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  • DIY Cable Ties from Corks

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    agnesniewiadomski
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:01 pm
    I spotted this fantastic idea for cable ties floating around on Pinterest. By the looks of it, the source comes from a magazine clipping (title unknown). This is a super simple idea, and all of the instructions are written in this clipping. The key to this hack is using the synthetic […]Read more on MAKE
  • christmas magic burlap panel…

    Tim Holtz
    tim holtz
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    believe in the magic of the season with this sparkly burlap panel project.  join media team vicki boutin as she shares the steps to create this layered wonderland with a touch of sparkly snow.  get ready to deck the halls… Hey friends!  It’s Vicki and I am here today with a little holiday décor item.  Continue Reading
  • happy thanksgiving…

    Tim Holtz
    tim holtz
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:57 am
    we want to wish everyone a happy thanksgiving.  enjoy this time with family and friends, and know how thankful we are to share what we love to do with all of you…t!m & mario
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    megan
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:54 am
    Featherbed Eggs Will Get Your Family Out of Bed | The Feed. Marshmallows On Sweet Potatoes? Thanksgiving’s Traditions Exposed : NPR. I cannot handle marshmallows on sweet potatoes (why!?) and now I know who to blame: it’s the Cracker Jack company, I never would have seen that coming. The Best Scotch to Buy on a Budget | Serious Eats. Recipes and How To’s | Momofuku Milk Bar. Right. That pumpkin pie cake? That is my next project food. Recipe Review: Momofuku Bagel Bombs | testerfoodblog. Cream cheese in the center, what?! Christmas Tree Cakes | Time To Cook. Great instructions on…
  • Storybook Cross Stitchette pattern up in the shop

    Wee Wonderfuls
    Hillary Lang
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:12 am
    Just in time for Christmas crafting the storybook gals I made last year are now available as a PDF pattern in the shop. Storybook X-Stitchettes, $4. I think these would be so sweet in a nursery. That ship has sailed over here so I think I'm going to back them with fabric, stuff them lightly and hang them on the tree. Also new in the shop are the PDF versions of the Kitchen Gnome Dish Towel Embroideries. I can't wait til this weekend to get ours out of the Christmas box.
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    Tim Holtz

  • happy thanksgiving…

    tim holtz
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:57 am
    we want to wish everyone a happy thanksgiving.  enjoy this time with family and friends, and know how thankful we are to share what we love to do with all of you…t!m & mario
  • thank you media team…

    tim holtz
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:26 am
    i truly believe that creativity is meant to be shared, that ideas are designed to inspire, and that the journey is all about exploring the unknown… for the past 5 months i’ve had the opportunity to share the pages of my blog with a very talented group of people that love creating as much as Continue Reading
  • winter scene shadowbox…

    tim holtz
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    bundle up for this tutorial from media team anna karin that will whisk you away to a winter wonderland.  i love how this project utilizes ordinary products in extraordinary ways for the holiday season so get ready to explore creativity that will have jack frost nipping at your nose…t!m   Hello everyone! I am happy Continue Reading
  • week in review…

    tim holtz
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:00 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 Mou Saha: Thanksgiving Placecards Aida Haron:  Home Decor Birdhouse Emma Williams: Winter Wonderland Richele Christensen: Christmas Tree Ornaments Vicki Boutin:  Christmas Magic Burlap Panel   Continue Reading
  • christmas magic burlap panel…

    tim holtz
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    believe in the magic of the season with this sparkly burlap panel project.  join media team vicki boutin as she shares the steps to create this layered wonderland with a touch of sparkly snow.  get ready to deck the halls… Hey friends!  It’s Vicki and I am here today with a little holiday décor item.  Continue Reading
 
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  • DIY Cable Ties from Corks

    agnesniewiadomski
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:01 pm
    I spotted this fantastic idea for cable ties floating around on Pinterest. By the looks of it, the source comes from a magazine clipping (title unknown). This is a super simple idea, and all of the instructions are written in this clipping. The key to this hack is using the synthetic […]Read more on MAKE
  • From The Gift Guide: Tremendous Tools And Tech

    Caleb Kraft
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Makers need tools. Its simple, we can’t make stuff without the proper tools. Maybe that tool is a screwdriver, maybe it is a scanner, maybe it is just storage for the parts of our projects. We have to have them or nothing will get done! The Tools & Tech section […]Read more on MAKE
  • Steampunking a VR Headset

    Matt Terndrup
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    Virtual Reality is on the rise which has prompted a new trend of homemade 3D viewers that are starting to surface as more and more people experiment with VR. This particularly fun instructables project was made by a guy named Jay Kent who owns and operates a Leather & Fine […]Read more on MAKE
  • 13 Things That Make A Maker’s Day

