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  • 24 Coffee Filter Crafts to Make

    Make and Takes
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:10 am
    Coffee filter crafts are one of the easiest kid’s crafts out there. There are a lot of fun ways to craft with coffee filters. Get out your favorite craft supplies and a few coffee filters to create these 24 fun projects with your kiddos! Here are 24 Coffee Filter Crafts to Make with Kids: 1. Coffee Filter Rainbows: Paint a few of these pretty rainbows for spring! Simple to make and super cute. 2. Coffee Filter Butterfly: Welcome the spring season with this adorable butterfly craft from Parenting. 3. Filter Easter Wreath: This is a perfect kids craft for Easter! Get the instructions from…
  • coconut macaroons with unsweetened coconut

    angry chicken
    amy k.
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:47 pm
    I love eating coconut macaroons and love making them. It took me awhile to find the perfect recipe. With so few ingredients, you'd think it would be simple, but it wasn't. After testing different recipes, I knew I really didn't like them too gummy or too sweet. The recipes that call for sweetened coconut (which I never seem to have, I buy unsweetened in bulk) and/or sweetened condensed milk just never crisp up enough for me and are too sweet and gummy. This recipe I have been using for a few years now and it works perfect. I like them a little more toasted than normal, so you…
  • Foiled Thank You Cards

    10 Apr 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Hello, Friends! If you’ve been here before, you probably know, I’m a huge fan of Target. Not only do I love the clothes and the home decor, I also love the boxed cards. Being a card maker, I always look at them and ooh and aaah, but I almost never buy them because, it kind of feels like cheating. Crazy, right? Well we were there the other day and my husband needed a bunch of Thank You cards and I thought, this will be the perfect excuse to buy some boxed cards, guilt free, woo hoo! So I ask casually, you  know since you need all those thank you cards, do you just want to buy some…
  • Business News Daily: Etsy Seller Success

    claudine hellmuth
    claudine hellmuth
    3 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Business News Daily featured me as part of their story on Etsy Business Success! Check out the full article here. 
  • I'm in Mary Jane's Farm Magazine!

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    claudine hellmuth
    8 Apr 2015 | 11:37 am
    I was thrilled to discover that my Happy House favor box kits were featured in the April/May 2015 of Mary Janes Farm Magazine in their Farmgirl Expression section!
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  • I'm in Mary Jane's Farm Magazine!

    claudine hellmuth
    8 Apr 2015 | 11:37 am
    I was thrilled to discover that my Happy House favor box kits were featured in the April/May 2015 of Mary Janes Farm Magazine in their Farmgirl Expression section!
  • Business News Daily: Etsy Seller Success

    claudine hellmuth
    3 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Business News Daily featured me as part of their story on Etsy Business Success! Check out the full article here. 
  • Artist & Makers Magazine feature

    claudine hellmuth
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Exciting news! Artist and Makers magazine featured me in an article about creativity and technology. Here are a couple scans from the article in their Winter 2015 issue.
  • my popcorn favor box kits are in Yoopa Parents Magazine!

    claudine hellmuth
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Yoopa Parents Magazine September issue featured my popcorn stand printable kit in an article about outdoor movie parties for kids! Planning a movie themed party? You can download and make your own printable popcorn stand kit right here from my shop! 
  • I'm on the Outlier on Air podcast!

    claudine hellmuth
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    It was such a treat to be interviewed by Melinda Yeaman on the Outlier on Air podcast. We had a great time chatting and covered all sorts of topics including one of my favorite topics - how to generate passive income as an artist or maker! Click here to listen to the interview. Or subscribe on itunes or stitcher!
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  • 10 Facts & 10 Yards of FREE Fabric

    16 Apr 2015 | 3:24 pm
    For the entire month of April 2015, Free Spirit, the company that publishes my fabric collections, is featuring me on their blog. Currently there is a post up with 10 Facts about Heather Bailey you probably don't know: secret ambitions, my childhood nickname, etc. And Free Spirit is having a significant giveaway in association with that post. The winner will receive 10 yards of fabric from my latest collection, Clementine. To enter the giveaway, share what you have in common with me in the comments of their post. A winner will be chosen on April 17th, so hurry on over—after saying…
  • In the Grip of Gratitude

    28 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    March. I like March. I'm recovered from the holidays and from two January birthdays (Elijah and Charlotte). It's still early in the year for big plans and the Arizona weather is delightful. (I'm sorry this isn't the case for everyone.) Despite the lovely Marchness all around me, I'm also facing some distinct challenges and some tough decisions this year. Instead of running from them any longer or glossing things over, I've decided to plow into these matters head-on. And though difficult and strange, it feels good. I'm a doer and it's time to…
  • NEW Pattern! Prize Bloom Quilt

    9 Dec 2014 | 12:20 pm
    I have two new sewing patterns to announce this week, starting with the Prize Bloom Quilt. This three-dimensional floral design is a rewarding project. It gives you the opportunity to practice a variety of techniques (curved piecing, inset corners, appliqué), yet it is quick to sew. You complete one, large flower and a simple, pieced foundation, then put them together and you're done. Practically. There is quilting and binding as well, but those go quickly too. The large, dahlia-like flower is gathered at the center and a round of three-dimensional petals is added. These details draw…
  • Luxury Bedding

    3 Dec 2014 | 6:02 am
    I've come across the most luxurious baby bedding by Tushies & Tantrums. I believe I was originally tagged in an Instagram post. (Which is one of my favorite things about Instagram—getting to see what is being made with my fabric collections. Tagging is such an easy way to share.) Below is just one of the luxurious sets that Tushies & Tantrums has put together using Heather Bailey fabrics. The featured prints are those shown above, all from my Lottie Da collection: Dauphine turquoise, Lottie Dot purple, Carousel Stripe orchid, and Lottie Dot olive. I adore this Jenny-Lind style…
  • 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…
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  • for the love of junkin’…

    tim holtz
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:23 pm
    one thing i’ve learned in life is to make time to do more of what makes you happy… truth be told, i love to junk!  i love everything about it: the thrill of the hunt, the inspiration of finding new ideas, and the hopes of discovering hidden treasures.  throughout my travels i’m always on the Continue Reading
  • new distress accessories…

    tim holtz
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    today i’m excited to share the news that ranger is releasing 4 new distress accessory products shipping later this month! - DIY Distress Ink Pad - Distress Sprayer - Distress Refresher - Distress Micro Glaze™ i’ve created a video for each product, and can’t wait to show you all they can do.  without a doubt, Continue Reading
  • new distress Q&A and color swatches…

    tim holtz
    6 Apr 2015 | 10:40 pm
    thanks for sharing in the continued excitement of the new distress color palette launching throughout 2015.  i love the anticipation i feel when we get to announce the new color at 12:00noon EDT the first friday of each month.  it’s been such fun to see the frenzy on social media when the color is announced Continue Reading
  • new distress: fossilized amber

    tim holtz
    3 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    it’s the first friday of the month and time to announce the newest color to join ranger’s distress palette… introducing: fossilized amber unearth the hidden beauty with the latest addition to the distress palette; available in ink pad, reinker, paint, stain, spray stain, and marker.  check out the video below to see the new distress Continue Reading
  • 12 tags of 2015 – april…

    tim holtz
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:57 am
    getting the most out of products has always been one of my main goals as a designer.  i try to inspire different ways to think about the products and their many uses.  first we’ll explore distress markers and a few creative ways to use them including layered watercoloring, background spritzing, and even tinting ribbon.  next Continue Reading
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  • New Project: Make This Mini Star Wars BB-8 Ball Droid with a Hacked Sphero

    Donald Bell
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:07 am
    As an industrial designer, I’ve been particularly fascinated by products that have personality and emotion. And I think the droids in Star Wars have always been really great at capturing a character without facial expression and drawing you in. And BB-8 was no different when they brought it out onstage […] Read more on MAKE The post Make This Mini Star Wars BB-8 Ball Droid with a Hacked Sphero appeared first on Make:.
  • Red-Hot Steel and Green Fire Make Gilly A Sight to Behold

    Caleb Kraft
    19 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    “Does it move?” This is one of the most common questions you’ll hear if you happen to be standing near Gilly, a giant stainless steel sculpture by Orion Fredricks. The swooping curves, anatomically inspired construction, and lifelike posture make it feel as though Gilly is about to turn and look […] Read more on MAKE The post Red-Hot Steel and Green Fire Make Gilly A Sight to Behold appeared first on Make:.
  • Sofa Hack: Wooden Armrest Table with Built-In Cup Holder

    Haley Pierson-Cox
    18 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    As anyone who’s ever made the mistake of trying to balance a full beverage on the armrest of a couch already knows, it’s a terrible idea that will probably end in both tears and an emergency trip to the hardware store to rent a steam cleaner. So, whether you’re curled […] Read more on MAKE The post Sofa Hack: Wooden Armrest Table with Built-In Cup Holder appeared first on Make:.
  • Attack On Titan Cardboard Table Is Cosplay for Your Couch

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
      There are two hot properties engulfing living rooms everywhere across North America. One is of the animated variety and the other is of the ‘must have’ home furnishings persuasion. First we have one of the hottest anime programs in the history of the genre! Attack on Titan has become […] Read more on MAKE The post Attack On Titan Cardboard Table Is Cosplay for Your Couch appeared first on Make:.
  • MakerBot Lays Off 100 Employees, Closes All Retail Stores

    Mike Senese
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:49 pm
    The company announces plans to re-organize it business through staff and expense reductions and closure of its three brick-and-mortar stores. Read more on MAKE The post MakerBot Lays Off 100 Employees, Closes All Retail Stores appeared first on Make:.
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  • links: food

    13 Apr 2015 | 5:38 am
    butterscotch pudding | smitten kitchen. I am mostly linking to this because it introduced me to Valrhona’s Dulcey Chocolate crunchy pearls. I’m already a fan of dark chocolate crunchy pearls and keep them in the house to sprinkle on ice cream and, you know, just eat. A 24 ‘Carrot’ Cake Packed With Baby Carrots and Shaped Like a Gold Bar. 8 Nonalcoholic Drinks That’ll Satisfy When You’re Craving a Cocktail | Serious Eats. These all go far beyond fizzy lemonade. How to Make a World-Class Cocktail Out of Berlin’s Convenience Store Booze | MUNCHIES. Freeze Fresh…
  • links: technology

    6 Apr 2015 | 12:31 pm
    The Jezebel Staff, Perfected. A demonstration of photo editing software that makes people look extra pretty. Its a send up of our overly perfected Instagram age but it kinda sold me on getting one of these apps. Meet the Man Behind ‘Solarized,’ the Most Important Color Scheme in Computer History | Observer. Via The Wirecutter. Explorable Explanations. Via Waxy. A word on the iPhone 6/6 Plus and third-party headphones | The Wirecutter. What to look for to be sure your headphones will fit, and if not a few DIY solutions. Something Has to Change in Videogames: Everything & Everyone |…
  • Easter Egg Dyeing Food Color Palette

    2 Apr 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Remember last year when I went a little manic over dyeing eggs in an effort to get juuust the right colors? Yeah, me to. All the instructions and tips are over here.
  • links: misc

    20 Mar 2015 | 10:26 am
    What are some novels in which the genders of some or all of the central characters is not revealed to the reader? | Ask MetaFilter. Cool Tools – Google URL Shortening Service. If I’m forced to shorten links this is the one I use, it also keeps stats for you on how many times the link was clicked on. Internet slang meets American Sign Language — Hopes&Fears. The Web’s Grain by Frank Chimero. 50 Wonderful Things From 2014 : Monkey See : NPR. Prayer Nuts, Small 16th Century Wooden Spheres That Conceal Incredibly Ornate Carvings. Cool Tools – Kadomaru Pro Corner Cutter. This…
  • How To Make Authentic Liege Waffles in Six Minutes

    13 Mar 2015 | 10:49 am
    The title of this post is mostly a lie. You see I love Liege style waffles so much that I basically dedicated an entire weekend to eating them in Belgium, but I had to figure out a way to make my own at home that ultimately involved as little work as possible on a weekend morning. Spoiler: we froze them. The shiny bits are sugar that has melted and covered the outside. It’s a crunchy, candy coated waffle. It’s excellent. I tested a few ways to get the waffle from the freezer to my mouth quickly while still keeping as many of the desirable features intact. Those features are:…
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  • Foiled Thank You Cards

    10 Apr 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Hello, Friends! If you’ve been here before, you probably know, I’m a huge fan of Target. Not only do I love the clothes and the home decor, I also love the boxed cards. Being a card maker, I always look at them and ooh and aaah, but I almost never buy them because, it kind of feels like cheating. Crazy, right? Well we were there the other day and my husband needed a bunch of Thank You cards and I thought, this will be the perfect excuse to buy some boxed cards, guilt free, woo hoo! So I ask casually, you  know since you need all those thank you cards, do you just want to buy some…
  • You Rock My World

    10 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Hello Friends! When I saw these girl stamps from Angie Blom, I was super excited to pick some up. They remind me of the good ol’ days of Fashion Plates. Of course, I love the confidence from this guitar playing girl. I played a bit with some green hair, I mean why not, right? some dimension and those resin stars that have been waiting to accent something for oh so long. happy. not super fancy but just enough to spread some joy. There will be many more of these girls on cards, I colored a whole bunch that my mom says look like copic selfies. Thanks for stopping by! Love Love and Blog you…
  • Thank You

    10 Feb 2015 | 7:09 am
    Hello Friends! I finally had a chance to make some cards the other day :) I got this stamp set from a friend and could not wait to paint/color up this telephone. :) I really love to color with copics and watercolors, it is so relaxing. It reminds me of the old days with coloring books and crayons. I also realized how much I LOVE working in digital media because my color choices and opacity control is infinite. But it was still fun to play. This card is a somewhat of a hodge podge because I started layering and then realized that my issues with cream patterns would not go on a white card base.
  • MFT Love You Card

    1 Feb 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Hello Friends, welcome to February! I’m excited that I finally had a chance to make a card the other day! When I saw this die (Dienamics Fluttering Hearts Cover Ups) from My Favorite Things I immediately thought of dimensional rainbow hearts… When my die arrived, I hit that die cut machine and cut one of each color. I visualized stitching through all layers of color but realized it would be too thick for my sewing machine. I sewed the top two layers together and glue dotted the rest together. and in retrospect, I really could have just stitched the white layer. The sentiment is…
  • back to school

    13 Jan 2015 | 7:29 pm
    Hello Friends! I have been having a weird time with my scheduling since the boys went back to school this week.  During winter break I could run whenever I got the urge and take pictures at will. Now that they are back in school, I’m struggling to remember when I should do what to get it all done. I find it’s bedtime and I haven’t had a chance to run or take a picture with my big camera. Silly me, thinking I COULD actually get it all done. duh. This first picture is with the 5D and the other three are iPhone 6+ pictures. SO anyway, here’s what has been going on around…
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    Wee Wonderfuls

  • you put your bunnies in there

    Hillary Lang
    4 Apr 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Happy Easter!
  • Sewing toys from vintage patterns at Sew Mama Sew

    Hillary Lang
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Have you visited 6 weeks of softies love at Sew Mama Sew yet? There have been so many great patterns and tutorials. Today I have a bit on making toys from patterns in vintage sewing books. Have you entered the Spectacular Softies Contest yet? Win yourself a new sewing machine!
  • still time to sew a bunny for the basket

    Hillary Lang
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:11 am
    I like bunnies. I have a lot of bunny patterns. Tiny bunny, flat bunny, big footed bunny, and my favorite is Elsa as a bunny.
  • bunnies up in here

    Hillary Lang
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
  • oh what I wouldn't do for a cricut

    Hillary Lang
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:18 am
    I've been spending a lot of time watching videos for the Cricuit Explore while I sit and cut out letters for the STEM Fair posters. Sigh. I know I *need* one of these. How do I justify it?!
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    A Little Hut - Patricia Zapata

  • buds & stems - a feeling of connection

    patricia zapata
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    This is my new Buds & Stems collection (coming soon to Spoonflower). Just three simple little patterns that I love so and came about through the work I've been posting for my shop. It's like spring truly invaded my work (not a bad thing for sure!). I tried coming up with another pattern to make it a balanced set of four but it wasn't happening. So I let the group stay as is. I notice that I've been doing that with other parts of my work — I'm not forcing things. I'm just letting them be.This year in particular I've been letting things develop more naturally and working on truly…
  • slow (on purpose) week

    patricia zapata
    29 Mar 2015 | 10:27 pm
    Easter is just around the corner so I had to squeeze at least one small project before the holiday is here. I wish square cards where more of a standard format—love them.Thank you, thank you to all of you that ordered the Lush Garden Gift Set over the weekend! It's always so fun to see that my projects are so well received. I truly hope you'll enjoy it.This reminds me of a conversation I had with a friend not too long ago. We were talking about how a lot of what we do as artists is taking risks and how scary it can be to show our work after pouring our souls into the process. The work can…
  • lush garden

    patricia zapata
    28 Mar 2015 | 6:10 pm
    This week I gave you a tiny preview of the Lush Garden Gift Set in the image for the cover of the quarterly that I have in the works. You can see most of the set in the photo (only the full size images of the card designs are missing). I'm still working along the lines of making projects that can be used for your own decor or to be given as gifts—those are the best.I'm killing two birds with one stone here because I'm using the framed piece for our own home which is in need of some artwork. I used a 12" square frame for the piece that is cut out of one piece of paper. It's gracing one of…
  • paper hut idea

    patricia zapata
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:01 pm
    So... here's an idea I've been tossing around for a very, very long time. I haven't gotten into detail as to what would be on the inside but the idea would be some sort of quarterly (?) book/magazine about paper (maybe other mediums that include paper) projects, ideas and inspiration.What would you like to see inside? What do you think is missing out there?I'd love to hear your thoughts. There are no wrong answers or ideas. So how about it?
  • simple wins

    patricia zapata
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    I've been sorting, filing and just cleaning up a lot of my files. I went through my photos too and I don't know why but I felt very connected with this old photo. Remember my Simple Monday posts? These cards are definitely great representations of how simple can totally work and be used for so many different occasions.These cards can be made with simple flower designs and portions of background shapes. The card full of leaves is by far my favorite. I made it using a portion of my Just Leaves Lattice file. Groups of leaves are still one of my favorite things to draw — they are therapeutic to…
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    Make and Takes

  • Tips for Improving Your Photography Skills

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:53 am
    There are loads of reasons for improving your photography skills. Maybe you want to take better pictures of your kids. Maybe you want to improve your blogging photography, gotta capture that perfect tabletop shot. Or maybe you want to become a professional photographer for weddings and parties. Whatever the reason, whether for work or for pleasure, here are a few tips I’ve picked up on my photography journey over the last several years. I’m pretty proud of myself with the above photo. I literally did nothing to this flower picture except add text on top! I’ve come a long…
  • Coiled Paper Snail Craft

    14 Apr 2015 | 8:51 am
    I don’t really love to find these little critters in my garden, but I’ll make an exception for these colorful paper snails. With a few basic supplies, and a little coiling technique, you can make a whole family of snails in no time. Fun fact: a group of snails is called a rout or a walk. Supplies for Coiled Paper Snails: Strips of colored construction paper (ours are 1.5″x12″) Stapler, glue, or tape Coloring materials (markers, pastels, crayons, etc.) Small hole punch Pipe cleaners, cut into 3″ pieces Pencils Green construction paper for leaves (optional) Start…
  • 24 Coffee Filter Crafts to Make

    13 Apr 2015 | 2:10 am
    Coffee filter crafts are one of the easiest kid’s crafts out there. There are a lot of fun ways to craft with coffee filters. Get out your favorite craft supplies and a few coffee filters to create these 24 fun projects with your kiddos! Here are 24 Coffee Filter Crafts to Make with Kids: 1. Coffee Filter Rainbows: Paint a few of these pretty rainbows for spring! Simple to make and super cute. 2. Coffee Filter Butterfly: Welcome the spring season with this adorable butterfly craft from Parenting. 3. Filter Easter Wreath: This is a perfect kids craft for Easter! Get the instructions from…
  • Egg Salad Mason Jar Recipe

    10 Apr 2015 | 8:18 am
    Egg salad just might be my favorite of the salads. It goes back to my childhood, my mom was always making us open-faced egg salad on toast. These days I’m trying to go low-carb, so I’m eating more salads. In comes Egg Salad on Salad, ha! This salad goes so well made ahead of time and placed in a mason jar for easy storage. I’m loving Mason Jar Salads, so convenient. Prep your salads, place them in jars, and they are ready to mix and eat for lunch. You might have a few hard-boiled eggs left over from the holidays or you can steam some up super quick. If you’re…
  • Big Hero 6 Birthday Party Ideas

    8 Apr 2015 | 4:58 am
    The family-friendly movie Big Hero 6 has been one of our favorite to watch, over and over again! I may or may not have cried during the movie :) Baymax, the robot healthcare companion, is the most lovable character Disney has created yet. So of course, my daughter has chosen to have a Big Hero 6 birthday party. We’ve come up with all kinds of fun decorations, crafts, and games to celebrate! Baymax and his fist bump is the best part, ba-la-la-la-la! For the party, I highly suggest you greet all your guests with an official Baymax fist bump as they come in the door! Decorations With…
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  • random stuff

    amy k.
    19 Apr 2015 | 1:31 pm
    The weather has been getting warmer this week, which is thrilling. This is at Marshall Park, which is down the street from my childhood home. I spent so much time here when I was little. It's different now, but the trails are still the same. I finally started and finished Wild, by Cheryl Strayed. This was one of the I-know-I-should-read-this-emotionally-exhausting-book-but-I'm-avoiding-it books on my list. The other was The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green, which I read a bit back. I'm glad I read both. Wild was not what I thought it was going to be. After reading Tiny Beautiful…
  • coconut macaroons with unsweetened coconut

    amy k.
    15 Apr 2015 | 3:47 pm
    I love eating coconut macaroons and love making them. It took me awhile to find the perfect recipe. With so few ingredients, you'd think it would be simple, but it wasn't. After testing different recipes, I knew I really didn't like them too gummy or too sweet. The recipes that call for sweetened coconut (which I never seem to have, I buy unsweetened in bulk) and/or sweetened condensed milk just never crisp up enough for me and are too sweet and gummy. This recipe I have been using for a few years now and it works perfect. I like them a little more toasted than normal, so you…
  • pencils.

    amy k.
    12 Apr 2015 | 1:05 pm
    I read about this great pencil shop CW Pencil Enterprise in NYC and fell in love with the online shop. The photos of it are so calm and pleasing. I really wish I could go to the shop in person. I wanted to order some pencils and erasers for the whole family, but I didn't know where to start. So, I did what my brother would do. I e-mailed the shop owner, Caroline Weaver, and asked if she would pull pencils for me based on my needs and include her favorites. I gave her a price not to exceed. She was so helpful and enthusiastic and wrote detailed notes on all the envelopes separating the…
  • dyi travel watercolor sets

    amy k.
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:47 am
    I saw these watercolors sets on etsy a bit back and have been wanting to make one ever since. There were a few how-to methods I found online. One used empty watercolor pans that you stick in an empty Altoids tin, but they were hard to source and we always have Fimo or Sculpey in the house, so we tried this method instead. You can watch the tutorial Delia made with Adobe Voice. It takes a second to load and you have to scroll down and hit the play button. She made this tutorial 100% on her own, which is so impressive and also demonstrates how easy this app is to use. A few more details that…
  • nice little coffee house

    amy k.
    9 Apr 2015 | 9:43 am
    We have some time to kill between violin and piano lessons every week and I just recently discovered this lovely coffee house, Maplewood Coffee & Tea nearby that is our new favorite spot. It's in a residential neighborhood and it tucked away where you would never know about it unless you lived there. It has a pretty big play room for tiny ones, and a park is at the end of the street. They serve Stumptown coffee and also cookies from Two Tarts, which makes me happy since the Two Tarts shop in NW closed a bit back. Unrelated but equally exciting: We bought some pencils from this online…
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  • Happy Easter!

    2 Apr 2015 | 9:40 am
    Eng/ This year, Mila and I have created lots of Easter themed crafts! it’s so fun to create along with my little me. She doesn’t cease to amaze me with her creativity and patience. We painted, among other fun things, styrofoam eggs. It’s colorful and beautiful! Have you created something special yourself or with your kids, for Easter? If you need last minute ideas, why not visit my “Easter” Pinterest board? Fr/ Cette année Mila et moi avons créé plein de petits trucs sympa pour notre déco de Pâques. C’est tellement chouette de créer en duo avec ma…
  • New Jewelry :)

    25 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    >> You can visit this website for a timezone converter: Eng/ I have created new jewelry lately. It’s been a long time! I sooo missed to put my hands on these. I forgot how much I adore this quiet and peaceful creating time! Here’s a few photos of the pieces available, everything can be seen in this Flickr album. I have a NEW shop for jewelry, it’s on BigCartel, NOT on Etsy (though Etsy is always active for other items). Please follow this link for the shop : Fr/ J’ai enfin pu prendre du…
  • Talisman

    30 Jan 2015 | 2:22 am
    “Talisman” – available in my Etsy shop Eng/ Just realized that I didn’t post about this illustration, entitled “Talisman”. I created it weeks ago, already! I’m working on some new and nice! projects for this new year. Hopefully, I will see new creations coming to life as well. So exciting!! I hope you are all doing well. And you, do you have special plans for this year? Any goal? Fr/ Je réalise que je ne vous ai pas montré cette illustration ici, dans le blog. Elle s’appelle “Talisman”, et je l’ai créé il y a déjà des…
  • Happy New Year =)

    17 Jan 2015 | 1:29 am
      Eng/ I Wish you all love, happiness and good health, for this new year ahead us :-) Fr/ Je vous souhaite une très belle année, remplie d’amour, de joie et avec une bonne santé :-)
  • About Frida Kahlo

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:40 am
    Eng/ Earlier this year, my artist friend June Leeloo sent me a message about a project she had in mind : a group show paying tribute to the Great Frida Kahlo. I’ve instantly been in love with the theme, because Frida has always been a big inspiration for me. And here we are! The show is held by Distinction Gallery, located in Escondido (California) in the USA. We are several artists involved in this show and I love how everyone has interpreted the theme in their very own style! My piece is entitled “My Own Reality”. I wanted to work on several sides of the world of Frida:…
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    The Etsy Blog

  • Clever Twists on Classic Mother’s Day Gifts

    Shoko Wanger
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    Photo by Ruby Robin Boutique In many ways, Mother’s Day is one of the easiest occasions to shop for: a bouquet of flowers, a bottle of perfume, or a cookbook are tried-and-true options that seem sure to please (or at least not to disappoint). But what’s out there for moms who have everything — and have received everything from the above list at least twice? And what about moms who don’t quite fit a conventional candies-and-candles mold? Here, we’ve got clever, creative alternatives to six Mother’s Day classics. From laser-engraved cutting boards to crepe…
  • Featured Shop: Touchee Feelee

    Euodia Roets
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:17 am
    Photo by Louw RoetsI’m Euodia Roets, the artist and designer behind Touchee Feelee. I live in the heart of Cape Town, South Africa, a stone’s throw away from Table Mountain. I paint in watercolor and have my art digitally printed onto linen fabric, which I then sew into throw pillows and other products. I studied visual communications in Cape Town, and when I finished school I worked as a graphic designer. I was always drawn to illustration — especially watercolor painting — so I taught myself to paint in 2010, and I continued to paint as a hobby while I traveled through Asia…
  • 16 Mother’s Day Cards She’ll Remember Next Year

    Nole Garey
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:21 am
    Photo by MyDearFellowCoNole Garey is the editor of Oh So Beautiful Paper, a daily design and wedding blog with a focus on stationery and paper goods. Launched in 2008, Oh So Beautiful Paper is dedicated to providing a resource for readers seeking inspiration and designers for their personal stationery projects, from wedding invitations to birth announcements. Nole lives with her husband, two daughters, and three cats in Washington, DC. Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and there’s nothing better than a heartfelt card to let your mom (or another important lady in your…
  • Featured Shop: Bride La Boheme

    Anya Ostapenko
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:02 am
    Photo by Bride La BohemeMy name is Anya Ostapenko, and I design and make handcrafted bridal accessories for Bride La Boheme. I live near the beach in Sydney, Australia with my husband and our two-year-old son. The idea for Bride La Boheme came about almost five years ago when I was getting married. I was really struggling to find stylish, affordable accessories with a slightly vintage vibe; everything I found was shiny and new and looked very “bridal,” if you know what I mean. Dissatisfied with my options, I started sketching some designs of my own. After the wedding, I started…
  • 24 Inspiring Finds for Architecture Lovers

    Valerie Rains
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:51 am
    Photo by Helena Carrington Brancusi called it inhabited sculpture. Goethe likened it to frozen music. Kahn said it was “the reaching out for truth.” However you see architecture, we encourage you to take a little time this week — National Architecture Week — to, well, see some architecture. Slow down on your way to work and back home again, look up and around at the buildings you pass every day, notice the details. (You could even pretend you’re on vacation, scoping out now-familiar street scenes for the very first time.) Plenty of Etsy makers are already doing…
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    The Soap Bar

  • Digging In The Dirt

    Joanna Schmidt
    6 Apr 2015 | 4:39 am
    "Something in me, dark and stickyAll the time it's getting strong...The more I look, the more I findAs I close on in, I get so blind ..."- Peter GabrielAll weekend I spent my time digging in the dirt and planting new plants into my front walkway. My husband and I ripped out a line of very "vanilla" hedge-like bushes along each side of the walkway.  It was boring and cold and didn't feel like home.  It was really hard work and took a number of sessions to complete.Yesterday we finished one side and we're really tickled with how it looks now.  It's way more "US"; it has different…
  • It's April Already?!

    Joanna Schmidt
    4 Apr 2015 | 6:29 am
    I can't say enough wonderful things about the soaping industry and the people who I've been lucky to have met along this journey.The next Soap Challenge may be a challenge for some of you.  I will be at the Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild Conference in Indianapolis in mid-April, and some of you may be there as well.  Since that takes almost a week with travel and all that, it's important to plan the challenge out ahead of time.I will post the new challenge by the end of this weekend.  I've got mad ideas bubbling and they need to settle on down before I can put them into…
  • A Fun Egg Hunt!

