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  • Introducing the Marchesa Holiday Collection for Tiny Prints

    Tiny Talk | The Tiny Prints Card & Stationery Blog
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    We’re thrilled to present an exclusive holiday card collection designed by fashion house Marchesa. The striking collection was inspired by the runway and features hallmarks of Marchesa couture gowns—delicate lace, rich hues, bold blooms and layers of irresistible gold. Marchesa is the fashion house that elegant evening wear built. British born Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, the design duo behind the beautifully crafted gowns, combine exquisite details with sophisticated femininity to great high-fashion effect from the runway to the red carpet. And now Marchesa brings its stunning…
  • DIY Cookie Cutter Ornaments

    Factory Direct Craft Blog
    Jessica Christman
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Simply choose any cookie cutter, large or small, and transform it into a festive decoration. 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! }}
  • 10 Creative Gratitude Crafts for Big and Little Kids

    Make and Takes
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:03 am
    Believe it or not, November is just around the corner. Like many of you, I’m sure, our family likes to spend a little extra time practicing gratitude during the month of November. We especially love activities that we can build on each day, from adding a link to a paper chain to dropping a thankful note in a jar. And, a cute craft is always welcomed by my girls, too! I’ve rounded-up 10 crafty and creative gratitude activities the whole family will enjoy. I can’t wait to start a few new gratitude traditions in our home! For the littles: 1. Handprint Tree of Gratitude :: The…
  • To the creative overthinker …

    Illustration Friday
    Kate Leonard
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
      Dear Creative overthinker, No doubt there have been times where you were sat at your desk deep in thought or maybe you were previously to reading this. With your pen , paintbrush, camera or graphics tablet in hand your mind gets caught up in a whirlwind of creative over thought causing you to over think your entire creative practice. As you do this the creative work that you do that was “fun work” begins to feel more like ” hard work” thus bringing the creativity inside you to a halt. Thoughts such as: ” What if I post my design and no one likes it…
  • 21 Creative Ways to Wear a Bobby Pin

    How Does She
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    It used to be that bobby pins were hidden, as we didn’t want anyone to know that we had to call in the bobby pin reinforcements!  But these days, bobby pins are all the rage – making fashion statements and catching people’s attention, just like any good accessory should do.  Enjoy these easy, fun and creative ways to wear a bobby pin! 1 – 7.  7 ways to wear your Bobby Pins as Art, you can even use ombre colored pins.  Gorgeous! 8 – 11.   4 ways to Style Embellished Bobby Pins.  Gotta get me some of these! 12.  Choose a shape and make a fashion statement!
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  • Wednesday Quilt Inspiration

    8 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    At the studio, we are busy prepping for the quilt industry's fall tradeshow. We have a few new patterns coming out, as well as new fabric collection. I cannot wait to share more! With quilts and soft goods on my mind, I am sharing some quilt inspiration today.  This charming clamshell quilt was put together by for the True Colors blog hop a while back. I love how the simple, repeating design allows for playful eclecticism with the print combination. And the finished quilt looks great with rounded corners. Shown is a mix of Lottie Da and True Colors prints, along…
  • Giveaway in Progress

    12 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    I'm popping in to let you know about a giveaway that's in the works. Gina from has been posting new projects made from my Lottie Da collection all week, including a fantastic little beret made from theses leftover quilt-block pieces (below). In conjunction with her blog series, Gina is giving away a Lottie Da camera-strap cover, two Heather Bailey embroidery patterns and a collection of stationery. The Camp Clem giveaway closes this coming Sunday (9/14/14) at the end of the day, so stop by soon to enter at There are several posts in her Lottie Da series,…
  • Heather Bailey Interview with Modern Sewciety

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:16 am
    I have been keeping this blog since 2006. Along the way, I've received several requests for podcast interviews. However, for one reason or another, the timing never worked out to schedule a call. Till now. Stephanie Kendron from caught me at just the right time. Hear my interview in EPISODE 34 of the Modern Sewciety podcast, available now. Click here to tune in from your computer or download the episode and listen on your portable device. Stephanie and I discuss my fabric-design process, how I built my current business, my patented invention, my family and a…
  • Up Parasol

    25 Aug 2014 | 11:57 am
    Up Parasol projects are starting to show up all over the web. I'm excited to share many of them with you with links out to their makers. Before doing so, let's have a closer look at this new collection which is available now at independent quilt shops and online at Up Parasol is centered around two prints from my previous Garden District home-decor collection—Cakewalk and Mockingbird. These two designs were repeatedly requested on quilting-weight cotton, so I heeded the pleading and pinned swatches of these two on my design board to let them seep into my…
  • Reboot

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:11 am
    Aaaah...yes. Wow. What a summer. I have been all over the place—everywhere except home. It was refreshing and fun, but I am seriously ready to get back to real life. And that's a great feeling.  I had a design project that was about two days off of delivery when we left town. Evan's chickenpox slowed me down just enough that I had to wait till we were back to get that wrapped up. I finished the work last week, unpacked, ran around getting kids set up for the new school year, took a few deep breaths—including a hike to our favorite waterfall last Friday with friends—and…
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    Tim Holtz

  • eclectic elements – fall quilt market 2014…

    tim holtz
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    hello everyone! we’re back from the fall quilt market and excited to share some of the highlights with you.  i’m always amazed by this market and the incredible things people create with fabrics. we arrived on the show floor early friday morning to unpack our crates and begin setting up the booth.  mario, paula, and Continue Reading
  • gypsy butterfly brooch…

    tim holtz
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    one of my favorite things about designing fabric is the ability to merge that surface with products I also design for the paper craft world. today, media team vicki boutin shares a clever project that can be work or used as an adornment for a journal cover or anything else you can image. get ready Continue Reading
  • week in review…

    tim holtz
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    what a great week of inspiration from our creative media team! in case you missed any of them, here is a quick link list for you to check them out…t!m Tim Holtz: Candy Corn Trees Richele Christensen: Halloween Treat Bags Jan Hobbins: Fall Luminary Paula Cheney: Trick or Treat Collage Emma Williams: Trick or Treat Continue Reading
  • trick or treat boxes…

    tim holtz
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    today media team Emma Williams shares a fun Halloween project that would make a great decorative centerpiece to greet your ghoulish guests this Halloween. it’s always amazing to see how die cut shapes can be transformed into anything imaginable…t!m Hello everyone, Emma here! Like many people, I absolutely love Halloween and I love decorating the Continue Reading
  • fall luminary…

    tim holtz
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    with a chill in the air, the sunlit days getting shorter, and the leaves on the trees starting to change to a warm colorful palette, that means fall is definitely here. media team jan hobbins creates a warm, festive project to adorn your home this season, and shares her ideas for adding texture to your Continue Reading
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  • New Project: BeagleBone Audio Looper

    Tyler Worman
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    A simple three-switch effects looper for the BeagleBone Black built with open source software.Read more on MAKE
  • New Project: The Archivist: A DIY Book Scanner

    30 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Five years ago book digitization was the domain of giants — Microsoft and Google. Commercial book scanners cost as much as a small car. Collectively, we tried to fix that. Here's how to build the Archivist — the VW Beetle of book scanners — cheap, durable, and tremendously effective. It’s open source (Raspberry Pi and Canon Hacks Development Kit) and made with simple materials like plywood, bungees, and skateboard bearings. As fast as you can turn the pages, the Archivist photographs them automatically and creates a zip file of the entire book, for conversion to the e-book format of…
  • White House 3D Printing Challenge: Design a Holiday Ornament

    Caleb Kraft
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    In another move embracing the maker culture, the White House has announced their latest challenge. Design a 3D printable holiday ornament and it could be selected to be displayed at the White House. This contest is being run through Instructibles, and is open to everyone. You don’t have to have […]Read more on MAKE
  • Alex Chinneck’s Actual House of Wax

    Andrew Salomone
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    See an actual house of wax made by artist Alex Chinneck in the flesh!Read more on MAKE
  • A Hunger Games Pie

    Jeremy Cook
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:01 am
    As an adult, it can be difficult to admit that you thoroughly enjoyed a “young adult” book or movie. Fortunately for us, Youtuber “Koalipops” has no such reservation, and has, in fact, provided the world with an intriguing idea for how to make a Hunger Games pie. The results look […]Read more on MAKE
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  • Tiny Cheeses

    28 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Lately tiny cheeses have been making me happy as an inexpensive and low commitment indulgence. My friend Leslie introduced me to the concept of tiny cheeses, which are the smaller odd bits and ends of cheese left over when a grocery store has portioned out and packaged chunks off of a larger wheel. There is usually a small basket of cheese ends tucked in the display case, most for $1 or $2. These tiny cheeses had always been there in grocery stores but for some reason I had never noticed them, so thank you Leslie! Just in case you overlook them too consider this a gentle nudge to have a peek…
  • links: technology

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
    The Very Worst Video Game Ever Made – Gamefilter. Desert Bus is released for iPhone and iPad and Android. Yessss! The Eye-Fi mobi card is the real deal | A Whole Lotta Nothing. New study says more adult women play video games than teenage boys · Newswire · The A.V. Club. “Before anyone pins this on Kim Kardashian: Hollywood or whatever, the study also says the average adult woman has played games for 13 years”.
  • links: misc

    9 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    Behind the Scenes at America’s Largest Contiguous Hop Farm | Serious Eats. I had this same learning experience when I attended Hop Academy two years ago. The Amazing, Original Green Building Is Soon to Be Vacated by the Original Timber Company | Slog. You can see this building while driving on I-5 and it’s amazing even from a distance. The Heron and the Snake | BirdNote. This was a very unusual Bird Note, and basically the audio version of that Never Give Up frog vs. heron poster. Part 1: I cheated on my girlfriend of 8 months. At Do You Think You’re Pretty? the blog of…
  • links: food

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    The Glorious Vegetables of Italy by Domenica Marchetti – A Book Review – Adri Barr Crocetti. She includes the recipe for Carrot-Ricotta Ravioli with Herbed Butter which looks amazing. One-Pot Wonders: Cold Soba Noodles With Kale, Avocado, and Miso-Sesame Dressing | Serious Eats. The Food Lab: The Road To Better Risotto | Serious Eats. I’m not unhappy with my recent risotto experience but it’s worth trying this to compare. Because science. The Food Lab: Use the Oven to Make the Best Darned Italian American Red Sauce You’ve Ever Tasted | Serious Eats. See also: Quick and…
  • links: travel

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    Hitchhiker’s Guide | The Planning Committee. What it looks like from the tallest peak in Wales, I’m adding this to my list of stuff to do when we go back. Chef Jonathon Sawyer’s Guide to Eating in Cleveland | Serious Eats. I grew up in Cleveland but it’s changed so much that next time we return for a visit it’ll be like discovering a new city. Anthony Bourdain How to Travel – Anthony Bourdain on How to Fly – Esquire. Via Kottke. Italy 2014 – August 25th to September 4th. At Other Hand, some great suggestions for markets, gelato and lesser known…
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    Wee Wonderfuls

  • Jo March

    Hillary Lang
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    I've picked up this unfinished project, Jo. She has a sweet face now. Motivates me to finish the rest of her.
  • making things is difficult

    Hillary Lang
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    I spent maybe 2 hours yesterday afternoon, geez was it really that long, trying to figure out how to do an attached i-cord border to my knit afghan. I couldn't figure it out from the diagrams and written instructions so I went to youtube and started watching videos. Those sent me down some paths trying different methods, none of which I could get to work. I didn't have the correct needles and that wasn't helping anything. I think I've got it now but I had to order new needles and I'm pretty sure my yarn for the border is going to be wrong.  All of this just to say…
  • autumnal

    Hillary Lang
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    We had a lovely 3 day weekend. Two bright sunny days to take in all the Fall festivities and one nice rainy day to stay home and work on my crocheted hex afghan. Also this week I finished up knitting a blanket. I just need to get the trim on it. I'm obsessed with covers! I really want to make a harvest/halloween themed quilt as well. I would have jumped right into it this morning but my annoying PTA life intervened. Maybe saved me from myself? 
  • little baby bear

    Hillary Lang
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    Of course after clearing out/destashing my basement fabric supply I get the bug to make a bear from felted thrifted sweaters. I'd held on to that stuff for years! Since this era! (because Wee Wonderfuls is such a vast empire that I can refer to its past in eras) And then I tossed it all. Oh, I'll never get around to using all that. What's that declutter rule, if you haven't used it in x years than toss it. And you'll want it the next day! So of course I find myself at the thrift store last week searching for wool sweaters to felt down. Big thanks to my thriftpal Lisa…
  • quilted handbag puzzle

    Hillary Lang
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    I made a quilted handbag for my mom for her birthday. I saw this bag on Pinterest and thought she'd like it so I went down to the Quilt Merchant and found some wool and flannels and autumnal prints and gave it a shot. To figure out the shape I cut squares of cotton and basted them together til I got it. I think I got it right. Either way it turned out cute. I pieced the squares together first, then handquilted diagonally with embroidery floss to  batting. I cut a lining out in same shape, then sewed the seams of both up, sewed them together right sides together along the top edge…
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    A Little Hut - Patricia Zapata

  • all seasons wreaths

    patricia zapata
    6 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
     So here we are. Finally! There is a serious virus that is knocking people down all around here. It kicked me pretty good and I had to lay low for several days including a weekend in bed. Yuck. Happily all is well now so I can get back on track.  I'm pretty proud of all the projects that I come up with but sometimes there are some designs that are more true to my core design instincts which makes them extra special—this All Seasons Wreaths is definitely one of them (promo code: thankyou -- look on the home page for details).  I started with the Winter wreath. I didn't…
  • fall paper quilt

    patricia zapata
    14 Sep 2014 | 5:46 pm
    I haven't made a paper quilt in quite a long time so I corrected that this week. I confess that this had a lot to do with the fact that I was so sick and tired of the framed piece we have on our mantle. It had been there forever and I needed something new — a paper quilt came to mind. Since it's fall themed it'll force me to make something new for the holiday season too (kind of like 'tricking' myself into doing something - ha!).And you know I have to show you an all white version. For those of you that know me long enough know that working with white paper is one of my favorite things to…
  • terrarium inspiration

    patricia zapata
    7 Sep 2014 | 6:38 pm
     A few weeks ago the Global Talent Search started again and even though I signed up to participate I decided that I wasn't going to have enough time to put in the amount work needed. The deadline for the first round was right after we got back from our vacation and spending time with my family was what I really needed. The first assignment was about terrariums. It reminded me of some work I made in the spring and it inspired new graphics (sketches I had from a trip to the nursery). It was one of those projects that slowly morphed into something I didn't expect. I worked on the…
  • partridge in a pear tree

    patricia zapata
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Wow. I just checked to make sure that was right. It's been almost 6 months since my last post here and a year since I posted any new products in my shop. It was a crazy busy end of school year, long summer (with a nice break to visit Colombia!) and then starting off the school year again with a freshman in high school and a new middle schooler. Phew.  I didn't forget about the blog or the shop, but after quietly making it past my eight (8!!) year anniversary in May I thought I would call it quits. I was THIS close to deleting every single post here (I'm still tempted by the need to just…
  • 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…
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    Make and Takes

  • Creating Pumpkin Yarn Art

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Whether you’re crafting a few last minute Halloween crafts or creating something festive for Thanksgiving, these simple Pumpkin Yarn Art pictures are a fun way to decorate for the fall season! We’ve created yarn art for a few other holidays… Easter, Christmas, and Valentines. Only fitting we create something fun for fall too! It’s a simple way to decorate your holiday home! I’m sharing the full tutorial for this simple Pumpkin Yarn Art craft over at Creative Child Magazine. Head over to see the full tutorial and other great child-inspired articles! The post…
  • Handcut Fall Leaf Wreath

    28 Oct 2014 | 1:05 am
    I don’t own any kind of cutting machine, so when I want to do this kind of project, it means going old school – with a template and scissors! I actually find the process soothing and therapeutic once I get into a groove. Here’s how I made this leafy Fall wreath! Supplies for Handcut Fall Leaf Wreath: 3 sheets of 12 x 12 kraft cardstock Leaf and flower templates – I used the Makin it Cute set from My & My Sister Designs. It’s made for sewing but works really well for paper crafts too! Pencil Glue stick Scissors Patterned paper & baker’s twine…
  • 10 Creative Gratitude Crafts for Big and Little Kids

    27 Oct 2014 | 12:03 am
    Believe it or not, November is just around the corner. Like many of you, I’m sure, our family likes to spend a little extra time practicing gratitude during the month of November. We especially love activities that we can build on each day, from adding a link to a paper chain to dropping a thankful note in a jar. And, a cute craft is always welcomed by my girls, too! I’ve rounded-up 10 crafty and creative gratitude activities the whole family will enjoy. I can’t wait to start a few new gratitude traditions in our home! For the littles: 1. Handprint Tree of Gratitude :: The…
  • Monsterific Felt Puppets

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:04 am
    These monster felt puppets are almost too cute to give a scare! Make a set of these for your little ones to spook this Halloween season! Your kids can put on a monsterific puppet show for everyone to enjoy! These monsters can be crafted and created with almost any supply and in any shape or size! Give your monster horns, teeth, goofy hair, and lots of googly eyes! I’m sharing the step-by-step instructions for these cute monster puppets over at Creative Child Magazine. Head over to see the full tutorial and other great child-inspired articles! The post Monsterific Felt Puppets appeared…
  • Beautiful Floral Fall Planters

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:25 am
    My mouth dropped when I saw these gorgeous floral fall planters from Joy of Oh Joy! Welcome guests to your house this fall with these beauties! These pumpkin planters will last about 2-3 weeks with regular watering. Round up some pretty fall florals and plant them in these pumpkins for a great fall craft idea! Looks like I have another awesome craft to add to my fall project list! Here are a few more pumpkin projects: Mini Gumdrop Pumpkin Ornaments Sugar Pumpkin Potted Plant Pumpkin Turkey Centerpiece The post Beautiful Floral Fall Planters appeared first on Make and Takes.
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  • very small Stonehenges

    amy k.
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    We are studying the Stone/Bronze/Iron Age right now and had a lot of fun making small Stonehenges. We got this idea over at the BBC website in the Hands on History section. There are so many great resources on this site, I spend a lot of time there. There's an interactive game where you can built a fire, bake bread, and spin wool in the Iron Age. It's really fascinating. I'm going to try and have us do these activities for real, but I sense disaster. It should be fun. I need to find some soft-ish rocks and do more research. I printed some out-of-scale grass for the ground. We…
  • Sante Fe Trip: Food

    amy k.
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
      Thank you all so much for your food tips in Santa Fe. It was a wonderful city to eat in and one of the perks of traveling alone is I could eat whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. The downside is that I couldn't sample what everyone else was eating, experiencing more of the menu. Hardly a thing to complain about, but you know what I mean. This lovely blue corn waffle was one of the amazing breakfasts served at the B&B I stayed at, The Madeleine Inn. They served a delicious hot dish daily, along with fruit, homemade granola, and tea breads, all of which were outstanding. I was…
  • papier-mâché ghosts

    amy k.
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:45 pm
    We made these papier-mâché ghosts last week and finally got around to putting on the faces. I know I could type paper mache, but it's not as fun. To make these: We made a paste (flour, water and white glue) first and made forms to cover to get the ghost shape. For the forms we crumpled up balls of newspaper and set them on a drinking glass. Then we covered all that with cling wrap. Then we draped that with newspaper wet with the glue/flour/water mixture, making the ghost shape, and finished with a glued-up layer of paper towels and let them dry. These take a long time to dry because the…
  • fun with infographics

    amy k.
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:50 pm
    So, making these was all I was thinking about today. I found this site, Piktochart, this morning while looking for a timeline of the stone/bronze/iron age (which is our new theme) and went on a brief detour. This took about 7 minutes to make. I was very focused. Now I want to make them for everything. This template was free, there is a pro version with a lot more options, but it's not cheap. Using the drag and drop graphics and text editor is addictive. I know I could do all this in Illustrator, but this is so easy! The girls can totally use this program, so I am thinking about having…
  • a bear and a link

    amy k.
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    This is one of my favorite photos from my Santa Fe trip. It's from the Brasil and Arte Popular exhibit at the Museum of International Folk Art. It's a bear costume for Carnival. There was some information about how the bear is part of the celebration, and why. I think a fairy tale is involved. Now I can't remember what the deal is and my 5-second internet search gave me nothing. But I know there is a story behind it. Unrelated to bears: The whole family is riveted by these series of short animated videos teaching art history basics by Ydraw over at Khan Academy. They are drawn…
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    Misty Mawn

  • 29 Oct 2014 | 6:22 pm

    29 Oct 2014 | 6:22 pm
    The more years I gain on this life of mine the more I realize how very important it is to experience things. All kinds of things, things that make you feel elated, and things that make you scared, things that make you sit in your car in the driveway crying, things that make you feel stupid and small, things that make you feel important, and things that make you want more.  Traveling alone is one way to experience all these things and so much more. Traveling with people you love, traveling to meet people you adore,  and traveling to meet people you’ve never met makes it all that…
  • settling in

    12 Sep 2014 | 11:17 am
    Life is weird.  Weird isn't the best word, but it's the first word that came to mind at this moment when trying to put everything I am feeling into just one word.   Like the word settle.  Everyone keeps asking if we are "settling in"  and I guess we are, but are we?   Here's something you might not know about me, I love the dictionary.   I am not a great speller, but a wannabe great speller.   I love to look up words, often simple words, like appreciate and definitely (I can never seem to get those two right) and words like…
  • falling out of place

    14 Aug 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Here I am, wide awake in the middle of the night, in the bedroom I grew up in, thinking about how in the heck I can dust the months of neglect off my blog.I have a hunch it's gonna take more than a little dusting to bring this baby back to life... but hey, here I am.  It's a start?  Physically I am in my old room, but mentally I am not really sure where I am right now.  I find myself stuck somewhere between where I used to be, who I used to be, where I am, who I want to be, and where I want to be.   There have been a lot of recent changes that have me feeling a…
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    3 Jan 2014 | 7:00 am
    Wishing you a very Happy New Year!!!  xo
  • 13 Dec 2013 | 12:31 pm

    13 Dec 2013 | 12:31 pm
    .  .  .   .  .   .   .  .   .   .   The older I get the faster the years seem to fly by.  Thank goodness for photography to slow time down a tiny little bit... otherwise I think 2013 might have been a blur of beautiful memories.  .  .  .   .  .   .   .  .   .   .   Like the past few Januarys I am offering a new online workshop.  This year it's Full Circle.  You can check it out here if you are looking for a creative…
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  • feeling like i'm onto something
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    It's happened again...I have a creative crush. This time it's the experiments in watercolor painting. (I see the practices of art journaling, sketching, and watercolor painting all different, although of course, they can overlap.) I'm still in the hazy young love stage with these new watercolor explorations. I've been challenging myself to approach watercoloring more like how I approach abstract painting. Sort of. Who cares why though, it's just fun! This one above and the one below were painted in this book that Minnie told me about. She found them at Aaron Brothers on a…
  • hey, thanks!
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:59 pm
      art print over on my etsy: The internet can be so fun sometimes. I recieved an email from my friend Paige, that the Novogratz had posted a piece of my artwork over on their facebook page yesterday. You can see it by scrolling down here. I watched every single episode of 9byDesign with my daughter, and we ate it up. We've been fans of the Novogratz family and style ever since, so it was very fun to see that, thanks for the head's up Paige!    On their post, someone asked who the artist was, (I assume they found it on someone's tumblr or similar…
  • a tangential path
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Inspired by both the flowers I picked, and my visit to Moss Cottage last weekend, I felt a very strong urge to get out the watercolors and some inks and play at painting flowers the other day. You know I'm not one to say no to my creative yearnings... the table near the end of my playtime before motherhood duties rang the time's-up! bell   It was extremely satisfying. As a matter of fact, I'm back at it a little today... Although I know it must seem like I go off in a thousand different tangets, I feel strangely like it's all sort of coming together, my creative…
  • friday friday friday
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Ah...Friday, so thankful you are here. For some reason I've been super tired this week, which makes getting to Friday afternoon feel like a little victory. Just got home from school pickup and seriously wish I could get my pajamas on and ride out the evening. We have a commitment tonight, so that's not gonna happen, but I'll be looking forward to it when we get back for sure. The roses pictured were picked Wednesday. Like Fridays, roses are happy making in my book. (What is it about orange and pink that makes it so hard to accurately photograph? Likely the answer is just a google…
  • sunday at moss cottage
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:53 pm
    putting my half pans of paint back into the metal paint palette after moving some to a plastic holder for Italy trip I took a little jaunt up to LA this past weekend. Well, it was supposed to be a quick little jaunt...Apparently, I fell into a trance listening to Serial (man, are you listening? I wish I had started later in, the waiting week by week is hard!), and suddenly realized I had driven way way way past my freeway interchange. Almost doubled drive time there. Crazy. But finally, I arrived at Moss Cottage. Always a lovely place to be, but especially on a sunny Sunday.  We usually…
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    Ma petite theiere

  • Pillow covers, tote bags & more

    25 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    Eng/ I totally forgot to talk about them on the blog, but you can find a selection of my images on pillow covers, tote bags, napkins, and aprons! They are not  listed in the Etsy shop, but you can find them in my store at this link: . I ordered a few items for our home, and I can say the quality is great! Colors are beautiful, fabric is perfect and finishes are excellent. I invite you to discover this shop (I’m sure they would make beautiful Christmas gifts!). Here’s a few pics of my own cushions and a selection…
  • Purple Meadow

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:15 am
    Eng/ It’s been a long while since my latest post! I’ve been busy with work (and life!) but I’m happy to finally have time to update the blog. For today, I wanted to share one of my latest illustrations to date: “Purple Meadow”. I’ve been inspired again by Nature, butterflies (can you spot her dress is made of butterfly wings?) and by that special moment in the day which is nightfall. I hope you like it :) I also have created new products for the shop: Handmade notebooks! You can find several designs available here at Etsy ! (see photos below) “Purple…
  • Mariposa

    5 Jun 2014 | 9:11 am
    “Mariposa” (prints are available over at Etsy) Eng/ Let me introduce you to Mariposa (“butterfly”, in Spanish), a new doll surrounded by butterflies. I have been inspired a lot by the season lately… the wind and the slowly growing heat. I have beautiful lavender flowers in the garden, the smell is wonderful! As you may have noticed from my latests illustrations, color is really my “thing” since the beginning of the year. There are so many color combinations to explore, I can’t get enough of it. Inspiration is endless! I want to create more, to…
  • Bookmarks !

    27 May 2014 | 7:33 am
    Bookmarks! Eng/ It’s been a long time since I didn’t craft any bookmarks. By popular demand, I decided to create brand new ones. I’ve worked on a new design and I’m really happy with the result of my experiments. They are sooo fun to create. They are made of glossy paper (offering beautiful vivid colors), ribbons and/or trims, glue. Then I sew with my machine and voila! Already available in the shop. Fr/ Ca faisait vraiment longtemps que je n’avais pas créé de marque-pages. Suite à une demande grandissante, j’ai décidé de me mettre à plancher sur un…
  • SPRING SALE + Vacation time

    5 May 2014 | 2:14 am
    Eng/ I will be on vacation from May 5th until May 12th! We will visit my family in the east of France, and celebrate the 60th wedding anniversary of my grandparents. Beautiful, isn’t it? While I am away, the shop is running a Spring Sale, offering 30% off on your whole order (yes!) with coupon code “SPRING” entered at checkout (minimum ordr: $10). All orders will start to ship when I return :) Thank you! Fr/ Je suis en vacances du 5 au 12 Mai! Nous allons passer un peu de temps dans ma famille dans l’est de la France, et par la même occasion, nous allons célébrer…
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    The Soap Bar

  • Photos Forgotten

    Joanna Schmidt
    18 Oct 2014 | 2:59 pm
    I've been awfully thoughtful today.  Had a 3 day migraine that made me temporarily insane but I worked through the week anyway.This morning, the quietness of the house and the early onset of head pain, naturally lended itself to a 4 hour nap.  So when I woke up, I'm feeling still.  The birds are chirping and there is nothing else.I have been wondering why photographs have always touched me.... made a deeper, scar-like impression more than any other medium.  I think part of it has to do with the very stillness and quietness that it captures, much like what I felt this…
  • August Sunshine Soap Porn

    Joanna Schmidt
    9 Aug 2014 | 7:13 am
    I have been so neglectful with giving you the good stuff, my little pretties, so here is a little eye candy for you to enjoy this weekend...Poppy Soap Co.M. Strand SoapBodhi Basics (etsy)Soap For Your Soul (etsy)Freedom Soap Co.
  • Life Moves Fast....And Here I Go!

    Joanna Schmidt
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    So if you've been following this blog, you have been with me through quite a bit.  A whirlwind of life changes and a couple of career changes.I started this blog in August, 2007.  Woah.  Seven years ago.  So much has happened in the last seven years.  I knew nothing about making soap when I started this blog.  I only knew that I just loved handcrafted soap and I knew that it needed to be in the spotlight.  If you didn't read this blog then, you may be interested how it all began.  You can go back to the beginning.  My first post asked people if…
  • Exfoliate Exfoliate Exfoliate!

