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  • Sneaker Recycling at Nike

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    Andi
    28 Jan 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Have you seen the playgrounds that are made up if rubber pieces instead if gravel? It’s recycled rubber and some if it is sole of sneakers. I was headed near the Nike outlet store so I dropped off several pairs of old sneakers to give them new life as Nike Grind. Visit the website to find a location near you. © Andi for udandi, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Pinterest The post Sneaker Recycling at Nike appeared first on udandi.
  • Crafts Made with Coffee Filters

    Inner Child Fun
    Valerie
    28 Mar 2014 | 4:09 am
    These crafts made with coffee filters are quick, easy, and fun to make! I love crafting with coffee filters because I almost always have some on-hand for a quick craft to keep the kids entertained on a rainy day, or whenever inspiration strikes. Added bonus — For little ones who love to paint, coffee filters […]The post Crafts Made with Coffee Filters appeared first on Inner Child Fun.
  • Studio Quality Product Photography With a $12 Set Up

    Handmadeology
    Viau
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Learn how to get professional looking product photography with $12 worth of equipment. Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • how to print + cut in the Silhouette Studio V3 update

    claudine hellmuth
    claudine hellmuth
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Silhouette has come out with a new and much improved update to the Version 3 software that was released a couple weeks ago. Whew! I am so glad! I use my cutting machine to print and cut my printable kits so I am mainly concerned with how that process works and this update is so much better. It opens my SVG files correctly, handles layers better (still some tweaks needed but this is a big improvement), they also brought back the cut/no cut settings. It's generally more user friendly for print and cut. Yippee! So today I filmed a little video tutorial how to set up SVG files…
  • My Rag Doll & a Giveaway

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    heatherbailey
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    I must tell you about this gorgeous new book from Corinne Crasbercu. With beautiful photographs, classic designs, and even darling little sketches and watercolors mixed in throughout, Corinne's new book, My Rag Doll, is a visual treat. Here is just...
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  • how to print + cut in the Silhouette Studio V3 update

    claudine hellmuth
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Silhouette has come out with a new and much improved update to the Version 3 software that was released a couple weeks ago. Whew! I am so glad! I use my cutting machine to print and cut my printable kits so I am mainly concerned with how that process works and this update is so much better. It opens my SVG files correctly, handles layers better (still some tweaks needed but this is a big improvement), they also brought back the cut/no cut settings. It's generally more user friendly for print and cut. Yippee! So today I filmed a little video tutorial how to set up SVG files…
  • sweet shoppe themed chocolate party

    claudine hellmuth
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    I got an email from Karen of the Elderberry Street blog, with link to her blog and when I clicked over I saw the AMAZING chocolate themed party that she created for a women's retreat all themed around my Sweet Shoppe cupcake box kit!1) beautiful table set up with vintage jars, tins and packaging2) you can see here they even re-created my drawing from the front of my Sweet Shoppe on the cake! 3) look at how many Sweet Shoppe kits she created - 53 boxes total! 4) make sure to visit Karen's blog to see more pics - you won't want to miss the "cake" centerpieces she created from vintage…
  • i'm in professional artist magazine!

    claudine hellmuth
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    I was thrilled to be interviewed a few months ago by Kristen Fischer for an article in The January 2014 issue of Professional Artists Magazine! I can only show a little sneak peek but you can purchase this issue as a digital copy here.
  • free printable easter bunny ears

    claudine hellmuth
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    How about a freebie! I've created a bunny ears printable that you can download and make. Perfect for Easter or maybe just because you wish spring were here already -  after this crazy winter, I can't wait for the spring weather!!Here's my friend Amy's adorable son,  Alfredo modeling the ears for you! Thank you Alfredo for being such a good sport! Don't miss Amy's fabulous blog here!CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE BUNNY EARS PRINTABLE!  -- file is approx 2MB  To download from the preview widget above, click the arrow button on the bottom right. This will save the high res file…
  • silhouette studio V3 software update

    claudine hellmuth
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Silhouette just released a new version of their software, Silhouette Studio Version 3, I'm using the Designer Edition.I downloaded the software and tested it out, and filmed a quick SVG print and cut tutorial. I made sure to keep Version 2 on my computer and I recommend doing that if you can, or just waiting to download the update until they make any additional changes. There's quite a bit of internet buzz about it so I am sure more changes are coming as they get feedback from everyone who uses it. If you have already updated, or just want to see what it looks like, here's a quick little…
 
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    HELLOmynameisHeather

  • My Rag Doll & a Giveaway

    heatherbailey
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    I must tell you about this gorgeous new book from Corinne Crasbercu. With beautiful photographs, classic designs, and even darling little sketches and watercolors mixed in throughout, Corinne's new book, My Rag Doll, is a visual treat. Here is just...
  • Spring

    heatherbailey
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:43 am
    New artwork is on its way to the mill. I pretty much have to disappear for a while in order to make that happen. Then, spring comes: lunch dates, time to help friends who are grieving, maybe I cook a...
  • Run for Travis

    heatherbailey
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    You know you want it...and you can have it too. Remember to vote EVERY DAY in the Bernina USA Faceplate Face-Off to increase your chance of winning this luxury machine. Voting ends 4-14-14, so set a reminder. Also, if you...
  • Pining for Excitement?

    heatherbailey
    23 Mar 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Vote TODAY for the Heather Bailey sewing machine in Bernina USA's Faceplate Faceoff on facebook. Vote every day through 4-14-14 and you can win this rockin' $1900 luxury sewing machine. Pretty awesome giveaway. Set a reminder. Let's make this retro-modern...
  • The Words Between the Words

    heatherbailey
    20 Mar 2014 | 12:57 pm
    While I've had some exposure in my life to the inadequacies of the english language, it is confirmed for me this week that words can never match the depth of feeling our souls experience in times of great joy and...
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    Tim Holtz

  • teaching@ scrapper’s playground in june…

    tim holtz
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    i’m excited to share the news that i will be teaching at scrapper’s playground june 7th – 8th, 2014.  believe it or not, this store has been on my teaching wait list for 7 years – crazy right?  well i’m thrilled to be able to finally book the store to teach workshops – click here for more info.  hope so see you there…t!m
  • happy easter and class winners…

    tim holtz
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:03 am
    we wanted to wish everyone a happy easter – enjoy this day and all that it means to you…t!m & mario.     thank you all for sharing your excitement for the upcoming  Online Card Classes’ Watercolor for Cardmakers.  it’s going to be a colorful and creative class, so congrats to the following TWO winners for a seat in the class.  please email mario@timholtz.com to claim your prize… 1. Linda E: You are such an inspiration to me. I don’t know where you find the energy to do all that you do. But God bless you for sharing your amazing talent with all of…
  • online card classes giveaway…

    tim holtz
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:32 pm
    You don’t have to be an Impressionist painter to create watercolor masterpieces! Explore the many different (and easy!) ways to create beautiful watercolor effects in Online Card Classes’ Watercolor for Cardmakers. Join Kristina Werner, Jennifer McGuire, Jennifer Rsaza, and friends (including me!) for a fun-filled, all-video, two-week course packed with inspiring, approachable techniques. Starting with easy soft sky washes and progressing to darling hand-painted images, this class is tailor-made for the both the aspiring artist and the cardmaker who wants to add to her go-to collection…
  • sizzix easter candy holders…

    tim holtz
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:59 pm
    easter is just around the corner, and that also means…candy time!  here’s quick and creative idea for candy holders to use in easter baskets or just sweet gift giving using some of my favorite sizzix dies.  keep in mind this idea can be used for any holiday or celebration throughout the year, just fill them with your favorite goodies and enjoy…t!m supplies: sizzix movers & shapers dies/pillow box/in the bag, sizzix mini die/bunny, sizzix crease pad, sizzix vagabond, sanding grip, paper stash/seasonal, paper string/stripes, glossy accents, scissors, cellophane…and…
  • congrats mini distress ink winners…

    tim holtz
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:12 pm
    what a fun day this has been to celebrate the release of three new mini distress ink kits with our all day giveaways!  thanks for playing along on social media (there’s still time to win on facebook, twitter, and instagram so be sure to check it out) and for all of the great comments you’ve posted here on the blog.  it’s been great to share the excitement for these new mini distress inks to be shipping.  so if you see your name (and your comment) congrats on being a blog winner…t!m please email mario@timholtz.com to claim your prize of one of the new mini distress…
 
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  • links: misc

    megan
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:10 am
    How To Clean Tarnished Silver Jewelry — Jewelry Making Journal. Getting rid of the tarnish on silver jewelry using stuff you have in the house already and without (much) polishing, nice. Back Of The House: The Life of a Cook’s Illustrated Test Cook | Serious Eats. NPR’s April Fool’s Day Prank Was An Absolute Masterpiece, at Filmdrunk. Very clever! Cool Tools – Kitebuilder. A site all about building kites, with tips and plans. A Goose That Lays Golden Eggs by Geraint Krumpe of Y Line Product Design — Kickstarter. This product scrambles eggs inside the shell without…
  • Easter Egg Food Color Palette

    megan
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:47 pm
    If you need to do some last moment Easter Egg dying these instructions will help you create simple, vibrant eggs using supplies from the grocery store. A few years back I spent some time using good old fashioned food color to dye very saturated and vibrant eggs for my Easter Surprise Eggs project. I wasn’t quite happy with a few of the colors made back then so this week I set out to refine the process and what went from an easy and cheerful activity quickly turned into obsessive madness as my kitchen and dining room were turned into an egg dying laboratory. Timers were used, results…
  • Giant Kinder Surprise Eggs

    megan
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:27 pm
    My Easter treat for this year is a couple of giant Kinder Surprise eggs. Look at how big they are! It’s shown here with a regular sized Kinder Surprise Egg for scale and a Mini Kinder Egg which I added because I happened to find them in a local shop. The Mini Kinder Eggs are filed with hazelnut paste and bits of hazelnut. They are delicious and I recommend you grab some if you see them. If you’d like to see what was in my giant Kinder Surprise eggs click through for all the details. (If not I’ll be back later with a spectrum of vibrant eggs dyed using food coloring!) The egg…
  • links: technology

    megan
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:28 pm
    PSA: How To Take Good Care Of Your PC | Best Of MetaFilter. I still primarily use PCs. Solidoodle 4: Testing the home 3-D printer. At Slate, via The Morning News. “Consider: Once upon a time, people purchased sewing patterns (like a program from Thingiverse) and yards of fabric (like filament) and they made their own clothes. I wasn’t alive back then, but I’m pretty sure the process sucked. It took lots of time and effort and the clothes were often amateurishly constructed. … Most people would much rather just get their clothes from a store—already assembled by people…
  • My Favorite Fancy Toast: Ajvar and cheese

    megan
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:05 pm
    I’m sure you’ve seen the stories about artisinal toast in San Francisco and lately news has been talking about the toast trend hitting Seattle, but I remember fancy toast being here years ago. There was a cafe called Nervous Nellie’s (now closed) that offered coffee and interesting toast. There was cheese, and jam, and jam and cheese, and a red pepper relish. I tried it because I’d never heard of it and I really liked it. A whole lot. It was savory and tangy and a nice change from the usual sweet breakfast offerings. Nervous Nellies is closed now but I tracked down the…
 
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    Wee Wonderfuls

  • nice to see you, wee wonderfuls

    Hillary Lang
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:37 am
    Well for once I have to thank PTA for keeping me so busy I wasn't fretting over my blog & shop being missing for days. Thanks for all your emails! I am still here. Here are random photos to prove it.  We had warm weather. It was soooo great. We got a ton of stuff done outside and I felt way more motivated indoors too. I even cleaned up the pile of fabric I dumped on the floor of the craft room 3 months ago. But now today is chilly again and windows are shut. Boo.  I'm dying for warmer weather. Easter was fun, and warm! Short sleeves! I felt craftmom guilt about the baskets.
  • wee bunny

    Hillary Lang
    7 Apr 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Some tiny bunnies are popping up around the house. I started them over a month ago and just now am embroidering faces on them. I used the wee bunny freebie pattern and I shrunk the PDF down to make them smaller.  Thanks for the vacation advice! We did end up taking a minibreak and it was very fun. My big joke is that we got so bored we decided to risk the kids' lives and went to City Museum in St Louis. Wow that place is something. I'm gonna pretend I'm the cool parent and say how it was amazing and a super awesome blastfest. I won't tell you about the part where I about…
  • obsessed with escape

    Hillary Lang
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:09 am
    Spring break here again. I vowed last year that this year we were going to get the heck out of Chicagoland this year. And then we punked out again. We were going to drive to Tennessee and kick around there but then the forecast wasn't looking great so we bailed. Of course now it looks awesome there. Drat. So now I'm focusing on Summer vacation. I'm still having all the same problems. We're on a budget, tight budget. We have no miles, no points, no one travels for work. So it's us, the minivan and whatever hotel we can find cheap. I haven't been on Groupon in…
  • millet muffins

    Hillary Lang
    24 Mar 2014 | 9:25 am
    Do these look appetizing? I don't know how food bloggers do it. I always think of putting pics of what I'm eating on the blog and then I look at my photos and am like ew, no one wants to see that. Even though I make what food bloggers make. I have chocoloate chip cookie energy bars in my freezer that are delicious but look nothing like those. I can never make it look pretty enough. Even with instagram. Anyhoo, these millet muffins are delicious. Trust me. Don't trust my family. They won't go near them. Of course these are the people that devour butter braids at 8am. Does…
  • how I'm coping with a crappy Spring

    Hillary Lang
    18 Mar 2014 | 10:58 am
    Work on scrapbooking a Spring that was awesome! March 2012. Flowers are up, bike riding in bathing suits, bonfires. Those were days my friend.
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    Make and Takes

  • Yogurt Parfaits with Homemade Granola

    Nina
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:08 am
    Now that spring is well underway, it’s time to focus on another all-important and quickly approaching holiday…Mother’s Day! It may seem like it’s a long way off, but in reality, it’s only 2 1/2 weeks away! Now that that has been cleared up, it’s clearly time to start planning celebrations for our mamas. Mother’s Day brunch is a classic tradition, and is one that my mom loves, so what better way to celebrate Mother’s Day this year than with a brand new brunch recipe? My mom has always loved brunch, and the brunch dish she’s famous for is a…
  • Make Plant Markers from Popsicle Craft Sticks

    Francine
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:31 am
    Gardening time is in full swing now, and plant markers are a great craft to work on this month. They serve two purposes: to distinguish between similar looking seedlings, and to add some color and whimsy to your vegetable and herb garden. Plus this simple craft is great to do with kids! Supplies for Plant Markers from Popsicle Craft Sticks: Wooden popsicle sticks Acrylic paints including black Sharpie or other permanent markers Paint brushes Foam stamps PVA glue (like Elmers or ModPodge) Wood glue Step 1 The first step is to construct the markers with the popsicle sticks. a. Brush some wood…
  • Drawing Game for Kids: Pick an Object, Pick a Scene

    Amy
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am
    Here’s a fun drawing game to play with your kiddos – we named it Pick an Object, Pick a Scene. The basic idea is that you have to figure out how to incorporate a random object (or person, animal, food, etc.) into a given scene. With about 5 minutes of set-up, and some paper and crayons, you’ll be ready to play this silly drawing game. Your first job is to think of scenes and objects and write them on small slips of paper. The kids can write their own, or dictate their ideas to a grown-up. The more random the objects, the better! You might end up drawing a scuba-diving monkey…
  • Homemade Potato Chips with Dill Veggie Dip

    Marie
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:17 am
    Have you ever made your own potato chips? They are the best. Super fun to make and you’ll be craving them at least once a week! Add a bowl of Marzetti® Dill Veggie Dip and you’re set for a Friday night par-tay! This dill dip is a great compliment to their salty goodness! Recipe for Homemade Potato Chips Ingredients: 8-10 medium sized golden russet potatoes 2-3 cups cooking oil – I prefer canola oil to heat on a high heat for long durations salt Marzetti Dill Veggie Dip Tools: potato slicer and cutting board – you can use a sharp knife, mandoline slicer, or the…
  • Sewing with Kids: Felt and Fabric Flowers

    Amy
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:14 am
    I had my hand-sewing basket sitting out the other day, which reminded my girls that they hadn’t sewn anything in a long time. We had to remedy that, of course! With spring on our minds, we decided to make some flowers using our (over-flowing) bin of fabric and felt scraps. Sewing buttons is fun, and a little bit challenging, so this is great work for little fingers. Supplies for Felt & Fabric Flowers: colored felt scraps fabric scraps buttons colored embroidery floss large needle scissors This is a very open-ended sewing project that your kids (and you!) can be creative with. The…
 
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  • delia's needlepoint and portland bakeries

    amy k.
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Delia finished her first needlepoint recently. She was happy doing cross stitch but when she saw me try needlepoint, she was eager to start. She chose this pattern from a book and picked out her own colors, and off she went. She's now back onto another cross stitch project and heavy into making rainbow loom charms. She learns them from this you tube channel, Made by Mommy. Unrelated: I recently went to Frice Pastry, an amazing bakery new to me, and was so happy I made the stop. I found quite a round up Portland bakeries over at Under the Table with Jen.  I am glad to see I've…
  • chocolate cereal nests

    amy k.
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:51 pm
    We spontaneously made some chocolate cereal nests yesterday. I had 3/4 of a box of very unpopular shredded wheat cereal, unsweetened, and didn't want to get rid of it, so I melted a bag of chocolate chips and stirred it all up. I had made these before years ago and it was fun, but kind of a mess and hard to shape. These were so much easier and fun to make. I used the food processor to make the cereal fine and crossed my fingers that one bag of melted chocolate chips was enough for about 3/4 of a box of finely chopped cereal. After a lot of stirring, it was just fine. Adding shredded…
  • tulips and zip lines

    amy k.
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:59 pm
    We went to the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm over the weekend and the tulip fields were amazing. There were plenty of other activities as well. You can go just for the tulips (parking is $10) but everything else—the food and activities, add up real fast. Zip lines, paintball archery, rock climbing, and this crazy jumping thing. The hippie in me wanted a little less of all this extreme un-tulip like activity and a little more nature craft, but the girls had a blast. Watching people totally eat it on the the mechanical bull was very funny. Angie thought it was lovely.
  • the last few days

    amy k.
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    Dinner at Tilt with the Ladies. I can still feel my biscuit sandwich a day later. The pies were very good. I streamed Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, with the Bee Gees, while I was sewing for the girls' upcoming ballet show. I loved this movie when I was little and now that I watch it again I marvel at how it got made. It's so bad, confusing, boring, and wonderful. Peter Frampton's white overalls are outstanding. How could I have forgotten Steve Martin was in this movie? I am knitting my first shawl and really digging it. The idea of grabbing a yarn and needles, casting…
  • embroidery wall—newest additions

    amy k.
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:57 am
      I finished my first needlepoint project and am so happy with how it turned out. I used a pattern from this book and just stitched until it felt done. The frame is 8" x 8" and the mat opening is 5" x 5". This is stitched in hand-dyed silk. Next up will be my first crewel work project. I'm really excited. Here's how our needlework wall is looking. I'm prepared for the fact that the girls might want to have their pieces in their rooms eventually. For now, they are happy to have them up here, which I love. It's the first wall you see when you come in…
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  • auction for catherine

    julie thompson
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:41 pm
    I don't usually jump in to something without really thinking about it.  But when I saw that Jenn (noodleandlou) was organizing an art auction for Catherine Thursby (redshoes), I couldn't respond fast enough.  Catherine is one of my first and oldest blog friends and a crazy-talented artist.  She has always supported and encouraged me (and made me laugh).   I have a stash of items that I could contribute but I was more like the girl with a closet full of clothes but nothing was good enough.  I needed something new.  I'll leave out the messy details but I wanted the art to…
  • tiny portraits

    julie thompson
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:20 pm
    The front bench of our school sometimes has a box or two of school supplies that someone has donated; generally just dated stuff (but sometimes very cool vintage stuff).  A couple of weeks ago someone donated several boxes of art supplies. Like really good art supplies.  All kinds of art papers and a big bundle of prismacolor pencils.  I grabbed an armful of stuff and knew exactly what I wanted to make.   I needed to donate something to our school auction and always wanted to create something using artwork from my students.  I cut 2x2 squares and asked each kid to draw a self-portrait.
  • my trunk

    julie thompson
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Yes, I've shared lots of pictures of my living room here.  When the light comes in at the end of the day I just can't resist trying to capture it.  But this time I am writing about my trunk. It's from my dad's family (nothing with a family history or anything...just discarded trunks from my grandpa's time as a night watchmen at a charity hospital in the 1930s).  My mom painted this for me when I was in high school.  It traveled with me to college, to my first job in Detroit, and back to St. Louis.  I used it as a night stand for all of those years and finally…
  • mad hungry

    julie thompson
    23 Mar 2014 | 6:41 pm
    We are ending our Spring Break here.  It has been a great week of cleaning and refreshing.  I could seriously use another week of it.  Jack came home from school last night to begin his Spring Break and the mom in me thought I should make a nice "Sunday" meal while he's here.  A recipe for Chicken in Milk popped up on my Pinterest.  I love Jamie Oliver recipes and found a regular measurement version of it here.  There was a general uprising along the lines of "we always have chicken" (which is completely untrue).  It was crazy delicious and crazy easy.  There…
  • etsy jewelry

    julie thompson
    19 Mar 2014 | 2:16 pm
    I think shopping for jewelry on etsy is like a needle in a haystack (I just checked...there are over 2 million listings for "necklace").  Technically, I can make my own jewelry.  Buy chain, attach pendant, done.  But I really can't do it nearly as well as someone that meticulously crafts jewelry.  Julie at Puffluna makes beautiful pieces using handmade elements, vintage findings, sterling and oxidized silver; even the clasps are pretty and sturdy.  The hand-hammered silver circle is my new "wear it everyday" necklace.  I haven't worn the green one yet but…
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  • garden roses

    pamgarrison.typepad.com
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Well, I sure had some fun this morning! With all the excitement (and frustration) about Typepad being down, then up, then down yesterday, I didn't think to go out front in search of Earth Day fodder for my sketchbook. Let's just say I continued the celebration for another day. Garden lovers are in the Earth Day appreciation spirit regularly anyway, right?!? I couldn't believe all the roses that were perfect for plucking this morning. Even though I live in Southern California and our wheather really doesn't require our roses to be cut back for winter (especially this non-winter…
  • happy earth day & hooray! typepad is up

    pamgarrison.typepad.com
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Hello and Happy Earth Day! After seeing all that Mary Ann has been up to with her recent in depth exploration into sketching etc., of course I'm inspired to play at it myself a little. I thought Earth day was the perfect excuse to take my lunch outside and have a date with my little black book.  (This is the watercolor set shown above.)  This set, similar to this watercolor set, is about half the price, still fun.   I fear that my excitement about Typepad being back up was a little premature. I'm hearing you still can't see my blog. Boo. I was just so…
  • creative ongoings

    pamgarrison.typepad.com
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:05 pm
    What are you up to today? Is it starting to finally resemble spring for those of you that have had endless winters? I hope so. It's a sunny day here with a light breeze which has me itching to go to the garden center and spend time outside. Maybe a little later. For now, I'm doing a little wrap up and clean up on some ongoing creative pursuits around here.  I've committed to a hem length on the top/dress shown in last post and am getting ready to stitch that down. Pockets next. Once I finish stitching it I can change my thread color and stitch up the linen number that's…
  • sewing clothes

    pamgarrison.typepad.com
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Hello there! Hope you've been having a good week. I very unexpectedly took a turn this past week into sewing clothes. I have not tried to follow a pattern for sewing something I'd wear since 7th grade Home Economics (I've said it before, but it bears repeating; Home Ec and Typing- yes, it was typing, not keyboard, but the same skill applies and for that I am grateful daily- were two of the most useful classes as far as life skills learned goes.) It was seeing various instagram posts of artist Jen Hewett's versions of this pattern that got me started. Seeing this one that…
  • friday, the colorful edition

    pamgarrison.typepad.com
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Lots of color to be seen around here today: 1. Cleaning up I found a long ago started re-use project, just looking at the box of diamonds brings so many ideas of how I want to use them to mind. 2. Have you seen the new forever stamps from the USPS? Lovely. 3. I've done a few more rows on the crochet blanket in progress, it's patiently waiting for me to finish it up. 4. New items for my Project Life catch up to be done.  5. Fabrics, in all sorts of colors, waiting to be chosen for a new project I'm dying to start. I'm not going to allow myself to yet, I have too many…
 
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  • Anemone

    Anne-Julie
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:50 am
    Anemone – © 2014 Anne-Julie Aubry Prints available in my Etsy shop / Repros disponibles dans la boutique Etsy
  • New Jewelry Shop Update!

    Anne-Julie
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:12 am
    Eng/  Bonjour everybody! I hope you’re doing great :-) Before talking about the next jewelry shop update, I wanted to let you know that I now have an official Newsletter YAY! I created it through a great website called Mailchimp and I can’t wait to send my very first newsletter this week. In case you can’t see the button, or if you are reading this post by email, here’s the direct link to subscribe to the Newsletter http://eepurl.com/RyZb5 . If you have already subscribed to the blog, let me say the official Newsletter will be different since I will talk about…
  • Down the Rabbit Hole – Alice in Wonderland

    Anne-Julie
    4 Mar 2014 | 1:09 am
    “Down the Rabbit Hole” – Alice, adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carrol Eng/ It’s finally time to show you the entire illustration of “Down the Rabbit Hole”. I am so happy about this new piece, not only because I worked on probably my most favourite book of all times, but also because my style evolved to a new (little) level of details and shading. 10 limited edition prints (paper size 16×24″ or 40x60cm – image size: 14.1×20″ or 35,3x50cm) on Fine Art, Hahnemüle paper are available @ 120€ (approximatively $165) + shipping.
  • New in the shop

    Anne-Julie
    1 Mar 2014 | 1:32 am
    Eng/ Hello everybody :-) I’ve been working on lots of things this week, especially special commissioned orders. I also added new pocket mirrors in the shop this morning! Find them in the shop ❤ And for the occasion I offer pocket mirrors at $6.50 only instead of $9.50 for the whole weekend! That means 30% OFF. (Offer valids March 1st – March 3rd). Go grab yours in the shop section! Have a fantastic weekend my dears! Fr/ Hello tout le monde :-) J’ai bossé sur pas mal de choses cette semaine, en particulier des commandes spéciales pour mes clients. J’ai aussi ajouté…
  • Next (online) Gallery Show

    Anne-Julie
    21 Feb 2014 | 7:38 am
    Eng/ Hey everyone, hope you’re doing great! I’ve been working a lot on illustrations lately, and especially one for my next online group show with gallery Curiosités; “My Master and Me” (in French “Mon Maître et Moi”) is the theme of this show, and I’ve been kindly ben invited by the lovely June Leeloo to participate to this show. No one else than Lewis Carroll can be a Master for me (well, that’s not true, I have other ones!) I cannot cease to get inspiration from this book, “Alice, Adventures in Wonderland” which truly changed…
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    How About Orange

  • Painting the dresser

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    I've finally gotten around to painting the Craigslist mid-century Drexel Touraine dresser for the dining room. It looked like this before:I primed it with Zinsser Cover-Stain oil based primer and then tried out Sherwin Williams ProClassic Waterbased Acrylic-Alkyd Enamel. It's one of the new "hybrid" paints that acts like oil, but is actually water based. The paint store assured me it has great leveling properties so brush strokes will disappear, but that didn't prove to be the case for me. The surface looks quite brush-strokey despite my efforts to lay it down quickly and not over-brush it.
  • Free fonts: Intro Condensed

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:16 pm
    The Black and Light versions of Intro Condensed are available for free here from Fontfabric. Personal and commercial use are fair game! These are two useful freebies, I guarantee it. Elegant, clean, and geometric. If you need more weights, buy up all their brothers and sisters and cousins at MyFonts.
  • Fabric sighting: store window

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:55 pm
    I stole this photo from The Needle Shop's Facebook page and shamelessly pasted it here. There's a rule that when you're excited to see your name on a store window, you have to show everyone you know and lots of people you don't. The shop is promoting my mini home decor fabric collection, Arrow. The print is inspired by airport signage; I had travel on my mind. (I made Arrow a logo and marketing materials, too, just for fun.) I expect there will be more Arrow sightings here in the next couple weeks since I can think of a few nifty projects people are working on— I'd love to share the…
  • Easy origami egg holders

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:37 am
    These easy origami egg cups are folded from 6" squares of origami paper. They took me just a minute or two each, and any decorative paper will work. You could whip up a bunch and put one at each place setting for Easter brunch. Coordinate the paper colors with a flower centerpiece and wrap the vase with a strip of matching paper. See how to make your own with this video tutorial by YouTube user 1petiteSorciere. Cute!
  • How to make a folding camp stool

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:12 am
    Here's the guest tutorial I mentioned yesterday: a DIY folding stool made from scratch! This project uses more of my new Arrow fabric and makes a great side table, footrest, or portable seat. Here's LiEr to tell you how to make them. - - - - - - Hello! I am LiEr and I write a craft blog ikatbag that is part fabric, part cardboard and, occasionally, wood. Today, I am happy to be here sharing how to make these little wooden fold-up stools.I made these stools in Jessica's new Arrow fabric for my three girls, in two sizes. The smaller one is for my 6-year-old and the two larger ones are for my…
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    The Soap Bar

  • Food Soap Challenge

    Joanna Schmidt
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    One of the reasons I post challenges on Soaper's Retreat on facebook is to push your abilities to express yourselves and the photographs you take of the masterpieces you make.  In life and in work, I always feel like if I don't push the envelope or think outside the box, in my work, or anything else I do, will just be overlooked, be plain, "pedestrian"... and like everyone else's.  So this challenge, The Food Challenge, was to use a food item, never used BY YOU before in your soaps.  I was clear in my food challenge description, that failures (meaning that if the food item…
  • What To Bring To A Soap Conference - Guest Blog Post

    Joanna Schmidt
    18 Mar 2014 | 7:42 am
    There are soap conferences and gatherings all over the country, from the huge Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetics Guild Annual Conference to regional gatherings like Central Soapers Workshop, Alabama Soap & Candle Meeting, Tennessee Soap and Candle Social, Mid Atlantic Lights & Lather Artisans, and so many more!For most of us, saving our pennies is the beginning and by the time we set sail for the conference, we're losing our wits! Plus, if you've never been to an industry conference, you might be totally baffled as to what to expect.First things first, most soap conferences…
  • Soap Porn January 2014

    Joanna Schmidt
    15 Jan 2014 | 9:38 am
    I love handmade soap.  I make it myself, but I love to see and use soaps from around the world as well.  I have not been too good about posting Soap Porn on here for a while so here is a little eye candy I know I NEEDED.....maybe a little sexy.....  watch out.  ;)Monica VickersMianra SoapsGayle ButlerGordana MicicAmouri AmofStefanie AlsupThat's it for today.....Get dirty..... Get clean.  Be good.xo Jo
  • The North Street Bubble For Christmas

    Joanna Schmidt
    23 Dec 2013 | 8:21 am
    Marianne Rice of The North Street Bubble sent me an array of gorgeous soaps about a year ago to try and possibly review and I just loved them.  I loved the way each one looked and smelled.  They each had a distinct look about them, and were mindfully handcrafted and sent individually in paper bags ink stamped with the TNSB logo on them.Sadly, I waited so very long to actually get into my shower with them.  Why did I wait so very long to use them??  Have I been so consumed with my own life that I could not muster unveiling one of those suckers for my own use?  Ugh, I…
  • Naked Tops

    Joanna Schmidt
    27 Oct 2013 | 10:53 am
    I created a challenge on Soaper's Retreat to photograph their soaps in natural light (as I always do).  But this time the soaps needed to be naked: no sprinkles, glitter, seeds, nothing on top!  Colors were acceptable, but plain Jane - NO toppings.  They were all stunning, and I just love all of the creativity these people have brewing inside of them.  It consistently amazes me.  Every. SINGLE. Time.There were many more I wanted to include, but there were issues.  Some needed more light.  Some were not using natural light.  Focus is a big…
 
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    zakka life

  • We've Moved!

    jessica okui
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:09 pm
    We've moved.  Please come visit the new site.www.zakkalife.com
  • New Zakka Life Blog!

    jessica okui
    23 Mar 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Today I'm very excited to share that I've created a new and improved Zakka Life site.  Some of you may know that I've been wanting to do this for a very long time (over two years).  Only last year was I able to purchase the zakkalife domain.  And from there, I've been planning what it would look like.  I hope you like the new site as much as I do.  As for this blog, it will remain here. I want to make it easy for everyone to access the past craft tutorials. Please join me over at the new site.www.zakkalife.com
  • Sewing with My Daughter

    jessica okui
    10 Mar 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Over the weekend my daughter and I made this retro doll.  This was the first time my daughter sewed something that didn't have pre-punched holes to guide her stitches.  It was a little challenging for her but I think she did a great job. From the project she learned how to sew a whip stitch. She sewed half of the face and the front of the dress.  I sewed the rest.  At first she thought it was too hard but began to get the hang of it.  We split the project up into three days so it wasn't too daunting.  Towards the end of the project she wanted to sew on the shoes…
  • Happy Girl's Day!

    jessica okui
    4 Mar 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Happy Girl's Day!  Okay, you caught me.  I'm a day late but I still wanted to get a mini post in.  This year we went to the Japanese market just before Girl's Day which meant there were a lot of special treats just for the occasion.  After drooling over all the food and pretty packaging, I settled on this bag of chocolates.  Inside the bag were these cute little Japanese emperors and empresses candies.  They're almost too cute to eat.  If you're wondering what Girl's Day is all about, I've written a post here.
  • It's Never Too Late

    jessica okui
    25 Feb 2014 | 12:21 pm
    It's Never Too Late by Dallas ClaytonI had planned on sharing this book with all of you in the beginning of the new year but time escaped me.  And as the book states, it's never too late so here goes...A few months ago I was asked if I would share It's Never Too Late on Zakka Life.  Even though this is not a craft book, I said yes because Dallas Clayton books are all about inspiring people. What I enjoy about author Clayton is that his positive, seize the day spirit always shines through in his writing.  As stated on the cover, It's Never Too Late is a children's book for…
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    Geek Crafts

  • Geek Knitting: Geek-a-Long Blanket

    Angie
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:47 am
    Greetings geekcrafters! Today I wanted to share with you an ongoing geek project  - Latte and Llama’s Geek-a-Long blanket. They are releasing one geek-themed square knitting pattern each week, including references to Sherlock, Battlestar Galactica, Harry Potter, the DC universe, and Avatar. They have also posted a FAQ for the project. The patterns are free, but they are encouraging donations to Child’s Play. Like any good “a-long” project, it’s fun to interact with others who are working on the same project. It looks like this one has some good participation on…
  • Just in Time For Whatever Holiday You Celebrate!