    Joanna Schmidt
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:12 am
    Come to to find the eggs that we have hidden.  It is super fun. Have a good time looking!xoxo Joanna
  • Proud Of My Peeps

    Joanna Schmidt
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:47 am
    We are all busy with life.  I know it now more than any other time in my life.  Starting Mad Oils has been the hardest and most challenging life change I've ever made.  Busy, busy, busy.  I work way more than I should, but things need to get done and so hours fly by... and the great thing is: I love my job!  I DO know about time limitations and the fleeting moments in my life that I take to focus inward.  Everyone's life is filled, but you took the time and dug.The idea for the latest Soap Challenge was memory based and certainly emotional.  It required you…
  • Colorful Memories

    Joanna Schmidt
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:25 pm
    It's easy to allow day to day stress to push our fondest memories out of our minds.This past weekend, my daughter turned eighteen years old and my memories of our past came flooding back. The whole pregnancy was amazing, the birth was hard, and the first few years with her was the finest time of my life. The idea for this soap challenge is definitely based on your individual experiences from many years ago, whether it be from your childhood or young adulthood.  Bring forth your fondest memories of a time that will always have a special spot in your mind."How can I do that in a soap?,"…
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    Geek Crafts

  • DIY Comic Book Collage Silhouettes

    19 Apr 2015 | 11:10 am
    With so many great TV shows and movies out, there’s a lot of attention on comic books these days. It’s always nice to go back to the source material for the full backstory. While you’ve got your comics out, you might want to use some of the extras for this cool collage project, brought to us by Jessica from The Nifty Nerd. Jessica has kindly put together a Nerdy Craft Tutorial on how she created her striking silhouette collages to adorn her hallway, including cutouts from Spiderman, plus a really cool Rohan horse banner crafted from Fellowship of the Ring book pages –…
  • The Ultimate in “Archer” Cosplays

    18 Apr 2015 | 7:45 am
    Can you have two “ultimates” for any one category? I mean, shouldn’t one be better than the other? Isn’t that the point of being the ultimate? Well today, we’re breaking the rules! So everyone, go grab your tactleneck sweater and let’s go to the Danger Zone! First up, this unknown “Archer” stand-along cosplayer. All I can say is WOW, and maybe, if you’re going to do this good of a job as a cosplayer, make sure you get your name out there! Sterling Archer, codename Duchess. Next up, the group from International Secret Intelligence Service,…
  • Custom Made Hulk Figure

    18 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    Silentcell posted a series of pictures over at Imgur of a custom made Hulk figure. It’s of a friend, sculpted as the Hulk himself, made from Super Sculpty and painted with acrylics. It stands 28 cm tall. Despite it being a really well made piece, no other information comes along with it.
  • Huggable Monster Dolls for Kids in Need

    13 Apr 2015 | 11:21 am
    A Monster to Love is this great online shop where, for every cute little monster doll you buy, Sam, Ben, and their dad Ray, donate a monster doll to a kid in need.  They partner up with children’s hospitals and even the World Relief Refugee program out of Atlanta. I ran across their awesome work about a year ago on Craftsy, including a pattern to make your own monsters to donate to local kids in need, or send off to Ray and his boys in Colorado so they can donate the cuddly little monsters to kids in need. Interested? Here’s the A Monster to Love PDF Pattern and Instructions.
  • Making science fun with paper roller coasters

    12 Apr 2015 | 11:35 am
    My grade school days are so far behind me, I remember very little about any sort of science experiments. I vaguely recall something about adding food coloring to water to turn white carnations different colors. BOR-ING. If I had Andrew Gatt for a teacher, I think I would have some pretty epic science memories. As the lower school science specialist as a school in Raleigh, North Carolina, Andrew started building paper roller coasters in the late 90s as an activity in his 5th grade classroom. He continued refining his designs over the years, and started making presentations of his designs at…
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    house on hill road

  • Wild Violet Quilt (and tutorial)

    Erin | house on hill road
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:17 am
    On a complete and total whim a few weeks ago, I decided to make an improv quilt. The fabrics, mostly Shelburne Falls by Denyse Schmidt, just spoke to me as I was wading through the stash. I don't know what drew me to the purple - perhaps the wild violets that show themselves in the grass every spring? No matter! Purple it was! And bonus because I have a dear friend whose birthday was around the corner and she loves purple like I love green. No better time than that! I grabbed the fabrics, pulled in a couple of other prints (a purple gingham, the pink pez, red and pink dot) and some Kona…
  • Four Winds Quilt Top

    Erin | house on hill road
    6 Apr 2015 | 4:42 am
    A few weeks back, I pulled these Heather Bailey Up Parasol prints from my stash to make the Four Winds Quilt by Amber Corcoran of Fancy Tiger Crafts after seeing it on the store's blog. (Whoa! That's a lot of links in one sentence!) I immediately loved the over-sized flying geese and the simple, graphic punch that this quilt carries. I also loved that it would be a good pattern to use some larger scale prints that don't lend themselves to small piecing. I don't know about you, but I have a tendency to fall hard for those prints, especially florals. In the end, they linger…
  • For on-the-go

    Erin | house on hill road
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:50 am
    I consistently carry some kind of project in my purse or my car with me for the down moments when I find myself sitting and waiting. It is almost always some kind of portable handwork - knitting, embroidery, needlepoint. I like having something to keep my hands busy, but that allows me to talk and interact with others while I am doing it. I find it especially nice to have something to work on when I travel. Besides being portable, it needs to be easy to pick up and put down. I always used to have a book on hand because I love to read, but when the girls were little, I found that I never got…
  • This spring

    Erin | house on hill road
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:12 am
    There is something magic about this time of the year. While I have always touted autumn as my favorite season, spring is right up there. The anticipation of warm weather after months of gray skies and frigid temperatures seems to be constantly on my mind. I watch the weather forecast and delight in predictions of anything north of 50 degrees, silently sighing when consecutive days of rain are ahead. The evening light that comes with the one hour forward push of the clock is so welcome. I find my spirits brighter, the witching hour shorter and the general mood of everyone elevated so slightly…
  • The Paper-Pieced Home

    Erin | house on hill road
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    I am always amazed at the paper piecing designs that my friend, Penny Layman, makes. Seriously wowed. And when I heard that she was writing a book, I was anxious to get my hands on it. I imagined that it would be chock-full of cute patterns and also all the information needed to paper piece successfully. I was right! I admit that I am a huge fan of Penny and completely biased, but that aside, this is a great book. The Paper-Pieced Home by Penny Layman has 40 different paper piecing blocks and 14 projects all centering around house and home. The designs have a retro vibe and are all well…
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    The Etsy Blog

  • Clever Twists on Classic Mother’s Day Gifts

    Shoko Wanger
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:30 am
    Photo by Ruby Robin Boutique In many ways, Mother’s Day is one of the easiest occasions to shop for: a bouquet of flowers, a bottle of perfume, or a cookbook are tried-and-true options that seem sure to please (or at least not to disappoint). But what’s out there for moms who have everything — and have received everything from the above list at least twice? And what about moms who don’t quite fit a conventional candies-and-candles mold? Here, we’ve got clever, creative alternatives to six Mother’s Day classics. From laser-engraved cutting boards to crepe…
  • Featured Shop: Touchee Feelee

    Euodia Roets
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:17 am
    Photo by Louw RoetsI’m Euodia Roets, the artist and designer behind Touchee Feelee. I live in the heart of Cape Town, South Africa, a stone’s throw away from Table Mountain. I paint in watercolor and have my art digitally printed onto linen fabric, which I then sew into throw pillows and other products. I studied visual communications in Cape Town, and when I finished school I worked as a graphic designer. I was always drawn to illustration — especially watercolor painting — so I taught myself to paint in 2010, and I continued to paint as a hobby while I traveled through Asia…
  • 16 Mother’s Day Cards She’ll Remember Next Year

    Nole Garey
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:21 am
    Photo by MyDearFellowCoNole Garey is the editor of Oh So Beautiful Paper, a daily design and wedding blog with a focus on stationery and paper goods. Launched in 2008, Oh So Beautiful Paper is dedicated to providing a resource for readers seeking inspiration and designers for their personal stationery projects, from wedding invitations to birth announcements. Nole lives with her husband, two daughters, and three cats in Washington, DC. Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and there’s nothing better than a heartfelt card to let your mom (or another important lady in your…
  • Featured Shop: Bride La Boheme

    Anya Ostapenko
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:02 am
    Photo by Bride La BohemeMy name is Anya Ostapenko, and I design and make handcrafted bridal accessories for Bride La Boheme. I live near the beach in Sydney, Australia with my husband and our two-year-old son. The idea for Bride La Boheme came about almost five years ago when I was getting married. I was really struggling to find stylish, affordable accessories with a slightly vintage vibe; everything I found was shiny and new and looked very “bridal,” if you know what I mean. Dissatisfied with my options, I started sketching some designs of my own. After the wedding, I started…
  • 24 Inspiring Finds for Architecture Lovers

    Valerie Rains
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:51 am
    Photo by Helena Carrington Brancusi called it inhabited sculpture. Goethe likened it to frozen music. Kahn said it was “the reaching out for truth.” However you see architecture, we encourage you to take a little time this week — National Architecture Week — to, well, see some architecture. Slow down on your way to work and back home again, look up and around at the buildings you pass every day, notice the details. (You could even pretend you’re on vacation, scoping out now-familiar street scenes for the very first time.) Plenty of Etsy makers are already doing…
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  • A Few Things

    Design Mom
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    By Gabrielle. Image by Kristen Loken. Hello, Friends! What are you up to this weekend? We are trying something new: Ben Blair planned a weekend family-read-a-thon (gosh, Ben Blair is the best). And to make sure it happens, we’re all headed to a nearby hotel.  If we’re home, we’ll end up running kids to practice, doing laundry, tackling some yard work, stuff like that. But at a hotel, in theory, it’s easier not to get distracted. We’ll see how it goes, but I have high hopes. I think it will be great! Now the big question: What should I read? I’m for sure…
  • Call It A Day: Sara Fritsch

    Design Mom
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    By Gabrielle. Family photos on bikes by Lily Wanderlust. All others taken by Sara. Sara Fritsch lives in Amsterdam with her husband Oliver, their six year old son named Winter, and a daughter who is five called Penelope. After two years, Sara freely admits the city has her heart, but there’s still a possibility for a return to Portland, Oregon, which has the family’s heart as well. Expat life is tricky like that. And there are a lot of details during her day that will make you want to dream a little harder about living somewhere far away. Or just dream of owning a bike that can hold five…
  • Pro Tips: All About Estheticians

    Design Mom
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:55 am
    By Gabrielle. Photo by Lindsey Rose Johnson for Design Mom. Remember when we chatted about beauty tasks that we’ve never tried, and I mentioned that I’d never experienced a facial? (Still haven’t!) Well, Rachael Weesjes was kind enough to leave a comment about at-home options that work just as well as spa services. I almost didn’t believe her, but she should know: she’s been an esthetician for eight years! We emailed back and forth, and I asked her if she would share her expertise with us all. Happily, she agreed. You’re going to love what she has to tell…
  • Solar Panels on the Brain

    Design Mom
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:47 pm
    By Gabrielle. I’m partnering with SolarCity on this post and I’m geeking out about them. Have you heard of SolarCity? The company is based here in California and it’s a super high tech, really modern solar energy company. In fact, Elon Musk of Tesla and SpaceX is their chairman. They’ve essentially disrupted the century-old energy industry by providing less-expensive, renewable electricity directly to homeowners. Their goal is to make solar energy easy by taking care of everything from design and permitting, to monitoring and maintenance. There’s no upfront…
  • Living With Kids: Heather Freeman

    Design Mom
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Gabrielle. When Heather first wrote to me, she mentioned an affliction she and many of her design clients suffer from called Pinterest Paralysis. Of course, I had to get to know her a little better! She works as an interior designer from home – which offers its own set of challenges, as those of you with a home office probably understand – and is also smack in the middle of the toddler stage when a home’s entire aesthetic seems to change. Things that would break your heart if they broke head to the top shelves, glass-top tables are replaced, and suddenly you find yourself researching…
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  • thinking aloud about minimalism

    Alicia Alferman
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    Things are good. I go down the list and everything is in place.Is everyone fed and watered? Check. Are the kids healthy? Check. Is the nest egg growing? Ever-so-slowly... Check. Do we all appear happy? Do we have the right clothes? Do we have a nice home with a white picket fence? Check, check, and check. Seriously, even the white picket fence is here, although it does need a coat of paint.And in all honesty, we are happy. Not a day goes by that I don't realize how lucky we are. We all get along; we love each other. We're gainfully employed,…
  • a little getaway

    Alicia Alferman
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:57 am
        Devil's Den State Park for a long weekend with a quick stop at Crystal Bridges on the way down.These people and this trip. It was delightfully cozy and easy, mostly unplugged and completely relaxing. We have been thinking and talking about the types of people we are (and want to be.) We are pretty simple people doing small things that, with any luck, will add up to a good life in the end. So much in life is far too complicated. Family and home should be uncomplicated, like this trip. And comfortable like these people.I have been reading lots of websites and books about…
  • another year passes

    Alicia Alferman
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:49 am
    More than anything now, even more than my own birthday, I mark another year by the passing of their birthdays. In January they turned fourteen and ten. Really?! Both double digits. One of them is about to get his learner's permit. To drive. A CAR. What?!It's flying by. They all said it would, and it really is.
  • my gift from Brian

    Alicia Alferman
    7 Jan 2015 | 6:28 am
    If Brian and I get anything at all for each other for the holidays, it's usually something small. This year he stalked my Pinterest page and found something perfect- this small and modern hanging planter. I just love it, so I had to share. Pretty, isn't it? I got some tiny plants for it and hung it in the new bathroom upstairs, the one he remodeled all on his own for us. It's been done quite awhile, but that in itself is still a gift. Man, I still love that bathroom. It's not fancy and it's not perfect, but it's fancy enough and perfect for us. I need to find a few pieces of…
  • gifts

    Alicia Alferman
    6 Jan 2015 | 9:18 am
    We do Christmas gifts fairly simply in our family. It has prompted some quiet conversation with the kids regarding the differences in how other families handle it. It's no better or worse; it's just how we decided to do it when they were babies, and it still works for us.Our kids each get three gifts + stockings. Santa fills their stockings with goodies and brings one (unwrapped) gift for each of them. The last few years they have gone in together and asked Santa for something big (ie: iPad, xbox). Then we get them one smaller thing, and I make them something. There's never…
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  • Brooklyn General Store {a soulemama sponsor}

    19 Apr 2015 | 4:43 am
    Greetings from Brooklyn General Store! Brooklyn General Store and strive to recreate a time when people would center their day around a trip to the general store. It is more than a shop, it is a calm, creatively stimulating,...
  • Crafting Connections {a soulemama sponsor}

    18 Apr 2015 | 5:47 am
    Greetings from Crafting Connections! Hello, it's Andrea and Danielle of Crafting Connections here. You may know that we run a site and shop dedicated to living a creative life while raising an equally creative family. Or, to put it simply,...
  • {this moment}

    17 Apr 2015 | 6:40 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...
  • flowers & bowls

    16 Apr 2015 | 5:09 am
    Adelaide has been making tissue paper flowers for days. We've run out of tissue paper twice, and are about to run out of ceiling space from which to hang them. The floor of the library, her bedroom and subsequently every...
  • making books

    15 Apr 2015 | 6:11 am
    In those first few days after coming home from Bali, struggling a bit to get my sleep back on track, I spent one late night working on my photos from the trip. I knew I wanted to make a photo...
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    Yarn Harlot

  • Yarn, and how we love it

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:18 pm
    A drive by from me – getting ready to go from Port Ludlow to Galiano Island for the Knit Social Retreat. (Then it’s home for a few days, then onto Minneapolis for Yarnover, and to teach at Fiber Fest. There’s room in those classes by the way – Yarnover is full, but the crew at StevenBe has room in the Knitting for Speed and Efficiency class, and in the Colour Theory class – they’re both fun.) In the meantime, allow me to entertain you with the amazing yarnbombings at the Resort this go around. The retreaters went above and beyond – and they’re…
  • All the kinds of done

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:35 pm
    The April Retreat is done, and it was beautiful, and fabulous, and we so enjoyed having Clara and Kate with us, and I think I do no wrong when I say that this might have been one of the best ever.  (I will show you more pictures tomorrow. The yarnbombings this time were of a spectacular quality.) There was so much information, and so much fun, and some really, really intense learning, and even though all those things were more than amazing, let me tell you the best part. I finished my socks, and I am almost finished my sweater, which is awesome, because when I got here I unpacked my…
  • All Good Things

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    8 Apr 2015 | 10:57 am
    Well, here I am, at the end of my little vacation by myself, and it’s been lovely. Busier than I imagined it would be, but all the little things on my list are checked off, and the house is (almost) tidy, and ready for me to leave it tomorrow.  First thing in the morning I’ll head for the airport, and thus beginneth a wickedly busy month of travel.  I’ve almost got my bags packed, and my classes ready, and the only thing left to really organize is what knitting I’ll take with me when I go.  I’ve got a nice chunk of time designated for puttering around the…
  • After the Bunny

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    6 Apr 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Oh, what a weekend my pets, what a weekend.  I’ve been on a flat out tear for a few days, and almost all of it was great fun.  I say almost all of it was fun, because on Saturday I did the first official training ride for the Bike Rally, and I can honestly tell you that it wasn’t really super fun.  I had good company, and I don’t usually mind riding, even far (it was 40km) and fast (which I wasn’t) but holy cats, was it cold.  I think that’s the coldest I’ve ever been on my bike, and that’s saying something. How cold was it? Ice crunched under my…
  • Also I will miss him

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    3 Apr 2015 | 11:41 am
    Joe left this morning, out early for a holiday with his mum.  (That’s right, I holiday with my mother, and he holidays with his. That’s because we’re adorable.) I love it when he’s gone.  I know that sounds wrong, but I do. It’s like a little vacation here too.  Joe gets lots of time when he’s home and I’m not, but it hardly ever goes the other way, and it’s hard for me to even articulate what I love about it without making it sound like I don’t like it when he’s here – which I totally do, but being entirely alone in my own…
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    My Paper Crane

  • March’s Bag Of The Month

    Heidi Kenney
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Here it is nearing the end of April and I forgot to blog about the Bag Of The Month bag for March! As you can see I ended up having a sad photoshoot in my car one afternoon while I was waiting to pick up my son after school. I have actually been using this bag all month long. The fabric was one I saw on Pinterest and fell in love with Ring Around The Rosie by Michael Miller. When I found it about a year ago it had already been out for awhile, but a search of the name and there are still plenty of shops that have it for sale. I bought two yards and have been saving them for something special.
  • Fauxdori (using iron on transfers on leather)

    Heidi Kenney
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    My friend Olivia had been texting me photos of her planners, and it’s made me really want one of my own. She introduced me to the midori traveler notebook, which is basically a leather folder with elastic inside so you can add in and remove notebooks, planners etc. I loved that idea and once you start looking into the world that is midori, you’ll discover all these fauxdoris (or handmade midori style planners) Since there are loads of DIYs showing you how simple it is I decided to try and make my own. I had recently learned that you could use InkJet Iron-On Dark T-Shirt Transfers…
  • Just Two Words Project

    Heidi Kenney
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    As you may remember from last week, my friend Jessee and I decided to start challenging each to draw more each week. The idea was that we would each come up with one word, combine those words and create a project that started with sketching. No more sitting in front of an empty sketch book with no idea where to begin. This week the words were “cake” and “whale” and we were to come up with a design that could be used on a tote bag. As you can see I didn’t have very many sketches at all with this one. I was driving when the idea came to me and once I knew what I…
  • April Crafternoon

    Heidi Kenney
    12 Apr 2015 | 10:52 am
    April’s crafternoon was hosted by Katie at her home in West Virginia. Katie’s house is in the woods/mountain area and there is a lot to see. She has chickens, the forest, a neighbor with piglets, and come Monday she will even be an official bee keeper with bees! Katie’s crafternoon was a seed swap/garden marker making party. She made all kinds of food like a really delicious blueberry tart, and had a never ending supply of her homemade iced mocha coffee. I decided to paint rocks to look like the “rock fact” guy from Over The Garden Wall, Molly made little figures…
  • Easter

    Heidi Kenney
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Easter Sunday was a nice relaxed day spent mostly at home. There was too much chocolate, and a egg hunt in the afternoon. We did go out for waffles early in the day but then stayed home and watched movies, made dinner together, and I worked on some new paper piecing. I ordered some surprise balls for Easter baskets this year, but I can’t recommend them as they were a little lackluster. I think next time I will just make some myself because there is nothing quite as fun as unravelling all those layers of crepe.
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    Betz White

  • Tagalong Teddy with The Little Red Thread – Sewing Collective

    Betz White
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:26 am
    Wait until you see how versatile the Tagalong Teddy Pattern is! With just a few creative changes you can make a variety of sweet animal friends, like the one Rebekah made! – Betz Hi! This is Rebekah from The Little Red Thread and I’m going to show you how to make the “purr-fect” Tagalong mod (from bear to kitty!) from the Tagalong Teddy pattern, found in Betz’s book, Present Perfect.     This pattern is wonderfully simple in construction.  It would be a great jumping off point for any beginning sewer who is eager to try their hand at making a stuffed animal.
  • Worktable Wednesday: Wonky Whirl

    Betz White
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:38 am
    The past week I’ve been catching up on a few deadline projects and re-orienting myself after my MATS class ended. I spent a little time making lists and goals for the next few months…and then I felt stuck. I often have a little crash after finishing something big.     What I needed was a “palette cleanser”. A quick project that was fun and showed me an immediate tangible result! You may remember my post Flea Market Finds Block from last month. I had begun experimenting with piecing bits of my vintage linens with other fabrics. Since then I created sort of a…
  • Flurry and Fluff with Melissa Q – Sewing Collective

    Betz White
    10 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Today Melissa joins us with the cutest idea for repurposing a well loved baby blanket – Betz Hello friends! I’m so excited to be here. I admire Betz so much and I’m still pinching myself to check I’m really a part of her sewing collective. As it appears to remain true, I will get straight the other thing leaving a bubbly, happy feeling in my gut…these adorable polar bears, Flurry and Fluff!   Betz gave me the option of choosing any of her patterns and right away (like within seconds) I knew I needed to make these cuddly, sweet bears. See, my youngest son is…
  • Worktable Wednesday: MATS Class Wrap-up

    Betz White
    8 Apr 2015 | 11:55 am
    Now that my Make Art That Sells class is over, I wanted to share my final project. Week #5’s focus was the Gift Market. Our assignment was to create “lush” artwork that could be printed on a zippered pouch. Something that you might find in a gift shop and buy for a friend.     All class long I wanted to use some of my felt stitched artwork for one of the assignments. For one reason or another I just couldn’t make it fit the assignment of the week…until this one! I scanned in  the background, which was the hills and tree that I has created for another…
  • Jet Pack Bag with Raspberry Sunshine – Sewing Collective

    Betz White
    3 Apr 2015 | 6:53 am
    Don’t let Cindy’s snowy photos fool you, the Jet Pack Bag is a great bag to make for all of your spring adventures! Hi there! I’m Cindy. Most of my sewing at Raspberry Sunshine involves designing and sewing handbags and on occasion, buying some too. But in a house with three active boys I often find myself reaching for a bag that I can use for a full day of activities, from grocery shopping to Boy Scout outings.     What totally sold me on the Jet Pack was how I could change the position of the straps to carry it differently.  Who could imagine this long…
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    Illustration Friday

  • Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Dan Mora

    Andy Yates
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:47 am
    I’m so impressed with artist Dan Mora’s work on Michael Alan Nelson’s Hexed, that I had to share a sampling of it here with all of you! The little bit that I can find out about Dan Mora on the web is that he lives in Costa Rica, he’s done graphic design work & many illustrations for numerous print/online publications, and loads of concept art/character design work, as well. In it’s previous incarnation, Hexed introduced the great artist Emma Rios to the world, and now it’s Dan Mora’s turn to find legions of new fans. Hexed, published by…
  • Pick of the Week for WARRIOR and This Week’s Topic

    Thomas James
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:52 am
      Happy Illustration Friday! We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Zsalto, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of WARRIOR. 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: SOFT 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.
  • Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Chris Samnee

    Andy Yates
    10 Apr 2015 | 10:23 pm
    A couple years ago, Chris Samnee was in the unenviable position of having to replace artists Paolo Rivera & Marcos Martin on Marvel’s Daredevil, as regular series artist. Now, 40, or so issues later, that memorable run on Daredevil(which is still going) will now be remembered by most folks as the “classic Samnee/Waid Daredevil run” thanks to Samnee stepping up to the plate artistically! Chris’ stunning visuals match Waid’s character driven scripts perfectly! Studying the great comics artists he grew up with in the 1980’s, and working hard at his…
  • Multidisciplinary Submission :: Sticky Monster Lab

    Chloe Baldwin
    10 Apr 2015 | 4:15 am
    By Chloe Sticky Monster Lab is a multidisciplinary creative studio based in Korea. They cover various mediums from illustration to motion graphics, graphic design to product design. This wide spectrum helps make their work so unique and dynamic. Sticky Monster Lab have great wit and attention to detail which has allowed them to collaborate with Nike, Nissan and MTV. If you’d like to see more work from Sticky Monster Lab, please visit their portfolio.
  • Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Zac Gorman

    Andy Yates
    2 Apr 2015 | 5:04 pm
    Zac Gorman, a life formed between Nintendo NES, and X Box 360; he played video games as a child in Detroit, MI, before settling in front of a larger screen in Chicago, Illinois. His comics filled books are Magical Game Time, and Costume Quest, both of which can be ordered here, as well as art prints, pins, & other knick-knacks. After getting his feet wet, artistically, with SNES’ Mario Paint, Zac Gorman attended Kendall College of Art and Design. Currently, you can find Zac working on the comic book version of  Adult Swim’s Rick And Morty for ONI Press, and he occasionally…
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  • Sew Mama Sew toy drive

    18 Apr 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Back in March I was over on Sew Mama Sew as part of their 6 weeks of softies. The 6 weeks are over and people made some amazing pieces which you can check out here. They are also doing a toy drive and are looking for more donations. This is what Kristin + Beth sent me- I have a favor to ask. We are accepting donations to the Soft Toy Drive through the end of the month. So far I have a couple dozen contributions, but I’d love to be able to send at least 200 toys to the National Foster Parent Association conference in June. I heard from so many people involved in foster parenting who all…
  • Big man in browns

    10 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
    It isn’t really obvious from the pics but he is lots of browns- his boots, the toile, his hair. The tattoos on his chest are a fox hunt I think, with men, horses and dogs. I like the 3 faces here- The back is a river scene. And here he is on the porch. You can see that I am putting out some of my pots that have semi-hardy plants. It is beginning to feel like Spring even though there is still some snow piles around.  
  • Tattoo man with mustache (4)

    9 Apr 2015 | 1:10 pm
    It is fun to embroider a mustache! Awesome arm tattoos-
  • and then, 3 owls

    8 Apr 2015 | 6:08 pm
    Yes, there are more men but I made these too.
  • blond tattoo man (3)

    7 Apr 2015 | 5:34 pm
    I am having fun, playing with hair curls.
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    Spirit Cloth

  • Garden in April

    19 Apr 2015 | 8:33 am
    A switch to crop circles this year. Started with the fall clean up, we are still in the process of making them. Transferring and focusing the plantings. Making them easier to weed and cover etc. A lot of the radicchio has wintered over. I hear it is not as tasty the second year but I can mix it i with other greens.  The kale bed is thriving as well. Woad has taken hold.  I will just let the plants grow on the line between garden and woods.  I can recognize them now so I nip off the new unwanted ones. I harvest the seed heads early so they don't blow around too much. This…
  • Gaps

    19 Apr 2015 | 6:44 am
    There are more days lately. When I find myself in between thoughts. Not feeling lost. Just wandering. Because of the way this cloth we call Home came together, there are gaps.  Along the edge, where a certain kind of staying power is desired, I have filled them. At the same time marked them. Filled them with cloth or stitch or both.  Like lone flames. In red. To remember them.  Gaps are important places. Like holes. Probably they had a lot to do with the invention of bridges. And mending. Making do and Just Going.
  • The other side of through

    18 Apr 2015 | 5:30 pm
  • Dandelion

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:07 pm
    They are green. Tender. Everywhere. With no help from me.  And they are food. Tonight, the first salad. And a toast to a tomorrow that promises to be unseasonably warm.  
  • Through

    17 Apr 2015 | 7:35 am
    In my mind for a long time. Holes. I've had a lot of thoughts about holes over the years. Have a category for them. I even collect them. But on this cloth. Today I am thinking about holes again. How they let the light in.  Helps us see through. Like new eyes. Windows. Get through. Escape.  Learn.  Wonder. What's on the other side? Find shelter.  And how they even might make darkness friendly. Make less more. The birth of space. Yes I am cutting through the cloth. Today. Electrician. Really not cheap. But electrical stuff is scary. Best fix it. He is a neighbor.
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    Judy Wise

  • Last Minute Packing

    Judy Wise
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Quick post here. I'm packing, looking at a list of things I still want to do before I leave and one of them is to check in with you.I'm joining several friends to attend Gillian Lee Smith's week long workshop in Scotland.It's been so long since I did any real drawing that I feel completely out of practice and this will give me a good uninterrupted time to brush up. Plus I am part Scottish on my mother's side and have always wanted to eat in a pub, feel the sea breeze on my skin, and commune with my great great grandmother Margaret who's buried in the Nokomis cemetery after emigrating…
  • New Dolls

    Judy Wise
    11 Apr 2015 | 7:25 pm
    Shellie and Jo came for a visit today.Jo worked on a soft doll while Shellie and made Sculpey dolls.This is Shellie's doll that she named Hannah. Isn't she dear?While I made a roller derby queen named LaVerne.What a happy day with friends. Sending love.
  • Sculpey Doll Class Reminder

    Judy Wise
    9 Apr 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Just a reminder that the Sculpey Doll class starts on Monday.I've had my head down working hard on the videos and stories of the dolls I've made hoping to inspire you to come and play with me.Sign up here if you haven't already and I'll see you Monday April 13th.xo
  • Last Post Mexico City

    Judy Wise
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:18 pm
    One of our field trips was to the Museum of Popular Art.It reminded me of the Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe; full of clever toys and objects.Of course we had lunch at the tiled house, otherwise known as Sanborns.And visited the Chapultepec Castle.Maximillian and Carlotta lived here for only 3 years but they had to have a house fitting their station.In case they wanted to go on a buggy ride.Or have a few friends over for snacks.I was most interested in the large hall full of Mexican history of the Revolution and plan to return next winter to spend an entire day there. I love history.Oh, yes,…
  • Mexico City Part 2

    Judy Wise
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Xochimilco. The lakes in Mexico City where you can swan around in a colorful boat and eat, listen to mariachis and dream exotic dreams in the company of your friends.Frida did it and we did it too.The colors were extraordinary. (Hi Joely!)The air clean, the water clean.These ladies were in a boat that pulled up alongside ours and fed us lunch.And mariachis. Of course there were mariachis.Spectacular.We visited the Dolores Olmos Museum where Diego's estate is housed.Rumor is that he may have declined in judgment following Frida's passing as his estate ended up in the hands of a woman who was…
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    Cut Out + Keep

  • Goldfish Bowl Pendant

    19 Apr 2015 | 2:19 pm
    I love goldfish, and I recently got some Mod Podge Dimensional Magic, and this project was my first time using it! A super cute way of adding shape and dimension to a flat surface, and this makes for a super cute pendant or other accessory!
  • Feta, Quinoa & Spinach Waffles

    Cat Morley
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:35 am
    A quinoa, feta, spinach and sweetcorn filled savoury waffled topped with scrambled eggs, smoked salmon with cream cheese and chutney sprinkled with pumpkin seeds!
  • 2 Ingredient Banana Ice Cream

    Carol S.
    19 Apr 2015 | 6:54 am
    My husband is lactose intolerant and was SUPER JEALOUS when our daughter and I would eat ice cream so we can up with this recipe for him.
  • Tea Riffic Festive Giftage

    Helen W.
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:28 am
    I found this project on pinterest and really liked it, I made a few alterations but there are some good instructions here: I made a couple as Christmas gifts for fellow tea lovers and they were very popular!
  • Knitted Crown

    Ryland Peters & Small
    18 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Transform the child in your life into prince or princess with this cute knitted crown. I’ve gone down the traditional route and knitted mine a soft gold yarn—but choose any color you like. I’ve kept to a clean, simple look—as I thought the lacy stitch was quite fancy enough, but you want a burst of added bling, sew on a few sequins and gems, whatever you can find in your craft box. Yarn Lion Brand Hometown USA (100% acrylic) super-chunky yarn 1 x 5oz (142g) ball (81yd/74m) in shade 170 Las Vegas Gold 1¼ yd/1m gold jewelry wire (optional, but not suggested if the crown is for a very…
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    Chica and Jo

  • Decoupage pots with succulents

    19 Apr 2015 | 1:42 pm
    I was browsing my local Dollar Store when I came across some super cute succulents. I grabbed a few to decorate my patio, and headed home. The plants were cute but the pots were NOT! To spruce them up a bit, I used a couple of sheets of DecoArt’s new Decou-Page Papers and Decou-Page Outdoor. The pots are round, which meant the paper would have to be cut rounded in order to curve around them. I created a template with some scrap paper first so that I would be able to get the post out of my pretty patterned paper without wasting it. I just rolled the pot along the paper, tracing the line…
  • Disney Princess cake pops

    21 Mar 2015 | 10:44 am
    The Frozen cake pops Jo served at MiniMe’s birthday party inspired me to create more cake pop topper designs for all of the Disney Princesses. My goodness, the turned out even cuter than I imagined! I made cake pop toppers for all 13 Disney princesses: Cinderella, Aurora, Tiana, Jasmine, Merida, Anna, Elsa, Snow White, Pocahantas, Mulan, Ariel, Rapunzel, and Belle. You can purchase our Disney Princess Cake Pop Toppers printables in our Etsy store. In case you’ve never made cake pops before, here’s a quick tutorial. First, bake a cake and crumble it into a bowl. Then add a…
  • Galaxy print Easter eggs

    16 Mar 2015 | 10:07 am
    I recently got a chance to use a CraftWell eBrush system and I wanted to try it out. I started playing with it on some cardboard first and then spotted some wooden Easter eggs sitting on my craft table waiting for decorating inspiration. I started just spraying one of the eggs and the resulting look started to look more and more like a galaxy print, so I just went for it! Don’t you love it when a craft evolves like that? Let’s step it out! The eBrush lets you create spray art with regular markers. It comes with different adapters to fit different types of markers. This was a nice…
  • Paddington Bear party favor bags

    22 Feb 2015 | 11:29 am
    Remember those Annie party favor bags that I made for my niece and her friends when they saw the new movie in the theater? Well, a friend of mine was so enamored with them that she wanted something similar for her boys when they went to see the new Paddington Bear movie. No problem, I said! These bags are easy to make, thanks to our new Paddington Bear Favor Bags printable, available on Etsy. Just print out the template onto white cardstock and grab some scissors, double-sided tape (or a glue stick), and some ordinary brown paper lunch sacks. Cut out all the pieces of the template: hat, face,…
  • Disney’s Magic Kingdom DIY art

    19 Feb 2015 | 5:11 pm
    I was creating a new Disney Pin Trading board and I wanted to add a piece of art work to the middle to break up the large cork surface and to just look cool! I decided to go with the iconic Cinderella’s castle, and came up with fun technique. This is a super easy, custom art tutorial. First, I printed a silhouette of the castle, but you could easily use any other silhouette you like. I wanted mine to be about 12 inches wide at the base, so I scaled it up with my printer, choosing the “poster style” settings so that it would print on multiple pages. Then I taped the pieces…
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    whip up

  • Book Review: Drawing Projects for Children

    Kasia Z
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Drawing Projects For Children by Paula Briggs. Black Dog Publishing. Reviewed by Julianne Negri How would you like a drawing book that encourages risk taking in art? A book that emphasises process over product? A book that encourages experimentation within guidance? A book that is full of messy-get-your-hands-dirty drawing projects? In short, a book with smudgy fingerprints all over it? Well if these things tick your boxes like they tick mine, Paula Briggs’, Drawing Projects for Children published by Black Dog Publishing is the art book for you. Paula Briggs has not only created a…
  • The Fetes

    Kasia Z
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:37 pm
    It’s all pretty crazy over here at Whipup blog HQ and I’ve been neglecting my post(ing)! It’s the Fetes. In ancient Greek mythology, the Fates were the daughters of Ananke, Goddess of Necessity – these days it’s the school Fetes which spring forth from need. In Australia, the school fete is an annual fair organized by parents (with lots of help from the teachers) to raise money for the school. Most schools would have a fete – and if not would certainly be raising funds in other ways. Raising money for the school is a necessity. Schools get government…
  • NINE!

