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  • Honeycomb Table Topper

    Moda Bake Shop
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
  • Everyday is a Holiday Jenny & Aaron

    My Paper Crane
    Heidi Kenney
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    photo credit Jenny @ Everyday is a Holiday Incase you missed it on instagram a few weeks ago, Jenny & Aaron from Everyday is a Holiday posted a really fun free DIY print out. Jenny found these adorable play food boxes and had the brilliant idea of stringing them up to make a really cute garland. When I saw it on instagram I persuaded her send me scans of the box fronts so I could turn them into printable PDFs. Isn’t it awesome how they were willing to share!! While you are over on their website, be sure to check out their gorgeous artwork. I have three pieces in my home and I love…
  • Made by you Monday

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

    not martha
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:54 pm
    The Best Sweet Use for Your Smoker? Smoked Ice Cream | Serious Eats. What We Really Taste When We Drink Wine : The New Yorker. “Do we actually want to eliminate expectation and create an experience of tasting that approximates blindness? Galloni doesn’t think so. Having spent a big part of his career as a critic in blind tastings, he now fully embraces context as one of the major parts of his enjoyment of and appreciation for wine.” ciao samin: All I Want to Eat. Cold dressings for cold foods. Where to Eat Outdoors in Seattle, 2014 Edition | Serious Eats. The best beer in…
  • printmaking unleashed book giveaway!

    claudine hellmuth
    claudine hellmuth
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:32 pm
    My friend Traci Bautista has a brand new book! It's titled Printmaking Unleashed: more than 50 techniques for expressive mark making and she's generously offered a copy to giveaway here on my blog! Thanks Traci! In Printmaking Unleashed, Traci shares numerous mark-making ideas and over 60 step-by-step tutorials for creating non-traditional tools from objects like kids wood blocks, craft foam, zip ties, crocheted yarn and sink mats to name a few!There's a little mix of digital printmaking ideas, monoprinting with acrylic skins and plexiglas, mixed media collage, art journal pages,…
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  • printmaking unleashed book giveaway!

    claudine hellmuth
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:32 pm
    My friend Traci Bautista has a brand new book! It's titled Printmaking Unleashed: more than 50 techniques for expressive mark making and she's generously offered a copy to giveaway here on my blog! Thanks Traci! In Printmaking Unleashed, Traci shares numerous mark-making ideas and over 60 step-by-step tutorials for creating non-traditional tools from objects like kids wood blocks, craft foam, zip ties, crocheted yarn and sink mats to name a few!There's a little mix of digital printmaking ideas, monoprinting with acrylic skins and plexiglas, mixed media collage, art journal pages,…
  • new back to school printable kits!

    claudine hellmuth
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    It's late summer and that means it's almost time for back to school here in the USA! How did that happen? The summer just flew by!Here's a photo of me heading off to my first day of school when I was 7 years old. Other than seeing friends again, what I looked forward to most was a new back to school wardrobe and as you can see here from my socks-with-sandals look I was very fashion forward! ;) If you've got little ones ready to head back to school soon, I've got some quick and easy Back to School kits for you in my Etsy shop! They are perfect for teachers and let's not forget…
  • I'm on the Outlier on Air podcast!

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

    claudine hellmuth
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Can you believe it's nearly August? That means it's almost time for back to school! I thought I'd whip up a little freebie for you so I created a free printable apple cupcake topper kit - perfect for back to school or you can use them for fall parties and events too!CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE CUPCAKE TOPPER PRINTABLE!  -- file is approx 2MBTo download from the preview widget above, click the button with the arrow in the top right. This will save the high res file to your computer and you will have beautiful apple cupcake toppers ready to print and enjoy! :)For more Back to School (and…
  • retro car printable cupcake boxes!

    claudine hellmuth
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    I remember the first car that I bought "completely brand new" - I was 26 years old and it was a 2000 New Beetle in BRIGHT yellow. I loved this car right from the first minute I drove it off the lot. It was so adorable, like driving around a little piece of sunshine! I even had a sunflower in the dashboard bud vase.  In 2008 when we moved to DC we sold my car and I actually cried when I said goodbye to it. My heart still flutters when I see a yellow Beetle drive by! And just for the record I do not approve of the new redesign of the Beetle. It's not as cute and girly…
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  • Heather Bailey Interview with Modern Sewciety

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

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

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

    9 Jun 2014 | 5:31 pm
    So, here's what I made in my time off last week — teensy little embroidered necklaces for me and my close friends. Well, and for you too. We made up a few dozen kits and posted them in the online store. There's a FABRIC SALE this week — through Friday 6-13-14 at midnight MST — with 15-40% discounts on my classic fabric collections (Freshcut, Pop Garden, Nicey Jane, etc.). We're making space for new fabric collections on their way. If you order $35 or more of fabric and other goodies, you can get one of these limited-edition embroidery kits for FREE with your purchase.
  • The Hub of Hubbub

    4 Jun 2014 | 5:48 am
    What a week! Evan has chickenpox; my trusty little car is in the shop getting fit with a new harness; my Trash Ties patent needs some paperwork-love, I have a new fabric collection to deliver and another one to review. Oh! And another one to announce—shipping this week. And a big inventory-reduction sale to orchestrate. My store manager is out of town on vacation and Isaac is working a construction gig for our friend's new photo studio all week. So, he's not around either. I'm at the hub of hubbub. It's enough to make a gal appreciate some good, old-fashioned, downtempo…
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    Tim Holtz

  • 12 tags of 2014 – september…

    tim holtz
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    i believe art allows our creativity to escape understanding… for me, that means sometimes encouraging myself to try new things, be open to different styles and techniques.  i also believe the only way to grow our creative thinking is to give ourselves that freedom to explore.  the 12 tags is my opportunity every month to Continue Reading
  • getting our posts on facebook???

    tim holtz
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    hey everyone, if you use facebook then it’s no doubt, you know the frequent changes they like to make.  we’ve been getting many emails recently from people not receiving facebook notifications like they have in the past when we post on the Tim Holtz facebook page. we’ve learned that one of the most recent changes Continue Reading
  • week in review…

    tim holtz
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    what a great week of inspiration from our creative media team! in case you missed any of them, here is a quick link list for you to check them out…t!m Aida Haron:  Textured Mini Book Emma Williams: Best of Times Card Vicki: Everyday Hashtags Layout Jan Hobbins: Here & Now Layout Paula Cheney: Layered Leaf Continue Reading
  • here and now layout…

    tim holtz
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    i’m always amazed by the work of media team member jan hobbins. i love the dimensional texture she creates on her projects by incorporating a variety of mediums. her unique approach to explore the versatility of sizzix dies is sure to inspire you as well…t!m Hi everyone!  Jan here today, with my first Media Team Continue Reading
  • best of times card…

    tim holtz
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    when it comes to creating any type of project, layering is a key element to me. media team member emma williams shows how to combine stamped images, die cuts, and ephemera to create this cool interactive card…t!m I’m absolutely thrilled to be sharing my first tutorial with you today and for this tutorial, I chose Continue Reading
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  • Pick Up Your Tools and Get Started!

    Alasdair Allan
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    A call to action, to pick up your tools and get started making, and to be part of the next industrial revolution.Read more on MAKE
  • New Project: Mini Fridge Soda Fountain

    Jason Poel Smith
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Build your own personal soda fountain that will refill your drink from across the room.Read more on MAKE
  • F Is For Frequency at the Circuit Playground

    Caleb Kraft
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    The 5th installation of Adafruit’s adorable educational series has recently been published. “Fis for frequency”.  In this one, the ever curious Adabot starts out by asking “why do radio stations all have their own number?”. That sparks a lesson in frequency, delivered by a talking oscilloscope. These videos are always […]Read more on MAKE
  • Cheaper Robotics Through 3D Printing

    Andrew Terranova
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
    Michael Overstreet combines his two loves of 3D printing and robotics by printing his own humanoid robots. His goal is to make robotics affordable by printing as many of the parts as possible. Also, his robots are super fun to watch and play with.Read more on MAKE
  • Artist creates tribute to the Lord of the Rings with stained glass lamp

    Cabe Atwell
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    Artist designs Lord of the Rings lamp using the age-old art form of stained glass. The lamp has three scenes, with each side but the face representing the trilogy. Read more on MAKE
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    not martha

  • links: food

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:54 pm
    The Best Sweet Use for Your Smoker? Smoked Ice Cream | Serious Eats. What We Really Taste When We Drink Wine : The New Yorker. “Do we actually want to eliminate expectation and create an experience of tasting that approximates blindness? Galloni doesn’t think so. Having spent a big part of his career as a critic in blind tastings, he now fully embraces context as one of the major parts of his enjoyment of and appreciation for wine.” ciao samin: All I Want to Eat. Cold dressings for cold foods. Where to Eat Outdoors in Seattle, 2014 Edition | Serious Eats. The best beer in…
  • links: shopping

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Find a Nail Polish That Lasts – Consumer Reports News. Their most recommended is a $2 bottle of polish! It’s Sinful Colors brand, which I’ve been using for my toenails for a few years now. I’m stupidly thrilled to be validated for my frugality here. Via Super Punch. Made in America: The Girls of a Certain Age. I had no idea some of these brands are made in the USA, this is a good list to keep in mind. Rich People Gotta Upholster Too | dooce®. Sarah Brown on Restoration Hardware then and now. I second this. I Have Been Waiting My Whole Life For This Butter Knife at The…
  • links: technology

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:58 pm
    The Best USB Battery Pack for Travel | The Wirecutter. Only $40, nice. Meet the game that shows us the future of storytelling — The Message — Medium. Robin Sloan suggests how to play Gone Home for non-gamers and goes into why this is a form of video game that is worth paying attention to. Via Waxy. 10 Years, 10 Great Games: Jessica’s picks | Joystiq. The secret of Minecraft — The Message — Medium. A very good perspective on what Minecraft is an exactly why it matters. $7 Portal Mod Has Fans Riled Up | Game|Life | WIRED. Cool Tools – Panda Ultra Wifi 1540Mbps Wireless N 2.4Ghz…
  • Padron peppers, nature’s game of surprise

    8 Jul 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Padrón peppers are delicious and they are also like a little game of surprise – most of these are mild but ever fifth one is hot. This can be especially amusing if somebody at your dinner is likely to break out into hiccups when they bite into a spicy pepper. (Ahem, Scott!) Traditionally these are fried in a skillet but we find them just as delicious when tossed with a little olive oil and grilled. Add some good salt to finish and that’s all you need. They practically melt in your mouth, yum. If you have not encountered these yet, I somehow got to adulthood without being…
  • links: food

    3 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Happy almost Independence Day! A few of the links below are Fourth of July themed, the rest are yummy: What to Drink on July 4th | Serious Eats. Mostly I’m eyeing the Campari-laced version of the Starfruit Sangria here, the slice of starfruit is such a simple decoration for the Fourth. The Scientific Way to Cut a Cake – YouTube. By Numberphile. A very clever way to slice a round cake so that you can keep it as fresh as possible day after day, and the suggestion is from 1906! Via The Morning News. Sprinkle Bakes: Crème Brûlée Filled Strawberries. So tiny and so fancy.
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  • Running Addict

    16 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Hello Friends! Iʻm back with some new goodies and because, youʻll never guess what… I actually crafted. It has been way too long. I have never considered myself a runner. I have even made jokes about how nothing ran in my family but obesity or if you see me running, you better start running too because something is obviously chasing me. Back in February I started out by walking around our property. It was hard in the beginning. It started to get easier walking and I thought maybe I could run short stretches so I did. I started running a little bit longer stretches and took off around…
  • Scout Life

    2 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Hello Friends! In my last post I told you that both boys have joined scouting, what I didn’t tell you is that I have wanted them to join scouting for years! Jalen was just not interested in joining. The real reason I wanted them to join was to offer them opportunities to learn things I just am not equipped to teach them. Wilderness survival skills are not my forte, unless you count watching Survivorman through squinted eyes. This past winter, the scouts came to our church as they have to our old church in years past but this year, both boys had friends who were present. I approached the…
  • There is just no way around it

    1 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    Hello friends. I have been a blog slacker and there just is no way around it.  I had ideas I wanted to blog but the longer I waited, the more I felt I needed to explain my absence. My last post was way back in January! Thankfully the only explanation is that life has been happening and it’s been pretty darned good. I’ve been keeping up with monthly head shots, here’s a look at us in the first half of this year! What has happened since January? We had snow in central alabama. We loved playing in it. It was amazing. and cold. and lasted a few days so we could get out and…
  • On the Corner Blog Hop

    13 Jan 2014 | 5:00 am
    Hello Friends! Today I’m happy to be joining in with several of my favorite crafty ladies to show off a stamp set by the incredible Miriam Prantner. I’m betting you’ve come from my friend Jocelyn‘s blog… but if not, you can start at the top with Danielle at Neat & Tangled. There will be lots of crafty inspiration and two chances to win one of these On the Corner stamp sets from Neat & Tangled! Don’t forget to leave a comment at each stop to increase your odds of winning! On the Corner Here are the two cards I created for this hop! I thought a cool…
  • Happy 2014

    1 Jan 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Hello and Happy New Year friends! I welcome 2014 with open arms and wishes for good health and happy hearts! I’ve been thinking about my one little word for 2014 and looking back at my words in years past. 2013: home | 2012: calm | 2011: green | 2010: focus | 2009: do it now (DIN) | 2008: diligent This year I’ve chosen a word that I think is just right for our new home and new lifestyle. As we adopt the retired life, and start new traditions and shed some old, I’d like to refine and simplify our lives and choose what is best for our family. I wish you a very…
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    Wee Wonderfuls

  • evening

    Hillary Lang
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:39 pm
  • back to school is stressful so I knit a scarf

    Hillary Lang
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    I am a sucker for light blue chunky yarn. This one is Red Heart Grande yarn from Joanns. I think I've knit 10 scarves like this one. Oh well, what's one more. This one got me through the first week of school. Now I need more yarn. Back to school is tough this year. I wasn't ready. I keep feeling like this is some sort of test run and they'll be back home and I won't have to worry about, well, I don't even know. Whatever it is that has my chest all tight. I wish so badly that they went back after Labor Day like we did in the olden days. Seems less abrupt.  I…
  • that's right

    Hillary Lang
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    Take that, bin of unfinished dolls! Not only did I take a stuffed body and unstuffed arms that have been sitting for over a year in the fabric closet and make you into a doll but I also FINALLY used the vintage velveteen embroidered tiny baby overalls that I've been holding onto for at least 10 years and made it into a cute doll dress. I even used the ruffled shoulder straps! Yes, I am very pleased with myself. Chip chip chipping away. I used some pretty brick red yarn for the hair that I don't even remember buying. I finally cut into the fat quarter of cutie mice on teal -…
  • raskogbot

    Hillary Lang
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    My raskog is following me around the house. I filled it with all my current projects and I have to say, it's pretty handy. I pull it to the window for more light to work on hand sewing, in front of tv for my knitting, to my scrapbooking table to work on my PL pages. Pretty handy indeed. For some reason it is reminding me of my own little r2d2, always at my heel, cute but pestering. Yesterday, just about when I feel like I want to start talking to it like it's a robotfriend, the kids walked in from school so it's all good. For now. While I sit here and sew on doll arms why…
  • new outfit for Zoe

    Hillary Lang
    8 Aug 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Today Phoebe made some new green shoes, floral skirt and ballerina headband for her doll. She cut out the felt shoes and hand sewed them together. She pushed the gas on the sewing machine while we sewed the skirt and threaded the elastic through the waistband with a safety pin. And she measured out the ribbon for the headband. She's working on a drawing for a friend for Zoe now. I've fallen so out of habit with crafting with the kids. Oscar never makes anything anymore. And although Phoebe is always drawing and coloring she doesn't stick with other crafty endeavors for long. I…
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    Make and Takes

  • Adorable DIY Chocolate Robots

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:05 am
    Who doesn’t like chocolate? Especially when it comes in mini candy size! Mini chocolate candies are all you need to create these super cute DIY chocolate robots from Handmade Charlotte! This would be the best activity for a kids birthday party or just a lazy afternoon with your kiddos. Not to mention the yummy snacking while crafting! Here are more candy crafts for you to try: Creating Cute Candy Houses Chocolate Candy Witch Brooms Apple Shaped Cupcakes The post Adorable DIY Chocolate Robots appeared first on Make and Takes.
  • Give Teacher a High-Five for a Great Year!

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:13 am
    Let’s start the year off great by giving your child’s teacher a “high-five”! This is a fun craft to make together by stamping your child’s hand on paper, creating a “high-five” card for a great year! Stamp your child’s painted hand to paper and let it dry. Then your child can decorate the paper, folding it into a card, and giving their teacher a big happy high-five! You can find this craft over at Creative Child Magazine where I’m sharing the step-by-step tutorial. Head over for the supply list and instructions! The post Give Teacher a…
  • 4 Tips for After School Family Fun

    28 Aug 2014 | 1:20 am
    With my kids back in school this month, it’s time to start thinking about our routine for after school… homework, snacks, and also a little down time. For today’s post sharing after school tips, I’m happy to be partnering once again with VolunteerSpot, the place to go to save you time and stress organizing your volunteer calendars and events. I little while back I collaborated with them on a free downloadable e-book, The Room Mom’s Survival Guide. It’s a great resource if you’re helping in your child’s classroom this year! But when looking…
  • Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cereal Treats

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:47 am
    Can you believe that the summer has come to a close and that the new school year is arriving? Maybe where you live school has already started, but where I live in New York, there’s about a week left to go until schools are officially in session.  I remember when I was little (and not so little) that I secretly loved when school started.  I liked my summer vacations and all, but I really loved going back to school. I loved picking out my outfit for the first day, shopping for all my school supplies, and when I was older, I loved picking all my classes.  My excitement for school…
  • Update a Vintage Purse With Embroidery Thread

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    I love thrifting, and I love nothing more than bring home a slightly shabby treasure and giving it a face lift! My latest find was a somewhat dingy white leather purse, that I added some summer colors to. Supplies for Embroidery Thread Purse: Vintage purse Embroidery thread in 1 to 3 colors Flower embellishment Embroidery needle Craft glue Dish soap and leather conditioner (optional) My purse was quite dingy so my first step was to clean and condition it. To clean I used mild dish soap and a soft cloth. Once dry I buffed it with leather conditioner. This project is really simple, but it does…
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    angry chicken

  • the Fish Taco Project

    amy k.
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:20 am
    I love fish tacos. I sometimes forget this and then when I remember I get excited because they are so easy to find. They remind me of pizza—there is much variety and quality in this one dish. Fancy, fusion, good, bad, bad in a good way, so-so, and gross. They pop-up in unlikely places, which makes them even more exciting and at times questionable. Recently, I had 3 different fish tacos three days in a row (I only thought to photograph these two) and I felt the need to start this ridiculous yet delicious project. These aren't really reviews of fish tacos exactly, more like descriptions.
  • upcoming sewing project and random things

    amy k.
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
    I bought this very lightweight printed linen at Jospehine's Dry Goods over the weekend. Josephine's recently re-opened in a new location and I hadn't been there yet. It's such a lovely shop. The very small shop is beautifully merchandised and the selection of fine garment fabrics is outstanding. They have more Liberty than I have ever seen in one shop before. They also carry lovely wool suiting. I also bought this sewing pattern by Sew House Seven (local talent) and am eager to sew it up. I almost didn't find the shop—the entrance to the store is through a lobby,…
  • how we pick what to learn about (themes)

    amy k.
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:16 am
    I have been getting some questions lately from local people and online about how we pick our themes and how we learn about them together with multiple ages. I received this e-mail a bit back, which has better wording than I have right now in my brain, so I'm going to just quote it— Handmade book with Emily Dickinson poems, by Sadie. " . . .I was wondering if you could share a little about how you and your daughters choose topics to study. I'm homeschooling a 9 year old and an almost-4 year old and I think it would be a lot easier if we did some multi-age unit studies together;…
  • crewel with some cross-stitch and a bit about Greensleeves

    amy k.
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:57 pm
    I stitched this birthday gift for a friend recently. I am 99% done with my latest cross-stitch, but I needed a break. I used Renaissance Dyeing wool thread on linen fabric, backed with muslin. It's my own design, a bunny perched on top of a huge strawberry. Right after I finished this piece I saw these small animals stitched by Chloe Giordano, and oh my word. She uses thread. Sewing machine thread. You have to look. unrelated: I finished Greensleeves, which came up on the Secret Book post, and loved it so much. It's very hard to find this out-of-print book and it's such a…
  • making textured paper (super easy)

    amy k.
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:07 pm
    I'm not sure when I learned how to make this easy textured paper, I think it was in a box making class in college. I was obsessed with it for a while and made stacks and used it quite a lot in various projects and then moved on and tucked this knowledge into the back corners in my brain for years. Lydia wanted to make a treasure map recently and we thought distressed textured paper would be prefect, and my brain remembered this easy technique. Go brain! This might be super common knowledge, but it just came back to me, so I'd thought I'd share. This works great with text-weight…
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    Misty Mawn

  • 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…
  • 3 Jan 2014 | 7:00 am

    3 Jan 2014 | 7:00 am
    Wishing you a very Happy New Year!!!  xo
  • 13 Dec 2013 | 12:31 pm

    13 Dec 2013 | 12:31 pm
    .  .  .   .  .   .   .  .   .   .   The older I get the faster the years seem to fly by.  Thank goodness for photography to slow time down a tiny little bit... otherwise I think 2013 might have been a blur of beautiful memories.  .  .  .   .  .   .   .  .   .   .   Like the past few Januarys I am offering a new online workshop.  This year it's Full Circle.  You can check it out here if you are looking for a creative…
  • little glimpses

    13 May 2013 | 3:09 pm
    "I've been things and seen places." - Mae West "True happiness comes from the joys of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new."  - Antoine de Saint - Exupery "I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life'."  - Maya Angelou dear reader, you came back...  thank you & hello again!  As always,  life continues to move at a speed that at times I feel I can barely keep up with, but I continue to earnestly try... or at least pretend.  ;)   Since my last…
  • 4 Feb 2013 | 8:18 am

    4 Feb 2013 | 8:18 am
    Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.  -Buddha   
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  • same paintings a couple days later
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:36 pm
    I thought it'd be fun to share the same paintings having been worked on when I can over the last couple of days. Some have changed quite a bit, some not so much. Some for the better, some, not so much. It's all good, all part of the process. The before (last post) and now, below. The one on the right has changed most of the two.  A closer look at the one on right above: This group of three hasn't seen too much change. And frankly, I prefer the way they were before better than the way they are now, below, too washed out: The one above, on left, had some big attention, as you…
  • my enthusiasm for painting continues...
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    gee, do you think I like pink? I really want to thank you again for your words, emails, interest, etc. in my recent painting adventures. It took me all day Saturday to photo, list and blog the paintings, and by Sunday morning they were all gone. Of course, I realize, there weren't that many, and I don't offer them regularly enough so that impacts the desire, but still, I am very grateful for feeling understood as I explore deeper in this medium. I've only been painting for a few years, and not regularly at that, so I really don't know what's going to come out/show up when…
  • latest batch of paintings!
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:02 pm
    I'm happy to formally introduce my latest paintings to you! I'll show each piece here with some close up shots and details. If you are interested in purchasing one, please email me at  Once a painting has been purchased, I'll put sold on the painting photo here so you know it's no longer available. {Ed: All Sold!!! I'm deeply grateful for the interest and support for my pursing my artistic passions. Thank you! And to those who were interested but missed out, there will be more for sure. xo Pam} Here they are!!! BRING ON SPRING $350.00…
  • new paintings coming soon
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:15 pm
      I've been painting into the wee hours lately, tuning out and tuning in at the same time.  Different styles are coming forth, different ideas, different directions. Fun.  I'm working on wrapping up another little collection and plan to list here on the blog in the next few days. Last round was mostly larger paintings. This time there are just a couple larger and more smaller sizes, easier on the shipping, the wallet, and the wall ;).  Hope you enjoyed the sneak peek...full paintings coming soon!   
  • recent sketchbook-ing
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I've been trying to sketch regularly. At least the sketching part, the coloring part can wait usually, although if there is a particular color I'm trying to match, I keep that in mind when choosing what my subject will be. The watercoloring the sketch is the most fun for me, because that's when it all comes together. But the sketching is the part that I want to push for growth.  I knew I wasn't going to be painting in this one, so made notes on it to water color in later.  I did the same get to it later with the background of the yellow flowers from Palm Springs:…
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    The Soap Bar

  • August Sunshine Soap Porn

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

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

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

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

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

  • Nice Knockers! Labyrinth cosplay

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    You gotta hand it to a girl with a nice pair of knockers. Indeed, Brittney Benjamin crafted hers herself, based on the talking door knockers in the movie Labyrinth. Working with two pounds of Sculpey and an old bra, she created some rather eye-catching cosplay. (Though it’s rude to stare.) I remember watching Labyrinth in my youth, and vaguely remember being pretty scared by it. I should probably watch it again to see why. Probably just the sight of David Bowie in those pants. Links of Interest: Labyrinth Talking Knockers cosplay More Labyrinth crafts on GeekCrafts More cosplay projects…
  • Colored Pencil Ring

    30 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    Peter Brown, who came up with an incredibly unique creation starting from simple things such as pencils and glue: a colored pencil ring. While the posting over on Mogul could be considered a tutorial, it’s not an easy one to follow, unless you have and know how to use, a lathe. He started with a 12 pack of colored pencils, arranged in two layers randomly, with glue to hold them together. And when the cutting, sanding and varnishing was done, he had a one of a kind ring.
  • Not All Geek Crafts Have To Be Permanent

    30 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Sometimes, some of the most stunning of crafts can be edible and insanely easy. This is one of them. The poster of this craft wrote that his/her friend created this portrait of Sir Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard out of ketchup, mustard, hoisin sauce, and bleu cheese. There’s no other information available about it, but it’s popped up all over the Internet. Personally, the only thing I can think to say about it is, “Mr. Data, let’s stop for a snack. Warp Factor Trisket!”
  • Accio Freezer Paper! Harry Potter Craft

    24 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    I love surfing about the interwebs and happening upon geeky crafts. I feel an immediate kinship with the person – here’s someone who’s both crafty AND geeky, like me! And when – BONUS! – they include a step-by-step tutorial, I do a little happy dance. Kacey at Stay at Home Artist provided just such an example with her Harry Potter Freezer Paper Stencil t-shirt tutorial. With her step-outs, even if you aren’t crazy-graphically-gifted like Kacey (that script text! that stag!), you can still pump out a cool t-shirt that pays homage to whatever fandom trips…
  • Alice in Wonderland Custom Shoes

    23 Aug 2014 | 6:41 am
    BecciBoosCustomShoes of Manchester, England has some super cute, super girly Alice in Wonderland themed shoes in her Etsy shop. The shoes come in a 4.5″ heel with a 1″ platform peep toe with a cream and pink background and blue satin bow. Aside from the fabric, BecciBook hand places over 1,000 crystals on the heels, front and back of the shoe. Then, she finishes them with a blue bow, diamante brooch and mini key. She also paints the underside of the shoes to the customer’s preference.
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    house on hill road

  • Currently

    Erin | house on hill road
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:17 am
    I'm here. Feeling very quiet. School has started. 7th grade for Kate and high school for Jane. Different schools, different schedules. Taking my time to figure out what is what and how I am going to be in two places at one time. Or rather, how to make it work best for all of us without anyone losing their mind. Wish me luck. I'm sewing. And reading. And trying to learn Illustrator a bit. I'm also teaching - my string quilt this weekend at Q First in Quilting in Lexington and basic sewing to 8th graders as part of our school's art electives. Both should be fun. I'd…
  • My City Gym Shorts

    Erin | house on hill road
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:03 pm
    I'm sure you have seen a good half dozen or more versions of these Purl Soho shorts by now. Here's another! They are a fast sew from a free dowloadable pattern so, really, you should make some. The come in kid and adult sizes so even if you don't wear shorts, maybe there is a little girl in your life who would like some. I lengthened my pair by 1.5" because this 43 year old does not rock the short shorts. Just saying. I sewed the bias binding to the wrong side of the shorts and then folded it around to the front before topstitching them in place as a little extra insurance…
  • My Voile T-shirt

    Erin | house on hill road
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    Last week, I decided to copy Melissa and make myself a t-shirt. People! This was fun to sew. I had the navy Laguna knit in my stash. It was purchased as part of a kit for a dress that I never made. Use it or lose it, right? Right! I paired it with a fat quarter of an Anna Maria Horner voile from the stash. I'm tall with a long torso so I had to turn the fat quarter 90 degrees to get the length I needed, but this print works well in either direction. Plus it looks great with the solid navy. I followed Melissa's directions, including using the Metro T-shirt pattern by Liesl & Co.
  • Do you see it?

