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  • Need a Knit Dishcloth Pattern? You’re In Luck

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Now that I live on my own and have my very own kitchen, I know one thing for sure: everything costs money. When I was a kid, items would just magically appear, I would use them and that would be that. But now, I have so many responsibilities, including keeping my kitchen clean and stocked with necessary items. One thing I never thought about growing up was dishcloths. Now that I’m older, I know just how important it is to have a good sturdy dishcloth that you can reuse over and over again. After all, paper towels are costly and wasteful! Thankfully, FaveCrafts has a bunch of knit…
  • 6 (Holiday) DIYs to Try This Weekend

    Paper and Stitch
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:04 am
    There’s less than a week left until Christmas, so this weekend is as good a time as any to finish up any last minute holiday DIYs before family starts coming into town. Right? Here are a handful of my favorites right now to get you started… 1. typographic gift toppers from me (for Curbly) 2. woven stocking DIY from Rachel for A Beautiful Mess 3. DIY ways to wrap gifts from Natalie for designlovefest 4. merry and bright wall art DIY (an oldie but goodie) 5. giant color blocked DIY wall ornaments (these are one of my faves right now) 6. last minute holiday ornaments…
  • Holiday Hustle: DIY Ornaments in Under an Hour

    Paper and Stitch
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:02 am
    Remember that DIY Easter eggs project I did earlier this year, with permanent markers? Well, I happen to have a few extra ornaments lying around this year, so I thought I’d turn them into a Christmas version of the Easter eggs, for fun. These DIY ornaments would be a great weekend project, since they’re so quick and easy. And they’d also be a cute last minute gift for friends, if you’re headed out to any holiday parties this weekend. Here’s how you can make your own batch in less than an hour… Supplies: round ornaments // flat finish spray paint //…
  • ABC . . . Read With Me Quilt

    Moda Bake Shop
    Melissa Corry
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Hello fellow Bake Shop Friends.  I am so glad to be back at the Moda Bake Shop with another fun quilt tutorial to share with you.  I’m Melissa from Happy Quilting.  Last year I shared my Read With Me quilt on the Moda Bake Shop.  Then, Moda, shared their amazing Spell It With Moda letter patterns and I knew I needed to combine the two.   The result was ABC . . . Read With Me.  I hope you like it as much as I do 1 Fat Quarter Bundle of LOL by Me and My Sister Designs 3 3/4 Yards White Bella Solid 1/2 Yard of Black Bella Solid 5 Yards of Backing 2 Yards of Fusible Webbing Spell…
  • The Perfect Wedding Song {First Dance}

    My Love of Style| My Love of Style
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:37 am
    I recently heard a song on the radio, I didn’t hear the entire song, just the last minute or so,…
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  • 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…
  • Giveaway in Progress

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

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

  • festive mini burlap panels…

    tim holtz
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:27 pm
    as the holiday season approaches the last weekend before the magic of christmas day, i wanted to share a simple festive gift idea that’s perfect for friends, neighbors, and holiday visitors.  these mini burlap panels are quick to make, and the perfect way to share the spirit of the season.  so even though your crafting Continue Reading
  • holiday merriment…

    tim holtz
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    creating for the holidays is so much fun!  i love to make all types of projects big and small, from tags and cards to home decor.  it’s always fun to share ideas here on the blog, but sometimes those ideas are just not enough.  i get emails from many of you who have been inspired Continue Reading
  • work + play = fun productivity…

    tim holtz
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:22 pm
    i always believe in making the best of any situation.  so even though we are up to our eyeballs around here with prep work to get ready for the upcoming CHA show next month, we’re still having fun with it all. the balance of trying to enjoy the holiday season, get all of the deadlines Continue Reading
  • winter snowflake card…

    tim holtz
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:17 pm
    “chestnuts roasting on an open fire – jack frost nipping at your nose”…well maybe not all that, but today’s card sure has a wintery feel.  i wanted to share another idea of what you can do with some of the supplies used in this month’s 12 tags series.  this is another quick and easy holiday Continue Reading
  • festive watercolor card…

    tim holtz
    6 Dec 2014 | 1:19 pm
    i hope you’re enjoying the holiday season and busy decorating, or baking, but more importantly – crafting!  i wanted to kick off the first weekend of december with a simple card making tutorial that takes a single stamp and turns it into a watercolor masterpiece.  now if you’re feeling that time is not on your Continue Reading
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  • Cool Crowdfunding December 20th: Fancy Rulers, LED Gloves, and Robot Arms

    Caleb Kraft
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    The Designliner See on Kickstarter PiKit    See on Indiegogo  The Kinetic See on Kickstarter Protocycler See on indiegogo  Solder Doodle See on Kickstarter  Me Arm See on Kickstarter EVB See on Kickstarter  The Alchemist See on Kickstarter   Filed under: Crowdfunding, Maker ProRead more on MAKE
  • Brass Tacks Woodworking – Kansas City

    Jeremy Cook
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:01 am
    As noted in the video below, most furniture is built on an assembly line. This has some appeal if you don’t see yourself keeping it for a long time, as it’s generally not built to last. Brass Tacks woodworking, based in Kansas City, Missouri, takes a much different approach, building […]Read more on MAKE
  • It’s A New Filament Friday! New Flexibles and Metals

    Matt Stultz
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:01 pm
      Today, we saw two announcements for new 3D printing materials coming to market. 2014 has seen a huge rush of new filaments coming forward, as well as users who are adopting their unique attributes to take their 3D printing projects to the next level. First, Colorfabb has announced that BrassFill will […]Read more on MAKE
  • Dremel Idea Builder 3D Printer Giveaway: The Winner Announced!

    Caleb Kraft
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The time has come! We must announce the winner of the Dremel Idea Builder 3D printer. We began this contest last week with the topic of multi material use: something that used both 3d printed parts as well as non 3d printed parts. There were tons of entries. 433 comments […]Read more on MAKE
  • DIY Decoy Gift Wrapping

    Andrew Salomone
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Give the gift of misdirected expectations this year with this brilliant decoy gift wrapping tutorial by Instructables member gogglecrab.Read more on MAKE
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    not martha

  • links: food

    15 Dec 2014 | 4:42 am
    twice-baked potatoes with kale | smitten kitchen. The Food Lab: How to Make the Best Creamy Chicken Enchiladas | Serious Eats. Sprinkle Bakes: Golden Gingerbread with Hard Sauce. So very very pretty and simple. gingerbread biscotti | smitten kitchen. Party Drinks: Easy and Elegant Smoky Sage Punch | Serious Eats. The smoky element is added by Lapsang Souchong tea, smart. Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Cheddar Beer Sauce – Joy the Baker. Gift Guide Spotlight: Gifts for the Geek Cook | Serious Eats. Chicken Broth Taste Test – America’s Test Kitchen. One of the winners is the…
  • A (Sort Of) Gift Guide

    8 Dec 2014 | 5:11 am
    I love gift guides but, honestly, I find myself using them most often for the sources they draw from so please allow me to just go ahead and tell you about the spots I’m using for ideas this year: Kickstarter at MoMA – That neat stuff that was on Kickstarter but you might have since lost track of? Here it is! Also see: the whole gifts section. (I’ve been eyeing that Bubble Necklace for a few years now. Not a hint. Ok, yes, it’s a hint.) Good Gift Games at The Morning News – An annual curated list of tabletop games by Matthew Baldwin and one of those things I look…
  • links: misc

    3 Dec 2014 | 10:14 am
    Shapeways Blog – Target Opens Up Shapeways Shop With Customizable, Exclusive 3D Printed Gifts for Your Holiday. The Stars Are Right | Neat Hobby. Possibly the truth behind what the series Cosmos with Neil Degrasse Tyson is getting to. Maybe. Dunno. But I’ll be ready. Coming Soon – Butter Up. A knife that allows you to take refrigerator cold butter and get it spreadable with very little fuss. I know somebody for whom this will be the perfect gift. ‘Serial’ and White Reporter Privilege – The Awl. Karl Stefanovic’s sexism experiment: Today presenter…
  • links: food

    26 Nov 2014 | 11:54 am
    Featherbed Eggs Will Get Your Family Out of Bed | The Feed. Marshmallows On Sweet Potatoes? Thanksgiving’s Traditions Exposed : NPR. I cannot handle marshmallows on sweet potatoes (why!?) and now I know who to blame: it’s the Cracker Jack company, I never would have seen that coming. The Best Scotch to Buy on a Budget | Serious Eats. Recipes and How To’s | Momofuku Milk Bar. Right. That pumpkin pie cake? That is my next project food. Recipe Review: Momofuku Bagel Bombs | testerfoodblog. Cream cheese in the center, what?! Christmas Tree Cakes | Time To Cook. Great instructions on…
  • Tiny Gingerbread House decorations

    24 Nov 2014 | 4:17 am
    Here are the decorations I’ve collected to decorate the tiny gingerbread houses that decorate mugs which I’ll be making this year. The houses are so small that decorations to be sprinkled on are all you need. I tend to keep an eye out for holiday worthy sprinkles and decorations all year long, so some of these might have had me contemplating the holidays in the middle of July. Crushed candy canes – Easy, colorful and festive. Also, candy canes are easy to find at the corner store or, say, in the lobby of your bank so you don’t need to make a special trip to find…
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    Wee Wonderfuls

  • oh gray day

    Hillary Lang
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:25 am
    Chicago is trying to break records with most gray days in a row. I've hardly taken any photos of holiday crafting or merriment because it's so dreary. What I wouldn't do for a sunny or snowy day. I don't even care if it's 20 below! And I don't even care that I'm jinxing us! I'll be warm because all I've been doing for the last 2 months is knitting/crocheting. I've made my first pair of mittens, 4 scarves, 2 blankets, working on a third... I'm about halfway done with this one. Looks more impressive in a stack than laid out but we're…
  • little monkey

    Hillary Lang
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    hanging out with Louise
  • clothespin skiers

    Hillary Lang
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:37 am
    Phoebe and I made our first batch of handmade ornaments last week. We'd never made clothespin skiers before. Seems like an oversight. I saw these on pinterest with washi tape shirts and giant pom hats and thought they'd be cute. Of course it didn't turn out I had any giant poms but Phoebe came up with cute ideas for our tiny poms instead. 
  • Elsa from my Elsa pattern

    Hillary Lang
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Little did I know when I named my doll pattern Elsa years ago that there would be such a popular Elsa on the scene. I figured it was time to make a version of my Elsa doll to match her famous name twin. I definitely couldn't make the glamorous post-freak out version of Elsa in that bedazzled gown of hers so I tried to make the kid version of her. I had a tricky time finding the right materials. I really wanted wool for her dress but couldn't find any at the store in the right colors so I used flannel. And it's hard to match that super pale blond, almost white hair but I found a…
  • knit/crochet

    Hillary Lang
    4 Dec 2014 | 9:52 am
    What's everyone knitting this season? I have another set of thrummed mittens started (this pair for me!) and a christmas afghan going. Both need to be bumped for gifts though. I need something fun to make! I guess I should check my pinterest. I'm sure I've got something there. I did crochet this one scarf. Maybe I'll do another? I feel like I knit so much faster though.
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    A Little Hut - Patricia Zapata

  • start your own paper goods business!

    patricia zapata
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    I'm thrilled to announce that I will be a guest on Creative Live this Dec. 12th during Kari Chapin's class called Fast Start Your Paper Goods Business. If you watch it live is free. If you don't have time to watch it during the live broadcast you can order it for a very reasonable price during and after the broadcast. Check out all the details and RSVP here. SALE!Use the discount code merry (make sure it's all lowercase and input in the gray Shopping Cart link) to get a 20% discount on your entire A Little Hut order until Dec. 14th!Have a great week and see you Friday!
  • Advent calendar SVG

    patricia zapata
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:24 am
     The Thanksgiving holiday break is over and I hope the merry-go-round of illnesses we've had at home is too! I would've posted this sooner but fever and other 'lovely' symptoms kept me away from any work related activities.  So here it is... I gave a peek about this about a week ago on Instagram. It's a small token of my appreciation for all your support throughout the year. I hope you enjoy using it with your families and loved ones. TIP!Use the wreath square as a box cover or frame it along as 3D art. ;) I'm keeping this short and sweet because I'm still in recovery mode.Have…
  • happy thanksgiving!

    patricia zapata
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
    I'm just popping in really quickly to wish everyone a happy thanksgiving! For those of you that celebrate this holiday I wish you the best of times with your families. For those of you that don't have a great week and maybe join us in being grateful for everything we have. It's always nice to stop and realize how lucky we are isn't it?I will have a small shop update next weekend so stay tuned!
  • all seasons wreaths

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

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

  • Holiday Paper Tube Napkin Holders

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Give your holiday table a little handmade love with these paper tube napkin holders! Kids can have fun decorating these before dinner and adding them to the table napkins before the party. These cute paper tube holders will work well with any holiday shape or design. Make a set for Hanukkah, Christmas, or any winter party you’re hosting! I’m sharing these Holiday Napkin Holders over at Creative Child Magazine. Head over to see the full tutorial and other great child-inspired articles! The post Holiday Paper Tube Napkin Holders appeared first on Make and Takes.
  • Krochet Kids – Handmade Crochet for Good

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    I first heard of Krochet Kids from my friend Lisette, who you might remember encouraged me to learn crochet a while back! I love how crochet has become such an amazing tool for good, through Teeny Tears and companies like Krochet Kids. Krochet Kids started out as 3 friends who thought it would be fun to learn to crochet and make their own winter hats. How cool is that?! I love these guys! I love they turned their craft into an amazing and giving company! Here’s a little more about Krochet Kids their mission: Empowerment is the reason why we exist. Our products, our programs, and our…
  • Vintage Coasters Turned Glitter Ornaments

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:23 am
    I found these Christmas coasters at IKEA to simply use as what they were intended for. But after opening them up and seeing the cool vintage images, I had to glam them up with glitter! Now they are this year’s ornaments for our tree! Our family has a tradition to gift a new ornament each year and I’m excited these will be it! Every tree needs a little glitter! Supplies for Glitter Coaster Ornaments: coasters – paper is best for the ornament tacky glue glitter paper plate yarn or embroidery floss hole punch scissors 1. Add tacky glue to the outer edge of your ornament.
  • 3 Ways to Gift Your Neighbors for the Holidays

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:18 am
    Tis’ the season for holiday gift giving! We love to make yummy treats and share them with our family and friends. I’ve got some peppermint bark going into containers to gift to my neighbors. But to help jazz them up a little, I’m sharing 3 ways to wrap containers for festive holiday gifts! I’m partnering with Ziploc® for today’s gift giving ideas! I’m featuring their holiday colors, perfect for our neighbor gifts. Here’s a little more about Ziploc® products: Ziploc® recently launched a new line of stackable containers, featuring a “One Press…
  • Wishes for the New Year Accordion Books

    15 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    It’s hard to believe 2015 is almost here! After the Christmas festivities are over, we have a family tradition of writing our wishes for the new year. Sometimes we make one big family list, and other times we each make our own. This year, we made these cute pocket accordion books to hold all our New Year’s wishes. We’ve already started filling the pockets with places we want to go, new things to try, goals to work toward, and fun family activities. We’re each planning to think of 15 things in honor of the year 2015! Want to make your own wishes book? First, let’s…
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    angry chicken

  • solstice gifts

    amy k.
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:27 pm
    I put together these 3 little jars for the girls for solstice. They don't read my blog which is why I am showing them early. I like to give them handmade, or partially handmade, gifts for solstice and I had so much fun making these. The bottles came from Cargo, here in Portland. They are small, only about 3 inches high, and the goodies inside came from Collage, also in Portland. These shops are very dangerous places for me, I try not to go in them very often. Collage carries quite a few miniatures now, which I find delightful. Unrelated: I had a cooking fail today—caramel sauce. I am…
  • small needlework gifts

    amy k.
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:45 am
    I stitched these little gifts last weekend. They are framed in 3" hoops. I didn't stitch them in this size hoop though, it's too small to work with. To finish them, I glue a felt circle on the back. Then I sign and date them. Sometimes I accidentally write the wrong year on one of them, like "2004". The designs are heavily inspired by the book Mariko got me from Japan, which I have blogged about already. I just can't get enough of the combination of wool and silk in the same piece. And working on 3 or more is so fun for me. I work so much better when I am doing…
  • gift factory 2014

    amy k.
    13 Dec 2014 | 10:12 am
    Last weekend pete bought whole spices in bluk, toasted them, and ground them up to make garam masala. We found the little spice jars at Cost Plus, and magically, quadrupling the recipe filled all 9 of them perfectly. The recipe calls for rose buds, which we left out. I really like to give a non-sweet gift item every year, along with all the sugar stuff. Having said that, I think I'm going to use this today to make these garam masala oatmeal-rasin cookies. This spice blend is also great on popcorn and hashbrowns. We use this blend at home for the red lentil soup we have made almost weekly…
  • the low-pressure cookie party

    amy k.
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:45 pm
    The low-pressure cookie party was a huge success, like always. There were many yummy cookies to eat, and it really was low-pressure—one guest came with two bags of oreos, and another with a purchased bag of delicious shortbread after a baking fail. It's all good. There was much swearing, eating, a little smack talking about high-pressure cookie parties, and delight taken in the host's heated toilet seat. For real. It also had a light. The little brown guys there on the left with sprinkles are pretzel shortbread cookies and were a favorite. I need to try making them, I love cookies…
  • a christmas gift for the girls (really, for me.)

    amy k.
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:49 am
     Anne of Green Gables I stopped in my tracks when I saw this copy of Anne of Green Gables and had to buy it immediately. We already have a copy, and are almost done reading it, but this one, in hardback, with the cover illustration by Rifle Paper Co.'s Anna Bond, was just too lovely to not own. There a Little Women and a Heidi, also with her cover design, that I will need to pick up. The end papers are really sweet. I might pick up a copy for my niece. Unrelated, but still about books: I'm almost done reading the Tenth of December, by George Saunders, and it, coincidentally, is…
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    jane's apron

  • a printed pic

    julie thompson
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:19 pm
    I printed a picture.  Like on paper.  At a place that magically does that.  Walgreens even has an app that lets you select photos directly from your instagram account to be printed.  I know this because I had to make something (just a little something) for my teacher friends.  I had an instagram of the old-school Mary in my classroom.  I added a Hail Mary.  She's pretty and simple and she makes me calm; hoping she does the same for everyone that got one in their Advent package today. I am happy to share it.  Download it, print it, and share it too. View this photo   
  • young tudor

    julie thompson
    2 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    The house-changing frenzy that I was feeling this summer has slowed to a crawl.  A super slow mo crawl.  To refresh, we had all of our floors refinished this summer.  Which made it easy to re-think my spaces and to look critically on what I wanted to in no mercy.    I've been turning by eyes toward the "young tudor" look that is popping up everywhere.  I've changed our computer room with pretty gray walls, artwork I love, and a thrifted bulletin board redo (and, even better, I got the ugly computer monitor moved out of that room so it really needs a new…
  • this crazy north county life

    julie thompson
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:12 pm
    We didn't mindfully move to an integrated neighborhood.  We just moved to St. Louis (back home for me) from Detroit and wanted to live in neighborhood like Royal Oak.  But now, 23 years, 2 houses only miles apart, and 3 kids later, I wouldn't live anywhere else.   We live in one of the many tiny towns that make up North St. Louis County and live less than a mile from Ferguson Missouri.  We eat, shop, and gather there.  Our kids played in leagues there...too many games to count.  We ride our bikes from our house to get ice cream there.  Every Sunday morning, one of my boys…
  • clean slate

    julie thompson
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    Whenever I'm away from my house for a while, I always think of things I want to change/fix/buy when I get back home.  Combine those thoughts with reading "The Nesting Place" in the car and refinishing all of the floors in my house and I have the perfect storm of change.   We've moved everything from neary every room and piled it into three rooms.  It's like hoarders but more stressful; I have to climb and walk on furniture to get into bed.  But the open space lets me see things with new eyes and the time crunch inspired me to paint the study and the back hallway.
  • midsummer

    julie thompson
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    That midsummer panic hit me this week.  It's predictable at this point and something I'm sure every teacher experiences.  Yes, I still have a lot on my summer todo list but, when I really think about it, the little stuff sometimes adds up.  For one, I added hooks to the vintage sign on our back porch (the vintage hooks from my mother-in-law's house that I soaked in paint thinner then neglectedly let get really rusty; nothing a little clear sealer couldn't fix).  No one has poked their eye out (an irrational fear that my husband has about anything hanging at eye-level)…
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    Misty Mawn

  • 30 Nov 2014 | 7:15 pm

    30 Nov 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Hello again!  :)  The 12 artsy Ornament workshop starts this week, for anyone interested in joining here.. check it out HERE!   You can read more about it below.    I am so thrilled...   I finally have a website!   I have tried a few times in the past to create a website of my very own, but I have multiple excuses for why it never happened, this time I was determined. I will be blogging there from now on, but still stopping by here now and again, too. My latest post about my trip to California can be found there.   Other…
  • 18 Nov 2014 | 8:59 pm

    18 Nov 2014 | 8:59 pm
      This year I have been asked by the absolutely darling Christy Tomlinson to participate in a great project that will help get you in the Christmas spirit - 12 artsy ornaments workshop.  12 different artists - 12 different ornaments (or Christmas decor of sorts).  I stuck with my love for Icons and created a mini shrine. In this mini workshop I share how I create the entire piece from cardboard, paper, & paint.   Sign up HERE!   Class starts December 2nd, 2015 It's a Five day mini workshop that include 12 fabulous artsy teacher!  Each day for…
  • 29 Oct 2014 | 6:22 pm

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

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

    14 Aug 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Here I am, wide awake in the middle of the night, in the bedroom I grew up in, thinking about how in the heck I can dust the months of neglect off my blog.I have a hunch it's gonna take more than a little dusting to bring this baby back to life... but hey, here I am.  It's a start?  Physically I am in my old room, but mentally I am not really sure where I am right now.  I find myself stuck somewhere between where I used to be, who I used to be, where I am, who I want to be, and where I want to be.   There have been a lot of recent changes that have me feeling a…
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  • traci bautista's printmaking unleashed
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:29 pm
    I've been friends with artist Traci Bautista for a looong time now, first meeting way back when...probably at ArtFest #2? We hit it off right away, being similar lovers of art, letters, colors and mark making in all different mediums. Traci's a pro, adorable, and totally committed to creating and inspiring others to create. So when she asked if I'd like to play with her favorite supplies and help promote her newest book, Printmaking Unleashed, it was a no brainer; of course I would!  I'm happy to tell you I highly recommend it. It's excellent. Tons of methods and…
  • more ongoing december fun
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Here's that table shown last post. Still covered in my stuff. I'm slowing working on my December album and somewhat enjoying my slow pace. "It is what it is" is on repeat in my head, not, "it's December 17th and I'm on day 11". Whatever. It's not fun if I approach it that way and who wants to voluntarily add something to December that's not fun?!?  Speaking of adding some fun to December, don't know if you caught this in the first photo, but we've added something big to our December: We're going to Paris for Christmas!!! Kind of…
  • around here
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    December 15... Wow. Like so many others, I find myself saying, "how is that possible?". I remember a theory someone told me once; that because each year is a smaller fraction of our life, it seems to go faster...(or something like that. Anyone know what I'm talking about?) Anyway, it sure feels like it's accurate to me. I'm getting too old because the years are going by too quickly.  I've been up to the usual around here...driving this guy around... Making stuff, and moving piles around... Being wowed by the sky - and loving the rain (even though we really need…
  • making upcylcled ornaments
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:46 pm
    As you may know already, crafting is my favorite form of procrastination. The last two nights I've been indulging my desire to check out of my mental loop of a to-do list and craft. The simplest things bring me so much pleasure.  I went to my favorite cardboard source- the Studio Calico boxes my monthly kit comes in. The graphics on the box make such a great backside for hanging things (meaning things that might twist when hanging, like galands etc).  Some sturdy scissors, acrylic paint, sometimes touches of a paint or chalk pen, and a hole punch were my supplies. No templates…
  • december downloadables & a few other things of interest
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:40 pm
      Download PG December Memories Here's the design I made to use with the Gossamer Blue December Memories Kit. I'm using it as a title page in my album documenting December, and you are welcome to as well, the free downloadable is available above (personal use only thank you).  Also, in case you are new here, there are other free holiday downloadables by me here, and more here too.  and a few other things... I recently discovered Trouvé magazine and think it's beautiful. In their words: "celebrating the creative lifestyle and those who live it".
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    Ma petite theiere

  • 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:…
  • 2015 Calendar on Pre Order!

    9 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
    Eng/ Finally! My 2015 Calendar is available for pre order in my Etsy shop! I compiled some of my newest illustrations along with some created this year to create a delicate, colorful and beautiful calendar to accompagn you next year. I hope you like it! On the quality side, it is professionally printed on 250 g/m2 paper for the cover, and 90 g/m2 for the pages inside. The Calendar measures 15 x 15 cm (6 x 6 inch) when closed, and 30 x15 cm (12 x 6 inch) when opened. There is a small hole at the top of each page so you can easily hang it. At the end of the calendar, a double page is especially…
  • Pillow covers, tote bags & more

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

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

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

  • More Than Meets The Eye

    Joanna Schmidt
    7 Dec 2014 | 9:46 am
    What's on the outside isn't necessarily what's on the inside. While thinking about what I'm thankful for and with family holidays approaching, I remind myself to never judge my insides with other people's outsides.  That's a big one for me.Today's challenge is to create a soap whose outside represents how you believe you're perceived and inside how you actually feel. So go forth with my emotionally-charged soap challenge and make this your own. Winners shall get their photo posted here and deemed the More Than Meets The Eye Challenge Winner.   Would prizes make…
  • Soap Challenge Gallery

    Joanna Schmidt
    7 Dec 2014 | 5:01 am
    I started a new group on Facebook yesterday in order to open up my Soap Challenges to everyone again.  It has been too quiet here and I think we should get this party started again!To those of you who haven't participated in my Soap Challenges before, let me briefly explain how it will work:First of all, it's FREE to play/participate.  It is my pleasure to run these.  I get a huge kick out of seeing you all grow and challenge yourselves and push the envelope.About once a month, I will post a Soap Challenge here and on the Facebook Group page, Soap Challenge Gallery. …
  • Photos Forgotten

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

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

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

  • The Vanilla Studio – Dinosaur Menorahs

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:31 am
    It’s time for Hanukkah! And what says Hanukkah more than a metallic painted toy dinosaur? Lisa Pierce of The Vanilla Studio makes hand crafted menorahs from plastic prehistoric animal toys. Menorasaurus Rex Menorasaur In silver or gold tone, these menorahs are fancy, shiny, and downright fun. Lisa also offers candle holders for your year-round lighting needs. And, according to Lisa’s Etsy profile, it sounds like more exciting projects are underway. We created The Vanilla Studio years ago as an empty container to hold our creative dreams and endeavors. It’s currently a home…
  • Game of Thrones craft: Iron Throne Phone Holder

    14 Dec 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Is a new mobile phone on your holiday wish list? Then you might want to prepare a place to hold it. This mini Iron Throne phone holder is a clever use of materials – and no scheming, conniving or murdering required to claim it! Susie posted a tutorial over at Cut Out + Keep that incorporates foam, coffee stirrers, cocktail swords, polymer clay, and acrylic paint. Her design even features a hole in the front to thread a charger into so you can use it as a docking station. I love her idea to use the cocktail swords – they look great with the metallic paint job! Links of…
  • Xena Princess Warrior Doll Hack

    13 Dec 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Suereal posted a doll modification she did on Craftster: Xena, Warrior Princess from an unknown thrift store doll. Aside from making the entire costume and her accessories, all Suereal had to do was boil wash and cut her hair, and then repaint her eyes. The doll was completely flat chested, so Suereal made the breast armor out of two balls of brown FIMO with a coil added as detail to the armor. The squiggles that join the breast bits to the shoulder are wire painted gold. The rest of the metal details are gold Martha’s paint. All the armor is sewn and glued on. The details were painted…
  • Gift A Geek: Tea! Just What The Doctor Ordered

    12 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Tea! That’s all I needed. A good cup of tea. A superheated infusion of free radicals and tannin. Just the thing for heating the synapses. Did you think I had a different Doctor in mind? I mean there are 12 to choose from. The Tardis Tea Infuser is available at Think Geek  But to get to the actual Tea. We have so many choices. Like tea itself wasn’t geeky enough there are fandom blends to make you happy. Fandom Blend Tea Sets from Adagio Tea  Firefly, Teen Wolf, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who…pick a sampler blend for $19. If there’s a fandom or three you…
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Craft Ideas

    8 Dec 2014 | 10:04 am
    Guardians of the Galaxy is coming out on DVD this week, and I thought now’s the perfect time to get inspired by this fantastic movie.  So, I’ve rounded up some craft ideas to help you get in the mood for talking trees, gun-wielding raccoons, and spontaneous dance-offs. Dorothy Tan, from Design Taxi, has a really cool Groot paper craft pattern, designed by a freelancer in the Phillippines, Richenna King. Not enough Groot goodness? How about these super cute Baby Groot Cupcakes? This DIY is actually pretty easy! It was put together by JK Denim, and I found it on I…
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    house on hill road

  • There they were

    Erin | house on hill road
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:25 am
    I spied one through a restaurant window while Fatty and I were walking the streets of New York. My initial thought was one of disbelief. Really? A peony? It's not the right season. And then it hit me like a thunderbolt. Of course! It came from the other side of the equator where it is the right season. Since then, I have been on the lookout close to home without any luck. And then yesterday, there they were! Peonies in December! They instantly made my day brighter. Happening upon them was one in a string of little things that made for a great day: sparkly silver shoes, meeting with good…
  • Our tradition

    Erin | house on hill road
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:56 am
    We went downtown yesterday afternoon to blow our glass ornaments for the year. Fatty took the girls to do this eight years ago as a surprise for me and I have joined them every year since. It's hands down my favorite holiday tradition. I love that we make the time to go (always challenging - this year no exception) and that it is an outing. Talking to the artists, deciding what colors and combinations to use (also always challenging - we have a lot of ornaments!), looking at the glass in the gallery, watching the blowers at work - it's all part of the experience. And at the end, in…
  • Back at it

    Erin | house on hill road
    13 Dec 2014 | 6:15 am
    Yesterday was my first day back at painting in nine months. I knew I missed it, but until I picked up a brush and dropped blobs of oils on the palette, I didn't realize how much. I hesitated when I started mixing the first color, but in just a few minutes it all came back to me. I jumped in without thinking too hard and before long, I was in a groove. Three hours later, I had a painting. When I finished, I looked at my instructor and said, "That felt so good!"
  • Holiday Mess

    Erin | house on hill road
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Yesterday was a challenging day on many levels. The work we are doing in the house was going on in three places at once, four if you include the carpentry on the driveway. I wasn't prepared to have a bunch of people here so I was scrambling around trying to organize the Christmas presents and move my clothes out of my closet in the short window of time before Jane had to be picked up from her first two final exams. Also, the house is dirty, dirty, dirty, but it is pointless to clean while painters are sanding woodwork. And believe me, as much as I would prefer a quiet house, I do want…
  • I would like a whole forest

    Erin | house on hill road
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:42 am
    I made three of these trees a number of years back. I have no idea where the smallest one has run off to. Run off being correct because, although the trees do not have legs, there is a cat in this house who loves small wool things that she can carry in her mouth. I hid the little tree from her one year, but she found it and now has hidden it from me. Figures. I would really like to make more, a whole forest of white soft trees, but I never get around to it. Maybe this is the year. After spin class yesterday morning, I spent a good chunk of time in the studio. I worked on the quilt back,…
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  • Daftar Kumpulan Kata Kata Romantis Lucu Keren

    Erma Iriana
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:50 am
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  • Kumpulan Nama Bayi Perempuan Islami Keren

    Erma Iriana
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:50 pm
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  • Kata Kata Mutiara Islam Keren Banget

    Erma Iriana
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:46 am
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  • Kumpulan Kata Kata Mutiara Cinta Paling Gokil

    Erma Iriana
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:22 am
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  • Kumpulan Kata Kata Cinta Romantis Terkeren

    Erma Iriana
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:26 pm
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    Design Mom

  • A Few Things

    Design Mom
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Image and text by Gabrielle. Hello, Friends! How are you? I know we are right in the thick of holiday time and I wonder how everyone is holding up. Will you be lighting a Hanukkah candle tonight? Do you have your Christmas Tree decorated? Are you feeling festive? Or are you feeling overwhelmed by your task list? Any holiday can be an emotional minefield, but I feel like the December holidays are the trickiest, because it can be emotional + cold + dark. For those of you who are feeling discouraged this week, I hope you’ll give yourself a break. I hope you’ll surround yourself by…
  • $100 Worth of Washi Tape & Party Supplies

    Design Mom
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Gabrielle. Okay you guys. This is it! The final Design Mom giveaway of 2014. And it’s a good one. It’s sponsored by Cute Tape, and they’re offering a $100 store credit. Hooray! Cute Tape offers a vast selection of washi tape — Japanese washi, and other kinds too. And you are welcome to use your prize to buy every color of washi tape under the sun. But Cute Tape also offers fantastic party supplies and craft supplies! If I won, I would be tempted by the favor bags, and pillow boxes, plus hangtags and baker’s twine, and definitely rubber stamps and nut cups. I…
  • Are You a Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall?

