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  • “Frozen” Ice Queen Ring Using Epsom Salts
    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    This Ring uses Epsom salts to create an ICE effect for a Disney Frozen themed ring. Your little girls will love this "Ice Queen" ring.
  • Make This: Fresh Flower Polka Dot Easter Eggs

    Paper & Stitch
    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…
  • Duck clay coaster – DIY

    Art PlatterArt Platter
    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.
  • Easter Egg Buddies Tutorial

    Betz White
    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…
  • We're Hiring!

    Paper Matters
    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…
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    claudine hellmuth

  • 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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  • Spring

    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

    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?

    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

    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...
  • WIN a $1900 Bernina Sewing Machine

    18 Mar 2014 | 2:39 pm
    I had the privilege to design a sewing machine for Bernina's Faceplate Face-off, along with 9 other designers. From March 17th through April 14th, votes will be collected on Bernina's facebook page and the TWO machines with the most votes...
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    Tim Holtz

  • 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 to claim your prize of one of the new mini distress…
  • all day giveaways: mini distress inks…

    tim holtz
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    happy monday everyone!  what better way to start off the week than with a giveaway right?  today the three new mini distress ink kits start shipping to a store near you making the available palette now 24 colors.  if you’re as excited about these new kits as i am, then today might be your lucky day since we’re giving some away!  for your chance to win one of the new mini distress ink kits here on the blog, simply post a comment sharing your favorite thing about the new minis.  we’ll announce the winners TODAY on the blog at 5:00pm PST… but wait, it get’s…
  • back from junk bonanza…

    tim holtz
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:26 pm
    hope you’re having a great weekend!  we just got back from a junkin’ trip in minnesota called junk bonanza.  mario, paula, and myself flew out thursday to minneapolis to be in line at junk bonanza early friday morning for our early bird tickets into the show.  this was such a fun trip just to go and shop for junk with some of the best prices – i’ve wanted to do this trip since i attended my first junk bonanza a couple of years ago during scrapfest… the place was packed with amazing booths filled with the most unique treasures from days gone by.  what i love…
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  • Fog Projection Combined with Gestural Interface to Create “Hologram Touchscreen”

    Sean Michael Ragan
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Laminar-flow mist curtain serves as ethereal, interactive projection surface. Read more on MAKE
  • Young Raspberry Pirates

    Goli Mohammadi
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Alaska-based young makers Nathan Schatz, 13, and his little brother, 10, wrote in to share their fun adventures with our Raspberry Pirate Radio project.Read more on MAKE
  • New Project: Build an Omnidirectional Holonomic Robot from Lego

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Holonomic robots are cool. They move in any direction, they rotate on the spot, they even move while rotating. These unique capabilities of holonomic robots make them very well suited for operating in tight spaces. But holonomic robots are also fun to play with and look at as they move gracefully over […]Read more on MAKE
  • LeJOS, the Java Operating System for Legos, Releases EV3 Beta

    Nathan Hurst
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Today, the team behind LeJOS — the Java operating system for Legos — released a beta edition of their software for Mindstorms EV3. LeJOS has been around since 2000, when Jose Solozano first built the open-source Java-based software for Mindstorms RCX; it’s one of several software replacement systems for Mindstorms, […]Read more on MAKE
  • Maker Pro Newsletter – 04/17/14

    DC Denison
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:52 am
    “Venture math is a harsh mistress.” From the editors of MAKE magazine, the Maker Pro Newsletter is about the impact of makers on business and technology. Our coverage includes hardware startups, new products, incubators, and innovators, along with technology and market trends. Please send items to us at Are you […]Read more on MAKE
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    not martha

  • Easter Egg Food Color Palette

    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

    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

    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

    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…
  • links: food

    2 Apr 2014 | 5:22 am
    Vegan: Crispy Smoked Mushroom “Bacon” | Serious Eats. Dominique Ansel to Debut Milk & Cookie Shots at SXSW – Eater. Milk served in a chocolate chip cookie shot glass, lovely. From the guy who brought the cronut to the world. How To Make Amazing Cold Brew Coffee – Business Insider. Via a post about how to have coffee in a coffee-less office over at Ask Metafilter. Hungry Cravings: Adventures in Extruded Pasta. Have You Ever Tried an Opal Apple? | Serious Eats. Carbonated Celery Gimlet – Recipe – ChefSteps. (Video.) From The GastroGnome’s Best of…
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    Wee Wonderfuls

  • 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.
  • thursday

    Hillary Lang
    13 Mar 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Geez, did I lose my blogging momentum already. It's 20 degrees here today. On March 13th. I think maybe that's all there is to say. But I'm here. I'm struggling with turning out tiny bunny ears. And working on scrapbooking the world's most mundane week... here's a picture of us sitting in the house doing nothing, and working on taxes, here we are watching tv. Actually Sunday was exciting tv, True Detectives finale & Cosmos in one night! I was so happy. I'm so excited they're redoing Cosmos so my kids can experience its awesomeness. Here's a…
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    A Little Hut - Patricia Zapata

  • exploring - 1/365

    patricia zapata
    22 Mar 2014 | 9:37 pm
    I've never considered myself an illustrator but I find myself driven in that direction more and more. I feel the need of exploring this further than what I've been doing so far. I want to try different styles, mediums or anything else that may be new to me. By making this public I'm forcing myself to do something I've been wanting to do for a while and never seem to make the time for it. This is going to be a daily project and I will draw whatever comes to mind in whatever medium I happen to choose. It may be a small sketch or it may be something more elaborate. I'm sort of a perfectionist so…
  • made in paper

    patricia zapata
    20 Mar 2014 | 5:24 am
    I'm very happy to share that a couple of my projects can be found in the latest issue of Made in Paper! This is the 4th issue of the magazine and I think this is my favorite so far. It's full of a lot of paper goodness, inspiration and easy to make projects.The Apple Newsstand iPad edition is available today (you can order and see a preview here). It's available in the UK starting today and in about 4 weeks it should be in the US at Borders, Booksamillion and JoAnn's. Thank you to Made in Paper for letting me join in the fun!
  • two visits

    patricia zapata
    14 Mar 2014 | 10:22 am
    The Great Egret is a native bird of Texas and apparently he likes my car. Twice I've caught one standing on my car, when there are plenty of other rooftop options all around. I'm not supersticious but I've been told to take it as a good omen—ok, I'll take it! Ever since then I've been wanting to illustrate something with this beautiful bird and last night inspiration (and a bit of free time!) hit. I called it The Perfect Pair.The rainy day and fear of scaring it away makes for a blurry photo, but you get the idea. They are so beautiful (and big!) up close!Have a great weekend everyone!
  • paris in the summer

    patricia zapata
    12 Mar 2014 | 12:59 am
    I was going through some old sketches when this one caught my eye. I made it a few days after we got back from Paris last summer. It was the perfect piece for me to work on—I didn't want to start something new and just wanted something less intensive.I decided to stay somewhat true to the sketch and in the end I think I captured the feeling I was after. Something light that would remind me of our great vacation in Paris. I'd love to go back some day!This little project got me thinking that it would be interesting to create a series of these pieces inspired by countries or cities. I'd travel…
  • it still starts with paper and pencil

    patricia zapata
    2 Mar 2014 | 5:01 pm
    I just posted The View From Above over the weekend and I thought it would nice to show you where the idea got started. The sketch below is what I worked from to make my final digital version. As you can see it's not an exact copy of what you see in the print but It's real close. I like adding or subtracting once I get an image scanned in. Creating on the computer is great but starting by hand on paper is the best way to put your own personal stamp and style on any illustration. Just remember pencil and paper first!
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    Make and Takes

  • Homemade Potato Chips with Dill Veggie Dip

    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

    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…
  • 25 Kid-Friendly Easter Crafts to Make

    12 Apr 2014 | 1:37 am
    Easter is just around the corner and that cute little bunny will be hiding colored eggs. To get your kids excited about this holiday, here are 25 Kid-Friendly Easter Crafts to Make! 1. Easter Egg Yarn Art: We’re crafting with yarn for Easter. You can get really creative with your colors and shapes for your egg to make art. 2. Grow Easter Wheatgrass: We’re having fun displaying our wheatgrass for Spring, giving me hope for warmer weather to come! 3. Q-tip Easter Bunny: This little Q-tip bunny has hopped it’s way to our house for a fun little adventure. 4. Crushed Egg Shells…
  • Adorable Cardboard Necklace for Kids

    11 Apr 2014 | 12:39 pm
    This DIY reversible cardboard necklace is seriously one of the cutest kid’s crafts I’ve ever seen. I just love how simple and stylish it is! You can make the necklaces long or short and paint them however you like! Get the instructions over at Julep and have fun making these with your kiddos! Here are more simple kid’s craft ideas:  Pretty Paper Daffodils Teddy Bear Picnic Baskets Paint a Watermelon Fan for Summer
  • Recycled Paper Tube Train + Earth Day Blog Hop

    10 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Chugga, chugga, choo choo! Get on the recycled craft train for today’s earth-friendly project. We have paper tubes and washi tape to create our cooky crafty choo choo trains. All Aboard! How about an Earth Day Blog Hop to boot? We all love recycled crafts don’t we? Well, I’m getting crafty with 5 other fantastic blogs to bring you an Earth Day Kids Craft Blog Hop. Head over to each blog to see their Earth Day recycled craft tutorials! Simple Sun Catcher - No Time for Flash Cards Recycled Art Collage - Kids Stuff World Recycled Paper Tube Train – Make and Takes 2…
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    angry chicken

  • 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…
  • knitted item for a neck and poetry month

    amy k.
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:52 pm
    This was a quick knit made with malabrigo rasta. I used 17 needles and knit a big rib until I ran out of yarn and then seamed it up. It's a belated birthday gift for a dear friend who lives in a climate that is too warm for this right now. But, you know, It was so fun to work on. Mindless and huge. It was a nice change from my needlepoint that is tiny and a bit eye straining. It's poetry month! We have been reading a lot more poetry around here the last few weeks, and I didn't even know poetry month was coming up. Recently, the girls and I have been reading these wonderful…
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    jane's apron

  • 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…
  • blueberry avocado muffins

    julie thompson
    12 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    My teacher-friend Denise made Blueberry Avocado Muffins for us a few times this year.  They are a different kind of muffin but so moist, so dense, so good.  I got the recipe from her pinterest board but the original source has a ridiculous number of pictures of the muffins and much too wordy instructions (they are just muffins people).   I made these on what must be our last snow day this year.  They are best on the day you make them (nice and crispy-chewy) but still good later (or even frozen for later).  This is a one-bowl, no-mixer recipe.  As Denise would say, "Holla!".
  • family jade plant

    julie thompson
    9 Mar 2014 | 5:02 pm
    I've never been a fan of house plants; like they were something from the 70s that just didn't fit in my house or with my neglectful nature.  I think I'm changing my mind and it's probably related to my Aldi orchid from last year that rebloomed last week.  How did that happen?  I tried to give her 3 ice cubes a week but am sure I wasn't perfect.  Maybe it's all about location.  So now that I'm all "look at me" with my orchid, I've branched out a bit.  I snagged a few stems of a jade plant from my sister.   It's not just any jade…
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  • sewing clothes
    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
    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…
  • fun with alisa burke's love scarf
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:40 pm
    More happy mail. I'm happy to have received one of Alisa Burke's Love scarves to share with you here.  Alisa is an amazingly prolific artist that is constantly providing creative inspiration, be it her blog, classes, instagram and more. She's always up to something art based, and often times it's something big like this that not only totally inspires me, but also makes me a wee bit envious (in a happy for her way of course!) of having a studio needing something so awesome. And check out this hand painted statement wall!! Seriously. One of my favorite…
  • progress report: crochet blanket
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Checking in with a project update on the crochet blanket I'm making, previously blogged about here and here. I thought I would be done by now, after starting out like gangbusters, but then I got that weird virus, switched mostly to the hand quilting while sick, and the crochet blanket was sort of forgotten about for a bit. Besides the usual things of life, I think my waning interest was partially due to wishing I'd made it a little wider from the get go. I realized that this could only be a lap afgan, not one for the bottom of a bed say, which totally disappointed me, because I think…
  • project life • 2014 • march highlights
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:43 pm
    It's fun to look back on a month of documenting and find my favorite parts to share with you here. Some things are starting to seem like regular elements in my approach.  I've mentioned before that I love Daiso, (which I call the Japanese dollar fifty store) and find lots of art supplies there. I tried a white correction pen and found it to be a little too goopy for this project. Not so much that I would re-print the photo, but I probably won't be using it again in my PL, but I will use it in my art journals.  I bought these printables and cut one of the 4x6's for…
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    Ma petite theiere

  • Anemone

    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!

    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 . 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

    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

    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

    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

  • 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…
  • Director's chair in Arrow

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Here's a fun project using my new Arrow fabric— a director's chair upholstered by LiEr Teigland of Ikat Bag. LiEr took apart this second-hand chair, made a new seat and back rest, and put it back together again, with a twist: The pattern is reversible and can be flipped at a moment's notice! Yes. She's smart like that. I wish I had her brain. This chair is perfect for fabric lovers, since it can display prints nicely and the fabric can be swapped out. It's also perfect for managerial types, since you can tote it from room to room, sit in it, and direct your minions to do as you wish. To see…
  • It's Friday!