    Caleb Kraft
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    When talking with friends and co-workers you may notice a tendency to bring up things that bother you. Its normal, we generally share the negative sides of things and identify and empathize over our similar frustrations. It is a really easy thing to do, to start a conversation with “I […]Read more on MAKE
  • Maker Faire Tokyo 2014 in 14 Minutes

    Dale Dougherty
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:50 pm
    There was so much to see at the Maker Faire Tokyo.   Over 300 Maker exhibits filled a hall at the Tokyo Big Sight event center and nearly 13,000 people came to meet makers and participate in the second annual Maker Faire in Tokyo, organized by O’Reilly Japan, which produces […]Read more on MAKE
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  • links: food

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

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

    megan
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:39 am
    Last year Maggi, Jameson and I created the Nog Crawl and this year it’s evolved into the Nog Ball! It’s gonna be fun, if you’re in Seattle you should definitely get tickets for this! As you may know, here at Sun Liquor we make a special batch of hand-made aged Eggnog every year. It has gained in popularity since our first batch in 2006, and now we are bottling and making it available to the public for the first time! With the help of some wonderful friends we made during last years Nog Crawl, we have decided to host Seattle’s First Annual Nog Ball. The event will be…
  • Holiday Mug Kit collaboration with Brit+Co

    megan
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:49 am
    I’m so utterly thrilled to announce this collaboration with Brit+Co to create a DIY kit for my tiny gingerbread houses that sit on the edge of a mug! The kit includes two cookie cutters that are 3D printed (!!!) and each kit comes with a mug, a pen for decorating or personalizing the mug and recipes for gingerbread and royal icing. May I suggest that the kit would make a wonderful holiday gift? Even if just for yourself? They’ve created a complete DIY tutorial for baking and assembling the house. I couldn’t be more pleased, go have a look!
  • links: food

    megan
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:59 am
    Cauliflower Cake From ‘Plenty More’ | Serious Eats. This is unexpectedly gorgeous. Step Inside Michael Laiskonis’s Dessert Laboratory | Serious Eats. His secret weapon ingredient? Xanthan gum. Bring Home A Taste Of Paris The Easy Way With French Bistro Brisket : NPR. The recipe calls for an entire bottle of wine, I plan on making this very soon. Bon Appétempt: Video: Beet and Goat Cheese Terrine. It’s so pretty! Imbibe Unfiltered: David Chang Hates on Fancy Beer. I love discussing hop varieties, neckbeard or not. 30 Bags of Chips Means No One is a Winner — Medium.
 
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    Wee Wonderfuls

  • Storybook Cross Stitchette pattern up in the shop

    Hillary Lang
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:12 am
    Just in time for Christmas crafting the storybook gals I made last year are now available as a PDF pattern in the shop. Storybook X-Stitchettes, $4. I think these would be so sweet in a nursery. That ship has sailed over here so I think I'm going to back them with fabric, stuff them lightly and hang them on the tree. Also new in the shop are the PDF versions of the Kitchen Gnome Dish Towel Embroideries. I can't wait til this weekend to get ours out of the Christmas box.
  • what I'm not working on today

    Hillary Lang
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:41 am
     Since the pattern is named Elsa anyway I thought I'd give *the* Elsa a shot. I don't know though, not loving my materials on hand. I'm shooting for the young girl Elsa since I could never pull off sequined glam Elsa with my pattern. But I think I've decided I need better yarn and some wool for her dress. And a third little ornament. monkey? I  I need to start a pair of thrummed mittens for myself. But I'm out of yarn and out of roving. I need all things wool and none of them are in driving distance. Makes me batty all the things I need to order online.
  • elephant!

    Hillary Lang
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:52 am
    This little guy turned into an elephant ornament for the tree to go with Mr. Panda. 
  • Kindness Elf from the Elsa sewing pattern

    Hillary Lang
    15 Nov 2014 | 11:36 am
    Have you seen the Kindness Elves floating around on facebook? It's an idea from the Imagination Tree website for an alternative to Elf of the Shelf. The Kindness Elf promotes giving and kindness by bringing thoughtful heart shaped suggestions instead of mischief and reproachful glances like the typical Elf of the Shelf. I like it! Our Snowflake, of course, is very well behaved and doesn't narc to Santa so she's not in need of replacing but who couldn't use a kind little elf around at Christmas to help remind us what the holiday spirit is all about. I'm sure she and…
  • crocheted hexagon afghan

    Hillary Lang
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    It's done! I crocheted an afghan! Fun! I love making blankets. Crochet is such a new world for me. It's so forgiving. This just occurred to me.. my border is a little ruffly where I started out because I was picking up too many stitches... I can just cut it, undo that part and redo it! Also some of the yarn I used is not my favorite. I could actually cut out one hex and redo a ring with a different yarn and the rest of the afghan would stay intact! That's a revelation for those of us who started with knitting. So cool!  I've already started on my Christmas colored blanket…
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    A Little Hut - Patricia Zapata

  • happy thanksgiving!