    Erin | house on hill road
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    I spent a couple of hours yesterday sewing the improv blocks I made in 2008 at Denyse Schmidt's studio into a quilt top. It's mostly finished, just waiting for some "white" borders to make it a usable size. Only after I took some photos and looked at them on my phone did I see the best bit of improv. Do you see it? I seriously couldn't have made that happen any better if I had tried.
  • The Cat Pajamas (plus Mice on Bikes!)

    Erin | house on hill road
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:03 pm
    With both girls away at camp for a couple of weeks, I spent some time thinking about what to send in their care packages other than food. I bought a couple of Lizzy House Catnap fabrics awhile back specifically for p.j. shorts and decided to sew them up to send to camp. Cat faces for my cat lover Jane and mice on bikes for Kate, because why not? They are so dang cute! I used the same pattern from Stitch magazine (Summer 2012) that I did for their last batch of sleep shorts. The pattern is in women's sizes and downloadable from the site, but does not include any directions. The directions…
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  • Asus Zenfone Smartphone Android Terbaik

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

  • apple thieving day

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

    Alicia Alferman
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Rachel's mom had a custom cabinet built by a carpenter friend. And then she asked me to paint it! Rachel, when she was here in town visiting this summer, chose the blue and green paint colors, and they decided I should add a subtle landscape. There are glass doors that cover the front that are painted to blend, but since they weren't attached, I just took the photo without them.The details: Two coats of Kilz 2 tinted brown. Two coats of the blue and green paint satin finish. The landscape is painted with satin latex paint samples (red, blue, yellow, black, white).  Light sanding and…
  • she threw a party

    Alicia Alferman
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:39 pm
    And it was awesome.My daughter has a subscription to the American Girl magazine, and she loves it. And as much as the American Girl relentless consumerism makes me cringe, I have to admit the magazine is pretty great. It's about strong girls being themselves, helping others, making their own fun.There was an article about throwing a summer party, and she was inspired. She cleaned and decorated, planned the menu and games, and invited a few friends for a sleepover. They ate mini-hotdogs, watermelon, make-your-own fruit kabobs, and popsicles. They squirted each other with the hose, made water…
  • the fourth of july

    Alicia Alferman
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Earlier this month we took the kids canoeing and camping on the the Elk River and Big Sugar Creek, introducing them to the cool, clear, rocky rivers of my childhood memories. We went there several times every summer when I was small in a cute little pop-up camper. The rain plink-plunking on that camper roof is, to this day, one of the sweetest things I've ever known. My kids sleep in tents (J has his own now) but the floating, crawdads, minnows and oh-so-much swimming are just exactly the same as they always were.
  • in the kitchen on father's day

    Alicia Alferman
    15 Jun 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Today for Father's Day breakfast the kids and I made eggs salad sandwiches, sweet apple iced tea, and fruit salad for Brian. We used bacon instead of pancetta and some mild dill havarti cheese we had in the fridge instead of the gorgonzola the recipe called for. (I love sharp cheeses but they give me the dreaded migraines.) The sandwiches were simple and yummy, and we all decided they'd make a GREAT brunch choice when serving a big group of people. The tea was good, but just a bit too sweet for us.  I also wanted to mention one other headache-friendly find I've been enjoying lately. I…
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    Happy Zombie

  • 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…
  • It’s Sew Yummy Day at Fabric Depot!

    9 Jul 2014 | 6:49 pm
    It’s Sew Yummy Day at Fabric Depot in Portland this coming Monday!! (I wonder if I’ll get a key to Fabric Depot?) Come hang out from noon to 2:00 on 18 July 2014, at Fabric Depot in Portland for a little meet-n-greet with Michelle Engel Bencsko (Cloud9 Fabric’s Creative Director) and me! We’ll be chatting, talking about fabric, and sewing, and showing my new Sew Yummy collection and saying hello. Won’t you come?  I’ll have a few Sew Yummy goodies, too!  Read all about our visit on the Fabric Depot blog post. Oh, and did I mention that Sew Yummy will be…
  • Needle a little joy

    22 Jun 2014 | 12:27 pm
    The last time I was at Modern Domestic I picked up some Clover embroidery needles to try out. I’ve been using Peacemaker embroidery needles for over a decade now, but I’ve gotten so tried of their lack of availability. So I gave the Clover Gold Eye needles a try on the binding of my #fancyfoxquilt block potholders. Oh boy, am I glad I did! The Clover needles poke through the fabric like soft butter. So dreamy. I’m using the No. 9 for binding and it’s perfect! Functions like a straw or milliners needle, but has the muscle of an embroidery needle. Who knew a tiny little…
  • Painting rig

    6 Jun 2014 | 11:43 pm
    My clever son MacGyver’d a "painting rig" and it’s mad awesome. My crusty old white bike basket is now Sea Glass green (from Krylon). Everyone needs to make a painting rig.
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    One more Moore

  • Greenwood Lake

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I'm pretty much thinking that swimming with kids at a lake is the way to go. No waves, smaller crowds, less of a chance of losing this guy: He needs his space to run around and be free without me hanging on to him (who wouldn't?) So I usually camp out in one spot and he runs around and occasionally comes back to me. It works. I can't take my eyes off him for 2 seconds because he is so fast, but it works. Henry's been sick and pukey this week and we'd been housebound up until today. We were all looking forward to getting out and getting some fresh air, low-key style.
  • You've Got Mail

    21 Aug 2014 | 8:40 pm
    My in-laws were in town last weekend and one afternoon Kate & I decided to take my MIL on a "You've Got Mail" tour since so many of the locations are in our neighborhood. Kate loves that movie, too - I know I'm raising her right when she frequently asks to watch it :) So this wasn't the shot I was hoping for, I mean what is that a 2x4 in my shot?  But people, look what I was dealing with:  So,...yeah. I'll have to go back when ConEd is done 'repairing the electrical system'. Moving right along.... Cafe Lalo where Joe Fox and Kathleen Kelly meet…
  • The Little Red Lighthouse

    7 Aug 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Just north of us along the Hudson River, and under the George Washington Bridge,  sits The Little Red Lighthouse. It's been on my bucket list since we moved here and last Sunday, when we were looking for a little outing, we decided to go and scope it out.  It's not the easiest place to get to (we drove, took the 181st pedestrian bridge and then walked the rest) but only about a 20 minute, stroller-friendly, walk away.  Did I mention it's a gorgeous green lush walk to the lighthouse? Well it is.  Within minutes of getting there, Henry found his first-ever 4 leaf clover!
  • Wave Hill

    5 Aug 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Tucked just off the beaten path in the Bronx, are the public gardens known as Wave Hill. We took a little day trip up (it's really only about 15 away minutes by car) a week ago and had a really great time. Wave Hill reminds me so much of the Huntington Library in Pasadena, CA, just on a much smaller scale. It overlooks the Hudson River and that's NJ in the background.  We got there right when it opened and the crowds were relatively small.  Kate brought her friend, Felicity and here they are with a litte "here comes the bride" while they thew pebbles from side to side…
  • Fishkill Farms

    26 Jul 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Well schools been out for about a month now- the children are actually anxious for it to start back up in September if you can believe it! We are trying to get out and enjoy this amazing weather NYC is giving us, so today we went upstate to the Hudson Valley to pick some blueberries and visit the farm.  Theres a million pick-your-own farms around and I think we hit the jackpot with this one. It wasn't too crowded, it had a lovely store, animals and lots of room to run around. Oh and they had this:  a little outdoor stand where you could order burgers and dogs and the most delicious…
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  • w e e k e n d i n g

    31 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    A scene from this weekend's performance of The Harvest Day, a play in three acts. Showing throughout the weekend, in the library, at 11am, 2 pm, 5 pm and 7 pm, or anytime upon request. We are enjoying the lingering...
  • SouleMama Sponsor ~ Artefacto Apparel

    30 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    Today, we bring you a giveaway from SouleMama Sponsor, Artefacto Apparel. In Leslie's words: "Artefacto Apparel creates simple, comfortable and versatile clothing for women made exclusively from a hemp/organic cotton blend fabric, and dyed in small-batch form. We offer a...
  • {this moment}

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:42 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...
  • in the garden :: August 28

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    Ah, these days in the garden....are mostly being spent in the kitchen! Freezing and fermenting more beans (more beans! Oh wow), roasting tomatoes, drying herbs, and making pickles. In the garden, I'm still working on harvesting the potatoes - I...
  • yes to summer

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:36 am
    There are potatoes that are in serious need of being harvested, tomatoes that need roasting and freezing, grass that needs mowing, and if I'm being honest with myself, a house that is in serious need of some cleaning. And you...
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    Yarn Harlot

  • Summer’s last gasp

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:17 am
    Hello on this bright and shining last day of summer! I know, I know, it’s not technically the last day of summer, but it feels like it here.  Kids head back to school tomorrow, and September can’t be counted on for any warm weather, and the air show is screaming overhead for the last day of the CNE, and I’m about to head down to the boat for what will surely be one of our last sails, and all of this is a sure sign that summer is behind me, for the most part. Yup, boat.  Joe has always dreamed of having a sailboat. He was a sailing instructor in his youth, and being a…
  • Being Boring

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:08 pm
    This morning I found myself flipping though the “hot right now” patterns on Ravelry. This was, rather frankly, right after I perused my library, and reorganized part of the stash, and cruised a few yarn websites and … Those, my friends, are signs, signs that maybe when I warned you that the blog was going to be boring, that what I was really saying that my knitting was boring me.  Don’t get me wrong, I love this little sweater, and it’s a pleasure to knit, but those are 2.25mm needles, and that is a lot of knitting, and knitting the back had a challenging short…
  • Boring Blog

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:59 am
    You know, I’ve thought this before, but I don’t know if I’ve said it.  I think this blog being interesting relies pretty heavily on my ability to screw knitting up in an unlimited number of ways.  I think most of you, while being kind, lovely people, would say that your entertainment value goes way up when I do something stupid or misinterpret a pattern. It’s not like you really want something bad to happen to my knitting, but isn’t it more fun when it does? Take this project.  it’s going perfectly.  My gauge swatch was bang on the first time, the yarn…
  • Some days you’re the windshield

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    1. My sister called.  After careful consultation with her fashion team (that’s my mum) and a trial run of dress and shawl in daylight, with other shawl colours tried, and all the deep thinking that a wedding outfit should have, the shawl has been declared PERFECT. 2. Even though I was totally and completely prepared to knit her another one (with consultation with her, I like surprises, but I don’t know if I could take the hit twice) I am totally freakin’ thrilled to bits that the one that I thought was perfect is perfect and that I don’t have to hustle another…
  • And that’s a wrap

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    Despite all my dread, the mending of the shawl went really, really well. Like I planned, I threaded a needle with the yarn, and then wove it in along the bath of the previous thread, starting a little ways back. When I got to the break, I looked back at the path the yarn had taken in the sections before and after, and tried to duplicate it – imagining that the knitting existed (where it didn’t) and wove the yarn in and around.  When I got to the place where the yarn existed again, I kept going with the replacement, following alongside the existing yarn.  It wasn’t perfect…
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    My Paper Crane

  • Everyday is a Holiday Jenny & Aaron

    Heidi Kenney
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    photo credit Jenny @ Everyday is a Holiday Incase you missed it on instagram a few weeks ago, Jenny & Aaron from Everyday is a Holiday posted a really fun free DIY print out. Jenny found these adorable play food boxes and had the brilliant idea of stringing them up to make a really cute garland. When I saw it on instagram I persuaded her send me scans of the box fronts so I could turn them into printable PDFs. Isn’t it awesome how they were willing to share!! While you are over on their website, be sure to check out their gorgeous artwork. I have three pieces in my home and I love…
  • Kewpie

    Heidi Kenney
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:35 pm
    I bought this adorable kewpie coloring book from the 60′s a few weeks ago. It is in perfect condition! I thought the illustrations would make some really adorable embroidery patterns when traced. I’ve started knitting & crocheting in the evening instead of needlework, but I know I’ll go back to it soon. I always switch back and forth between projects to keep myself interested.
  • sewing

    Heidi Kenney
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    I thought I would share a few of the bags I made this Summer that were gifts for other people. I created the first little bag to hold white elephant gifts for a crafternoon, and the second was made using the sew together bag pattern. I can’t wait to make another one! You can find my sewing fabric collection over on Spoonflower, and if you’ve ever made something with one of my fabrics, wallpapers, or decals I would love to see!
  • Mister Eds

    Heidi Kenney
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    During our last road trip of the Summer we decided to stop in Mister Ed’s on our way to Lake Tobias. Shari had never been and there was no way we could just drive by without sharing the fun that is Mister Ed’s. Part candy shop & part free elephant museum Mister Ed’s has something for everyone. There is a fun outdoor garden area and woods you can walk through. The elephant museum is bigger and better then ever, and they have a really fun selection of candy. Located in Orrtanna, PA (this is between Chambersburg & Gettysburg PA) they are open every day, and worth a…
  • Halloween Shopping Bag

    Heidi Kenney
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    You might recall a few years ago when I was looking for a good Halloween puzzle with gorgeous old fashion images, and didn’t have much luck that I decided to make one of my own. Well soon after I uploaded the puzzle image to Spoonflower (not to make any sort of seamless repeat) but just to print out so i could use it on some personal projects. Well I made myself a Halloween shopping bag, and hope to use the last of the fabric to make myself a Halloween purse. I actually have lofty plans to make myself 2-3 different Halloween purses that I can rotate during the month of September &…
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    Betz White

  • Watch the trailer for my new book!

    Betz White
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:46 pm
    In honor of my new book releasing this month, my husband and I put together a fun little video to introduce the book and give you some glimpses of the projects inside. Enjoy!   You're reading Watch the trailer for my new book!, originally posted on Betz White - Creative sewing projects for you and your family and copyrighted by Betz White. Connect with Betz online Google+ | Twitter
  • Present Perfect! Signed copies available for pre-order

    Betz White
    25 Aug 2014 | 10:03 am
      In one short month my 3rd book, Present Perfect: 25 Gifts to Sew and Bestow, will be available and out in the world! I just received my very own advance copy last week and there is nothing like holding a book in your hand with your name on it! I’m so thrilled with the book and every project in it. It represents one year of hard work, another  year of editing and waiting and finally it has all paid off! Here’s a brief description of the book from the back cover:   Beautiful Handmade gifts for all occasions! In Present Perfect, you’ll discover gifts to sew for…
  • Perfect Pattern Parcel: Oh Boy!

    Betz White
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:09 am
    Do you guys know about the Perfect Pattern Parcel? I’m thrilled to announce that I’m one of the featured designers in Parcel #4, on sale starting today! Attention all MOB’s (Moms Of Boys), this pattern collection is for you! Choose your price for a curated collection of digital patterns to support independent designers and children’s education. AllPattern Parcel profits go to benefit teachers and students through Donors Choose. Each sale lasts only two weeks, so don’tdelay.     Look at these handsome patterns for playtime, dress-up and pretend.
  • Road Trip Pattern Club: Pattern #5

    Betz White
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    This week we’ve reached our fifth and final destination of the Road Trip Pattern Club! Introducing the Nest Egg Tote by Carolyn Friedlander! Members of the club, check your inbox for the email with links to the new pattern. The Nest Egg Tote makes sewing on the go easy and fun! I love the round canteen-esque shape and it opens up flat for easy access to all of your supplies. I can’t wait to make one for myself and as gifts.   Hop on over to Carolyn’s blog post to read more about her adorable new pattern! This is the final pattern of the Road Trip Pattern Club!
  • Sew-long Summer #5: alternative materials

    Betz White
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Now that you’ve sewn your Reversible Bucket Hat, are you ready to sew more? Let’s talk about some alternative materials you can use to make your next hat! Upcycling I made this hat for my son a gazillion years ago (ok, maybe 5) out of an outgrown pair of cargo pants, lined with an old dress shirt. Using old clothing to make hats is pretty fun when you can reuse a detail, like that little pocket up there on the crown. Other garments made of a mid-weight fabric like jeans, skirts and khakis are fair game! What’s in your closet that could live a new life on your head? (iron on…
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    Illustration Friday

  • Finding where you left your inspiration

    Kate Leonard
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:25 am
        Do you find you’ve been staring at that blank page for ages, your fine liner’s or paints have began to dry and your idea’s just seem to be at a standstill no matter how much you want to get started. Well my creative friend I think you may have dropped your inspiration somewhere, but don’t panic I’m sure its laying around somewhere waiting for you to find it. All creative people get stuck with art block from time to time and although the frustration can be extremely annoying to the point you may want to scream into the nearest pillow, never fear…
  • Pick of the Week for SKULL and This Week’s Topic

    Thomas James
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    Happy Friday! We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Steven Russell Black, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of ‘SKULL’. You can also see a gallery of all the other inspiring entries here. And of course, you can now participate in this week’s topic: METAMORPHOSIS Here’s how: Step 1: Illustrate your interpretation of the current week’s topic (always viewable on the homepage). Step 2: Post your image onto your blog / flickr / facebook, etc. Step 3: Come back to Illustration Friday and…
  • Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Malachi Ward

    Andy Yates
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Malachi Ward has been building up steam in the small press comics world the last few years. His latest release, Ritual 3: Vile Decay, has been met with critical acclaim, and he continues his strong creative collaboration with writer/artist/friend Matt Sheean on their self-published title, Expansion, and Prophet from Image Comics. His earliest works, Utu & Scout, introduced his distinctive character-driven, surreal, sci-fi stories to readers, and you can find similar themes explored in his paintings, as well. Malachi Ward was raised in Yucaipa, California, and studied drawing &…
  • Pretty Flyers: The Art of Ben Foot

    Oli Rogers
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    Article by Oli Rogers   Before we begin, a quick disclaimer: you’ve already missed all of these gigs. Sorry about that. But never mind, you were probably busy anyways, right? However, had you been there in the crowd, it would in all likelihood have been because your eyes eager eyes once alit upon a flyer whose unique style could be described as “mid-Century comic book meets etching inside a disarranged psychonaut’s brain”: a flyer that was the work of illustrator Ben Foot. And today, Illustration Friday is here to save you all the bother of rescuing one of his aesthetically…
  • Editorial Submission :: Renata Owen

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
    Post by James Meet Renata Owen, an illustrator and designer from Surabaya, Indonesia. Renata uses copious amounts of rich, ornamental detail in her work, which along with an soft, exquisite color palette, results in images that feel dreamy, complex and inviting. You can see more of Renata’s work on her website.   The post Editorial Submission :: Renata Owen appeared first on Illustration Friday.
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  • another lumberjack

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:10 pm
    He has George Washington on his chest and cherubs on his arms. Also, embroidered suspenders.
  • lumberjack with rusty beard

    30 Aug 2014 | 4:37 pm
  • big man with lady tattoos

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:19 pm
    He’s sort of a pirate-y dude.
  • skeleton mustache man

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Wow- this is #100 doll for 2014! You can see all I’ve done this year over here on Flickr. And yes, I really am tired and can’t think of a better name for this lovely fellow.
  • blondie

    26 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    I don’t make very many blonds. I still think this is some of the best toile I’ve ever seen!
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    Spirit Cloth

  • The world in September

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
    Well.  Late in the evening, yesterday, the last day of August, there was enough rain to sail a boat  here.  The roof in the studio leaked, but today all is quenched.  Water has gone deep. It was a dry season. Too dry.  Yesterday. A HOT day, there was also melon hunting and melon eating.  They are small but sweet.  The late turn towards heated days has helped the ripening. After one of the coolest summers on record, looks like Indian Summer will take hold and  the transition will be like an extra summer here in the woods by the sea. Above, the…
  • Considering season

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:39 am
        It's almost a relief to find life unraveling.  On this late summer morning that carries just enough chilled wind to quicken the heart.  It sings to me in soothing tone. Like a silent wave. We are all tired now. It is time to rest. I cannot help but notice this as a weaving coming undone. And the lovely space between the threads appearing. As a journey slows.  Falls away.  The gentlest breeze moves through. Space for a deeper breath. No need for mending it sings.   The "Boy" turns 35 this weekend.  See you in September.  …
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    Craftster Community

  • Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness!

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Ok, I'm on a maxi skirt kick.  So easy and so comfy!  This one was so easy I could pretty much just shut my brain off while I sewed.... actually, that's a common state for me, but it gets me in trouble more often than not.  [img width=425 height=500...
  • Re: The Carnivorous Plant Swap GALLERY!

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:58 pm
    lol only because of where my partner lives....
  • Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft! Gallery

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Oh wow, what treasures! The stumpwork, the precious cuddly bear and the woodland needle book. Those are wonderful! (discreetly adds Pottermouth to my dream-date, er, Crafster crush list.)
  • Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 19- Gallery!

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Blue Bubun had tons of adventures this weekend, I really need to update his blog this week.He answered the ice bucket challenge the Patrick Stewart way (with a raspberry infused gin and tonic)[img width=500 height=375]
  • Super Easy Maxi skirt

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:55 pm
    A yard of fabric - Sewed up the length - Added a hem and an elastic waistband = almost instant maxi skirt. 
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    Wooster Collective

  • Street Collage from PAPERGLUEnSCOTCH
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Working with silkscreen artist 10H23, French street artist Lili Jenks (also known as PAPERGLUEnSCOTCH) is making collages that cross boarders. The team collected strips of paper from billboards in Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Brazil then swapped and reorganized the billboard strips into large collages with screen prints of old photos by 10H23. After making huge photocopies of these pieces, PAPERGLUEnSCOTCH pasted the collages as posters, spreading her work far and wide.
  • Roger Gastman & Jonathan LeVine Talk About Their “Cruel Summer” Art Show
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    If you're in New York this Summer be sure to check out  "Cruel Summer" a fantastic group show curated by Roger Gastman that's up until August 23rd at Jonathan LeVine Gallery at 557C West 23rd Street & 529 West 20th Street.  The show features a ton of amazing artists including Revok and Maya Hayuk, Cleon Peterson​ and Niagara.  We love this video produced by COMPLEX to celebrate the new show:
  • The Inside Story of Keith Haring’s “Crack Is Wack” Mural
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    This week the Huffington Post published a fascinating article written by Matthew Israel from Artsy, which tells the inside story of Keith Haring's icon "Crack is Wack" mural in New York City.  Its a great read with some amazing archival photos.  Isreal writes: How Crack is Wack came to be is not well-known. Nor is the fact that the mural is not the original version. Benny was one of the major catalysts for Crack is Wack. Benny was Haring's young, gifted studio assistant in the mid-1980s who became addicted to crack. Haring and the rest of his studio were close with him and…
  • Dan Bergeron’s Tai Chi Tiles
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:38 am
    "The series is called Tai Chi Tiles and the portraits are of elderly Chinese folks who practice Tai Chi in Grange park behind the Art Gallery of Ontario. The idea is to honour this community of seniors who practice Tai Chi and have become associated with Grange Park, while simultaneously offering a juxtaposition to the hustle and bustle of the downtown neighbourhood in which the works reside.".... Dan Bergeron  
  • New Slovakian Street Artist
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Young artist Jozef Barde Murcko is working hard on getting into the street art game! This fresh and colorful piece beside a tunnel is heading in the right direction.
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  • What are the Real-World Impacts of Creative Placemaking?

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    NEA, ArtPlace and others have poured millions of dollars toward creative placemaking projects in the Twin Cities in recent years. Sheila Regan looks into a few such efforts in Minneapolis, asking: What are the street-level results of those investments?image: Samir Abumayyaleh, one of the owners of Cup Foods on 38th and Chicagoimage: Production photo from Pillsbury House + Theatre's "Breaking Ice" programimage: Gordon Coons, one of the participating artists in NACDI's Ampetu Was'te initiative
  • Sex, Death and David Bowie

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Tracy K. Smith's poems function as a kind of confessional for humankind, resounding at once with the echoes of our worst deeds and our collective striving to forgive them, fueled by a hunger for faith and moral clarity.image: The Body's Question (Graywolf, 2003)image: Life on Mars (Graywolf Press, 2011)image: Duende (Graywolf Press, 2007)
  • Is This the Future of Ballet?

    13 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Lightsey Darst reviews new and repertory work by Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, recently on stage at the 2014 American Dance Festival.
  • Keeping the Dive Alive

    10 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    400 Bar, Artists' Quarter and now Turf Club: struggling neighborhood venues are being purchased and reborn under new management by the music scene's bigger players. Ira Brooker on the trend, and a regular's slippery sense of loss when a dive bar upgrades.image: Crooked Fingers on stage at Turf Club
  • FRINGE SHORTS: "Labyrinth" by Vox Medusa

    7 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Reviewed: a stylized, often puzzling dance interpretation of the Ariadne/Minotaur myths directed by Kristen Freya of Vox Medusa Dance Company.
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    Anahata Katkin

  • New Muse

    Anahata Katkin
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Back in the saddle over here. Changing hats and getting back to the making part of my life. And it feels great. I feel like locking myself in until a new line up is done. Just like so many other...
  • Sunset Magazine: Shout Out

    Anahata Katkin
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Had to repost this fun news from the PAPAYA! blog. A wonderful feature about Ashland, Oregon that includes a great shot of our flagship boutique, PAPAYA! Living in the September issue of Sunset Magazine. We're so proud of both our...
  • Trust

    Anahata Katkin
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:29 pm
    Part of today's creative handiwork. TRUST> I make these inspired pretty much from the feeling they give me while I'm working. And there's no way of escaping the personal themes while making artwork. I use artwork and the muses I...
  • Abstracts for Brickroom

    Anahata Katkin
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Last week I took some time to get painting for the Family's upcoming restaurant opening, Brickroom. (Opening August 8th 2014) I wanted to make mostly abstract work with lots of blues and whites. With so much red brick I was...