    11 Apr 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Happy weekend, everybody. I'm hoping to plant some stuff in the dirt patch by our curb. And paint a dresser. And some art for our walls. Also clean and do laundry and read books and go to church and see friends and try a new restaurant and go for walks. I can do all those things, right? Wishing you a weekend impossibly full of good things, too. (Awesome typographic desk calendar by Simone Massoni.)
  • How to make an industrial pipe floor lamp

    10 Apr 2014 | 1:43 pm
    I really have a thing for lamps. I roam thrift stores admiring them— the weirder, the better — and pause on catalog pages with cool fixtures. Today I'm happy to share a guest tutorial on how to make your own industrial-style floor lamp out of pipes. Set this baby in front of your exposed brick wall and sip a craft cocktail while you admire your handiwork. You built a lamp! The how-to is by Matthew Lyons, self-proclaimed handyman and blogger for Here's what Matthew has to say:- - - - - Like most red-blooded Americans, I love industrial pipe lighting. There’s a certain…
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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
  • 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
  • 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

  • Just in Time For Whatever Holiday You Celebrate!

    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

    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

    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

    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…
  • Doctor Who Damask Tardis Women’s Oxfords

    5 Apr 2014 | 11:50 am
    Ask most women and they will probably tell you that you can’t have enough shoes. SewWhatByMonica, an Etsy seller from San Antonio, has created a must have pair of shoes for any female Whovian. Each pair of oxford shoes are purchased brand new. A water-based sealer and finish is used on the fabric areas, where there are fancy little TARDISES (TARDI?) in the pattern. SewWhatByMonica also uses black acrylic paint to finish the fabric ends. Or if damask and the TARDIS are not your thing, there’s also a pair available in Gallifreyan writing on them.
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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

  • 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…
  • Geometric Wire Bunny

    Design Mom
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    By Gabrielle. Photos and styling by Amy Christie. Okay you guys, can you handle one more fun little project before Easter is officially here? (Please say yes!) Today, let’s make modern geometric bunnies. It’s a simple idea — wire formed to make the shape of a bunny — but it can be used in so many fun ways! It was a little bit of a challenge to find the right wire but now that the leg work is done, it won’t be as tough for you. Plus, there’s a free downloadable template to help you out. There are two bunny versions in the photos. One is small and simple — you…
  • Boden Giveaway

    Design Mom
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Gabrielle. Yay! I have a giveaway today that I’ve been really looking forward to. I know you’ll absolutley love it. It’s sponsored by the fabulous clothing line Boden, and the prize is a very generous $250 gift certificate! The reason I’ve been looking forward to this particular giveaway is that I’ve been a huge fan of Boden for many, many years (I first started receiving their catalog ages ago when we lived in New York), but this is the first time I’ve worked with Boden here on Design Mom. It’s always fun to connect with a brand I love! If Boden…
  • Oil Pulling Update

    Design Mom
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Image and text by Gabrielle. In January, I wrote a post about oil-pulling and confessed that I hadn’t brushed my teeth since the first week of December. It’s been a few months and I thought I would give a little update. It’s a short update! Basically, I’m still at it. I still oil pull every morning for 20 minutes — even when I’m traveling. I still love it. I still see benefits. I still use this coconut oil. I still haven’t seen the dentist (I know. I know. I need to go!), but I have been to the orthodontist, who took full x-rays. He doesn’t know…
  • Slow Cooker Recipe: Overnight Steel Cut Oats

    Design Mom
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    By Gabrielle. Images by Lindsey of Café Johnsonia. It’s time for another recipe in my Slow Cooker Series — and this time it’s a breakfast option. Did you know how easy it is to make steel cut oats in a slow cooker? So easy! Put them in before bed and when you wake, they’re warm and ready to dish up. Normally steel cut oats take nearly an hour to cook, which can be tough on a school morning. Using a slow cooker bypasses that hour on the stove, so there’s no active cooking time and it’s ready to go when everyone is getting up and going. It feels good to send the…
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    weblog - Mayfly

  • 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…
  • feb 10

    Alicia Alferman
    10 Feb 2014 | 7:51 pm
    I have suffered from headaches for many years. There is a diet that helps me, that I mostly follow while cooking and eating at home, but they've still been bad this winter. I recently read an article that said a sensitivity to wheat can contribute to chronic headaches, so I've gone wheat free (except for an unfortunate incident involving a donut, ahem) for a couple of weeks now. I'm unsure if it's helping the headaches or not, but one thing is for sure. I FEEL BETTER. My head feels clearer. That 3pm lull that I usually get is gone. And I'm just feeling more energetic in general.So I'm…
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    Happy Zombie

  • Badge Holders!

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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!

    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!

    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!

    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!

    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!

    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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  • {this moment}

    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

    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

    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

    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...
  • SouleMama Sponsor ~ Specks & Keepings

    13 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    Today, we bring you a giveaway from SouleMama Sponsor, Specks & Keepings. In Hillery's words: "Specks & Keepings is a small shop filled with fine handmade objects and design. It is a showcase of thoughtfully made goods that aim to...
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    Yarn Harlot

  • 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…
  • A Start of Sorts

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:53 am
    The cleaning bug has left me, as quickly as it came – leaving in its wake a much cleaner house in general, with the exception of a few chores that got abandoned mid-stream when the urge faded rapidly at about 7pm last night.  (That means that the upstairs closet is sort of worse, but closets are like that. They get worse before they get better, so even though it’s spilling out into the room, I’m considering the job half done.) A big bag went to the bin, an even bigger bag out to Goodwill, and today I’m absolutely totally going to think about how to attack the stash…
  • In the dream it smelled nice too

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    Last night I dreamed I was cleaning. I’d wake up, turn over and find myself right back in the same place, over and over again, cleaning and cleaning.  You would think, what with me feeling about cleaning the way that I do, that this dream was more of a nightmare, but it wasn’t.  In the dream all the cleaning was that satisfying kind, you know what I mean? Not the sort of cleaning where you’re running a vacuum around and wiping a little spatter off the bathroom mirror, but the kind of cleaning that’s real change.  Like running a soft cloth over something really,…
  • it is too early for this

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    27 Mar 2014 | 5:04 am
    I got up early this morning, 4:50am – and I hear that’s normal for some folks, but I’m just terrible at it. Terrible.  Later this summer when Jen and I start training for the Bike Rally in earnest I’ll get better. It wasn’t so bad when the sun was coming up and off we’d go, full of purpose, riding 40 or 50km before work several days a week.  This though? Getting up, the world still dark, no purpose beyond a trek to the airport? This is not my best thing. I’m fragile that early.  I drink coffee slowly, go over my class checklist one more time……
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    My Paper Crane

  • 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.
  • April Crafternoon

    Heidi Kenney
    13 Apr 2014 | 5:10 pm
    April’s Crafternoon was Easter themed, and probably our most labor intensive project yet, we made Bunka Dolls. Bunka Dolls were famous between Taishô (1912-1926) and early Shôwa Period (1927-1937). The doll’s body and clothes are completely made from fabrics, and the faces are painted. We used the instructions found here. Ahead of time I had sewed up the bodies and arms which get attached later. This made it easy to focus on the faces, hair, and clothing. Which still ended up being very time consuming, but still fun to sit and work on. We used iron hem tape for edges and hand…
  • Society6

    Heidi Kenney
    6 Apr 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Just a quick head’s up that you can get $5 off each item and free worldwide shipping by using this link to buy my goods over at Society6 through April 16th. I’ve ordered a couple of the larger size mugs and a phone case, and I was really pleased with how the quality of all of them!
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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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  • Why We Make

    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.
  • lots and lots and lots

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:14 pm
    So much going on and nothing getting finished- yet. I posted here about first steps of tattooed people and fish, moving along with the foxes. That is still happening. A week ago I spent a day dyeing. I started out with some prints that I over-dye for hair. Then ALL those tattooed bodies. It was many pots worth. I was very tired by the end of the day. Then, next day I ironed them all and put them back in their bin. Soon I will start cutting out all the rest of their pieces. I sewed faces on 9 foxes- and started in on the clothes- But I got a bit distracted trying to choose fabrics for dresses.
  • one more little girl pug

    5 Apr 2014 | 3:25 pm
    I got a little carried away once I started stitching.
  • 3 more pugs

    4 Apr 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Curly tails in the back. This boy has pockets! Her skirt is very fancy in the back.
  • pug time

    3 Apr 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Hurray for something getting finished! I am feeling very far behind right now so I checked how many dolls I’d made by this point last year- yep, I’m behind. Last year on this date I posted #29- 2013 doll. These pugs are #20 and #21- 2014. Not too bad but still need to do some catch up. This fellow is made of black cashmere and a wool plaid shirt that I bought at the thrift store- my son got first dibs on it but he passed. Now, a new life! And a wool felt bow tie. She is cashmere body, beige and black, vintage wool plaid shirt and cashmere knit skirt. I used some gorgeous wool felt…
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    PaMdora's Box

  • Morning Song

    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

    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

    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

    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…
  • Drawing People who are Drawing

    22 Mar 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Here are some drawings I did last night at Arts & Letters Alternative Figure Drawing night. I like going to these things, but tend to back away from the crowd so I can also draw the drawers. It’s interesting to look at what materials people bring to draw with and how they hold their hands. Also it gives me a chance to fill in some background elements that add color and balance the composition. Sometimes I’m completely off on my composition, proportions, and scale, but I like to draw with a brush pen because the mistakes become part of the drawing. People move around and you…
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    Spirit Cloth

  • The other side of April

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:43 am
    I spent the whole morning stitching. The tiny squares are silk and were very hard to handle. It was worth it.
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    Craftster Community

  • Re: Felt Name Book (Image heavy)

    19 Apr 2014 | 6:42 am
    Wow, this is beautiful! You did an amazing job with this  (My name's Miranda, as well!)
  • Re: One Tiny Surprise Thing Round 2 SU 3/19 to 4/4 SO 4/23

    19 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    I am only waiting on one check in from my group.  I apparently didn't realize tomorrow is Easter when I set my dates for the swap. I am going to close check in time at 6pm EST  so that I can assign partners for my group and hopefully send ou...
  • Re: Nonsense or: What Was I Thinking?

    19 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    That house is so ridiculous/beautiful! Absolute nonsense is the best! Darn, If I had your embroidery skills... So wonderful.
  • Re: 2014 DeStash-Along

    19 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    Happy Birthday, bananaleg!kbrison - Those bags look amazing! I love the blue and green combination.  And now I know about morsbags. 
  • Re: One Tiny Surprise Thing Round 2 SU 3/19 to 4/4 SO 4/23

    19 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    Quote from: quaggy on Today at 05:49:02 AMI am away at the lake did check in and thought I had posted here too.  Not sure where that post ended up.  It's fine. You only need to check in via pm during check ...
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    Wooster Collective

  • 10s Crew of Saigon Paints Biggest Wall in Vietnam
    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
    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
    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”
    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.
    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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  • Art at the Edges of Everything

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    German-born 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

  • 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…
  • Oaxaca My Heart

    Judy Wise
    9 Feb 2014 | 2:11 pm
    We are home from our month in Oaxaca. I bunched up the photos so as not to bore you. Travel photos. Can be boring.While I was gone we got our final sign up for the Oaxaca Paint pilgrimage in September. Man, that is going to be one awesome experinece. I checked out 4 art supply stores and every food option I could get my mouth around. I have lots of tips to share; lots of ideas for fun.We met so many wonderful people there. Vicki, Rick, Yvon, Suzanne, Deborah, Pekola, Verena, Kel and Araceli - you are all in our hearts. We had our eyes opened to new, exciting possibilities. The world is so…
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    Chica and Jo

  • DIY Colorful Computer Keyboard

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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    Craftster Blog

  • @Home This Weekend: Fairy Garden

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:41 am
    This weekend, add some enchantment to your home by making a fairy garden! Using small plants and miniature accessories, create a tiny perfect world. kittykill made this lovely beach scene, using blue marbles for water. Doesn’t it look relaxing? Check out her post for more photos of the details.
  • CrafTATstic Crafty Tattoos: 30th Birthday Tattoo

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:33 am
    What better way to celebrate your 30th birthday than with a crafty tattoo! Pinkmichk treated herself to this beautiful crafty tattoo for her birthday celebration. I love the vibrant colors of the threads. It is a wonderful way to wear your craft on your sleeve…literally! Do you have a crafty tattoo that you want to [...]
  • April 17, 2014 Featured Projects

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:23 am
    Every two weeks we pick our favorite 15 projects that Craftster readers have voted for with the “This Rocks!” button. Here are our latest picks which were lovingly and painstakingly chosen (so many amazing projects to choose from!), this time by rackycoo. We hope you enjoy them! Tapir Art Doll by artsycandice Little Red and [...]
  • Spotlight On: Amigurumi

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:20 am
    We all know what crochet is, but do you know Amigurumi? Heck, I can’t even pronounce that word without sounding like there are gumballs stuffed in my mouth. Not to mention having to spell it out in my head every time I type it. First things first, amigurumi the word; comes from a combination of [...]
  • Mr X Stitch Presents: The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – Karen Casper

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Karen Casper is a Contemporary Textiles graduate from England. “Using traditional textile techniques and vintage aesthetics Casper injects contemporary technology producing exciting futuristic pieces that ultimately create an art and fashion crossover.  Her work covers a number of genres; costume, editorials, gallery installations and commercial markets as part of her textile label Tulle and Candyfloss [...]
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    Art Bead Scene Blog

