say “I love you dad” with a gift from the heart

June 10, 2014

Fresh out of ideas for Father’s Day? This year surprise dad with a handmade present…get the kiddos in on the action!

diy dads gifts

They will love being part of the process. Just pick your favorite, gather your supplies and in no time–you’ll have a very unique gift for dad on his special day.

Meet the manly version of the flower bouquet….a collection of all dad’s favorite treats! You will find the complete instructions on the One Creative Mommy Blog.

Break out the art supplies and let the little ones go wild decorating these Creative Neckties for Dad. Head over to Meet the Dubiens to get all the details on this fun DIY Father’s Day craft for kids.

Do you remember this fun activity from way back when? We found the instructions for this cool retro craft–a  Shrinky Dink Money Clip over on the BuzzMills Blog.


How would you describe your dad? This year you can create an entire collection of Father’s Day Hero Stones and let him know exactly you feel.  These rock paperweights will also come in handy for his desk at the office.  You’ll find all the details on Crafts by Amanda.

Here’s a way to help dad keep track of his keys…you can spell out whatever you’d like on this DIY Father’s Day Key Chain.  Head over the the HelloBee Blog where you will see how this cute craft can be done in just a few minutes.

Does your dad dream of roaming the aisles at Home Depot? With an old glass jar, a store ad and a few other supplies you can create a useful  Tool Bench Pencil Holder to store his supplies.  This ingenious idea came from the No Time for Flash Cards Blog.


Don’t forget to make dad a card–little feet and handprints add the finishing touches to this cute Superhero Father’s Day Card that Stacey shares on her blog, Glued to My Crafts.

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my berkley art bash picks

June 9, 2014

Tis’ the time of year where talented artists fill four blocks of 12 Mile in downtown Berkley for the 13th Annual Berkley Art Bash.  Since our first catching fireflies shop is located in the middle of it all and it is a Chamber of Commerce sponsored event,  I’ve had the pleasure of directing this show for the past ten years.  It’s hard to resist all the amazing goodies that will be for sale this Saturday so I’ve been doing a little pre-shopping.

lily ryanI have recently treated myself to a nice slr camera and a couple of lenses and it just happens to be the lovely Lily Ryan makes special bags to tote those around… so I do believe I need one of these pretties.

smished dominion I don’t plan on going on safari any time soon, but you don’t need to go to Africa to grab one of these uber adorable crocheted elephant heads from Jane Rennalls.  I already own this one and am looking to add a bunny or bear to my collection soon!

lead head glassI’ve been on a bit of a plant kick lately and although I like pretty pots… I think one of these terrariums by Lead Head Glass would look quite magnificent in my abode.

Marna McGlinn

And speaking of pots… I cannot get enough of Marna McGlinn’s  work!

Jodi lynnSince my husband, Steve is a bit of a fanatic about cycling… I think this print by Jodi Lynn needs to go in our new home office.

Ruthie KieferGus’ dog collar has seen better days so we need to pick out a fun print from Ruthie Kiefer for summer.

marcy davyI love the look and feel of Marcy Davy’s canvas prints.  I can envision this one in my imaginary cottage up north.

jill hamiltonWith our third international daughter heading home this June, I need to sneak of few of these buttons by Jill Hamilton in her bag before she heads back to Finland.

jennifer allevetoFabric, felt and pure cuteness… cannot resist these little pops of sunshine for my walls by Jennifer Allevato.

bucuraCome summer my everyday wardrobe consists of cute comfy skirts so I will definitely have to peruse through Julie Crouse’s selection.  Each one is unique because they are made from a variety of second hand t-shirts.

So that’s my top ten for this year.  I invite you to peruse through our 120 artists to make yours or better yet, come on out and see all these fantastic goods in person this Saturday from 10-6.  And did I mention catching fireflies’ annual GIANT SIDEWALK SALE will also be going on all day?  There are tons of great deals to be had at delirious discounts!  Visit for more info.