    AmyLynn98
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    You know what would really bring this room together? A Spock candle! And as luck would have it, Hollywood Soul on Etsy has just such a candle! This white wax candle stands 8″ tall, will burn for around 7 days, and features Spock, as portrayed by Leonard Nimoy. However, if your home or altar or whatever needs decorating, and Spock isn’t quite what you’re needing, Hollywood Soul has candles that feature The Dude, Miley Cyrus, Bill Murray, Steve Buscemi and loads of other celebrities in Photoshopped religious settings.
  • The Creature from the Black Lagoon amigurumi

    AmyLynn98
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:44 pm
    La Chapa, a self described, “hardcore yarnie” from California made an incredible Creature from the Black Lagoon amigurumi. She made him made this for the lovely kittykill in the Vintage Halloween Swap last year on Craftster. Check out her series of photos of him…he’s even got scales down his back and tiny little claws! Unfortunately, he’s going to be a OOAK toy, because La Chapa said she didn’t write down any notes when she was making him, so he can’t be recreated again in all his scaly, yarny glory.
  • Star Wars Crafts: Amigurumi Wampa

    Angie
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    When I was a kid, I was pretty scared during the scene when the Wampa attacks Luke in “The Empire Strikes Back,” but who could be scared of this little guy? Hook yourself up with this great amigurumi Wampa pattern fromAna at MysteriousCats. Also be sure to check out her other Star Wars patterns: Tie Fighter, Imperial Walker and other Star Wars ships. Links of Interest: Amigurumi Wampa pattern More Star Wars crafts at GeekCrafts More Amigurumi crafts at GeekCrafts  
  • Pokeball Jewelry: Gotta Wear ‘Em All

    Angie
    6 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Back in the day, my son was all about Pokemon. He had this set of cards that told little stories about each one, and we would let him pick five to read aloud before bed every night. I also vividly remember making him a Pokemon ABC scrapbook, with all the first 150 Pokemon in alphabetical order. Mother of the Year, I tell ya! It is with these fond memories in mind that I share with you this craft: a lovely matched set of crochet Pokeball pendant and earrings by Linda Potts. She has very kindly provided a full pattern for both. She also has patterns for more than 35 individual Pokemon plush…
 
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    house on hill road

  • Wise Craft - Interview with the author and book giveaway

    Erin | house on hill road
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:36 pm
    My friend, Blair Stocker, writes the blog Wise Craft and has just published a book with the same name. Wise Craft: Turning Thrift Store Finds, Fabric Scraps and Natural Objects into Stuff You Love is jam-packed with a wide-range of crafts. Seriously, there is something for everyone. The book includes sewing, painting, crocheting, paper, paint and more. There are 60 (!!!) projects divided into four sections based on the seasons of the year. The ideas are clever, with some crafts taking merely minutes to others that are more long-term (quilts, etc.) and most use items you might already own or…
  • Creative Assignment: Egg

    Erin | house on hill road
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    I drove home from SewDown Nashville last night. What an amazing weekend! I am completely exhausted, but am filled to the brim with new knowledge and inspiration. Plus all of the ladies were great! Yay for new friends! Today I'm having a hard time getting motivated. That is what staying up to midnight sewing two nights in a row, plus 4 quilting classes will do to you. Still, I have work that needs doing so I made myself a promise that I would clean the studio (done) before any of my new purchases and projects were brought upstairs (not yet done). I was reading blogs (procrastinating) and…
  • Sunday Morning Playtime

    Erin | house on hill road
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:52 am
    We returned home Friday night from a road trip spring break. Final destination: Florida! It was so nice to soak up some warm and get a good fix of Vitamin D. Most years, when we return home after the first week of April, spring is in full bloom at home. This year, not as much. But! The daffodils are up and our magnolia has started to blossom - both good indicators that we are almost there. For that, I am grateful. Three days in the car and a week away from my machine had me itching to sew. Yesterday morning, I pulled out the improv blocks I made a few weeks ago and started by editing what I…
  • Lisette Porfolio/Simplicity 2245

    Erin | house on hill road
    23 Mar 2014 | 6:45 am
    I spent the better part of a weekend in February sewing up this Lisette Portfolio dress. I had been searching for the pattern for awhile (it's out of print) and finally found one at a price I was willing to pay so I jumped in. Kind of. I actually made a muslin of the tunic length to make sure it would fit. It did so I started cutting the good stuff. (Side note: I traced the entire pattern using dressmakers carbon paper and a tracing wheel for the first time. Game changer! Post forthcoming...) The fabric is a Robert Kaufman Union Chambray that has been in my stash for a few months. This…
  • And so it goes

    Erin | house on hill road
    18 Mar 2014 | 9:04 am
    Last night, I read through all of your comments about breaking out of a creative slump for the second time. I so appreciate you sharing what works for you. Thank you! And because I know you are wondering, the winner of the giveaway, Jenny, has been contacted and I'm in the midst of pulling some goodies from my stash for her. I took one suggestion that was repeated again and again to heart and set about sewing something familiar and easy. I started with piecing a bunch of half square triangles. I got in a groove, but still felt a little creatively stilted when I finished. Then, on…
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    Design Mom

  • Growing A Family: Tales From A Birth Photographer

    Design Mom
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    By Gabrielle. Birth photography sounds like it would be one of the most interesting careers, doesn’t it? At the same time, it also must be wildly unpredictable and crazy emotional! Add in the ability to blend seamlessly in an intimate, high-pressure environment, and — yes — birth photography would take some interesting skill sets! So I am excited that Ashley offered to tell us more about it all. And let me warn you: I teared up at least three times when I read her thoughts. Be prepared. Whether you’ve had one baby or a few, or whether you’re still dreaming about it, or…
  • DIY: Monogram Soap Bottles

    Design Mom
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    By Gabrielle. Photos and styling by Amy Christie.  //  This post is brought to you by Office Depot’s #TeachersChangeLives program. Register your child’s classroom, so the students have the school supplies they need to succeed. The end of the school year is approaching fast and I know you’re  thinking about something nice you can do for your child’s teacher. As you may remember, a couple of weeks ago, I wrote about teachers having to buy supplies for their classrooms out of their own pockets (you guys left the best comments!), so it won’t surprise you to hear that I…
  • Twin Cities

    Design Mom
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    By Gabrielle. I’ve got an adventure today: I’m headed to Minneapolis this afternoon! Remember the Mrs. Meyers Clean Day #GetMessyContest I wrote about? Well. The winner was chosen! I’m headed to her house, near the Twin Cities, to host a big craft party tomorrow night. I can’t wait. It’s going to be awesome! And no doubt I’ll be instagramming up a storm if you’d like to follow along. I’m feeling quite nostalgic because I haven’t been to Minneapolis since the summer I turned 16 years old. That’s teenage me above — with big earrings…
  • Living With Kids: Jessica Glorieux

    Design Mom
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Gabrielle. [ Note: House Tour are always, always posted on Tuesday. Except this time. It's an odd week at my house, which makes for an odd posting schedule. : ) ] Imagine relocating from Brooklyn to Austin. The different paces of life and even language would shock even the best of us, right? But a drastic move was exactly what Jessica and her kids needed after a devastating loss. When she told me her story, I lost my words for more than a few moments, but when I found them again all I could think was “Jessica, you are brave, brave, brave.” And that didn’t even begin to…
  • A Few Things

    Design Mom
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Image and text by Gabrielle — we loved our Spring Break trip to Lake Tahoe! Hello, Friends. How are you? Will you be thinking about Easter or Passover this weekend? We have a French student named Victor arriving today, and my mom is coming to town tomorrow! We’re planning an egg hunt on Sunday afternoon here in the wild yard of The Treehouse, followed by a casual family dinner with cousins — The Stanleys and Ferneys. I’m really looking forward to it! But before all of that, my big event is that my permanent retainer — put onto my lower teeth 20 years ago — is coming off…
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    weblog - Mayfly

  • still sewing too

    Alicia Alferman
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Heather asked me to sew some pillows for her with fabric she's been collecting. They turned out quite pretty. I know they'll look just smashing in her beautiful home. I hope she and Matt will like them.And to prove you can always learn something new, I learned to sew in piping and zippers in the same pillow. Thanks, youtube!
  • still painting

    Alicia Alferman
    2 Apr 2014 | 12:33 pm
    I finally got these cute little bedside tables finished up for a friend. 
  • away

    Alicia Alferman
    26 Mar 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Taos is lovely.Everything is just a smidge slower, a little more laid back, more ramshackle. Sun-faded adobe in town, log cabins tucked into the side of a mountain. Hipsters rub elbows with ranchers. The sunsets. The artwork. And the skiing. I could live there, I think. But now we're back home, and that's pretty fine too.
  • and now it's march

    Alicia Alferman
    4 Mar 2014 | 9:51 am
    But still cold and snowy. Phooey. We're trying to make the most of it, though. Chili, split pea soup. Baked goods. Snuggling on the couch. Treehouse Masters marathons. Have you seen that show? We love that guy. Pete's the Man.I took these few photos Sunday evening, before the boys were home from indoor baseball practice but after they called off school for Monday.
  • feb 14

    Alicia Alferman
    18 Feb 2014 | 10:46 am
    Even though today is the 18th, I labeled this post feb 14 since it's about our Valentine's Day. My kids have always been the kids who find a shoebox, cut a hold in the top, decorate it with paper and stickers and call it good. After her friends started bringing their boxes into class, N reallly wanted to up her game. (I blame the darned Pinterest.) So we, of course, searched Pinterest and found this photo. This is the first time I've ever had to even help on the box, and I admit, I did MOST of this one. Oy. Then we found these free printable Valentines and attached heart shaped melted…
 
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    Happy Zombie

  • ID / Badge Holders!

    Monica
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:21 pm
    A ways back I made a little iPhone bag slash ID & badge holder for the 2011 Summer issue of Quilts & More. I’ve since revised my pattern and it’s now available in my shop.  A superfly little badge holder & wallet PDF sewing pattern for fashionable neckwear. The BADGE HOLDER is for everyone and great for retreats, guild meetings, kids’ field trips, trade shows, work ID’s and people who like having their chest looked at. The front of the badge holder has a clear vinyl window pocket, and the back has a fabric pocket. Business in the front, party in the back.
  • Mobile Sewing Center

    Monica
    6 Mar 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Last October I brought Walt home and into my life - my little white (celery) 1964 Singer 221K Featherweight. Since that time, I’ve been trying all kinds of storage and travel solutions for him. Plastic bins with handles. An Ikea cooler. Even a Trader Joe’s bag. Sigh, nothing was working as I wanted it to. I was like Goldilocks in search of finding Just The Right storage for old Walt. While my Featherweight fit in all those containers, there still wasn’t enough room for my tools, fabric and other accoutrements. Because just like that, I had become my grandmother (not a bad…
  • The Traveling Quilts Bee: Another 2 rounds

    Monica
    26 Feb 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Another round of the Traveling Quilts Bee was just at my house, not once but TWICE with both Faith’s and Jacquie’s beautiful quilt-in-progress quilts. If anyone isn’t familiar with our Traveling Quilts Bee, be sure to check out our Traveling Quilts Bee flickr group. I started with Jacquie’s, and it took me a few days of looking at it to figure out what I was going to do. It was not unlit I looked at the quilt through my iphone that I saw the big “t” in the quilt. Again, my iphone is one of my favorite quilting tools. Thanks, Apple! I took that…
  • Homemade Dog Food: Chicken Liver & Veggie Stew

    Monica
    16 Feb 2014 | 4:35 pm
    So I’ve been making homemade dog food, and now my dog thinks I’m practically the Pioneer Woman. At breakfast and dinner time I am a rockstar. My older dog, Liberty, a 12 year old Golden Retriever has been suffering her entire life from a bucketload of food allergies that affect her skin. While we did find a semi-good-for-her bagged food, it still wasn’t enough. It only took me 12 years to figure out I could make Liberty her own food. I’ve had Liberty tested and do know what she’s allergic to (pretty much everything), so I used that as my starting point. I also…
  • Happy Sochi Yum Yum revisited

    Monica
    14 Feb 2014 | 12:52 pm
    While I’m on the subject of the Olympics - also revisited is my Happy Sochi Yum Yum blog post from May 2011 (Wow, really… 2011?! That seems like a lifetime ago.) In 2011 we first got a glimpse of the patchwork we’d be seeing in Sochi. I loved the previews and even more I love how the patchwork has become so prevalent at the Sochi Olympics. Wow. Just wow. Olympics + Sochi patchwork is pinging my two loves. I hope there’s some fabric company in talks right now with Bosco/Sochi Olympic Committee to license the patchwork design into fabric. I need to say that again……
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    One more Moore

  • MoMA

    Morgan
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:57 am
    I signed up to chaperone Kate's kindergarten class to the MoMA yesterday. In all my years that we visited NYC and since we've lived here, I had never been! We saw some amazing works of art: Picasso, Warhol, Lichtenstein. These kids, I tell ya, they get to go on some pretty incredible fieldtrips!  I don't know if modern art is Kate's thing. More than once she said to me "they call that ART?!?!" (not the Picasso- the more subtle art- the strip of red painted wood hanging on the wall). There is a Van Gogh that Henry has been dying to see so we'll have to use…
  • World Autism Awareness Day

    Morgan
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:27 pm
    I'm sure you've heard that it's World Autism Awareness Day today! I talked a little bit about it on my Instagram account this morning but I just wanted to say that we are so grateful to have Charlie in our family. Our family would not be complete without him. I'm grateful for the many teachers & therapists who work their tails off everyday to ensure that Charlie is given the resources and education he deserves and needs. It's not always easy to have a child who is autistic but I'm grateful that it's manageable. He is learning & growing so much. He…
  • Date night with Kate

    Morgan
    28 Mar 2014 | 9:07 pm
    I did it. I dusted off the camera and took it out tonight on my date with Kate. I just downloaded over 350 pictures. I haven't done a dump of photo's in almost a year. There were pic's of Henry's baptism, our summer vacation, Kate being born, Christmas pic's, etc.,. I'll have to share those soon. But for now, I wanted to share some photo's from my date night with Kate! We took the train down to Grand Central Terminal (I always want to call it Grand Central Station but that's not technically what it's called). It's pretty incredible here. I…
  • Happy Friday!

    Morgan
    21 Mar 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. It's going to be in the 60's here so we'll most definitely be outside! (One of these days I'll start taking pics with a real camera again and not my super old iPhone 3! ha ha!) 
  • Happy Spring!

    Morgan
    20 Mar 2014 | 6:49 pm
    On my way to the bus stop this morning, I passed the sweetest little flower shop. I've passed it many times before but today they actually had heaps of flowers out on the steps. My fellow New Yorkers will probably want to kill me when I say that this winter was totally doable (maybe because I was cooped up & in the house for a majority of it!) Last winter was such a beast in central Mass. We FROZE to death and got ridiculous amounts of snow. I mostly feel grateful that our heat was/is free and we stayed toasty warm! My tulip bulbs have bloomed, and I'm not going to lie-…
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    Uncommon Grace

  • Twelve years old!

    Grace
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Today this baby turned twelve years old. Twelve feels quite like something, a dozen years!  I've been thinking all day, in the midst of cake making and celebrating and IMAX movie watching (by the way, so good), about the day she was born, and the time when she was a newborn. Oprah created waves around that time with an episode (that I never saw but my sister described to me) about ordinary suburban 11-year-old girls engaging in shocking and risky behaviors. I looked helplessly at my own newborn girl and wondered if I had any way to protect her, to keep her safe and sheltered and whole.
  • Eight years old!

    Grace
    12 Mar 2014 | 10:37 am
    Today this little man is eight years old, and his birthday marks the last of our four winter birthdays. We like that four of the six of us share a season, with Elisabeth and John having seasons all to themselves (spring and summer).  Eight was one of my favorite ages to be, and I love seeing my sweet buddy reach that age. He loves games, and jokes, and adventures (but nothing too scary, thank you very much). He is such a fun and tenderhearted kid, and such a blessing to us.  Happy birthday, Jamesy!
  • Five years old!

    Grace
    26 Feb 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Today our sweet Fiona Catherine turned five years old. It seems unbelievable that five years have elapsed since that day, when I went to bed on my birthday and six hours later, she was in my arms.  Fiona is the quietest, funniest, and most independent of our children. She is incredibly precious to all of us. Lovely Fiona. She asked for a dolly, an umbrella, and her own Farmer Boy book for her birthday. I was so happy to oblige. Her new baby is named Josephine, Fiona's favorite girl's name ("also a goat's name," she'll be happy to add). She's a button…
 
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    SouleMama

  • spring celebration

    SouleMama
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:49 am
    Well, hello there! I have missed you! If you've stopped by in the past couple of days you likely found no blog at all. My blogging platform, Typepad, has been under a DDoS attack. Frustrating for all involved, to say...
  • {this moment}

    SouleMama
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:43 am
    . . . . . . . . . {this moment} A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and...
  • on the farm

    SouleMama
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    Things are starting to feel quite spring like out there in the pastures, as the thaw continues and the mud dries up (well, it will someday). And with that, comes the perpetual rearranging of pastures, the cleaning out of the...
  • April days

    SouleMama
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:06 am
    April showers bring .... snow? Well, yes, sometimes they do. We woke up to just a couple of inches on the ground, enough to cover everything in a layer of white. It doesn't feel so dire though, after having a...
  • from the garden

    SouleMama
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    Yes....from the garden! It is an entirely murky, mucky, muddy mess, interspersed with snow still in places out there. So much so that losing one's boot to the slurpy mud is par for the course during the course of every...
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    Yarn Harlot

  • I see what you’re doing

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Dear Socks I don’t know what crap you think you’re pulling, or if you think you’re messing with an amateur or something, but let me tell you. I’m no rookie, and I see what’s happening here. I’ve been knitting on you way longer than any reasonable pair of socks should take, and I don’t know what you’re doing with all of the stitches and yarn I keep throwing at you, but you can just take this scam you’re running and stuff it. You should be done. You should have been done yesterday, and I know it, and you know it and I don’t know if…
  • When Joe’s gone

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:02 pm
    I don’t know what it’s like for Joe when I’m not here. I travel all the time, and he must be used to what the house is like without me.  Usually, when Joe’s home,  I’m up way earlier than he is – on account of the music business being a thing that starts and ends late. (Musicians have realized my life goal of a world that starts at 11  and ends at 23:00. If Joe’s up at 7, it’s usually from the other side.)   I get up and come downstairs, and I can have my coffee right that minute, because Joe is the miracle man who comes home in the wee…
  • Up from the ashes

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:32 am
    Joe and I dropped the ball this Easter. Usually this is a strong suit for us. I make special things, and knit little holiday themed presents, and cook foods that are special to that time of year, and Joe hunts clever gifts down – and we’re usually pretty good at it. We’re very attached to our immediate and extended family, and we enjoy time with them, and building beautiful holidays is important. This Easter? Boom. Nothing. We did nothing.  I’d like to pretend it was because we are so busy and everything in our lives are so complex, and we travel and blah, blah, blah,…
  • Boy does it have a lot of buttons

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:41 am
    I spent this last weekend at Port Ludlow, hosting and teaching at the Strung Along April retreat, but you all know that – and I don’t want to go on about it (although it was seriously one of the most awesome things and I am not even kidding you a little. A fantastic combination in every way. Great students who were a perfect foil for each other, great teachers, great food, great goodie bags, great wine, great weather… I’m on the edge of gushing, I know, but it really did go just so perfectly well. I’ll shut up.)  Instead, let me tell you about this.  I got my…
  • The Braintrust

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:33 am
    This last weekend, I did something I don’t get to do a lot.  I went away with some people for the sole purpose of knitting.  Knitting is pretty much the thing I’m most interested in, and I believe certainly and fully that to keep the creative well full, I need to spend time with other knitters.  Most of the time this has me in the role of teacher, and I get lots of creative input and ideas from my students – and you can ask around, I bet most teachers would say the same thing. The bounceback that happens when I teach you something, and you have an idea based on what…
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    My Paper Crane

  • Easter

    Heidi Kenney
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:58 am
    Easter Sunday we had a great day at home. Tom had the day off of course. We slept in, then had brunch with liege waffles. Then we spent the afternoon outside cleaning up the yard and garden for planting. We also planted some new lilac bushes, it was perfect yard work weather. We tried to teach Sirius to play fetch with a frisbee. He didn’t care about the frisbee no matter how hard we tried, he just likes big sticks. Of course there were also Easter baskets, too much candy, and some lazy movie watching on the couch in the evening. We didn’t make a big traditional Easter meal…
  • working

    Heidi Kenney
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    I’ve been working on some new really big terrarium scenes. Here is a little peek, I am almost out of green felts, so I’ve had to order more before I can get back to working on them. My terrariums are completely hand sewn, so its the best time for catching up on movies and shows. It’s sometimes hard to watch stuff when I’m sewing on my machine, even with headphones. For machine sewing I like listening to podcasts or music best. I’ll do a post soon on movies and shows I’ve been into lately, and would love to hear any recommendations that you love.
  • Dyeing Eggs

    Heidi Kenney
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    We dyed Easter eggs on Thursday. B had a half day to start off his Spring break (which is just one day-Friday, because of all the snow days they’ve had) This year we tried a few different things. We all really hate the smell of vinegar so in place of that acid I used lime juice I had on hand with the food dyes, and it worked great. Smelled really lovely too! We used Paas Egg Color Snaps for the first time. They are really fun to snap, and can make interesting tie dye effect on eggs that are still wet from dyeing, but if you want to draw on your eggs with them the color comes out a…
  • Blythe Party!

    Heidi Kenney
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    A few weekends ago my friend Jessee had a Blythe get-together at her house. She did a blog post about it with lots of great photos here. It was lots of fun, and I worked on my reroot (which is taking me years!!) Of course my tiny crochet hook snapped off about half way through the party and so I didn’t get very much added to it. Some day I will have a rainbow haired Blythe, it just might take a few more years. As much as I love planning out and hosting crafternoon each month, it is so much fun to be able to get myself ready & head to someone else’s house for a fun get…
  • Fabrics

    Heidi Kenney
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Lots of new fabrics over in my Spoonflower shop, and a few more that are still waiting on proofs.
 
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    Apron Thrift Girl

  • saying goodbye

    Selena Cate
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    I began Apron Thrift Girl in what feels like a lifetime ago. It started one cold, June (it was Seattle after all) night. My blog became a wonderful place to create, to share, to meet incredible people and it taught me so much about life. I learned how to take photos properly, how to design banners and buttons, how to buy & sell thrifted finds and how to write from my heart. You are an incredibly, receptive audience and it actually did wonders for my self-esteem. During the last couple of years, really starting with my mother's death, my heart and soul lost a lot of life. In fact…
  • Tom Tru Wall Art

    Selena Cate
    15 Oct 2013 | 12:10 pm
    I found these horses a few years ago and loved the Mid Century Modern design. This particular piece served as a headboard for my bed and later hung above my couch. I recently changed it with another piece of art and decided to sell it. Well let's just say that nothing gets a price tag on it without a little bit of research. Retro Renovation has a great post about Tom Tru that you can read here. Sunshine Press also has a great post with some useful info on this company in the comments. Funny enough, there are not a lot of examples of art made by this company. I couldn't find a single…
  • Japanese Chenille Birds

    Selena Cate
    18 Sep 2013 | 9:19 am
    Last weekend at an estate sale I came across a box of the sweetest Japanese chenille birds. Their colors are stunning and they seem alive with personality. I've never seen anything quite like them before. Have you? For local friends, they are going to be available at the Antique Society this afternoon.
  • Forever Dancing

    Selena Cate
    17 Sep 2013 | 6:46 pm
    My daughter Cerys has started to write poetry. Just like I used to do and just like her great grandmother used to do. She began in the last couple of years. I think her poetry is (of course being her mother I adore her) incredible, complex, dark, magical and full of depth. She was 13 1/2 when she wrote this, high on emotions because she and I had just had an argument. It amazed me how she could turn her anger and sadness into poetry. I hope you enjoy reading her words. Forever Dancing by Cerys slowing down, bleakest night withstand pain and anger when hit with white water pure water can…
  • Arriving Home

    Selena Cate
    21 Aug 2013 | 8:40 am
    Monday afternoon the children and I arrived home from two weeks in Washington. Cerys and Keiran attended the American Youth Circus Organization Festival in Seattle while I traveled to my dad's home to help him sort out his house. He wants to spend a third of the year with his three children and rent his house out. In between helping him I thrifted to my hearts content in my old thrifting grounds. I fell in love again with Goodwill. You Washington thrifters have it soooooo good. Every Goodwill that I walked into I came out with some great inventory. Down here, it's a rare day when I…
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    Betz White

  • Easter Egg Buddies Tutorial

    Betz White
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Here’s a quick last minute Easter Tutorial to do with all of those plastic eggs you have hanging around. You’ll need: Plastic eggs White, pink, yellow, orange felt scraps White and yellow yarn scraps Cotton swabs Fine point Sharpie Glue gun tweezers Because of the glue gun I can’t recommend this craft project for little people and plain craft glue won’t hold the felt securely to the plastic eggs.     And don’t forget the C A N D Y ! ! ! ! !     Cut 2 outer ear shapes in white felt and 2 inner ear shapes out of pink felt. Layer and glue…
  • How to Install a Tuck Catch: Tips for Better Bag Building #2

    Betz White
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:43 am
    It’s time for the next installment of my series: Tips for Better Bag Building! Today’svideo shows you how to install a tuck catch, also called a thumb catch. They are super easy to use but it always helps to have someone show you how the components come together. Watch the video below for a quick demo and explanation: I used two tuck catches on my Midtown Messenger Bag that I released last week as part of the Bag of the Month Club. You can find hardware kits for this bag in my etsy shop. You might also find tuck catches locally in leather craft stores. I think they add a great…
  • Mid Atlantic Mod

    Betz White
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
      Tomorrow I’ll be heading to Pennsylvania Dutch country to teach at the Mid-Atlantic Mod modern quilting retreat! The retreat is being held in Lancaster, PA, just a few hours drive from home. I’ll be teaching a Pleated Pillow workshop and taking a few workshops as well.     The pleated pillow is part of my Pleated Pillow Trio Pattern. I decided to make a sunny rainbow version in honor of Spring finally showing it’s face around here!     I used fabrics from my stash…mostly Robert Kaufman Pure Organic Solids and a few prints from my Stitch…
  • Introducing The Midtown Messenger Bag Pattern!

    Betz White
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:12 am
    Hooray, it’s finally April! And that means it’s time for the next pattern release for the Bag of the Month Club! I’m “Miss April” and my contribution to the club is the Midtown Messenger Bag! The Midtown Messenger is a versatile bag you’ll want to carry everyday. It’s got a classic messenger-bag style with lots of extra details. The outer bag has front and back slip pockets and a flap that secures with 2 tuck catch closures. Under the flap is a divided slip pocket, a recessed zipper for extra security and a padded tablet pocket inside.  …
  • Coming soon: Bag of the Month Pattern!

    Betz White
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:22 am
    You may recall my post back in December about the Bag of the Month pattern club that I’m participating in with 5 other designers. My month to contribute is April which is coming next week! I don’t want to give too much away but it’s fun to show off little sneaky peeks, don’t you think? Any guesses as to the kind of bag? I’ll be offering a hardware kit for this bag as well as a new video tutorial later next week. If you haven’t joined the Bag of the Month Club, I hope you’ll consider it! Each pattern is brand new and exclusive only to club members at a…
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    Doll

  • another school girl

    mimik
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:09 am
    The plaid makes me think of school uniforms. All the stuff- Close-ups of her backpack- 2 books, a pencil. and a coin. With all her friends-
  • Little School Girl Fox

    mimik
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I LOVE this Skinny Laminx fabric for Cloud9. I’ve made myself a smock out of the red, I’ve got some blue/green for something (stash?) and now, here is my fox dress!
  • Spring Fox Girl

    mimik
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:47 pm
    She has on a dress made of vintage Laura Ashley fabric, a seersucker jacket with checked highlights (collar, cuffs and pocket), and a wool felt purse. Her jacket has embroidered button hole loops. All her stuff-
  • woodland fox

    mimik
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    I know ALL foxes ought to be woodland foxes but this one is especially so. She has an embroidered felt vest. It closes with laces. I didn’t take it off and show the dress because the dress top is plain and the laces are fussy to get just right. I love this spiderweb-by knit shawl. Perfect for her. In her basket- And without her shawl on-
  • Why We Make

    mimik
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:13 am
    This video was made at Gather Here to celebrate their 3rd birthday. It’s wonderful! why we make from gather here on Vimeo.
 
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    PaMdora's Box

  • The Easter Bunny on Monday

    PaMdora
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
  • Morning Song

    PaMdora
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:20 am
    Early Saturday morning before dawn, we started the morning with poetry, bird calls, and frost on our feet. It was part of a sound installation sponsored by ideaXfactory designed and led by Gerard Nadeau of Drury University’s architecture department called Morning Song Evening Song. Starting Friday evening with a workshop led by Greater Ozarks Audubon members, we each put a wooden Audubon bird call on an orange ideaXfactory lanyard around our neck and headed up to Park Central Square. There at sunset, we spread through the First Friday Art Walk crowd and started a slow symphony of…
  • First Friday Art Walk drawings

    PaMdora
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:15 pm
    This Friday I had planned on drawing a sound installation sponsored by the ideaXfactory (more on that later) but it turned out to be harder than I thought. So instead I drew some other interesting things that happened downtown on the First Friday Art Walk. There were a  lot of people eating green cake as they walked around Park Central Square… Turns out Park Central Library was hosting an “Edible Books” event, and they had asked local cake shops to make Call of the Wild cakes. The biggest one was made like mountains covered with green pines trees. There was a whole row of…
  • More Sketching at Crystal Bridges

    PaMdora
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:20 am
    Finally! Beautiful weather for a whole weekend, so we rode and walked on trails both days at Crystal Bridges. A family from India was visiting, the father on one side of the stream telling his daughters across the water how to pose for a photo. These were all about 5 to 10 minutes sketches with a brush pen, colored with watercolors later. I didn’t know Russ took a photo of me sketching until I saw this on Instagram! Looking out a window to a Mark di Suvero sculpture — a little tricky to draw! From inside the museum, an interesting view of the outdoor plaza through a cast…
  • Biking in a Hay Field at Crystal Bridges

    PaMdora
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Russ surprised me with a weekend getaway, and we loaded our bikes onto our new bike rack and headed south. Riding around on the Compton Gardens and Crystal Bridges trails, Russ was determined to see a new sculpture that he read about at the entrance. After several trails and up many hills, we chanced upon this crazy installation of hay people by Tom Otterness. “Makin’ Hay” is a series of sculptures made of bales of hay by Otterness in Montana in 2002 as part of a friendly hay contest. Later acquired by the Alturas Foundation, the sculptures have been exhibited in many…
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    Spirit Cloth

  • Colder in April

    jude
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:43 am
    Chilly. Bleak.  But the dandelions provide some sunshine on this cloudy day.  And salad.  We'll need the fire in that room  today. Probably all day. And night with a possible freeze.  I was out early gathering kindling and dry wood before the expected shower.  We still have have a wood pile but  in this early spring I gather windfall instead, and fire building becomes yard clean up at the same time. Found this piece of wood with a hole in the middle. The hole was quite useful.  It sort of acted like its own chimney stove. Placed over some…
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    Craftster Community

  • Re: taking apart old dress for pattern making...how??!!

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Can you just cut on the seams?Just dont forget to add seamallowence when cutting the pattern.
  • Re: newbie!

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Get with KittyHerman. She is our master of rubber stamp craftings here. You can probably arrange a trade. Not to leave anyone else out mind you...she is just the one that I know of that makes really neat stamps.i Spy is anything fabric {for the ones I...
  • Re: Facebook 63 redux- aka MOAR scraps

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Fantastic! This is my favourite sort of scrap quilt, I love squares. The colours are wonderful too, bright and vibrant and happy. I don't know how you could stand to give it away, I would want to look at it all the time. Lucky, lucky Auntie!
  • Re: Collaborative scrap strip quilt

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:36 pm
    This is SO gorgeous. I was thinking about all those scraps I've got and what I could do with them. I really do not need any more quilts or blankets but, oh, what does Need have to do with it? LOL, thanks for the link and the inspiration.
  • taking apart old dress for pattern making...how??!!

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:33 pm
    got a  wonderful vintagy dress made with horrible material. will  be taking it apart and creating a pattern from the pieces to create something quite different. Trouble is, all of the seams are so tightly sewed that I cannot even see a touch of thread ...
 