  • Bead Addicts, Jewelry Making Machines & Connoisseurs of Handmade

    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…
  • Pinterest Picks with Claire Lockwood

    Claire Lockwood
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:01 am
    Regular followers of this blog will know that Kaushambi Shah has produced some fabulous pinterest boards for the monthly challenges, and has taken on the role of ABS Pinterest Curator.  Unfortunately, Kaushambi isn't able to post this month so I'm stepping in.  Kylie Parry did a one-off post several months ago, sharing a number of art bead related boards.  Today I thought I'd shared a selection of pinners I follow, who pin fascinating and inspiring things.  Some have no interest in beads, and aren't particularly concerned with jewellery, but I love to seek…
  • Perfect Pairings :: Tres Jolie Designs by Sue

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:33 am
    Miss Sue is a polymer clay powerhouse! I have no idea how she engineers these delicate swirling tapestries of color and texture and light, but they are fascinating. Miss Sue has created each of these seemingly impossible petal-like forms out of polymer clay paired with a combination of bugle beads, matte seed beads, and wire to connect it all together. There is a graceful flow to this piece and the colors look as though the fabric of the dancer's tutu floated out of the frame and onto her clay. She was also inspired to create a complementary second design inspired by the challenge painting.
  • Tutorial Tuesday - Wire Birds' Nests with Rebecca of Songbead

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Spring - the perfect time to incorporate all things bird-related into your jewellery. They are something I work with all year round, but particularly apt right now - I thought I'd share this tutorial I posted on my own blog back in January. I wanted to share with you how I make these little birds' nests that are so popular in bead and wire jewellery these days - the ideal compliment to your art beads. This is the way I personally make them; I'm sure there are plenty of other variations too though, so don't be afraid to experiment! For this nest I've used:Large Robin's Eggs from…
  • Amuse Your Muse Monday with Rebecca of Songbead

    14 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    Hello everyone! I hope you're having a great April. I can't believe we're nearly halfway through it already. Not least because it's my birthday in two days....feel free to send beads!Watery beads this month! And thank-you to Sarajo for sharing this beautiful necklace she created using one of Jade Scott's cloud pendants. Speaking of clouds, I thought you might like to see this wooden cloud - I shared one last week but missed this one with the sun peeking out behind. How cute!Timber Green WoodsAnd what do you need when the rain's out? One of these sweet umbrellas from Grubbi!And after the…
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    Tip Junkie

  • Craft Room Countdown ~ Add Yours! {4/19}

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Ready to start a Craft Room Count Down for a New Year with a new Tip Junkie!?!   New for 2014, we're rolling out some new themes to better promote creative women!  {{yep, that's YOU}}   Craft Room Count Down? Every Saturday here on Tip Junkie I'll be giving you a list of ideas that I'm just dying to feature here on Tip Junkie.  I'm giving you a heads up in advance ~ so I can feature YOU!  {{cheezy grin}} Here's How to Add Your Project to a Craft Room on Tip Junkie.   Yep, I [...]keep reading
  • Follow Friday: How to Nest for Less

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    It's a New Year and a new Tip Junkie!  So we're rolling out some new themes to better promote creative women.  It's Friday which means it's time to Follow Friday.   {TGIF!} What is Follow Friday?   Every Friday here on Tip Junkie it's my pleasure to introduce to you a Tip Junkie Craft Room which is loaded up with some great tutorials, tips, files, gifts, recipes, and fabulous ideas you'll want to know about and....follow, of course.  {{knuckle bumps}}    It's my way to say "thank you" to those of you who [...]keep reading
  • Mother's Day Shopping Guide + $500 Shopping Spree!

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I love to craft and I love to shop and daily I'm faced with the decision of whether to DIY or buy.  I am so blessed to have a mother that is oozing with creativity.  Any bit of creativity I have ~ came from her!   When I was growing up, I could always count on her to make original, fabulous objects that no one else had.  She was an orignial DIYer, y'all!  BUT, that doesn't mean she didn't and doesn't like to buy things, too.   She also passed that along to me.  {wink}   So [...]keep reading
  • 11 Tin Can Crafts That You Can Make Too!

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Wondering how to make stuff with things that can be repurposed like tin cans?  Here are things to do with tin cans like luminaries, centerpieces, herb garden, desk organization, soap dispenser, drums and toy robots!  You're going to be blown away with these ways to repurpose tin cans.  {squeal}  We've taken away all the guess work on how to make things with tin cans with these incredible tutorials. For even more ways to use tin cans Tip Junkie's Creative Community has over 98 repurpose ideas.  You can always search there if…
  • 19 Easy Closet Storage Ideas {organize}

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Closet spaces can be beautiful and organized!  Organizational systems can lighten our load and provide a little eye candy!   Here are 19 closet spaces that you can create for your own home!   You'’ll find 19 cool closet organizers ideas as well as beautiful ways to arrange them!  We've taken away all the guess work on how to organize a closet with these incredible tutorials. For even more ways to organize it Tip Junkie's Creative Community has over 155 How To Organize ideas.  You can always search there if you'’re looking…
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  • teamwork

    25 Mar 2014 | 10:16 pm
    The days and weeks just keep flying by, one after another after another. Some are ordinary, with multiple loads of laundry and grocery shopping and rocket math and finding lost articles of clothing. Others are more momentous, like when my firstborn went on a school science trip for three nights and cell phones were not allowed. Working six days a week and getting caught up with life makes me so exhausted I just don't have the energy to sit down at the computer. But... my mom says I really need to update my blog. And I do like to look...
  • merry making

    26 Dec 2013 | 10:25 pm
    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas (or Hannukah or winter solstice or Thursday the 26th). we had a very nice one even though my parents got sick and were unable to travel to see us. They're feeling better now, though, so that's okay. The weather has been totally unbelievable, hovering right around 80 degrees during the day. C-R-A-Z-Y, don't you think? More and more, I'm opting for simple rather than fussy, and it's suiting me. The teacher gifts were quick and easy to put together with cello bags ordered online, and modified cupcake toppers from Target. Well received, and didn't...
  • giving thanks

    26 Nov 2013 | 9:57 pm
    Oh. My. Gosh. I'm so ready for a break. I have four glorious days off in a row and I can't wait to sleep in late, have someone else cook, and just enjoy my family. I made a Thankful banner (pattern here) and strung it in the teacher's lounge, along with a basket full of miniature books I made with the Giving Thanks pdf from Wild Olive. I made 80 of those suckers last night, with a little bit of help from the girls. I think I have about 20 left... my mom might like some, and we're keeping a...
  • if it's orange I'll put a face on it

    10 Nov 2013 | 7:30 pm
    I know Halloween is already long gone, but I've tried posting this twice already and I'm determined not to let Typepad eat my memories. I originally saw this fabulous jack-o-lantern fruit cup idea here, and knew it would be the perfect treat to bring for the teachers. Did I mention I'm hospitality chair again? I didn't really sign up for it this year, but I do love the teachers, so here I am. The kids and I had a great time coming up with ideas for the faces, even though we did stray quite a bit from the jack-o-lantern look....
  • sleep well, little one

    9 Oct 2013 | 9:16 pm
    My dear, sweet baby. We will miss you so much. Eighteen years was a long time together, but I wasn't ready to say goodbye. Glad you were able to die at home, in your soft bedding. I know you know that we love you. You were the softest kitty... really, the softest *any*thing I ever touched. Thank you for loving us back.
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    Tiny Talk | The Tiny Prints Card & Stationery Blog

  • Traditional with a Twist: Hosting the Perfect Southern Style Kentucky Derby ‘Run for the Roses’ Party

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    As we charge up the home stretch towards this year’s Kentucky Derby, I’m in full-fledged party mode! You can usually find me chomping at the bit to plan any kind of gathering, but there’s just something special about having my best girl friends over to celebrate the annual Run for the Roses. I was so excited when I found these Kentucky Derby invitations from Tiny Prints because I love the shimmery mother-of-pearl sheen on the card! And you just know you’re in for something special when the card and envelope inviting you to the party are fabulous all on their own! But…
  • Chalkboard Design Baptism and Christening Stationery

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Chalkboard crafts, parties, and designs are filling up our friends Pinterest feeds, so we decided to do a quick roundup of our chalkboard theme designs we carry for Baptism or Christening celebrations in boy and girl colors. All of the stationery below can be personalized with your celebration date, address, and baby name. Baptism or Christening Chalkboard Design Invitations Baptism or Christening Chalkboard Design Gift Tags Baptism or Christening Chalkboard Design Address Labels Baptism or Christening Chalkboard Design Thank You Cards Please browse the rest of our chalkboard design…
  • Creative Birth Announcement Ideas Infographic

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:01 am
    From Blue Ivy to Prince George, the past two years have been filled with celebrity baby buzz. And while many famous parents prefer to proclaim the arrival of their little one via Twitter, some celebrity couples have even opted for putting all the adorable details into a press release. But no matter if you choose to Tweet, Instagram or project the great news onto a billboard in Times Square, birth announcements are still the most appreciated and personal method of introducing your precious newborn to friends and loved ones. Be sure to also check out our infographic below for some fun and…
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    Todays Creative Blog

  • Slow Cooker French Toast

    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
  • Decorating for Spring | Link Party Palooza

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:59 pm
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog It’s Link Party Palooza! Time to link up your latest project! I’m loving on the ideas for Decorating for Spring! Here are my Top 5 links from last week that caught my eye! Decorating for Spring     Sparkle Pants Girl | I’m loving the chicken wire around the blue mason jars. These scream spring! […] The post Decorating for Spring | Link Party Palooza appeared first on Todays Creative Blog - Creative Blogs for DIY Crafts and Home Decor
  • Prepping Your Yard for Spring

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog Getting our yard ready for spring and summer is a chore! Living in the NW means a lot of moss, weeds and things growing where you don’t want them. We’re also re-landscaping our front beds, which is tricky since we have to work around these large green discs that everyone in my city has in […] The post Prepping Your Yard for Spring appeared first on Todays Creative Blog - Creative Blogs for DIY Crafts and Home Decor
  • Apple Quiche Recipe

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:07 pm
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog I’ve had an old recipe book for about 25 years, it’s a Bed and Breakfast recipe book that features recipes from different PNW Bed and Breakfast Inns. Apple Quiche Recipe This Apple Quiche recipe is from the Chambered Nautilus in Seattle Washington. I’ve never been there, but I’d love to go! It looks beautiful and […] The post Apple Quiche Recipe appeared first on Todays Creative Blog - Creative Blogs for DIY Crafts and Home Decor
  • Conversations with Today’s Creative Bloggers | Somewhat Simple

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog Today’s Creative Blog used to be an exclusively feature site, featuring a different creative blogger almost daily. Now I’m sharing Conversations with Today’s Creative Bloggers as a way to help you get to know some of your favorites. Today, I’m asking Stephanie from Somewhat Simple a few questions. Conversations with Today’s Creative Bloggers | Somewhat […] The post Conversations with Today’s Creative Bloggers | Somewhat Simple appeared first on Todays Creative Blog - Creative Blogs for DIY Crafts…
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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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    house wren studio

  • spring-ish

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 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 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 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 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 Permalink | Our News Feeds
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    Occasional Genius

  • Music Monday - SeaFaring

    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

    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)

    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

    24 Mar 2014 | 3:50 pm
  • Music Monday - Luck O’ the Irish

    16 Mar 2014 | 10:27 pm
    Today’s theme is, while obvious, entirely mandatory.  We’d be remiss to ignore it.  Perhaps to make up for the lack of creativity in theme I put a fair amount of thought and turmoil into today’s song offering. I avoided my first inclination while searching about for something new and enlightening…even requested recommendations from a client [...]
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  • 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
  • Finally...

    30 Mar 2014 | 1:06 pm
    ...back online.Here is something which has been sitting aroundfor some time already - a (not all too happy,it seems...) couple......of collage people - made from machine drawingson dyed and stained paper, two of the teabags Igot from Trace at Soewnearth back in November......and bits of this, found on the street...
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    Try Handmade

  • Sandali

    Erika Jurney
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    SANDALI: all the sandals are completely unique & more importantly it extremely comfortable. All the pairs is handmade from thick [more...] Similarly Awesome      Related StoriesI want candy skirtBikini BabesGot to keep my blogging fingers toasty 
  • Celia Greiner Woodworking

    Angela Walters
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:52 am
    One thing leads to another. Or so the old saying goes. Your grandpa might have told you that when you [more...] Similarly Awesome      Related StoriesFor The Love of SwineBikini BabesWinter Delights 
  • felt like it

    Kim O'Brien
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:47 pm
    In the few minutes I had to spare at Providence Open Market this past weekend I came across a tent [more...] Similarly Awesome      Related StoriesSmall Beans BabyBarking Bird ArtHerban Lifestyle 
  • For The Love of Swine

    Diana Prichard
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:34 am
    Not too long ago we added swine — American Guinea Hogs, an endangered heritage breed to be exact — to [more...] Similarly Awesome      Related StoriesBack-to-School Eats: Brown Bag Lunch EditionWhat’s In Season Now: August EditionThe Side Project – Seattle, WA 
  • Ceramics and Pottery

    Erika Jurney
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Fascinating post over at The Storque by Jeff Campana which covers a lot of ground. He talks about ceramics and [more...] Similarly Awesome      Related StoriesWhite Earth StudioCosmic Whirl BowlSpiky Swirly Bumpy Fantastic Pottery 
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  • 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 →
  • Team Work

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:21 am
    I don’t work well with others. It comes from being a bit of a control freak. When I watch reality shows like Face Off, Work of Art, or Inkmaster, I always cringe when it’s a team challenge. So what did … Continue reading →
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    Fidgety Fingers


    18 Apr 2014 | 3:34 am
    Everytime we show someone Star Guitar's music video, the brilliance of Michel Gondry makes us almost teary. Ok, we tear when we are alone. What a superbly simple concept but so beautiful. Yes, we are geeks!!! The beauty of noticing the simplest of things and details. Mind you, not a lot of people understood why this is our favourite music video. CLUE: The details on the journey corresponds to

    14 Apr 2014 | 1:13 am
    Whoever makes all these videos have a pretty enjoyable time making them. What a job it is.

    13 Apr 2014 | 11:20 pm
    It is true, even if it is a bad idea, you should get it out. Even if you get it out 3 times and it doesn't work, you'd still have 3 times the experience to get it right.