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2014 dad’s day gift guide

June 7, 2014

Dad’s big day is just one week away!  Show him how smart & thoughtful you turned out… Select the perfect present early and get it gift wrapped for free!  We also offer complimentary delivery to our shops for all online orders.   
Here are a few finds to make your gift giving a breeze.  Shop ALL DAD’S DAY goodies HERE

Dad’s That Have Everything

gifts for dads who have everything

1.  Who said you can’t teach an old dad new tricks? This book will kickstart new knowledge  $9.95

2.  No dad’s wallet should be without the amazing pocket monkey tool.  This credit card sized creature can perform 12 amazing feats that will make any guy look like a hero in a time of need.  $12.95

3.  Never drop another screw or nail again when you wear this handy magwear wristband  $18.95

4.  Create a custom license plate sign for dad’s office, man cave or garage  $6 per letter

5.  Why use ordinary toothpicks when you can have bacon flavored ones!?  $2.95

6.  If your pop’s gotta an itchy back, this extendable back scratcher will become a beloved tool quick $7.95

7.  If your dad is the best give him the best!  (or at least let him know where he can find it) $19.99

Dad’s Who Like to Grill

gifts for dads who like to grill

1.  Say goodbye to wire brushes & create a custom grill cleaner using the great scrape  $24.95
2.  Dad can flip his burgers in style while rockin’ to his favorite tunes $21.95

3.  If your dad likes to rock and grill… this bbq fork was designed just for him  $21.95

4.  Make dad the master of the grill with delcious read $24.95

5.  Never be left with an empty tank when you’re ready to cook dinner again with this helpful tank gauge $3.95

6.  Let dad brand his signature into his juice steaks before serving them up with this personalized branding iron.  $21.95

dad's day gifts from kids

1.  Celebrate all the wonderful things daddy does with this sweet book.  $6.99

2.  Remind dad how much you love him every day with this handmade frame $13.95

3.  Spark memorable conversations that may never have happened without the help of go ask cards $8.95

4.  This saying is so simple, yet true.  Remind dad with every cup of coffee how much you love him $14.95

5.  Make dad laugh and melt his heart when you fill out this cute activity book  $9.95

6.  Let dad know he rocks with this sentimental handmade photo magnet $10

Dads Who Like Their Brew

gifts for dads who like beer

1.  Showcase your favorite beer bottlecaps with pride in this clever storage shadow box $23.95

2.  If your dad thinks beer is awesome, you might need to buy him a six pack & add this book to his library $15.95

3.  Keep dad’s bottled beer icy cold to the last drop by using the magnificent chillsner $29.95 set of two

4.  Another way to keep your brew cool is in this unique insulated beer tumbler  $17.95

5.  Why have a boring bottle opener when you can have a beer monster to open your brew?  $11.95

6.  Protect your coffee table and get some good laughs with these wooden beer coasters  $18.95

Dads Who Like Laughs

gifts for dads who like laughs

1.  Give your backyard squirrels a run for their money with this hilarious bungee feeder $14.95

2.  When plain ol’ mayonnaise just won’t do… you need Baconnaise $6.95

3.  Slip one of your favorite family photos in this book for a good laugh $15

4.  Stop dad’s stink with just a few sprays of heavy doody  $9.95

5.  It doesn’t matter the age… farts are the common denominator for loud laughs from guys $10.95

6.  Just a friendly reminder for dad to hang in the bathroom  $12.95

7. Does your dad need some fresh one liners?  Keep him current with this humorous read  $9.95

 Dads Who Are Sentimental

sentimental gifts for dad

1.  Give your dad the opportunity to share his story with you in this handsome journal.  Inside are questions to prompt some of the best stories of his life.  Once filled out, it truly becomes a family keepsake $11.95

2.  Celebrate your family unit with an 8×10 personalized print $24.95

3.  Throw a couple sporting event tickets in this book for a memorable & meaningful gift  $12.95

4.   Skip the ‘Best Dad Ever’ trophy and surprise him with this handmade frame filled with a special photo instead.  $27.95  (personalization available for additional $3)

5.  Let dad know how awesome he with this funny and heartfelt book  $10.95

6.  Just in case your dad doesn’t know… maybe you should get him this sign $9.95

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