    Design Mom
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    By Gabrielle. Eyeshadow palette by Bobbi Brown. When I mentioned I had an appointment to go blonde tomorrow, there were a few comments that talked about certain hair colors not fitting the coloring of certain people. Those comments totally put me on the path down memory lane! When I was in middle school and high school, I think I went to a dozen different parties where a make-up specialist or fashion stylist would determine whether we were a winter, a spring, a summer or a fall. Then, once we knew what season we were, we would then be told what colors we could wear, and which we should…
  • Growing A Family: Twins, Truth, And Lots Of Tears

    Design Mom
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    By Gabrielle. The sweetest calendar by Shanna Murray. McKay Smith is a lovely storyteller, so I know you’re going to enjoy this recounting of her birth experience. The honesty with which she writes – even when she’s admitting weakness or impatience with her doctors! – is comforting, especially for those of us who may feel like we can’t give a voice to all those shattering emotions raging inside. Maybe we’re afraid of sounding bratty or maybe we’re afraid of sounding…afraid. But it’s hard to get through a pregnancy without breaking every so often, don’t you think? And…
  • Living With Kids: Alison Faulkner

    Design Mom
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    By Gabrielle. Photos by Jessica Kettle Photography. I always love reading people who sound exactly the same on paper as they do in real life, which is why Alison’s tour today makes me grin so hard! I think I edited six hahas and a few triple exclamation points, but I left all her capitalized words for emphasis. Alison’s life has lots of emphasis! You’ll see! I couldn’t wait to share her with you, especially now as the holidays are racing toward us. Her festive philosophy, as you’ll soon learn, is super timely. I know it will inspire you to do more with what you have this very…
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  • parenting now

    Alicia Alferman
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    Wow. Time flies. These kids are big.Things are good here. Changing and staying the same. We plug along- we are people set in our ways- but when I look back, I see how much has changed over the years. And I tell you moms of toddlers, it gets easier and harder in so many different ways. The sleep it does come. Eventually. But the worries get replaced with bigger ones. That's for sure. But ever so slowly, these babies grow into real people, with their own triumphs and troubles to handle, little by little, more and more on their own. And it's an amazing thing to watch.Middle…
  • pippilotta and mr. nilsson

    Alicia Alferman
    3 Nov 2014 | 10:09 am
    She was a little hot and cold about this costume, but in the end, I think she looked awesome. The boy is officially too old to dress up. Sniff. He made a terrific KC Royals pumpkin (man! what an October we've had here in K.C.), but he carved it a bit too early and it started to rot before we could light it up. It was freezing, freezing on Halloween night, but even with a bourbon slush in hand, we were toasty by the fire at at our friends' post trick-or-treating party.There's too much candy to argue over now. And it's time to clean up all the spooky decorations. I forget every…
  • the last of them

    Alicia Alferman
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    It's a little cooler and getting dark earlier now. Gone are the spring rolls and grilled chicken salads on the patio, and here are the soups and warm, one-dish meals at the kitchen table. I made dirty rice (with ground turkey, no livers or sausage) the other night. Everyone gobbled it right up. And apple pie. Fall is for apple pie. Good thing we've had so many apples.We've made three apple pies, two were for our new neighbors. (We have two sets of new neighbors. Can I say how much I love having friendly neighbors?) I wing the filling and buy the crusts. And try to keep vanilla ice cream on…
  • chipotle bowls at home

    Alicia Alferman
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    Chipotle is a sure bet around here. We all love it! Saturday afternoon it popped into my head that we could make our own Chipotle bowls at home. Why didn't I ever think of this before?! Hey, you're smarties. I'm sure you've already made this. Come on, it's pretty much just taco salad with rice. But in case you've never thought of this either, here's what we did:We marinated two chicken breasts in the juice of a lime and a bit of taco seasoning- then an hour later- onto the grill they went. After they were done we chopped them up.While Brian took care of the chicken, I got the toppings ready.I…
  • apple thieving day

    Alicia Alferman
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    Renegade apple picking, every single year. Time for a pie!
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    Happy Zombie

  • Put some pants on!

    3 Dec 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Since it’s Christmas-tree season, I thought it might be the perfect time to leave a gentle reminder that not all trees like to wear skirts.  I live in the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by big, tall majestic trees - so I know this to be true. That’s why I have a tutorial at Sew,Mama,Sew! for “Christmas Tree Pants - because not all trees like to wear skirts“. My tutorial is from 2011 but is of course good year after year.  Tree pants never go out of style. I made my red & white Christmas Tree Pants, as well as made a scrappy version. My scrappy version as modeled…
  • Beyond Neutral

    24 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    First things first… QuiltDad is my homeboy.  Oh man, I love this guy.  I’m telling everyone he wrote Beyond Neutral: Quilts Inspired by Nature’s Elements just for me.  I love making quilts that focus on fabric and that look complicated but are simple in construction.  In other words, quilts I can make that don’t require a lot of my concentration or, um, reading.  Not that John doesn’t write with lovely words, but I’m a read-by-illustration person. Words are hard. Pictures are easy. So thanks John for writing this book for me, and pretty cool of you to…
  • #travelhandmade - it’s the only way to travel

    18 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    Sometimes I wonder what it’s like to be one of those artists who paints on a piece of rice. I wonder how much equipment they have to lug around, how many supplies they need, what they use to haul around their goodies. And then I slap myself and think how much I love every piece of equipment and fabric that fills my trunk to the brim for a few glorious days of quilting and sewing with friends. I bet a rice artist doesn’t get to make cool handmade gear for travel, either. The downside to being a quilter and a sewist is that we have an S ton of stuff to haul. The upside is that we…
  • itty bitty quilt: cutting measurements + pdf

    13 Aug 2014 | 3:51 pm
    I recently found out about a do-something-good quilt making event for the new NICU at Providence Portland Medical Center through my guild (the Portland Modern Quilt Guild), so on the fly I wanted to jump into action and make a quilt. Problem was I didn’t know what to make. So I came up with a simple plan and whipped up an itty bitty quilt. I wanted my quilt to be meaningful and full of effort, but I also wanted it to be quick as well. Seems like every time there’s a do-something-good quilt making opportunity there’s not a whole lot of time involved, so I thought I’d…
  • Super-size me box bag

    8 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I bought a new travel-iron, so first my order of business was to make a cozy, protective bag for it. Pretty much the iron was an opportunity to make something cute and useful. There are 18 gazillion patterns and tutorials for box bags, but the tutorial (by Stacy Schlyer) I found most helpful is from the PBS show “Sew It All“.   The tutorial is short and to the point, and the illustrations are clear and easy to understand (huge thumbs up to the illustrator!). I read by illustration so this tutorial was perfect for me. I used my own measurements and made a jumbo, super-sized me…
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  • SouleMama Sponsor ~ Brooklyn General Store

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:08 am
    Today, we bring you a giveaway from SouleMama Sponsor, Brooklyn General Store. In Catherine's words: "Brooklyn General Store and strive to recreate a time when people would center their day around a trip to the general store. It is...
  • {this moment}

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:31 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...
  • making

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:50 am
    Ah! SO much making happening around here. Making music, making gifts, making merry, and most definitely making messes. My studio redo is nearly complete, the wrapping has just begun and everywhere I look I find someone else working away at...
  • at the table

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:37 am
    And here we are , at that tricky time of year for crafty bloggers - where there is so much going on, but nothing to share! Not that anyone on our list isn't expecting what we're crafting up for them,...
  • making merry

    15 Dec 2014 | 5:54 am
    Oh, I love the moments right before my house fills with people. When the kitchen smells of yummy things in progress, the house is as clean as it will be, and the kids are glued to the window waiting for...
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    Yarn Harlot

  • That whole house is sticky now

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:08 am
    When my girls were little (and when they were bigger too) we always had a Gingerbread Party.  It used to be that we’d fill up the house with people, and food, and music, and I’d bake a couple hundred gingerbread cookies, and make a few pounds of royal icing (that kind that gets hard when it dries) and then we’d just make merry all over the place while my gingerbread cookies got decorated by littles and big ones alike.  It’s been a few years since we did it now.  With no real littles around, the tradition seemed silly to the big kids I think, and I’d invite…
  • Maybe you need to lower your standards

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:13 pm
    All is well here, although only because I’ve given up, in the most relaxed way possible.  I’m still trying to get everything done by the 20th, but I understand that’s tomorrow and that  I live in a world of dreams.  Even if I don’t totally finish, I’ll be close enough that the last few days of the holidays won’t be an enraged blur of wrapping paper and baking.  The gingerbread was baked last night, dinner for tonight is almost made, and it’s a simple one, so it’s bubbling on the stove, making the house smell like I’m ready, even if…
  • Another Freakin’ Column

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Without a word of a lie, I swear in the name of all things woolly that today was going to be easy.  Yesterday’s shopping mission went off without a hitch. I left, I shopped, I returned, and I even got home about an hour earlier than I thought, because it was all so easy.  I poured myself that reward beer and wrapped gifts for that found hour (I see now I should have been knitting. Someone else could have wrapped.) I got the meringues in the oven – right on time, and despite the perilous business of having to turn the oven on and off (it gets too hot otherwise, and the cookies…
  • At least it’s not snowing

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:28 am
    Today’s the day.  I’ve been trying to avoid it, I’ve done all I can to make it unnecessary, and yet, it has come. I am going to the mall. I made one last ditch attempt yesterday to shop in my neighbourhood, on foot, but I couldn’t get everything, and now there are five things left on the spreadsheet that Joe cannot get, that I can’t find, and even though five items is the smallest number ever, it means that I am going to the stinking mall. I am going to get in the car (that alone is remarkable. I drive my car about once a month. I am not fond of that thing…
  • Another column on the spreadsheet maybe

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:01 pm
    You know, there’s one thing you can say about the universe, and that’s that it has a sense of humour.  After explaining yesterday how I was a total paragon of organization (at least when it comes to Christmas, let’s not discuss the basement, or the state of every drawer in this house) I have been bitten hard on the hind parts by my own failure to keep track of something.  See while I was knitting Lou’s advent calendar, I already had this plan, that I would show them to you one at a time, as he hung them.  I admit, at the time I thought he would hang them in the…
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    My Paper Crane

  • Cyber Monday

    Heidi Kenney
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Just a head’s up on two cyber-monday deals… Spoonflower is offering free shipping, you can find my fabrics here. And Society6 is offering $5 Off Everything + Free Shipping Worldwide, you can find my page here.
  • Octobers Plush Of The Month Club

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

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

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

    Heidi Kenney
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Just a few more napkins from my collection for your spooky viewing pleasure.
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    Betz White

  • Craftsy’s Best of 2014 Sale!

    Betz White
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:17 am
    By now, I’m sure you’ve shopped and sewn gifts for everyone else. But what about yourself? You certainly deserve something special for spreading all that joy. Treat yourself to the gift you’ve most definitely earned, with all Craftsy classes for just $19.99 or less now through the 25th, and learn from the best instructors in the best online Sewing classes of 2014!  Check out the classes and save here. I’m happy to have been a part of Craftsy this year! I’ve really enjoy interacting with the students in the class and I love that they can take the class at…
  • 5 Tips for Joyful Holiday Sewing!

    Betz White
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:43 am
    (Hello! I wrote the following as a guest post for another blog a few weeks ago. Since they’ve delayed posting it, I’m posting it here before it’s too late!) a favorite ornament from our tree   For those of us that love to sew, the holiday season is a wonderful opportunity to make things for people we love. Here are a few ideas to help you create handmade holidays for your family without getting overwhelmed in the process.   1) Have a great resource for ideas. Perhaps you’ve been pinning craft tutorials on Pinterest all year long. Now is the time to go through…
  • Christmas Apron and Coasters

    Betz White
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:48 am
    How are you doing with your Christmas sewing? Every year I strive for a balance between buying gifts and making them. While I’d love to make something for everyone on my list, it’s not always possible. (Can I make Legos or an iPod? No, I cannot!) I try to spread the handmade gifts around so at least everyone gets something handmade from me every couple of years. This year I decided to stitch up the Make and Bake Apron from my book, Present Perfect, in Christmas fabrics for a certain someone on my list. I searched all over for a Christmas print that was fun and festive but not too…
  • 2015 Bag of the Month Club: Pre-orders

    Betz White
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:56 am
    Hello everyone! I am very excited that today, pre-orders are going on sale for the Bag of the Month Club for 2015! If you are not familiar with the club, please click here to view the club offerings for 2014 so you can get a taste of the quality of bag patterns that are in store for you in 2015! The Details 6 of the best bag sewing pattern designers in the business are teaming together to bring you a 6-month membership club. The club runs from January-June of 2014. Each month, you will receive an exclusive and brand new pdf bag sewing pattern from that month’s designer, delivered directly…
  • White Friday Sale!

    Betz White
    28 Nov 2014 | 4:17 am
      With “White” as my last name, I’ve decided to call my Day-after-Thanksgving-Sale a “White Friday Sale”! So hop on over to my Etsy shop for 20% off all PDF bag, accessory and ornament patterns plus signed copies of my books! Use the Coupon Code WHITEFRIDAY2014 between now and December 1st!     Today also marks the start of Craftsy’s biggest event of the year! From now through December 1st Craftsy is marking down ALL online Sewing classes to $19.99 or less, including mine. Now is your chance! Give the gift of learning HERE. Happy…
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    Illustration Friday

  • Dasha Tolstikova: fun, frenetic & just a little silly

    Heather Ryerson
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:31 am
    post by Heather Ryerson Dasha Tolstikova’s lively, frenetic illustrations have a heart-warming naiveté that appeals to children and adults alike. It’s no wonder she seems to have her foxy paws in everything from children’s books to graphic memoirs and editorial pieces for The New Yorker and The New York Times. Tolstikova’s first picture book The Jacket (2014, written by Kirsten Hall) has received a lot of attention recently, including editor’s choice in The Sunday Book Review in The New York Times. Tolstikova earned her MFA (Illustration as Visual Essay) from…
  • Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Joshua W. Cotter

    Andy Yates
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Joshua W. Cotter splashed onto the small press comix scene in 2004, with his self published comic Skyscrapers of the Midwest. Cotter’s distinct “old-time-y” style of meticulously rendering his cartoons in black ink cross hatches, and little, scratchy lines hearkens to old underground comics of the 1960’s & 70’s.. His character’s are sometimes anthropomorphic, or humans with “cartoon animal” characteristics. Skyscrapers of the Midwest explores the trauma of childhood, and limitless imagination of two brothers growing up in the American…
  • Editorial Submission :: Ola Volo

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:11 am
    Post by James Meet Ola Volo, a Canadian illustrator from Kazakhstan with a love of nature and folklore. Ola’s illustrations are a complex, whimsical merger of animals, people, history and nature, executed in traditional and digital mediums. As well as doing commissions for a range of international clients, Ola also tries to find time to do gallery artwork, book projects and murals. See more of Ola Volo’s work at here.  
  • Fernando Leal

    Jessica Holden
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:50 am
    Fernando Leal is an illustrator and animator based in Brazil. His clients include Computer Arts, New scientist and Businessweek to name a few. He graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Animation. To see more from this great illustrator visit his website and Behance   Posted by Jessica Holden 
  • How to add a creative touch to your presents at christmas

    Kate Leonard
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:47 am
    The christmas season is here and ofcourse the stores are full of beautiful things , there’s so much to look at and endless potential for presents to gift your friends and family. However you’re a very talented creative person and something you can give to make christmas even more special to your loved ones is something with your own creative touch. Ofcourse there are lovely gifts for giving that you can acquire instore, but there are also one of a kind creative touches you can add  that’s even more special. 1. Make your own christmas tags : This can be paper or ceramic…
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  • Lumberjack for December

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:19 am
    I am getting to the last dolls of the year here. Some I am waiting to post until after Christmas since I don’t want to ruin any surprises. This fellow will be going into my etsy shop right after I post this. This toile is wonderful- I love the sailing port imagery. He has wool felt suspenders with embroidered decoration. And an axe of course.  
  • Marco’s Ginger man

    16 Dec 2014 | 2:46 pm
    This was made for a special customer who has bought a whole family of dolls over this year!
  • baby 6- little birds

    13 Dec 2014 | 5:19 am
    I took 2 outside pics that I really liked so they are both here. I will be putting these into my etsy shop today.  
  • baby 5- big birds

    12 Dec 2014 | 6:40 am
  • oak tree baby (4)

    10 Dec 2014 | 7:06 am
    Quieter colors on this one, on a cashmere background of (reminds me of my mother) beige. And 4 babies together. I have more but the weather is so terrible I might not be able to photograph them until the weekend.
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  • Odd Characters in the Studio

    9 Dec 2014 | 6:47 am
    Mostly I work alone in my studio, but it often feels filled with lots of company because of the dress forms, toys and other odd characters I have hanging around. Yesterday I took this photo after wrapping up a day of quilting and had to laugh, because it looked like two headless woman and PaMdora watching over my work. The hole above my quilting frame is my attempt this hot summer to improve the air-conditioning in my studio by cutting a hole through my photography wall and adding two fans:) Wait, I’m wrong. On closer look, one of the headless women has a very small head! Some people on…
  • I Dream in Color

    6 Dec 2014 | 1:59 am
    What a fun show! We did this last December at the Creamery Arts Center, and it was so successful that this year it became PoP ArT ReMiX2. As you can see, it’s a colorful exhibition that is sure to shake off the rainy day winter blues. The show will be up the whole month of December 2014 at the Creamery Art Center, 411 N Sherman Pkwy, Springfield, Missouri. Next to that is Darlene Prater’s colorful pug dog painting is my contribution is called “I Dream in Color.” She’s covered in knitted and crocheted yarns. The hair is crocheted curls of eyelash and bulky yarns.
  • Happy Email and Pumpkin Cars

    1 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    Although I wasn’t able to attend, the International Quilt Festival is happening this week in Houston. I did send a quilt – Prince Charming’s Shoe Sale. Patricia Kenndy-Zafred kindly send me a photo from Houston. The white ribbon is for Third Place in the Whimsical Quilts category. Patty’s quilt is across from mine in the Digital category.  She did better than me — she won a First Place in Digital Imagery with a silk-screened quilt! You can see her quilt “Shared Destiny”  her homepage and on the 2014 IQA  awards page at
  • Curious Curium – An Alternative Quilt & Journal

    19 Jul 2014 | 9:29 pm
    Last year I made a quilt using alternative materials for an exhibition called Radical Elements. Each artist in the show selected an element from the periodic table and was asked to create a quilt to the same size dimensions and without relying on traditional fabric and thread. We were also asked to make a journal incorporating work samples. Since I used my real work samples, the book is sort of messy and irregular. It is spiral bound with a nice orange fiberoptic cable. Curious Curium – A Radical Elements Journal Curium is named for Marie Curie who pioneered research on radioactivity,…
  • Drawing Assassin

    26 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    It’s been a long time since I’ve gone to a figure drawing session, perhaps since college. I thought I wouldn’t like it, but maybe I’ve learned some things since then. Maybe I’ve also learned some things from one of my favorite drawing books, The Tao of Sketching. With only five or ten minutes to make a drawing, it seems you should just jump right in and draw as fast and as much as you can. But last night, I found myself sitting back and looking around the entire room. At the other people and things in the room. Asking what most interests me about this particular…
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    Wooster Collective

  • Work, work, work
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:51 am
    Photo nicked from
  • Wooster Annual Holiday Sale
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:31 am
    Give your friends, family and co-workers something special you can't find at the mall: beautiful books and artwork by Wooster Collective street artists! Free gift wrapping on all orders Free shipping in the U.S. Up to 50% off original prices Click here to start shopping at our online store.
  • Sonni Stardust Video: Art That Pops Off The Canvas
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:17 am
    This new video from New York-based Argentinian artist, Sonni, will definitely brighten up your day. We love the clever use of traditional art forms with digital art here. It gets better towards the end, so definitely worth watching every minute of it! Enjoy! Sonni Stardust from Sonni on Vimeo.  
  • Seen On The Streets Of Lima
    2 Nov 2014 | 11:03 am
    More from Jade Rivera here.
  • Pøbel Shows Us How Its Done In Tokyo, Japan
    2 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
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    Judy Wise

  • Pattern, Textile and Obsession

    Judy Wise
    13 Dec 2014 | 5:56 pm
    All this week I've been asking myself why we love what we love. Specifically, why have I always loved pattern, busy repeated pattern, particularly in textile and most particularly in Indian textiles. I suspect it has something to do with how it looks so much like woodblock printing which I also have loved from the beginning. I'm particularly drawn to the German Expressionists but not that picky. I also love linoleum prints and rubber stamps. I just wish we'd had the soft rubber to carve when I was in school, abusing my hands cutting large multiple plate prints out of plywood. Advice to…
  • I Can See!

    Judy Wise
    6 Dec 2014 | 5:14 pm
    I wanted to use one of the new indigo textiles for a cover on my next journal only the design needed to be scaled down so from a photograph I printed it onto cotton fabric and paper to use instead. So now I still have the fabric to use on a sewing project. If you dont know how to print on fabric, it's as simple as ironing your cotton muslin onto freezer paper and then running that through your inkjet printer. I love seeing my images on fabric and have covered several journals this way.At first I thought the journal was a flop (you can't see how wonky the back cover is) but now I like…
  • A New Learning Curve

    Judy Wise
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:57 pm
    I've returned from Bali on fire with interest in textile art (thank you Sue Stover!) We stayed up late into the night discussing bojagi, indigo, boro and more. All these things link to one of my past lives as a batik artist and silk dye painter. To my study of yuzen dyeing on a trip to Japan I made back in the '70's.  The more things change, the more they stay the same.I have a dye kit for indigo and look forward to making another one of these.What is it about Thanksgiving week that finds me so inspired to work in the studio when I need to be cooking and cleaning? It's a phenomenon.This…
  • Remembering Bali

    Judy Wise
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:48 pm
    After a couple of weeks in Australia Trish and I boarded Garuda Airlines and traveled to Bali. We and the encausticampers stayed at Rumah Roda in Ubud, shown above.Both of these views are looking out my circular bathroom windows, taken at different times of day.This is a view from the 2nd story restaurant at Rumah Roda.The door and sitting area of my habitation.One of my pedicures.A typical curry dish served at Rumah Roda.My bed where I slept like a queen.I was able to spend 3 days printing, tjanting and dyeing at Widya Batik Studio to the Northeast of Ubud. I made and sold batiks…
  • Australia Encausticamp

    Judy Wise
    8 Nov 2014 | 6:43 pm
    Yes, I've been traveling. First to Sydney where I spent several days exploring and opening a show with my friends at the Frances Keevil Gallery. Of course we visited the Rocks and the waterfront.Had a room with a wonderful view of water and sailboats.And had a showing of our encaustic paintings.Opening night was everything we'd hoped for. Lots of visitors to see the work.The lovely Jenny Sages came and addressed the audience briefly. What a thrill it was to meet her.Shortly after the opening, the 4 of us drove down to Kiama where we enjoyed a week of creating with the Aussie women.Boy,…
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    Cut Out + Keep

  • Diy 5 Easy Square Knot Friendship Bracelets

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Learn how to make 5 bracelets
  • Diy 'fake' Stain Glassed Windows

    20 Dec 2014 | 10:55 am
    Hey everyone, today I bring you diy stained glass windows! They are so simple to make. All you need is a plastic sheet and some sharpies. It's that simple! Just follow the tutorial below to make your own! Have fun!
  • Eyeglass Case Animal Clutch

    Mark Montano
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:51 am
    Need a last minute gift idea? These super cute animal clutches are made from dollar store eyeglass cases! Watch the video tutorial here:
  • Christmas Elf Mini Hat

    20 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    This is a cute hat that I made to were during Christmas. It's a very fast project and also super cute as a last minute gift. You can also decorate your tree with it, or anything you like :)
  • Miniature Bench And Table

    Muhaiminah Faiz
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:57 am
    I'll be posting a miniature garden
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    Chica and Jo

  • Harry Potter glitter ornaments

    12 Dec 2014 | 7:32 am
    I wanted to do an easy Christmas craft with Little Jo so we decided to make some more ornaments for her Harry Potter themed Christmas tree. I started with round ornaments I found at Michaels. Next, I found the images I wanted to use on the ornaments through a Google search and printed them onto plain paper and cut them out. I used Gloss Decou-Page on the back of the cut out image. I put the image on the ornament and then carefully brushed more Decou-Page over the top. I tried to not be too messy with it because any excess Decou-Page will show on the glass. When the image was dry, I added…
  • Grinch treat bag tags

    6 Dec 2014 | 3:45 pm
    My niece, Squirt, wanted to take some Christmas-themed treats to share with her Girl Scout troop, and asked me for some crafty help. I knew right away that our Grinch treat bags would fit the bill. These bags are really easy to make. Just print our bag tag template (available in our Etsy store) onto white cardstock, fold it in half, and staple it over the top of a treat bag. To play on the quote, “The Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day” we filled the bags with green M&Ms and added a red candy heart. So cute! Our Grinch treat bag tag printable includes two…
  • Christmas cookie gift container

    3 Dec 2014 | 9:15 am
    I was inspired by a cookie box I recently saw at World Market and wanted to make some to hand out as gifts this holiday season. I found a similar box at Michaels and took out my Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint to liven it up! I started with a coat of Treasure. LOVE this color! LOVE! Once it dried, which was super quick, I rubbed candle wax on the edges so it would be easily distressed. Then I painted right over the blue and the wax with a couple coats of red. I used my Cricut with the Storybook font to make a stencil out of some white vinyl that I had. I used a pouncer to add white Chalky…
  • Grinch Christmas party ideas

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:14 am
    One of our favorite traditions is getting out the “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” Advent calendar each year. My girls love the Grinch and all of his antics with Max. This year, the girls wanted to host a Grinch themed Christmas party so we had to come up with some fun decorating ideas. You will be able to find everything you need for your own Grinch party in our Grinch party printables listing on Etsy. Here’s a shot of the dessert table as a whole. I will break it down for you in the pictures below! Make the cups for your punch look a bit spooky with Grinch eyes! I used…
  • Grinch favor bags

    1 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    Jo and I are already thinking about Christmas parties and events, and have been brainstorming about fun ways to package favors for the kids. We always have a “Grinch Grab” party with our friends (a.k.a. White Elephant Game) which includes a gift exchange of inexpensive, wrapped gifts. We thought the perfect addition to our Grinch Grab party would be some fun Grinch face favor bags, so that’s just what we came up with! We came up with a Grinch face printable (available on Etsy) that makes these bags super easy to make. Just print the page of hats onto white cardstock, and the…
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    whip up

  • 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.
  • Hanging around

    Kasia Z
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:55 pm
    I’ve been looking at a LOT of Pinterest images in the last few days – there are some very pretty things out there! Specifically I’ve been hunting for things to hang around the house instead of on a Christmas tree since we probably won’t have a live one this year. I LOVE the smell of pine trees – it reminds me of childhood Christmases and really brings the season into the house like nothing else. I might put a few sprigs around to do the job, but our house is way too crowded with stuff to manage an actual tree. In fact, I’m not sure we have wall space enough…
  • Adventosaurus!

    Kasia Z
    1 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    THE COUNTDOWN HAS STARTED!! The great big enormous beast of a month (even if it’s a sparkly unicorn sugar pony jingly reindeer type of beast) is here! As I blinked in the morning light trying to recall the date, this awful truth dawned upon me and the behemoth rose up – we are less than 25 days away from Christmas and I AM NOT READY. Why is it always the last day of November when I finally face up to Christmas?  Why don’t I think to have an advent calendar – a Mummy Scale Advent Calendar – that starts in, oh, I don’t know… July??   I really need…
  • What’s happening?