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

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

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

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

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

    Marie
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:14 pm
    I couldn’t resist crocheting these cute little leaves for fall. We have loads of beautiful fallen leaves on our front lawn and I thought I’d crochet up a few more leaves to add to the pile! I found some yarn scraps from a variegated skein in fall colors and had to see how they would turn out. They couldn’t be more fun, with the stitches representing the veins of the leaves so perfectly and the colors of yarn giving these a festive look! These are super quick to crochet. You could make a whole pile of them to jump into in an hour or so ;) Supplies for Crochet Fall Leaf:…
  • Make Shaving Soaps for Him

    Francine
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:27 pm
    As part of my quest to give handmade gifts, I happened upon the perfect idea for my husband: shaving soaps! We’ve also been trying to cut out as many commercial cosmetics as possible, and he actually prefers to use an old fashioned soap bar with brush instead of shaving cream from a can. The gentlemen in your life will absolutely love these! Supplies for Making Shaving Soap: Melt & Pour Soap – I used the most natural organic one I could find made from an coconut oil base Rhassoul or other clay, like French Green Clay or Bentonite Clay Essential oil scents – I used a…
  • Watercolor Place Cards for Thanksgiving

    Marie
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    To help prep for our Thanksgiving dinner, we’re making a few festive place cards for the holiday table. These were fun to make, with a few different items to watercolor, representing Thanksgiving. We all took turns choosing either pie, turkey dinner, leaves, and fall trees. I love how the colors on the trees blended together, much like what we see outside our window with our backyard trees! I’m sharing the full tutorial for these Watercolor Thanksgiving Place Cards over at Creative Child Magazine. Head over to see the full tutorial and other great child-inspired articles! The post…
  • Stained Glass Turkey Craft

    Marie
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:18 am
    Turkey day is on it’s way! Time to decorate your house with fun Thanksgiving decorations. We’re crafting these festive window decorations – Stained Glass Turkeys! Your kids can make the turkey’s feathers with any color of tissue paper to shine through the window, making it fun for everyone inside and out! I’m sharing the full tutorial for this fun Stained Glass Turkey over at Creative Child Magazine. Head over to see the full tutorial and other great child-inspired articles! The post Stained Glass Turkey Craft appeared first on Make and Takes.
  • To the Market: Survivor-Made Goods

    Marie
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Last month I was invited to attend a blogger summit for the One Campaign and their work with girls and women. We gathered in Washington DC to learn more about what is happening in other countries, especially the African continent, concerning girls and women specifically. I have to say it was one of them most inspiring and empowering weekends I’ve ever experienced. I was given the opportunity to leave my quiet little bubble and experience what other women have gone through, are going through, and will continue to go through if we don’t help and take action! During the summit I…
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  • favorite kid gifts, 5th edition

    amy k.
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:10 am
    It's that time again! Here's the 2014 favorite kid gifts list. Some of these we have had for years, some we have gotten recently—all of them are very popular with our family in a way that stands out. Here are the previous lists: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010. I love all these gifts, too. And just like last year, I am planning a separate favorite books list, which I will post next.     Kingdom Builder We like board games in this house, and this one is pretty great because each time you play it, you draw cards to define the rules, so it's different every time. It's more…
  • butter keeper

    amy k.
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:37 am
    I am very happy with my on-the-counter butter storage of late. Over the summer, I was looking at my butter and was getting disturbed. The girls are cooking more and the butter looked like it had been attacked by a fox. I have used the butter keepers with the water in them, but I never knew how much butter was left and there was always that awkward moment of putting it back in the water without chipping the top (which is now chipped) so on a whim, I grabbed a weck jar and dropped in half a stick. I realize a normal butter dish might work for most people, but it gets gross in this house. The…
  • new items in the shop!