    Joanna Schmidt
    8 Jun 2014 | 4:42 pm
    I've always loved the scrubby manliness of an exfoliating bar of soap.  Something so perfect about scrubbing the dirt off my skin that makes me feel extra clean and feeling refreshed.  I think the only scrubby soap I did not care for was luffah soap.  I felt like my skin was being scraped off with razor blades.  And I like my soap rough, too.  Ground coffee, sand, volcanic rock, whatever....but you can keep your whole loofah and razors.  It's just not for me, thank you.SO I've been looking around at exfoliating soaps, loving the texture of seeing them, being that…
  • It's Been Too Long, Sporny Sporn ~ An Etsy Extraction

    Joanna Schmidt
    27 Apr 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Sporn = Soap PornAllow me to Spoon Feed you now......No. 204 Impetus Natural Wheatgrass Soap by Hart and HawthornDragon's Blood by mybeautyeCoconut Milk Lemongrass by Bubble LuxeRosemary Soap by The Little RagamuffinVegan Lavender Soap by Westford SoapsHazelnut Cappuccino Coffee Soap by KM Elegant CreationsJust a few soapy images for all of you who have been patiently waiting while I have been so busy with my life stuffs.....More coming soon, alog with an announcement of sorts coming this May!xxoo jo
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    Geek Crafts

  • The “Wendy” Hat from “The Shining”

    26 Oct 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Heather Boggs of Madison, WI, might be better known as “Stitch Boom Bang,” from her blog of the same name. And if you read through her blog, you’ll learn she is a knitting fiend and possibly a huge fan of the movie, “The Shining.” So much so, that she has created a series of hats, based on patterns in the movie. My favorite: the Wendy. Made of wool, it matches the shirt and jumper Shelly Duvall wore in one particular scene. Heather said, that typically, she doesn’t believe in pompoms because they are a waste of yarn and a pain in the ass to make. And I have…
  • My Bouncy Neighbor Totoro for Geek Babies

    26 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    I get a little thrill when I see crafty projects that repurpose/upcycle a useful something into a geekier version of a useful something. Case in point: Cation Design’s Totoro variation on an existing “Snugabunny” bouncer. I mean, really, if a manufacturer can make up something called a Snugabunny, it equally stands to reason it could be morphed into a Totoro. For those unfamiliar, “My Neighbor Totoro” is a highly popular anime movie written and directed by the world-renowned Hayao Miyazaki, who also made “Spirited Away,” “Princess…
  • Mom’s Basement – Handmade Geeky Fun

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Today’s post is brought to you by Holly of Custom Comix!   Calling all Geekery Crafters and lovers of all things handmade and geeky! My name is Holly Donahue and about 4 years ago I started Mom’s Basement, an team aimed towards bringing geekery crafters together to share advice, participate in projects  and just talk and learn from each other. Like minded people who come together? Awesome. Mom’s Basement was extremely active with over 1300 members and the community was filled with helpful people reaching out, making new friends and participating to keep the…
  • KISS Garden Gnomes

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Time for me to post one of my own crafts tonight: some garden gnomes I refinished into Gene Simmons and Peter Criss of KISS. Both of these guys were used and pretty worn when I got my geeky little hands on them. I used some Super Sculpey to smooth out some areas of Peter’s blousey sleeves, and then more to build up his boot tops, gauntlets and the front of his little shirt. For him, I used the Super Sculpey to smooth out where Gene’s vest and shirt ended, because he was going to have a pretty significant belt. All of this made him very front heavy. I wanted to use the tool handle…
  • Scott Pilgrim craft: Ramona Flowers hammer

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    At the cons I have attended, I see a ton of creative cosplay (people dressed up in costumes representing characters from books, movies, TV, manga, etc.). I can pretty safely guarantee I’ll see a variety of fandoms represented – almost always Star Trek, Star Wars, and Doctor Who. I always enjoy seeing other characters, however, and recognizing their references. Makes me feel a little self-righteous in my geekhood. That’s why I was tickled to recently find this tutorial on a Ramona Flowers cosplay, from the graphic novel series, video game and movie, Scott Pilgrim. We have…
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    house on hill road

  • The Beginnings of an Improv Proverbial Quilt

    Erin | house on hill road
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:27 am
    Last Friday, I took a plane East to New York where I spent a craft weekend with Denyse Schmidt and Heather Ross in the Catskills. There was a small group of us (12? 13?) staying in a large house, laughing, making, eating, drinking, stitching, talking, making jam until Sunday afternoon. Everyone could work on whatever they wanted to explore. It took me awhile to decide what to take along, but in the end I decided on Denyse's Proverbial Quilt pattern. I decided that I wanted a very scrappy looking quilt. I chose a bunch of low volume prints from my stash and decided that if there was ever…
  • Present Perfect Blog Tour

    Erin | house on hill road
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:57 am
    I'm excited to be participating in the blog tour for Betz White's newest book, Present Perfect! It's a great sewing book filled with a variety of projects perfect for gift giving. As we enter autumn and get closer to the holidays, this book will come in handy for all of your gift giving needs. It contains a wide variety of projects for everyone on your list - men, women, the home, babies and children! When it came time to choose which project I wanted to make, there really wasn't a choice for me. I mean, how could I not choose the Hot Mitt House & Tea Towel set?!? I…
  • Friday Stash Play

    Erin | house on hill road
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    5 minutes. 10 to 15 fabrics in a cohesive palette all from my stash. Myriad possibilities. Collection and Designer, clockwise from top left: Hatbox by Alexia Abegg, Shelburne Falls by Denyse Schmidt, Unknown navy dot, DS Fabrics for JoAnn's (three prints in a row), Katie Jump Rope by Denise Schmidt, Geo Style by Kei Fabrics, Shelburne Falls by Denyse Schmidt, Hatbox by Alexia Abegg, Unkown navy gingham, Pezzy Print by American Jane Fabrics. There is still time to enter the giveaway for Malka Dubrawsky's Creative Live class! I'll be drawing a winner on Sunday night. Have a great…
  • Ten Ways to Love Improvisational Quilting Giveaway

    Erin | house on hill road
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:34 am
    My friend, Malka Dubrawsky, is getting ready to film a class on Creative Live called "Ten Ways to Love Improvisational Quilting." Are you familiar with Creative Live? It's a great platform to learn so many new creative things. You can watch classes for free while they are streaming the live filming - this allows you to participate from the comfort of your own home. You can post questions that the instructors answer and, because the classes also have a live in studio audience, you get the benefit of listening in on some discussion, too. And if you can't make the class while…
  • Liberty Metro T-Shirt

    Erin | house on hill road
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:52 am
    I made myself a new t-shirt over the weekend using this Liberty jersey that I picked up at Duckadilly Fabrics and some Riley Blake striped knit for the sleeves. The pattern is the Metro T-shirt by Liesl & Co. I've been on a knit sewing tear recently and I knew that this would come together quickly. I originally made it with long sleeves, but decided that they should be 3/4 length once I tried it on. This is where the problems started. I cut off the right sleeve approximately 7 inches from the cuff and check with all members of the family that this is indeed a good length.
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  • Tempat Kuliner Khas Jogja

    Erma Iriana
    11 Oct 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Starting at all-time low for promoting helps you to be told very little things that may create your business triple-crown and might thrive in years to return once you grasp what it takes to create it work. Promotion is not a ability placed on auto-pilot you have got to pay time operating it each single Tempat Kuliner Khas Jogja day as a result of a business does not run itself it takes an honest deal of persistence and energy to create it work and to create it wherever you would like it to be. It's easier for people that have previous expertise in running a business to be able to effectively…
  • Asus Zenfone Smartphone Android Terbaik

    Erma Iriana
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Asus Zenfone Smartphone Android Terbaik - Are you wanting to form cash with storage unit auctions? If you're, your goal is to form cash with the reselling of bought merchandise. though anyone will create a profit this fashion, you'll wish to inform yourself with some useful tips and tricks. begin with expenses and possibilities of creating a purchase, as they're 2 important points that you simply should take into thought.As for limiting your expenses, keep in mind your goal is to form a profit. You stand to form cash once you pay less of it. to induce started, save cash at mini storage…
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    Design Mom

  • Better Water

    Design Mom
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Images and text by Gabrielle. This post is brought to you by Soma. Question: how do you guys handle water drinking in your family? Do you drink from the tap? Favor ice? Use a fridge door dispenser? Drink bottled water? Or perhaps you prefer juice or soda and skip the water altogether? This is how it goes at our house: during our France years we changed up our water drinking in two ways: 1) we stopped using ice, and 2) we started keeping our drinking water in the fridge in glass bottles with spring top lids — which kept it ready and cold (and was part of why it was easy to stop using ice).
  • Halloween for Party Poopers

    Design Mom
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:30 pm
    By Gabrielle. As I’m sure you know, Halloween is on Friday. And that means school costume parades, class parties, and of course, trick-or-treating. For most kids it’s a BIG DEAL holiday. What could be better than wearing a costume and collecting a bucket full of candy? But I have plenty of grownup friends that have been counting down the minutes till Halloween is over since October 1st. I get it. It’s simply not appealing to everyone. So I came up with a bunch of ideas for those of you who are costume averse, or have a costume averse significant other. They’re super…
  • A New Smile

    Design Mom
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:41 pm
    By Gabrielle. Photos by Ben Blair for Design Mom. Guess what. I’m 16 weeks into Invisalign treatment! And I’m kind of geeking out about it!! I have been thinking about getting my teeth straightened for years, and finally, over the summer I made an appointment with Olive’s orthodontist here in Oakland, and took the plunge. Ben Blair is doing it too! Which means that next summer, both of us are going to wake up to a brand new smile. Which seems exciting and strange at the same time — I’ve been thinking this over for soooo long. I confess, I was surprised to find myself…
  • Living With Kids: Jennifer Lula

    Design Mom
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    By Gabrielle. Friends, I think you’re going to love this tour. It’s artistic yet accessible. Dreamy and yet utterly down-to-earth. There are a lot of good ideas inside this house that don’t involve a ton of money. Do you have yarn and some found branches? The courage to paint some walls an unexpected color? The bravery to withstand all the expert advice found in the aisles of your local home improvement store…and STILL believe your idea is the best? I think you do! I’m excited to introduce you to Jennifer Lula, maybe already known to you as the force behind Jen Loves Kev. She’s…
  • The Treehouse: Music Corner

    Design Mom
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    By Gabrielle. Images by Kristen Loken for Design Mom. Pieces of The Treehouse are coming together, and it makes me super happy! This little corner is in our family room. It takes up the space right below the be reading loft. I love it! Obviously, it’s all about music. Remember our green piano? We painted it when we lived in Colorado. It’s for sure the hero of this space. Our instruments can look very formal and traditional, so centering them around the bright green piano keeps the whole area more fun. We want music, and our music area to be totally approachable and kid-friendly.
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  • my cinnamon sweater

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:56 am
    (Photos by Calvin.) I finished my Shalom, knit with the yarn I spun from Cinnamon (the sheep). I've made this sweater twice before, but never have I made it following the pattern exactly, and keeping it sleeveless. I had just...
  • stitching for my (not so) baby

    27 Oct 2014 | 3:57 am
    My epic barn clean out continues. From an entire wall of totes with children's clothes (12? 15? I can't remember), I am down to just three now. Two are full of clothes that are currently in-between sizes of my five...
  • w e e k e n d i n g

    26 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    Today, we're enjoying the last two shows in a long run of Alice in Wonderland with the Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine. With my sweet and funny Ezra as the cockney-speaking, eagle headed, lion bodied gryphon. So much fun....
  • SouleMama Sponsor ~ Nest European Toys + Home

    25 Oct 2014 | 5:19 am
    Today, we bring you a giveaway from SouleMama Sponsor, Nest European Toys + Home. In Lisa's words: "We offer a large selection of European and North American made products for babies, children and adults, and for the home: wooden toys,...
  • {this moment}

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:55 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...
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    Yarn Harlot

  • Five Things

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    1. I went to Edmonton for Stix in the City, (put on by the lovely sisters at River City Yarns) and it was pretty great. 2. I knew it was a good omen when I ran into Lucy in the Toronto Airport – Me, heading west, her home east. 3. I have discovered that Fox Paws is a pretty challenging knit, and I would like to talk with you about that. (I am writing something for tomorrow. I just have to take all the filthy expletives out of it.) 4. These are the nice knitters that I gave a talk to on Friday night at the “Comedy Club”. and these are the very nice (and unusually clever)…
  • By the skin of my teeth

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:56 pm
    I finished Acer just in time for Rhinebeck.  Not totally in time for the whole thing, but in time for at least Sunday and that seems like it still counts.  I was feeling pretty good about how the whole thing was going, when I realized the night before that I had no buttons for it.  I went through the whole button stash and couldn’t find a single one that was perfect, and I needed five. One quick trip to WEBS later, as we made our way from the Boston Airport to Rhinebeck, and the buttons were in hand. I pretty much took leave of my senses and forgot thread though, so when I went to…
  • Wool Days

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    I’m back from Rhinebeck, and oh, it was lovely. I share this time each year with the same group of great knitters, and it’s such a treat to be together for several days once a year.   Rhinebeck feels like a knitters holiday to me. So many wonderful things, and sweaters and people and… it’s amazing.  I had a lot of words to go with these pictures, but as you can imagine, following the events yesterday and today, most Canadians are glued to the TV right now. Rather than not post at all, I give you pictures. Words tomorrow.  I’ll try and post from the airport on…
  • Four things

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    Four things that happened this morning. 1. I stayed up super late, but I got all the sweater pieces finished, and washed, and semi-blocked. By semi-blocked, I mean that I laid it out sort of orderly on the rack of the dryer, and then set it for a while, and went to bed. 2. I got up super early, so that I could hit the reset on the dryer if it was still too damp for sewing up.  Even though this means that I got way too little sleep, it was a very good call. All pieces are now dry, and in my suitcase.  I’ll sew them up when I land. After I buy buttons.  Ok. I’m a little behind. I…
  • Maybe it’s required

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    This year, I swore it would be different.  This year, I swore that I would get a grip, and not do this to myself, and just opt out of the madness, because it’s totally optional. This year, when I finished Myrie’s sweater and found myself a week out from Rhinebeck, I had a moment of complete and total delusion in which I wondered if I could knit a Rhinebeck sweater in a week.  (Actually, this year it was six days.)  I sat there, and I thought about it, and I even went so far as to choose yarn and a sweater, and I calculated how much I would have to do each day, and I thought…
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    My Paper Crane

  • Octobers Plush Of The Month Club

    Heidi Kenney
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Here is a look at my Plush Of The Month process. For October’s Halloween themed box I made zombie/monster toasts that came with a specially designed cereal box. Each cereal box had some Halloween treats, and as a bonus there was a scratch off ticket with five lucky people winning a special Halloween treat bag! Each one was wrapped in orange tissue paper, tied with a black and white striped string and topped with a handmade “you’re my kind of ghoul” button. At times cutting out and assembling 100 tiny cereal boxes was a bit daunting, but I broke it up over a couple of…
  • Halloween decorations

    Heidi Kenney
    19 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Just a little peek at the Halloween decorations for this year!
  • sewing away

    Heidi Kenney
    18 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
  • Halloween Napkin Collection

    Heidi Kenney
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Just a few more napkins from my collection for your spooky viewing pleasure.
  • Cat Thread holder DIY

    Heidi Kenney
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is a very easy DIY if you are used to using a scroll saw. If you don’t own a scroll saw you could always mount these cats to some thick card stock or cardboard to make a festive thread holder instead. Print the vintage cat images, and mount them to a thin board of wood. I used a inexpensive piece of pine from the craft store and a matte gel medium to mount the paper to the wood. Spread the medium on thinly with a foam brush. Then you can use a brayer or lightly press down with your hands to help smooth the paper to the wood. Allow to dry completely and then use your scroll saw to…
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    Betz White

  • Sew Better Bags: The Weekend Duffel

    Betz White
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:18 pm
    My newest Craftsy online class has launched: Sew Better Bags: The Weekend Duffel!   Learn all about constructing beautiful duffle bags customized with fabric and features for traveling in style. In Sew Better Bags: The Weekend Duffel, I’ll show you how to sew professional looking travel bags with great details including exterior pockets with hardware closures, zippered and divided interior pockets, fully enclosed seams and eye-catching fabric accents.   Along the way I’ll give you plenty of options for customizing your bag from fabrics to hardware closures to…
  • Smile and Wave Tote Bag

    Betz White
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    More images: Buy Now $12.95Pattern available as a downloadable PDF DetailsSizesMaterials The Smile and Wave Tote is both good-looking and user friendly. The Large tote is roomy enough to carry everything you’ll need for a day of surf and sun. It’s got a wide open top with sturdy shoulder straps. Inside there’s three slip pockets for easy access plus one zippered pocket to hold keys or money. The two roomy outer pockets each have a magnetic snap closure. The Small tote includes all of the same great details and is perfect to tote your personal items. Skill Level: Confident Beginner You…
  • Midtown Messenger Bag

    Betz White
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    More images: Buy Now $12.95Pattern available as a downloadable PDF DetailsSizesMaterials 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 recessed zipper for extra security and a padded tablet pocket inside. Make the Midtown Messenger with durable waxed canvas for a rugged look or repurpose a pair of jeans and a vintage table cloth for a one-of-a-kind bag. Skill Level: Eager…
  • Road Tripper Duffle

    Betz White
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:50 pm
    More images: Buy Now $12.95Pattern available as a downloadable PDF DetailsSizesMaterials The Road Tripper Duffle is a great getaway bag for a weekend out of town. The outside features six scoop pockets, two handles and a removable shoulder strap. The inside is fully lined with a large divided pocket and a small zippered pocket. Instructions are included for an optional hard bottom removable insert. Skill Level: Eager Intermediate You have taken a few sewing classes or have sewn from a sewing pattern before. You’ve completed several projects and are eager to try new techniques. Digital…
  • Present Perfect Blog Tour Round-up #2

    Betz White
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:02 pm
    The Blog Tour for my new book, Present Perfect, wrapped up today! A huge thank you to the wonderful participants that took time to make and share projects from the book. Don’t you think they did a fabulous job? I hope you are inspired! Above, clockwise: Forest Friends Finger Puppets by Flax and Twine Eye Candy Glasses Case  by The Long Thread Bib, Rattle & Burp Baby Set by Imagine Gnats Gentlemen’s Travel Case by Raspberry Sunshine Pasha Pleated Clutch by Pink Chalk Fabrics Coffee Cash Coin Pouch Bijou Lovely Cargo Tablet Sleeve by Made with Moxie You can buy a signed copy…
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    Illustration Friday

  • Editorial Submission :: Marisa Morea

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Post by Natalie Marisa Morea is a freelance illustrator located in Madrid, Spain. She has been freelancing since 2009 after graduating with a MA in Illustration from Eina School in Barcelona. She loves saturating her work with a good mood, storytelling, playful banters, vibrant colors and a little bit of tenderness. Fun character design and use of textures also adds interest to her images. Her work has been featured internationally in various magazines and ads. See more of Marisa’s work on her website.
  • To the creative overthinker …

    Kate Leonard
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
      Dear Creative overthinker, No doubt there have been times where you were sat at your desk deep in thought or maybe you were previously to reading this. With your pen , paintbrush, camera or graphics tablet in hand your mind gets caught up in a whirlwind of creative over thought causing you to over think your entire creative practice. As you do this the creative work that you do that was “fun work” begins to feel more like ” hard work” thus bringing the creativity inside you to a halt. Thoughts such as: ” What if I post my design and no one likes it…
  • Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Noah Van Sciver

    Andy Yates
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Cartoonist Noah Van Sciver has been crafting his own special brand of throwback indy comix since the mid-2000’s. His one man anthology, Blammo, is up to issue #9, and it would fit quite comfortably between classic Eightball’s & Yummyfur’s on the funny book racks! It was with Fantagraphics’ critically acclaimed anthology series, Mome, that Noah started to reach a wider audience, and soon after that his first graphic novel would be published; The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln. Van Sciver was born in New Jersey, but has lived in Denver, CO for most of his adult…
  • Pick of the Week for TROUBLE and This Week’s Topic

    Thomas James
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Happy Friday! We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Susie Oh our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of ‘TROUBLE’. Thanks to everyone else for participating. We hope it was inspiring! You can also see a gallery of all the other entries here. And of course, you can now participate in this week’s topic: PUPPET Here’s how: Step 1: Illustrate your interpretation of the current week’s topic (always viewable on the homepage). Step 2: Post your image onto your blog / flickr / facebook, etc. Step…
  • Editorial Submission :: Gerardo Suzán

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
    Post by James Gerardo Suzán is an illustrator working professionally since 1985. He focuses mainly on books for young people but his work also appears in advertising, posters, magazines and newspapers. He has won several prizes in Mexico, Japan and USA. Migration has always been a central topic throughout Gerardo Suzán’s artistic career. The work shown above from one of his children’s books speaks of the importance of self-identity and cultural roots. Suzán’s formal education includes graphic design at the National School of Visual Arts in México, as well as etching and…
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  • the last girl

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    This is the last tattooed lady for now. 2 silk bows in her hair and one at her back- And she went off to a new home! The available ladies are all in my Etsy shop now. And something I think is amazing- on Saturday afternoon, I posted the group picture of the ladies to Flickr. When I got up on Sunday morning, I had a flurry of new followers on Flickr which was odd, so I went over to see what was up. The photo had had almost 20,000 views since I’d posted it less than 24hrs before. As of posting this, it has 37,855 views. Wow! It is pretty neat to think of all those people looking at my…
  • red haired lady

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    With skeletons! Here are all the ladies. I will be putting them onto Etsy today, although all of them are no longer available.  
  • Lady in Star Pants

    26 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
  • October tattooed lady #3

    25 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
  • tattooed lady with red bow

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    I have a backlog of ladies now because the weather was so dark and rainy this week that I couldn’t photograph them. Finally things dried a bit and brightened and I ran outside to take some pics.
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    Spirit Cloth

  • Halloween 1988

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
        And that was my real hair.    
  • Where am I in October?

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    I love this still life with cloth below.  I like these kinds of pictures in general.  Today this says so much of my truth.  How I am rocking back and forth between the day and cloth.  Between doing and undoing.  How one becomes the other.  More or less. And I love how the shadow near the cloth is really the light from this glorious October morn. It is comforting, this unrolling, and rolling back into old stories, refreshing them in a way with new  touches of thread.  Making bigger pictures out of them in a way.  Simply by feeling the time…
  • What's pulling me?

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
      Maybe the Big Picture is more like Dancing? Dancing is a kind of Pair-ing. I am going outside to Dance with Leaves.  To clear my head. To toss the compost piles.  To prune the raspberries. To move some wood closer to the house.  To dig onions.  To mulch the garlic.  To harvest walnuts and sumac.  To build a bigger trellis for the grapes. Later, a little stitching and probably a little doodling. Meanwhile in the spirit of things, I have renamed this one  Dancing with Leaves. I almost want to name everything that today. I can feel myself dancing…
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    Wooster Collective

  • WK Pop-Up + Book Release
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    You are invited to celebrate a WK Interact Pop-Up Exhibition featuring the Book Release of WK/ACT4 (DRAGO) and the Launch of WK & KLINIK’s Partnership. Date: 10/21/2014 Time: 7:00pm- 9:00pm Location: 22 Little West 12th Street (Between Washington Street and 9th Ave.) Music by: Alexander Dexter-Jones RSVP:
  • Viavia Project
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    Protection: The protector of emigrants This is a shout out to all the people around the world risking their lifes every day trying to cross borders in any possible way, in the illusion of finding a better life for them and their families. ... this is a silent scream of anger to all the people sitting in their chairs of power who do absolutely nothing to solve these problems and just able to protect their interests and profits instead of protecting people. Painted in the South of Italy in conjunction with the ViaVai Project in Racale, Salento, Puglia. The South of Italy is one of the main…
  • Vinz in Switzerland
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    From Vinz: The world in which we live advances fast. Too fast. It forces us to take decisions constantly. The stress that we suffer leads us to doubting on what paths to take. That leads to Anxiety. But we cannot be still. We must go on, break barriers, to see beyond walls and to continue ahead. I hope that you like it. Saludos and Feel Free!    
  • Street Collage from PAPERGLUEnSCOTCH
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Working with silkscreen artist 10H23, French street artist Lili Jenks (also known as PAPERGLUEnSCOTCH) is making collages that cross boarders. The team collected strips of paper from billboards in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Brazil then swapped and reorganized the billboard strips into large collages with screen prints of old photos by 10H23. After making huge photocopies of these pieces, PAPERGLUEnSCOTCH pasted the collages as posters, spreading her work far and wide.
  • Roger Gastman & Jonathan LeVine Talk About Their “Cruel Summer” Art Show
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    If you're in New York this Summer be sure to check out  "Cruel Summer" a fantastic group show curated by Roger Gastman that's up until August 23rd at Jonathan LeVine Gallery at 557C West 23rd Street & 529 West 20th Street.  The show features a ton of amazing artists including Revok and Maya Hayuk, Cleon Peterson​ and Niagara.  We love this video produced by COMPLEX to celebrate the new show:
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  • #ReRosas

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Camille LeFevre weighs in on the recent return of the dance company, Rosas, to the Twin Cities to perform the mid-80s work that made Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker famous.
  • A Club at the End of the World

    15 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Christina Schmid reviews Alexa Horochowski's melancholic new work, "Club Disminucion," which she calls a playful but also dead-serious tribute to the decline of the human age.image: Installation view at the Soap Factoryimage: Barnacleimage: Desert Flowerimage: Installation view at the Soap Factoryimage: Video installation (cave)image: Guano Chairimage: Installation view at the Soap Factory
  • What's So Funny? - With Bill Corbett

    6 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    MST3K veteran, theater maker and screenwriter, Bill Corbett, talks about writing comedy for the stage, the radio, TV and beyond. image: What's So Funny? - a monthly podcast featuring interviews on the craft of comedyimage: WSF host, Levi Weinhagen
  • 'House of Coates' and the Kingdom of Nah

    5 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Matt Konrad explores the edges-of-everything world of Lester B. Morrison's 'Kingdom of Nah' - in Little Brown Mushroom's "House of Coates," written by Brad Zellar and photographer Alec Soth, just released in trade paperback by Coffee House Press.image: From "House of Coates" published in March 2012 by Little Brown Mushroom Booksimage: Title page for "House of Coates"
  • "Hello, I'm the Building"

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Go past the ping-pong table, past exits for the "Historic Staircase" and the oversized games, and at the very back of the hall in St. Paul's Union Depot you can hear the voice of the train station. Literally.image: Giant chess pieces in play in the great hallimage: Jim Campbell's "The Journey" 2013image: Amateur Intelligence Radio (A.I.R.) communal listening stationimage: The A.I.R. "throne" listening station
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    Anahata Katkin

  • Collab Painting

    Anahata Katkin
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:49 pm
    This fun piece was part of a collaborative exercise I participated in with Floral Bowley and Alena Hennessy while staying in San Miguel, Mexico last January (see more here). We made four large scale paper panels and shared the process...
  • Tiara: PAPAYA! Lookbook

    Anahata Katkin
    4 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    This week PAPAYA! announced that we are reintroducing our Luxe Totes. Back by popular demand these hefty, over sized totes come with hand silk screened, shimmery linings, durable oil cloth material and helpful interior pockets. There are some lovely new...
  • BlueAbstract

    Anahata Katkin
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:08 pm
    I just had this big boy scanned. It is a whopping 53 X 72 inches and now sits happily at Brickroom Cafe & Bar (my familys ratuarant). I can't wait to play with it and find a way to put...
  • Hey Moon Beam

    Anahata Katkin
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    For PAPAYA! winter collections 2015...
  • PAPAYA! HQ is Hiring

    Anahata Katkin
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Yep, We're hiringin our head offices! If you're fun loving- but go getting... If you're truly good with people, you like serving a biggervision and you can easily get down with the nitty-gritty details of what that means... If you're...
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    Judy Wise

  • Life and the Journal

    Judy Wise
    4 Oct 2014 | 5:47 pm
    I arrived home from Oaxaca on September 14th and I leave for Australia and Bali on Tuesday. This interlude at home has been so sweet, so good with my family.We had our Birthday month celebrations at Pacific City at the beach and our Birthday people were surprised and excited to be honored once again. Here is Stephanie feigning surprise and John all tickled with his cozy new couch cuddle.It seems like the harvest will never end this year. A bumper crop of figs, plums, autumn raspberries, watermelon and cantaloupe along with the usual vegetables are keeping John busy.Meanwhile I'm…
  • Oaxaca Wrap Up

    Judy Wise
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:34 am
     I made a montage of my photographs to give you peeks inside our Oaxacan experience. In the one above Ane Elena is showing us how to make Molotes, Tinga and Churros. Ane Elena lives in Puebla and owns three successful bakeries. She spent the entire trip with us as a translator and co-guide with Kathie Vezzani and even painted with us.We visited the paper making place that Toledo set up in St. Augustine-Etla.The potters who made the black pottery. Reduction fired in the pits shown in the photo after being rubbed with stones and graphite. The shop we visited was filled…
  • Paint Oaxaca Part 1

    Judy Wise
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Kathie Vezzani. I have to start with her. Oh, man, if she is leading your group you are going to be well cared for. The best restaurants, calm demeanor, planner of surprises and knower of what is fun and memorable in your travels and art making. Just wow. Here she is looking out over the Botannical Garden from the Santo Domingo convent.Here is our magnificent group of travelers. Artists. Jokesters. Twittering angels. What a compatible bunch we were. I'm smiling here at each face, remembering.It was colorful. Fiestas around each corner.Lots of green jungley foliage in the courtyard and the…
  • Summer Winding Down

    Judy Wise
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Today came on cool and overcast, reminding us that the warm days are numbered.Bought some striped linen and made one of those cross-back aprons from a pattern I made up myself. Put some big old pockets on it and there you go! Always wanted one of these. It didn't take long at all.It was a huge year for figs so I decided to make Fig Newton cookies off a recipe I found online.First you mash up ripe figs.They turned out awesomely and tasted just like the ones in the store. Well, better. They didn't even last a day.Up in the right hand corner you'll see the book Encaustic Revelation. It was…
  • August Journal, Garden and Paintings

    Judy Wise
    16 Aug 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Hello from sunny Oregon. August is wrapped around us and we are loving the weather, the garden, having time to play in paint and to sit on the porch in the quiet evenings listening to the crickets. August is sweet.John and I seem to be having a contest to see who can spend the most time with the doctors and dentists this month. He's winning but I have my maladies as well.Lots of opportunities to make off with x-rays for drama in the journal.Yeah. You don't want to know.When the going gets gnarly it's friends who make all the difference. Friends and family. And the journal. Lots of…
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    Cut Out + Keep

  • Fall Wire Hanger Wreath

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    I wanted to decorate my new home for fall and a wreath for our front door was desperatly needed.
  • Pirate Map

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    I'm working on a pirate themed quite book for my son for Christmas. This is part of one of the pages I'm making.
  • Sugar Skull Pumpkin

    Aimee A.
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    This is simply a way to carve your chosen image onto the pumpkin that you want. Just in time for halloween.
  • The Texturized Tee

    Confessions of a Refashionista
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    Liven up a plain t-shirt with a quick personalized monogram!
  • Sugar Skull

    debbie s.
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:19 am
    Made this for a friend who loves sugar skulls
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    Chica and Jo

  • Disney Frozen Advent calendar

    19 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    The Frozen craze is still going strong in our house and I am now wondering how many times Mini Me has seen this movie. My girls absolutely love the How the Grinch Stole Christmas advent calendar I made for them a couple of years ago and they look forward to its appearance every year on December 1st. This year, I thought I would make them a Frozen advent calendar. Like the Grinch calendar, I wanted to base this one on a story, but and looked around and couldn’t find a Frozen Christmas story. So, I decided to write my own! The story is about Olaf trying to find Christmas presents…
  • Chalk painted rustic cherries

    8 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Heidi over at Honey Bear Lane recently made some rustic pumpkins for her fall decor. I thought they were adorable! I was inspired by her to make some rustic food of my own and decided upon cherries, since I had a set of our 1″ unfinished wooden blocks on hand. These are super easy to do and a project the kids will enjoy helping you complete. First up, I stole McGeeky’s drill to drill super small hole part-way down each block. This will be where we insert the stems later. Now it was time to paint. I used Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in the color Rouge. I wanted the cherries…
  • Frozen cake topper with candy ice castle

    4 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    As you saw in Jo’s Frozen birthday party post, I made a cake for MiniMe with layers decorated in the styles of Elsa and Anna. For the cake topper, I thought it would be a nice touch to make a candy version of Elsa’s ice castle. I came up with a really easy way to do it, and it had great impact! First, I got a cookie sheet (with sides) and lined it with foil. Then I sprayed a light coating of vegetable oil spray on it. Then I made a batch of hard candy syrup using our hard candy recipe. I only used one drop of blue food coloring, because I wanted the candy to have a very faint…
  • Disney’s Frozen party

    14 Sep 2014 | 11:46 am
    Like most of the world, Mini Me is obsessed with Frozen. To celebrate her 5th birthday, she wanted a Frozen themed birthday party. I wanted to share with you some ideas for hosting your own Frozen birthday party. As always, Chica outdid herself on the cake. For the party, I wanted to split the decorations and cake table down the middle with half representing Anna and the other half Elsa. Chica made the cake the same way, each layer depicting the unique characters. For the Elsa layer, Chica created an ice castle out of sugar shards. The layer was decorated with ice blue frosting and snowflakes…
  • Chalk paint cabinet make-over

    8 Sep 2014 | 5:51 am
    Months ago, I had asked McGeeky to cart this cabinet off somewhere. I didn’t like it. I didn’t like it so much, I was at a loss as to how it had come to be in our house in the first place. Had I actually picked it out and bought it? Was it a donation from somebody? I have no idea. I knew I just didn’t want it hanging around anymore. Then, I remembered how well my ottoman refresh with the chalk paint went and decided to give this cabinet one more chance. After all, I wanted it gone anyway, so adding some paint shouldn’t hurt it any if I messed up! I started out with a…
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    whip up

  • Excuse me for asking, but who are you?