    Kasia Z
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:02 pm
    I’m exploring backstage at Whipup… I’m wandering about and wondering what all these buttons and switches and levers do.  How the heck do I get this to go up or that to come down, why is this light flashing, what’s that persistent buzz in the background?  I’m checking out all the props and costumes too, the gorgeous fabrics, the shiny objects. I’m going back through the old scripts and reading the reviews, the lists of players, directors and producers who have performed in this space.  I feel like I’m wandering around a beautiful big theatre –…
  • Excuse me for asking, but who are you?

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

  • Handmade Gift Ideas: Exploding Needle Box

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:36 pm
    No need to worry, no boxes were destroyed or fingers loss making this Exploding Needle Box. There were lots of happy faces when it was given as a gift. Calabaza’s tutorial for an Exploding Needle Box is a great way to wrap up all of your crafty presents. It can be used over and over […]
  • Handmade Gift Ideas: Japanese Shibori Dyeing

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Looking for a fun project to do with family and friends when they come into town? Why not have a day of Japanese Shibori Dyeing. AlwaysInMyRoom has an excellent tutorial on this time honored tradition. You can teach the kids about this traditional dyeing technique while making last minute gifts. No two pieces will be […]
  • @Home This Weekend: Embellished Guest Towels

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:37 am
    This weekend, spruce up your bathroom with some fabric embellished guest towels, using this quick and easy tutorial by NicoleMarie. Impress your guests with custom towels that match your decor!
  • Handmade Gift Ideas: Hostess Gift

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:36 pm
    If you are anything like me, you have a few gifts set aside for those “just in case” moments. You know, just in case someone stops by, just in case you got invited to the party of the century or just in case you are meeting his parents for the first time and want to […]
  • Handmade Gift Ideas: Mini Book Jewelry

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:28 am
    Calling all bibliophiles! It’s time to share your favorite books with the ones you love. Why not give them an extra treat by crafting Mini Book Jewelry of their favorite book. You can give them the real book and a charm to go with it. My Ruby Slippers shows you how make little book charms […]
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    Art Bead Scene Blog

  • Inside the Studio :: Creative Impressions In Clay

    Tari of
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:55 am
    Welcome to Inside the Studio!Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.Congratulations to Deb Fortin! You have won a Shimmering Garden or Fabulous Facets video. Please send Erin an e-mail with your information.________________________________________________________________________________3D Star…
  • Art Bead Palette :: CalypsoBeads

    Brandi Hussey
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Summer Wine Lampwork Heart BeadIs it bad to say that winter has pretty much just started, and I'm already over it? Not that I ever need a reason to dream of warm beaches, but Silke Buechler's shop, CalypsoBeads, absolutely fits into my daydreams right now.To see more lampwork goodness, click on over to Silke's shop!
  • Perfect Pairings :: LaTouchables + HappyFallOut + BalelaCeramics + ErinsWindow

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:57 am
     The quiet contemplative color palette of the challenge painting sets the mood for this month. But what I love about a neutral palette like this is that it forces you to play with the shapes, textures and scale. This long necklace with the cluster of ceramic beads mimics the arches of the cathedral. The soft hand-embroidered bead by Dawn of LaTouchables makes me think of the simple clothes of the people clustered in the cloister. The pop of orange seems a bit shocking, but it reminds me of the chandeliers lighting the way. [Dawn's Etsy shop is currently on vacation, but definitely…
  • Art Bead Scene Editors Takes the Challenge

    Heather Powers
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    It's that time again, the ABS editors jump in and see what we can create based on the month's challenge. I'm going to share what I made here on the blog today. I don't know about you but December is a crazy time of year for me. Between working, selling, promoting, meeting deadlines and then trying to stuff Christmas celebrations in there too I sort of lose my mind. I have two blog hops this week, this one and on Thursday I'm hosting a Michael's Beading Challenge on my blog. (Play along!)So I mention all this craziness because adding a blog hop or two during this time of year can actually…
  • Inside the Studio with Erin Prais-Hintz

    11 Dec 2014 | 10:06 pm
    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 Debra Gibson!You have won one of Mary's new metal toggles. Please send Mary an email with your information. This week we check in with Erin Prais-Hintz to see what is going on Inside the Studio.
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    Tip Junkie

  • Easy Snowman Cake Table Setting with Baskin-Robbins

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:38 am
    Happy Holidays!  Nothing says winter like a happy and whimsical snowman and I am thrilled to enjoy the Happy Holidays showcasing the snowman ice cream cake from Baskin-Robbins.  Dessert is my thing, y'all and there's nothing I love more than using easy desserts and a beautiful cake design to decorate my table setting. ❤   Scroll down to find out how to win a $31 Baskin-Robbins gift card   ❤   at the end of this pictured tutorial.  {{knuckle bumps}} Happy Holidays! Baskin-Robbins has a few more holiday cakes up their…
  • Celebrate the HOLIDAYS with a $31 Baskin-Robbins Gift Card! {GIVEAWAY}

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:37 am
    Just in time for the holidays, Baskin-Robbins has introduced the cutest winter and holiday themed Ice Cream Cakes ever, and to celebrate, I'm giving FIVE Tip Junkie readers each a $31 gift card to Baskin-Robbins!  You can pick up a Snowman Cake, Yule Log Roll Cake, or Rosette Mini Roll Cake to celebrate!   Simply comment to enter to win! The fabulous Snowman Cake, Yule Log Roll Cake, or Rosette Mini Roll Cake makes a wonderful centerpiece, and it tastes delicious, too.  You can order the cake online and it'll be available for pick-up as soon as…
  • 27 Christmas Party Themes to Ho Ho Ho Over

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:21 pm
    Are you looking to host the best parties ever this holiday season?  Then consider yourself hooked up with fun Christmas games, Christmas games for Adults, and even Christmas Activities for kids and entertainment as a family!  Here are 27 of the best Christmas games and party themes that I've found online.  Yep, they're the best parties ever!  {like oh my gosh} Tip Junkie promotes creative women so click on the links below to be taken to the original post. Christmas Games 1.  Christmas Photo Booth Fun with Printable Props ~ Every good party needs a…
  • 11 Christmas Centerpiece Themes

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Christmas will be here before we know it!  Here are 11 easy Christmas centerpiece ideas that you can make at home.  Many of these diy Christmas centerpiece tutorials are budget conscious, so you don't let the beautiful picture fool you! {{wink}}  Tip Junkie has 88 centerpiece ideas including over Table Settings all with pictured tutorials to learn or how to make.  You can always search there if you'’re looking for more Christmas tips with step-by-step instructions. {wink} Christmas Centerpiece 1.  Rustic Christmas Centerpiece…
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    Tiny Talk | The Tiny Prints Card & Stationery Blog

  • Bright Blog Bash Holiday Party

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Katie from Twin Stripe and Susannah from Feast & West hosted a beautiful holiday bash. Read on to see the lovely details that made up this festive holiday get together! There’s nothing better than kicking off the holiday season with friends and a good cocktail. Fellow blogger, Susannah of Feast + West, and I teamed up to throw the ultimate blogger bash. We loved Tiny Prints ‘Stirring Spirits’ invites and we used them as our inspiration for the color scheme – black, white and gold. To add a little bit of excitement to a party invitation, be sure to add confetti or sequins in your…
  • DIY Gold and Glitter Starburst Ornaments

    15 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Red and Green aren’t the only colors you have to use to decorate your home this holiday season. Emily from Boxwood Clipping shares her beautiful tutorial for making festive ornaments. These are perfect for decorating the tree and your home. See how she adds and glitz and elegance to her holiday decorating! Hi everyone, I’m so excited to be visiting over from Boxwood Clippings today. I am obsessed with my Christmas card this year from Tiny Prints (see HERE). I loved the colors on the photo look against the shiny black foil! This color combo inspired my Christmas decor in my formal…
  • Tips for a Fun and Festive Cookie Exchange Party

    14 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    Hi there, Kelsey from We Heart Parties here! Today I want to share with you my all-time favorite holiday party to throw – a Cookie Exchange. Why? Because it is EASY (the guests bring all the food!) and delicious, of course. Throwing a Cookie Exchange is a great reason to get friends together and can be stress-free with these simple tips. 1. Be clear about the rules on the invitation. Tell your friends exactly what is required of them upfront. I recommend everyone bring two dozen of their favorite holiday cookie or bar. You might also want to let them know that they will leave with a…
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    Diary of a Crafty Chica

  • NEW! Crafty Chica store!

    Kathy Cano-Murillo
    29 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Come check out my new store at! I have mugs, ornaments, jewelry and more!CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE NEW STORE! Free shipping through Sunday - use coupon code: SPARKLE2014Click here to sign up to receive my posts by email (this is for my new site)!Merry Christmas!Subscribe in a reader
  • FREE SHIPPING today on Crafty Chica products!

    Kathy Cano-Murillo
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:53 am
    The new round of Crafty Chica goodies are on sale at Michaels Stores all over the country! Don’t have the Crafty Chica end cap at your local Michaels, or maybe your favorite items are sold out? We now have EVERYTHING online…and today and tomorrow we have FREE SHIPPING  – USPS priority mail, so you’ll get it in three days or less!Visit and enter CRAFTYCHICA14 in the coupon code area! Thanks to iLoveToCreate,Ford, and La Quinta, my family went on a Michaels Stores appearance tour through AZ, CA and TX…
  • Affirmation Necklace GIVEAWAY!

    Kathy Cano-Murillo
    11 Aug 2014 | 6:14 pm
    I had a web glitch and LOST all my daily Crafty Chica blog subscribers. Bummer, but I'm making good with it! Re-sign up HERE and you'll be entered to win one of these necklaces. I'll draw a name from my daily subscriber list each week and give one way! Eight total!CLICK HERE TO ENTER!Subscribe in a reader
  • Blog Subscribers: Reminder of my recent move! Please join me!

    Kathy Cano-Murillo
    16 Jun 2013 | 11:12 pm
    http://craftychica.comIt's been three months since I moved over to WordPress and I'm loving it! I've had a LOT of new blog posts - I hope you're not missing them! If you stopped receiving daily emails from me, that means you need to resign up on my new blog.Here is how to do that: 1. Go to Click on any project on the home page.3. Look to the right column and under my picture, you'll see a box that says "SUBSCRIBE BY EMAIL" - simply enter your email and you're set! (OR you can subscribe at Bloglovin)In the meantime, here are some recent projects!Dyed Holographic…
  • Please join me at my new site!

    Kathy Cano-Murillo
    30 May 2013 | 7:00 pm
    My top secret project for the last month!It's been so difficult to keep this one a secret, but finally I can share it with all of you. This month marks TWELVE years since I've launched It's a huge milestone for me, considering all the hours invested every week. All to share our love of crafting! One glitch - I've always had my blog separate from my main site - long story. Now, everything lives under - YAY!!! I'd heard about so many people switching to WordPress and I decided to do that too. I love that I can have the design YOU asked for (more…
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    Today's Creative Blog

  • Free Printable Gift Tags

    20 Dec 2014 | 10:44 am
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog If you are reading this anywhere other than Today's Creative Blog, this content has been stolen. I haven’t started wrapping yet, but when I do, I will have a variety of gift tags to choose from! FREE Printable Gift Tags I am all about Tartan Plaid this year and black and white, so I created these cute gift tags last minute, but thought you’d also enjoy them. Black and White Gift […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a…
  • Last Minute Christmas Ideas – Link Party Palooza!

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:30 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog If you are reading this anywhere other than Today's Creative Blog, this content has been stolen. It’s the Friday before Christmas! Are we ready? If not, I’m sure you’ll find a few Last Minute Christmas ideas on the Link Party Palooza today! I’ve got Printable Gift Tags, Delicious holiday recipes and last minute gift ideas all right here.     Santa Special Delivery Tags Gingerbread Cream Cheese Easy Neighbor Gift- Printable Candy Bar […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative…
  • Printable Christmas Candy Bar Wrapper

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:52 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog If you are reading this anywhere other than Today's Creative Blog, this content has been stolen. Do you remember this Christmas Printable? This is one of my favorite printables for Christmas that the cute gals from Sissy Print designed for me a couple of years ago. I’ve used it to frame like in the photo below, I’ve shrunk it smaller and used for holiday gift tags and bag toppers and now I’m using […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and…
  • DIY Woodland Gift Tags

    17 Dec 2014 | 10:11 am
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog If you are reading this anywhere other than Today's Creative Blog, this content has been stolen. I am crazy for gift tags this year! I have a few printable gift tags to choose from, which make it easy in a pinch. With these DIY Woodland Gift Tags, you’ll have to craft a bit, but you don’t mind. DIY Woodland Gift Tags     DIY Woodland Gift Tags Supplies: Wood tags miniature animals craft paint […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and…
  • Holiday Gift Tag Printables

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:26 am
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog If you are reading this anywhere other than Today's Creative Blog, this content has been stolen. We can ALWAYS use Holiday Gift Tag Printables, right?  Printable Contributor Marlynn from UrbanBliss Life is sharing her latest creation with TCB readers! In her own words…… she is! During all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, I find that the one thing I am constantly running out of when I need them […] Author information Marlynn publisher at Urban Bliss Life Marlynn Schotland is a longtime Pacific…
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    Vanilla Joy

  • Knitted Diamond Weave Hat Pattern

    Kelsey Norwood
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:27 am
    This is another adorable pattern from CreatiKnit - she is the creator of the Gnome Hat and tons of other beautiful knitted hats, mostly for women and children. This one is the Diamond Weave pattern and I LOVE the beautiful texture she creates in her patterns. This one is so adorable, easy, and fun to […]
  • Knitted Gnome Hat Pattern

    Kelsey Norwood
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:16 am
    I’ve been working on making up some of those adorable hat patterns I found on Etsy last week. The Gnome Hat was one of my first – it’s so easy and fast since it’s knitted with bulky yarn and large needles. I LOVE patterns like this – I knit the whole thing in an evening, […]
  • *ROUND UP* 14 Favorite Hat Patterns

    Kelsey Norwood
    3 Dec 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Colder weather always makes me want to pull out my yarn, hooks, and needles. I go on the hunt almost every fall for new favorite hat patterns. I found 14 this season that I love and wanted to share with all of you! Here’s what we have from the top: Green Snake – KNIT – […]
  • Radio Flyer’s 25 Days of Holiday Giveaways: *Day #7* BLAZE the Interactive Rocking Horse

    Kelsey Norwood
    30 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s officially time to panic about holiday shopping! With just over three weeks until Christmas day, time is running out but there are plenty of great deals still left to be had and nothing beats free. Radio Flyer is giving away a toy a day for 25 days – if you start now, that’s a […]
  • *BOOKS OF THE WEEK* 2 Favorites

    Kelsey Norwood
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    We love children’s classics and have been reading one after another the last few months. We’ve been through Pinocchio, Jungle Book, The Wizard of Oz, and a few others. Most recently we picked up Ian Fleming’s modern classic, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. This anniversary edition is beautiful with thick glossy paper, fun illustrations, and a […]
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    house wren studio

  • 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...
  • for my birthday

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:03 am
    So I had that big birthday this year. Way back in September. A few weeks ago, my daughters planned a weekend getaway to celebrate with them. And it was so completely perfect. They whisked me away to a place they...
  • and finally, the winner

    8 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Thank you all so much for entering the giveaway! The lucky winner of all those pretty, crafty things is Virginia! Info to come on the spring event. Happy autumn, friends!
  • vermont getaway giveaway

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

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

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:35 am
  • The poetry of the reverse

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    Quite often I find the reverse of an embroidery moreinteresting, and more tender, than the front...These two came with a lot of vintage textiles I bought.
  • December patchwork

    14 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Someone gave me that striped linen years ago.It has decemberly words, in her handwriting,like "Stollen" (a christmas cake).
  • Exposition in Australia

    5 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    That's my piece "Possum Paper Dream", on the right, whichhas been touring through Australia for a while alreadywith "Exposition" – now shown at the Mundaring Arts Center.It was the "special" project in progress a glimpse ofwhich I'd posted here back in April.The online gallery of the exhibition is here...
  • Saturday snapshots

    29 Nov 2014 | 2:49 am
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    Try Handmade

  • Taylor's Eclectic

    Erika Jurney
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Taylor’s Eclectic: Entirely hand sculpted of paper and wire, this extremely intricate abstract vase truly is the queen of the [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • Interview with Frank Bray of Off Your Rocker

    Erika Jurney
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:04 am
    I build and design rocking chairs, rocking ottomans, kids’ rockers, quilts and crib bedding. Custom orders are my focus, and [more...] Similarly Awesome       
  • Green Love

    Erika Jurney
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:56 pm
    I find the best stuff in the Try Handmade Gallery! Here are some simple and satisfying bath products from Green [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • Little black dress for Spring

    Erika Jurney
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:44 am
    Stacie May: This is a vintage inspired timeless version of the little black dress. It can be dressed up, worn [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • Happy Earth Day

    Rebecca Hadfield
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:24 pm
    US politician Gaylord Nelson, who is said to be the father of the modern environmental movement, organized the very first [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
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  • We’re Getting There

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:41 am
    I thought I would be done by now, at least with the metal part of the Arches Wallpiece. That’s not the case. Turns out that it’s unruly trying to rivet all of this together. Also, I needed the wood piece … Continue reading →
  • 2014 Accomplishments

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    We’re getting into the last two weeks of the year, so I’m going to start my yearly year-end group of round-up posts a little early while we wait for my wall piece to get completed. It’s almost there, I promise. … Continue reading →
  • More Progress on Arches

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:41 pm
    I feel like I was stuck for a while in the middle of two projects with nothing much to show for either. It doesn’t mean I wasn’t working on them, it just means that I was doing things like filing, … Continue reading →
  • Fire in the Arts

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:15 am
    You know I love fire, it’s right there in the name – Hammerstroke & Fire. Of course that’s referring to the fire of my torch I use while creating my art. But metalsmithing isn’t the only art that uses fire … Continue reading →
  • Krampus gives the Naughty What They Deserve This Year

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    29 Nov 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Krampus usually punishes the naughty children on December 5th, but this year he’ll reward you with FREE SHIPPING in my Etsy shop now through the 5th by using the code KRAMPUS at checkout!
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    Fidgety Fingers


    16 Dec 2014 | 7:23 am
    WHAT DID YOU LIKE? It is affordable. The manager is Italian. So, being a foreigner turned local here in Krabi, he is able to tell you what is worth visiting. A local might overlook some of the attractions that they take for granted. The manager also is a good person to suggest where to go, when and what. All the little tips made a lot of difference, like going to Phranang beach early in

    9 Dec 2014 | 7:51 am
    Hoorah! We are due for a beach trip soon. We bought a dry tube bag some time back but have not had the chance to try it out yet. Honestly, a 100% waterproof bag should cost a lot. It is for capsized boats and all. We bought one at Koh Samui and we are pretty sure it is an imitation. I am just wondering how willing am I to try it out when I get to the sea.

    9 Dec 2014 | 6:39 am
    So I was talking to Mick about people in my life who are not really helping. Not that they see things for the worse, but they just don't see. I feel stuck, like a big fish in a pond. And then amongst the many quotes Mick sent came the above. ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW. Of course I want to go far. But the question that life poses is this... How can you go far when some of the people

    9 Dec 2014 | 6:29 am
    My friend Mick sent this quote to me today and it reminded me of the time when I have just tendered my resignation. It was a no brainer for me to leave that company, even without a plan. I guess I am a righteous person and if there is a injustice I will not hesitate to get out of the situation.  I vowed to be professional after my resignation. There was after all some notice period I had to
  • LESSONS IN 2014

    8 Dec 2014 | 11:29 pm
    What an amazing year! And it is coming to a close. I am excited about what more is to come in the future but I also have to work hard to achieve the things I truly want to happen. As much as I believe in the cosmics and enjoy reading Susan Miller's monthly predictions, life doesn't just fall on your lap. There are many valuable lessons I have learnt this year. And since October, a lot of
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    Knitting Naturally Blog

  • Dec 15, Knitting Blanket Squares

    15 Dec 2014 | 5:08 pm
    One of the simplest things that you can do with your kids is knitting blanket squares. It is also a great project if there is more than one kid.
  • Dec 15, Knitting Basics

    15 Dec 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Ready to get started? Let's go through some knitting basics before you start knitting!
  • Dec 15, Knitting Baby Sweaters, Cardigans and Matinee Jackets

    15 Dec 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Knitting baby sweaters, cardigans and matinee jackets is one of my favourite things to do. They are usually made using one of the finer yarns (2, 3, or 4 ply), they are rather quick to knit and they can be just so beautiful!
  • Dec 15, Knitting Baby Shawls

    15 Dec 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Knitting baby shawls is a time consuming but very satisfying process. Generally baby shawls are knitted in fine or very fine yarn (2, 3 or 4 ply) and believe me, there is a lot of knitting involved!
  • Dec 15, Knitting Baby Blankets

    15 Dec 2014 | 4:11 pm
    One of the first things I did when I heard that I was going to be a grandmother was to decide what type of knitted gifts I could make for my new grandchild. Knitting baby blankets is one way of creating a special gift, as each blanket is unique and can become almost a family heirloom.
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    Very Shannon
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:40 am
    It's been a while since we've done a Books on the Table and I thought it was the perfect time to do another one! You all know how much of a book lover I am. Sometimes I have way too many fab books to chat about to give them each their own post. When that happens I put together our fun "Books on the Table" post. I've always got new (and old) books everywhere around the house. They are in the dining room, the living room, my bedroom...all over my my purse...they are everywhere. I love reading and relish in sharing books that I am enjoying. I worked for years in book stores and…

    Very Shannon
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:42 am
    Follie by Lotta Jansdotter, Image Credit: Windham FabricsWho's in the mood to win $75 worth of fabric for Christmas? We're all still under the weather at my house so I figured what better way to cheer myself up than to giveaway a $75 Gift Certificate to the amazing Fat Quarter Shop! Wahoo! Fat Quarter Shop is your go to online fabric shop! They are my favorite place to get charm packs, fat quarter bundles and all my fave prints! Plus have you seen their YouTube channel lately? So many awesome videos to learn and get inspired by as well! If you haven't been to Fat Quarter Shop yet go…

    Very Shannon
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    I'm so excited that you guys have been enjoying our Knitting Playlist on Spotify! It's been so fun to keep adding to it and I listen to it all the time.And by popular request we now have a Very Shannon Christmas Knitting Playlist! You asked - so I answered! Go pour some coffee or hot chocolate, curl up under your fave blanket, light up that tree and get knitting to some of our favorite mood setting Christmas tunes!!!And if you're not in the mood for xmas music don't worry - you can still follow our regular Knitting Playlist anytime! You can find it by clicking below:Have you been enjoying our…

    Very Shannon
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:36 am
    Everyone needs their own cozy, warm, snuggly, fave go to sweatshirt. I just made my new fave.Have you seen the Linden Sweatshirt pattern by Grainline yet? As soon as the talented Jen released it I grabbed a copy. I then set out on a mission to find some seriously cozy sweater knit fabric. Not an easy feat where I live. I managed to luck out and get some at one of our local fabric shops - The Cloth Castle. Bonus - there was a sale! Woot woot! I grabbed this super thick, warm and soft fabric for Linden as well as a thinner one (that I'll show ya later) to whip up another one in. The color of…

    Very Shannon
    8 Dec 2014 | 10:41 am
    Calling all fabric lovers! Do you love fat quarters as much as I do? Would you love to have a fabulously curated bundle of 12 FQ's delivered to you monthly? Don't miss the new Monthly Spark subscription from Fabric Spark!I'm so excited! Fabric Spark is one of my new fave online sewing shops (& they are Canadian too!) and Daryl (the owner) is going to be offering this super fun monthly fabric subscription starting in January and I'm one of the bloggers putting together some of the awesome bundles of FQ's you will receive! Here's a bit more about Monthly Sparks.... "Fabric Spark and…
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    Creating Keepsakes Blog

  • Finding Joy in Paper Crafted Treasures

    5 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Jennifer SchaererEditor in chief As many of you know, the decision has been made to cease publication of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine, and the February 2015 issue will be the last one. Each magazine we’ve published has been a celebration of the joy we all find in creating paper crafted handmade treasures. Whether you’re a card maker, a fan of paper crafted home décor, a memory keeper, or a giver of gifts in custom wrapping, the community that supported this magazine for 11 years will continue to spread love and creativity. This blog, the Facebook pages, and other social media…
  • DIY Christmas Decorations

    28 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Paper Crafted Christmas Decor Hi! How was your Thanksgiving? I know I ate more than I should, but it was all so good, as was the company I enjoyed the meal with. Now that Thanksgiving is over you can officially start decorating for the holidays. And as I mentioned earlier this week, I do start early and I can happily report that all trees are decorated, the village and nativities are on display, and the rest of the house is filled with Christmas spirit in the form of decor. In fact, here’s a picture I took while writing this of the tree by my chair. So let’s look at some options…
  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    It’s Thanksgiving! We hope your day is filled with love, gratitude, and plenty of good food! Happy Thanksgiving from the Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Editors P.S. You can download the Thanksgiving sentiment from the November 2014 issue. Enjoy!  
  • CK Events: Thanksgiving Traditions

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Capture your Thanksgiving memories! When I was a little girl I always knew it was time for Thanksgiving because my mom would set me and my sister in front of bowls and have us peel pomegranates for my grandma’s “Dixie salad”, (recipe below). The whole family would get together and eat a huge meal. As a child, it seemed to take forever to prepare, forever to eat, then forever to clean up. But, I remember enjoying watching my mom in the kitchen and being around my family. It wasn’t the turkey that made the day special, I don’t even like turkey, or pumpkin pie for that matter, but what…
  • Photo Ideas for Birthdays

    17 Nov 2014 | 10:15 am
    Overwhelmed by the thought of trying to capture the entire party in one or two photos? Why not try a dozen or so photos? Show the birthday girl or boy with each of his or her guests, get candid shots of opening the gifts, and don’t forget tot take a picture of the dessert before everyone dives in. Jennifer DeLorenzo created her 9th Birthday layout for The Scrapbooker’s Handbook and used lots of smaller photos to capture the activities, guests, and food from the party. 9th Birthday by Jennifer DeLorenzo for The Scrapbooker’s Handbook Here’s a quick list of ideas for…
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    Elizabeth Anne Designs: The Wedding Blog

  • Welcome To The Weekend

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Happy holidays! With Christmas in our midst and Hanukkah well under way, we are feeling the warmth, love and joy of the season! We hope that you had a festive week filled to the brim with pretty and wish you and yours a fabulous weekend ahead! {Image by Amber Gress via Green Wedding Shoes} A few of our favorites from the week: Is this not a genius way to wrap up wine!? 20 make-ahead holiday breakfast ideas. How adorable are these DIY gingerbread ornaments? Duck Tape is the magic behind these pretty calligraphy cocktail glasses. A disco ball headband would be the perfect accessory for…
  • Sophisticated + Airy Italian Wedding

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Once in a while, a wedding comes that is so sublimely stunning that my breath catches and my heart skips a beat. Silvia and Henning’s wedding at Masseria Potenti is just so. The Manduria resort is ever so lovely, an Italian oasis that was the perfect setting for the couple’s sophisticated, modern wedding. The couple worked with Chic Weddings in Italy to create a wedding in keeping with Italian traditions, but with a modern flair. Herbs and dried florals were festooned above the farmhouse-style tables adorned with centerpieces by Chic Weddings in Italy. We adore the…
  • Soft + Romantic Mountain Wedding

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    No one does a pretty mountain wedding like the amazingly talented Michelle Leo Events and it’s easy to see why this summer Park City stunner is a favorite! The picturesque Montage Deer Valley was the setting for Joe and McKenzie’s summer soiree. With a pastel color palette ranging from powder blue to soft blush and texture galore, the wedding’s design is all about classic romance. After an outdoor ceremony in the glorious Utah sun, guests moved inside and were greeted with a cozy reception room, featuring taper candles, luxurious rosette table runners, and garden-style…
  • Romantic NYC Wedding at The Foundry

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    NYC has some incredible wedding venues, and Long Island City’s The Foundry is sublimely chic. It was an absolutely perfect setting for Aynsley and Nate’s cozy, modern urban wedding. The couple worked with Saipua to bring their whimsical, rustic vibe to life. From the ceremony’s stunning, wild arbor to the garden-style centerpieces in shades of lavender and blush, Saipua created unique and natural florals to accent the soaring space. The couple paid homage to family tradition by inviting their parents to present well-wishes during the ceremony in lieu of a reading, and…
  • Intimate + Colorful Florida Wedding

    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s our favorite time of the year! During the last several weeks of each December, we share some of our absolute favorite events of the year—those that we feel perfectly encapsulate the year in weddings. We’re kicking it off with the most incredible Florida soiree from Justin DeMutiis! Jessica and Arthur have a truly unique love story. Theirs is a romance of many continents: a chance meeting in Thailand while Jessica was backpacking pre-medical school and Arthur, a paratrooper for the British Army, was on leave from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, a long-distance romance and…
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  • Animal Hats

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Adults and children alike will love this collection of wonderful hats, including a cheeky monkey, a brave-hearted lion, and a fabulous frog. With Animal Hats, you'll be able to personify your attitude, one adorable hat at a time!
  • 15 Fabric Flowers to Make + 3 New Unexpected Ideas

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:34 am
    If you want to create a permanent floral centerpiece for your living room or a springy flower accessory to wear with confidence, consider making fabric flowers. These 15 Fabric Flowers to Make 3 New Unexpected Ideas represent a timeless fashion trend that you can use to embellish anything. Learn how to make a fabric flower that really stands out from the crowd and makes a statement. Use them for decorations, wear them or simply give them as a gift. No matter what you choose to do with these fabric flower designs, you'll surely turn heads and get people talking.
  • Free Craft eBooks

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Find all our free downloadable crafting eBooks, including Budget Craft eBooks, Home Decor eBooks and holiday craft eBooks. In each eBook, you'll find easy-to-follow craft projects.
  • Craft Reviews and Giveaways

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:16 am
    Read craft product and craft book reviews and enter to win the product or book. We feature a new craft giveaway every Tuesday and Friday. You can enter once daily.
  • Funky Crochet Earbud Wrap

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:23 am
    Boring earbuds are so last season. Listen to your favorite tunes with a Funky Crochet Earbud Wrap on your headphones. This free crochet pattern uses embroidery floss, not yearn to create a colorful look and one-of-a-kind design. Now you don't have to search high and low for your headbands because the color will certainly pop. Easy crochet patterns can still be pretty daunting, especially if you're a beginner. However, these earphones and quick and easy to complete. Save this pattern for a birthday or holiday - buy a new pair of headphones and customize them with this delightful DIY wrap.
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  • Need a Knit Dishcloth Pattern? You’re In Luck