    Kasia Z
    5 Feb 2015 | 4:35 am
    Can you believe it – Whipup is NINE years old! Hiphiphooraybirthday!! So for the month of February 2015, if you pop into the shop here at or at Action-Pack you can get 25% off on Action Pack purchases by entering the coupon code: NINE2015 I had a little stroll down memory lane this morning, visiting the first posts back in 2006 – Wednesday 1 February 2006. There were twelve posts on that date and a community of contributing Whipsters. Why don’t you settle down with a cuppa and some cake if you have some handy and pop back in time for a lovely crafty reunion. I got…
  • It’s a wrap

    Kasia Z
    23 Dec 2014 | 5:01 pm
    It’s Christmas Eve. We’re down at the beach visiting my Mum who lives at Tootgarook. It’s about an hour and a half’s drive south of where we live in Melbourne. The quirky tree ornament greeting us at her front door is made from coat hangers covered in tinsel. Yes, she’s my mum and all that crazy packaging-repurposing and scrap-hoarding crafty goodness has come down to me through her genes. Just as well she keeps all that stuff – we haven’t wrapped the presents yet so Mum’s stash will have a good going over before the end of the day. I feel quite…
  • Archive diving – happy holidays!

    Kasia Z
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:23 pm
    It’s soooo close now. Christmas. I’ve barely time left to clean up the house – actually I don’t have time for that, I’d rather be making stuff… I’ve been archive diving. There’s so much treasure down there it’s sometimes hard to remember to come for air and a cuppa. After making lots of tassels and turning them into angels, I thought I’d go for a dip into the deep bottomless (surely) pool of the Whipup ‘holiday’ category and find some more dangly crafts to make and share with you – while there’s still time.
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    Craftster Blog

  • April 17, 2015 Featured Projects

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:56 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 kittykill. We hope you enjoy them! Fascinators for Easter or Mother’s Day Tea – With […]
  • @Home This Weekend: Upcycled Mini-Cabinet

    17 Apr 2015 | 6:12 am
    This weekend, make a stylish little mini-cabinet to hold some tiny items. jazzminh upcycled old plastic cd cases to make these shelves. She covered them with bright magazine pages, and voila! a great little set of cubbies to store all sorts of goodies.
  • Laundry Day!

    15 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Sunday is both blog-writing and laundry day for me, and I’ll give you two guesses as to which is my favorite activity… for one, I get to search through the thousands of awesome projects on Craftster and get inspired to MAKE ALL THE THINGS, and the other is completely repetitive drudgery. I need something to […]
  • Tute Tuesday: Little Felt Basket

    14 Apr 2015 | 2:02 pm
    When spring time hits, I am ready to get rid of my winter decor and decorate the house with flowers. The only problem is what kind of container will I use to really my flowers and plants pop. I could use an old jar, or a vase I got at a thrift store, or I […]
  • Fun with Felt

    14 Apr 2015 | 6:33 am
    I have recently embarked on a love affair with felt. It’s so much fun to craft with; it doesn’t fray, and it comes in so many wonderful colors. It’s the perfect fabric to make fun things for both kids and adults. There’s no end to the possibilities when making felt finger puppets: animals, people, aliens, […]
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    Art Bead Scene Blog

  • Inside the Studio: Humblebeads

    Heather Powers
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:03 am
    Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.Congratulations to DivyaN!You have won a $20 gift certificate to Ema K Designs.  Send Ema an email to claim your gift certificate. Welcome to the Humblebeads Studio today. My studio is crazy disaster today as I have too many deadlines and projects on my…
  • Complimentary Components

    Claire Lockwood
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:44 pm
    I'm always fascinated to see what other supplies designers mix in with their art beads. Today I thought I'd share the finds I made as I search for supplementary materials to use with your art beads when designing for this month's challenge.  I have some standard materials that I reach for: czech glass is usually at hand.  I get a lot from fellow editor, Rebecca's shop.The Curious Bead ShopWhen I did my regular Etsy picks post earlier in the month, I struggled to find suitable monkey beads. Fortunately there are lots of cool vintage monkeys around the place.I Found GalleryI love…
  • Perfect Pairings :: LaTouchables + TwoSistersDesignss

    15 Apr 2015 | 8:12 am
    I love the spirit of exploration and innovation that this experimental earring by Dawn of LaTouchables embodies. She describes how she used the top stem of a garlic plant, hand-drawn leaves forming lacy foliage along with a metal art bead that has a distinctive pattern on the top. Those thorns are real, from her rose bush, and make this appear slightly sinister. Perhaps not the most wearable piece of art, but art nonetheless! And I think that Miss Frida would be proud!Featured Designer :: Dawn of LaTouchables  + Featured Bead Artist :: TwoSistersDesignss …
  • Art Beads Inspired by Frida kahlo's painting Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird

    Mary Harding
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:02 am
                       K                         Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird by Frida KahloEach month Art Bead Scene posts a painting, or other piece of art work to inspire readers to create a piece of jewelry and or an art bead.  On our Beads Monthly Challenge Pinterest Board this month we have several new art bead artists to introduce you to: Andrea Salkowe of Josephine Beads; Cate Van Alpen of Fulgorine Beads; Julie Wong Sontage of…
  • Amuse the Muse - Flower Beads - with Rebecca of Songbead

    13 Apr 2015 | 2:19 am
    Hello hello - it's me! Life is rather challenging, shall we say, for me and my little family at the moment, and so I haven't been able to post here on Art Bead Scene as much as I would like to - I'm really lucky to have the support of the team taking over when needs be! However, things are calmer these past few days so I'm here again! Thank you to Tari for taking over for me last week. You are a star! (You should see my own word - TUMBLEWEED.....!)Flowers are the theme for April, which is happily one of my favourite images to work with in jewellery. Who are your favourite flower…
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    Tip Junkie

  • Top Ten Crafts to Make This Week

    18 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    It's that time again ~ I'm featuring my top ten crafts to make this week from last weeks Handmade Project linky party.  Whoohoo!  I just love a linky party where I meet new creative women.  So, here are my top 10 favorite crafts, parties, recipes, free files, and DIY tutorials from Tip Me Tuesday!  I hope you're inspired to make something fabulous this week as well. These are just the 10 tutorials that I had time to highlight right now, you'll see many more featured on Tip Junkie, Tip Me Tuesday newsletter, AND promoted through [...]keep reading
  • Craft Room Countdown ~ Add Yours! {4/18}

    17 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Ready to start a Craft Room Count Down with Tip Junkie!?!   Debuting in 2014, we've rolled out some new themes to better promote creative women, and we are continuing in 2015!  {{yep, that's YOU}}   Craft Room Count Down? Every Saturday here on Tip Junkie I'll be giving you a list of ideas that I'm just dying to feature here on Tip Junkie.  I'm giving you a heads up in advance ~ so I can feature YOU!  {{cheezy grin}} Here's How to Add Your Project to a Craft Room on Tip Junkie.   Yep, I [...]keep reading
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    Today's Creative Blog

  • Slow Cooker Clam Chowder

    18 Apr 2015 | 1:32 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog Click the title to read the full article. It’s Slow Cooker Sunday and here’s a Slow Cooker Clam Chowder recipe you’ll want to make over and over! Slow Cooker Clam Chowder Recipe   My friend Allyson from Domestic Superhero whipped up this delicious recipe for TCB, so I know it’s delicious! She recently was a guest here and also shared a Creamy Chipotle Cauliflower Soup.      […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to…
  • Friday Inspiration! Link Party Palooza!

    17 Apr 2015 | 4:00 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog Click the title to read the full article. Last week I had just arrived home from our spring vacation in New Orleans and completely forgot the Link Party on Friday afternoon! DOH! I’m on top of my game this week, so I can’t wait to see your creative projects! Since I don’t have a Top 5 to share, I thought I’d share a […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/Founder of Today's Creative Blog and…
  • Free Printable Recipe Cards

    15 Apr 2015 | 12:29 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog Click the title to read the full article. Oh my gosh! I am in love with these adorable FREE Printable Recipe Cards that Printable Contributor Michelle made! I just love her style. Her site, Elegance & Enchantment is FULL of so many free printables for every occasion. One of her printables on TCB has received over 22K pins! Crazy! She recently designed the Free Printable […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life.
  • Coffee Filter Flower Wreath Tutorial

    14 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog Click the title to read the full article. While I’m in New Orleans (follow along #TCBinNOLA) I have so many bloggers willing to fill in, like Erin from My Very Educated Mother who is sharing this fun Coffee Filter Flower Wreath Tutorial. Great for a Kids Craft!  Hello Today’s Creative Blog readers! I’m Erin, the voice behind My Very Educated Mother, where I share […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life.
  • Watercolor Chalk Painted Vase

    13 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog Click the title to read the full article. While I’m in New Orleans, so many wonderful bloggers are filling in like my friend Jen from 100 Directions! She is full of creative ideas like this Watercolor Chalk Painted Vase! I love putting your own creative touch by painting flower pots and vases!    Make a painted vase that has a touch of your favorite watercolors. […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life.
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    Vanilla Joy

  • *BEST* Play-Doh Recipe

    Kelsey Norwood
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:25 pm
    I have been a mother AND a blogger for 8 years now – I started this blog right before Elliot was born – and in all those years, I’ve NEVER made my own play doh. Can you believe it? Honestly, I don’t love play doh, it gets everywhere and makes a huge mess, but the […]
  • 15 Must-Make Throw Pillows for Spring

    Kelsey Norwood
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:51 pm
    Bed pillows, throw pillows, flower pillows, word pillows…PILLOWS PILLOWS PILLOWS!!! I kind of love them. Here are 15 beauties for your spring decor freshening (surely you’re doing it too…) for which new pillows are a must: 1. Rosette Pillow 2. Flora Pillow 3. Word Applique Pillow 4. Pintucked Pillow Cover 5. Ruffled Spiral 6. Twist Pillow […]
  • Goldfish Tails & Tales

    Kelsey Norwood
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    The more time I spend with my children, the more fascinated I am by them. Children are such amazing creatures, so full of curiosity, energy, love, and joy. My children amaze me every day with the zest they have for even the most menial parts of life. They love it all and teach me in […]
  • *REVIEW* Animal Hats from IRAROTTpatterns

    Kelsey Norwood
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:28 pm
    Did you notice these two patterns in my Round Up a few months ago? Oh my adorable… I have a real thing for animal hats and I feel like the time I have to make them for my kids is running out! Pretty soon they’re going to think they’re too old and cool for these […]
  • *REVIEW* Glow-in-the-Dark Fun Lab

    Kelsey Norwood
    6 Jan 2015 | 3:03 pm
    The hubbs took the whole week between Christmas and New Year’s off so we played A LOT. Playing with Dad around is always so much more fun. At our house Dad is the one who usually does the science  experiments, etc. with the kids. I just don’t have enough extra energy…it’s a great thing for […]
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    house wren studio

  • spring inside

    25 Mar 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Spring isn't exactly rushing in here. Like everyone else, we've had a lot of snow. Something like 52 inches total this year. It just kept on coming. Oh, well. Concentrating on making it feel like spring inside. What else can...
  • Vincent Andrew

    3 Mar 2015 | 12:58 pm
    On February 10, Maggie and James had a little boy. His name is Vincent Andrew and he is supremely and completely adorable! Safe to say, we are all in awe. One morning while we waited for his birth, I painted...
  • january

    28 Jan 2015 | 11:35 am
    Happy new year! (um, I can't believe it's almost the end of January.) So much going on all the time these days. Winter weather, birthdays (my mom turned 85!), moving, quilting, stitching, baby showering, baby watching, shoveling, shoveling. We made...
  • this spring in Vermont

    29 Dec 2014 | 3:28 pm
    We are making the final plans for spring in Vermont and the next pair of back to back weekend art/craft retreats. Our first weekend getaway is May 28-31. The second weekend is June 4-7. As before, both are held in...
  • little christmas stirrings

    12 Dec 2014 | 10:19 am
    I'm headed off to Mohonk Mountain House for the annual fireside crafting classes. I'm so honored to be invited back again. The weather is mild so I'm hoping to get outside a little more than last time. Have the car...
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  • Redheads

    16 Apr 2015 | 1:44 pm
    ...inspired by this:
  • Daily life in black + white + news

    13 Apr 2015 | 11:28 am
    ...and Gerdiary has a new offspring: Gerpics
  • Woven

    8 Apr 2015 | 8:27 am
    A spring scarf.I made it during weaving lessons I took here.This practice piece was done on my new littleAshford loom......with more to come.
  • Easter eyes

    5 Apr 2015 | 8:37 am
  • SWT + update

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:05 am
    My Squares with tails series - last shown here -ist still, slowly, developing......and the shop update mentioned in the last postis done!
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    Try Handmade

  • Misslo Handthrown Porcelain Bowls

    Erika Jurney
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:07 pm
    Crackly and smooth, brilliant color and blazing neutrals. These bowls are sensational. Handmade pottery by misslo. [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • CasePhile

    Erika Jurney
    19 Apr 2015 | 8:58 am
    21st century + DIY + Blood curdling fear = CasePhile CasePhile: Do you want a cozy handmade sleeve for your [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • Japanese Chrysanthemums Pouch

    Erika Jurney
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:54 pm
    Sweet, pretty and simple — perfect for a night out. I love Lisa’s work, and you should too. u handbag [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • Interview with Amy Turn Sharp, Little Alouette

    Leah Peterson
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:52 am
    [hLeah] “Each product is made by hand and usually all the wood is surrounded by cups of tea, laughing children, [more...] Similarly Awesome       
  • White Earth Studio

    Erika Jurney
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:45 pm
    Look who I found in the Gallery! White Earth Studio: White Earth, a series of porcelain vessels, is a homage [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
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  • Back at Art of the State!!!

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    18 Apr 2015 | 7:02 am
    For the 5th time my work has been accepted to the Art of the State exhibition at the State Museum of Pennsylvania! This prestigious exhibition showcases the best of Pennsylvania’s artists and each year it has different people jury the … Continue reading →
  • Playing with Paper

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:24 am
    Since I finished Balefire, I’ve been trying to work out some new ideas. The easiest way to begin this process is for me to make some paper models. I wanted to work on a chalice-like piece (that you won’t be … Continue reading →
  • Unleash the Balefire

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    10 Apr 2015 | 3:05 pm
    It’s done! And it’s named! Can you believe it? I finished the flamey sculpture this week and it has become Balefire. The design reminded me of a flame shining on top of a mountain. I liked that balefire could mean … Continue reading →
  • 2015 First Quarter Goal Check-In

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    5 Apr 2015 | 7:44 am
    Has a quarter of the year gone by already?! It’s time to check-in and see how I’m doing so far this year. Wendy’s 2015 Goal List ACC Baltimore Show Gain Representation in 1-3 new Galleries Participate in 4 -8 Group … Continue reading →
  • Between the Folds

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Last night I watched the documentary, Between the Folds. It’s about origami, art, math, and engineers. I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it, but I thought I’d give it a try since I did origami as a kid and … Continue reading →
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  • ゲーム買取価格ってどうやって決まる?

    13 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
  • 注目の目下クマWEBサイト

    3 Apr 2012 | 11:00 pm
    いつもお世話になっております。彩羽でございます。当HPをご利用いただきありがとうございます。 この頃、ピアノを始めたんですよ。もっと特訓せねばという状態ではありますが。。。新しく友達をつくれるし、共に上手になれるのでかなりプラスになるんですよね。趣味はもっと広げていきたいと考えています!本日のテーマは以下のような内容になります。…
  • 自己紹介

    6 Mar 2012 | 6:53 pm
    岡山市で働く彩羽の部屋にアクセス頂きありがとうございます。今日は管理人のプロフィールを知って頂くために、ざっとした自己紹介をさせて頂こうと思います。 しかし、改めて自己紹介してみようとすると案外何を書いていいか分からないです。。。とりあえず、年令は秘密です(笑) 仲の良い友だちには、チャレンジ精神が旺盛なやつだと思われているようです。…
  • ごあいさつ

    6 Mar 2012 | 6:53 pm
    岡山市で働く彩羽の部屋へお越し下さり、誠にありがとうございます。 こちらのブログでは流行キーワードや話題の商品などなど、みんなが知りたい話題の耳寄り情報を載せることをテーマにしています。 最初の投稿なので、実はかなり緊張しています。。。 これからは、来て下さる方のタメになるような記事を多く載せていきたいなと考えておりますので、どうぞよろしくお願いいたします。
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    Knitting Naturally Blog

  • Apr 2, cable pattern

    2 Apr 2015 | 4:57 pm
    TW3L does this mean that I turn the cable needle to the left. YOUR ANSWER I have no idea, what does your pattern say? It should have instructions for
  • Mar 31, Washing Assistance

    31 Mar 2015 | 8:14 pm
    I have been given a lot of pure wool, including crepe, all of which has been purchased more than 20 years ago, which I intend to use for charity knitting.
  • Mar 31, changing wool in a pattern

    31 Mar 2015 | 6:19 am
    I have a Sirdar pattern book - chunky baby knits - design 1968 uses Sirdar snuggly snowfalls chunky which on the label states size 6mm needles and tension
  • Mar 11, Knitting Naturally Blog

    11 Mar 2015 | 3:44 am
    Do you want to keep up to date with changes to Knitting Naturally? Subscribe to the Knitting Naturally Blog!
  • Mar 10, Question regarding yarn for pattern

    10 Mar 2015 | 6:47 am
    Hi Deb, I would like to make the shawl from the Zealana AIR patterns booklet.It is the one on page 2. The pattern calls for a chunky yarn with a gauge
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    Shannon Cook
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:01 am
    It's time for my favorite part of every one of our knit alongs - STARRING YOU! I love getting to show off all your hard work and lovelies on the blog! Check out some of the gorgeous projects that were made during our Gilmore Girls Knit Along this year! LAYLOW SHAWL by Shannon Cook, knit by My So Called Handmade Life Laylow Shawl Laylow Shawl Laylow Shawl Throughout the year I like to throw in a few surprise knit alongs amongst our annual ones and this year's first surprise one was the Gilmore Girls Knit Along. It was so fun to see which projects you all chose and the story/thoughts behind…

    Shannon Cook
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:53 am
    When Hannah Fettig of Knitbot told me she was working on a new book a while back I have to admit I seriously did a happy jig. Hannah has been one of my favorite designers for years and her newest collection, Home & Away, definitely does not disappoint! This gorgeous new book, filled with 9 pieces that are everyday wearable & true to Hannah's clean aesthetic, is a must have for any knitters bookshelf. But there's also something else that makes Home & Away fabulous! Each garment pattern in it is available in both seamless and seamed versions! That's right! Hannah has written each…

    Shannon Cook
    9 Apr 2015 | 11:17 am
    Ok, first things first, you guys are amazing. The Gilmore Girls Knit Along has been such a fun surprise knit along. I've loved all the chit chat with so many of you who also love this show as much as I do. Gilmore Girls and the Lorelai Shawl will always have a special little place in my heart. Lorelai Shawl Lorelai Shawl Lorelai Shawl Lorelai Shawl Lorelai Shawl Lorelai Shawl I'm so thankful for all the love and support of the Lorelai Shawl pattern. It has been so touching to see all the gorgeous and beautiful versions being made. I can't put into words how much all of you fab ladies…

    Shannon Cook
    8 Apr 2015 | 11:31 am
    It's been a while since I showed some of the newest additions to my fabric stash! The lovelies below from Art Gallery Fabrics could not be resisted! They were definitely must haves! The first line I had to have in my stash was Wanderer by April Rhodes. I got the whole shebang in fat quarters. I think they may just end up being a quilt. I have an urge to make a slew of quilts this year. Now that we are in our house I want to find a great quilt rack to hang all of them from. The more quilts the better if you ask me. I still don't have one for our bed so I think that may end up first on the…

    Shannon Cook
    3 Apr 2015 | 9:14 am
    IT'S TIME FOR OUR SPRING SALE!Save 15% OFF our ENTIRE shop with the code "SPRINGSALE" from now until Tuesday, April 7th, 2015, midnight, PST.*Sale valid in our website, Ravelry and Etsy shops.SHOP /// ETSY /// RAVELRY Shop Now Happy making and creating and thanks for all of your support!*Sale excludes ebooks and print books.
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    Elizabeth Anne Designs: The Wedding Blog

  • Welcome To The Weekend

    17 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Happy Friday! We are spending the morning with our favorite cup of coffee and the newest edition of Magnolia Rouge Magazine—isn’t it just dreamy?! We are also bursting at the seams with excitement to introduce you to Los Angeles-based cinematography vendor, ByDesign Films! The team behind the lens has an ability to consistenty create beautiful cinematic visuals with second to none storytelling and the end result is timeless and moving imagery. This week was beyond beautiful in every possible way and our link roundup is only the icing on this sweet and inspiring prettiness that we…
  • Glittery Gold and Pink Resort Wedding

    16 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Laurin and Cory’s Utah wedding at The St. Regis Deer Valley is classic and refined, with a feminine twist! Laurin’s love of metallics inspired the decor designed by Michelle Leo Events. Michelle weaved tones of pink and gray together with glitzy sparkles and floral by Urban Chateau Floral to create an event filled with classic glamour. The weather was not cooperating, and throughout the morning, it seemed that Laurin’s dream of an outdoor wedding had been dashed, as the ballroom was set up due to the inclement weather. But just before the ceremony, the skies cleared and…
  • Modern Miami Garden Wedding

    15 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    When two architects fall in love and marry, you know you are going to have one stylish day! Laura and Eric fell in love with The Kampong at first sight, and with its contemporary architecture and beautiful gardens, it was a fitting setting for their interfaith ceremony and intimate reception. Persnickety Events worked with the couple to design a classic reception with garden-style arrangements from Anthology Co. Blush and ivory blooms on dove gray linens are offset by modern white vessels, and escort cards were nestled in a display of ferns, bringing the outdoors in. It was a drizzly South…
  • Soft + Rustic Oklahoma Wedding

    14 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Sweet and simple, Katie and Banning’s Oklahoma wedding celebrates love and family. Held at the bride’s family home, their wedding features one of the most gorgeous bouquets we’ve ever seen! Loaded with greenery and blooms in shades of pink and ivory, the lush arrangement from Poppy Lane Design is absolutely stunning and perfectly accentuates Katie’s Sarah Seven gown. Reception tables from Kahoy Studios feature greenery runner centerpieces, and we adore the vintage cake topper—a fitting cap on a family-oriented day. Enjoy the beautiful images from Josh…
  • NYC Wedding at Chelsea Piers

    13 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Every square inch of Laura and Reeve’s Manhattan wedding is spectacular, right down to a surprise fireworks show along the Hudson. It was a gorgeous, sunny Saturday when they said their vows at the Shrine Church of Saint Anthony of Padua, a few blocks from their apartment in SoHo. Laura is a classic bride, selecting a lace Ines Di Santo gown, which she paired with Jimmy Choos and a veil handmade by her mother. We love her sophisticated topknot by Erol Karadag. Pretty violet Amsale bridesmaids dresses provided a pop of color, which carried through to their reception at The…
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  • Crafts for Father's Day: 36 Homemade Father's Day Gift Ideas free eBook

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Nothing says I love you more than a handmade Father's Day gift, so tell Dad how much he means to you by making his Father's Day gift by hand. In Crafts for Father's Day 36 Homemade Father's Day Gift Ideas, you'll find lots of great ideas for all kinds of dads. Father's Day crafts don't have to be elaborate or over the top - as long as it shows you care, that's all that matters. Create a variety of meaningful Father's Day crafts and give them to dad. He'll appreciate the time and effort put into his gift.
  • Sandits Sanding Sticks

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:02 pm
    With an innovative design and hundreds of applications, the Sandits Sanding Stick is a great tool to have on hand. This flexible, double-ended stick has two different grits and makes cleaning, polishing, and finishing easy. Put these sanding sticks to work on almost any surface including fiberglass, teak, chrome, wood, plastics, and metals. Rub scratches out of your wood furniture, distress a Mason jar lid to give it a vintage feel, or polish your jewelry to sparklingall of these tasks are possible with Sandits!
  • Craft Reviews and Giveaways

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Read craft product and craft book reviews and enter to win the product or book. We feature a new craft giveaway every Tuesday and Friday. You can enter once daily.
  • 13 Memorial Day Crafts and a Short History of Memorial Day

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Remember the men and women who have died in military service for the U.S. with these 13 Memorial Day Crafts and a Short History of Memorial Day. Discover including fun memorial day craft ideas, history and trivia. This is a great way to show your patriotism and honor veterans at the same time. Whether you have a personal connection to the military or just want to show your support, these Memorial Day decorations and craft projects are simply perfect.
  • How to Crochet a Flower: 16 Crochet Patterns for Beginners

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:42 am
    Whether the temperatures outside are cold or hot, you can always find easy crochet flower patterns to brighten your space. The projects in How to Crochet a Flower 16 Crochet Patterns for Beginners will put a smile on anyone's face. Learn to crochet flowers that you can group together in a bouquet or wear as embellishments. These flower patterns are perfect for anyone who wants to develop their crochet skills. Learn how to make crochet flowers that you can give to friends or family members.
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  • Creative Scarves Blog Hop – You Need This Book!

