Create Exchange opened it's doors for the very first time. Looking at the pictures from our little 800 square foot shop on 9th St., it's easy to see how much we have grown.  We moved to our wonderful Czech Village location after only 5 months,...

October 22, 2016


Organizing, or reorganizing, your craft supplies can be fun, overwhelming, and challenging, but the end result is so worth it. Having things organized helps in many ways. Whether you have a whole craft room, a craft store, or just a dresser or closet, managing...

September 25, 2016

    The last few days have been a blur of activity. I am physically and emotionally exhausted. A major flood is on it's way to our community, expected to hit it's highest level just about 24 hours from now. 

    There are really no words that can truly express...

September 16, 2016

     I have to confess something...I am a lazy crafter. I love projects that require minimal fussy measuring, cutting and preparation. I like to make things that are quick, easy, and cheap, preferably using things I already have or can pick up from aroun...

September 3, 2016

     I love fall! It's my favorite season. It's the time the of year we celebrate the harvest season, often crafting and decorating with all sorts of things, like colorful fall leaves, pumpkins, hay stacks, and of course...scarecrows. Scarecrows have been used, around...

August 26, 2016

     Button, button, who's got the button? I don't know about you,but, I love buttons. My grandma started my love affair with buttons when I was an itty bitty little girl. If I was good, I got to play in her button box. I was fascinated by all the different shapes, col...

August 20, 2016


Remember going to the beach, the feeling of sand squishing between your toes, using your hands to smooth it , or build a sand castle? There's just something about sand that most people can't resist. Well, sand isn't just for the beach. It's a fun, versatile art...

August 12, 2016

It's been an exciting week at The Create Exchange! I attended a very inspiring Visual Marketing workshop Wednesday morning and was lucky to have Main Street Iowa and Anna Woodward here in the store in the afternoon, to help us transform our window display. Anna showed...

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