    Anahata Katkin
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:45 pm
    As some of you may know my Brother & Mother are opening a beautiful restaurant & bar. BRICKROOM is in one of Ashland, Oregons most important historic buildings. It's a gorgeous space and I have been honored to help with...
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    Judy Wise

  • Summer Winding Down

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

    Judy Wise
    16 Aug 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Hello from sunny Oregon. August is wrapped around us and we are loving the weather, the garden, having time to play in paint and to sit on the porch in the quiet evenings listening to the crickets. August is sweet.John and I seem to be having a contest to see who can spend the most time with the doctors and dentists this month. He's winning but I have my maladies as well.Lots of opportunities to make off with x-rays for drama in the journal.Yeah. You don't want to know.When the going gets gnarly it's friends who make all the difference. Friends and family. And the journal. Lots of…
  • Mexico City March 2015

    Judy Wise
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:10 pm
    I know there are a few of you who are on the fence about joining us in Mexico City. Allow me to dangle a few morsels in front of you to entice you to join us there. Katie, Kathie and I are planning a wonderful trip for you that you'll hold dear forever. Here's how we hope to win your credit: of all, we'll be staying at the gorgeous Red Tree House in the beautiful Condesa neighborhood. Here is what TripAdvisor has to say about this neighborhood:  "Condesa ... is often refered to as the Soho of Mexico City. This was once part of the…
  • EncaustiCamp Collographs

    Judy Wise
    1 Aug 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Yes, I'm going to show you some of the collographs that came out of the EncaustiCampers but first wanted to share one of the three palettes Willow Bader paints from on. Because images like this make us encaustic artists' mouth water. All that waxy goodness.But for the collographs we are working with the wax only to create textured plates that we can ink up with Akua waterbased inks and then print onto paper.The above image shows the acrylic plate with a matrix of wax that has been inked and is ready to print.And this is the print. We had the loan of a pin press which some of us used as well…
  • EncaustiCamp Monotypes

    Judy Wise
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Another EncaustiCamp has come and gone. It was a gigantic effort on the part of many helpful hands but most of all of our leader, Trish Baldwin Seggebruch. Here we are at Daniel Smith's in Seattle at our book signing. The book is Encaustic Revelation and it is a compilation of the classes taught at camp in 2013. Each teacher wrote a chapter based on what they taught and all the proceeds of the book go toward a scholarship fund.I'll show you some work from the monotype portion of my class in a moment. You'll find plenty of this at EncaustiCamp. Friendship and inclusion.Wonderful bonds…
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    Cut Out + Keep

  • The Card Maker

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    This is The Card Maker. I made her as a gift for my aunt who loves to make cards for family and friends.
  • Harem Pants (Sarouel Style)

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:49 am
    let me show you how to make harem pants sarouel style, in a very easy way :)
  • Harley Quinn Hooded Scarf

    Brielle J.
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:04 am
    This is my first time making my own pattern. I love Harley quinn and i dont see a lot of knitted crafts for her. I made everything from scratch.
  • Edgy Hot Pink & Ombre Lip

    31 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    How to wear pink in your waterline without looking dead!
  • How to finger knit

    Juli T.
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Knitting is something I've wanted to learn for years, however I've never been able to get the hang of anything off of a loom! I ran across a photo on Pinterest of a finger knit scarf! Unfortunately it lacked more than a brief description of what to do, so I was a bit clueless. I had to try it though- it looked so fun! All I knew was that it was like loom knitting, just with your fingers! Sounds simple enough? Well you're right, it is!
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    Chica and Jo

  • Sahale Valdosta Pecans Recipe

    31 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    A few weeks ago, I picked up a package of Sahale Snacks brand Valdosta Pecans, flavored with cranberry, orange, and black pepper. It sounded heavenly, and when I got home and tried some, they were so good that I almost ate the whole bag! The bad news is that they were kinda pricey, and I wanted more. Lots more. I decided to recreate the recipe at home, so I could have as much as I wanted. And oh my goodness, I nailed it! I took my cue from the ingredients on the package, which were all actual foodstuffs. I experimented a bit with the cooking technique until I came up with the perfect copycat…
  • Trick for sugar cookies that keep their shape

    30 Aug 2014 | 5:22 am
    Remember the Pacman ghost cookies I made for McGeeky’s 80′s themed birthday party? I sort of accidentally came up with a cool trick for cutting the cookies out that I wanted to share with you guys. First, I’m gonna be completely honest with you, and tell you that I used pre-made refrigerated sugar cookie dough for these. I just didn’t have time to make the dough from scratch, and the refrigerated dough tastes pretty good anyway. So I rolled it out and used my Pacman cookie cutters to cut the most perfectly cute little ghost shapes ever. I put them in the oven, set the…
  • Olaf Frozen favor bags and sno-cone cups

    18 Aug 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Pretty soon, Jo is going to be tell you all about the Frozen-themed party she threw for MiniMe. As a teaser to that, I want to show you the favor bags and sno-cone cups we made for the party! The bags and cups are really easy to make thanks to the Olaf Frozen Favor Bags and Sno-Cone Cups Printables we have available in our Etsy shop. To make the favor bags, just print the Olaf face pieces onto white cardstock, and get some standard white paper lunch bags. The size of the bags can vary a little, but for the best scale with the printouts, use bags that are around 5″ wide and 10″…
  • 80′s themed birthday party

    5 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    McGeeky turned 40 recently and to celebrate, I hosted an 80′s themed birthday party for him. It was lots of fun with guests dressing up in their 80′s finest and we even had an 80′s cover band come and play the night away. I want to share some event photos with you and give you a few ideas for hosting your own 80′s themed gathering. The party was held in our back yard under a large tent that I rented. I had a large guest list and was glad it didn’t rain! Remember the Polaroid guest book I made? That was for this party. As guests arrived, I had them stand in front…
  • Polaroid guest book album

    19 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    McGeeky just celebrated his 40th birthday! I wanted it to be a special year, so I threw him an 80′s themed birthday party. He has an entire collection of 80′s video game systems and computers, loved the movie, “Wreck It Ralph“, and is a quintessential 80′s kids. I will share all the pics from the party in a post soon but today I wanted to tell you about the guest book I made for him. I wanted a scrapbook that had black pages so I could have the guests sign with neon gel pens. I found a black Canson album that was perfect on the inside, but the cover was, well, a…
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    Craftster Blog

  • Meatless Monday: Pumpkin Spice Latte

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:42 pm
    As much as I love summer, I am equally as giddy for fall to come. Bring on all things pumpkin! The most amazing Sweets4ever whipped up this yummy recipe for Pumpkin Spice Latte. Now I don’t have to stand in long lines at the coffee shop to get my latte on! So let the temps […]
  • @Home This Weekend: DIY Drum Light

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:33 am
    This weekend, create a one-of-a kind drum light, like this floral lamp. jenihall created this using a embroidery hoops, a light kit, fabric and ribbon. Want to make one of your own? Click on the link for instructions!
  • Tute Tuesday: Fleece Puppy Bed

    26 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
    Happy National Dog Day! Today is the day to celebrate our fuzzy and not so fuzzy four legged friends. They bring so much joy to our lives, isn’t it time that we repaid the favor by making them a nice comfy bed to sleep in. A rested pup, is a happy pup…wait, that’s me…anyhoo, I […]
  • Matchbox Mania!

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:07 am
    They say that good things come in small packages, and after you see these wonderful altered matchboxes, I think you’ll agree! I’ve featured the outsides here; you’ll have to click on the links to see all the goodies each of these Craftsters was able to fit inside. First off, there’s this sweet little Valentine matchbox. […]
  • Spotlight on: Woodburning

    25 Aug 2014 | 6:25 pm
    If you’re like me woodburning is one of those craft techniques I’ve never paid much attention to. Working in the Craftster tag cloud, been noticing some of the projects created with this skill, and now I’m intrigued. Woodburning is done by using one simple tool that can have multiple interchangeable tips. When the hand-tool is […]
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    Art Bead Scene Blog

  • August Monthly Challenge Recap

    30 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    The color of the inspiration painting by Anne Redpath are bright without being saturated. The subject matter makes me think of both far off places (the ornate rug) and comforting spaces (the red slippers). Let's see what inspired you for this month!For my own homage to this lovely painting, I created what I am calling "Magic Carpet Ride" pendants. These 2" x 3/4" connectors have sort of an off-kilter glimpse of an ornate rug, as a nod to the perspective and colors. I mixed different patterns, from botanicals to architectural for these and made them in three different metals (gold, silver and…
  • Inside the Studio with Mary Harding

    Mary Harding
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Inside the Studio with Mary HardingEach 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 haezz!You have won a set of ceramic beads from Claire at Something to do with your Hands. Please send Claire  a message with your information.August has been a busy month for…
  • A little extra from the studio - new ceramic beads, from Something to do beads

    Claire Lockwood
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:34 am
    So, this is a bit of an add on to my Inside the Studio post last Friday. If you read that you'll know that I'd just picked up a bumper load of beads after firing (I haven't got a kiln yet). Anyway, I didn't have time to take any pictures so I'm sharing them today.  On Friday I included a picture of some earrings made with a couple of dinky bird beads. Well, I've made quite a few birds...If I have a spare bit of clay left out after making something I tend to make it bird-shaped. There are bird sets, lone birds, and birds in pairs for earrings.Talking of earring pairs, I've made rather a…
  • Tutorial Tuesday - Super Simple Button Bracelet

    Claire Lockwood
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:17 am
    This tutorial is for a very simple design, but I though it might be handy if you have any lovely handmade buttons that you're unsure how to use, or that you want to use as a bracelet focal. I love to incorporate buttons in my work, most frequently as a closure, combined with a beaded loop. This can really make the button a focal feature in your design. However, I have heard some people say they struggle making beaded loops - my guess is it must be something to do with the knotting. So, this design may get around some of the problems you might have experienced. As I say, it really is a doddle…
  • Inside the Studio with Claire Lockwood

    Claire Lockwood
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:53 am
    Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.Congratulations Marybeth!You have won a set of selection of handwoven beads from Rebecca at Songbead. Please send Rebecca a message with your information.I'm struggling to know where to start with this post! Jewellery or beads? Let's start with…
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    Tip Junkie

  • Tip Me Tuesday ~ Happy Crafters Share!

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:15 pm
    It's time to link up your amazing ideas to "Tip Me Tuesday"!  Let the SHARING begin!  Here's a few of my favorites who linked up last week!  {squeal in delight} Tip Junkie is on a grand mission to unite 1 million happy crafters and I've found an easier and better way to spread the word about YOUR homemade projects.  Wanna know how? It's all about reciprocity, baby.   Do you know that over 48 million people have visited Tip Junkie?  Yep.  That means that when you share blog links and upload photos ~ I am [...]keep reading
  • 13 Original Pretzel Recipes {yummy}

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    How to make pretzel recipes in yummy flavors, shapes, and treats.   Delight your family with homemade pretzel recipes in sourdough, whole wheat and Auntie Anne's copycat recipe in fun shapes like sticks, bites and rolls.  There's even a recipe for strawberry pretzel dessert.   There is nothing quite like pretzels with a twist, and these recipes will give you tons of ideas on how to make regular pretzels spectacular.  {{knuckle bumps}}   We've taken away all the guess work on how to make pretzels with these incredible tutorials. For even…
  • Strawberry Pretzel Salad

    Angie Lee {Seven Clown Circus}
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:58 am
    This recipe for Strawberry Pretzel Salad is a keeper! It’s three layers of sweet and salty goodness. A pretzel crust, cream cheese filling and topped with strawberry jell-o. The nice thing about this recipe is that you can drop the calories by using sugar free jell-o and fat free cool whip and cream cheese.keep reading
  • September Photo Journal Prompts ~ Join Us!

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Let Tip Junkie help you capture moments that matter on your camera phone with photo journal prompts and photo editing app tips!  This year there are TWO ways to play: 1.  Simplify ~ Moments that Matter 2.  Productive ~ Your Personal Assistant 2014 is crazy busy and we are each deciding on our goals.  Some of us want to simplify and create memories that matter, while others want to get life back in order and be productive.  Both are important to a Tip Junkie, like myself. {wink}   So, pick the photo challenge that works best for you this year!
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    Tiny Talk | The Tiny Prints Card & Stationery Blog

  • Introducing Tiny Prints New Home Decor Line

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    We’re so excited to launch our new home decor line. From personalized pillows, metal wall art, acrylic photo blocks, flat and curved glass prints, to canvas and mounted prints we have a large design section to please every style. You can also upload your own design and make it your own! We’ve partnered with some fabulous bloggers to help us showcase our home decor line in their homes. Pillows by Diane from In My Own Style. Metal Photo Prints by Emily from Decor Chick. Metal Photo Prints by Myra from My Blessed Life. We’re super excited to see what you will create with our…
  • How to Style Pillows For Any Room

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:33 am
    Camille from Planning Pretty shares her tips on styling Tiny Prints new home decor pillows! Decorating with pillows is a true and trusted way to make any room look a dozen times better. Pillows add texture, color, pattern and comfort to a boring sofa or a plain bed. They are the perfect way to add personality and put your spin on a room’s décor. Pillows offer the ultimate flexibility. Changing a pillow cover from coral to mint is much easier and cheaper than purchasing a new chair or coffee table. Just store the pillows you aren’t using in a linen closet. You can never have too many…
  • Style Your Space: Coral + Gold

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    We’re so excited for the launch of our new Tiny Prints Home Decor Collection. Today we bring you some inspiration on how to style your space in a fresh color palette of coral tones and metallic gold. Personalized pillows and bright decorative accents will pop in a white and gold space. Featured Tiny Prints home décor item: Custom Pillows Images: Gold Mirror, Garden Stool, Entry Table, Gold Vase, Orange Bud Vase, Yellow Bowl Vase a
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    Diary of a Crafty Chica

  • 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…
  • GIVEAWAY: Crafty Chica Cruise Swag Bag!

    Kathy Cano-Murillo
    30 May 2013 | 2:00 pm
    I'm giving away TWO swag bags from last month's 7th Annual Crafty Chica Art Cruise!CLICK HERE TO SEE HOW TO ENTER!Subscribe in a reader
  • Consulting: Accepting clients for June!

    Kathy Cano-Murillo
    30 May 2013 | 12:45 am
    CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS!Thanks!Kathy :-)Subscribe in a reader
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    Todays Creative Blog

  • Stocking My Pantry

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:41 am
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog With Labor Day nearly wrapped up and school starting tomorrow, my mind automatically shifts to stocking my pantry (Cantry) and figuring out quick and healthy dinners for a busy fall. Cans Get You Cooking Being organized with a meal plan certainly helps, but let’s face it…….sometimes I am the worst at creating a meal plan and […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/editor of Today's Creative Blog and…
  • Party Time! Link Party Palooza!

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog It’s Party Time! Link Party Palooza! We’re heading into the Labor Day Weekend! It’s my birthday weekend and I’m ready to celebrate! No Top 5 this week, but I did send out a newsletter last Sunday. You can sign up for future newsletters or you can view last weeks here where I share my interview with […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/editor of Today's Creative Blog and where…
  • Puff Pastry Tomato Pesto Tart

    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog Remember when I made that easy pesto recipe with those really expensive pine nuts? Well, I made it because I knew I was also going to be making this Puff Pastry Tomato Pesto Tart. I had some puff pastry in the freezer that was just begging to be used. That stuff is magic! I’ve made these […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/editor of Today's Creative Blog and where inspiration happens everyday!
  • Easy Pesto Recipe

    26 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog I’ve always been a late bloomer. Especially with food. I just realized my love for Pesto a few years ago and now wonder how I’ve lived without it. I’ve always just picked it up at Trader Joe’s, but thought I’d make some instead. This Easy Pesto Recipe is THAT easy! I love using pesto for […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/editor of Today's Creative Blog and where…
  • How To Make Almond Butter

    25 Aug 2014 | 1:33 pm
    This is an original post from Todays Creative Blog This past weekend I dug my food processor out of the basement kitchenette cabinets to make Pesto.  I thought I’d better make as many things with it while I had it out and that’s when I remembered that I’ve been wanting to make Almond Butter. I have always been told that it’s SO easy to learn […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/editor of Today's Creative Blog and where…
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    Vanilla Joy

  • *FREEBIE* Binder Spine Labels

    Kelsey Norwood
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:24 pm
    I’m getting organized! And I’m determined to keep an organized record of my kids’ schoolwork. We’re starting out following The Well-Trained Mind schedule/model and she recommends this kind of record keeping system, so we’re going for it. It’s working out great so far – I keep all the papers we complete on a clipboard in […]
  • *BOOK OF THE WEEK* Pinoochio Illustrated by Robert Ingpen

    Kelsey Norwood
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:23 pm
    We’ve been working our way through children’s classics each night before bed time. It’s a wonderful way to end the day as a family enjoying fabulous literature together. We’re reading Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi right now and this edition, illustrated by Robert Ingpen, is my all-time favorite (published by Sterling Publishing). It’s a beautiful book with thick, […]
  • *REVIEW* Doxie Go: Portable, Wireless, Rechargeable Scanner

    Kelsey Norwood
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    Once we decided to educate our children at home I knew there were some supplies we’d need. At the top of the list was a scanner. I find it easiest and most cost effective to purchase a consumable work book, scan the pages, and print off two copies for our two school-aged children. (This is […]
  • Quilt As You Go (QAYG) FINISHED

    Kelsey Norwood
    23 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Remember my QAYG (Quilt As You Go) tutorial from a while ago? I finished it! And I LOVE how it turned out. It’s technically a queen sized tutorial but it fits just fine on our king sized mattress. I love all the colors AND that I used up TONS of scraps. It was so easy […]
  • 20 FREE Cloud Activities

    Kelsey Norwood
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:27 pm
    After our Cloud Unit Study we wanted more cloudy fun. I found 20 awesome cloud activities, experiments, and projects I wanted to share! Here’s my list of 20 FREE Cloud Activities: 1. Cloud Hunt Bingo from Green Grubs Garden Club 2. Cloud Dough from The Realistic Mama  3. Glove Puppets from Love and Lollipops 4. Clouds and Rainbows […]
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    house wren studio

  • summer love

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

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

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

    8 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    Given the interest in New England's autumn weather and colors, we are hosting two weekend sessions of our getaway this time. The theme will be Houses. More to come on that later. Additionally each weekend features a guest artist. The...
  • giveaway winner

    6 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    The lucky winner of the Vermont spring getaway giftbag is Laurie Jackson! Thanks, everyone for visiting here and writing to us at fallvermontgetaway(at) Let us know if you'd like to join us! Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend!
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  • Summer patchwork

    9 Aug 2014 | 5:26 am
    I'm dropping out here for a couple of weeks.See you in September...
  • Heatborn

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    Hot in Berlin...I'm doing drawings, loosely inspired by imagesfrom a book of traditional African sculptures.Thought it might help some - and it does...
  • There it is again...

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    ...the woven paper patch found a place to stay.Makes good use of little offcuts...(continued from last post)
  • Saturday...

    26 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    "Everything that irritates us about otherscan lead us to an understanding of ourselves."(Carl Gustav Jung, born July 26, 1875)
  • Crosswise

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    Lots of little crosses.Makes me think of slowly wandering herds ofanimals...(continued from here)
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    Try Handmade

  • New in the Gallery

    Erika Jurney
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    A patina copper wire and Jade stone hand-crafted necklace. Set on a lightly hammered double … [more] These sturdy little people [more...] Similarly Awesome       
  • On Beans

    Diana Prichard
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:56 pm
    My oldest daughter refuses to eat beans. As a matter of fact, she can pick through a bowl of chili [more...] Similarly Awesome       
  • Gift Guide – For the Collector

    Amy L.
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    Image above is from: Miles of Light Are you a collector? I think most of us are, and I know [more...] Similarly Awesome       
  • New in the Gallery

    Erika Jurney
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:29 pm
    These colorful handmade chalkboards have attached real silverware hooks. Great for the kitchen, or anywhere else! Hang a… [more] Everyone needs [more...] Similarly Awesome       
  • Barcelona, Spain

    Tara Gentile
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:18 am
    Whenever I’m in need of a little design inspiration, a sure place to look is the great continent. I hopped [more...] Similarly Awesome       
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  • Big Ol’ Earrings

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:39 pm
    I’ve been working with the Alchemists to get our project finished before the big reveal at September’s Yellow Breeches Chapter meeting (it is open to visitors…) so I’ve been busy working on something I can’t really show you yet. I … Continue reading →
  • Challenges

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    In life, we’re faced with all sorts of challenges. Some are challenges that life throws at us, others are ones we give ourselves. This year I challenged myself to work in a group and create a piece together. I challenged … Continue reading →
  • Moth-erflys and Multiples

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    16 Aug 2014 | 4:44 pm
    It may seem as though I haven’t been working much in the studio, but I assure you, I have. Lately I’ve been working on some new giant earrings (like the ones I wore to the JAM opening) and on some … Continue reading →
  • JAM Juried Show Reception was Packed!

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:03 am
    Yesterday was the reception and awards ceremony for the 1st Annual JAM Gallery Juried Exhibition and it was amazing! There were a ton of people who stopped in and a bunch of the exhibiting artists as well. It was great to … Continue reading →
  • Art of the State Artist Interview: Mimi Shapiro

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    I’ve known Mimi Shapiro both on and offline for a while now and we’ve run into each other at different art events time and again. At the opening for this exhibition we were both looking for our pieces but hadn’t … Continue reading →
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    Knitting Naturally Blog

  • Sep 2, Rib Stitch Cap Direction Dilemma

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Hello, I'm a beginner....and I'm making a Rib Stitch Cap. I figured out the gauge issue just fine, and then as I was beginning the project, right off
  • Sep 2, Size of Sweater

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:17 pm
    I made a sweater according to pattern and type of wool recommended and it is way to big. The sweater is a Mary Maxim called Navajo Jacket. I used Titan
  • Aug 30, Medium Worsted - UK Equivalent

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:44 pm
    I have an American pattern for a short sleeved top, but it's says use a medium worsted and 3.75 needles with a a gauge of 22sts x 33rows. How can I achieve
  • Aug 4, Knitting Naturally Blog

    4 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Do you want to keep up to date with changes to Knitting Naturally? Subscribe to the Knitting Naturally Blog!
  • Jul 27, dont know how to do a stitch

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    I am doing a pattern and it states yon (yarn over needle), then k1tbl (knit through back of loop) sorry just cannot understand this. Please help - thank
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    Very Shannon
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    Lansbury Cowl Pattern It's time for a SALE! Yay! Just in time for the end of summer and the start of fall!Don't miss our Labor Day Long Weekend Sale! Save 15% off EVERY pattern in the shop!!! That's right! Save onBOTH knitting and sewing patterns for this weekend only! Sale ends midnight, PST, Monday, September 1st, 2014. Sale is valid in our shop HERE and also on Etsy and Ravelry. Use COUPON CODE "WEEKEND15" to save 15% off every pattern in the shop! Happy making and thank you for all of your support! Have a wonderful and relaxing long weekend! See you next week! p.s. Sale valid on…

    Very Shannon
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:01 am
    We've got another fabulous guest tutorial today for the Summer Sweater Knit Along 2014 from one of my fave designers - the lovely Bristol Ivy!Bristol's designs speak to my texture loving soul. I love her unique constructions, creative lines and overall aesthetic of her work as a designer. She's a huge source of inspiration for me as a designer and I've been a fan of hers since she started so I'm just over the moon to have Bristol here for our Summer Sweater Knit Along 2014! I knew you would all be just as excited as I am!Bristol has a written a tutorial for us that is for one of those garment…

    Very Shannon
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    One of my favorite parts of being a blogger/designer are the photo shoots.When dreaming up posts, projects and new patterns I always start with a story. I'm one of those people who loves coming up with a character and the back story for that particular design/project. Then I go on the hunt to get a good photo shoot to depict that character and tell the story. This is not always easy. As many bloggers know it takes hard work, time and sometimes multiple photo shoots. Some go smoothly and others are filled with trials.Shooting children is not an easy task either.  So when I spotted my…

    Very Shannon
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    Boy oh boy do I have a lovely and oh so pretty prize to giveaway today for our Summer Sweater Knit Along!One of my most favorite designers, photographer/stylists is the oh so talented Carrie Bostick Hoge. Her work is constantly inspiring me and I am truly inspired by all of her work. I was super excited to see the release of her new book Anthology 1. Drool factor on high here folks!!! Seriously. You all know how I get obsessed about stitch patterns well this book is a knitter's dream! Carrie has taken 4 unique stitch patterns and incorporated them into a collection of dreamy and gorgeous…

    Very Shannon
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:59 am
    This is what we've been up to lately.Now that we are in the new house it's time to explore! We're so lucky to live in an area now that is accessible to tons of amenities, the city and also gorgeous farm land and ocean beaches with mountain views! Both the hubs and I grew up in very small towns and we love the more relaxed feel of our neighborhood. We also love that we have all new surroundings to explore and tons of accessible outdoor landscapes! So many lovely off the beaten path views.It's been hard to get the rest of the unpacking/chores done when all we want to do is enjoy the house and…
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    Creating Keepsakes Blog

  • Shop & Save on Labor Day!