    Kasia Z
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Well I’m glad you asked. My name is Kasia. Kasia rhymes with Russia, but it’s Polish – the diminutive for Katarzyna, which is the Polish version of Katherine. Also, I’m not Polish, I’m Australian with Polish heritage. And I’m sure I’ll say more on that in some blogging future. I have loved, loitered and lurked around Whipup since 2006 – soon after Kathreen Ricketson created it.  At the time I was home on maternity leave and desperate for something to amuse me while breastfeeding – apart from gazing besotted at that new cute weird little person in my…
  • And we’re back!

    Kasia Z
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Hello! It’s a sunny spring day in Melbourne and we’re whipping up some new things to chat about. Similar Posts: freebie: back-to-back kanzashi ornament | Looking back at the year that was 2012 | Back from my month of camping | Hanukkah crafts | soft and luscious at the whipup flickr pool |
  • So grateful to be back

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:25 pm
    You might have noticed that we disappeared for a week or two. was hacked, and it took us a while to access our data. I’m so relieved that most of our content is back online, and we will be restoring the most recent posts as soon as we can. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to the people who helped to get Whipup back online. We have lost so much this past year, and the idea that Whipup might have finished suddenly was too much to comprehend. Thanks for your patience and support. xx KateSimilar Posts: Getting back to basics: tofu making | We would love to hear from you | making…
  • Brave New Quilts :: Legacy Tour :: Sonya Philip

    8 Oct 2013 | 4:44 am
    We are continuing to celebrate alongside the Stash Books Legacy Blog Tour for Brave New Quilts by Whipup founder Kathreen Ricketson. Today’s post is by Sonya Philip, who writes about her connection with Kathreen and her work and thoughts. We are left with traces in paper and online. The world is richer for having Kathreen in it. She spoke her creativity. We were lucky to listen. We will be following each post on the Legacy Tour as some of Kathreen’s friends and admirers share their thoughts over the next couple of weeks. Tuesday 10/8 : Ellen Luckett Baker Wednesday 10/9 : Andrea…
  • Brave New Quilts :: Legacy Tour :: Lola Nova

    5 Oct 2013 | 5:22 am
    We are continuing to celebrate alongside the Stash Books Legacy Blog Tour for Brave New Quilts by Whipup founder Kathreen Ricketson. The tour post for today is by Alexandra Smith of  Lola Nova.  She writes about the book, and about the support and friendship she shared with Kathreen. Kathreen’s legacy is huge and far reaching. From my first introduction to her via her trailblazing website WhipUp, to her brilliant kid’s magazine ActionPack, through her books and all of her endeavors; I have admired her talent, her love for her family, her intelligence and her amazingly generous…
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    Craftster Blog

  • October 29, 2014 Featured Projects

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:22 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 kittykill. We hope you enjoy them! Newsie Outfit for Baby by meleriffic Wild West […]
  • Craft Challenge #103, Foodie Frenzy 2 Winner

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    This month’s Craft Challenge was Food Frenzy 2 Challenge! The challenge was all about whipping up a delicious dish using a favorite recipe. Each entry had to include progress shots and the recipe. The entry could be anything food related; a drink, a dessert, a main course. It was up to the participant. Our winning […]
  • Tute Tuesday: Upcycled Car Trash Bag with Liner

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    Are you like me? Your car is an absolute mess? There are bags everywhere, maybe an empty cup or two rolling around the floor…for years my husband swore that I had a small family of opossums living in my car. I reminded him that they counted as passengers and I could drive in the carpool […]
  • Monsters, Monsters Everywhere

    28 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    Friday is Halloween, and all the monsters will come out to play. Craftster has plenty of monsters lurking on the boards. Take a look! These costumes of the characters from the beloved children’s book Where the Wild Things Are are just incredible! sjeanette made the outfits and masks for each of the characters, including Max. […]
  • Meatless Monday: Vegan Pomegranate Coconut Cream Scones

    27 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    I am so excited that it is pomegranate season. It is a gem in otherwise boring fall/winter fruit. Don’t get me wrong, I love apples and other fall fruit, but there is something about pomegranates that make them a real treat. The Moose shares with us her amazing recipe for Vegan Pomegranate Coconut Cream Scones. […]
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    Art Bead Scene Blog

  • How to Use a EuroPower Punch

    Ema Kilroy
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    I'm enjoying using my punch to add a variety of design elements into metal components. I introduced you to the punch in a previous post and a tutorial was requested on using it. I found the directions to be a bit difficult to follow so I thought I writing up a photo tutorial would be helpful.  About the punch:The  EuroPower Punch is a great tool for punching various sized holes into metal. The punch can make seven different sized holes ranging in size from 3/32" to 9/32" and can be used on metal sheet up to 16 gauge in thickness. First, you must decide which size…
  • Perfect Pairings :: Bay Moon Design + Marsha Neal Studios

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    I was attracted to that large swirling focal immediately with this design. I love the simple graphic quality of this handmade component as it speaks to me of the rustic and almost child-like exuberance with which Avery has painted this glorious fall landscape. The fact that Miss Kathy also made her own swirl component to match just makes my heart do a jig! The colors in this piece are not as vibrant as the inspiration, but have the same tonal quality and the muted shades work so well with the orange-y copper handmade components. A beautiful, eclectic design!Featured Designer :: Bay Moon…
  • Inspiration Strikes

    Ema Kilroy
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    in·spi·ra·tion noun \in(t)-spə-rā-shən, -()spi-\: something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create : a force or influence that inspires someone: a person, place, experience, etc., that makes someone want to do or create something: a good ideaConsider me inspired! I love to know what inspires bead artists and jewelry designers to create their pieces. So today I thought I'd share my inspiration with you.I was out on an afternoon walk recently. It was one of those absolutely perfect days; sun on my skin, temperature…
  • Inside the Studio with Mary Harding

    Mary Harding
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    Welcome to Inside the Studio!Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.Congratulations Kristina! You have won  one rectangle-shaped 'Call Me Rosebud' pendant (retail value: $25) from Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori TrovatiPlease send Erin an email with your…
  • Art Bead Palette :: Margit Boehmer

    Brandi Hussey
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Artisan PendantI came across the work of Margit Boehmer yesterday, and I just had to share it with you.Everything about her work draws me in. From the geometric shapes and textures, to the unabashed use of bright colors. Margit is a color lover, too (which you know I love), and it shows in pretty much every polymer clay bead she creates. I'm especially a fan of her color combos, which are unusual and captivating.Here's more:Flower bead earring elementsCalypso beadsSpindle beadsAren't they lovely? As always, there's far more than I can show here, so be sure to stop by Margit's Etsy shop.
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    Tip Junkie

  • 23 1st Birthday Party Ideas You'll Love

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:18 pm
    How to host a memorable first birthday party for your babies who are turning 1 year old!  These 23 first birthday party ideas feature birthday themes from children's books, animals, mustache bash, and other fun themes.  With all of these amazing party theme ideas you are sure to have the most memorable party that no one will forget!  {{wink}}  If you'’re looking for a specific birthday party theme, you can quickly browse the Tip Junkie Party blog which has over 3000 gorgeous birthday party ideas…
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    Tiny Talk | The Tiny Prints Card & Stationery Blog

  • Introducing the Marchesa Holiday Collection for Tiny Prints

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    We’re thrilled to present an exclusive holiday card collection designed by fashion house Marchesa. The striking collection was inspired by the runway and features hallmarks of Marchesa couture gowns—delicate lace, rich hues, bold blooms and layers of irresistible gold. Marchesa is the fashion house that elegant evening wear built. British born Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, the design duo behind the beautifully crafted gowns, combine exquisite details with sophisticated femininity to great high-fashion effect from the runway to the red carpet. And now Marchesa brings its stunning…
  • Festive Holiday Inspiration Board

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    We’re so happy to have one of our designers Stacey Day on the blog today. Stacey is sharing her inspiration behind her Festive Sketches foil-stamped holiday card, including decor ideas for celebrating this holiday season. Luxe, foil-stamped cards are the perfect way to make your special occasion shine. Each card is hand-stamped with real foil. Choose from red, gold, silver, rose gold, or black foil. We also have matching address labels to add that special style to your envelopes. Images: Tree | Gift Tags | Gift Wrap | Ornament | Gingerbread Visit Stacey’s site: Stacey Day Paper…
  • Decorating Your Home with Black and White Photos

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    A picture is worth a thousand words. A wall print of your favorite destination is of infinite worth. And Samantha shows us how to effortlessly achieve the perfect gallery wall using black and white travel photos. Simple lines and neutral tones when decorating can really pull small room with limited wall space together! The trick to imitating this look is to not be afraid to get creative and allow for some boldness when it comes to displaying your favorite photos. This look models a black and white theme, which include black and white canvas prints of various sizes. A fun idea is to utilize…
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    Today's Creative Blog

  • Caramel Pumpkin Cream Milkshake

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:42 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog If you are reading this anywhere other than Today's Creative Blog, this content has been stolen. Just because it’s fall, doesn’t mean milkshakes are off the menu! Since I’m teaming up with International Delight each month, it’s been fun experimenting with different ways to cook with their creamers. I’ll have a house full of teen boys on Halloween night, so in addition to pizza, I thought I’d also make them milkshakes…….milkshakes […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's…
  • DIY Tea & Coffee Lattes

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:45 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog If you are reading this anywhere other than Today's Creative Blog, this content has been stolen. I’m from the Portland area and we are all about our coffee and tea……actually beer too. If it can be brewed, Portland does it. My friend Andy from Plum Deluxe is the master at whipping up a frothy drink, so he’s showing us how to make DIY Tea & Coffee Lattes. It’s not as hard […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to…
  • DIY Washi Tape Wall Art

    26 Oct 2014 | 1:56 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog If you are reading this anywhere other than Today's Creative Blog, this content has been stolen. If you’re looking for some quick wall art and you’ve got washi tape and a blank canvas…… you’re in business! You can easily create fun and interesting DIY Washi Tape Wall Art with simple craft supplies. I needed something colorful for my Craft Room, but I didn’t really want to buy anything and I wanted it NOW! […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been…
  • Crockpot BBQ Meatballs

    25 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog If you are reading this anywhere other than Today's Creative Blog, this content has been stolen. It’s slow cooker Sunday and it’s certainly crockpot season in my home! I think I fired that baby up 4 times last wee! Crockpot BBQ Meatballs are one of the EASIEST things to make and so so delicious! I almost feel silly posting this recipe, but I know a girl who once upon a time […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative…
  • All Things Pumpkin {Link Party Palooza}

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog If you are reading this anywhere other than Today's Creative Blog, this content has been stolen. It’s all things pumpkin lately! Did you download my Pumpkin Butter recipe?  Or my Pumpkin Crusted French Toast recipe? It’s also Link Party Palooza where you’ll find recipes, crafts, decorating ideas and more. I’ve even noticed Christmas ideas. Too early? Or do you like it? Leave me a comment and let me know what you […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been…
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    Vanilla Joy

  • 4 Toys Amazon Missed

    Kelsey Norwood
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Have you seen Amazon’s Holiday Toy Guide for this year? It’s pretty bad. I had to look for several minutes before I found something I would even consider buying for my kids. Most of it is noisy, plastic, electronic, or just plain junk. I’m not sure who is buying all that garbage when there are gobs of […]
  • *BOOK OF THE WEEK* Sir Cumference and All the King’s Tens

    Kelsey Norwood
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:02 pm
    This week’s book is part of a series that is a new favorite of ours all about Math Adventures. I love the clever idea behind Sir Cumference (get it…Circumference??? As in the “the enclosing boundary of a curved geometric figure, especially a circle?” Ha!) There are 8 books in the series and they cover a […]
  • Builder Boys: Invisible Boatmobile Rescue

    Kelsey Norwood
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    We’ve been building again! This time the Invisible Boatmobile Rescue set from MegaBloks and, as usual, there are some really unique elements to this set that we’ve never seen before in any of our other sets. This set includes a buildable bobCAT vehicle complete with a jellyfish catapult. See it in action below: That blurry […]
  • *GIVEAWAY* Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum Family Pass

    Kelsey Norwood
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:57 pm
    One of our favorite things to do in Salt Lake City is visit the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum. We’ve been there a few times, not nearly often enough, and our kids always look forward to our visits. We got to attend a special blogger’s night and learned some really great things about the museum. First […]
  • *BOOK OF THE WEEK* The Fairy-Tale Handbook AND Color For Baby

    Kelsey Norwood
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Like all book lovers, we’re huge fairy-tale fans so we really enjoyed The Fairy-Tale Handbook illustrated by Tomislav Tomic and published by Candlewick Press. This is a great book for early elementary ages, especially about the 5-9 age range. It’s an “interactive adventure through the magical world of fairy tales.” Each page takes a general […]
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    house wren studio

  • vermont getaway giveaway

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    After each of our Vermont retreats, we offer an extra gift bag as a giveaway to readers. Our generous friends and sponsors sent the prettiest things to share with you. Please visit their sites and shops and consider your holiday...
  • oh, vermont!

    2 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Here we go - a round-up of our 4th and 5th art retreats in Vermont. (Next one is in the spring.) Amazing Meleen! On the eve of a hard frost, Robin brought her garden flowers from Massachusetts for each of...
  • summer love

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:58 am
    This has been the loveliest summer I can remember. Weekends seemed to get the best weather and there was so much to do. Over here, the projects are lining up as we prepare to sell our house of 15+ years....
  • blue love and vermont artists

    26 Jul 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Our friend Loretta Marvel is giving a presentation on sketching and watercolors at our next Vermont retreat. Sept 18-21. I thought you would enjoy seeing her work. She has attended two retreats with us and each time, we have all...
  • july postcards :: out of the blue

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    There's a summer storm brewing outside. It's rumbling in fits and starts like an old car trying to get up a rough hill. The ride down the other side is going to be fast and wild. Love these mercurial weather...
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  • Autumn leaves dyes

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    There's new stuff in the shop, dyed withautumn leaves mostly - for example this prettyold hand sewn hankie pouch...
  • swt No. 3 again

    26 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    The "eye" in the center was dull,so I covered it up...(continued from here)And here's a small old textile I found and dyed -a handkerchief I guess. Someone liked - or needed -it dearly enough to mend it over and over again -isn't it lovely...
  • swt No. 2 again

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    I'm thinking of making a lot of them, by and by...The black-patterned scrap is vintage kimono silk -very pleasant, firm material.(continued from here)...and there's quite a lot of leaf printing on papergoing on here, too...
  • On sunday...

    13 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    ... I made a booklet with autumnly monoprintdrawings...... and a larger book, too...
  • Saturday snapshots

    11 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
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    Try Handmade

  • Happy Thanksgiving

    Erika Jurney
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Being mindful and grateful is always appropriate whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving today or not. Have a great day! Handmade quilled [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • What’s In Season Now: April Edition

    Diana Prichard
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    A couple of weeks ago I planted a bed of peas. It was pushing the season, to say the least, [more...] Similarly Awesome       
  • Slick flowered cuff bracelets

    Erika Jurney
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Vaguely reminiscent of the prom. Bring Spring with you all year long. By Stacy Leigh. [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • Beautiful Handmade Coffee Cup Sleeves

    Erika Jurney
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Creativity is taking something as pedestrian as a coffee cup sleeve and turning it into a vibrant piece of art. [more...] Similarly Awesome       
  • Modern Lutheran Jello

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    Dear Reader, I’m a Lutheran, and when people ask what kind of Lutheran I usually respond “The Wisconsin kind.” And [more...] Similarly Awesome       
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  • Myths & Lore of Metalwork

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Since it’s getting close to Halloween and it’s the time of year we start to tell tales, I thought I’d give a list of all my mythological themed posts, all right here where you have easy access to them! Metal … Continue reading →
  • Two Chances to Update Your Jewelry Box

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    It’s been awhile since you’ve bought anything new for yourself. I bet it’s been a while since your friends and loved ones have also. You need to update your jewelry box and I have two upcoming chances for you to … Continue reading →
  • Tons of New Work for Your Ears and Wrists

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:52 pm
    It’s true, I haven’t had many posts of new work recently. As I’ve said, it’s not because I haven’t been working in the studio, but rather because of what I’ve been working on and they way I’ve been working. I … Continue reading →
  • 2014 3rd Quarter Goal Check-In

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    10 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    We just entered the last quarter of the year, so it’s time for my next Goal check-in. As far as these goals have gone this year, I feel like I’m pretty on track. Let’s see how I stack up 3/4 … Continue reading →
  • Unmasked Reveals the Talent of the YBC

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    The opening for Unmasked was this past Friday and we had quite a turnout! The art on display was truly exemplary, just like Paula was really going for. She really stressed when the Yellow Breeches Chapter members applied that we … Continue reading →
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    Very Shannon
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Have you all seen the latest Perfect Pattern Parcel? Number six to be exact and filled with some pretty awesome ladies patterns! There are dresses, tops, pants, skirts...the list goes one! Some of my favorite indie pattern designers are in Perfect Pattern Parcel #6! I loved the versatility of all the patterns together and how if you made all of them you would end up with one fabulous handmade wardrobe!What is Perfect Pattern Parcel? It's a wonderful collection of digital sewing patterns that support independent designers and children's education! Bonus part is you get to choose your…

    Very Shannon
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:36 am
    Featherweight Cardigan knit by MamatronicIt's time for our finale post for the Summer Sweater Knit Along 2014 - the one STARRING YOU!Can I just say WOW! You guys blew my mind this year! The amount of gorgeous and lovely projects finished this year were amazing! It took me forever to go through them all but boy was it fun! I love seeing all your handiwork. It's truly so fulfilling to see you all loving knitting and sharing it with each other.There was lots of constructive chat about fit, techniques and more this year! I noticed a ton more colorwork than previous years thanks to some awesome…

    Very Shannon
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I love babies and lately a few people I know have been having some gosh darn cute ones and surprise, surprise....I'm way behind on sewing up the baby gifts.I got a chance to redeem myself for one baby in our family this past weekend. It's a boy so when that happens I get really excited (since I have girls), but after the excitement wears off, I realize I own mostly girl patterns and girl fabric. Luckily the last few Girl Charlee orders I made I stocked up on some adorable gender neutral prints for both myself, my kiddos, and any boy gifts I may need to make.When I set about looking through my…

    Very Shannon
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
    © Jared Flood / Brooklyn TweedIt's Friday and I'm in the mood to giveaway some AMAZING prizes from our Summer Sweater Knit Along 2014 Giveaway!!!! This was our largest and best knit along yet! We had so many entries and so many wonderful knitted garments! I can't wait to show them all to you next week in our Starring You post! We also had generous and amazing sponsors this year for our SSKAL! I was seriously drooling when putting the prizes together! I hope you all go and show these wonderful businesses some Very Shannon love! They are all great businesses and they are all super…

    Very Shannon
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    © Shannon Cook / Very ShannonWe are so excited to offer the printed booklets of our latest collection SEASONLESS for a special release!As with all of our books, SEASONLESS features stunning photography by Nicholas Kupiak, making these printed booklet a very special item to add to your collection. There are even a few shots by lil'ol me in the book! The printed booklets will be available through our publishing website Marian Rae Publications, for ONE WEEK ONLY! So if you've had your heart set on owning a printed copy of the booklet make sure you order yours today. And the best part…
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    Creating Keepsakes Blog

  • Orange + Black = Halloween!

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Orange+ Black = Halloween I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older, but I find that I am not a big fan of the creepy Halloween things, but love the cute stuff – chubby ghosts, smiling jack-o-lanterns, and cute trick-or-treaters. Have no fear, the projects I selected to share today are not all sweetness, but they definitely are either orange or black. Pumpkin Treat Bag Katie Gehring created this cute, yet simple, treat bag for the Paper Crafts September/October 2012 issue. It is perfect for co-workers, class treats, neighbors, or anyone that needs a sweet treat.
  • Scrapbook Inspiration: Dots

    27 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Add dots to your layout with these simple ideas. Lydia Jackson included dots on her Aim High layout for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Paper Palooza using paint with a stylus and a thread-less sewing machine. Aim High layout by Lydia Jackson for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Paper Palooza Take a closer look: Use stylus dipped in watermark ink or paint to create a polka dot design around edge of layout Use a sewing machine without thread to create a dotted border. Back with lighter or darker paper to help dots show.  
  • Guest Blog Post: Scrap Girls

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    We have Scrap Girls joining us on the blog today! Please give them a warm welcome. Hi everyone! Scrap Girls, one of the biggest digital scrapbooking companies on the web, is right in the middle of the biggest party we’ve ever thrown! It’s our 10th anniversary and we’re celebrating until Nov. 8, so you have plenty of time to jump right in. We’ve designed a freebie for you, so keep reading and learn how you can grab that freebie – and join the party, too! Scrap Girls Anniversary Information How did you start your company? When Scrap Girls opened its doors in October 2004, we weren’t…
  • Scrapbook How-To: Use Sequins for a Celebratory Accent

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    The sheer iridescent quality of sequins adds the perfect touch to Jen Jockish’s celebratory layout, Six Years from Mixed Media Scrapbooking, Vol. 1. She used sequins to bring her handmade glass of champagne to life by mimicking bubbles and the effervescence rising up and out of her glass. Adhere sequins using adhesive dots, then stitch over them to add even more texture to your layout. Six Years layout by Jen Jockish for Mixed Media Scrapbooking, Vol. 1 Create the look: Step 1: Adhere small sequins to cardstock individually and overlap with large sequins. Stitch across small sequins.
  • Scrapbook How-to: Create Faux Fabric

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    One of the great things about paper is that you can mimic the look of other materials with very little effort. A little crumpled paper adds a cozy, fabric-like touch that’s easy for you to duplicate on your own pages. Give it a try with different patterns and colors to enhance the theme of your layout. Punch different borders into your crumpled paper to create a look that is bold, sweet, or whimsical. Davinie Fiero used decorative-edge scissors to trim the edge of patterned paper before crumpling it to create a faux fabric border on her Sweetness layout for 101+ Creative Ways to Use…
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    Elizabeth Anne Designs: The Wedding Blog

  • Romantic Old-World Bridal Inspiration

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Sophisticated and ethereal, this inspiration shoot is all about Old World elegance. Joy Proctor brought the glamour and mystery of the Middle East to life, with lanterns, hand lettering from Julie Song Ink, and fabulous gold jewelry to pair with an absolutely stunning Amanda Wakeley gown. An elegant bouquet of green hellebores—tied with Silk & Willow ribbon—is an unexpected and unique choice, the soft petals perfectly contrast with the gown’s geometric beading and Kalyn’s dramatic hair and makeup by Luna Bella. We are utterly in love with these gorgeous images from Kina…
  • Modern Desert Wedding

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Less is most certainly more in this gorgeous contemporary Arizona wedding from Amy & Jordan Photography! Cactus Flower worked with Allie and Jon to create a modern, chic wedding at DC Ranch. After an outdoor ceremony on the lawn, guests moved into the Regale where they were met by simple but dramatic tables with centerpieces of long-stemmed white roses and black linens and gold chivari chairs. Pale pink J.Crew bridesmaids dresses softened the palette, and we are in love with Alli’s dramatic Allure Bridals gown. Enjoy each and every gorgeous image from Amy & Jordan Photography,…
  • Aspen Fall Wedding

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Courtney and Shawn’s wedding at The Little Nell is pure Colorado magic. Though it snowed the next day, their September wedding could not have fallen on a more gorgeous, sunny day. The couple chose bright fall colors to pop against the lush green mountains and worked with the wonderful Lauryl Lane and Virginia of Bluebird Productions to create a beautiful, warm setting amongst the pines and in the dramatic ballroom. Centerpieces of aspen trees and an assortment of fall blooms (loving those orange tulips!) graced the tables and brought the fall foliage indoors. We adore the laid-back…
  • Natural + Earthy Wedding Inspiration

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Set along the banks of the Coosawattee River at 2400 On The River, this earthy and elegant inspiration shoot from Blue Eyed Yonder is inspired by the beauty of pottery and ceramics. Florals by Gertie Mae’s Floral Studio in rich fall tones of garnet, burgundy, and plum perfectly complement the ceramic-inspired neutral color palette. Soft and graceful elements, like the Jenny Packham gown from Kelly’s Closet and swashes of white calligraphy on dove gray paper by Ashley Buzzy McHugh, are reminiscent of the soft lines of molded clay. We love the juxtaposition of texture and colors in…
  • Welcome To The Weekend

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Is it really Friday already!? It seems like we were welcoming the start of the week and now we are celebrating its end. No complaints here as we are more than ready to enjoy a relaxing autumn weekend! Maybe our plans will involve making one of the yummy seasonal recipes we found or trying a do-it-yourself project just in time for Halloween. Whatever is on your weekend agenda, we hope it is beautiful in every way possible! xo {Image by Melissa Jill Photography via Grey Likes Weddings} A few of our favorites from the week: At least a week’s worth of fall-inspired recipes. How-to make…
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  • Rainbow Anklet

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:18 pm
    With this Rainbow Anklet, exposed wire and E beads combine to produce fun and fashionable results. Show off this simple and fun project to all of your friends - they won't believe you made it yourself. This project shows that handmade beaded jewelry doesn't have to be complicated or time-consuming to create. In fact, this is the perfect project for someone with minimal jewelry making skills. Gather up your favorite beads and pick a few eye-catching colors - the more prep you do ahead of time, the better off you'll be. This is a fun accessory you can wear all year long.
  • Beaded Barbeque Skewers

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:53 pm
    These Beaded Barbeque Skewers are pretty, functional and dishwasher safe. You might associate easy beading projects with jewelry, but this is a new take on an old favorite. Be sure to make a few for your next summer outing. Easy beading projects don't get more fun or colorful than this fabulous DIY project. While you're at it, make sure to use red, white and blue beads (and don't forget the stars) for a patriotic touch. Barbeque skewers help you cut down on messes, so you can have fun with family and friends instead of worrying about a post-party cleanup.
  • Chic and Stylish Memory Wire Bracelets

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    If you think it's hard to create your own Chic and Stylish Memory Bracelets, think again. Memory wire patterns can be super easy to complete, and this project is the perfect example. In fact, you only need six supplies to get started. DIY beaded bracelets look great with fancy outfits, but this particular project is versatile enough to go with jeans and a t-shirt. Be sure to experiment with fun bead colors - you can pick a monochromatic color scheme or something really wild. No matter the design, your bracelet will look pretty and sophisticated.
  • Beaded Memory Lamp

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:58 pm
    To create your own Beaded Memory Lamp, hang cherished photos from a beaded lampshade. It takes some time to make, but you'll love the end results. Upcycling craft ideas help you cut costs when decorating your space. Best of all, this upcycled home decor crafts is extremely meaningful. Each time you look at this handmade piece, you'll reflect on your favorite memories and think of the people you love. Be sure to use a lamp you already have or head to your local thrift store - you can use a variety of fun techniques and embellishments to make it look brand new.
  • 126 Free Beading Patterns

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    With this collection of 126 free beading patterns, you can craft your own jewelry to match any outfit or make an impressive gift for any occasion. You will find free beading patterns for necklace, bracelets, holiday jewelry and more.
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  • 11 Angel Craft Ideas That Will Warm Your Heart

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    Even if you aren’t religious, you Christmas just isn’t complete without a few angels. You’ve seen them atop a Christmas tree or lining a mantel,  but there are also a ton of non-traditional angel craft ideas. From tampons (yes, tampons) to Barbie dolls, you can use so many unexpected supplies to create a Christmas angel. Crocheters, there are plenty of patterns for you, too! Pick one of these angel craft projects and start your countdown to Christmas. It’s never too early to start decorating for the holidays and these sweet and simple projects will put you in the…
  • 117 Festive Holiday Craft Ideas

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    It’s the time of year when the world falls in love… That’s right, Christmastime. Christmas isn’t just a one-day affair. It is an entire season of celebration, memories, and special time with loved ones. Part of the fun of the holiday season is preparing for the big day itself. With these free holiday craft eBooks, you’ll have enough decorative craft ideas to last you all December long. Put your little elves to work with Christmas crafts for kids. You can even create special angel crafts to bring the peace of the holidays into your home. Learn how to knit…
  • 9 Beautiful Country Crafts for Christmas