    17 Apr 2015 | 5:17 am
    I’m obsessed with scarves. Seriously, I have 2 organizers in my closet completely stuffed with scarves in every color that I love. However many store-bought scarves I have, I still favor the scarf that I made myself. I crocheted a scarf that I love to wear in the winter that makes me feel all cozy. This new book from Tiffany Windsor, Heidi Borchers, and Savannah Starr will be a lovely addition to your crafting books. Just like the scarf I made for myself, you can make your own, completely unique to you, scarf that you’re guaranteed to love. This book is excellent and full of so…
  • 14 DIY Recycled Crafts That Will Help The Earth

    Tanner Bell
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:39 pm
    I just love it when I can take something from around my house that might normally end up in the trash and make it into something beautiful or useful.  It’s not only economical but it helps the environment too!  Earth Day is coming up but let’s find ways to take care of the earth every single day. Recycling items we would normally toss away or items we no longer have a use for (at least as they are now) is a great way to start. Paper towel rolls, bottle caps, old magazines, cereal boxes, soda cans…the possibilities are endless. Sometimes it’s just a matter of trying to…
  • Hello, Gorgeous! DIY Jewelry Ideas to Make ASAP

    13 Apr 2015 | 9:29 am
    I love a good jewelry project. Most of the time, I find myself staring at my collection of beads and chains and charms and have no idea what to make! Luckily, I’ve found some projects that I think I can do, and you can too. DIY Jewelry Ideas are not hard to come by, but it can be hard to find exactly what you’re looking for. Hopefully these free jewelry tutorials will help you! DIY Earrings My style ranges from vintage to modern and I picked some of my favorite tutorials that fit into both of these styles. So, if you’re like me, you’ll like these options when it come…
  • Link Love: How To Make a DIY Globe

    10 Apr 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Sometimes you come across a craft idea that literally makes you exclaim, “WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?!” and this was one those times. As soon as I saw that crafters were creatively upcycling old, vintage, or even damaged globes – I was hooked. The DIY Globe may not be a brand new craft idea, but there are certainly fantastic ways to create your own. I look up a bunch of ideas and just had to hare my favorites! The best part about the tutorials below is that they are all free. I kept getting frustrated when I’d find a DIY globe that was just a photo and not a…
  • Bling Out With Marvy: The Gadget You HAVE To Have

    9 Apr 2015 | 7:29 am
    Do you love bling? I love bling. Rhinestones everywhere! That’s why I’m absolutely in love with the Marvy Uchida Easy Crystal Applicator. It’s the perfect way to bling out just about anything! Whether you want to freshen up your handmade cards, party invitations, or scrapbook layouts and decorations, this handheld tool makes it easy to add bling to your paper crafts. Give your projects an instant makeover with the Swarovski crystals that come with this applicator. Though they are only 3/16 inches wide, these embellishments feature Swarovski’s trademark shine. Small…
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    Merriment Design

  • Creamy Cauliflower Soup Recipe with Brussels Sprouts (and no dairy)

    Kathy Beymer
    13 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    This healthy, creamy cauliflower soup recipe is super delicious and takes just 30 minutes to make. It’s full of veggies and dairy-free. And it all started because it was too cold and rainy in Chicago to go out to the grocery store. This pureed cauliflower soup recipe needs just a handful of ingredients so it’s just my style. It’s made with vegetable stock instead of dairy, then topped with caramelized Brussels sprouts and some roasted pepitas to add crunch. The yellow-orange color is from the vegetable stock that I used – your color may be different. My good friend and…
  • GIVEAWAY: “Girl’s Guide to DIY Fashion” Book

    Kathy Beymer
    8 Apr 2015 | 6:19 pm
    Here’s a new giveaway for the crafty kids in your life: the new Girl’s Guide to DIY Fashion book that’s sure to get young girls thinking creatively. And it’s currently Amazon’s #1 New Release in Crafts for Children. Keep reading to see how to win a free copy. Girl’s Guide to DIY Fashion encourages girls age 7-14 to sketch their own designs as a way to experiment with color, fabrics, and styles. From sweatshirts and sneakers to jeggings and tights, girls will easily learn how to create hip, trendy outfits and accessories and put their own unique stamp on…
  • Personalized Princess Banner Printable PDF for ‘All the Disney Princesses’ Birthday Party

    Kathy Beymer
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Elise wanted an “All The Princesses” birthday party. Yep, you heard that right: ALL THE PRINCESSES. Gulp. Creating one birthday party that combines Elsa, Anna, Ariel, Rapunzel, Belle and Aurora is a pretty tall order for mommy. How could I bring all these Disney princesses together in a cohesive way? The answer: this personalized happy birthday banner printable PDF with symbols and colors to represent each princess. Each princess has her own symbol and color: Elsa and Anna have blue and turquoise snowflakes, Belle and Aurora have magenta pink roses, Ariel has a pink starfish,…
  • How to make a headboard slipcover with storage pocket – IKEA hack

    Kathy Beymer
    13 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Make a cheerful headboard slipcover to quickly and easily change up a bedroom. Because the slipcover is removable, it’s a super cute and inexpensive way to decorate a kid’s room and keep changing it up as they grow. And seriously, how sweetly adorable is this pleated pocket storage pocket? The storage pocket is just the perfect size to hold flashlights, books and special bedtime friends nearby. DIY Network asked me to make this headboard slipcover with storage pocket tutorial for them, and the full step-by-step tutorial is on Thank you, DIY Network! This was a…
  • Kiss Me (I’m Irish) T-Shirts Spelled With Shamrock Clovers for St. Patrick’s Day

    Kathy Beymer
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:59 pm
    I designed some Kiss Me (I’m Irish) t-shirts for St. Patrick’s Day and added them my Zazzle store. The simple and classy design spells “Kiss Me” using both three-leaf shamrocks and lucky four-leaf clovers. Sláinte! All t-shirts are 50% off today at my Zazzle store until 7PM PST tonight! Use promo code EARLYTEEDEAL. Here’s a close up of the letters because the Zazzle photos are kind of fuzzy. Not to worry – t-Shirt orders will be printed with these crisp edges. I came up with the Kiss Me (I’m Irish) clover and shamock t-shirt design when trying to think…
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    Handmade Charlotte

  • Polka Dot Strawberry Ginger Slab Pie

    Elizabeth Stark
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:54 am
    I’ve been seeing strawberries popping up in stores since February, but I find it’s worth waiting for the smaller, more flavorful strawberries that ripen in spring. Once those arrive, it’s time for two things: eating my fill right out of the container and, most importantly, making pies! A family birthday provided the perfect excuse for a party-size strawberry pie, so I set to work. If you’re not familiar with a slab pie, allow me to introduce you! These large pies are a good way to feed a crowd and the thinner layer of filling makes them ideal for juicy fruits like…
  • DIY Chalk & Cardboard Computer

    17 Apr 2015 | 8:09 am
    I’ll admit, I’m not much of a techy and I don’t really love my kiddos to be nose-to-screen with the computer. But I think I’d be more of a fan if they were all DIY cardboard computers! These are the easiest computers ever! The addition of chalk paint allows them do something different on their computer each and every day. It even opens and closes so that they can pack it up and carry it back and forth from friends’ houses, a weekend Grandma’s, or just around the house. They can even “work” outside on a pretty day! It’s the simplest, most…
  • A Recipe For Charming Kids’ Rooms

    Rachel Faucett
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:07 am
    Twinkling stars, heirloom quilts, bold stripes, and playful animals are just a few of the things thoughtfully woven into the children’s interiors of Hanna Andersson’s new Hanna Home collection. You’ll fall in love with the modern playful themes that are anchored in the classic indisputable quality that Hanna Andersson has delivered for over 30 years. Follow along Hanna Andersson’s Pinterest boards as Handmade Charlotte shares Hanna’s latest blog posts, fav DIYs, recipes, latest giveaways, and of course, new collections. We’re giving you a sneak peek into what you will find when…
  • Get Your Head in the Clouds

    Mari Richards
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:37 am
    Spring weather – it’s completely unpredictable! One day it’s warm and sunny and you think you might just skip straight into summer, and the next day, it’s snowing. With all that volatility comes lots of crazy clouds. Let’s turn those gloomy days into bright and cheery ones with fun DIYs to bring a smile to your kid’s face (or even a smile to your cloud’s face, depending on the project!). I can’t decide which one to try first: the soap clouds for my daughter, or the floral pillows for my sofa?! Cloud Cushions see the tutorial at Liberty There are lots of cloud…
  • Jam & Cream Cheese Pastry Pinwheels

    Kayley McCabe
    14 Apr 2015 | 2:46 pm
    We love homemade danishes for breakfast in my house. One sure-fire way to make them irresistible? Serve them in fun shapes like these whimsical pinwheels. Filled with sweet cream cheese and brightly colored jams, these little pastries are the perfect treat to welcome in Spring! You can even make your own puff pastry, if you like. I always opt for the pre-made frozen puff pastry because it saves a lot of time, tastes great, and puffs perfectly! What You Need Makes 18 pinwheel pastries 1 package frozen puff pastry (2 sheets), thawed Flour, for dusting 8 ounces cream cheese, softened 1/4 cup…
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    Moda Bake Shop

  • Chainlinks Quilt

    Sharla Krenzel
    18 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Hello fellow Moda junkies! My name is Sharla Krenzel. I’m just a country girl at heart. I love quilting, crafting, junking, decorating, baking, flowers (but not the gardening that goes with it), traveling, dreaming, creating….you can keep up with me and my hobbies (i.e. obsessions) on my blog (, Facebook and Instagram (Thistle Thicket Studio), and Twitter (@StudioThicket). I’m delighted to share with you my first Moda Bake Shop recipe – Chainlinks. I love trying to figure out new ways to create blocks by sewing, then cutting and resewing…
  • Flashback Friday: True Luck Nine Patch Quilt

    Oda May
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Happy Friday! Today’s Flashback Friday project is a sophisticated 9-patch design that sews up in a weekend. Oda May reimagined this lovely quilt in Stephanie Ryan’s latest fabric line – {True Luck}. This pattern uses one print and one Bella Solids jelly roll. Find the full tutorial by Chef Roslynn Mirrington {here}.
  • Time Flies! Layer Cake Quilt

    Martha Wolf
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Hi there and welcome to my first Moda Bake Shop pattern!  I have been quilting for over 20 years and love using Moda precuts in my patterns.  I’m very happy to bring you my first contribution to the Bake Shop. Nothing seems to make time fly faster than spending my hours at the sewing machine.  The hour glass blocks in this quilt reminds me of the wonderful time spent quilting in my life! 1 Layer Cake (42 squares) 2 1/2 yards background fabric 1 1/2 yards border fabric 5/8 yards binding fabric  I find having an 8 1/2″ square ruler helps but you can use any ruler big enough to…
  • Fade Away Quilt

    Leah Nebergall
    12 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Hello All! I am very excited to make my first guest appearance here at the Moda Bake Shop. I’m Leah Nebergall of Simply Quilts. I am a wife, mother, farmer and a born quilter! Today I am going to show you how to make my Fade Away quilt that uses Ombre strips from the Color Theory line by Vanessa Christenson of V and Co. Vanessa is one of my favorite designers and I have made many quilts using her fabrics. I love her color choices and the modern prints of her fabrics. This quilt features one simple block to construct and lots of negative space for quilting fun! Lets get started! For this…
  • Just Keep Swimming Quilt

    Jen Daly
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:18 pm
    Hi there!  My name is Jen Daly and I’m thrilled to be sharing my first Moda Bake Shop recipe with you today!  Just Keep Swimming is a fast and fun little quilt featuring tropical fish swimming around colorful patchwork.  To make Just Keep Swimming, you’ll only need 1 mini charm pack (love mini charm packs!!) and a 1/2 yard of a complementary background fabric.  I chose Kate Spain’s gorgeous “Paradiso” for my version of Just Keep Swimming — perfect for summer!  Hang Just Keep Swimming on a wall, display it on a table, or even turn it into a pillow.
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    How Does She

  • Summer Slim-Down Challenge – 4 Minute Core Burn

    17 Apr 2015 | 6:31 am
    Summer Slim-Down Challenge – 4 Minute Core Burn How have you been doing with our Summer Slim-Down Challenge? Did you catch week 1 and week 2? Are they fantastic and DO-able things to implement into our busy lives? I just love that. Chyna is back with week 3 of our summer slim-down challenge, and this week she is showing us a 4-minute core burn! Check out her video below and be prepared to be amazed at the crazy workout your core will get in ONLY FOUR MINUTES! What did she tell you? Are you ready to give it a try? If you missed weeks one and two, check them out below – you are…
  • How to Make a Water Bottle Lantern

    16 Apr 2015 | 7:20 am
    How to Make a Water Bottle Lantern Stuck in the dark? Maybe the power goes off unexpectedly? This useful hack will light up the whole room! The kids are going to love this one! Thanks Jared for the great and easy way to make a water bottle lantern!   Want some more great tips? How about an easy way to get out those popcorn kernels? Have a stuck zipper? These zipper tips might just save the day! The post How to Make a Water Bottle Lantern appeared first on How Does She.
  • A birthday tradition to start now: a Birthday Bucket

    15 Apr 2015 | 4:55 am
    Who doesn’t love to celebrate their birthday? Or in my husband’s case his “birthday week”. Years ago, wanting to make birthdays fun and exciting without breaking the bank, we started the “Birthday Bucket” tradition or “party in a bucket” as our friends have referred to it as. It’s a bucket that contains all the things you need to decorate for your special birthday morning without any planning or ever having to run to the store Here’s what it entails. A bucket: Use vinyl letters to designate it as the family birthday bucket. Our…
  • Hold It! 2 quick and easy DIYs for your Favorite Summer Accessories

    Kerri King
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:29 am
      There are 2 things a girl’s gotta have during the summer months – chapstick and sun glasses. I can leave everything else behind but those are my two must have items. And this year I wanted to make my 2 favorite things a little more accessible and safe. These 2 holders can be created in less than 5 minutes so you’ll be on your way to the beach in no time with your cute little holders in tow. Hold It! 2 quick and easy DIYs for your Favorite Summer Accessories Let’s start with the chapstick holder, shall we? All you’ll need is 1 1/2 inch grosgrain ribbon and…
  • Secret Weight loss Weapon: Protein Recipes

    11 Apr 2015 | 4:32 am
    Secret Weight loss Weapon: Protein Recipes Chyna is back with some delicious protein recipes to help us with our Summer Slimdown Challenge! Hi Everyone! Just wanted to check in and see how your Summer Slim-Down Challenge is going! Who tried out Week 1’s stability ball challenge? Sometimes it’s hard to create a new habit. As they say “Motivation is what gets you started, habit is what keeps you going”. One of the best ways to stick to a new routine is community and accountability! I encourage you to comment below, follow me on Instagram and Twitter and keep me posted…
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    idea chic

  • 17 Apr 2015 | 10:17 am

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:17 am
    The joy of writing on cotton paper! #letterpress #letterwriting #mail #reasonstowrite #stationeryloveFiled under: Idea Chic
  • Good Luck Letterpress Greeting Card in Copper on Kraft Paper – IdeaChic

    9 Apr 2015 | 7:11 pm Filed under: Idea Chic
  • Oh Baby Letterpress Greeting Card in Mint Green on Gold – IdeaChic

    9 Apr 2015 | 7:08 pm Filed under: Idea Chic
  • 8 Apr 2015 | 4:49 pm

    8 Apr 2015 | 4:49 pm
    Tightened the custom meeting and intimate boutique shopping (by appointment) for more production and shipping space. #smallbusinessproblems #cozy #growingFiled under: Idea Chic
  • Idea Chic Stationery Box Sets – IdeaChic

    8 Apr 2015 | 10:01 am
    Stock up with Stationery box sets from Idea Chic! Eight sets available, no subscription required and free shipping in US. Letterpress and flat printed by Idea Chic in Denver, CO. Filed under: Idea Chic
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    Inner Child Fun

  • How to Make a Simple Kite

    14 Apr 2015 | 3:10 pm
    This video tutorial is great for learning how to make a simple kite! With just a few common household items you probably already have on-hand, you can make a simple kite in about 2 minutes from start to finish. My kids and I love making these kites and spending the afternoon at a local park flying […]
  • Marble Nail Polish Craft

    13 Apr 2015 | 9:07 am
    This marble nail polish craft would be a fun weekend project for older kids. These painted tile coasters would be lovely handmade gifts for Mother’s or Father’s Day. I love how each tile is unique! This marble nail polish craft is a great way to use up the last bits of leftover nail polishes you […]
  • Writing Center Ideas for First Grade

    10 Apr 2015 | 12:49 pm
    These writing center ideas for first grade are great for inspiring lots of creative writing fun! This pretend poem shop is an imaginative and educational way to spend a rainy day. Not only will your first grader work on developing important writing skills, she can also work on beginning math skills by adding up the cost of […]
  • Fun Outdoor Activity Idea

    7 Apr 2015 | 3:47 pm
    Here’s a fun outdoor activity idea that would be great for a sunny afternoon with the kids! This sidewalk suitcase was a HUGE hit with my kids when I surprised them with it after school one afternoon. It is easy and quick to put together, and it doesn’t cost a lot of money. I love how something […]
  • Simple Spring Snack for Kids

    1 Apr 2015 | 5:56 am
    This simple Spring snack for kids is sure to bring lots of smiles! These festive butterflies are easy to make, and perfect for an on-the-go snack! With just a few materials you probably already have at home, you can make this adorable butterfly snack. Invite the kids to join you in the kitchen, and this […]
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    Knitting for Charity: Easy, Fun and Gratifying

  • Free Knitted Slipper Patterns for Children

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:45 pm
    On a chilly morning, or by the dying hours of a chilly evening, there are few things quite as cozy as a warm pair of slippers. Most handknitted gifts are received with pleasure, but trust me: if you really want to make someone's eyes light up, give them a pair of slippers!
  • Throwback: Mother Bear Project

    12 Apr 2015 | 9:45 pm
    In July 2007, Knitting for Charity published an article about the Mother Bear Project. If you recall, this project knits teddy bears (all from the same World War II-era pattern) and distributes them to needy children all over Africa.
  • Knitting Bucket List Challenge: Stranded Knitting Mittens

    9 Apr 2015 | 9:49 pm
    Today's Knitting Bucket List Challenge comes courtesy of Victoria. She wrote, "I want to learn how to knit those beautiful Scandinavian mittens. The color work and needles intimidate me."
  • Advice on Knitting for Homeless People, Part Three

    5 Apr 2015 | 9:45 pm
    Over the past two weeks, we've received some wonderful advice from terrific knitting charities that help homeless people: Relief Share, Project Night Night, the Streetknit Project, and Knitting Neighbors Together. Today, I have advice to offer from Emily, the young founder of Emily's Hats for Hope.
  • Free Knitting Patterns for Children's Blankets, for Charity or Gift Giving

    2 Apr 2015 | 9:45 pm
    Blankets are a special knitting project to me. In my household, my family still has every handmade blanket we've ever received. Some of these were knitted, others were crocheted, still others were quilted. But they remained treasured items even when the recipient has long outgrown its original purpose.
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  • DIY: Studded Shoes

    16 Apr 2015 | 7:07 am
    A while ago I saw some Jeffery Campbell skulltini flats, which are basically simple flats completely encrusted with skull studs. I thought they were super cute and I wanted them, but of course I ended up talking myself into making some of my own. So today I’ll be showing you how to make some, too! You’ll need:a pair of shoesa markerscissorssome studs – I’m doing skull shaped ones, but you can do whatever you like!a rivet setter with small anvil(I got these in a set of rapid rivets I bought a long time ago.)Optional: a bigger anvil Use a marker to mark where you want…
  • DIY: Travel Watercolor Kit

    9 Apr 2015 | 7:03 am
    The weather is getting nice so it’s perfect for taking a trip to the park to hang out and paint a little bit. This week I’ll show you how easily to put together your own travel sized watercolor (or gouache) kit that you can just throw in your pocket, purse, bag, etc. and be on your way! Remove the makeup. Clean the makeup pallet with warm soapy water. Close the pallet and spray the outside with white spray paint. Nail polish can work if you’re in a pinch, or if it’s raining outside and you’re too impatient to wait until the next day (like me). Set aside to dry.
  • DIY: Paper Clay Projects

    2 Apr 2015 | 7:05 am
    I showed you guys how to make paper clay two weeks ago, so this week I decided to show you a few different projects you can do with this clay! A shallow dish that you can use as a jewelry holder, coin holder, etc. and a lidded vessel that I ended up decorating to look like Totoro (of course you can decorate yours however you’d like!) Shallow dish: Lidded vessel: And there we go! I love how these turned out. Unfortunately I’m all out of paper clay now, but I’m itching to make more so I can make some more projects!
  • DIY: Cascarones

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:40 am
    I grew up in Texas, and around this time of year you can cute little cascarones, which are confetti filled eggs, pretty much everywhere! I have fond memories of running around and getting cracked in the head with these things and getting confetti and egg shells all tangled up in my hair. I can’t find cascarones where I live now, so I decided to make some of my own to celebrate Easter and Fiesta. And I’ll be showing you how to make them for yourself as well! Supplies~ Use a thumbtack to poke a hole in the top(the pointier end) of the egg. Flip it over and poke a hole in the…
  • DIY: Paper Clay

    19 Mar 2015 | 7:27 am
    When I made the post about how to make a paper mache deer head from scratch, I mentioned an optional ingredient: air drying paper clay. I used a homemade version, and I ended up liking it so much that I decided I’d share with you all how to make your own! I got the recipe from That website is a great resource for almost anything paper mache, so if you’re interested in anything like that, definitely go check it out, it’s great. Here’s what you’ll need for the paper clay. To be more precise, you can measure out the dry toilet paper first.
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    Dollar Store Crafts

  • Make a Bird Nest Necklace

    19 Apr 2015 | 10:29 am
    Spring is a time of growth and renewal, and that includes baby birdies!  Celebrate the season with Heather's stylized bird nest necklace over at Live Craft Love.  She used freshwater pearls for her "eggs", but you can use any beads you happen to have on hand.  [how to make a bird nest necklace] Project estimate: Wire, on hand or $1 and up Beads, on hand or $1 and up Jewelry findings, on hand or $1 and up Chain, on hand or $1 and up Total:  Free and up!
  • Tutorial: Glass Plate Suncatcher

    Terrie Burton
    18 Apr 2015 | 11:20 am
    Liven up your windows for spring with a bright, cheerful suncatcher made from a glass plate!  It's inspired by stained glass, but unlike actual stained glass this project doesn't require any special tools or skills. Project estimate: Glass plate, $1 Assorted nail polish, on hand Double-sided tape, on hand or $1 E6000 glue, on hand Hanger, on hand or $1 Nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol, on hand Pattern, free (search "stained glass patterns" for thousands of them!) Total:  $1 and up Clean the face of the plate with nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol and let dry. Using the…
  • Haul Video: Jewelry Making Supplies from Consumer Crafts

    17 Apr 2015 | 10:47 am
    We'll freely admit it: we're Consumer Crafts junkies. Because, let's face it, you can't always find everything you need for a project at the dollar store. But Consumer Crafts has such great pricing that it's just as easy on your budget! Heather recently placed an order for jewelry making supplies - check out her haul video to see what she got! P.S. Check what Heather made with some of these materials over at the Life.Craft.Love Blog: Mother's Day Charm Bracelet
  • 10 Popsicles to Make this Weekend

    Becky Striepe
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Spring in Atlanta is overwhelmingly beautiful and painfully short. We're already seeing temperatures in the high 80s and even the 90s, and that calls for popsicles. These popsicles put the artificially flavored, store-bought versions to shame. And some of them even have booze in them! Happy summer, y'all. 1. Bubble Tea Pops - This recipe starts with homemade nut milks as the base for these super cool pops. 2. Pineapple Jalapeno - Sweet and spicy flavors are so refreshing when temperatures spike. 3. Watermelon Margarita Pops - Summer is margarita season, and what's better than a frozen 'rita?
  • Tutorial: Recycled Sunglasses Case

    15 Apr 2015 | 9:17 am
    Recycle a Crystal Light canister into a handy sunglasses case or eyeglasses case - just add cute contact paper. For all of those Crystal Light lovers out there who can't bear to throw away the empty containers. check out Heather's fun stop motion how-to video! Or if videos aren't your thing, keep scrolling for photos and written directions. Project estimate: Empty Crystal Light container, on hand Contact paper, $1 and up Total: $1 and up Trace the bottom of the container onto the contact paper and cut out. Cut a strip of paper that will cover the rest of the container.  Make it just a little…
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    Phyllis Dobbs Blog

  • Arbor Window Quilt Pattern with Views of Trees

    14 Apr 2015 | 10:49 am
    I love trees and enjoy looking out my window at the woods and trees.  This quilt catches the spirit of viewing trees through window panes. This quilt pattern. Arbor Window, is free beginning April 15, 2015 for the next two weeks by joining the April Quilt Dash Arbor Window, designed by … Continue reading
  • Quilt Colorful Dragonflies for Spring

    15 Mar 2015 | 8:51 am
    Spring is almost here, I hope. With that arrival, we will see all kinds of flying things, from birds to butterflies and dragonflies. I love dragonflies and we have a lot of them buzzing around in our yard in the warm months. So, in designing a spring quilt for this … Continue reading
  • Kitty Cats and Yoga – Fun Purring with Free Patterns!

    20 Feb 2015 | 11:14 am
    My latest fabric collection, Purr-fect Balance with Quilting Treasures, featuring kitties in cute yoga poses, is now in fabric stores. I want to share some free quilt and sewing patterns that I designed with this collection, a quilt, tote bag, and a yoga mat bag.  You can view the fabrics in … Continue reading
  • Quilt Some Happy Shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day!

    12 Feb 2015 | 7:16 am
    St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday to celebrate whether you are Irish or not! The color green is everywhere as are lucky shamrocks. You can sew and quilt this “Irish Spring” quilt with a shamrock pieced block to use for St. Patrick’s Day or all year. This quilt is … Continue reading
  • Show Love with this Valentine Love Quilt.

    14 Jan 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Love will be in the air shortly - Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching! Instead of giving a gift that contains calories (chocolate) or will wilt (flowers), give a gift of love with a quilt of hearts that will continue to express love for many years to come! This “Valentine Love” quilt pattern with … Continue reading
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    Scoutie Girl

  • Books to Inspire Your Life

    Danielle Yeager
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    This world is filled with inspiration. There are so many avenues to get inspiration from such as website like this, nature, radio shows, TV shows, individual people, TED talks, facebook groups, and books. Sometimes time gets away from us to actually sit down a read books. Everyone is busy and on the go. Making time to read a book and really get inspired by it can be hard. So I want to save you some time. Here are some of my recent favorite inspiring books that I recommend reading: Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives by Dan Millman The reason I find this book inspiring it…
  • 5 Steps to Build Courage

    Vanessa Anstee
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    My coaching business is all about courage. It took me a while to realise that was its essence. I spent far too long trying to figure out how to do my business right. A lot of time in the early days, I was following other people’s formula. I lacked confidence and was keen to understand how to do everything right, so I followed what I thought were proven paths. I tried different formulas and systems. I studied hard but I kept coming back to the same starting point of feeling like I needed to press restart. I just couldn’t feel myself in my business. I did have one thing, a strong will…
  • Organic Vegetables and Herbs at the Back Door

    Rhonda Day
    10 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    We’ve all admired them. Huge, lush, green gardens overflowing with fresh vegetables and beautiful flowers. Gardens covering acres of fertile soil in the countryside. Arbors and entryways to die for! But what if you don’t have the room for a large garden – or you just prefer a smaller garden? And what if you love fresh, organic vegetables? Container gardening and raised bed gardens are much easier than larger ones. They take less space and require less maintenance. So now you can have your own garden in a small space and eat your vegetables too! Raised beds are a very good…
  • Is Creativity Always Flowing? And What to Do If You’re Feeling Stuck

    Jayne Ifeacho
    9 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    You can never truly be stuck; but you can be in a ‘stuck’ (low) state of mind. And when you’re in that state of mind you’re pre-disposed to ‘stuck’ thinking which means you’ll feel stucker. It all seems terribly real and solid, like car tires spinning in mud. So, what to do? Well this piece in the Harvard Business Review had a few ideas, which prompted my post. It’s an interesting write-up as it shows the link between a productive state of mind, CHE – calm, happy and energised, and a person’s performance. But the solution offered to…
  • The 7 Book: How Many Days of the Week Can Be Extraordinary?

    Fiona Bessey-Bushnell
    8 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    The 7 Book: How many days of the week can be extraordinary?, written and compiled by Dan Zadra and Kobi Yamada is part nightstand book, part journal, part motivational tool. The book features a beautiful modern design, with clean typefaces and bold colors, set on high quality heavy paper. It is a book that just invites you to read it’s pages. This uplifting book offers inspiration for your life journey, with topics such as finding your passion, living each day according to your values, and making time for what really matters (to YOU!).  The book asks, “What choices can we make…
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    Wee Folk Art

  • Little Spruce Organics Spring Give-Away :: $50 Gift Card

    18 Apr 2015 | 4:28 am
    COUPON: SAVE 20% off of all apparel through April 22, 2015 with coupon code SPRINGTIME  (excludes sale items, non-apparel items) Welcome to Little Spruce Organics! We are a small, family operated business based in our beautiful home state of Colorado, and our mission is to provide you with organic baby products of the highest quality. We offer a unique selection of organic baby apparel, organic cloth diapering products, breastfeeding apparel, and natural wooden & organic cotton toys. We specialize in woolens for babies and are committed to carrying only apparel & cloth diapering…
  • Building Bug's Bench

    16 Apr 2015 | 4:41 am
    Turn around and they go from playing with building blocks to building with power tools! Where does the time go? For a while now Bug has been asking Tim (Othy to the wee ones) to teach him about woodworking. For many months our house was in complete disarray as we were having our new addition, including a woodworking shop for Tim, built. When that was done, it took several months more of Tim collecting up all of his tools and equipment from EVERYWHERE before finally moving into his new woodworking shop. Finally, Tim has his shop functional. YAY! We will all benefit from that, and the other…
  • Polka-Dots and Swirls Knit & Crochet Blanket Patterns

    15 Apr 2015 | 3:44 am
    Funky Bobble Baby Blanket :: Spiral Squares :: Polkadot Square Pattern :: Crazy for Polka Dots Baby Blanket POP Blanket :: Pokey Dots Throw :: Intarsia Polka-Dot Blanket :: Large Circles in a Square Today I've gathered together a fun collection of Polka Dot inspired blanket projects that include both crocheted and knitted patterns. Some patterns are free and some are available for online purchase.  Funky Bobble Baby Blanket by Oliver Boliver This bobble adorned blanket pattern is designed to be knit. You can purchase it as a PDF for $6 in Oliver Boliver's Etsy shop. Spiral Squares…
  • Spring Flowers Applique

    13 Apr 2015 | 7:21 am
    Tim and I went to Boredine's Nursery this weekend. It's a local chain in Michigan and one of our favorite haunts in the spring and summer. They have yet to stock the store with the year's annuals and perennials, but it doesn't stop hard core gardeners from congregating. Like Tim and I, there were many people out this weekend, strolling the indoor section of the nursery, looking at patio furniture, barbecue grills and garden art. After we walked the aisles, dreaming and planning, we settled into a comfy loveseat in their outdoor furniture department. We must have sat there for an hour... true…
  • Spring Butterfly Coloring Page

    11 Apr 2015 | 4:07 am
    A BUTTERFLY’S KISS - Kimara Wise I carried a grudge to the garden with me, The flowers’ beauty I failed to see. My mood was dark, my eyes downcast, No thought of the moment, only the past. I silently sat and counted my woes, When a butterfly landed on my nose. And all at once my sadness fled, I was filled with joy, not with dread. It was hard to recall what had troubled me, When I entered the garden so sullenly, For a kiss on your nose from a butterfly, Lifts one’s spirits, oh so high! This coloring page is based on our Butterfly Applique The Butterfly Coloring Page can be found HERE.
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  • LIFT Session Online Fitness Training

    9 Apr 2015 | 6:45 pm
    Have you ever said, I would workout if: A. I didn’t have to drive to a gym or studio B. I didn’t embarrass myself in group fitness classes C. I didn’t stop the DVD when the going gets tough D. a personal trainer came to my house You will really have to stretch to find an excuse as to why opening an app on your iPad in the comfort of your house (or hotel) will keep you from working out. Never did I think I could be in my living room in Cincinnati and receive coaching from a personal trainer in Montreal, but LIFT Session online fitness training is the future of fitness! It is…
  • #MoveMoreVZW Wrap Up!