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    I love to shop, especially when there’s a sale involved. And this weekend we’re having several sales. It’s a great time to stock up on magazines, books, kits, DVDs, product, and more. So let me give you a quick look at what’s available. Free Shipping The Scrap & Paper Shop is offering free shipping on purchase of $10 or more. Yep, free shipping! That means you can get Holiday Cards & More, Vol. 9 for just $14.99 since there’s no charge for shipping. Or maybe your looking for inspiration and organization ideas for you craft space. Creative Spaces, Vol. 3…
  • Scrapbook How-to: Color Rhinestones

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    Coloring clear rhinestones is a fabulous way to have just the right shade of bling on hand without purchasing every color under the sun. In just a few minutes, you can have rhinestones that complement your layout, just like those on Jamie Harper’s You + Me layout from Mixed Media, Vol. 1. You + Me layout by Jamie Harper from Mixed Media, Vol. 1   Create the look: Step 1: Place rhinestones in plastic bag and spritz using spray ink. Step 2: Rub ink onto rhinestones through plastic bag. Step 3: Let dry on paper towel before attaching to layout.
  • Scrapbook How-to: Color Buttons for an Accent

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Every new button-down shirt comes with at least one extra button or a pack of extra buttons that you’ll most likely toss in a drawer. Time to dig those buttons out of that drawer! Gather your spare, light colored shirt buttons and ink them to match your layout like Suzy Plantamura did on her Delicious Hippo Cookies layout for Budget-Friendly Scrapbooking. With that many matching buttons, you can create a cool accent that illustrates your story. Delicious Hippo Cookies by Suzy Plantamura from Budget-Friendly Scrapbooking Create the look: Items needed to create hippo accent Hippo closeup…
  • Scrapbook How-to: Create Snipped Blooms

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    Need some playful blossoms? Scatter these cuties across your page! The simple design makes these blooms a snap to make en masse for a summertime layout. Notice how Davinie Fiero’s flowers are positioned on a busy background and they still stand out on her My Butterfly layout from Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Fabulous Flowers. Achieve a similar effect by choosing patterned paper with bold colors to contrast a pale background and muted paper strips. Then, for a bit of extra dimension, layer snipped blossoms and bend their petals upward. My Butterfly by Davinie Fiero from Scrapbooking…
  • Scrapbook How-to: Create a Faux Ribbon Pleat

    22 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Love the look of pleats but don’t want to spend that much time? You can get this same look on your layout. First, you will need to cut squares from cardstock, about 2″ x 2″. Once you’ve done that, go ahead and ink around the edges of your squares and adhere them to your border strip. For a decorative trim, use a favorite punch or feel free to leave it as it is. Complete the look with a strip of ribbon. Joannie McBride used this technique to create her Water Fun Border Strip for Scrapbooking Tips & Tricks: Tools & Techniques. This fun border strip is a quick and…
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    Elizabeth Anne Designs: The Wedding Blog

  • Welcome To The Weekend

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    We love Fridays that welcome a holiday weekend! With back-to-school and the unofficial end to summer only moments away, we are celebrating the Labor Day weekend savoring every square inch of the season and with our favorite finds from the week. Enjoy and cheers to a beautiful start to the weekend! {Image by Sarah Love Photography via Bridal Musings} A few of our favorites from the week: 10 beautiful flower projects. 10 perfectly romantic rooms. Adorable DIY ideas for back-to-school. Swoon-worthy English-garden inspired wedding ideas. Celebrate summer’s end with some zesty blueberry…
  • Classic Detroit Ballroom Wedding

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Detroit’s stately Colony Club is home to some of Michigan’s most elegant weddings, and Chris and Kate’s June nuptials shows it off to its fullest! Working with a chic black, gold, and pink color palette, La Belle Epoque Events designed a classic ballroom wedding, featuring sophisticated florals from Viviano Flower Shop. Statement linens in bold black stripes, glittering sequins, and uplit ruffles were the centerpiece of the ballroom, which was left open and airy for the large dance floor where guests boogied away to the sounds of Big Will and the 360 Degrees Band. It’s…
  • New York Beach Engagement Session

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Michele and Jonathan met in the first grade in their hometown of Baldwin, on Long Island. With the gift of a glow in the dark ring on Valentines Day at a roller rink in fourth grade, Jonathan asked Michele to be his girlfriend. With the gift of a beautiful sparkling diamond in Central Park many years after fourth grade, Jonathan asked Michele to be his wife. Jon convinced Michele to sit for a caricaturist, who (in on the plan) drew a picture of Jon proposing! Naturally, she said yes (to the cheers of the NYC tourists). Jon, ever the industrious husband-to-be, had gathered their friends and…
  • English Garden Wedding Inspiration

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today’s gorgeous shoot is so filled to the brim with beautiful, we almost can’t stand it! Inspired by the vintage romance of English gardens and classic literature, Jen Rios Weddings envisioned a garden soiree with feminine details, accents of book pages, and—of course—a traditional afternoon tea. xoGinny created handwritten stationery, place cards, and even a positively amazing altar with a “love letter” feel, and the deep navy ink was a perfect complement to toile china from The Vintage Dish. Lush, organic florals from We + You in the palest of pink and peach are…
  • Chic + Modern Chicago Wedding

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Chicago is glorious during the summertime, and Alissa and Jeff made the most of the stunning surroundings by holding their June nuptials at River Roast, set along the Chicago River. Sheila from Ipomea Floral Design accented the modern space with lanterns and candlelight, for a soft and romantic feel. Bouquets of blush and white peonies with juliet garden roses accented Alissa’s gorgeous Alvina Valenta gown from Bella Bianca, and her ladies’ flowy Donna Morgan dresses. The couple and their wedding party visited some of the city’s most iconic locations, from Buckingham…
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  • Off the Shoulder Kitty Sweatshirt

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
    Channel your inner girly girl and create an Off the Shoulder Kitty Sweatshirt. Simple sewing patterns are perfect for beginners, and this one really fits the bill. In fact you can iron on the kitty design - no need for a needle and thread. Attach sleeves using a sewing machine and you've got a brand new sweater made from old, repurposed fabric. Choose an oversized sweatshirt so you can easily achieve that over-the-shoulder look. This is a fun throwback to the eighties but still so modern and fashionable.
  • Remixed Sewn Skater Dress

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    This is so much more than just a free dress pattern. Use an old men's shirt to create your own Remixed Sewn Sweater Dress. Follow along with the pattern and discover how easy it is to use what you have an save on fabric. Add buckled and leather straps to the piece to create a one-of-a-kind look. If you have a little sewing experience under your belt and love working on easy sewing patterns, this is the perfect project for you. Once you make a pattern using recycled materials, you'll never want to head to the fabric or craft store ever again.
  • Cotton Candy Dreams Crocheted Cuff

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    Add a splash of color to your favorite outfit wit this Cotton Candy Dreams Crocheted Cuff. Made up of crocheted circles in a variety of colors, this crocheted bracelet is great for using up yarn scraps. You could even use this same technique to create an amazing statement necklace. Simple enough for beginning crochet fans, this handmade bracelet is great to wear no matter what the season, and it also makes a wonderful gift for a family member or friend. Show off your awesome crochet skills with this cute and colorful Cotton Candy Dreams Crocheted Cuff.
  • Creative Publishing International

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    Creative Publishing international publishes photographic step-by-step how-to books, including titles on home improvement, home decorating, sewing, crafting, hunting and fishing. Our list of over 300 titles includes best-selling series of books with nationally recognized brand partners Black Decker, John Deere, Orvis, and SINGER.
  • How to Make 100 Bead Embroidery Motifs

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    Learn how to add sparkling color and texture to clothes and accessories with the unique bead embroidery motifs you'll find in How to Make 100 Bead Embroidery Motifs. With 100 designs to choose from, there's something for everyone here!
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    Merriment Design

  • Easy super hero birthday cake with printable cake toppers

    Kathy Beymer
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Want an easy super hero birthday cake for your little super hero? Make this super hero birthday cake using printable cake toppers to decorate it faster than a speeding bullet! Even though I swore long ago that I’d make my own kids’ birthday cakes, I still like to take the easy way out. Remember the easy Buzz Lightyear birthday cake that I made for Elise’s 3rd Toy Story birthday? Well, made it easy on myself for Elise’s super hero birthday cake too. Elise wanted “all of the super heroes” on her birthday cake so I thought printable cake toppers would be the…
  • Spider-Man printable personalized cupcake toppers or temporary tattoos for a Spider-Man birthday party

    Kathy Beymer
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Planning a Spider-Man birthday party for your little web slinger? Here are printable Spider-Man personalized cupcake toppers or temporary tattoos for a Spider-Man birthday party. I made these personalized Spider-Man cupcake toppers for Elise’s 4th Super Hero birthday party. And you can easily and quickly make them too! Visit my etsy store for a digital PDF download of EDITABLE SPIDER-MAN-INSPIRED CIRCLES that can be easily personalized – by you – using Acrobat Reader 9+, a free download from Use these Spider-Man printable personalized circles to make your own: -…
  • Make Frozen magical and movable charm bracelets featuring Elsa, Anna, Olaf and Sven

    Kathy Beymer
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:54 am
    Make these easy Frozen-inspired charm bracelets featuring Elsa, Anna, Olaf and Sven! You can color and shrink the charms, then magically move them around the bracelet as you wish. This is a great Frozen birthday party activity for kids to make – it’s a quick and inexpensive kid’s craft. Or you can just make these DIY Frozen charm bracelets for fun — Elise and I made them for kicks to doll up her handmade Elsa costume. And if you like all our accessories, you can also make our DIY snowflake Frozen headband and DIY Frozen Elsa necklace. I created this Frozen charm…
  • DIY Frozen Elsa necklace project for kids

    Kathy Beymer
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Make your own DIY Frozen Necklaces featuring Elsa, Anna and Olaf Shrinky Dink charms and kid-painted beads. Elise and I been making kids crafts together during Liam’s naps. We decided to add a few Frozen necklaces to Elise’s handmade Elsa costume to coordinate with her handmade Frozen snowflake headbands and Frozen magical and movable charm bracelets. These DIY Frozen necklaces are a super fun to wear. Just ask Elsa …oh, I mean Elise. Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores sent me a summer crafting box and one of the goodies inside was this bag of 12mm Darice White Pearl Beads. We…
  • Modern Construction Printable Birthday Banner for a Construction Birthday Party

    Kathy Beymer
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    Here’s a modern printable construction cones birthday banner for a super cute and classy construction birthday party. And you can download instantly, personalize it, and print yourself — no waiting! You will get an instant download at my etsy store of this HAPPY BIRTHDAY construction cones birthday banner plus a FULLY EDITABLE PDF FILE for adding names, ages, etc. in English, Spanish, French, whatever language you choose. Use these printable construction cones to make your own: - hanging construction birthday party sign - front door sign to welcome party guests - buffet table sign -…
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    Handmade Charlotte

  • DIY Paper Jewelry

    Mari Richards
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:16 am
    By Mari Richards I’ve been researching paper, origami, and jewelry for a project I’m obsessing over, and I can’t help but share some of the fun things I’ve found. I used to think paper jewelry would be way too fragile to be useful – and I have this rather absurd fear of it getting wet! But the more I think about it, the more I realize it’s no different than leather or fabric jewelry. Or what about all the necklaces strung with cord? The delicacy of paper gives paper jewelry part of its fascination – especially when you see how strong you can make it using some of these DIYs.
  • DIY “Be Happy” Banner

    Caroline Urdaneta
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:55 pm
    By Caroline Urdaneta Sometimes we need a great big reminder to just chill and be happy! What better way to infuse this theme into our lives and our homes than a festive “Be Happy” banner that kids can make from cereal boxes and a few other supplies. Today, I’ll show you how so you can get everyone doing a happy dance at home! What You Need Cereal box cardboard (we used about 2 boxes total) Black acrylic paint Colored paper (we used pink, blue and yellow) Pink and black yarn Hole punch Scissors Marker Instructions Step 1 Start our by making your lettering. To do this, draw the outline of…
  • Mood-Lifting Design for Kids’ Rooms

    Deborah Beau
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:51 am
    By Deborah Beau Okay, admittedly Summer is coming to an end in the northern hemisphere (did we actually have one?) and our kids will soon be going back to school, if they haven’t already, but there’s no need to feel down in the dumps. I’m not a lover of transitions, and I’m certainly not ready to embrace Fall, so I thought today would be the perfect opportunity for me to share a few brand new finds from the kids’ design world. If you’re in need of some color and inspiration to tide you over till Autumn, check out this cheerful collection of fun, mood-lifting products, all…
  • Paint The Perfect Polka Dot

    Rachel Faucett
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    By Rachel Faucett These perfectly polka dotted overalls are just the beginning of a big idea we have been brewing up over here at Handmade Charlotte headquarters. I wasn’t going to share the news so soon, but who could keep this silly business under wraps. Beginning next month we are on a mission to cover the entire world in dots, blots, specks and spots! So clap your hands, wiggle your toes, close your eyes and make a wish because Freckle Lab is on its way! The universe will never be the same. Look forward to seeing dots on a variety of super spotty DIY’s in the very near future. To warm…
  • Studio Tour: Little Tree Studios

    Si Mazouz
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    By Si Mazouz We’re totally stoked on the Little Tree Studios, a San Francisco-based arts and crafts studio dedicated to children from 2 ½ to 12 years of age. Nichole, the incredibly talented studio owner, teaches little artists all the elements of art and design through studio sessions during the summer and throughout the school year. With a focus on drawing, sculpting, sewing, painting, and mixed art, this studio is home to little Picassos who can nourish and develop their creativity in a fun, inspiring workspace! Little Tree Studios is a colorful and happy place. From the vintage…
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    Flower Girl Designs Collection

  • Veggie Quilt

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    My Veggie quilt is done and I love it! I would love to own a long arm quilter to finish my quilts, this one is quilted with my sewing machine. I have a stack of quilts to quilt, my plan is this winter I will be finishing my quilts.
  • Treat Time

    10 Aug 2014 | 3:31 pm
    I love my reindeer when the antlers are in velvet, she is so beautiful. Every night about six is treat time for Missy; she waits by the fence for her night time snack. She is 12 years old, how fast time goes by.
  • Blueberries

    10 Aug 2014 | 2:41 pm
    In the middle of nowhere I went blueberry picking with a couple of friends. It was beautiful and peaceful in the woods; all we heard were a couple of crows.  We picked lots of berries and went on a long walk, just a perfect day!
  • A Rainbow after the Storm

    3 Aug 2014 | 4:59 pm
    We got a lot of rain today, but I love to see the rainbow after the storm, right over my farm.
  • Birthday Party!!

    27 Jul 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Here are a few pictures of the little party we gave for Linda, during our quilting/sewing club. I love the butterfly on the cake!!
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    How Does She

  • 45 Days of Quick, Easy, and Practical Lunches

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:35 am
    Okay so school is well under way and all of your cutesie lunch box ideas are exhausted.  What we need now are practical, quick, and easy lunches that kids, spouses, and working moms will actually eat!  We polled our 200,000+ Facebook fans for inspiration.  Here are the top 45 ideas that will fill your lunch boxes for at least 45 days…that’s over two months of school days! For a PRINTABLE VERSION, click here.  First thing’s first: Invest in a good lunch box! Our Facebook readers give their top suggestions for lunch boxes that really make a difference.  Their #1 tip:…
  • Homemade Baby Food in 5 Minutes

    Misty Marsh
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Advantages to Homemade Baby Food There are so many advantages to homemade baby food: It can be healthier You know exactly what you are feeding your baby It can be more economical than pre-packaged baby food Your baby can eat the same food you do…just in pureed form Drawbacks to Homemade Baby Food But honestly, there are also a few drawbacks: Time. It can be a pain to cook, puree, cool and package lots of little servings of homemade baby food. Storage. Homemade baby foods spoil more quickly and require refrigeration.  You either need to make lots at once, and freeze it, or make it…
  • 25 DIY Halloween Costumes that will make you happy.

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:48 pm
    1.  Superman.  Here. 2.  1 thing 2 thing.  Here. 3.   ET. Love.  Here.  4.  Carl from UP.  Here. 5.  Come fly with me.  Here. 6.  A Peacock  Here.  7.  N0-Sew Halloween Spiderweb Cape.  Here.  8.  Little Red.  Here.  9.  Wonder woman.  Here.  10.  Rainbow bright.  Here.  11.  Batman and Robin.  Here. 12.  White rabbit.  Here. 13.  Mouse Trap.  Here. 14.  Baby Chick.  Here. 15.  Jelly Beans.  Here. 16.  Stick Figure.  Here. 17.  Army Man.  Here.  18.  Dwight Schrute.  Here. 19.  Dragons.  Here. 20.  DIY Jet Pack.  Here. 21.  Duct Tape Skeleton…
  • The Best Gold for DIY Projects

    Darleen Meier
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:41 am
      A hot design trend this year is gold-dipped furniture and decor.  I have had a tiny little obsession with anything gold.  Good news!  You don’t have to spend a fortune to get the “gold look”.  A little paint or a little sharpie will help you get the right dose of gold.  I am going to share with you my three favorite crafting techniques that use gold and will take any object from bam to glam! Favorite Spray Paint: Rust-oleum Gold Metallic spray paint.  This is the best brand that will give you a true gold metallic look.  I’ve tried three other spray paint…
  • Warm Up that Wardrobe with Piper Street – Win $100 in Gift Cards

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    I can’t help it. The start of school always makes me think of Fall. The leaves, apple cider, pumpkins, fireplaces and comfy sweaters. You know you love it! With the fun, also comes the colder temperatures. A girl must ALWAYS be prepared for whatever situation might arise.  And by prepared, I mean, dressed to kill. Enter, Piper Street There are lots of online boutiques but Piper Street is unique. Their clothes are different from anything I’ve seen and I literally want one of every thing they post. You will too. They have just released their BIGGEST line yet, and it won’t…
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    Inner Child Fun

  • The Best Quick and Easy Crafts for Summer

    12 Aug 2014 | 9:16 pm
    These quick and easy crafts for Summer are so much fun to make, and they will help you make the most of your time with the kids over these next couple of days! All of these use common household items you probably already have on-hand, and they are simple to set up. Yay for simple and fun […]
  • How to Make a Fort Building Kit

    6 Aug 2014 | 9:03 pm
    For a recent friend’s birthday, my kids wanted to surprise the birthday child with something super fun — a fort building kit! It was quick and easy to put together, but most importantly, it made the birthday girl smile!! They were very happy to learn that the fort building kit has already been put to […]
  • Quick Summer Craft for Kids

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    Need a quick Summer craft for kids to do? These sandcastle notecards are so much fun to make! My kids love to play in the sand, and these notecards are a great way to celebrate a day at the beach, or an afternoon spent playing in the sandbox. Best of all, they can be mailed […]
  • Introduction to Robotics with Sphero

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Do you have a child who is interested in robotics or programming? Sphero is the world’s first robotic ball that kids ages 8 and up can control using a smartphone or tablet! A special thank you to Sphero for providing us with our own Sphero and for sponsoring today’s playful learning post. Read on to […]
  • Nature Packs for Kids

    18 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Packing a fun nature kit for kids is a great way to foster a love of nature, and get outdoors with minimal hassle throughout the summer months! They are so much fun to put together, and you can use many household items you probably already have on hand. Nature packs make it easy to enjoy […]
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    Dollar Store Crafts

  • Make Newspaper Pom Poms

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    When it comes time to throw a party on a budget, decorations don't get much cheaper than these fabulous recycled newspaper pom poms!  At DIY Candy, Jacy shows how to turn a stack of old news into new baubles with just a little bit of folding and cutting.  In addition to making great decorations on their own, you could make a garland out of them, use them to embellish your gift wrapping, or even as decorations on a Christmas tree!  [how to make newspaper pom poms] Project estimate: Newspaper, on hand String, on hand Total:  Free!
  • Make Ribbon Bike Tassels

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Summer may be drawing to a close, but there is still plenty of good bike riding weather ahead, so it's still a good time to make these DIY bike tassels!  Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts will show you how you can whip them up in a jiffy!  Don't need bike tassels?  I think that a garland of these ribbon tassels would also be really cute, perhaps for a photo booth backdrop, wedding reception decor, baby showers...  Change up the ribbon to different colors or patterns and there are so many possibilities!  [how to make ribbon bike tassels] Project estimate: Ribbon, on hand or $1 and up Total:…
  • Make a Recycled Wine Cork Trivet

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Are you a cork saver?  I love wine in all its many variations, and I always tuck the corks aside for future crafting use.  Maikki from Maikin Mokomin must be a cork saver too, because she used a stash of corks with beautiful graphics and writing on them to make an absolutely gorgeous trivet!  It would make a great conversation piece, and it turns mementos from parties and celebrations into a piece of functional decor.  The tutorial is written in Finnish, but the photos are great and easy to follow.  [how to make a recycled wine cork trivet] Project estimate: Thin wood circle, $1 and up…
  • Give Plastic Bins a Fancy Makeover

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    We love a quick and easy makeover.  Take, for example, these adorable storage bins by Katie at Little House of Four.  Would you believe that they started out as a brightly-colored four pack?  That's right, they were just a quarter each!  By taming the color with spray paint and adding some nifty drawer pulls, she gave them a super high-end look for just a couple bucks!  [how to give plastic bins a fancy makeover] Project estimate: Plastic bins, 4/$1 Spray paint, on hand or $1 and up Drawer pulls, $1 and up Total:  $2 and up!
  • 10 Ways to Make Your Own Wallet

    Becky Striepe
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    Need a new wallet? I always have a hard time buying new wallets, because I feel like by the time I pay for the wallet, I have no money left to go inside of it. Solve that little problem by making your own! 1. Arizona Wallet - This colorful wallet has pockets for everything, and you can download a free pattern to make your own. 2. Phone Wallet - How cute is this wallet plus phone case? 3. Credit Card Wallet - Traveling light? Keep just your cards and ID in this slim DIY wallet. 4. MEGA WALLET - This is sort of the opposite of the credit card wallet above. It holds up to 38 cards! 5. Carton…
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    Phyllis Dobbs Blog

  • Kitty Workout Quilt – Work Those Kitties with Yoga and “Purr-fect Balance”

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

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

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

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
    When I attend Quilt Market, I always go by the June Tailor booth and did so again at the Spring Quilt Market in Pittsburgh. I love their range of accessories for quilters, including their unique rulers, of which they have many. And of course, I always enjoy chatting with the … Continue reading
  • Sights at Atlanta Gift Market

    17 Jul 2014 | 1:44 pm
    I attended the Atlanta Gift Market last week, a trip that I always enjoy and wanted to share some of my photos.  I love to attend market and while there, check out new products and trends, as well as meet up with friends. Atlanta is considered the best of all the … Continue reading
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    Mummy Crafts

  • Vuelta al cole con Gastos de envio Gratis!

    Esther Lopez
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:22 am
    Volvemos a la carga, con el nuevo curso, y nuestro tradicional día de Gastos de envío gratis a partir de 20€ de compra sin contar impuesto!! Estas son las condiciones de la promoción de la promoción día de gastos de envío gratis: *Promoción solo válida para clientes de detalle, no valida para mayoristas. *Promoción solo válida en la Península Ibérica y Portugal, excepto azores y Madeira. *No es posible aplicar ningún código promocional junto con esta promoción. *El coste de reembolso es un gasto de gestión no de envío con lo que si no quiere pagar este coste , puede pagar…
  • 20 y 21 de Agosto promoción día “SINIVA”

    Esther Lopez
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
      Pues vamos allá, para los que ya habéis vuelto de vacaciones y para los que aun estáis, y por supuesto para los que no os vais, no podía faltar en Agoto nuestro tradicional Día “SINIVA” Así que si ya los has aprovechado en otras ocasiones, ya puedes hacerlo de nuevo. Si nunca has aprovechado esta promoción, te recuerdo que debes introducir el código “SINIVA” en la casilla de código promocional al hacer tu pedido, y se te aplicará un descuento equivalente al IVA en vigor. Aprovecha para comprar con un 21% de descuento en toda la web excepto máquinas…
  • Packaging, cómo hacer un sobre original para envolver regalos

    Esther Lopez
    3 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Un producto envuelto con cariño, cobra más valor , cada detalle cuenta a la hora de presentar algo. Pues bien , hoy la cosa va de envoltorios, y he encontrado esta forma de hacer un sobre, que me ha parecido muy original y bonita, y que queda ideal para envolver por ejemplo bisutería. Ayer estaba pensando en cómo envolver alguna bisutería que vendemos hecha en la tienda y me pareció que este sobre era perfecto para por ejemplo envolver una pulsera. Y aquí os cuento como hacerlo Materiales para hacer un sobre original Una hoja de papel de scrap Cinta de doble cara o pegamento para…
  • Bienvenido Agosto!, Gastos de envio gratis!

    Esther Lopez
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Bienvenidos y bienvenidas a todos los que llegáis de vacaciones ahora, que tal lo habéis pasado? (Bieennnnnnn) ;) seguro que estupendamente bien, a demás habréis recargado pilas, os habréis relajado, en definitiva cambiado de aires no? Aún no te has ido?, no importa, llegará tu turno, y si te vas ahora, pues mejor que mejor, a descansar y disfrutar no? En fin tanto si has vuelto, como si no te has ido ,como si te vas ahora, en Mummy Crafts siempre tenemos algo para agradarte el día, y es que tenemos 3 días, si si, 3DÍAS de GASTOS DE ENVIO GRATIS, para todos los pedidos superiores…
  • Cómo hacer un anillo con hilo metálico y cerámica

    Esther Lopez
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Wrapped significa envuelto, en inglés, así que como estos anillos están hechos a base de envolver las piedras con hilos metálicos, pues el nombre ha venido solo no? La verdad es que para hacer bisutería simple y bonita, a  veces no se necesita nada en especial, solo un poco de imaginación , eso si, y un poco de maña. Y estos anillos son la prueba, unas bolas de cerámica, unas bases de anillo, que pueden ser de los de anilla o de los planos, unas bolas metálicas y un poco de hilo metálico, y ya está. Así que no me entretengo mas y vamos a ello. Materiales para hacer anillos con…
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    Scoutie Girl

  • Picture Postcards from Niagara Falls

    Elizabeth Guerrero
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Last month, my husband and I took a quick overnight trip to Niagara Falls with our dear friends who were visiting from Spain. It truly was such a short visit, and the experience was so heavily visual, that I find myself without any pretty or interesting words to describe it. So I’ll just let that be, and allow the photos to speak for themselves. Imagine each of these images as a picture postcard from me to you. Wish you were here! xo, Elizabeth Have you ever been to Niagara Falls? How would you describe it — in one word?
  • 5 Ways to Spread Good in the World

    Debra Dane
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    If we look at the media on any given day the story can seem pretty grim – so much sadness and hard times – but on a personal level we can affect so much positive change on a daily basis. Simple acts and gestures can make all the difference in the lives of the people we connect with each day. Here are five simple things we can all do to bring more good into this world. 1. Smile. Mother Teresa said “Peace begins with a smile.” Never underestimate the power of a smile. It can defuse a tense situation, connect you with others, brighten the mood, signal that all is well. 2.
  • 5 Ways You’re Creative Even When You Think You’re Not

    Stephanie Guimond
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Setting up your physical spaces is a form of creativity. Sometimes you may think you’re not creative. The well may have run dry on your regular creative practice, or maybe you’re one of those people who proclaims they “couldn’t draw a stick figure even if they tried” (though I bet you you could). The good news is, there are many forms of creativity other than the traditional art-making, word-wrangling, music-writing kind. In fact, here are five forms of creativity I can think of right now that you most likely encounter on a regular basis: 1. Puttering It’s…
  • Hong You Ji Kuai: Easy Cold Chicken with Red Oil Sauce

    Fiona Bessey-Bushnell
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    photo credit: Kevin Harber When the thermometer climbs in the summer months, I turn to cold meals to beat the heat. A friend of mine, visiting from China, shared this great recipe with me, which is perfect for summer fare. I warn you, it has a bit of a kick, but you can easily turn it down a notch, or go for high test. Hong You Ji Kuai: Easy Cold Chicken with Red Oil Sauce 1 whole small chicken or substitute boneless cuts of chicken seasoning per pound of chicken: 2 tablespoons finely chopped green onion 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger 1/3 cup crushed peanuts (optional) 2-3…
  • Risk Being Open

    Tahani Al-Salem
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
      My word I chose for this year was RISK. I was finishing grad school this year, and with that came a lot of possibility, and lot of unknowns about what came next. What I did know was that I didn’t want to become a version of me that chose safe options, as to avoid being vulnerable. I didn’t want to be the person that was only making choices because they lined up in my head with the plan that I had decided I needed to follow.  I would say the biggest way I’ve embraced RISK this year, is by allowing myself to be open. I’ve allowed myself to be open to sharing my…
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    Papaver Designs

  • Wedding Mood board inspiration Medieval wedding in a castle

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
     I just love the chalk board style cake, so quirky and the 'fortune teller' invitation is really unusual. The 'Love is in the air piece is mine from a shoot I took part in a while awhile ago, the table setting is from the same shoot (some of my lanterns on the table).Papaver Loves Links...,,,,,
  • Hand cut papercut summer inspiration

    19 May 2014 | 2:37 am
    What nice weather we are having lately. This is the view from my new studio window. The house isn't livable yet but its getting there and I cant wait to start creating your orders in my new studio. Here's a lovely summer quote paper cut for you on this lovely day. This quote is in my kitchen and I grew up with it and has always been my favourite saying.    It is an A3 hand cut paper cut made from a single sheet of A3 paper. All flowers and details are hand drawn and cut by Poppy from Papaver Designs. Custom orders welcome If you like this or another product you…
  • Pretty in Pastel wedding inspiration Moodboard

    8 May 2014 | 11:01 am
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  • Papaver Designs, Alnwick gardens and a rainbow of colour

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

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

  • Harvest Pumpkin Coloring Page

    25 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Michelle and I are taking a week off for some rest and relaxation. We are looking forward to some unhurried time with family and friends, and a chance to prepare our homes, gardens and hearts for the coming fall. Autumn is our favorite time of year, and in many respects, our busiest time of year. We get back into our school-year routines and make plans for the coming year. When we return, Tuesday, September 2, we will have our Autumn rhythm well established and will be ready to share the beauty of the season with all of you. In the meantime, here is a new coloring page to "kick off" the…
  • Bella Luna Toys Give-Away :: Crayon Roll & Beeswax Crayons