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    Picture this: The snow is falling outside as the sun sets. The fire glows as you sit on a rug covered floor, slowly sipping hot cocoa and listening to the sounds of howling winds outside your door. Okay, now open your eyes. You may not be able to live out your country-themed fantasies, but with a few creative craft ideas, you can surely take a brain vacation. Since Christmas is just around the corner, why not create rustic Christmas crafts that take you to another time and place? Country crafts have a distinctive look – they usually involve muted colors and imperfect materials. Shaggy…
  • 13 Thanksgiving Decor Ideas to Set the Mood

    13 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    Forget Christmas – Thanksgiving is the most wonderful time of the year. The yummy food and the spirit of togetherness just can’t be beat. Thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season and gets everyone excited for the winter months. Oh, and the food is amazing – did I already mention that? For a super special Thanksgiving, you can’t go wrong with some DIY decorations. Luckily, there are so many fun and creative ways to dress up walls, table and front door. For these projects, you can use warm fall colors and rustic touches to really set the mood. You don’t need to…
  • Holly Jolly Preview: 12 Sewing Patterns for Christmas

    5 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    Christmas may seem far away (heck, we haven’t hit Columbus Day yet!), but that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning your Christmas DIY projects. Think about it – you need plenty of time to decide what to make, round up the materials, create your piece and properly display it. Come to think of it, you’re running out of time – start working on these free sewing patterns now! This season, sew your own gifts, stockings, ornaments and more. We’re giving you some ideas to help you get started, but don’t be afraid to try something new, too! We have…
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    Merriment Design

  • The Best 30+ Halloween Songs for Kids Playlist (that parents will like too)

    Kathy Beymer
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:54 am
    Here’s your Halloween treat, friends: The Best 30+ Halloween Songs for Kids playlist (that parents will like too) – and you can tune in now! While I usually post crafts, I thought you might like to listen to some Halloween music while carving your pumpkins and making Halloween costumes, yes? Plus creating this “G-Rated Halloween Songs for Kids Playlist” has definitely been a creative, uh, undertaking. (me and my sisters – R-E-S-C-U-E! Rescue Aid Society!) Elise and I made this kid-friendly Halloween music playlist together. When it comes to kids and Halloween…
  • Mason Jar Halloween Costume – Easy DIY Halloween Costume Idea for Adults

    Kathy Beymer
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Feel like you’ve seen every possible incarnation of a Mason jar? Yeah, me too! Mason jars are the current Prom Queen of Pinterest – wine glasses, soap dispensers, makeshift chandeliers, wedding reception tables, pantry storage and on and on. Love Mason jars or loathe them, I thought making an easy and clever Mason Jar Halloween Costume could be tongue-in-cheek funny – and pretty cute too! I made this Mason Jar Halloween Costume for DIY Network as one of three Halloween costume tutorials for their website. First for the DIY Network was a Watercolor Paint Box Halloween Costume…
  • Easy DIY Halloween Costume for Toddlers: Bull In A China Shop

    Kathy Beymer
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    This Bull in a China Shop DIY toddler Halloween costume was inspired by my charming 2-year-old boy. Liam is deliberate, like whenever he picks something up or puts it down it’s just a wee bit more aggressive that it needs to be. Things get broken. Ripped. We’ve made a handful of ER trips. Liam just sort of barrels through with his adorable impish smile. Yeah, this one… I made this Bull in a China Shop Halloween kid’s costume for DIY Network. Hip! Hip! DIY Network asked me to create three original handmade Halloween costume tutorials. First I made a Watercolor Paint Box…
  • Kid’s Halloween Costume: Watercolor Paint Box with French Beret and Giant Paint Brush for Little Artists

    Kathy Beymer
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:26 am
    Here’s a handmade kids’ Halloween costume idea that’s sure to be a trick-or-treating masterpiece: a classic watercolor paint box, topped with a handmade French-inspired beret and a jumbo paint brush made from a pool noodle. It’s simple and clever with just a little sewing required! I made this watercolor paint box artist costume for YES, DIY NETWORK!! Swoon! DIY Network asked me to create three original handmade Halloween costume tutorials for and this is the first one… This handmade kids Halloween costume doesn’t require a…
  • Everyday Cotton Canvas Tote Bags

    Kathy Beymer
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    This post was sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. All opinions are mine. Can you spot my new tote bag? ;) It’s my new camouflage print canvas tote bag from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. Jo-Ann sent me this camo tote a few weeks ago to try out in my everyday life. Since then, it’s quickly become my go-to bag for both work and play because it’s trendy yet also super functional. The tote bag is available in-store only at Jo-Ann for $9.99 with a purchase of $30 or more. There are four designs – purple, camouflage, zebra and cheetah. Here’s the purple one…
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    Handmade Charlotte

  • Recycling in a Big Way

    Rachel Faucett
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    We recycle everything in the Handmade Charlotte studio. We turn cereal boxes into traveling amphitheaters and moth bitten sweaters into giant rainbow snakes. Recycled crafts make us double happy. Happy that we saved a little cash and happy that we’re doing our part to keep the planet a little bit greener. In the past year we have had some great opportunities to make some killer recycled and upcycled crafts! We turned this used cereal box (that would have been discarded otherwise) into a crazy fun traveling amphitheater. When my 5-year-old nearly demolished some of my old children’s books,…
  • Spooky Terrarium with Monster Moss Creatures

    Caroline Urdaneta
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    Make a fun and spooooky terrarium this halloween and let the moss come ALIVE in a monster-y way with this fun tutorial! Once you are finished, the terrarium is a spooktacular addition to your Halloween decor! What You Need A large glass apothecary or terrarium jar Moss White card stock Black permanent marker Hot glue gun and glue sticks Small twigs from year with or without leaves Black tempera paint (or black spray paint if you are in a hurry) How-To Step 1 Collect some twigs and from the yard. Look for small twigs with leaves and some without leaves too. Set them aside and choose a few…
  • The Eyes Have It!

    Deborah Beau
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    They’re watching you, have you seen them? There look, peering at you from the darkness of your screen! They’re everywhere those eyes, wide-open, half-closed, winking, staring, following you all the time… spooky eh? From haute couture to homewares and accessories, eye-themed products are still on trend and perfect for this spooky time of year. Ocular motifs are also popping up in the kids’ design world, so I thought I’d have a bit of fun today sharing some favorite eye-catching finds for the whole family. It’s Halloween soon, right? Peek A Dot Beanie Available for £5 from Lazy Oaf…
  • Playing with Wood and Color

    Mari Richards
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:16 am
    I was driving around today and just stunned by the beautiful bright red leaves and neon ornage trees. I swear they’re everywhere, around every corner. Then I realized my sunglasses were partly to blame. I decided that’s ok, because it made the entire drive absolutely soul-lifting. I was literally smiling by the time I pulled into our driveway. So this week, I’m clearly inspired by bright pops of color. What better way to celebrate that than these gorgeous DIYs – all of which feature something bright juxtaposed against something natural like raw wood. I love that combination so very…
  • Printable Dry Erase Pumpkin

    Kersey Camp­bell
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    Did you know that laminated paper can act as dry erase board? It can and it is so much fun! This printable pumpkin is perfect for letting the kids decorate their own creations over and over all season long. To make your own, simply download this template, print it out, and have it hard laminated. Then grab some dry erase markers (washable is of course, preferred!) and you are good to go! Happy crafting ;-) This is an article from Handmade Charlotte. Read the original post: Printable Dry Erase Pumpkin
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    Flower Girl Designs Collection

  • Fleece Small Dog Coat pdf Pattern

    26 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    The Fleece Small Dog Coat will fit a small size dog 5 to 10 pounds, a template is included with the sizes listed as 5 to 6, 7 to 8 and 9 to 10 pounds. It also, can be made as a reversible coat, just use two different colors. It is easy to make and you should have one done in about an hour. Small is the only size that is in the pattern. Colby is my little model, he is about 5 pounds of sweet and sassy! Find the pdf pattern in one of my shops.
  • Fleece Dog Coat size Large pdf Pattern

    13 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Fleece Dog Coat pdf Pattern The Fleece Dog Coat will fit a large size dog, German Shepherd, Collie, Labrador Retriever or a dog of that size. It also, can be made as a reversible coat, just use two different colors.  It is easy to make and you should have one done in about an hour. Large is the only size that is in the pattern. Find the pdf pattern here.
  • Reindeer, Missy

    11 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Missy has now rubbed off all the velvet on her antlers; she really becomes a boss when the velvet is off. I stay out of her pen and out of her way at this time of year.
  • Tissue Paper Lighted Rose

    11 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    I made these beautiful Lighted Tissue Paper Roses for the tables of my mom’s 80th birthday party.  The instructions are for a large rose, but I also, made some smaller ones too.  Like me on Facebook Birthday Party post. The download for the instructions for the roses is below all the pictures. Download Tissue Paper Lighted Rose
  • Birthday Party!!

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:05 am
    I want to post a few of the pictures of my mom’s 80th birthday party, which I hosted in my garage.  I hope she had a wonderful day! I made tissue paper roses for the tables with lights nested inside of them. Here is a link to the post that has a download for the instructions for making the Roses.
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    Moda Bake Shop

  • Sweet + Spooky Halloween Mini Quilt

    Lisa Calle
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Happy Halloween! Lisa Calle of {Vintage Modern Quilts} here today with a sweet and spooky mini quilt perfect for Halloween. This mini finishes at 21″ square so if minis are not for you, it can easily be made into a 20″ pillow cover instead. I used a variety of orange precuts from my stash for the bunting and letters. The black triangles were cut from honeycombs but the background yardage listed below includes enough fabric to use for your triangles. Whichever precut you decide to use for your orange pieces, be sure to start at 2½” wide. Use the 60 degree line on your ruler…
  • BEST.DAY.EVER! Quilt

    Trish Poolson
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    1 – BEST.DAY.EVER! jelly roll 3/4 yard BEST.DAY.EVER! white 24011-11 for center stripe 5/8 yard BEST.DAY.EVER! white 24016-11 for binding and extra strip 4 yards BEST.DAY.EVER! white 24011-11 for backing, top and bottom strips cutting instructions : Before you begin cutting, pull out the jelly roll strip that matches the center strip and backing fabric (24011-11); set aside. *Press and cut each jelly roll strip into three 2.5″ x 11″ strips – these will be for the blocks.  I like to put my colors together. Even though this is a scrappy quilt pattern, I like a little…
  • Quilt Market Sneak Peek

    Oda May
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This weekend is fall Quilt Market in Houston! Click through for previews of our upcoming fabric lines. Is there a line that catches your eye? For more sneak peeks from Quilt Market, check out {Moda Fabrics} and {Moda Lissa} on Instagram. If you are heading to Quilt Festival next weekend {October 30-November 2}, be sure to stop by the Moda Bake Shop booth!
  • Bitty Bits and Pieces

    Margie Ullery
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    “Bits and Pieces” of fun fabric will make this super easy and colorful pillow 4 Moda Candy (mini charms) packs 1/2 yard white fabric 16″ store bought pillow form Making the front of the pillow.   Cut a 15 1/2″ square from white fabric. Yes, smaller than the pillow form. This is fill out the pillow form better if the cover is a tiny bit smaller. Use your ruler and pencil to draw a faint pencil line 3″ from the edge. Continue to draw the pencil lines 3″ apart until you have 5 pencil lines on your fabric square. Start by taking a few mini charms and laying…
  • Blog Redesign FAQ

    Oda May
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Hello, Bake Shop readers! Oda May here today to answer some of your questions about the recent redesign to the Moda Bake Shop. Click through for the mostly frequently asked questions and our answers. I find the new blog hard to read. Why did you change to a white background? The white background is a design element that we kept from the previous version of the Moda Bake Shop. All of the legacy graphics on the blog have a white background so we’ve kept that design element to maintain a cohesive look. When trying to search through recipes, I have to scroll through the whole post. It used…
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    How Does She

  • 25 Furniture Hacks that will make you think: Why didn’t I think of that?

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Have you ever noticed they just don’t make furniture like they used to?  That’s why up cycling is so great.  You get the modern day look and convenience with the olden day workmanship.  It’s a perfect combination!  Here’s my latest finds when it comes to upcyling.  I know I can definitely benefit from these! What about you? 1.  Curbside TV to Living Room Feature.  2. Dresser turned to Entryway Table. 3.  Wonder what she did with the dresser drawer from the above hack?  Made a Storage Box!  This is mind blowing! 4.  You’ll never guess what this used to…
  • Must-Have Apps for Moms!

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    With a million things to do and a million directions to do them in, busy moms can use all the help we can get!  Check out the top apps recommended for moms by readers like you.  For the complete brainstorming session on our HowDoesShe Facebook page, click HERE. Scheduling & Lists 1.  Cozi (FREE): manages every aspect of family life from each person’s schedule, grocery lists, meals, chores–everything!  All in one place!  This was the #1 recommended app by readers.  2. Wunderlist (FREE): not only creates a list for every even in life from daily to-do’s to…
  • 20 DIY Gifts under $10

    29 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge fan of DIY gifts.  I love to make them and I love to give them away.  If you’re careful, it will also save you a bit of money too!  I’ve rounded up a list of inexpensive gifts that won’t break the bank!  Enjoy! 1.  Flower Monogram Frame.  Grandparents would love this one! 2.  Make your own Cake/cookie stand.  Add some oreos and you’ve got a great gift for a teacher or friend! 3. Here’s a creative gift – a Crayon Vase. Easy to make and adorable! 4.  The coasters are fabulous and super cheap!  Great…
  • 21 Creative Ways to Wear a Bobby Pin

    28 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    It used to be that bobby pins were hidden, as we didn’t want anyone to know that we had to call in the bobby pin reinforcements!  But these days, bobby pins are all the rage – making fashion statements and catching people’s attention, just like any good accessory should do.  Enjoy these easy, fun and creative ways to wear a bobby pin! 1 – 7.  7 ways to wear your Bobby Pins as Art, you can even use ombre colored pins.  Gorgeous! 8 – 11.   4 ways to Style Embellished Bobby Pins.  Gotta get me some of these! 12.  Choose a shape and make a fashion statement!
  • Perfectly Pumpkin Protein Shake

    Darleen Meier
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    Morning protein shakes are my go-to for breakfast.  I love mixing different fruits and veggies in my shake.  So, when the weather turns and the leaves change colors, pumpkin is my favorite shake add-in.  It’s like having pumpkin pie for breakfast but without the fat and calories!  Did you know that pumpkin is really healthy for you?  Just look at it’s lovely orange color–packed with Vitamin C and Vitamin A.  Pumpkin is also loaded with tons of fiber, and every time I have one of these protein shakes I am full for hours.  Lots of fiber helps to eat less, which helps to…
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    Inner Child Fun

  • Halloween Activity: Play Dough Spiders

    27 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    This Halloween activity for kids is quick and easy to set up using whatever leftover craft materials you happen to have on-hand! These play dough spiders would be a great activity for a Halloween party, or even just a bit of festive fun on a rainy day.  To make your own invitation to create play […]
  • Battery Free Gifts for Kids

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    Searching for battery free gifts for kids that will keep them actively engaged can be challenging in today’s high tech world. Here is a list of some battery free gifts we love, and all of these became instant favorites! A big thank you to our friends at Melissa & Doug for sponsoring today’s creative play post […]
  • Rainy Day Fun — Paper Bag Houses

    17 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    This invitation to create paper bag houses is so much fun to explore, and super simple to set up! It’s a great after school activity, and perfect for when you need a bit of rainy day fun. My kids loved designing their paper bag houses to create a colorful village, then spent the rest of […]
  • Halloween Craft for Kids

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:53 am
    This Halloween craft for kids is simple and very easy to do! It would be a great Halloween party activity, and only minimal setup is required. These finished cards would be wonderful for mailing to faraway family and friends to let them know you’re thinking of them! To make these pumpkin patch cards, you will need: […]
  • Teaching Kids About Fire Safety

    10 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    I am so excited to share a new free app with you that is designed to make teaching kids about fire safety a fun and engaging process! Sparky and the Case of the Missing Smoke Alarms app is available for both iOS and Andriod devices. It’s free, easy to install, and super fun for the kids […]
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  • 5 Last Minute Halloween Costumes

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Halloween is right around the corner, so I put together this video that has five quick and easy DIY costumes!
  • Paper Mache Halloween Decor Decoration

    25 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    Hi, all! A few days ago I posted a tutorial on how to make Halloween decor out of paper mache, and today I’m going to show you some ways I chose to decorate said decor. Hopefully this can give you guys inspiration on your own Halloween decorating! I hope you all enjoyed!
  • Paper Mache Halloween Decor

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Hey guys! Today I’m going to show you how make some nice Halloween decorations with paper mache. I found some small paper mache skulls at my local craft store, and yeah, they’re not too pricey, but once I saw them I knew I wanted to make some on my own. I figured I could put a bit more personality into them, and I think I succeeded. I made two types of skulls; one that’s a bit cartoony looking and the other a tad more realistic. I also made a little jack-o-lantern as well. This tutorial is best viewed in video format, however I’ll provide some video stills with…
  • First Real Reupholster Project

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    I’ve always kind of toyed with faux-upholstery because I’ve been too intimidated to try a real project. I’ve sewn fabric directly onto the existing upholstery job. I’ve painted a love seat. And I did a sort of half way job of reupholstery. I never really count this as a true reupholster project because it was just half of a couch and I didn’t have to do any sort of finishing to the thing. I was always scared that I would end up taking the fabric off of the chair or couch and then immediately become overwhelmed and then push the torn apart furniture to the corner…
  • Hanging Plate Wall Decor

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    On my last trip to the thrift store, I found a great set of plates with botanical drawings of spices and herbs on them and I instantly knew I had to hang them up in my house. I love cooking and food  and, even though I’m not great at it, I love gardening and plants, so these plates are kind of  a nice mixture of the two. Like last week, I decided to make a video of this tutorial as well. Photo recap of the video will follow! Supplies:Note: paperclips and safety pins are listed as items you can use as the hanger for the plate, however I made my own out of wire, so that’s why…
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    Dollar Store Crafts

  • 10 Last-Minute Halloween Ideas to Make Right Now

    Becky Striepe
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Holy moly, Halloween is tomorrow! Do you need a few last-minute ideas for decorations, costumes, or healthy-yet-delicious Halloween treats? Don't worry. We've got you. 1. Glowing Ghosts - Turn a couple of solar lights into super simple ghost decorations. 2. Paper Bag Jack-O-Lanterns - Your kids can help you whip out a bunch of these today for your porch. 3. Alice in Wonderland Costume - Blue dress, white apron and tights, black shoes. Bam! Costume. Bonus if you have a stuffed bunny in a top hat to carry with you. 4. Fairy (or insect of your choice) - Turn an old wire hanger and tights into…
  • Tutorial: Cheap and Easy Ribbon Organizer

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Ribbon, ribbon and more ribbon!  I have so many spools that they were starting to take over my craft studio.  Do you have an excess of ribbon that you need to tame?  See how I used materials that I had laying around to create super easy, really quick racks to contain mt collection!  It's also much more organized now, with everything in plain view on my shelves so I can always see exactly what I have on hand. Watch the video below to see how I made it, or keep scrolling for written directions! Project estimate: Scrap board, on hand Drill, on hand Hot glue, on hand Pencils, on hand or $1…
  • Give Your Fridge a Make Over for Under $5

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    I have a love/hate relationship with my stainless steel refridgerator.  While I love the look of stainless steel, I hate how hard it is to keep it clean!  I'm always wiping fingerprints and smudges off the doors and handles.  I saw these adhesive backsplash sheets at Dollar Tree and knew I'd found a solution to my problem.   Project estimate: Adhesive backsplash (4) - $1 per sheet Game pieces - on hand Glue - on hand Magnets - on hand Total - $4 and up Step one:  Peel the backing off the backsplash, and adhere it to the refrigerator.  Use a piece of cardboard or a credit card to smooth…
  • Tutorial: Simple Holiday Sign

    27 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The other day I found some little chalkboards at Dollar Tree and I knew that they had great potential for making some kind of signs. So I dug into my stash and found some embellishments to dress it up and turn it into a simple sign for the holidays! You could also use this same technique to make signs for all kinds of other occasions. Watch the video to see how I put it together - or keep reading for the written directions. Project estimate: Chalkboard, $1 Stencil, on hand or $1 and up Paint, on hand Ribbon, on hand Chipboard letters, $1.50 and up Snowflake rhinestones, about $2 Glue, on hand…
  • Make Snowman on a Stick Treats

    26 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    You need cute holiday treats for your kid's class or a holiday gathering, but baking isn't exactly your strongest skill.  Think you are going to have to resign yourself to buying those slice-and-bake sugar cookie logs?  Think again!  These snowmen on a stick Based on an idea she saw elsewhere, Randi from Dukes and Dutchessses made a couple of alterations to the materials - and you can likely find all of her substitutions at the dollar store!  Of course, there are lots of different things you could substitute for making the details on this, so don't be afraid to think outside of the box…
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    Phyllis Dobbs Blog

  • Halloween Quilting with this Spooky Ghost Pattern!

    11 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    It’s the time of year for little ghosts and goblins to ring our doorbell. I love to see all the cute little costumes, especially on toddlers. It’s also fun to decorate for Halloween and with that in mind, I designed this Halloween “Spooky Ghosts”  quilt that is easy to make … Continue reading
  • Create a Quilt for Music Lovers!

    11 Sep 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Does your heart hear the music when  you look at this quilt?  “Music of My Heart” is a free quilt pattern for dashing through this month’s Quilt Dash September 15 through 30, 2014. Quilt Dash is free to dash through online quilt shops to receive this pattern. This quilt, designed by … Continue reading
  • Kitty Workout Quilt – Work Those Kitties with Yoga and “Purr-fect Balance”

    12 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
    I just finished a new quilt pattern, Kitty Workout, using my new kitty yoga “Purr-fect Balance” fabrics featuring fun and whimsy kitties in yoga poses. This pattern is free by completing the Quilt Dash August 15 – 29, 2014. It’s also free to complete the Quilt Dash, where you visit … Continue reading
  • Kitties and Yoga Combine for New Fabrics!

    4 Aug 2014 | 2:57 pm
    I always get excited with a new fabric collection and am extremely so with my next collection Purr-fect Balance. Created in bold colors, Purr-fect Balance has 16 cats in yoga poses along with some snarky names of yoga poses created in kitty lingo. I designed this collection for Quilting Treasures. … Continue reading
  • A Step Back in Time

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    I decided to take a day away from my studio this week for a “Girls Day Trip”. We planned a trip to a small town that we could drive to within an hour or two. After considering our options, we decided on the town of Scottsboro, AL, which is approximately 127 miles away. … Continue reading
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    Mummy Crafts

  • Apúntate a la Flashmob de MummyCrafts y DMC.Te gusta bailar?

    Esther Lopez
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Fuente Apúntate a la Flashmob de MummyCrafts y DMC.Te gusta bailar? Yaya, este es un blog de Crafts, pero es que, a demás de hacer crafts,  hacemos otras cosas, no sgusta bailar y divertirnos, y si es dentro de la mejor Feria de Crafts del mundo Mundial mucho mas no? En fin os hemos preparado un sorpresita, junto con nuestros amigos de DMC España. Y es queremos que conozcáis bien bien el Nuevo Natura XL de DMC, y qué mejor ocasión que poder hacerlo de forma gratuita no? Pero claro, no va a ser tan fácil chic@s, queremos que probéis el Natura XL, pero también estamos…
  • Mini álbum de Scrapbook – Smile

    Cristina Valenzuela
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:25 am
    Buenos días!! Soy Cristina Valenzuela, y… Qué ganas tenía de enseñar este mini álbum!!! Las última colección de My Mind’s Eye, Jubilee, tiene cuatro colecciones y las cuatro son preciosas. Podéis encontrarlas en la tienda de Mummy Crafts. Tengo que confesar que las tengo todas… y  he empezado a trabajar con la que me parecía más cómoda, ésta de Tangerine Adventure. A medida que iba trabajando con ella y haciendo este álbum, cada vez me gustaba más y me he enamorado completamente. Esta vez no tiene fotos, pero os lo enseño en exclusiva para Mummy Crafts para…
  • Necesitas un Telar, mira todo lo que se puede hacer!

    Esther Lopez
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Y pensarás… Y esta loca que dice ahora? Pues si, que si eres una crafter empedernida, necesitas un telar. Y es que todo vuelve, y el telar está súper de moda, con lo cual, siento decirte por tercera vez que necesitas un telar. Y una de las razones más importantes es que se pueden hacer un millón de cosas con él. Por ejemplo, hacer tus propios tapices handmade para decorar tu casa. Fuente: Pinterest via  A demás, también los más pequeños podrán hacer sus propios tapices para decorara su cuarto! Fuente : A demás no solo podrás hacer…
  • Taller Scrapbooking mini álbum Life! 25-10-2014

    Esther Lopez
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:57 am
    En la tienda de Hermosilla 49, no podía faltar nuestra Silvia de Comin Scrap. Y por su puesto sus maravillosos talleres de scrap. En esta ocasión es un monográfico donde aprenderemos a hacer un mini álbum con una bonita encuadernación, las tapas, y un total de 12 fotos para colocar. Se utilizarán bastantes materiales, los cuales están incluidos en el taller. Descubriremos el terciopelo en polvo, aprenderemos a montar y encuadernar un álbum de scrap y decoraremos el exterior y el interior con un montón de adornos. En el  taller Scrapbooking mini álbum Life! 25-10-2014, utilizaremos…
  • Zentangle el arte de dibujar imágenes a través de líneas.

    Esther Lopez
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:13 am
      Conoces el Zentangle? No? Pues hoy te lo cuento de la mano de María Tovar, maestra y diplomada en esta técnica artística, que encuentra le equilibrio de entre el arte y el zen, entre el arte y la meditación. Zentangle, el arte de dibujar imágenes a través de líneas. El método Zentangle® es un método artístico basado en la creación de imágenes a partir  de patrones llamados tangles. Los tangles son diseños definidos y abstractos, formados con trazos repetidos y siguiendo una estructura concreta. Estos diseños trazados en un Zentangle, acaban formando imágenes como…
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    Creative Mamma

  • Free Printable: 2015 Mini Calendar

    5 Oct 2014 | 5:43 pm
        The 2015 Mini Calendar is here!  This year, I decided to go ahead and use some geometric/hand drawn designs… I hope you like them!  The calendars work great printed on full sheet labels (these labels are from World Label) just in case you wanted to print them out and stick them in your planner. Don’t forget to […]
  • Free Printable: 2015 One Page Calendar

    11 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    September is here!  Seems like the summer absolutely flew by… Our summer this year was filled with lots of camping!  We camped all over the place this year, and the boys absolutely loved it!  Anyway, 2015 Doodle Write In Calendar is ready, I have the new 2015 page calendar for you as well.  Just download and print! […]
  • Free Printable: 2015 Doodle Write in Calendar

    28 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
        Hello! The new 2015 Doodle Write In Calendar is finally here!  My poor blog has been neglected of late, but life has been so busy with the little ones starting school… the adventures never end!  I have more calendars in the works, so don’t forget to check back here soon! Also, thank you […]
  • Free Printable: Doodle Weekly and Daily Pages V.2

    31 Dec 2013 | 8:10 am
    Happy, Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were full of joy and cheer!  I wanted to start 2014 off with a free printable for you!  My hope is that combined with the free printable calendars, you’ll be able to get a wonderful start to the new year.  Looking forward to what 2014 will bring! […]
  • Free Printable: 2014 Kawaii Kokeshi Mini Calendar

    20 Oct 2013 | 7:17 am
    Special Announcement: The 2015 Mini Calendar is here!  Go check it out… Enjoy!   Finally, the 2014 Kawaii Mini Calendar is here!  This year, I decided to go ahead and use the kokeshi dolls for the designs… I hope you like them!  The calendars are designed to fit size:  4″ x 3.33″ shipping labels  (these labels are from […]
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    Scoutie Girl

  • Google Keep App for Creativity and Project Management

    Fiona Bessey-Bushnell
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I am a serial list maker. I have lists everywhere, and sometimes my lists even have duplicate information. Why? Because I like the way my lists look. It is important to me that they are neat, clear, organized, and aesthetically pleasing in general. When lists get too messy, I re-write them. For my more complex lists and more in depth project management, I still use corkulous pro, an app that I shared with you a few months ago. However, my new favorite app for simple lists is Google Keep. Google Keep is a visual way to make a simple list. Basic list features allow you to check off tasks,…
  • The Surprise Element of Creativity

    Tahani Al-Salem
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:44 am
    When I was growing up, I would frequently grab the magazines in the house, cut and rip things out, and make collages. There was always something soothing about taking the time to sift through the magazines carefully, once, twice, maybe three times to make sure I didn’t miss anything that I could possibly use. The reality is that what formed on the page was always based on chance, all I had to work with was what came from the magazines, and yet I always managed to be surprised by what I was able to create. These days, I only buy magazines every once in awhile, so collages very much have…
  • Is Your Circadian Rhythm Ready for a Change?