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    Wooster Collective

  • 10s Crew of Saigon Paints Biggest Wall in Vietnam

    woostercollective.com
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
      Graffiti has been around for decades in the U.S., but in some parts of the world it's a budding youth movement. We were so impressed by this massive production by the 10s Crew in Saigon, Vietnam. Take a good look at their rusty scaffolding and wobbly bamboo ladders. No matter the conditions they have to work with, these guys are still pushing their limits to go big. It's inspiring to see the way art continues to transcend cultural and language barriers and connects us all. It's powerful. We hope to see more work from people in all parts of the globe!      
  • Sautel Cago remembers the Japanese Tsunami

    woostercollective.com
    25 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    In honor of the Japanese Tsunami and Fukushima anniverdary on March 11th, French Sautel Cago traveled to different cities destroyed by the Tsunami to paint on destroyed homes with the phrase "Remember the Tsunami" in Japanese. He spent 6 days there walking around, finding shelter inside laundromats or on the street. Sautel states that "Even after 2 years, there is still a lot to rebuild."  Hopefully Sautel's artwork brings some brightness and joy to the devastated area!
  • Outdoor Fashion Show by Yossi Wallner

    woostercollective.com
    24 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here's a fun little fashion show by Yossi Wallner during Tel Aviv's Fashion Week: Click here for more photos
  • Wooster Exclusive: r1’s “YIELD”

    woostercollective.com
    20 Mar 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Here's some Wooster exclusive content from r1. Set in the City of Johannesburg, "YIELD" is made up of 100 yield signs and designed to uplift the city. r1. YIELD from r1r1r1 on Vimeo.
  • YOU’RE INVITED: TEENAGE FILM SCREENING IN NYC

    woostercollective.com
    14 Mar 2014 | 8:54 am
    Matt Wolf’s film, TEENAGE, is an innovative documentary on the genesis of youth culture from the end of the 19th century through the first half of the 20th. Narrated by Jena Malone and Ben Whishaw and set to a a shimmering contemporary score by Bradford Cox (Deerhunter / Atlas Sound), TEENAGE is a mesmerizing trip into the past and a riveting look at the very idea of “coming-of-age.”  Matt's debut feature film profiled elusive musician Arthur Russell and he recently partnered with the Whitney to create a video series about the artists, builders, guards, curators,…
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    mnartists.org: Articles

  • Art at the Edges of Everything

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Minneapolis-based artist and curator Sandra Teitge reports back from Marfa, Texas, in the first of an occasional series of dispatches from outposts at the periphery of the art world.image: Alpine, Texas gas station/bus stopimage: Border country, seen by trainimage: Marfa's cowboy bankimage: Lost Horse Bar. Marfa, TXimage: Train tracks. Marfa, TXimage: Repair shop. Marfa, TXimage: Sunset. Marfa, TXimage: Field. Marfa, TX
  • Northrop Renewed

    13 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Camille LeFevre reports back from Northrop's grand reopening, a gala affair complete with a fabulous performance of "Giselle" by American Ballet Theatre and an appearance by U of MN's Goldy the Gopher.image: ABT "Giselle" image: The new Carlson Family Stage
  • Pangaea Station Short

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Inside the lovelorn dreams of Pangaea Station's "fun-ducational" art history series host/hostage, Taylor Baldry.image: Pangaea Station Art Education Video Series
  • JXTA Expands Its Reach

    8 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Juxtaposition Arts' innovative youth art and design lab is growing fast and getting national recognition for putting North Minneapolis young people to work for their community and lighting a path to sustainable careers in the arts.image: Photo by Phillip Hussong RedWire Creative for JXTAimage: Photo by Phillip Hussong RedWire Creative for JXTAimage: Photo by Phillip Hussong RedWire Creative for JXTAimage: Photo by Phillip Hussong RedWire Creative for JXTAimage: Teaching artist Caroline Kentimage: Teaching artist Nate Youngimage: Photo by Phillip Hussong RedWire Creative for JXTAimage: Photo…
  • Getting to Know 'YOU'

    1 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Morgan Thorson's latest dance work, which just premiered at Bedlam Lowertown, explores the thorny, exhilarating, devastating process of acquaintance and familiarity with subtlety and nuance.image: Cast of "YOU" by Morgan Thorsonimage: Cast of "YOU" by Morgan Thorsonimage: Striding out on stage for "YOU"image: Circling up for "YOU" by Morgan Thorson
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    Anahata Katkin

  • Originals Available!

    Anahata Katkin
    1 Apr 2014 | 3:51 pm
    With all this fresh energy around here I've been moving furniture around, making business maps and overhauls, pruning house plants and now...letting go of originals! It's not often that I sell originals. And for many years wouldn't part with them...
  • Spring Equinox

    Anahata Katkin
    22 Mar 2014 | 10:23 am
    I don't know about you, but Spring feels like a wonderful, powerful force this year for me. I am loving it and enjoying this transition on so many levels. Here's some of my moody, Spring favorites from my "Nature Inspired",...
  • PAPAYA! Living: clippings

    Anahata Katkin
    22 Mar 2014 | 10:16 am
    All our travels this fall and winter are beginning to culminate in a fuller, juicier boutique at PAPAYA! Living. New jewelry is in from India, Nepal, Portland and Turkey. I had a chance to rebuild our antique jewelry cases and...
  • Spring Cleaning: Business & Craving the Making

    Anahata Katkin
    19 Mar 2014 | 10:29 am
    We're feeling the spring fever around here. Both at PAPAYA! and PAPAYA! Living there's this buzz to comb through everything and just fine tune all the little details. It's a great time for spring cleaning in business so to speak....
  • Desk Swag is Back!

    Anahata Katkin
    19 Mar 2014 | 10:11 am
    It's been a very long time since we first introduced desk supplies at PAPAYA! It's been about 6 years. So we felt it was time to bring back some old favorites that have been missing for a while. Like file...
 
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    Judy Wise

  • EncaustiCamp US and Australia

    Judy Wise
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    Just a heads up for those of you planning to or considering attending either of the EncaustiCamp locations this July and October; sign-ups enrolling with full payments or those paying balances due on deposits in the first 10 days of launching; 22 April-1 May, will receive a gift of Encaustic Revelation: Cutting-edge Techniques from the Master’s of EncaustiCamp-signed by the contributing authors as well as bonus NLB shop discounts. ECamp instructors are also putting all registrants names into a hat for a final day drawing to win one of the collaborative paintings on exhibit during…
  • Announcing a Two'fer

    Judy Wise
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:51 am
    Just popping in to announce two great get aways with Katie and I next year. On March 14-22, 2015, Kathie Vezzani, Katie Kendrick and I will be gathering with a group of you in Mexico City to explore, paint, plaster, and have a week long party. Art, food, museums (hello Frida!), Chapultepec and so much more are on the itinerary. If you are interested please contact Kathie. She is handling all the questions and arrangements and she knows Mexico like no one else I know.But that's not all.On October 9-17, 2015, the three of us will also be offering a retreat in San Miguel de Allende. At this…
  • More Spring, More Busting Out

    Judy Wise
    6 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Nothing slows time and nothing stops spring. Halleluia.The family started off Sunday morning with a walk in a nearby park. We saw fungi. Pretty pink flowers. Elderberry?Gorgeous yellow willow, shrieking to high heaven.More shy fungi.Hushed to us perhaps, but these woods are full of inter-species communication. All the green things are talking and carrying on like anything.Or are these the elderberries?I know these are trillium. They were everywhere.When I got home I grabbed the camera and ran around taking pictures for you. Lots going on.The plum trees, asian pears, and peach…
  • Spring At Last

    Judy Wise
    22 Mar 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Baby, I stayed away too long. Nursing a cold over here and have been buried under preparations for the online Painting Faces class that starts on Monday. I mean buried. Shooting and re-shooting video, purchasing a new video camera mid-way, deciding to add music after I'd uploaded all the video online.I'm still on the fence about music in the background. We all have different tastes. It can be distracting. But it can also get you in the groove. So maybe music on half of them. We'll see.Things are getting lively around here. John's up early with his babies. Precious. Holy. My dream…
  • A New Class Announcement

    Judy Wise
    12 Feb 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Before my travels I planned an online face painting class as a result of requests made by my friends in San Miguel. To be honest, this is my dream class; I get to paint my favorite subjects with you guys by my side. If you want to read more about this class, go here and join the party. Meanwhile I'll be filming and editing and making the class really fun for you.I bought a full set of Politec acrylics while I was in Mexico so I could paint while I was there. I love and don't love them. I love the dry, fresco like surface of the paint but they dry so fast that it's like painting with…
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    Chica and Jo

  • DIY Colorful Computer Keyboard

    Chica
    13 Apr 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Between my job and my personal life, I spend a lot of time on the computer every day. A LOT. So much that I really need my workspace to be cheerful, fun, and inspiring. A plain old black keyboard like this just doesn’t fit the bill. But what’s a girl to do? I’ve been going crazy lately with the new Americana Multi-Surface Satin Paints from DecoArt, because they are so easy to use and work on just about any surface you can imagine, including plastic. I had some sitting on my desk the other day, near my keyboard, and I thought… Could I? Should I? Yes! I picked out a set…
  • Tie-dye end table make-over

    Jo
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:11 am
    For Little Jo’s 9th birthday, she asked for a bedroom make-over. Since she truly doesn’t need any more “stuff” we thought this was a great idea. As part of this make-over, she got a loft bed from IKEA and under it, she wanted a futon to hang out on with her friends. There was just enough room beside the futon for a little side table. Trying to conserve some money, I decided to repurpose a table we already had in the basement. It was a simple, black, metal folding table that she could easily move around or even fold flat to get it out of the way if needed. The only…
  • Disney Pin Trading holder

    Jo
    9 Mar 2014 | 4:33 pm
    For this year’s trip to Disney World (remember our countdown?), Mini Me wanted to get in on all the Pin Trading action. She didn’t like wearing the typical lanyard, because the pins kept falling off and it was too heavy for her. Instead, she wanted a carrying pouch like her sister, Little Jo, has. I found inspiration to create one for her by upcycling a used CD/DVD holder. I slipped out the inner CD sleeves and used them as a template to cut new pages from some black foam sheets. I cut out six sets and sewed them down the middle to hold them together. (I took pictures of this, I…
  • Decorate a domed cupcake stand for Easter

    Jo
    28 Feb 2014 | 8:24 am
    We were inspired recently by some frosted vinyl tape that we found at Tape Brothers. They have pretty much every type of tape you can imagine on their website, but we picked the frosted tape because it can give an etched look to glass. The great thing about using tape instead of traditional etching is that you can put it on a piece of serve ware to get a custom look for a special occasion, then simply remove it later. You aren’t making the commitment of real glass etching. I decided to try it out on a domed cupcake stand for the spring season and our Easter dinner. I selected a nice…
  • Disney pin collection display board

    Chica
    16 Feb 2014 | 10:13 am
    As Jo mentioned in her Disney pin countdown board tutorial, I recently made Little Jo a new display board for her growing pin collection. Jo and her family are due back home today from their latest trip to Disney World, and I know Little Jo is going to have lots of new pins to display. The Disney pin display board I made her started with a simple cork board, but I added some paint and turned it into a piece of art! I started with a large cork board. Mine was 16″ x 36″, but you can use any size and type you like, as long as it’s thick enough for the Disney pins to stick in…
 
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  • Spotlight On: Stamping

    HSG
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    Yo! This ain’t your Momma’s stamping. hehe Did you know stamps don’t have to be bought? They can be made of used Styrofoam food containers, erasers and even potatoes! No major purchases to try your hand at stamping. When you can make your own stamps the sky is the limit on the design. So if [...]
  • Mr X Stitch Presents: The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – Jose Romussi

    MrXStitch
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Jose Romussi is an embroidery artist from Chile. “Becoming an artist was a natural process for me, since I became an artist overnight, skipping most of the steps required. Finding my style came to me as naturally as becoming an artist… “I am have always had in mind that there is more to what is [...]
  • Tute Tuesday: Imprinting on Concrete

    kittykill
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:55 am
    It’s time to shake those winter blues and start planting! Container gardening is the easiest way to add beauty to any home. Balatong shows us how to customize our garden pots with this very quick and clever Imprinting on Concrete tutorial. This easy technique will allow you to imprint just about anything you can imagine. [...]
  • Mmm, Bacon!

    rackycoo
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    Some people love bacon so much that just eating it is not enough; they need to craft in its image as well. Are you a bacon aficionado? If so, then you’re going to love this!   mansonette made this adorable glittery vinyl zippered bag for a bacon-loving office mate. Don’t just eat your bacon, wear [...]
  • Meatless Monday: Marinated Pasta Salad

    kittykill
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:14 am
    Spring has sprung and I couldn’t be happier! Warmer weather means picnics and potlucks. Time to shed those winter blues and party! Pinkleo has the perfect dish for your springtime get togethers…Marinated Pasta Salad! The best thing about this salad is that you can add your own extras. You might want to make a big [...]
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  • Perfect Pairings :: Ann Schroeder + Tree Wings Studio + SueBeads

    TesoriTrovati
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:43 am
    The thing that keeps drawing me into this Degas painting are the swirling tulle skirts and the bright pops of coral. So when I saw these earrings from Ann Schroeder I had to come back for a closer look. The round Aster disks make me think of the swishing movement of those skirts as they flair out. The tiny coral rondelles are the perfect counterpoint to the more somber color. And I love that she put this all on some waxed linen with the ends twirling free. C'est magnifique!Featured Designer :: Ann Schroeder Featured Bead Artist :: Tree Wings Studio + SueBeads
  • Tutorial Tuesday: Wrapped column earrings

    Claire Lockwood
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:32 am
    So, today, I thought I'd share how to make these wrapped column earrings. Mine are wrapped with sari silk ribbon and feature a pair of ceramic droplets from Scorched Earth.  However, you could wrap different types of ribbon or fabric offcuts, and you could also use different beads at the bottom. Maybe you have an earring pair - whether beads or charms - and you've been wondering what to do with them? This might be the answer.The list of other ingredients you'll need is also fairly flexible.  You'll need 26 gauge / 0.4mm wire and 22 gauge / 0.6mm wire. I've mixed the metal finishes…
  • Amuse Your Muse Monday with Rebecca of Songbead

    Rebecca
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Happy Monday to you all! Is it a holiday with you? It is over here in the Uk - and in N. Ireland (the part of the UK where I currently reside) we not only have Monday as a holiday but Tuesday as well. But Friday isn't a holiday for some reason....haven't figured out quite what 'Easter Tuesday' is all about, but now it's Monday evening, I'm grateful to get to spend tomorrow with my partner - a real treat. We're still on the 'April showers bring May flowers' theme for this month (and the next), and I did what I usually do when no one has shared any links (sob! sniff!) for beady finds, I…
  • Inside the Studio with Humblebeads

    Heather Powers
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:15 am
    Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.Congratulations to Angie Blasingame! You have won an adorable trio of owls from Clarie Lockwood of Something.To With Your Hands. Please contact Claire so you can claim your prize. Welcome to the Humblebeads Studio today. And on my bead table and what I'm obsessed with at…
  • Bead Addicts, Jewelry Making Machines & Connoisseurs of Handmade

    Urbanscapes...
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:36 pm
    ABS April 2014 Monthly Challenge brings us the dynamic yet delicate ballet dancers painted by Edgar Degas in -  Swaying Dancers. And below are art beads and components by a few skillful artists that I picked to go with the theme and color palette...ABSTRACT PATTERNED LAMPWORK GLASS BEADS by Mindy Macgregor   PAISLEY PATTERN CERAMIC BRACELET FOCALS  by Bo Hulley BRONZE METAL CLAY PAISLEY DRESS PENDANT  by Jenny Friske-Baer WHIMSICAL ENAMELED COMPONENTS  by Johana Nunez COTTON TASSLE WITH FINE SILVER…
 
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    Tip Junkie

  • 20 Ideas for the Best Kentucky Derby Party Around

    Laurie
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Kentucky Derby Race is celebrated annually on the first Saturday in May. This year it will be held on May 3rd.  Here are the most creative Kentucky Derby Race party ideas, decorations, free printables, race horse and hat ideas to celebrate this fun occasion with your family!  Tip Junkie Style has over 2,000 party ideas all with pictured tutorials to learn or how to make. You can always search there if you're looking for more Party tutorials with step-by-step instructions. {wink} Do you have a new Kentucky Derby tutorial?  If so, add…
  • Divergent Party {how to}

    Angie Lee {Seven Clown Circus}
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Thinking of Throwing a Divergent Birthday Party? It can be super simple and inexpensive, especially, using the free printables from Amy Locurto. This post should give you plenty of ideas to help you throw your party! ”I am selfish, I am brave!” Which faction will you choose?keep reading
  • Handmade Projects ~ Add Yours!

    Laurie
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:28 pm
    Ready. Set. Link!  It's time for "Tip Me Tuesday" where you show off your creative tips and handmade projects! Link up your blog post or craft room project with a handmade project like something you made, party you hosted, a recipe, free file, or fun tip. {anything goes} Here are my favorites who linked up the week before. I've also selected several to be featured on Tip Junkie, Facebook, G+, and Instagram. Thanks for playing along!  {high fives!} Handmade Projects If you're wondering how to link up to Tip Me Tuesday, I created a pictured [...]keep reading
  • 100 Lovely Mother's Day Ideas {crafts, gifts, recipes}

    Laurie
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This year Mother's Day is Sunday, May 11, 2014. Tip Junkie's Mother's Day projects will have you all set with pictured tutorials and craft ideas! To make it really easy for you to celebrate, here are things to make for Mother's Day which include activities, easy crafts, free printables, flowers, presents kids to make, and printable Mother’s Day cards.  Create a new Mother's Day tradition or do a simple activitiy with your kids with these awesome crafts! Use these pictured instructions to make gifts, activities, easy crafts, free…
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    Tiny Talk | The Tiny Prints Card & Stationery Blog

  • Baby2Baby Partners with Tiny Prints

    Julie
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    At Tiny Prints, we feel honored that millions of families have chosen our birth announcements to welcome their new additions. After being part of so many bright beginnings, we wanted to give back and help children from less fortunate families get the good start they deserve. Baby2Baby collects and distributes essential baby gear and clothing to children in need, providing their families with a helping hand and hope. Together, we’re working towards distributing over 3,000 new cribs to families who need them. For every birth announcement purchased, Tiny Prints will give a portion of its…
  • Baby Blue 1st Birthday Inspiration Board

    Anum
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Celebrate baby’s first birthday with a simply chic polka dot theme. We used this darling party invite as our starting point and inspiration for the whole party. Pastel blue and white is a tried and true color combination, and accents of black add a modern touch. Featured Tiny Prints invitation: Fashionable Feeling Images: Tissue Paper Pom, Cake, Straws, Favor Box, Gumpaste Baby Shoes a
  • Mother’s Day Brunch Inspiration

    Maria
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    We are thrilled to have Grace from Her Umbrella share her inspiration for a Mother’s Day Brunch! Well hello Tiny Prints lovers, fans and blog readers! I’m Grace from Her Umbrella and I am absolutely estatic to be here today to share a special little surprise I had in mind for my very special Momma! Mother’s Day is just around the corner and it’s never too early to plan a day that celebrates everything about her. From your relationship to your memories, Mother’s Day is about sharing, spending and enjoying a bundle of time with your mom! While I was sifting through all of the…
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    Todays Creative Blog

  • Conversations with Today’s Creative Bloggers {LeighAnne Wilkes}

    Kim
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog   Back in the day, Today’s Creative Blog used to be all about featuring other Creative Bloggers. I’m going back to my roots every now and then with Conversations with Today’s Creative Bloggers. I love getting to know different things about many bloggers that I actually know IRL (in real life), and many I only […] The post Conversations with Today’s Creative Bloggers {LeighAnne Wilkes} appeared first on Todays Creative Blog - Creative Blogs for DIY Crafts and Home Decor
  • Printable Travel To Do List

    Kim
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog This Printable Travel To Do List is getting it’s own workout and TCB is offering to YOU to print off for free. I’ll be flying off to Salt Lake this week for the SNAP conference. In May, I’m headed to Florida for a press trip to the Kennedy Space Center. June takes me back to Utah […] The post Printable Travel To Do List appeared first on Todays Creative Blog - Creative Blogs for DIY Crafts and Home Decor
  • Today’s Creative Pinner! {Four Generations One Roof}

    Kim
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:33 pm
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog   Today’s Creative Pinner! Like many people, I love Pinterest. Today’s Creative Blog has 88 Pinterest boards full of inspiration for living a creative lifestyle. I also LOVE following others, so I’m sharing with you my favorite Pinners from time to time! Today is Jessica from Four Generations, One Roof. Today’s Creative Pinner! {FOUR GENERATIONS […] The post Today’s Creative Pinner! {Four Generations One Roof} appeared first on Todays Creative Blog - Creative Blogs for DIY Crafts and Home Decor
  • DIY Tattooed Soap

    Kim
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:12 pm
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog DIY Tattoed Soap  Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return If you’re a Wizard of Oz fan (who isn’t?), or you’ve got little kids, then you are over the moon waiting for Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return to come out in theaters May 9th 2014. I’ve been asked to help promote this upcoming film by creating something […] The post DIY Tattooed Soap appeared first on Todays Creative Blog - Creative Blogs for DIY Crafts and Home Decor
  • Slow Cooker French Toast

    Kim
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog Since Easter is tomorrow, I’m bring you my Slow Cooker Sunday early because you’re going to need this for your Easter brunch. Slow Cooker French Toast Celebrating Easter with sweet goodness is part of the fun! Easter morning is so exciting for the kids with the Easter baskets, egg hunts and dressing up for church. […] The post Slow Cooker French Toast appeared first on Todays Creative Blog - Creative Blogs for DIY Crafts and Home Decor
 
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    Vanilla Joy

  • Respect the Blade

    Kelsey Norwood
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:27 am
    Well…that may be a bit dramatic…but I did cut off a good chunk of my left index finger. Completely OFF. I was cutting fabric for a quilt, like I’ve done dozens, maybe even hundreds of times. I must have looked up for a split second – my blade slipped up over the ruler and took […]
  • Best Baby Gear – Aden + Anais Swaddlers

    Kelsey Norwood
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Our newest little bundle is a month old already! He’s still sleeping lots during the day and not as much in the night…but whenever he sleeps, he’s always wrapped up in one of these fabulous cotton muslin swaddling blankets from Aden + Anais. They’re my favorite things ever.  Here he is at during  various naps over […]
  • Best Baby Gear – UBBI DIAPER PAIL

    Kelsey Norwood
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
      We just brought home our newest family member 2 weeks ago – our 4th son! After just 2 1/2 short years, we’re back in baby gear mode! And I have some new favorite baby products this time around.   First on my list of must-haves for this baby was a new diaper pail – […]
  • MegaBuilders Club Debut – Meeting #1 Theme: Animals!

    Kelsey Norwood
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:56 pm
    We moved a year ago and we’re all still working on making friends. I’ve been trying to help my first grader especially, so we decided to start an after school building club with a few other boys. MegaBloks generously agreed to sponsor our club and send us everything we could possibly need and then some! […]
  • *PRINTABLE* Nature Treasure Hunt

    Kelsey Norwood
    27 Mar 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Since it’s finally spring and we are all so excited to be outdoors we decided it was high time for an adventure, of sorts. My three boys can only take winter and being cooped up in the house for so long…they are loving the warmer weather and are playing outside with neighbors, but we all […]
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  • spring-ish

    charlotte
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    Thanks for all the comments and entries for Marcie's felt pin kit. They were so interesting to read, to imagine all the backyards in different parts of the world. The winner is Susie Q thanks to Random Number Generator. I'll...
  • this book was a tree

    charlotte
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:08 pm
    Before I say anything about this fantastic book, I should start by telling you that Marcie is my neighbor and friend. I've known her for several years and can't say enough about her engaged and intent spirit, generous, caring nature...
  • vermont getaway :: spring

    charlotte
    13 Mar 2014 | 8:44 am
    The end of winter is in sight although it doesn't feel like it today. It was 66 degrees two days ago. Today it's 20 something. C'mon, spring! Meleen and I are figuring out the last details for our spring event....
  • bits and drips

    charlotte
    27 Feb 2014 | 9:03 am
    One of these days it's going to be spring. I swear it. A bit of sunshine arrived yesterday in a new publication out of the UK called Hoop-La! Such a pretty magazine all about embroidery. I love the way my...
  • giveaway winner

    charlotte
    16 Feb 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Thank you so much for all the kind comments. The winner of the winter getaway gift bundle is .... Jeanelle! Details about the spring getaway will be coming along soon!
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    Crafters Craft

  • Future Plc to Launch US Edition of Mollie Makes Magazine

    7 Apr 2014 | 1:34 am
    Future plc has announced a U.S. edition of Mollie Makes magazine, called Mollie Makes U.S. Edition Read more on crafterscraft.com Permalink | Our News Feeds
  • How to Make an Apple Swan

    31 Mar 2014 | 2:29 pm
    This video shows you how to make an edible apple swan. Read more on crafterscraft.com Permalink | Our News Feeds
  • Cricut Announces Cricut Explore

    23 Jan 2014 | 3:35 am
    Cricut has announced Cricut Explore, a DIY project system that includes a cutting machine and design software. Read more on crafterscraft.com Permalink | Our News Feeds
  • How to Fold Napkins to Resemble Christmas Trees

    19 Dec 2013 | 1:58 pm
    This video shows you how to fold napkins so they resemble Christmas trees. Read more on crafterscraft.com Permalink | Our News Feeds
  • Sharknado Costume Tutorial

    8 Oct 2013 | 8:35 pm
    Here is a video about how to make a Sharknado costume. Read more on crafterscraft.com Permalink | Our News Feeds
 
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    Occasional Genius

  • Music Monday-ish Utah Hurricane

    Holly
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:54 pm
    We are in the middle of a ridiculous wind storm in Cedar Hills!  For part of the storm we were at Bryce’s soccer game where the gusty air took home MVP for assists on all 4 goals scored. It makes for a wonderful reason to post a fantastic song, in honor of this week’s theme. Wind.  [...]
  • Music Monday - SeaFaring

    Holly
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:49 pm
    I’m amazed it took this long to cover today’s theme. JelloGirl will correct me if I’m wrong…but I feel certain we have yet to submit songs having to do with putting out to sea. It was tough to select a lead song for this Monday….at least until I stumbled across this great little cover:  A [...]
  • Music Monday - 6 degrees of Separation

    Holly
    30 Mar 2014 | 10:41 pm
    I’ve had this little game in mind for a couple weeks. I’m going to post a YouTube link. You are going to click on the the link (1). Then, either with or without watching the video you must click on one video listed on the right hand side (2). Again with or without watching the [...]
  • Music Monday - Las Vegas (working title - WordPress vs the Flamingo)

    Holly
    24 Mar 2014 | 3:58 pm
     flamingo.png (Great picture of The Flamingo in Vegas - 1953, which Wordpress is against displaying currently)   It occurs to me that rebranding may be over-rated. Check out that logo on the Flamingo…  flamingo1.png (The Flamingo - present day - same script lettering as previous picture. Wordpress is also opposed to this image. Donny and Marie alive! I [...]
  • Music Monday - Las Vegas

    Holly
    24 Mar 2014 | 3:50 pm
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    Gerdiary

  • Sewing...

    21 Apr 2014 | 4:55 am
    A "special" project.It´s dyed and stained paper table cloth materialI'm sewing into rectangular blocks for it...... weighting them down as I go with a never worn,but treasured nevertheless bangle...
  • Urban patchwork

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:39 am
  • Sunday doodles...

    13 Apr 2014 | 10:18 am
    ...and there's a spring pack in the shop
  • Tea and rust mottles

    7 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
    Won't ever need no other colors and patterns I guess..."If I'm going to sing like someone else,then I don't need to sing at all."(Billie Holiday, born April 7, 1915)
  • Daily life in black + white

    2 Apr 2014 | 10:46 am
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    Try Handmade

  • You know you're a cute little heartbreaker

    Erika Jurney
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:47 am
    Foks is a unique and original Celapiu design. It is a handcrafted fox-shaped scarf, a witty accessory and pro-eco manifesto [more...] Similarly Awesome      Related StoriesBikini BabesHoustina Summers, Cowgirl HeavenClothing to dye for 
  • Andy Peutherer

    Erika Jurney
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Andy Peutherer: I am a Scottish artist and Photographer. My landscape work featured here is based on the spectacular scenery [more...] Similarly Awesome      Related StoriesCelia Greiner WoodworkingMartin Luther King, Jr.Watercolor Love 
  • Beau Hawn

    Erika Jurney
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:24 am
    Beau Hawn: I have been working with glass for 11 years fulltime , I love glasswork so much , I [more...] Similarly Awesome      Related StoriesHandmade in Manchester, EnglandManny BeadsRetrofied 
  • On Soup

    Diana Prichard
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:16 pm
    If I were willing to buy them my husband would eat Campbell’s condensed soups every day for lunch during the [more...] Similarly Awesome      Related StoriesBikini BabesWinter DelightsGive Thanks 
  • KoKo Paris

    Erika Jurney
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:04 am
    My name is Ryoko Matsuura. I was born and raised in Wakayama, Japan. I moved to France in 2000 and [more...] Similarly Awesome      Related StoriesSandaliI want candy skirtBikini Babes 
 
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    Hammermarks

  • Two More Group Exhibitions This Year!

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:51 pm
    This past weekend, I received great news. First, I found out that my ring, Memento Aurum, was accepted in the TOP Jewels National Jewelry Design Exhibition at the Durango Arts Center. The exhibition runs May 16 – June 28, 2014 … Continue reading →
  • The Little Things that Frustrate

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    I’ve been slowly plugging away at my new vessel. There isn’t much to show because it’s mostly been little tweaks, planishing, and working on the edge. Nothing that’s noticeable in photos. I did decide to bring the lip in on … Continue reading →
  • New Vessel in the Works

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    Remember that piece I had the sketch for last week? I’ve been hammering away getting the base shape done. It’s all raised and now I just need to shore up the shape and decide on planishing (probably) or not and … Continue reading →
  • 2014 First Quarter Goal Check-In

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:23 am
    Wendy’s 2014 Goals 8 Group Exhibitions Teach at least 3 Workshops Write a Magazine Article Make a Body of Work for a Solo Exhibition Plan & Execute a Solo Exhibition for 2015 Gain Representation in 1-3 New Galleries Work on … Continue reading →
  • Spring in the Air, Spring in my Step, and Creation is Afoot

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Wow, that’s a long title. Anyway, I’ve been hard at work in the studio lately. I finished the wall piece I started. Did you even know it was going to be a wall piece? I forget. Remember that piece of … Continue reading →
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    Decorating your Home

  • Harmful Plants for Pets

    admin
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    Planning to have your lawn or outdoor space landscaped with shrubs and trees? The local landscapers in clapham will automatically ask you if you have pets in your home before letting you choose the plants that you want to have in your garden. This is because there are plants and shrubs that may prove to be harmful to your pets.  To get you acquainted, here are some of the plants that can harm your pet dog: Lilies. Lilies are both toxic to your pet dogs and cats as well. When domestic pet ingests any of the variants of lilies like calla lily, lily of the valley, amaryllis, palm and peace…
  • Goal: Clean Bathroom in Less than 30 Minutes

    admin
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    Got some guest arriving in an hour, but your bathroom is a mess? There’s a quicker way to do things. In fact, you can clean your bathroom in less than 30 minutes. Before you start, breathe and relax. Clear your mind and don’t rush. Instead, think of all the tools and cleaning equipment that you will need in accomplishing this chore. Assemble all the cleaning materials that you will need. In this instance, you will only need the basic ones – gloves, all-purpose bathroom cleaner, sponge, trash bag, disinfectant, broom, map, toilet cleaner, toilet brush and scrubbers. Put them all together…
  • All Quick Tips in Cleaning the Kitchen

    admin
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:04 am
    Though cleaning the house is one of the regular chores that you do at home, you wanted to accomplish things in record time. If only there is a way to make things as clean as possible without spending too much time in cleaning them, you would, won’t you? Here are some quick tips on cleaning the kitchen: Cleaning the Grease of the Oven. You spend so much time in cleaning the oven. Why shouldn’t you? It’s where you bake cakes and cookies for your love ones. Of course you want it clean.  The part that need the most cleaning are the greasy oven door, burned spills on the bottom of the oven…
  • Keeping Care of Your Home

    admin
    6 Aug 2013 | 10:06 am
    You’ve got lovely window blinds, shutters, curtains, sofas, kitchens, decor, etc. How do you keep it spotless? Clean? Brand new? It’s a pain, especially for our older audience who aren’t as flexible as they once were. So here’s a few tips we have for doing so. First and foremost, before you’ve started anything. You should think about how easy it will be to clean. I LOVE houses with lots of glass, massive glass windows to look at, obviously you want a view to go with it. But that would be a massive amount of work to clean it, so it’s not for me. I…
  • Pet Friendly Home Furnishings

    admin
    4 Jul 2013 | 5:53 am
    I love dogs, I’ve had mine for a little over 3 years now and I struggle to think of a time before having her. Luckily she doesn’t chew on stuff too much, though she has ruined some expensive things before, usually leather bags, she likes leather, hah. Nowadays all of our purchasing decisions are thought out, will it be suitable for the dog? For instance, this I think is beautiful: I’ve seen it in some really modern houses and think it’s great, though I wouldn’t really see it as dog friendly. Though it’s certainly more dog friendly than it is children…
 
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  • GIVEAWAY || CATERPILLAR GREEN YARNS GIVEAWAY!

    Very Shannon
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:27 am
    I will admit I have now become an avid sock knitter. An addicted one at that. I have embraced the sock knitting.I have knit since I was a young girl but only started knitting socks last year. After crossing it off my list of "to learn how to's" I quickly realized what a silly git I'd been. I mean seriously, I feared the sock. I feared the heel. I feared everything about sock knitting. The base fear though was that I detest wearing socks. I only wear them when I really need to. They bug my feet and always have. I used to pay my little sister to put my socks on my feet for I couldn't even stand…
  • READING || HAPPY HOMEMADE SEW CHIC & SEW CHIC FOR KIDS BOOK REVIEW!