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Now that I live on my own and have my very own kitchen, I know one thing for sure: everything costs money. When I was a kid, items would just magically appear, I would use them and that would be that. But now, I have so many responsibilities, including keeping my kitchen clean and stocked with necessary items. One thing I never thought about growing up was dishcloths. Now that I’m older, I know just how important it is to have a good sturdy dishcloth that you can reuse over and over again. After all, paper towels are costly and wasteful! Thankfully, FaveCrafts has a bunch of knit…
  • 13 Mason Jar Crafts To Make Now (And Later)

    11 Dec 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Mason jars are my absolute favorite craft supply. They aren’t intimidating, they don’t cost much and they’re infinitely adaptable – what’s not to like? Since Christmas is just around the corner and I haven’t started shopping for gifts yet, I’m feeling a twinge of last-minute anxiety. Since I don’t have a ton of time to look for gifts, I’m considering creating a few of these Mason jar crafts and giving them to my friends. My favorite idea is decorating the outside of a Mason jar and filling it with candy. I must say, though, I love…
  • Not Too Late To Decorate! 13 Christmas Crafts

    5 Dec 2014 | 10:19 am
    Wait, how is already December? Just five minutes ago, I was laying out in the sun, soaking up the last few rays of the season. Almost overnight, the days became darker and the air became chillier. I feel like the holiday season arrived before I could fully prepare! Do you feel the same way? If you’re a little behind on your holiday crafting, you’re not alone. Luckily, you can still make plenty of crafts before December 25th. Decorating your space for the holiday season is by far one of the best aspects of Christmas, so don’t miss out on the fun! These holiday projects…
  • Which type of scarf are you? + 24 Scarves to Make in One Night

    28 Nov 2014 | 9:21 am
    Discover your crocheting/knitting style by taking this quiz! Then figure out which pattern you should try next based on your results. *Grab a scrap piece of paper and a pen to record how man A’s, B’s, C’s, or D’s you get!* When bundling up for the cold, you always reach for… A. Something to keep all the cold air AWAY from your neck at all costs B. Something that will get the job done but not make you look like a marshmallow C. Something that you can wear several different ways depending on the weather D. A hat, a scarf, two pairs of gloves and anything else to…
  • Crafty Word Search + 8 Crafts We’re Obsessed With

    27 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    Everybody loves word searches right? Take a moment to look at this word search and see what words you find. The best part? There’s no answer key! So everyone who searches will find their own set of three words. No cheating!   We’re also totally OBSESSED with these craft projects: Shockingly Easy Sewn iPhone Pouch The perfect gift idea! Scallop Hem Skirt New Year’s Eve anyone? Warm and Fuzzy Winter Booties Someone make these for me, right now Homemade Snowflake Window Clings Great project to do with your kids! Glamorous Party Shirt LOVE Super Fancy Fabric…
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    Merriment Design

  • Gold and White Painted Wooden Card Box DIY

    Kathy Beymer
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Make a quick and easy DIY gift idea with a hint of glamour: a gold and white painted wooden storage box. And there’s a surprise inside: this cute little wooden box actually fits two decks of playing cards. Hooray, this is perfect for my bridge-playing mom! Are you making DIY gifts this season? Keep reading to see how to enter to win one of five $100 Jo-Ann gift cards and get featured on the Jo-Ann Make Gifts Merrier Holiday Hub with the hashtag #MakeitGiveit. Jo-Ann sponsored this wooden card box DIY project and all opinions are mine. I’ve been a little obsessed with the…
  • GIVEAWAY: $200 in credit at

    Kathy Beymer
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Tis the season for Minted! The talented independent artists at Minted are generously giving a $200 in credit at to a Merriment Design reader just in time for the holidays. Keep reading to see how to enter to win! You could use the $200 Minted credit for gifts for friends and family like art prints and personalized stationery, or use the credit for your family for holiday cards, holiday party decor and holiday home decorations. Naturally, Minted is *the* place to make beautifully designed holiday cards like this one called Happy Holly Days… …and unique family holiday…
  • DIY Personalized Crowns for a Princess Birthday Party

    Kathy Beymer
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:03 pm
    I made these personalized 3D paper crowns for Elise’s princess birthday party and each one took only about 10 minutes to make. Really. Elise requested “all the princesses” birthday party so I thought it would be fun to make paper king and queen paper crowns for both boys and girls. Silhouette America sent me a Silhouette Portrait machine (thank you, Silhouette America!) to review and all opinions here are mine. I wanted to use it right away! Elise’s birthday was just a few days away so I wanted to start with something simple because I know there’s a learning…
  • The Best 30+ Halloween Songs for Kids Playlist (that parents will like too)

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

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

  • Funny Face Magnet Gift Wrap

    Rachel Faucett
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:07 pm
      My kids were helping me clean out old boxes the other day when they stumbled across my old Mr. Potato Head doll. Before I knew it, my beloved spud looked more like something Picasso would’ve dreamt up than my favorite childhood toy. The kids got such a kick out of giving him arms for legs and replacing his ears with feet, I knew I had to somehow recreate this magic. With Fiskars Amplify Mixed Media Shears, Funny Face Magnet Gift Wrap is simple to make and quite literally gives each gift magnetic personality.   Creating this clever cast of characters is a cinch using Fiskars…
  • Light Up The Holidays with Painted Ice Lanterns

    Gina Vide
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:25 am
    Ice Lanterns are magical stage-setters on their own. Add color to the mix and the results are dazzling! Painted Ice Lanterns are simple enough for all ages to make and look so cool, every member of the family will want to create their own. My kids and I painted the ones pictured in this post and had so much fun, our freezer is now filled with colorful globes. We can’t wait for you to do the same. WHAT YOU NEED Latex balloons Water Scissors Food coloring, diluted with water Paint brushes Tea lights Wax paper or freezer paper HOW-TO 1. Slip the lip of the balloon over a faucet head. 2.
  • Make A Winter Wonderland of Chocolate Melt Trees

    Sandra Denneler
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm
      Is it just me, or do you crave ice cream in the winter too? We had a crazy cold snap last wee, yet I found myself wandering down the frozen food aisle at the grocery store, hunting for a carton of Ben & Jerry’s Minter Wonderland. The heart wants what the heart wants. Am I right? After I enjoyed a bowl (or two), I was inspired to make this minty, winter wonderland dessert — a colorful forest of chocolate candy melt trees, atop a mountain of whipped cream and mint chocolate chip ice cream. This would be a fabulous frozen treat to share with family, friends or co-workers…
  • Give the Gift of a Simple Stitch

    Katie Anderson
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Every year I throw an annual mother-daughter holiday get-together. Close friends and family gather to dish and craft until the wee hours of the morning, making whatever holiday craft we’ve chosen for that year. Having recently learned to sew, my youngest daughter insisted that this year’s project give her a chance to show off her chops. Luckily, we just so happen to have a craft that fits the bill perfectly. Bucilla Handmade Charlotte Stitchables make a super fun craft party activity and they’re simple enough for seamstresses of all sizes to get their sew on. You can…
  • Recycled Newspaper Holiday Decorations

    Jodi Levine
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:08 pm
    My sons love to do origami. Recently they wanted large paper to fold, larger than the biggest origami paper we had. We tried wrapping paper, which folded nicely, but tended to damage easily. And, well, I didn’t want to use up all my wrapping paper! I realized newspaper is thin and folds easily. Adding a coat of paint makes for more colorful snowflakes, and strengthens the paper too! Painting sheets of newspaper provides an inexpensive material to snip and fold into big, easy, and quick holiday decorations like snowflakes, trees and doilies. How-To Step 1 Cover your surface with…
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    Flower Girl Designs Collection

  • Twister Illusions

    5 Dec 2014 | 11:11 am
    This is the next quilt I plan on working on, I love the colors and it looks like fun to make. I will keep you updated, once I start it.
  • Quick Quilts Magazine- Quilt

    5 Dec 2014 | 11:07 am
    I love Magazines and especially Quick Quilts Magazine, I made this quilt from the magazine and I think it turned out gorgeous. I made a little collage of the Magazine that the pattern was in and a picture of my finished quilt. I only finished the top and I plan on quilting it this winter.
  • Fleece Small Dog Coat pdf Pattern

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

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

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

  • Visions of Sugar Plums

    Oda May
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Oda May here with my Christmas wish list. There’s a balance of wants and needs with some fabric sprinkled on top. {Sanibel by Gina Martin}  This cheerful and colorful line has me ready for summer. The cold weather is nice around Christmas but come January once the tree and decorations come down, I’ll be ready for sunshine. {Bella Solids Junior Jelly Rolls®} With 20 strips instead of the 42 in a typical jelly roll, this smaller size is perfect for mixing and matching. I chose three of my favorite Bella Solids colors: 9900JJR 27 | 30s Pink, 9900JJR 85 | Robin’s Egg, and…
  • All I Want For Christmas

    Oda May
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:03 pm
    All I Want For Christmas is FABRIC! This week we will be hearing from several Chefs and guests sharing their dream quilting/sewing list for Santa to put under the tree. This series of posts will give you a sneak peek at upcoming fabric lines as well as an introduction to some notions that you may not have seen before. Join us through Christmas, starting tomorrow with Oda May’s list.
  • ABC . . . Read With Me Quilt

    Melissa Corry
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Hello fellow Bake Shop Friends.  I am so glad to be back at the Moda Bake Shop with another fun quilt tutorial to share with you.  I’m Melissa from Happy Quilting.  Last year I shared my Read With Me quilt on the Moda Bake Shop.  Then, Moda, shared their amazing Spell It With Moda letter patterns and I knew I needed to combine the two.   The result was ABC . . . Read With Me.  I hope you like it as much as I do 1 Fat Quarter Bundle of LOL by Me and My Sister Designs 3 3/4 Yards White Bella Solid 1/2 Yard of Black Bella Solid 5 Yards of Backing 2 Yards of Fusible Webbing Spell…
  • Stocking Gift Card Holders

    Julie Hirt
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Hi! I’m Julie from 627handworks and I’m going to show you a fun way to present gift cards this season.  These stockings are also a great size for small gifts or even to share candy with friends and co-workers.   Easily add embellishments or quilted panels to personalize them even more. 1 Holiday Layer Cake (Pine Fresh by Sandy Gervais) Optional: Ribbon and Trim Batting Scraps for Quilted Panels Moda Gift Card Stocking Template PDF Open up your layer cake and pair the prints into 21 groups. Print and cutout the template provided above. Fold your fabric square in half and place…
  • Ring Around the Rosies Quilt

    Jo Kramer
    6 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
      Hello from Jo and Kelli at Jo’s Country Junction.  We’re here with you today to show you our latest creation made with Moda’s Rambling Rose.  The second we saw the beautiful line with pretty floral prints we knew we wanted to make something with it.  Our Ring Around the Rosies was so fun to make.    We made a bonus quilt with the leftovers.  Make sure to read through the entire pattern to find the bonus baby quilt we made. Finished Block Size: 8” Finished Quilt Size:  77 ½” x 89” 2 Jelly Rolls of Rambling Rose 2 1/2 yards neutral background 3/4 yard for…
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    How Does She

  • BIG FAT Bohemian Braid – So easy and so darling.

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Kylee from Kylee’s Korner is back to teach us how to do a care-free, yet gorgeous braid in minutes flat! I think it’s fair to say we all love Kylee’s style. Kylee is the queen of easy, gorgeous tutorials.  Make sure to follow her on Instagram and on her YouTube channel for more inspiration!
  • The 2 Types of Parents: Which are you?

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:55 am
        I’d never heard the term helicopter parent until I was accused of being one in a comment here.  Apparently I was one due to my no-sleepover rule. Rather than be upset by this accusation, I began to wonder–what is this thing they speak of…this “helicopter parent?”  So I dug deeper;  if I’m going to be labeled something, I at least want to know what it is. {hel-i-kopt-ter} parent Like its namesake, a helicopter parent hovers over her child, ready to swoop down in an instant when they are in trouble, upset, or need an extra ice cube for…
  • In Defense of Following the Crowd

    Kathryn Thompson
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:15 am
    I’ve always thought Facebook birthday posts were a waste of time and I would never send them. They don’t mean, “I love you,” or, “I hope you’re having a great birthday.” What they really mean is, “I am a slave to social media. A message popped up and told me to say this so I did.” Except when it’s my birthday. When it’s my birthday, I’m convinced that every one of those people really cares about me and takes the time to send me good wishes because we’re such great friends. This is a standard of the doubling variety, I know. On the one hand, I feel like it’s a…
  • CHRISTMAS KitKat Cake Kids can MAKE!

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:36 pm
  • 3D Mini Gingerbread Houses

    Ana Helena Campbell
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:19 am
    I just can’t believe I am back again in the kitchen making gingerbread houses. This time last year I was building a gingerbread village as a centerpiece for an afternoon tea party at my church that took me almost a week to make from start to finish. It was so worthwhile, and I was so happy with the results. It was also my first time ever building a village from scratch. For years I have been buying those cute gingerbread houses sets we get from the stores, but for this event I knew I wanted to make something special. For the past few years tables at the afternoon tea are decorated…
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    Inner Child Fun

  • Things to Do in Winter with Kids

    13 Dec 2014 | 8:29 pm
    Here is a super convenient list of things to do in Winter with kids during the holiday break, outlined in a handy ebooklet printable! This adorable ebooklet features ONE DOZEN of our most popular holiday crafts, recipes, and activities from Inner Child Fun Media sites. Each project features beautiful photos, detailed instructions, and helpful supply lists. Most of these projects use common […]
  • Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas

    11 Dec 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Need some simple ideas for handmade gifts this holiday season?? Here is a collection of some of our favorite handmade holiday gift ideas for everyone on your list. Added bonus, the kids can help make many of these, keeping them entertained while actively participating in the gift making process! Aren’t handmade holiday gifts the best?? […]
  • Handmade Holiday – Chili Mix in a Jar Recipe

    8 Dec 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Chili mix in a jar is a quick, simple, and frugal gift idea everyone is sure to love. Nothing takes the chill out of winter like a warm bowl of chili! The kids and I made these a few years ago, and they were a HUGE hit! The kids took turns measuring out the ingredients and […]
  • Holiday Gift Idea for Kids – Tinker Crate

    3 Dec 2014 | 1:50 pm
    I am excited to share with you a new product from our friends at Kiwi Crate that is designed for kids ages 9-16 to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematic (STEM) skills! The new Tinker Crate subscription service has been a HUGE hit with my kids!! Each month, they look forward to receiving a package […]
  • Family Movie Night for Thanksgiving

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:59 am
    With the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner, we thought it would be fun to have a family movie night featuring the movie Free Birds and a quick Thanksgiving turkey craft to go along with it! The kids thought these cards were so much fun to make, and they cannot wait to mail them off […]
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    Knitting for Charity: Easy, Fun and Gratifying

  • With Leftover Yarn, Knit These Free Patterns for Winter and Christmas

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:45 pm
    I wanted to continue offering patterns for those who want quick knits that they can use leftover yarn for. But at the same time, Christmas is coming quickly, and it seemed like the time was right for for some Christmas (or at least winter-themed) patterns.
  • A New Knitting Charity to Support Premature Infants and Sleeping Angels

    14 Dec 2014 | 8:45 pm
    It is a bittersweet fact that many a knitting charity has been born and developed following a tragedy in a knitter's life. While human suffering is always a tragedy, it is a testament to the human spirit that so many are able to take dark times in their lives and find a way to help others.
  • Need Quick Gifts to Knit for Christmas?

    11 Dec 2014 | 8:45 pm
    It's December! The last month of the year, and hopefully it isn't a time when you're panicking about what you can possibly make for friends and relatives in just a few weeks. (I certainly am not...*ahem*.)
  • Project Linus UK: Offering Blankets to Needy Children since 2000

    7 Dec 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Project Linus is a very well-known charity organization that donates handmade blankets to children. They have been in existence since 1995, distributing security blankets to thousands of needy children all over the United States.
  • Do Charity Knitters Stop Knitting When the Weather Gets Warmer?

    4 Dec 2014 | 8:45 pm
    A few weeks ago I asked readers on our Facebook this question: "Are you seasonal knitters, or do you knit all year round?" I asked because I was curious. I expected to have a mix of results, some knitters confessing they stopped knitting when the weather grew warm, others declaring they knit all year round.
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  • Holiday Giveaway!

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:10 am
    Hello everyone and welcome to my very first…  Giveaway info: You’re entering to win the wood turned sea urchin ornament pictured above, handmade by me. You can enter 3 different ways: Youtube: You must be a subscriber and then simply leave a comment on the video where I announced the giveaway, RIGHT HERE. Twitter: You must be a follower and then retweet THIS TWEET that contains the photo above with the hashtag #chezlin2014xmas. Blog: Leave a comment down below. Don’t forget to leave a valid email so I can contact you if you win! Giveaway ends 12/28/14 and winners will be…
  • Sea Urchin Ornaments Part Deux

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:06 am
    Yesterday I posted a video of me making an ornament with a sea urchin using a lathe to turn the parts for it. I realize not everyone has access to a lathe, so I decided to put together some sea urchin ornaments using materials that a lot of crafters would have but also would be easy to find at your local craft store. A little video summary will follow! I will be doing a giveaway for the wood turned ornament from yesterday, so if you’re interested in that, click here for more information. I made two different kinds of ornaments.  One using a drawer pull I bought at my local craft store,…
  • Wood Turned Sea Urchin Ornaments

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    A few months ago my husband bought a lathe, so I decided I’d learn how to use it. I’ve learned what I know from a combination of him teaching me and watching youtube videos so there might be some things I’m doing wrong or could do better. If anyone has any tips for me, please let me know! My most recent project on the lathe was a finial and topper for a sea urchin ornament. I decided to take video and share it with you all! This isn’t a tutorial video or anything, but if you’re interested in  the other ornaments that make an appearance at the end, I’ll be…
  • DIY Embroidered Appliqué

    11 Dec 2014 | 7:13 am
    A few months ago I came across a sweater that I totally fell for. It was the embroidered crane sweater from the Altuzarra for Target collection. I just loved the design and the placement of it, but of course, being the crafter that I am, I ended up talking myself into embroidering some of my own designs and throwing them onto a sweater to create something that has the same feeling like the original sweater. So today’s project is going to be the embroidered appliqué that I made to attach to a thrifted sweater. Keep reading for a video summary! Here’s what you’ll need.
  • 3 Easy Beanie Mods

    4 Dec 2014 | 7:31 am
    I love beanies. Like shoes and scarves, I feel like you can never have too many. Since it’s finally starting to get cold where I live, I thought I’d put together a few ways to spruce up some simple, plain beanies. A summary of the video will follow! For the first beanie I embellished it with two pom poms to give it a sort of teddy bear ear-esque look. Hover over the images or click on them to see instructions!   This second beanie mod is inspired by Korean fashion. One of my guilty pleasures is Kpop music, and I feel like I was always seeing the idols wearing cute beanies…
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    Dollar Store Crafts

  • Dollar Tree Haul: Glitter Power!

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    This week, Heather's trip to Dollar Tree was fueled by GLITTER!  (Okay, not all glitter, but she definitely did bring home lots of sparkle!)  See what she got and what she plans to do with all of her finds in the video above - or keep scrolling to see pictures of her purchases. Fine Glitter Mini Salt and Pepper Shakers Santa Beard Pops Glitter Confetti Table Scatter Toy Dinosaurs, Plastic Plates Stocking Caps Gloves Fleece Scarves
  • 10 Glitter Crafts that Aren’t Cheesy

    Becky Striepe
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Back when I had a crafty biz, I chose the name Glue and Glitter. It was a nod to my crafty roots and those hoakey glitter paintings that you'd do as a kid. When I stopped selling my crafts, I kept the name, because it just brings up so many good, nostalgic feelings for me. I love how glitter looks in kid craft projects, but glitter doesn't have to be just for kid crafts! Here are 10 grown-up ways to get your glitter on. 1. Glitter Watch - Make a Kate Spade-inspired glitter watch with chunky glitter and lots of glue. 2. Glitter Mason Jars - Sparkly centerpieces are lovely on the holiday table,…
  • Tutorial: DIY Glitter Dispensers

    17 Dec 2014 | 8:41 am
    Have you seen the little multi-color packages of fine glitter that Dollar Tree carries?  It comes in an array of gorgeous colors, but unlike the coarser glitter that they sell in shakers, this stuff comes in little plastic bags.  I'm sure you can imagine the potential for a mess once you've cut open all of those little bags...  Ack! Luckily, I found a clever solution to this problem in the form of little salt and pepper shakers!  Watch the video for details, or keep scrolling for more. Project estimate: Glitter, on hand or $1 Salt and pepper shakers, $1 Total:  $1 and up The idea is just…
  • Tutorial: Designer-Inspired Faux Bronze Christmas Ornament

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    When this picture showed up in my Pinterest feed, I knew immediately that I wanted to try to make my own version.  I dashed off to Dollar Tree to buy the extra large ornaments I had seen there a few days earlier, and started hatching a plan.  After I was done, I eventually clicked on the Pinterest link and realized the ornaments I had copied were porch sized, but I'm still going to check this off as a successful knock off.  Here's how to turn a dollar store ornament into a faux bronze embossed ornament. Project Estimate: Ornament - $1 Tulip Puffy Paint - on hand or $2 Gold Spray Paint (I…
  • Tutorial: Recycled Gift Tin

    15 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Recently our crafty pal Tanner shared his haul of Christmas goodies from Dollar Tree with us - and today he is back with a fun project!  This recycled gift tin is super easy, no fancy gift wrapping skills required.  You can use this idea with many different shapes and sizes of containers, so you can adjust it to fit many different gifts depending on your needs.  Watch the video below for the how-to, or keep scrolling for written directions! Project estimate: Empty chip canister or other container, on hand or $1 and up Duct tape, on hand or $1 Ribbon, on hand or $1 Total:  Free and up! Be…
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    Phyllis Dobbs Blog

  • Say “Merry Christmas” with a Christmas Stockings Quilt.

    14 Dec 2014 | 9:48 am
    One of the traditional and fun activities of Christmas is hanging the stockings to be filled by Santa. I have a collection of stockings that I have made over the years or received as gifts, all in a variety of techniques including sewing, quilting, applique, embellishment, embroidery, cross stitch and needlepoint.  With stockings on … Continue reading
  • Halloween Quilting with this Spooky Ghost Pattern!

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

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

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

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

  • Cómo decorar la mesa esta navidad

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:36 am
    Hoy quiero dar algunas ideas para decorar la mesa estas fiestas. Al final todos los aburrimos con las típicas decoraciones navideñas, además siempre es divertido variar. Ideas sencillas y muy fáciles de llevar a cabo que dejarán a tu familia con la boca abierta. Nunca más os dirán que sois unos sosos a la hora de decorar y siempre os pedirán consejo sobre cómo decorar una habitación si me hacéis caso ¡prometido! 1. Utilizar flores. Las flores siempre funcionan durante todo el año, ya sean frescas o secas. Además las podéis hacer de papel (son muy sencilla de realizar), de tela…
  • Árboles de navidad hechos a mano originales y bonitos

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:32 am
    Hoy os traigo un montón de árboles de navidad hechos a mano, todos terriblemente originales para que destaquéis estas fiestas. Además hiper sencillos de fabricar para que los rezagados puedan hacerlo en menos de una tarde ¿Preparados? Para los hypsters que además no tienen mucho espacio donde guardar cosas en casa. Una tela y algo de maña y alohop (visto aquí) Para los que les gusta reciclar, pueden convertir un palé en un precioso árbol (visto aquí) Para los minimalistas que adoran un toque de color con unas maderas y algunas bolas bonitas y ¡perfecto! (visto aquí) Para los que…
  • Tendencia de estampados de invierno

    12 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Todos los años la tendencia de estampados de invierno cambia, y eso nos da la excusa perfecta para tener que ir de compras a cambiar nuestros armarios y las cortinas, colchas, cojines… En fin, que esto ya es cosa de cada una y de su bolsillito (que tampoco hay que volverse muy locas comprando, que al año que viene tenemos la oportunidad de volver a cambiarlo todo). Para este invierno, las tendencias de estampados son muy opuestas, los estampados con tejidos futuristas y geométricos y los estampados con aire romántico. Se llevan los estampados modernos hechos a mano de diferentes…
  • Ideas para decorar y celebrar cosas bonitas

    2 Dec 2014 | 11:42 pm
    Hoy os voy a dar algunas ideas para decorar y celebrar cosas bonitas, porque lo mejor de la vida es celebrar que las cosas marchan bien con quien más quieres. Os animo a celebrar por qué sí, por que hace un día bonito y queréis decorarlo todo especial. A veces pequeñas cosas nos ayudarán a hacer que cualquier pequeña celebración sea la más especial: unos platos bonitos, algunos globos y unas guirnaldas bastarán para decorar vuestro hogar y convertirlo en un lugar precioso… ¡luego no querréis quitarlo nunca! Si rellenáis los globos con confeti quedarán así de bonitos…
  • Ideas para hacer bordados bonitos

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:39 am
    Me encantan los bastidores bordados para las bodas o decorar una simple pared. Aprender a bordar es relativamente sencillo y te permitirá dibujar con hilo en una gran variedad de superficies, para demostrarlo he recopilado algunas ideas para hacer bordados bonitos ¡Espero que os gusten! Hilo azul, tela blanca y un bastidor de madera Visto aquí No todo tiene porque ser hilo, también se pueden unir técnicas y juntar collage con bordado Visto aquí ¿Y si te atreves a bordar a punto de cruz esa vieja silla que tienes por casa? Idea vista aquí Las telas estampadas también se pueden bordar…
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    Scoutie Girl

  • Weekend Reads: Holiday Edition Take 2

    Amanda Rose
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last Friday, I shared with you some of my favorite holiday articles and DIYs of the week. There was so much goodness out there in the internet universe that I just had to share another holiday edition with you this week! Whether you need to do some last minute shopping, holiday entertaining, or just want to get in the festive spirit this weekend, I’ve got you covered with plenty of links to holiday goodness! This super cute printable place mat for Santa. These tasty pickled vegetable gift ideas. These yummy lemon linzer cookies. This gift guide for the crafter. This amazing cheese plate…
  • What is the Cost of Not Daring?

    Vanessa Anstee
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    As we come to the end of 2014, I want to invite you to celebrate with me and from the place of celebration, look forward to what you want to create in 2015. Celebrations matter When we celebrate what’s happening, we feed our resourcefulness and momentum. Even when we feel like there’s nothing to celebrate or acknowledge, we can surprise ourselves with what we can find, if we just look. It’s a muscle that we can work and as we start to look for the learning and opportunity in everything, our resilience grows. We begin to stretch and appreciate that every situation offers learning of some…
  • Artists Helping Artists

    Lucinda Sage-Midgorden
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Raku Bottle with Blue Neck by Barry Midgorden Opening up to your creative side means you must become vulnerable. That can be a scary proposition. I’m married to an artist, so I know. We criticize ourselves and think what we’re creating isn’t good. In the beginning it’s hard to acknowledge that, you won’t always produce beautiful work. Some of it will be terrible and some mediocre. That’s okay because it’s all about clearing out muck to get to the diamond deep inside. All I can say is that it’s a process and no one goes through the steps at the same rate or in the same…
  • Easiest Ever Holiday Sandwich Cookies

    Amanda Rose
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    I used to do tons of baking around the holidays, but would always end up with most of it sitting around our house…just waiting for me to eat it. As much as I enjoy indulging in holiday goodies, I always felt bad for eating, well…all of it. So this year I decided to cut back on the baking and make some easier sweet treats instead. Added bonus? You can make small or large batches of these! So, whether you just have a few guests coming for a dinner party, or an open house with 50 people wandering in and out, this is the perfect treat that will make just the right amount. There are…
  • Your Holiday Entertaining Grocery List

    Amanda Rose
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    While entertaining can be fun, sometimes it gets stressful to menu plan for a large number of guests. I’ve found that it’s so much easier for me to make last minute menu decisions based on what I have available, rather than trying to come up with a precise grocery list and attempt recipes I’ve never made before. Below are many of my go-to grocery items for the winter/holiday season and are perfect ideas for entertaining this season! Continue below the list for ideas on how to use this mishmash of ingredients. Don’t let entertaining stress you out this year. Get…
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    Wee Folk Art

  • Christmas Wishes

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:26 am
    FOR UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN Wishing all of our Christian friends and their families a most blessed and joyous Christmas and for all of our other friends, hoping the joy of the season touches your lives, too! Merry Christmas! Fondly, Kimara and Michelle Michelle and I will be off celebrating the holiday with family and friends. We will return Saturday, January 3, 2015 with an awesome give-away you won't want to miss. Although we will not be "officially" here, we will occasionally be checking our emails, so if you need to contact us you can reach me at Seasons Greetings!
  • Miles to Go Before I Sleep

    17 Dec 2014 | 3:38 am
    I must admit as a young child I did not read much poetry. Oh, sure, I had learned most of the nursery rhymes by heart and marveled at lines like "Mary, Mary, quite contrary" and "Peter, Peter pumpkin eater" and would say them over and over again, enjoying the sensation of the words dancing over my lips, but it wasn't until I was in 8th grade and had an English teacher that believed poems nourished the soul and should greedily be devoured that I fell in love with poetry. I memorized my favorites, and whenever I found myself in mundane situations that required my presence, I leafed through…
  • Layered Peppermint Bark with Salt

    15 Dec 2014 | 6:15 am
    One of my family's favorite treats at Christmas is Peppermint Bark. It is very easy to make, festive looking, and happily for Fairy-girl... gluten free. It also makes a nice gift to share with teachers and friends. Although I love the peppermint, chocolate combination, I also love the chocolate, salt combination that has become so popular. This year, I decided to try making a batch of our Easy Peppermint Bark with a sprinkling of kosher salt. It has been a bit hit around here. Ingredients 12 oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips 12 oz bag white chocolate chips 10-12 candy candies (crushed)…
  • Artterro Give-Away :: Creativity Party Pack

    13 Dec 2014 | 5:20 am
    Comments are now closed. Congratulations Chiska! Please contact me within 3 days to claim your prize. They all look so fun!  I Permalink Submitted by Chiska (not verified) on Sat, 12/13/2014 - 09:49 They all look so fun!  I think the biggest hit at my house would be the bubble wand. Use the code WFA20 to receive 20% off orders until 12/18/2014. Orders placed by December 18 will arrived in time for Christmas. For orders placed later, call/email for expedited shipping option. Sponsor: Artterro: Eco Art Kits Give-Away Date: Saturday, December 13, 8am EST – Monday, December 15, 8am EST Number…
  • Hugs and Kisses Baby Quilt