    13 Apr 2014 | 12:18 am
    We are now facing a friend who has a serious case of INERTIA. It drives us insane. We understand that sometimes people need to take some time off to not do anything, to start to refocus, to heal. But how long is exactly long enough? She is facing the biggest case of inertia. He is obviously not the right person, he is oblivious to her needs. Yet she faces this hard truth as oblivious as he is

    9 Apr 2014 | 11:07 pm
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    Decorating your Home

  • Harmful Plants for Pets

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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    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…

    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…

    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…

    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…

    Very Shannon
    27 Mar 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I've been so excited to show you all pics of our recent trip to Seattle for Vogue Knitting Live and our visit to the popular new yarn shop - Tolt Yarn and Wool!It took me a bit to get back into the groove of things after being away. Having one kiddo home for spring break sure put a damper into my work plans too. But now we're getting back into the routine of things again and I knew if I didn't post these soon I wouldn't get a chance to.Jane and I had so much fun here I honestly begged the lovely owner Anna to let me be a virtual employee! It's yarn heaven in there and I came home with a nice…
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    Creating Keepsakes Blog

  • Scrapbook How-To: Embellish Large Accents

    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

    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

    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…
  • Scrapbook How-To: Create Frames with Foil Tape

    11 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Give your family layouts a bright look by using self-adhesive foil tape that adds glimmer, but not bulk. It’s a metallic substitute for decorative tape! Use it to simply anchor photos or create gilt frames, as Autumn Baldwin did in her Happy layout from Mixed Media, Vol. 1. Happy by Autumn Baldwin from Mixed Media, Vol. 1 Create the look: Step 1: Cut cardstock 1″ longer and wider than photo or accent to be framed. Adhere foil tape 1/4″ from edge. Step 2: Punch around edges, trimming corners as needed. Step 3: Affix photo or accent to cardstock.
  • Free Download: Spring Cut File

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Ahh, spring! The flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and hopefully your creative spirit is feeling renewed. This cut file from Kim Watson will brighten your scrapbook pages and other paper crafted projects. Enjoy! Download the file here!
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    Elizabeth Anne Designs: The Wedding Blog

  • Welcome To The Weekend

    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

    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…
  • Contemporary Tribeca Loft Wedding

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    This uber-mod, chic wedding held at New York’s Three Sixty in Tribeca, is a study in monochromatic palettes and sleek sophistication! All white flowers with pops of green from Ovando keep the vibe romantic and contemporary, with planning from the always flawless Ang Weddings & Events. For the Buddhist ceremony, the bride chose a romantic beaded gown by Monique Lhuillier with a Pronovias belt, while her single bridesmaid wore a white dress with a similar silhouette from Badgley Mischka. Of course, we adore that the couple’s dog participated in the festivities, dressed…
  • Romantic + Elegant California Villa Wedding

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Alexa and Virgil fell in love with the Tuscan style of Villa del Sol d’Oro in Sierra Madre, California, which was the charming backdrop of their romantic outdoor wedding. Allowing the venue and the spring season to serve as inspiration, they worked with Blushing Romance to create chic florals that enhanced the surroundings. Lush peonies, ranunculus, and anemones combined with dusty miller are soft and lovely; we love the light pinks paired with black bridesmaids dresses and romantic hair styles by Raluca Bucse. Alexa’s stunning Saison Blanche Couture gown from Mary Me Bridal is…
  • Whimsical + Romantic Garden Wedding Inspiration

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Magic happens when Holly Chapple is involved, and when the entire Chapel Designers Workshop comes together, you know it will be pure perfection! The Chapel Designers team created this whimsical garden wedding inspiration shoot that shows off the best of spring! Seemingly endless arrays of delicate blooms combine with elegant touches such as chandeliers, garden gates, and flowing linens to create a setting that is nothing short of wonderland. Genevieve Leiper captured all of the gorgeous images, enjoy each and every detail! Photography – Genevieve Leiper | Floral – Holly Heider…
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  • Red Heart Yarn

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Red Heart(R) is one of the most trusted brands in yarn. Celebrating our 75th Birthday in 2011, more people have chosen to make American heirlooms using Red Heart yarn than any other yarn.
  • Tropical Explosion Crocheted Afghan

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Add a whole explosion of color to your living space with the Tropical Explosion Crocheted Afghan. Made with bright and bold yarn colors, this lacy afghan is great for year round decorating. Drape it over your couch to add some color to your living room or use it to keep warm on those chilly summer nights spent out by the fire. No matter where you display this afghan, it's sure to bring a smile to your face with its bright colors and fun crochet stitch.
  • Japanese Fan Crocheted Scarf

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Great for men and women alike, this Japanese Fan Crocheted Scarf is a great winter or fall accessory. Decorated with little crocheted fans, this scarf is artistic and striking. As an added bonus, this scarf is also it's like getting two scarves in one! You can easily make this scarf more suitable for spring by using brighter yarn colors, or you could make it for a child by decreasing the number of rows you complete. Great for boys and girls of all ages, this Japanese Fan Crocheted Scarf is a great way to keep your face and neck warm and toasty!
  • Colors of the Wind Afghan

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Bring the beauty of spring and summer into your home with the Colors of the Wind Afghan. This beautiful crocheted afghan pattern would look great in any room in your home, and it's a fun way to play around and experiment with color. The unique shape and flow of this afghan also helps to add a wonderful texture and makes it a great accessory for a bed or couch. Use the colors listed in the pattern or create your own unique design by selecting yarn colors that match your own home decor.
  • Hopeful Honey

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
    My name is Olivia, I'm 18 years young, a writer, craftaholic as well as a lover of life! Generally I love anything that falls into the "cute" or "cozy" category. Not to mention that I'm slightly obsessed with photography.. and really anything crafty!
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  • Clothing Kids will Love: 14 Patterns + Giveaway!

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Kids of all ages are always growing out of their clothes…and it can be expensive to try to keep up with their changing bodies; however, crafty moms know that the secret to saving money when it comes to kids clothes is to simply make them yourself! The great thing about crocheting kids clothes is that they’re often small in size, so they don’t require a ton of yarn and you can easily work up a sweater, scarf, or shawl in a weekend.  Handmade clothes are often more durable and are sure to last longer than store-bought items.  Plus these handmade sweaters, dresses, and…
  • Quilting for Life: How to Sew a Quilt

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:57 am
    When people hear the word “quilting,” most automatically assume that it’s an all-encompassing term for the art of sewing together patchwork blankets and nothing more. We over at AllFreeSewing know that isn’t the case and that quilting is so much more than blankets. “Quilting” is the art of sewing together layers of fabric to create a thicker and padded material, and blankets happen to be the most common quilting project. You can make many varieties of home decor and accessories with quilting fabric! Blankets are the most popular and common, of course, and…
  • How to Make a Tutu + More Tulle-riffic Crafts

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    The saying goes that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but I think when it comes to accessories, the tutu is seriously underrated. Tons of little girls love flaunting their fabulous tutus every chance they get. In fact, I know quite a few that tell me dress up time is all the time! Whether your little princess doesn’t own a tutu or already owns twenty, you can learn how to make a tutu she’s never seen before with the help of these simple tutorials. Weary sewists, never fear. Scroll all the way through this post to learn how to make a tutu without sewing!     Basic…
  • The Best Blogger Crafts: Industrial Neon Bracelet

    17 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. Industrial Neon Bracelet Even though dainty and darling bracelets are always in style, sometimes it is fun to find a new twist on a classic tradition. This…
  • The World is Your Oyster: 12 Precious Pearl Crafts

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:26 am
    Just like lace and flowers, pearls add a dash of femininity to clothing, accessories, home decor, and more. But did you know that these delicate gemstones come from irritated mollusks? That’s right; if a parasite burrows its way into a mollusk, the mollusk grows a pearl around the affected area to prevent it from spreading. Pretty cool stuff! I wish humans had a defense mechanism like that. Unfortunately, we don’t (yet), and natural pearls are super expensive. Luckily, I can use pearl beads to give my wardrobe a ladylike look. DIY Clothing Ideas for You and Baby Decked Out Denim…
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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

  • 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…
  • A Fun New Way To Dye Easter Eggs

    Kersey Camp­bell
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:49 am
    By Kersey Camp­bell Easter is well on its way! If you are like me, you’re always looking for fun new ways to decorate and dye all of those eggs. I love adding patterns to my eggs and I especially love letting the white show through the color of the dyes. This technique is a great project to do with older kids or to do yourself before the little ones dye them. The outcome is so fun! What You Need Boiled eggs Egg dye Rubber cement Brushes Step 1 After you boil your eggs and dry them off, using different brushes draw your patterns and designs onto the eggs. I used a small round sponge brush…
  • Forget The Chocolate Bunny, Try These Easter Sweets

    Rachel Faucett
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    By Rachel Faucett Easter Extravaganza Bark Get the recipe at Sweetopolita. Giant Chocolate Speckled Easter Egg Cake Get the recipe at raspberri cupcakes. 6-Layer Coconut Covered Chocolate Peeps Cake Get the recipe at Half Baked Harvest. Easter Basket Cake Get the recipe at The Cake Blog. Carrot Patch Cake Get the recipe at Make Me My Cake. Easter Morning Pancakes You can’t go wrong with this playfully arranged stack of pancakes (via Taste of Home). This is an article from Handmade Charlotte. Read the original post: Forget The Chocolate Bunny, Try These Easter Sweets
  • Chocolate Sugar Cookies

    Sarah Kieffer
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    By Sarah Kieffer I find myself always craving a bit of chocolate in the afternoons, as it goes rather nicely with a hot cup of coffee and the hour of stillness I have while my son is in quiet time. Some days just a little square will do, but other times something more extravagant is needed. I have found these chocolate sugar cookies to do just the trick; they are soft and delicious without being overly rich and sweet. They are a perfect afternoon indulgence. Ingredients 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour ¾ cup cocoa powder 1 teaspoon baking soda ¾ teaspoon salt 2 ½ sticks unsalted…
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    Flower Girl Designs Collection

  • Top 10 in Sewing!!

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

  • 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…
  • Staycation GIVEAWAY!

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:09 am
    Raise your hand if you want to relax in warm weather, play outdoor games, and eat SNOWCONES?Well let’s get you on your way to winning and making it a reality!Check out the giveaway below and enter.  Super easy and super fun.  It’ll be a great day to win. Staycation Giveaway Thanks to the following sites for donating so we could make this giveaway happen!@pickyourplum @craftingchicks @howdoesshe @thistlewood @ivorykate @sugarplumlanebaby @jenanncook 
  • Are you a builder or a bulldozer?

    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…
  • Spring Fling Pinning Party – Join us and Win Crazy Prizes!!

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Mark your calendars for APRIL 29th!Spring Has Sprung! It’s that time of year… time for some Spring Pinning!We are SO pleased to announce the FIRST EVERSpring Fling Party ON Pinterest with some of your Favorite Bloggers!Remember that MUST-FOLLOW Pinterest Group Board filled with extreme craftiness, beauty & fashion tips galore, genius organizational & DIY ideas, plenty of kid-entertaining and hubby-lovin’ suggestions, and ways to SAVE more moo-lah? Basically EYE-candy at it’s finest! (Following this board ensures your Pinterest feed will be on a balanced diet of daily…
  • How Can I Be Happy About This?