    24 Aug 2014 | 4:55 am
    Comments are now closed and a winner has been chosen. Congratulations Ev! Please email me your contact information and choice of Flower or Moon design to claim your prize. Beeswax Crayons Permalink Submitted by Ev McElroy (not verified) on Sun, 08/24/2014 - 08:26 These crayons are beautiful! Thanks for the opportunity. Sponsor: Bella Luna Toys Give-Away Date: Sunday, August 24, 8am EST – Monday, August 25, 8am EST (This Give-Away is 1 day only!) Number of Winners: 1 Prize:  One Felt Crayon Roll (winner's choice of Moon or Flower Design) plus One Stockmar Tin of 8 Beeswax Crayons and 8…
  • Open Ended Creations Give-Away :: Curvy Board

    23 Aug 2014 | 5:11 am
    Comments are now closed and the winner has been chosen. Congratulations Amanda! Please email me your contact information within the next three days to claim your prize. This looks wonderful! I could Permalink Submitted by Amanda (not verified) on Sat, 08/23/2014 - 10:38 This looks wonderful! I could see this being an amazing tool to help with my little one's balance. There are so many different ways this can be used I'm sure I couldn't come up with half the ways it could be used.  My girls are always looking for things to challenge their imaginations and creatively re-purpose everyday…
  • Rainbow Wool Felt Balls

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:18 am
    Of course, everyone knows by now that I'm doing lots of crafting for grandbaby number 6! Here of 2 new Rainbow Felt Balls I've made for the little Peanut. Following the pattern for Felt Baby Balls which can be found HERE, I made one in bright, primary colors, and the other with more subdued rainbow colors. Each are beautiful and each will be well loved, I know. There are several differences between these balls and our previous TUTORIAL. For these, I used 100% wool felt and stuffed them with wool roving. Obviously, I made other color choices. In the original TUTORIAL only used 2 different…
  • A New School Year :: 2014

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:23 am
    We officially started our new school year (2nd, 4th, and gulp... 6th grade) this Monday. The girls happily jumped back in, very eager to try out some new subjects. The boy on the other hand, was a bit more reluctant... to say the least... and got off to a slow start. Gammy stopped by with a mid-morning treat and then after lunch we decided the best way to celebrate was to finish off the afternoon at the park. I also had an ulterior motive. The park I choose is home to many giant oak trees... and we were in need of some "gnome hats." Bug finished off his work and then joined in the hunt. All…
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  • ModCloth Inspired Nail Art

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:37 pm
    This fabulous nail art post is brought to you by Amy of High Heel Mileage, who blogs regularly about life as a future expat and her adventures in health and fitness. You’ve seen her before on this blog because her face appears in the header! If there’s one thing I love, it’s a beautiful, well made dress. And I’m in love with this whimsical floral design by ModCloth. Perfect for that end-of-summer party you’ve been invited to – the Gust of Glam Dress is a party all on its own. From the whimsical asymmetrical hemline and floral pattern to the hot pink bow and frilly flow…
  • ModCloth Open Casting Call for All

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:21 am
    This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. ModCloth is inviting you to come showcase your unique style at their #FASHIONTRUTH Open Casting Call for ALL event in New York City on September 3rd. All you have to do is show up in your cutest outfit and you could be featured on ModCloth and across their social platforms. Anyone and everyone is invited, so if you’re in the area, grab your friends and go — this is an event you won’t want to miss! When: Wednesday, September 3rd from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM Where: Openhouse, 201…
  • Bob Harper Kettlebell Cardio Shred

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Bob Harper: Kettlebell Cardio Shred is part of is Inside Out Method DVDs for home workouts. I’ve already reviewed Pure Burn Super Strength, Cardio Conditioning, and Bob’s Workout. Like all his DVDs, this workout combines strength with cardio. If you’re not a fan of kettlebell swings, you’re not going to like this workout because it is the one move that is repeated throughout the whole workout. You’ll work on cleans, shoulder presses, rows, windmills and a few other moves in a variety of sets. High knees and burpees help get your heart rate pumping. The only times…
  • My Gym Bag: Poise Microliners

    24 Aug 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Thank you to Poise for sponsoring this post and keeping me confident when light bladder leakage strikes If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, it’s no secret that I have a bunch of zipper bags that are made from upcycled Target bags. Usually I have no issue with people picking up these bags and admiring them, but there is one I keep in my gym bag that I’d rather keep private. Except, now I’m sharing what’s in it and this should kill the looky-loos’ curiosity. It’s mostly the usual stuff, but then there’s the box of Poise Microliners. What? OMG!
  • Fitness Blogger Ambassador Programs

    7 Aug 2014 | 6:20 pm
    If you’re a fitness blogger interested in ambassador programs for networking, writing opportunities, paid campaigns, and sponsorships, you might check out the links for applications to see what fits your blog and social media presence. Communities: FabFitFun Ambassadors – fitness, nutrition, fashion, beauty bloggers FitFluential Ambassadors Genuine Ambassadors Girls Gone Sporty Ambassadors Idea Inspired Bloggers I’m Fit Possible Popsugar Select Sweat Pink Ambassadors For Two Fitness Brands: Energy Bits Fitmark Swirlgear Brand Ambassador Unleashed If you know of ones to add,…
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    Craft Stew

  • Gorgeous Shirts To Dress Tutorial

    31 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Description:  Take three identical t-shirts and turn them into this glamorous dress using the free tutorial. Craft Link: Gorgeous Shirts To Dress Tutorial Read More: Sewing or Home
  • Tripod Floor Lamp

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    Description: The legs on this Tripod Floor Lamp are made from copper plumbing pipe. Very nice. Craft Link: Tripod Floor Lamp Read More: Home Decor or Home
  • DIY Fringed Wool Mini Skirt

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:11 am
    Description:  Tutorial offers instructions for creating fringe plus a free link to a pencil skirt pattern. Craft Link: DIY Fringed Wool Mini Skirt Read More: Sewing or Home
  • Button Up to 2-Block Top Tutorial

    28 Aug 2014 | 4:05 am
    Description:  Start with a plain button up shirt, do a little cutting, add a little lace, and this beautiful top is the end result. Craft Link: Button Up to 2-Block Top Tutorial Read More: Sewing or Home  
  • DIY Carton Molded Soaps

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:35 am
    Description:  Recycle your empty milk and juice cartons into molds for good-looking soaps. Craft Link: DIY Carton Molded Soaps Read More: Soap Making or Home
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    Paper and Stitch

  • 6 DIYs to Try This Weekend

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Are you as excited for the long weekend as I am? I’m planning to get ahead on a few work related things and then take a day or two off to lounge around in my pajamas. But not before trying my hand at a few end of summer projects…mostly food related. Here are my DIY picks for the long Labor Day weekend… 1. a healthy Labor Day snack + DIY paper cones on Designlovefest 2.  marshmallow macaron sandwiches (tomorrow is national toasted marshmallow day) 3. mojito ice cubes (!!!) from Ashley on LuLu’s 4. edible nameplates made from pie crust (yum) and other DIY party ideas 5.
  • Interior Obsessions: For the Love of Chairs

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’ve talked a lot about my interior obsessions over the years, but there’s one obsession I don’t think I’ve mentioned before…The one that hammers home to me more than anything else. My strange affinity for chairs. This may seem a little random, but this obsession is a deep one. Case in point: 1) If it wasn’t completely strange to have a chair wall in an actual residence (i.e. not a retail showroom), I would do it. 2) Every time Jeff and I had a little money for a new piece of furniture, back when we started collecting classic pieces, I would always say I…
  • 7 DIY Entertaining Hacks to Get You Through Your Next Dinner Party in Style

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’m excited to be partnering with Seven Daughters wine to bring you a series of posts in the coming months that revolve around my favorite subject: DIY. And today marks the first post in the series. Much to my dismay, summer is almost over. But before we say goodbye to those long days in the sun, I thought it was only fitting to give this season one last farewell. While also giving a little shout out to the upcoming season. Kind of a transition party… Summer, meet fall. Fall, meet summer. And what better way to do that than with a little dinner party. Right? So, today I’m…
  • Procrastinating the Day Away, Like It’s Nobody’s Business

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you’re looking for a way to procrastinate this morning, I have your back! You know how some days you wake up, ready to take on the world, or maybe just your current list of to-dos, and you jump right into work with open arms? And then other days…well…you may need a little more…err, convincing. That’s kind of how the day is starting for me. One of those days that I need a little convincing. Soooo, if you’re willing to do a little procrastinating with me, I have some pretty pictures that we can look at. Sound good? Your inbox can wait a few extra minutes.
  • 3 Delicious Ways to Celebrate National Toasted Marshmallow Day

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    This coming Saturday (August 30th) is national toasted marshmallow day. And to celebrate, I thought I would put together a few DIY ways to use toasted marshmallows that are 1) super easy and 2) super delicious. I made all of these over the weekend and you better believe that I taste tested each one to make sure they were good enough to post. It was in the name of research, I swear. Here are 3 ways to enjoy toasted marshmallows… 1. Mini Waffle Sandwiches Oh, man. These are decadent. All you need are a few mini belgium waffles or liege waffles, which are a little bit sweeter, and some…
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    Factory Direct Craft Blog

  • DIY Paper Doily Parasol Picks

    Jessica Christman
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    This cute little parasol is perfect as a favor or cupcake topper for a bridal or baby shower. 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 Potluck Tags

    Jessica Christman
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    These little tags are easy to make and pass out at a potluck so that food can be labeled by who made what, what the dish is or notices about allergies! 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 Chalkboard Clip Magnets

    Jessica Christman
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    These little magnetized chalkboard clips make it easy to keep the grocery list separate from the class schedules, separate to that great drawing that came home from school. Click here for the how-to {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • How to Make a Princess Poly Mesh Wreath

    Jessica Christman
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    This adorable wreath is perfect for any little princess to have in her room! 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! }}
  • Easy to Make “Heartfelt” Bookmark

    Jessica Christman
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    A great gift to give with a book, and can be easily personalized. Click here for the how-to {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
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    dismount creative

  • In A Dark Time, The Eye Begins To See

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    I’ve been listening to this conversation between Jerry Colonna and Parker Palmer a lot lately, mainly the first 30 minutes. It’s not for everyone, and maybe it won’t make any sense to you at all, but I wanted to leave it here just in case it does. “We who… invest an enormous amount of energy pursuing (our) visions can do violence to ourselves if we’re not awfully watchful and awfully careful about it.” “A fair amount of my burnout was not about trying to give too much, it was about trying to give things that I didn’t really have to…
  • A Tiny Crack

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:04 am
    I haven’t been feeling great lately. I also haven’t wanted to talk about it, so I just haven’t been doing much talking at all. Mostly I’ve been going through the essential motions of my life, slowly drifting further and further away from myself and others. Most people probably haven’t noticed, at least not fully. I do a pretty good impression of me. Sometimes I even fool myself. A few weeks ago I realized how far I’d drifted. The fog lifted just enough, and I recognized this place. I’ve been here before, and statistics told me I’d be back. I…
  • Summerdaze Are Fading Fast (Grab An August Whimseybox!)

    13 Aug 2014 | 9:52 am
    Summer days are fading… I know because last night my sister Jeanette posted on Facebook that she went to DQ for ice cream. This probably sounds like a super boring status update, but in our family we had a tradition growing up where we always went to DQ the night before school started. We’d get ice cream and then drive by or sometimes peer into the classroom windows in anticipation of a new school year. Now Jeanette works in education so she has continued to go get ice cream the night before school starts in her district – this is the 29th year in a row. I think DQ owes her…
  • Into The Woods

    12 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Highlights from the Whimseybox 4th of July camping trip: Seeing moose grazing behind our campsite each morning. Rediscovering how awesome it is to relax in a hammock. Patrick brought one and we all went home saying we needed to get one ASAP. His was a Kammok but if you’re in the market I recommend the hammocks from Grand Trunk which you can find in REI and other retailers. Watching #radishdirago playing in the water. I’ve never seen her happier than when she was running in and out of river, chasing sticks and rolling in the grass. So adorable and it wore her out enough that she…
  • This Week on #DIY5

    7 Jul 2014 | 10:20 pm
    #DIY5 Episode 21 from Whimseybox on Vimeo. #DIY5 is old enough to drink! It’s our 21st episode and shockingly TLC hasn’t given us our own show yet. I mean, did they miss our flopping last week or what? Anyway, this week we talk about some awesome DIY projects, ponder the creepy Facebook mood manipulation study and welcome anyone who might be looking for a new place to shop for craft supplies, such as perhaps former Hobby Lobby customers You can find the full show notes here! You just finished reading This Week on #DIY5! Consider leaving a comment!(c) 2014 dismount creative
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    Just Something I Made

  • A Craftsman’s Legacy

    Cathe Holden
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
    When I was a kid, some of my favorite moments were watching Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood episodes featuring how things were made and the people who made them. I am so fascinated to learn the trades, skills and talents of others. Though we currently have many options for do-it-youself and how-to videos online and on TV, it’s a rare thing to peek inside the studio, life and workings of most artisans and craftsmen. Eric Gorges, a custom motorcycle builder from Detroit is out to change that. Eric travels the country to discover and share the challenges and rewards of highly skilled craftsmen and…
  • Botanical Label Panels

    Cathe Holden
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    Whether you’ve begun scheming handmade & homemade gifts for the Fall and Winter holidays, or just need a good reason to begin organizing your stash, I’ve designed some vintage botanical label panels courtesy of just for you. Head over to the blog for more details, free digital downloads in five different colors, and a crafty list of ideas for use. All of the free PDF label files are made fillable, so you can type in any wording, or print and write by hand. Enjoy!
  • FREE Vintage Ephemera Cards

    Cathe Holden
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:35 am
      Have you been hitting the flea markets, tag & garage sales over the summer? I haven’t been to as many as I’d hoped but I did find some sweet goods recently at a junk shop nearby. Here are some beautiful cards I’ve just added to my collection of vintage ephemera that I want to share with you- both antique trade cards and small playing cards. These images are free to use in any of your projects, personal or commercial. Click on the image below for the full-size file to download. Let me know if you make something with any of them, I would love to see your creation!
  • Autumn House Luminaries: Mollie Makes US Issue 5

    Cathe Holden
    9 Aug 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Another issue of Mollie Makes US Edition is out and more adorable than ever. If you’ve yet to discover this publication, you’re in for a pretty crafty treat. I am so proud to be a monthly contributor to the magazine and my first full instructional project appears in this issue- Autumn House Luminaries. My little paper houses are making another appearance, but this time with two very different features: Fabric…and stitching!You’ll find the full project instructions and special paper-sewing template for this project beginning on page 34. I’ve also included unique ideas for little…
  • Paper Trail 3: Sizzix Designer Eileen Hull is Coming to Inspired Barn in October

    Cathe Holden
    1 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    Do you love crafting and scrapping with Sizzix? Never tried and want to learn from a true pro what all the excitement is about? Luckily Inspired Barn is on the Paper Trail of Sizzix designer Eileen Hull Coming this October 3 and 4! See the flyer below or go to the INSPIRED BARN EVENTS page for more information. Click image to enlarge.Did I mention POP-UP TRAILER SHOP?! Registration for the two-day event starts August 15. Space is very limited for this super exciting event, I hope to see you here!
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    Art Of Crafts

  • Seaside Tinkered Treasures: Review & Giveaway

    Alison Wood
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:54 am
    ** This giveaway is now closed and I am pleased to announce the winner of Seaside Tinkered Treasures is Katherine Brooks. Congrats Katherine, I will be emailing you shortly. Thanks to all those who entered and look for a new giveaway coming soon ** I absolutely love the sea, so any craft projects that celebrate the seaside are good with me. I was really pleased then to be a sent a new book from the lovely people at RPS called Seaside Tinkered Treasures by Elyse Major. The book is billed as ’35 adorable projects to bring the seashore home’ and it truly doesn’t disappoint. I…
  • Fish Plushie Tutorial

    Ashley Lucas
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:38 am
    On my art table sits an aquarium with two adorable fish named ‘Doodle & Sketch’. They inspire me every day, and were the inspiration for this particular sewing project. This cute plush fish is a great little gift for shelf nursery decor, or works great as a hanging piece. I don’t really believe in being that exact or drawing patterns, so I cut all of these pieces out free hand {fold a large piece of fabric in half to cut two matching pieces out at once}. This project is supposed to be imperfect, and fish are very forgiving by design, so have fun with this and feel free…
  • Art of Crafts Interview: Nancy from The Bib Place

    Alison Wood
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    Today I would like to welcome Nancy from The Bib Place. Nancy is one of our featured members over at the Art of Crafts Directory and she makes a beautiful range of customized baby bibs. 1. Firstly, please introduce yourself and tell us a little about where you are based, for example in which country and part of that country? Hello, my name is Nancy Small and I live in the United States in the state of Indiana. 2. Please tell us a little about the nature of your handmade based business. I make baby bibs. Some of them have baby related cross stitch items on the front and some bibs are just…
  • Handmade Giveaway: 12 Beautiful Items Up For Grabs

    Alison Wood
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:00 am
    I wanted to share with you today about a group giveaway that I am a part of, with 11 other very gifted crafters. The lovely Penny over  at Lovehearts organized this as a celebration that she has just passed the 20k mark on her Facebook page – 20k how awesome is that! I have included a bracelet in the giveaway and there is a gorgeous array of other items – you can see them all in the photo. There will be 12 winners, selected randomly, each walking away with one prize each.  To enter you need to head to the Lovehearts page – the giveaway is pinned to the top – and…
  • Love At First Stitch Giveaway

    Alison Wood
    22 May 2014 | 2:27 am
    ** This giveaway is now closed and the lucky winner, drawn by random number generator, is Dina Newton-Edwards, who left the following comment “My first crafting memory is learning to knit, along with my sister, and then working on a cardigan that my mother was knitting for each of us. I think she probably had to unpick and redo my knitting!” Congrats Dina, I will be mailing you to get the book sent out. Thanks to all those who entered ** After first seeing Tilly Walnes on last year’s Great British Sewing Bee, I immediately checked out her sewing blog Tilly and the Buttons…
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    Skip To My Lou

  • Made by you Monday

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

    Cindy Hopper
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    I love a good sewing tutorials! This week, on Made by you Monday,  I saw several easy sewing tutorials that you could make quickly and are very useful! Want to learn to sew or teach someone to sew? If you are a new to sewing check out my sewing series for kids, it is full of great tutorials and projects anyone could have some fun with! DIY Hooded Towel by What Does She Do All Day Rainbow Maxi Dress by Threading my way Easy Cushions by Maddie Moes Ikea Chair Slip Cover by Homemade Engineer Mini Backpacks from Shorts by Creating my Way Be sure to stop by tomorrow for another Made by you…
  • Roasted Jalapeño Butter

    spend with pennies
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Hello Skip to my Lou readers!!  I’m Holly from Spend With Pennies and I am thrilled to have been invited to write a guest post here on Skip to my Lou!  In my little corner of the internet over at you’ll find lots of great recipes, tips, ideas and all kinds of other goodies!  I’d love if you’d stop by to say hello! I love flavored butters, both savory like this one or sweet like my Whipped Strawberry Butter!  They add such a great rich flavor to any dish!  If you’ve never made a flavored butter before, you’ll love this! It’s…
  • 16 Amazing Make Ahead Breakfast Recipes

    Cindy Hopper
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Are you looking for fast and easy breakfast recipes? These breakfast recipes,  are all made ahead.  It will make having a hot breakfast as easy as 1-2-3!  I love the idea of having a hot breakfast ready even when you are on the go.  If you are looking for other easy recipes try my Skillet dinner recipes, you can make dinner in a flash! Eggs in Muffin cups  by Skip to my Lou and Overnight Breakfast Casserole by Spend with Pennies Make ahead Breakfast Burritos  and Freezer Hashbrown Casserole by Real Mom Kitchen Heathy Granola Recipe and Refrigerator Raisin Bran Muffins by Skip to my…
  • 5 Minute Homemade Suckers

    Cindy Hopper
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    These 5 minute homemade suckers are a great after school activity that your child will love!   Bella comes in from school needing a break!  This recipe is the perfect way to do something fun and talk about their day! I love hearing about what is going on at school! Supplies for 5 minute homemade suckers Jolly Rancher Sucker Sticker Cookie sheet lined with a baking Mat or Parchment Paper How to make 5 minute homemade suckers Unwrap candies and break candy with a meat mallet. Place broken pieces in piles on a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Children will love arranging the pieces to…
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    iHanna's Blog

  • Diary Flower Doodles

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    I continue to doodle. There is not much to say about it, but I still like to share them, and I love when you visit and take a look. Maybe my efforts will bring a smile to your face, or a pen to your hand this afternoon… And if you want to leave me a comment to encourage me, you know I appreciate it lots. Flowers again, yes I know. But not just black and white flowers. Sometimes I bring out markers and make pink flowers in my diary (I actually write a lot in this notebook too, but these were photographed before the writing sessions). Sometimes I fill in outlined flowers made in black…
  • Do Great Work

    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, and don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. Steve Jobs Inspiration Mosaic August 2014, collected by iHanna on Flickr. Click the image to view sources, or view the image mosaic image big. Goodbye August my friend you were great but a bit windy… Next up: To do great work. That’s my plan for the upcoming week.
  • 5 Online Tools for Mindfulness & Fun

    30 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    I love finding online sites that are either useful or playful – or both! Here are five that I’ve been playing with lately. Let me know in the comments if you like any of them and I might post more in the future. Detail from this Art Journal page! It is a mistake to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time. Winston Churchill 5 Online Tools for Mindfulness and for Fun Meditation timer An online tool that counts down your meditation practice as you take a break from working by the computer! You can listen to some soothing music while you…
  • Dear Photo Diary | Slow Progress

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen. John Steinbeck Hello dear Friday, you are the photo day around here, it seems… A time to slow down a bit and look through the photo folders perhaps… This week I’ve actually been working a lot with photos, making my own memory book of 2012! Yes, skipping around a bit, the only other book I’ve got finished so far is photos of 2008 (finished in 2010, gaah!)… Slow progress, sssslow indeed. On my blog it’s time for a few more photos in my dear Dear Photo…
  • I love this Creative habit of mine

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Just because it’s black in the dark, doesn’t mean there’s no color… Laleh My most consistent habit right now is to doodle. To bring a black pen to paper and draw something that is already in my mind. I have lots of things inside my head, swirling around. It’s always nice to let some of them out. I am humble that this is one of my abilities. What would I be without it – my creativity? I mentioned in my post about my recent mixed-media collages that I struggle with “coming back” to creativity, after being away for a while. With doodles I…
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    Happybird's Crafting Haven

  • DIY~Adorable & Sparkly Christmas Cupcake Picks! Nice Hostess Gift Too!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:26 am
    For a close up view, please click on the image above.     Make these adorable little Christmas cupcake picks to use at Christmas OR to give as a hostess gift at Thanksgiving! Yes, people love these! If giving as a gift, you can place in a votive holder and decorate with ribbon and charms. Use your imagination! These are incredibly easy and would make a great "Summer project".   Please
  • DIY~Sweet Little Cocoa House Ornament OR Gift Card Holder!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:10 am
    Click on the image above for a close up view Make this sweet little hot cocoa house to use as an ornament OR a lovely gift card holder! So easy! Click on the link below to see a full tutorial on how to make this little house: Materials Needed: Archer Farm Brand Hot Cocoa Envelopes (Found at Target) Wide, Colorful Glittered Wired
  • Glowing Organza Christmas Candle Holder or Party Favor!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    Click on the photo above for a close up image   Make this lovely faux Christmas tea light in an organza bag for your next Christmas dinner! This is such a simple project, however, the effect is amazing! Place on individual dinner plates or the table. All you need is an organza bag, which can EASILY be found on Ebay or Etsy. They usually sell them in sets of 10 to 200, depending on your needs.
  • DIY~Gorgeous and EASY Angel Earrings!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:05 pm
      Please click on the following YouTube link to see my FULL Tutorial on how to make these Gorgeous angels, along with some other ideas for angels! They are so easy to do and make lovely Christmas gifts! To see an up close image of the earrings, simply click on the photo above.   Click on the following link: Materials needed: *Bead caps or bead cones in various
  • Beautiful and Ornate Wooden Spool Ornaments!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:45 pm
      To see my FULL tutorial on how to put these together, please click on my YouTube video at:   I made these beautiful little spool ornaments out of unfinished wooden spools (Approx. 1-1/8 inch tall and a little under 2-1/2 inches around the middle part.) I loved this project because the ornaments are SO easy, yet they look like something you took a long time
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  • Spotlight Feature – Locotrends

    Timothy Adam
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    Locotrends is a small business which offers handmade scarves and headbands. The whole idea has evolved from a hobby and took a while before it was formed into an online shop.  Now all the scarves created over the time are available for shoppers looking for something special for their beloved ones... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • One Etsy seller does THIS every 1st day of the month

    Jason Malinak
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:07 am
    I’ve been an Etsy seller for many years and I keep a routine on the first day of every month that I thought you might be interested in learning about. My first of the month routine is something that has been helpful for me, but there is no magic in it – just insight into 12 days a year from me,... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • Do These Things Really Work??? One Month Essential Oil Review

    Timothy Adam
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:45 pm
    So my wife came to me about a month ago asking me if she could buy some essential oils. She said they would help our kids sleep better, and I said BUY as much as you want!!  As you will read in the review below from my wife our two kids are not the best ... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • Simple Rustic Industrial DIY Coffee Table

    Timothy Adam
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:24 am
    I love reclaimed wood anything!  Here is a simple on how to make your own reclaimed wood coffee table.   Don’t want to make it yourself?  Here are a few handmade wood tables found on Etsy!       © Timothy for Handmadeology, 2014. | Permalink | One comment |... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • $7,000,000 Spinning Yarns – Interview with Laura Zander of Jimmy Beans Wool

    Timothy Adam
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:33 am
    Where do you buy your yarn?  Listen in as Laura Zander owner of Jimmy Beans Wool tells her story.  When she started her yarn shop she hoped to make $30,000 per year and now she is making well over $7,000,000 per year. Looking for some patterns for your Jimmy Beans Wool yarn?! Here are a ... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
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  • Finn’s Pick: Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:28 am
    Continuing today’s theme of film and television, Finn picked “Toothless” by Deadcraft Designs – based on the excellent How to Train Your Dragon films, of course! Thanks to Deadcraft Designs for the submission! Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • As seen on television … 11 knit & crochet projects inspired by movies and television.

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    Oprah Winfrey by Esmé Valk. Brompton Abbey Cowl inspired by Downton Abbey, designed by Teresa Chorzepa. Grant Lawrence’s famous CBC sweater … there’s a new one! Lord of the Rings-inspired pillow by Kelly of Knitigating Circumstances. Inspired by Star Trek, Uhura’s Earpiece made by Zoe Scheffy. We featured this amazing piece on KnitHacker in 2009. Briscoe and Green Search for a Lost Customer, Law & Order-inspired needlepoint by Ellen Schinderman. Shrunken Head Guy from Beetlejuice by Kim Lapsley. PezQueen‘s Tardis-Inspired Sweater Out of the Box Girlfriend…
  • crochet hair salon props!