    12 Dec 2014 | 4:19 am
    Soon after my DIL Raewyn found out she was pregnant, she called and asked if I would do her a favor.  "Sure", I said. "Want me to climb a mountain, swim a sea?" I'd do just about anything for the mother of my sixth grandbaby. "No, I would just like you to make the baby a blanket." Say no more, say no more, nudge nudge, wink, wink. Gammy is on it! Her only request was she wanted it to match the nursery, which is yellow and gray. Also, she doesn't like things that are overly girly. No problem. Only, it did turn out to be a bit of a challenge. Although I think yellow and gray is pretty…
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  • Custom Physiques | Northern Cincinnati

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:11 pm
    A friend wanted to workout together and invited me to Megan’s boot camp at Custom Physiques. Since the first session was free and I’m known for going to any studio that will have me, I was all in! We warmed up on the treadmills and then since there were 6 of us, Megan set up six stations/exercise for 1 minute of work and we did this two times. Then, she set up a second round. We finished with ab work. During this time, there was only one other trainer working with one person and they finished before we were done. It was a fast and fun workout that wasn’t boring. My fear with…
  • CoreStrong | Covington

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

    5 Nov 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Since I’m a before work workout enthusiast I like to have something portable to have after my workouts while driving to work and usually a protein drink is the easiest way to accomplish this. Premier Protein offered me product and compensation for this post, but opinions are all mine. Connect with Premier Protein Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram These individual protein drinks are great because I don’t have to worry about keeping it upright while carrying all my bags out the door in the morning and getting everything situated in the car. Maybe not a big deal to some, but…
  • GoPro with Your Fitness Fun

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

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

  • Crochet Cuffs

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:21 am
    Description: These crochet cuffs look great as bracelets, but I think they might also look good lengthened, and worn as headbands. Craft Link:Crochet Cuffs Read More: Crochet or Home
  • Free Cape Pattern

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:49 am
    Description: Nice cape pattern. It’s a little more tailored than most cape patterns, which is something I like. Craft Link :Tonia Cape Pattern Read More : Sewing or Home
  • How To Design Cross-Stitch Pillows

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    I adore com­merc­ially manu­fac­tur­ed cross stitch pillow kits.  The de­signs are beaut­i­ful, the ins­truc­tions are clear, the threads are all as­sem­bled and most even come with an ex­tra need­le. The problem is, commercial kits are generic. They often clash with my fabrics patterns and color schemes.  As a result, though the kits are fun to make up, I usually give away the finished projects. To solve this dilemma, I’ve started designing my own cross-stitch pillows. Here’s how…. Guidelines For Choosing A Pattern I like to create patterns…
  • Almond Flower Cake

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:02 am
    Description: This cake is super easy to decorate, yet I think it’s just as nice (if not nicer) than cakes with elaborate icings and designs. Craft Link: Almond Flower Cake Read More: Cake Decorating or Home
  • Free Coat Pattern

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:20 am
    Description: I love the shape and the swing of this coat. Craft Link: Free Coat Pattern Read More: Sewing or Home
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    Paper and Stitch

  • 6 (Holiday) DIYs to Try This Weekend

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:04 am
    There’s less than a week left until Christmas, so this weekend is as good a time as any to finish up any last minute holiday DIYs before family starts coming into town. Right? Here are a handful of my favorites right now to get you started… 1. typographic gift toppers from me (for Curbly) 2. woven stocking DIY from Rachel for A Beautiful Mess 3. DIY ways to wrap gifts from Natalie for designlovefest 4. merry and bright wall art DIY (an oldie but goodie) 5. giant color blocked DIY wall ornaments (these are one of my faves right now) 6. last minute holiday ornaments…
  • Holiday Hustle: DIY Ornaments in Under an Hour

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:02 am
    Remember that DIY Easter eggs project I did earlier this year, with permanent markers? Well, I happen to have a few extra ornaments lying around this year, so I thought I’d turn them into a Christmas version of the Easter eggs, for fun. These DIY ornaments would be a great weekend project, since they’re so quick and easy. And they’d also be a cute last minute gift for friends, if you’re headed out to any holiday parties this weekend. Here’s how you can make your own batch in less than an hour… Supplies: round ornaments // flat finish spray paint //…
  • Wrap It Up: Fabric Wrapped Holiday Gifts

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:01 am
    I’ve had a few of Jeff’s old button down shirts sitting in a topple-worthy pile of fabric for, no exaggeration, at least two years now. Eeee. Soooo…instead of letting those old shirts continue to collect dust in my craft closet, I decided to wrap some holiday gifts with them.   And the best part is, you don’t even need any tape! Just an old shirt and a pair of scissors. You could just as easily use plain fabric if you don’t have any shirts to recycle at the moment. You can check out the full tutorial over on Momtastic, where I shared the full step by step…
  • 7 (Quick) Ways to Get Your DIY on This Christmas

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:03 am
    There are only nine days left until Christmas (!?!). Which means, there isn’t a whole lot of time left for DIY projects, in between decorating and shopping and baking cookies. BUT you can probably find a little bit of time for a project or two, right? Maybe just a teeny tiny bit? Because I have a handful of super easy (and super quick) holiday projects for you to try. Some old, some new. All under an hour to create, from start to finish… 1. DIY Cranberry Wreath 2. DIY Holiday Bouquet 3. Holiday Postcard Printable 4. Hanging Holiday Dip Dyed Decor 5. DIY Holiday Gift Wrap…
  • How to Host the Coziest Holiday Party for Friends

    15 Dec 2014 | 5:01 am
    In my book, the best party to host during the holidays is one with close friends. Why? With friends, you don’t have to put on a show or pretend you know how to cook a glazed ham to perfection—there’s no big production necessary—which means hosting a fantastic holiday party will be a cinch, even if you’ve never hosted a get-together before. All you really need to remember for hosting a holiday party with friends is this one basic rule: keep it casual. Aim for creating a casual, cozy, and completely comfortable environment, and you’re golden. Pretty easy,…
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    Factory Direct Craft Blog

  • DIY Vintage Inspired Wood Slice Wall Bud Vase

    Jessica Christman
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    Display your favorite flowers in this wall vase and it will be spring all year long. 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! }}
  • How to Make a Wood Slice Snowman Face Ornament

    Jessica Christman
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    This cute little guy is just perfect for your tree and a fun project for a cold day indoors by the fire. Click here for the how-to {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • DIY Distressed Paint Mason Jars

    Jessica Christman
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    These painted jars are just a touch distressed to create a rustic look, perfect for all sorts of displays in your house. Click here for the how-to {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • DIY Cork Snowflake Coasters

    Jessica Christman
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    These cute snowflake coasters are a snap to make and a perfect and easy gift to create for friends and family. Click here for the how-to {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • DIY Miniature To-Go Drink Gift Set

    Jessica Christman
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    These to go drinks are wonderful party favors for any holiday event. 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! }}
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    Just Something I Made

  • Vintage Ephemera iPhone 6 Case via Shutterfly

    Cathe Holden
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Last month I attended a fun event to learn more about Shutterfly products and had a blast designing my own custom products and even crafting with them. So last week when I purchased my new iPhone 6, rather than picking up a case for it at the phone store, I headed home and designed my own to order through Shutterfly. To do that, I utilized scanned images of things I had in the studio- a vintage floral trade card, a little red-bordered Dennison label, and the tax stamp on the side of an old cigar box.I digitally combined the pieces in Photoshop, including a scan of my handwritten name, and…
  • Small Canvas Wall Assemblage

    Cathe Holden
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Make fantastic, unique wall art no matter what your skill level. Check out my latest project over at SC Johnson Family Economics to see just how simple and fun it is to make a unique small canvas assemblage from things you already have. You’ll find lots of theme ideas to get those creative juices percolating. Leave a comment on the project post at SCJ- I would love to hear what you think and some of your own ideas! Bonus: The vintage ship painting image used in my assemblage is FREE to you here.
  • Paper House Luminaries with

    Cathe Holden
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:15 pm
    In my most recent Inspired Barn workshop, attendees crafted and embellished lovely paper house luminaries that I designed similar to those I taught at last year’s Spellbound Event. However this time we decorated our houses with spectacular glass and crystal buttons and buckles sponsored by Blumenthal Lansing’s previous workshops students were asked to gather and bring an assortment of vintage rhinestone, crystal and glass jewelry pieces to add sparkle to their luminaries. I also brought along a large assortment for sale that had taken months of searching, shopping,…
  • Vintage Winter Photo Labels: FREE Printables

    Cathe Holden
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:14 am
    I’ve teamed up with my favorite label company again to bring you free wintertime printables designed from my collection of vintage photos. There are lots uses for these and I share a few in my post over at the blog. This set prints to full sheet label stock for trimming out individual labels. Head over to’s blog to see more and grab up the free digital download. And while you’re there, please share it with your friends, leave a comment, and start stuffing yourself a nice fat file folder full of the many, many fantastic free printable downloads designed by…
  • Shutterfly Holiday, Gift, and “Craft” Products

    Cathe Holden
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:47 pm
    I was invited to join ten other bloggers at a Shutterfly Gift Wrapping Party party held at the popular MakeShop by Brit+Co in San Francisco last Tuesday. Prior to the event we were given shopping credit on Shutterfly to order some pretty cool product. I’ve only ever ordered custom Christmas cards from Shutterfly so I was excited to see the quality of their other offerings. Rather than just ordering custom gifts with family photos, I uploaded several high-resolution images from my scanned collection of vintage ephemera and was able to create some pieces that came out beautifully. I ordered…
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    Art Of Crafts

  • Winners in the 12 Days of Christmas Craft Book Giveaway

    Alison Wood
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Firstly I would like to thank everyone who took the time to enter the 12 Days of Christmas Craft Book Giveaway. We had loads of entries and I love doing this giveaway in the lead up to Christmas – just as a thank you to all of you who read the blog. I am pleased today to announce the winners. These were all drawn by random number generator and two lucky ladies numbers came up twice, so they are going to have a bumper Christmas Congratulations everyone! I will be emailing you individually to get your postal addresses so that the books can be winging their way to you shortly. Day 1: A…
  • 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway: Day 12 Sew Useful

    Alison Wood
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    ** This giveaway is now closed ** Wow, we have arrived at the final day of the giveaway and I just can’t believe how quickly that time has gone by. I hope you have enjoyed the books so far and we have another beautiful one today to end on. Also don’t forget you can still enter all the previous days! All of the giveaways will remain open until the 15th December when winners will be drawn by random number generator and then the prizes posted out. In total there will be 12 winners, each winning one book from their respective winning day. Anyone over 13 can enter from any country…
  • 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway: Day 11 75 Lace Crochet Motifs

    Alison Wood
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:32 am
    ** This giveaway is now closed ** We come to the penultimate day and we have another lovely crochet book today. Also don’t forget you can still enter all the previous days! All of the giveaways will remain open until the 15th December when winners will be drawn by random number generator and then the prizes posted out. In total there will be 12 winners, each winning one book from their respective winning day. Anyone over 13 can enter from any country worldwide. If you missed the previous days then please still enter at the links:  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day…
  • 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway: Day 10 Handmade Baskets

    Alison Wood
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:27 am
    ** This giveaway is now closed ** Yesterday on the blog we talked about basket weaving supplies and today we have one copy of the book Handmade Baskets to give away. All of the giveaways will remain open until the 15th December when winners will be drawn by random number generator and then the prizes posted out. In total there will be 12 winners, each winning one book from their respective winning day. Anyone over 13 can enter from any country worldwide. If you missed the previous days then please still enter at the links:  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Book…
  • Basket Weaving Supplies

    Alison Wood
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:59 am
    Basket weaving is a traditional art that has gained popularity over the last few years with crafters looking to expand their horizons and take on new crafting projects. Basket weaving is an incredibly rewarding craft because once you finish the weaving, you are left with a beautiful, hand-crafted basket that has a use for your home. Baskets also make excellent gifts for families and friends. If you are just getting started in basket weaving, you’re probably curious what supplies you will need to create beautiful baskets. Browse this list of basket weaving supplies to make sure that you have…
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  • Fiesta Dry Dip Mix Recipe {free printable}

    Cindy Hopper
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:50 am
    My daughter’s class at school made these little dry dip mixes to hand out to all the staff at her school.  I missed getting a picture of their little assembly line it was too cute! The dry mix went together quickly and they were able to give a little gift that is useful! You still have time to whip up some gifts in a jar , they make thoughtful  homemade gifts! Fiesta Dry Dip Mix Recipe 1 1/2 tsp. dried parsley 1 1/2 tsp. dried minced onion 3/4 tsp. dried chives 1 1/2 tsp. chili powder 1/2 tsp. ground cumin 1/4 tsp. salt Place ingredients in a snack size lunch bag. Additional…
  • 10 Make Ahead Holiday Recipes

    Cindy Hopper
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    The holidays are busy, every single night has a concert, recital or party! Here are a few make ahead holiday recipes that will save the day! Make ahead holiday recipes Toll House Pie is the easiest recipe I have, keep one in the freezer and serve it in a pinch!   Crock Pot Baked Potatoes are perfect for setting it and forgetting it.  Make them in the morning, they will be ready in the evening.   Homemade Kettle Corn is great to make ahead, bag up and have a handy snack! Make Breakfast ahead or take in on the go with this Egg Muffin Cups Recipe Freeze ahead this Chicken Pot Pie…
  • DIY Child’s Artwork Candle

    Cindy Hopper
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you are looking for an easy DIY Christmas gift that your child can make, give these child’s artwork candles a try. Easily transfer your child’s drawing to a candle for a meaningful handmade gift. We love making homemade gifts and this candle was super fun to make! What a stunning and heartfelt gift! Really these candles will make great gifts anytime of the year! Easily transfer your child’t drawing to a candle with just a few supplies. Child’s Artwork Candle Supplies candle tissue paper (like what you use for gift wrapping) markers heat gun (or hair dryer) wax…
  • Crock Pot Candy Recipe

    Cindy Hopper
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:41 am
    I have made this crock pot candy for a couple of years now. It is easy and makes the most delicious peanut clusters. It is adapted from a recipe found online called Mr. Bud Candy. During the busy holiday season the crock pot can make easy snack and meals. From Crock Pot Chex Mix to perfect Crock Pot Baked Potatoes the crock pot will keep your family well fed. Crock Pot Candy Recipe Ingredients 1 – 16 ounce container salted dry roasted peanuts 1 – 16 ounce container lightly salted dry roasted peanuts 1  package semi sweet chocolate chips 1 – 4 ounces German’s Sweet…
  • Holiday Cream Cheese Mints Recipe

    Cindy Hopper
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Cream cheese mints add a little something sweet and delicious to a party! Just four simple ingredients and a holiday mint mold and you can treat your guests to festive Christmas tree mints! This is a classic mint recipe popular at weddings but really they can be made for any occasion. Don’t miss my yummy chocolate cream cheese mint recipe perfect for Easter. Really they can be made for any occasion.   Cream Cheese Mints Ingredients 4 ounces cream cheese 1 pound powdered sugar flavoring (I love cheesecake flavoring) coloring granulated sugar for rolling the balls rubber silcone…
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  • December Daily Art Journal | Covers and Spiral Binding

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Hello again My December Journal, it’s time to make you into something more than loose papers spread out on my desk… And Hello dear reader, you might remember that this themed art journal had a lot of yummy pages even before it became a book. I also finished the book covers (extremely yummy covers if you ask me) before I assembled the whole thing. The above two covers became the inside of the covers, all dressed in my favorite Christmas wrapping paper as you can see. I imagined the outsides like that too, but then I got into cut and paste mood, and added other things and some heart…
  • Color Inspiration | Glitter tape

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    In winter I crave even more colors than usual. Nature turns gray and the sky has been the same, so I’m looking for color inspiration everywhere to give me energy. And I am so loving this glitter tape that I bought recently. I think it looks like a roll of happiness… Yum! Related PostsGift Tag Tutorial Glitterlicious Style Eye Candy | 50 Shades of Pink + desktop background Angels on Christmas cards
  • Blue Altered Vintage Postcards

    15 Dec 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Observant readers might have noticed that in my pink postcard post I only featured five out of the ten postcards I made for the DIY Postcard Swap I host. So let’s take a look at the rest of the altered vintage postcards today. Most of them have more blue than pink, hence the title of this post. The last two are predominantly blue, which is a bit unusual for me. It’s not that I don’t like blue, because I do, it’s just not what I’m drawn to when I paint. But as you will see blue can be incorporated in my style more… And like I mentioned before, I see each…
  • Mmm! The Smell of Home baked Saffron Buns

    14 Dec 2014 | 2:51 pm
    The smells of Christmas are the smells of childhood… Richard Paul Evans Around here saffron buns in December is a tradition. We make a yellow dough, we leave it to rise on it’s own, we cut it, roll it and make kittens out of it. Well, at least the buns are called cats in Swedish. The buns can be baked into many traditional shapes, but we always do the simplest one which is a reversed S-shape… The saffron buns are traditionally eaten during Advent (today is already the third of Advent!), and especially on Saint Lucy’s Day, December 13, but it’s okay to make them a…
  • December Daily Art Journal | Making Pages

    11 Dec 2014 | 1:15 pm
    I am continuing to work on my December Art Journal today, and talking a bit about making the pages. I am making a spiral bound notebook, so there is no folding of signatures here, but instead, it’s cutting different kinds of papers down to size. Randomly mine are 19,5×15,5 centimeters (7.6 x 6.1 inches). In this process I tend to never want to stop. I love making the foundation pages of a notebook so much! It’s partly a design process, where you combine colors and patterns (cardstock, scrapbook paper, wrapping paper and wallpapers) as a foundation for other elements. The…
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  • DIY~Sweet LIttle Starflake Bead Angel Ornament!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:57 pm
    Make these sweet little starflake (paddle wheel) bead angel ornament! Such an easy craft and so cute! Please click on the following link to see my full YouTube tutorial! I purchased my Starflake (or Paddle Wheel) beads from the following Ebay seller:
  • DIY~Adorable & Inexpensive Miniature Ornaments OR Gift Tags!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Make these adorable little miniature Christmas ornaments (or gift tags!) for practically nothing! See my full YouTube tutorial by clicking on the following link!
  • DIY~Gorgeous Layerd Star Ornaments! Easy and Inexpensive!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Make these gorgeous layered star ornaments from nothing more than scrapbook glittered cardstock, hot glue and a bling in the middle! They really do turn out stunning! Click on the following link to see my full YouTube tutorial! Web Site To Star Templates: Direct Link To Star Templates:
  • DIY~Cute & Festive Paper Straw Ornaments! Nice Money Holder Too!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Make these awesome paper straw ornaments! festive, easy and inexpensive! Please click on the following YouTube tutorial to see how to make this!
  • DIY~Cute, Inexpensive Christmas Necklaces for Kids & Adults Alike!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Make these cute little paper straw ornaments for young and old alike! You can make 15 necklaces for an incredibly inexpensive price! See my full YouTube tutorial by clicking on the following link!
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  • The Road To 1000 – Moshe Levis Photography

    Timothy Adam
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:36 am
    I have learned that in order to be successful you MUST be consistent with what you're doing if it's working and change it if it's not working but ALWAYS invest time in your business and do not neglect it. It may be tough at times but it all pays off. Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • Pin and Be Pinned – 12-17-2014

    Timothy Adam
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:44 am
    Each week we will feature 3 items here on the blog from Etsy that our fans have submitted. Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • 3D Paper Snowflake How-To

    Timothy Adam
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Here is a great 3D Paper Snowflake How-To from Handimania!     © Timothy for Handmadeology, 2014. | Permalink | One comment | Add to Post tags: Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • Get Your Handmade Business Listed!

    Timothy Adam
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
      Handmadeology has been helping creative business owners run their business for over 2 years. Millions of visitors have read articles, downloaded business tools, and interacted via social  media.  Through the Handmade Directory, creative business owners are now going to be able to directly... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • Pin and Be Pinned – 12-10-2014

    Timothy Adam
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:23 am
    The more your items get pinned the more traffic and sales you will get. Pin and Be Pinned is a FREE way to get your items in front of the Handmadeology readers and also get your items pinned on Pinterest. Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
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  • Discovering Hundertwasser in the Kaleidoscope Afghan

    14 Dec 2014 | 4:59 am
    This new Lion Brand afghan pattern totally reminds me of Friedensreich Hundertwasser, one of my favourite artists: Look him up, he was a fascinating artist and his work still resonates today. And … it’s not the first time his colorful work has intersected with the world of yarn – Opal offers three lines of self-striping sock yarns, each based on a different Hundertwasser painting. If you like the Kaleidoscope Afghan pattern, you can find the crochet pattern free at Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Finn’s Pick: Monster Block by NeedleClicker

    11 Dec 2014 | 4:23 pm
    Why knit a boring block when you can knit a magnificent monster block? Thanks for sharing, NeedleClicker! Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before

    11 Dec 2014 | 1:10 am
    I know I’m late to the party on this one but how fantastic are these dolls? It’s all in the eyebrows, I reckon. Well done, Kate Park. Hat tip to Jen Brown, BoingBoing and CRAFT. Rating: 10.0/10 (4 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Finn’s Pick: Stormtroopers Knitting!

    10 Nov 2014 | 3:52 am
    … oh, and this blog has operated for 131 days w/o a Star Wars-related post. Photograph by Kristina Alexanderson. Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Meet the felted pumpkin who won Halloween!

    3 Nov 2014 | 2:24 am
    Can you believe this? Thanks for the submission, Judith Juliane Liedtke aka JuJu-Design. See more pics of this incredible piece. Rating: 9.7/10 (3 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
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    AllCrafts Free Crafts Update | AllCrafts Free Crafts Update

  • 50+ Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorials

    Wendy at
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:19 am
    Add a little handmade love with our page of 50+ Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorials.  I love to make a few special ones each year to give to family and friends. You might also like: Car & Tree Ornament Tutorial Christmas Ornament Tree Tutorial Glittering Musical Ornament Tutorial Felt Owl Christmas Ornaments Tutorial Lots of Crochet Christmas Ornament Patterns
  • Free Melted Snowman Water Bottle Printable

    Wendy at
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    Santa Claus and your holiday guests will chuckle when they see this Free Melted Snowman Water Bottle Printable. it’s an adorable addition to your buffet table or a gift basket. Added to Christmas Crafts, Winter Crafts and Computer Crafts. You might also like: Printable Mason Jar Gift Boxes Free Vintage Halloween Images Printable Holly Leaf Wreath Free Printable Family Travel Maps “My Peeps” Stenciled Shirt
  • Car & Tree Ornament Tutorial

    Wendy at
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:59 am
    Choosing the perfect Christmas tree is a wonderful tradition. We’re lucky enough to have some wonderful farms nearby with cute gift shops and activities for the kids. So this Car & Tree Ornament Tutorial brings back lots of memories of fun and mishaps. Added to 50+ Christmas Ornament Tutorials You might also like: 50+ Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorials Christmas Ornament Tree Tutorial Glittering Musical Ornament Tutorial Felt Owl Christmas Ornaments Tutorial Lots of Crochet Christmas Ornament Patterns
  • Snowflake Earrings Free Crochet Pattern

    Wendy at
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:32 am
    Wishing for snow? This Snowflake Earrings Free Crochet Pattern is the perfect way to celebrate a winter wonderland. I’m happy enough to keep the snow in thread cotton and not on the ground! Added to Free Crochet Patterns, Christmas Crafts, Winter Crafts and Jewelry-Making You might also like: Easy Tatted Snowflake Pattern Winter Snowflake Bubble Wrap Earrings DIY Star Wars Snowflakes Let it Snow! – Snowflake Crafts Ice Wreath Tutorial
  • Glittering Musical Ornament Tutorial

    Wendy at
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    This Glittering Musical Ornament has a surprise inside. From the front, it looks like a standard gliitter ball, but… wind it up and it plays music. Such a simple and cute idea. Added to Christmas Ornament Tutorials. You might also like: 50+ Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorials Car & Tree Ornament Tutorial Felt Owl Christmas Ornaments Tutorial Lots of Crochet Christmas Ornament Patterns 2-Ingredient White Clay Dough Ornaments
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    Handmade journals, photo albums and guest books | Blue Roof Designs

  • Touch of Vermont recap

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:22 am
    I just finished my last show of the season – the Touch of Vermont Holiday Gift Market. The show is really well-curated – it has a wonderful mix of artists and food vendors. I love this show not only because it’s a lot of fun, but also because it’s a great place to see people from the community that I love so dearly – it’s only five minutes from my house. I love living in Montpelier! Another reason why the show rocks is that it’s a fundraiser for Our House of Central Vermont, a children’s advocacy center dedicated to the prevention of child…
  • To sleeve or not to sleeve?

    15 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    I received an interesting email recently that I’d like to share with you. I was asked if when selling my books on consignment, do I enclose them in protective sleeves. In an ideal world, I’d love for my work to always stay pristine with no chance of damage. Of course, when it comes to consignment, this is something that is out of my control. In general, I send my books off without sleeves and hope for the best. I think it’s important for people to be able to touch my books, turn the pages, and feel the texture of the materials. If a book is intended to be used, then I should…
  • Focus on Book Arts Conference 2015

    12 Dec 2014 | 6:16 am
    The Focus on Book Arts conference just published their workshop schedule for next year. Hopefully, I will be attending the conference for my fifth time (must save pennies). This conference gets amazing instructors and this year’s batch includes Karen Hanmer, Jim Croft, and Barbara Tetenbaum. Now I just need to figure out which workshops to take. Registration doesn’t open until March 1, 2015, so I have lots of time to figure it out. Here are some highlights from the roster of workshops: Color Woodcut Printmaking with Pam Horne: The connection between woodcut printmaking and the…
  • Worktable Wednesday

    10 Dec 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Today was the second day of winter storm Damon. I love it when they name snow storms. It’s really beautiful here in Vermont right now. View from my studio window Today I worked on completing the journals I started in this post. One of my favorite things is to walk into the studio and have materials all cut and ready to go. I had intended to take more process photos, but I got into the flow and totally forgot. So here the journal covers are, in the press. This is the last of the work I’ll be doing in the studio this week. I have to start packing for the Touch of Vermont Holiday…
  • Women’s Festival of Crafts recap

    5 Dec 2014 | 6:22 am
    This past weekend I exhibited my work at the Women’s Festival of Crafts in Burlington, VT. This was the 25th year for the show – happy silver anniversary! The show is really competitive to get into. They publish the application online and you really have to send it in that day – they accept people by postmark (it’s not juried). This year I was on vacation at Yellowstone National Park when the application went live. I had to travel out of the park and find a copy shop where I could print out the application. I don’t think it was how my husband wanted to spend that day…
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  • Canopy Ribbed Cowl

    16 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
    Knit 2, purl 2 rib is one of the first stitch patterns most of us learned. First you knit, then you purl, and finally you combine them in the same row. What a sense of accomplishment! And even if you’ve knit more complicated and complex projects since, a simple rib with a beautiful yarn is very satisfying. When The Fibre Company’s Canopy Worsted arrived, I knew I wanted to knit something to show off it gorgeous color and drape. Knit 2, purl 2 was just the thing! Canopy Worsted is a new yarn for us. It’s a blend of baby alpaca, merino wool, and silk, that feels wonderful in…
  • Yoked Cardigan

    15 Dec 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Hannah Fetig’s Yoked Cardigan is one of those rare patterns that’s sized for everyone from a 6-month old with a 17 inch chest to an adult with a 61-inch bust. And even less common, it looks great on everyone. Kathy knit one for herself a few years ago and it’s been on my list of projects to knit for the shop ever since. Earlier this fall I finally cast on with Classic Elite Liberty Wool. Liberty Wool’s printed colors change unexpectedly, which makes it really fun to work with. I used the shade called Painted Desert. I knit the 21 inch chest size, which will fit a 1-2…
  • Ellery Poncho

    3 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm
    I love that beautiful drapey ponchos are in vogue right now! There’s no better way to look effortlessly stylish, stay warm and show off your favorite yarn all at the same time. The Ellery Poncho, the latest design from Loop staffer Erika Flory, does all these things, plus it’s fun to knit! Knit with our beloved Hannah yarn, a luxe worsted blend of baby alpaca, fine merino and cashmere, Ellery is a piece that you will want to throw on as you’re running out the door every day – and you’ll look instantly polished once you do. Ellery is knit all in one piece –…
  • Bronwyn Scarf in Blue Sky Bulky

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Bronwyn is a big, beautiful scarf knit in Blue Sky Bulky! There is no doubt that you will be warm and cozy wearing this astonishingly soft 50/50 blend of wool and alpaca. Blue Sky’s clear, bright colors are a welcome antidote to a cold winter’s day. You will have so much fun knitting Bronwyn! One scarf took me about 2 episodes of Homeland (I love that show!) – so this scarf is perfect for checking off your holiday knit list. The stitch pattern is a simple fisherman’s rib that creates a very fluffy, dimensional fabric. It’s very similar to brioche but it’s…
  • Stephen & Steven at Loop!