    Very Shannon
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:49 am
    I have a serious crush on Japanese sewing & knitting books. An "I will pore over every image and diagram a gazillion times" sort of crush. The aesthetic, the vibe, the layout - I love it all. I'm heavily influenced by the clean lines and the fresh feel of Japanese books. They just get me all creatively inspired and, of course, dying to make everything in the books!I was so excited to get my hands on two of the popular Happy Homemade series "Sew Chic" by Yoshiko Tsukiori and "Sew Chic for Kids", by the talented Ruriko Yamadaboth, translated and published in English by Tuttle…
  • MOMENTS || CHECKING IN & A WINNER

    Very Shannon
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
    Just popping in today to quickly say a hello and draw a winner!!!My folks just left this morning and after having them here for 2 weeks I'm already missing them. I'm a blubbering baby who spent last night crying. I only get to see them once or twice a year and we are very close so it's hard to say our goodbyes or "see you soon's" as I like to say. I got to take a much needed mini-break from work and spend some time with them and my family with some amazing weather these past 2 weeks knitting and drinking coffee in the sunshine. The sun has been out and it's been soooooo warm!!! It's been…
  • GIVEAWAY || LUCKY PENNY BABY COLLECTION FROM TANIS FIBER ARTS!!

    Very Shannon
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:46 am
    Who's in the mood for a fun giveaway? Me, me, me, me! I was sooooo excited when my lovely friend Tanis of the amazing Tanis Fiber Arts wrote me to say she had released a new collection all for baby boys entitled the "Lucky Penny Baby"!!!! Seriously....adorable. And even though I have girls I would make every single thing in here. Plus there is definitely not enough go to patterns for boys in the knitting world so it's great to see her filling that void with stylish and cute patterns!In the "Lucky Penny Baby Collection" you get 4 stylish patterns! // SCHOOLBOY VEST // R&R…
  • CREATIVITY || STAYING ON TRACK

    Very Shannon
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    I love cherry blossoms. It means spring is here with it's blue skies to bask in, sunshine to soak in and new projects to dive into. Where I live the streets become lined in cherry blossoms. Tree after tree, row after row, the pink blossoms fill the sky. As islanders we know to soak it in and relish in it for the rain could just be right around the corner. I've always loved cherry blossoms and the experience of watching my little girl laugh and experience joy in what we call the "snow blossoms" as they fly through the afternoon breeze and flutter across our heads, faces, twirling and…
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    Creating Keepsakes Blog

  • Class Reviews Are in AND…

    creatingkeepsakes
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    At CKC, the classes are rockin’, but don’t just take our word for it just listen to what our Facebook fans are saying about Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Conventions and all of the different classes offered! If you have photos from your CKC experience, feedback about the classes you took, or something you would like to see taught at our events give us a shout out, we are listening.  Our Facebook page is a great resource to post those pictures from events. We’re on Instagram too at ckscrapbookevents so tag us in your photos! And if there is anything that you want to know from the CK…
  • Scrapbook How-To: Create a Gathered Fabric Border

    creatingkeepsakes
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Increase the texture factor of your layout by adding a feminine gathered trim. For a fabulous way to draw attention to your photos, you can create this border using a variety of fabric – from cotton to burlap. The ruching effect is great for replicating a grassy lawn, ocean waves, or a textured garden path. Stacy Cohen used a green fabric to tie in with the grass in her photos. How Does Your Garden Grow? by Stacy Cohen from 101+ Creative Ways to Use Your Scrapbook Supplies Create the look: Step 1: Start with a 12″-24″ fabric strip. Fold fabric strip in half lengthwise. Sew…
  • Scrapbook How-To: Embellish Large Accents

    creatingkeepsakes
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    The next time you have a dominant element on your layout, accent it with a variety of colorful, mismatched buttons from your scrapbook stash or junk drawer. While Mou Saha did this with a rainbow, any large design will work great with this technique. You Are My Rainbow by Mou Saha from Budget-Friendly Scrapbooking Closer look
  • Scrapbook How-To: Create Glassine Bubbles

    creatingkeepsakes
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Use glassy glassine to add texture to your layouts. Glassine has just a hint of wax that helps dry embossed images hold their shape, as Stacy Cohen illustrates in her layout from Mixed Media, Vol. 1. Use this technique to mimic the look of bubbles for summer and celebration layouts. Fish Outta Water by Stacy Cohen from Mixed Media, Vol. 1 Create the look: Step 1: Dry emboss glassine envelope using die-cutting/embossing machine. Step 2: Gently rub chalk ink pad across embossed surface to add color. Step 3: Repeat Step 2 using additional ink colors for added depth and dimension.  
  • Scrapbook How-To: Add Texture to Foam Stickers

    creatingkeepsakes
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Enhance the joyful feeling of the story you’re telling by adding whimsical textured patterns to your foam letter stickers. That’s exactly what Cindy Tobey did for her delightful layout for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Texture! Simple heat your foam letter stickers from the back and immediately run them through your manual die-cutting machine with the texture plate or embossing folder of your choice. By heating the foam stickers first, you soften the foam and make it easier to press the textured pattern into the material. The result? Well defined, textured patterns that make a…
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    Elizabeth Anne Designs: The Wedding Blog

  • Chic + Pretty Seaside Wedding

    Stephanie
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Despite having to move their Saturday Seaside nuptials to a Friday due to a threatening tropical storm–and pulled off with little stress, says the bride, thanks to Shelby Peaden Events–Blaire and Bill’s wedding day couldn’t have been more picture perfect! These breathtaking images from Dear Wesleyann have us swooning over every detail, from sky blue bridesmaids dress by LulaKate to the lacy and elegant Nicole Miller gown Blaire chose. Magnolia leaf wreaths embellish the pews at the chic Seaside Chapel, where the bright light mixed with the cool colors creates a…
  • Classic Spring Country Club Wedding

    Stephanie
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Our mouths are agape at the spring loveliness in Anamaria and William’s wedding at Ravisloe Country Club in Homewood, Illinois! Says Anamaria, “We really wanted a hand-picked garden feel to our wedding so we chose flowers such as ranunculus, peonies, snapdragons, garden roses, eucalyptus, hydrangeas, and dahlias in a peach, coral, salmon color palette.” Ipomea Floral Design brought the vision to life, adding fresh peaches to the arrangements set in terra-cotta bowls. Bouquets were loosely tied with hemp and vintage lace. To incorporate Anamaria and William’s cultural…
  • Glamorous Old Florida Wedding

    Stephanie
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    We just love the fun Old Florida-meets-glitz vibe of Emily and Kyle’s wedding. The gorgeous Bay Preserve at Osprey in Sarasota hosted the fabulous affair, where bright flowers by Elegant Designs Floral Art Studio were a bold contrast to black and white stripes and gold accents. Bridesmaids in black dresses from J.Crew continued the color scheme, while Emily’s Lazaro gown and veil were fairy tale perfect! We’re smitten with the elegant stationery with black and white details from Write-On Sarasota, which coordinated with the palette of the day, too. NK Productions ensured all…
  • Welcome To The Weekend

    Erin
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    Our week is complete and as we reminisce about the beauty that unfolded on our blog and beyond, we cannot help but pinch ourselves as we featured so many lovely details and welcomed a few fabulous vendors to the EAD family! New York-based photographer, Michelle Lange‘s love for weddings and her ability to capture soft, romantic, and inviting images that showcase the emotion and beauty within their stories has captured our hearts. Invision Events is the go-to for any Southern bride looking for the perfect wedding planner to bring her wedding day vision to life and we could not be…
  • 20 Spring Wedding Bouquets

    Erin
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Our hearts are aflutter for the beautiful spring blooms that we are about to share! The weather is warming up and with it comes a variety of fresh and sweet flowers in the softest pastels to the brightest hues. From amaryllis, anemone, daffodil, lilac, lily, orchid, peonies—oh, how we love peonies!— ranunculus, rose, sweet pea, tulips and so much more, these 20 gorgeous spring bouquets are hand-crafted to perfection and are sure to leave you swooning through the afternoon! Start slideshow » The post 20 Spring Wedding Bouquets appeared first on Elizabeth Anne Designs: The Wedding Blog and…
 
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    FaveCrafts.com Articles

  • Craft Reviews and Giveaways

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Read craft product and craft book reviews and enter to win the product or book. We feature a new craft giveaway every Tuesday and Friday. You can enter once daily.
  • Fabulous Fall Flower Adornment

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Heres a fabulous project to turn an inexpensive plastic vase and glass candle holder into an expensive looking heavy duty stone vase.
  • Melony Bradley

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Melony Bradley is a full-time freelance craft designer/professional.
  • Upcycled Tap Shoe Pendant

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Do you have a pair of old tap shoes that you no longer use? Well you can find a new use for them with this Upcycled Tap Shoe Pendant project. This charming necklace makes a wonderful gift for a dancer or someone who enjoys the fine arts. Decorate the pendant however you'd like and you'll always carry the magic of music close to your heart.
  • Snow Queen Crochet Ruffled Bag

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Perfect for summer, fall, winter, and spring, this Snow Queen Crochet Ruffled Bag is a great way to tote around your essentials. Made with lovely romantic ruffles, this crocheted bag is great for women of all ages. Make it in pristine white or use a variety of colors for a purse that will really stand out! This is a great bag to take with you on a trip or on an adventure to the city. You could also add a zipper to the bag to make it more secure if you'd like. Great to give as a gift or keep for yourself, this Snow Queen Crochet Ruffled Bag is sure to be a well-loved purse by teens and adults…
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    FaveCrafts

  • 29 Crocheted Bracelets

    FaveCrafts
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    The summer is coming, and you know what that means…short sleeves and tank tops!  And what better way to show off your arms than with some colorful and fun DIY bracelets?  With this awesome collection of 29 Crocheted Bracelets, you’re sure to find something that’s perfect for accessorizing your favorite summer outfits. Crocheted bracelets are great for using up leftover yarn, and they’re so fun to mix and match.  Stack bracelets of various sizes and shapes to create a fun look that’s sure to please.  You can also cover up old bangles and bracelets with yarn to…
  • Light Up the Night: 25 DIY Lighting Ideas for Your Wedding

    AllFreeDIYWeddings
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    You glow, girl, and on your wedding day, you’re going to glow even more brightly than ever before. Filled with love, magic, and a whole lot of smiles, the only thing missing from your glow is uber-romantic lighting. Don’t rely on the setting sun or the awful fluorescents your venue offers to make your wedding shine like it should. There are amazing DIY lighting ideas that will give your big day the radiance it deserves, so do yourself justice by making one come to life. No matter your wedding theme, a soft, dreamy glimmer belongs. What’s creating that gorgeous glimmer is up…
  • The Best Blogger Crafts: You Are Amazing Greeting Card

    FaveCrafts
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This month we’re celebrating our bloggers and their creativity. In January 2014 at CHA, bloggers gathered at our CHA Networking Event to meet companies and to work more with us here FaveCrafts. After getting a bunch of crafty swag from the event, they set out to make projects out of the materials they were given. We’re featuring these projects all month with giveaways so you can make your own versions of their wonderful crafts. You Are Amazing Greeting Card Tell someone just how much you care in the prettiest way possible. Be sure to send a You Are Amazing Greeting Card to show…
  • Win the Sewing Storage Collection of Your Dreams!

    AllFreeSewing
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:24 am
    It’s a good thing we don’t keep the Everything Mary Complete Sewing Storage collection by our desks, or the AllFreeSewing editors would have taken off with it. With a trio that includes a Sewing Machine Cover, Sewing Box, and Rolling Sewing Machine Tote, we find this bunch completely irresistible. Everything Mary Sewing Machine Cover The great thing about this exclusive collection from Everything Mary is that each piece includes additional storage opportunities for items. For example, the sewing machine cover not only protects your machine from dust in style, it includes pockets…
  • Craft Your Own Zoo: 21 Animal Crafts

    AllFreeChristmasCrafts
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:15 am
    Ever since I woke up at 3 am to watch the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton live on TV, I’ve been following their family more closely than a patriotic American probably should. It’s hard to resist this picture-perfect royal family, especially since Will and Kate have welcomed a bouncing baby boy into the world. This jet-setting trio is currently on a tour of Australia, and they took little George to a zoo on Easter Sunday. This highly-publicized getaway got me thinking about all of the animal crafts on the Web. Whether they are knitted, crocheted, sewn, or…
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    Merriment Design

  • Easy DIY Paper Easter Basket and Astrobrights Paper Giveaway

    Kathy Beymer
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Here’s an easy DIY paper Easter basket that you can make with just a few cuts and folds. Hop to it! I love these paper Easter baskets. I want to make like 85 of them. You can colorize and personalize them in a zillion different ways. This post is sponsored by ASTROBRIGHTS® Papers as part of its #colorize campaign and all opinions are mine. ASTROBRIGHTS® Papers wants to give a Merriment Design reader a customized package of ASTROBRIGHTS® colored paper PLUS a $50 gift card to Office Depot who carries the largest selection of Astrobrights Paper of any retailer. Aren’t the colors…
  • Printable Superman birthday banner for a super hero birthday party (also great as an iron-on t-shirt graphic)

    Kathy Beymer
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Here’s a printable Superman birthday banner for your little super hero. And you can download instantly and print at my etsy store — no waiting! I made this printable Superman Birthday Party banner for my daughter Elise’s 4th birthday. She loves super heroes, that girl. You’ll get all letters of the alphabet in a Superman-inspired shield in RED with yellow background and blue outlines. You will get all 26 letters of the alphabet… …plus numbers 1-12. Each letter and number is sized 10” x 7.5”. You also get two stars on each letter to cut out and use for party…
  • How to sew reusable fabric sandwich and snack bags

    Kathy Beymer
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    This free sandwich bag sewing pattern and tutorial is so easy you’ll be able to replace your old plastic snack bags in no time. I like the design of these free sandwich bag and snack bag patterns because of their large flaps. The flaps act like teeny little place mats, which helps avoid germ fests like when your daughter puts her carrots onto a random table at Lincoln Park Zoo (happened with our old snack bags, pretty gross, so I made sure that mine had flaps). And oh boy, you’re going thank me me for this new product that I’m going to show you. It’s called VELCRO®…
  • DIY Mother’s Day Card Using a Polka Dot Stencil (and GIVEAWAY!)

    Kathy Beymer
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    All moms agree that the best Mother’s Day presents are handmade. Make your mom a special Mother’s Day card that spells M-O-M in polka dots. I used this new polka dot stencil from Amy Anderson at Mod Podge Rocks. And you can win a stencil for yourself! Keep reading for a giveaway. Amy Anderson from Mod Podge Rocks created this new line of six basic pattern stencils that you can use with Mod Podge or paint. She gave me a stencil and supplies but all my opinions are mine. I love how this Mother’s Day gift idea celebrates Mom in a simple and clever way. It uses on-trend color of the…
  • Stencil an Infinity Scarf Using Recycled T-Shirts

    Kathy Beymer
    26 Mar 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I made this DIY infinity scarf from a recycled t-shirt in exactly one nap time. Fresh, yes? It looks like I bought it at a Chicago boutique or etsy or Renegade Craft Fair but all it took was a scallop stencil by Ed Roth from Stencil1, FolkArt Multi-Surface paint, and my husband’s old gray t-shirt. I’d like to thank Ed Roth and Plaid for sponsoring this post. All opinions are mine. Ed Roth has been creating edgy, fun, and art-inspired designs since it all began in the 90s. They’re cool and cutting edge while remaining accessible. These #Stencil1 stencils will be available at…
 
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    Handmade Charlotte

  • Easy Raspberry Puff Pastry Tart

    Sarah Kieffer
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:55 am
    By Sarah Kieffer With spring finally here among us, my taste buds are already leaping to summer as all kinds of berries show up at the market. I recently made this puff pastry tart for friends, and decided it was the perfect spring (or summer) dessert. The puff pastry can be made or purchased, the filling is simple to whip together, and the fresh berries placed strategically on top make for a beautiful presentation. It’s a simple, yet elegant, way to celebrate these wonderful warm months. What You Need Store bought puff pastry is fine, but look for one that is made with real butter verses…
  • Modern Wall Shelves for Kids

    Si Mazouz
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:25 pm
    By Si Mazouz Who said kids’ rooms can’t be trendy and use elements of classic design? Add a modern touch to your child’s room while keeping everything organized with String, a classic Scandinavian shelving system designed in 1949 by Nil Strinning. The minimalist wall shelving system can be configured in countless ways to fit your exact needs. Here are a few of our favorite examples… No more storage issues! The shelves can be configured to fill an entire wall (photos 1 and 2] or used simply as an accent piece above a desk or a piece of furniture [photos 3, 4, and 5]. The best part…
  • Simple Last-Minute Easter Craft for Kids

    Kersey Camp­bell
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:48 am
    By Kersey Camp­bell My son is obsessed with pipe cleaners! He could play with them for hours. I thought I would make something special to put in his Easter basket using pipe cleaners, so I came up with this sweet little bunny ring. It can be used as is, or you can get really creative and draw little bunny faces onto the kids finger’s to make little finger puppets. Either way, the kiddos will love them. What You Need Pipe cleaners Scissors Step 1 Towards the middle of the pipe cleaner, bend it to make an ear, leaving plenty of room for the rest of the bunny shape. Step 2 Right next to the…
  • DIY Easter Bunny Pocket Tee

    Eva Monleon
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:53 pm
    By Eva Monleon Here’s a simple and super fun sewing project for you to tackle over the Easter holiday. The downloadable Easter bunny and basket pocket template can be sewn onto any top, t-shirt, dress or bag. Fill the pocket with yummy sweets and enjoy a crafty Easter! What You Need Printable template (download here) Burlap Felt Fabric scrap Burlap strands Yarn Embroidery thread 
pins Needles Washable marker Scissors Step 1 Down­load and print the tem­plate. Cut out bunny, ears, paws and bow-tie from felt. Glue ears and bow-tie (I didn’t end up using the bow-tie, it’s totally up…
  • Printable Easter Crafts

    Mari Richards
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:11 pm
    By Mari Richards Last-minute holiday preparations are a common theme at my house. We always have the best intentions of decorating early and sitting down to create our annual traditions (whether it’s gingerbread houses or Easter egg decorating). But, like every other year, we are already a little behind. With busy lives, lots of families find themselves in the same predicament. Add in the school holidays around Easter time, and it’s the perfect recipe for bored kids and Easter project solutions! These printables are all quick to download and print, and perfect for your Springy Eastery…
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    Flower Girl Designs Collection

  • Top 10 in Sewing!!

    Dorinda
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
  • DVD & Blu-Ray Movie Storage pdf Pattern

    Dorinda
    5 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    This is an easy to make pdf pattern and a great way to organize and store movies.  Included in the pattern are small and large sizes for DVDs and Blu-Ray movies. The small fits up to approximately 12 movies and the large size fits up to approximately 20 movies.
  • Placemat Casserole Carrier Free pdf Pattern

    Dorinda
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:17 am
    Easter is on its way and we all have family dinners to go to, why not take your casserole dish there in style. This is a quick and easy casserole carrier; I actually purchased my placemats at the dollar store,  the nylon strap at Wal-Mart for just a couple of dollars and I had the piece of Velcro that is needed for the closure. The placemat casserole carrier fits a 9" x 13" dish. Like me on Facebook. Follow me on Bloglovin. The free pdf sewing pattern download is under the pictures. Download Placemat Casserole Carrier
  • Keep It Cool Can Wrap Free pdf Pattern

    Dorinda
    22 Mar 2014 | 8:36 am
    This is an easy and great way to use up all those scraps of fabric. Make them in a theme of colors for a party or great to give as a gift. Like me on Facebook! Follow me on Bloglovin! Follow me on Twitter! The free pdf pattern download is under the pictures. Enjoy! Download Keep it Cool Can Wrap
  • Remote Control Caddy pdf Sewing Pattern

    Dorinda
    18 Mar 2014 | 8:55 am
    Keep your remote controls close at hand and organized, you will no longer be losing the remotes. There are two different sizes in the pattern, large fits up to 7 remote controls and small fits up to 5 remote controls. The remote controls can be of different sizes and if you don’t have that many remotes, you can also, use the caddy for reading glasses, pens, paper or any other little items you need.  Templates are included for the round bottom. This is a useful and fun project to make. Large:  8” round x 8” high Small:  6” round x 8” high
 
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    How Does She

  • Five Tips For Cooking With Freeze Dried Foods

    Misty Marsh
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Missy introduced you to Thrive foods a few weeks ago during their “biggest sale of the year,” and I know some of you were able to take advantage of that sale. But I’m betting that a few of you (or maybe even most of you) are now staring at the cans that were shipped to you…wondering:“What in the world do I do with freeze dried food?“Or maybe you haven’t even got up the courage to take the cans out of the boxes yet and you are just staring at the boxes thinking:“I’m just gonna put this at the bottom of some closet somewhere and full it out…
  • Create “Real-like” Silk Flower Arrangements with Clear Vases

    Darleen Meier
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:27 am
    Fresh cut-flowers can easily brighten up a room.  I know when I walk in my kitchen and see a vase of flowers sitting on the table, it always puts a smile on my face.  If only I could always make fun floral arrangements every week like my last post; but c’mon, freshly-cut flowers can be expensive.  And the obvious…they don’t last forever.  Well, please don’t cringe when you hear me say the word “silk” flowers.  Trust me, I am definitely a lover of all things real, alive, and green.  But, I am here to say there is a way to make silk or faux flowers not…
  • Why the ESSENTIAL OILS craze? and 3 winners!

    Missy
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:08 am
    I am sure by now you have heard about essential oils and maybe even have some friends who offer theirs up when you get a headache or start coughing.  You might kindly refuse wondering if your friend has gone a bit crazy? At least that is what I did when I first heard about them… “You mean to tell me that if I rub this oil around my kids’ ear a few times, his ear infection will go away?” uh huh. But you do it anyway, just to appease her thinking, it won’t hurt right? And then, what the?…it works! Your kid stops crying from the pain and 20 minutes later is…
  • Cream of Asparagus Soup

    Allison Ruth
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:53 am
    I love this time of year! Not only is the sunshine and warm weather such a welcome sight after a cold winter, but Spring time in the kitchen is just so much fun. It’s exciting to have fresh produce available in the garden and farmer’s markets again. There are so many fresh, healthy, delicious Spring recipes to start cooking.First up on our Spring menu is this delicious Cream of Asparagus Soup. It’s one of those recipes that you really have to taste to truly understand just how good it really is. My kids were hesitant at first, because the soup is very green after all, but…
  • Are you a builder or a bulldozer?

    Nicolette
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:48 am
     In high school, I had what can only be described as an epiphany.            One day, while walking to Spanish class, an older girl approached me in the hall.  She sneered, scrutinized me from head to toe, and then laughed as if she’d just heard a hilarious joke.  Except it was just the two of us in the hall.  I felt horrible.  Then the epiphany struck me—I  would never, ever be that girl; instead of making others feel bad, I could make them feel good.  It was like a switch had just flipped inside of me.  If it was so easy to belittle others and degrade them, it…
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    Inner Child Fun

  • Mother’s Day Gift Kids Can Make

    Valerie
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    Here’s a quick Mother’s Day gift kids can make that is sure to make Mom happy, especially if she is a fan of delicious dark chocolate! These sweet chocolate bouquets are so much fun to make! I love how bright and cheerful they look when arranged in a small vase. My 5 year old could […]The post Mother’s Day Gift Kids Can Make appeared first on Inner Child Fun.
  • See Disneynature’s BEARS and Protect Our National Parks

    Valerie
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:36 pm
    We just returned from an amazing family trip to California to visit Disneyland as part of the Disney Social Media Moms celebration! I cannot wait to share with you some of the new and exciting things our friends at Disney have been working on: inspiring partnerships with charities, supporting research on the benefits that kids […]The post See Disneynature’s BEARS and Protect Our National Parks appeared first on Inner Child Fun.
  • Flower Crafts for Preschoolers

    Valerie
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:46 pm
    These flower crafts for preschoolers are sure to get the little ones excited for Spring to arrive! Many of these flower crafts use common household materials you probably already have on-hand. Yay for simple and fun activities for Spring!! 1. Flower Prints from Soda Bottles Make flower prints from empty soda bottles to create unique […]The post Flower Crafts for Preschoolers appeared first on Inner Child Fun.
  • Crafts Made with Coffee Filters

    Valerie
    28 Mar 2014 | 4:09 am
    These crafts made with coffee filters are quick, easy, and fun to make! I love crafting with coffee filters because I almost always have some on-hand for a quick craft to keep the kids entertained on a rainy day, or whenever inspiration strikes. Added bonus — For little ones who love to paint, coffee filters […]The post Crafts Made with Coffee Filters appeared first on Inner Child Fun.
  • Ideas to Make Cleaning Fun for Kids

    Valerie
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:10 am
    It’s time for a little Spring cleaning, so why not make it fun? A special thank you to our friends at Melissa & Doug for sponsoring today’s quick parenting tips and creative play ideas. Here are some of our favorite ideas to make cleaning fun for kids! Get Creative with Pretend Play A simple way […]The post Ideas to Make Cleaning Fun for Kids appeared first on Inner Child Fun.
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    Knitting for Charity: Easy, Fun and Gratifying

  • Double Knitting Is Easier Than You Might Think

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:41 am
    Perhaps you have seen the many beautiful projects that can be produced using double knitting. So have I! I've seen washcloths, scarves, hats, and even afghans. All of those projects were completely reversible, every bit as beautiful on one side as it was on the other.
  • The Boston Marathon Scarf Project 2014 Seeks to Wrap Runners in Love, Comfort, and Prayer

    20 Apr 2014 | 10:35 am
    You may recall the Boston Marathon bombings from 2013, how frightening and tragic this event was. Three people died, and 264 more were injured. This experience was terrifying not only for the runners, but also for the spectators, especially loved ones of the runners.
  • Knitting Water Animals Is Fun with These Free Patterns

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:22 am
    Knitting, water animals: if you've never thought of these two as a great match, it's time to think again. As a knitter and a freshwater aquarium keeper, I can tell you that the two have a lot in common. Both are relaxing, on one hand; on the other, both are very easy to become completely obsessed with!
  • Afghan and Blanket Squares - the Perfect Charity Knitting Projects

    13 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    Afghan and blanket squares are such wonderful charity knitting projects. Many qualities make them great charity projects: they take very little time, are great stash-busters, are fun ways to try new stitches, and when joined together make beautiful kaleidoscopes of color and texture.
  • Yes, You Can Knit with Luxury Yarn - Even on a Budget

    10 Apr 2014 | 9:48 am
    If you're on a budget, does it mean you can't knit with luxury yarn? Absolutely not! You don't have to deprive yourself of luxury yarn just because you need to watch your wallet.
 
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    Dollar Store Crafts

  • Tutorial: Make a Glittery Duck Tape Pen Organizer (from Recyclables!)

    heather
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:21 pm
    This post brought to you by Duck Brand. All opinions are 100% mine. Here at Dollar Store Crafts, we love crafting with Duck Tape®! The only thing better is adding recycled materials to the mix. In today's project, we've done both, and created a Glitter Duck Tape® desk organizer made from recycled paper towel tubes. We're celebrating spring and Earth Month with this blingy project made from recyclables. For this project, we've used Duck Tape's new Glitter Tape in pink and silver to add some bling, along with their adorable mini Duck Tape Ducklings in silver and…
  • Make Foam Egg Insects

    rhonda
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    So, all of the Easter stuff is half price at the stores right now, and you've been thinking about picking up some tidbits to use as cheap craft supplies.  What should you grab?  If you happen to spy a package of foam Easter eggs, like the ones that Sophie from Sophie's World found, you can use them to make all kinds of adorable insects!  The possibilites for this project are limited only by your imagination.  Be sure to check out Sophie's blog to see how she also used this idea to make a beautiful butterfly!  Can't find eggs?  Small foam balls would also work well.  [how to make foam…
  • Tutorial: Knotted Bracelet Made from Recycled Fabric

    morena
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Happy Earth Day!  While today is a day to focus on our environment and how we can improve it,  I think a lot of us budget crafters are environmentally conscious everyday.  Dollar Store Crafts regularly features ideas for ways to turn unwanted items into something functional, and this project is no exception! To make these knotted bracelets, I used my children's old clothing.  I always donate my kid's clothes to charity, but some items, like these leggings and jeans, were so ripped and worn that there was no way to salvage them.  Rather than tossing them, I cut them up to make some pretty…
  • Make a Mini Wire Crown

    rhonda
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Do you know a little prince or princess?  This super easy DIY from Vanessa at Cafe Craftea will show you how to make them an adorable mini crown out of wire!  This particular type of wire comes in several different colors at Dollar Tree, so you have multiple options.  You could even take this further and add beads or other embellishments to your crown, attaching them using glue or more wire.  And while it's miniature-sized on a human head, it's a full-size crown if you put it on a doll's head!  [how to make a mini wire crown] Project estimate: Wire, on hand or $1 Pliers, on hand Ruler,…
  • Make a No-Sew Sock Snake

    rhonda
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Love the idea of a DIY stuffed animal but aren't so sure about your sewing skills?  Here is one that anybody can handle making!  Jen at Kids' CBC created this cute little slithery fella out of a sock, and it doesn't require a single stitch. It's a great way to use an odd sock whose mate has gone missing; or if you go out and buy a pair of socks for this project, you'll be able to make a pair of matching snakes!  [how to make a no-sew sock snake] Project estimate: Knee sock, on hand or $1 Polyfill, on hand or about $3 and up Googly eyes, on hand or $1 Felt, on hand Hot glue gun, on hand…
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  • Ducks A Waddling Quilt – Ready for Spring

    Phyllis
    12 Apr 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Spring is a great time to watch ducks waddling and splashing in the puddles left by April showers. My newest quilt pattern for the Quilt Dash, Ducks A Waddling, is inspired by the spring ducks.   This quilt consists of 12 pieced duck blocks  separated by sashing strips. The finished size of this quilt is […]
  • Dash to receive a Free Irish Quilt Pattern!

    Phyllis
    14 Mar 2014 | 10:01 am
    For love of the Irish, this quilt “Memories of Mike”  celebrates Ireland and St. Patrick’s Day with the greens of Ireland and the blues of the surrounding water. This pattern is free for dashing through the online Quilt Dash game.  The Quilt Dash starts today and runs through March 31.   “Memories of Mike”, designed […]
  • Pantone Radiant Orchid – Beautiful Color!

    Phyllis
    22 Feb 2014 | 9:25 am
    A lot of you already know that the Pantone Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid 18-3224. I love this color – its such a beautiful shade and can go with so many other colors including the monochromatic colors that go with it. When I was in Atlanta for the Atlanta Gift Market, I saw […]
  • Sweetheart Quilt to Show your Heart!

    Phyllis
    15 Feb 2014 | 11:11 am
    Although Valentine’s Day has passed, you can show affection all year with this Sweetheart Quilt made with hearts.  Its easy to make with pieced blocks and appliqué hearts.  This pattern is free by joining the Quilt Dash, available for the next two weeks.  You will dash through online quilt shops to get the pattern and […]
  • Happy New Year for a Wonderful 2014!