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:20 am
    Brush, curling iron (or flattening?), scissors, comb … so fun! Made by Shelley’s Crochet Olé. Rating: 9.0/10 (1 vote cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Puya Berteroniana: beaded bracelet by Irregular Expressions

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:59 am
    This is a gorgeous piece! If anyone feels I deserve a nice present, this would be a good one! Irregular Expressions is a family project based in Turkey. Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Photograph: “Guerilla Knitting” by Jonathan Garbutt

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:09 am
    Photograph by Jonathan Garbutt. Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
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  • 100+ Free Christmas Ornament Crochet Patterns

    Wendy at
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    Let it snow! Let it snow! We’ll be busy crocheting from our collection of 100+ Free Christmas Ornament Crochet Patterns! Great for little gifts or package toppers or the perfect excuse to put up a second Christmas Tree… You might also like: Christmas Ornament Tree Tutorial Christmas Balls Crochet Pattern Christmas Tree Coffee Cozy Free Crochet Pattern DIY North Pole Ornament Gingerbread House Pot Holder Crochet Pattern
  • Grapevine Pumpkin Tutorial

    Wendy at
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    Much as I’ll miss summer, I’m just about ready to put up pumpkins around the house. This Grapevine Pumpkin Tutorial is a gentle transition to our full Fall decorations. Since it takes just grapevine and wire, I can have this done in just a few minutes, too. Find lots more Halloween Crafts You might also like: Great Pumpkin Cross Stitch Pattern Pumpkin Pi Baby Onesie Tutorial Easy DIY Fall Decorating 3 Dimensional Pumpkin Halloween Card Pumpkin House Numbers
  • DIY Shower Steamers

    Wendy at
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    Allergy season is hitting us hard so I’m glad I found this recipe for DIY Shower Steamers! They’re easy to make and use grocery ingredients, except for the essential oils. Some of my grocery stores have those, too! Soothe yourself the DIY way with more Bath and Body Recipes You might also like: Simple DIY Toner Recipes for Any Skin Type Homemade Floor Cleaners Recipes Simple Homemade Eye Makeup Remover Tutorial Free Soap-Making Recipes DIY Body Wash from a Bar of Soap Tutorial
  • T-Shirt Yarn Dog Rug and Chew Toy Free Crochet Pattern

    Wendy at
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    First I looked at this T-Shirt Yarn Dog Rug and Chew Toy Free Crochet Pattern because, you know, puppies… But then I realized it had practical tips for recycling t-shirts into a nice flat rug crocheted in the round that can be used in the kitchen or entryway, too. T-shirt yarn is good and sturdy whether your puppy is chewing it or the mud is washed off it every week. More rugs to crochet can be found on our page of 50+ Free Crochet Rug Patterns You might also like: Adjustable Dog Collar Free Sewing Pattern 50 Free Crochet Rug Patterns Giant Crocheted Doily Rug Pattern Bed Sheet Crochet…
  • DIY Picture Frame Bookends

    Wendy at
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Add life to a bookcase with DIY Picture Frame Bookends. Super simple to make with shadow-box frames, they make a great gift, too. Added to Woodworking Tutorials. You might also like: DIY Fence Table How-to Flowering Bird Feeders Plans Build a Wood Folding Sling Chair DIY Pet Bowl Stand 400+ Free Wood-Working Projects
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    Handmade journals, photo albums and guest books | Blue Roof Designs

  • Worktable Wednesday

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Today I spent a lot of time folding paper for accordion books. Folding, folding, folding. I’ve accumulated quite a few sets of covers that are just waiting to be filled. We’re empty! Fill us! I also worked on lining leather with lokta paper. These will be covers for coptic journals I’ll be binding at this Saturday’s Demos and Desserts at the Miller’s Thumb gallery. I spent the majority of my time working on a final report for the Vermont Arts Council – this was for the grant I received to go to the Paper and Book Intensive. I am a chronic self-editor, so…
  • Wayback Wednesday

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:44 am
    Right around the time I got my Kelsey, I made contact with Dick Goodwin, letterpress dude. He was so generous with his time and skill, giving me a tour of his shop and sharing his knowledge about the basics (I still have a lot to learn). He’s been collecting letterpress equipment since 1961 and it is quite the spectacular collection. I was lucky enough to acquire a cabinet from Dick so that I can put my soon-to-be-mine type in it. It’s a Ludlow cabinet with 20 cases in it. The thing is a behemoth and it weighs a bajillion pounds. There’s no room in my studio for the cabinet,…
  • Website changes

    18 Aug 2014 | 11:56 am
    I’m making a few changes on my website and there’s dust flying all over the place! The biggie is that I’ve opened up a store, so now you can buy my handmade books directly from me instead of going to Etsy. I’m still working out the bugs (my images are a bit blurry), but I’m already much happier with how people can view my work. The other change involves my commenting system. I’ve added a WordPress plugin that will allow you to respond to blog posts via Email. What makes this interesting is that you can reply to your Email and it will carry your reply over…
  • Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild

    15 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    This week I dropped off inventory at the Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild, a lovely gallery in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. I’ve had my work on display there for a number of years now and I’ve never shared any images of the space. They have work on display by over 100 artists and it’s a wonderful selection of Vermont craft. They’ve done a good job curating the work. I’m proud to be a member of the gallery, especially now that it’s part of the network of Vermont State Craft Centers. The designation requires rigorous review to ensure that a gallery is a good…
  • Wayback Wednesday

    13 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    A couple of years ago, I got a lovely Kelsey 5×8 Excelsior Press Model U letterpress. I acquired it from the awesome bookbinder Stephanie Gibbs, who posted it on the Book Arts listserv. It’s in fantastic shape. Stephanie even threw in a bunch of type with the press. Lucky me! Sadly, I haven’t used it yet – I don’t have all of the equipment needed to run a press. I have  been working on that over the past couple of years, but it’s slow going. So far, I have a galley and wood furniture. I’ve been offered help in setting up my press by another wonderful…
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  • CustomFit – A New Way to Knit a Sweater

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    Me in my CustomFit cardigan knit in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in cast iron. CustomFit is a new sweater knitting program that allows us to create a sweater pattern just for you – using your measurements and your knitting gauge. Erika, Kathy, and I have already knit CustomFit sweaters for ourselves and we’re thrilled with the results. And we’re excited for you to have the same fantastic sweater knitting experience! Kathy in her CustomFit pullover knit with Spud & Chloe Sweater yarn in toast. How many times have you accepted clothing not fitting properly because “your arms are too…
  • Little Wave & Cordwood Cowl Knitalong

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:13 pm
    The votes are in and Little Wave came out on top! Gudrun Johnston designed this saddle shoulder cabled cardigan for her son – what a lucky and stylish kid – and later sized it for a range of women’s and men’s sizes. Little Wave was designed with Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, which is a wonderful yarn for sweaters, especially ones with cables. Shelter is lightly spun wool so garments are warm but light weight and comfortable. The runner-up was Leila Raabe’s Cordwood Cowl. It’s a beautiful piece, also designed with Shelter, that can be worn in one long circle or…
  • Cast Your Vote for the Next Knitalong

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Cast your vote for the Early Fall 2014 Knitalong! The winner will be announced on Thursday and the knitalong will begin September 1, 2014. The nominees are: left column from top to bottom: Little Wave by Gudrun Johnston Cordwood by Leila Raabe Venta by Michele Wang center column: Seacoast by Joji Locatelli right column from top to bottom: Autumn Vines by Alana Dakos Henrietta by Kate Gagnon Osborn Fireweeds by Rose Hiver Vote now!
  • Introducing Knightsbridge

    13 Aug 2014 | 11:06 am
    Knightsbridge, The Fibre Company’s new yarn for Fall 2014, arrived today with the trunk show for The Knightsbridge Collection – 15 beautiful, new designs. Laura and I fell in love with the yarn and the garments when we first saw them at the summer trade show – and we think you will too! The trunk show is in the shop through the end of the month. Please come in to see and feel this collection! Knightsbridge Yarn 65% baby llama, 25% merino wool, and 10% silk. light worsted, 5-5.5 stitches per inch on a size US 5-6 needle. 50 grams / 120 yards top row: Concordia, Black Pool,…
  • Let Your Heart Unwind KAL Moving Along!

    13 Aug 2014 | 7:52 am
    While many of us are making good progress with our Let Your Heart Unwind (LYHU) shawls, a few have already finished, and they look fantastic! Cristina’s LYHU shawl. Cristina was the first to finish. I’m amazed at how quickly she knit her shawl. I know I’m a slow knitter, but I guess I’m slower than I thought! Cristina’s also been extremely generous with helping others when they’ve run into trouble. Katie’s finished shawl. Katie noticed early on that her shawl was coming out short. LYHU is knit sideways, so we’ve been measuring along the top,…
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    Cook Clean Craft

  • Smocked Christmas Ornaments

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    I love a crafty challenge. It makes me think outside the box and test ideas that have been bouncing around in my head. Suddenly, I find myself making Christmas decorations in August! (And I apologise for making you think about that event – less than 4 months away, aagh!) Sarah Lauren and Fabric Fusion (two great Aussie craft supply businesses) teamed up to create the ribbons and remnants challenge. I (and 9 other talented bloggers) received this bundle of goodies and were challenged to see what we could make with it: The red and green colours immediately made me think of Christmas. The…
  • Beach Scene Corkboard

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:14 pm
    A few days ago, I discussed ways to organise and display kid’s artwork, and briefly shared my corkboard display. Today I’m going to share with you how I made it. We’ve been in our house just over two years, and I’m slowly adding a personal touch to the place. I have a picture in my mind of the kitchen and living area of the house having a bit of a beach theme, with white, blues and pale yellow being the colour palette. I’ve wanted to put up some display boards for the kids’ art for a while (well, ever since the hook for the previous string display fell down, and the artwork…
  • Organising and Displaying Kids’ Artwork

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:06 pm
    What do you do with your kids’ artwork when it comes home from school, playgroup or that you’ve made at home? Is it piling up on your dining room table? Do you stick it to your fridge? I don’t remember what happened to my arts and crafts when I was a kid. I don’t think it was ever displayed in the house (except for the odd special piece). I guess Mum was quick to archive it (i.e. throw it in the bin). But I love the idea of showing off the kids artwork (within limits). They took time and care to make it, so it’s nice to put it on display. It also gives them something to talk about…
  • Tomato and Basil Quiche

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:41 am
    I recently bought a box of saucing tomatoes from a fruit and veg co-op, but the tomatoes were much better quality than I expected. I still filled all the empty bottles in the house with tomato and barbecue sauce (recipes coming soon…), but I had lots of perfect tomatoes leftover. Tomato and basil quiche was a perfect easy dinner to use up a couple of those yummy tomatoes. As a kid, I hated eggs and I hated tomatoes. I’m still not a fan of raw tomatoes, but I’ve grown to enjoy quiche (with a good amount of cheese thrown in to mask the eggy flavour). My daughter loves her eggy pie as…
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    Craft Gossip

  • Tutorial: No-sew t-shirt to racerback tank DIY

    Anne Weaver
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Tutorial: No-sew t-shirt to racerback tank DIY Danielle from Stickelberry shows how you can refashion a basic t-shirt into a loose fit racerback tank, with no sewing required.  The loose fit racerback tank has extra deep armholes and gathers at … Read More...
  • Halloween DIY: yarn, sticks, & spider webs tutorials

    Linda Lanese
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Mari of “Small for Big” Is sharing a traditional God’s Eye into Spider Web for a fabulous Halloween decoration.  I find her idea to be charming and original.  She decided on this for her little daughter Birdie for yarn-based projects … Read More...
  • Tutorial: Fabric princess or prince dress-up crown

    Anne Weaver
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Tutorial: Fabric princess or prince dress-up crown When you’re a little girl, all you really need to be a princess is a crown.  Deb from Two Cheeky Monkeys shows how you can make a pretty fabric crown, perfect for any … Read More...
  • Project: Vintage Style Typewriter Card

    Heather Holbrook
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Darkroom Door Stamps is sharing directions for making this vintage inspired typewriter card. It hard to find ideas for masculine cards but I think this one would be perfect for the next guy in your life you need to make … Read More...
  • Tutorial: 15 minute tank refashion

    Anne Weaver
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:13 am
    Here’s an easy tank top refashion.  With 1/4 yard of apparel fabric and 15 minutes, you can a contrast bottom to the tank.  It adds a fun pop of color and pattern to the hem, and it’s also a great fix for a … Read More...
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    Craft Gossip

  • Tutorial: No-sew t-shirt to racerback tank DIY

    Anne Weaver
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Tutorial: No-sew t-shirt to racerback tank DIY Danielle from Stickelberry shows how you can refashion a basic t-shirt into a loose fit racerback tank, with no sewing required.  The loose fit racerback tank has extra deep armholes and gathers at … Read More...
  • Halloween DIY: yarn, sticks, & spider webs tutorials

    Linda Lanese
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Mari of “Small for Big” Is sharing a traditional God’s Eye into Spider Web for a fabulous Halloween decoration.  I find her idea to be charming and original.  She decided on this for her little daughter Birdie for yarn-based projects … Read More...
  • Tutorial: Fabric princess or prince dress-up crown

    Anne Weaver
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Tutorial: Fabric princess or prince dress-up crown When you’re a little girl, all you really need to be a princess is a crown.  Deb from Two Cheeky Monkeys shows how you can make a pretty fabric crown, perfect for any … Read More...
  • Project: Vintage Style Typewriter Card

    Heather Holbrook
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Darkroom Door Stamps is sharing directions for making this vintage inspired typewriter card. It hard to find ideas for masculine cards but I think this one would be perfect for the next guy in your life you need to make … Read More...
  • Tutorial: 15 minute tank refashion

    Anne Weaver
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:13 am
    Here’s an easy tank top refashion.  With 1/4 yard of apparel fabric and 15 minutes, you can a contrast bottom to the tank.  It adds a fun pop of color and pattern to the hem, and it’s also a great fix for a … Read More...
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    Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

  • How to Make your own Silk Screen, The Easy Way!

    Jamie Sanders
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Many times, when I have a project in mind, I'll spend hours searching online to find the perfect fabric or just the right complementary clothing item. And sometimes, it 's just not out there.   I created my own fabric in these projects with stencils and stamps:  Woodland Creatures skirt, Polka Dot Leggings, and Star Fabric.  But what if you can't find just the right stamp or stencil?I was researching on-line about how to make my own silk screens and all the tutorials just seemed too complicated  (or too expensive...) Click here to see the rest of the post! » Scattered…
  • 11 Easy Weeknight Dinner Ideas, Inspiration Monday and a Giveaway!

    Jamie Sanders
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Today's Inspiration Monday is a special one!We're adding a seventh permanent hostess to our fun!Please welcome Meegan from What Meegan Makes!And we also have a fabulous giveaway from One BLESSED Mommie!We feature lots of your projects during the duration of the party via social media.To search for features, use #InspirationMonday. Feel free to follow along via our blogs below:I Should Be Mopping the FloorRefresh RestyleRedhead Can Decorate| Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty MomtwelveOeightWhat Meegan Makes | Your Homebased MomLast week's party had us drooling over the…
  • Quick and Easy: Sausage, Chicken and Black Bean Paella Recipe

    Jamie Sanders
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    This post brought to you by Butterball Every Day. The yummy Sausage and chicken Paella recipe, photos an opinions are 100% mine.My family is a big fan of sausage.  However I decide to prepare it, they gobble it up!  Today, I am sharing this oh-so yummy, Quick and Easy, Sausage, Chicken and Black Bean Paella recipe.Traditionally, Paella is a Spanish Rice dish made with meat, seafood, veggies and rice, flavored with saffron and other spices.  We love all these flavors, but for the most part, I don't have the desire to cook this dish from scratch.  So, I've put together a quick and…
  • 7+ Deliciously Creative Lunchbox Ideas

    Jamie Sanders
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:59 am
    We've been back in school for almost a week. So far so good... everyone is happy and adjusting well, despite a first day school bus snafu. (My kids have been riding the bus home from day one- so I was a bit surprised to get a phone call, 40 minutes after school was out, to let me know that my daughter did not get on the bus and could I please come pick her up. I still haven't gotten an explanation on how it took that long for someone to figure out my 7 year old shouldn't be wondering around the school property by herself...)One of my goals this school year is to rely less on the…
  • Knit Night Gown Tutorial (Pattern Hack)

    Jamie Sanders
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
    I'm still catching up on all of the sewing I did before our end of the summer trip.  We'd left the kids with their cousins for a few extra days and I thought my lil' missy would like to have a new nightgown for her trip.Once again, I used my free tank top pattern as the base of this project.  I've just about run out of ideas for this pattern, although I do have one more project planned before putting it away- I'm going to create a sleeve for all the sizes and add it to the pattern.  (But first, I'm making another one of these dresses and some shorties with this…
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  • My Fall Teaching Schedule

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    My last overseas trip this year is October...I will be in Norway at England. Yay! Art From the Heart just announced the classes today, so click on over and check it out. Sept I'll be at The Ink Pad in NYC and Scrapbook Centrale in Montreal. And at the Collins show (for retailers). In Oct I'll be in at Hobbykunst in Norway and Art From the Heart in England. And at Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale. In Nov I'll be at Stamp Asylum in Plano, TX and The Queen's Ink in Baltimore, MD. And at The Occasional Artist in Glendale (we just added a THIRD class b/c the other two are…
  • Playing with my new Ranger release! Yay for new stamps and stencils!

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    Howdy! I have been traveling and teaching like a madwoman this summer. I have barely been home two weeks in the last few months. As a result, my house is WAY dirty and I can't remember half the time if I'm coming or going. I'm glad to finally have a chance to share some samples I made with the my new Ranger release. It is all shipping now, so ask for it at your local store. First let me share the new stamps: Above: From the Past. I love these women, they will be so fun to play with. AND, one of the images is my grandmother. Can you guess which one? Above: Handwritten Quotes.
  • Popping in to share my new release with Ranger!

    15 Aug 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Howdy! I am burning the candle at both ends, traveling and teaching and spreading the love of Dina Wakley Media. I get home Monday and will share more next week, but wanted to show you the goods! I am using my ipad and for the life of me, I cannot get this to hyperlink. Soooo, copy and paste this link to see the PDF of my new release: Everything will ship next week, yay!!
  • Long time no see....just a little peek and what I've been up to...

    7 Aug 2014 | 2:52 pm
  • Dina Wakley art on checks...on sale this week!

    29 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    Click Here to see the check designs! I am the featured artist this week over at Check Advantage, and you can get $3 off. Coolio!
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  • Fairfield Processing

    29 Aug 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Fairfield Processing is the worlds largest supplier of processed woolen fibers. In the 1960s, came the introduction of polyester fiber, a new synthetic fiber incorporated into the Fairfield manufacturing process. Fairfield Processing remains focused on providing products that meet the high performance standards of crafters, as well as satisfying the need to remain responsible stewards of our planet earth.
  • Simplicity

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Since 1927, the word Simplicity has been woven into Americas culture of creativity. Begun as the pattern company, Simplicity has embraced the world of decorating and crafting, continually evolving to keep pace in an ever changing world. Today, we remain passionate about our rich heritage, enthusiastic about the future and remain committed to the timeless quality of Simplicity Creative Group
  • Coats & Clark

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Coats Clark, America's 1 name in sewing and needlecraft products, is part of the world's largest textilethread manufacturing company with products sold in over 150 countries for industrial and home use.
  • Helping Mommy Free Apron Pattern

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    Let your little lady help out in the kitchen with this adorable free apron pattern. This ruffled wonder will absolutely stun your little girl and it is an excellent way to make sure she stays clean while she helps. Kids love the kitchen and it can be a messy place. The Helping Mommy Free Apron Pattern lets your kiddo lend a hand without destroying their wardrobe. This would make a great play pretend sewing ideas, as well.
  • PJ-Holding DIY Pillow Pattern

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:17 am
    Help your kids keep track of the pajamas with this insanely clever and useful pillow sewing pattern. The PJ-Holding DIY Pillow Pattern is designed especially to tuck your pajamas into each and every night. This easy sewing pattern is the perfect addition to your kid's bedroom as they can tuck their nighttime clothes into the pillow each morning, making their bedtime ritual even easier each night. If you let your little man or little lady pick out the color of the pillow or help make it, they might even start to enjoy bedtime!
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  • 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 […] The post Lord Krishna’s feet – Kundan rangoli DIY appeared first on Art Platter.
  • Purple kundan rangoli – DIY

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

    3 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    It has been quite a while since we had a tutorial on origami… we bounce back with this tutorial on making a 3D origami cactus and a lovely pink flower to go with it! Let’s waste no time – heading to the tutorial… How to make a 3D origami cactus : You would need a […] The post 3D Origami cactus with flower – Tutorial appeared first on Art Platter.
  • Polymer Clay Jewelry – Gautami from Florida

    25 Jun 2014 | 8:40 am
    With this post, we start featuring works by some of our visitor friends… Gautami from Florida had sent me pictures of her polymer clay jewelry collection. Such a lovely collection… I wanted to feature all of them… here are a select few. Way to go Gautami… all these are so beautifully made! Just like Gautami, […] The post Polymer Clay Jewelry – Gautami from Florida appeared first on Art Platter.
  • White n’ yellow hoop earrings – Tutorial

    25 Jun 2014 | 7:39 am
    Ridiculously easy tutorial on how to make hoop earrings using beads… enjoy!!! You ought to love beads!! I bought these pretty yellow beads from and the white crystal beads from RS Shopping Adyar, Chennai…the two are definitely made for each other Materials needed: Flat nose pliers Supplies needed: How to make a pair of […] The post White n’ yellow hoop earrings – Tutorial appeared first on Art Platter.
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    Stars for Streetlights

  • Things to Do in NYC: The Tram to Roosevelt Island

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

    Stacie Grissom
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    For the past year that we've been living in our apartment, my bedroom has been frustrating me a bit because it just didn't feel right. All of the hod podge furniture and decor just wasn't coming together properly like it usually does. My stuff never matches, but somehow it always just works. This wasn't happening for this room.But then... I added PLANTS. A couple weeks ago I picked up a Chinese evergreen from Home Depot, put it in the bedroom, got tickled at how awesome it looked and then went down the street to buy a few more plants. :) I also painted a few picture frames we picked up off…
  • Flatiron Building Instax and Polaroid

    Stacie Grissom
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:15 am
    As I was sifting through some of my scanned photos, I realized that I have the same subject, almost four years apart. The photo above was taken with my Instax Mini Piano Black and the photo below was taken with my Polaroid SX-70. The Flatiron building is one of my favorite subjects in the city to photograph. The weird angles of it look so interesting against the sky... And it's also right next to a Home Depot for plant shopping. ;)
  • DIY Tidepool Drop Earrings

    Stacie Grissom
    17 Jun 2014 | 6:03 am
    A few months back I was walking down Lexington Avenue to hop on the train to go to work when these blue drop earrings outside a bodega-like jewelry shop caught my eye. I'd been walking by this shop for almost two years and I'd never paused to look in the window. (Probably due to the fact that I spent my first year commuting to the subway via Razor Scooter. We moved offices in January and the scooter started to feel less convenient. :)) People always say you can live in a neighborhood of New York without ever discovering everything that it has to offer. In the past month I've discovered a new…
  • NYC Adventure: Rollerblading on Randall's Island

    Stacie Grissom
    5 Jun 2014 | 6:21 am
    On Memorial Day, Sean, Adele, and I broke the rollerblades out of storage and went on a trek up to Randall's Island on the East River. To get there, we took Wards Island Bridge, the pedestrian bridge at 103rd street. We bought our rollerblades the first week we moved here back in 2012. Adele and I saw a pair for sale at the Housing Works around the corner and both thought, "YES. YES THIS is an excellent idea." We look like a trio of 1990s dweebs doing it, but it is really fun to explore this city on any kind of wheels. (*ahem* Razor scooters.)If you're not familiar with NYC geography,…
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  • Giveaway: 9 piece comforter set by Bryan Parker

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    Bryan Parker knows no introduction and we are lucky to have a comforter set designed by him to giveaway!
  • Beginner Pattern: Unisex Knitted Scarf

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:14 am
    COPYRIGHT, 2014, Emi Harrington MATERIALS: Worsted weight yarn 100 grams Straight knitting needles, size 15 mm (US 19) Yarn needle SCARF INSTRUCTIONS: Gauge: 2 stitches long & 2 rows high = 1 sq. inch 1. Work with 2 strands of yarn, and cast on 12 stitches. 2. Knit every row for 100 rows (72 inch long scarf). Cast off and weave yarn ends into the finished work.
  • DIY Glass Pebble Plant Stakes

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Add useful decorations to your garden with these fun plant marker stakes! All you need is some pebbles, pens, and mod-podge!
  • DIY Light Bulb Flower Vase

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    If you're trying to be eco-conscious, it can be a huge pain to figure out how to get rid of old, burned-out incandescent light bulbs -- but there's a stylish and super trendy solution: recycle them into home decor!
  • Sharpie Pen Halloween Ghost Mug

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    Sharpies have gone beyond the page and now you can use them to hand draw on ceramics. Make Cute mugs for Halloween gifts or fill them with candy for a special treat.
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    Family Chic by Camilla Fabbri ©2009-2014. All rights reserved. The blog

  • Flower Sconces

    5 Aug 2014 | 7:11 pm
    Add a bright floral touch to sconces and chandeliers with artificial flowers…. In only takes a second to spruce up your home with small details like this one. I just cut the stems short with wire clippers and tucked the blooms into my sconces. I got my flowers on sale at Jo-Ann Fabrics – they're pretty good fakes. My blue candles are from IKEA – another inexpensive way to add a dash of unexpected color.
  • Cheap Thrills – My New Curtains

    26 Jul 2014 | 6:33 pm
    When it comes to readymade curtains, I am often disappointed with the quality — they are either overpriced and cheap-looking or affordable and cheap-looking. So, these curtains from Target were too good to keep to myself. The quality is top drawer and the price is very reasonable… My new curtains from Target look great, feel great (they're 100% cotton) and they work so well with all that I have going on in our living room. I love the fine stripe – it adds pattern, but doesn't compete with my pillows and rug. The grommets at the top create the perfect folds. The…
  • Spicy Avocado & Marmalade Toast

    25 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    Happy to have stumbled upon my latest favorite breakfast — it’s healthy, tasty and filling… Mashed avocado with marmalade and crushed red pepper flakes on gluten-free toast. I love it with a piping hot cup of black Earl Grey tea. It may sound strange – but don't knock it – it's the best!
  • Tie-Dyed Yoga Leggings

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:21 am
    I am so excited to be participating in I Love To Create’s “Tie-Dye Your Summer” campaign featuring Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye. Although I am being paid for my work, the ideas and opinions presented here are entirely my own. My husband and I try to make exercise a family activity. Whether it’s ice skating, going for a long walk or throwing a ball around at the beach — we like to get the entire family up and moving on a regular basis. Funny thing about my girls — they are more enthused about getting involved in these activities if a wardrobe change is involved.
  • Check Out How Easy It Is To Flip Your Script To Target & Enter For A Chance To Win a $50 eGiftCard!