    amy k.
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:59 pm
    I'm so excited to have these new items in the shop before the holiday madness starts. I designed this sweet little Floral Gift Enclosure Card Set. I love making homemade cards, but so often I need something fast and easy to tuck into a bag or on a gift and these are just perfect for that. There are 8 in a set, 2 of each design, with room to write on the back. That out-of-focus one there in the back says Happy Birthday. I have been testing this Organic Blemish Treatment Oil for a bit now and it's really done the job. It's blue! But that fades immediately, I promise. My eldest girl…
  • red & white mittens

    amy k.
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:35 am
    I knitted these earlier this month and they got worn yesterday in our weird freezing-rain-very-light-snow storm. We lost power for a good 15 hours and it was cold! Good thing Grammie is close by. We headed over there with the pug and got all cozy for the day with her pug. It was a pug day. I am still enjoying knitting mittens. I love the classic red and white. And again, they are great stash busters. Here's the project page on ravelry. Unrelated: I have yet to put anything unusual in the waffle iron. I keep thinking about it, but it hasn't happened yet. I am scheming about what my…
  • Good Mail Day (an art show I am in)

    amy k.
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:51 pm
    I have four pieces of art in this wonderful show over at artstream studios. This show is curated by Lisa Solomon and Susan Schwake. All the pieces (by more than 60 artists) are available for sale online and are 4"x 6". Postcard size! All the artists contributing (there are some pretty big names in this show, I was flattered to be included) were asked to make these 4" x 6" in size, using any medium (original art, not copies or prints) and priced any way we wanted, which makes them very affordable. There are quite a few pieces here I'd like to buy. The size makes them so…
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  • young tudor

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

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

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

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

    julie thompson
    17 Jun 2014 | 8:12 am
    Pinterest.  It's a love/hate thing.  I have used Pinterest for reference (mostly for recipes) but the bulk of my activity is pinning stuff I forget 30 seconds later; never to be seen again.   For some reason (my love of letters/graphics?) I remembered the idea about spray painting plastic letters because when these letters arrived at school in a box of hand-me-downs, I grabbed them.  And when I was spray painting a vintage stool and had some paint left, I painted the letters.  This was not as easy as it seemed but it turns out that the letters are pretty cute with their cohesive…
 
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  • up next…

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

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

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

    misty
    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

    misty
    3 Jan 2014 | 7:00 am
    Wishing you a very Happy New Year!!!  xo
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  • sketchbookery class begins anew

    pamgarrison.typepad.com
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Since a new round of Sketchbookery fun is about to start up tomorrow, I thought I'd share some sketches I've done since last time. Above is one of my favorites. I painted it with brush and lamp black DS watercolor from a photo I took in Italy. It was fun to try to loosely interpret the important parts and catch the gist of the scene. My favorite part is the people, kind of crazy but still recognizable. As I said in my last post, Mary Ann's Sketchbookery class really got me started sketching and using watercolors more regularly than ever before. I fell in love with the idea of lots…
  • flowers for friday

    pamgarrison.typepad.com
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:44 pm
    I instagrammed the flowers  pictured above 2 weeks ago (I can't believe it's been that long, I was thinking one week tops), and the top photo yesterday. Although I've had various other pulls and pushes on my time between the two, I've been exploring with watercolors when I can. Specifically watercolor painting in a loose, trying to get looser way. Trying to go more toward imagination vs. rendering or sketching something real. On scraps from another project... On half done pages in my art journal... On papers found near me...basically anything I can, when I can. I'm…
  • paint.plan.play class

    pamgarrison.typepad.com
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:07 am
    I'm painting, planning and playing along with the Studio Calico Paint.Plan.Play class led by Ashley Goldberg. I've been a fan of Ashley's for a long time and was so happy when she starting designing products for SC, and even happier when I found out she was teaching this course. When I was invited to be one of the contributors for the class it was a no brainer. My example page will be up in the classroom later, but in the meantime, I'm thoroughly enjoying all her videos and lessons and experimenting her way. You know I love any excuse to play with art supplies, especially when…
  • more fall decor, more pumpkins

    pamgarrison.typepad.com
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Thought I'd share this recent patch of home grown pumpkins. You may remember earlier this year, my friend Mary Stanley gave me a little tutorial on how she makes her rug hooked pumkins and I made this one. Last month, with my Halloween born and holiday loving SIL's b'day coming around the corner, I started another. And then I made two more.  The white guy cracks me up, he seems so not sure about how he ended up here.    I used Mary's technique to close it up. Mary teaches these and other things like owls and birds, crows and rabbits and more in live…
  • fall felt wreath

    pamgarrison.typepad.com
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:26 pm
    I couldn't resist a little fall fun with felt. It's becoming a yearly tradition. (like previously here and here) I only had a little bit of time, so was wanting a craft that was pretty quick and easy. A wreath...bingo!  Here's how I made it: I cute fabric into 1.5" ish strips and wrapped it around a styrofoam wreath form bought at a craft store.  Every so often I would put a pin in to keep it in place.  Next I started going through my felt. I found that polka dot felt above on sale at JoAnn's in the clearance isle. its very easy to pull out the polka…
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  • About Frida Kahlo