    Phyllis
    31 Dec 2013 | 3:48 pm
    Its hard to believe another year has flown by! It seems like its only been a few months since I was looking forward to 2013, and in a blink, 2013 is behind me. I have a lot of faith that 2014 will be a wonderful year and wish it for each of you! I didn’t […]
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  • Cómo hacer un tocado con Sinamay paso a paso

    Esther Lopez
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:45 pm
    Hoy os voy a mostrar cómo hacer un tocado con una flor de sinamay paso a paso. No os imagináis la vergüenza que me da aparecer en el blog ”in person” , pero es la única forma de enseñaros como queda el tocado y cómo hay que colocarlo. Así que me he venido arriba y me he puesto un poco de chapa y pintura y a posar. Y después de 200 o 300 fotos, parece que esta es la mas decente jeje. Bueno pues, dadas las explicaciones, vamos con el tutorial. Primero os explico lo que es el sinamay, que es un tejido muy parecido al yute que se usa habitualmente para hacer tocados y…
  • Un Marco con “La mas Bonita” by Violeta Scrap

    Violeta Scrap
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:15 am
    Los papeles de la colección La más Bonita de Lady Desidia, son perfectos para elaborar proyectos con técnicas de Scrapbooking, sin utilizar fotografías, ya que las muñecas son geniales para recortarlas y utilizarlas como elemento principal en la composición. He realizado un sencillo marco de fotos decorado, utilizando los papeles de esta colección y añadiendo unas letras de foam y unos brillantes, en color negro. Creo que es un marco ideal, para regalar en el día de la madre, ya que esta a punto de llegar. Un Marco con “La mas Bonita” Además es un proyecto, sencillo,…
  • Taller Scrap con Quim Díaz y Lady Desidia 3 de Mayo 2014

    Esther Lopez
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    Hoy quiero presentaros este evento especial. Queremos presentar nuestra queridísima colección “La más bonita ” by Lady Desidia, y no se nos ha ocurrido otra cosa que pasar un sábado haciendo crafts con un profesor de excepción y nuestra diseñadora favorita. Queríamos hacer algo familiar, próximo, agradable, a gustito… lo que nos gusta a nosotros vamos. Una jornada de scrap de la mano de Quim Díaz,  con el que haremos un álbum por supuesto usando  “La más bonita”, pero  demás… Una de las páginas estará asistida por Lady Desidia. Nos…
  • Blog Hop La mas Bonita by Lady Desidia and Kds

    Comin Scrap
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Mini “Tu & Yo” Buenos días! para celebrar este Blog Hop La mas Bonita by Lady Desidia and Kds, yo he propuesto un álbum muy patchwork. Es todo un honor para nosotros participar en un Blog Hop que organiza Kits de Somni , y los demás participantes, así que esperamos hacerlo bien y que os guste celebrando así la presentación de nuestra primera colección junto a Lady Desidia. Además si quieres puedes adquirir el kit que propone Kits de Somni para scrapear con la colección aqui Nunca había hecho un álbum de scrap con anillas…y me ha encantado!, es fantástico…
  • Bolsa customizada con Ganchillo a punto de Abanico

    Elevado a N
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:31 am
    Bolsa customizada con Ganchillo a punto de Abanico. Aprovechando que ya hemos practicado el punto abanico más básico, aquí os traigo un patrón en el que lo combinaremos para poder customizar una bolsa completamente lisa. Materiales para customizar una bolsa con ganchillo:  Hilos de colores de Natura Just Cotton XL de DMC. Ganchillo nº 7. Alfileres. Aguja, dedal e hilo. Bolsa para customizar (28 x 30 cm.). Cómo customizar una bolsa con ganchillo paso a paso PATRÓN Aquí tienes el patrón que he seguido para hacer la pieza de ganchillo. En este trabajo usamos puntos cadeneta (las…
 
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  • Signs from Around the World

    Fiona Bessey-Bushnell
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    I have been “collecting” images of signs from around the world for some time.  I am uncertain when I began loving signs that were witty, unusual, attention grabbing or “just a little off”.  But it seems that I always find signs that are meaningful to me — whatever the message.  Won’t you take a photo walk with me right now? photo credit: Stuart Chalmers London, England photo credit: Stuart Chalmers Esher, England   photo credit: Stuart Chalmers Athens, Greece   photo credit: Doug Wheller Edinburgh, Scotland   photo credit: Mirjana…
  • How to Thrive in Six Steps – Step Two

    Debra Dane
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    How often do you take time for yourself simply to satisfy YOUR needs? How often do you WANT to do so? What holds you back? What stands in your way? If you want to thrive rather than simply survive and get by (and sometimes barely so) it is critical to get clear on what has been holding you back and how you can make self care a priority. Some preliminary steps to take are getting clear on who you are (what are your values and core desires) and what is ultimately important to you. When you gain clarity here you can use that information as your guidepost to make decisions related to your care,…
  • Picking and Choosing

    Lucinda Sage-Midgorden
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    “You can complete a project by dropping it.” -Arianna Huffington A year or so ago, I saw an old interview of Dick Cavett with Katherine Hepburn. In the interview she said something like, “No one can do it all. You have to make a choice about what you want to do, and leave the rest behind.” I loved her for saying that, because years ago my husband and I made the decision not to have children so we could pursue our artwork. Don’t get me wrong, I love children. I worked with them in one way or another from the age of 14 or 15 until I quit teaching high school six years ago. For…
  • How to Thrive in Six Steps – Step One

    Debra Dane
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Being thoroughly connected during most of our waking hours is pretty common these days. We may unplug at times (sometimes against our will even), but most days are spent getting things done, checking out what others have done and making plans for more to do. It is critical that we make time for self care so that we stay healthy, tap into our needs and enjoy our lives – thrive rather than simply survive. Time spent doing nothing, recharging or enjoying our life is never wasted time. In this series we will look at self-care from definition to how to prevent burnout to fresh ideas to get…
  • Book Review: Notes From A Blue Bike

    Tahani Al-Salem
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:01 am
      I recently read this book, and I keep going back to it. I always know a book has been good when I can’t stop thinking about what it it stirred in me, and what I hope to do about it. I think it’s funny, because I tend to feel like the target audience for these kinds of books are people who are farther along in life- they’re married, have kids, a house. They’ve built their life up around them, while I’m not quite there yet. And I’m perfectly okay with that, I’m content with where I’m at, and know that eventually I’ll get to where…
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    Papaver Designs

  • Papaver Designs BIG Studio Sale

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
    Check out the Papaver Designs big studio sale lots of lanterns, cutwork and other work for sale all starting at 99p on ebay. Having a big clear out ready for the move into my new home :)       http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/papaverdesigns
  • Papaver Designs, Alnwick gardens and a rainbow of colour

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    Check out these fabulous photo shoot images for a rainbow wedding inspiration at Alnwick gardens featuring Papaver Designs hand cut artwork and the famous Alnwick garden tree house!  For further images check out the Brides up North blogPhotography – Adamskii PhotographyWedding Dresses – Claire Pettibone and Terry Fox supplied by Kathryn S Trueman BridalBunting and Accessories – Emma BuntingEvent Stylist – Ailsa Ryder at Flawless Weddings & Events, Morpeth Make-up – K Beautique & Rachael Giles MUAHair - Katie & Leigh at Bassu, Morpeth Flower Crowns – Emerald…
  • DIY Mother's day gift ideas

    25 Mar 2014 | 12:52 am
       A collection of great unique Mother's day gifts that you can make yourself. link on the image to go to the tutorial x
  • Papaver Loves Pinterest

    27 Feb 2014 | 10:57 am
    Check out the Papaver Designs pinterst page for great images and inspiration for your home, wedding and other great ideas.
  • Happy Valentine's Day

    13 Feb 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Happy Valentine's Day to all you romantics out there!Congratulations to all those who got engaged today. Would love to hear how he proposed?Comments below x
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  • Being Given the Boot!

    Kimara
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Just popping in to let you know Wee Folk Art will be quiet for the next week, which is more than I can say for my house! As we approach the end of our construction, I am being "booted" out of my office space (Thus the Boot Applique Block :) while they finish up work in my room. Instead of trying to relocate my computer, I'll be using the next week to maintain sanity!!! And, when we do come back, hopefully we will be ready to unveil our new and improved site! Tim and Michelle have been working very hard, bringing us into the mobile device age! Our blog format will hopefully…
  • Postcards :: The Spring Garden

    Kimara
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
      Drew and Meghan's Wisconsin city garden. Photo's from Meghan
  • Unrequited Dreams

    Kimara
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:39 pm
    We often dream about doing "something", and it can remain a dream if we don't, in fact, actually do the thing we are dreaming about! No brainer, there, right? But what actually pushes us from "dreaming" to "doing"? Sometimes, the answer is... inexplicable. You just wake up one day, and BOOM, there you are... set about pursuing your dream. Why today? No clue. I suppose it's just "time". Sometimes you might receive the encouragement you need from a friend or you might see sometime that is the preverbal "final straw"... like a photo in a…
  • Oil Pastel :: Zentangle Cows

    Michelle
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:34 am
    Wisconsin is known for being America's Dairyland and we chose to highlight the cows this week. The kids had fun creating these silly cows and I love how each picture took on its own personality. Note: Although I am using black marker to draw the cow, I started with a pencil, drawing very lightly. Then, I go back with marker. I am demonstrating with marker because it is easier to see, but begin by drawing with a pencil, then go back and trace with a marker. Drew a large oval in the middle of your page. It can be slightly higher. Starting from the oval, draw the head in a bit of a light…
  • A Mouse in the House

    Kimara
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Have you ever wondered what goes on in a Mouse House? Believe it or not, I have. Although I'm not particularly partial to sharing my house with mice, I do think they are quite adorable and ponder their little lives. If I suspect mice have taken up residence in my house, I set live traps and, if caught, I take them out to fields, always making sure to set them free in the same spot, so they can reunite with long lost siblings. In another house, in another lifetime, my house was against a large woods. Every fall, when the winds were laced with the heady scent of autumn, field mice began…
 
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    udandi

  • Dayton Flyer and Kentucky Wildcat

    Andi
    28 Mar 2014 | 3:20 am
    I’ve been asked if I wear my Election Day socks for UD basketball, what do I wear for UK basketball? Valid question since I completed my Masters odd Library Science at UK, one might think I’m part of Big Blue Nation. The thing is, I’ve long loved UD and never thought UK needed another fan. I remember UD beating UK in Cincinnati in 1999 and thinking some UK fans were going to crush our faces if we celebrated too much upon leaving. But to satisfy the curious, I do have a new sweater for Librarian Day (April 16) that can double as my UK spirit wear! Isn’t she a wildcat?!
  • Two Years of Consecutive Weekly Workouts

    Andi
    18 Mar 2014 | 6:56 pm
    How do I know I’ve never missed a work in the last two years? Foursquare. As you can see from the above photo, my birthday marked 91 weeks at the gym. At 99 weeks either Foursquare stops logging or it thinks I skipped. But it doesn’t matter because I know that whether I go to the gym for spinning or lifting, visit a yoga studio or do a DVD workout, I’m logging weekly workouts because I enjoy them not just to see an app cheer me on. Apparently, I thought 29 weeks was pretty noteworthy or I just happened to take a screen cap before it went away. It is interesting that I take…
  • Indoor Cycling — Spinning

    Andi
    19 Feb 2014 | 6:48 am
    Two years ago, I decided I wanted to try indoor cycling or spinning. I had friends who did it, I had been reading about it in fitness magazines and I was bored with treadmills (aka dreadmills) and elliptical workouts. I never thought I would find something i enjoyed enough to wake at 4:45am to do! I belonged to a gym that offered cycling classes so I asked at the front desk who would be a good instructor for a first-timer. I showed up fifteen minutes early to my first class in baggy sweatpants (I don’t recommend, the legs will tangle with the pedal) to get setup on my bike. She told me…
  • Sneaker Recycling at Nike

    Andi
    28 Jan 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Have you seen the playgrounds that are made up if rubber pieces instead if gravel? It’s recycled rubber and some if it is sole of sneakers. I was headed near the Nike outlet store so I dropped off several pairs of old sneakers to give them new life as Nike Grind. Visit the website to find a location near you. © Andi for udandi, 2014. | Permalink | No comment | Pinterest The post Sneaker Recycling at Nike appeared first on udandi.
  • Yoga Every Damn Way

    Andi
    18 Jan 2014 | 10:06 pm
    There’s a hashtag #yogaeverydamnday. I’m not doing yoga every day, but almost yoga every damn way that I would have never expected! Yoga at Rhinegeist brewery A Cincinnati brewery, Rhinegeist brings in instructors from a local studio to lead complimentary Sunday morning yoga. Check their Facebook page for updated information. Yoga with Art |21c Cincinnati’s 21c Museum Hotel offers Sunday Yoga with Art for $5. Check their events page for updated information. Glow in the Dark Yoga Yoga Alive, which has three locations around Cincinnati, periodically offers Glow with the Flow.
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    Mixed Media Artist

  • Book reviews: 25 Patchwork Quilt Blocks (vol 2) and 501 Quilting Motifs

    Cyndi L
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Katy Jones presents 25 six-inch blocks that feature a range of styles, from traditional to brand new in 25 Patchwork Quilt Blocks (volume 2) for Martingale publishers.  All the basics are spelled out in great detail, making this an excellent beginner book: you'll learn paper piecing, and applique (both by hand and by machine), if you're not already familiar with these techniques.  Even though the bulk of the book concentrates on just presenting the blocks, there are four projects included just to give you some ideas on how to use them!Known for her creative use of color and…
  • Here's your sign!

    Cyndi L
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
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  • Fabric painting

    Cyndi L
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Here's a round-up of many of the fabric techniques we've covered here. Many of the techniques covered in Background papers, although they were designed with paper arts in mind, can be used for fabric painting too, so don't forget to check them out as well!What to do with leftover pieces of battingAdding color to a black and white printInktense "postcards"Inkjets and Inktense pencilsSoy silk fabric with embroideryTurtle stencils3-layered fabricsRubbing plate fabricsGlue gel resistsMarbled fabricsSalt printing, sun printing, and playing with intensityPainted silks for a quiltSoy silk…
  • Artsy blogging round-up!

    Cyndi L
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A Bead A DayNew ideas for summer jewelry are circulating over on a bead a day blog. Lisa's thinking about summertime pearls and ankle-bracelets as necklaces!Beading ArtsQuick and easy little crocheted bead bracelets have been around for a long time...but how long has it been since you've made one?Crochet CutenessThe Crafty Princess cracks open a new super cute crochet book.From Dollar Store Plastic to Elegant Easter EggsBy the time you're done, no one would ever know these elegant Easter eggs are made from cheap plastic eggs!Resin Crafts BlogWith Jewelry Clay as a new medium in my jewelry…
  • Book review: Uncommonly Corduroy

    Cyndi L
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Stephanie Dunphy wants you to know that corduroy isn't just for pants anymore!  In Uncommonly Corduroy, she shares 17 projects which will turn your corduroy fabric into quilts, bags, and even a scarf.  A recent release by Martingale publishers, Uncommonly Corduroy covers all the basics for those who are beginners and/or have never worked with corduroy before.  Stephanie shares all about choosing and using corduroy, including all the tricks for getting it to play well in your projects.  She follows this with sections on making bags and one on making quilts.   The…
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    Craft Stew

  • Filing Cabinet Side Table

    admin
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:20 am
    Description: The only tool you need to make this side table is a drill. This project is definitely  going on my to-do list! Craft LinkFiling Cabinet Side Table Read More: Home Decor or Home
  • DIY Dress Shirt Skirt

    admin
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:37 am
    Description: Cut down an old dress shirt to make this great new skirt. Craft Link: DIY Dress Shirt Skirt Read More: Sewing or Home
  • How To Make A Bench From Chairs

    admin
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:20 am
    Description: I love this project and I am seriously thinking of trying it soon. Craft Link: How To Make A Bench From Broken Chairs Read More: Woodworking or Home
  • Recycled Sweater Throw

    admin
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:23 am
    Description: Good use for old sweaters. Craft Link: Recycled Throw Read More: Sewing or Home
  • DIY Chalk Labels

    admin
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:23 am
    Description: All you need is adhesive chalk board stickers to make these super cute containers. I love quick and easy projects! Craft LinkDIY Chalk Labels Read More: Home Decor or Home
 
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    Paper & Stitch

  • Make This: Kidney Shaped Clay Ring DIY

    Brittni
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s been a while since I’ve worked with clay, so I thought it was time to give it another go. I ended up making these super simple kidney shaped clay rings and the minimalist in me is jumping for joy right now. Of course, the other side of me is screaming, “Add a tiny painted pattern or do a color block kidney ring“. But I do like the simplicity of these guys. Maybe next time on the patterns and color blocking? What do you think? Here’s how to make your own clay jewelry… Materials: Sculpey Oven Bake Clay // Ring Blanks // Craft Glue How To: Warm up a…
  • Mother’s Day DIY to Try: Watercolor Meringues

    Brittni
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’m not 100% sure, but I may have a thing for decorating sweet treats. First it was the ombre + color block donuts and now it’s watercolor meringue cookies! These would be a perfect addition to a Mother’s Day care package. And super affordable too! All you need to make your own are some meringue cookies (store bought  or homemade) and gel food coloring. Well…there are a couple of additional supplies, actually, but those are the main ingredients. Full supply list and tutorial here. Since I used food coloring, instead of real watercolor paint for these cookies,…
  • Travel Adventures: LA + Ventura

    Brittni
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Good morning! I hope you had a happy Easter yesterday! I’m back at it this morning, sharing some photos from a recent trip, but I hope you’re having a relaxing start to your week… A couple of weeks ago, I flew into LAX and headed down to Ventura with Kelly and Kelly (Studio DIY and Design Crush) to speak at Craftcation. It was such a nice day for a drive AND I got to sit next to buckets of fresh flowers because that’s how I roll, apparently. Actually, I taught a flower workshop at Craftcation and Kelly was SO amazing to pick up all the flowers I needed from the LA…
  • 13 DIYs to Try Before Easter

    Brittni
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    So…the day after tomorrow is Easter. Which is kind of crazy. I swear EVERY holiday sneaks up on me. BUT the good news is, there are still two days to get some DIYs crammed in for this egg-hunting holiday. And I have rounded up a whole bunch of them for you to make things a little easier… 1. Portrait Artist Easter Eggs DIY 2. Fresh Flower DIY Polka Dot Easter Eggs 3. Handmade Easter Carrot Cupcake Toppers 4. Bejeweled Easter Egg DIY 5. Teeny Tiny DIY Easter Bouquets 6. Thumb Tack Polka Dot Easter Eggs DIY 7. Easy Easter Cake Topper from a Recycled Cereal Box 8. DIY Bouquet…
  • Make This: Fresh Flower Polka Dot Easter Eggs

    Brittni
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Easter is just three days away and I have one last egg project to share before it’s too late. Naturally, it’s super easy…and may even involve flowers. Hint: It does! As a last minute way to decorate eggs, I picked out some baby’s breath and a hydrangea from a bouquet I already had and made these flowery polka dot eggs (along with some striped options). If you’re looking for something simple and pretty, versus campy and kiddish, this is the way to go. They’d look great as decoration for an Easter dinner party as well – as a centerpiece or nestled into…
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    Factory Direct Craft Blog

  • Paracord Techniques: How to do a Tomahawk Knot

    Jessica Christman
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    This moderately challenging knot looks great with thicker cord and makes a durable, sturdy fabric. Click here for the how-to {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • Turn Old Magazines into a Useful Basket

    Jessica Christman
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    This DIY is a wonderful way to recycle any old magazines you may have laying around. Click here for the how-to and video tutorial {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • Loom Band Bracelet Technique with Spool Knitting

    Jessica Christman
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Great for beginners, this portable project is super addictive and oh so fun! Click here for the how-to {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • Paracord Technique: Celtic Button

    Jessica Christman
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    The Celtic button is an ideal way to finish off a piece with an attractive, secure tail. Click here for the how-to {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • DIY Swirly Felt Pom Poms

    Jessica Christman
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    While these aren't strictly your traditional pompoms they are a fun play on the idea and so very pretty! Click here for the how-to {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
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  • 1000 Attaboys

    Alicia
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    It takes 1,000 ‘Atta boys’ to overcome one ‘You’re worthless and no good.’ - Dr. Phil Why yes I did just kick this off with a Dr. Phil quote. Why not? I actually used to watch a lot of Dr. Phil when we lived in Chicago 5+ years ago. Then we moved to Houston and he wasn’t on there – crazy, right? I’m sure we get him again now (wait, is he still on?) but I don’t watch anymore. (My other favorite Dr. Phil-ism that I had an opportunity to break out and share at an event a few weeks ago is “Do you want to be right? Or do you want to be…
  • Makeathon Night!

    Alicia
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:43 am
    Tonight we’re having a Makeathon at Whimseybox. It’s our version of the popular idea of a startup hackathon, where developers get together and build a new solution for something. It’s an opportunity to pick a project that you maybe would never otherwise work on and try to make something awesome. Since we’re not all programmers, our version is a Makeathon where the making is generally less technical. Lately as things have gotten busier I’ve found myself spending less and less time getting hands on so it’s a welcome opportunity to dive in! This is my…
  • What People Are Saying About Whimseybox Influencer

    Alicia
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    We’re been having a lot of fun at Whimseybox lately building our Influencer referral program for DIY+craft bloggers. I’ve talked about it quite a bit here and for me it’s kind of personal because what we’re building now is exactly the kind of tools and program that I’ve wanted to exist since I started this blog. As with any projects, creative or business or otherwise, sometimes the progress feels slow and other times the wind is at your back and things start happening quickly. Right now the wind is at our back… Here’s what bloggers have been telling…
  • Outside the (Whimsey)box – The Problem With Craft Kits and How We’re Solving It

    Alicia
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    As the April Whimseyboxes head out the door (whew and hooray!) I thought it might be interesting to talk about craft kits. Our April box was the 29th since we started, and in the last 2+ years we’ve learned a lot about creating craft kits. We’ve seen other companies come and go and come and go. Craft Kits – Not Exactly A New Idea Whimseybox today is a lot more more than our monthly craft subscription (and much much more to come), but we’re still best known for our monthly kits. Of course even when we started the idea of a craft kit was nothing new, but what we set out…
  • Hey, I made this rad bear water/wine bottle pouch!

    Alicia
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Any picnics or festivals in your future? Have a ton of those freebie flat plastic water bottles that everyone is slapping their logo on these days? Well then I’ve got a project for you! I sewed up this cutie in just a few fast minutes and even got to play with our new Circut Explore to cut out the cute iron-on bear. You can find the full project over on Whimseybox of course! You just finished reading Hey, I made this rad bear water/wine bottle pouch!! Consider leaving a comment! (c) 2014 dismount creative
 
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    Art Of Crafts

  • Easter/Spring Themed Craft Competition 2014

    Alison Wood
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    Today I am pleased to announce the new Art of Crafts competition. I love this season so I have chosen the themes of Easter/Spring and I know we are going to see some beautiful entries. There are Amazon gift cards for the top three, so please read on for all the details. To enter you need to create a piece of unique craft or art work that is inspired by, or which celebrates, Easter/Spring. Think flowers, eggs, bonnets, bunnies, lambs, chicks…..anything which speaks to you of this time of year. You can enter artwork, jewelry, sewing, ceramics, knitting…..any type of craft at all, as…
  • Benefits of Teaching Children to Paint with Acrylics

    Guest Author
    24 Mar 2014 | 5:24 am
    Painting with acrylics is much different than painting with water colors, oil-based paints or other mediums. Although it can be considerably messier than other mediums, it can also be quite beneficial when teaching children how to develop an image. In fact, the different techniques involved in painting with acrylics can help children discover their inner artist. 1. Color Mixing Acrylic can be a great method for demonstrating how to obtain the perfect hues of colors by mixing in more of one shade and less of another. For instance, pink is obviously derived from using red and white. However, by…
  • Win a Craftsy Sewing Class Of Your Choice

    Alison Wood
    19 Mar 2014 | 8:28 am
    In our month of celebrating the Great British Sewing Bee (#GBSB) we already have the book which accompanies the series up for grabs in our giveaway. Today I want to throw another sewing freebie into the ring, whereby one lucky winner will receive a sewing class of their choice which has been very kindly provided by Craftsy. To enter all you need to do is to click this link, whereby you will be taken through to the Craftsy site. If you already have a Craftsy account just sign in and that will count as your entry. If you don’t have an account then when you click through please register…
  • You Can Have a Green Thumb: 4 Innovative Ways to Grow Houseplants

    Guest Author
    15 Mar 2014 | 9:25 am
    Not everyone was born with chlorophyll in their veins. Caring for houseplants seems easy enough. They just require water, sunlight and the occasional scoop of plant food, right? Yet many of us are blessed with what the experts call a “black thumb.” Though we don’t set out to wield the power of life or death over potted products (usually the latter), there are always mitigating circumstances. If you’re in the black thumb group, it doesn’t mean you need to throw in the towel and fill your house with plastic plants. Here are unique ways to monitor your plants’…
  • Want To Learn A New Craft? Check Out The Craftsy Sale This Weekend

    Alison Wood
    14 Mar 2014 | 10:23 am
    Just a quick one today to let you know that Craftsy has a sale this weekend – with up to 50% off all classes. I have done a number of Craftsy classes, including crochet, jewelry design and sketching and here’s the very personal reasons why I love them: Great Value: It’s a very low cost way to learn – and there is nothing like actually seeing what is being taught right in front of you – hence why videos are so great. Also you can pause the videos if you need to see something again and you can even set them on repeat, if there is a really tricky stitch you are…
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    Skip To My Lou

  • Free Printable Teacher Tags by I Heart Naptime

    i heart naptime
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Teacher Appreciation Week is the first full week in May. Through all of April I am excited to share some amazing ideas from some of the most wonderful bloggers for my Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas series! It’s a great month! You will be totally prepared with ideas to thank your teachers! Hi friends! I’m Jamielyn from I Heart Nap Time and I’m excited to be here today on Skip To My Lou. I just adore Cindy and all of her fabulous posts. On my site I share easy recipes, free printables and simple DIY projects. For today’s teacher appreciation gift idea all you need is the…
  • Printable Mother’s Day Coupons

    Cindy Hopper
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:52 am
    These printable Mother’s Day coupons will be a much appreciated gift! This DIY coupon book is super easy to assemble so you can give mom just what she needs for Mother’s Day! If you want to make a handmade gift for Mother’s Day you might want to check out these 10 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas or these handmade gifts for mom. Don’t forget the handmade gift guide can always be a great source of inspiration for giving! I have teamed up with some crazy talented bloggers to bring you some fabulous printables. Please scroll down to the bottom to be totally inspired! I hope…
  • Made by you Monday

    Cindy Hopper
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Happy Monday! Don’t miss an easy chance to enter to win $1000 in Michaels Gift Cards! Click through to enter $1,000 Show your Appreciation Giveaway now!   It’s  Monday show us what you’ve got. It is time to link up your crafty goodness! Please don’t forget to link back! — a text link at the bottom of your post, or link somewhere on your blog is okay! Don’t miss a thing! Sign up to get crafty ideas, recipes, sewing tutorials and more delivered right to your inbox. Follow Skip to My Lou on FB and Google+ to find out the latest news! Join me…
  • $1,000 Show Your Appreciation Giveaway

    Cindy Hopper
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:44 pm
    Happy Easter! If you are looking for a last minute Easter idea, here are a few questions to get the conversation flowing at your Easter dinner! I am also sharing  this fabulous: Show your Appreciation Giveaway {1 for you and 1 for your favorite teacher}! One lucky winner and their favorite teacher will receive… 2 Michaels gift cards $500 each, you read that right! That is a total of $1,000 in gift cards, can you imagine!   Don’t forget to tell your teacher they can get 15% off every day at Michaels with their special teacher discount! It is easy to enter simply wait for…
  • In My Book, You’re Top of the Charts! By Sweet Rose Studio

    sweet rose studio
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Teacher Appreciation Week is the first full week in May. Through all of April I am excited to share some amazing ideas from some of the most wonderful bloggers for my Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas series! It’s a great month! You will be totally prepared with ideas to thank your teachers! Hi Skip to My Lou readers! I’m Katie from Sweet Rose Studio and I am beyond thrilled to be here sharing a fun Teacher Appreciation gift idea with you! Back in the day before I was a momma, I was an elementary school teacher. I absolutely adored being in the classroom with eight year olds each day;…
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    iHanna's Blog

  • Dear Photo Diary | Celebrating Perfect Days

    iHanna
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:50 pm
    If we want to discover the full potential in our humanity, we need to celebrate those heartbreaking strengths and those glorious disabilities we all have. It is our humanity and all the potential within it that makes us beautiful. Aimee Mullins This year, like the year I was born, my birthday happened in conjunction with the Easter celebrations. As I walked through town I pretended that all the feathers and flowers were put up just for me. That the sun shone just for me. And it felt perfect, all of it. There is lots to celebrate right now. Small things. Big things. Daily Mindfulness.
  • Art Journal Peek: Wishes

    iHanna
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:36 am
    I wish I was as free in life as I feel inside of you, dear Art Journal. I wish I could live inside of your safety, and be nurtured by your colors, all the time. If I could, I would live on Pink Paint Scribbles, and sugar it up with strokes of yellow. I wish all days felt as inviting as your white pages, and at night, that they I had filled them to the brim as I do my journal pages… People say ‘Are you trying to be abstract?’ thinking then that they know what you are doing though, of course, they don’t understand what the devil it is all about. They think that abstraction means…
  • Views from my Creative Life Video

    iHanna
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.” Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez It has been such lovely weather this entire week, my birthday week. And now Easter is here, with family time and bird chirping in the trees outside my window. I am wishing you a very Happy Easter with this very yellow and springish video: Let me know what you think of this in the comment section below! I have started a new embroidery, painted a yellow daffodil inside my art journal, blown soap bubbles, decorated eggs, opened presents, eaten…
  • Postcard Storage Binder with Dymo Labels

    iHanna
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:13 pm
    I love ring binders, especially these tiny ones that I have made for myself! Last week I posted a video tutorial on how you can make a custom-sized ring binder too, using a vintage book cover. I’m sure you can come up with lots of fun things to add into yours, like loose leaf journaling, handmade postcards (that’s what I use mine for) or maybe your DIY Calendar or maybe use as a Life Planner… I have got three of these green beauties now. I call them “Postcard Binders” because I store my handmade postcards in them. Recently I took last year’s swap haul down…
  • Good Mail Day – A primer for Making Eye Popping Postal Art

    iHanna
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Book review time again! Let’s dive into a book called Good Mail Day, written by Jennie Hinchcliff and Carolee Gilligan Wheeler. This book came out in 2009, so you might have already seen it, and I hope you have. But I just bought it on Amazon and read it with much joy last week. It was such a great book that I wanted to write about it – in case some of you missed it for some reason… Good Mail Day –  A primer for Making Eye Popping Postal Art is one of those books where I feel inspired to act – on almost every single page! Inspiring books are great, but when they…
 
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    Happybird's Crafting Haven

  • How To Make a Beautiful and EASY Cross Ornament

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:46 pm
    CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO SEE MY YOUTUBE TUTORIAL ON HOW TO MAKE THIS GORGEOUS CROSS: http://youtu.be/5hhH_0vdbhk All beads to make this cross were found at http://Bolekscrafts.com  ~I would highly suggest calling in your order instead of filling out the online form. You can also find these beads at http://ConsumerCrafts.com as well as Ebay or Etsy. WARNING: Once you make this beautiful
  • Make Adorable & Inexpensive Candy Bunny Cars for Easter!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:38 pm
      This is such a fun craft and very kid friendly...and they hold together amazingly well! Make these adorable little candy bunny cars for Easter and bring a smile to the faces of young and old alike! Please click on the following link to see my YouTube video on how to make these and check out the list of items you will need below. Have fun!   Click here for the tutorial:  http://youtu.be/
  • Jelly Bean Prayer Topper~Fits 3 In. Wide Craft Baggie

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Ladies, I posted a NEW jelly bean prayer baggie topper for you. Enjoy! Click on the link below to download a sheet of toppers in Adobe PDF format. The toppers will fit a 3 inch wide craft baggie. http://www.scribd.com/doc/142365821/Jelly-Bean-Prayer-Topper-3-in-PDF-Format?secret_password=fn4qvsp14vrksv6m1qt Jelly Bean Prayer Topper-3 in PDF Format by birdhappy1
  • EASY and INEXPENSIVE Easter Centerpiece/Candy Bowl

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    1 Apr 2014 | 3:21 am
    This little project is unbelievably easy to make and can be easily adapted to any holiday. For example, you can use small poinsettias in various colors or red and white roses and a cardinal bird for a Christmas nest. Instructions:1. Buy a little bird’s nest, approximately 4.5 inches wide, from a craft store such as Michael’s.2. Use a low-temp hot glue gun and glue just enough Spanish moss to
  • Cute Easter "Sundae" Craft~EASY and frugal!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Lana Glass, Founder of "Incredible Edible Crafts" has very generously allowed me to post some of her crafts on my blog. Thank you, Lana! Please visit http://ediblecraftsonline.com/ to see more cute projects. I love this idea because You can adapt this craft to ANY Holiday by simply changing the colors and candy. Step 1. Find a Sundae glass you would like to use in your candy arrangement.
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    Handmadeology

  • Craft Show Preparation – 7 Things You Really Need To Think About

    Guest
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:25 am
    I want to share some of my tips for success at craft fairs with a list of things to consider before you even hand over any stall fees. Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • 5 Ways to Fail Miserably on Etsy

    Timothy Adam
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    What’s wrong with my photos? If you have an Etsy store and you’re wondering why you aren’t converting traffic into sales, your photos might be to blame. Remember to keep your photos in proportion, –no stretching. Also remember that watermarks are fine as long as they... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • Etsy SEO Tips – How to Optmize Your Products for the Etsy Search

    Guest
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    After some careful experimentation it seems that Etsy SEO and their own search algorithm might not be that complicated for long tail search terms. Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • Studio Quality Product Photography With a $12 Set Up

    Viau
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Learn how to get professional looking product photography with $12 worth of equipment. Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • Strategies to Create More FREEDOM and PROFIT in Your Creative Business

    Timothy Adam
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:41 am
    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to cut out the mundane tasks you spend so much time on so you could focus on creating the business you’ve always dreamed of? Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
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    KnitHacker

  • What do you do when you find a gang of pink bunnies in the garden?

    knithack
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:29 am
    Take them on a road trip to Nuremberg, of course! Read more about their adventures at WoolyWorlds (German) — thanks for the submission Jutta! Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Big results require big ambitions!

    knithack
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:27 am
    Will Grimm sent in this great photo with the caption, “Broom Handle Knitting!!” He says, here you see “sharpened dowel rods a little thicker than a broom handle used as needles. For yarn I used 8 different skeins of acrylic yarn, a few balls of t-shirt yarn and some other random string. I have just a square now I’m slowly working into floor cushions!” Looks good, thanks for sharing Will! Follow him on Instagram at williamsquillam. Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Liz’s crochet “I love you” hand

    knithack
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Made and shared by Liz. Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Kim Kardashian meets Pippa Middleton by The Knitting Witch

    knithack
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
    See more excellent work by The Knitting Witch. Rating: 10.0/10 (44 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Lorna and Jill Watt’s yarnbomb at the San Francisco Ferry Building

    knithack
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:09 am
    Look at this!! My fave yarnbombers Jill and Lorna Watt made amazing fibre art the SF Ferry Building and apparently it’s all been filmed for CCTV America’s new show Full Frame. Awesome! Rating: 9.8/10 (12 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
 
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    AllCrafts Free Crafts Update | AllCrafts Free Crafts Update

  • Self-Closing Tote Bag Sewing Pattern

    Wendy at AllCrafts.net
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    Be chic and practical with this Self-Closing Tote Bag Sewing Pattern.  With this great pattern, no worries about everything spilling out as the ingenious straps hold it closed. I love the clean lines of this tote bag. Added to 100+ Free Purse and Tote Sewing Patterns You might also like: Braided Belt Messenger Bag Tutorial The Bubbles Bag Free Sewing Pattern Free Tote and Zipper Pouch Sewing Class Striped Friendship Bag Tutorial Shower Curtain Beach Bag!
  • Homemade Reusable Disinfecting Wipes

    Wendy at AllCrafts.net
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    Reduce waste and clean with green ingredients with Homemade Reusable Disinfecting Wipes. I love the convenience of the canister of wipes, but this recipe looks pretty simple and the fabric wipes can be washed and reused again and again. Great idea! Find more frugal cleaning ideas on Soap-Making Recipes You might also like: DIY Vitamin C Serum Homemade Citrus Body Butter Recipe Homemade Natural Bug Repellent DIY Body Wash from a Bar of Soap Tutorial Homemade Sunscreen Recipe
  • Jute Star Stitch Tote Crochet Pattern

    Wendy at AllCrafts.net
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:13 am
    Make yourself a sturdy and pretty bag for the beach or the park with this Jute Star Stitch Tote Crochet Pattern. Working with jute might be a little tough, but it will give you a tote that stands up to the rough stuff. This star stitch would be pretty in a softer yarn, too. Find more tote bag patterns – 150+ Free Purse and Tote Crochet Patterns You might also like: Braided Belt Messenger Bag Tutorial Crochet Hobo Bag Pattern London Bag Free Crochet Pattern Mesh Beach Bag Sewing Tutorial Self-Closing Tote Bag Sewing Pattern
  • 50 Free Felt Flower Patterns

    Wendy at AllCrafts.net
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    Spring has sprung and I’m in love with all 50 Free Felt Flower Patterns! Scarves and hats can wait for another day – I’m making posies. Seriously, these are great take-along projects. I print the patterns and stash them with the felt in a tote bag. It lives by the couch or goes with me in the car. You might also like: Heart Flower Clips Tutorial Felt Lattice Pillow Sewing Tutorial Come See Our New Look! Felt Locker Caddy Sewing Tutorial Crochet Toys, Hats, Afghans and Sewing Purses Patterns Updated
  • Pop-Up House Party Invitation Printable

    Wendy at AllCrafts.net
    12 Apr 2014 | 5:58 am
    Send a spectacular invitation with just a little effort with this Pop-Up House Party Invitation Printable. I just love it. The cute tabs have the word, “pull,” printed on them so your lucky guests will get the idea right away. Your party details are printed on the inside of the confetti-filled house. Added to Card-Making Tutorials You might also like: Butterfly Pop-up Card Printable Hot Air Balloon Printable Pop-up Card Angry Birds Pop Up Card Tutorial DIY Animated Valentine’s Day Card 3D Paper Heart Tutorial
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    Handmade journals, photo albums and guest books | Blue Roof Designs

  • Recent Etsy Treasury

    Elissa
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    My Green Bamboo photo album was recently featured in a lovely Etsy treasury and within hours, it sold – woohoo! I’m so honored to have my work chosen. The treasury, All in purple and green! was created by Bestcontentforyou:
  • Worktable Wednesday

    Elissa
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Today started out with the most awesome surprise. The doorbell rang around 8:00 a.m. and I opened the door to find a former student of mine bearing a batch of leather! She said that she wasn’t going to use it and thought that I might be able to make something with it. I happily took it off her hands. I didn’t use any of the leather today. Instead, I continued working on a batch of coptic journals that I started earlier this week. I’m feeling very productive today!
  • Worktable Wednesday

    Elissa
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Today was a very busy day. I had two presentations – one for the Vermont Crafts Council (VCC) and one for the Book Arts Guild of Vermont. My worktable got no action today. The first presentation for the VCC was about how artists can use social media for promoting Vermont Open Studio Weekend. I had a very lively audience with lots of questions. I like when people keep me on my toes! The next presentation was done with my dear friend, Jill Abilock of Six Loons Studio – we talked about the basics of using a Dremel. The topic was inspired by Jill Timm‘s workshop, The Amazing…
  • Letterpress at Dartmouth

    Elissa
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:22 pm
    I’ve been thinking a lot about how to make books that are in a lower price point and came up with the idea of making little letterpressed notebooks. I was glad to have an excuse to get back down to the Dartmouth letterpress studio, as it had been a while. I quickly settled on some lovely wood type and then…nothing. My brain completely froze. It had been too long since I last set type and I couldn’t remember what to do next. Thankfully, there was help in the form of the very awesome Sarah Smith. She is the Queen of Patience. I swear to you, I’m going to remember…
  • Star and Tunnel Books Workshop

    Elissa
    31 Mar 2014 | 7:41 am
    This past Saturday I taught a Star and Tunnel Book workshop at Studio Place Arts in Barre, VT. I had 5 very industrious women in my class and they managed to finish both books ahead of schedule. I love setting up for workshops. I get to make place settings, kinda like Thanksgiving, except we’re making books instead of eating turkey.  I have more classes coming up this summer, so stay tuned to find out more!
 