    Kathryn Thompson
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:47 am
    For spring break, we went to the new aquatic center. It’s huge. It’s fancy. It’s mind-blowingly fun. If you can get in. Apparently we weren’t the only family to plan an afternoon of swimming and splashing. By the time we got there, fifteen minutes before open swim, the line was out the door.The line crept forward until eventually they told us the pool was full. We had three options.1. Wait for the next open swim session in two and a half hours. 2. Go home. 3. Cry so much.I polled the kids. The two oldest, with faces of rage and betrayal, agreed that we should head home. But then Wanda…
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    Inner Child Fun

  • See Disneynature’s BEARS and Protect Our National Parks

    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

    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

    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

    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.
  • Fort Magic Review (and Giveaway)

    24 Mar 2014 | 9:14 am
    Want to take your fort building activities to the next level? Do your kids enjoy building their own play structures? Looking for something fun to do on a rainy day?? Then you may be interested in learning more about the Fort Magic building kit! Our friends at Fort Magic generously provided us with a kit […]The post Fort Magic Review (and Giveaway) appeared first on Inner Child Fun.
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    Knitting for Charity: Easy, Fun and Gratifying

  • 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.
  • Support Veterans with the Knitting Charity Knots for Freedom

    30 Mar 2014 | 9:07 am
    Knots for Freedom is a relatively new knitting charity that is working to bring cheer to disabled veterans in San Diego, California. They are producing skull caps and lap blankets as a way to say "thank you" for their years of service, as well as to brighten days and lives with the knowledge that they are appreciated.
  • Beat the Cold with Shawl Knitting Patterns

    27 Mar 2014 | 9:25 am
    If you ask me, this time of year is not only the perfect time for shawl wearing, but also the perfect time for shawl knitting! Not only is there nothing like a cozy shawl to wrap yourself up in for warmth, but it's also delightful to huddle under a rapidly growing shawl that you're happily knitting.
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    Dollar Store Crafts

  • Make Nesting Doll Easter Eggs

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    What an adorable idea from Mark Montano: Make nesting dolls (matroskya) with plastic Easter eggs in various sizes. What a great way to recycle all those leftover plastic eggs after the hunt! Mark makes this project look super easy in his awesome video: [how to make nesting doll eggs] Project Materials: Plastic eggs in 3 sizes, on hand or $3 Acrylic paint, on hand Paint brushes, on hand Total: Free and up
  • 10 DIY Journals in All Shapes and Sizes

    Becky Striepe
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Don't you just love a journal? There's something about a blank book that's just plain inspiring. And a journal that you made yourself? That's perfection. We all use our journals in different ways, so the list below includes an array of sizes, from purse-stashable mini journals to full sized dealies to stick on the shelf or your bedside table. 1. Fabric Journals - Choose stash or thrift store fabric to do this project on the cheap. 2. Cereal Box Journals - Don't toss those old cereal boxes! Turn them into cute journals that you or your kids will love. 3. Upcycled Books - Turn an old hardcover…
  • Make a Disco Ball from Recycled CDs

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Remember the days of the AOL installation disc?  I swear I used to get at least one a week in my pile of junk mail, alongside those pesky pre-approved credit card applications.  At one point I was saving them for a craft that I never got around to - making a disco ball!  Over at Skip to My Lou, Kimbo shares how she made this retro-fabulous project out of mostly recycled materials.  Even the base onto which the tiles of CD are glued came out of the recycling bin!  Even if you don't have old CDs laying around, you can pick up a package of cheap blank discs and still spend far less than you…
  • Tea Cup Party Favors Made from Plastic Eggs

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    I was perusing the Dollar Store Crafts Pinterest board to find fun crafts to try, and a certain pin caught my eye.  DSC had featured this adorable project several years ago, and I knew I wanted to make them myself.  I put my own spin on it and changed a few things to make own version of an Easter egg tea cup.  I know you have a ton of those plastic Easter eggs around your house, don't you?  For this project you'll just use the larger half of the plastic egg. Project estimate: Plastic Easter eggs, on hand Paper clips ,on hand Wood doll pin stands, $1 and up Paint, on hand Hot glue gun, on…
  • Make a Paper Flower Centerpiece

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Do you love working flowers into your spring decor?  If you adore the look but have allergies that prevent you from enjoying the real deal, or if you just prefer something that will last longer than a few days, check out this simple paper flower centerpiece from Katie at The Casual Craftlete.  The whimsical paper buds are so easy to make that children can even help create a bouquet of them, yet they look elegant enough to grace your dining room table!  [how to make a paper flower centerpiece] Project estimate: Paper, on hand Wire, on hand or $1 Vase or other container, on hand or $1 and up…
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  • Ducks A Waddling Quilt – Ready for Spring

    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!

    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!

    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!

    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!

    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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  • 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…
  • Marionetas para hacer con Niños-manualidades infantiles. La Pecera.

    Elena Iglesias
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:31 am
    Buenos días, Hoy estamos estrenando colaboración con Mummy Crafts y nos hace mucha ilusión compartir con todos este nuevo proyecto. Desde La Pecera Eventos tratamos de llevar a cabo animaciones y manualidades infantiles para  momentos especiales como cumples, bodas, bautizo y comuniones donde procuramos desarrollar la creatividad de los más peques de la casa y trabajar la educación en valores porque creemos que desde el juego y las manualidades se pueden hacer grandes cosas. Somos fans del DIY y esto es lo que nos ha llevado a formar un estupendo tandem con Mummy Crafts creando una…
  • Punto de Ganchillo en Forma de Abanico o Concha

    Elevado a N
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:23 am
    Hoy vamos a aprender un punto que tiene forma de abanico o concha, según se mire. en definitiva es un punto de ganchillo precioso que podéis usar par aun montón de labores. En este caso he usado los hilos Natura Just Cotton de DMC, son nuevos , son mas gorditos que los Natura normales y tienen unos colores preciosos!! Punto de Ganchillo en Forma de Abanico o Concha La estructura básica del punto abanico o concha consiste en tejer varios puntos, por ejemplo altos, en el mismo punto de la hilera anterior. Se puede combinar en infinidad de patrones para formar distintas muestras, pero en…
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    Scoutie Girl

  • 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…
  • creativity advice from three year olds

    Tara Leaver
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    “Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called ‘all the things that could go wrong’.”  Marianne Williamson In another life, I taught in a Montessori school. The kids were aged three to four, and if you’ve ever taught or played with these tiny beings you will know that it can be awesome and frustrating by turns. Let’s focus on the awesome for now. Specifically, how awesome little kids are at art and creativity in general. We’ll call this the kid list. They are tiny powerhouses of ideas, with no fear of acting on them. They love their own work and…
  • The Gift of Rest (A Love Letter to the Tired, the Frustrated and the Disenchanted)

    Stephanie Guimond
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    You feel tired. You feel easily frustrated. You feel “off.” You might just need to rest, dear one. You feel envy at the success of others. Your own goals seem far, far away. You’ve lost hope in your ability to reach them. You might just need to rest, dear one. You long for joy. You long for fun. You seem to have misplaced them both. It might be time to rest, dear one. You’re tired of striving. You sometimes struggle to make it through the work week, hanging on to Friday’s promise. But you do it, one day at a time. You might still need to rest, dear one. You find solace…
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    Papaver Designs

  • 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
  • Papaver Loves Paper Lanterns

    10 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am
    Unique paper lanterns for any occasion. Whether is be a wedding, christening, anniversary or engagement party. Papaver Designs has paper lanterns to suite any venue and any celebration.  Mix them with tissue paper pom poms and other paper based decorations to make a huge statement feature in any room or out door space!Here are just some ideas that can be done with Papaver Designs bespoke paper lanterns.lanterns hanging from treeDecorate a vintage table with a mix of lantern designslanterns mixed with tissue paper pom pomswhite floral lanternsPersonalise lanterns with names to make a…
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    Wee Folk Art

  • Unrequited Dreams

    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

    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

    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…
  • State Studies Unit 1 :: Week 6 Great Lakes States

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:46 am
    This is an outline of our State Studies Unit 1 :: Week 6 Great Lakes States. It is the fifth week of a 9 week homeschool unit. Read the State Studies Unit 1 Overview to learn more about the program and catch up on past weeks. Public Domain Photo Read about: Illinois (IL), Springfield Wisconsin (WI), Madison Minnesota (MN), St. Paul in Our Fifty States and The United States of America. Map: Add the 3 new states to your United States Study Map. We color Great Lakes States dark green. They are colored coded on the quizzes. Number the states on the map to coincide with your state list (it gets…
  • Postcards :: Spring Break 2014

    12 Apr 2014 | 5:41 am
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  • Dayton Flyer and Kentucky Wildcat

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

  • 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…
  • Quote of the week!

    Cyndi L
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
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  • Image transfer methods

    Cyndi L
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Here is a compilation of all the image transfer tutorials on Mixed Media Artist.  There are even more methods now, especially since there are several forms of specialty papers that will create a perfect (or almost perfect) transfer.  However, the beauty of transfers in my eyes are that they are somewhat unpredictable and imperfect, so these are the methods that I stick with!Polymer medium transfer filmPaper image transfers - plain paperPaper image transfers - photo paperFabric image transfers - t-shirt transfersFabric image transfers - transparency transfersContact paper transfers…
  • Artsy blogging round-up!

    Cyndi L
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:34 am
    A Bead A DaySpring has finally arrived which means time for new jewelry! Lisa shares her beach inspired necklace. What are YOU making?Art Bead SceneTake a peek at Mary's etsy picks, inspired by this month's challenge piece from Degas.Blue Glass Sculpture With Glass Beads Cherie makes a glass sculpture with dollar store beads, bud vases, and blue charger plates.Beading ArtsCyndi shares a tutorial for a pair of chain and pearl earrings that have now become her favorites!Carmi's Art/Life WorldI am very excited to share my recently published necklace project in Perles et Cetera magazine!No…
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    Craft Stew

  • DIY Chalk Labels

    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
  • DIY Yellow Clutch

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:31 am
    Description: Lots of photos illustrating the instructions for making this bag. Craft Link: DIY Yellow Clutch Read More: Sewing or Home
  • Mini Butterfinger Cheesecakes

    4 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    Description: What can be better than candy bars and cheesecake combined? Absolutely nothing! Craft Link: Mini Butterfinger Cheesecakes Read More : Recipes or Home
  • How To Make A Fake Fur Collar

    2 Apr 2014 | 4:33 am
    Description: Good pattern, how – to’s and photos. Craft Link: Fake Fur Collar Read More: Sewing or Home
  • Faux Fur Trapper Hat Pattern

    1 Apr 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Description: Faux fur, lining fabric and the free pattern are all you need to sew this fab hat. Craft Link: Faux Fur Trapper Hat Pattern Read More: Sewing or Home
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    Paper & Stitch

  • 13 DIYs to Try Before Easter

    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

    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…
  • Make This: Easy Easter Carrot Cupcake Toppers

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    After yesterday’s super easy Easter egg project, I thought I would make another simple DIY for the upcoming holiday. But admittedly, I’m egg-ed out at the moment. At least for today. SO I went in another direction…carrots. These colorful DIY carrots would make cute cupcake toppers for the kid’s table at Easter dinner. But they could work for the adults too. I think? Here’s how to make your own… Materials:  thin cardboard // scissors // craft paint // paint brush // pencil // black marker How-To:  This is so easy! I freehanded some simple carrot…
  • Make This: Super Easy Easter Egg DIY with Sharpies

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    So, it seems like nearly anything and everything you can possibly imagine has already been done to Easter eggs this year. Or last year, for that matter. BUT there’s still a little room to make it your own, right? So I grabbed a permanent marker and went to town on some plain hard boiled eggs. Kind of in the same vein as the DIY metallic Easter eggs I did last year… I created random designs and little doodles – gems, triangles, hatch marks, lines, and curly q’s. Basically anything that came to my head. It was fun to just let go and treat each egg as a paper napkin that…
  • Make This: A Tiny DIY Bouquet for Spring

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    This weekend was pretty packed for me. Still playing catch up, actually. BUT I do have a DIY to try this morning… I made these spring boutonnieres for Project Wedding recently and I was thinking they would be perfect as tiny bouquets for Easter and Mother’s Day as well. What do you think? You could use them for the surprise bouquet bombing idea too to say happy spring to a neighbor or friend. The full tutorial is right here, but here’s a couple of photos to give you the gist of it… Yellow, pink, and green scream spring to me. What about you? Photography, concept, and…
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    Factory Direct Craft Blog

  • Vintage Mason Jar Lid Coasters

    Jessica Christman
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    These coasters bring the fun, casual look of vintage mason jar rings and turn them into practical, pretty coasters. 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 Magical Felt Star Fairy Wand

    Jessica Christman
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    What little girl wouldn't love a magical fairy wand? 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! }}
  • Make Your Own Easter Baskets

    Jessica Christman
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Not only will your children love what's inside, but also the container that the treats came in! 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! }}
  • DIY Twine Easter Egg Banner

    Jessica Christman
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    This banner is perfect for Easter, or any time of the year. 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! }}
  • Easy Foam Easter Wreath

    Jessica Christman
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    This Easter wreath is made out of foam eggs and is the perfect decoration for any spring party. 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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    Dismount Creative

  • Outside the (Whimsey)box – The Problem With Craft Kits and How We’re Solving It

    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!

    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
  • My Weekend In Greece!