    Anne-Julie
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:40 am
    Eng/ Earlier this year, my artist friend June Leeloo sent me a message about a project she had in mind : a group show paying tribute to the Great Frida Kahlo. I’ve instantly been in love with the theme, because Frida has always been a big inspiration for me. And here we are! The show is held by Distinction Gallery, located in Escondido (California) in the USA. We are several artists involved in this show and I love how everyone has interpreted the theme in their very own style! My piece is entitled “My Own Reality”. I wanted to work on several sides of the world of Frida:…
  • 2015 Calendar on Pre Order!

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

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

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

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

    AmyLynn98
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Last week, I ordered a lightsaber hilt from Salt Lake Saber Company on Etsy. For cosplay and display, these hilts do not have blades or electronics, but they are made out of steel, vinyl and plastic, and come in either a chrome or satin nickel finish. These hilts can be made to order with custom specifications for only $30 each, but Blaire Maynes also sells pre-made hilts (which is what I ordered), which are only $25 each. Blaire sells high quality (and heavy) lightsaber hilts. Blaire even has a couple of blasters available. There are other companies that sell all the parts needed to make a…
  • Thor voted sexiest man alive!

    costumewrangler
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Last week People Magazine announced that the lovely Chris Hemsworth (photo Credit: Ben Watts), aka Thor, is this year’s Sexiest Man Alive. Well, duh. In honor of this prestigious award, I thought, for my first post as a contributor to Geek Crafts, I’d share some awesome Thor related tutorials. Thor’s Hammer Of course, you can’t talk Thor and not talk Mjolnir, his big . . . hammer.  :)  Here’s a great Instructable on building your own hammer. If you’re looking for something a little less “cosplay” and a little more “toy“, try…
  • Cat Christmas Gift: Meowlnir

    Angie
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Looking for a holiday gift for a four-legged bestie? Be s/he worthy, perhaps Meowlnir is just what you need. The cool cats over at With Our Powers Combined have put together a tutorial on how to make feline-friendly replica of Mjolnir, Thor’s hammer. It’s so cute, it would make a great stocking stuffer for the less furry on your holiday list as well! What other geeky pet toys have you crafted up? Share ideas in the comments section below! Links of Interest: Meowlnir, Thor-inspired cat toy More Thor crafts on GeekCrafts More pet crafts on GeekCrafts
  • Meet The Woman With 50 Mustaches

    AmyLynn98
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:52 am
    This takes “Movember” to a whole new level! This old-timey gentleman is actually Dallas photographer S. Van Lokey…a modern day woman. For the second year in a row, the short-haired, part-time office manager has been transforming herself into old-timey mustached men with the help of black face paint, some hair gel, a few props and an iPhone. She shoots hundreds of photos in slightly different poses and picks her favorites to make her Facebook profile picture throughout the month. She recently shared some of them on CNN iReport with the headline, “Just a crazy woman…
  • Mom Draws Geektastic Pop Culture Artwork on Her Children’s Lunch Bags Every Day

    AmyLynn98
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    Each day, Christy Kilgore of eastern Illinois likes to bring a little sunlight in her children’s life by drawing pop culture artwork on the lunch bags they bring to school. She’s been doing this for about a year now and uses regular colored pencils, sharpies, and crayola markers to create her art. Be sure to check out the original posting, check her out on Instagram (linked above from her name), or follow her on Twitter to see more of her work. I’m jealous…I need someone to pack a lunch for me everyday and draw on my lunch bags!
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  • Recent Reading List

    Erin | house on hill road
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:11 pm
    With the holiday weekend coming up in the U.S., I thought I would share my most recent reads just in case someone was looking for a good book to take while traveling or enjoy post-turkey. In no particular order, this is what I have read since my last book list. Other lists can be found here (keep scrolling down!) Yes Please by Amy Poehler - I loved this! Of course, I admit that I am biased because Amy and I were friends in college. Fangirl since 1989! Moscow Rules by Daniel Silva - Still making my way through these Gabriel Allon thrillers and still loving them. I also read The Messenger and…
  • Bueller?