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    Weekend Kits Blog

  • 23 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    April Showers Bring May Flowers...and Baby Quilts!It's raining today so it's a good day for working on crafts like these adorable baby quilts. They are fast and easy to make and are perfect for a beginning quilter. Julie M. recently shared pictures of the Baby Quilts she completed with kits from Weekendkits.com. Thank you Julie! The quilts came out so well I couldn't wait to share your handiwork here on the blog! Julie sent along the following comments with her photo:"Hi Sarah, I love your weekend kits! They were so much fun to make, and the moms-to-be loved receiving…
  • Spring Into a New Project!

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:51 am
    Spring has arrived in New England and I must say we are all happy to see the sun! I am always energized when spring arrives and it is my favorite time to start new projects! Annie just finished this easy sew kit from our Weekendkits.com collection of Stuffed Animal Characters to Sew and was pleased to show us the results!This adorable Happy Owl is just one of the wonderfully whimsical characters to sew from designer Mariska Vos-Bolman. Mariska resides in the Netherlands and creates her characters under the brand DIY Fluffies. We are pleased to be able to bring you her kits and…
  • Please Take Our Short Online Survey!

    26 Mar 2014 | 11:33 am
    I'm hoping you can take a minute out of your busy day to complete a short online survey for me. This quick survey has 10 questions that are designed to help me better understand which crafts you most enjoy and what kits you would like to see in the future.Please Click Here to Take the SurveyYour feedback is so important to me! I thank you in advance for taking the time to let me know how we can best serve you! I have been busy this week adding more new products to WeekendKits.com.   Be sure to stop by our  What's New page to see all the new items.Spring is…
  • Hand Embroidery Basics Tutorial

    17 Mar 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Tree Crewel Embroidery Kit Spring is just around the corner and my thoughts are turning to the beautiful  flowers and trees that will soon be blooming! This lovely Tree Crewel Embroidery Kit seemed like the perfect spring kit to help me illustrate some Hand Embroidery basics. If you have always wanted to do hand embroidery and had not one to show you the ropes, or if you are an experienced stitcher looking for a refresher course, you have come to the right place!Using this beautiful wool embroidery kit I will take you from your first stitches to finishing the project. So lets get…
  • 6 New Kits Added to WeekendKits.com Today!

    5 Mar 2014 | 2:37 pm
    You are going to love all the new kits coming soon to WeekendKits.com! I have been busy ordering up a storm and can't wait to get all the new items posted to the website!Just today I put up 6 new items in a brand new category called Needle Felting Kits.Needle Felting Kit PoppiesNeedle Felting is a simple craft that produces extraordinary results! Needle Felting uses un-spun wool roving and a special barbed needle to create a wide variety of items.Some kits come with a foam block or a piece of felt to provide a base for your felting action. Other kits come with a stencil or molded shape to…
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    Cook Clean Craft

  • Peppa Pig Puppet Show {Tutorial}

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Did the Easter Bunny make it to your house? Are your kids’ faces covered in chocolate? Did you careful peel the wrappers off the Easter eggs, smooth them out and save them for a craft activity? I hope so because I’ve got a fun craft today. It’s a version of the Easter egg foil art I made last year. This time around, I’d made something for the kids to play with: a Peppa Pig Puppet Show. Complete with muddy puddles. The puppets are made from cardboard and Easter egg wrappers, covered with clear vinyl (non-adhesive book cover). You don’t have to limit yourself to Peppa Pig – this…
  • Bobble Easter Bunny

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Happy Easter! I hope you’re enjoying time with your family. Today, I’m sharing how to make a Bobble Easter Bunny at And Sew We Craft: Click here for the Bobble Easter Bunny tutorial. Read the full article hereThe post Bobble Easter Bunny appeared first on Cook Clean Craft.
  • Doll’s Cradle Bedding Set

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:16 pm
    When I was little , my grandfather made this wooden doll’s cradle: His hobby in retirement was making wooden toys for charity. We were encouraged to donate the toys he made us when we grew out of them (which is a shame because he made the best rocking elephants!). My brother kept a large truck and I kept my cradle. It’s been in the top of the wardrobe at my parents’ place for years, and I knew it was time to get in down for Celeste (she just loves her dolls and stuffed animals). Unfortunately, my parents live about 2700km (1700 miles) away, so popping over to grab it wasn’t an option.
  • Nut bars {recipe}

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    30 Mar 2014 | 11:42 pm
    I’m not a fan of muesli bars. The oats feel heavy in my stomach. I’m also a bit fussy and don’t like dried fruit with nuts. So it’s hard to find the perfect snack bar for me – lots of nuts, a little sweet and with a good crunch. When I finally find one that I like, well, they don’t come cheap. What else is there to do but make my own? I made these with rapadura sugar (also called panela and similar to Sucanat in the USA). This is evaporated sugar cane juice with no further processing, retaining more micronutrients than white or raw sugar. It has a lower GI, so doesn’t cause as…
  • Sign Up for the Newsletter

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    28 Mar 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The Cook Clean Craft email newsletter is finally here! So why should I subscribe? The newsletter is emailed every 1-2 weeks, straight to you inbox and including: Links to the latest blog posts (to read at your leisure). Exclusive content, tips and tricks. Behind the scenes Maybe the occasional exclusive discounts or offers. And of course, no spam ever and you can unsubscribe at any time (via a link in every email). How do I sign up? Enter your email in the form below. You’ll get an email to confirm your subscription – click the link and your all done! Thanks for subscribing! Read the full…
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    Craft Gossip

  • Free pattern: Dolly diapers

    Anne Weaver
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Maggie from Maggie from Smashed Peas and Carrots shares a free pattern at Riley Blake Designs showing how to make dolly diapers.  They’ll fit most stuffed animals, including Build-a-Bear, as well as American Girl dolls.  They’re made with a fun cotton print on the outside, and a soft fleece for the lining.  Go to Riley Blake Designs to get her …
  • Tutorial: Blogger conference business card carrier

    Anne Weaver
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Blogging conference goers make business card exchange an art form.  If you’re lucky enough to attend a blogging conference, you can expect to exchange a LOT of business cards.  Each one will be unique  Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings shows the Blogger Conference Card Caddy that she made to bring with her to SNAP! so she’ll always have a business …
  • Tutorial: Vintage scarf headband

    Anne Weaver
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Katie from Punk Projects shows how she made this fun headband out of a vintage scarf.  (She doesn’t say whether the one she used is vintage, but the design sure looks vintage to me.)  You can make several headbands from just one scarf.  A rubber band at the bottom gives it a little stretch so it will stay put.  She was given …
  • Felted Cat Cave Tutorial

    Linda Lanese
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Does your mom love her Cat?  If the answer is yes; then you should make her one of these adorable “Cat Caves” from “Lisa’s felted art”! She decided that cats like to sleep on top of bookcases and shelves so why not have a pretty vessel for them to sleep in. If you look around Pinterest you will see sellers on …
  • Don’t buy flowers this year, make them

    Linda Lanese
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Andrew and Dennis of “Crafty Lumberjacks” are sharing their luscious bouquet of white flowers for mom.  They have a step-by-step tutorial to guide you through the process… These flowers are so beautiful in their clean white felt. They placed them in a canning jar that was painted with some twigs around them giving them a simple down home look. Thanks …
 
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  • Free pattern: Dolly diapers

    Anne Weaver
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Maggie from Maggie from Smashed Peas and Carrots shares a free pattern at Riley Blake Designs showing how to make dolly diapers.  They’ll fit most stuffed animals, including Build-a-Bear, as well as American Girl dolls.  They’re made with a fun cotton print on the outside, and a soft fleece for the lining.  Go to Riley Blake Designs to get her …
  • Tutorial: Blogger conference business card carrier

    Anne Weaver
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Blogging conference goers make business card exchange an art form.  If you’re lucky enough to attend a blogging conference, you can expect to exchange a LOT of business cards.  Each one will be unique  Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings shows the Blogger Conference Card Caddy that she made to bring with her to SNAP! so she’ll always have a business …
  • Tutorial: Vintage scarf headband

    Anne Weaver
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Katie from Punk Projects shows how she made this fun headband out of a vintage scarf.  (She doesn’t say whether the one she used is vintage, but the design sure looks vintage to me.)  You can make several headbands from just one scarf.  A rubber band at the bottom gives it a little stretch so it will stay put.  She was given …
  • Felted Cat Cave Tutorial

    Linda Lanese
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Does your mom love her Cat?  If the answer is yes; then you should make her one of these adorable “Cat Caves” from “Lisa’s felted art”! She decided that cats like to sleep on top of bookcases and shelves so why not have a pretty vessel for them to sleep in. If you look around Pinterest you will see sellers on …
  • Don’t buy flowers this year, make them

    Linda Lanese
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Andrew and Dennis of “Crafty Lumberjacks” are sharing their luscious bouquet of white flowers for mom.  They have a step-by-step tutorial to guide you through the process… These flowers are so beautiful in their clean white felt. They placed them in a canning jar that was painted with some twigs around them giving them a simple down home look. Thanks …
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    The alm Project - Diary of a Crafty Insomniac

  • What is a Tea Towel?

    Al
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    Not so stuffy tea Towel A tea towel is a cloth typically used to spread over a tea tray before tea cups, tea pots and other tea paraphernalia are put onto it.  In addition, clean tea towels may be, or used to cover warm muffins, cakes and cookies or a tea pot to prevent heat loss. Some people, especially in North America, use tea towels for drying dishes and cutlery after they have been washed. Others use them as guest towels to dry your hands after washings. I am the product of a former British colony, I guess that explains my daily use of tea towels and my love of all things tea. And…
  • The Succulent Container Garden Chronicles

    Al
    6 Mar 2014 | 1:52 pm
    I am told that moving is one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. This may be true for others, but not for me. I see moving as a way to reboot my life. It’s a time to clear out the cobwebs and create fresh memories. Since I am now an empty nester, I no longer needed all the space I had when I was raising my family – I needed a smaller, more manageable space. I had 1 requirement; there should be adequate room for my ever-growing plant collection. I found the perfect place, made an offer, packed up my plants and made the move. While I was unpacking, I came across some…
  • Observation of Wynwood – Miami Florida

    Al
    16 Jan 2014 | 8:16 am
    Maybe the most surprising thing about Wynwood and it’s inhabitants is how seriously they take the entire situation. When I went there, I was expecting something much more tame, something overdeveloped and precious and planned. What I found was just much more organic. The people I saw seemed genuine, if a little twee, and the area itself looked grown, as opposed to created. I quite frankly have never in my life seen a place that uninhibited. Even now, as I look back, I am struck by how genuine the art looked and felt. There were handtags over expressive murals, different disciplines all…
  • New Year, New Succulent Arrangements

    Al
    6 Jan 2014 | 10:20 am
    This textile is a succulent plant addict. during the week, I work on my textile designs, But on the weekend, you will find me cruising flea markets for unusual containers for my ever growing succulent container garden. Flea Market Finds Not all my flea markets finds are suited to container gardening, but I have always been able to figure out  way to include them in my succulent garden. Cobalt blue dish, turned cactus home The bottle below will eventually be an oil lamp. But for now, it houses a mini cactus that got separated from his mom:) Kinda cool eh? Even a discarded wine bottle cork was…
  • Happy New Year (2014)

    Al
    2 Jan 2014 | 5:44 am
    2013 was a year an exciting year. When my corporate position position was eliminated, I panicked and I immediately started to search for another position. Getting a new job should have been easy, After all, corporations should be clamoring for a person with my qualifications – but what I found out is this. When you are in the online marketing space, you need to compete with the 20 somethings who are willing to offer their service for free. Well as they say, When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, so that is what I did. You see, during my down time, I designed whimsical or some would…
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    Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

  • DIY Neon Bangles w/ Duck Tape (for an 80's party)

    Jamie Sanders
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    This post brought to you by Duck Brand. All opinions are 100% mine. I have an 80' themed party coming up and I'm not one who goes all out when it comes to that sort of thing.  Am I a dud?  Maybe, but I kind of feel like I have to pick and choose where I want to spend my energy. So for this particular get together, I'm just throwing together a neon dolman-style off the shoulder top, leggings and some neon accessories. I received a great selection of Duck Brand  Duck Tape® that happened to be in "totally awesome" shades of neon.  So perfect for my 80's themed party! My…
  • Cacio e Pepe with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes #ShareTheTable w/ Barilla

    Jamie Sanders
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today, I'm sharing this Cacio e Pepe pasta recipe. The post is a sponsored by Barilla but written by me and the opinions are my own.My kids are getting older, which means they're becoming busier with after school activities and their own interests. My hubby often works around his customer's schedule, so that means he frequently gets home after dinner.  On the day's he does plan to make it home in time for dinner, I try to have a hot meal ready so we can sit down together to share the table and connect as a family.At our family mealtimes, it doesn't matter what we eat.
  • Mother's Day Gift Basket Giveaway - 19 Different Baskets! Come enter to win one (or all) baskets

    Jamie Sanders
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Happy Monday!Are you ready for an awesome round of giveaways? I've teamed up with 18 other bloggers to bring you a Mother's Day Giveaway blog hop!Check out all of the Mother's Day gift baskets available to win: You could win one or all of the above baskets for you or your mom. To enter to win your favorite (or all of them,) click on the links below.1. Five Heart Home 2. Kleinworth & Co. 3. Joyful Healthy Eats4. Live Laugh Rowe 5. Artsy Fartsy Mama 6. Twelve O Eight7. Domestically Speaking 8. Shaken Together9. Ring Around The Rosies 10. Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom11. Happiness…
  • Inspiration Monday party and features

    Jamie Sanders
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Welcome back to Inspiration Monday Party!Thank you SO much for joining us every week-You continue to INSPIRE us!!When you link your project here, it is displayed simultaneously on allFIVE blogs at the same time, all you need to do is link up to ONE of our sites.I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty MomRedhead Can Decorate| twelveOeight | Your Homebased MomAre you following our Inspiration Monday Pinterest board?(If you are, you probably got a sneak peek at our favorites for the week.)(See the features and link up after the jump)Don't stop now! Click here to continue…
  • Girls Knit Tank Top Pattern and Tutorial (size 3 to 8)

    Jamie Sanders
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Hi Everyone!  I'm really excited about this new pattern I have for you today!  It's a super simple and basic tank top pattern for girls in sizes 3 to 8.  I'm excited because, even though the pattern is simple, so much can be done with it.  (And yes, I have quite a few variations planned over the next couple of months.)Over the last few weeks, I've been cleaning out my craft room to move upstairs to a larger room. In the process, I'm trying to clear out my stash of items to be recycled and other unused crafting supplies. (It's so hard to decide what to part with...)…
 
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  • Where you'll find me in May!

    Dina
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    Well, hello there! It is so fun to see my Dina Wakley Media line products trickling out to stores, and to see the wonderful things you do with them! I've started a pin board where I pin projects made with my line: Click Here for My Pin Board. And...here's an update on the paint. The tubes are being filled NOW! Woo hoo! So not much longer and it will be in stores. Also, here's where I'll be in May! May 2-4, 2014: PaperCraft Clubhouse, Westbrook, CT. May 9-10, 2014: The Occasional Artist, Glendale, AZ. May 23-25, 2014: Pages 2 Scrap, Tuggerah, Australia. Yep, I'll be in…
  • Collins Show--my first official Ranger class!

    Dina
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:09 am
    I got to attend the Collins show last weekend with Ranger and teach my first Ranger class for retailers. I enjoyed the experience immensely. First, it's just FUN to be with my Ranger peeps. They rock. Second, I love to teach my art, I really do. Third, I love to talk about my new Dina Wakley Media line and show how I use it. I got to hang out with the always fabulous Dyan Reaveley. I love that woman so much! She's such an awesome friend and we support and cheer on each other. Love being part of the Ranger family with her. Loved hanging out with Tim & Mario, too. They are such…
  • The cover for my new book!

    Dina
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:33 am
    There it is!! Publication date is Dec 2014, so there's a bit of time to go. In the publishing world, they always do the covers first so they can get information out to stores who may want to order it. I got my manuscript in (a week early, too, BOOYAH) in mid-March. Now the book will be edited. After editing it goes to the graphic designer where he lays it all out and makes it look awesome. Then it goes to the printer. Then it goes out to stores. So there's some work ahead, still. But it's exciting to see the cover!! Woo hoo! ETA: The cover is a mashup of three pieces I did for…
  • Note to self...don't drop the balls...

    Dina
    31 Mar 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Just juggling, juggling, juggling here. How about you?
  • A page series with a cut-out frame...

    Dina
    28 Mar 2014 | 1:56 am
    For one of my current classes, we've been making pages with cut-outs, flaps, and collage. [Dylusions journal, Dina Wakley Media line paints & mediums, Dylusions ink sprays, my stamp set All the Glas, my stencils and masks.] The page on the left: Close up: With the flap open: The page on the right, looking through the frame: The page on the left, after you turn the frame: The page on the left:
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  • The Kennedy Bag

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:49 pm
    This The Kennedy Bag will stand out on the street. Created from flashy and fab patterns, this bag will quickly become your go-to bag for the work day. Just big enough to carry books, important papers, and even your laptop, this DIY messenger bag would be the perfect pouch to create for the office or a new school year. If you are planning on traveling, it would make a great carry-on bag, as well.
  • Beverly McCullough

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:06 pm
    I started sewing and crafting over 25 years ago, and it has always been a love of mine. I have learned new things and I am constantly challenged and inspired by my readers and the other great blogs out there.
  • Judi Harris

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:03 pm
    A self-made woman and entrepreneur, Judi started Love to Sew Studio adjacent to her home as a small, word-of-mouth summer camp in 2001 in hopes to share her knowledge and love for the art with the next generation.
  • Piping and Stripe(ing) Shoulder Bag Tutorial

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The Piping and Stripe(ing) Shoulder Bag Tutorial will help you create a lovely bag that will impress everyone. Lisa Lam's detailed instructions give you everything you need to create this colorful purse. Find out just how easy it is to put this handbag together from the simple, step-by-step instructions provided in this post. You'll feel totally refreshed with a fresh new purse to carry with you through your day-to-day.
  • Momkerchief

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:55 am
    Looking for a unique and special Mother's Day gift for the special lady in your life? Then it is time to create this amazing little Momkerchief! This super easy craft can be personalized in a dozen different ways. Make it in your mom's favorite color, add a special applique, or even embroider her name onto the piece. No matter how you create this craft, your mother is sure to adore it.
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  • Duck clay coaster – DIY

    Ramya
    29 Mar 2014 | 11:47 pm
    Few days back we featured a tutorial on how a coaster can be made using clay. Here is another tutorial on similar lines… this is a colorful clay coaster made using air dry terracotta clay. How to make a clay coaster – Tutorial: Template: This template has been drawn using Adobe Photoshop CS6. For steps […] The post Duck clay coaster – DIY appeared first on Art Platter.
  • Clay butterfly decor – DIY

    Ramya
    17 Mar 2014 | 9:50 am
    Sometime back, I was telling you about a craft exhibition organized by Dastkar… I bought two small butterflies made out of clay at this fair. These butterflies each was prices at about ten bucks (Rupees) and I had to buy them. There is a small loop made out of metal at the back with which […] The post Clay butterfly decor – DIY appeared first on Art Platter.
  • Clay owl coaster tutorial

    Ramya
    15 Mar 2014 | 11:44 pm
    This clay owl coaster tutorial post is a little special to me. This is the first post by a guest contributor on this site… and who is this guest contributor you ask?! Just like me, he has a deep interest in arts and crafts and has been a closet artist for long. My continuous nagging […] The post Clay owl coaster tutorial appeared first on Art Platter.
  • Colourful Birthday Card

    Ramya
    5 Mar 2014 | 7:32 am
    Here is a colorful birthday card made with supplies that are easily available. And making this caard takes less than half hour…so that’s pretty cool too!! A closer look of the birthday card: The main embellishment used in this card is this thin wooden block with a happy birthday themed sticker glued on. I got […] The post Colourful Birthday Card appeared first on Art Platter.
  • Tiny Sikku Kolams – 3 X3 matrix

    Ramya
    2 Mar 2014 | 12:05 am
    There is a smaller entrance to our house and everyday, we draw some small kolam pattern in front of this entrance. I got bored with the usual small patterns that I drew and so, I came up with these tiny sikku kolams which are drawn on a 3 X 3 dot matrix. Some of these […] The post Tiny Sikku Kolams – 3 X3 matrix appeared first on Art Platter.
 
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  • Malachite Drop Necklace with Chain Accent

    Stacie Grissom
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:55 am
    This past Christmas, my budding geologist of a little brother took notice of my interest in rocks over the past year and gifted me some pretty incredible rock + mineral beads. (He also included some coal in his gift, but I probably deserved that for the times I tricked, pestered, and pummeled him growing up. :)) One of the sets of beads he gave me were these incredible malachite beads. Real malachite, the tiny beads in my fingers, is this gorgeous, flowy, green-banded mineral. I first fell in love malachite when some faux malachite beads appeared in my For the Makers box in February of 2013.I…
  • DIY Teacup Succulent Garden with a Book Shelf

    Stacie Grissom
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:58 am
    Ever since I discovered that it's pretty difficult to kill cacti and succulents I've been collecting then around the apartment like a squirrel preparing for winter. Usually when I bring a plant into the apartment it commits suicide upon entering our threshold, but the cacti seem to be doing alright. (WOOHOO!)I've also been collecting teacups from Goodwill and Ebay to plant the cacti in around the apartment. I love the juxtaposition of something so prickly inside something so dainty. What you need:- Book for the shelf, actually found my book on the street when someone left it out to throw…
  • Instax Post: Montauk Trip

    Stacie Grissom
    27 Mar 2014 | 5:57 am
    Last year around this time we went out to Montauk on a little weekend getaway. This year we had to cancel our trip to Woodstock, NY because it's supposed to be really gross and rainy all weekend. So when I become one of those old ladies in the subway who whacks twenty-somethings in the legs with umbrellas, it's probably because I didn't get a quarterly outing out of the city. ;)I haven't shared these photos earlier because I haven't had a scanner until a week ago. So instead of going on a little trip, I'll probably spend the weekend scanning the stack of analog photos that have been stacking…
  • Glittering Rocks Statement Necklace

    Stacie Grissom
    17 Mar 2014 | 5:58 am
    Last fall a coworker asked me to make a necklace for his friend who was moving out of the city. Recently they had gone on a trip to Barcelona and picked up rocks along the beach and he wanted me to use those in the necklace. At first I was a little scared to make anything for someone else. Just because I think it's normal to wear gigantic rocks doesn't mean everyone else thinks the same. But I went for it. :)To make your own you need: -Rocks-Leather (Got mine off Ebay searching for "Leather remnants")-Beads-Nail Polish-Embroidery thread/cording I completed the necklace very similarly to the…
  • DIY Pendant Lights (With Barn Pulleys)

    Stacie Grissom
    27 Feb 2014 | 5:59 am
    Recently we counted how many holes we've poked in our apartment ceiling to hang lights. The answer's 9. NINE. And eight of those ceiling holes are holding barn pulleys. While it might be time to slow down on the hanging light fixtures, I learned something really cool with the last light we hung. All of those swoony industrial-looking pendant lights that are really expensive everywhere? You can *make* and *customize* them yourself for thirty bucks! There's this amazing shop called Snake Head Vintage that sells lamp parts, colorful cords, and vintage Edison bulbs for really good prices. At…
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  • Epsom Salt Glowing Facial

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    This tutorial shows you how to mix Epsom salts and honey to create an exfoliating facial that will leave your skin glowing.
  • Summer Wreath made with Flip Flops

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    Wreaths are a sign of welcome on the front door but we don't always think of using them to adorn our home’s entrance after the holidays are over. This flip-flop wreath is an easy, colorful craft project that’s perfect for summer, or if you're lucky enough to live at the beach it may be perfect all year round!
  • Scarf Clutch

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    Recycle a couple of your old scarves into a fun new clutch purse!
  • Easter Egg Bath Bombs

    Shundara@savynaturalista
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    Here is a simple easy bath bomb recipe for your Easter egg hunt!
  • Make Your Cardboard Box More Awesome

    lesliebass
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    Cardboard boxes are an everyday item ideal for use in packing up belongings and transporting products. With some imagination though, you can turn these ordinary boxes into something more useful.
 
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  • Bead Napkin Rings

    camilla
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    Create a fresh and simple look for your spring table with a few inexpensive supplies… A blue ceramic bead (Michaels) is strung onto hemp cord (Michaels) to make a simple and stylish napkin ring. Add the bead to the hemp cord, create knots on either side of bead to hold in place and tie to close.
  • Checkerboard Moss Centerpiece

    camilla
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:37 am
    Rather than cut flowers, I like to use potted plants in my centerpieces; they last longer and I can transplant them to the garden when they’ve outgrown their time indoors. I also like my centerpieces to be low, so they don’t block crosstalk during dinner. Here’s an fun design idea that fits the bill on both counts (and it’s easy too!)… 6 square pots of Scotch moss (I used light and dark – $3.98 each, Home Depot) are placed in paper lunch bags and arranged in a checkerboard pattern on the table. I cut the lunch bags to make them shorter — they fit…
  • Cereal Box Easter Basket

    camilla
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Hold on to your empty cereal boxes and leftover craft supplies and try making this festive Easter basket (would make a cute gift bag too). This project is low-cost and easy to work on with the kids… Since I used leftover craft supplies and an empty cereal box – this project cost me nothing to make. Begin by cutting out the top half of the front and back panels; leaving the sides intact. Curve the sides over and staple ends together to create the handle. Paint your cereal box basket with craft paint. Once paint is dry, you can add details by hot gluing pieces of paper, fabric,…
  • What I’m Into Now

    camilla
    21 Mar 2014 | 10:31 am
    I’m always on the lookout for fun things that make my life as a mother a bit more stylish/easy. I thought I’d start sharing a few of my good finds with you in this new series called, “What I’m Into Now”. If you like what you see, click on the image to go through to the source. Let me know what you think or if you have a cool share of your own — I’d love to hear from you. Have a great weekend! XO, Camilla I'm really into Aimee Wilder wallpaper – I just ordered a sample of her "Star Tiger" design in blue. I'm considering it for…
  • Check Out How I Flipped Our Script To Target Pharmacy & Enter For A Chance To Win A $50 Gift Card

    camilla
    18 Mar 2014 | 12:47 pm
    #TargetSponsored. Content and/or other value provided by my partner, Target. My relationship with Target could be summed up in one word: more. Every time I walk through the doors I end up seeing more than I thought I would and spending more than I thought I would. I have to say, it makes shopping for the necessities in life a bit more fun when you know there’s an unexpected chance that you could also walk away with a great new dress or cool lamp. That’s what Target shopping is for me – there’s always a bonus. So, when Target asked me to review their Pharmacy, I was…
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  • 12 Crafts & Activities To Celebrate Earth Day!

    Cassi
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Here are 12 wonderful ideas to celebrate Earth Day! nature loom on a tree stump via Babble Dabble Do eggshell seed starters via Three in Three recycle tin cans and newspapers to make cute planters via scrumdilly-do! chocolate and pretzel Earth Day treat via Jacks & Kate grape and pretzel tree snack via Fantastic Fun and Learning paper collage forest via Mum Paints Lives coffee filter Earth Day craft via Preschool Crafts for Kids* start a vegetable scrap kitchen garden via Se7en take a nature scavenger hunt with a free printable via Chica And Jo plantable paper Earth Day craft via…
  • 8 Cute Easter Crafts!

    Cassi
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:16 pm
    bunny basket made from a milk carton via Schaeresteipapier  carrot poppers via A Joyful Riot  swinging Easter chick wreath via Handmade Charlotte  paper doily bowls tutorial via Bookhou  recycled tea light tin Easter craft via Pysselbolaget  DIY bunny lacing card via Kids Activities Blog  ribbon carrot treat holder via About Family Crafts  polymer clay Easter and spring animals via Buzzmills 
  • 10 Easter Crafts Kids Will Love To Make!

    Cassi
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    string eggs DIY via Tiny Rotten Peanuts  jelly bean bracelets tutorial via Artzy Creations  how to paint wooden Easter eggs via My Poppet  confetti eggs tutorial via Sugar + Paint  painted cardboard eggs table decoration via Happy Hooligans  doughnut bunny treat via The Tiny Funnel  Easter egg dress-up printable via Small for Big  feather wreath tutorial via Willowday  Easter bunny lollipops via Studio DIY  3D paper egg decorations via Craft & Creativity 
  • Plastic Egg Hot Air Balloon Easter Craft

    Cassi
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    I love these amazing hot air balloons made from plastic Easter eggs and wish I was small enough to float away on one with a pink chick in one hand and jellybeans in the other! The directions can be found at the lovely blog, Snowdrop and Company.
  • Dip-Dyed Easter Eggs With Attitude

    Cassi
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    Pysselbolaget shares how they made these adorable dip-dyed eggs with attitude!
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  • Sample Sale - Sketchbook Pen Pouch (Sold)

    Michelle (michellepatterns.com)
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:16 pm
    This was my first time fusing fleece to scrap fabric instead of the lining fabric. Fusible fleece is convenient to use, but I don't like how wrinkled it looks.  Somewhere I saw it mentioned that fusing it to an underlining layer would take care of the wrinkle problem. I'm happy to report this works very nicely!  The lining of this looks much better than if I had fused the fleece directly to the lining piece.  So I wanted to share that bit of sewing info and thought this pouch would make a nice sample for someone.  Sold - Thanks!
  • Today I Made - School Days Grocery Bag

    Michelle (michellepatterns.com)
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Finished up another Grocery Bag from the stack of half sewn projects. I think most of my almost done projects are done!  For now... This is the large size from the pattern.  The floral print is called Daisy and it's from the School Days by Sandy Klop for Moda.  The other side is Railroad Denim from Robert Kaufman.
  • Today I Made - Kitty Grocery Bag

    Michelle (michellepatterns.com)
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:56 pm
    I'm finishing up some cut out and half sewn projects today and here is one of them!   Some of these are from months and months ago, so it feels extra nice to get them done. This is the medium size from the Grocery Bag pattern.  The fabric is a cotton/linen from Japanese fabric maker Yuwa.  It was from 2 or 3 years ago and I think the collection was called Live Life.  The inside is lined in the same blue pin dot fabric as the handles: Inside is a carton of juice, box of pasta, bag of coffee, carton of cream, big tub of yogurt, and some cream cheese with chives (yum!).  There is room…
  • Today I Made - Tiny Origami Fabric Butterfly

    Michelle (michellepatterns.com)
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:21 am
    This is the smallest butterfly I've made so far!  It measures about 2.5" at the widest point x 1.5" high (6 x 4cm).   It wasn't hard to make this size, but I doubt I'll try going any smaller.  The fabrics are a chambray shirting fabric and a cotton print from Amy Butler.  It is fabric only--no interfacing.  You can read more about how to make these here.  The fabric pieces for this one are 3" wide x 4" high (8 x 10cm).
  • Today I Made - Pocket Clutch

    Michelle (michellepatterns.com)
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Pocket Clutch
 
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  • Need Some Graph Paper to Rechart or Chart a Cross Stitch Pattern?