    11 Nov 2014 | 8:41 am
    Stephen West of Westknits and Steven Berg of StevenBe are bringing us their fiberlicious road show of knitting classes and events on January 22-24, 2015. This magical team of knitting and design inspiration will begin your year with an amazing breath of fun and creativity! StevenBe (above, right) is Steven Berg, a fiber artisan armed with a wealth of experience, a daring sense of style, and a firm belief in the transformative power of creativity. Steven studied at Parsons and FIT in New York, before spending many years as a VP of design at Perry Ellis. Steven now owns and operates a yarn shop…
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    Cook Clean Craft

  • Revamped Christmas Tree Star

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:16 pm
    The star on our Christmas tree had seen better days. I’m not sure when we got it, but multiple house moves and not being stored very well resulted in a scratched and scruffy-looking star. The poor thing needed some loving! Silver spray paint, mod podge and glitter, and the star was looking as good as new – actually it’s better, it’s got glitter! It wasn’t the most difficult of craft projects, but here’s how I did it: Read the full article hereThe post Revamped Christmas Tree Star appeared first on Cook Clean Craft.
  • Make your own Magical Santa Key

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:38 pm
    When we moved into our house two years ago, my son was concerned that we didn’t have a chimney. How would Santa get in the house? We needed a Magical Santa Key: What’s a magical Santa key? Well, it’s a large key made from metallic shimmer cardboard (with a key-chain made from red and white pipe cleaners), that only Santa can use. When he comes to our house, his magic turns the key into a front door key and he can open the front door to deliver the presents. No one else can use the key, so you don’t have to worry about someone sneaking into your house on Christmas eve. Just to be sure,…
  • Pretty Packaging for Christmas Foodie Gifts

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Christmas is a great time of year to bake up a storm (thankfully there hasn’t been any pre-Christmas heatwaves here!). You’ve made mountains of cookies and other sweet treats, and it’s time to give them out to friends, teachers, neighbours or customers. You could throw them in a plastic bag and call it done, but that’s not really doing justice to all that time spent baking. Make those Christmas treats look their best with some cute packaging and wrapping. Simple gift boxes with windows, like the patisserie boxes from Packqueen, can be dressed up to make gorgeous Christmas gifts.
  • 22 Gorgeous Dolls to knit, sew or crochet

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    8 Dec 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Christmas is right around the corner, but I’ve still got time to make a present or two. With two small nieces and a girl of my own, a handmade doll or two are sure to be a winner. There are so many cute patterns for dolls to knit, sew or crochet. Today I’m sharing the sweetest and cutest I could find: To Sew Loli Dolly is a quirky Lalaloopsy-style doll by Quirky Artist Loft (and there’s a separate pattern for clothes for Loli Dolly or a store-bought Lalaloopsy doll too!). Ever since my daughter got a hand-me-down Lalaloopsy, she’s been obsessed with them. I’m sure she’s love a…
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    Craft Gossip

  • Fir Tree from Colored Paper Strips

    Sherri Osborn
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:05 pm
    I ran across this fir tree project and couldn’t wait to share it. Honestly, doesn’t the finished trees look like something you could buy at an expensive boutique? I did! You won’t believe how easy they are to make. The … Read More...
  • Christmas Smoothie Recipe for Kids

    Carolyn Bickford
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Here is a healthy and light breakfast for the kids Christmas morning. When you have a hard time to get the kids to leave their new toys to eat breakfast, this would be helpful. They can still play and drink … Read More...
  • Tutorial: Hexie Lion Pillow

    Scarlett Burroughs
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:42 am
    Golden hexagons make up this friendly lion’s mane as the front of this hexie-shaped pillow. Maker Abby, of While She Naps, nailed this design explaining on her blog how this is the first hexagon pattern she’s created using EPP (English Paper Piecing). She shares the … Read More...
  • What Are You Knitting for New Year’s Eve?

    Sarah White
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:15 am
    New Year’s Eve doesn’t get the crafty build up that Christmas does, probably because frankly we’re all kind of tired after the big event and no one can quite handle another holiday exactly a week later. But if you’re going … Read More...
  • Free Cross Stitch – Singing tree

    Shellie Wilson
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    This little fellow is sure to make you smile. Especially when we tell you that the tutorial is free. Do you still have time to stitch this up? Quick don’t just sit there get to it. Free Pattern can be … Read More...
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    Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

  • Gifts for Girls: 3 Minute Infinity Scarves

    Jamie Sanders
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Today, I'm sharing the 3 Minute Infinity Scarf I made for our cousins.  (These Scarves would make a perfect stocking stuffer or handmade gift for any girl!)Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2014 version 27zx69sdr
  • Whipped Cranberry and Walnut Cream Cheese Recipe

    Jamie Sanders
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today, I'm sharing a few of my family's Holiday traditions and the recipe for this yummy Whipped Cranberry and Walnut Cream Cheese. (Plus a big thank you to Glade® for sponsoring this post!) Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2014 version 27zx69sdr
  • Felt Applique Christmas Skirt Tutorial

    Jamie Sanders
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:52 pm
    We've been busting out the Holiday themed apparel all week this week.  Next up for the lil Missy will be this adorable Christmas tree appliqued skirt I made.Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2014 version 27zx69sdr
  • Inspiration Monday #75 plus Features

    Jamie Sanders
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Ho Ho Ho!Welcome back to another edition of Inspiration Monday Party.The place where you are featured on 7 blogs...I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Refresh RestyleRedhead Can Decorate| | Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty MomtwelveOeight | What Meegan Makes | Your Homebased Mom Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2014 version 27zx69sdr
  • Homemade Chocolate Cream Pie Recipe

    Jamie Sanders
    13 Dec 2014 | 10:25 am
    My hubby's birthday is coming!  Instead of a cake this year, I made him one of his favorite childhood desserts, a Chocolate Cream Pie.  OK, I actually made several pies...  This chocolate pie for the blog (his pre-birthday pie) and 2 more for the family celebration.  (One chocolate and one other specialty pie, which I'll be posting at a later date.)Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2014 version 27zx69sdr
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  • What I should be doing...

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:31 pm
    What I should be doing: making cookies, updating my 2015 schedule, updating my 2015 class list, more CHA samples, packing, making some art for ME and working in my journal, filming several new online classes. What I am doing: Pinning.
  • Printmaking Unleashed by Traci Bautista

    15 Dec 2014 | 2:56 pm
    I absolutely adore Traci Bautista. I love her energy and her art, she never fails to inspire me. A few months ago, she asked if I would be willing to help spread the word about her newest book, "Printmaking Unleashed." Oh my, you need this book. It is overflowing with techniques and mixed media inspiration. I have a love of all things printmaking, and this book had some techniques I have never tried. Woo hoo! Traci sent me a printmaking kit to go along with the book. I thought I'd show you what I did with a couple of the goodies from the kit. One of the great things about…
  • *taptaptap* Is this thing on?

    12 Dec 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Well, hello. Long time no see. Time for a little "what's been going on" round up... My Fella My son had his surgery. He has had a terribly difficult couple of years, with this last year being the worst. Would love any kind thoughts and prayers. He is on the mend but there is still a long road ahead. This picture is from the hospital when one of the volunteer therapy dogs came to visit. Teaching My teaching for 2014 is finished. Thank you to everyone who came to class to make art with me. I truly do love to spend time with you, "my people." We are working on my 2015…
  • And the winner is......

    6 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    Random Number Generator picked comment #11....which is this one: Congratulations on your new book. Thank you for the chance to win a copy. I feel inspired already! Posted by: ilese | November 03, 2014 at 10:28 AM Congrats, and a BIG thank you to everyone for your lovely comments!
  • Art Journal Courage is HERE! Enter to win a signed copy!

    3 Nov 2014 | 9:11 am
    Yahoo, it's here, it's here! I want to share with you what I wrote in the introduction to this book. It captures the essence of the book... The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. --Sylvia Plath  “I can’t draw.”  “I can’t layer.”  “I can’t use my own photo, I’m not photogenic.”  Do I need to go on? I hear these objections, and more, all the time. Sometimes we hold ourselves back, we tell ourselves we can’t create the art we long to create. We think we can’t draw. Or we don’t know how to layer. We don’t like to use our own image. We’re afraid to…
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  • Sewing Reviews and Giveaways

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Read sewing book reviews and enter to win each book. We feature a new sewing giveaway every other Monday. You can enter once daily!
  • Sewing for Beginners: How to Press Fabric

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:31 pm
    There is a lot to keep in mind when preparing your fabric, but is here to ensure that you know everything you need to know before you get started. Give yourself a head start by using this free sewing tutorial to ensure that you give your fabric first class treatment. Happy fabric makes happy projects. Sewing for Beginners How to Press Fabric will teach you the right skills to press your fabric like an expert. Dont worry! It is actually pretty easy.
  • Chunk the Sloth

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:41 am
    Wow! This was one of our most popular naming competitions ever. A lot of our readers had some adorable and just plain silly ideas when it came to naming the sloth. The editors had such a hard time picking that they left it up to the whole office! We had a voting contest and without further ado this sloths name is Chunk! Our reader Bridget H picked the name in honor of the Goonies and it turns out our staff loves that film! Thank you everyone who left a comment and please enjoy this stuffed animal pattern.
  • Adorable Fabric Purse

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:51 am
    This Adorable Fabric Purse is the perfect size to fit all your belongings and still have that chic look. Use holiday-themed fabric like the one shown or another kind that better suits your personal style. This free purse pattern is surprisingly easy and looks exactly like a purse you might buy in the store. When it comes to free purse patterns, this one is one of the best! Add some adorable DIY style to your already fabulous wardrobe when you make this sewn purse pattern.
  • Traditional Rag Doll Pattern

    18 Dec 2014 | 8:23 am
    If you make to make a unique homemade gift for your girl, this Traditional Rag Doll Pattern is going to help you create an insanely special sewn doll pattern. This DIY toy pattern has a very special look. Surprisingly easy, this little doll looks just like traditional homemade rag dolls. Vintage, adorable, and kid-approved, this would make a great birthday present. Plus, made entirely out of fabric and yarn, this free sewing pattern does not have any hard pieces for little ones to choke on, making it perfect for all ages.
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    Art Platter

  • Clay lantern decor – DIY

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:02 pm
    We will be transforming a plain clay lantern into a colorful piece of decor in this DIY on ‘Clay lantern decor’. So let’s begin! How to make a clay lantern decor Step 1: A terracotta lantern was bought during one of my visits to a handicraft exhibition. This lantern will be used to create a … … Continue reading →The post Clay lantern decor – DIY appeared first on Art Platter.
  • Brightly colored diyas for Karthigai

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Here is a set of brightly colored clay diyas for Karthigai. This is yet another diya decoration project for the festival season – but unlike previous projects where rhinestones and such other embellishments are used, in this project we use acrylic paints and 3 D outliner for a different effect. How to make decorative diyas … … Continue reading →The post Brightly colored diyas for Karthigai appeared first on Art Platter.
  • Temple Border Motif Kundan Rangoli – DIY

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

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

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

  • DIY Necklace With Beads From a Parisian Shop

    Stacie Grissom
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:27 am
    When Sean and I went to Paris a couple months ago, one of the most helpful things for our trip was a little book a coworker gave me to borrow. It's called Paris: Made by Hand and it features 50 little shops with handmade, vintage, and found goods. When I was flipping through the book on the plane ride to Paris, there was one shop that stuck out to me in the book and we went there first. That shop was La Droguerie, a bead + yarn + trimmings shop in the 1st Arrondissement. Once a butcher's shop, La Droguerie now has walls and walls of colorful yarn, tinkly beads, and beautiful trimmings. I…
  • DIY Porcupine Quill Earrings + Necklace, Shot in Paris

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

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

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

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

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Give plastic animals a new look with a bit of glitter and you have some fantastic new Christmas decor!
  • Burlap Country Christmas Decoration

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:29 am
    This Christmas craft tutorial shows you how to make a burlap rustic Christmas decoration.
  • Hand Print – Christmas Tree Artwork

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:45 am
    This quick Kids Christmas craft tutorial is lots of fun to make and the kids will truly enjoy the finger painting. You could create these on card stock or a canvas frame for a Christmas gift or classroom Christmas activity.
  • Book Page Christmas Tree Topiary

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:31 am
    Recycle an old encyclopedia or book into this Christmas Tree Topiary!
  • Christmas Wreath Yarn Wrapped Initial

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    This Christmas Wreath tutorial shows you how to make a wreath with the single letter of your surname. This is a great Family style Christmas wreath that is sure to impress your neighbors or postman.
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    Family Chic by Camilla Fabbri ©2009-2014. All rights reserved. The blog

  • Paper Bag Wreath (& Chalkboard)

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:23 am
    I made this wreath from a paper grocery bag, a piece of cardboard and a few leftover craft supplies… Here's a unique wreath that can carry a message. For this project you will need: a paper grocery bag, cardboard, yarn, a glue gun, chalkboard paint and small Christmas baubles (check your ornament collection). Begin by cutting down the side of the bag and cut out the bottom, remove the handles, press flat. Starting from the bottom of the paper bag, roll it up. Form rolled paper into a circle and staple to connect the ends. Tie on a piece of yarn and start wrapping entire wreath form.
  • Chalkboard Planter

    15 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    The next time you have an empty cardboard canister on your hands — give it a quick coat of chalkboard paint and turn it into a cool planter that makes a great teacher gift… The kids will love to make one of these for their teacher – be sure to give with a stick of chalk. I topped it off with a handful of jingle bells. I used an empty Enfamil canister. Begin by removing the label – it pulls off easily. Using a sponge brush, I applied a few coats of Martha Stewart chalkboard paint (craft stores). Let it dry for a few hours and then place potted plant inside. No need to…
  • Mini Cardboard Holiday House

    14 Dec 2014 | 12:57 pm
    For this project you really need to set up the kids with all of the supplies and then step back. Parental intervention is not needed or welcome.  I cleared the dining room table, put out the glue gun, a cardboard box and leftover craft supplies. We put on Christmas carols and my daughter and her friend worked for 5 hours and created this incredible little holiday house… From the nimble minds and hands of children – my daughter and her friend made this miniature holiday house out of a cardboard box and leftover odds and ends. A strand of battery-operated lights from IKEA ($1.99)…
  • DIY Jar Menorah

    10 Dec 2014 | 10:50 am
    Create a rustic, simple look with this easy jar Menorah. Make your own Menorah by reusing jars. Gathered together, the glass reflects the flames and creates a warm look that is simple and attractive. Use 9 jars of various heights – placing the tallest one in the center. Turn jars upside down and place tea lights on top. Group together in a line. Start collecting jars. To prepare my jars, I soaked the labels off and washed in the dishwasher. To remove label glue, make a paste by combining equal parts olive oil and baking soda. Rub paste on jar, let sit for a few minutes. Rinse under warm…
  • Check Out My Candy Cane Garden & Enter For a Chance to Win a $50 Dollar Tree Gift Card

    9 Dec 2014 | 5:24 am
    This is a sponsored post. I wrote this as part of a paid campaign with Dollar Tree’s Value Seekers Club & Blueprint Social. Opinions are my own. One of my favorite go-to spots for good deals on fun stuff and crafting inspiration, Dollar Tree, recently asked me to try out one of their craft tutorials from their  Value Seekers Club. Dollar Tree’s Value Seekers Club is a free customer loyalty program full of craft projects, recipes and décor ideas that can all be created with Dollar Tree products. Dollar Tree’s Value Seekers Club also hosts members-only contests, gives…
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  • Skirt 001 Sew Along 1/2/15 - 1/18/15

    Michelle (
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:20 am
    Skirt 001 Sew Along _  _  _  _  _ Something special is happening right after the first of the year and you're invited!  For more than a year I've been working on my first skirt pattern.  Drafting a multi-size clothing pattern was a new challenge for me, and each step of the process was a big adventure.  Once the pattern pieces where done, I started thinking about the instructions.  Since my focus has always been small accessories, I'm not sure what everyone's experience is with sewing clothing, and the details I wanted to include in the instructions just kept…
  • Made - Messenger Bag Size 2

    Michelle (
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:54 am
    Size 2 Messenger Bag in Avant Garden (cotton/linen version) by Momo for Moda.
  • Favorite Fabrics - Old New 30s Cherry in Teal

    Michelle (
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:59 am
    Cherry in teal from Lecien's Old New 30s collection.
  • Favorite Fabrics - Field of Flowers

    Michelle (
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:51 am
    field of flowers vintage sheet fabric My Vintage Sheets treasury had a hole in it, but I took care of it with this pretty floral sheet.
  • Sample Sale

    Michelle (
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:26 am
    Today four one items are available as samples.  Order each one separately using the Buy Now button indicated.  Order one, two, or all of them.  This is the smallest size Messenger Bag (Size 3 from this document). It's about 7" high x 6.75" at widest point x 1.75" deep.  The strap adjusts from 38" up to 58".    It's made from a very nice cotton/linen fabric purchased at Mill End a few years ago.  The inside is a patchwork of blues: - - Sold Out - - This is Size 1 from the Fold Over Zip Wristlet pattern. It is about 6.75” wide x 4.5” high when…
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    Stitching the Night Away

  • Crewel Yule – a Needlecraft Mystery

    1 Dec 2014 | 5:33 am
    available on AmazonPart-time sleuth and full-time owner of the needlework shop Crewel World, Betsy Devonshire prepares for a chilling holiday season filled with mistletoe–and murder. I love the Monica Ferris Needlecraft Mysteries line of books ~ combines two of my favorite things ever, great mystery novels and great needlework! what’s not to love? This book – or any book in this series – makes a fantastic gift for the needle-crafter on your holiday shopping list (or of course yourself) The details the author goes to in order to capture the world of needlework are…
  • Finished Stitching Blackwork Deer Head

    17 Nov 2014 | 1:51 pm
    All finished stitching the blackwork version of the deer head silhouettes and really pleased with how it turned out. I’ll be turning it into a throw pillow on my next sewing and finishing day. [Pattern is available for purchase at Craftsy and Etsy] The fabric is a Silkweaver Solo, 32 count Opalescent Lugana. I stitched the outline in 2 strands of DMC 986 the fill work was all stitched with 1 strand of the same. Thanks for having a look at my finished project and for visiting my stitching corner of the world today Happy Stitching!
  • Almost Done with My Blackwork Deer

    13 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
    I’ve got the outline finished, the antlers are all filled in, just little bit more to stitch. I stitched the outline in 2 strands of DMC and I’m doing the fill work all in 1 strand. [Pattern is available for purchase at Craftsy and Etsy]
  • Finished Reading; The Paper Magician

    9 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    available on AmazonThis is the first short story in a series of shorts. Despite being short, it actually took me a lot longer than usual to read. The pacing of the story was all over the place and I was having a hard time staying focused on it. It’s not that I didn’t like the story, it had great elements and interesting angles on magic, I just didn’t feel sucked into the world as much as I would have liked. The whole hunting through a person’s heart while their heart isn’t inside their body thing went on for ages, it’s most of the book, and I just…
  • Almost the Whole Outline on Blackwork Deer

    3 Nov 2014 | 10:19 pm
    I’ve been working on stitching up the blackwork version of the Deer Head Silhouettes Pattern. I also started the solidly stitched version, so I can switch back and forth depending on how much brain power I have each day -LOL- I managed to get most of the outline done, I just need to finish the right half of the antlers and then do all the fill work. I’m stitching the outline using two strands and the fill using one strand of DMC 986. The fabric is a Silkweaver Solo, 32 count Opalescent Lugana. I love blackwork stitched on sparkly fabric Thanks for having a look and hanging out in…
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    How Did You Make This? | Luxe DIY

  • Hot Cocoa Candles

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Chilly days are easier to manage when you have a few cozy candles to light, and it’s always fun to carefully make a project by hand and then set it on fire. These hot cocoa candles are made with real cocoa, cinnamon, and vanilla. The scent is authentically cocoa, with a bit of that festive holiday spicy and sweetness mixed in. Supplies: - wax (paraffin works well) - candle wick - wax melting method (more below) - mold pattern printed on cardstock, a manufactured candle mold, or a jar to fill - white glue - masking tape - stir sticks - surface protector (waxed paper) - coconut oil -…
  • Ombre Gift Wrap

    13 Dec 2014 | 1:09 pm
    I’ve always thought it was kind of disappointing to carefully choose or make a gift for someone, then pack it in an off-the-rack sort of gift bag. But I do love gift bags, they’re so nice for wrapping wonky things like jars of food, and such good protection for lofty hand knits. For this ombre gift wrap project I started with some gift bags that were just about as generic as they come – plain kraft paper. With just a few minutes of painting they became beautifully sparkly, and just as thoughtful as what’s inside of them. Supplies: - spray paint - drop cloth/plastic…
  • Diagonal Basketweave In The Round

    6 Dec 2014 | 11:42 am
    One of our all-time most popular posts is the Diagonal Basketweave Knitting Pattern. It’s been pinned thousands and thousands of times, posted by all kinds of other bloggers, and caused me to receive a lot of email and comments requesting an “in the round” version. The short answer is that this pattern just doesn’t really want work in the round. But you’ve already guessed that I wouldn’t have made a post just to tell you that. So this is a tutorial for working diagonal basketweave in the round, with a little hack to make it look really seamless. There are…
  • Leafy Paper Garland

    30 Nov 2014 | 10:11 am
    Garlands are one of those fun decorations that add a little extra sparkle to a party. This paper garland is made from cardstock in bright colors – it’s sturdy enough to last year after year, but inexpensive and quick enough to be disposable in case of a spill-prone guest or an overly excited hunting house cat. (I really saw that once – I was at a birthday party for two cats and they destroyed their own decorations. It’s your party and you can vault onto the mantle and untie your banner if you want to I guess.) It would also be totally reasonable to hand the stringing…
  • Mini Envelopes and Notebooks from Shipping Tags

    8 Nov 2014 | 9:51 am
    This quick and rewarding project is all about a product you’ll find in office stores (and now in the scrapbooking aisles of craft stores,) the classic shipping tag. They’re perfect to repurpose – they’re made of heavy, creamy cardstock, they have a reinforced punched hole, and come with a nice piece of sturdy string. In this project I’m turning them into notebooks and envelopes that are just right for gifting small trinkets, holding notecards, or keeping track of secrets. Supplies: - #5 shipping tags (4 3/4 by 2 3/8 inches) or whatever you find - washi tape or…
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  • Beautiful Toilet Roll Bracelets

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Your kids can put a twist on their toilet roll crafts by making these Beautiful Toilet Roll Bracelets. They will love learning how to make a bracelet when they are able to use materials that they never thought that they could use. Unique kids' craft ideas like this one will definitely keep them occupied for hours because they will not be able to just make one. This project is so simple that they will want to make tons of bracelets that will add a little something extra to their outfits.
  • Ribbon Tree Homemade Christmas Ornaments

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Extra ribbon taking up space in your drawers? Use your scraps and give this year's batch of ornaments a rustic twist with these Ribbon Tree Homemade Christmas Ornaments! In a matter of minutes, your children can turn these easy nature crafts into a charming Christmas ornament that you'll keep for years to come. These Christmas crafts for kids cost practically nothing to make, too, which makes them great for groups to make. Make your Ribbon Tree Homemade Christmas Ornaments in lovely shades of green, or make them crazy and colorful with all the fun ribbon you have on hand.
  • Tissue Paper Snowflake

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Snowflakes mean winter, and winter means fun. The kids are going to have a blast making these Tissue Paper Snowflakes and hanging them in the window. This fun tutorial shows how to make paper snowflakes in a less traditional way, yet the results are just as stunning. Let the kids make them in all different sizes, and you'll soon have a winter wonderland right in your home. This is a great project to help beat those winter blues, and keep the kids busy.
  • Melted Crayon Apples

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:20 pm
    If your windows and walls are looking a little sparse this fall, brighten them up with some adorable melted crayon art. Melted Crayon Apples are so much fun for little hands to make. Kids can pick out their favorite autumn hues and get crafting right away. You will find that these easy paper crafts fake no time at all to make, so you and your little ones can make an entire orchard of Melted Crayon Apples in an evening. Making your home festive for fall has never been this cute, or this easy!
  • Paper Plate Garden

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Create a miniature world out of recycled materials with this charming Paper Plate Garden. You can use just about anything in your Paper Plate Garden, so all you have to do is rustle around in your recycle bin and grab some materials. Fairies and all kinds of tiny magical creatures will simply adore this recycled craft, so make sure you take care to decorate it nicely. Who knew that paper plate crafts could be this beautiful?
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    Free Craft Lessons

  • How to Make a Ragdoll – 10 Part Video Tutorial.

    8 Dec 2014 | 11:28 am
    Learn how to make a ragdoll. 10 Part YouTube Video Tutorials. Rag Doll Making: Part 9 - Making Rag Doll Hair TitleRag Doll Making: Part 9 - Making Rag Doll Hair Runtime4:34 TitleRag Doll Making: Part 1 - Pattern - Printing - Drawing Runtime4:34 TitleRag Doll Making: Part 8 - Stuffing a rag doll 2. […] The post How to Make a Ragdoll – 10 Part Video Tutorial. appeared first on Free Craft Lessons .
  • Quilting Videos Assorted

    8 Dec 2014 | 4:52 am
    Quilting Videos Jelly Roll Race! A Quilt Top in Less Than an Hour! 12345... 1920next » TitleJelly Roll Race! A Quilt Top in Less Than an Hour! Runtime13:26 TitleRag Quilt Project | Beverly's How-To Runtime8:38 TitleMake a Baby Quilt - Part 1 - Fabric Selection & Assembly Runtime9:31 TitleHow To Bind a Quilt With a […] The post Quilting Videos Assorted appeared first on Free Craft Lessons .
  • ▶ Quilted Christmas Stockings

    8 Dec 2014 | 4:45 am
    Quilted Stockings –  Quilted Christmas Stockings: An Easy Quilting Project with Jenny of Missouri Star Quilt Co – YouTube. The post ▶ Quilted Christmas Stockings appeared first on Free Craft Lessons .
  • Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas!

    8 Dec 2014 | 4:40 am
    Valentine Gift Ideas Valentine’s Day Treats & DIY Gift Ideas! – YouTube. The post Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas! appeared first on Free Craft Lessons .
  • Free Crochet Pattern: Ups and Downs Cowl!

    29 Nov 2014 | 2:40 pm
      Free Crochet Pattern: Ups and Downs Cowl!. The post Free Crochet Pattern: Ups and Downs Cowl! appeared first on Free Craft Lessons .
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    Ashland Bay

  • 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!
  • Get started early on your holiday shopping list with Ashland Bay’s Silk Hankie Scarf giveaway!

    18 Nov 2014 | 3:14 pm
    To kick off this holiday season, Ashland Bay will be giving away 3 Silk Hankie Scarf kits. Just hop over to our Facebook page and tell us which color-way you would like to win to be entered (pictured from left to right, blues, reds or neutral). Easy as that! The kit includes: silk hankies (enough to make a 6ft. scarf) 1 oz of two different dyed merino colors Printed instructions Not only is this scarf fun to make, but it also creates a beautiful and shockingly warm garment, guaranteed to generate many oohs and ahhs! This drawing will be open until 11:59pm, November 28th. Winners…
  • Back to the drawing board; a pattern redo

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Hasn’t everyone had to go back to the drawing board and take a new approach to knit design gone awry? This is just one example of how I fixed a seemingly lost cause, without ripping out a single stitch! I love to design knitwear. Unfortunately, the design does not always come out the way I visualized. On these occasions, I go back to the drawing board to readjust my original idea. I explore all design avenues before, I heaven forbid, succumb to ripping it out! There will be times when ripping is the only solution. But I think there are many times when a fresh look at a finished piece is a…
  • Fair Isle Knitting

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

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

    1 Dec 2014 | 2:06 pm
    I just completed my first commissioned quilt.  It’s the D&B Supply quilt, made entirely from rodeo shirts. Here’s the front: and here’s the back: It all started with a shirt order gone awry.  The folks at D&B Supply know that I love sewing, so they asked if I could help make some lemonade out of lemons by making a quilt out of 16 nice black rodeo shirts and a rodeo flag.  I didn’t end up using the flag, since I wanted the quilt to be cozy and comfy, but the shirts worked out wonderfully. To make some sort of interesting quilt design, I definitely needed more…
  • A New Venture – Angela Bowman Design LLC

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:32 pm
    I am so excited about starting my new venture: Angela Bowman Design LLC!  If you read this blog, you undoubtedly know that I’m a fan of sewing.  I just love how it makes my life better.  And I want to share the love!  I’ll be designing sewing-related products that I want to use, and that will hopefully make my customers say “this makes my life better”. I’ve recently launched my business website, so go have a peek at, won’t you?
  • Feathers Quilt

    8 Sep 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Remember the Feathers Quilt Top I made?  Well I finally quilted it! I had a hard time deciding how to quilt this thing, and I really didn’t want to rush it.  So I stared at this thing for six months, pondering and pondering. Time to give it a good press. Hey! A quilt-top ironing-board tent!  I was a tiny bit sad that this’ll be the last time I get to see light shining through this patchwork, but it’s so nice to finally have this thing quilted. I used Mirage Stripe blue cotton print by Kaffe Fassett for the backing.  A perfect match with the purple and blue solids I used…
  • Spring 2014 in Idaho

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Enjoy some of my favorite shots of Southern Idaho, Spring 2014.  All taken with my iPhone 5S, with an Instagram twist.  Find me on Instagram at @angelabdesign. If the neighbor girls strolling a bunny around in a doll buggy is not a sign of Spring, I don’t know what is. The first of my beautiful plants to spring to life is the bleeding heart.  It starts popping out of the ground like this. Then all kinds of heart babies form… And row after row after row of hearts grow.  I love these! This year we installed a birdhouse that our neighbor friends made for us.  My neighbor…
  • HST Alphabet – J Mini Quilt

    30 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    I recently participated in round 2 of the Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap, an online swap exchange of handmade mini quilts organized by Kristi McDonough.  I was to make one mini quilt measuring no larger than 24 inches square, based on my secret partner’s preferences.  This is what I made for my partner, Jess, who likes bold, bright colors and geeky retro style. I started with a ton of scraps in a rainbow of colors.  These are all 5 inch squares. I paired up prints with their matching solid color and made a bunch of half-square triangle (HST) units. After trimming, these are my…
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  • I like this pattern. Though I did mod it a bit, I ...

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    I like this pattern. Though I did mod it a bit, I used bulky yarn and a 6mm and did 8 back petals instead of 16 as the yarn takes up so much space the 16 makes it hard to look at.
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  • Hi! I just used one ball of yarn which was 100 gr...