    Erin | house on hill road
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:44 am
    I sent a text to Jane the other night when she was late coming out of play rehearsal that just said, "Bueller?" I imagine you all saying the same thing to me, wondering where I've been. I don't think I have ever gone a whole month without posting since I started this blog 8+ years ago. Life is busy. And good. And sometimes a little messy. I'm in the thick of it. Kate turned 13! And does not want her picture on the internet. Duly noted. We gave her an electric guitar and she was surprised. I do not think she expected it at all and I love that. She is coming into her…
  • The Beginnings of an Improv Proverbial Quilt

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

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

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

    Design Mom
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Image and text by Gabrielle. It’s late on Wednesday night as I type this. I confess, I fully intended to write a post first thing this morning, but ended up spending my writing time discussing (and arguing about) the grand jury decision that was announced in Ferguson on Monday. Like many Americans, my emotions are running hot this week and I’m sometimes finding it difficult to respond in a way that will foster a helpful discussion. So I keep rereading the call for compassion written by The Bloggess, and I keep doing my best to take her sound advice. In the midst of my…
  • Living With Kids: Noa Weintraub

    Design Mom
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    By Gabrielle. I hereby declare Noa Weintraub Queen of the Stunning Staircase! She is ruler over two of the most startlingly stylish sets of steps I’ve seen, so I really think she deserves the crown. (There should really be a crown.) Her home is a fun house, for sure. You would never in a million years think that the force who designed these spaces thought she didn’t want a child! This honesty, this unabashed creativity, and Noa’s great advice — one of her gems is “Life’s too short to wait for a special occasion! — all make this tour a favorite of mine. I hope it’s one of…
  • LilaPops Giveaway

    Design Mom
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    By Gabrielle. I’ve got the cutest giveaway for you today. Lilapops is offering a charming prize package featuring 5 of Lila’s Sick Day Picks!! The prize package of “Lila’s Sick Day Picks” includes: 1) Lilapops (of course!), 2) This is the World Book by M. Lasek, 3) Magnetic Doodle House, 4) the sweetest BlaBla Handknit Sheep, and 5) a set Mr. Sketch Scented Markers. So fun! Who is Lila? She’s the namesake of Lilapops, a mom-approved company that makes all natural cough drop lollipops for kids. They leave out the yucky dyes, artificial flavors and preservatives — helping…
  • Thanksgiving Prep

    Design Mom
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    By Gabrielle. Food photos by Lindsey Rose Johnson for Design Mom. Centerpiece photo by N. Underwood. We’re hosting Thanksgiving this year and the whole family is looking forward to it like crazy. We’ve been making lists and plans, thinking up activities for the kids table, trying new furniture arrangements, making an inventory of dishes, glasses and silverware to make sure we have what we need, and wondering if we should add crab to the menu like last year. Speaking of last year, I keep thinking back to how I was just trying to get a handle on my mental health about now, and…
  • A Few Things

    Design Mom
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:50 am
    Image and text by Gabrielle. Hello, Friends! How are you today? Ready for the weekend? I sure am. It was a jam-packed happy week and I feel like we’re ending it on a happy note, too. Which is great. Tonight the cousins are coming for a sleepover! I have two siblings that live in the Bay Area and we’ve decided to make it a monthly tradition and rotate houses. Last month was at Jordan’s house, this month we’re hosting, and next month it’s Liz’s turn. We LOVE having the cousins over! It’s a funny thing, here we are in the same area, and you’d think…
 
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  • pippilotta and mr. nilsson

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

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

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

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

    Morgan
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Halloween in NYC is pretty amazing. Theres a gazillion kids running around, everything is decked out and the streets are shut-down for trick-or-treaters. We popped down to 69th street while it was still light and before the crowds got bad.  Have you ever seen anything like it? These decorations against NYC brownstones are so awesome.  Those giant spiders were my favorite! They were huge! I told Chris we need to move to one of these streets that shuts down for Halloween so we can go all out!  This year Tess went as Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. She's already got the unibrow so....
  • Greenwood Lake

    Morgan
    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

    Morgan
    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

    Morgan
    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

    Morgan
    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…
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  • SouleMama Sponsor ~ Alewives Fabrics

    SouleMama
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:42 am
    Today, we bring you a giveaway from SouleMama Sponsor, Alewives Fabrics. In Rhea's words: "Alewives Fabrics is a family-owned business located in a big red barn in Midcoast Maine. The shop has been open since 1978, but for the past...
  • thanks & {this moment}

    SouleMama
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:53 am
    Thanks for all the support you offered our lovely sponsors yesterday! And thanks to the sponsors for all their lovely updates and discounts offered! A quick note that the coupon code for Craft South has been fixed. And a head's...
  • in gratitude

    SouleMama
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:59 am
    Dear SouleMama Readers, During this week of gratitude, I want to take a moment to say thank you. Thank you for spending some of your own precious time here reading. It is a pleasure and a joy to spend my...
  • Goods in the Shop

    SouleMama
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:33 am
    I have more Taproot goodness to share with you today. And that's with the very exciting news that our shop is now full of Taproot Goods, those pictured above and more. We had a blast earlier this year, brainstorming as...
  • SouleMama Sponsor ~ Quince & Co.