    Loretta Oliver
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:42 am
    Sometimes you just need to rechart the date on something, or maybe you want to use a different color or add small detail like your name to a piece, or maybe you want to chart a small motif for a custom piece – you need a sheet of graph paper or some type of grid to start planning things out before you get stitchy. Here are five easy to use free resources for printing graph paper from your computer all with different sizes, line weights, etc…; http://donnayoung.org/math/graph-paper.htm - lots of options for type and size of graph in easy to save files…
  • The Cirque des Cercles Finish You Simply Must See!

    Loretta Oliver
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:17 pm
    (photos and finished piece belong to Sheila C., she was kind enough to let me share them here) I’ve probably said it a million times, every time I see a Cirque des Cercles finish it looks stunning and unique from every other time I’ve seen it finished. The design from Ink Circles has this amazing talent for coming to vibrant life in a different way for every stitcher. It honestly makes me say “wow” every time I see it stitched up by someone. This weekend I was scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed when Sheila’s photos jumped off the page at me announcing her…
  • Nevermore Biscornu by Cloudsfactory is Chart of the Week

    Loretta Oliver
    31 Mar 2014 | 8:25 pm
    I was browsing around on Etsy over the weekend (as I often do) and this design caught my eye ~ Nevermore biscornu by cloudsfactory Now, I have to say that I’ve never made a biscornu before… but I think it’s time I get in the groove and give it a try because I need to stitch this and finish it up all pretty to sit next to my ort jar. You can find Cloudsfactory charts on Etsy and on their website at Cloudsfactory.net Happy Stitching!
  • Newsletter Returning April 1st

    Loretta Oliver
    25 Mar 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Hello stitchy friends I want to thank everyone for the kind notes and your infinite patience. The year got off to a rocky start here (flu, snow, lots of work to do, unexpected expenses, more flu, injured toes, extra orthodontist visits, bacterial infections, and all sorts of crazy things going on) so the blog hasn’t been updated and the weekly newsletter hasn’t been going out. Well, I declare that’s enough of that. Life can return to normal now and the newsletter and blog posts will all be returning to normal schedules on April 1st. Hopefully saying that out loud and…
  • Cross Stitch Tails … and we’re not talking stories here …

    Karen
    19 Feb 2014 | 7:18 am
    Recently a customer called me and needed more thread for a kit she had purchased.  She had run out of one color and was only half way done with the area.  WHAT?  How could that be?  I looked at my notes and I had another customer with the same problem, same color, same kit.  What did I do … or not do?  I always keep track of how many lengths and strands I use. Two weeks pass and she calls me again and she has run out of two more colors!  Sigh ….. I asked her, just so I would know for future, how long were her tails?  Was she using each length to the very end or leaving…
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    How Did You Make This? | Luxe DIY

  • Linking Woven Squares

    Kris
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Once you’ve made a big stack of speed woven squares you’ll need a way to link them together. History has lots of ideas on linking woven squares, but I’ve found this to be my favorite. It’s quick, simple, you don’t need to save yarn to do it, and it works on huge pieces without having to start and end strands. Supplies: - a bunch of woven squares - a crochet hook – the size doesn’t matter as long as it hooks your yarn easily - a couple knitting needles, or dowels, or string with tapestry needles on the end, or some other way to temporarily restrain…
  • Square Pin Loom Speed Weaving

    Kris
    5 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Pin looms evoke memories of making pot holders as a kid, but they’re great for doing a lot more than that. Once you know how to weave on a pin loom they’re a fast, pleasant way to make lots of neat squares of flat woven fabric. The combined squares are perfect for making things like large blankets that lay and fold very flat, or for using up odds and ends of yarn since all the squares weave up to the same size.   You can purchase looms like this in a variety of sizes or make your own to suit your project (it’s just nails in a piece or frame of wood.) As long as the loom…
  • Desktop Pencil Cup

    Carly DeGraeve
    29 Mar 2014 | 9:26 am
    I use my art supplies. I buy them, use them up, and throw them out.  Sometimes, I find lovely art supplies – ones which are either so pretty you don’t want to use them or are pretty and not necessarily good quality (and therefore you don’t want to use them). I was given a lovely set of colored pencils made from tree branches.  I have not yet tried to use them because they look so lovely.  In order to store them in the best possible way, I built a small wooden box/cup to hold them. It is an easy project to make a simple desktop pencil cup or small trinket box like this. I don’t…
  • Custom Fit Socks

    Carly DeGraeve
    17 Jan 2014 | 9:00 pm
    For anyone living in parts of the world where the temperatures drop below freezing, having good quality warm socks is a necessity for staying warm.  Custom fit socks made of wool help keep your toes warm inside boots and under the bed covers at night.  Sock yarns which are mostly wool are fairly easy to find and it is quick and easy to knit up a pair of socks.  These socks end just above the ankles and only used 1 skein of 227yrd/208m sock yarn to make. Supplies: Sock yarn: One skein of 227yrd/208m sock yarn made 2 socks that cover the ankles.  For taller socks you would need 2 skeins of…
  • Leather, Metal, and Crystals Multi-Wrap Bracelet

    Kris
    7 Jan 2014 | 11:30 am
    This bracelet is a combination of leather, metal leaf, and flat-back crystals all connected together to wrap a few times around my wrist. The supplies used offer an almost unlimited array of color and texture combinations. Supplies: - leather lacing (sometimes called latigo lacing; suede lacing won’t work as well) - metal leaf, I’ve used copper - metal leaf size - metal leaf sealer - flat back crystals at about the same width as the lacing (I used 4mm crystals on 1/8 inch leather) - crystal glue - fold over end clamps for the leather (ideally in the same color as the leaf) - jump…
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    Pintester

  • 40s Head Scarf

    Sonja Foust
    4 Apr 2014 | 5:58 pm
    I’m back bitches. And it’s time to tie a fuckin’ head scarf because it’s cute and I want to be cute. Let’s do it. Image from Vixen Vintage Mostly I was hoping this would work because it’s been long days since I’ve washed my hair, and I’m pretty much down to wearing hoodies with the hoods up and, you know, covering my scalp with my hands and screaming whenever anyone catches a glimpse. Head scarf sounds like a better option, neh? I even found a scarf that looked all retro and fun. Alas, things started to go wrong quite early on in the process. I…
  • Homemade Dog Treats

    Sonja Foust
    21 Mar 2014 | 3:26 pm
    (Alternate title: She Eats Poop, But Her Treats Should Totally Be Organic) I understand that people love their pets. Really, I do. I have been known to defend my dog when she is accused of doing doggie things like shitting in the house (“She would never!”) or slobbering on people (“She’s just giving you sweet kisses.”). But I’ve always had trouble understanding homemade dog treats. I don’t make homemade people treats as a general rule, and I love my dog, but I don’t love much of anyone enough to bake for them, dog included. Still, I am your intrepid Pintester, and there are…
  • Alcohol Vinegar Corn Starch Glass Cleaner

    Sonja Foust
    9 Mar 2014 | 4:24 pm
    About a year ago I switched from cleaning my bathroom with 409 to cleaning it with vinegar. This tends to work pretty well except for a few unfortunate side effects: 1) My bathroom smells like a Captain D’s for a little while after I clean it. 2) My husband gets pissed when he steals the bottle of 409 that I appropriated for the vinegar and realizes it’s not 409. Oops. I haven’t switched from using Windex on my mirrors, though– mostly because I still had some left in the bottle and was too lazy to find something else to use. Happily, Pinterest always has a solution.
  • Mad Hatter Cocktail

    Sonja Foust
    7 Mar 2014 | 7:15 pm
    I feel like I’m a pretty efficient person. If there’s something on my task list that’s going to take two minutes or less, I’m pretty good about just getting it done instead of putting it off. So I’m going to call it efficiency when I see an alcoholic beverage on Pinterest that doesn’t require me to buy any ingredients that I don’t already have, and I fucking make it right then. Image from The Disney Food Blog Yes, darlings, not only did I have Midori (which you will recall from my drunk house tour), but I even had whipped cream that wasn’t…
  • DIY Draped Skirt

    Sonja Foust
    2 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    This pin test was originally posted on CraftFail. I am not fashionable. I am not cute. I will never be either of those things. And yet… And yet… Guys, Pinterest is aspirational by nature, and so am I, turns out, because I saw this and thought I should definitely try it. Image from Passion For Fashion Ok, yeah, I didn’t have stretchy t-shirt material. And my piece of fabric was not long enough (especially considering how much bigger my butt is than hers). But really I was not aspirational enough to go buy a long piece of stretchy t-shirt material just to try to make a skirt…
 
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    AllFreeKidsCrafts.com Articles

  • Give a Hand for Mom

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:23 am
    Give a Hand for Mom, the lady of the hour! Kids can make unforgettable Mother's Day cards by simply making a personal piece of handprint art. Once they've decorated this homemade card to look just like Mom, kids can add a sweet note to melt Mom's heart. This card is personal, unique, and fun to make, which is the perfect combination for a handmade card. Thanking Mom for all she does has never been quite so sentimental.
  • Toilet Paper Roll Fish in a Bowl

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    Toilet paper roll crafts are always a blast, but crafting is more fun when there are fishy friends involved. Toilet Paper Roll Fish in a Bowl is a thrifty art project idea for little aquatic enthusiasts. These inexpensive animal crafts are easy for little ones to make, especially because you can use the free printable template to make the fish bowl background. These toilet paper roll crafts are sure to entertain the kiddos, but if they still need more, you can download the free printable coloring page for extra fun.
  • Fingerprint Bouquet

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    Combine all of Mama's favorite things to craft the ultimate Mother's Day gift. The Fingerprint Bouquet incorporates the beauty and joy of flowers and kids' own personal touch. Spring crafts for kids like this make perfect decorations or presents. No matter what they're used for, they're a blast to make, they're simple, and they're sure to put a smile on your face. This fun flower craft would also make an adorable gift for a teacher. Bring the joy of spring wherever you go when you craft springtime paper crafts for kids.
  • Deep Sea Jellyfish Mobile

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    Dive into kids craft ideas like this Deep Sea Jellyfish Mobile and make some fun decorations for summer. Kids can learn about science with these colorful animal crafts to keep those little minds flexible during the summer months. Hang the Deep Sea Jellyfish Mobile as DIY party decorations, or simply make them with your little ocean enthusiasts to brighten their day. Ocean animal crafts like this one are very inexpensive, too, so you can craft on the cheap.
  • 2 Minute 2 Cute Scarf

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Do you think you can learn how to make a scarf in under ten minutes? In just two minutes and with less than two dollars, you've got yourself a DIY scarf that is too cute. The 2 Minute 2 Cute Scarf is so simple to make, and it's the perfect cuddly piece for cold weather. Kids can craft this homemade scarf for themselves, or they can turn it into a thoughtful homemade gift idea for their siblings, grandparents, or friends.
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    Pattern Blogs- Free Craft Lessons

  • Lisbon Cape at Berroco – Free Crochet Pattern – 5mm Crochet Hook

    admin
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:24 am
    Berroco Lisbon cape free crochet pattern. 5mm crochet hook required.  Lisbon | Berroco. The post Lisbon Cape at Berroco – Free Crochet Pattern – 5mm Crochet Hook appeared first on Pattern Blogs- Free Craft Lessons.
  • Top Hat Crochet Pattern – YouTube Crochet Video Tutorial

    admin
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Top Hat Crochet Video Tutorial Top Hat Crochet Pattern  The post Top Hat Crochet Pattern – YouTube Crochet Video Tutorial appeared first on Pattern Blogs- Free Craft Lessons.
  • Free Shawl Knitting Pattern – Swallowtail Lace Shawl-Evelyn Clark Design

    admin
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:50 am
    Free Shawl Knitting Pattern at Evelyn Clark Design Swallowtail Lace Shawl-Evelyn Clark Design. The post Free Shawl Knitting Pattern – Swallowtail Lace Shawl-Evelyn Clark Design appeared first on Pattern Blogs- Free Craft Lessons.
  • How to Knit Estonian Lace – 6 Part YouTube Lace Knitting Series.

    admin
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:02 am
    Learn how to knit Estonian Lace – YouTube Free Craft Lessons. Estonian Lace techiques Part 1.flv TitleEstonian Lace techiques Part 1.flv Runtime4:51 TitleDemonstration of unusual knitting technique Runtime8:27 TitleEstonian Lace techniques Part 2.flv Runtime7:43 TitleEstonian Lace techniques Part 4.flv Runtime6:10 TitleEstonian Lace techniques Part 3.flv Runtime5:47 TitleEstonian Lace techniques Part 5.flv Runtime6:05 TitleEstonian Lace techniques […] The post How to Knit Estonian Lace – 6 Part YouTube Lace Knitting Series. appeared first on Pattern Blogs- Free Craft…
  • Learn How to Build an Android App – Youtube Android App Video Tutorials

    admin
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    Ever wanted to build your own crafting App – Learn how with this free Android For Beginners Youtube Video Series.  Free Craft lessons Notes: There are  two course going on here which refuse to be parted! Watch Out! – There’s ‘Android Development for Beginners Tutorials’ and then there’s simply ‘Android Development Tutorials’.   Android Development […] The post Learn How to Build an Android App – Youtube Android App Video Tutorials appeared first on Pattern Blogs- Free Craft Lessons.
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    Knits by Britt

  • Bright Lights Shawl

    Brittany Jones
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:39 pm
    This is the perfect shawl for Spring and Summer. My lovely 7-year-old daughter is modeling this shawl, but it looks great on adults too! ;) Materials - Less than 100 yards of Interlacements Yarn, Cotton Poly Spiral, in Las Vegas Brights- US 8 circular needles (at least 24 inches)- 2 St Markers- Tapestry Needle- Scissors- Blocking mats- Pins Abbreviations - BO: Bind off - CO: Cast on - K: Knit - K2tog: Knit 2 sts together - PM: Place st marker- Sl: Slip 1 st (knitwise) to the right needle without knitting it - SM: Slip marker to right needle - SSK: Slip 2 stitches to the right needle and then…
  • Woven Stitch Cowl

    Brittany Jones
    7 Mar 2014 | 4:20 pm
    If you haven't heard of Wool and the Gang yet, then you're missing out. I love the way they are making knitting appealing to the younger generation. I was on their site, and found this beautiful stitch called the "Woven stitch." I instantly fell in love with it, and immediately knit up multiple cowls featuring this gorgeous stitch. I've found that this stitch looks best in bulkier yarns and brighter colors. Materials:- One skein or less of Size 6 super bulky yarn - Size US 13 needles - 2 medium buttons - Tapestry Needle - Measuring Tape- Scissors Abbreviations:- BO: Bind off - CO: Cast on -…
  • #penguinKAL

    Brittany Jones
    6 Mar 2014 | 3:29 pm
    I know it's been a hot minute since I've created a new blog post. I was promoted at work and my husband was deployed, so I didn't have a lot of free time on my hands. I'm so sorry! Soooo, I ran across an article today that made me want to organize a knit-along! The Penguin Foundation has put a global call out for knitters to knit sweaters for penguins in rehab from oil spills. The sweaters help keep them warm while they're recovering and also keep them from trying to get the oil out their feathers on their own. If your knit sweaters arrive to the foundation while they have a surplus they will…
  • Pretty in Polka Dots Cowl

    Brittany Jones
    1 Dec 2013 | 4:12 pm
    I loved my Pretty in Polka Dots hat and fingerless gloves so much that I decided to design a cowl to complete the set! It is super easy and fun to knit. You can customize it by using any two colors that you want! P.S. - These make great Holiday gifts! Materials - Scissors- Size US 9 circular knitting needles, or whichever size needles you need to obtain gauge with your worsted weight yarn- St marker- Less than 100 grams of worsted weight yarn in Color A- Less than 100 grams of worsted weight yarn in Color B- Tapestry needle- Measuring tape Abbreviations - BO: Bind off - CO: Cast on- K: Knit-…
  • The Quickie Cowl

    Brittany Jones
    20 Oct 2013 | 1:55 pm
    I'm a bit obsessed with knitting cowls lately. I am also thinking about creating a male version of this pattern so I can be all matchy-matchy with my husband when he gets home from Afghanistan. I don't think he would go for it though. I am using bulkier yarns, because Old Man Winter is on his way ... And to be honest I just like to knit wearables that only take me a few hours to complete. This lovely piece seriously took me less than two hours! I completed it while watching old episodes of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Do you remember that show? :) Materials- Less than 87 yards of Wool-Ease…
 
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    Jen Gordon - UI/UX Designer

  • Upward Digital

    Jen Gordon
    30 Mar 2014 | 4:40 pm
    The post Upward Digital appeared first on Jen Gordon - UI/UX Designer.
  • Stewardship Pro

    Jen Gordon
    30 Mar 2014 | 4:37 pm
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  • Sauro Motel

    Jen Gordon
    30 Mar 2014 | 4:36 pm
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  • Furniture Outlet

    Jen Gordon
    30 Mar 2014 | 4:36 pm
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  • Eckhart Electric

    Jen Gordon
    30 Mar 2014 | 4:29 pm
    The post Eckhart Electric appeared first on Jen Gordon - UI/UX Designer.
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    Ashland Bay

  • Dyepot Double Dipping

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:25 am
    Have you ever hand dyed a yarn, with a specific idea in mind, only to have it turn out the complete opposite of what you wanted? This has been a reoccurring theme for me lately. I wanted to knit a cowl using one solid color and one hand painted yarn for contrast. I choose the Windsor yarn for this project. For the solid color, I dyed a light silver grey. I thought the cool grey color would wash out softer muted colors, so I boldly painted the contrast skein bright, clear colors. When it came out of the dye pot, it looked like I just opened a box of crayola crayons. Not to be deterred, I…
  • Brand New Luxury yarn: meet Lotus

    31 Mar 2014 | 1:32 pm
    We have been anxiously anticipating our newest arrival of luxury yarn and, it is finally here! Introducing Lotus- Superwash Merino/Yak/Silk. 60/20/20 This meticulously spun 3-ply yarn is a beautiful soft natural grey fingering weight packaged in 2.2 lb bags with 10 – 100 gm (approximately 400 yd) skeins. The fiber combination of superwash merino wool, yak and silk receives dye unique to each of the individual fiber qualities and produces spectacular colors. It is also stunning knit au natural.  Incomparable next to the skin softness, I can envision this yarn in socks, cowls, scarves,…
  • Easy Fiber Ideas from Creative Bloggers

    25 Feb 2014 | 11:15 am
    Fun with Fiber - Felt Ball Crafting Need new felting Ideas for 2014? Time to get back to the basics and create fun projects using one of the simplest techniques – felt balls!  Felt balls are easy and fast to make and can add a splash of cozy color your home’s decor. Never made felt balls? No worries – get started with this great step-by-step tutorial from Sweet Little Peanut. Once you’ve created your felt balls you can turn them into all sorts of clever crafts. Some of our favorites include this felt ball wreath from She Makes Pillows. Check out her instructions here. We also…
  • Who doesn't love new colors?!

    21 Feb 2014 | 10:08 am
    We are so thrilled to announce, Ashland Bay has new colors! Our first introduction is a brand new line of 19 micron melange shade merinos! Each hue is a color fusion of 3 shades, blended for a beautiful tone on tone visual. Check out the website for pictures of all 11 colors! In addition, we also have a few new 21.5 micron colors to add to our existing line! We have added Mink, Seafoam, Parchment, Oak, Tangerine, Wedgewood, Iris, Silver and Periwinkle! Give our new colors a try, and let us know what you think!
  • a deeper look at silk yarns

    28 Jan 2014 | 9:57 am
    The history of silk culture goes back over 5,000 years and is a fascinating study of economics, politics, warfare, fashion and secrecy. The lustrous beauty and natural properties of silk have long made it a highly sought after fiber. The visual beauty of this high luster yarn draws the eye. The soft, silky feel draws the hand to touch. Silk is naturally hypoallergenic and has properties that make it comfortable in both warm and cool weather. Relatively easy to care for, silk takes dye like fish take to water. Plus, silk is the strongest natural fiber. Who can resist? Because of these…
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    angelab.me

  • Quip – My Favorite Tool for Writing

    Angela
    6 Apr 2014 | 3:42 pm
    What’s Quip?  It’s a modern word processor that works great on my laptop, tablet, and even my phone.  I first heard about Quip in 2013, probably from a tech blog article.  I went to quip.com, read Quip’s About Us page, and saw that their founding team worked at Google and Facebook.  I signed up and started using it to start up a non-profit, the Boise Modern Quilt Guild.  Soon afterwards the Quip team reached out to me, asking how I liked Quip and if I had any feedback.  I happily replied, since I came to love the product.  By the way, Quip team member Josh rocks!
  • Geometric Quilt Wall Hanging

    Angela
    21 Mar 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Disclosure: As a sponsored blogger for Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, Jo-Ann has provided me with a booklet of spring trend inspiration and a gift card to purchase crafting supplies to develop the craft discussed in this post.  March is National Craft Month!  To celebrate, the Jo-Ann folks sent me a spring trend inspiration booklet and asked me to develop a craft that incorporated one of these spring trends: radiant orchid, nautical, florals, and geometric.  I opted for radiant orchid and geometric, making a quilt wall hanging.  That’s my state capitol on the front – Boise…
  • Feathers Quilt Top

    Angela
    12 Mar 2014 | 11:36 am
    I loved every. single. second. of making this thing.  I love how it’s so bold and graphic. It’s a lap quilt made from the Feathers quilt pattern by Alison Glass and Nydia Kehnle.  I met Nydia briefly at Sewing Summit 2012 and followed her on Instagram.  She and I I have such a similar design aesthetic: graphic and geeky. There are tons of quilt alongs and sew alongs out there in internet-land, where lots of folks make something from the same pattern and share their progress and thoughts along the way.  I don’t often participate, because I try to keep focused with my own…
  • Winter 2014 in Idaho

    Angela
    28 Feb 2014 | 9:11 am
    Enjoy some of my favorite shots of Southern Idaho, Winter 2014. All taken with my iPhone 5S, with an Instagram twist. Find me on Instagram at @angelabdesign. We had a ton of ice this winter.  So, so cold. And like last year, we had quite a bit of snow and some freezing fog.  I love how the frozen fog prettifies all the landscaping. And then the fog really set in.  We had week after week after week of inversion.  It was really quite maddening. So we hung out inside alot.  Here’s my little cuddle partner, Jasmine.  Such a good kitty. And here’s the bad kitty.  Naughty…
  • Resource Roundups

    Angela
    27 Feb 2014 | 2:22 pm
    I am picky when it comes to getting things accomplished.  If I’m spending my valuable time doing something, I want to do it in a smart way.  I scour the internet, my books, and my magazine stash for potential resources.  I’m a natural curator, and these roundups are compilations of my favorite resources. Here you go! Are your favorites not listed?  Leave a comment on one of the posts below to share your favorite projects.  
 
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    My Love of Style| My Love of Style

  • DIY Burlap and Lace Mason Jars

    Jessica
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:55 am
    Burlap and Lace Mason Jars are the perfect addition to any Rustic, Shabby Chic or Vintage inspired Wedding, Bridal Shower,…
  • Miami Fashion Challenge {What to Wear}

    Jessica
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    I’m excited to share a collection of outfits that I put together for Kendra Thornton of Thorton Public Relations .…
  • How to Make a Candy Jar "Appear" Full

    Jessica
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:20 am
    One of the most stressful things about creating a candy buffet is not having enough candy to make your candy…
  • DIY Burlap and Lace Favor Bags

    Jessica
    30 Mar 2014 | 4:50 am
    My love for Burlap is no secret, my house is overflowing with burlap textiles and decor and of course I…
  • DIY Tulle Wreath

    Jessica
    26 Mar 2014 | 1:46 pm
    I know it’s way early, but I’ve already started planning Baby Riley’s 1st Birthday Party. I figured that I better…
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    Paper Matters

  • We're Hiring!

    10 Apr 2014 | 7:18 am
    Junior Studio Manager and Traffic Coordinator This is a fantastic opportunity for a creative-minded, hyper-organised, "can-do" person to join one of London's most respected bespoke stationery studios. Having recently re-branded from CLD Stationery to Chelsea Fine Stationery the company is rapidly expanding and we require someone to help ensure the day-to-day activities of our busy studio run smoothly. The ideal candidate must demonstrate strong project management skills, business acumen and creative curiosity. This is a diverse and vital role encompassing all aspects of the business from…
  • Wedding Showcase at Le Manior aux Quat' Saisons

    8 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    We are very pleased to be included in the exclusive wedding showcase next month at the uber chic hotel and wedding venue Le Manior aux Quat' Saisons in Oxford. Hosted by the luxury wedding list service Amara and Brides the event will include a tour of the grounds by top wedding planner Bruce Russell, demonstrations by award-winning florist Simon J Lycett and cake designer Peggy Porschen. There will also be an afternoon tea served in the stunning La Belle Epoque dining room where Amanda Wakeley will present her latest bridal collection. And of course we will be there to talk wedding…
  • Fulham Palace Spring Wedding Fair - 6th April 2014

    30 Mar 2014 | 4:19 pm
    If you missed us at Brides the Show and you are in London next weekend then please come see us at Fulham Palace next Sunday. Doors open at 11am and you can book your complimentary ticket by calling 020 7610 7162 or emailing functions@fulhampalace.org. It's a wonderful opportunity to explore this beautiful historical country house and and at the same time speak with a range of wedding experts.    
  • Brides the Show - March 2014

    24 Mar 2014 | 3:34 pm
    What a weekend! For the first time Chelsea Fine Stationery participated in Brides the Show in Battersea Park London. We were thrilled to be included in such a prestigious list of exhibitors from the wedding industry. If you weren't able to visit our stand here are some pictures from the  weekend. We'll be back in March 2015.  
  • What's in a name?

    20 Feb 2014 | 9:18 am
    Quite a bit actually. For more than 30 years we have been known as CLD Stationery. CLD actually stood for Computer Labels and Data and dates back to a time when we worked for small businesses helping them to manage their mailing lists. Our business grew and evolved and yet our name remained the same. That is until today. From now onwards we will be known as Chelsea Fine Stationery. The reasons for the name change are simple - we wanted a name our clients could remember (no more is it CDL or CLD?) as well as one that said what we do and where we do it. We are very proud our our South West…
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    Eirny

  • Eating Well When You Camp: Part 4: Convenience Foods that are Worth Using

    eirny
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    So last time we discussed some ideas about what sorts of pre-cooked home-made dinners could be vacuum packed and reheated in hot water. This food is truly yummy – after all you made it yourself, but extra calories are often … Continue reading →
  • Eating Well When You Camp: Part 3: The Ultimate Cheat – Precooked Meals

    eirny
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Last time we asked the question “Why the BBQ on Friday?” And the answer? Raw meat. Raw meat spoils waaay faster than cooked meat. Properly cooked meal, which has been cooled down carefully and stored safely has a much longer … Continue reading →
  • Eating Well When You Camp: Part 2: Why the BBQ on Friday?

    eirny
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Last time we started talking about the rather delicious camping trip that I had just returned from and my theories of camp food. I asked the question “Why the BBQ on Friday?” And the answer? Raw meat. The weather was … Continue reading →
 
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    Cheery Lynn Designs Blog

  • Cheery Lynn Designs "Crossover™"

    Sandy Hulsart
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    Have you heard the news?  Cheery Lynn Designs is introducing The "Crossover™"; a quilt, fabric and paper die cutting machine available May 2014.  The "Crossover™" is packaged in a handy carrying case with handles, shoulder straps and velcro strips that can be attached to a mobile cart. This sleek machine is designed for heavy use with a metal frame, heavy duty metal gears, fold up handle and an easy to use adjustment mechanism.Check out the above video with Mike from Cheery Lynn discussing the basics of the new machine.  In addition to The "Crossover™" are new Deep Dish…
  • Survivor Tag with a Steampunk Twist

    leslierahye strickland
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    Happy Tuesday everyone! leslierahye here with a Survivor tag Steampunk Style. I used the fabulous new steampunk corners along with the Survivor Bra set. The swirled overlays chalked with copper pan pastel looked steampunk-y to me! For this tag I die cut all elements in black card stock [some textured, some smooth] and dusted with metallic shades of pan pastel. I love the subtle metal tones this technique gives. White penwork highlights the die cuts and finishes off my tag!Cheery Lynn Dies used Steampunk Corner (Set of 2) Left & Right - B437*Survivor Bra (9 Dies) -…
  • Happy, Happy, Happy with Rhonda

    Rhonda Van Ginkel
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    Happy Monday crafty friends! Rhonda here today to host the blog for you.Today's card features the Pretty Pretty Bows (Set of 2) dies along with the Tags 2 for my sentiment. "Happy, Happy, Happy" (4x8 Card)The base of my card is an 8x8 piece of pattern paper, folded in half. I then cut a layer of vellum at 3.75 x 7.75 and adhered in the center. Next, I added a bit of cheesecloth and trimmed to fit the layers.I trimmed a piece of pattern paper to fit under my Butterflies Flying Among the Vines Mesh Border, then attached by touching some Glossy Accents on the butterflies to secure, then I tacked…
  • Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 129 - Mother's Day

    Sandy Hulsart
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    What wonderful entries we had last week for our Pretty in Purple challenge.  Thank you to all who entered, we enjoy seeing your creations with our dies.  This week our challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs isMother's DayHere are the rules: You MUST follow the theme and use at least one Cheery Lynn Designs die, of course, we would love to see more than one.  You MUST add a link to your blog post in the InLinkz at the end of this post; no back posting, only new projects are allowedYou MUST link to this challenge in your blog post or on your gallery postYou may only enter the challenge…
  • Pretty in Purple Challenge Winner

    Sandy Hulsart
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:25 am
    What wonderful entries we had last week. The winner of our Pretty in Purple Challenge is #7 Katie Craig  Congratulations, Katie.  Please contact me for your $20 shopping spree to Cheery Lynn Designs.  And thank you to everyone who joined in on the challenge.  We hope to see you again in this week's Mother's Day Challenge.
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    Grow Creative

  • National Infertility Awareness Week

    Elise
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Hi Friends!  I just learned that this week is National Infertility Awareness Week and wanted to share a few things I have learned about infertility. I haven't actually been diagnosed as "infertile" for very long, but I have waited for four years now to be able to have another child.  It's much tougher than I imagined it could be.  The thing I have longed for most in this journey is understanding.  Not judgement.  So I've come up with a few suggestions to help out those in your life who may be struggling with the disease of infertility.Show them you care.  Give…
  • A Look at my Sketchbook

    Elise
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Having some fun with markers, pens, and crayons.........I used more watercolor paper scraps to make some crazy marker bookmarks.  I don't know what else to do with those scraps.  I've already made like a bajillion bookmarks and I mostly read on my Kindle now anyway.....oh well!
  • Photos of the Week

    Elise
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    This was the week that everything bloomed.  So pretty! This time of year always fills me with hope and I can't help but smile, no matter what's going on in my life.  Knowing that there are beautiful sunny days ahead does that to me.  What's your favorite part of spring?
  • Because of Him

    Elise
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Happy Easter!  Here's a video to help you remember the real reason we have this holiday!
  • 90's Dress Refashion

    Elise
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    I don't sew very often.  And when I do, my projects usually fail, but once in a while it works out.  Like this time when I transformed an old thrift-store dress into a shirt.  Not too hard.  I mostly just had to shorten it.Here's what it looked like before.  Too long for a shirt, too short for a dress.After hemming it up I attached the crochet collar I made last year.  It goes so well with this!  I'm excited!
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    Craftiments

  • Spring Mantel 2014

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:40 am
    Just popping in to post a few photos of my spring mantel. Enjoy!Continue reading →© 2012 - 2014 CRAFTIMENTS.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  • Moss & Twine Birdhouse Wreath

    7 Apr 2014 | 12:17 pm
    This past week finally started to feel like spring for me. My brown, brittle grass became lush and green overnight. The trees are budding and my hyacinths are blooming. I was thrilled to open the windows and fill the house with the fresh, earthy scent that follows the rain.  Confident that the lingering winter had lost its grip once and for all, I was excited to get working on a new wreath for the front the door.Continue reading →© 2012 - 2014 CRAFTIMENTS.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  • Pi Day Circumference Printables

    7 Mar 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Get your inner geek ready. One week from today we will commemorate everybody's favorite irrational number... π ! In celebration of Pi Day on March 14th, I created a fun set of free printables to share with you. The graphic depicts a circle with a diameter of 1, which means the distance around the edge of the circle is π, since circumference = π x diameter.Continue reading →© 2012 - 2014 CRAFTIMENTS.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  • Bonbon Break Feature!

    1 Mar 2014 | 9:37 am
    Check it out! My Icy Epsom Salt Luminaries were featured by the online magazine Bonbon Break!  And while you are there, stay a while to be inspired by a fabulous collection of features from an amazing group of bloggers.Continue reading →© 2012 - 2014 CRAFTIMENTS.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  • Free Printable Rocket to the Moon Valentines

    7 Feb 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Here are some cute rocket ship and moon valentines to download and print for your little astronaut! My four year old daughter will be handing these out at school with Moon Pies.Continue reading →© 2012 - 2014 CRAFTIMENTS.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
 
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    Cutediys

  • DIY Makeup Remover + New Layout Theme!