    1 Apr 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Kalimera! I’m back from Greece and surprisingly awake for the day after a trip. It was such an awesome experience and I wish I could have stayed longer, but here’s a short (cell phone) photo recap - We (three other speakers from abroad and I) stayed at the Fresh Hotel in Athens. It was perfectly located and the staff was great. There was a full breakfast every morning and a great bar on the 9th floor rooftop with views of the Parthenon. Highly recommended! Here’s the view from my balcony. So many wonderful streets to wander! On Friday night our hosts, Elina and Valia from…
  • Whimseybox Influencer: What It Is + Why It’s Awesome

    20 Mar 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Last week I talked a little bit about the journey to creating Whimseybox Influencer and now I want to show off how it works inside. We’ve gotten a great response so far (thank you!) and are adding new bloggers every day. It’s really exciting to see people putting this to work for them and getting their feedback - St. Patrick is making updates and tweaks to improve the experience everyday. Here’s how it works - Who’s It For? Whimseybox Influencer is affiliate technology designed for DIY + craft bloggers and publishers. (We’re doing for craft…
  • World of Crafters Conference

    20 Mar 2014 | 3:25 pm
      Sooooooo a week from now I’ll be on a plane heading to Athens, Greece to speak at the World of Crafters convention. How exciting is that? I’ve never been to Greece but I’ve been talking with Elena from Greek craft site Ftiaxto for a year. I can’t wait to go meet some new creative people, share my story and eat alllllllll the food. Anyone been to Athens before and have recommendations? It’s a very short trip but I’d love to hear the can’t-miss places! You just finished reading World of Crafters Conference! Consider leaving a comment! (c) 2014…
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    Cotton and Cloud

  • Knitting for Baby: Saartje’s Bootees

    26 Mar 2014 | 8:31 am
    My second ‘baby preparation’ project is this lovely pair of baby bootees. I chose Saartje’s Bootees, because it’s a super-cute design, which I’ve previously knitted as a gift for my friend. You can... It's all about knitting, sewing and spreading the happiness!
  • Knitting for Baby: Pointy Hat for a New-born from Purl Soho

    20 Mar 2014 | 3:47 am
    It’s just less than 3 weeks to my due date! I’ve been offline recently, as I’ve been so tired and we’re having repairs done to the ceiling, so we’re in temporary accommodation in Islington.  On the... It's all about knitting, sewing and spreading the happiness!
  • Autumn Leaf Kimono – Simply Attractive Comfy Cardigan

    17 Mar 2014 | 10:47 am
    When the weather is unpredictable, a comfy cardigan is essential in my wardrobe – but not all comfy cardi’s are this pretty The Autumn Leaf Kimono is hip-length and just slightly oversize,... It's all about knitting, sewing and spreading the happiness!
  • Zigzag Path Shawl – An Essential Everyday Shawl

    11 Mar 2014 | 2:34 am
    What is your Spring knitting project? Mine is usually some kind of a light shawl which I can then wear throughout the season. The Zigzag Path Shawl from my latest Fresh Inspiration Knitting Vol. 2 is... It's all about knitting, sewing and spreading the happiness!
  • Pebble Snood – The Snood You Will Love

    25 Feb 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Every now and then I get the urge to wear a nice, warm scarf that’s packed full of beautiful colours and textures to brighten up the gloomy, cold days! The Snood You’ll Love! In my latest Fresh... It's all about knitting, sewing and spreading the happiness!
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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

  • 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;…
  • Handmade Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

    Cindy Hopper
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Teacher Appreciation week is the first full week in May!  Are you ready? If not check out these teacher appreciation sayings. Have you been assigned to decorate a teacher door? Don’t feel overwhelmed here are some great teacher door ideas?  For unique printables, crafts and ideas to give as teacher gifts follow along with my Teacher Appreciation series going on right now. Want to make a teacher feel extra special? Make a handmade teacher gift!  Your teacher is sure to not have it, and will love getting something handmade. Mini Plant Display By  Sugar Bee Crafts DIY Mini Art Easle By…
  • “It’s been a sweet year” Teacher Appreciation Printable

    positively splendid
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:16 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, everyone! It’s Amy from Positively Splendid here, and I am so excited to be back at Cindy’s place today for her annual Teacher Appreciation series! I always get so many fun ideas from this lineup each year. I am delighted to be here today to share some sweet little gift tags to make any…
  • Mini Planter Display by Sugar Bee Crafts

    sugar bee crafts
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Hi Everyone!  I’m Mandy and I blog over at – it’s fun over there, and full of simple, recreateable crafts, so be sure to come check it out!  I’m super excited to be a part of the Teacher Appreciation Series over here at Skip to My Lou – love it here! When I think Teacher Appreciation Gifts, I automatically think of a plant for the classroom.  To make it a little more fun than a boring houseplant, I picked up these awesome mini cacti.  And I put together a quick planter board to display them.  I have a tutorial on how you can simply…
  • Glitter Easter Eggs

    Cindy Hopper
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:02 pm
    These glitter eggs are super simple to make! They are the perfect way to add some bling to your holiday! Grab some eggs. I love these plastic eggs I found at Wal-mart. They look just like the real thing.  You can paint your eggs or use an egg dying kit or dye eggs with food coloring.   The best part of this project is this glitter and glue set from Elmer’s. The glue container has a super thin tip, perfect for applying small amounts of glue. To make sure you get the glitter exactly where you want it this little kit comes with a tiny funnel for applying the glitter. Cool! Once eggs are…
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    iHanna's Blog

  • Views from my Creative Life Video

    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

    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

    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…
  • Dear Photo Diary | Creative Snaps

    13 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Spring colors are singing inside of me. So I am gathering them up around me too. I’ve decorated white envelopes but have yet to make Easter cards, not sure there will be time to send any out at all. Some mail have already been sent, and that feels good. I have cut out a few of these pretty, printable watercolour tags from Tangled Pen. I am still trying to figure out what I want to use them for. Writing small holiday messages is one idea, because Easter is coming up next week already. Previous Easter Ideas here. I love the idea of documenting walks with the iphone, so I am trying to…
  • Why pay to be in a Postcard Swap

    12 Apr 2014 | 10:40 am
    I am charging a small fee for participation in the postcard swap that I host. But why would you pay to be in a Postcard Swap you might ask? You’re making the postcards and paying for the postal stamps, right? You’re the one doing all the job! So it’s a good question that I want to address today. Here are two big reasons to to pay to be part of the fun of this particular swap (and other swaps too)… The quick and easy answer could be: Why wouldn’t you pay for a service that is provided for you? Although of course you might not think of it as a service. So let me…
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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: All beads to make this cross were found at  ~I would highly suggest calling in your order instead of filling out the online form. You can also find these beads at 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:
  • 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. 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 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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  • Kim Kardashian meets Pippa Middleton by The Knitting Witch

    19 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
    See more excellent work by The Knitting Witch. Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Lorna and Jill Watt’s yarnbomb at the San Francisco Ferry Building

    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: 9.7/10 (11 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Granny Square Nail Art – actual granny squares!

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:38 am
    Check this out! What do you think? For more examples of granny square nail art, visit hooklook. Rating: 10.0/10 (2 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • stop, collaborate and listen

    8 Apr 2014 | 3:03 am
    … to the extreme I rock a hook like a vandal. So that was fun … thanks to Jenny Brown aka hijennybrown – thank you! With or without Vanilla Ice, this yarnbomb has a good message. Ice, Ice Baby … BONUS HACK: Made by Joanne Conklin, hat tip to Makezine. Rating: 10.0/10 (2 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Frosted Crochet Cookies by Repeat Crafter Me

    6 Apr 2014 | 5:13 am
    Frosted Crochet Cookies by Repeat Crafter Me Hat tip: Lion Brand Yarn (these are made in Vanna’s Choice!) Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
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    AllCrafts Free Crafts Update | AllCrafts Free Crafts Update

  • Jute Star Stitch Tote Crochet Pattern

    Wendy at
    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 Crochet Lamb Hat Pattern
  • 50 Free Felt Flower Patterns

    Wendy at
    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
    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
  • Rainbow Baby Quilt Tutorial

    Wendy at
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Celebrate a new baby with this Rainbow Baby Quilt Tutorial. The bright colors and pretty pattern will delight both mom and baby. This is an excellent tutorial for a beginner quilter – the blocks are simple straight stitching. The magic is cutting them after you sew them to create the triangles. Added to Baby Crafts and Quilt Patterns You might also like: Summer is Coming and the Sewing is Easy Teddy Bear Granny Square Tutorial 50 Free Baby Blanket Crochet Patterns Ruffled Minky Blanket Sewing Tutorial Paper Airplane Baby Quilt Pattern
  • DIY Vitamin C Serum

    Wendy at
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:57 am
    Who knew that making DIY Vitamin C Serum could be so easy? It takes just two ingredients. I hope it works as well as the pricy ones in the store! Added to Soap-Making Recipes. You might also like: Homemade Citrus Body Butter Recipe Homemade Natural Bug Repellent DIY Body Wash from a Bar of Soap Tutorial Homemade Sunscreen Recipe DIY Lemon Butter Lip and Skin Balm
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    Handmade journals, photo albums and guest books | Blue Roof Designs

  • Worktable Wednesday

    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

    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

    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

    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!
  • Worktable Wednesday

    26 Mar 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Today I worked on preparations for my upcoming Star and Tunnel Books workshop at Studio Place Arts. I always underestimate how much time I’ll need to prepare, so this time I got started early. I have a checklist to help me make sure that I don’t forget anything. I love making workshop kits. There’s just something about cutting up materials that you know will soon become books. And it feels nurturing to put everything a student will need into a packet. Maybe it’s reminding me of packing a school lunch? I make resource booklets for all of my workshops. They contain…
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    Weekend Kits Blog

  • 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 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   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 Today!

    5 Mar 2014 | 2:37 pm
    You are going to love all the new kits coming soon to! 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…
  • Beginner Knitting Kits!

    22 Feb 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Have you ever wished you could learn to knit? Well wish no more! At we offer beginner kits to help you take the first steps on your journey to knitting. It's just like riding a bike, and once you get the rhythm you can learn to create anything like scarfs, blankets, sweaters, hats, mittens, and more! Try one of our great Beginner Knitting or Crochet kits at and begin your journey today!Learn to Knit kit at WeekendKits.comA good place to start learning to knit is with this Lion Brand Learn to Knit Kit which includes everything a beginner needs to…
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    Cook Clean Craft

  • 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. The 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! The post Sign…
  • How to Crochet a Skinny Scarf

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Well, the weather’s starting to cool down and it’s time to start thinking about some warmer clothes (actually, no – the temperatures have only dropped a few degrees and the humidity’s gone up, so summer doesn’t seem to be ending here anytime soon). Last year, I crocheted a couple of skinny scarves. They may be small, but keep me warm enough in our not-too-cold winters. Added bonus: it makes my Mum-uniform look a little more stylish. This pattern is adapted from this free project sheet from Joann’s, but I only did the scallops on one side and made it skinnier. This makes it look…
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  • Technique: Mixed Media Card Background

    Heather Holbrook
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Catherine Pooler has a video tutorial showing you how to make a really cool background for your cards using trendy products; a stencil, gel medium and ink sprays. Click here to watch. -Heather…
  • Crochet This Beautiful Dress

    jd wolfe
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    I just discovered this site today!  It’s a part of Coats&Clark that I’ve never seen before.  There are a few free crochet patterns on the site, including this beautiful dress.  You must register with the site to download the free patterns, but it may well be worth that small effort. Since I have just recently returned to sewing also, …
  • Easter Egg Sun Catcher

    Sherri Osborn
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you are looking for a fast and easy craft project to do with the kids while they are impatiently waiting for Easter morning, check out this Easter Egg Sun Crafter. This egg-shaped sun catcher is made by sticking colorful tissue paper onto clear Con-Tact paper. It is a great project for all ages. The youngest kids will have fun …
  • Tutorial: Kanzashi Butterfly Headband

    Scarlett Burroughs
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Mollie of Wild Olive intends to wear her latest butterfly-inspired project on her head. This Sunday to celebrate Easter and the resurrection. Using a Japanese technique called Kanzashi to create the butterflies from hexies, she’s sure you’ll want to make one too. Get her step-by-step instructions, plus a template. Image credit: Wild Olive…

    Linda Lanese
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Meg of “Radical Possibility” has a very interesting and fun blog that you may want to look over.  She has a “DIY NO-SEW WOOL & LEATHER TABLET CASE” that you will love and you can use fake leather with the wool.  Everyone is going to ask where you purchased it because it is so designer and you can say I …
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  • Technique: Mixed Media Card Background

    Heather Holbrook
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Catherine Pooler has a video tutorial showing you how to make a really cool background for your cards using trendy products; a stencil, gel medium and ink sprays. Click here to watch. -Heather…
  • Crochet This Beautiful Dress

    jd wolfe
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    I just discovered this site today!  It’s a part of Coats&Clark that I’ve never seen before.  There are a few free crochet patterns on the site, including this beautiful dress.  You must register with the site to download the free patterns, but it may well be worth that small effort. Since I have just recently returned to sewing also, …
  • Easter Egg Sun Catcher

    Sherri Osborn
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you are looking for a fast and easy craft project to do with the kids while they are impatiently waiting for Easter morning, check out this Easter Egg Sun Crafter. This egg-shaped sun catcher is made by sticking colorful tissue paper onto clear Con-Tact paper. It is a great project for all ages. The youngest kids will have fun …
  • Tutorial: Kanzashi Butterfly Headband

    Scarlett Burroughs
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:06 pm
    Mollie of Wild Olive intends to wear her latest butterfly-inspired project on her head. This Sunday to celebrate Easter and the resurrection. Using a Japanese technique called Kanzashi to create the butterflies from hexies, she’s sure you’ll want to make one too. Get her step-by-step instructions, plus a template. Image credit: Wild Olive…

    Linda Lanese
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Meg of “Radical Possibility” has a very interesting and fun blog that you may want to look over.  She has a “DIY NO-SEW WOOL & LEATHER TABLET CASE” that you will love and you can use fake leather with the wool.  Everyone is going to ask where you purchased it because it is so designer and you can say I …
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    The alm Project - Diary of a Crafty Insomniac

  • What is a Tea Towel?