    SouleMama
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today, we bring you a giveaway from SouleMama Sponsor, Quince & Co. In Pam's words: "Quince & Co. is a handknitting company featuring thoughtfully conceived yarns spun from American natural fibers or sourced from overseas suppliers who grow plants, raise...
 
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  • If only his hat was right

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:51 am
    Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends, and… happy Thursday to the rest of the world.  Here in Canada it’s just a Thursday, and I’m spending it knitting tiny things. If all goes well, that will be a star (and a more clever pattern, I don’t think you could find) despite the way that it looks like a some sort of deflating sea urchin right now.  The tiny things are like this, I find.  I knit several odd looking wee bits, and then right when you can’t see any hope that it will resemble anything at all, you sew up (or stuff, or graft, or sew together) four or…
  • If you don’t look too hard

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Here I am, four days until deadline on the ornaments, with 11 to go (don’t panic early. I think I’m fine) and I snapped.  I think there’s something about knitting tiny, teeny little things that just gets to you after a while.  Last night I was just about moved to tears during the making of an itty bitty candy cane, and that maybe explains these. It’s a quick pair of Super-Bulky Fingerless Mitts, and I knit them out of a skein of Super Soft Merino (very, very aptly named) that I’ve had kicking around for a while.  These bad boys took about five minutes to…
  • Better late than never

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:25 pm
    I’d planned on this post going up much earlier than this today, but a quick knitting rescue for my Mother-in-law turned into a very handy shopping trip (if you finish a hat, you should get the ribbon straightaway, before the urge fades) and poof. My afternoon evaporated in the most pleasant way.  (I am not cursed with a difficult Mother-in-law. In fact, she’s rather lovely, and knitterly.) It seems like the days pass so quickly right now, at least the part of the day that’s not candlelit, cozy and… well, rather frankly bad for finished knitted stuff pictures, but Sam…
  • Perhaps

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Let’s say, that you were very much a knitter, and less so a sewer – and let’s say that you decided to do a very simple sewing project.  Let’s say – even, because it’s true, that you only decided to do that sewing project because when it was done it would be a vehicle for knitting, and that made it seem all right to you. Let’s say also, that you have a brand-spankin’ new sewing machine that you said you wanted, and even though it turns out that your husband really got that sewing machine so that he could learn to sew and make things for the…
  • And with that, she lay down

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Another retreat is finished, and I think it was the nicest yet.  I know I say that every time, but this time? I really mean it.  I’m too tired to do more than show you pictures, but here they are.  It. Was. Fantastic.
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    Betz White

  • Cosmos Infinity Cowl in Flannel

    Betz White
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Last weekend I made myself the most yummy flannel and jersey cowl! This time of year I almost always wear something around my neck, even around the house. If I’m feeling a bit cold it’s just the thing to take the chill off. One side of the cowl is made from Robert Kaufman’s Mammoth plaid and the other is organic cotton jersey from Alabama Chanin that I had in my stash.   The pattern, called the Cosmos Infinity Cowl, is from my book Present Perfect. The jersey side has free motion stitching with reverse appliqué. It’s super fun to do because you just sew like…
  • Book Review: Colorful Stitchery

    Betz White
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:25 am
    I’ve always had needlework in my life, one way or another. My grandmother knit and embroidered, my mom sewed, my dad did needle point (I know, right?!). I remember learning to embroider…a tiny pillow with my name written in a chain stitch surrounded by lazy daisy flowers with french knot centers. To me, embroidery is an extension of all of the other crafting I do. Especially working with felt, as I do with my holiday ornaments, stuffed animals, or appliquéd pieces, embroidery is the perfect finishing touch. Because of this, I think every maker needs embroidery skills in their…
  • Holiday Stitch-along Ornament #4: Christmas Pie

    Betz White
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    Introducing the Christmas Pie Ornament, pattern #4 in the Holiday Stitch-along Ornament Club! Members, check your email inboxes today! What would the holidays be without treats?! Make a sweet Christmas Pie Ornament with a mason jar lid serving as the pie pan. Or leave off the hanger loop to create a pincushion instead! Either way, it’s a super cute hostess gift or tree décor. Lids are available to buy by the dozen online and at hardware and grocery stores. You should be able to buy a dozen for around $5-8.   Imagine making this in different colors to represent your favorite pie…blue…
  • First Flake: Felt Ornament Tutorial