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. All opinions are my own. My latest Target "cheap thrill" — I walked in to get vitamins and walked out with these cool Threshold gardening boots on sale for $12.48! I love the mid-calf height, the colors and the laces – these will work well with skinny jeans, shorts or even a skirt. Summertime pulls me into Target at least once every other week. Whether it’s for sunscreen, a bright new area rug or sandals for the girls — I happily make the trip because I know I will always find something cool, fun and…
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  • Sample Sale - Zipper Pouch #11 (Sold)

    Michelle (
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
    - - Sold - Thanks - - Oh look...another zipper pouch!  This one is sort of the same as the others, but also different in that it is a new size (i.e. a size I don't have a template piece for yet). I do want to make more zipper pouch templates.  There are some other sizes/shapes to explore, they are fun to make, and they are that perfect mix of time/supplies/usefulness for those of you selling online or at shows. So this one is a good size--5.5" wide x 3.5" high x 4.5" zipper opening.  Now it seems like it would be perfect for many phones, but it's not.  A phone…
  • Sample Sale - Zipper Pouch #5 (Sold)

    Michelle (
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    - - Sold - Thanks! - - Here is another zipper coin purse I finished yesterday.  This one features Chez Moi's Nosegay print and Kei Honeycomb Dots on one side.  The lace is this lingerie elastic.  The other side is the Nosegay print. I used template #5 from this document for this cute little zip top bag. The lining is a blue pin dot on one side and the other side is the same pink dots used on the exterior:
  • Sample Sale - Zipper Pouch #6 (Sold)

    Michelle (
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:07 pm
     - - Sold - Thanks! - - I'm in the mood to make a few zipper pouches.  I started this one yesterday and finished it up this morning.   It was made using the #6 zipper pouch template. This size is great for pens.The floral fabric is a print from Amy Butler called Wind Flowers.  The tiny green trim is lingerie elastic.  The blue fabric is a chambray shirting fabric (the other side is also this fabric)It's lined in Railroad Denim from Robert Kaufman:
  • Chambray Messenger Bag

    Michelle (
    23 Aug 2014 | 10:57 am
    A new bag for me!  My previous Messenger Bag was starting to look a little worn out, so I cut off the hardware and reused the cinch buckle and slide/rectangle ring.  The hardware still looked brand new, but the fabric had seen better days.    The fabric I used for this is an organic chambray from Fabric Depot.  I bought this in the store and I don't see it available on their site.  This fabric is heavier and more coarse than the chambray shirting fabric I've had in the past.  It would be scratchy for clothing, but is perfect for a bag!  This bag was made using Size 2 from…
  • Fold-Over Clutch Sewing Pattern

    Michelle (
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:26 am
    Here is another Fold-Over Clutch in the large size. The fabric I used for this one is one of the cotton/linen blends from Moda's Avant Garden collection.  Even if clutches aren't your thing, this bag can also be used as a big pouch.  Here is the large one with an iPad inside:
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    Stitching the Night Away

  • Stitchnmomma Mystery SAL for the Holidays

    Loretta Oliver
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    I just signed up for the Stitchnmomma 2014 Mystery SAL. Sign ups are open until August 30th and it’s only $3 to join and receive the patterns. You can register by picking up the SAL listing in Kelly’s Etsy shop: Mystery patterns are always fun and I definitely need something to pull me out of this stitching slump I’ve been in lately. I’ve hardly done any stitching this year and it’s nearly September, I feel like such a slacker. I look forward to stitching along with everyone on this…
  • Star-Spangled Happiness Free Cross Stitch Pattern

    Loretta Oliver
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Just a quick little freebie to stitch up over the Independence Day holiday this weekend. Unfortunately, the weather forecast here in my part of the U.S. looks hot, humid, and rainy – good weather for staying in to stitch, but not so great for taking the kids out to see fireworks, cooking on the grill, and other fun stuff. Hopefully your weather is a little nicer. East coast folks, please stay safe, it looks like we’ll have our first storm of the summer this week. Click here to download and save the pattern PDF file Pattern Size: 70w X 117h ~ I did include a legend for the colors…
  • Maya Angelou Quote “Be a Rainbow” Free Cross Stitch Pattern

    Loretta Oliver
    21 Jun 2014 | 12:04 pm
    My kids and I love this quote from Maya Angelou. It’s such a beautiful way to remind ourselves to be kind to each other because you never know what storm someone else is weathering in their life. Giving a smile to someone may be the small thing they need to help lift them up again. Since the first time I read Letter to My Daughter this quote has been stuck with me and I’ve used the phrase with my kids on many occassions in teaching them to be be kind to other people. With the recent passing of Maya Angelou, my youngest son has recently taken this quote to heart even more than…
  • Just Cross Stitch Collection 2001 – 2010

    Loretta Oliver
    20 May 2014 | 3:56 am
    I was poking around the web looking for an issue of the Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue that I was missing and I ran into this, I had no idea such awesomeness existed – all of the JCS issues for 2001 – 2010 on CD, including 10 years of the famous annual ornament issue. ==> Check it out on Amazon This is fantastic if you’re looking to fill gaps for ornament issues or the monthly afghan patterns. It’s definitely less expensive than buying the individual magazines and it takes up way less space than a stack of magazines, you could just print off working copies of what…
  • Cross Stitch Kit in a Jar; Brilliant Idea!

    Loretta Oliver
    29 Apr 2014 | 9:24 pm
    Photo by Terrie at I came across this adorable idea while browsing some cross stitcher blogs this week. So adorable and fun, such a great gift idea. The example uses the cute Wendy’s Owl freebie from Ship’s Manor, but you could use any little pattern. Hop over to Terrie’s blog and check it out ==> She created it as a Mother’s Day gift in this example, but the possibilities with this idea are only limited by your imagination. It would make a great secret stitcher swap…
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    How Did You Make This? | Luxe DIY

  • Fall Leaves Hair Pins

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

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

    Carly DeGraeve
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:57 am
    A leather pencil case is something that will last many, many years.  It is durable, secure, and can be made from scraps of leather left over from previous projects. This type of bag can be made in a variety of shapes and sizes to hold anything you like including craft supplies and art supplies. Supplies Leather Zipper (at least 9″/23cm to fit pencils/pens) Thread (leather/fur thread or high twist polyester) Awl In-Line Leather Hole Punch (optional) Pliers (optional) Rawhide or Plastic Hammer Wooden Block (for hammering seams) Ruler Rotary Cutter or Straight Edge Blade Cutting Matt…
  • Crystal Flower Necklace

    9 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    This crystal flower necklace is made from teardrop shaped crystals that look very ordinary when hanging on strings or tucked into bags in a craft store, but become sparkling flower statement jewelry when arranged just so. Making each piece a little different adds some subtle asymmetry. This necklace is so much easier to make than you probably think it is! Supplies: - crystal beads – the vertically drilled are 12mm long and the horizontally drilled are 25mm long - glass pearls – 4mm - metallic 11° seed beads - glass leaf beads - beading needles - beading thread - scissors - 1 1/2…
  • How to Sew a Sew-Through Button

    Carly DeGraeve
    2 Aug 2014 | 2:32 pm
    How to sew a button well is a useful skill to have whether you sew or not. You never know when a button may fall off a garment or when you may want to refresh a garment with unique buttons.  A couple quick tips will ensure the button works well and holds up over time. Supplies Thread Straight Hand Sewing Needle Scissors Button Toothpick/Matchstick (for heavy weight garments like winter coats you may want 2-3 toothpicks) Threading the Needle A simple way to make sewing a button easier is to send 2 thread ends through the needle. When folded back, 4 threads will be placed every time you sew a…
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  • Dog Beards

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

    Sonja Foust
    13 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    We interrupt your regularly scheduled failing to bring you a super-important announcement. Well, sort of an announcement. And a discount. And… well, let me just tell you. This year I’m speaking at Type-A Atlanta! No shit, the organizer even tweeted about it: Find out how to Overcome Creative Blocks with a hands-on session led by @ThePintester #typeacon — Type-A Parent™ (@typeaparent) August 13, 2014 I know! I’m all official and shit! I know you all are dying to sign up for the conference now just so that you can hear me. I am, of course, a fantastic draw (and humble,…
  • Paleo Peppermint Chocolate Truffles (PLUS a $100 Gift Card Sweepstakes)

    Sonja Foust
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Ok maybe this is TMI (Don’t you love it when blog posts start that way?), but when I’m on my period I just want some damn chocolate. I’m pretty sure this is not a unique phenomenon, so I thought I’d help out my Internet brethren… er, sistren… by testing out a chocolate truffle recipe. And– BONUS– if you do it right, it’s also Paleo. I’ll give you a second to think about whether I did it right or not. DING DING DING. I didn’t. This was not because I lacked the will to do it right. It was because I lacked the will to put on…
  • Attempting Watermelon Smoothies (with Bud Light Lime in hand)

    Sonja Foust
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    It’s been a rainy and cold few days here, but I am so not ready for summer to end, so I decided to test a summer pin, because I am #upforwhatever, even if the weather is not cooperating. Check out this watermelon smoothie that you make with a watermelon, a wire hanger, and a drill. (Not even kidding.) While attempting to make a watermelon smoothie of my own, I decided to also try a Bud Light Lime. I’m not much of a beer drinker in general, but Bud Light Lime is kind of nice for a summer project– it’s a beer with a refreshing twist of lime flavor. (It also comes in…
  • Butter Coffee

    Sonja Foust
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:37 pm
    I can’t remember where it was that I first heard about coffee with butter in it, but it’s one of those things you don’t forget easily, so the next time I was online, I Googled that shit. Turns out it’s called bulletproof coffee, there’s a whole cult around it, you can buy special coffee to make it with, and it replaces breakfast entirely. Bulletproof coffee: They’re not paying me to say any of this, but maybe I should ask. Now, guys, I know you’re thinking, “What are the chances that she’s actually going to use, you know, cult-y coffee and…
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  • Christmas Crafts for Kids: 18 Homemade Christmas Ornaments free eBook

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and it's all thanks to this collection of Christmas crafts for kids. Each family's collection of ornaments is a unique scrapbook of memories, from vacation mementos to cultural traditions to humorous gifts from friends. Ornaments serve as miniature snapshots of holidays past where you can trace how your family has grown, and it's for that reason that the homemade Christmas ornaments in your family's collection are probably the ones you cherish the most.
  • Tiggly Shapes Review

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:38 am
    In the digital age, there are more and more opportunities for children to learn and play, but none are quite as fun as Tiggly Shapes. Developed by early childhood experts, these toddler-friendly toys come with 4 geometric shapes that are specially designed to interact with Tiggly apps, allowing children a hands-on education combined with the fun of digital play. With adorable, high-quality graphics and a fun tactile experience, Tiggly Shapes takes learning through play to the next level.
  • Fall Art Projects for Kids: 22 Crafts with Leaves

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Be'leaf' the hype! You might not think it's possible, but now there's even more for you to love about fall. Leaf projects are everything you could ever want out of a fall craft. After all, there are plenty of fallen leaves on the ground all season long, so why not grab a handful and get crafting? Crafts with leaves are cheap and simple, but they look absolutely incredible when they're finished. Make these fall kids' crafts as soon as possible after all, you never know when winter will arrive!
  • 12 Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids to Make eBook

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:18 pm
    12 Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids to Make will get you in the Christmas spirit and ready to craft your way through the holidays! Use this collection of Christmas ornament crafts, Christmas decoration crafts, and Christmas treats for kids to make the season merry and bright for your little Christmas crafters. These easy kids' Christmas crafts, and the memories made while creating them, will be cherished by your little ones for years to come.
  • How to Decorate a Christmas Tree: 17 Homemade Christmas Ornaments and other Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:17 am
    While every family decorates their Christmas tree a little differently, there is one thing that stays the same the best Christmas tree decorating ideas are handmade! Learning how to decorate a Christmas tree is actually quite simple, thanks to this collection of 17 Homemade Christmas Ornaments and other Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas. Cherish your tree this holiday season by creating homemade Christmas tree decorations with the ones you love.
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    Knits by Britt

  • Mermaid Dreams Shawl

    Brittany Jones
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:27 am
    I dyed my own multicolor yarn for half of the yarn used in this project. You can dye your own too, it is super easy! If you would rather not attempt to dye your own, use any multicolor yarn you wish in worsted weight. You can find PAAS Easter Egg Dye online if it isn't close to Easter. I always buy a bunch of kits right after Easter because they are always 50-75% off! Materials - Just a bit over 100 grams of Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Yarn Wheat (402)- 100 grams of Universal Yarn "Ready to Dye Collection" Superwash Merino Worsted Weight - 1 package of PAAS Easter Egg Dye/Vinegar, or dye of…
  • Bright Lights Shawl

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

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

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

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

  • Mohair Yarns Return!

    15 Aug 2014 | 10:59 am
    Welcome back to the flock, Mohair Yarns! We have brought back our most popular mohair yarns. Boucle Mohair yarn, Boucle Kid Mohair and Brushed Kid Mohair yarns are now in stock and ready to ship. Knit or woven, mohair yarn creates a lightweight but warm fabric that is soft and incredibly durable. The boucle yarns add fabulous texture to projects. Drop a skein in the dyepot and you will be amazed at the color and luster of these beautiful yarns. All three of these yarns are on cones for you to customize your skein size and weight.  So many projects to knit with Mohair! This afghan was knit…
  • Introducing our newest yarn, Jillian!

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:01 pm
    We are so excited to welcome our newest addition to the Ashland Bay yarn line, Jillian! This yarn is a super bulky, super soft (20.5 micron) merino wool roving yarn. It is available in 250 gm, 140yd skeins. Jillian knits up quickly, perfect for a one day project. This yarn is ideal for cowls, scarves, hats and mittens. The dyeing process will full the yarn increasing the durability of the knit garment. Even in the middle of the summer, it is not too soon to start dyeing this beauty! You will want to have this yarn available come fall. Let’s not forget the winter of 2013-2014! A quick dip in…
  • A new twist on spinning multi-colored yarns

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:31 pm
    One of the most rewarding aspects of hand spinning is the ability to incorporate unique color combinations into yarns. There seems to be endless possibilities! My most recent color play was with multiple multi-colored merino tops.  I chose 6 different color ways and   paired them up to ply together. The six color ways are Bermuda, Amethyst, Sage, Baltic, Fiesta and Borealis. My goal was to spin a continuous yarn with three distinct color ways demonstrating the versatility of our multi-colored merino tops. I used one ounce of each color for this project.Below are the colors combinations I…
  • Roving to knit product - how differences in color blends effect end products

    24 Jun 2014 | 10:35 am
    There has been a visual change to some of our multi color blends. For some people, this is very exciting! For others, we have received a less than enthusiastic response… It is our goal to produce color-ways that are fresh and exciting and more important, irresistible. Our recent shipments of multi colored merino/tussah silk have arrived looking quite different from shipments in the past. But what we will show you here is that the color difference in the end knit product is much smaller than one would think from looking at the two rovings. Below is a picture of the Concord merino/tussah…
  • New Introduction: Rainier

    27 May 2014 | 10:02 am
    For those of you who loved Tahoe, we have a great new addition to our yarn line! Rainier is a 3-ply, 100% Superwash Merino, 100% product of the US! Rainier has a tight twist, great for stitch definition, but necessitates conditioning prior to use.  This yarn has next to skin comfort making it ideal to make garments for all ages.
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  • Designing Displays for a Craft Show – Display Boards Part 1

    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Last time we talked about some of the challenges that we can face running a craft booth at an outdoor event. One of the very important issues outside, is how to build display boards that will not blow over in … Continue reading →
  • Thinking it Out – So you want to do a Craft Show Outside…

    11 Aug 2014 | 3:57 am
    I recently read a jewelry hint newsletter that started something like this, ” I had planned out how to make my booth pretty, but I never realized what can happen if there is a nasty gusty wind.” When I mentioned … Continue reading →
  • Garden Defenses: Making Large Covers for Your Garden – Part 1

    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I have always loved the pictures of English Country gardens, complete with the occasional cute little bunny, nibbling contentedly on some random grass or weed. A lovely vision, but unfortunately nothing like where I live. With drought even worse than … Continue reading →
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    Cheery Lynn Designs Blog

  • Romantic Criss Cross with Rhonda

    Rhonda Van Ginkel
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:30 am
    Happy first day of September to you.  It's Rhonda here today to host the blog.I have a criss cross style card to share with you today. This style of card is fun to create as you get a decorative envelope and another sweet little card to go inside.Once I assembled my base piece, I used our Card Maker Rectangle Classic to cut my pieces for the front. I then used the Lilith Edger Doily die on my angle.  You see the Anastasia Border peeking out on the sides and bottom.The Fiona's Magic Mirror fit perfectly inside to create the base for my card. The other layers were used with Card Maker…
  • Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 148 - Hearts a Glow

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

    Sandy Hulsart
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:25 am
    What wonderful entries we had last week. Using the winner of our Frame It challenge isRandom Integer GeneratorHere are your random numbers: 5 Timestamp: 2014-08-31 04:43:08 UTC #5 Eva Dobilas    Congratulations, Eva.  Please contact me for your $20 shopping spree to Cheery Lynn Designs.  Be sure to grab the winner's badge from the right sidebar for display on your blog.  And thank you to everyone who joined in on the challenge.  We hope to see you again in this week's Hearts a Glow challenge.
  • End of Summer Time by Julie Lavalette

    Juliz Design Post
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    Hi Everyone, it's Julie here today. Can you believe we are at the end of August already. In Scotland the nights are starting to get darker earlier in the evening and my beloved little Robin has re-appeared back in my garden. All signs summer time is about to end and the clocks will go back soon and winter will be upon us. So this is where my inspiration for this weeks card came from.My card is 8x8 in size and fits the Mega Doily Die perfectly. With this die cut I used patterned paper, dry brushed on some Gesso and inked the edges to give a shabby feel. My Clock, Victorian flourishes and…
  • Daisy Smile Card with Corina Finley

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    Hello Everyone!I hope you are all enjoying your last few days of August. Summer was enjoyable but I am ready for Fall to blow in! Fall is my favourite of the year with the beautiful reds and copper palette covering the country side.Did you see Anita's post on Wednesday? She used the Dimensional Large Leaves # 2  to create a leaf cluster in rich colours! If you haven't yet, you should take a peek.I wanted to take a step away from the Christmas themed cards and create a card using a floral die. I chose the Shasta Daisy but used the center from the Black Eyed Susan Strip.I used the ticket…
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    Tiny Rotten Peanuts

  • 25 So Cool Printmaking Ideas

    Jeanette Nyberg
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
      Printmaking with kids is one of my very, very, top, all-time favorite things to do. Printmaking itself is rad, but when you throw kids in the mix they tend to become absolutely enthralled with the process and results. Unless you have a really bad project. Which is why I decided to troll for awesome...  Read More » The post 25 So Cool Printmaking Ideas appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.
  • Print Transfer Project For Kids (You’ll Want to Make One, Too!)

    Jeanette Nyberg
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    I remembered a technique from college, where you brushed 10+ layers of gel medium over glossy magazine pages, letting them dry in between. Then you wet the magazine page and gently rolled the paper away with your fingers to reveal the image had been transferred over to the gel medium. The result was a plasticky,...  Read More » The post Print Transfer Project For Kids (You’ll Want to Make One, Too!) appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.
  • How To Visit a Museum

    Jeanette Nyberg
    23 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    I’m going to begin a cutey little catchy theme called, Lifewhack! I have mounds of extremely helpful knowledge to share with all of you, and I simply cannot keep it contained any longer. First up, in the wake of visiting MOMA in NY, I will educate you in the fine art of experiencing fine art....  Read More » The post How To Visit a Museum appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.
  • Easy Art Project: Staple Art for Kids

    Jeanette Nyberg
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    Sometimes, those crazy kids come up with their own cool art projects. Usually they’re pretty simple, but capture attention enough so that they spend a while – or even a few days- making lots of the project they have discovered. Enter: staple art. When Fen was 6, she had a love affair with her stapler....  Read More » The post Easy Art Project: Staple Art for Kids appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.
  • It came to $6.66

    Jeanette Nyberg
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    Fen had her BFFFFFF sleep over Friday night, and they looked so cute Saturday morning when I peeked in at them all curled up and intertwined with legs and pillows. I actually made chocolate chip pancakes for everyone, and I’m really not a pancake mom, so this was a big awesome deal for me. I...  Read More » The post It came to $6.66 appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.
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    Grow Creative

  • Photos of the Week

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:44 am
    Oh the beautiful days of late summer.  I love it!  I can go on walks again without over heating.  I can read out in my backyard.  It's a relief. I read some great advice this week, courtesy of the great Dr. Seuss.I'll be thinking this as I drop my kid off for his first day of Kindergarten tomorrow.  Maybe it will keep me from crying too much.............maybe.
  • Hearts and Mountains

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Will I ever get tired of painting with watercolors?  I think not!I have way too much fun experimenting with those versatile paints.  This heart was a little backwash experiment- pretty cool stuff!And this landscape was painted from a photo I took up in the beautiful mountains of Utah last month.  I need to paint more landscapes!For Sale HERE:Ombre Heart PaintingMountain Landscape Painting
  • Green Crochet Scarf

    26 Aug 2014 | 3:45 pm
     Almost fall time = Almost scarf time!As much as I love summer, I really do miss having the option of wearing scarves.This is my latest crochet scarf made from my previously posted Free Shell Infinity Scarf Pattern.  Check that one out to make one for yourself- or your friends- or you could start making some early Christmas presents. Never too early to start that right?
  • Who Wants Ice Cream?

    22 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    With summer coming to an end, lets give one last hoorah for ice cream!This is honestly one of my favorite watercolors.  It's tiny - 4 x 6 inches, but it was so much fun to paint.  I want to do more of these for sure!You can find this Original Watercolor Painting for sale in my ETSY SHOPOr As a fine art print HERE at my new Society6 Shop!
  • The Blog Post Stealers

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:24 pm
    You've seen them.  The blogs that steal your content.  The ones that copy and paste your entire post without even asking and without giving you any credit, as if they wrote it.  The ones that steer traffic away from your blog, benefiting from your hard work, not their own.  The Blog Post Stealers!I happened to find a few pins on Pinterest last week that lead to many many discoveries of people taking my content and using it as their own.  Some were just using my photos without giving me credit.  One offender was none other than the website of the said "Bob Vila"!
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    Chris Bridges Designs

  • Bloglovin

    Chris Bridges
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    Follow my blog with Bloglovin I am signing up with bloglovin so follow me…Follow my blog with Bloglovin The post Bloglovin appeared first on Chris Bridges Designs. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Year in Review Post From Jetpack

    Chris Bridges
    31 Dec 2013 | 8:25 am
    Wow I guess I did more than I thought this year for anyone interested here’s the year in review from jet pack Year in Review from Jetpack. The post Year in Review Post From Jetpack appeared... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Top 5 Tunisian Crochet Article Links

    Chris Bridges
    22 Nov 2013 | 8:00 am
    I have noticed since I started selling my Tunisian crochet patterns that the same questions seem to come up. I thought I would make things easier for every one to find the articles I have written... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Help! Crochet Tutorials

    Chris Bridges
    20 Nov 2013 | 10:54 am
    I want to start doing crochet tutorials for the blog…but I’m having trouble deciding what to do. I started crocheting when I was 5 years old, it was my birthday present, that was over 35... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Apology To My Subscribers

    Chris Bridges
    18 Nov 2013 | 7:00 am
    I have to apologize to everyone about how infrequently I have been posting. I have a new major life goal: consistent growth, and progress. I have a bad habit of working in binges and not following... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • DIY: Dainty Gemstone Bracelet

    Pooja A.
    7 Aug 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Okay, so I admit, I’m guilty. I haven’t posted a new DIY in more than a week. And don’t even ask me how long it’s been since my last jewelry DIY. But…patience pays off because today’s DIY dainty gemstone bracelet is a total winner! On a side note, are these things known as rhinestones or gemstones? Whatever they’re called, they are gorgeous! This easy-to-make bracelet is super simple yet elegant, and I think I’ve made about five of them already (yes, I’m crazy). Hop along for the ride if you’d like to learn and follow the steps…
  • DIY to Try: 3 Upcycling Ideas

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

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

    Pooja A.
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:01 pm
    I’ve recently been obsessed with using different items from around the house as stamps. It’s so much fun to see the variety of stamps that can be produced from things you have lying around. I’ve only tried paper stamping, but this method would work great on stamping tea towels! I love these DIY letter stamps because you can customize the words to say whatever you want. I went for a cute xo design. Also, how was your 4th of July? Mine was great, long weekends are always the best! Oddly enough, it rained here, giving us a nice break from the heat.Materials: foam alphabet…
  • Diy to Try: 3 July 4th Crafts

    Pooja A.
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Whether you can believe it or not, we’re already midway into 2014 and the 4th of July is three days away! I’m going to be celebrating the holiday with my family and friends, eating good food and enjoying the weather. Or rather enjoying the air conditioning. Whether you’re going to be inside or out, you’ll love these three ideas that are 4th of July themed. Let’s kick off the July 4th festivities!These DIY Temporary Tattoos are so adorable from Kelly!These patriotic fruit kebobs couldn’t look any more delicious! Bonus: they’re healthy!Here’s a…
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    Knit Luck - Knitting Your Way to A Better Life

  • Year of Projects Labor Day Edition

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:31 pm
    I'm fighting a cold hence the lateness with which I present my entry for this week's year of projects. I've steamed ahead on the Beachy Raglan, finishing one sleeve and getting a very good start on the second. This pullover will by done by the end of the week (with any luck) Here's the pics: I'm hoping that I might even finish it in time for Finished Object Wednesday! Let's give that a whirl, huh? The fit on this project was excellent and I only had 6 skeins of yarn to work with. I could use one extra skein to lengthen the bottom, but we'll see how it looks once both sleeves are done. Here's…
  • Date a Knitter

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
     Sometimes I hear that some people find knitting to be a turn off in a potential partner. I know that on a surface level some people still think that knitting is dorky or for grandmas. Knitters of course know that to be WRONG, but maybe it's time to do a little edumacation for everyone else as to why knitters make great partners. You will be warm in winter If a knitter likes you at all he or she may knit you things. You'll end up with hats, fingerless gloves and sweaters, but beware: if you do not show appropriate appreciation for said knitted items knitters will stop knitting things for…
  • Gnome Knitting Patterns

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Something about the end of summer gets me to thinking about fall knitting and one thing I want to knit for fall 2014 is a gnome! We've been getting a lot of gnome action around our house especially since both of my boys like watching Gravity Falls and the 7D on Disney XD. Both shows have gnomes, some nice and some not-so-nice and I thought it would be fun to knit a few "magic" gnomes to hide around the house and maybe make a new tradition for the holidays. (photo at left, Gnome Mittens by Spilly Jane) Oddly enough I'm not the only one interesting in gnomes for knitting as there are a ton of…
  • Stashbusting

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    I'm on a stashbusting mission. I have a ton of yarn. Unlike most knitters I don't love having a ton of yarn. I know, that's crazy coming from a knitter, but I don't like the obligation that comes along with having multiple plastic boxes of yarn. I feel like I can't buy anymore yarn, or at the very least that it's irresponsible to buy more yarn when I already have so much of it. Part of that is that I'm a Stay At Home Mom and I'm not making much money. It would be irresponsible to buy yarn because it should be paying for food, preschool and bills.  Sticking with the yarn I have means that…
  • Yarn Along August 27

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:59 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! I've been knitting the beachy raglan to try to forget the terror of the baby sweater from hell. There have been requests for me to divulge which pattern that was, but I'm not telling. I've made reviews on ravelry of the project and that was enough for me. I'm sure there will be people who disagree with me and…
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    Serger Pepper

  • Everyday Tank: Top & Dresses NEW PATTERN release day!