    Rhonda Day
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    “Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent, and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play.” - Henri Matisse Most of the United States begins Daylight Saving Time at 2:00 a.m. on the second Sunday in March and reverts to standard time on the first Sunday in November. In the U.S., each time zone switches at a different time. So depending on where you live, you will get an extra hour of sleep on this momentous occasion. So this brings questions to mind? Who loves daylight savings time anyway? Does it make us more creative? Does it give us more…
  • Tile Your Way to Website Organizational Bliss

    Barbara Rutherford
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Have you ever experienced  a case of website amnesia?  Can’t remember the address or if it is .com, .org, or .net?  Is it in that LONG lists of bookmarks you saved on your laptop?  You know, the laptop that’s broken and you can’t use at the moment?  If you’re like me, chances are the more you need the website, the more information you will forget about the site and the harder it will be to access it. Never fear….Symbaloo is here!  (Symbawho?  Symbaloo!!) Symbaloo is a brilliant platform to organize your bookmarked websites, RSS feeds (you know, those blogs you…
  • GIVEAWAY! Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit

    Amanda Rose
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    You guys! I am so excited about today’s giveaway. If you read my review of Pinch Provisions Minimergency kits, you probably know how much I love these brilliant little kits of goodness. (Side note: I actually owe my husband a huge thank you for introducing these to me after he put one in my Christmas stocking last year).  Today you have the chance to win your very own Minimergency kit. TWO lucky winners will be chosen! You’ll receive one of the Minimergency designs shown above. There are 3 ways to enter. Make sure to leave a separate comment ON THIS BLOG POST for each entry to…
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    Wee Folk Art

  • My Craft Room Tour

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    It's always fun to get a peek at other people's crafting spaces. I am so very fortunate to have a whole room of my own. Here's my craft room. It is in our basement. I opted to leave my ceiling unfinished and spray painted it white. This gives the room a lot of light and makes the room feel larger.  One of my walls has bookshelves that span the entire wall. You will noticed that they are totally filled. Oh, the joy! The wee ones come over and I usually have all of the supplies necessary for any craft they want to do. Around the room, I have little things here and there that just make me…
  • February Baby Sweater

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    If you have been knitting awhile you have probably heard of Elizabeth Zimmermann. If you haven't heard of her already then you are in for a real treat, and trust me you will encounter one of her patterns at some point. She is the universal grandmother of knitting for modern knitters. Her books are written in part as a "how to knit" and in part conversational as though you were just sitting down for a cup a tea with her. Limited pictures, poor text formatting, and a general "oldness" add to the charm of her books. If you are just looking for a pattern book, filled with colorful, glossy photos,…
  • Prairie Point Junction October Give-Away :: $30 Gift Card

    26 Oct 2014 | 5:02 am
    Comments are now closed. Congratulations Carol C! Please contact me within three days to claim your prize. Use the code WEEFOLKFANS in the comment section of your order to save 20% off through November 22, 2014. Oh, how I love the Wool Blend Permalink Submitted by carol c (not verified) on Sun, 10/26/2014 - 14:03 Oh, how I love the Wool Blend Felt Sampler Pack!  I would make a forestful of little gnomes! Sponsor: Prairie Point Junction Home of Wool Felt Central Give-Away Date: Sunday, October 26, 8am EST – Monday, October 27, 8am EST (This Give-Away is 1 day only!) Number of Winners: 1…
  • Little Spruce Organics October Give-Away :: $50 Gift Cards

    25 Oct 2014 | 4:47 am
    Comments are now closed. Congratulations Kerri and Angela! Please contact within 3 days to claim your prize. SAVE $10 off of your order of $40 or more through November 15th, 2014 with the coupon code autumn10  (Some restrictions apply. See Little Spruce Organics website for details). Little Spruce Organics Giveaway Permalink Submitted by Kerri (not verified) on Sat, 10/25/2014 - 15:29 Thank for running this giveaway.  Little Spruce has six a range of beautiful things. I would love to get the lambskin. Both my children would enjoy that very much. Cheers   Contest Permalink Submitted by…
  • Our Fairy Welcomes Autumn

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Just in time for our Annual Pumpkin Carving party, Fairy received her Earth in Autumn leaf mask from Mythical Designs. It is beyond lovely, and seems to magically transform our Fairy girl into a sprite of the season. Today we will be busily prepping for our autumn party, which like most celebrations includes baking, oh so much baking, cleaning, moving furniture around to accommodate everyone, stacking logs by the bonfire, and for the first time setting up disco style lighting for an outdoor dance party. More than likely, as the weather around here is already dipping below freezing, this will…
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  • CoreStrong | Covington

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Usually if a friend posts to social media that a place is offering a free workout, I’ll go. It doesn’t matter if the reason for hosting the free workout is to fill the gym so they can take promotional photos. I visited CoreStrong in Covington because that reason. Given my physique decked out in black clothing, I wasn’t worried about being caught in the photos because I figure there will always be a cute blonde in bright gym clothes. Bingo! As you can see from the photos, the space is warehouse-big with areas dedicated to rowing, TRX, boxing and weight circuits. The owner of…
  • GoPro with Your Fitness Fun

    25 Oct 2014 | 4:47 pm
    When I played footgolf at Great Parks of Hamilton County, Verizon lent me a GoPro to wear to capture some footage. I thought this was a great idea because even after seeing the photos, I’m sure some people are wondering if we really played or if I just walked around with that contraption on my chest. We did! Much like golf, footgolf isn’t a fast, action packed game. There is a whole lot of setting down the ball, kicking it, running or walking after it, a few more kicks to get it into the hole. When I looked through the raw video there was a lot of slow action, so I used the GoPro…
  • Skechers Breast Cancer Awareness Shoes

    12 Oct 2014 | 6:01 pm
    I’ve been in the market for a new shoe and was grateful to Skechers for sponsoring this post and encouraging me to stay active with a great shoe. These shoes are PINK and sport the breast cancer awareness ribbon on the back. Designed with innovative performance materials and technologies, each shoe celebrates those who use sports and fitness to lead an active, healthy lifestyle. When it comes to my workout sneaker, I’m not particular about the color as much as I want a great, comfortable shoe. Previously, I’ve worn a running shoe because those are most widely available and…
  • Fitness Fun at Great Parks: Footgolf

    11 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    Two things that Ohio does well: libraries and parks. I love that Great Parks of Hamilton County (Ohio) saw my post about the parcours at Woodland Mound (Anderson Township) and asked if would be up for some fitness fun in the form of footgolf. What’s footgolf?! It short, you’re kicking a soccer ball to giant holes on a golf course. When you play with another blogger, you pause to take photos of her taking photos. Like golf or even miniature golf, each person needs her own ball. I bought one from Play-It-Again Sports and luckily the park had three more balls. Our photographer had a…
  • Cyclebar – Indoor Cycling Studio Cincinnati

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:27 pm
    When it comes to indoor cycling, I’ve been to several studios and gyms around Cincinnati (LA Fitness, YMCA, Revolution Fitness, Eastside Wellness Connection, Yoga Alive), but none are like Cyclebar Cincinnati, which is in Rookwood Commons near Whole Foods. This place is fancy, like multiple iPads used in class fancy. Cyclebar is an indoor cycling studio that touts the instructors, their playlists, the studio experience, shoes, towels and water provided as a way to distinguish themselves and justify the $20 per class price. I wanted to take full advantage of their free classes to meet…
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    Craft Stew

  • Plant a Tiny Winter Forest

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    Description:  What a wonderful way to enjoy greenery all winter long! Craft Link: Plant a Tiny Winter Forest Read More: Gardening or Home  
  • DIY Pajama Tutorial

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:14 am
    Description: Printable pattern that fits many sizes. Craft Link: DIY Pajama Tutorial Read More: Sewing or Home
  • DIY Brushstroke Glazed Mini Bowls

    28 Oct 2014 | 2:58 am
    Description: You won’t need a kiln to make these luxurious little bowls.  You only need oven safe dishes and special paints. Craft LinkDIY Brushstroke Glazed Mini Bowls Read More: Decorative Painting or Home  
  • DIY Embroidery Thread Wrapped Earrings

    27 Oct 2014 | 2:57 am
    Description:  This project is super cute and very easy. Just wrap embroidery thread around hoop earrings. Add a little glue and you’re finished. Link: DIY Embroidery Thread Wrapped Earrings Read More: Jewelry Making or Home
  • How to Sew a Scarf onto a Cardigan

    26 Oct 2014 | 3:40 am
    Description:  Instructions for sewing a translucent scarf onto a cardigan. Craft Link: How to Sew a Scarf onto a Cardigan Read More: Sewing or Home  
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    Paper and Stitch

  • Interior Obsessions: Green Machine

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’ve been noticing a lot of green popping up in interiors lately and though it’s never been on my go-to list when I needed a pop of color, I may be changing my tune… Because these homes look amazing. Green accents done right… (above) greenish-blue cabinets (via SF Girl by Bay) green accent table (via Salva Lopez) green vintage bedspread (via The Design Files) velvet green couch (via Emily Henderson) green upholstered headboard (via Smitten Studio) What colors are you loving right now? Is green on your radar for decor accents, at the moment? Or no?
  • Make This: Glazed Donut Pumpkin Seeds

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’ve never really been big on pumpkin seeds, but with a whole lot of leftover seeds this year, from a few failed pumpkin carving attempts, I thought I would give them a try. My father-in-law taught me how to properly toast the seeds in the oven, and because it’s so easy, I thought I would experiment with some different flavors. I did one sweet and one savory. They both ended up being pretty tasty, but the sweet ones?! Oh, they are so, SO good! Whether you like pumpkin seeds or not, I can pretty much guarantee that you will like these. Why? Because they taste like glazed donuts.
  • Print This: Halloween Snail Mail Printable with Vellum Envelopes

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Halloween is just a few days away, so I thought this would be a good time to share one last DIY printable idea before we all get wrapped up in last-minute Halloween to-dos. So, I’ve partnered with The Paper Mill Store to bring you this super quick and easy idea. All you have to do is print out the free download, write a note to a friend on the back, fold it up, and mail it out. Done! You could also skip the postage and use these as greeting cards for local friends and family. Fill them with candy and/or confetti and you’re in business. By using translucent envelopes, you can…
  • The Quick Guide to Fall Decorating with Gourds, Squash, and Pumpkins

    27 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    When it comes to fall decorating, there are lots of options out there. You could go the fall leaves route, the barrel of pumpkins route, the ‘f-it, let’s go full on turkey city up in here’ route…But I like to keep things a bit more subtle, when possible. And if I can make things easier on myself, I will. So tying together decorations for two holidays at once is my current version of a double rainbow. Think of it as a deconstructed cornucopia that can go from your Halloween doorstep, to your Thanksgiving dinner table. There are a couple of gourds, a few kinds of…
  • 6 (Halloween) DIYs to Try This Weekend

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s been quite the week around here. And while my brain is already in holiday mode, after announcing my DIY holiday workshop yesterday, I need to step back into Halloween for a minute. How is Halloween only a week away? So, this week’s DIY roundup is focused on the spookiest holiday of the year… 1. trick or treat color blocked printable tags 2. an awesome pumpkin lantern from A Subtle Revelry (photo by Lior Zilberstein) 3. weighted skull bookends from a dollar store item from me (on Curbly) 4. spooky Halloween drink stirrers and cupcake toppers 5. DIY skull decor from The…
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    Factory Direct Craft Blog

  • DIY Golden Holiday Pear Placecards

    Jessica Christman
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    These beautiful golden pears are simple to make, reusable year after year and add that touch of glam to your place settings. 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 Wood Slice Reindeer Gift Tags

    Jessica Christman
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    These pretty little tags will be much admired, and are another small gift to go along with the main one! 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 Cookie Cutter Ornaments

    Jessica Christman
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Simply choose any cookie cutter, large or small, and transform it into a festive decoration. 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 Wood Burned Rustic Snowflake Ornaments

    Jessica Christman
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    These little wood slice snowflake ornaments are so simple and pretty it will be hard to make just one! 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! }}
  • Paper Lantern Cluster Decorations

    Jessica Christman
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Bright, big and bold, paper lanterns have great impact, especially when clustered together! 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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    Just Something I Made

  • Last Minute Halloween Resources

    Cathe Holden
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    Have you been procrastinating? Here are a few resources to help you get in gear for this Halloween week.1. Poison Labels FREE printables I designed for Country Living 2. Creepy Typefaces from my collection of old lettering books 3. A quick and easy Spiderweb Doormat, another of my CL projects 4. Apothecary Poison Labels I designed for HP Create Do you go all-out for Halloween? So many of my friends do. I typically do not. Definitely more when the kids were young. How about you? I’d love to know.  
  • Free Round Holiday Labels Printables

    Cathe Holden
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    I am just entering my sixth year of blogging for SC Johnson. As a compensated blogger, I write and share ideas, projects and the occasional free printable on the company’s Family Economics section of their website. You’ll find good things I’ve shared there you may not find on here my blog, so be sure to check out all my previous SCJ-FE posts, as well as some other pretty fantastic articles and shares from the other SCJ blogger panel members.I not only enjoy working for this wonderful company, but just as much, I truly appreciate their quality products, many of which are some of the best…
  • How to Make a Vintage Book Planner

    Cathe Holden
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:04 pm
    My final copy of Mollie Makes US Edition arrived in the mail today. Sadly, the US version ends with this December issue. New things to come, but until then I’m keeping busy with workshops in the barn, crafting, collage, and learning new techniques, a sixth contracted year of blogging for SCJohnson’s Family Economics, and scheming some pretty cool projects I hope to share with you soon. Here is my December Mollie Makes project. Enjoy! Days of Fun: Vintage Book Planner Even in a time of electronic planners and memo pads, a good paper calendar is still in style and always practical to have.
  • DecoArt® Media™ Mixed Media Progam Inspired Barn Workshop

    Cathe Holden
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Timing is everything. I was recently organizing a tour-craft-lunch event at the barn for a group of women attending the West Coast Art Is You Mixed Media Retreat when along came a press release from DecoArt about their new line of mixed media products. I responded immediately and was sent some very exciting product to use in the craft project. I dabble in so many different types of crafts and art, and there are so many different types of materials and products to learn about, I was lucky that DecoArt not only makes excellent product, but also share lots of instructional videos and tutorials…
  • Tartlet Tins Needles & Pins: Mollie Makes Pincushions

    Cathe Holden
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    Issue 6 of Mollie Makes US Edition has arrived featuring another of my simple and fun projects. But this latest issue also features several of my very dear friends! My local art buddy, weekly coffee pal, creative motivator, and extremely talented illustrator and designer, Nicky Ovitt, opens up her inspiring vintage Petaluma home and studio for a tour you’re going to love. She also shares a full page pattern design from her latest fabric collection for you to gift wrap with! My New Orleans pal, contributor and designer of craft projects for major family, home & garden magazines, craft…
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    Art Of Crafts

  • Art of Crafts Interview: Alice in Paperland

    Alison Wood
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:13 am
    Today I would like to welcome Alice from Alice in Paperland. Alice is one of our featured members over at the Art of Crafts Directory and her store stocks all things paper. 1. Firstly, please introduce yourself and tell us a little about where you are based, for example in which country and part of that country? The company is called Alice in Paperland which is named after me, Alice . I have two stores now in Sydney Australia, one in Sydney proper and the other about four hours away in a gorgeous beach side town called Port Macquarie. 2. Please tell us a little about the nature of your…
  • 4 Social Networks You Need To Be Using To Promote Your Handmade Business

    Alison Wood
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:20 am
    If you have a creative business, a blog, a website or an Etsy store for example, then you are going to be looking for ways to get more traffic to your site. One of the ways to reach as large an audience as possible, for no money, is through social media. Here are my top four recommendations for where to start, but first up a caveat. Although the title of my post says that you need to be using these, you don’t have to use them all at once or get panicky and overwhelmed and end up using none (and yes I am taking to myself here!)  Just take your time, start with one, learn to use it…
  • Chloe Tells You How to Sew: Giveaway

    Alison Wood
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    Today I want to tell you about a new book called ‘Chloe Tells You How to Sew…’ (Amazon UK/USA) and to give you the opportunity to win a copy. The design of this book really took me back to my childhood. It definitely has a 70s vibe going on (eeeek yes I am that old) and it is all the better for that. Remember those Annuals that we used to get at Christmas? I LOVED those and if you did too, then you will love this book. There are 30 projects included in the book and a couple of my personal favourites are Harvey the Rabbit and The Patchwork Quilt. The colours, layout and…
  • Halloween Cat Shelf Sitters

    Ashley Lucas
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    These adorable miniature paper cats are sure to add something special to your Halloween display this fall. I’ve been visiting my family in Pennsylvania this fall, and am quite taken with primitive and ‘folk’ artwork; which are the styles that inspired these cute felines. This tutorial is a bit different than my usual craft ideas, because all you need to do is download the PDF for an instant decoration. I hope you enjoy this festive idea and leave a comment below if you’re feeling inspired! You will need: A printer Scissors Heavy white paper Colored pencils or markers 1…
  • Art of Crafts Directory Showcase

    Alison Wood
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    Art of Crafts has a sister site, the Art of Crafts Directory, where people who run handmade businesses or who sell crafts or craft supplies can create a listing for their business. As we approach Christmas I want to regularly showcase some of their stunning work, as they would all make great gifts. If you want to learn more about any of the items, then just click on the photo and you will be taken through to the product listing. I hope you enjoy all the beautiful designs! Sun Catcher: A Night At The Opera   Orange Bloom Zipped Pouch   Leaf It To Me Toggle Necklace Wooden Mosaic…
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    Skip To My Lou

  • How to crochet a hat

    Cindy Hopper
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I didn’t realize how easy it is to crochet a hat. I found this free crochet hat pattern at Michael’s with the new Isaac Mizrahi yarn. This chunky crochet hat uses a large N hook and bulky yarn so it works up quickly! It would be cute with a crochet flower embellishment. How to crochet a hat Abbreviations ch = chain hdc = half double crochet hdc2tog = [yarnover, insert hook into next st, yarnover and pull loop through] twice, yarnover, pull through 5 loops on hook – 1 st decrease] rep = repeat rnd(s) = round(s) rs = right side sl st = slip stitch st(s) = stitch(es) ws = wrong…
  • Peanut Butter Cup Blondies

    Cindy Hopper
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    These rich gooey brown sugar blondies are over the top with the addition of mini Reese’s peanut butter cups. My boys thought they were amazing. Peanut Butter Cup Blondies 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter 1 1/2 cups firmly packed light brown sugar 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 2 eggs 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup Reece’s Miniature Peanut Butter Cups Preheat an oven to 350°F. Spray an 8-inch  square baking pan with cooking spray. Line with line with parchment paper. In saucepan, melt butter and brown sugar until sugar dissolves (it might not dissolve all…
  • KitchenAid 4.5Qt Classic Stand Mixer Giveaway!

    Cindy Hopper
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:13 pm
    My friend just bought a house and I got thinking what is my #1 kitchen tool? It’s a KITCHENAID MIXER!!  I know many of you have this on your wish list too!   Perfect Christmas gift too! Well, guess what.. I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite blogger friends to bring you this awesome KitchenAid giveaway!  That’s right, one of you will win this beauty and it will be shipped to your door!  Please use the Rafflecopter below to get your entries in!  There are lots of ways to enter…  and you are definitely going to want to let your friends know this!  You can earn up to…
  • Maple Apple Glazed Breakfast Meatballs

    Cindy Hopper
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    While on my Kansas Farm Food Tour I was fortunate enough to visit Good Farm. Their name is perfect for them! Amy Good was a gracious host welcoming us into her home and sharing a special pork recipe. Amy was generous and kind and eagerly shared about their life on the farm. The Good’s work hard to produce quality food for us. See more pictures of their farm on my farm tour recap ( I am also giving a way a basket of goodies from Kansas, be sure to enter). When we arrived Amy shared these amazing pork meatballs. They were a perfect balance between sweet and savory. These pork…
  • Made by you Monday

    Cindy Hopper
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s  Monday show us what you’ve got. It is time to link up your crafty goodness! Please don’t forget to link back! — a text link at the bottom of your post, or link somewhere on your blog is okay! Don’t miss a thing! Sign up to get crafty ideas, recipes, sewing tutorials and more delivered right to your inbox. Follow Skip to My Lou on FB and Google+ to find out the latest news! Join me at Pinterest and Instagram for an extra dose of fun!
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    iHanna's Blog

  • DIY Postcard Swap Winter 2014 – Sign Up time!

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Do you feel like getting lots of yummy, handmade postcards in your inbox? Then it’s time to sign up for iHanna’s DIY Postcard Swap right now! You will create ten (10) original handmade postcards, any style you like, and send them out to ten new friends! People that might live anywhere in the world, because this is an international swap. Then later this winter, hopefully before Christmas, you will receive 10 awesome mailbox surprises in the form of handmade postcards – from 10 other creative friends. The trip to and from the mail box will be full of anticipation and joy!
  • A Personal Abecedarium of iHanna – part 2

    27 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    It doesn’t really matter what you make, it matters what you are thinking. And how one thought changes another. And noticing that. And making a whole out of it. A Oneness again. Jude Hill My personal abecedarium (or abecedary) continues [from A to K here]. Typically, abecedaries are an explanation of something in a way that is easy to remember. I thought perhaps this could be a fun way to introduce myself (and my blog) to new visitors and maybe reveal a thing or two to long-time readers. So I wrote an abecedarium about myself. After K comes… L is for List Writing Writing a list is…
  • A Postcard from Venice

    26 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    If you follow me on instagram or flickr you might have noticed that this week I spent a few days in Venice, Italy. And it was beyond word marvelous! It’s been a few years since I was abroad last on a “real trip” like this, and I have longed to go somewhere, anywhere for quite a while. And finally I made it happen, and I think I am in love with this city, maybe even the country (there are so many more places in Italy that I dream of: that I have read about, seen in movies and want to visit). Even in this kind of short trip you see so many amazing new things that it is hard to…
  • Bright Yellow Fruit Salad

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:29 am
    I like yellow. Not mellow yellow, but the bright sunshiny kind. It’s irresistible! Like fruit salad. Also irresistible. Plus, easy to make. Just chop any fruit up, mix together in a bowl and eat. Summer desert, or winter thrill. And yellow fruit salads are extra yummy, don’t you think? While chopping I decided to snap a photo of the yumminess. But I had my 50 mm lens on… …so I had to climb my friends yellow stool to get the camera to focus. I like simple food. Quick, but still healthy. Yum. Related PostsGot the camera case blues Art is my healthiest habit The Therapy…
  • Arting in the Art Journal

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    When you work in book format, like an Art Journal, or any notebook, each page is a creation on its own. You can tear it out and frame it if you want to, but the point of it is not to display it. The point of it all, is the act of making it. Sometimes it is a lot about moving on from there to the next thing. Sometimes it is about finding enjoyment in what you just made. Being content with how pretty it is. Saying it is not hybris, at least not for me, it is love. Love for these colors, patterns, brush strokes, ideas, words, the world. And yourself. Thought of the day: what is art and who has…
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    Happybird's Crafting Haven

  • 29 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Make these beautiful, but simple wired ribbon Christmas butterflies! So pretty and so much fun to do! Click on the link below to see my full YouTube tutorial:     Materials Needed 2.5 inch wide Wired Ribbon with glitter (Michael's or Hobby Lobby) Gold Plated Wire (Thin enough to be easily manipulated by hand) (Found mine at
  • DIY~Elegant Crimson and Gold Lace Pearl Earrings!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    Make these very simple, but elegant earrings for Christmas! Please click on the following link to see my complete tutorial on YouTube:     Materials Needed for Single Drop Earrings   12mm Red Pearls (2) 15mm Gold Plated Leaf Bead Caps (2) -I purchased my bead caps from the following Ebay seller: 22 Gauge Head Pins
  • DIY~Amazing Faux Druzy Pendants! Simple and Beautiful!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:38 pm
     Make these gorgeous faux druzy (or druse) penants, using nothing more than two ingredients! Please click on the following link to see my full YouTube tutorial:   See the photo below...this is what we made in the tutorial. I'm just sorry that 3-D images don't come out right on camera. :o(  The pendant is really beautiful in person! the photo doesn't do it
  • DIY~Adorable Recycled CD Christmas Card Pendant Necklace!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    Learn how to make this adorable and EASY Recycled CD Christmas Card Pendant! Click on the following link for the complete YouTube tutorial: These would make wonderful gifts or craft fair items! You can also use birthday cards or ANY cards you have on hand. Enjoy!   Materials Needed: *Old CD *Christmas Cards (I used the Mary Engelbreit Christmas cards found in
  • DIY~Adorable Snowman Figurines For Candle Arrangements!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    Make these adorable lightweight snowmen from paper clay! You can make several in any size you want and hot glue them onto a candle arrangement for Christmas. Please click on the following YouTube link to see my complete tutorial: Materials Needed: *Paper Clay (I purchased mine at Michael's) *Christmas socks from the Dollar Tree *Toothpicks *Orange Acrylic Paint *
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  • 5 Articles You Must Read Before Your Next Show

    Timothy Adam
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:13 pm
    image credit: ohhellofriend Art show and craft fairs played a huge roll in growing my creative business.  I was able to connect with customers on a face to face level, get instant feed back on my products, and test out new ideas.  But most importantly I was able to tell my story.  The individual... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • Free Pattern Download – Sweet Little Dress

    Timothy Adam
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    What’s an auntie to do when she has an adorable niece? Knit her up something special, of course! CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD This is a pattern I designed for a class I taught several years ago. Before today, I haven’t made it available online. I did some tweaking and changed the skirt from a gathered ... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • Think Pink Bows – 2014 Top Handmade Etsy Seller – 119,000 Sales

    Timothy Adam
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    How does the number one handmade Etsy seller Think Pink Bows reach 119,000 sales? Today I was checking out their Facebook Fan Page today and noticed they were running a flash sale on certain items.  They just alter the price on a few items and then post them on their fan page!  Growing your fan ... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • Creative digital market coming soon! Apply today!

    Timothy Adam
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    We are excited to announce the launch of our Creative Digital Market. We are partnering with Meylah to bring this unique digital market to world! Creative Digital market will be a new platform for modern mouse made design content from independent designers, pattern makers and creatives around the... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • Top Handmade Etsy Sellers From 2011 – Where Are They Now?

    Timothy Adam
    26 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Top Handmade Etsy Sellers From 2011 – Where Are They Now? Back in 2011, Etsy was starting to become a little more mainstream.  I remember being able to tell people that I sold on Etsy and occasionally I didn’t get a blank stare because they were familiar with the site. Well, a lot has happened ... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
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  • creative! crochet brain and eyeball, set inside a skull.

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:49 am
    Made by Pimp Ta Life. Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Finn’s Pick: Hiné Mizushima’s “Cat in a Box”

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:18 am
    Thanks for sharing, Hiné! See more of Hiné’s work at: Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Finn’s Pick: Superhero Pencil Covers!

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:34 am
    Made by Amigunuri. Rating: 7.0/10 (3 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Patricia Waller’s dentures in a jar!

    23 Sep 2014 | 4:17 am
    This would make a fun Halloween decoration. When I was a kid, my grandmother gave me a pair of her old dentures to play with and my mom was so mortified, she made me give them back. Her reaction was so visceral, I didn’t even try to argue with her. As an adult (and mother) looking back, I can understand a little better now why this episode upset her so much. “I don’t have false teeth. Do you think I’d buy teeth like these?” – Carol Burnett Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Needle-felted Beyoncé (WIP)

    22 Sep 2014 | 4:04 am
    Submitted by Erin who says, “The face is felted fibrefill “painted” with roving wool of various colors (even the eyelashes are roving wool); the hair is made from dyed, curly mohair; the tiny earrings are made from wire.” Read more about this work in progress over at Erin’s Tumblr blog, — Thanks Erin! Rating: 7.5/10 (2 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
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    AllCrafts Free Crafts Update | AllCrafts Free Crafts Update

  • DIY Zipper Book Clutch

    Wendy at
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    I love reading and I’m rather fond of purses so this DIY Zipper Book Clutch really caught my eye. I’m not sure how practical it is, but… it could be good for organizing craft supplies or a small needlework project. So, it gets added to our list of 200+ Free Purse Sewing Patterns, and of course, Recycled Crafts. You might also like: Gift Card Purse Tank Top Tote Bag Tutorial DIY Book Pumpkins Phoebe Bag Sewing Pattern Cute Hooded Sweatshirt Redo
  • Gratitude Flower Crocheting Pattern

    Wendy at
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    I think this Free Gratitude Flower Crocheting Pattern will work up pretty quickly. I can’t help it — I just liking making flowers. I guess that’s why we have a page of 100+ Free Crochet Flower Patterns! You might also like: Cheerful Flower Power Valance Crochet Pattern Chrysanthemum Dishcloth Crochet Pattern Daisy Daisy Free Crochet Earrings Pattern Mollie Flower Crochet Pattern Pansy Flower Square Free Crochet Pattern
  • Make Your Own Wrinkle Releaser

    Wendy at
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    No time to iron? Make Your Own Wrinkle Releaser!. I can definitely say that this works. I use it all the time. Give a light spritz to the wrinkles and hang it up while you finish getting ready. The wrinkles just fall out!  Added to Bath and Beauty Recipes. You might also like: Apple Scented Homemade Bubble Bath DIY Pumpkin Soap DIY Shower Steamers Simple DIY Toner Recipes for Any Skin Type Homemade Floor Cleaners Recipes
  • Peaceful Shawl Free Knitting Pattern

    Wendy at
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    I’m so ready to wrap up in something cozy like this Peaceful Shawl. It’s just the right size for adding an extra layer of warmth. I love that it uses an easy-to-find yarn like Homespun. Added to 100+ Free Shawl Knitting Patterns You might also like: Simple Stylish Wrap Knitting Pattern Spanish Baroque Shawl Knitting Pattern Over 100 Free Knitted Shawls, Shrugs, Capelets and More Knitting Patterns at Free Broomstick Lace Shawl Crochet Pattern Easy Baby Pullover Sweater Knitting Pattern
  • Plenty of Pockets Duffle Bag Sewing Pattern

    Wendy at
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Looking for a bag that can handle everything? Check out this free Plenty of Pockets Duffle Bag Sewing Pattern! Seriously organized, yet super-cute. It’s a bag for all season, all hobbies. Find more on our page of 200+ Free Purse and Tote Sewing Patterns. You might also like: Braided Belt Messenger Bag Tutorial Scrappy Owl Trick or Treat Bags Tutorial Small Quilted Tote with Attached Lid 100+ Free Purse Sewing Patterns All-In-One Picnic Blanket Tote
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    Handmade journals, photo albums and guest books | Blue Roof Designs

  • Website redesign

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    In case you didn’t notice, I recently did a quiet relaunch of my website with a fully responsive design (a.k.a. tablet and smart phone friendly). I am thrilled with the new look! Here’s what my website looked like before… …and here it is now: I think that the new look is much more modern and user-friendly. I tried to carry over some of the colors so that the new website would feel a bit familiar. I’d like to give a shout out to my web guru, Jason Lemieux of Vernal Creative. Thanks so much for making me look so good!
  • Worktable Wednesday

    15 Oct 2014 | 3:31 pm
    I spent today preparing for an upcoming (this Friday) workshop at the Vermont Art Teachers Association‘s fall conference. I’m teaching Keith Smith‘s Diamond X binding from his book Volume II Non-Adhesive Binding: 1-2- & 3-Section Sewings. Making the kits takes some time. There’s cutting the leather and paper… …and getting the thread into a big fat knot while trying to cut pieces off. This seems to be a trend with me, big fat knots. Then everything goes into shiny bags. I like shiny things. Then I start the furious dumping of stuff on the table. On the…
  • Weston Craft Show recap