    Pooja A.
    5 Apr 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Notice anything new around here? Yup, I got a cute new blog theme! I hope that you all find the new layout fast and easy to navigate. My sweet brother worked super hard to customize it so that it would be easier for you all to find all my DIYs. I’m so happy to finally be back and share a new DIY with you all. I’ve been on a run with beauty DIY projects, and I thought I’d share a quick DIY for a girl-on-the-go. A lot of you liked the homemade dry shampoo I put up some time ago since it was so quick and easy to whip up, and when I came across this idea, I just couldn’t…
  • DIY: Egg and Olive Oil Hair Mask

    Pooja A.
    28 Feb 2014 | 4:46 pm
    I know what you’re thinking…eggs in my hair? No thanks. But honestly, using an egg mask for your hair isn’t that bad. In fact, you’ll probably be amazed at how healthy and soft your hair feels after using this egg hair mask. You know all those hair products on shelves that boast of being rich in proteins? Well, eggs provide the same benefits for your hair. Egg yolk contains high amounts of fatty acids and Vitamin A, which help to fight against dry scalps.  Combined with the olive oil, eggs make a great conditioner, promoting shine and silkiness. I’ve also heard…
  • DIY: Fruit Ice Cubes

    Pooja A.
    13 Feb 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Surprise, double post for you all today! I decided to go ahead and share this cool DIY today as well, just in case some of you want to use this sweet idea for Valentine’s Day tomorrow. I love adding these special fruit ice cubes to my drink and I think that no Valentine’s Day celebration is complete without them. After recently finding my heart ice cube mold, I’ve gone crazy and I’ve come up with different ways to use it! If you don’t own a heat-shaped mold, feel free to use whatever mold you have at home. I just thought that this idea was perfect for…
  • DIY Inspiration: Last minute Valentine’s Day Cards!

    Pooja A.
    13 Feb 2014 | 3:59 pm
      Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you haven’t gotten a card for your special someone, you don’t need to fret. My amazing sister came up with these neat Valentine cards that are cute, creative, and adorable!  They are the perfect cards to let your loved ones know how much they mean to you.  Often, we all get too caught up in finding the “perfect” Valentine’s gift. The real perfect gift is something that you can DIY. After all, a gift made from your hands is much more valuable than something bought from a store. Find some inspiration…
  • DIY: Candle Wax Melts

    Pooja A.
    12 Feb 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Ready for a DIY that will melt your heart? Happy *almost* Valentine’s Day everyone! The special occasion is only a couple of days away and many of us have yet to buy that special someone a nice gift. But as I always say, why buy when you can DIY? Whether you’ll be spending the day with your Valentine or be giving yourself a relaxing treat at home, these heart-shaped wax melts are a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. I have tons of half-burned candles lying around my house. Often, I forget to burn them and they just end up going to waste. This is a great way to repurpose…
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    Knit Luck - Knitting Your Way to A Better Life

  • Easter Year of Projects

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:17 pm
    I managed to get it together amongst the Zombie Jesus Easter craziness to write a Year of Projects Post. I haven't touched the Maile Cardigan in weeks since getting taken over by the beachy raglan. Finally got finished with the raglany stuff and now working on the body towards the waist shaping. I'm a little concerned because my boobs take up so much sweater real estate that I might need to lower the waist shaping by an extra five rows. I won't know for sure unless I put the sweater on waste yarn and try the darned thing on which sounds like a lot of work, but not nearly as much work as…
  • Adventures in Hair Modeling

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:05 pm
    What a girl will do for her friends. :)
  • Ghosts

    9 Apr 2014 | 4:18 pm
    Curveballs keep being thrown. I'm starting to wonder what the hell is hanging over us. Last minute interview cancellations. Perfect positions suddenly unavailable. I wish I could make sense of it. With any luck this new setback will only leave me feeling thrown for an hour before I embrace the uncertainty and reassert my confidence that there will be a paying job at the end of this path, or perhaps a published book. That's how we're coping. Trying to fill our spare hours with writing. If stitches were dollars I'd be rich. Raglan sweaters are well designed for the motivated knitter. I knit…
  • Hope-itis

    3 Apr 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Casting on that little green project yesterday had an unintended side effect: startitis. I got swept in by the fantasy of knitting. The notion of the soft cotton passing through my fingers growing into a summer pullover that I would wear on a cool Californian beach, the children running safely along the waves, a calm breeze and my barefeet in wet sand. A very welcome distraction indeed.   {jcomments on}
  • The Knit Luck Interchangeable Knitting Needle Guide - Knitters Pride Bamboo

    31 Mar 2014 | 11:08 am
    Welcome to the latest installment of Knit Luck's Interchangeable Knitting Needle Guide. We buy interchangeable knitting needle sets and test them out to help you decide which interchangeable knitting needle set is the best for you. You can click here to read our previous reviews including the Addi Clicks, Knit Picks, Knitter's Pride and even Lantern Moon. In this edition we're sampling the Knitter's Pride Bamboo Interchangeable Knitting Needles and comparing them alongside other bamboo interchangeable offerings such as the Addi Click Bamboo and the Takumi Bamboo.  Bamboo Knitting Needles…
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    Serger Pepper

  • How to find Refashion Inspiration (Frugal tip n° 3)

    Irene V. (MammaNene)
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Sometimes I feel like nothing can inspire me… so I start thinking something else and suddenly inspiration comes! You should do the same, and save from trash some of your closet’s treasures… let them rest for a while, the only thing you need is some space where you can put them… and think to something else! My favorite sources of Refashion Inspiration are: 1. Pinterest Obviously, the first place where I go when I’m searching for inspiration is Pinterest, my muse! And the first place where I look when inspiration I’m searching for is refashion related is our…
  • The Anatomy of The Best Serger Tension: My Tips (Bonus: Unpick it!)

    Irene V. (MammaNene)
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Here’s your chance for reading my last month contribution about my Best Serger Tension Tips, written for Deanna’s blog SewMcCool, just in case you missed it! Do not forget to read my next one, going live on April, 24 (next thursday)! I hope you’ll appreciate it, I think it’s one of my favorite posts about serger, that kind you definitely should pin for future reference, also if you’re still struggling for having a serger! Just because I know that sometimes a relationship with a serger can be frustrating (as any other relationship, in fact), I’d like to…
  • Worst Beginner Sewing Mistakes – Part 2: Time to Sew!

    Irene V. (MammaNene)
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Remember what we were talking about last week? Worst Beginner Sewing Mistakes… now it’s time to sew, but better avoid those common errors! Sewing directly on garment, without practicing on scraps Always save some scraps of fabrics while cutting to practice stitching, new techniques, buttonholes… everything! I’m sure you don’t want to ruin your project right on the last detail, just because you decided not to loose time on regulating tensions on a little scraps… and you can always toss them later, when the project is finished. As you may guess, I…
  • Carry-All Bag Pattern Testing – So Sew Easy PDF pattern

    Irene V. (MammaNene)
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    One more pattern testing for Deby and this time she made a great bag! I have to admit that I’d never sewn a bag like this… it was my first time! But, with her instructions (and YouTube videos), it went together in a breeze! First of all: here’s the PDF pattern sold on Craftsy Need some fabric? Check Craftsy flash sale, but be quick! Craftsy is giving up to 75% off of all fabric, yarn and project kits! This sale is only during Easter weekend (Friday 4/18 – Monday 4/21 at 11:59pm MDT), so be sure to jump on it quick or you will miss it.  **This post contains affiliate…
  • Threading Your Sewing Machine and Serger (Posts from the Past)!

    Irene V. (MammaNene)
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Let me show you two of my favorite posts, that kind of reference post you will love to pin (just hover your mouse on each pic and click on my PinIt button!) or bookmark for future reference: they’re perfect for any sewist level! We’re talking about: & Check also the other two Posts from the Past here: Pencil case and my Pressing Tools Triad PS: Yes, today I’ve cheated about my April Blog Challenge… not exactly a post, in fact! But I’m sure you’ll appreciate those two threading tutorials Join now on our Monday’s newsletter… you’ll…
 
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    DIY Swank

  • Follow Friday-My Passion for Decor

    DIY Swank
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Whew! It’s Friday{loud voice}. This is the day I look forward to for 2 reasons. It’s Follow Friday and I get to share with you another awesome DIY blogger. The second, it’s the end of my work week. I still work a full time job and the weekend is my time to get creative and [...] The post Follow Friday-My Passion for Decor appeared first on DIY Swank.
  • Little Man First Birthday Party

    DIY Swank
    6 Apr 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Welp after 2 months, I am finally sharing my Little Man’s First Birthday party. Needless to say I have been super busy. My baby boy turned one, January 30th. {Sad Face} I’m not a mom to a baby anymore. He has figured the toddler thing out fairly quickly. I finally installed the baby gate on [...] The post Little Man First Birthday Party appeared first on DIY Swank.
  • Follow Friday- Day2Day SuperMom

    DIY Swank
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Happy Friday friends! So last week this thing called “real life” got in the way of me getting up my Follow Friday post. Doh! I did pull off a fabulous baby shower for my sister-in-law and I can’t wait to share it with all of you! If you follow us on Instagram and Facebook you [...] The post Follow Friday- Day2Day SuperMom appeared first on DIY Swank.
  • Crispy Oven Baked Zucchini Sticks

    Megan
    26 Mar 2014 | 8:49 am
    Hi friends! DIY home projects are few and far between for us right now with all the anticipation of the big move into our new house!  And let me tell you, I can not wait to take on the projects we have planned for our new house, like my Laundry Room, and share with you all of the [...] The post Crispy Oven Baked Zucchini Sticks appeared first on DIY Swank.
  • Follow Friday-Southern Revivals

    DIY Swank
    21 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    Hey Friends! Welcome to another Follow Friday. Today I am sharing Jamie Lott from Southern Revivals! Jamie is also one of our SITS sisters and we adore her blog. The name says it all! She is a Southern gal with a knack for reviving old and boring furniture.  I would like to have one of [...] The post Follow Friday-Southern Revivals appeared first on DIY Swank.
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    Gathering Beauty

  • Three Things I Love - Easter Edition.

    15 Apr 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Here's the three things I love, Easter edition.1. Personalised photo print eggs from A Subtle Revelry. A clever alternative to the traditional place card.2. Cute sock bunnies complete with mini pom poms and rosy cheeks over on The Red Thread.3. And origami bunny baskets from Studio Diy complete with free printable patterned paper. I made some of these for Easter last year, find them here, fill them with chocolate mini eggs for a great last minute gift.
  • Diy Clock Makeover.

    10 Apr 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Here's the latest craft project I've been working. A pretty diy silver and pink clock makeover.When we moved in this boring, old clock had been left behind by the previous owners. I didn't really like it but it worked so it didn't seem right to throw it away, especially as all it needed was a quick facelift. It got shoved to the bottom my craft box and I'd forgotten all about it until the other day when I found it along with this pretty, pink self adhesive fabric paper. I grabbed a silver ink pad and some embossing powder and before I knew it I had this fantastic upcycled clock.Things you'll…
  • Around Here.

    7 Apr 2014 | 9:32 am
    Typical crazy English weather. Sunny one minute and torrential downpour the next.Evening light and reflections.Hot tea and magazines on a gloomy afternoon.An evening stroll around the marine lake.Happy to finally have my Ikea picture ledge up.Pretty magnolia on my walk this morning.
  • Lovely Links 02

    4 Apr 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Let's kick off the weekend with some lovely links, shall we?I love everything about this home and this Parisian apartment.A pretty tram in Lisbon, Portugal.Looking forward to the new Sweet Paul book Eat & Make, see a sneak peek here.How to make your own gold leaf diy notebooks. A cat shaped plant pot made out of a plastic bottle that is both adorable and clever. A beautiful floral wreath made out of wallpaper.Beautiful paper art from Elise Wehle and my new favourite blog The Jealous Curator.Sweet Potato Crisps // Lebanese Spiced French Fries // Garlic…
  • Diy Decorated Magazine Holders.

    24 Mar 2014 | 1:41 pm
    I'm such a magazine hoarder, I hold onto them for years and years and can't bring myself to throw them out. I used to cut them up and save them in scrapbooks but lately they've just been mounting up in a not so tidy stack. I'd been trying to think of a better way to store them when I came across these wooden magazine holders from Ikea, all they needed was a splash of colour and some pattern to brighten them up.Materials needed:Wooden Magazine Holders.Decorative papers.Pva glue or mod podge.Paintbrush or foam brush.Scissors.And a pencil.1. Take your magazine holder and using it as a template…
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    STASH - Stashknits blog

  • WIP WEDNESDAY: SLIP SLIDIN' AWAY

    9 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    Somehow, our Building Blocks afghan class has reached Block #8 in the lesson series. This month we're creating an elegantly simple design using slipped stitches with a twist. Okay, not literally a twist. That would look totally different. But the METHOD of slipping is a little different than most; we are holding the yarn in front on the knit side while slipping. And it looks like this: The slipped stitches create the decorative zigzags running vertically. This is the king of simple-to-work pattern that can add a lot of interest to ordinary stockinette and can be used in other projects to…
  • FO FRIDAY: THE CURSE OF THE PONCHETTE

    4 Apr 2014 | 3:21 pm
    It's not my fault. Really, it's not. I just like this pattern, so I knitted myself a ponchette. And it came out kind of nice, I must say. Why, then, is this project the kiss of death for some of my favorite yarns? The one above I  finished yesterday in Grignasco Champagne, a luxurious sportweight blend of merino and silk that absolutely glows, glides off the needles like butter, and feels like cashmere. So of course, it was just discontinued.The real irony is that I made this second version to replace one I knitted a few years ago in a hand dyed cotton from Schaefer Yarns called…
  • CROCHET TUESDAY: A TAIL OF TWO KITTIES

    25 Mar 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Okay, we're hooked. Elizabeth and I were treated to an afternoon of crochet magic this afternoon, and one thing is clear: this just HAS to be a regular thing. To begin with, Lois and I began making Keplers, a truly adorkable crocheted lion. Once we figured out the pattern (she was following the body directions and I was following those for the tail, although both of us were supposed to be making feet), things went well. I will probably have to start mine over with a smaller hook because it's too loose to be stuffed, but I totally have the techniques down now. But wait, there's more!
 
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    Spark & Chemistry - Spark & Chemistry Blog Posts

  • DIY Office Party Ideas (for fun offices only)!

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:24 pm
    If you have a job, chances are you also have office parties every once in a while. We have potlucks at my job all the time, which sparked an idea to share some inexpensive ways to spruce up an office party.  But note, this is for fun offices only.  You know, the not-so-boring offices, where coworkers love to share loads of fun in memorable, unique ways.  So I was at my desk one day and was writing something down on a Post-It note.  We all have them- the stickies specifically used for important reminders.  I thought it'd be great to incorporate those and other basic…
  • How to Print on Post-It Notes

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Hey crafters!  Here's a simple, free printable for you.  In keeping with our "Office Party Ideas" post, I wanted to show you how to print on Post-It notes, and give you some simple templates on which to print your designs.  For this office invite, you need the 4x6 Post-It notes.  We also have a template for the 3x3 notes available on which to print your own design.  You can create your own in any graphics program that allows you to edit PDF files (Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign). To start, print out the "Post-It Template" from our PRINTABLES page.  Then…
  • How to Make a Clothespin Cross

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:18 pm
    If you're looking for unconventional spiritual decor, why not try this cross made only with clothespins? This craft only takes about fifteen minutes and it's a great project for kids as well.  Supplies:   16 natural wood clothespins Wood glue* Acrylic Paint (optional) Paint brushes *Wood glue is the best option for this craft, but regular craft glue can work as well. Try not to use hot glue as it will expand and create gaps in between the pins. Also, hot glue fastens permanently and you won't be able to adjust as you go along.  This process will be incredibly easy. Simply…
  • A Greeting in an Egg...

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Easter is well on its way and I know we're all looking forward to our Sunday parties, and Easter brunches with friends and family.  In our family and church, Easter is big.  It is by far one of the most, if not the most, attended Sunday service of the year and one of the biggest holidays for family brunch.  This year, it also falls on my mother's birthday weekend, so I know it will be one to remember.  I thought that it would be cute bring a carton of eggs to brunch on Sunday.  Each egg could have it's own greeting specifically for the person to whom you're giving…
  • Fun Scratch n' Sniff Bookmarks

    12 Apr 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Ahhh, scratch n' sniff stickers.  I remember as a kid, trying to be super good at school just to get one.  They would smell of artificial cherry, strawberry, and lemon with nothing but a simple scratch to activate the smell.  I don't know how they make those, but I do know that whenever I open up a box of cake batter, or powdered gelatin, I get the same smell.  So in having this nostalgic moment, I decided to create a scratch n' sniff DIY, simple enough for little hands.  Instead of stickers, I decided to make bookmarks.  I mean, who wouldn't want to open up…
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    Bella Crafts Quarterly

  • Pin Weaving for Jewelry Making

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    Do you like to make handmade jewelry?  Do you like fibers?  Check out how to fuse the two together in this awesome jewelry making post by Julie Bierschbach. Last year I took a fiber class, something a little out of my element.  It was called Pin Weaving for Jewelry Making and Accent Pieces.  I have done a bit of weaving in the past.  I remember when I was young using yarn and a cardboard loom. Pin weaving is using pins stuck into foam core board as the loom.  Fusible interfacing is the backing. You draw a design, then pin into the edge if it, pinning through the interfacing. Weaving…
  • 10 Craft Blogs Worth Following

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    As crafters ourselves, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we love all crafty content.  There are many reasons that we enjoy looking and reading about crafts so much.  Not only is it inspiring, but we really love seeing all of the creativity out there…especially if it is out-of-the-box.  We often come across content that makes us say, “WOW!”  Searching the internet, however, can be quite a time consuming activity.  So, we thought that we’d put together a list of some of our favorite craft blogs for you to enjoy….all in one place! Don’t forget to…
  • Wedding Wish Tree Tags

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This week, artist Sue Eldred shares this creative project for wedding celebrations.  Alter the instructions to make customize them to your wedding theme and colors.  We think this is a GREAT idea….you will, too. An old tradition that has been gaining popularity with brides is the Wedding Wish Tree. The Wish Tree is a Dutch Wedding custom where the guests are given a piece of paper, either shaped like a leaf or tag made of cardstock.  When the guests arrive at the reception, they write their wishes to the happy couple and then hang them on the tree using ribbon, clips or string. The…
  • Garden Fence Chandelier

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Hello everyone! My name is Andrea Millard and I’m happy to be visiting with you from my blog Cloud Nine Chic. If you are feeling that Winter has definitely worn out its welcome this year, then today’s project is for you! Let’s shake off those Winter chills and head out into the garden for inspiration. Our project for today features an everyday garden decoration, but we’ll use it in a whole new way! Lets “dig in” and get started on making a Garden Fence Chandelier! Shake off those winter blues and head into #spring with this Garden Fence Chandelier tutorial.Click…
  • Breaking Through Artist Block

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    6 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Artist block is some that, as creatives, we all experience.  The best way to break through it is to push yourself.  There are lots of creative ways to do so.  Today, Patti Hodder shares one way to conquer artist block.  This is a great idea. Like a writer faces an empty page, sometimes I find my creative muse is out on a lunch break.  No matter how long I stare at the canvas or the cardstock, my ideas are on a little vacation.  To break through this temporary artist block, I completely step away from the project at hand and focus on something else. To break through temporary artist…
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    The Ribbon Retreat Blog

  • Singer Heritage Sewing Machine & $250 Ribbon Retreat Gift Card Giveaway

    The Ribbon Retreat
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Do you LOVE to sew or have you always wanted to learn? Well, today we are teaming up with the incredible, talented, and super fun girls from UCreate to bring you a fabulous giveaway.  Check this out… …amazing right?!! The winner will get a Singer Heritage Machine. Kari at UCreate has this machine and absolutely […] The post Singer Heritage Sewing Machine & $250 Ribbon Retreat Gift Card Giveaway appeared first on The Ribbon Retreat Blog.
  • Elsa and Anna Frozen Hair Bows

    The Ribbon Retreat
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Hi guys, my name is Debra. I blog over a Housewife Eclectic, and I am so excited to be here to share one of my favorite little projects with you. If the little girls in your life are anything like mine, then Frozen is not just a movie, it’s an obsession. My 5-year-old tells everyone that […] The post Elsa and Anna Frozen Hair Bows appeared first on The Ribbon Retreat Blog.
  • Frozen Inspired Princess Anna Cape

    The Ribbon Retreat
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    I’m so excited to have my second FROZEN tutorial ready for you guys today! I had a lot of fun making this for dress-up. I do have to admit that my daughter is a bit Elsa obsessed so I went more simple with my design for Anna. Rather than do her dress, I went with […] The post Frozen Inspired Princess Anna Cape appeared first on The Ribbon Retreat Blog.
  • Easy DIY Resin Jewelry

    The Ribbon Retreat
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Hey! It’s Melanie from Find it, Make it, Love it where my sister in law Steffany and I blog about everything from kids crafts to furniture re-finishing. (Come visit us HERE for more inspiration.) We are excited to share this project for some EASY DIY Jewelry. It’s so inexpensive but looks like it came from […] The post Easy DIY Resin Jewelry appeared first on The Ribbon Retreat Blog.
  • How to Make a Pony O Cheer Bow Streamer, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Rah, Rah, Rah and Go, Fight, Win…our newest YouTube Video tutorial has just come in! Ok, yes…I was a cheerleader for a really long time, so what better way to start today than with a sweet little cheer to introduce our brand new video that is something to cheer for, for sure! However, for all […] The post How to Make a Pony O Cheer Bow Streamer, YouTube Thursday appeared first on The Ribbon Retreat Blog.
 
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  • DIY Burlap BBQ Decorations

    Sherri Osborn
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
    Remember the burlap craft challenge I introduced several days ago? I have been having a lot of fun crafting with my burlap treasures! If you read my post about the burlap craft challenge, you might also remember me mentioning a…Read more →
  • 5 Easy Earth Crafts for Earth Day

    Sherri Osborn
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Earth Day was observed for the first time on April 22, 1970. At the time, about 20 million people across the United States rallied to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment. (You can read more about the history of this…Read more →
  • Polka Dot Easter Buckets

    Sherri Osborn
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    While shopping for Easter treats, I was trying to find something fun to fill with Easter goodies for my grandkids but I wasn’t having much luck. I wanted something cute but also something small because they are all still pretty…Read more →
  • Fun with Burlap {Craft Challenge}

    Sherri Osborn
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:39 am
    If you follow me on Twitter, Google, or Facebook, you might know that I recently got a box of burlap goodies to play with… I am so excited to team up with BurlapFabric.com to share some fun products and projects…Read more →
  • Petit Collage Book Review

    Sherri Osborn
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    I had so much fun simply paging through Petit Collage by Lorena Siminovich. The projects are all so lively and fantastic I don’t know how anyone can resist the urge to make them all. The subtitle of this book is…Read more →
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  • Jute Cross Wall Art

    Lisa
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    In the weeks leading up to Easter, I’d wanted to make something that showcased a cross. It’s always nice to have a few Easter-specific decorations to add to the overall spring décor. I’ve liked the look of the nail art that took Pinterest by storm earlier this year. You’ve probably seen it; usually it’s a state outline such as this one. Given its materials, to me, this would be the perfect means for my Easter cross. I chose to work with jute for this project (I’ve got tons left over from my wrapped Easter eggs). I’m sure you could use twine, yarn, or string as well. What you…
  • A Truckin’ Good Time- A Truck Birthday

    Grace
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:14 pm
    A Truck Birthday Party My littlest guy turned 2 a few weeks ago. He loves cheese curls, trucks, and “good guys.” Since every toy Ronan plays with  are called “good guys” and a party of cheese curls would be weird, I figured a truck/car themed birthday would be a little easier to create. Now the theme isn’t cohesive as I have construction themed cakes, box racecars, and “Pin the Tire on the Monster Truck”, but Ronan didn’t care, which is good enough for me. Now there are a lot of fabulous birthday ideas on Pinterest. A lot. But, I am not  one…
  • Circles Circles on the Wall

    Rona
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:38 am
    One thing I’ve learned from endless hours spent watching HGTV is that a coat of paint is the easiest, quickest and cheapest way to refresh a space. Influenced by my favorite designers Candice Olsen and Sarah Richardson (Scott Magillvrary is easy on the eyes, I mean has nice designs, too), I like to create some drama and interest in a room by using patterns. I’ve painted wide horizontal stripes in our dinning room, thin vertical stripes in the powder room and circles in L’s nursery. The first two were nothing a little painter’s tape couldn’t handle. The circle pattern, however,…
  • $5 and 5 minutes or fewer Easy Easter Decor

    Grace
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Back in my college days, I took an Econ class, and daily I would argue with the professor that you could buy time. I admit, I was annoying and not very adept at Econ (I’m still not), but I think I had a point. While time is not a good, it is something of value. I usually want more of it, which is why I am all about those quick and easy crafts like my Easy Burlap Bubble Wreath or my Twine Wrapped Carrots. So, as Easter is just down the bunny trail, I thought I would share some super quick  $5 and 5 minutes or fewer Easter Decor ideas (Pssss… want a lesson on less v. fewer? Click…
  • Easy Moss Covered Topiaries

    Grace
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I’m starting to get worried for my #1 boo, Burlap, because lately moss has been the word in my house (anyone start sing “Grease is the Word” ? No? Weirdos). I am really digging these moss sheets lately because they lend themselves to some easy and fast crafts especially these easy moss covered topiaries This is a really easy one, so the directions are a little sparse, but seriously, you really don’t need directions… What You’ll Need: 1. A package of moss. Like this. 2. Styrofoam cones 3. Green Paint and Paint of your choice for your flowerpot. 4. A…
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  • Decorative storage boxes : best tips!

    Steve Reck
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    Decorative storage boxes are what you need :  Perhaps you need some packing containers to store things, but you do not want those unpleasant and uninteresting brown cardboard bins . You will need something richer,and flamboyant - indeed, you've suspected it... attractive decorative storage boxes!Today, there's a huge requirement for these kinds of decorative store boxes, as folks like to utilize them simply for keeping stuff, or perhaps to pack things in, and may even used as gifts for your loved ones.Should your storage area is complete and you should store a number of item in the home…
  • Tips on how to protect your furniture!

    Steve Reck
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:46 am
    Decorating is an essential part of transforming a house into a home,but it is important to overhaul your decor without putting your stamp on all of its contents!You will need :- Masking tape- Dust sheet- Polythene sheetingIt’s not always possible to remove every item of furniture from the room that you are decorating so every item left behind needs to be properly protected. No matter how handy you are with the paintbrush, accidentshappen and paint droplets can turn up in the strangest of places. Take preventative measures for peace of mind and a pleasant painting experience.Flooring is one…
  • Tutorials and tips on how to decorate and design your teens space!

    Steve Reck
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:03 am
    While your children start approaching adulthood, their pastimes and needs start to change dramatically. They might quickly outgrow their bedrooms as new requirements need to be taken into account and so you need to plan for this in plenty of time. You should be aware that your child will have their own views on what they want in their room so you should expect some compromises. Let us look at some of the design and decorating selections for a teenager's bedroom. Get an ideas on how to decorate a teen's bedroom. The most important decision that needs to be made is to ensure the bedroom…
  • How to make tissue box in a train shape!

    Steve Reck
    6 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    We use tissue every day, so it is one of the necessary prepared articles for daily use in our home.Naturally, tissue box is needed. Have you ever DIY tissue box before? I will tell you one way of how to make tissue box.The DIY tissue box I will show is in a train shape. If you don’t have this kind in your house, why not have a try and make one. Now let me show you how to make tissue box.Materials you need :FeltPlastic buttonsStiff boxScissorsSewing threadsNeedleAdhesive tapeGlueHow to make tissue box?Step 1: cut the felt to different shapes:Cut six pieces of felt as the same size of the…
  • How to make felt elephant accessories in a new looks

    Steve Reck
    24 Mar 2014 | 1:21 pm
    How to make felt animals is the main tutorial this time. Learn to make an elephant is one of my favorite  animals making. And also im going to teach you the accessories you will need to make this dcorative elephant .Elephant accessories are consists of felt, ribbon, and quilting. Beside, sewing threads, needle and scissors are  needed also  for how to make an elephant. Just now let us see how to make felt animals together.What are necessary?FeltOrganza ribbonQuiltingSewing threadsNeedleScissors How to make an elephant?Step 1: make the elephant shape  :Cut the felt to…
 
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  • Ivory & Platinum Diamond Wedding Anniversary Cake

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:38 pm
    I love it when my crafts cross-pollenate; and that certainly was the case recently when it was my parents Diamond Wedding Anniversary.  I've already shared with you the card that I made for them, which acted as inspiration for the cake I made for their surprise party.Platinum & Ivory Diamond Wedding Anniversary Cake and CardThe cake is a two-tier sponge - using my own recipe, and I can promise you, it's moist, tender and yummilicious.  The bottom layer was 8"/2ocm and is covered in platinum-coloured sugar paste.  I achieved this finish by colouring my sugarpaste grey -…
  • Tonic Studios Simplicity Projects

    20 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Today Create and Craft are featuring some terrific offers on Tim Holtz Tools, Tonic Simplicity Punches and Medium Punch Packs. Simplicity Giveaway1 with Free Dotty PunchSimplicity Giveaway2 with Free Floral Strip Punch Simplicity Giveaway3 with Free Delicate Lattice PunchTim Holtz Giveaway withFree Craft Knife and BladesMedium Punch Giveaway1with 4 Free PunchesMedium Punch Giveaway2with 4 Free PunchesHere's a selection of my projects using Tonic Studios Simplicity Punches and Dies New BeginningsSewing Bee Annabel and Friends Fabulous At…
  • Extending Square Dies to Cut Rectangles

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    This is a useful tutorial on how to get more out of your Square Dies by extending them to cut rectangles.With this method, you can extend the length or the width, but not both!At the end of the project, you will find a downloadable PDF of these instructions.You will need some:Square dies (eg Tonic Layering Squares)Die cutting machine (eg Grand Calibur)CardstockStep 1Measure the outer edge of your square die.  In my example (excuse the slight blurriness of the first photo), my outer edge measures 9.8cm and I know that this cuts a 9.3x9.3cm square.  I know need to cut a piece of card…
  • Pretty Easter Egg Basket

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Hoppity hop, the theme this fortnight at an Oldie But a Goodie challenge is Eatser - and here's a pretty handmade basket for the Easter Bunny to use to deliver yummy treats!Project Recipe:Tools: Spellbinders Bracket Dies, Silhouette Cameo, Grand CaliburPaper and Card: Stardream, LinenEmbellishments: flatback crystals, double satin ribbon, laceI used my Silhouette Cameo to cut my Easter Egg shapes.  One of the things I love about my Silhouette Cameo is that you can find a shape for almost any occassion for just a few pence.  So although it is quite…
  • Mad As A Hatter Card in a Box

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Here's another sneak peek of Tonic Studios Tea Party Dies.Card Recipe:Tools: Tonic Studios Indulgence Round Window Pour Me, Watch Me and Wear Me Dies and Everyday Sentiments dies, Grand Calibur Paper and Card: Linen card, Stardream, KandCoTo make my card in a box base, I used my Card in a Box Tutorial (click here to see how). This just makes such a super card base if you love to use your dies, and it lies down flat!So I added a combination of the Round Window Tea Party Dies, using (from back to front) Watch Me, Pour Me and Wear Me.Watch the…
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  • Wanderer in the Woods//

    Adrianne Herold
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:57 pm
    I'm so happy it's SPRING! I went thrifting not too long ago and got like 7 dresses. I'm way too excited. I'm loving the bohemian vibe going on lately. Free-spirit and all-natural is my new groove.  So I had my boyfriend take these shots for me and for his first time using a DSLR, I'm pretty happy! They're pretty good, huh?!Dress - Thrifted from Ragstock - $5!Sweater/Cardigan - Forever 21 - $20Shoes - Bobs - $50Necklace - Ten Thousand Villages - $29Arm Bracelet - Ten Thousand Villages - $18Rings - Hot Topic - $6Tights - Took them from my mother - $Priceless
  • Homemade Deep Conditioners - Say Goodbye to Dry Hair!

    Adrianne Herold
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Homemade remedies for dry hair, fly aways, or split ends. Whether you have thick or thin hair! All common ingredients that you probably have in your kitchen! Remedy 1: Avocados - Such a wonderful thing. (I typed that with the Hakuna Matata song in my head) Full of good stuff for you. Mixed with olive oil (great for damaged hair to make it silky & soft) and egg whites, you get an amazing moisture kick for you hair!1 Avocado - pitted and skinned2 tbsp egg whites3 tbsp olive oilMash up the avocado, mix in the egg whites and olive oil. Mix them up until you reach a creamy consistency and…
  • Casual Friday; Transitioning to Spring!

    Adrianne Herold
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    With the weather warming up, I have to give my sweaters some last uses! Neutrals are kind of my favorite right now. I love how crisp they are and pairing them with light wash denim. Sparkled Sweater - $55 - The Limited Light Wash Denim - $20 - Forever 21Loafers - $35 - Charlotte Russe Linked up at Two Thirty-Five Designs
  • DIY Lavender Pillow Mist

    Adrianne Herold
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:56 pm
    If you're like me, sleep is precious. And there's nothing better than a fresh, calm smelling "dream center" (as I like to call it). This pillow mist is so refreshing and really gets me ready for a good nights sleep. It takes 3 ingredients and only seconds to put together! 5-6 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil1/4 tsp Epsom SaltWaterAnd of course a mist bottleThe epsom salt is very important because it will allow the oil and water to actually mix.Place the salt in a mist bottle, add the lavender essential oil, then fill the rest of the bottle with water and wah-la! Spray your pillow a couple…
  • DIY Dry Shampoo for Dark or Light Hair!

    Adrianne Herold
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:17 pm
    You could make this right now. Only using 2 ingredients that I bet you have in your kitchen and only taking about 2 minutes to make! And the best part? It works better than ANY dry shampoo I've ever bought! Well, and of course the fact that I have really dark hair and normal dry shampoo makes my hair white... eek. Another thing, store bought dry shampoo always leaves my hair feeling stiff and almost gritty. I promise these won't. They're perfect and they will be your new go-to! Corn Starch, (my favorite thing for so many reasons) is our magic ingredient for this. That's what's going to…
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