    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

    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

    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

    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)

    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

  • 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...)…
  • Saturday Morning DIY

    Jamie Sanders
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:01 am
    Our lives are busy. Hubby works a ton and I handle everything that has to do with the kids and house, in addition to working on my blog during the day.  It's tough to find time for us to spend together, but we do have a Saturday morning ritual the we've been sharing almost every Saturday for at least the last 10 years...We love our Saturday mornings together, drinking coffee on the couch or patio and watching our favorite home improvement shows. We've gotten so much inspiration and ideas over the years. These shows are absolutely addicting!We have a new favorite show we've been watching…
  • Flourless Banana "Pancakes"

    Jamie Sanders
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:01 am
    Sometimes I see a recipe and it's so intriguing, I have to try it.  We almost always have bananas and eggs on hand so I really wanted to try this flour-less banana pancake recipe.No one in my family is following a gluten free diet, but it never hurts to cut back on processed foods when you can.  (Of course, this doesn't mean I'm not feeding my kids hot dogs and chicken nuggets when I'm too tired to cook.  I just believe, everything in moderation and doing what you can, when you can. {Tweet this.})We're not an adventurous eaters around here, (at least I'm not...) but with basic…
  • Inspiration Monday plus features

    Jamie Sanders
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Welcome back to Inspiration Monday Party!Thank you for being here and for sharing all of your talents with us.You continue to inspire us every week!When you link your project here, it is displayed simultaneously on all FIVE blogs at the same time,all you need to do is link up to ONE of our sites.Be sure and follow all of us on Social Media as we love to share and promote your posts there too.I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty MomRedhead Can Decorate| twelveOeight | Your Homebased Mom*Are you following our Inspiration Monday Pinterest board?(If you are, you probably…
  • Hand Painted Ombre Chevron Border Fabric Skirt with #FrogTape

    Jamie Sanders
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Today I am sharing how I made this sweet Ombre Chevron Border Fabric using Shape Tape. (This post brought to you by FrogTape Brand Painter’s Tape, but all opinions, photos and the tutorial are 100% mine.)I had found this little yellow cardigan when I was out shopping the other day and added it to my basket on a whim, the color was just to pretty to resist.  I love yellow for spring.  The color is so bright and pretty, I just want to use it everywhere!Once I got back home, I realized my daughter did not have anything in her closet to go with the sweater.  A skirt was the…
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  • Where you'll find me in May!

    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.'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!

    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!

    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...

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

    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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  • Top Sewing Projects of May 2011

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:29 pm
    From all of the projects we feature in our newsletters, you and your fellow readers choose the top projects. I put together this collection so you can always come back and find a great round-up of ideas and patterns.
  • What Size Am I? & Other Sizing Woes Solved

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:20 am
    While standards exist in the US for sizes, they are extremely loose. This is true for sewing patterns, as well. While I cannot personally answer the question what size am I? for myself and certainly do not know what size you are, I can offer some tips and tricks, helpful charts, and tutorials to help you find a way to make your clothes fit just right. What Size Am I Other Sizing Woes is here to help you wade through the jungle of getting your clothes to fit perfectly!
  • Quilts Made with Love: To Celebrate, Comfort, and Show You Care

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    If you are the type of quilter who loves to quilt for the people in your life, you will absolutely love Quilts Made with Love To Celebrate, Comfort, and Show You Care. The caring collection that the author, Rachel Griffith, has compiled will help you locate a stunning pattern for any gift-giving occasion. Whether you are looking to make a baby blanket, a quilt for a newly married couple, or a quilt to comfort a sick relative, you will find the ideal pattern in this collection.
  • Latest Free Sewing eBooks

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:16 am
    Check out our latest free sewing eBooks. You can find so many great sewing projects you will love to make. Free and easy sewing projects and patterns is what you need.
  • Deby Coles

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Hello, I'm Deby and I blog about my sewing adventures over at I'm very new to sewing I just started in late 2012, but I have already found it a completely absorbing hobby. I started So Sew Easy when I found myself with a lot of free time after losing my job, and now my sewing and my site keep me very occupied. It chronicles my sewing journey from the first time I sat at a sewing machine with a remnant of fabric, through my continuing learning curve and all of the projects and clothing I make for myself.
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  • Duck clay coaster – DIY

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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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  • Easter Egg Bath Bombs

    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

    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.
  • Lacy Crochet Cord Holders

    KeriLynn Engel
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    Organize your unruly cords in style with these lacy crocheted cord holders! This easy project in two style variations will give your latest gadgets a touch of vintage elegance.
  • Two Lacy Crochet Coasters

    KeriLynn Engel
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    Impress your friends with these lacy coasters they won’t believe you made yourself! Using just a bit of thread, the coasters are intermediate-level but not as difficult as they look.
  • “Frozen” Ice Queen Ring Using Epsom Salts

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    This Ring uses Epsom salts to create an ICE effect for a Disney Frozen themed ring. Your little girls will love this "Ice Queen" ring.
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  • Cereal Box Easter Basket

    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

    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

    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…
  • 60-Second Sofa Styling (Video Tutorial)

    4 Mar 2014 | 7:34 am
    Here’s a very simple way to bring instant and dramatic change to your sofa in less than a minute… Quick Tips: - Change the shape of your sofa by removing back cushions and adding oversized, down-stuffed pillows - Use a quilt, flat sheet, tablecloth, a drop cloth, leftover piece of fabric, large curtain panel or blanket to cover the bulk of your sofa - Drape a bold-patterned cotton rug or large scarf over the back of your sofa to add interest and contrast - Toss on a furry or sequined pillow for fun - Change it up often! If you don’t have a lot to work with at home, I…
  • Inking Stones

    28 Feb 2014 | 6:44 am
    We collect a lot of smooth stones from the shores of our local beach. We never seem to lose interest in their simple beauty. My daughter and I experimented with a few of them by dripping India ink (from Blick) onto their surfaces and watching forms take shape… My younger daughter and I made these inked stones.
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  • 8 Cute Easter Crafts!

    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!

    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

    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

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    Pysselbolaget shares how they made these adorable dip-dyed eggs with attitude!
  • Hand-Held Easter Egg Piñatas DIY

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    Whether these hand-held Easter egg pinatas are part of your place settings or Easter baskets, everyone will love cracking them open to see the treats inside. Find out how to make them at A Joyful Riot.
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  • Today I Made - Pocket Clutch

    Michelle (
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Pocket Clutch
  • Small Bow at 75%

    Michelle (
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Wow, look at this cute little thing!  This is the small bow at 75% of its original size.  It was surprisingly easy to make at this size.  At 75% it turns out to be about 3.75" wide x 2.5" (9.5 x 6cm)--these are at the widest/highest points. I did interface one side of the A & B pieces, which made the sewing easier.  But it made the middle more stiff, which gave me a bit of grief with the center C piece.  My first attempt at the center I had to cut off it and throw out.  It was too wrinkled and no amount of fiddling around with it seemed to help.  On the second try I made…
  • Sample Sale - Phone Pouch (Sold)

    Michelle (
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:32 am
    This was originally wider (like this one), but I accidentally snipped the fabric on one side.  Being way too far in to give up, the solution was to take some off the sides.  Now it's perfect for a phone pouch. It is available as a sample today. Sold -Thanks! The exterior is this cotton/linen fabric and the back/flap piece is a print from Joel Dewberry's Bungalow line.  It is lightly padded.  The lining pieces have been quilted with Quilters Dream "Request" batting and a piece of scrap fabric.  The pouch closes with a hidden magnetic snap.  The hidden magnets are just…
  • Text to Sign Up for the Email List

    Michelle (
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:06 am
    I set this up the other day and then posted it to my IG account and was happy to see people are taking advantage of this simple way to join my email list!  If you are looking at this page on your phone, or just feel like it's easier, sign up by text.
  • Sample Sale - Mini Clutch with Tuck Catch (Sold)

    Michelle (
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:28 am
    The next sample is this tiny clutch.  Sold - Thanks! It is about 5" x 2.75" wide.  So it's pretty small, and also pretty adorable.  It will hold a big stack of business cards, or use it as a small wallet.  This was made using the Keychain Clutch pattern.  I printed the pattern pieces at 110% so the body was big enough for the tuck catch.  The exterior fabric is from Joel Dewberry's Bungalow line and the lining is a green polka dot print: Sold Out
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    Stitching the Night Away

  • 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…; - 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 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 …

    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

  • Square Pin Loom Speed Weaving

    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

    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…
  • Back Stitch Cast Off

    5 Dec 2013 | 10:56 am
    Most methods of casting on and casting off in knitting are scaled to stockinette width stitches. If you’re working with a stitch that is tighter or looser than a standard stockinette you can find yourself with tight or ruffled edges in an otherwise beautiful piece of knitting. The back stitch cast off method I’m showing here helps to accommodate different stitch widths. In this example my linen stitch is tighter than my stockinette, so when I cast off other ways I have a weird, floppy looking edge. When you work to the end of your piece cut a length of yarn at least 3.5 times the…
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  • 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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  • Recycled Crafts: Kids' Crafts With Bottles and What to Make With Bottle Caps

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
    It might sound like an exaggeration, but creating water bottle crafts and crafts with bottle caps instead of simply tossing trash is a simple but heroic way to help our planet. Instead of buying craft supplies whenever you want to make a project, make recycled crafts out of items youve already used. Believe it or not, you can use every part of jars and bottles to create cool crafts that look as good as new. Learn how to make the most of your used plastic with Recycled Crafts Kids Crafts With Bottles and What to Make With Bottle Caps.
  • Kids Craft Reviews and Giveaways

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    Read kids craft books and supply reviews and enter to win kids craft book and supply giveaways! You can enter once daily!
  • Soda Can Flowers

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    This challenging but amazing recycled craft is perfect for the older crafty kids. Help the environment while you make something beautiful when you craft Soda Can Flowers. Spring crafts for kids are always so uplifting and cheery no matter what it looks like outside. Surround your home with metal flowers and you'll be smiling through any dreary day. Paint these flower crafts, add fabric, or leave them au naturel. No matter how you decide to display them, these recycled crafts are the perfect decorating touch.
  • Duct Tape Flower Bouquet

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    Duct tape crafts that kids can turn into sentimental homemade gift ideas might sound too good to be true, but this simple Mother's Day craft will change your mind. Kids can create flower crafts that Mom can keep forever with this Duct Tape Flower Bouquet! Duct tape ideas like this one are always special, since they look so stunning when they're finished. These easy kids' Mother's Day crafts are a heartfelt way for kids to show their appreciation to the lady who loves them the most.
  • Felt Caterpillar Play Kit

    17 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    Do you have extra pieces of felt in the house? Use up your scraps with this felt craft for kids! The Felt Caterpillar Play Kit is a great activity for quiet play, since little ones will be hard at work creating their own caterpillars and bugs. You can whip up this homemade toy in a matter of minutes, and it's relatively inexpensive to make. The Felt Caterpillar Play Kit also makes the perfect travel activity for kids to take on the go.
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    Pattern Blogs- Free Craft Lessons

  • HOW TO MAKE A SELF-BUILD MOTORHOME – Low Budget – From Start to Finish – YouTube

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:16 pm
    How to Make a Self Build Motor Home – Youtube Video Tutorial HOW TO MAKE A SELF-BUILD MOTORHOME – Low Budget – From Start to Finish – YouTube. How to Make a Self Build Motor Home Part 2 – YouTube How to Build a Motor Home Video Tutorial. The post HOW TO MAKE A SELF-BUILD MOTORHOME – Low Budget – From Start to Finish – YouTube appeared first on Pattern Blogs- Free Craft Lessons.
  • Jessica Tromp Website – Free Crochet, Cross Stitch, Embroidery and Knitting Patterns.

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:06 am
    Discover the Jessica Tromp Website – Lots of free patterns and tutorials. Jessica Tromp – Free Crochet, Cross Stitch, Sewing, Embroidery and Knitting Patterns.   The post Jessica Tromp Website – Free Crochet, Cross Stitch, Embroidery and Knitting Patterns. appeared first on Pattern Blogs- Free Craft Lessons.
  • Crochet Pattern Central – Free Crochet Patterns Directory

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am
    Crochet Pattern Central – A Free Crochet and Crochet/Knit Directory of Free Patterns. Crochet Pattern Central – Free, Online Crochet Patterns – Beginner Crochet Instructions – Crochet Tips, Tricks, Testimonials and More!. The post Crochet Pattern Central – Free Crochet Patterns Directory appeared first on Pattern Blogs- Free Craft Lessons.
  • Strawberry Stitch – Written & Video Tutorials by Crochet Rockstar

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    Strawberry Stitch Tutorial by Crochet Rockstar Crochet Rockstar!: Strawberry Stitch Tutorial. How to Crochet the Strawberry Stitch. The post Strawberry Stitch – Written & Video Tutorials by Crochet Rockstar appeared first on Pattern Blogs- Free Craft Lessons.
  • Crochet Abbreviations – Craft Yarn Council

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    The post Crochet Abbreviations – Craft Yarn Council 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
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  • 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
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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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  • Quip – My Favorite Tool for Writing

    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, 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

    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

    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

    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

    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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    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 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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  • Eating Well When You Camp: Part 3: The Ultimate Cheat – Precooked Meals

    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?