    13 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    This year my booth for the Weston Craft Show was located in the basement of the Weston Playhouse. I was thrilled to have this new space – it was huge! Here’s what it looked like after bringing in all of my stuff, but before starting to set up. A bit of a raw space, but workable. I was indecisive about where to put things, so I ended up being pokey during most of the set up. Once I settled on the layout, however, things came together quickly. After the first show day, I came to dislike the naked space in front of my shelves. That evening, I drove to Rutland and picked up an area…
  • Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here

    10 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    I recently saw the traveling exhibit Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here at Goddard College in Plainfield, VT. The exhibit commemorates the 2007 bombing that resulted in the loss of a vibrant cultural and literary community in Baghdad. The exhibit has been traveling the world since 2012 and includes artists’ books and broadsides by artists from 26 countries. The exhibit at Goddard included a small selection of the total works collected for the exhibit, which numbers at approximately 260 artists’ books. Upon entering the exhibit space, I was immediately taken by the piece My Poem Becomes…
  • Open Studio Weekend recap

    6 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    As you can see below, I had a lot of help getting set up for Open Studio Weekend. Wiggum is a very motivated assistant. This is definitely a classic “after” shot – a pristine worktable surface. During Open Studio Weekend, I don’t restrict my books to my studio – I take over the hallways on the first floor of our house for my production work. I display my one-of-a-kind pieces and artists’ books in my studio. And a bunch of other books take over the top of my flat files. Inflatable Jerry French approves of the setup. My heartfelt thanks go to the wonderful…
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  • 10th Anniversary Giveaway #5

    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    This is the final giveaway in our month-long anniversary celebration. Thanks for participating and good luck! Giveaway #5 Question: Who taught you to knit and/or crochet? Have you ever taught anyone? A friend taught me to knit as a birthday present. I’d never thought about knitting before and wasn’t particularly interested in knitting, but, obviously, I loved it! I’ve taught many people to knit in the shop and I’ve also taught friends and family. It’s such a great skill to share! Leave your answer below by November 2 and you could win!
  • Giveaway Winner #4

    27 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    The winner of Giveaway #4 is Anne P – congratulations, Anne! Please email me your shipping address and I’ll send you your prize, 2 skeins of Lana Vida Francesca in Royal. Our bag preferences are as varied as our yarn ones. Thank you for all your entries! There’s just one giveaway left. Check back later this week!
  • Paoli Wrap

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:23 am
    Be stylish and warm in our new Paoli Wrap! Knit in Hannah, Paoli is a soft, luxe scarf that you’ll find yourself reaching for every day this season. The simple stitch repeat creates an amazing pleated fabric, that adds texture and flair to your winter wardrobe! Hannah is an incredible combination of fine merino, baby alpaca & cashmere, blended together in a classic worsted weight yarn with beautiful drape. With a palette of 15 rich hues, there is a color for every taste! Here’s the free pattern! Enjoy! PAOLI WRAP SIZE One size, 14 x 66 inches YARN Lana Vida Hannah (45% baby…
  • 10th Anniversary Giveaway #4

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s hard to believe how quickly this month is passing! Time for our fourth giveaway – good luck! Giveaway #4 Question: What makes the perfect project bag? With two cats and a dog, all of my projects have to be safely away when I’m not working on them. My perfect knitting bag is lightweight and big enough to hold at least 2 projects. I have lots of tote bags and messenger bags, but the totes are my current favorite. Leave your answer in the comments below by Sunday, October 26. We’ll let you know if you’ve won!
  • Giveaway Winner #3

    20 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    Joan M. is the winner of Giveaway #3! She wins two skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Loft in Long Johns. Congratulations, Joan! Thanks to everyone who entered! There are 2 more giveaways as part of our month-long 10th Anniversary celebration, so please enter for more chances to win!
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    Cook Clean Craft

  • Elsa party dress

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:38 pm
    The Frozen party blog posts continue… Next up is the Elsa party dress. My daughter already has an Elsa costume, but I wanted a fun dress for her to wear to her party. My plan was for it to be an everyday dress, but it ended a more dressy than I intended – oops. That doesn’t bother my daughter though – she’ll still wear everyday . The dress is made from foil jersey – a stretchy, knit fabric with a pretty shimmer. No zips or button holes required – woo hoo! The skirt is a double-layered circle skirt, with the bottom layer from the same foil jersey and a top layer of…
  • Snowflake & Snowmen Cookies

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:25 pm
    Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. When I was 11 or 12, I did a cake decorating course with some friends during the school holidays. We learnt piping by decorating cookies. It was a lot of fun but my skills are a bit rusty so I bought the Craftsy course Decorating Essentials: Designer Cookies with Autumn Carpenter (author of "The Complete Photo Guide to Cookie Decorating"). My daughter’s Frozen party was just the excuse I needed to get back into cookie-decorating. For my first attempt at doing run-sugar cookie decorating, I decided to start with simple shapes. With…
  • Elsa’s Ice Palace Birthday Cake

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:34 pm
    The next project from my daughter’s Elsa party is the cake. She requested a Dolly Varden-style cake, but Elsa Barbie dolls are hard to find, so I decided to make an ice palace birthday cake (on top of the North mountain). Let’s start by saying, this is a Frozen-themed cake, but it is not a frozen cake. I wasn’t brave enough to attempt an ice cream cake! I bought the character figurines from eBay (and now my daughter plays with them as a bonus birthday present), and the candles and Happy Birthday sign were from Big W. I posted a photos on Facebook and Instagram as I was…
  • How to Sew a Quick Elsa Cape

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:44 pm
    For my daughter’s Frozen party, I loved the idea of all the girls dressing up as Elsa. But I didn’t have the time (or energy) to make Elsa costumes for them all. Instead, I had the idea for a simple Elsa Cape – a quick sewing project and something fun for the girls to take home with them. It has two loops of elastic worn over the shoulders – less of a strangulation risk, and it sits a bit lower on the back, just like on Elsa’s dress. And it works well for running up the North Mountain! Here’s the tutorial for how to sew an Elsa cape: Read the full article hereThe post How to…
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    Craft Gossip

  • Tutorial: Add a keyhole neck to a blouse pattern

    Anne Weaver
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Tutorial: Add a keyhole neck to a blouse pattern Jen from iCandy Handmade shares a tutorial for making a blouse with a keyhole opening at the front neck.  You’ll need a basic blouse pattern.  She shows how to adapt that … Read More...
  • Tutorial: Vintage comb holder and cosmetic case

    Anne Weaver
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:33 pm
    This vintage pattern shows how you can make a comb holder and matching cosmetic case.  It was originally published in a 1954 Workbasket Magazine, but you can download it for free at the Pattern Patter blog.  The pattern comes courtesy of … Read More...
  • Poison Toffee Apples

    Carolyn Bickford
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Snow White would not have tried the poison apple if it looked like this. These would definitely fit in well with a Nightmare before Christmas theme though. You may have all the ingredients all ready in your pantry. You need … Read More...
  • Freebie: Felt Sugar Skull Sachets

    Pam Pedersen
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Dia de los Muertos is coming up right after Halloween. It is wonderful celebration to honor those who have passed on. Rachel at Adventures in Making shares with us both a tutorial and pattern for making one of the key … Read More...
  • Tutorial: Orange peel appliqued throw pillow

    Anne Weaver
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Tutorial: Orange peel appliqued throw pillow Lindsey from Fort Worth Fabric Studio shares a tutorial for making a throw pillow with an appliqued orange peel design.  The orange peel design is a traditional motif but would be quite at home … Read More...
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    Craft Gossip

  • Tutorial: Vintage comb holder and cosmetic case

    Anne Weaver
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:33 pm
    This vintage pattern shows how you can make a comb holder and matching cosmetic case.  It was originally published in a 1954 Workbasket Magazine, but you can download it for free at the Pattern Patter blog.  The pattern comes courtesy of … Read More...
  • Poison Toffee Apples

    Carolyn Bickford
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Snow White would not have tried the poison apple if it looked like this. These would definitely fit in well with a Nightmare before Christmas theme though. You may have all the ingredients all ready in your pantry. You need … Read More...
  • Freebie: Felt Sugar Skull Sachets

    Pam Pedersen
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Dia de los Muertos is coming up right after Halloween. It is wonderful celebration to honor those who have passed on. Rachel at Adventures in Making shares with us both a tutorial and pattern for making one of the key … Read More...
  • Tutorial: Orange peel appliqued throw pillow

    Anne Weaver
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Tutorial: Orange peel appliqued throw pillow Lindsey from Fort Worth Fabric Studio shares a tutorial for making a throw pillow with an appliqued orange peel design.  The orange peel design is a traditional motif but would be quite at home … Read More...
  • Pompom bat {tutorial}

    Linda Lanese
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Here is a cute pompom Bat with felt wings for a last minute party or a friend for the kids. Stephanie of “Handmade Cuddles” will show you step-by-step how to make this little guy.  You can use the pompom maker … Read More...
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    Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

  • 12 Adorable Scarves to Sew

    Jamie Sanders
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:24 am
    It's scarf season!  Time to bust out the fleece, chiffon or your favorite warm knit fabric and stitch up a few new scarves.  I've gathered a few of my favorite DIY scarf sewing tutorials as inspiration!Pocket Scarf Tutorial from Caila MadeClick here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2014 version 27zx69sdr
  • Thai Coconut Chicken Curry

    Jamie Sanders
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    Thank you to Imagine® Organic Culinary Simmer Sauces for partnering with me to share this 15 minute Thai Coconut Chicken Curry Recipe.It's starting to be that time of the year again again, the holidays are just around the corner and all our activities are going full steam ahead!  We have Scouts (boys and girls on different nights) run club, homework and other afterschool projects/activities.  (Not to mention my own work.) When it comes to making dinner, I do my best to plan ahead and stick to it!  Of course, we all have those days when nothing goes according to plan.  Sometimes…
  • Flat Front Skirt Tutorial (size 2 to 10)

    Jamie Sanders
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    New pattern alert!!  Remember my Flat Front Skirt from last week?  I have the pattern and tutorial ready to share with you today!I'm loving how the skirt turned out, the fit is perfect!  The skirt has a flat front, so it looks good with a tucked in shirt and elastic in the back, for easy on/off (and easy construction.)  I definitely prefer the ease of elastic-waist bottoms, and the look of the flat front really makes it look more structured.Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2014 version 27zx69sdr
  • 25 Minute Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe

    Jamie Sanders
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Today, I'm sharing this easy recipe for Spaghetti Carbonara.  It's so simple and creamy, plus you'll love that it takes less than 25 minutes to get on the table!My daughter asked for "noodles" for dinner the other night.  I already had something else ready to go, so I told her I would make it for her the next night.  Turns out, since then we've be playing pass the cold and I haven't done much actual cooking.Thankfully everyone is on the mend and I thought I would make this simple and creamy Spaghetti Carbonara recipe for dinner.  This is one of those recipes…
  • Slow Cooker Tex-Mex Barbecue Beef, plus a Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker Giveaway

    Jamie Sanders
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Today I'm sharing this recipe for Shredded Tex-Mex Barbecue Beef Sandwiches, made in my new Slow Cooker.  Plus a big Thank you to Hamilton Beach for providing a Set 'n Forget® 6 Qt. Programmable Slow Cooker With Spoon/Lid to giveaway! (Details at the bottom of the post.)I'm not sure if you've noticed, but I haven't had a new slow cooker recipe on the blog since February.  We had a little mishap while cleaning the cooking container...  Yep, it was dropped!  (I've been meaning to purchase a replacement insert, but every time I sit down to order it, I keep getting…
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  • Interrupting the art for a post...our home is for sale!

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:55 am
    Interrupting the art for a bit to mention that our home is for sale! It's in Glendale, AZ, near the Arrowhead area. If you're interested in more details, contact Lorraine Hollingsworth at HomeSmart Realty, 602.330.5972,
  • Someday is here! Time for Back2Back with Dyan Reaveley and Dina Wakley

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Back2Back: Collage an online class with Dyan Reaveley and Dina Wakley  $75.00  What is Back 2 Back? One topic. Two artists. Two perspectives. Many techniques. Lots of inspiration. Artistic conversation about the process of art making.  Join Dyan and Dina for a collage adventure! We start class by showing you some of our most beloved background techniques. We each make two similar backgrounds, so that we can trade with each other. Watch us squirm as we take on the challenge to create on each other's work. The result is lots of laughs and lots of artistic inspiration! What you get: Two…
  • Come and take a class with me in Scottsdale!

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:38 pm
    I am teaching two classes at Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale on Oct 30th...join me! Click here for the details!
  • Playing with the vaseline technique...

    10 Oct 2014 | 3:39 am
    Fun to mess around with the vaseline technique! What I do is start with some sort of background. Then I wipe some vaseline onto the page in a few areas. Then I paint over the vaseline carefully. You need to overlap the paint layer from the vaseline to the plain paper. Let the paint dry. When it's dry, wipe off the vaseline (the paint over the vaseline won't be dry, so you can wipe it away). Fun. Love the grungy effect you can get. What's on the page: Dina Wakley media acrylic and vaseline.
  • Drawing...this time with an china marker...

    7 Oct 2014 | 3:36 am
    Grabbed a china marker for this one instead of my trusty and loved Stabilo All pencil. Gives a similar look without the water solubility. Still isn't permanent, though...will rub off easily.
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  • Casual Long Sleeve Dress Pattern

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    Finding the perfect DIY dress pattern for the cold weather can be a tough adventure. Many free dress patterns are short-sleeved or sundresses. These ideas, while gorgeous, cannot be worn when the cold wind starts to blow. Lucky for you, the Casual Long Sleeve Dress Pattern is a comfortable alternative to DIY dress pattern ideas that cannot be worn during chilly weather. Pair this idea with some boots, a scarf, and a cute belt and you will be the belle of the fall!
  • How to Sew a Ball

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    One of the best DIY toys you can make for a toddler is a ball sewing pattern. Younger kids just love balls! They love rolling, throwing, and squeezing the classic toys. These fun toys can aid with motor skills. Unlike a plastic or a rubber ball, learning how to sew a ball will do much less damage. This How to Sew a Ball tutorial will show you exactly how to make a toddler and baby-friendly free toy pattern.
  • Half Hour Easy Skirt Pattern

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    Combine half an hour, some scrap fabric, an old skirt, and some creativity and you get the Half Hour Easy Skirt Pattern! The best thing about DIY kid's clothes is that they are usually easy to make and quick to create. They are smaller than adult patterns and often much less complicated. This sewn skirt pattern is no exception. You will be amazed at how quickly you can create this gorgeous pattern!
  • 5 Ways to Find Free Sewing Patterns on

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:51 am
    It can be hard to wade through all of that information for that one perfect pattern. Lucky for you, our site is especially designed to help you find the patterns you want. We have several functions that make locating the free sewing pattern for you easy as pie. No matter what you are looking for, we probably have it. All you need to do is locate that pattern and with these 5 ways youll be locating your next free sewing project in now time.
  • Deby Coles

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:55 pm
    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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    Art Platter

  • Temple Border Motif Kundan Rangoli – DIY

    19 Oct 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Have you seen the traditional silk sarees of Kancheepuram? If yes, you would have seen the famous temple motif on the borders of these sarees. Taking inspiration from this design, the below temple border motif kundan rangoli has been made with OHP sheet as its base. How to make a temple border motif kundan rangoli: … … Continue reading →The post Temple Border Motif Kundan Rangoli – DIY appeared first on Art Platter.
  • Diwali palm leaf plate thali – DIY

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Diwali is the time when we get to exchange sweets and gifts with our close ones… Here is a thali which will make gift giving a greater pleasure! This thali has been made ornamental yet retaining a rustic look by keeping a major part of its palm leaf base visible. How to make a palm … … Continue reading →The post Diwali palm leaf plate thali – DIY appeared first on Art Platter.
  • Lord Krishna’s feet – Kundan rangoli DIY

    17 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    Here is an easy to make Kundan rangoli DIY tutorial to make this year’s Gokulashtami more special! It is made using OHP sheet as the base and rhinestones have been used for decor. Kundan Rangoli DIY – Steps: Step 1: Draw the intended outline of the foot on a piece of paper and place an … … Continue reading →The post Lord Krishna’s feet – Kundan rangoli DIY appeared first on Art Platter.
  • Purple kundan rangoli – DIY

    7 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    It felt like it had been quite a while since I made a kundan rangoli and this time wanted to use colors which I hadn’t used before for a rangoli. So, here is a purple kundan rangoli made of rhinestones, decor beads, bead ball chain and a plastic sheet. How to make a purple kundan … … Continue reading →The post Purple kundan rangoli – DIY appeared first on Art Platter.
  • 3D Origami cactus with flower – Tutorial

    3 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    It has been quite a while since we had a tutorial on origami… we bounce back with this tutorial on making a 3D origami cactus and a lovely pink flower to go with it! Let’s waste no time – heading to the tutorial… How to make a 3D origami cactus : You would need a … … Continue reading →The post 3D Origami cactus with flower – Tutorial appeared first on Art Platter.
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    Stars for Streetlights

  • DIY Porcupine Quill Earrings + Necklace, Shot in Paris

    Stacie Grissom
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    Over the past couple years I've grown really interested in jewelry created from natural objects. From rocks to more rocks and shells, my jewelry collection is getting a little out of hand. The stuff I make isn't something you can wear every day, but it's so therapeutic to me to sit sewing or soldering at night after work that I can't stop doing it. My favorite way to relax out of the NYC bustle is to plop down on the couch with Netflix and a cocktail working on a new jewelry project. While we were in Paris over a month ago, I photographed my newest natural element jewelry projects-- a pair of…
  • My Lomography La Sardina DIY Camera + Win One of Your Own!

    Stacie Grissom
    3 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    The first time I really got into analogue photography was when I decorated a Holga camera back in 2010. I love messing around with my Holga camera and Polaroid cameras. There are so many surprises and accidents that make this type of photography so fun, and no one embraces this culture and art form better than Lomography. When my friend Juan at Lomography asked me if I wanted to embellish a Sardina camera and be a part of the DIY Sardina exhibit that they held in August, I felt really honored to be asked. :) Photo via Lomography More than the other toy cameras, the Sardina has always been a…
  • How to Make a Necklace Pendant from a Rock

    Stacie Grissom
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Over the past year I've been making quite a few rock necklaces. There's one I made from the Virgin Islands, two from Montauk, one from Las Vegas, one I photographed at Stonehenge, and one from my trip around the UK and Ireland. (For the rest of my statement necklaces, check out my gallery!) I've gotten a bit tired of making the bib-style necklaces and wanted to learn a new technique. I remember back when I was a kid, I broke something and my dad fixed it with his soldering iron. I always thought soldering was some really cool yet really difficult skill that you had to learn in a class. Not.
  • Postcards from Paris, Part 1

    Stacie Grissom
    6 Sep 2014 | 7:03 am
    A bit of radio silence from me the past few weeks because Sean and I went on a little trip to Paris and Berlin. The thing that was the most surprising of all was that Paris completely lived up to all the hype. The soft cheeses are ridiculously cheap, there's charcuterie everywhere, the buildings are gilded, and there's always this perpetual tinkling cafe sound. Paris is the first city I've been where I caught myself thinking, "Wow, I love this city more than New York." More pics coming soon after I catch up on my work and find time to edit pics. ;)
  • Things to Do in NYC: The Tram to Roosevelt Island

    Stacie Grissom
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:09 am
    In the two years that I've lived in NYC I've explored many areas and towns around the area but somehow hadn't made it out to Roosevelt Island. Roosevelt Island is an island in the East River right under the Queensboro bridge. It runs from 85th street on the UES down to 46th street. To get there you can take the tram over the Queensboro bridge. The tram is only one of three commuter aerial tramways in the US and you can use your Metrocard to get on it. It's really fun to ride over the bridge and see the city in a completely new way rising up from 2nd Ave.There is a bus on the island that takes…
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  • Utensil Stockings to Knit for the Xmas Table

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    Add a little holiday flair to your table with these cute stockings to hold your utensils. Options include cabled stockings (left or right twist) and a striped stockinette version that could also be worked in a solid color if you'd rather.
  • Christmas Luminary Mason Jar Idea

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    This kids Christmas craft project shows you how to make a simple luminary jar using a paper napkin and recycled glass (or plastic) jar.
  • Halloween Dementor Ghosts

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
    These Halloween Ghosts or Dementors are created using a lightweight black fabric and balloons. They blow around in the breeze making them especially scary at night time.
  • Furry Monster Stocking: Christmas DIY

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:58 am
    Make this whimsical furry stocking that looks like a monster to hang on the mantle and "eat" all the Christmas presents!
  • Reindeer Games Chalkboard Sign

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
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    The Crafty Crow

  • How To Marble Pumpkins

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    I was first attracted to the amazing colors on these pumpkins and then when I read how they were made I was really intrigued. Found at MomDot, this is a tutorial on how to marble pumpkins with nail polish.
  • Paper Strip Pumpkin Garland

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Pysselbolaget shows you how to make this cheerful paper strip pumpkin garland that puts the "happy" in Halloween!
  • Candy Corn Masks

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    I love this candy corn mask that's available to print for free at MADE. Fill in the colors with cut up paper and then add your own details
  • Crepe Paper Pumpkin Party Favors

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    If you're looking for some candy free treats to hand out then take a look at these stuffed crepe paper pumpkins at One Busy WAHM. They're easy enough for kids to make too! 
  • Beaded Pumpkin Craft

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Cutesy Crafts has a tutorial on how to make these sweet pony bead pumpkins that would be fun to do at a Halloween party or harvest festival. 
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  • Favorite Fabrics - Vintage Floral

    Michelle (
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:54 am
    Vintage Floral fabric available at Pattern Like
  • New Pattern!

    Michelle (
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    Check it out here!
  • Made - Medium Grocery Bag

    Michelle (
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:46 am
    Pattern: Grocery Bag Size: Medium Fabric: Las Golondrinas by Alexander Henry
  • Sample Sale - Fold Over Zip Clutch (sold)

    Michelle (
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:42 am
    Today this Fold Over Zip pouch is available as a sample. Sold - Thanks! The flap/back fabric is Tiny Floral by Tea & Sympathy for Studio E.  The pouch is an organic chambray shirting fabric.  It is probably a lighter blue than what the picture might show on your monitor. This was made using the Size 1 pattern pieces from the Fold Over Zip Wristlet pattern.  It's a nice size for a phone, keys and a few other small things.   The button is a fabric covered pinback button, so it can be moved to a new spot, or removed all together.
  • Marmalade by Alice Kennedy

    Michelle (
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Marmalade by Alice Kennedy for Timeless Treasures
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    Stitching the Night Away

  • Finished Stitching Joker and Harley

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    This is a WeeLittleStitches pattern from the Pixel People in Love collection. I’ve actually had this pattern for awhile, but I was missing a color so I hadn’t stitched it yet. Found the color I needed, so I pulled the pattern out and got started stitching it up. I was able to finish it this weekend while watching TV with my husband. The fabric is an old Silkweaver Solo and the floss is all DMC. I did swap a few colors – the yellows and the green are off a shade or two from what was charted, but I was pretty close so it seemed to work out okay. I used three strands of floss…
  • Giveaway: Donna Kooler’s 555 Christmas Cross Stitch Designs Book

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    I’ve been destashing and adding things to the Etsy shop recently, when I realized we haven’t done a giveaway in quite a while. So, here we go, an easy-peasy giveaway with different entry options for a copy of Donna Kooler’s 555 Christmas Cross Stitch Designs in new condition. This came out of my stash, but it’s only been opened a few times and didn’t even bend the binding. I stitched a handful of ornaments as gifts one year and it’s been in storage ever since. Now it needs a new stitchy home. a Rafflecopter giveaway Can’t wait and want a copy now?
  • Stitching Progress This Week!

    19 Oct 2014 | 8:26 pm
    It feels like forever since I had real stitching progress to share here on the blog. I mentioned in the newsletter last week that I was recovering from feeling pretty darn crappy and as part of that I prescribed myself some stitching time daily. I have to say, stitching is good medicine. I put a few hours in stitching My Token of Love by Rosewood Manor, a project that has been neglected for awhile. This was my morning project, I’d stitch for 30 minutes or so after everyone left for school each morning. A cup of hot coffee and whatever random cooking show was on TV… (you can see…
  • Finished Reading; Alone (A Bone Secrets Novel) by Kendra Elliot

    27 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    available on AmazonLast night I finished reading Alone (A Bone Secrets Novel) by Kendra Elliot. This was a pretty smooth read and I enjoyed the story. It’s a combination of mystery, thriller, sort of drizzled with romance. There is one sex scene in the book, but it’s pretty mild. In other words, the book is 98% story, no smut. I didn’t realize this was the fourth book in the series – but fortunately each book in the series focuses on a different character, so I can go back and read the other three novels at another time and they’re all standalone stories that…
  • Independence Eagle Stitched by Denise

    12 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    Denise shared this finish with us on the Facebook page awhile ago and I forgot to add it to the gallery. I love the idea of using the bandana as an accent or mat fabric too. Great work, Denise! stitched by Denise S. (this free pattern is available right here on Stitching the Night Away)
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  • Lip Gloss with Tints, Flavors, and Plumping Action

    26 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    I’m a year-round lip gloss addict, but I’m even more obsessed with keeping a half dozen tubes of it in my purse when the weather gets cold and windy. I switched over to making my own diy lip gloss for a few reasons – I can control my ingredients, I don’t have to worry about a company discontinuing a favorite, and this project is really inexpensive even compared to drugstore prices (let alone my high-end taste in cosmetics!) This project is really more of a “choose your own adventure.” You can make the most classic basic or a really fancy product, it’s…
  • Convertible Charm Necklace / Choker

    5 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    Like most people, you wear clothes with a range of different necklines – anything from a deep v-neck to a collar – and have probably had moments where the perfect necklace just didn’t want to get along with the neckline of your shirt. Since I believe that a big reason to make your own stuff is to solve these little annoying day to day problems, I worked out a fix. This convertible charm necklace and choker ensures that you can wear a wide, statement style jewelry at any length you want. Supplies:   - 2-hole spacer pieces – I found these blue faux druzy pieces at…
  • Cozy Mesh Scarf

    27 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    Where I’m living we’re in that part of the fall where you might need a coat in the morning but wish you were wearing shorts in the afternoon. In that kind of unpredictable weather a cozy mesh scarf that scrunches down into your bag can be the perfect accessory, and this one fits that description. It’s a stretchy, flexible mesh knit that works up quickly but also looks really special and complicated, which means it would be a great go-to for quick holiday gifts. The remarkably simple pattern and a photo tutorial are behind the cut. For a 9 inch wide (that stretches to about…
  • Fall Leaves Hair Pins

    30 Aug 2014 | 10:37 am
    Metal leaf is a wonderfully versatile material – in this case I’m using it to cover some scrap leather to create a pretty set of fall leaves hair pins. The imperfect texture of leather gives the copper some extra interest, and copper looks beautiful against most hair colors. Supplies: - leather scraps - copper leaf - leafing size (adhesive) - leafing sealer - E6000 or other metal and leather friendly glue - sharp knife - cutting mat - hair pin findings - scissors - ink pen - aluminum foil - rubbing alcohol - paper towels - template - Click here to download the template! Cut the…
  • Spiral Embroidered Pins

    23 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    These embroidered pins are kind of addictive – it’s so much fun to pick the color combinations and stitch patterns that it’s easy to make a bunch. I made them as pins for two reasons – one, I rarely make pins, and two, they’re a little 80′s looking and it’s hard to rock an 80′s look without a few solid badges. That said, it would be easy to finish them as parts for necklaces or bracelets by using the method from the crystal flower tutorial. The technique for making these is a bit like a spirograph, and they’re actually really easy and…
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  • Tinkerbell Fairy Dust Jack-o-lantern Carving as Life Skill

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:29 pm
    It’s Halloween! My favorite. I decided to celebrate this year by doing a proper jack-o-lantern pin test. Yeah, I sort of did one last year, but this year I found a design on Pinterest and decided to duplicate it exactly, thank you very much. (Of course, this is me, so by “duplicate exactly” I mean “approximate poorly,” but we’ll get to that.) Behold, my plan: Image from The plan comes with detailed written and pictorial instructions as well as a pattern you can print out. What could go wrong, I ask you? I mean, all you need is a pumpkin…
  • The Ultimate Gift Solution for the 40-Year-Old Man Who Has Everything

    14 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    So it was my husband’s 40th birthday earlier this week. Some of you may think that he is incredibly hard to shop for because he is old, but no. He has been hard to shop for ever since I’ve known him, and probably for his whole life. This is because when he wants something, he just goes ahead and buys it, so at any given moment, he already has anything he could ever want. Turd. Because of this, I usually don’t get him presents, or I get him something he’s been waffling about whether he should buy or not (which produces mixed results). For his 40th, though, I thought I…
  • If You Think Pedicures Are Easy, You Should Meet Pintester

    26 Sep 2014 | 5:46 pm
    DIY pedicures are not a new thing for me on this blog. This time, though, a DIY pedicure was necessary because I got a giant blister on my foot and I was afraid if I went to the pedicure place to get my toes did, some kind of gross MRSA or some shit would wiggle it’s way into my open wound and I’d end up losing a leg. So, in this case, DIY sounds safer, even if I’m the DIYer. I wanted something summer-y, and I found this guy, which seems to be a tropical version of this one that I did years ago. Image from Glitter and Grace So I figured I’d try it, given that I have an…
  • Happy Colada

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Sometimes you just need a goddamn drink. Today? Yep. I won’t bore you with the minutiae of my life, but if anyone deserves a drink after the last couple of weeks, it’s me. I promise. Know why I think this one’s called the Happy Colada? Image from Because it makes me happy that I have the approximate ingredients to make it. Faster drinks = better drinks sometimes. Most times. If you’re me, pretty much always, fine. As it turns out, I had just enough coconut rum to make this drink, and no more, so that earns you a sad, “Why is all the rum…
  • Dog Beards

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Guys, this is my life: Debating with myself for long minutes about whether I know person well enough to make a wiener joke on their Facebook post. Because not one but two of my Facebook friends posted pictures of themselves with wiener dogs in their laps this week. And I only deemed it appropriate to leave a wiener comment (“Is that a wiener in your lap or are you just happy to see me?”) on one. The other one was a male co-worker, and while he’d probably be cool with it, I do have some sense of propriety. Uh, except now I posted it on the Internet and everyone knows. Oh…
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  • Winter Crafts for Kids: 22 Snow Craft Ideas for Kids' Indoor Activities

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    The weather outside is frightful. When the temperatures dip below zero, the last thing on your mind is going outside to build a snowman. And even when the temperatures are in the twenties, you can only make so many snow angels before you're ready for something new. Winter calls for a lot of time inside, and sometimes this can bring about frustration rooted in boredom. Winter will never be boring again when you have Winter Crafts for Kids 22 Snow Craft Ideas for Kids Indoor Activities by your side.
  • Silly Snowman Rice Krispies Pops

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but these snowmen are so delightful. Make some Silly Snowman Rice Krispies Pops that will warm your heart and put a smile on your face. Get the kids into the kitchen on a cold winter day, and have them make this easy dessert recipe. You won't believe how simple these funny little snowmen are to make from simple pantry ingredients. Let the kids have fun creating the snowman faces and watch the giggles as they eat them later.
  • Snow Day Snowman Snack

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Warm your belly with a delicious snack on those cold winter days. The Snow Day Snowman Snack may look like it's cold, but it's just really cool. These fun snacks for kids can easily be whipped up in no time when your tummy starts rumbling after all of that time in the snow. Adorable pretzel snowmen make for great desserts at a winter party or a school function. The sweet and salty combination is perfect as a pick-me-up during the cold months and dark days.
  • Yummy Puffy Snowman Craft

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Combine the fun fluff of marshmallows with the friendly wintry mascot, and you'll get an amazingly Yummy Puffy Snowman Craft. These snowmen crafts for kids are great for winter parties at school or at home. They're also ideal as a snack wrapped activity for the cold winter days. You will love the salty pretzel crunch with the sweet, airy marshmallow so much that you'll have trouble finishing the snowman before you start to eat it.
  • Poofy Pom Pom Snowman

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:41 pm
    If it's a bit too chilly outside to make a snow friend, craft a snowman inside instead. The Poofy Pom Pom Snowman looks a lot like a real snowman, but it's warmer and cozier, and you will be too. This snowman kids' craft is really easy to make, and it's a ton of fun. The snowmen look adorable when finished, and even though their bases are Styrofoam and a foam cup, they are soft enough to cuddle with. Cuddling with a snowman. Imagine that!
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  • Maleficent Style Hat Crochet Pattern

    21 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    Maleficient Style Hat Crochet Pattern ▶ GREAT HORNED maleficent style HAT, DIY crochet pattern, cosplay, costumes, halloween – YouTube. Beanie Hat Crochet Pattern The post Maleficent Style Hat Crochet Pattern appeared first on Free Craft Lessons .
  • Article: A Concise History of Knitting

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:41 am
    A Concise History of Knitting By Vein Reyes It seems that knitting or its early forms has always been with humans. The frail constitution of man had withstood the rigors of weather and the environment only through the clever use of indigenous materials available in the surroundings. These include animal skins, tree barks, grasses, leaves, […] The post Article: A Concise History of Knitting appeared first on Free Craft Lessons .
  • Portugese Knitting Videos

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    Portugese Knitting Video Gallery – Hundreds of videos to choose from! Knitting Portuguese Style 12345... 910next » TitleKnitting Portuguese Style Runtime1:03 TitleKnitting in the Portuguese Style - KDTV 307 with Andrea Wong Runtime7:49 Title"Portuguese Knitting" Lesson - How to Knit Runtime1:02 Title"Portuguese Knitting - 3rd lesson Cast on" Runtime2:29 Title"Portuguese Knitting" Lesson - How to […] The post Portugese Knitting Videos appeared first on Free Craft Lessons .
  • Rainbow Loom Patterns WITHOUT THE LOOM!