    4 Apr 2015 | 4:58 pm
    The Verizon Wireless Midwest Area #MoveMoreVZW Challenge was a 12-week challenge to do exactly as it is named – to move more! An opportunity to find ways in our every day to move more, from parking further away to taking walks at a work and in our neighborhoods. I was so excited that three participants would be chosen at the end to receive their very on Fitbit Charge from Verizon Wireless Midwest Area – a tremendous gift just for leaving comments on the posts throughout the challenge. Congrats to Colleen, Debba and Erin for winning a Fitbit Charge! I look forward to hearing how…
  • Week 11 Verizon Move More Challenge

    22 Mar 2015 | 5:12 pm
    I’m very excited to partner with Verizon Wireless to Host the Verizon Wireless Move More Challenge Be sure to leave a comment and let me know how you’re moving for your chance to win a Fitbit Charge For this week’s post, I thought I would explain what makes the Fitbit Charge different than the other Fitbit models. The Fitbit Charge has multiple display screens, but the tricky part is getting them to photographed before the screen goes black. The display screens are time/date, steps, miles, calories, stairs, and next alarm. Check out Fitbit Charge on the website for more photos…
  • Define – Spinning and Barre studio in Oakley

    16 Mar 2015 | 4:18 pm
    I found Define through a Groupon offer for one month unlimited Body and Rev classes, so I signed up. Define Body and Mind in Oakley is just off the square located next to a pizza place (ahhh!). The one thing that impressed me the most was how friendly all the staff was how they made an effort to know my name and get me checked in as I walked in the door. That personalized attention isn’t found everywhere, but I really appreciate it. The studio space is calm and open, they offer two single-room restrooms (but no shower), and cubbies (not lockers) for storing items during class. With it…
  • Week 9 Verizon Move More Challenge

    9 Mar 2015 | 3:44 pm
    I’m very excited to partner with Verizon Wireless to Host the Verizon Wireless Move More Challenge Be sure to leave a comment and let me know how you’re moving more for your chance to win a Fitbit Charge I’ve complained enough about the winter weather that I took a last-minute trip to the Dominican Republic to escape the snow! Before I settled into my beach chair with my book or podcast, I took a walk through the grounds of the resort to soak up the sights and warm weather! Then, instead of riding the shuttle to the neighboring resort I walked and then walked some more until it…
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    Craft Stew

  • SteamPunk Thumb-Tacks Tutorial

    19 Apr 2015 | 10:02 am
    Description: Not into steampunk? Use shabby chic, Victorian or space alien prints instead. Craft Link SteamPunk Thumb-Tacks Tutorial Read More: Decoupage or Home
  • DIY Neoprene Bralet

    19 Apr 2015 | 9:55 am
    Description:  You’ll need to have an existing sports bra on hand to use as a pattern. Craft Link DIY Neoprene Bralet Read More: Sewing or Home
  • No Sew DIY Floorcloth

    19 Apr 2015 | 9:51 am
    Description: You should be able to complete this super simple project within an hour or two. Craft Link No Sew DIY Floorcloth Read More: Rug Making or Home
  • DIY Chandelier Earrings Tutorial

    19 Apr 2015 | 9:46 am
    Description: I’m not sure you can tell from the photo, but the rhinestones are actually sitting on a translucent vinyl PVC backing. Very clever! Link: DIY Chandelier Earrings Tutorial Read More: Jewelry Making or Home
  • Embellished Lace Skirt Tutorial

    19 Apr 2015 | 9:36 am
    Description: Such a cute idea! I love it. Craft Link Embellished Lace Skirt Tutorial Read More: Sewing or Home
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    Paper and Stitch

  • 6 DIYS to Try This Weekend

    17 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Tomorrow, I’m headed to sunny California to spend a couple of days with family, before heading to Yosemite for the week. Follow my adventures on Instagram, for photos from my trip. But before I head out, here are a handful of DIYs to kick off the weekend… 1. DIY Faux Ceramic Glazed Beads from Fall For DIY 2. Matzo Crack S’mores Recipe from Zoe Bakes 3. DIY Marbleized Ribbon from Oh Happy Day 4. Ginkgo Leaf Earrings DIY from Well Nesting 5. DIY Message and Memo Board from Atilio 6. 30 Second Hardware Store Hack for My Inspiration Board Hope you have a great weekend. -Brittni
  • Plant One on Me: 12 Plant-Filled Interiors

    16 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Well. I’m going through another plant phase. It’s like an itch that I just have to scratch, every so often. And today is that day. Hope you don’t mind. Here are some plant-filled interiors that I’m loving right now… 1. (above) Plants from The General Store (via SF Girl by Bay) 2. Air plants + hanging brass himmeli 3. A pom pom basket for spikey palms (via The Jungalow) 4. Getting that corner covered (via House of C)  5. Keeping things retro in a bullet planter 6. Nobody puts baby in the corner. Well, except maybe this time. (via The Animal Print Shop) 7.
  • 5 Minute DIY: How to Make a Mini Jewelry Dish with a Box Lid

    15 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Remember those kraft boxes I used last week for that DIY hanging planter project? Well, I saved the lids so I could create these DIY jewelry dishes. And I wanted to share the super quick tutorial. You only need two supplies for this project: kraft box lids and gloss enamel paint. That’s it. You don’t even need a paint brush! Want to make your own? Here’s how… Supplies: small kraft box lids (available at crafts stores in the paper mache crafts aisle) and gloss enamel paint How To: 1. To make your own jewelry and trinket dishes, squirt glass enamel paint into the lid of…
  • Pastel Inspiration Boards + 30 Second DIY Hardware Store Hack

    14 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Don’t get me wrong, I love Pinterest as much as the next girl, but there’s something about having a physical (real life) inspiration board that cannot be replicated online. No matter how many pretty pictures you and I pin. Right? That tactile process of physically pinning new things to the wall, taking older items down…I don’t know…I just really enjoy the slowness of it, I guess. And the fleeting aspect of things…as soon as you remove something from your wall, it’s gone. It doesn’t continue to exist online or continue to sway your direction /…
  • Watercolor Pops: Painted Popsicles Recipe and DIY Party Hack

    13 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Remember the painted watermelon donuts I made a while back, by chance? Well, I was thinking about those again over the weekend, and this idea popped into my head…I should try that with popsicles. Sort of. At the very least, I thought it would be fun to give some edible watercolors a try again, so I did some experimenting and landed on these watercolor popsicles, in the end. Before you start scratching you head, I should probably mention that this will take you all of 5 seconds to complete, so we’re not talking about creating a masterpiece on the side of a melting piece of ice.
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    Factory Direct Craft Blog

  • DIY Personalized Initial Card and Envelope Set

    Jessica Christman
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:30 am
    This adorable initial card and envelope set makes the perfect card for any occasion. Click here for the how-to and video tutorial {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • DIY Plantable Spring Seed Gift Tags

    Jessica Christman
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:30 am
    This simple DIY tutorial shows you how to tuck seed packets into your gift tags to make your gifts extra special. 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! }}
  • How To Make A Felt Bow

    Jessica Christman
    16 Apr 2015 | 11:30 am
    Here is a simple way to make perfect bows from felt every time! 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! }}
  • How to Make a Crocheted Doily Bowl

    Jessica Christman
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:30 am
    This gorgeous doily bowl is so easy to make and looks lovely displayed in your home. Click here for the how-to and video tutorial {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • DIY Fairy Thimble Teapot

    Jessica Christman
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:30 am
    Your fairies will love to host parties in their fairy garden with the addition of this sweet little teapot! 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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  • You Can Have Fun Trying a New Craft

    Alison Wood
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:08 am
    I expect many of you know the very talented Lucy from Button Fayre who creates stunning designs in gorgeous fabrics and super cute buttons. However Lucy is here today to share with us a craft that she is still a beginner at, and to say that if you fancy doing something you should just try it out. Over to you Lucy…. “I thought this might be another perspective from a knitting point of view because I can’t really knit to save my life. Well, I can very basically but my tension always goes wrong or I end up with holes and I can’t follow a pattern to save my life! So, I…
  • Knitting Month – We Start With a Giveaway

    Alison Wood
    5 Apr 2015 | 9:44 am
    Last month our theme was quilting and we saw a range of beautiful quilts from our readers plus we had a very cool giveaway. This month we are turning our attention to knitting and to start the ball rolling I have our first giveaway of the month – there are some more knitting ones to come. Today we have a book for anyone who is very new to knitting or who would like to get started. It’s called Knitting Basics (Amazon UK/Amazon USA) by Tracey Lord and it has been very kindly given to us by RPS Books. Before you enter please pop over and read the  T&Cs for the giveaway here. I…
  • Quilting from Glenroy Designs

    Alison Wood
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:49 am
    Well our March month of quilting is drawing to a close and I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have. If you haven’t entered the giveaway to win one of five quilting books yet –  there is still time – head over now as the giveaway closes tomorrow. Just before we leave quilting though I have a treat for you today. The lovely ladies over at Glenroy Designs are sharing some of their beautiful quilts with us. Over now to Janet and Louise, enjoy! “We are Janet and Louise and we run Glenroy Designs – an online shop selling fabric for patchwork, quilting and…
  • Free Online Quilting Classes

    Alison Wood
    21 Mar 2015 | 3:52 pm
    As this is quilting month I thought I would point you in the direction of some free quilting classes from Craftsy. For any of you who haven’t come across Craftsy yet you are in for a treat. They offer classes in all sorts of arts and crafts subjects and the ones I have taken – including jewelry design, crochet and drawing – have all been great. The teachers are excellent and what I love about the classes is that you can work at your own pace, moving the video back slightly if you miss a concept. Craftsy also offers a number of free mini courses and today I thought I would…
  • A Love of Quilting Made Kristina Dust Off Her Sewing Machine

    Alison Wood
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:59 pm
    Hi my name is Kristina Riauke and I live in Ireland. I’ve been making quilts for the past year.   I discovered that I loved quilting ever since I went to my first quilting class. I bought my first sewing machine to hem my husband’s trousers 6 years ago and until I discovered quilting it stood in my home collecting dust .   The first quilt I ever made was for my son . He became so attached to the quilt that when I put it into the washing machine he refused to go to sleep until he got the quilt back. The quilt not only won first place in my son’s heart but it also…
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    Skip To My Lou

  • DIY Tote Bags Ideas

    Cindy Hopper
    19 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    I love making bags! You can use them for everything and you can never have enough (maybe that is just me). Here are some cute patterns of DIY tote bags I came across this week on Made by You Monday! Whip them up for a easy sewing project and even a useful gift!  I love easy sewing projects! For more ideas, try my pleated pouch tutorial. For Teacher Appreciation consider this clever Tote-ally Awesome Teacher Gift, the tag would work with any of these projects! DIY Tote Bags This darling Owl Totebag makes a cute gift!   This Crochet Fat Bottom Bag is amazing!   This Bucket Bag is…
  • Bee’s Knees Teacher Gift

    Guest Poster
    18 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up the first week in May.  Get creative with these  ideas from some of the most talented bloggers for my Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas series! All April we will be featuring great ideas. I can’t wait to see what they share. You will be totally prepared with ideas to thank your teachers! Teacher’s love Sharpie’s this gift is a cute way to restock their supply! Hi there Skip to My Lou Friends!! I’m Kristyn from Lil’ Luna, and I’m so happy to be here today! I love Cindy, and I love teachers and was excited to share with…
  • Printable Teacher Appreciation Sharpie Labels

    Guest Poster
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up the first week in May.  Get creative with these  ideas from some of the most talented bloggers for my Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas series! All April we will be featuring great ideas. I can’t wait to see what they share. You will be totally prepared with ideas to thank your teachers! This watch teacher gift is a clever way to say thank you! Welcome Kojo Designs today… Hello Skip to my Lou friends! I’m Kirstin, half of the sister team that blogs at kojodesigns, and I’m thrilled to be here today sharing a teacher appreciation…
  • Watch Teacher Gift

    Guest Poster
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Teacher Appreciation Week is the first full week of May.  Get prepared with these creative ideas from some of the most creative and talented bloggers for my Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas series! All month long we will be featuring great ideas. I can’t wait to see what they share. You will be totally prepared with ideas to thank your teachers! Give a gift with a theme this Violets are Blue with free printable makes a unique and clever gift idea! Hi Skip to My Lou readers! It’s Nikkala from The Crafting Chicks here to share a teacher appreciation gift. I love to give gifts,…
  • Violets are Blue + Free Teacher Appreciation Printable

    Guest Poster
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up quickly (it is the first full week of May).  Get prepared with these creative ideas from some of the most creative and talented bloggers for my Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas series! All April we will be featuring great ideas. It’s a great month! You will be totally prepared with ideas to thank your teachers! Gift cards make a the perfect gift (teachers say they top their list) these free printable gift card holders make quick and easy gift giving. Hey Skip to My Lou readers! I am Brooke from and I am so excited to be back for…
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  • 5 Awesome Podcast Episodes about Creativity

    19 Apr 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Sometimes when I hear a great episode of a favorite podcast I want to remember to listen to it more than once. My favorite topic is creativity, as you might have guessed… Here are a few episodes I consider must-listen-to-good. I think you should check them out when you have the time. Podcast Interview with Lilla Rogers and Lisa Congdon What does it take to make a living as an artist? That’s the what this episode of the While She Naps podcast is about, guested by Lilla Rogers and Lisa Congdon (whos book Art, Inc is still on my bedside table). The Neuroscience of Storytelling With Lisa…
  • Happy Mail Day

    13 Apr 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Just as energy is the basis of life itself, and ideas the source of innovation, so is innovation the vital spark of all human change, improvement and progress. Ted Levitt I sometimes get the prettiest things in the mail. It does not happen very often, but after Easter I have gotten several very nice surprises in my inbox. Things that totally brighten my day. Today I’ll show you a few of the things, because there was so much paper goodness that I think you need to see it too. Stationary, stickers, scrapbook and collage papers… First of was this awesome little care package from…
  • Video Class Promo + Stitched Blog Hop

    9 Apr 2015 | 11:30 am
    Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. General George Patton Today I am part of Alma Stoller’s Blog Hop for STITCHED 2015! Hi and Welcome to all new and old visitors, I hope you’ll stick around for a bit and leave me a comment below – maybe about what you like to sew – if you’re into sewing? I dabble in a little bit of everything, mostly what I call mixed media embroidery, which is kind of stitching on altered surfaces. I mix in a bit of everything, and that is what my class at STITCHED 2015 is…
  • Dear Photo Diary | Easter Eye Candy

    8 Apr 2015 | 12:35 pm
    When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. Ansel Adams It is post Easter. I’ve finished my tiny Easter Egg (so small that it fitted in the palm of my hand), it wasn’t too hard because it only contained three pieces of chocolate candy. But I am not complaining about its size, because we had plenty of yummy food and drinks for everyone, plus big bowls of candy sitting around just waiting for ahem… me? I’m no foodie as you know. My favorite thing about any holiday is the family meetings and to…
  • A Knitted kind of Crazy

    2 Apr 2015 | 2:59 pm
    I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones. John Cage I think spring is on the way. We’ve got daylight a lot longer now, the sun is out more and the Crocus in full bloom. But yesterday it was actually snowing (!) when I was out walking. That reminded me that I have a finished knitted project to share, one that I photographed earlier. It was one of the few days we’ve had a lot of snow this winter, so I best share it before summer I thought… And a finished knit! It does not happen often, so it’s something to celebrate. I…
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    Happybird's Crafting Haven

  • FREE Printable Mom and Grandma Matching Labels and Tags~Fits Quart Size Mason Jar

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:52 am
    I hope you enjoy these matching labels and tags! I made a set of for Mom and one for Grandma. The labels fit perfectly on a wide mouth, quart size Mason jar. This project is also adaptable for Birthdays and other occasions, since I didn't add "Happy Mother's Day" to the label. I used "I Love You Mom" and "I Love You Grandma" in its place. Print on label paper and attach to the jar. I
  • DIY~Sweet Bird's Nest Globe Centerpiece For Spring! Dollar Store Craft!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    10 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
    This sweet little Spring centerpiece was made from Dollar Tree items. It is so easy and very quick to make! Click on this link to see my full YouTube video: Materials Needed Globe Vase from the Dollar Tree Pebbles or small rocks from the Dollar Tree (small pebbles work the best) Reindeer Moss (Soft) from the Dollar Tree Little Bird from the Dollar Tree Tiny
  • Beautiful Spring Nest Candy Dish Made From 3 Clay Saucers!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Make this beautiful Spring nest candy dish/saucer for practically nothing! Click on the following YouTube link to see the full tutorial: Materials Needed: 3 Clay Saucers, Approximately 3 inches across from outer edge to outer edge. I found mine at Michael's. White Acrylic Paint (I used American Satin paint in "Cottonball") Tiny Faux Flower Blossoms (Dollar Store
  • Beautiful and Easy Candle Holder Using 3 Clay Saucers!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:36 pm
    This craft is so inexpensive and EASY to put together! This would make a lovely hostess gift or as a decoration for your patio. Click on the following link to see my full YouTube tutorial on how to make this: Materials Needed: 3 Clay Saucers that measure approximately 3 inches from outer edge to outer edge. I purchased mine at Michael's. White Acrylic Paint (I
  • DIY~Adorable Vintage Looking Candy Jar Made With Dollar Tree Items!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    15 Feb 2015 | 12:01 pm
      These candy jars are absolutely adorable and they have a vintage look to them! Please click on the following link to see my full YouTube tutorial on how to make these: Materials Needed SMALLEST Globe Vase (Dollar Tree) Be sure the top is NOT fluted. Candle Stick (Dollar Tree) Heart Embellishments (Dollar Tree) TWO Clay Saucers (Approximately 3 inches from
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  • Black and White Decor Inspiration

    Timothy Adam
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:50 pm
    ‘Black and White Decor’ by handmadeologybiz Black and white pillow. Mon… CottonFoxPrint… $22 2 x 3 Reclaimed Locker Baske… RehabVintageLA $900 Black Dinosaur Planter for S… crazycouture $19.5 BW white ceramic plate with … ignataceramics $34 crow taking flight serving b… MeadowDesign $75 White Cat Planter – White Ce… MinkyMooCerami… $79 Geekery Clock – Hard Drive C… HardResols $40 Modern Table, Side Table, Na… baconsquarefar… $98 Midcentury Restored Table De… Lambater $135 French Louis XVI…
  • Shedquarter Decor – 14 Modern Ways to Light Your Shedquarters

    Timothy Adam
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:59 am
    Shedquarter Decor – 14 Modern Ways to Light Your Shedquarters Moving your office/workspace away from the house can help improve your productivity. My wife and I love our in home office, but we needed more space that was separate from the main house, so I gutted and remodeled our two car garage.   (above) Camden enjoying a little ipad time in our in home office space (below) My good friend Lauren and I demoing the garage/apartment.   (below) Here is the final outside of the studio (500 square feet) (below) Here is a shot of the inside. Lighting is so important in any space. You…
  • Go Ahead – Play With Your Food – Etsy Kitchen Finds

    Timothy Adam
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:44 am
    ‘Go Ahead – Play With Your Food’ Space ship cookie cutter set Printmeneer $11 custom eat sign – wood kitch… OldNewAgain $58 Kitchen Towel, Hand Printed,… TheHighFiber $34 Iron Chive Chopper Blacksmit… toughandtwiste… $78 Kitchen Art Fork Spoon Knife… TimberArtSigns $29 stoneware kitchen canisters … claylicious $32 Oatmeal Spurtle, Wood Spurtl… CattailsWoodwo… $25 Herb Seed Kit Organic Herb G… mountainlilyfa… $21 Wooden measuring spoon kitch… KitchenCarving… $26 Dining Table, Kitchen Table,……
  • See What Happens When You Mix Handmade Pottery and Succulents

    Timothy Adam
    12 Apr 2015 | 11:17 pm
    Spring is in full swing and the leaves are starting to pop here in north east Ohio.  Bringing the green inside the home is a must, but make sure you add your own design element with some unique handmade pottery! Here are some handmade planters I found while browsing Etsy. mudpuppy eGardenStudio   jclayPottery SCULPTUREinDESIGN MovingMudPottery bonbonplanter JuliasPlantOneForYou RedwoodStoneworks LeTerreDellaTorre noemarin MelissaMayaPottery     © Timothy for Handmadeology, 2015. | Permalink | No comment | Add to Post tags:
  • Handmadeology Monday Connection – 4/13/2015

    Timothy Adam
    12 Apr 2015 | 10:16 pm
    MONDAY CONNECTION:: Time to post your links and connect. Post your shop, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and blog. Ready….SET….GO!! #linkup #mondayconnection #handmadeology Post your links over on our Facebook Fan page HERE. (193,000+ fans!) Featured creative businesses from last week’s Monday Connection: Retro Fan Replica Vintage Decoration ElCidVintage Goats Milk Rosemary & Lavender Handmade Soap   TinShedSoapCo Narwhal Plush Toy LittleLuckies2       © Timothy for Handmadeology, 2015. | Permalink | 4 comments | Add to Post tags:
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  • Love him or hate him, UKIP’s Nigel Farage looks good both in knit and crochet!

    17 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    One controversial politician, two crafts – which do you like best? Knit by Pat Wilson, read more about her knitted politicians in the Metro today (UK). Voodoo pin cushion spotted in the London version of Timeout. Hilarious! My first introduction to Nigel Farage came via Schmoyoho – this also happens to be my favorite Auto-Tune the News episode ever: Happy Friday! Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Avengers Assemble! This knit Captain America Costume is unbelievable!

    31 Mar 2015 | 5:58 pm
    It seems like everyone is loving this knitted Captain America costume; and rightly so – it’s incredible! See the “making of” Fangirl Physics’ knit Captain America costumer here. Avec knitting needles via Reddit user kittenborn: Go on and “Like” the Fangirl Physics Facebook page here: – I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot more awesomeness from this camp! Rating: 10.0/10 (3 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Crafty is Cool’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” – her shoes light up!

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:06 am
    Allison Hoffman is one of my favourite amigurumi artists so I was super-excited to see she made a Kimmy Schmidt doll … WITH LIGHT-UP SHOES! Ah-mazing! Click the image above to see the shoes light up! You can follow all of Allison’s awesome adventures here: p.s. Did you love the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt or what? I binge-watched it ALL over one Sunday… I love Tina Fey! Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Free Pattern Alert! Baby Crown Hat

    30 Mar 2015 | 4:36 am
    So many babies! Babies to the left and babies to the right! And they all need a cute baby crown hat. Modeled here by my son Finn’s Minion doll (we’re big fans of Despicable Me), this is my first attempt at Lion Brand’s Baby Crown Hat* using Modern Baby in the purple colorway. It’s a really great pattern and I’m going to make a few more. For the next one (so many babies!), I’m going to make the brim red and the crown yellow. If you were really crafty, you could knit a multi-color brim too … so many possibilities! Get the free pattern from Lion Brand.*…
  • So you wanna be a cowgirl? A little decorative crochet can make it happen!

    11 Mar 2015 | 5:31 am
    I love it when I come across a yarn-related idea that I’ve never seen before! This gorgeous garment hack has so many possibilities: Made by Le Petit Paquebot. Inspired by these crochet patches? I know I am! Rating: 9.0/10 (2 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
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  • Quilted Duffle Bag Sewing Tutorial

    Wendy at
    17 Apr 2015 | 6:31 am
    Sew yourself a cute bag to haul all your stuff around with this free Quilted Duffle Bag Sewing Tutorial. The adjustable strap is optional but would be really handy. Added to 200+ Free Purse and Tote Sewing Patterns You might also like: Plenty of Pockets Duffle Bag Sewing Pattern Braided Belt Messenger Bag Tutorial Craft Bag Free Sewing Pattern Zipper Top Tote Free Bag Pattern Scrappy Owl Trick or Treat Bags Tutorial
  • Zpagetti Rug Free Crochet Pattern

    Wendy at
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:50 am
    Looking for a practical but pretty project that uses T-shirt yarn or similar recycled materials? Try this Zpagetti Rug Free Crochet Pattern. With this sturdy type of yarn, the rug will lay flat and hold up well. Plus, it’s pretty! Added to 50+ Free Rug Crochet Patterns and Recycled Crafts You might also like: Bed Sheet Crochet Rug Tutorial T-Shirt Yarn Dog Rug and Chew Toy Free Crochet Pattern Reusable Swiffer Pad Free Crochet Pattern Recycled Crochet Totes 50 Free Crochet Rug Patterns
  • Little Posey Ring Tutorial

    Wendy at
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:10 am
    This Little Posey Ring Tutorial makes a great everyday ring. Since it’s made with elastic cord, it’s also easy to make and wear! Added to Free Jewelry-Making Tutorials You might also like: Simple Wire Wrapped Heart Ring Tutorial Shrink Plastic Ring Tutorial Make an Embroidered Ring Free Wirework Jewelry Online Class 100+ DIY Earrings
  • Daisy Filet Throw Free Crochet Pattern

    Wendy at
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:41 am
    This Daisy Filet Throw Free Crochet Pattern is just perfect for spring. Fresh, lively colors and a light blanket for a cool evening. Added to 200+ Free Crochet Afghan Patterns You might also like: Granny Square and Ribbon Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern Hot Air Balloon Baby Blanket Crochet Pattern Irish Wave Baby Afghan Crochet Pattern Brighton Blanket Crocheting Pattern Daisy Daisy Free Crochet Earrings Pattern
  • Free Earth Day and Recycled Crafts

    Wendy at
    11 Apr 2015 | 6:45 am
    Earth Day is April 22 and crafters have always recycled and made things from what we had around. Sometimes the best ideas come from browsing through your own stash of found items! Look for more creative inspiration with our collection of Free Earth Day and Recycled Crafts You might also like: Free Earth Day and Recycled Crafts Zpagetti Rug Free Crochet Pattern Recycled Bird Feeder Mobile Egg Carton Daffodils Egg Carton Flower Wreath
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    Handmade journals, photo albums and guest books | Blue Roof Designs

  • Cover To Cover 20th Anniversary Edition

    17 Apr 2015 | 5:48 am
    I recently found out through the 23 Sandy Gallery blog that Lark Books has just published the 20th anniversary edition of Cover to Cover. The book, by the late Shereen LaPlantz, is a classic. It’s hard to imagine improving it, but it includes updated photography and is in full color. Pretty much everyone I know owns the original book – it’s a standard among members of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont. It was the first book on bookbinding that I bought. Whenever someone asks me for a good introduction text on bookbinding, I always recommend it. The original I don’t yet…
  • Book Works exhibit

    9 Apr 2015 | 9:17 am
    The most recent meeting of the Book Arts Guild of Vermont took place at the SEABA Gallery – it was the setting for our current group show, Book Works. I’m always impressed by the quality and variety of work that is created by members of our Guild. Here’s a description of the show: The artists redefine the normal concept of the book, using various mediums and techniques to construct or reconstruct pieces that tell a story, and can be ‘read’ in some way by the viewer. A group of books altered by folding and manipulating pages represents the outcome of the…
  • Worktable Wednesday

    8 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    There hasn’t been much making going on in the studio lately. Unfortunately, I am knee-deep in the inventory of my studio. I got a late start this year due to some personal stuff that involved unexpected travel. Thankfully, we were granted an extension on our taxes. I’m always amazed at just how much stuff I have squirreled away in my studio. Throughout the year, I usually think that you can never have too much paper – when it comes to counting it however, you tend to change your mind. I have a pretty good system in place for doing inventory – everything that’s…
  • Book Works – Book Arts Guild of Vermont exhibit

    3 Apr 2015 | 6:48 am
    The Spring 2015 exhibit from the Book Arts Guild of Vermont is entitled Book Works, and includes work from members and friends interested in the structure and format of books. The artists redefine the normal concept of the book, using various mediums and techniques to construct or reconstruct pieces that tell a story, and can be ‘read’ in some way by the viewer. Other works represent the broad definition of the book as explored by painters, textile artists, and paper lovers. The exhibit is taking place at the SEABA Center Gallery at 404 Pine Street in Burlington, VT during the month of…
  • Daniel Essig is coming to Vermont!

    2 Apr 2015 | 8:49 am
    I was thrilled to discover that from January 26 – 31, 2016, Daniel Essig will be teaching Wooden Books—Greek & Centipede Binding at the North Country Studio Workshops in Bennington, VT. Dan is an amazing book artist from Asheville, North Carolina who creates hand-bound wooden books and sculptures. According to his website, he primarily uses the Ethiopian-style Coptic stitch in his work – his stitching is impeccable. His work has been published in a number of books, including The Penland Book of Handmade Books and 1000 Artist Books, Exploring the book as Art. I highly…
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  • Ten 10th Anniversary Giveaways!

    14 Apr 2015 | 2:29 pm
    This weekend marks our 10th Anniversary at 1914 South Street! We’re amazed at how quickly the time passed and so grateful for 10 wonderful years. To thank you for all your support, we’ll be giving away 10 yarn-erific prizes at our Anniversary Party this Saturday, April 18th & Sunday, April 19th from 11-6. To enter, come to the shop either Saturday or Sunday and drop your name in the giveaway jar. That’s it! We’ll announce the winners next week. Check out the prizes you could win! 1. 10 skeins of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in your choice of in-stock colors. 2. 4 skeins…
  • 10th Anniversary Celebration

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:05 am
    Next month – April 17, to be exact – is the 10th anniversary of our brick-and-mortar shop at 1914 South Street in Philadelphia! Please join us to celebrate on Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19. We’ll have new Loop swag, door prizes, some very special yarn, and, of course, food and drink! I hope to see you!
  • Wrapped in Color

    18 Mar 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Wrapped in Color: 30 Shawls to Knit is the latest book from mother-daughter team Maie and Taiu Landra, the makers of Koigu yarn. When Laura and I saw a preview of it at the Winter Trade Show in Phoenix, we wanted to sit right down and start knitting. Koigu yarn is gorgeous in the hank, but the way Maie uses the different colorways together in her designs is just incredible. Here are four of my favorites from the book. ALLIGATOR WRAP finished size: 30 by 100 inches made with 10 hanks of KPPPM, 2 each in 5 colors CHARLOTTE’S DAUGHTER JOY finished size: 47 inches wide, 23 inches from…
  • Paintbrush Mitts

    13 Mar 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Paintbrush Mitts are striped hand warmers made with our super soft Studio yarn. They’re perfect for a little extra warmth anytime you need it. Knit in the round with an after-thought thumb, they work up quickly and easily. Loop Studio in Cadmium, Smock, Landscape, Smock, and Watercolor. Our mitts are made with the colors Cadmium and Smock. We’ve made kits for them in this and two other color combinations: Landscape and Smock, and Watercolor and Smock. Click here to see the Paintbrush Mitt Kits. The Paintbrush Mitts are the third accessory we’ve knit with Studio.
  • Classic Baby Cardigan in Studio

    3 Mar 2015 | 8:09 am
    Our new yarn Studio is 100% US made superwash merino. It is so soft and pretty and we have made some lovely women’s accessories with it (if I do say so myself!). Since it is machine washable, we wanted to show it’s versatility as a baby yarn. Enter the Classic Baby Cardigan by Lori Versaci- a sweet little sweater made for either boys or girls! Knit all in one piece with the sleeves being picked up and worked towards the cuff, Classic Baby has minimal finishing. Erika knit this up after just a few afternoons in the shop, and it looks just darling! Sized for babies from 3-24 mo,…
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  • Giveaway: A to Z of Crochet Book

    Vikram Goyal
    19 Apr 2015 | 3:58 pm
    Whether you’re a new crocheter or just want to try new techniques, this must-have resource offers all the know-how you’ll ever need. Walk step-by-step from basic to advanced methods Learn the easy way with more than 1,000 close-up photographs featuring … Read More...
  • Tutorial: Easy scarf kimono

    Anne Weaver
    19 Apr 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Tutorial: Easy scarf kimono Mark Montano shows how you can make a kimono like this one from a couple of pashmina scarves.  It’s a lovely lightweight layer for spring and summer.  It’s an easy project to make.  You can do … Read More...
  • Tutorial: Clear front zippered travel pouches

    Anne Weaver
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Tutorial: Clear front zippered travel pouches Marni from Haberdashery Fun shows how you can make these clear front zipper pouches to organize your toiletries, charging cords, and other small items when traveling. They’re beautiful made from cotton prints with coordinating decorative ribbon.  … Read More...
  • Dusciana Bravura – Mosaic Artist

    Cathi Milligan
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Daily Art Muse is back which means she’s unearthing more artists for us to know about. Dusciana Bravura is one of those artists. She mosaics her sculptures of animals with thousands of glass pieces, in geometric patterns. The sculptures themselves are … Read More...
  • Tutorial: Pretty patchwork camera strap cover

    Anne Weaver
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:51 am
    Tutorial: Pretty patchwork camera strap cover Simple Simon and Co. guest blogs at Lolly Jane with a tutorial showing how to make a patchwork camera strap cover.  The mix of colors and prints in the patchwork make this sooo much … Read More...
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    The alm Project - Diary of a Crafty Insomniac

  • Monogrammed Flower Pots – and other Plant Pot Hacks

    14 Apr 2015 | 9:36 pm
    Flower Pot/Plant Pot Make Over Mother’s day is fast approaching (May 10th, 2015) and instead of heading to the mall to purchase gifts for all my mommy friends, I opted to create handcrafted gifts.  And since I am obsessed with all thing garden, I decided to personalize a few inexpensive clay plant pots. You can pick up flower pots from IKEA for as low as .45 cents. Although I am sure you have a few clay pots lying around – so no shopping necessary BTW, these would make a great Birthday, Father’s day or Just because gift as well. Monogrammed/Personalized Plant Pot The…
  • Home and Garden – Snake Plant AKA Mother-In-Law’s Tongue

    12 Nov 2014 | 4:33 pm
    I have a new favorite plant and I am on a quest to add each variation to my balcony garden. The species is commonly known as the Snake Plant or Mother-In-Law’s Tongue or if you speak Latin Sanseivieria trifasciata.  Cylinderica Spear Snake Plant The plant is an evergreen perennial plant that typically grows in a dense stands. This no fuss, succulent with thin upright leaves that resemble the skin of a reptile is native to tropical West Africa from Nigeria east to the Congo. In Africa, the plant is used as a protective charm against evil or bewitchment. Robista Snake Plant…
  • Lighthouses – Another Nautical Inspiration

    3 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    What is a lighthouse? It is typically a conical shaped tower that is designed to emit light from a system of lamps and lenses and used as a navigational aid for maritime pilots. Lighthouses can be at sea or on inland waterways. They mark dangerous coastlines, hazardous shoals, reefs, safe entries to harbors, and can also assist in aerial navigation. Because of the expense associated with their maintenance, the number of lighthouses in operation has declined and they are now being replaced by modern electronic navigational systems such as strobes. Stars can’t shine without…
  • What is a Tea Towel?