    Irene V. (MammaNene)
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    New pattern release today: Everyday Tank: Top & Dresses! Three patterns in one for a modest Tank Top and a couple of dresses: midi and Maxi The post Everyday Tank: Top & Dresses NEW PATTERN release day! appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • Cute & Comfy Romper refashion

    Irene V. (MammaNene)
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    From a T-shirt and a woman top into the cutest romper refashion ever! My daughter's favorite feature is the "bra" included... I love that is fast to sew! The post Cute & Comfy Romper refashion appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • Organize Your Sewing Room in a budget

    Irene V. (MammaNene)
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    I love having things in their places but I'm not that good at putting them there after use.. so I took this Sizzlin' Summer Series as a challenge and an occasion to improve my Sewing Room Organization! The post Organize Your Sewing Room in a budget appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • Repurposing Old Jeans: 40+ Ideas and Tutorials – Sara @ Made by Sara – Guest Post

    Irene V. (MammaNene)
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    If you're like me, you have a huge (and growing) pile of denim trousers. Today Sara @ MadeBySara is sharing 40+ repurposing old jeans ideas and tutorials. great roundup and no more old jeans sitting in the to-be-refashioned pile! The post Repurposing Old Jeans: 40+ Ideas and Tutorials – Sara @ Made by Sara – Guest Post appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
  • Girlify a men’s t-shirt: making t-shirts more feminine – Guest Post by Lisa @ Cucicucicoo

    Irene V. (MammaNene)
    5 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    How-to girlify a men's t-shirt: making t-shirts more feminine! No more baggies T-shirts, no more "sack of potatoes" look: it's easier done than said! Follow Lisa's instructions for a skinny cure to hubbies T-shirts... then go buy him some new ones ;) The post Girlify a men’s t-shirt: making t-shirts more feminine – Guest Post by Lisa @ Cucicucicoo appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at
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    Gathering Beauty

  • A Few Favourites From Around The Web.

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
    Here's a few things from around the web that caught my eye this week.(clockwise from top)1. Pretty 3D Bright Paper Stars from A Subtle Revelry.2. Clever Watercolour Mugs using nail varnish from The Merrythought on Poppytalk.3. How tasty to do these Caramelized Peaches and Cream from Creature Comforts look? It's that toasted crumble almond topping that really makes it.4. Over on The Proper Pinwheel you can find these sweet Fabric Inspired Macarons decorated with food colour pens.5. Fall For Diy makes working with concrete look easy with this Diy Chrome and…
  • Diy Notebook: Perfect Binding.

    26 Aug 2014 | 3:09 pm
    It's amazing what you can learn on the internet, isn't it? Until last october when I stumbled across this tutorial and made this perfect bound notebook I had no idea it was possible to make your own professional looking notebooks. I've made a few since and thought it was about time I shared how on this blog.Perfect binding is when you use pva glue to bind the spine of a book instead of stitching together signatures (groups of pages). It's mostly used in magazines or paperback books but is also a really quick and easy way to make your own notebooks. This is a great project way for using…
  • Lovely Links 07.

    15 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    This week has been a good week, although I suppose any week that starts with sugar dipped french toast is bound to be. I've been trying to soak up as much summer sun as possible. It's hard to believe september will be here in just a few short weeks.Here's this weeks lovely links.I can't get enough of the Diana photo app. I used it to make the image above.Pretty amazing illustrated gifs by Rafael Varona on The Jealous Curator.10 dos and don'ts for a simpler life on Clementine Daily.Crafty paper flower goodness.I've been following along and joining in with Poppytalk's annual colour week.
  • 6 Diy Wall Art Projects.

    13 Aug 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Have you ever wanted to have a go at making your own wall art but didn't know where to start? These 6 diy wall art projects might be just the answer.(clockwise from top)1. Brighten up a dull wall with this graphic diy modern quilt art from A Beautiful Mess.2. Poppytalk shows us how to make our own diy buffalo print.3. Soft spot for metallics? Try this diy geometric wood art from clad and cloth.4. Check out this simple yet effective fiber wall art by The Merry Thought. Clever, right?5. Download these fantastic prints for free over on The Lovely Drawer and then hang…
  • Sugar Dipped French Toast Fingers.

    11 Aug 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Today I wanted to share these amazing sugar dipped french toast fingers with you. I had them for lunch and let me tell you not only are they delicious and taste just like doughnuts, they're also really easy to make. All you need is stale bread or brioche in this case, eggs, milk and sugar and you're all set. A perfect decadent breakfast treat.Ingredients needed to make your own Sugar Dipped French Toast Fingers:2 large eggs60 ml semi-skimmed milkBrioche bunsCaster sugar25g butter1 tbsp vegetable oil1. Slice your brioche into 2 inch fingers.2. In a bowl whisk together the eggs and milk.3. Soak…
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    STASH - Stashknits blog


    27 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    Now that I am actively teaching just ONE afghan class (down from three), I've had time to begin some other projects. And I knew just what I wanted to cast on first: the super chic and simple Color Block Bias Wrap done in a new fall yarn, Chalet from CEY. This luxurious blend of alpaca and bamboo is plied in a chainette construction for fabric that is not only soft and warm, but amazingly light, especially when blocked to within an inch of its life, as shown above.I am working mine on size 13 needles as called for in the pattern, and you can see it is still denser than the sample. Knitting on…

    28 Jun 2014 | 7:26 am
    Our first episode of Craft Wars features the classic battle between acrylic yarns and natural fibers. Reader discretion advised. PRO: Acrylic is easy care. When knitting for babies or children especially, the finished item should be machine washable. CON: Pet rocks are easy care, too, but Naomi never considered them a substitute for the dog I never got her because I am a terrible mother.For items that need machine washing, there's cotton and superwash wool.PRO: Acrylic is better for babies and people who are allergic to wool. CON: Anecdotal "evidence" notwithstanding, your…

    25 Jun 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Bring on the color work! Our recent survey revealed that more than anything, you guys want to learn stranded knitting, so we've created the perfect project class to fill that demand. This is the start of a Check Mate Fair Isle Hat, a lovely design we will use to help folks learn all the essentials of Fair Isle such as reading a color work chart, using two hands for the different colors, carrying the yarn, catching floats, and maintaining an even tension. Whew! Sounds like a lot, but once learned, the skills are really more about practice than brain surgery.For example, I am a continental…
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    Spark & Chemistry - Craft It Blog

  • How to Make Fabric Cupcake Liners (and 5 minute toppers)

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

    13 Aug 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Hey, ladies! If you're like us, then you don't need a reason to throw a great party for you and your friends. So we decided to throw a Beauty Bash to pamper the lovely ladies in our lives. All you'll need are a few of your favorite cosmetic products, some sweet treats and a Cyndi Lauper inspired soundtrack and you've got the party of every woman's dreams. Every great party begins with choosing a great supplier. Party Pail is a fantastic online party supply company that offers an assortment of themes and supplies for any occasion. Check out how we used these festive supplies to create our…
  • Watch Me DIY: Upcycled Thrift Store Clock

    1 Aug 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Every time I'm stumped about my next DIY, I typically just look at what I already have that's broken or just needs a little TLC.  A few months ago, my sister and I went thrift shopping and we found a basic wall clock that we thought could use a little extra love.  It was only $2.00 so we ended up purchasing it and a decorative dish that was originally from Ikea.  Upon bringing it home, we found that the clock didn't work and the glass insert was broken.  It was falling apart in so many ways so we just set it to the side to deal with later.  Those of you who frequent…
  • Printable Wall Art for Your Bedroom

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Hey ladies!  I wanted to show you a simple and very inexpensive way to hang wall art with wooden hangers.  These hangers are very popular on Pinterest, probably because they are modern and versatile.  When hung on white walls, they have a very minimalist, Nordic look; and it's no wonder, as I purchased them from Ikea for 59 cents!  With a little paint, I've given these hangers a vibrant, modern look.  Along with this DIY, be sure to print out our closet/bedroom printable to complete the look! We painted the hangers with Martha Stewart's multi-purpose paint, in a satin…
  • Firework "Rocket" Photobooth Prop

    3 Jul 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Hey crafters!  For Independence Day, create these kid-friendly "rockets" for your photo booth!  We made this paper garland backdrop and found we really needed some props to go with it.  So we made these super quick paper rockets with only a few supplies:Scrapbook paperToilet paper rollsJute twine/ropeWooden dowelsTapeHot glue Roll and tape a piece of scrapbook paper around your toilet paper roll.  Make sure you cover the entire roll.  Then cut a circle, about 8" in diameter to create the top of the rocket.  Create a cone shape with this circle and attach it to…
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    Bella Crafts Quarterly

  • Cards with A Sihouette Cameo

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Most everyone enjoys receiving a handmade card, including myself. When I am the recipient,  it always makes me feel special. It takes extra effort and time on the part of the person that is sending the card and even though I want to give a personalized card, sometimes I just don’t have the extra time it takes to create a card from start to finish.  This is why I love my Silhouette Cameo and the variety of files found in the Silhouette Store. The design process is already completed by an array of talented designers; all I have to do is choose the colors and patterns for my card; load card…
  • Repurposed Yarn Spool Project

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Repurposed Yarn Spool Project Hello Bella Crafts friends. Do you love to go junkin’, do you love to repurpose something old into something wonderful, if yes, we need to talk.   Repurposing is one of my favorite past times.  To go on the hunt for that special something that speaks to you and then make it into something useful, clever and unique is really fun.  I started out with some items that I think are cool and that could be made into something useful, like a pin board for your favorite photo or card. This is how I put it together: Place the door knob in the top of the  cardboard…
  • Organizational Tips for your Studio

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Studio Tips and a Work in Progress I have been busy rearranging and organizing my studio space. While going through the process I discovered a few wool fiber pests, and as a result I had to go through my supplies very thoroughly. Luckily, there hasn’t been too much damage, and I am finally getting started working on projects again. It has been extremely useful giving my studio a very thorough look over. I tossed a few items, and now I have a better inventory of my supplies, and new ideas for using them. I am apt to create new projects using what I have on hand, rather than going out to buy…
  • Vintage Resin Jewelry

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Vintage Resin Jewelry  I just love all things quirky, vintage, Steampunk…mix all those things together and you get these amazingly fun pendants that can be worn, used as key-chains, or given as thoughtful gifts.  I was inspired by this project when I came across a few sheets of Tim Holtz craft paper that featured old photos on it. You will need:                   -Resin and Hardener -Bezels -Vintage Photos/Photo Paper (I used Tim Holtz “Lost and Found” Paper-which featured page of vintage photos.) -Straw -Popsicle Stick -Vintage…
  • A Time to Love Canvas Art

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A Time to Love Canvas Art My name is Cindy Womack and I am the creative force behind the blog I am More Than a Mother, Life with an empty nest!  I am a guest designer today on the Bella Craft Blog!  When I was asked to create a project for this post, I set out to look for some inspiration.  It took all of two minutes to find the perfect piece of paper and with that, an idea was born!  Looking at all the clocks, or should I say time pieces, I knew I wanted to create a mixed media canvas using paper and paints.  I also knew that I wanted to combine these with a Bible verse that reflects…
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    The Ribbon Retreat Blog

  • Back to School, A-Z Series Features

    The Ribbon Retreat
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    The bus is here, so grab your gear to start another FABULOUS school year! I can’t believe the time is here for school, football, volleyball and for all of those Idahoans, like myself, State Fair time!!! Wahoo for all of those and, in addition, that chilly bite in the air reminding us that the beginning […]
  • Easy Zipper Pouch {A-Z Series, “Z”}

    The Ribbon Retreat
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Well Ladies and Gents, today makes the final day of our alphabet inspired craft party! So sad, but so true! We have learned all about our A, B, C’s and just how much fun, how adorable and how creative they can be! We have been inspired by TONS of remarkable and talented ladies, and we […]
  • Yellow Yoked Dress with Yo-Yo Headband {A-Z Series, “Y”}

    The Ribbon Retreat
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Today is the letter “Y’s” turn to get creative and crafty too, because it is “Y” day! What is the first thing you think of when you think of the letter “Y”? Lisa from Mabey She Made It came up with lots of creative words that start with “Y” in her adorable…ADORABLE and super sweet […]
  • X Marks the Spot Jacket {A-Z Series, “X”}

    The Ribbon Retreat
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:01 am
    When I was going to school, one of our favorite sayings was “X, Y, Z…examine your zipper!”, followed by a whole bunch of giggles galore! Hehehe, real mature right? Jessica from Running with Scissors is luckily showing us that “X” stands for more than a silly saying that has to do with zipper mishaps. Jessica […]
  • How To Make A Funky Loops Hair Bow, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Hello Friends and Happy YouTube Thursday! Today we are celebrating all things funky, full, fun and fabulous with awesome ribbon and ric rac!! Shirley is creating a Funky Loops Hair Bow full of Halloween delight! Can you believe Halloween crafting is already starting! I LOVE Halloween crafts and this bow is on the top of […]
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    About Family Crafts

  • 940 Saturdays: Family Activities and Keepsake Journal

    Sherri Osborn
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:31 pm
    When I first saw this book, 940 Saturdays: Family Activities and Keepsake Journal, I wondered what in the world the title meant… Then I read that there are 940 Saturdays between a child’s birth and the day he or she…Read more →
  • Apple Magnet Craft

    Sherri Osborn
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:22 pm
    This is a fast and easy craft project that is perfect to make for a fall decoration or as a way to celebrate going back to school. Let your kids make one of these apple magnets and give it to…Read more →
  • Teacher Survival Kit in a Mason Jar

    Sherri Osborn
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:55 am
    Not too long ago, I was contacted by QVC via my Craft Gossip blog (Did you know I run the Lesson Plans blog over at Craft Gossip?)… They were looking for bloggers to create fun and creative back-to-school projects using…Read more →
  • Plastic Tub Blue Crab Craft

    Sherri Osborn
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    I know it has been awhile since I announced the margarine tub craft challenge, but I didn’t forget about it… I actually created this blue crab craft a couple of weeks ago but I haven’t had a lot of time…Read more →
  • 18 Airplane Crafts for Kids

    Sherri Osborn
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    I know many kids are fascinated by airplanes… Heck, I am fascinated by airplanes! Next time you are trying to find a way to keep them occupied, consider making one or more of these airplane crafts. Need an excuse to…Read more →
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    Teach Love Craft

  • Armoire Storage Upgrade Part One

    29 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    If you have a craft room or designated area in your house, you are one lucky person. I had a corner in one of our extra bedrooms, and it was, shall we say, slowly starting to creep out of its designated corner. With my Joann bags of craft supplies starting to run amok, it was time to find a more permanent storage solution. An armoire would give ample storage, but boy are some of those suckers expensive! I looked at some gently loved pieces that we could modify and paint, but for the existing price and work we would have to put in to refresh the piece, new seemed like the way to go. Lo and…
  • DIY Burlap Bulletin Board

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:05 pm
         When we moved in our house five years ago, I envisioned a large bulletin board above the butcher block to keep things organized. Instead we’ve been living with a cluttered corner on our kitchen counter. When the pile got too high, we would “binge organize” and purge papers till the pile is down to an acceptable size. Needless to say, this DIY burlap bulletin board is long overdue. I’ve seen similar products at Ballard Design, Pottery Barn and Etsy. This one was made with a fraction of the cost. Materials: Stretched canvas (I upcycled a used canvas from the art…
  • Alphabet Practice Activity– Pom Pom style

    24 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
      It’s that time of the year. Sweet, sweet Summer is ending, and some of us are gearing up for the start of the new school year.Because I am one of those sickos, who admittedly has an odd fervor for the beginning of the school year (and school in general), I became a teacher, so I could make sure I never have to let go of the back-to-school jitters (that and office supplies. I love office supplies). I, also, enjoy singing Billy Madison’s “Back to School” song on my first day of school.  In the spirit of the back-to-school season,  I am going to…
  • Hide Those TV Components

    15 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    I’ll be the first to admit it—I love TV. My husband thinks that I enjoy watching TV so much because I did not experience cable TV until I went to college. Yup, I grew up with channels 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, & 13, which seemed just fine to me. Now, what I don’t particularly love about TV is the number of wires/components that go with it. When we first moved in, we used a large cabinet as our TV stand. It housed all TV/Wireless related components, DVDs, photo albums, and the occasional other random thing or two. Everything was hidden out of sight. A clear sign of recent moving- sparse…
  • Back to School Eye Candy

    12 Aug 2014 | 10:07 pm
    ‘Tis the season for back to school shopping! Retailers are offering great deals this time of the year. My shopping list is comprised of classroom basics but I couldn’t resist browsing through the adorable goodies for the little guys. Here are a few of my favorites. Gap-earn $10 GAP cash for every $25 spent Zara-on sale now and free shipping no minimum Pottery Barn Kids-on sale and free shipping on all backpacks J Crew Factory-on sale and additional 25% off for card members online use code CARDPERK, students and teachers receive 15% off entire purchase in store with valid ID Skip…
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    Decorative storage boxes

  • Decorative storage boxes : best tips!

    Steve Reck
    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…
  • [Tutorial] Use a Paint Spray Machine!

    Steve Reck
    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!

    Steve Reck
    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!

    Steve Reck
    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…
  • Tips on how to fix a hole in the Wall!

    Steve Reck
    21 May 2014 | 4:48 am
       This list shows tools and materials that you may require for this work, depending on the nature and location. You may not require all this material, but it’s better to keep things handy, rather than have a last-moment rush to get it from the store.  Material Required:• Drywall (one foot wide by two feet long)• Handsaw• Pencil• Hammer• Finishing nails• Newspaper• Fine wire, about one foot long• Wire cutters• Tape measure or ruler• Work gloves• Putty knife• Utility knife• Construction adhesive• Joint compound• Fine sandpaper• A paint…
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  • Retro Handbag Card

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

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

    8 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    Gosh, isn't this new Tonic Studios new Intrica Daisy Lace Square as pretty as a Daisy? Card Recipe:Tools: Tonic Studios Intrica Daisy Lace Square, Layering Scallop Circle Dies, Occasions Dies, Grand Calibur Paper and Card: Textured Card, Bo BunnyEmbellishments: Bo Bunny Brads  To create this shapeed card, I trimmed a sheet of A4 to 15cm wide, then scored and folded it in half.  I then positioned the outer edge die so that the fold was below the top cutting edge of the die.  It took two passes (including 1 turn) through my Grand Calibur to cut…
  • Sneak Peek - Tonic Studios New Intrica Wild Vine Circle Dies and Border Punch

    7 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
    Many of you will know that I do love a Wreath Card, so it's no surprise that this is what I immediately thought to make with Tonic Studios' new Intrica Wild Vine Circle Die and Punch.Card Recipe:Tools: Tonic Studios Intrica Wild Vine Circle Dies, Intrica Wild Vine Strip Punch, Layering Square Dies, Christmas Cracker Die, Grand Calibur Paper and Card: Pearl, StardreamEmbellishments: Ribbon, Rhinestones I know that some people are slightly nervous about using intircate dies, I can assure you that I had no problems at all but here are my tips for creating…
  • Tutorial - Box Made Using the Verso Sentiment Square Die Sets

    27 Jun 2014 | 11:34 am
    This is a tutorial showing how you can use any of your Tonic Studios Verso Sentiment Square Die Sets to create a favour box.At the end of the tutorial, you will find a downloadable PDF file of these instructions.Project Recipe:Tools: Tonic Studios Deck The Halls Sentiments Dies, Super Trimmer, Grand Calibur Paper and Card: 1 sheet each of A4 and 30x30 card stockLet's start with the box lid.  Using the cutting blade on the Super Trimer, cut an 11cmx11cm square from the sheet of A4.  Switch to the scoring blade and score on the wrong-side of…
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  • Best Home Crafts | Saturday SHOWlicious Craft and Recipe Party

    30 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Hello everyone! I am so glad to have you here with us! Please share with us all your wonderful crafts, recipes, printables, and tips! If this is your first time here Welcome and feel free to jump right it! Meet your hosts! Marti at Sewlicious Home Decor Ashley at 3 Little Greenwoods Be sure to […] The post Best Home Crafts | Saturday SHOWlicious Craft and Recipe Party appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Homemade Nesquik Recipe

    27 Aug 2014 | 7:12 pm
    Super quick and easy Homemade Nesquik copycat recipe. If you were like me, you grew up on Nesquik.  I remember it was our favorite time of the day, we were always excited when we got to drink Nesquik chocolate milk! I even raised my daughter on it. Did you know you can make your own with […] The post Homemade Nesquik Recipe appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Sew Ready Machine Basics Sewing Class

    26 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This posts contains affiliate links that I may receive a small compensation for, which allows me to offer you this class for free.  All proceeds go towards this website.  :) Don’t let broken needles or skipped stitches ruin your sewing! Your sewing problems can be solved easily with these troubleshooting tips and how to’s! Whether […] The post Sew Ready Machine Basics Sewing Class appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Painting Wood Flawless Finish

    25 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    This posts contains affiliate links that I may receive a small compensation for, which allows me to offer you this class for free.  All proceeds go towards this website.  :) Do you want to sharpen your painting skills or learn some new techniques for painting wood? Here’s how you can learn essential, finishing techniques that […] The post Painting Wood Flawless Finish appeared first on SEWlicious Home
  • Easy No Bake Banana Pudding Dessert

    24 Aug 2014 | 8:57 pm
    You’re going to love this no-bake Banana Pudding dessert, its an original family favorite recipe! It’s a very sweet and fluffy pudding poured over a graham cracker crust, topped with bananas and Cool Whip!  It can be whipped up in no time and will for sure be a family favorite!   Everybody needs a good Banana Pudding recipe, […] The post Easy No Bake Banana Pudding Dessert appeared first on SEWlicious Home
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  • Work in progress Monday: cross stitch

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:17 am
    Usually by the time Monday rolls in I have at least one finished project to post about. This week, however, there was no time to complete anything.We arrived from our vacation late last week and I have been working 'round the clock to get things ready for the new school year, so even though I have several completed things from before our vacation, I did not have time to take pictures and write appropriate posts.I'm also planning a photo recap of our summer vacation in southern Portugal but we still need to download the pictures from our phones and my husband's camera, so it will also have to…
  • Blog Hobnob September

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:40 am
    Sharing the September Blog Hobnob Linkup @ up your blog home page (not your posts), visit other blogs and make new friends!Join the fun!An InLinkz Link-up
  • Weekend no rules bloghop

    30 Aug 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Sharing the Weekend No Rules bloghop @ a sorta fairytale Come link-up too! Join the fun!
  • New felt book cover

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:33 am
    Ok, so I'm back from our (too short) vacation and while I'm still taking some downtime to prepare the new school year and plan the development of a series of new ideas, I'm taking the opportunity to share some pre-vacation projects.One of those projects was a new book cover.The one I made back in January was already in a poor condition since I throw it in my bag everyday when I go to work and take advantage of every minute available to read a couple of lines, so I decided I needed a new one to take to the hotel for my pool side quiet moments (not many, unfortunately).This was the old book…
  • This week's bloghop (sharing)

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Sharing this week's bloghop @ Clairejustine oxox. She has joined the Creative Mondays, the Wordless Wednesday and the Weekend bloghops all into one fantastic linkup, so basically anything goes.Link your favorite posts and join the fun! Linkup is up and running until Sep. 2nd.Click below to linkup or go directly to Claire's blog but don't miss the party!
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    Precious Crafts

  • Crochet : Repurpose An Old Cross Stitch Project

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

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

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

    Zurainny Ismail
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Cutest Ever Kitten, freebie from Issue 214 of The World of Cross Stitching After months of cross stitch idleness, I’m glad that my cross stitch bug has returned! It started with little stitches on evenweave , then a little piece for cross stitch card, before I dared to start on my Margaret Sherry Bags of Fun stitch-a-long, Sal #7 (which really should have started last April). Honestly, IHSW really motivated me to keep my date with cross stitching ! Come rain or shine, I was determined! Aren’t they a cute pair?  I started on this adorable card on Saturday, and so far, I only…
  • Cross Stitching on Evenweave

    Zurainny Ismail
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:22 pm
    My Lucky Dip contained 6 pieces of evenweave/linen fabric All my life, I’ve stitched on Aida.  It has been my dream to try my hands on evenweave but since it’s not available in any craft stores in Malaysia, I turn to my favourite Ebay sellers for ideas. Honestly, there are so many types of evenweave fabrics out there that I simply don’t know how to choose.  Plus, with the high postage costs, I have to buy within my budget. After much researching, calculating, weighing and consideration, I decided to buy from one of my favourite Ebay Sellers, StitchetyWitchety at their Ebay…
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  • It’s … behind you!

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:14 pm
    In summer, droplets catching the light, paint the sky with seven indigenous colours, offering me the majestic rainbow on the horizon. Is it Zephyrus’ wife Iris in her colourful dresses, running back and forth being the go between for the gods and the humans, according to the ancient Greeks that’s how one is caused. Or is it the mighty bow of the god of light and thunder, that’s what the people of India will tell you. The Chinese, on the other hand, talk of the 5 stones of Nüwa, an attempt of their goddess sealing the sky. One ancient, native American tribe, the Warriors of the rainbow,…
  • “Fleeting Flutterby” my new handmade doll.

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    There are over 28,000 species of butterflies (80% in tropical regions), so why create a new species? Well, I couldn’t resist the beauty and symbolism of the butterfly. I’ll never sew, when I’m down or not okay, I really believe that my stitches transfer feelings, so why not insert good vibrations, intended to be woven in the basic structure, while creating. Whilst sewing each doll, carefully choosing its name, I ponder and wonder what this handmade doll could offer the one that adopts her. What will she take on her wonderful journey, her walkabout, to share and offer? Will the smile…
  • All good things come in threes: women of iron…

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:32 pm
    As promised the story about what I chose to bring home from the “brocante” shop. So what did I buy and not one, but three of them… Have a guess: the universe, sun and stars, the earth’s crust and core have it in abundance and it is a mineral essential for humans and animals… Indeed: iron. But I didn’t just buy three pieces of iron, I bought three irons: two flat ones and a box iron. Seeing these old objects that produce wrinkle-free clothes, my gran pops up in my mind. Pressing clothes using irons just like them, is a very old childhood memory. She used two: one in use, and…
  • An enchanting day…

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:30 pm
    A rainy summer day here in the South of France and we’re off to an Australian kangaroo park with two of our grandchildren, my daughter and her husband. Don’t be mistaken, you know me by now, we’ll have to stop on the way back at the local “brocante” shop of course! “Left, right, left, right” the windscreen wipers are singing their very own song. Some soft Celtic ballads share the car with us. A lovely melancholic voice and some flute and harp weave their path to our ears. The whole day becomes different, thanks to a soothing veil of misty raindrops, covering the villages. Shades…
  • It’s all about needles, pincushions and scissors

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Once upon a time, long, long ago, bones, horn, ivory or fish bones did the needle job, but before you could do any sewing at all, you had to pierce the eye of the needle by fine flint stone fragments. No a real eye but a split head. Enters my never ending love for Leonardo Da Vinci (I do admit he was a vegetarian and he was left handed too) but without him, we might still just have that one same needle. He constructed in 1496 a machine to point sewing needles. Credit, of course, has to be given to James Hargreaves too, who created the first spinning machine named after his daughter:…
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  • 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…
  • Wool Shade Variations a Winner for Jill Hessing

    10 Jul 2014 | 7:47 am
    One of the most noticeable features of our hand dyed wool is the variation of shades within a single piece. A nice orange may have rose highlights embedded in the background. Black wool may be somewhat black, but it will also offer various shades of dark and medium gray as well – sometimes even chocolate brown or purple or blue! We do this to lend a feeling of depth, movement and emotion into our wool fabric. Just as a painter sees many shades of pink, red and violet in an orange sunset, our rug hooking, applique or quilting customers can convey the same kind of nuances into a project using…
  • Gray Matters

    24 Jun 2014 | 1:33 pm
    We are best known for our very colorful hand dyed wool fabric, including vivid blues, reds, purples, oranges and yellows. (Click for a list of our most popular colors.) Sometimes we simply lose track of how popular blacks and grays can be in the world of fiber arts. After all, where would rug hookers be without gray for clouds or smoke, or black for night or animal eyes? A quick visit by Frances to the dye kitchen addressed that issue yesterday. New and complex grays and blacks have been added to our list of more than 150 other colors of hand dyed wool for rug hooking and wool applique. Visit…
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