    8 Oct 2014 | 6:34 am
    Discover a range of Rainbow Loom Patterns made without a loom. Mini Cross Rubber Band Charm Without the Rainbow Loom 123456next » TitleMini Cross Rubber Band Charm Without the Rainbow Loom Runtime4:26 TitleEasy Flower or Snowflake Charm Without the Loom Runtime4:57 TitleButterfly Charm Without the Rainbow Loom Runtime10:32 TitleLetter A Charm Without the Rainbow Loom […] The post Rainbow Loom Patterns WITHOUT THE LOOM! appeared first on Free Craft Lessons .
  • Tatting For Beginners Free Video Series

    26 Jun 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Tatting For Beginners Free Video Series. The post Tatting For Beginners Free Video Series appeared first on Free Craft Lessons .
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    Ashland Bay

  • Fair Isle Knitting

    15 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    Who can celebrate Shetland Wool Week and not think of Fair Isle Knitting?! This style of knitting was developed on Fair Isle, Scotland centuries ago. Along with fishing and crofting, knitting became a significant part of the economy. Fair Isle knitting has been a popular trade item for centuries.  Everyone loves to wear Fair Isle garments from the earliest recorded trade merchants and Dutch fisherman to Queen Victoria and Prince Edward.     photo courtesy  of Originally, Fair Isle knitting used only natural colors of wool to create the…
  • Shetland Wool

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    With Shetland Wool Week upon us, we wanted to provide a little more information on the history of Shetland Wool!                                Photo provided from Wikipedia The Shetland Islands are a chain of islands in the northern most part of Scotland. The Shetland Islands have been described as glacier scourged, windswept barren land. Yet, these islands have been home to the Shetland Sheep for over a thousand years. They are a hardy breed that lives off the sparse vegetation and seaweed. The Shetland Sheep belong to the Northern European Short Tail Group.
  • Shetland Week

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Shetland, a well-known type of wool, is internationally known for its rich textile heritage and traditions. This year the week of October 4-12 has been deemed the Shetland Wool Week. This celebration takes place in the Shetland Islands and stands for education and commemoration of the sheep, their wool, and the beautiful hand knitted and hand woven garments. To learn more about this fabulous event, please visit their web page! We at Ashland Bay are joining the celebration with a week dedicated to Shetland! Let’s start things off with a giveaway! Stop by our Facebook page and tell us what…
  • Today is THE day! NEW YARN DAY!

    16 Sep 2014 | 5:05 am
    We are so excited to announce yet another addition to our growing domestic line. Willamette is our newest fingering weight yarn. This 80% Superwash Merino / 20% Nylon 4 ply yarn is available on approximately 3lb cones (1736 yds/lb). The Merino is US grown, and the yarn is spun right here in the United States. Our next addition is Tumalo. Tumalo is a 3 ply DK weight yarn (1325 yds/lb).  Tumalo is 100% South American raised Polwarth. This yarn is spun in the US into 250 gram skeins.
  • The colors keep coming!

    4 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    Squeezed in with our last shipment, were five 21.5 micron merino colors brought in as limited quantity specials. These beautiful shades will provide light and depth for any project you might be working on. But you better hurry fast; one color (the light grey) has already sold out! So take a look at these fabulous colors and order now. All colors are listed on our specials page
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    Cheery Lynn Designs Blog

  • Christmas card with Irina Gerschuk

    Irina Gerschuk
    30 Oct 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: This time I decided to create a simple and easy card. I used white and craft cardstock to create it.I highlighted the die-cuts with stamps and rhinestones.Dies used:- Dutch Daisy Doily (Set of 2)- French Pastry Doily - DL102And don't miss our new challenge - the theme is so versatile, and the price is yummy)))))Thank you for stopping by!Have a lovely day!Irina

    Anita Kejriwal
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    A big hello to all....Hi,  Its Anita here for weekly wednesday post. Once again , I'm bringing to you a new release die from Cheery Lynn. This month, a whole new range of intricate dies have been released and yes !!! they are so versatile.  The doily dies are divided into two parts and can be mix and matched and even used with other dies.For my card, I cut out a hinged front from the Heart French Flair Boutique stacker frames from black card stock. I cut another piece in white and layered it inside the card after distressing it with evergreen bough distress ink. Then I cut medium…
  • Zooming by with a simple hi!

    leslierahye strickland
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
     Happy Tuesday everyone! leslierahye here sharing three of the new release dies. The first is the On the Road motorcycle die...this is just beautiful. The scrollwork in the detail is elegant and is perfect for a manly card but could also be used for a lady biker! I also use one of my favorite new dies...the SAY WHAT? set. The thought bubbles in this set are so versatile! Not only could you use them for their intent, but they make great "clouds of smoke" or clouds for scenes, running animals, bikes that go zooming by! LOVE! And then finally I used my most favorite doily!!!
  • White on White Elegance

    Sandy Hulsart
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    Sandy here with an elegant white on white card.  I used limited supplies on this card; an embossing plate, a border and the center of one of our new doilies.  I began with a card base, 4.25 x 5.5 inches.  Using my Hearts and Rose Leaves embossing plate, I dry embossed a panel 4 x 5.25 inches and centered it onto the card base.  I cut a piece of card stock, 2.25 inches square then die cut the center from my Lords & Commons Doily die.  I added small marks on the back of my die so I could line it up straight.  These new doilies are lots of fun to play…
  • Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 156 - Borders and Edgers

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

    Jeanette Nyberg
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Ink is so fun to draw with, straight from the bottle. Read these, too!31 Drawings: Day 531 Drawings: Day 1531 Drawings: Day 2531 Drawings: Day 28 The post 31 Drawings: Day 30 appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.
  • 31 Drawings: Day 29

    Jeanette Nyberg
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:18 pm
    This was basically an attempt to make a drawing in the most annoying colors I could think of. Read these, too!31 Drawings: Day 1531 Drawings: Day 531 Drawings: Day 3031 Drawings: Day 25 The post 31 Drawings: Day 29 appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.
  • Avocado Yogurt Dip

    Jeanette Nyberg
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    I come from a mayonnaise family. My dad slathers approximately half of an entire container of mayonnaise on his sammiches, and it’s been a long running joke between my sister and me. I’ve never seen anyone abuse the substance to such an extent, and mayonnaise played a major role in my mom’s cooking all throughout... Read More » The post Avocado Yogurt Dip appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.
  • 31 Drawings: Day 28

    Jeanette Nyberg
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Classic crayon resist with watercolor. Pumpkin head. Read these, too!31 Drawings: Day 2231 Drawings: Day 1531 Drawings: Day 531 Drawings: Day 29 The post 31 Drawings: Day 28 appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.
  • Cool Art Project for Kids: Thumbprint Self Portrait

    Jeanette Nyberg
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Such a cool project. I first saw this thumbprint self-portrait project here and pinned it for later, because that’s what we do, right, ladies? I love the double self portrait aspect of it, in that each kid is writing about themselves as they trace the lines of their fingerprint. It’s symbolic, and ultra personalized. Fen... Read More » The post Cool Art Project for Kids: Thumbprint Self Portrait appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.
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  • Photos of the Week

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    I am loving these golden warm fall days we've been having! The perfect time for walks.......... and fixing up and selling a house, as we are doing the next few weeks.  I just hope the nice weather lasts so our yard will still have some curb appeal. I'll try to keep up with my photos of the week, but other than that, the blog is going to be a little quiet for a while.  See ya next week!
  • Flowers and Polka Dots

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    My large floral painting is finished! This one was based on some flowers from my yard- my zinnias and cosmos.  I also experimented a little with some crayon was-resist textures underneath.  I love the polka dots!For now, I don't have any immediate plans for framing or hanging.  Life is moving fast and there are some big changes coming for my family.  It's moving time!
  • Photos of the Week

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Wow... what a week!  I haven't been this busy in a long time, but I was lucky to have enough energy to handle most of it.  Thank goodness. Every time I am blessed with a burst of energy I'm reminded of how I used to be.  I used to be kinda normal.  It's weird to realize how not-normal I've been for so many years.  It's been so long that I could run more than one errand in a day without getting a migraine, or babysit some kids for four hours without getting totally wiped out.  I hope this new energy lasts and that it's a sign of good things to come :)
  • Painted Pumpkin Floral Vases Tutorial

    14 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    I love decorating for fall!  It's probably the season I get most excited decorating for (other than Christmas).  But just using the traditional orange-yellow colors gets a little boring.  Why not add some fun contrast with bright greens and blues? I'm all for it!I discovered the idea for pumpkin vases over at Green Wedding Shoes, but I wanted to add more color and I don't have a rose bush in my yard so I tried out Zinnias, Geraniums, and Cosmos flowers instead.Here's how I made my vases:Materials:mini pumpkinsacrylic craft paintspaint brushlarge nail or nut pickhammerfresh cut…
  • Meet the Mormons

    11 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Hi everyone!  I wanted to take a second to write about something other than crafts or watercolors or crochet.  All good things, yes.  But there's more to life than that right?Today  I had the chance to see the new "Meet the Mormons" movie in the theater.  The first time in years I actually went to a full priced normal theater!  It was good.The movie exceeded my expectations and not just because I happen to also be a Mormon.  It was really uplifting. It made me want to do more and be more.  It gave me a new perspective on my own religion. Mormons don't…
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  • Five Freebie Friday #1

    Sara Duggan
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
    Image: Victor Habbick via I’m going to start a new series each Friday featuring 5 free goodies. They will be downloads or giveaways. I’ll continue until the end of 2014. I’d love your feedback on this. (I forgot to post this last Friday) 1 Furls Tulipwood Crochet Hook Giveaway Open until 11pm tonight visit Oombawka Design and enter to win one of Furls lovely crochet hooks. 2 Learn to Crochet with Elks Studio and Craftsy Elks Studio and Craftsy put together a lovely eBook for those new to Crochet. Beautiful pictures to guide you through making…
  • Crocheting for Christmas with Edie Eckman

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Edie Eckman, the author of “The Crochet Answer Book” just released her latest pattern book just in time for Christmas. “Christmas Crochet for Hearth, Home & Tree” Patterns include stockings, ornaments and home decor. You can see a preview on Amazon. I like the Snowflake Stocking the best. I think a garland full of mittens or stockings would make a great Advent Calendar. Read More about Christmas Crochet on MyCenteralJersey What are you plans for Christmas? Share in the comments below or stop by Facebook
  • What Do I Price My Crocheted Items At A Bazaar?

    Sara Duggan
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:48 am
    I remember preparing for the harvest festival when my boys were young. We prepared leaf fairies, acorn necklaces, jacob’s ladders, and potpourri sachets. I’m sure I enjoyed it much more than the boys. They were more interested in the cinnamon apples, playing with their friends, and climbing on the haystacks. What do I price my crochet items at a Bazaar? Craft Bazaars are a fun introduction to selling your crochet items at retail. Most Bazaars are small and offer booths at affordable prices. You’ll find details about bazaars in your area at local schools, community centers,…
  • Making a Hat a Day into a Crochet Business to be Proud Of

    Sara Duggan
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Building Your Inventory One Piece At a Time Image source: Some rights reserved by GoToVan Flickr Mary Catherine Neil starting crocheting when she was a little girl. She’s like me and brings her crochet everywhere. Read the Full Story on 5newsonline[dot]com Her daughter entered her into a local craft fair without her knowing it. They did surprisingly well. Now she crochets one piece a day until the craft show comes around. Each year her inventory gets bigger. This year she has over 400 pieces. Find out how she does it:
  • CLOSED – Sponsored Post: Halloween Flash Sale – Save Up To 70% Off of Yarn, Fabric, and Kits Until Friday 10/24/2014

    Sara Duggan
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:28 pm
    **Sponsored Post** I earn a commission if you purchase using my affiliate links. Read full Disclosure.  Take advantage of Craftsy’s Halloween Flash Sale happening now! Enjoy scary-good savings on select fabric, yarn and kits that are vanishing quickly. Hurry, this limited-time offer expires Friday October 24, 2014 at 11:59 PM MT. Shop Craftsy‘s Hallowen Flash Sale fast while supplies last! Flash Sale Ends 10/24/2014 11:59pm MT   You’ll Scream When You See The Shocking Deals on Yarn 60% off Rowan Fine Art Yarn Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick 40% off 40% off Lion…
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    Serger Pepper

  • Shaffer Sister’s Betty Skirt // Blog Tour

    Mamma Nene
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    If you're in search of a skirt pattern for girls... you've found it! This is the perfect one, with tons of options, easy and fast to put together and great for refashions and colorblocking! The post Shaffer Sister’s Betty Skirt // Blog Tour appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • Blog hop: Home sewing tutorial (+ a Trick or Treat Giveaway)

    Mamma Nene
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Sewing for home (tutorials): blog hop by Andrea's Notebook... aren't you curious like a cat to know what we've created for this month theme? You should... LAST MINUTE added: Trick or Treat Giveaway! The post Blog hop: Home sewing tutorial (+ a Trick or Treat Giveaway) appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • Tutorial: Tooth Fairy Cushion from baby tights – Sewing 4 Home

    Mamma Nene
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Tooth Fairy Cushion from baby tights: you need to sew this one because is easy, cute and your little ones will love it! The post Tutorial: Tooth Fairy Cushion from baby tights – Sewing 4 Home appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • Couture Lace Skirt DIY (sizes NB to XL) in 10 easy steps!

    Mamma Nene
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Are you in love with lace? We are! Here's my tutorial for sewing one (or one hundred) couture finished double layer lace skirts... Enjoy! The post Couture Lace Skirt DIY (sizes NB to XL) in 10 easy steps! appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • Jack o’ PinMe Pincushion and Pin Sharpener

    Mamma Nene
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Where are your pins? On the floor rolling around, waiting for a barefoot? So are mines! Let's put together a Pincushion AND pin sharpener... you'll LOVE it The post Jack o’ PinMe Pincushion and Pin Sharpener appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
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    Gathering Beauty

  • Three Things I Love: Halloween Treats.

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    Looking for some quick last minute Halloween treats? Why not try one of these great ideas.1. Sweet and scary monster sweet skewers from A Beautiful Mess.2. You can't beat these classic hard candy caramel apple from A Subtle Revelry.3. Or maybe these decorated jack-o-lantern chocolate cookies from Say Yes are the ones for you.Happy Halloween.
  • Things I Love: October.

    27 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    This month I love anything to do with arts and crafts apparently. I know I've already shared the Modern Arts Dessert book with you but I couldn't resist sharing it again, after all I think it's fair to say it's the inspiration behind this round-up. Van Gogh sunflower inspired socks, surreal Dali style candlesticks, a colourful scarf covered in brush strokes and a pretty button tin to store all your sewing bits and pieces in.Modern Art Desserts, Sunflower Masterpiece Socks, Botanical Rabbit Print, Is This Surreal Life? Candlestick, I Am An Artist, Ceremony Silk Scarf, Young At Art…
  • Diy Quote Banner.

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Today I wanted to show you this really easy tutorial for making your own Diy Quote Banner.I love quotes. I have a whole board of them over on pinterest. I have this one from Albert Einstein in a frame on my desk and this fantastic copper foil one from Elise and Make29 on the picture shelf above the sofa. I was scrolling through my pinterest boards the other day when I realised I'd pinned the same Emerson quote over and over again.'Be silly.Be honest.Be kind.'I don't know about you but I think they're pretty great words to live by. I was trying to decide whether or not I really needed…
  • A Few Fall Favourites.

    14 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    I've been bookmarking and pinning so many fall inspired diys and recipes lately I thought it was about time I shared a few of my favourites.1. Beautifully decorated pumpkins, no carving required from A Beautiful Mess.2. Decorate your fireplace with a pretty felt fall leaf garland from Pam Garrison.3. Get these printable fall gift wraps in plum or pumpkin from Lia Griffith.4. Even to a non coffee drinker like me this pumpkin chai latte from Design Love Fest looks delicious. It's the maple whipped cream and clove caramel topping that really sells it.5. No felt? How about…
  • Around Here: October.

    13 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    Loving these bright blue skies.And golden leaf lined paths in the park.Wondering what to do with these gold gilding flakes and making a list of future projects.Reading Modern Art Desserts. I got this fantastic book for my birthday, sweet treats inspired by modern art. Some of the recipes look a little complicated but I think the Castrillo Diaz inspired panna cotta and the Thiebaud chocolate cake seem like a good place to start.Autumn leaves on my walk this morning. I love this time of year.Green grass and blue skies from last weekend.And delicious salted caramel biscuits that I've…
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    STASH - Stashknits blog


    28 Oct 2014 | 6:23 pm
    As another Small Business Saturday* approaches, no doubt you are once again seeing and hearing the many pleas to “Buy local”, “Support independent business”, “Shop small”, and other catchy calls to action. You may even know stats like locally-owned businesses return about 80% of each dollar to their community, and that each dollar spent at a local business will return up to five times that amount within your community through city taxes, employees’ wages, and purchases of materials, supplies and services at other independent…

    3 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    This week I've got a Finally Finished Finished Object to share: my own Building Blocks 2014 afghan! The Finally part reflects the year long process of creating this project. When our first Building Blocks classes began in September 2013, we were so focused on completing each block that I kind of lost sight of the big picture. Even when I cast off the final square, I don't think it really hit me that the afghan was finished. Because it wasn't Finished.Let's face it, a pile of 12 X 12 blocks does not an afghan make. For that, one needs Dana. And though she generously devoted an entire class…

    26 Sep 2014 | 3:19 pm
    The late Nora Ephron, the gifted journalist and screen writer of When Harry Met Sally renown, famously hated her neck. Although she knew enough tricks to show the world a still youthful face well into her middle age, she felt as if her neck betrayed her. Having reached late middle age myself, I find she was right. And it may well be that the recent cowl craze is evidence of this as well. In any case, I like to think she would have enjoyed wearing this soft chunky cowl around her aging neck. I know I will come November, which is just around the corner. It's quick and easy to crochet…
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    Spark & Chemistry - Craft It Blog

  • My Favorite Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipes for Fall

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:18 pm
    When carving your pumpkins this season for your Halloween parties and Autumn decor, be sure to keep the seeds.  There are so many delicious dishes you can make with pumpkin seeds, but today I want to share with you some of my favorite, and simple, roasted pumpkin seed recipes that truly invoke the flavors of Fall.  I usually just buy the already roasted packs from the grocery store; but come October, and November, I have to find the best looking pumpkin and cook the seeds from scratch.  If these recipes don't quite work for you, try experimenting with your own seasonings to…
  • How to Make Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub

    9 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    Happy Fall, crafters! If you're looking for scents to invoke the spirit of the fall season, this pumpkin spice sugar scrub will make a great addition to your homemade goods collection. It's really simple to make and you probably have all of the ingredients in your pantry already. Check out the simple ingredients below and let's get started! Ingredients:  2 cups brown sugar 1/4 cup Sugar in the Raw 1/2 cup white sugar 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp pumpkin spice  1/2 tsp nutmeg 2/3 cup of oil* *When you choose your natural oil, try something like sunflower oil or coconut oil, which has a…
  • 8 Tips to Help You Style Your Bookcase Like a Pro

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:07 pm
    My husband and I just moved in to our house, and I've finally gotten down to actually decorating the place.  I was so tired of reassembling furniture and unpacking the basics- I wondered if I would ever get down to actually making our house look like a home.  So finally deciding to decorate the living area, I tackled my bookcases.  Bookcases don't have to be boring.  They're a chance to show your personal style and tell your story.  Surely incorporate books, but also think about displaying other decorative items, such as vintage finds, and family heirlooms.  Your…
  • DIY Phone Case with Chalkboard Markers

    16 Sep 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Restyle your smartphone this season with your own customizable design using a plain case and metallic markers. This craft will cost less than ten bucks, which is perfect for you frugal ladies hoping to instead spend your money on some new ankle boots for the fall (or is that just me?).  SUPPLIES:  Plain phone cases     - These can be found at stores like Five Below or Dollar Tree. If you're looking for bulk to use as gifts, try Ebay.  Metallic Chalkboard Markers    - I prefer the metallic chalkboard markers by American Crafts brand which can be found at…
  • How to Make Fabric Cupcake Liners (and 5 minute toppers)

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Hello again crafters!  With it being Labor Day here in the US, I'm sure a lot of us are trying to soak up what's left of Summer: backyard bbq's, lounging out by the pool, going to the beaches, etc.  There's a whole lot of fun going around, so I wanted to make something easy and sweet to sum up the Summer.  These whimsical, cupcake liners, made of fabric, are an adorable addition to any food display.  Sometimes when I'm shopping in the baking aisle for cupcake liners, I may not always see the colors or styles I'm looking for; and that's when I try to see if it's something I…
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    Bella Crafts Quarterly

  • New Cool2Cast Book

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    The editors of Bella Crafts Publishing are very excited to announce the launch of our very first book collaboration with the talented Tiffany Windsor.  Tiffany is the creative genius behind Cool2Craft and the founder of Cool2Cast, a brand new craft product on which the new book Cool2Cast, is based.  Cool2Cast is filled with tips, techniques and ideas for jewelry, home décor and other embellishments.  In this new book, you will find fabulous project ideas using Cool2Cast, as well as a gorgeous gallery of project images to inspire you. Starting today through November 7th, Bella Crafts…
  • Holiday Picture Frame

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    With all the technology that we have now for taking pictures, our phones, iPads, cameras, etc., we need to get our pictures off of our devices and put them in some cool and creative frames to show them off to our friends and family. Our guest blogger today, Carmen Whitehead, is back with a great holiday picture frame. We love how she created this frame without the usual holiday colors. Our thought is, why take all those great pictures if no one is going to see them? So, dig out all of those craft supplies you have and create some holiday picture frames. They make wonderful gifts for everyone…
  • Christmas Cards in a Box

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Can you believe that Halloween is only a week away? Well, it’s true and that means that Christmas is right around the corner! For most people, they still have lots of time to start their shopping, but for crafters we have to start thinking about the holidays now. So, for our first pre-holiday post our guest blogger Alessandra Arcangeli, shares her Christmas cards in a box project. What projects are you starting for this holiday season?  Take an A4 sheet, the color you prefer, and score at 7 cm, 14 cm, 21 cm, 28 cm horizontally and leave 2 cm at the end, then score at 8 cm and 15 cm…
  • International Quilt Festival

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Quilting continues to be extremely popular in the craft industry and the crafters who create the beautiful quilts at shows like the International Quilt Festival truly are artists in their fields of expertise. Our guest blogger, Denise Losczyk, has shared some links in this post for you to enjoy a few of these very talented quilters. We are quite sure that you’ll be as amazed of their work as we are. In June, I enjoyed an inspirational day at the International Quilt Festival (IQF) in Rosemont, Illinois. I live in the Chicago area, so I took public transportation to the show and spent…
  • Paper Trail #3- The Journey Home

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
      Wow! Time sure does fly! On September 4th the editors of Bella Crafts Quarterly shared the news that we were sponsoring our friend, Eileen Hull, as she began her two month journey across the states on her Paper Trails tour. With her truck and vintage trailer affectionately called Big Daddy and Scotty, Eileen has traveled from Virginia to California making stops along the way at various stores to teach lots of classes and promote her new line of products called Vintage Kitchen with Sizzix. On October 16th, Eileen will be at the store, Imagine That in Nebraska and from there she will…
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    The Ribbon Retreat Blog

  • How to Make A Turkey Ribbon Sculpture, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Gobble, gobble! Thanksgiving is almost here and with that brings yummy food, great parties and lots of turkey-rific fun! Turkeys are everywhere this time of year, just like ghosts and goblins, pumpkins and spiders galore were creeping and crawling around all of the stores and taking over our home decor! Well now that Halloween is […]
  • Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath

    The Ribbon Retreat
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    What is one of your favorite pieces of decor you just love to decorate your home with…inside or out? Mine is wreaths! I think they are not only fun to make, but they add a warm and cheery welcome to all of your family and friends who come to attend your holiday festivities or simply […]
  • Floral Cluster Sash

    The Ribbon Retreat
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:39 am
    You know those times you are getting yourself or your little one dressed for something special, and you wish you just had a little extra something to add to the wardrobe? A beautiful necklace, just the right tie, a little bigger earring, or just anything to add a little touch of glam…you’ve been there right? […]
  • Stacked Halloween Bow

    The Ribbon Retreat
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Hello Ribbon Retreat Readers! Have I ever told you how much we appreciate you? Well…let me just say how much we truly appreciate you hanging out with us everyday! You are incredible! I am so excited you are here, because it is my pleasure to introduce a brand new Contributor! Jess from Mommy Makes Things […]
  • How To Make A Ribbon Trimmed Tutu Waist, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Welcome to YouTube Thursday….the coolest day of the week where we share a brand new crafty project, video style! Are you ready for yet another amazing video? Last week we were introduced to a gorgeous and elegant tutu lined with stunning satin ribbon! Tutus are so much fun for everyday wear, parties and fun or […]
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    About Family Crafts

  • My Monopoly Game

    Sherri Osborn
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    I think it is safe to say most people have played Monopoly board game (affiliate link); after all, it is been around for almost 80 years. I know I have many fond memories of friends and family gathering around and…Read more →
  • 15 Candy Wrapper Crafts

    Sherri Osborn
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    I figured this was a great round up for this time of year! When your little ones (or big ones) eat their Halloween treats, make sure you share the wrappers to try one or more of these fun DIY candy…Read more →
  • Win a My Monopoly Game

    Sherri Osborn
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    UPDATED: This contest is over and the winning name has been randomly picked… Congrats to David Lintz! Please check your email for a message from me and email me your mailing address and I will get the game sent off…Read more →
  • Mustache Ghost Garland

    Sherri Osborn
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    Okay, so maybe I had a little too much fun making my Silly ‘Stache Jars, but I just couldn’t resist adding mustaches to these glittery ghosts. Then, in my crafty mind, the next logical step was to glue the ghosts…Read more →
  • Silly ‘Stache Jars

    Sherri Osborn
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    While I had out some mason jars making my Magic Potion Jar Decorations, I thought perhaps I would make some simple treasure holders. When I say simple, crafts don’t come too much easier than these silly ‘stache jars. If you…Read more →
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    Teach Love Craft

  • Easy no-sew dog bed

    28 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
     This is the story of two Ikea rugs, a naughty devil dog,an old pillow, and some hot glue. While these elements do not sound promising, trust me no animals were harmed in this project. In fact, two lovely easy no-sew dog beds were assembled in fewer than 10 minutes (Pssst! Are you ever baffled by the use of fewer or less? I wouldn’t be an English teacher if I didn’t direct you to this easy explanation).  Months and months ago (about 8, but who’s counting?), Rona was at Ikea and picked me up some lovely and cheap rugs. At the time, I was envisioning pillows for my…
  • Halloween Burlap Table Runner

    5 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It should come as no surprise that I love decorating my house for holidays. I don’t just mean Christmas, but all holidays (Hellooooo. Remember my mantel madness? V-day, St. Patrick’s Day, Spring, Flag Day, and Fall).  Partially, it is because I can’t sit still, I get bored easily, and it reminds me of elementary school, and I looooved elementary school, because my fabulous teachers were always changing their bulletin boards and room decor with the seasons. As a kid, it made every part of the year special and festive. As a mom, I want my kids to have that same kind of…
  • bwok bwok Chicken wire frame

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Did Anyone start singing “Chickenhead?” when I mentioned Chicken wire frames, or am I the only one to bust out in song whenever I hear trigger words?  Well, even if you aren’t a song master like me, I think you might like this easy DIY project.  Similar to Lisa’s jewelry storage frame, this is a quick and cheap! What’ll You’ll Need: - Gloves— trust me on this..  - Staple Gun - Chicken wire -empty frame (I bought mine off of Craig’s List for $3!!!) - paint (optional) — I painted my frame with a sample paint pot from…
  • A Vintage Meets Modern Wedding

    28 Sep 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Our good friend Jen recently tied the knot at the Visionary Art Museum in downtown Baltimore.This beautiful venue was the perfect backdrop for the vintage meets modern wedding. Her colors were a collection of muted, summery tones with a fresh, romantic feeling. Jen’s big day featured so many adorable DIYed details, we just had to share. Look at the happy couple. Doesn’t Jen look absolutely radiant?! Ben, the groom, cleaned up nicely as well. Oh and that dress… The cocktail hour and reception featured handmade pinwheel place card holders, DIYed bar and dinner menus.The couple…
  • DIY Jewelry Storage

    26 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Growing up with a grandfather who was a jeweler wasn’t a bad gig. There were many hours of show and tell, and even the fortunate bonus of getting handmade jewelry for ‘life milestones’. Each item crafted by my grandpa is very special to us grandkids and we all treasure these family heirlooms. Sadly, this unique talent skipped right over me, but it certainly resonates in my sister. We all know those girls who love the glitz and glam things in life. My sister, Michelle, is one of those girls. If it has glitter, rhinestones, or anything sparkly, it’s the thing for her. What started when…
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    Decorative storage boxes

  • Decorative storage boxes : best tips!