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

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

  • Inspiration Monday plus features

    Jamie Sanders
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    Kicking off a week with a party always seems like the right thing to do, no? The spring fabulousness keeps coming every much inspiration that the to do lists are getting quite lengthy. What have YOU been up to?By linking up here, your project is seen on SEVEN blogs at the same time!I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Refresh RestyleRedhead Can Decorate| | Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty MomtwelveOeight | What Meegan Makes | Your Homebased MomFeatures are always so much fun...we wish there could be hundreds of them.My favorite link from this week:Ruffled Nightgown Tutorial from Sew…
  • 20+ Delicious Strawberry Dessert Ideas

    Jamie Sanders
    13 Apr 2015 | 8:22 am
    It's strawberry season- I can't wait to get out to our local strawberry picking farm for some delicious, organic, straight off the vine Strawberries!  Every year, I pick my kids up early from school and we head out to the farm for a special mom/kid day!  (I blogged about this place a few years ago here, it's really great.)Last year, I made a little "oopsie" on our trip out to the farm.  I chose the day of the week I thought it would be quiet, with the least amount of people.  I was certainly right about the quietness of the farm that day because it was the one day…
  • Inspiration Monday plus features

    Jamie Sanders
    12 Apr 2015 | 11:00 am
    We hope this past week has been everything you hoped it would be. We are excited to be hosting another Inspiration Monday party! Did you know that by linking up on one of our blogs means you are seen on all seven sites simultaneously?? How fun is that?I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Refresh RestyleRedhead Can Decorate| | Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty MomtwelveOeight | What Meegan Makes | Your Homebased MomAs we browse through the party every week, it seems like it’s harder and harder to choose features. This week, all of these beautiful (and delicious) ideas caught our attention. But the…
  • Border Print Peasant Dress for Spring (free pattern)

    Jamie Sanders
    9 Apr 2015 | 11:08 am
    Spring has officially arrived and if you live in Texas, you know what that means... Bluebonnet pictures! We do them every year and I love putting my kids into something handmade. (As long as they'll let me!)  See pics from previous years: here, here, here and here.  (Actually, I've been notified by more than one person, that last picture is being used in a craigslist/ babysitting scam. <It was my blogger, linkedin, facebook profile pic for a long time.> So always do your due diligence when responding to ads-and never fall for the "can I have a wheelchair or…
  • Spicy Cajun Baked Shrimp

    Jamie Sanders
    7 Apr 2015 | 8:38 pm
    Hubby and I have been eating low carb for the last few months and we're getting a bit tired of chicken!  Shrimp has been on sale lately, so I grabbed a couple pounds on my last grocery store run to do something a little different for dinner.Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2015 version 27zx69sdr
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  • Last video...metallics!

    27 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    Today is the last day of Dina Wakley Media week. Awww, it has been a blast! Click below to see the last video, introduction to Metallics. I am at the airport now and my ipad isn't awesome for postng on my blog...doh. So I will embed the video here when I get back. Enjoy! click here for the video P.s. There is a giveaway on today's post at the Ranger blog!
  • Time for day 4 of DWMedia week...Glazing Medium!

    26 Mar 2015 | 7:22 am
    Today I show you one of the uses for glazing medium. You can mix it 1 part paint to 10 parts medium if you want just a light tinted glaze to put it over your work. Here I mixed it about half in half so I would have lots of pigment and slower drying time. Enjoy!
  • Here's the day 3 video...Printing with the Fine Line Applicator!

    25 Mar 2015 | 11:07 am
    Woo hoo here is the video for day 3 of Dina Wakley Media week! We're posting some other fun pictures and behind the scenes tidbits on the Ranger Ink facebook page and on my Art of Dina Wakley facebook page. Enjoy!
  • Hello and welcome to Dina Wakley Media Week!

    24 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    I got home late last night from teaching at the always awesome Art from the Heart in Harrogate, England.'s Dina Wakley Media Week over at the Ranger Blog! Woo hoo! I still pinch myself every day that I have the wonderful opportunity to be a signature designer with Ranger. They are amazing. Look at this amazing pile of Fine Line Tip Applicators! Dina Wakley Media labels... Dina Wakley Media Week means that every day this week, I will share with you a little video that has tips, tricks, and techniques using my new Dina Wakley Media products that came out at the January CHA show.
  • The cure for an ugly page...

    28 Feb 2015 | 12:05 am
    Here's the cure for an ugly page. Paint something BIG and BOLD over it. I had an ugly was half done, part of it was torn off because it had stuck to the facing page. So I just grabbed a brush and painted a big and bold face over it. Voila, easy peasy and done. Remember done is better than perfect!
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  • Everything Mary Rolling Sewing Tote

    18 Apr 2015 | 7:37 am
    If you are a sewist on the go, this Everything Mary Rolling Sewing Tote will quickly become your favorite traveling buddy. Easy to move from place to place, this travel case is stylish and efficient. You will never have to worry about your sewing machine breaking, denting, or getting banged up in a tightly packed car or airplane when you get your hands on this lovely, rolling suitcase for sewers.
  • Everything Mary Sewing Machine Cover

    18 Apr 2015 | 7:37 am
    If you're an avid sewer, you know what your sewing machine does for you. On days of high stress or abounding creativity, the moment your foot touches the pedal of your machine your nerves calm down and you enter your flow. Face it your sewing machine has saved you more than once, it's time to protect it. Everything Mary offers a gorgeous Sewing Machine Cover that correctly keeps your most prized possession dust-free and safe.
  • Everything Mary Square Sewing Box

    18 Apr 2015 | 7:36 am
    Despite all attempts at cleaning it you cannot will yourself to organize your sewing room. Cluttered from top to bottom with loose threads, scraps, and rogue needles, you find yourself feeling overwhelmed instead of relaxed when you enter this space. Lucky for you, that chaos can easily be managed thanks to the Square Sewing Box from Everything Mary.
  • Cotton Candy Flannel Collection from Studio e

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Give your sewing projects a happy-go-lucky boost with the Cotton Candy Flannel Collection from Studio e Fabrics. This bundle is the perfect combination of comfort and style. Designed by Avril, this double napped (brushed on both sides) cotton is the perfect choice for winter apparel. It's soft, warm, and oh-so-cheerful. Ideal for home decor items, these quarter cuts feature 14 unique pastel designs. Choose from floral prints, wavy lines, dotted spirals, leaves, or a combination of all four.
  • Downton Abbey Fabric Collection

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:31 am
    If you can't get enough of the hit TV show Downton Abbey, then you are going to fall in love with this fabric collection from Andover Fabrics. Inspired by the popular program, the Downton Abbey fabric collection features six different groupings of fabric including Logos and Labels, The Downstairs Collection, The Egyptian Collection, The Lady Rose Collection, The Lord and Lady Collection and The Women's Collection. Each fabric group includes a number of different designs in a variety of colors. No matter which fabric grouping you choose to incorporate into your sewing patterns, one thing is…
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  • Teacher’s #1 Candy Pot

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:34 am
    This free craft tutorial shows you how to make a cute teacher's gift for the start of or end of school year. It is a great kids craft project that they can make themselves.
  • Easter Pin The Tail On The Bunny Game

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:55 am
    This Easter tutorial shows you how to make a hanging wall art that turns into a fun Easter game.
  • Rhinestone And Cord Twisted Bracelet

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    This tutorial shows you how to make a quick rhinestone and cord bracelet.
  • Recycled Spoon Coat Of Arms Pendant

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:56 am
    This Jewelry making tutorial shows you how to make a coat of arms pendant using a recycled spoon.
  • Burlap Bunny Pocket Pillow

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    Use a bit of burlap and felt to make this festive and fun Easter pillow!
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    Family Chic by Camilla Fabbri ©2009-2014. All rights reserved. The blog

  • Enter For A Chance To Win “Summer Cocktails” ( + a mixed set of 4 vintage glasses)

    31 Mar 2015 | 10:10 am
    Now that the weather is getting warmer, we could all use a little fun inspiration to help shake off the winter doldrums. Happy to have this fantastic giveaway from Quirk Books for you – – Summer Cocktailsfrom Maria del Mar Sacasa features over 100 seasonal recipes for cool cocktails, punches, frosty drinks and more. To add a little something extra to this one, I’m including a set of unique stemware to help you serve up your flavorful concoctions! Enter for a chance to win Summer Cocktails from Maria del Mar Sacasa.  Get inspired with over 100 recipes for mixing up…
  • Dog Tag Memory Necklace

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:40 am
    Last week, friends of ours had to say goodbye to their beloved dog of 11 years, Tashie. She was a rescue who was given a full life of love and wonderful care, but the loss is still very painful for our friends. It’s as if a family member has passed away in their lives. Their youngest daughter, Carly, had a fantastic idea to help her through this period of grief — she made Tashie’s dog tag into a necklace. Very simple, but brilliant idea. Carly simply strung the tag onto a cord and wears it around her neck now. A touching gesture that keeps the memory of Tashie close to…
  • Foolin’ Around On April 1st

    15 Mar 2015 | 4:20 am
    I hate, more than anything, being the target of a practical joke – it makes me cranky. However, and I realize this is strange, I love to play jokes on others – especially my kids and my husband. So, April Fool’s Day is one of my favorite days. My single goal on this day is to make my kids laugh pretty hard and usually at my husband’s expense. I’ve put together a few of my kids’ favorites in case you’d like to pull a few tricks on your unsuspecting loved ones this April 1st… Dude, where’s my car? My girls love this one. The night before, I…
  • My Crushed Can Planters In Hendes Verden

    28 Feb 2015 | 11:25 am
    Happy to have my Crushed Can Planters featured in the creative Danish magazine, Hendes Verden. The Feb. issue of Hendes Verden. You can see my original tutorial here.
  • Two-Way Rescue

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:05 am
    This is Leo. He needed a home — we needed his beautiful, soft, playful presence in our lives. Not sure who saved who. Grief is a tricky thing – it makes you want to pull back from the world, but I’ve found it’s best to do the exact opposite and get out of your own head; reach out to help others. Since the death of my brother, this has been the most effective approach to healing for me. I feel better about humanity and myself when I know that I am putting out positive energy, changing someone’s day for the better, even just making someone smile — it all…
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    The Crafty Crow

  • Flower Craft Ideas for Kids

    16 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    beautiful tissue paper flowers on branchesvia Sandra Brundell  hand painted paper flowers via Oh Happy Day  crepe paper and pompom flowers via Cakies  tissue paper cherry tree via Pink Stripey Socks  large painted flowers via Se7en  crepe paper crocus via eHow by Craftberry Bush  tulle flowers on sticks via Make It Your Own  coffee filter cherry blossoms on branches via Aunt Peaches  bubble print hydrangeas via A Piece of Rainbow fingerprint hyacinthsvia Dali's Moustache  watercolor…
  • Crumpled Paper Art

    15 Apr 2015 | 7:45 am
    This crumpled paper art at Buggy and Buddy is spectacular and the process to create it looks like a lot of fun too!
  • Paper Plate Flowers Toddler Craft

    15 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    Happy Hooligans shares an easy paper plate flower craft that toddlers and preschoolers will love.
  • Tissue Paper Feathers

    15 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    These feathers are made from tissue paper glued to shaped wire and have sparkly glitter glue details. Pysselbolaget shares this wonderful tutorial and how they can be added to tree branches to welcome spring. 
  • Yarn And Felt Spring Flower Crowns

    13 Apr 2015 | 7:45 am
    I think these yarn and felt flower crowns are so sweet! Find out how to make them at Origami Mommy. 
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  • Dark Denim A Line Skirt

    Michelle (
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:29 pm
    This is one of the skirts I made for the skirt sew along at the beginning of the year for this pattern.  It's spring cleaning time around here, so I'm getting a few things ready to post for sale in my etsy shop. Before this skirt goes in my shop, I thought I'd offer it at a special price for blog readers.  The special price of $28 (includes US shipping) is for today only.  Below are the measurements. I'm measuring around the outside, so your measurements should be slightly smaller.  The fabric is a light/medium weight denim, so it will stretch some, but not as much as…
  • WIP - Batik Grocery Bags

    Michelle (
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:32 am
  • Favorite Fabrics - Vintage 40s Floral

    Michelle (
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:05 pm
    1940s Aqua & Coral Floral Fabric available at New New Kitty
  • Made - Another Blue Rose Pincushion Cuff

    Michelle (
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:49 pm
    This cuff sold, so today I made another in a different blue fabric.  This fabric is another chambray fabric, but with a small amount of lycra. The slight stretchiness didn't really make much of a difference in sewing it, and the finished cuff has a bit of extra squishy feeling.  I like it! The chambray has thicker white weft threads, so it is a lighter blue than the other two cuffs I've made in chambray. The pattern to make this cuff is available here.
  • Made - Zipper Pouch No.2

    Michelle (
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
    This morning I finished a zip pouch started a few days back. This pouch was made using the no.2 template in this document.  This is one of the three pod shaped zipper pouches included in the 8 zipper pouch templates.   This has patchwork lining, which I've become so fond of making!  I want to make more right this very second.  Soon I'll have a sewing lesson available for making patchwork lining that can be used in small accessories.  Patchwork is one of those things that looks simple (and it's not hard), but there are some tricks to help make it work.  After using it is…
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    How Did You Make This? | Luxe DIY

  • Knotted Rope Bowls

    18 Apr 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Have you ever noticed that the times when you wear your best jewelry are also the times where you’re least likely to carefully put that jewelry away when you get home? These soft, hand knotted bowls make a great landing place for sparkly bits and bobs that might otherwise just be left on a counter, looking for an opportunity to fall off and meet a tragic end. These rope bowls are also really fun to make, don’t require much equipment, and have a lot of opportunities for customization. Supplies: - cotton rope – I’m using 1/8 inch | 3mm diameter rope - cotton yarn –…
  • Minimalist Wooden Soap Dish

    11 Apr 2015 | 10:26 am
    The basic requirement for a soap dish is that it keeps your bar of soap from lingering in a puddle of water. The much more important job of a soap dish is to look nice while it’s doing the other thing. If you’ve been thinking of trying a light wood working project this wooden soap dish is an excellent place to start. The only specialty tool this project requires is a miter box and saw, which is very inexpensive at most big box home improvement stores. The construction is easy and can be completed in an afternoon. Seriously, this project is really fun and easy, you should try it.
  • Perfect Tassels Every Time

    4 Apr 2015 | 10:12 am
    As part of the Microwave and Solar Dying Tutorial I made some red speckled strands. I was originally planning to use those strands in a braiding project, but I felt like the really cool uneven effect was being lost, so I switched things up to make these tassels instead. Learning how to make tassels gives you the option to add a little coordinated decoration to anything you make, and the method I’m using makes it easy to not end up with a pile of 4 inch long string tangle. I’m absolutely obsessed with microwave dying now, so I added in some other colors and included a how-to on…
  • Microwave and Solar Small Batch Dying

    28 Mar 2015 | 10:26 am
    I love being able to dye my materials to whatever color matches my vision for a project, but if you have done much dying you know that it can be a time consuming and messy endeavor. I’ve been especially unmotivated when it comes to dying things for small projects. That wasn’t good enough, so I figured out a way to dye small batches with much less drama. Microwave dying is a really addictive project that’s so fast and fun (it only takes about 2 minutes once it’s in the microwave). It’s also a great way to sample a small piece before dying a large amount.
  • Macrame Swirl Earrings

    21 Mar 2015 | 10:04 am
    These macrame earrings are one of those projects where a fun technique and some pretty geometry came together to be really addictive. Adding beads to rows of double half hitch knots automatically creates the swirl effect, and the knotting is sturdy enough to hold its shape without needing any additional structure beyond the wire loop at the center. Supplies: - #10 crochet cotton - 11° seed beads - round earring loops (these are about 3/4 inch | 2 cm across) - ear wires - round nose pliers - needle nose pliers - E6000, fray check, or other clear, fabric friendly glue or sealer - white glue -…
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  • Two Easter Fails For The Price of One

    5 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    I had big plans. It was going to be a week of Easter crap on the blog. And then life happened. So I’m posting this at 10 a.m. on Easter Sunday and no one will care because by the time they read this, Easter will have come and gone. Oh well. I’m posting it anyway because I did the work, so there. First I made some gross marshmallow bark. Looks tasty though, right? Image from Butter with a Side of Bread We can perhaps blame this on the fact that I used that easier-melting white bark stuff rather than white chocolate chips because I am lazy. That shit is made of partially…
  • How to Make Your Own Heater Out of Toilet Paper

    25 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    I don’t really do zombies. The Walking Dead is way too scary for me, and I thought Pride and Prejudice and Zombies was very very stupid. I do, however, wonder from time to time how I would survive without, you know, electricity and stuff. Well, today I am one step closer, because I tested this DIY air heater using nothing but toilet paper, a can, and alcohol. (If you can’t see the video, click here.) In a world without heaters (and talking movies, apparently), here’s how you might survive: (If you can’t see the video, click here.)
  • Ship Your Enemies a Glittery Bag of Dicks (from Penis Island)

    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 pm
    I can’t tell you how many people saw that you could mail your enemy a bag of dicks and then let me know about it this week. It’s because you are My People and I love you guys. So thanks for sharing. Also, the website is for sale now, so maybe we should all buy it and move to Penis Island and run our factory of dickbags together. What say you? Yes. It’s an island. Shaped like a penis. Image via Mashable To add to our repertoire, we may also want to consider buying, which mails penises with sayings on them. (Mine would say “Villanova” on it because…
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  • Clothing Peg Easter Bunnies

    19 Apr 2015 | 11:55 am
    These Clothing Peg Easter Bunnies are a great way to add some easter cheer to a gift or the house decorations. This craft is super easy, and the adorable bunny faces are sure to make any one who sees them smile!
  • Dye Pegs in Large Amounts

    19 Apr 2015 | 11:44 am
    This is a great tip to color large amounts of wooden pegs - especially if you are making crafts with them all the time! This is also a great resource for teachers who use wooden pegs in class. Simple steps and materials make this a craft parents and teachers alike will appreciate, and you can rest assured that you will have plenty of pegs ready to go for any task!
  • Butterfly Footprint

    19 Apr 2015 | 11:05 am
    This Butterfly Footprint craft is a very special gift for Mom on Mother's Day! This adorable craft is easy to make, and the kids will have a blast getting their feet covered in paint. Any mother will love getting this unique butterfly on her special day, and she will keep them for years to come.
  • Mother's Day Footprint Flower

    19 Apr 2015 | 10:39 am
    This Footprint flower craft is a very special gift for Mom on Mother's Day! This adorable craft is easy to make, and the kids will have a blast getting their feet covered in paint. Any mother will love getting these one of a kind flowers on her special day, and she will keep them for years to come.
  • Kids Craft Reviews and Giveaways

    17 Apr 2015 | 8:42 am
    Read kids craft books and supply reviews and enter to win kids craft book and supply giveaways! You can enter once daily!
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    Ashland Bay

  • not just for knitting

    2 Apr 2015 | 3:43 am
    We have a special treat on the blog today! Head on over to Decorotation where Brett shows us how to turn a couple skeins of Thick n Thin and a branch into a gorgeous wall hanging. Be sure to check out her other interior design posts for some extra inspiration.
  • Polwarth – the rising star of 2014

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:36 am
    While the Blue Face Leicester wools (ecru BFL, Superwash BFL, BFL/silk) and, of course, Merino wool (in 21.5 and 19 micron) continue to be in the top ten performers for the ecru fiber division, Falkland wool top, Polwarth wool top, and Corriedale cross wool have had a significant gain in interest in 2014.With the growing interest and popularity of Polwarth wool and our Polwarth silk (85/15) blends, we decided to create a more luxurious Polwarth blend.  Toward the end of October 2014 we introduced a new product, 60% Polwarth wool and 40% tussah silk. This silk rich fiber blend is a luxury to…
  • Pattern redo: Shawl to Cowl

    5 Feb 2015 | 4:37 am
    A few weeks ago, we talked about pattern redos on the blog. Here I will talk about a super simple fix to a shawl or scarf that just doesn’t sit right.I recently finished a pattern for this beautiful shawl with our Tahoe yarn. Although I don’t usually wear shawls, the pattern was so intriguing; I couldn’t’ resist. I thought I could wear it as a scarf! It would have worked as scarf… if I didn’t move…Almost instantaneously upon my moving, the shawl ends would start inching their way out of the scarf mode, and I was constantly fusing and rearranging it. So my beautiful shawl was put…
  • 2014 Superstar: The Lovely Lotus - 60% Superwash merino/20% Yak down/20% Cultivated Silk

    14 Jan 2015 | 4:37 am
    When this new yarn arrived last year, I was first in awe of the natural, beautiful, silvery grey color. Then, I could hardly wait to put a skein in the dyepot to see what magical colors would appear! The superwash merino and yak soak up the dye while the silk shimmers and shines. With a fantastic hand and great twist, I just can’t say enough about this yarn! I wanted a fabulous inaugural project for this exciting new yarn. Lotus is a luxury yarn that has exceptional next to skin comfort, but it also has structure and twist that make it a strong yarn. My idea was to test the strength of the…
  • Holiday Schedule

    3 Dec 2014 | 6:53 am
    Ashland Bay will be closed the following days: December 24th, 25th, 26th closedDecember 31 closing at 3:00pmJanuary 1st and 2nd closed Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season!
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    Cheery Lynn Designs Blog

  • Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 181 - Mother's Day

    Sandy Hulsart
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
    As always, the entries we had last week for our Pretty in Purple were wonderful.  Thank you to all who entered, we enjoy seeing your creations with our dies.  This week our challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs isMother's DayHere are the rules: You MUST follow the theme and use at least one Cheery Lynn Designs die, of course, we would love to see more than one.  You MUST add a link to your blog post in the InLinkz at the end of this post; no back posting, only new projects are allowedYou MUST link to this challenge in your blog post or on your gallery postYou may only enter the…
  • Pretty in Purple Challenge Winner

    Sandy Hulsart
    19 Apr 2015 | 12:25 am
    What fabulous entries we had last week. Using, the winner of our Pretty in Purple challenge isRandom Integer GeneratorHere are your random numbers:19Timestamp: 2015-04-19 01:25:51 UTC#19 - ionabunnyCongratulations, Gail.  Please contact me for your $20 shopping spree to Cheery Lynn Designs.  Be sure to grab the winner's badge from the right sidebar for display on your blog.  And thank you to everyone who joined in on the challenge.  We hope to see you again in this week's Mother's Day challenge.
  • Ballerina Girl by Julie Lavalette

    Juliz Design Post
    18 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
    Hi Everyone, It's Julie here today hosting the blog. I think we all have dreamed of becoming a Ballet Dancer at some point in our lives and today I am showcasing the beautiful Arabesque Ballerina from the April 2015 New Release.I die cut my frame, inking the edges with Tattered Rose Distress Ink. I stamped a script stamp and also inked the edges of the centrepiece, finally mounting all onto a peach/pink coloured cardstock.My Ballet shoes were cut out twice in white Cardstock, I coloured them with Copic Pens and a layer of Mica Powders to give them a look of Satin. I double layered…
  • Thinking of You Card with Corina Finley

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
    Hello Fellow Crafters!Welcome to another Friday Card.Have you seen the Cheery Lynn's April New Release! What do you think? Which dies are your favourites? Sooo many new wonderful dies to choose from! I am loving all the new creative possibilities these dies bring to my craft table!Now to this weeks card!I used all New Release dies except for the Cattails and Reeds. There is always an exception!  The photo above, features the new Royal Scandinavian Tag 1 die in blue cardstock and I layered my sentiment stamped on white cardstock on…
  • Smile Card with Jenny Alia

    Jenny Alia
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:30 am
    Hi, it's Jenny today sharing a card using a few of the beautiful dies from the April Cheery Lynn Designs release .  If you missed all the lovely new dies yesterday, scroll down to see what the DT created and you can see them all HERE. I made the roses and leaves using the Tea Rose Medium die and colored the roses with abandoned coral distress ink.  The blue flowers were made with the Chrysanthemum Strip die.  Here's a close-up.I layered a few different dies for the main part of the card.  The Horizon Coved Square was cut with cream card stock and glued…
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    Grow Creative

  • Semi-Abstract Flowers

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:25 pm
    I've painted many flowers in my five years experience with watercolor and I probably will keep painting them for the rest of my life.  This time I took a more abstract approach and it was so fun!  I love painting wet on wet when I can.  I think my favorite paintings are the ones that look the most fluid.So are you abstract flower kind of person- or a realistic flower kind of person?  I think I'm somewhere in between :)
  • Photos of the Week

    13 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Few things are more beautiful to me than how the world looks (and smells) right after it rains, and by the world, I mean Utah.  It hardly ever rains here so when it does, I notice the small things like............... water drops clinging to lilacs,how much brighter the sun seems,and reflections in puddles.  It's good stuff.  Don't miss it!
  • Recycled Watercolor Flower Garlands

    9 Apr 2015 | 7:50 am
    I like to recycle my old paintings, my mess-ups and experiments.  It seems such a waste to throw away good watercolor paper.  Thank goodness I have a large flower paper punch and a sewing machine!  When you cut up the mess-up paintings, you can hide the fact that they are, in fact,  mess-ups.  To make a garland out of these:Set your sewing machine to the longest stitch possible. Sew straight across one flower and feed in another very closely behind it to not leave much of a gap. Then continue with the rest of the flowers.When you have all the flowers attached,…
  • Yellow Bird

    8 Apr 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Since I still don't have a house of my own to work on and decorate, I've been painting more than ever.  I guess that's a good thing, right?  It's forcing me to focus more.  I want to do and try everything out there and then I don't stick to things long enough to really see what I can do.So here's a recent bird painting- with a little hexagonal thing going on in the background.  Kind of an experiment.  A big one too...... 16 x 20 inches of experimentation!For sale HERE.
  • A View of Paris

    2 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
    This may possibly may be my first real "figurative" watercolor painting.  I don't know if I count the first time I tried to paint a portrait in watercolor- that was scary. yikes! I'm glad this one turned out better :)I've always dreamed of going to Paris, so I can insert myself into this painting easily. When I look at this painting I feel like I'm really there, sitting in the sun, admiring the Eiffel Tower.You can purchase this painting HERE.
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  • DIY: Dainty Gemstone Bracelet

    Pooja A.
    5 Apr 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Okay, so I admit, I’m guilty. I haven’t posted a new DIY in more than a week. And don’t even ask me how long it’s been since my last jewelry DIY. But…patience pays off because today’s DIY dainty gemstone bracelet is a total winner! On a side note, are these things known as rhinestones or gemstones? Whatever they’re called, they are gorgeous! This easy-to-make bracelet is super simple yet elegant, and I think I’ve made about five of them already (yes, I’m crazy). Hop along for the ride if you’d like to learn and follow the steps…
  • DIY To Try: 3 Projects for New Years

    Pooja A.
    31 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    Happy New Year everyone! Wow, I can’t believe 2015 is already here. I guess that means it’s time for some resolutions. One of my goals is to definitely devote more time to posting new projects on the blog. I slacked off a little bit (let’s be honest, a lot) and I’m going to try harder to post more often. I hope that all of you have huge success in accomplishing your goals for the new year! Here are three fabulous DIYs I found to kick off 2015.How cute is this sequined banner from A Beautiful Mess? Perfect for a holiday party!Make these beautiful gift boxes from Oh So…
  • DIY to Try: 3 Upcycling Ideas

    Pooja A.
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    It’s almost Friday, you can make it! Believe me, I love that feeling you get when Friday’s finally here and you know that you get to sleep in the next morning. Yup, weekends are truly the best. To make your Thursday go by a little bit faster, here are 3 DIY projects you can save to try when you’re relaxing over the weekend. I’m sure you’ll all love trying out these DIY upcycling ideas that are both easy and cheap to make.Aren’t these DIY containers adorable? I would have never guessed that they were made from yogurt containers!I’ve always wanted to…
  • DIY Tin Can Vases

    Pooja A.
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Hello everyone! It’s the start of another week which means a new DIY from me! I love up-cycling (it’s seriously the story of my life) and tin cans make for one of the best and versatile materials to use for a DIY project. You can just do so many crafts with them! Remember that floral fabric I used in my DIY Monogram Letter post? I decided that it would be perfect to use to make these tin can vases as well. As you can probably tell, I can’t get enough of the floral trend. I just couldn’t say no after picturing how cute these old cans would look after being renovated…
  • Diy: letter stamps

    Pooja A.
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:01 pm
    I’ve recently been obsessed with using different items from around the house as stamps. It’s so much fun to see the variety of stamps that can be produced from things you have lying around. I’ve only tried paper stamping, but this method would work great on stamping tea towels! I love these DIY letter stamps because you can customize the words to say whatever you want. I went for a cute xo design. Also, how was your 4th of July? Mine was great, long weekends are always the best! Oddly enough, it rained here, giving us a nice break from the heat.Materials: foam alphabet…
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    Knit Luck - Knitting Your Way to A Better Life

  • Sock Knitting Books

    10 Apr 2015 | 4:58 pm
    My Favorite Sock Knitting Books I was knitting a new pair of socks and it occurred to me that I have not shared my favorite sock knitting books. You see, I went back to my old habit of knitting cuff down socks and completely forgot how t turn the heel. I had to dig into my sock knitting book stash and dig out my old favorite, the book that taught me how to knit socks: Sensational Knitted Socks from Charlene Schurch. Sensational Knitted Socks shows you all the different parts of the sock and how to knit them, as well as offering charts to easily knit bigger or smaller sizes. She also shows you…
  • Socked Out

    8 Apr 2015 | 4:48 pm
    It's been slow Chez Knitluck. Maybe I'm slow. I hear of more people getting 60 day notices of eviction. I hear more seniors no longer able to afford their apartments because landlords keep raising their rents. Google offers to pay apartment complexes 30% over their highest rental rates. 500 families apply for the affordable housing lottery at our city's new housing development. Only 120 families get through to the lottery... for only 9 houses, meaning that hundreds of families in the bay area could afford to buy a house... if the houses were affordable, but most can't compete with the tech…
  • Spring Season

    28 Mar 2015 | 11:35 am
    Spring is here which means that knitting season is pretty much over. California didn't get much a knitting season. Only a little rain at the beginning. We needed much much more. I finished the Skeino cowl, which probably won't get much wear until the fall, but I'm happy with it. The cowl is super soft, just like the yarn and never itchy. Never. I really can't say that about the alpaca shawls that I've knitted, but then I'm a little allergic to alpaca. Note to self: knit instead with merino. I went through my yarn stash yesterday and I'm almost ashamed of it. It's as if all of that unused yarn…
  • Interchangeable Knitting Needle Guide - Chiao Goo

    22 Mar 2015 | 11:24 am
    Welcome to the latest installment of the Knit Luck Guide to Interchangeable Knitting Needles. Since 2012 we've been reviewing each of the sets of interchangeable knitting needles. This time we will be taking a look at the Chiao Goo Interchangeable Knitting Needles. They are some of the most unique sets in one major way: the types of cables they use to connect the interchangeable knitting needles. While most companies focus on the needle tips, Chiao Goo has spent time finding ways to improve upon the connecting cables, resulting in interchangeable knitting needle sets that can be easier on…
  • I Need This... Tea Set

    20 Mar 2015 | 10:05 pm
    It is very rare that I like something so much that I need it right away, that I would be willing to pay $40 in shipping to get this thing to my home tomorrow. Then I went to ModCloth and saw this: I have a blue, yellow and white color scheme in my bedroom, which I call the tearoom because our room has a bar and a balcony and it's a great place to drink tea. I've wanted a tea set just for the room, but hadn't found one that really did it for me... until I found this one. It is just divine.  I don't have a whole lot of room to customize my living space, but the tea set would really turn my…
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    Serger Pepper

  • Love Bird Dress – MCM blog tour

    Mamma Nene
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Another week, another project! Today I’m here showing you a dress designed by a friend and a PatternWorkshop classmate: the Love Bird Dress by MCM designs. […]The post Love Bird Dress – MCM blog tour appeared first on Serger Pepper.Contact me at
  • The Archie Shirt – Ainslee Fox

    Mamma Nene
    9 Apr 2015 | 8:15 am
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  • 100 Useful Serger Tips, Serger Tutorials and Serger Projects Collection

    Mamma Nene
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Let me introduce you to the biggest collections of serger // overlockers resources from all around the web. I often find myself google-ing for new […]The post 100 Useful Serger Tips, Serger Tutorials and Serger Projects Collection appeared first on Serger Pepper.Contact me at
  • OneCardigan for One Thimble: my gift to you!

    Mamma Nene
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    Now it's your turn!Do you like to sew?Do you like to read sewing articles?Are you willing to support Indie Designers from all over the world?Take your One Thimble 6 copy now, or buy one copy of my OneCardigan PDF sewing pattern! You'll be amazed, I promise!Still not convinced? Let me give you a incentive: Buy your copy of the OneCardigan using the button below and I will send you another one of my patterns... for FREE!Yes... And you choose which one!Now, this is a REAL BARGAIN... two, for the price of one!But be quick! it's expiring this sunday, March, 1st!The post OneCardigan for One…
  • Serger cleaning routine: make it shine brightly!