    15 Aug 2014 | 6:12 am
    Hi! I just used one ball of yarn which was 100 grams. Thanks for stopping by!
  • how many balls of yarn did u use

    13 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    how many balls of yarn did u use
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    Cheery Lynn Designs Blog

  • Merry Christmas Everyone by Julie Lavalette

    Juliz Design Post
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:30 am
    Click to EnlargeHi Everyone, it's Julie here hosting the blog today. In Scotland we have had our first covering of snow on the hills and it has turned very cold, but I don't think we will get a White Christmas. My card this week has been arranged by building up layers of die cuts in complimentary colours of card.You will notice I have added Stickles to help define my layers and to add the all important sparkle to a festive card.My Poinsettia's were made by colouring White card with Distress Spray Stains and adding a little Gilding wax to the edges and a few stamens in the centres. I…
  • A Frosty Merry Christmas

    Sandy Hulsart
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:30 am
    Sandy here and today I decided to use one of the older dies from Cheery Lynn Designs, Frosty the Snowman.  This is a fun die to use, you get all these parts that you can color and add to your snowman.  It comes with buttons, eyes and a mouth but I chose to use Stickles, can never have enough sparkle!  I die cut my snowman from Cryogen Metallic paper and then colored each piece with my Copic markers.  Isn't he a cutie!  I just realized I left off his arms but I never added arms to my snowmen so he is what he is, lol.  There are great branches that come in the die…
  • Joy to the World Card by Corina Finley

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:30 am
    Hello Everyone!Corina here with you today to share another Festive Card Creation. This week I took my inspiration from decorating our tree! I cut the ornament with angel wing and the Joy to the World sentiment both out of cream card stock. I embossed Joy to the World and the top of the ornament with Gold embossing powder and the bottom of the ornament with a mixture of clear and gold embossing powder.I layered the pine branches to create a branch effect and added the Cutie die to the top to create a clean line. I popped the ornament up with foam adhesive and layered Joy to the World to…

    Anita Kejriwal
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:30 am
    Hello dear crafters,I am Anita here with a very nice shiny and sparkly card for which compliments the festive season so well. I really love these lacy intricate dies with cheery lynn that imparts so much richness to my projects.My card here is 6x6 inches and I have kept it really quick and simple keeping in mind that it can be made in bulk if needed. I have used silver mirror paper to give the shine and for the sparkle, I have heat embossed the flower and leaves and also the inner square doily die with glitter embossing powder.  The sentiment tag in the middle is again made sparkly by…
  • Shaking Up some Cheer!

    leslierahye strickland
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:30 am
    Happy Tuesday everyone! leslierahye here playing along with this weeks challenge Sparkle and Shine. I have created a shaker card with the circle stackers and Horizon Circle set! I love how easy it is to cut a frame for your shaker I simply lined up a smaller circle inside my Horizon die, secured them with some washi tape, and cut them together in my machine.I cut all of my snowflake pieces in white which was a little stark compared to the rest of my paper. I used pearl mists to add gold and pearl shimmer to my snowflakes and dull the stark white card stock.For the shaker I cut…
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    Grow Creative

  • Magnolias and Feathers

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:02 pm
    I saved these magnolia seed pods from our last trip to southern california - ya, about a year and half ago- yikes.  It was time to make something pretty with them!  Hello gold spray paint and girly ribbon!I tried spray painting some feathers too.....So the plan is to use these as Christmas Tree Ornaments or a string them up for a Christmas Garland.  It may take me another year-and-a-half to decide which one to make!
  • A Look at my Sketchbook

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Here's what I've been sketching lately........................crazy designs & Christmas greenery,geraniums and cosmos,and other tropical plants!What's in your sketchbook?
  • Photos of the Week

    15 Dec 2014 | 10:26 am
    Some wintry Christmassy photos..........Well, my day got off to an awesome start with me dropping a gallon of liquid detergent on the front step and it exploding every where...... and then my boots fell apart.  sigh.  One of those days I suppose. Sometimes it seems like it's harder to be happy when you are supposed to be the most happy- like around Christmas time.  I think it has to do with expectations.  If I expect my life to be perfect, then yes, I will be disappointed.  But I don't want to expect things to go wrong all the time either.  So here's to finding…
  • Silver and Gold Juice Lid Ornaments

    11 Dec 2014 | 2:02 pm
    We sold our house and closed on it yesterday!  The weight on my shoulders feels about 20 lbs lighter!So now I have more free time for Christmas Crafty Adventures. I can't decorate as much as I normally would- living in my in-law's basement has it's limitations- but I've come up with some easy and economical Christmas Ornaments made from juice lids!Materials:Metal Lids from Cans of Frozen Juice Concentrate- washed and driedPaper cut-outs or stickers in shapes of choiceGlue StickGold Spray Paint- I used Krylon Brilliant Gold Indoor PaintSmall NailHammerStringStep 1:  Using a glue…
  • Crochet Baby Boy Hats

    9 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today I am venturing to post something baby-related, even though that is still a sensitive subject for me.  I don't know if that will ever change, but I press on, loving the child I do have and the other children placed in my path.These two little hats were made with joy.......for a precious little boy that was adopted by my sister and her husband a few months ago.My faith was strengthened as I witnessed the miracles that love can perform!The free pattern for the Bear Hat is from JJ CrochetThe other also free pattern for the hat part of the pom hat is from Alli Crafts- I added the pom- I…
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    Crochet |Blogging |Selling|

  • Etsy Sales and Traffic part 5: Resources for Your Etsy Store

    Sara Duggan
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:08 am
    Action Step: Answer 3 Questions for Your Etsy Store What Now – How are you going get out of the “Traffic and No Sales” blues? First download the funky little sales funnel the template I made. Now, answer the following Questions: $Traffic – Do you have traffic coming into your shop? If yes, are you reaching the right traffic? $Connection – Do you have a way to capture your traffic’s email address so you have a way to develop a relationship with them? Ex. Rss feed, email newsletter, podcast, giveaway, blog etc. $Low-Medium Cash – Do you sell items at…
  • Crochet Raises $1000 for Favorite Nonprofit

    9 Dec 2014 | 12:30 am
    Daily Nugget – News in the Crochet World What Do You Do For Your Favorite Charity? In the past I’ve crocheted scarves for Special Olympics, made blankets for the local nursery, hats for the shelters, and mittens too. A few years ago I did a crochet hat campaign for Compassion International. ( Everlasting Hope crochets hats to raise money to support the building of an orphanage in Uyo, Nigeria. It’s run by 13-year old Elizabeth Sullivan. She was inspired to do something for God after reading the book “Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low…
  • Is Your Crochet Blog “Pin” Famous?

    Sara Duggan
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Pinterest Traffic with Michelle Shaeffer Free 30-minute webinar introducing Pinterest. Michelle is one of my favorite bloggers. She shows you how you can drive traffic to your shop or website in a non-overwhelming way. Watch Michelle’s Pinterest Webinar Now Opt-in Required Disclosure: This site is not affiliated with MichelleShaeffer or the the Pinterest Webinar she Offers. It’s a great resource so I’m recommending it.  Get Notifications of New Gifts 25 Gifts of December from The post Is Your Crochet Blog “Pin” Famous? appeared first on…
  • Etsy Traffic and Sales part 4: Examples of Crochet Business Sales Funnels

    Sara Duggan
    8 Dec 2014 | 1:48 am
    Crochet Business Sales Funnels Examples Catch up on previous posts in this series: Introduction, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, 1. Gloria of the Hat Factory on Facebook Last year I read a newspaper article about her and knew I had to interview her for my blog. She’s sold well over 1,000 crochet hats and amigurumi since staring in October 2011. Another really cool fact about this cool crocheter is that she does a majority of her sales through word of mouth and Facebook fans with just 5% coming from Etsy. Sales funnel – sharing who crochet stuff on Facebook with family and friends, hey…
  • Free Traffic ECourse for Your Crochet Blog

    Sara Duggan
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    web traffic basics a course by Nicole Dean Nicole Dean shares how she gets free traffic to her sites. She is a top internet marketer and is the other half of the Momwebs business. She is also a part of Solomasterminds. Register for Web Traffic Basics Now P.S. See more of Nicole’s Work on The post Free Traffic ECourse for Your Crochet Blog appeared first on Crochet |Blogging |Selling|
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    Knit Luck - Knitting Your Way to A Better Life

  • Best Gift for Knitters 2014

    14 Dec 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Low and behold, we have for you the best and easiest awesome gift for knitters (that is not needles or yarn): The knitted converse sneaker: These old school lowtop converse have an extra knitted layer to keep your feet warm this holiday season. It is truly the perfect gift for a knitter, especially the one who loves to wear handknitted socks.
  • Christmas Knitting

    13 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    There is only one thing I am knitting for the holidays and it is a pair of socks. They're for my husband. He loves getting knitted socks and it's been a while since I made a pair for him. I think I'll hide them in his stocking (I'd be surprised if he read this). They feature some of his favorite colors, like reds, pinks and purples.  I have been knitting this one pair of socks all year long. That's ok, I'd rather be knitting cardigans. As nearly all of my knitted socks are falling apart I've lost a little bit of love for handknitted socks. Perhaps it's time to just throw them all away…
  • What I Want for Christmas - KnitLuck's Gifts for Knitters Guide 2014

    16 Nov 2014 | 5:52 pm
    This year I'm going to try something a little different. Anyone can go to Gifts for Knitters to check out all of the crazy awesome knitting gifts one can find for any occasion, but this year I want to share the things that would make me happy as a knitter this year: A camera. Every year I say I need a new camera and every year it doesn't happen and this was the year that my camera finally gave up the ghost. I still have my camera phone, but it's just not doing the job. This is the camera of my dreams: Botanical Knits Botanical Knits. Botanical Knits 2. Coastal Knits too. These last few years…
  • Interruptions

    16 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
    I had great expectations for this Fall. My two sons would be in preschool two mornings a week and I would be able to have the time to add all of the awesome new content I wanted to write. I would start filming a video blog every week and maybe even do a big foray into location shooting. Those things did happen, but did not go as planned. I realize now that I was living a fantasy, albeit one that has done a fantastic job of keeping my head afloat from an impending depression. In my mind, I would write two to four articles, take a ton of beautiful photos, enjoy a cup of coffee or three and pat…
  • Yarn Along October 1

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    It's Yarn Along again. Time to see what knitters are knitting and reading all around the interwebs. It's a great way to find new knitting blogs and get people to find yours too! We've been doing this a while and you can see our progress on our knitting for almost the past year! That startitis finally turned up. Yesterday I cast on the Redfern Cardigan, which you can find on the cover of the latest Interweave Knits (Fall 2014). As we've mentioned before this issue is well worth the price and features a ton of knittable and wearable sweaters. I might actually knit three different…
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    Serger Pepper

  • My 5 best tips for choosing your first serger

    Mamma Nene
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    Need help choosing your first serger? Here are my 5 best insiders essential tips that will guide you through your choice. All you need to know! The post My 5 best tips for choosing your first serger appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • Black Friday Deals: My suggestions!

    Mamma Nene
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    My suggestions for the Black Friday Best Deals! The post Black Friday Deals: My suggestions! appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • Omni Tempore Blog Tour & Zippered Cuffs Tutorial

    Mamma Nene
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    A cool pattern from Sofilantjes, a pattern hack made by me, a tutorial for zippered cuffs, robotics style! ... lot of stuff today! The post Omni Tempore Blog Tour & Zippered Cuffs Tutorial appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • Evelyn Handbag for Pattern Parcel #7

    Mamma Nene
    15 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Pattern Parcel #7 is all for handbags! Get 5 Indie Designer's patterns and decide the price you want to pay! Pay just a little more and unlock the bonus pattern #6 The post Evelyn Handbag for Pattern Parcel #7 appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • The Everyday Tank BLOG Tour – Cowl Neck Hack

    Mamma Nene
    9 Nov 2014 | 1:01 am
    The Everyday Tank Blog Tour has reached its end, and I'm sharing my own hack... you won't believe your eyes, it totally looks like a different garment! The post The Everyday Tank BLOG Tour – Cowl Neck Hack appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
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    Gathering Beauty

  • Diy Mini Plaster Christmas Tree Decorations.

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:33 pm
    The Christmas countdown continues. Not long to go now. I got this Christmas tree ice cube tray a few weeks ago and I'd been wondering what to do with it. I had a few different ideas. I thought about using it to make some glittery ice cubes like here or maybe some dark chocolate truffles but then I remembered this project over on Design Sponge for Diy Gem Pushpins, how much I liked it and decided plaster was the way to go.Here's the things you'll need to make your own Diy Mini Plaster Christmas Trees:Plaster of paris,Christmas tree silicone mould. I got mine from the local shop…
  • 15 Favourite Diy Christmas Tree Ornaments.

    12 Dec 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Looking for a weekend christmassy craft project? Me too. Here's 15 of my favourite Diy Christmas Ornaments to spruce up your tree.1. Diy Paint Splatter Ornaments from Love From Ginger, tiny works of art you can hang from your tree.2. Easy peasy Printable Holiday Tree Ornaments from Oh Happy Day.3. Head on over to the Tattly blog for their Diy Ornaments using temporary tattoos.4. Here's another great idea from Love From Ginger, sweet Diy Illustrated Birch Christmas Ornaments.5. A Felt Fox that can be used as an ornament or gift topper from Lia Griffin.6. Can't find quite the right…
  • Diy Paper Christmas Trees Topped With Origami Stars.

    5 Dec 2014 | 11:54 am
    I'm so excited to share this tutorial for these diy paper Christmas trees with you. They're such a quick and easy project and take practically no time at all. You could easily whip up a whole forest of them in an afternoon.Things you'll need to make your own Diy Paper Christmas Trees:Scrapbook paper, I used the Crate Paper Close Knit pad.Several bowls or cups of different sizes to draw around or a circle cutter. I've got the Martha Stewart one on my Christmas list. Each one needs to about an inch smaller than the last or a circle cutter.A bone folder,Glue,Scissors,A pencil,And some blue tack…
  • Lovely Links 10.

    28 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    Here's some of the lovely links that caught my eye this week.This trailer.Love this black and gold bedroom.Gorgeous painterly fabrics from Jessica Zoob.Cranberry pie with thick pecan crumble // Pumpkin tortelli // Calico Cat and dotty dalmation cookies.5 ways to wrap small gifts. I have a feeling this could be coming in handy soon ;)Loving the middle.Tiny pom pom snow in this diy mason jar snowglobe.A gorgeous diy concrete lace pen holder.A bright and colourful diy alternative to the traditional christmas tree.This copper wall, this room and this blind.Listening to this song on…
  • Three Things I Love Right Now.

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
    1. This beautiful and unique crepe paper flower advent from Oh Happy Day. The date is stamped on each of the leaves and the centre of each flower holds a treat. The perfect grown-up advent calendar.2. Yes Please by Amy Poehler. I'm a third of the way through and so far and I love it. Honest and funny.3. I think this pretty diy paper cut paper village from Lia Griffith would look great lit up on the mantel. Pop on over to download the template.What things are you loving right now?
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    STASH YARN SHOP - Stashknits blog


    16 Dec 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Some of you may recall the story I shared last Thanksgiving of a new customer who came into the shop looking for yarn to make a hat. I closed that post with a sincere wish that her promise to return soon would be kept.You'lll be happy to know it has been. Over the past several months, we have helped her choose yarn for not only more hats, but scarves and mittens for her husband and sons, as well. While she continues to need a hat herself at this moment, we were able to celebrate a small victory with her today. "I just came from my last chemo treatment!" she announced to general…

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    From the Other Woman:It's not what you think. I know everyone says that in these situations, but it really is not what you think. To begin, let's be clear about one thing: HE came to ME. It all started with a phone call. He called me at work with a vague request to meet. I forgot about it for a few weeks, and then he showed up, asking to arrange sometime we could get together privately. Soon we were meeting weekly, sometimes for hours. I can't pretend I didn't know about you; I did. In fact, strange as it sounds, you are the reason he came to me in the first place. But even if I had…

    8 Nov 2014 | 7:36 am
    Leading up to Small Business Saturday (the Saturday after Thanksgiving), we wrote last week about some of the local businesses that comprise the Stash network. In addition to those folks, I want to share the good news about the local heroes among our vendors. Most obviously, due to the current Trunk Show here in the shop, we are proud to carry products from Made in America Yarns. Not only is this a local company right here in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia, all of their beautiful yarns are sourced, spun, and dyed right here in the U.S. Made in America Yarns are…
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    Spark & Chemistry - Craft It Blog

  • Fa La Luxe: DIY Favor Trays for your Holiday Party

    15 Dec 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Still trying to figure out what to give your guests for that last minute holiday party?  Well, even if you host it before or after Christmas, here's a quick way to display those adorable candy favors.  We're going to show you a simple way to turn your cardboard letters into glamorous favor trays that you can use as a table centerpiece or display on your buffet.  For this DIY you'll need a few cardboard letters, a box cutter, glitter, mod podge, a small paintbrush, tissue paper and some candy favors.  You'll also need to secure your favors with wire or twine, and any other…
  • Light Up Someone's Life: 12 Days of Christmas Candles

    10 Dec 2014 | 3:37 pm
    It's that lovely, magical time of year when we're all frantically shopping, decorating, baking, and a even doing little partying, (lol) but it's so important that in all this fun, crazy, holiday magic, we don't forget to make someone else's day brighter and better.  This year, I thought it would be special to share with you an activity, or a few activities, that would be great for kids, teens and even adults to spread a little love and cheer into the life of someone else.  I love those unexpected gifts- the sweet, heartfelt ones that take your breath away no matter how small or…
  • Craft Board Advent Calendar

    30 Nov 2014 | 9:34 pm
    It's the most wonderful time of the year...seriously! It's the MOST wonderful time of the entire year because you get to spend it doing awesome things with awesome people. Plan out how you want to spend the final month of your year by creating an advent calendar, making sure to include all of your favorite holiday activities.  SUPPLIES:  Black foam board (16 x 20) Chalkboard markers  Gold thumbtacks  Sharpie pen pencil  Ruler  Colored cardstock paper Circle Cutter Okay, so let's get started. Begin by using your circle cutter to create the circles that will…
  • Felt Holiday Photo Props

    17 Nov 2014 | 9:24 am
    Happy Holidays!  You know we love our DIY photo booths here on the blog, so here's another one for ya', just in time for party season.  For a fun, festive and not to mention easy prop for your holiday parties, we'll show you how to make these merry little speech bubbles out of felt.  Yep, the kids can definitely take a stab at this one and coming up with silly (and not so silly) Christmas greetings will definitely be the talk of the party.  For this DIY, you'll need: Stiff felt sheets (11x17 or 12x18) Wooden dowels Letter stencils (optional) Scissors Hot glue/gun…
  • 5 Holiday Photo Ideas for Couples (with Free Photoshop actions)

    9 Nov 2014 | 3:45 pm
    The holidays are upon us, and I'm sure you've probably been thinking about different ideas for your holiday cards (I know we are!).  I wanted to share with you a few Christmas photo ideas for couples that my husband and I did last year.  These basic posing ideas were inspired by those fun Macy's and Target commercials- white backdrop, black attire, and red accents.  Everyone always looks so happy in those commercials- happy to be spending money!  But I thought it'd be a great idea to take some of those simple, modern elements an incorporate them in our holiday greeting…
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    Bella Crafts Quarterly

  • Simple Recycled Christmas Decoration

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    We all have toilet paper rolls around the house so, instead of filling up the landfills why not save them to make craft projects? This simple recycled decoration by our guest blogger, Alessandra Arcangeli, is perfect for recycling those paper rolls. This project would also be great to work on with kids, grandkids and also church groups and girl scout groups.   1. In this post I will show you out to create a simple but stunning Christmas decoration that you can hang to the Christmas tree or on the front door . 2. You need 4 toilet paper rolls 3. Paint the toilet paper with acrylic paint,…
  • Floral Wood Button Earrings

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    We have another great last minute gift idea for all of those procrastinators out there.  For this project, our guest blogger, Lisa Jimenez, shows us how to take simple floral wood buttons and turn them into a spectacular set of earrings.  If you’re looking for another last minute gift idea, give these earrings a try! The holidays are coming quick and last minute gifts are always a necessity.  These Floral Wooden Earrings are quick and easy to make.  Make several at a time to have on hand for that “little something” you need to give a co-worker, neighbor or secret santa.  Use…
  • 103 Holiday Crafts

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We just love the holidays!  Of course, the holidays are even better with holiday crafts.  We collected 103 of our very favorite holiday crafts and put them all right here for you to check out for yourself.  We think you will love this crafty goodness that will help you have a wonderful handmade holiday. Silent Night Twinkle Light Canvas – Love Grows Wild Stunning Christmas Hooks – Ann Butler Designs Lighted Christmas Canvas – Rhapsody in Rooms Paint Stick Christmas Tree – Thistlewood Farms Painted Holly Appliqué Accent Pillow – Bzzy Little Bee Crafty Bargain…
  • 20-Day Inspiration Challenge Week 2

    Lisa Fulmer
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Happy Monday! I hope you had some fun with last week’s #20waystoinspire prompt – fruits and veggies make for some pretty cool creative catalysts, don’t you think?   This week our prompt is: Pull out three little random things from one of your junk drawers and incorporate them into a craft project. I think we all have that one drawer in the kitchen that is a catch-all for all kinds of junk (and good stuff, too) like twist ties, rubber bands, old key rings, corks, miscellaneous hardware and bits of broken things…right? So here are the three things I pulled from my junk drawer to…
  • 10 Must Read DIY Craft Blogs

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We love crafts, so we are always on the lookout for the best DIY craft blogs on the web.  We have lots of favorites, so we wanted to share some of them with you.  Below is a list of 10 DIY craft blogs that we recommend you check out.  We hope you enjoy. 1. Eileen Hull is a professional designer and licensed artist with Sizzix.  Her blog features projects created with her line of dies. You have to check out this list of amazing #DIY #Craft Bloggers. Meet @EileenHull and many more.Click To Tweet   2.  Positively Positively Splendid offers tutorials…
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    The Ribbon Retreat Blog

  • Lovely Flower Topiaries

    The Ribbon Retreat
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Welcome, welcome! I am so beyond excited to bring you a super simple but LOVELY Christmas craft perfect to add to your Christmas tree, a wall hanger, or to place on your table. However you display this sweet little craft, it will be eye catching and beeeeautiful to look at. Made with gorgeous flowers and […]
  • How To Use Silly Grips, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Wahoo, it’s YouTube Thursday…the day we get to get super crafty video style! Today we are all about solving that major dilemma of taking the time to fix your little sweeties hair in super cute piggy tails, braids, twists or buns, just to turn around and see that the fun bow you placed proudly on […]
  • Peppermint Twist Loopy Puff Bows

    The Ribbon Retreat
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Holiday hair bows are really fun to make and really fun to display in your sweet little girl’s hair or in your hair too! Today, the talented Mary from Little Mama Bowtique is sharing really fun and really full Loopy Puff Bows that are made with a holiday ribbon mix, glitter ribbon and super cute […]
  • Cinnamon and Applesauce Ribbon Ornaments

    The Ribbon Retreat
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    When I was first introduced to The Ribbon Retreat, I had two little boys and so naturally didn’t think I had any need for ribbon, because ribbon is only used in hair bows right?!? And, my two little boys weren’t really excited about me putting bows in their hair. Well…was I ever wrong! Ribbon can […]
  • Rudolph Inspired Christmas Hair Bows

    Cheri Mortimer
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Rudolph is coming to town, and I can’t even wait! He is such a fun part of Christmas night with his nose so bright guiding Santa safely through that foggy and snowy Christmas Eve night! But, we don’t have to wait until Christmas Eve to celebrate this awesome reindeer! Today, Cherie is sharing a very, […]
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    About Family Crafts

  • 25 Christmas Tree Ornaments Kids Can Make

    Sherri Osborn
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:17 pm
    These amazing Christmas tree ornaments are easy enough for most kids to make yet sophisticated enough for adults. Many of them are much easier to make than they look and they will certainly be admired by everyone who sees them.…Read more →
  • 11 Creative Money Gifts

    Sherri Osborn
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    When it comes to giving gifts, I usually don’t like to give money. For me, personally, I think of it as a cop-out only because it is easy to give money instead of a gift. I do realize, though, that…Read more →
  • Silly 12 Days of Christmas Printable Tags

    Sherri Osborn
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:59 pm
    These 12 Days of Christmas printable tags were originally posted by me on the Family Crafts site at About-Dot-Com, and it has recently come to my attention that there no longer seems to be an easy way to save or…Read more →
  • 5 Printable Christmas Play Dough Mats

    Sherri Osborn
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Sometimes it seems like time passes a lot slower at this time of year… Especially for kids who are anxiously waiting for Christmas morning. If you are looking for fast, fun, and simple ways to help them pass the time,…Read more →
  • 26 Candy Cane Crafts

    Sherri Osborn
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Even if you love eating candy canes, there always seems to be some left over after Christmas. I suggest that you use a few of those candy canes now to make fun candy cane crafts you can use as decorations…Read more →
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    Teach Love Craft

  • Yarn Christmas Trees

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:07 am
    Whew! We’ve got some creative friends!  Two weeks ago, I shared with you my  sister-in-law Courtney’s ridiculously cute Button Tree! Today, I am thrilled to share with you these yarn Christmas Trees completed by friends and colleagues of ours.  Our mathematical and Whovian (sidenote: Is anyone obsessed with Dr. Who? Out of principle, I have been taking a stand not to watch it, but…) friends Jill and Annemarie recently wrapped up some styrofoam cones with yarn to create some adorable and festive yarn Christmas Trees. These trees are warm and cozy, and…
  • It’s Holiday Sweater Season

    7 Dec 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Tis the season for holiday sweaters. While some of my friends enjoy the ugly more traditional holiday sweaters, I personally prefer the modern subtle version of this throw back trend. I’ve rounded up some of my favorites to help spread holiday cheer. H&M: cute with some light up necklaces Target: for those who are feeling crafty Target: looks like a sure winner of a sweater contest Urban Outfitters: Home Alone anyone (one of my fave Christmas movies)! Sold out online. Boo! Forever 21: can’t go wrong with Rudolph ModCloth: a dash of humor is sure to please H&M: cheery and…
  • Button Tree on Burlap

    4 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    You know that saying, you are the company which you keep? When it comes to my friends this is sooooo true.  All my friends are gorgeous, smart, and kind, so, therefore, I must be, too. Natch.  Not only are all my friends lovely, but they are also talented in so many ways. The best part is it is not at all competitive (and if you know me, I know this is hard to believe). Instead, I enjoy and celebrate the talents my friends possess because remember I am the company I keep, and you best believe I’m gonna try to emulate their crafts.  Yesterday, my sister-in-law Courtney…
  • Baby Love and a beautiful baby shower

    2 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Our Lisa of teachlovecraft is going to have a baby, and we couldn’t be more excited. The other weekend, Lisa’s mother-in-law (and one of my new party-planning and decorating heroes) hosted an absolutely gorgeous baby shower for Lisa.  Lisa is a Media Specialist by day, so the vintage Peter Rabbit and book theme was a natural and perfect choice.  The pictures I took with my phone definitely don’t do the beauty of this shower justice, but you’ll get the essence of it all.  Donna, Lisa’s mother-in-law and possibly next reigning star of HGTV…
  • Easy DIY Give Thanks Wreath

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This Give Thanks Wreath is perfect for Thanksgiving. I know, I know, Thanksgiving is but a few days away, but this wreath is so simplistic and lovely that you could be hanging one up in your house/door in less than 10 minutes– just in time for Turkey day and the upcoming holiday seasons.  My friend Bailey and I both made these one evening. She, with the help of our friend Katie, added some burlap flowers. And you know, if it’s burlap, naturally, I’m in love. I, on the other hand, wrapped wrapped some upholstery webbing around mine, and called it a day. Either way, I…
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    Decorative storage boxes

  • Decorative storage boxes : best tips!

    Awesome Tube
    27 Mar 2020 | 10:31 am
    Decorative storage boxes are what you need :  Perhaps you need some packing containers to store things, but you do not want those unpleasant and uninteresting brown cardboard bins . You will need something richer,and flamboyant - indeed, you've suspected it... attractive decorative storage boxes!Today, there's a huge requirement for these kinds of decorative store boxes, as folks like to utilize them simply for keeping stuff, or perhaps to pack things in, and may even used as gifts for your loved ones.Should your storage area is complete and you should store a number of item in the home…
  • Decorating with Modern Cabin decor

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

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

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

    Awesome Tube
    22 May 2014 | 3:58 am
    Note: If your wood floors are pre-finished, always consult the manufacturer for safety and other key tips before attempting any of these procedures. 1] Prepare the room Move all your furniture and all wall decorations out of the room. Install a box fan or a standing fan within the room for ventilation and open all windows. This is to blow away all the negative pressure and the dust out from the room. If some furniture is still near or in the room, then cover it with some drop cloths or old bed sheets. 2] Shield the floor Install an abrasive pad on the rubberized wheel…
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  • No Dies Required Champagne Christmas Card

    9 Dec 2014 | 7:33 am
    I thought I would share with you today a Christmas Card that looks die cut but isn't!  So put away your grand calibure or big shot, all you need is a little PC know-how, your printer, a craft knife and metal ruler!Card Recipe:Tools: PC, printer, craft knife, metal rulerPaper and Card: Stardream Card, printable vellum, acetate Embellishments: Flatback crystals, ribbon bowTo make this card, I started by creating a word document on my PC and inserting a triangle basic shape.  I inserted the text I wanted to use, changing the font and font size until I was happy with…
  • House Mouse Sweet Lilacs

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:18 am
    Now that it's turning a bit chillier, I thought I'd share a card that reminds me that Spring will be with us at before too long!Card Recipe:Tools: Tonic Studios Indulgence Boudior Square Base Die, Square Layering Dies, Scallop Square Layering Dies, Every Day Sentiments 1 Dies, Grand CaliburDigi Stamp: House Mouse Triple CD - Joanna SheenPaper and Card: Stardream CardEmbellishments: Flatback pearls and crystals, handmade hat pinsFor the House Mouse digi stamp, I cropped the image to the size of my die before printing it.  This means that…
  • Clean & Simple Fairy Silhouette Card

    7 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    I think the title says it all for this card!Card Recipe:Paper and Card: Oyster Wove, First EditionTools: Tonic Studios Die Sets - Fae Hideaway Indulgence Semi Dies,  Grand CaliburEmbellishment: Flatback PearlsI simply trimmed an A4 piece of card to 14.8cm wide then scored it in half.  I opened it back up again and cut the Fae Hideaway Indulgence Semi Die using both of the semi inside dies but only one of the outer dies. Once embossed, I then adding a pretty First Edition backing paper to the inside of the card and added a sprinkling of flatback pearls and a…
  • Too Cute to Spook - Halloween Window Card

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

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

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:44 pm
    A delicious ornament for your tree.  This S’mores Christmas Tree Ornament will be a perfect ornament for a S’mores bar or add it to your holiday tree  just because it’s cute! I want to eat my Christmas tree! I hope these cute and delicious ornaments make it till Christmas without getting eaten! I love the colors […] The post DIY Smores Christmas Tree Ornament appeared first on SEWlicious Home Related posts: No related posts.
  • DIY Hand Painted Polka Dot Swirls Ceramic Plate

    14 Dec 2014 | 12:22 pm
    This is a fun way to decorate a plain plate for the holidays. Use holiday paints for a fun and festive plate that will add a beautiful addition to your table setting. I love everything red. My kitchen is red and I love all the red decorations during the holidays. These painted plates will make […] The post DIY Hand Painted Polka Dot Swirls Ceramic Plate appeared first on SEWlicious Home Related posts: How To Fold A Christmas Tree Napkin Tutorial Holiday Flame Napkin Tutorial 7 Holiday Napkin Tutorials with FREE e-BOOK
  • Soft Batch Peanut Butter Eggnog Cookies

    10 Dec 2014 | 8:13 am
    A classic combination of peanut butter with rich eggnog combined all into one soft, delicious cookie. Making these Soft Batch Peanut Butter Eggnog Cookies just what you’ve been waiting for this holiday season!  If you’re like me…please be like me!  Peanut butter cookies are an all time favorite.  I can think of tons of variations with peanut butter and […] The post Soft Batch Peanut Butter Eggnog Cookies appeared first on SEWlicious Home Related posts: Cookie Cutter Cake {desserts} Chocolate Peanut Butter Shortbread Bars Lemon Eggnog Pound Cake
  • DIY Gift Wrapped Christmas Trees

    7 Dec 2014 | 6:14 pm
    You’re going to love how easy these DIY Gift Wrapped Christmas Trees are!  They make a fun afternoon project and the options are endless. I call these Gift Wrapped Trees because everything you use is what you use when you are wrapping gifts. They are SO easy and SO adorable and I just love how elegant […] The post DIY Gift Wrapped Christmas Trees appeared first on SEWlicious Home Related posts: Gifts Under $5-Dollar Store Oven Mitt Holiday Utensil Holder Napkin Tutorial Holiday Flame Napkin Tutorial
  • Lemon Eggnog Pound Cake

    5 Dec 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Friends, you are in for a treat with this recipe!  What’s not to love about lemon and eggnog?! Put them together and  you have an ultimate Lemon Eggnog Pound Cake with an eggnog glazed topping that is deeeeelicious!  In case you are still trying to decide what to serve for dessert this holiday season… have just […] The post Lemon Eggnog Pound Cake appeared first on SEWlicious Home Related posts: Cookie Cutter Cake {desserts} Lemon Curd Butter Cake Christmas Eggnog Pound Cake
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  • Wordless Wednesday 17/December

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:09 am
    Summer landscapes (more from our 2014 vacation)
  • Handmade Tuesdays bloghop 16/December

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:09 am
    Sharing the Handmade Tuesdays bloghop @ Ladybug Blessings Link your favorite posts!
  • Creative Mondays bloghop 15/December

    15 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    Sharing the Creative Mondays bloghop @ Clairejustine oxoxJoin the party, share the fun!
  • The Handmade Christmas: little house sticky notes holder

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:09 am
    This week I had very little time for crafting. I have one last Christmas gift pending that involves cross stitch and for which I need a minimum of quiet time and concentration. Both were clearly lacking in the last few days, since we decided to move ahead with the painting of our house (during the summer we tackled the bedrooms, now we've move onto the bathrooms...).Still, when I realised I needed to find a quick gift for my son's 2nd grade teacher, I did not hesitate and decided to make another sticky notes holder. I made the first one a couple of weeks ago (if you missed the tutorial,…
  • (Almost) Wordless Wednesday 10/December

    10 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Visiting an old Portuguese sail ship and crossing the river (in a more modern one). Lisbon, Portugal
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  • Another IHSW Update

    Zurainny Ismail
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:50 pm
    IHSW (International Hermit & Stitch Weekend) is a monthly stitching event held for 3 days starting from the 3rd Friday of the week and ends on Sunday night.  On any of those days, stitchers who have previously signed up on Random Ramblings (we just post our blog name & link when the month’s IHSW page is up) commit themselves to doing some stitching.  Even a few minutes of stitching will do.  Then, we will post our IHSW stitching update on the following Monday or Tuesday.  I love IHSW because, in a way, it ensures that I would dedicate at least once a month for my…
  • November IHSW & What A Hoot!