    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 →
  • Eating Well When You Camp

    31 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    About a dozen blogs ago I wrote an article on canning cookies. Well, having just returned from a weekend camping trip today, the issues of camp food, convenience, sanitation and comfort are all uppermost in my mind. The trip was … Continue reading →
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    Cheery Lynn Designs Blog

  • Thistle Embellishment Tutorial by Julie Lavalette

    Juliz Design Post
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    Happy Easter to Everyone. It's Julie Lavalette here today hosting the blog and I can’t believe how fast this month is going in as Guest Designer. I love sharing my crafty ideas with you all and today I thought I would show you how to make a Thistle from Embellishment#1, when I first saw this die I thought it would make a perfect Thistle. Isn't it wonderful how we can all look at a die and see something different in it.I noticed wooden breadboards in our local Bargain Shop and just thought this was begging to be altered. After giving it a Shabby paint effect I cut out the…
  • Thinking of you Card!

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    Hello Everyone! Corina here and thank you for joining me today! This week I made a card with a little Steampunk influence.I used my Clocks Embossing Plate, assorted Gear Dies, and the NEW Horizon Fishtail Banners  - which I am loving!!I inked my Embossing Plate with black dye ink and then ran it through my ebosser. The black ink went into the de-bossed area, giving the cardstock a printing press effect! Tip: Remember to clean your Embossing Plate right after!I sprayed the Gears around the card with homemade shimmer spray in silver and added silver Pearl Pen to…
  • Spring card with Irina Gerschuk

    Irina Gerschuk
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    Hi my dear friends!It's Irina Gerschuk with you today. And I'd like to share with you my new card: Some close-ups:I used different layers od die-cuts to create some volume After all the layers were combined together I decided to highlight the butterfly with resin and pearls.Dies used:- Beautiful Bell Doily DL277- Horizon Banner Stacker DL278- Polynesian Sails Oval - DL153- Fiona’s Magic Mirror - FRM140- Stackers Nesting Dies XL-11- Exotic Butterfly Medium #3 - DL116And don't miss our new challenge - the theme is so versatile, and…
  • Elegant Lighthouse card

    Sandy Hulsart
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    We have another wonderful card from Jean Bronaugh featuring the beautiful Lighthouse die from the Nautical series.  Jean loves to sew little bead work onto her cards, which she has done around the edges of the gorgeous Horizon Oval Boutique Stacker Frames.  It gives such a elegant look to them.  Thank you, Jean for helping us out today.Be sure to check out this week's Pretty in Purple challenge.  Join in the fun for a chance to win a $20 credit at the Cheery Lynn Designs store. 
  • April 2014 New Release

    Sandy Hulsart
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    Today is new release day here at Cheery Lynn Designs.  The team has been working hard to bring you some amazing samples with the new dies.  Be sure to visit the Cheery Lynn Designs website to see all of the new release.  To see more details of each project, click on the team members name to go to their blogs.Corina FinleyNew dies used: Tea Rose Medium, Gardenia Small,Southern Charm Valence, Sweet Christine    Debbie BrownmillerNew dies used:Tea Rose Small, Tea Rose Medium, Gardenia Small,Old Barn Board, Rustic Birdhouse, Add a Flourish,Southern Charm Valance, Mandy…
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    Grow Creative

  • 90's Dress Refashion

    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!
  • Decorating Eggs with Markers

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    This year we ditched the usual vinegar egg dye and decorated Easter eggs with permanent markers instead.  It's fun to switch it up once in a while :)
  • Photos of the Week

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    We're back from a trip to Southern Utah. Man, I am missing that gorgeous weather!We hadn't been on a real vacation in almost a year and that is too long for us.  This one was a short one, but so necessary! We'd go insane without some fun breaks.  
  • Our New Parking Strip Design

    10 Apr 2014 | 2:01 pm
    This post is dedicated to my hard-working husband.  (He totally wants me to write a post about his big yard project so I'll humor him..... he deserves it!) When we moved into our home the yard was a total disaster.  The parking strip in front of our house was full of weeds and ugly trashy trees.    After two years of cutting down trees, pulling out stumps, digging out rocks, sifting dirt, laying cement, and laying down some weed block, drought tolerant plants, rocks, and wood chips....... our parking strip is complete! We planted some Seaside Daisy, Basket of…
  • Watercolor Header Designs

    8 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Notice the new header?I was playing around with my watercolors and decided to use them for a colorful header for spring! I think I may actually use all of these for a header at some point.  I love them all :)
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  • 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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  • 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

  • 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…
  • Hope

    30 Mar 2014 | 9:53 am
    So glad I got that Blue post out of my system. Sometimes you have to acknowledge what's bothering you so that you can move on. Since writing it I've been able to pick up more of my knitting and even cast on for a new project. I've wanted find the right project to review the Knitter's Pride Bamboo Interchangeable Knitting Needles, but didn't have the right kind of yarn for the needle size I had (I only had one from the knitters pride comby set). It was a size four needle and I wanted to knit something with a soft MCN, preferably from Madeline Tosh or Plucky Knitter. Thankfully my friend came…
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    Serger Pepper

  • 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…
  • Halfway Challenge Balance – Ultimate April Challenge

    Irene V. (MammaNene)
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Believe me if I say that I couldn’t believe my eyes when this morning I looked at my kitchen’s calendar (the one where I write everything, I bet most of you do the same, isn’t it?) and saw that I’ve already completed half of this Ultimate April Blog Challenge! What? Have I already reached the top of the hill? Now it’s all a downward path! I think it’s time to take stock, and obviously I’d like to share with you my considerations about  this Halfway Challenge Balance (some are positive, some are not)! Pro I’ve realized that I can do that!
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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

    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


    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…

    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…

    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

  • 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 clothespinsWood 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…
  • Make a Herringbone Bulletin Board

    5 Apr 2014 | 4:32 pm
    I was browsing Pinterest for a little dose of crafty inspiration, as usual, and I kept seeing cork projects.  Not sure why, but I have so much cork in my craft supply than I know what to do with.  So, I decided to do a project that will use some of it up- not to mention this board is super cute.  So why do bulletin boards have to be squares and rectangles?  Who says?  Whoever made up that rule needs a little lesson in DIY.  The herringbone pattern is by far one of my favorite patterns and its little chevrons never go out of style.  I love its modern look,…
  • Make a Fringed Necklace

    28 Mar 2014 | 3:18 pm
    We're making DIY jewelry again! This easy fringed necklace cost me little to no money and has fun pops of color, perfect for Spring.  I purchased this chain necklace from my local thrift store and with a little polishing, it was like new.  So for about $3.00, I had the first basic element for this project.  I then purchased the embroidery floss from my local craft store at $0.37 each.  With those two parts, this pastel necklace cost me less than $5.00.  This project didn't take too long- about two-to-three hours, mainly because I started off having a hard time getting…
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    Bella Crafts Quarterly

  • 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…
  • Embellished Pocket Pages for Scrapbooking Part 3

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We hope that you have enjoyed the Embellished Pocket Pages for Scrapbooking by the talented, Laurel Lee Pollard of New England Paper Crafts.  We just love all the cool tools that Laurel has shared to make your embellished pocket pages easy and awesome.  If you haven’t yet had a chance to see those, you can read them here: Embellished Pocket Pages for Scrapbooking Embellished Pocket Pages for Scrapbooking Part 2 For now, read on for even more cool ways to embellish pocket pages for scrapbooking! Laurel Lee Pollard here, hosting the Bella BLOG with the final installment of my three-part…
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    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.
  • Fabric Covered Notebook

    The Ribbon Retreat
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Hi!  It’s Amy, from Ameroonie Designs again.  Today I’m here to share a project that is a quick sew and would make a great Teacher Appreciation gift or a perfect summer journal for you or your children.  This darling covered notebook comes all decked out with a ribbon bookmark, elastic closure and a pocket for […] The post Fabric Covered Notebook appeared first on The Ribbon Retreat Blog.
  • Laptop Case Tutorial

    The Ribbon Retreat
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Hi there Ribbon Retreat friends! My name is Michaela and I blog over at Covered in Mod Podge. I’m happy to be back today to share a tutorial for a laptop case. I was fortunate enough {and very surprised} to get a Macbook Air from my dad this past Christmas. I take my computer to […] The post Laptop Case Tutorial appeared first on The Ribbon Retreat Blog.
  • Ruffled Ribbon Bracelets

    The Ribbon Retreat
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Hey everyone!  I am Kami from Sweet Charli, and I am so excited to be sharing a fun project with you today.  I love these ruffled ribbon bracelets, because they are something you can make with or without a sewing machine.  They are something you can make with the ‘crafty’ and even the non-crafty. If […] The post Ruffled Ribbon Bracelets appeared first on The Ribbon Retreat Blog.
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    About Family Crafts

  • 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 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 →
  • How to Use Food Coloring to Dye Your Eggs

    Sherri Osborn
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Has your family colored their Easter eggs yet? If so, did you use a tried-and-true technique or did you try something new? In my household, we usually use food coloring to dye our eggs instead of spending money on expensive…Read more →
  • 22 Bunny Crafts

    Sherri Osborn
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Whether you are looking for a fun Easter craft to do with your family or just want to make a bunny any time of year, this round-up and fun and easy bunny crafts will fit the bill. There are bunnies…Read more →
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    Teach Love Craft

  • Circles Circles on the Wall

    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

    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

    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…
  • Spring Mantel in the house

    8 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Anyone ever watch In The House? Oh, geesh, I loved that show and LL Cool J. Now while the reference is a throwback to the ’90s (hello, 1996!), this Spring Mantel is not donning a Kangol hat and singing “Hey Lover” (although, maybe next mantel… nah). LL Cool J loves my Spring Mantel If anyone is keeping tally, this is Mantel number 3 for 2014. First, there was my Valentine’s Day Mantel and then there was my Kiss Me, I’m a March Mantel. I have to be honest, I had a difficult time with this Spring Mantel because I didn’t want to spend a thing, again,…
  • Spring Door Decor

    7 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    As seasons change and I focus on changing up the décor inside my house, I’m sure not to neglect the exterior as well. You might have noticed Rona, Grace, and I have a thing for wreaths (Valentine’s, Berry Letter, Burlap Bubble, Boxwood Bunny). I’m sure there will be many more to come, but here’s another piece of spring door decor to add to the list. For spring I wanted to get some floral action going on the front door. One day I was checking out HGTV’s website and found this lovely creation (although those colors are a bit more early fall to me than spring). I hit up my favorite…
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    Decorative storage boxes

  • Decorative storage boxes : best tips!

    Steve Reck
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:04 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…
  • 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…
  • DIY decorative picture with buttons!

    Steve Reck
    21 Mar 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Decorative picture is one kind way of home decoration. We can see clock,photograph, and-stitch, a very prevailing decoration at this moment in people’s houses. In this tutorial, I will teach you a new decoration way, which is DIY decorative picture with buttons.Buttons are indispensable in this decorative picture.  Besides, you need a photo  frame, plastic mesh and other craft tools. Now let me show you the steps of DIYdecorative picture with buttons.What do you need to have?Photo framePlastic meshFlower patter buttonsGimpHot melt gunRibbonScissorsEarringsHow to make decorative…
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  • 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…
  • Fancy a Cuppa? - Introducing Tonic Tea Party Dies

    9 Apr 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Anyone fancy a sit down with a cuppa and a sneak peek of the new Tonic Tea Party Dies at the same time?Card Recipe:Tools: Tonic Studios Indulgence Tea Party Square Base Die, Round Window Pour Me Die and Vintage Frame Tag, Grand Calibur Paper and Card: Linen card, StardreamTo make my filigree card base, I used the new Indulgence Tea Party Square Base Die following my Filigree Card Base Tutorial. This just makes such a delicate but striking card base.  I topped it with the Pour Me dies, and printed out my sentiment on my computer.Watch the…
  • Cardstock - My Recommendations

    4 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    Hello, my name is Dips and I'm a cardstock addict!  When I explain that the picture below is of my current stash of plain A3 cardstock, perhaps you'll understand!And the above is the slimmed down version - I used to have twice as much as this!What's the Best CardI often get asked what's the best cardstock to use, and the answer depends on what you want to do!  Below are my recommendations on the best cardstock to use for different papercrafting needs, if you are scrapbooking, make sure your choosen card is acid free: To make card bases Conqueror 300gsm card finished in wove…
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  • 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…
  • Easter Egg Macarons with Vanilla Bean Buttercream!

    Adrianne Herold
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Easter is so close! If you are the lucky one hosting the parties, here is a festive and easy treat for your family and friends! Start with the Basic French Macaron Recipe found HERE. I'm a messy mixer :) For the easter eggs, I used 5 colors; Pink, Purple, Green, Orange, and Yellow.To use multiple colors, Divide the batter during the folding stage. Once all of the almond meal/powdered sugar has been incorporated but not fully smooth, divide the batter and finish folding while mixing in the food coloring. Start piping your shells in the shape of an egg. Starting with the narrow side…
  • Quick Organic Black Bean Quesadillas!

    Adrianne Herold
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Izze is the best! :D So Ryan and I were craving some homemade fresh 'Dillas and I went ahead and made a post out of it! Here's what we (more like he) did! We trucked on down to our local organic market called "Common Grounds" and we picked up:Tomato & Basil TortillasShredded Monterey Jack CheeseParmesan CheeseFresh ParsleyFresh Red OnionCornBlack BeansCrushed Basil LeavesMinced GarlicAnd SALSAAAASo basically, all he did was:Butter the griddle; heat up one tortilla.Place the cheeses on top, followed by the chopped onion and parsley.Then adding corn and black beans; While heating another…
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