    Mamma Nene
    18 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Step-by-step instructions to perfectly clean your serger (and your sewing machine too). There's nothing like a dust-free serger/sewing machine to start a new (and hassle-free) sewing project! I'm sharing with you all my best tips.The post Serger cleaning routine: make it shine brightly! appeared first on Serger Pepper.Contact me at
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  • DIY Cedar Planters

    DIY Swank
    5 Apr 2015 | 9:04 am
    Spring is in the air! One of my favorite  Spring projects was these beautiful DIY Cedar Planters that I made for my patio! You can find the plans for these DIY Cedar Planter here thanks to the fabulous Ana White for the plans. Here are some other examples modifying the plans a little.   The post DIY Cedar Planters appeared first on DIY SWANK.
  • Blue and Black Printable Letters for Banners

    DIY Swank
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    Free Blue and Black Printable Letters for Banners Click on the letter that you would like to download. A new window will pop-up with a PDF version for you to print. If you would like your letters to print smaller you can adjust the percentage before printing in your settings. Letters Numbers   Characters   […] The post Blue and Black Printable Letters for Banners appeared first on DIY SWANK.
  • DIY Picture Block- Great Gift Idea

    DIY Swank
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Hey There! This post is long over due! Back in August I made this cute DIY picture block made out of wood for my Mimi’s birthday. This is an easy DIY gift idea! When I was little my mom bought a plastic picture block and put pictures of all my grandparents in it. Each side […] The post DIY Picture Block- Great Gift Idea appeared first on DIY SWANK.
  • French Dresser Makeover

    DIY Swank
    23 Jun 2014 | 7:03 am
    Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Glidden® paint through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Glidden® paint, all opinions are my own.   Happy Monday friends! It’s been a little bit but Megan and I have been super busy with kiddos getting out of school. Megan is getting […] The post French Dresser Makeover appeared first on DIY SWANK.
  • Follow Friday-My Passion for Decor

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

  • Three Things I Love Right Now.

    17 Apr 2015 | 6:41 am
    1. These spring pastel chocolates.2. This Diy Marbleized Ribbon from Oh Happy Day.3. This tapestry.
  • 6 Favourite Diy Flower Tutorials.

    13 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    Now the clocks have gone forward it's really starting to feel like Spring around here. It's one of my favourite times of year. I love the pretty blossom, the lighter evenings and the flowers that start popping up everywhere. I've rounded up 6 of my favourite Diy Flower Tutorials to share with you. Pretty paper flowers that never need watering and last forever so we can enjoy Spring all year round.(clockwise from top left)1. Gorgeous Diy Felt Ranunculus from Something Turquoise.2. I love these Diy Giant Crepe Paper Roses from Studio Diy.3. How great are these Diy Gerbera…
  • Lovely Links 11.

    10 Apr 2015 | 9:02 am
    This photo is from a few weeks ago but I'm hoping for more blue skies this weekend even though it's meant to be grey and cloudy.Here's a few lovely links from around the web that have brightened my week and will hopefully brighten yours.Stunning origami inspired wallpaper.Some sweet treats. Hazelnut and vanilla crumble with peaches and blueberries // Peanut butter bacon and dark chocolate cookies // Mini german pancakes dusted with powdered sugar and filled with strawberry lavender jam.A mesmerising video on the meditation of ceramics that I could watch again and again.I'm in love with…
  • Diy Hand-Painted Glazed Clay Bowls.

    8 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    So, I think we all know by now how much I love making things out of air dry clay. It's really easy to use and you can make so many different things with it (here are 6 of my favourites). Today I thought we'd go back to basics and make the classic diy clay bowl. There are a lot of different versions out there including these marbled ones, these cute little bunnies and my own ink stamped ones but today I'm going to show you how to make a smooth, hopefully wrinkle free clay bowl you can decorate any way you like.I know the last time I made these a few of you had trouble getting…
  • How To Make Your Own Diy Glaze For Clay Crafts.

    25 Mar 2015 | 4:09 pm
    One of questions I get asked the most in emails is how do I glaze my air dry clay craft projects and up until now the answer has always been that I don't. I really love the chalky, matte finish you get with the clay so in the past I've always liked to leave mine as they are.Last week I shared a round-up of some of my favourite clay crafts and I fell in love with number one, the faux glazed pot. It looked so good it made me rethink my love of the chalky matte finish and made me want to glaze everything I've ever made using air dry clay. I decided to do a quick search for a diy glaze…
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    Spark & Chemistry - Craft It Blog

  • Spring Cleaning: 10 Tips To Help You Clean Your Closet

    10 Apr 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Yep it's that time of year again- the time to get into the dark corners and critter hideaways of your house to clean.  I'm not sure who came up with the idea to clean as soon as the weather gets nice, but I'd rather lounge on a blanket at a park somewhere and read a few good books, to be honest.  But, we must not neglect our Spring cleaning.  It's a great time to tackle those forgotten areas and just give your house a bit of a refresh.  For me, included in Spring cleaning is closet purging. It only takes me about a year to stock pile a ton of clothes, shoes and accessories…
  • Springtime DIY Moss Jewelry Hanger

    4 Apr 2015 | 6:41 pm
    Rain is falling, grass is growing, and birds are chirping. That's right, it's springtime! To invoke the spirit of spring, we created these earthy jewelry hangers with moss and screw hooks. This is a cost-friendly craft that creates a fresh display for your favorite sparkling jewels.  SUPPLIES: MossFaux flowers 1 inch screw hooksRope12 inch wood dowelsElmer's Craft Bond all purpose glueHot glue gun + hot glueSmall nail + hammerWire cutterPencilRulerYou can find these supplies at your local craft store, but if you have trouble finding the screw hooks, try a hardware store like…
  • Saturday Morning Brunch: How to Cook Pancakes in a Crock-Pot

    28 Mar 2015 | 11:04 am
    Through a fun bit of trial and error I figured out a neat and easy way I could cook my  Saturday or Sunday morning brunch- which always includes pancakes.  So this time, I attempted to cook my pancakes in a slow cooker.  For a wedding present my husband and I received a mini slow cooker that has worked wonders for small meals and those days when I don't really feel like slaving over the stove, but wanted a nice meal.  Breakfast is no different.  While you're cooking up the meats, eggs, and other breakfast items, you can free your hands by utilizing your slow cooker to…
  • 3 Easy Steps to Ombre Watercolor Lettering Cards

    6 Mar 2015 | 7:45 pm
    For that next baby shower or engagement party, don't bother heading to Hallmark. Instead, grab a few blank cards and some watercolor to create your own ombre cards! Add a modern flair to the old school correspondence by using your favorite text lingo. We've got 3 simple steps to making these ombre text phrase cards and it won't take long before you've got your own customized cards for any occasion.  SUPPLIES:  Black textured cards (with envelopes) Watercolor Round tip watercolor brush Paper towel Pencil Ruler WATERCOLOR BASICS - For this craft, you can purchase an inexpensive…
  • Make a Floral Garland Card Holder (with ProFlowers)

    14 Feb 2015 | 10:52 am
    In continuing with our Valentine's Day post, I had a last minute idea to create a simple, floral garland to hang on the wall, on which I would attach any cards I receive.  This is another fairly easy DIY that you can do with a dozen or two roses and any other greenery you have on hand.  Wedding season is almost upon us, and this wall hanger display could be a great addition to any wedding decor.  You could also create this after a wedding or formal event with the flowers from your event; that way you could hold on to them just a little bit longer!  We were ecstatic to…
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    Bella Crafts Publishing

  • Faux Enameled Glass

    Anita Houston
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Hi Bella Crafts lovers!  Today I want to show you a super fast and easy tutorial for making a Faux Enameled Glass vase, using Wendy Vecchi’s technique with a little twist, as well as using her products.  It took me an hour to make this vase, allowing cooling time between colors, and the vase is 10 inches tall.  Enjoy! Supplies: Glass Piece Heat Tool (I used a WOW Embossing Tool) Ranger Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink: Red Geranium, Watering Can Ranger Emboss It Pen: Clear Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool with 2 Clean Pads Ranger Wendy Vecchi Embossing Powder: Red Geranium, Watering Can Ranger…
  • Mixed Media Backgrounds

    Daniella Hayes
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    I love to make my own mixed media backgrounds.  Patterned paper is wonderful of course, but making your own designs is super fun and will always be the perfect touch to your work. SUPPLIES: Strathmore Mixed Media Paper 9″x12″ DecoArt Media Line Acrylic Paint and Gesso Unity Stamp Co. “Be Brave Be Happy” Stamp Set Spray Inks Stencils India Ink I started by painting several shades of green on mixed media paper.  I sprayed it with water and let it dry. I love how the water left light areas in the paint. Next, I wrote some words with a fine line applicator and added more…
  • 10 Tips for a More Creative Summer

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Do you ever feel like the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day whizzes by in the blink of an eye? I’m right there with you! As a creativity coach I help people make more time and space in their busy lives for creative joy…for the creative experiences that make their hearts sing and time fly or, as I like to call it, their Creative Oasis. Today I’m happy to share ten tips to help you squeeze more creative fun into those gone-before-you-know it summer months ~ think of it as squeezing every last drop of juice from a beautiful bowl of lemons to make a tasty pitcher of lemonade. You get…
  • 20 Ways to Inspire- Seashell Ornament

    Lisa Fulmer
    12 Apr 2015 | 9:31 pm
    Week 17 Hello crafters! I hope you enjoyed the altered paperboard box project I shared last week. This week my inspiration comes from within a circle on a map: Spread out a map of your town on the floor or table. Close your eyes, spin around, then drop a mason jar lid on to the map. Trace around it and take a walk through that area. Jot down what catches your eye and why you like it – plants, houses, signs, cars, etc. I regularly visit family who live in a nearby beachside town called Capitola, here in Northern California. I did a virtual “spin and drop” by closing my eyes in front of a…
  • Patina…300+ Coloration Effects

    Michele Emerson-Roberts
    12 Apr 2015 | 10:47 am
    A Book Review Title Patina….300+ Coloration Effects for Jewelers & Metalsmiths Author Matthew Runfola Publisher Interweave Press Pages 267 MSRP $34.99 I have a love affair with books…..yep, the kind you actually still hold in your hands! Recently I was working on some metal jewelry pieces for a show and wanted to alter the surfaces of some of the pieces. I didn’t have a huge amount of time to find out how and to get them finished in a timely manner. It usually takes years, a stack of books, DVDs, online searches, classes etc. to gather the information on particular techniques.
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    The Ribbon Retreat Blog

  • Rose Resin Ring and Bracelet Tutorial

    Cheri Mortimer
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Rose are red, violets are blue…we have the cutest jewelry tutorial just for you! Clever right…hehe! Jewelry is so much fun to make and of course us ladies LOVE to wear it too! Some jewelry making is really advanced and will take multiple hours to make. It looks amazing when it is completed, but sometimes […]
  • Tulip Ribbon Sculpture, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:06 am
    Welcome back to YouTube Thursday…the day where we celebrate adorable hair accessories and other fun projects all in video tutorial style! Nothing shouts Spring like gorgeous, bright colored tulips. I absolutely LOVE tulips and how they brighten up yards and landscapes this time of year. But today, Shirley is sharing a fun way we can […]
  • How To Make A Tails Down Boutique Bow

    The Ribbon Retreat
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Ever since I became a mama to a little girl, I have discovered I am a little bit of a bow fanatic! I love to make them, look at them, wish upon a star that someday my little lady will want to wear them again, and I think sometimes I may even dream about them! […]
  • Burlap Bubble Wreath

    The Ribbon Retreat
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    As I have mentioned time and time again…I LOVE wreaths! I love to hang them on my front door to welcome all to my home sweet home! One thing I love so much about them is that they can look a million different ways. Some are covered in flowers, some in ribbon, some in tulle, […]
  • Ribbon Ceiling Medallion

    The Ribbon Retreat
    10 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    When I was pregnant with my sweet little girlee, my favorite part about planning for her arrival was making her blankets, burp clothes and bows AND decorating her room with handmade creations! At the time I had 2 boys whose room was decorated in a Western theme with lots of blue. So, finally getting to […]
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    About Family Crafts

  • DIY Yarn Bird Nests

    Sherri Osborn
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:32 am
    Those who are regular visitors here might remember the DIY Colorful Chicks in Nests I posted for Easter… If you read that post, I had mentioned playing around with brown yarns to make a bird nest — this is the…Read more →
  • 6 Mother’s Day Gifts for Kids to Make

    Sherri Osborn
    11 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    This year, why not let the kids give mom a personalized gift right from the heart and the craft room.  Kids will have a lot of fun making these Mother’s Day gift ideas using their handprints, footprints, photos, and artwork;…Read more →
  • Number 1 Baseball Fan Hand

    Sherri Osborn
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you are planning a trip to a baseball game, make this craft to take along with you. Not only will it show everyone how much you love your team, it is truly a fan you can use to cool…Read more →
  • How to Make a Frog from Paper Plates

    Sherri Osborn
    2 Apr 2015 | 12:14 pm
    April is National Frog Month so I figured today is a good day to share how to make a frog out of paper plates. This is a simple craft that all ages will enjoy. Follow my directions to make this…Read more →
  • DIY Easter Bonnet

    Sherri Osborn
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:19 pm
    This festive Easter bonnet is easy for kids to make and fun for them to wear. Of course, it could also be used as an Easter decoration, or to brighten up your home or classroom for spring! Gather together these…Read more →
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    Teach Love Craft

  • Framed Chalkboard Art

    9 Apr 2015 | 2:52 am
    If you have been keeping up with Teachlovecraft, then you know how much I love seasonal decor (check out my March, Easter, Flag Day, and Fall mantel ).  Swapping decor gives a little brightness to the doldrums of winter. Plus it always feels like I’m decorating for a party- a celebration of the next season/holiday–and who doesn’t love a party? Another piece of my seasonal decorating is the use of  chalkboard art. I, along with a million others, love a gorgeous framed chalkboard. It might be the teacher in me, my love of handwriting, my affinity for word, or all of…
  • Big Girl Room Progress

    16 Mar 2015 | 4:22 am
    In this post I shared my plans for L’s big girl room in the new house. Since we moved in two months ago, we’ve been busy completing projects day and night (mostly at night after L is in bed). I thought I’d share the progress we’ve made in her big girl room so far. We decided to use L’s nursery furniture until she’s ready for a big girl bed. The paint color on the wall is Benjamin Moore Foggy Morning. Originally, I was set on a neutral tone, but I couldn’t resist this shade of pale pink. It does have a beige undertone which makes it appear neutral in…
  • DIY Toddler Infinity Scarf

    9 Mar 2015 | 4:38 am
    I’m a fan of scarfs. It’s an accessory that is both practical and fashionable. Over the years, I have acquired quite a collection.This winter I decided to start a collection for L by making her several infinity scarfs (because infinity scarfs are in and every 2 year old needs a scarf collection?). These are super easy and quick to sew. Add a monogram or an applique and they will make a sweet personalized gift. Materials: 24″x48″ piece of fabric (this measurement is for a 2 year old) matching thread Step 1: Pin the right sides of your fabric together lengthwise…
  • Fakin’ It– Weathering Wood

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    I love the look of weathered wood. There’s history and richness to it. I know I am not the only one because a quick search on Pinterest yields How-to’s, natural distressing solutions, etc (Side note: don’t you wish people felt the same about weathered faces?). There are many tutorials out there that use steel wool, vinegar, sandpaper, etc. All of the tutorials look great. But… I am a mom of two boys and time is of the essence. So, I came up with a two step process  that’s relatively easy, error proof, and quick.  What You’ll Need to Weather Your…
  • Recessed Between Stud Bookshelf

    25 Feb 2015 | 12:18 pm
    If babies are so tiny, why do they come with/need so many things?! Our nursery is a smaller room, so when planning out our space we did not have the option to fit many pieces of furniture in there. When we discovered that there wasn’t enough floor space for a bookshelf to house all of the fabulous books I had envisioned for our little one, my mind went into solution mode. In the nursery, the closet door opens out into the room, rendering the wall that the door opens against almost useless. This was the perfect spot to create a recessed bookshelf. After all, if you don’t have the floor…
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  • Creamy No Bake Lemon Meringue Pies

    12 Apr 2015 | 4:48 pm
    These easy {no-bake} Lemon Meringue Pies are perfect for a Summer dessert.  They are quick, creamy, and full of delicious lemon flavor.  No need to spend time over the hot stove for these pies!There’s no baking at all! They make a perfect Summer back yard dessert everyone will love! Have you tried Lemon Oreo’s?  That’s […] The post Creamy No Bake Lemon Meringue Pies appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Scrapbook Paper Cereal Box Organizers

    10 Apr 2015 | 7:04 am
    I’m at Club ChicaCircle today sharing how to make these organizers using cereal boxes! Organizing is one thing I love to do. I’m always adding things to my craft room because I am a garage sale freeeeak! So I needed a way to organize everything without spending lots of $$$ on organizers. I made these […] The post Scrapbook Paper Cereal Box Organizers appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Grandparents New Baby Arrival Countdown

    24 Mar 2015 | 9:18 pm
      Keep track of when your new grandbaby (or baby) is going to arrive with this countdown made from a recycled milk carton!   My daughter is expecting her first baby, my first grandbaby, and he will be here in 7 weeks!  Where did the time go? It has gone by so fast. We all […] The post Grandparents New Baby Arrival Countdown appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Tie Dye Easter Egg Cake

    20 Mar 2015 | 3:46 am
    Get festive this year with a Tie-Dye Easter Egg Cake!  Using colored cake batter and a cookie cutter you can make the best Easter cake ever! Making a tie-dye cake is really easy and your guest will be so impressed.  Make one to match your Easter eggs… that’s getting festive!! All you need for this […] The post Tie Dye Easter Egg Cake appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Easter Bunny Embroidery Hoop Wall Art Decor

    11 Mar 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Today I am over at Club ChicaCircle sharing my tutorial on how to make this cute Bunny Hoop Wall Art. Here’s a few other Easter projects you may enjoy! Jelly Bean Easter Bark Yarn Easter Baskets  Easter Egg Zipper Pouch It was a pleasure being here today! The post Easter Bunny Embroidery Hoop Wall Art Decor appeared first on SEWlicious Home
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  • No clutter in 2015: week 15 update

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:12 am
    As promised, last weekend was I mostly occupied with my daughter's room, decluttering, putting things in their right places and cleaning. It is amazing the amount of trash kids stash in the middle of books and toys. Everything that did not belong in the room was taken out and now it looks a lot better.I also took the opportunity to remove out from her bookshelf a few books she has outgrown. Some are doing to be donated, but there are a few that I'm planning to keep. They were my son's first books, then my daughter's, and they really pack a lot of memories. Maybe in a few years I'll feel…
  • (Almost) Wordless Wednesday 15/April

    15 Apr 2015 | 2:37 am
  • crochet owl pillow: the tutorial

    13 Apr 2015 | 8:38 am
    This is a project that was supposed to have been finished a long time ago, since it was intended as an Easter present for my daughter. But it was not meant to be. I ended up buying her a book instead and told her she would have her owl pillow as soon as possible. Anyway, I managed to finish this little guy yesterday morning and I'm finally ready to share the tutorial. So here is the crochet owl pillow!Want to make one? It's easy, no special crochet skills required and, if you're not me and don't have a million other things to do, you'll be able to put it together pretty quickly.Here's the…
  • No clutter in 2015: week 14 update

    9 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    We are still working on repainting our walls, which doesn't help my decluttering efforts since we now have a lot of furniture out of place and crammed into a few of the other rooms.But last week I still advanced a little and tackled my son's bookshelf. We took all the books out, dusted them off and then separated the ones he has outgrown or doesn't want to keep anymore. While it's true that my daughter is younger and could still use them, she has her own bookshelf in her room already filled to the brim. So we are giving them away.I have therefore one bag of books (with some clothes and toys…
  • (Almost) Wordless Wednesday 8/April

    8 Apr 2015 | 3:35 am
    Last Monday I took the kids to a doctor's appointment and afterwards we went for a walk in one of the parks in the center of Lisbon. The kids were eating some cookies and suddenly we were being chased by a series of ducks also wanting to be fed! We also saw some cute ducklings, but they were are to catch on photo, especially in the water. They do eat cookies, though...
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  • Merino Wool

    Zurainny Ismail
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:11 pm
    Pic credit: I love to look at knitting and crochet yarns sold at online stores.  There are simply so many exciting varieties of colours, textures, materials and brands out there that are just waiting for us to crochet or knit with.  One amazing yarn material that I am longing to grab, feel and work with (now that I’ve done some readings about it), is Merino wool yarn. Living in the tropics, we are so used to favouring cotton over most other materials that even when buying yarns, I prefer to choose cotton yarns for its perceived superiority (and suitability for hot and…
  • Crochet Along (CAL) Granny Square Pillow

    Zurainny Ismail
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:05 pm
    What is a CAL or Crochet Along? Crochet Along is a crocheting activity that encourages participants to work on the same project such as a cardigan, a scarf, a cushion cover, etc.  Before the CAL starts, the organizer will set out the guidelines which includes, among others, the project (such as a baby cardigan), specifics about the stitch, yarn and colour (yarn brand/type, afghan, bold colours, etc), the pattern/design, the duration of the CAL and so forth. Crochet Along is a fun activity because the participants can share their project, get ideas and advice from others, share tips, and most…
  • About Crochet Hooks

    Zurainny Ismail
    8 Mar 2015 | 11:47 pm
    Plastic, aluminium, bamboo, steel, acrylic, soft-touch, double-ended, ergonomic, inline, non-inline, Tulip, Clover, Boye, Susan Bates, etc – which of the many crochet hooks have you used? Which are your favourites? Before I discovered the joy of online stores, I never wondered about which types of crochet hooks to buy as the only hooks available at the nearest local retailers are either steel or aluminium (which I  previously couldn’t discern their differences).  The only thing that mattered were the sizes (even that can be a mystery to me – deciding which hook to use…
  • Knitting & Crochet – Learning About Yarns

    Zurainny Ismail
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:06 pm
    Leftovers to sew and tidy :D There are so many wonderful brands, textures and colours of yarns readily available online nowadays that it’s a great mystery to me how I have been able to resist the urge to get some new yarns for myself for more or less 2 years, until about 2 weeks ago, when I finally ended my abstinence because ……. My Nona yarns are almost all used up to make crochet hexagons. Later, I will crochet just a few more and continue sewing them together to make a bigger this: I estimate that this will be about 3′ x 4′ when finished Surfing For New…
  • Knitted Handphone Case

    Zurainny Ismail
    4 Feb 2015 | 6:58 pm
    Knitted Handphone Case I can’t believe that nearly 1 month has passed since my last post.  And now we are looking forward to celebrating Chinese New Year!  Isn’t it incredible? Probably due to the extreme and unpredictable weather, many around Kota Kinabalu, including my family, have been unwell – fever, coughing, sore-throat and flu. Thankfully, the worst has passed and now, I can start posting again. I knitted the above hp cover while nursing my kids a few weeks ago.  The pattern was accidental, and didn’t plan to turn my practice piece into a handphone…
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  • Make the dust fly with vintage feather dusters

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
    Easter the time of year for the commotion of decluttering, dusting and of course spring cleaning, let’s do it in style. Did you know that feather dusters made from the outer layers of an ostrich’s feathers are ideal for your furniture? They of course won’t scratch it, they build up static electricity when rubbed and thus will capture dust and most important of all: will hold the dust, till you shake them out! And I’m not even talking about their durability. As you can see ours are well used. The feathers trap the dust because of their unique structure. Used properly they are more…
  • Out of the blue

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:57 am
    Spring a golden opportunity to go out and collect dye plant material and try it on a variety of fabrics and yarns: cotton and linen (plant fiber) and silk (animal fiber). What a wonderful world to collect: an abundance of forage! The whole area here surprises us every day with new flowers, colours and discoveries. Everywhere wild orchids pop up: Teabags are ideal to dye with, my dad showed me how to colour my wedding dress (synthetic) with them but I always dreamt of trying nature’s colours. To be honest I only gave that a chance once in a blue moon, never really made time for it.
  • Colours to “dye” for

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    12 Apr 2015 | 7:49 am
    When it is unique, it attracts my attention. There is something about that one of a kind! Do imagine creating your own colours… There’s nothing new about making dyes from common plants, that’s how our ancestors first obtained colour. They found out with trial and error. Off course I fell for the natural dyes of nature’s palet’s box instead of using artificial compounds, just look at the unique array of colours in that glowing piece of art called nature, surrounding us. I know you can just buy some dye and start your project, but you’ll never obtain that very special vibrant,…
  • Free sewing course for beginners from scratch (6)

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    5 Apr 2015 | 8:00 pm
    First of all “Happy Easter” to all of you! Here again some basics to practice, before we start making our first item! Practice first on paper, then on a leftover cotton piece of fabric and again practice, get the feel of it. To fix your thread at the beginning and the end of your stitching The rule of three: Do three stitches, stop, put the machine in reverse stitching mode. Stitch again three stitches, this time in reverse, exactly on those first three stitches (you might want to guide your machine by hand and not use your foot pedal the first times), stop. Put your machine back…
  • Easter’s Fuzziest Figure: The Easter Bunny

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    3 Apr 2015 | 12:11 pm
    The French celebrate Easter making a super big omelet outside, food and fire shared by family and friends. The supermarkets are loaded with chocolate eggs, even with Minion pictures on them, and publicity is all about little chicks and the Easter bunny of course. Is it because the rabbit, one of the 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac, represents graciousness, kindness, sensitivity, compassion, tenderness and elegance, that we find it so cute? Part of the family of the lagomorphs (as is the hare), rabbits are actually crepuscular (most active at dawn or dusk), so they could indeed hide the…
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  • Hand Dyed Color Inspires Pattern

    14 Apr 2015 | 6:27 am
    The Coming Storm: A design by Joni Desjardins, shown with a brooding sky created from Sun and Wind Farm’s Arctic Gray wool. We’re honored to see that a customer liked one of our recent hand-dyed wool colors so much that it inspired her to create a rug hooking pattern built around its shades. The pattern — called “The Coming Storm” — was created by Joni Desjardins of Alberta, Canada, and is now available on WoolWoodandWares. This is the Etsy shop that features creative items that Joni and her husband make. Prominently featured in the suggested color scheme…
  • New Hand Dyed Wool Shades

    6 Mar 2015 | 8:03 am
    Red RosesWe’ve been replenishing the shelves after last week’s successful sale of our hand dyed wool, perfect for rug hooking and wool applique. This includes some old favorites, like Green Meadows, Moon River, Garnet Drama, Orange Buttercup, Olde Gold and Fluffy Clouds. Orange ButtercupFrances has also added some new colors to the mix. Be sure to check out Red Roses, Night Forest (an intriguing blend of forest green and dark brown), White Roses and Grayish Black. All fabric is 100% wool. As always, shipping is free to U.S. addresses and free on orders of greater than $50 to…
  • Snow Day in Texas; Goats Cheer

    5 Mar 2015 | 8:07 am
    (Click to Enlarge) Gumby, one of our Nigerian dwarf goats, thoughtfully munches on hay on a rare Texas snow day. When you choose to live in Texas, you choose a beastly hot summer balanced by spectacular springs and autumns and a tolerable winter of 50-degree days. Over the last seven years, we can count the number of snowfalls on one hand. But it snowed last night, albeit a Texas kind of snowfall: a foundation of frozen rain topped with a modest but fluffy layer of crispy dry snow. Maybe 2″ tops. It was a special treat for the goats, who have seen just one other snow day in their year…
  • Warm Wool for a Cold Winter

    9 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    Even in Texas, we’re feeling the icy temperatures and gusty winds this winter. So it’s no surprise that some of our favorite times are spent hooking a new rug in front of the fireplace. With that in mind, we’ve cooked up some of our hand dyed wool for you, now available in our store. There are a few new colors available — like Ole Rust and Angry Sky. Plus we’ve restocked some of our most popular colors, like Heavenly Blue, Pineapple Punch and Kentucky Bluegrass. Our hand dyed wool is perfect for rug hooking, wool applique and many other fiber crafts. Try some and…
  • New Hand Dyed Wool Colors

    16 Dec 2014 | 2:01 pm
    We’ve just posted some new colors, straight from the dye kitchen. All of our hand dyed wool is 100% wool fabric and perfect for your rug hooking and wool applique projects. Follow these links to each color: Forest Shadows, which offer a range of greens, from light to medium Golden Glade, a mix of gold and green shades Coral Gray, a mixture of light gray and light coral Violet Passion, a vivid combination of blue and violet shades Olde Pumpkin, a mix of orange and brown shades Pale Green, light shades of green, and Fluffy Clouds, one of our most popular colors, light blue shades on an…
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  • Friday Knitting Musings

    Alice Seidel
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:25 pm
    Friday knitting musings seemed like a good thing to do. As I write this post, I’m very tired. I may knit tonight; I may not. I got up at 5:00 A.M. and drove to my son Rob’s house to watch the girls all day. He leaves for work by 5:30 and my DIL Lisa was doing a “two-day”; that’s overnight in flight attendant lingo. She flew to Houston Wednesday afternoon from Newark, then Thursday early flew from Houston to LA, then one hour later flew from LA to Newark. Then an hour or so driving home to Toms River. My girls. My grand daughters. Julia, who will be 3 in May and…
  • Who Wants to Learn How to Follow Knitting Patterns?

    Alice Seidel
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:06 pm
    Who wants to learn how to follow knitting patterns? Isn’t it fun to know how to knit? Just thinking about those projects I’ve got sitting around here and there (“what a mess” my 2 year old grand daughter Julia would say!) and I can’t WAIT to get back to them. Here’s what I’m working on this week, a pretty new scarf which uses the Crystal Chandelier knitting pattern from Lion Brand. You can find that right here. The yarn I used is Loops & Threads Payette yarn in Periwinkle Twinkle. ALL of their colors are so pretty! Once you’ve become…
  • How to Gauge Your Knitting

    Alice Seidel
    9 Apr 2015 | 11:12 am
    How to Gauge Your Knitting or why one size doesn’t fit all! What exactly is gauge? Before you ever begin to knit, there are a few basics to know. One of these basics is called gauge. You see it mentioned in most knitting pattern directions. It refers to the tightness or the looseness of your knitting. When you look at whatever it is you’re knitting, you will notice that the pattern consists of stitches and rows. In order to calculate if a pattern will fit you well, or if you need a smaller or a larger size, it is always important to pay attention to the gauge measurements. Gauge…
  • Spotlight on Affordable Knitting Yarns

    Alice Seidel
    6 Apr 2015 | 9:56 am
    The Spotlight is on Affordable Knitting Yarn in this post. THIS is one of knitting’s most asked question. If you’ve been knitting long enough, inevitably here comes the question about yarn. And rightly so. If you buy an expensive thing and you never use it, I don’t think there’s a point to it. Tom Selleck   Ever take a look at the prices on some yarns?! Granted, they are unlike anything we’ve ever knitted with before, but if you need 5, or 8, or 12 skeins, that can add up to a LOT of money; money most of us don’t have. Of course, if it’s for a…
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  • Jamie Jeans Sewalong: Mark Your Calendars!