    Zurainny Ismail
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:21 pm
    This month’s IHSW was held a week earlier, probably to compensate for last month’s absence and will most probably continue this week as well because this weekend (21st-23rd November) is the actual IHSW.  I really enjoy my stitching weekends! I know I have a lot of WIPs tucked everywhere, but as I have a few things to send to a friend who has moved to the USA, I thought I might as well send her a specially handmade cross stitch Christmas card, too. I stitched this last Saturday and Sunday, on a 14 ct Aida : This little Owl is sitting in my new organizer box with my newly acquired…
  • Cross Stitch Malaysia & Craft Supplies on FB

    Zurainny Ismail
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Let me start by saying a huge ‘THANKS’ to Ruzanna A. Kadir, who started and maintain Cross-Stitch Malaysia FB page – you’ve provided an excellent platform for Malaysian and international cross stitchers to connect with one another! Although there are many craft stores in KK city, none truly specialises in providing cross stitching materials and accessories because the demand is not as great as, say, 2 decades ago.  Still, I would usually be able to get most of my DMC floss from Meelo at CPS while all other things (e.g. fabric, needles, etc) I source from my favourite…
  • More Cross Stitch Cards & Happy Diwali

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

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

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:05 am
    We want snow, if it ain’t for Christmas, it’s to have fun outside. Whether it is to make a snowman, snow angel or to go sledding, no matter what pastime you choose on snowy days, joy awaits you in the magical, frosty world of winterland. Who doesn’t love this ancient folk art of lovingly crafted sculptures, a bit of our traditional roots popping up. Family fun, young or old, that’s what it’s all about. Here in the south (skiing area), snow means school busses don’t drive, everybody snowed in and having a free holiday, so no excuses. Get outside! The endless “how to- videos” on…
  • Freebie recipes: warm winter beverages

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    15 Dec 2014 | 8:40 pm
      What about some delicious concoctions in vintage glasses? It’s the time of the year where it can be really freezing over here, for me it can’t get any better. Enjoy staying warm inside by the roaring wood fire in your festive flannel pjs, cozy fleece blanket on top of you, the cutest warmest winter socks out of your cupboard, cuddling up your feet… Let’s not have chilly fingers and have some fragrant, delicious, festive winter, lukewarm or hot beverages for a lazy day or a cozy winter evening, for one reason only: to spoil ourselves. Offering you some inspiration in this…
  • Free sewing course from scratch (3): Fabric!

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    You’ve finally decided to learn how to sew, where before you thought it was an impossible task on top of everything else you have to do throughout your days. You’ve begun prioritizing and you know you’ll find the time to do it, well done. If your best friend wants to join in, you can turn it into a quilting bee, an evening with a friend, chatting away while sewing. But now you can’t wait to start the basic sewing lessons, because you want to create your very own first cherished, heirloom quilt, one that will warm your heart, once finished. So you are eager to have the necessary fabric…
  • Antique vintage fire irons and dogs

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The visual focal point of the room, what better meeting-place than the fireplace, providing light, warmth, protection and even hot meals. This indispensable feature, became the heart of the house throughout history and would never be complete without its main artifacts: its andirons, the poker, tongs and shovel for use on the hearth. Not only do andirons control your firewood (keeping it put in the fireplace), but they also help to create a positive upwards draft, helping your fire getting started and keeping it burning. Most of all, without them it would be a lot tougher to light your fire…
  • Freebie recipe: Surprising dessert: Coupe Josephine Baker

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    6 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Coupe Josephine Baker is the name of this surprisingly tasty and special dessert. Named after the famous Afro-American Josephine Baker. Go back in time with me and just watch her crazy “Dance Sauvage” performed in her famous skirt, made of a string of artificial bananas. Known to be a dancer, singer and actress, who refused to perform for segregated audiences in America and for assisting the French Resistance during World War II (General Charles De Gaulle even gave here the military honor of the “Croix de guerre”). Listen or dance to her most successful song “J’ai deux amours”,…
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  • 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…
  • Introducing Rug Hooking Wool Strips

    8 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    Now available, 1/8″ rug hooking wool stripsOne of the most frequent requests we hear from you, our customers is for pre-cut rug hooking wool strips of our colorful hand dyed wool. And now these rug hooking wool strips are available! Each order is the equivalent of an eighth-yard of our wool fabric — 16″ x 13″. The strips range in length from 8″ to 13″, long enough to hook comfortably, but not so long your pieces will get tangled up. The wool strips are available in a rainbow variety of colors, including Blue, Green, Orange, Purple, Yellow and Mixed. If…
  • Taking Wool on Vacation

    13 Aug 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Frances peacefully works on her hooked rug inside our cruise cabin off the coast of Alaska. When summer temperatures start to hover around 100, as they have been here in Texas, it’s wise to head north. Which is just what we did last week. The amazing thing is that we had the willpower to return home after an eight-day Carnival cruise to Alaska, where the high temperatures ranged from 55 to 65 most days. Sweet relief! We like our vacations on the peaceful side. So we took a pass on commanding a sled pulled by Siberian Huskies down a snowy mountain. Instead, Frances brought her latest…
  • Reputation You Can Trust

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    We all know someone who had a bad experience buying an item on the internet. Perhaps the item was not as described. Perhaps it took ages for it to be delivered. Perhaps it never arrived at all. This is why we at Sun and Wind Farm take so much care with our customers’ orders. We strive to capture photo-accurate pictures of our vivid hand dyed wool. We offer same day shipment on all orders received before 2 p.m. Shipping is free for all US orders as well as for Canadian orders over $50. Refunds are easy. This web site has been up and running for almost two years (more about that soon!).
  • New Light Wool Colors from the Dye Pot

    19 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    Frances emerged from the dye kitchen this week with several new yards of her characteristically vivid hand dyed rug hooking wool. But she also carried several “lights” — pale shades that are snapped up quickly whenever we list them for sale. Winter Chill hand dyed wool For example, Winter Chill, a cool mix of blue-gray shades on a white background, is great for a light background, particularly skies, mountain peaks and snow on the ground. Tiny Lavender hand dyed wool Tiny Lavender (very light lavender shades on a white background) is great for outlining certain elements of a…
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  • Knitters Beware! Happiness to Follow . . .

    Alice Seidel
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Have you been busy? I’ll bet! Being well into December we’ve even passed the Hanukkah mark, which began two days ago. I’m not very familiar with the holiday, but Christmas . . . now that’s another story! For those who don’t participate or don’t know, Christmas at my house is all out! Every corner is filled with decorations and lights; it takes me days to put it all in place. Then in the waning light of the short afternoons, I love walking around and turning on little candles, and Christmas trees where multi-colored, white, and bubble lights bring their own…
  • Swanky Scarf Christmas Knitting Pattern

    Alice Seidel
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Who isn’t busy this month? It’s a good thing too, because the weather (if you want to call it such) has been so HORRIBLE, you don’t notice it when you’re immersed in everything else. Really, just day after day of rain, snow showers, and the occasional snow burst, like we’re getting right now. Where the sun is, I don’t know. So. It’s up to us to make life sparkly. And what better way than with Red Heart Boutique Swanky yarn. Just 2 skeins of this yarn and you’ve got yourself a sweet scarf for this sparkly season! The color I chose is Sterling, a…
  • Knitting Happiness, How Do You Get It?

    Alice Seidel
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Funny, how time flies. One minute it’s the Fourth of July and the next Christmas and the end-of-year holidays are right around the corner. Yet, my knitting just goes on. Some days are better than others, of course. You know what I’m talking about. Even now that I don’t “work” full-time outside my home, there are still days that overwhelm me. I’m not talking about housecleaning or laundry or dog walking; even though all those things qualify for time spent away from knitting or writing. Just keeping up. With my website, my knitting, developing patterns and…
  • How to Give a Great Handmade Knitting Gift

    Alice Seidel
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Did you know as a knitter you qualify for DIY status? I don’t think you can claim that as a deduction on your taxes or anything (wouldn’t that be neat!) but it surely puts us in a very special category, one that not just anyone can claim. Of course because we love making something from absolutely nothing, WE appreciate all that goes into the creating of our projects. I’ve always loved creating handmade gifts for my family and close friends. To date, no one has ever made a face upon receiving these gifts, which is a definite plus! Over the years, I’ve done projects that…
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  • Five Sewing Goals for 2015

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:54 am
    I'm having an incredibly hard time summing up this past year, especially when I'm reflecting on my creative endeavors. I think it’s partly because time flies when you’re doing what you love. So despite the fact that I made more items of clothing this year than I have in my entire life, I felt as though I spent literally just minutes behind my sewing machine. In the last 365 days Steve and I dove headfirst into Indiesew, and I was handed the opportunity to sew two to three days per week...for my job. My soul rejoiced, as my days sewing flew by. With every garment finished, my sewing…
  • A Handmade Holiday: Envelope Clutch + Giveaway!

    15 Dec 2014 | 11:09 am
    We’re just a mere ten days away from Christmas, and if you haven’t started sewing your handmade gifts ( me), fret not! There’s still ample time to make something totally impressive for your favorite people. Today is a special Handmade Holiday giveaway, because the pattern we’re featuring and its designer are brand new to the Indiesew shop! Yessiree, Noodlehead’s awesome accessories patterns will be filling the shop soon! Today we’re talking about the modern and functional Envelope Clutch. This basic accessory has a fold over flap with magnetic snap closure and is packed…
  • How to Sew With Pom Pom Fringe

    10 Dec 2014 | 9:29 am
    While not very technical, a tutorial on sewing with pom pom fringe had to be written. You will, no doubt, go through a pom-pom phase and we hope this quick reference provides just the guidance you need to kick off your obsession. I’m in the thick of my pom pom fringe phase right now and those cheerful balls of fiber are bringing me so much joy. My first foray into pom pom fringe was just a few months ago when I sewed my black pom pom fringed scarf and I found online resources to be seriously lacking. This tutorial is a product of my trial and error. I encourage you to experiment with…
  • A Handmade Holiday: Scarves & Cowls + Giveaway!

    8 Dec 2014 | 1:08 pm
    We're one week closer to the holidays and you may be feeling a bit of a time crunch. We totally understand, this time of year can be insanity. But giving handmade gifts doesn't have to contribute to your overall feeling of busyness. In fact, sewing up your Christmas presents can actually be theraputic during such a chaotic few weeks. Luckily we have just the sewing pattern that will result in zero frustration and sews up in less than 30 minutes. Which means you can make ten in an evening of sewing, with a glass of wine and your favorite TV show playing. What pattern am I referring to? Oh,…
  • Introducing Named Clothing

    5 Dec 2014 | 9:41 am
    You could say I have a bit of an obsession over Scandinavian style. Danish furniture makes me drool. I could browse photos of Swedish architecture for hours. And of late, I’ve discovered I have a total weakness for Finnish fashion. If you haven't yet jumped on the Named Clothing train, you're missing out. Plus, their last collection was shot in the company of three majestic wolves. Wolves! I'm moving to Finland, stat. What is Named Clothing? Named Clothing is a sewing pattern company started by two lovely, Finnish sisters, Laura and Saara. They’ve published three amazing collections of…
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    Our Daily Craft

  • Great Gifts at the Used Book Store

    Sarah White
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Fayetteville is blessed with one of the most amazing used book stores anywhere, the Dickson Street Book Shop. This place is spectacular, full of winding rooms stacked with floor-to-ceiling shelves, with books in piles at the ends of the aisles. It’s musty and awesome and you never know what you’re going to find, but I’m convinced you can find something for anyone there. I set out to prove that this morning when I went there looking for books for everyone in my immediate gift-giving family, and after about an hour playing in the stacks I’m pretty pleased with what I…
  • Getting My Holiday Together Like a Crafty Ninja, Part One

    Sarah White
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:14 pm
    It’s not like we don’t see Christmas coming. It’s at the same time every year. It can’t possibly sneak up on us, and yet every year there’s the same mad dash to finish something or buy something or do something before that big, firm deadline of Dec. 25. Or, in my case, Dec. 19. The last day the girl has school this year. In other words, the day I would need to have gifts for teachers and classmates ready. If not before. Being well aware that Dec. 19 (as of this writing) is tomorrow, I finally decided today that I was going to make gifts for her classmates. They…
  • Make a Cute Holiday Card in Five Minutes or Less

    Sarah White
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:17 pm
    I’m a little behind on, well, probably everything this holiday season, but I’m just now starting to pull together gifts for my daughter’s teachers. I knew I at least wanted to make handmade cards, so I pulled together some really basic and wonderful supplies that allowed me to make these merry cards in less than five minutes each. What You’ll Need A2 size blank greeting cards bright colored Sharpies or markers brown or wood grain washi tape Offray Microspool self-adhesive ribbon (one three-yard roll should be enough for three cards) scissors What You’ll Do Align…
  • Frozen Dress Up Gift Bag {Iron Craft Challenge}

    Sarah White
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    The Iron Craft Challenge this week was to make something that could be done from start to finish in an hour or less. I had been thinking about this one for a while so I was glad to finally get it finished. Like most girls her age, the girl is very into Frozen. One of the few things on her Christmas list at the beginning of the season (though it did get longer in time) was Anna and Elsa dolls. I had already gotten her dress up dresses (and have since ordered shoes and some other accessories) and I thought it would be fun to make a storage bag to hold it all using Frozen fabric. This was indeed…
  • Make Glitter Clothespins to Hold Holiday Cards

    Sarah White
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:23 am
    I’m taking part in the Adventures in Making #DIYCraftChallenge again this month. The theme is glitter. Join in if you want, or check out my entry from last month, Rosemary Lemon Body Scrub. We recently put a table in our entry way in this strange little nook by the staircase. I love it, but in an effort to keep it from getting cluttered with junk I’ve been putting holiday decorations on it. Right now our stockings and a plate the girl painted a couple of years ago are on the table, and I have a fabric garland tied to the staircase above. I thought this would be the perfect place…
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  • Crochet Christmas Lights

    Sarah Zimmerman
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Something cool just happened. I was crocheting another tiny mouse from the pattern I posted yesterday and at the same moment my son was showing me a worksheet of christmas lights he colored at school. A light bulb went off...literally! The crochet "mouse" I had in my hand also made the perfect shape for Christmas lights!! I love when one pattern can become something else :) Of course you will need to add a little top to the bulb but that is easy. Complete pattern is below!Materials:- Worsted Weight Uarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Scarlett, Mustard, Fern, Purple, and Black. The…
  • Tiny Crochet Mouse

    Sarah Zimmerman
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:13 am
    Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a... crochet mouse! This teeny tiny crochet mouse is as cute as can be especially if you dress him up for the holidays... how about a little crochet santa hat?! A perfect tree ornament, present topper, or just a cute piece to have any time of year. You could also stuff it will cat nip and gift it to your cat! Make a whole mouse family!Materials:- Worsted Weight Uarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Silver Heather.- Size G Crochet Hook.- Tapestry Needle- Safety Eyes (12mm) -…
  • Crock Pot Peppermint Bark

    Sarah Zimmerman
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:43 am
    Peppermint Bark is a classic holiday dessert but did you know that you can also make it in the Crock Pot?! The Crock Pot uses less energy than the microwave or stove and you don't have to continually check or stir your melting chocolate. So why not give it a try! Just another way you can use your slow cooker this holiday season :)Ingredients:- Two 12oz bags of white chocolate chips (I used Nestle brand)- 1/2 - 1 cup crushed peppermint candy. I purchased a 10oz bag of crushed peppermint candies from World Market.- Wax paperDirections:1. Place both bags of chocolate chips in your crock pot. I…
  • FREE Character Hats in the Craftsy Crochet Pattern Gallery!

    Sarah Zimmerman
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:34 am
    If I know you guys well (and I believe I do), I know you love character hats! I introduced you to Craftsy’s Crochet Patterns Gallery a couple weeks ago with a round-up of holiday patterns but did you know that they also have a huge selection of FREE character hats to choose from?! All of this included in over 33,000 crochet patterns with over 2,000 of those patterns being absolutely FREE! And remember you can narrow your search by selecting the type of pattern you are looking for (hats, afghans, animals, etc) or by person they are made for or simply by level of difficulty.All you need to do…
  • Crochet Santa Sleigh and Reindeer Hat

    Sarah Zimmerman
    12 Dec 2014 | 9:09 am
    Now, DASHER! now, DANCER! now, PRANCER and VIXEN! On, COMET! on CUPID! on, DONNER and BLITZEN! And I know you all recall the most famous reindeer of all, which is Rudolph of course :) I found the most adorable sleigh and reindeer buttons the other day and thanks to Amazon Prime I got them in hand yesterday and immediately attached them to a crochet hat! The buttons are small (about a 1/2 inch wide) so I thought a simple single crochet baby hat would fit them best. The pattern for this 0-3 month size hat is below but you could re-create this hat using any of my basic hat patterns (Try my…
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    Knitting Stitch Patterns

  • Bricks

    Knitting Unlimited
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:29 pm
    With color A, cast on a multiple of 6 + 3.Row 1 (Right side): With color A, knit.Row 2: With color A, purl.Row 3: With color B, k4, * s1 1 wyib,  k5; repeat from * to last 5 sts, sl 1 wyib, k4.Row 4: With color B, k4, * sl 1 wyif, k5; repeat from * to last 5 sts, sl 1 wyif, k4.Row 5: With color B, p4, * sl 1 wyib,  p5; repeat from * to last 5 sts, sl 1 wyib, p4.Row 6: With color B, repeat Row 4Row 7: With color A, knitRow 8: With color A, purlRow 9: With color B, k1, * sl 1 wyib, k5; repeat from * to last 2 sts, sl 1 wyib, k1.Row 10: With color B, k1, * sl 1 wyif, k5; repeat from *…
  • Two-color Woven Plait stitch

    Knitting Unlimited
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:22 pm
    With color A, cast on a multiple of 3 sts .Row 1 (RS): With color A, knit.Row 2 (WS): With color A, purl 3, *slip1 with yarn in front, purl 2; repeat from * to end.Row 3: With color B, knit 2, *drop next st off needle to front of work, knit 2, then with point of left-handed needle pick up dropped st and slip it on to right-hand needle without working; repeat from * to last st, knit 1.Row 4: With color B, * purl 2, slip1 with yarn in front; rep from * to last 3 sts, purl 3.Row 5: With Color A, knit 1 * slip 2 with yarn in back, drop next st off needle to front of work, slip the same 2 sts back…
  • Mosaic Diamonds

    Knitting Unlimited
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Note: Slip wyib on the RS and wyif on the WSWith color A.Cast on: multiple 10 sts + 3.Row 1 (Wrong side): With color A, knit.With color B.Rows 2 & 42 (Right side): K1, * sl 1, k1; rep * to end.Rows 3 & 43 : Repeat Row 2.With color A.Rows 4 & 40: K1, * k5, sl 1, k4; rep * to last 2 st, k2.Rows 5 & 41: Rep Row 4.With color B.Rows 6 & 38: K1, * (k1, sl 1 ) twice, k3, sl 1, k1, sl1; rep * to last 2 sts, k2.Rows 7 & 39: Rep Row 6.With color A.Rows 8 & 36: K1, * k4, sl 1, k1, sl 1, k3; rep * to last 2 sts, k2.Rows 9 & 37: Rep Row 8.With color B.Rows 10 & 34:…
  • Aster Flowers

    Knitting Unlimited
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:42 pm
    With color A, cast on a multiple of 6 sts + 1.Row 1 (WS): Color A, knit all stsRow 2 (RS): Color B, SL 1, * K5-wrapping yarn twice around needle for each st, SL 1; repeat from * to end.Row 3: Color B, SL 1, * Aster flower, SL 1; repeat from * to end.Row 4: Color A, K1, * K5, knit next stitch with the loose strand behind; repeat from * to last 6 sts, K6.Row 5: Color A, knit all sts.Row 6: Color B, SL 4, * K5-wrapping yarn twice around needle for each st, SL 1; repeat from * to last 3 sts, SL 3.Row 7: Color B, SL 4, * Aster flower, SL 1; repeat from * to last 3 sts, SL 3.Row 8: Color A,…
  • Two Color Jacquards

    Knitting Unlimited
    29 Nov 2014 | 7:02 pm
    With color B, cast on a multiple of 8 sts + 2.Knit two rows stockinette stitch (knit the RS row, purl the WS row)Row 1: With color B, k1, * sl4 wyif, k4; repeat from * to last st, k1.Row 2: With color B, p1, * p3, sl4 wyib, p1; repeat from * to last st, p1.Row 3: With color B, k1, * k2, sl4 wyif, k2; repeat from * to last st, k1.Row 4: With color B, p1, * p1, sl4 wyib, p3; repeat from * to last st, p1.Row 5: With color B, k1, * k4, sl4 wyif; repeat from * to last st, k1.Row 6: With color B, p1, * sl3 wyib, p4, sl 1 wyib; repeat from * to last st, p1.Row 7: With color A, k1, * k1, sl4 wyif,…
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    Thesis of Me

  • Origami elephant

    19 Dec 2014 | 6:35 pm
    This is my current beading project in progress. I took the outlines of a graphic origami elephant and turned it into beaded sections. I embroidered small parts of it.Then, I cut out batting in a curvy shape and began to applique the elephant patch on top. Once it is finished, I will use photoshop to repeat the applique out to create a custom fabric that would be great for a fabulous beaded, super lightweight puffer jacket!
  • Progress!

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:19 am
    Progress! I took my geometric sample off the frame so I could bring it in for a job opportunity and actually like it half-finished. I am debating whether to stitch it back on the frame and finish so I can turn it in as a class project or if I should do a new modified version...Nadia
  • Geometric beaded design

    7 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    Hi! Check out my work in progress.I am working on a new beading sample which I am translating into my designs for my thesis collection. My thesis collection is very geometric. It is based on Islamic art and fragmented glass. This new beading sample that I am working on will be a cool optical accent in my collection.My first step to creating the sample was to draw out my design on the stretched organza on my frame. Then I started at the outside and beaded out a nice clean frame with bugles.The second step was to go in and begin the sequin circle in the center. Because the sequin circle is the…
  • Dream Big

    7 Nov 2014 | 11:29 am
    I did a little re-decorating this weekend;)-Nadia
  • A picture that says it all

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:52 am
    This picture that I found on shows everything about why I dream to work at Chanel. The oversized angular collar gives the classic silhouette a fun twist and the beading is exquisite.-Nadia
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    Bread & With It

  • Watercolor Trees

    Laurel Blow
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
      We are learning so much in art class! We are officially half way through the school year, and we have already taught many of the elements of art. This week the emphasis is on color. I want to really take my time with color, mostly because there is so much to know. I would like all my students to have a well-rounded understanding of color theory, and I just don't think that one quick lesson will cut it. I don't want to brag, but honestly... I think my art students are top-notch. They are the best of the best, and you will agree once you see their watercolor trees! This is a…
  • Christmas Pageant Backdrop

    Laurel Blow
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
      Hey guys! This week has really pulled me away from Bread & With It. I haven't been far, just not as proactive as I usually am. For Christmas this year the kids were involved in their school Christmas pageant. It was Colonial times themed. Being the artist in the group, they handed me some butcher paper and asked me to put together a Christmas pageant backdrop. I did... and it was so much fun! This isn't just my work though. I gathered several of the kids and had them all play a part in this masterpiece. It took quite a bit of time, but it was completely worth it! So, what do I…
  • Crochet Christmas Ornaments

    Laurel Blow
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    This year the kids and I are making our own ornaments for the tree! Aren't they cute? We've made crochet Christmas ornaments in various colors and sizes. They're really easy to whip out, and the result is stunning! I want to make several mini versions of these, and arrange them on a long string as a garland! They give your tree a rustic look! I love it!  These crochet Christmas ornaments make great projects for your yarn remnants throughout the year. I love this pattern, because we can use any size yarn with the appropriate hook size for the yarn. The larger weight yarn…
  • December Bar-Maids

    Laurel Blow
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Lo-Lo by Bar-Maids has generously donated another giveaway gift! Bar-Maids is a small company in Brush Prairie, WA that makes Natural Organic Skin Care Products!  This is the last month of e-gift card giveaways! Bar-Maids is donating a $15.00 e-coupon good for any product on the Bar-Maids Online Store!! Let the giveaway begin! All of the Bar-Maids skin care products are handmade in small batches using local ingredients and packaged in eco-friendly containers. How To Enter 1. Make sure you are Subscribed to the Bread & With It Newsletter 2. "like"…
  • Cranberry Orange Pinwheel Cookies

    Laurel Blow
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    These cookies look so fancy! I really am impressed by these cookies. Not only do they look dynamic with a red swirl, but the flavor is outstanding. The cookie dough is infused with finely shredded orange peel, and rolled in a cranberry pecan mixture to create a pinwheel effect. Each bite of this cookie begins with smooth orange flavor and finishes with a delicate burst of cranberry. Cranberry orange pinwheel cookies are so good that I am going to bring them to the Christmas pageant, this Sunday, as my potluck donation. This Sunday is my kids' Christmas pageant for school. The…
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    My Head's in the Ground

  • Honey Ginger Lemon Tea

    8 Dec 2014 | 9:43 am
    Happy Monday, friends! I always end up getting stuffy this time of year and I know that I can't possibly be the only person who has a thing for warm tea on cold days, especially Mondays. I have a mug of oolong every morning and it never fails to pick me up. I quit drinking caffeine a while ago in an attempt to not have to brew coffee every morning. I can lie and say it's for my health but honestly it was because of my own laziness. I have no desire to wake up and brew coffee first thing in the morning so if I can just grab my tea kettle and turn it on the stove while getting ready then I'll…
  • Reheating Rice in the Microwave

    6 Dec 2014 | 9:03 am
    If you're anything like me then you absolutely hate chewy and dry rice that's be reheated in the microwave. It tastes worse than the rubber sole of my shoe. Okay, maybe not that bad, but pretty darn close.I decided on trying some things for reheating rice in the microwave. Some worked miserably and others worked, well, miserably.Have you ever tried reheating it by keeping a lid over it? It doesn't work. It does nothing. How about adding water to it? Mush city.You need to add moisture without adding too much moisture. Adding water straight in or keeping the moisture in with the lid…
  • It's Been a Long Time

    4 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    Hello, friends! It feels like it's been way longer than just 7 months between my pallet post. I've been trying to break in to the freelance writing world for a while now. In between I am still continuing to knit and crochet. I also found time for our new puppy, Hobbes!He's so cute. I squeal all day.He's definitely much bigger now. A four and a half month Great Pyrenees is a handful. But hey, thanks to him I'm more active! I'll be updating my next post soon and from now on this will be more up to date with everything. Expect crochet patterns and recipes to come up!
  • Wood Pallets: My New Best Friend

    8 Apr 2014 | 11:23 am
    Hello, everybody!It's been a while since my last post but I'm now here with good news!I'm on a wood pallet kick, which means it's time for way too much creative inspiration!(Just in time for spring, too!)My favorites come from at this swing:And don't even get me started on this at-home cinema:Whaaaaaat??Beautiful!My favorites come to me in forms of nautical remembrance and floral arrangements, for instance this plant box:Or even this nautical pallet art:I'm obsessed with these things! Luckily my fiance works next to a Paul Mitchel warehouse that chucks pallets like crazy.
  • 5 Unconventional Ways to Spend Valentine's Day

    31 Jan 2014 | 5:17 am
    Dinner and a movie? No thanks. A walk in the park? Too cliche! It's time to engage you and your lover in a fun and unique way! Try one (or more!) of these unconventional ways to spend Valentine's Day!1. Paint NitePaint Nite is sweeping the nation one bar at a time. It's a fun and easy going way to express your creativity and ultimately share the playfulness we all enjoy in a relationship. Grab a drink, a paint brush, and make those memories! Make sure you sign up ahead of time to reserve your seat.2. Hot Air Balloon RideIf you're lucky enough to live in a mild region (or if you and…
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