    Awesome Tube
    27 Mar 2020 | 10:31 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…
  • Decorating with Modern Cabin decor

    Awesome Tube
    3 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    The words cabin decor bring to mind a scarcely decorated room crafted from wood, often with exposed beams, a fireplace, and traces of snow tracked in from the outdoors, where there is nothing but snow covered trees for about as far as the eye can see. However, modern cabin decor can include the feeling of a down home cabin in the middle of woods with all of the modern  conveniences of home and a street lined with trees and neighbors outside; snow optional. Any home can have that cozy cabin feel if that's what the heart desires. Long winter night curled up in front of the fire…
  • [Tutorial] Use a Paint Spray Machine!

    Awesome Tube
    25 May 2014 | 4:47 am
    1] Rent or buy an airless spray machine.[Tips on decorative storage bins]2] Protect areas near the area that you are painting.3] Spraying puts a lot of fine paint droplets into the air, so cover everything in the area that you don’t want to get paint on.4] Seal the area if you're working inside. Do not use the sprayer outside on a windy day.5] Pour paint in a bucket through a strainer to ensure that there are no lumps or any bitsof non-paint material.6] Thin the paint (if required) as per the manufacturer's instructions.7] Cover yourself very well; wear long-sleeved shirts and gloves.8]…
  • [Tips] How to caulk a bathtub!

    Awesome Tube
    23 May 2014 | 5:07 am
    [decorative storage boxes ] : There are times when you would find yourself in a scenario wherein the joint between the tub and the wall of your toilet has opened up. And there is leakage.Thus it's time to do the process of caulking around the bathtub. Firstly, remove all loose material from the bathtub area and clean the area with rubbing alcohol. Then, remove the old caulk, either by softening it with a heat gun or by scraping out the old caulk with a sharp putty knife.If that doesn’t work, then use a hammer and a chisel. You can also use a solvent called the ‘Caulk Remover’ from any…
  • [Tutorial] Restore a Wooden Floor!

    Awesome Tube
    22 May 2014 | 3:58 am
    Note: If your wood floors are pre-finished, always consult the manufacturer for safety and other key tips before attempting any of these procedures. 1] Prepare the room Move all your furniture and all wall decorations out of the room. Install a box fan or a standing fan within the room for ventilation and open all windows. This is to blow away all the negative pressure and the dust out from the room. If some furniture is still near or in the room, then cover it with some drop cloths or old bed sheets. 2] Shield the floor Install an abrasive pad on the rubberized wheel…
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  • Too Cute to Spook - Halloween Window Card

    21 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    Every year, I take part in a Halloween Swap on a Craft forum that I belong to, and it's one of my favourite swaps of the year.  However, as Halloween is just once a year, I try to not spend too much cash on craft stash just for that occasion and today's card is a case in point.  The only exclusively Halloween element on this card is the main stamped image, everything else has been adapted "spookify" it!Card Recipe:Stamps: Inkadinkadoo, Joanna Sheen's House MouseTools: Tonic Studios Doomed Window Die,  Tonic Studios Window Basket Die  Tonic Studios Label Die,…
  • Dress Tag Card with Mannequin

    11 Oct 2014 | 2:43 am
    Hello all, back today with a classic Dips' card - a Dress Tag with Mannequin.Card Recipe:Stamp: Katy Sue Designs Tools: Tonic Studios Elegant Vine Square Die Set, Mannequin Tag Die, Simplicity Dotty Border Punch, Layering Square Dies, Fanciful Flourish, Grand CaliburColouring Mediums: Promarker Pens, Tim Holtz Distress Ink PadsPaper and Card: Tonic Studios Watch the Birdie, Conqueror, Stardream, Textured PearlEmbellishments: flatback pearlsI think you all know I love a dress card especially when paired with a mannequin too!  I've reached for…
  • Framed Lattice Card

    13 Sep 2014 | 2:20 am
    It's no secret that I am a big fan of Tonic Studios Dies but often I like to make a bigger card especially if it's a "special" birthday, and the Tonic Dies can at first appear too small. However, you just need a little creative thinking in your crafting .....Card Recipe:Tools: Tonic Studios Indulgence Boudior Square Base Die, Square Layering Dies, Scallop Circle Layering Dies, Every Day Sentiments 1 Dies, Verdant Vines Dies, Delicate Lattice Ovals Die Set, Grand CaliburPaper and Card: Stardream CardEmbellishments: Flatback pearls and crystals,…
  • Retro Handbag Card

    12 Aug 2014 | 3:22 am
    Hello Folks, apologies that there has been a bit of a hiatus post-wise, I was away on business with very limited Internet access and no access to crafting equipment!  Anyhow, enough about that, thought I'd come back a share with you a lovely but simple shaped Retro Handbag Card.Card Recipe:Tools: Tonic Studios Verso Butterfly Purse Die Set, Layering Oval Dies, Layering Butterfly Dies, Verdent Vines Dies, Everyday Sentiment Die set 1, Grand Calibur Paper and Card: First Edition Spring Feast, Textured CardEmbellishments: Rhinestone Swirl This card is a…
  • Clean & Simple CAS Tiara Corners Card

    1 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
    I've said it before, I don't really "do" clean and simple, but I had this idea in my head for creating a card by layering up Tiara Corner Die Cuts, and it was an itch that needed scratching!Card Recipe:Tools: Tonic Studios Verso Tiara Corner Die, Layering Scallop Circle Dies, Layering Circle and Square Dies, Grand Calibur Paper and Card: Stardream CardEmbellishments: Rhinestone Button I created the focal point by cutting 4 die cuts from white pearlescent card using the larger die in the Tonic Studios Tiara Corner die set.  I then cut 2 mats using the…
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  • Mail A Halloween Oreo Smores In A Can Kits with Free Printables

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    Share the fun of Trick or Treats with friends and family with these Halloween S’mores Kits. How fun it would be to receive a surprise S’mores in the mail. My daughter recently moved to Minnesota and is pregnant and craving evvvvery thing chocolate , so I made her a kit and mailed it to her. […] The post Mail A Halloween Oreo Smores In A Can Kits with Free Printables appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Candy Corn Milk Bottles and Jars

    25 Oct 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Halloween is all about the candy, right?  I’m in love with candy corn, especially.  Not so much the candy, but I love the look. The three colors are bright, cheerful, and Fall-ish. And that makes these Painted Candy Corn Milk Bottles perfection! I was inspired by these cute candy corn mason jars at Mason Jar Love. When […] The post Candy Corn Milk Bottles and Jars appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • 3 Tier Candy Corn Plate Stand

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:14 pm
    A 3-tier Candy Corn Plate Stand for serving Thanksgiving desserts, cupcakes, snacks, or decorations on.  It will make a lovely addition to your Fall decorations and table centerpiece.   I love having lots of serving dishes especially when they match my holiday decor! These plates are so fun for Halloween and so easy to make! […] The post 3 Tier Candy Corn Plate Stand appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Apple Pie Cups with Ice Cream

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:09 pm
    These Apple Pie Cups are made with a pie crust filled with Apple Pie Filling and topped with a scoop of ice cream.  These little Apple Pie Cups were so fun to make and they are so cute and elegant for dinner parties. I can’t wait to have my friends over for dinner and serve these […] The post Apple Pie Cups with Ice Cream appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Maple Cupcakes with Maple Frosting

    19 Oct 2014 | 8:48 pm
    These Maple Cupcakes make a perfect cozy Winter dessert.  You will love them, there’s delicious maple flavor in every bite! I grew up on my grandma’s Best Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes topped with her homemade maple syrup. She always knew how to start out our day so perfect. The next best thing to her pancakes is […] The post Maple Cupcakes with Maple Frosting appeared first on SEWlicious Home
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    Keeping it Real

  • (Almost) Wordless Wednesday 29/October

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
    Snailing away on a lazy afternoon...I love snails, can you tell?(the first two photos were taken by my son, as I was kind of busy holding the snail...)
  • Handmade Tuesdays bloghop 28/October

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    Sharing the Handmade Tuesdays bloghop @ Ladybug Blessings Let's share and have fun!
  • Creative Mondays bloghop 27/October

    27 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    Sharing the Creative Mondays bloghop @ Clairejustine oxoxJoin the party, share the fun!
  • Halloween costumes - ready!

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:45 am
    Bat wings?Check.Bat hat with bat ears?Hum. Check.Princess-witch-fairy costume & accessories?Check. I guess. I'm still not sure what a princess-witch-fairy is exactly, so this will have to do.Then we are ready for Halloween! Now, the back story. Remember this post about my Halloween costumes-in-progress? I bought all the supplies I needed at the beginning of October and then started working on and off in the costumes whenever I had some free time. Then we all got sick and for a few days I was not in the right state of mind to get anything done. In the meantime, my son's best friend decided…
  • Weekend bloghop 24/October

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    Sharing the Weekend bloghop @ Clairejustine oxoxCome and link up all your favorite posts!
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    Precious Crafts

  • More Cross Stitch Cards & Happy Diwali

    Zurainny Ismail
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Happy Diwali! Remember this little project of mine? Cutest Ever Kitten’s Last Update Honestly, I have forgotten about this pretty little cross stitch card until Yati reminded me to finish it quickly (she knows how prone I am to procrastinate).  Only then did I notice that I have lost it.  The last time I wrote about it was after Raya.  I kept on stitching whenever I can,  I suspect I misplaced it some time in September.  While searching for it, I found a few more WIPs….. hehehe… I seriously need to do something about my WIPs… At last, I found it on Wednesday…
  • Cross Stitch Patterns for Small Projects

    Zurainny Ismail
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:04 pm
    4 years ago, I posted about The Chart Shop, an amazingly wonderful site where you could get many, many small cross stitch patterns or charts for free and those small charts would make perfect cross stitch cards or other small projects. However, nothing lasts forever, like all things in this world. The Chart Shop is no more, and neither are the charts by Michaels Store.  Fortunately, I printed and kept all the charts that I fancied. Incidentally, while searching for The Chart Shop, I also found other cute sites that also provide cross stitch patterns and backing paper (for cards, etc) for…
  • Crochet : Repurpose An Old Cross Stitch Project

    Zurainny Ismail
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:38 pm
    I cross stitched this Sunflower design decades ago, while I was still in school, maybe circa 1989-1992.  Framed and displayed since then, until the stapler holding the fabric to the mounting board started to rust and the fabric began to loosen from the frame.  Seeing it looking so sad, I freed it from the frame and then decided to repurpose it. Sunflowers in a Vase Frankly speaking, when I first decided to repurpose this beloved cross stitch design, I didn’t have any idea on what to turn it into.  I thought of a bag, but was skeptical of my sewing skills.  And when I imagine turning…
  • IHSW Cross Stitching Blunders

    Zurainny Ismail
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:37 pm
    For those who has never heard of IHSW, it’s a monthly cross stitching activity organised by Random Rambling, and held on the third week of each month, from Friday til Sunday.  Interested cross stitchers just need to sign up a few days before the event, when the post is put up by Joysze. First, my apologies.  I failed to post my IHSW report earlier because of a very, very slow internet connection which was made worse by bad weather.  I exceeded my mobile broadband internet quota during the weekend and so have to be content with the snail pace, especially when there’s rain and…
  • Salam Aidilfitri & Cross Stitching In Syawal

    Zurainny Ismail
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
    Syawal is the month of celebration after 1 month of fasting in Ramadhan.  On the 2nd last day of Ramadhan, we held a small gathering here in Kota Kinabalu. Yummy rendang, sate and kolupis – all delicious and rich We have been celebrating Raya alternately between KK and Muar since our marriage, 16 years ago.  This year, its Muar.  That’s why we held the small feast, sort of an advance Raya gathering for family in KK.  The next day, on the 28 July to be exact, we flew across the South China Sea to Kuala Lumpur and then drove to Muar to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri in…
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    Woo Hoo Cuties

  • Halloween’s “Coffyn” alias Shepherd’s pie

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:06 pm
    What a name for a dish, spooky Halloween is on its way. It’s just a simple freebie soon to come : our very English, very own, family’s Shepherd’s pie recipe! With the walking staffs we were on the subject of the shepherds anyway and being married to an old fashioned Englisman, loving traditions and the good old “grub”, I thought to give away our family recipe for this lovely winterdish, bearing such a suitable name for this season. Just to know, the English make a big difference between the “Shepherd’s pie” and the “Cottage pie”. A “Shepherd’s pie” uses…
  • Season of the spider daisies, the Chrysanthemums

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    26 Oct 2014 | 10:45 pm
    Have you ever heard of the Chinese Four Noble Ones: the chrysanthemum, the plum, bamboo and the orchid, only allowed to be grown in the noble ones’ garden? I couldn’t believe my ears when my English husband told me he loved the “mums”, you know the chrysanthemums with their decorative pompon, fall flowers bursting into bloom right now. To him just beautiful and a must have in every garden. To me, a Belgian, they symbolize All Saints’ Day or La Toussaint as the French call it. The first of November, a day to remember the saints and ever so close to All Souls’ Day (November the…
  • If only clockmakers could turn back time…

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A good time is often had by all our visitors, but not many of them love our clocks chiming day and night, giving them a hard time sleeping. We, on the other hand, absolutely love the sound of the chimes. Even in our bedroom we have one chiming. The love for clocks is shared by both of us and my husband was raised with them, initiated in the art and mystery of clock making, as his father was a clockmaker. In the old days sons frequently followed their father in his particular trade or profession, my husband followed his dad’s hobby, becoming a mechanical watch / clock making expert. When my…
  • Wicker time, grab your herding staff

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Guising, bonfires, apple bobbing is here! Let the feast commence under the harvest moon: All Hallows’ Eve is coming up! But in this month you can also pretend to be the local shepherd, holding your very own herding staff, your shillelagh, having a wicker basket at one end, in which you carry your harvest collection, fruit from the fields, carrying your very own special lunch. Time for walks, picking the last autumn fruit on the windy field roads, as darker times lay ahead! The Irish shepherd’s herding staffs used to be called a “shillelagh”. You can fashion your own like in the…
  • Recipe: homemade Cornish pasty (meat or veggie)

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:02 pm
    A tasty Cornish pasty My English husband adores a good old-fashioned pasty, no way we go to England and return without having had a decent pasty, or a good stash in the boot. Living in the South of France without a sight of a pasty shop anywhere, we ventured ourselves to making some at home, based on his mum’s recipe, a traditional Cornish pasty, so no peas or carrots, but swede (the swede adds all the sweetness this dish needs)! According to my husband the things that go best with swede is butter and pepper, “that’s what swede lives on”! Based on those same Cornish…
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    Scarf Knitting

  • Book Review – The Knowledgeable Knitter

    Alice Seidel
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Knitting has so many facets to it; you could say it shines like a yarn mosaic!  There’s so much to know and so many different ways to learn knitting. You could concentrate on knitting stitches, or yarns, accessories, knitting patterns, books and magazines, and knitting websites and blogs. There is SO much information available to us knitters. The secret, of course, is figuring out which info is good and which is just so much fluff.   That’s why I L-O-V-E when new knitting books come out; not only do I get to purchase a new book, but there’s new learning to be had;…
  • Not a Knitting Needle in Sight

    Alice Seidel
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:22 pm
    There are some things we all love to do. Special things, journeys or adventures we take once in a lifetime, or do yearly or on a regular basis. For us, it’s making our yearly trek to Peddler’s Village in Lahaska PA. We love going there and there’s not a knitting needle in sight! We travel out Rt. 195 to 295, then 95 and over the bridge into Pennsylvania. Down the exit ramp and along Rt. 532 to Rt. 32, through Washington Crossing State Park, following the canal all the way into New Hope. A pretty little town with tiny little shops, one next to another, where you can lose…
  • Free Knitting Patterns and Other October Musings

    Alice Seidel
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    I love this time of the year. Maybe because October 22nd is my wedding anniversary and the 24th is my birthday. That, and the fact that we usually take a ride out to Bucks County, PA and tool around Peddler’s Village with a stop at the winery and it all adds up to a pretty special week.  Sometimes I even find time to knit! “The best reason for a knitter to marry is that you can’t teach the cat to be impressed when you finish a lace scarf.” ― Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much Of course just looking at all my knitting…
  • Christmas Patterns to Knit

    Alice Seidel
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s Friday once again! This week has been a tough one. Difficulties with jobs, cellphones, and wondering about the future (you know all the news about Ebola, etc.) and it makes me want to just pick up my knitting needles and go crazy! Do nothing but knit! Knit until all my stash is gone. Until I can wrap my “scarf” all the way around my house! Just keep knitting and not pay attention to the lunacy beyond my front door. Knitting keeps me sane. That said, Christmas is coming. Soon.  And all I want to do today is share a few knitting patterns with you. Fun and easy stuff. To…
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    Indiesew Blog

  • How We Wear It: The Ballard by Straight Stitch Designs

    28 Oct 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Today's style post is, without a doubt, my favorite style post we've created to date. I can't pinpoint exactly why, but the combination of this awesome split back top, a cute little pilates model, and fall photography has me, quite frankly, freaking out about it all. Today I get to show you how we wear the Ballard Top by Straight Stitch Designs. But first can we talk a bit about this Indiesew exclusive pattern? If you've never heard of Straight Stitch Designs, we must sing this designer's praises. Kimberly was an Indiesew creator from nearly the beginning, back when her blog was called The…
  • Ballard Sewalong: Part 4

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    Need to catch up? Ballard Sewalong Part I: Preparing to Sew Ballard Sewalong Part II: Front and Back Bodice Ballard Sewalong Part III: Shoulders, Armscyes, and Side Seams Today’s the final day, folks. After today’s post you’ll have a fully completed Ballard top! Today’s steps are all about the finishing details, and this pattern is definitely not lacking them. Kimberly, the designer, has designed this top with pure comfort and functionality in mind, so she cuffed the sleeves (yay for sleeves that don’t constantly slip down your arms!) and added an optional waistband variation. The…
  • Ballard Sewalong: Part 3

    27 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    Need to catch up? Ballard Sewalong Part I: Preparing to Sew Ballard Sewalong Part II: Front and Back Bodice We’re moving on to Part 3 of our Ballard Sewalong today, and to be honest with each passing day I love the Ballard sewing pattern by Straight Stitch Designs even more. With a casual fit and peek-a-boo back, you won't find another pattern quite like this. I'm so excited to show you our style post later this week! Put this split back top on a cute little pilates lady and you can't go wrong, really. In Part 2 of the Ballard Sewalong we prepped our front and back bodice pieces to be sewn…
  • Ballard Sewalong: Part 2

    23 Oct 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Need to catch up? Ballard Sewalong Part I: Preparing to Sew Welcome back, folks! Today we’re moving onto part two of the Ballard Sewalong. If you haven’t picked up your copy of this awesome pattern by Straight Stitch designs, head on over to the shop and grab it now! We’ll finish up our four part sewalong early next week and then its onto the fun stuff like style posts and roundup creations! But feel free to go check out the Ballard inspiration already out there. Today’s portion of the sewalong will cover the steps needed to get your front and back bodice ready to be sewn together.
  • Ballard Sewalong: Part 1

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Have you checked out The Ballard by Straight Stitch Designs? It's Indiesew's newest exclusive pattern and it has totally rocked our socks off. This knit 3/4 sleeve top is casual in the front, and a total party in the back with a peek-a-boo design. With cuffed sleeves, a banded waist and a knit bound neckline, the Ballard is the perfect wearable top for fall. In fact, I've already made two! We love this sewing pattern so much that we're bringing you a four part Ballard sewalong to lead you through each and every step of sewing this top. If you've never sewn with knits before, this pattern is a…
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    Our Daily Craft

  • Memories without Photographs

    Sarah White
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    At the grocery store this morning, the Billy Joel song “For the Longest Time” came on over the PA, and I was immediately transported back almost two decades to the Key Club regional convention of April 1995. There was a talent show, and one of the performers was an all-boy acapella group called The Argyles, which performed this song. (I think it’s impossible to be an acapella boy band and not do this song.) I don’t remember if they won, but I still remember being touched by their performance. I also remember a really gay boy who told me the meaning of life was…
  • Art is Everywhere

    Sarah White
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Over the weekend I was invited, along with a group of other bloggers, to tour a relatively new exhibit at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Called State of the Art, it’s a collection of 227 works of art from 102 artists from around the country who were chosen as the curators traveled 100,000 miles to find art that was interesting, personal, and largely unknown in the wider world. I was really excited to see the exhibit, and will need to go back soon (it’s here through January 19, 2015) to take it in a little more slowly than we were able to on our whirlwind tour with one of…
  • Make an Easy Kid Craft Halloween Centerpiece

    Sarah White
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    Through the years the girl has made a lot of great Halloween crafts at school. These are actually just a few of them. I love the yarn-wrapped mummy, of course, and the spider is pretty awesome, too (it’s made out of a Laughing Cow cheese container). Then there are all the pumpkins she painted last year. (I was doing a piece on pumpkin carving so I bought some fake carveable pumpkins, but she stole them all for painting.) It’s a lot of stuff. And I want to display it because it’s cute and she made it but it gets to looking just like a lot of clutter when it’s spread out…
  • In Which My Thoughts About Talking are Completely Validated

    Sarah White
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    As part of my brand ambassadorship with Better Beginnings, I was recently invited to attend part of the conference of the Arkansas Early Childhood Association, a group of educators and parents whose focus is giving kids the best start possible. It was wonderful in a lot of ways — and I’ll be writing a lot more about it — but I particularly enjoyed the keynote at lunch, which was given by Comer Yates, executive director of the Atlanta Speech School and a passionate advocate for raising children in language-rich environments. One of the school’s many initiatives is the…
  • The Easiest Way to Get Rich Pins, And Why You Would Want To {Craft Your Blog}

    Sarah White
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    If you’ve been around Pinterest much you’ve probably noticed that when you click on some pins, they’re nicer than others. It’s most obvious on recipe posts, which look like this: You see the author, all the ingredients and some more basic information about the recipe before you even click on the link. This feature is known as Rich Pins, and there are several different kinds available that highlight places, articles, products, recipes and movies. They’re a lot of fun and they give readers a little more information before they pin, which is nice. The other day I…
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    Repeat Crafter Me

  • Amazing Crochet Textures a FREE Online Craftsy Class!

    Sarah Zimmerman
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    I know how much you guys like free crochet patterns and that is why I am excited to share with you a FREE mini crochet class by Drew Emborsky (aka The Crochet Dude)! This free online class is brought to you by Craftsy, an amazing website and resource for crocheters. If you aren’t already familiar with Craftsy, they have a wide array of crochet classes and tutorials that are extremely clear and detailed and great for a beginners as well as more advanced crocheters.I just finished checking out a free online class called “Amazing Crochet Textures!”After my kids were finally asleep, I found…
  • Z is for Zebra: Crochet Zebra Applique

    Sarah Zimmerman
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    Here is Day 26 of my 26 Days of Crochet Animal Alphabet Appliques!Z is for ZebraWOW! I can't believe this is the last day of my animal appliqués! I hope you have enjoyed this series and stay tuned for the reveal of my Animal Alphabet Afghan in the next couple weeks! This Zebra is actually the same pattern as my Giraffe appliqué so that makes it easy :) You could probably use this pattern for a variety of other animals as well!Materials:- Worsted weight yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Chocolate and White and Black.- Size G Crochet Hook (the bigger the hook the bigger the…
  • Y is for Yak: Crochet Yak Applique

    Sarah Zimmerman
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    Here is Day 25 of my 26 Days of Crochet Animal Alphabet Appliques!Y is for YakWow I can't believe there is only one more day left of my animal appliqués! That went by too fast. I'm not sure where else you would use a Yak appliqué unless you are crocheting the alphabet but maybe a couple of you will find another use for it :)Materials:- Worsted weight yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in chocolate brown, white, black and a little bit of beige.- Size G Crochet Hook (the bigger the hook the bigger the appliqué and vice versa)- Tapestry needleAbbreviations:Magic Ring TutorialSl St =…
  • X is for X-ray Fish: Crochet X-ray Fish Applique

    Sarah Zimmerman
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    Here is Day 24 of my 26 Days of Crochet Animal Alphabet Appliques!X is for X-ray FishThe Pristella Tetra are freshwater fish that are tiny in size and can often be used as pets for home aquariums. They have a highly transparent body which is why they are known as the X-ray Tetra or X-ray Fish! I chose to make mine dark purple but you could use any color. I believe they are realistically a more yellowish color.Materials:- Worsted weight yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Egglplant and white and little bit of black for the eye.- Size G Crochet Hook (the bigger the hook the bigger…
  • Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn Giveaway! #Scarfie

    Sarah Zimmerman
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:18 am
    Lion Brand Yarn has graciously allowed me to host a giveaway here on my blog! I am giving away 2 skeins of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick to TWO winners! This is the same yarn I made my Crochet Hooded Cowls with! But you have the chance to choose whichever colors you like if you win. You can see all the colors HERE.Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn is super bulky and just like its name suggests, it works up quickly making it ideal for beginners. Right now Lion Brand is running a #scarfie campaign (scarf + selfie = scarfie!) and encouraging all crocheters to post their crochet…
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    Knitting Stitch Patterns

  • English Rose Tweed

    Knitting Unlimited
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:38 am
    I really fell into love knitting this pattern – it’s amazing to see the pattern emerge as you go and the texture is so bouncy and soft .To make the English Rose Tweed pattern, cast on a multiple of 2 sts with color C and knit one row.Row 1 (right side): With colour A, k1, * p1, k1 in the row below, repeat from * to last st, k1.Row 2: With colour A, knit to end.Row 3: With colour B, k1, * k1 in the row below, p1, repeat from * to last st, k1.Row 4: With colour B, knit to end.Row 5: With colour C, k1, * p1, k1 in the row below, repeat from * to last st, k1.Row 6: With colour C, knit to…
  • Double Twist Check

    Knitting Unlimited
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Double Twist Check pattern begins with a wrong side row. With color A, cast on a multiple of 6 sts + 3.Row 1 (Wrong side): With color A, purl all sts. Row 2 (Right side): With color B, k1, * k4, sl 2 wyib; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2. Row 3: With color B, p2, * sl 2 wyif, p4; repeat from * to last st, k1.Row 4: With color A, k2 * sl 2 wyib, RT, LT; repeat from * to last st, k1.Row 5: With color A, purl all sts. Row 6: With color B, k2, * sl 2 wyib, k4; repeat from * to last st, k1.   Row 7: With color B, p1, * p4, sl 2 wyif; repeat from * to last 2 sts, p2.Row 8: With color A, k1, *…
  • Parasol

    Knitting Unlimited
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:15 am
    The Parasol stitch is a 12 row repeat and is knitted in a multiple of 17 sts + 2.Row 1 - right side: K1, * yo, k1 (p3, k1) 4 times, yo; repeat from * to last st, k1.Row 2 and all wrong side rows: Purl all sts.Row 3: K1, * k1, yo, k1, (p3, k1) 4 times, yo, k1; repeat from * to last st, k1.Row 5: K1, * k2, yo, k1 (p3, k1) 4 times, yo, k2; repeat from * to last st, k1.Row 7: K1, * k3, yo, k1 (p2tog, p1, k1) 4 times, yo, k3; repeat from * to last st, k1.Row 9: K1, * k4, yo, k1 (p2tog, k1) 4 times, yo, k4; repeat from * to last st, k1.Row 11: K1, * k5,…
  • Staggered Eyelets

    Knitting Unlimited
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:28 pm
    The Staggered Eyelet stitch is an 8 row repeat and is knitted in a multiple of 4 stitches plus 3.Row 1 - Right side: Knit all sts.Row 2 and all wrong side rows: Purl all sts..Row 3: * K2, k2tog, yo; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k3.Row 5: Knit all sts..Row 7: * K2tog, yo, k2; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k2tog, yo, k1.Row 8: Purl sts.
  • Embroidery

    Knitting Unlimited
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Embroidery stitch is an 8 row repeat and is knitted in a multiple of 8 stitches plus 4.Row 1: K4, * k2tog, ssk, k4; repeat from * to end.Row 2 and all wrong side rows: Purl all stitches.Row 3: K4, * k1long, k2, k1long (through the same space), k4; repeat from * to end.Row 5: K2tog, ssk, * k4, k2tog, ssk; repeat from * to end.Row 7: K1long, k2, k1long (through the same space), * k4, k1long, k2, k1long (through the same space); repeat from * to end.Row 8: Purl all stitches.Knitting abbreviations:Knit: K | Purl: P | Knit 2 sts together: K2tog | Slip slip knit: Ssk.How to knit: K1long- Insert…
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