    15 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
      A few months ago we put a question out to our social media followers. We asked you, "Should we host a sewalong for the Jamie Jeans?" The answer was basically, "Oh my god, yes please, do it now". I had just finished up sewing the Jamie Jeans for the Spring Collection and had seen some adorable versions get uploaded to our site. But, I kept hearing again and again that people were curious, but terrified of this sewing pattern. And me? I was smitten with a sewing pattern that there as still so much FEAR over.   I gave this topic of a Jamie Jeans sewalong a lot of consideration.
  • Year of Free Patterns: 2015 Spring Edition

    8 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
      How do you feel about the items currently hanging in your closet? Can you say without question that you feel a sense of deep appreciation and gratitude for every garment you own?   If your clothes were purchased from stores like H&M or Forever21, your answer to that last question is likely, “Yeah, right.” But if you own even one clothing item that you sewed yourself (or know the person who did), you know just what I’m talking about.   We say it all the time, but handmade fashion really is better fashion. Sewing your own clothing is better…
  • How to Sew Better Elastic Waistbands

    7 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
      If you’ve sewn a single stitch in your lifetime, you’ve probably encountered an elastic waistband. Elastic waistbands are often seen in kid's and beginner women’s sewing patterns. Because there’s no fitting required, elastic waistbands work for most body types. And they’re comfortable. Plus, they’re relatively easy to insert into a garment!   I say relatively easy, because there are a few key tricks to making your elastic waistbands stand the test of time. If you’ve ever experienced an elastic waistband that flipped around inside your…
  • Introducing the Anna Blouse by Charise Creates

    5 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    It’s been a busy few weeks for Steve and I. Last week, Steve was frolicking on the beaches of Puerto Rico and my mom came to visit Boulder (and fabric shop). And this past weekend, Indiesew HQ moved to a new location! And things are about to get busier. We have some awesome things in store for you folks. But today, I want to introduce you two a brand new designer, Charise Creates. Charise is clothing designer with over 20 years in the fashion world. In fact, she's created clothing designs for companies like Eddie Bauer, Nordstrom and Union Bay. And it shows with her pattern, the Anna…
  • Four Signs You Should Invest in a Serger

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:00 pm
    We hear it all the time from our customers. Do I really need a serger? Are they hard to thread? Can I get by with my sewing machine? My answers to those questions are yes, usually, and yes. When I started getting serious about sewing I was handed down a Pfaff sewing machine from my mother. The machine utterly hated me. It couldn’t wind a bobbin, the tension was always off and I had to rethread the machine to fix every issue. Then as a gift one year to her three daughters, my mom bought my sisters and I sergers. She purchased what is affectionately referred to by many in the online…
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  • How to Clear and Clean a Cluttered Space for Summer

    Sarah White
    16 Apr 2015 | 2:00 pm
    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MiFabuloso #CollectiveBias Here’s a little story about recovering from the craziness that has been life lately, with a little help from the all purpose cleaning power of Fabuloso® Multi-Purpose lavender cleaner. Really. I can always tell that I have been the bad kind of busy when my office starts looking more like a storage room than a place where any sort of creativity might happen. My desk (and the floor around it) gets piled so high with books, papers, the girl’s artwork,…
  • Frugal Family Linky April 16

    Sarah White
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Hello, friends! I have spent the week in book launch mode (it’s finally showing as available from Amazon if you want one!) and I finally had to do something about the insanity that was my desk, and is still parts of my office (more on that soon). I’m really wanting to get back into #projectsimplify and all the decluttering I had planned for this year, but the book has taken a lot of time, which is a good problem to have. This Week’s Featured Posts We are big fans of all kinds of sensory stuff, especially if it’s messy. I’m going to have to keep this recipe for…
  • Science Activities for Spring

    Sarah White
    15 Apr 2015 | 10:39 am
    Blogger Corrine Jacob brings us a few great activities that bring science learning to our spring celebrations. Thanks, Corrine! Spring is a great time to get outside, explore and learn, and the spring holidays — as well as summer break — provide parents with time to explore with their kids and help them learn even when they don’t feel like they’re learning anything. Science activities, reading games and math quizzes are all great ways to keep kids connected to learning, and these activities also incorporate science, art, gardening, math and relaxation, but to your kids…
  • How to Decoupage a Box with Old Maps

    Sarah White
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:15 am
    It’s Iron Craft time again, and this week we were asked to do something with the letter D. I’m cheating just a little bit because I already had this made but hadn’t yet blogged about it, but it’s the best I can do this week. You may have noticed in my post about the DIY Dragon Eggs that the dragon had a box for the eggs to go in. This was a last-minute addition to the plan (which was all pretty last minute, since I started working on it the Friday before Easter) because we happened to have the perfect box for such a thing. But this kind of a box would be great for…
  • On Keeping the Spark

    Sarah White
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Journalists have the best job in the world, because whenever someone gets boring you can stop paying attention. I’ve never heard an editor say ‘let’s go find something boring to cover today.’ – A sort of quote from Bob Woodward I happen to still live in the town where I went to university (all of my schooling, actually), so at least once a year I make it back to campus for journalism department events. There’s an annual gathering known as J Days, with speakers, a banquet and other events, and I usually make it for the featured speaker. To celebrate the…
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  • Illustrated Family Portrait by Inklane Design (and Giveaway!)

    Sarah Zimmerman
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:56 am
    I recently stumbled upon an extremely talented artist name Elaine who creates fabulous custom illustrated family portraits and sells them in her Etsy Shop, Inklane Design! I immediately ordered one in celebration of our 7th wedding anniversary (April 12th) and was so thrilled with how it turned out, I had to share it with all of you! I sent Elaine a recent photo of our family and she digitally drew us, customizing the clothes and features to fit our style. I am still working on decorating our new house and hanging this piece of artwork really made the house feel like our home. If you browse…
  • Creamy Crock Pot Tomato Soup

    Sarah Zimmerman
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:04 pm
    My husband and I both love tomato soup and this easy crock pot version made a delicious weekend lunch and paired perfectly with a grilled cheese sandwich!Ingredients:- 28oz can crushed tomatoes- 32oz box chicken broth(4 cups)- 1 teaspoon salt- 1 teaspoon pepper - 1 teaspoon oregano (I chopped fresh)- 1 teaspoon basil (I chopped fresh)- 2 cups half & half cream- 4 tablespoons butter (optional)Directions:1. Mix crushed tomatoes, chicken brother, salt, pepper, pepper and oregano in crock pot.2. Cook on high for 4-6 hours.3. Add half & half and butter (optional) and cook another 30…
  • Crochet Scalloped Leg Warmers

    Sarah Zimmerman
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Little miss Zoe just started gymnastics class and her cute leotard outfit wouldn't have been complete without a stylish set of crocheted leg warmers! A quick pattern that you can make bigger by increasing the starting chain and longer by continuing the middle rounds. In the picture my daughter is 18 months old and wears size 18-24 months.Materials:- Worsted Weight Yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Raspberry.- Size H Crochet hook- Tapestry needleAbbreviations:Ch = ChainSC = Single CrochetLeg Warmers Pattern:Chain 18, join to first chain to make a chain circle, SC in each stitch…
  • Pacman Clothespins

    Sarah Zimmerman
    12 Apr 2015 | 10:10 am
    My friends at have some fun products out this month and nothing gets me more excited to craft than new craft supplies! I got my hands on these neat adhesive wiggly eyes (yep, no more burning your fingers trying to hot-glue those suckers on!) and that is what inspired a set of Pacman clothespins! I will be using them to hang the kids artwork on a picture clothesline but you can also glue magnets on the back and use them to clip photos and artwork to your fridge.Materials:- Wooden Clothespins from Adhesive Wiggly Eyes from Foam…
  • Pixel Crochet Squares

    Sarah Zimmerman
    6 Apr 2015 | 8:21 am
    If you've been following me on social media, you may have noticed my newest obsession with pixel crochet. I haven't actually made a pixel blanket of my own but I was inspired to start one, err, two of them last week! Basically a pixel crochet blanket is made up of a series of granny squares where each square represents one pixel of the picture. When joined together, the squares (pixels) make a large image as in the blanket below.Hello Kitty Pixel Blanket by Simply Happy CreationsThe blankets I am working on are made up of over 500 squares so while I'm working to get the finished piece…
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  • Japanese Feather Stitch

    Knitting Unlimited
    18 Apr 2015 | 8:52 pm
    Knitted in a multiple of 11 sts, + 1 and 28 row repeat.Row 1 and all wrong side rows: K1, * p10, k1; repeat from * to end.Row 2 - right side: P1, * k10, p1; repeat from * to end.Row 4: P1, * k10, p1; repeat from * to end.Row 6: P1, * k1, (yo, k1) 3 times, (ssk) 3 times, p1; repeat from * to end.Row 8: P1, * k1, (k1, yo) 3 times, (ssk) 3 times, p1; repeat from * to end.Row 10: As row 6.Row 12: As row 8.Row 14: As row 6.Row 16: P1, * k10, p1 repeat from * to end.Row 18: P1, * k10, p1 repeat from * to end.Row 20: P1, * (k2-tog) 3 times, (k1, yo) 3 times, k1, p1 repeat from * to end.Row 22: P1, *…
  • Butterfly

    Knitting Unlimited
    10 Apr 2015 | 8:50 pm
    Knitted in a multiple of 10 + 9 sts and 20-row repeat.Rows 1, 3, 5 & 7 (Right side): K2, * sl 5 wyif, k5; rep from * to last 7 sts, sl 5 wyif, k2.Row 2 and all wrong rows: Pur all sts.Row 9: K4, * k1 uls, k9; rep from * to last 5 sts, k1 uls, k4.Rows 11, 13, 15 and 17: K7, * sl 5 wyif, k5; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.Row 19: K9, * k1 uls, knit 9; rep from * to end.Row 20: Purl all sts.Repeat Rows 1-20.Knitting abbreviations:K: Knit | P: Purl.Sl: Slip stitch purlwise | Wyif: With yarn in front.K1 uls: Knit 1 under loose strands. (Insert RH needle through the 4 strands from below, then…
  • Diamond Honeycomb

    Knitting Unlimited
    4 Apr 2015 | 8:34 am
    Knitted in a multiple of 6 sts + 5 and a 12-row repeat.Row 1 - Wrong side: K1, * sl 3 wyib, k3; rep from * to last 4 sts, sl 3 wyib, k1.Row 2 - Right side: P1, * sl 3 wyif, p3; rep from * to last 4 sts, sl 3 wyif, p1.Row 3: Purl.Row 4: Knit.Row 5: Purl.Row 6: K2, * k1 uls, k5; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k1 uls, k2.Row 7: K4, * sl 3 wyib, k3; rep from * to last st, k1.Row 8: P4, * sl 3 wyif, p3; rep from * to last st, p1.Row 9: Purl.Row 10: Knit.Row 11: Purl.Row 12: K5, * k1 uls, k5; repeat from * to end.Knitting abbreviations:Knit: K | Purl: P | Slip stitch purlwse: Sl.Wyif: with yarn in…
  • Checkerboard Mesh - Pattern 1

    Knitting Unlimited
    4 Apr 2015 | 7:39 am
    Knitted in a multiple of 10, +4 sts and 20-row repeat.Row 1 and all wrong side: Purl all sts.Row 2 (RS): K4, * yo, ssk, k1, (k2tog, yo) 2 times, k3; rep from * to end.Row 4 and all WS rows: Purl.Row 4: * K3, (yo, ssk) 2 times, k1, k2tog, yo; rep from * to last 4 sts, k4.Row 6: K2, * (yo, ssk) 3 times, k4; rep from * to last 2 sts, yo, ssk.Row 8: K1, * (yo, ssk) 4 times, k2; rep from * to last 3 sts, yo, ssk, k1.Rows 10: As Row 6.Rows 12: As Row 4.Rows 14: As Row 2.Row 16: K2tog, yo, *k4, (k2tog, yo) 3 times; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.Row 18: K1, k2tog, yo, * k2, (k2tog, yo) 4 times; rep…
  • Stockinette and Garter Triangles

    Knitting Unlimited
    4 Apr 2015 | 6:36 am
    Video tutorial: How to knit the Stockinette and Garter TrianglesKnitted in a multiple of 14 sts, +1 and 28-row repeat.Row 1: (right side) K7, p1, * k13, p1; repeat from * to the last 7 sts, k7.Row 2 and all even number rows: Purl all sts.Row 3: K6, p3, * k11, p3; repeat from * to the last 6 sts, k6.Row 5: K5, p5, * k9, p5; repeat from * to the last 5 sts, k5.Row 7: K4, p7, * k7, p7; repeat from * to the last 4 sts, k4.Row 9: K3, p9, * k5, p9; repeat from * to the last 3 sts, k3.Row 11: K2, p11, * k3, p11; repeat from * to the last 2 sts, k2.Row 13: K1, * p13, k1;…
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    Bread & With It

  • Homemade Vapor Rub

    Laurel Blow
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    I never realized that something as simple as homemade vapor rub would make me so completely happy. The Blow household is under the weather... in a major way. It's a lot of work when one person gets sick, because it begins to spread; making its way from one person to the next. Michael brought it home from work and now we're suffering from his generosity. A family that gets sick together, stays together... right? During this time of suffering and misery our busy life is on hold. The baby refused to eat all day yesterday. It was nothing short of painful to watch her cry, knowing there…
  • Vegetarian Chili

    Laurel Blow
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Vegetarian Chili is one of my favorite meals. I used to top it with cheese and sour cream, but due to my not so new resolution to get fit, I haven't been doing that. Instead I'm focusing on eliminating dairy because of my sensitivity to it, and reducing calories because of my desperate hope to drop excess pounds. It's a difficult task for anyone, but this time I'm determined. Over the last few weeks, eating a healthy diet and working out at the gym has become a major part of my life. I've spent my entire adult life overweight. My weight has always been a struggle for me. I have…
  • Simple Juicing Tip

    Laurel Blow
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    It's been an exciting week! Not just because we are sharing this simple juicing tip, but because Bread & With It topped the scale with its first $100 dollars of earnings in one month. I described how it all work out, in my March Income Report. On top of such a successful month, there is another Bread & With It Little Warrior. His name is Damien. If you haven't read his story, or seen his custom-made Chiari Doll, then check it out when you are done learning about this simple juicing tip. In addition to all these wonderful things happening on Bread & With It, the weather…
  • 2015 March Income Report

    Laurel Blow
    6 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Ok, pardon my language but... HOT DAMN! Did do you see that! WOOT WOOT! Touch down dance, WOOT WOOT! This is a huge milestone for Bread & With It. It's so exciting to reach this point. I mean seriously, how can you not leap with joy when finding out your blog just made it's first $100? YES! Super excitement! *Clears throat* Ok... Now lets get serious and talk numbers like true professionals. Shall we? The post 2015 March Income Report appeared first on Bread & With It.
  • Damien’s Chiari Malformation Story

    Myriah Hagen
    6 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Bread & With It donates a unique "Chiari Doll", specially made by a crochet artist, to each of these featured Little Warriors with Chiari Malformation! This is Damien's Story... The post Damien’s Chiari Malformation Story appeared first on Bread & With It.
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    DIY Candy

  • Healing Heart DIY Hot and Cold Packs

    13 Apr 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Bumps and bruises are an everyday occurrence for my kids, and sometimes all they need is a little TLC to feel better. My favorite way to help with boo boos are these DIY healing heart packs. Made from upcycled shirts and rice, they’re an easy and affordable way to soothe both kids and mama. Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesDIY Marbled Mugs with Nail PolishBright and Cheery DIY Birdhouse BoxSpring Craft: Personalized Floral Letter 
  • DIY Marbled Mugs with Nail Polish

    Pretty Life Girls
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:45 pm
    I am SO excited to share this project with you, DIY Candy friends! I have been seeing the marbling trend all over Pinterest lately and finally succumbed to e-peer pressure and tried it out for myself over the weekend. I was so inspired by this gorgeous post where they marbled mugs and decided I had...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesHealing Heart DIY Hot and Cold PacksBright and Cheery DIY Birdhouse BoxSpring Craft: Personalized Floral Letter 
  • Bright and Cheery DIY Birdhouse Box

    4 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    Have you ever tried Extreme Glitter? It’s one of my favorite craft products . . . and I’m not the biggest glitter person in the world. But with the glitter in the paint base, you don’t have to worry about it exploding everywhere and upsetting your life’s balance. This little...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesHealing Heart DIY Hot and Cold PacksDIY Marbled Mugs with Nail PolishSpring Craft: Personalized Floral Letter 
  • Embossed Metal DIY Earrings

    Special Guest
    3 Apr 2015 | 11:26 am
    I’ve recently started playing around with embossing metal. It’s become almost an addiction – really. The very first time that I cranked my Sizzix machine and found that I had imprinted little metal blanks with fabulous patterns – I was hooked. What’s really nice is that...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesHealing Heart DIY Hot and Cold PacksDIY Marbled Mugs with Nail PolishBright and Cheery DIY Birdhouse Box 
  • Spring Craft: Personalized Floral Letter

    31 Mar 2015 | 12:33 pm
    When it comes to spring decor, what better way to bring the outdoors in by mimicking nature in a cool way? I had an old wooden letter that I painted as a child laying around my studio. Then I remembered I had jars of leftover floral confetti from my wedding. This, my friends, was when a genius...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesHealing Heart DIY Hot and Cold PacksDIY Marbled Mugs with Nail PolishBright and Cheery DIY Birdhouse Box 
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    Mod Podge Rocks!

  • Decoupage DIY photo display

    16 Apr 2015 | 5:06 pm
    Hello, all! It’s Linda, from burlap+blue, here with another easy and creative way to create with Mod Podge! This decoupage, DIY photo display is the perfect way to playfully and colorfully display a favorite photo. Make for yourself or as a gift! Here’s how to make a custom photo display...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesDIY planter with photos {perfect for Mother’s Day!}Vintage wallpaper and cork letter DIY magnetsKate Spade inspired DIY frame makeover 
  • Copper & gold gem drop DIY earrings

    15 Apr 2015 | 4:58 pm
    Hello friends! This is Aki from Minted Strawberry – and I’m so delighted to be share my ideas here at Mod Podge Rocks! Today I’ll be showing you how you can make simple gem drop DIY earrings with a Mod Melt mold and some embossing tools. I love two-tone effects – specially in...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesEasy Dimensional Magic bead ringsHow to make glass cabochonsWicked Dimensional Magic Halloween necklace 
  • Vintage wallpaper and cork letter DIY magnets

    14 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    Hi everyone! This is Ashlee from My So Called Crafty Life, and I am so excited to be here at Mod Podge Rocks today to share a fun and easy tutorial with you all! I am going to show you how to make these fun vintage wallpaper decoupaged cork letter magnets. I was at Michaels the other day and picked...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesKate Spade inspired DIY frame makeoverDIY planter with photos {perfect for Mother’s Day!}Nautical themed DIY magnets 
  • DIY bracelet organizer/display

    13 Apr 2015 | 3:05 pm
    I’m the worst about keeping jewelry organized. It’s in a few places right now. On a dresser – on a side table – and also in a bag in a drawer in the bathroom. So as you can imagine, when I need a piece of jewelry to wear I have no idea where to find it. So I kind of squealed...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesKate Spade inspired DIY frame makeoverRe-do your boat shoesMod Podge Sheer Colors tinted storage jars 
  • How to build a paver planter #DIHworkshop

    10 Apr 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Disclosure: Compensation was provided by The Home Depot via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of The Home Depot. I am the first person to admit that I am not a do-it-yourselfer by nature. Which in my family feels a...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesDelicious Hershey’s Easter bark recipeWhat if you couldn’t see color? #ColorForAllPainting an accent wall – 31 Days of Color 
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    Kiddy Crafty

  • 10 Last minute Ideas to decorate Easter Eggs

    2 Apr 2015 | 8:54 am
    10 Last minute Ideas to decorate Easter Egg Sorry Everyone ive been away for a little while, but ive had lots going on here! With Easter coming up really soon, here are some last minute craft ideas to decorate Easter Eggs for your kids. Eeyore Easter Egg   Easter Egg Characters   Hungry Caterpillar   […] The post 10 Last minute Ideas to decorate Easter Eggs appeared first on Kiddy Crafty.
  • Last minute Mothers Day gifts homemade by kids

    13 Mar 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Last minute Mothers Day gifts homemade by kids So its Mothers Day this Sunday in the UK , if you havent had time/not managed to find anything or just want to make something homemade, here are a few last minute ideas for Mothers Day. Mothers Day Box of Love I really like this idea as […] The post Last minute Mothers Day gifts homemade by kids appeared first on Kiddy Crafty.
  • 11 Kids Craft Easter Ideas

    11 Mar 2015 | 10:15 am
    Kids Craft Easter Ideas Easter is on its way and its a good time to get creative with your little ones, you can craft lots of stuff including chicks, rabbits and the essential chocolate! Here are some ideas ive put together to hopefully inspire you to take a break from those Easter eggs, even if […] The post 11 Kids Craft Easter Ideas appeared first on Kiddy Crafty.
  • Mothers Day Food your Kids can make

    10 Mar 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Mothers Day Food your Kids Can Make Here is another Mothers day post but this time some ideas for food. Some of these your little ones might need more help (hint hint dad!) but they might be fine if they are a little older though. Mothers day Pancake Breakfast Pancakes are always a great choice […] The post Mothers Day Food your Kids can make appeared first on Kiddy Crafty.
  • Crafts for Dad to do for Mothers Day

    9 Mar 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Crafts for Dad Its Mothers Day in the UK this Sunday, there is nothing more meaningful than receiving something that is made from the heart. It might look a bit messy, it might not look like what its meant to but knowing that its from your little one im sure means the world. So i […] The post Crafts for Dad to do for Mothers Day appeared first on Kiddy Crafty.
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    Extreme Cards and Papercrafting

  • Lantern with Petal Swirls

    Carol P
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:27 am
    This intricately cut lantern with filigree swirl petals and flowers is another version of a bomboniere favor box someone posted on a Silhouette Facebook group I belong to. Small, it's a candy holder; large it's a pretty table decoration or centerpiece for a wedding or party. See this previous post for a Christian version with a cross in the center panel of the lantern. The bottom folds
  • Filigree and Cross Lantern

    Carol P
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:53 am
    This fancy lantern with a cross on each panel is my version of a bomboniere favor box someone posted on a Silhouette Facebook group I belong to.  It would make a pretty table decoration for a christening, Communion, or Easter celebration. You could also use it for a candy box or treat box, with or without lining the panels. The bottom folds closed and stays closed without adhesive. The top
  • Dedham Pottery Inspired Frame

    Carol P
    19 Mar 2015 | 11:44 am
    This Dedham pottery bunny plate inspired frame is a design I've worked on intermittently for several years, mostly because I wasn't sure what it was going to become when I was done! What it became was a card topper or frame, with a separate backing circle (mine is cut from crackle-design paper). Here is the square card I made from it. Suitable for Easter or maybe Valentine's Day. I
  • Sliceform Easter Egg

    Carol P
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
    I have cleaned up the files for this sliceform egg and added cutting files for Silhouette Studio and an SVG that works better in Cricut Design Space. Also suitable for hand cutting using the PDF file. This is a good beginner project if you have never tried a sliceform construction before. Full tutorial and file download link on the original post. Extreme Cards and Papercrafting has a
  • Peeps Bunnies and Tulips Torus

    Carol P
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:01 pm
    In this post I am revisiting the torus, a fascinating sliceform, with inspiration from Peeps marshmallow bunnies. This torus Easter wreath has gone through numerous iterations.  I started with only rabbits, but the front rows covered too much of the back ones, so all you could see were the tips of the ears.  It looked odd.  I tried eggs (terrible) and finally settled on tulips for the inner
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    ACTÍVA Products - Projects

  • Air Dry Clay Mask

    Will Webb
    10 Apr 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Mask Mania! Masks have been around for thousands of years and they are used for many purposes. Now you can create your own mask using PLUS air dry clay! Materials needed: ACTÍVA ProductsPLUS air dry clay Hearty Clay Roller kit Wooden skewer for cutting clay Texture for clay such as premade clay stamps, rubber stamps, buttons, lace or anything that can be pressed into the clay.Piece of canvas or cloth to roll mask on Old magazine, masking tape and wadded up newsprint to make mask form or use 4” PVC pipe cut in half lengthwise 10” long.Plastic bag to cover mask form.Wire cut off to slice…
  • PLUS CLAY - air dry clay STAMP

    Will Webb
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:14 am
    PLUS air dry CLAY STAMP Make an impressive one of a kind clay stamp by using PLUS air dry clay Materials need:Plus air dry clayPencil or a wooden skewerCheese cutterButtons, stamps or anything with a good textureClear acrylic spray to seal Instructions: 1) Pull or cut a piece of clay off of block about the size of a walnut. Without over working the clay, shape the clay into a ball by rolling in between hands. 2) Begin forming the handle of the stamp by grasping ball in the middle and pulling and rolling a handle or doorknob shape. 3) Tap the ball end of the stamp lightly on a flat surface to…
  • CelluClay Paper Mache Bird

    Will Webb
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:31 am
    CelluClay Paper Mache Bird Materials: ACTÍVA CelluClay (white or gray formula) Newspaper Masking tape Tan colored acrylic paint (Plaid's Folk Art brand) Chalk Permanent markers (Sakura Permopaques) Spray varnish  Instructions: ARMATURE: Crumple newspaper and secure with masking tape to create the body of the bird. Repeat with a smaller ball of newspaper to make the head. Tape the two pieces together. MIX: Mix ACTÍVA CelluClay pulp according to instructions. Optionally, you can tint the white ACTÍVA CelluClay with tan acrylic paint while mixing to give it the look of natural clay. PAT:…
  • Hearty Clay Vintage Heart

    Activa Products
    11 Oct 2013 | 10:06 am
    Hearty Clay Vintage Heart Materials White Hearty Clay Clay roller Heart clay cutters Clay scissors Walnut ink Rubber stamps or stamp mat Black Sharpie pen or word rubber stamp Permanent ink pad Directions Roll white Hearty Clay to 1/16" thickness on clay roll Place stamp mat on clay and roll across it Lift stamp mat, cut heart with small clay cutter If using a word rubber stamp, stamp now. Let air dry (less than 24 hours, turn while drying) Brush with walnut ink or cold coffee. Let dry If you want to hang this from your scrapbooking page... be sure you put a hole in your clay piece in step 3…
  • Activ-Clay Santa Mobile

    Activa Products
    11 Oct 2013 | 9:47 am
    Activ-Clay® Santa Mobile Project Sheet Materials Check List: ACTÍVA Products, Activ-Clay® 1lb White, #160 Plaid® Folk Art® acrylic paint: 958 Christmas Red, 227 Bright Green, Whicker White, 736 School Bus Yellow, 628 Pure Orange, 410 Lavender, 720 Cobalt Blue 3/16” Polyester Red Ribbon Beadalon Elasticity 1.0 mm Clear Bead Cord Jewelry Quality Hemp: Gold And Green Tools: Rolling Pin Plastic Knife Toothpick for piercing Container of water Pencil Paint Brushes: Small round, Small liner Paper Plates Project Tips: Read and follow manufacturer’s instructions for all products used. Use…
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    Sewing Avenue

  • Gingham Dress

    18 Apr 2015 | 6:12 am
    One of the main reasons why I sew my own clothes is so that I can achieve a good, hopefully great, fit. Shop bought ready to wear is made for the average sizes and lets face it but very few of us are a perfect average and few of us would ever want to be! I know we are all too aware of where our own fitting problem areas are and mine has always been the fact that I am tall and that the extra height is not in my legs where I would want it to be but in the length of my torso. For example, it is impossible to get a one piece swimsuit to fits me, I always have to get those two piece tankini…
  • Free Summer Top Pattern

    14 Apr 2015 | 5:19 pm
    I couldn’t resist making this cute little summer top from my FREE summer top pattern. As you know April is my Gingham makes month this year, so I just had to sew my Camellia top using this gorgeous pink check, cotton gingham fabric. The pattern is still available for you to download completely free so that you can enjoy creating this simple style for yourself and your friends and family. It is available in size options from US 4/ UK 8 up to US 20/ UK 24. You’ll find it on my pattern store page. The Camellia Top is such a versatile and basic pattern that is is ideal for the…
  • Gingham Shirt

    10 Apr 2015 | 5:19 pm
    I am so excited about posting this blog because I have been planning and thinking about my gingham month for weeks now and it’s finally here. I’m overlapping my shirt sewing with the gingham sewing too, to make things extra special in this blog! I thought long and hard about using cotton Gingham as a fashion fabric. Gingham-Shirt-Front We are used to seeing it in children’s wear and in vintage clothing, Julie Andrews in the wizard of Oz, but is it really a sophisticated fashion forward look? Then I noticed that quite a few of the big name designers like Diane von Furstenberg, Alexander…
  • Sewing Tools

    7 Apr 2015 | 5:19 pm
    A dozen assorted stones! Today is just a quick update as I am busy working on my pink Gingham shirt which will be ready by the weekend. I enjoyed wearing the Easter shirt the other day at our Easter lunch, everyone wanted to know how I’d made the sleeve cuff and it really wasn’t hard at all. Infact it was easier than sewing a pair of conventional sleeve cuffs. I’d like to show you twelve of my most useful sewing tools! My sewing stone tools This is my collection of sewing stones which I use all of the time in the workroom. They cost me absolutely nothing. I collected them years ago from…
  • Easter shirt

    3 Apr 2015 | 5:19 pm
    Happy Easter The flowers are out, the sun is in the sky and the trees are growing their new leaves, I adore this wonderful time of year. I find so much inspiration to live well and be more healthy in the springtime. You have to love springtime I’m thinking about and starting to plan out my sewing for the season ahead. I’ve got as far as knowing for sure that April is now officially my Gingham month! So look out for lots of that over the next four weeks. There will be at least one Gingham dress, a shirt and a few other items too. Today however, is almost another floral make, even though I…
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    Craft Organizer

  • DIY – Make A Felted Bead Necklace

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:01 pm
    In this tutorial, I am going to teach you how to make a simple yet pretty felted bead necklace like the one above! This fun, ice cream snoop necklace combines wet-felted beads with a simple knotted cord technique and a felt bead fastener. The beads are easy to make, but the challenge comes with controlling your felting to ensure you keep your bead sizes and increases looking balanced and equal. The pay-off is a modern, asymmetric design which is so quick to make you could recreate it with your favorite ice cream flavors! Supplies Needed Necklace measures 46cm 1g each of Flesh (1/38), Blossom…
  • How To Make A Beaded And Braided Bracelet

    14 Apr 2015 | 11:43 am
    Supplies Needed Bracelet measures 18.5cm 5m 0.6mm Macramé cord 1 6x7mm End cap 400 Assorted size 8/0 seed beads Tools Neded Kumihimo disk (Beadsmith Kumihimo Round Disk with English Instructions, 6-Inch) Glue Bead Mat Let’s Get Started 1 – Measure the length you need your finished item to be then cut four strands of card four times the length of your finished design. (As a guide, 1m lengths are a good size to work with). Prepare the ends of the cord to add the beads on by cutting the cord at an angle and putting clear nail varnish on to stiffen it. Leave to dry thoroughly before…
  • DIY Friendship Bracelet

    8 Apr 2015 | 6:14 pm
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    Hobbies Database

  • Polymer Clay Marbled Moon Wall Hanging

    Marsha Norman
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:02 am
    Marble is a rock composed of several minerals that are recrystallized as you know and I love everything with a marbled look. Not only the standart white marble with gray and black veins but especially the colorful ones with contrasting colors (like the one I made with nail polish on glassware) gives me joy. Recently I’ve been spending time and effort on my new and favorite hobby, polymer clay. It’s...
  • List of Hobbies

    Charles Norman
    10 Apr 2015 | 3:51 am
    Here is a huge list of hobbies. If you are bored from your hobbies or want a new hobby give this list a try. It’s the easiest way to find a new hobby. Please check the list of hobbies and make sure your hobbies are on this list. If you want to add a hobby that is not on the list please leave a comment or contact us. If you...
  • How to Find a Hobby?

    Charles Norman
    9 Apr 2015 | 6:58 am
    It seems like watching television and catching up on social media are our only hobbies lately. That’s a shame, because hobbies have real benefits. Having a hobby is a great way to relieve stress, cope with anxiety and meet with new people. Hobbies let you explore interests outside of your Daily life. They let you be creative and try new things. Hobbies will raise the quality of your life, they take...
  • Hama Beads

    Marsha Norman
    6 Apr 2015 | 2:10 am
    When I was a kid, I loved playing with hama beads. My dolls and barbie’s had colourful necklaces made of hama beads. It was forbidden for me to use the iron (now I get it ) so the only thing I could do with hama beads was a necklace. Actually I don’t even remember having a pegboard. Being a grown up now, I saw people are making coasters and lovely...
  • Polymer Clay Easter Bunny and Carrots

    Marsha Norman
    3 Apr 2015 | 12:36 am
    It’s almost time to dye eggs! I tried to make a bunny (can’t think about Easter without it) and a couple of miniature carrots out of polymer clay. They turned out fine I guess. At least not that bad for the first attempt. First you should soften your clay as usual and separate pieces for two legs, head, body and two cute ears. A leg consist of a small  ball...
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