    Betz White
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
      Before the flurry of the holidays begins, I want to share a quick little ornament tutorial to kick off your holiday crafting! I named this First Flake because I love that feeling of excitement when the first flakes of snow fall each winter. This design is made from felt and uses a fun reverse appliqué technique that I can’t get enough of. It’s a similar process to that used in my Sweet Life bee pillow. What you’ll need: Hexagon template [download] Scraps of felt in several colors Beads Thread Pins Disappearing ink pen Small embroidery scissors Baker’s twine…
  • Holiday Stitch-along Ornament #3: Winter Bloom

    Betz White
    1 Nov 2014 | 11:22 am
    Introducing the Winter Bloom Ornament, pattern #3 in the Holiday Stitch-along Ornament Club! Members, check your email inboxes today! This origami style ornament is hand stitched in felt to form a center bloom with ruffled layers all around. Make it up in gradient blues, Christmas colors or your own combination to create a variety of festive looks.   Last year’s Origami Wreath pattern continues to be a popular ornament in my Etsy shop so I wanted to be sure to offer another folded and stitched style this year as well. Felt is the perfect medium! It’s easy to work with…
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    Illustration Friday

  • Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Leslie Stein

    Andy Yates
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Artist/musician/bartender/comics brew-master Leslie Stein has been making comics since the early 2000’s. She started making her comics by cutting & pasting construction paper into colorful silhouettes. Her work has continued to morph, and evolve over the years. Today, you can see how she’s broken down her characters, and stories into minimal line work, expressive colors, and animated typography! Leslie Stein began self-publishing her personal anthology Eye of the Majestic Creature in 2004. The series stars her cartoon alter ego Larrybear(along with a colorful cast of…
  • Matthew Richardson

    Jessica Holden
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
    Matthew Richardson is an Illustrator represented by Heart Illustration Agency. He is inspired by folk art, 1930s studio photography and secondhand bookshops. His clients include; Penguin, Creative Review, Radio Times and The New York Times to name a few. To see more of this great illustrators work: Visit his website and blog Posted by Jessica Holden
  • Creative ways to think outside the box

    Kate Leonard
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
      It’s easy to presume that your doodles, illustrations, paintings and creative thoughts should make their way straight to paper or canvas although just for a minute why not think outside the box.  Break the rules and do something creatively different that sets your doodles apart , not to abandon your sketchbook for to long but challenge yourself to something different. To help get you started heres just a few creative ways you can do that and truly think outside the box to show others just how creative you can be. Remember that rather dull phone or tablet case you bought thats…
  • Comics Illustrator of the Week :: Nimit Malavia

    Andy Yates
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:05 pm
    DC/Vertigo’s long running title Fables has been a showcase for some of the top illustrators working in comics, today. One of the shining stars to contribute covers to the series(as well as a recent interior story) is artist Nimit Malavia. His dynamic yet delicate illustrations portray a strong sense of mood/color existing in a deep field of depth. While looking at them, you literally feel like you could fall into the page(or screen, if you prefer digital)! Nimit’s work graces the walls of Shopify’s offices(as pictured above), and he’s done commercial work for high…
  • Pick of the Week for THEATRE and This Week’s Topic

    Thomas James
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
    Happy Friday! We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Stephanie Dalton Cowan, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of ‘PAPER’. Thanks to everyone else for participating. We hope it was inspiring! You can also see a gallery of all the other entries here. And of course, you can now participate in this week’s topic: SLOW 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,…
 
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    Doll

  • movember

    mimik
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Really, I had to honor the mustache in November, right? eta- I have added the available men to my etsy shop if you are interested.
  • red hair, green kilt

    mimik
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:54 pm
    The title sounds very seasonal, doesn’t it! I will never get over how fantastic this toile is. Lions, ruins, sheep, bunnies, owls and swans and ladies dressed like Greek goddesses!
  • Pirate man

    mimik
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Everyone needs a little bit of pirate in their life, don’t they?
  • russet beard man

    mimik
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:04 pm
    #2
  • man time

    mimik
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:59 pm
    I’m working on filling up my shop for the gift buying season. I won’t be doing any markets before Christmas. Time for some fresh men!
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  • Happy Emails from IQA and Pumpkin Cars

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

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

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

    PaMdora
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
  • Morning Song

    PaMdora
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:20 am
    Early Saturday morning before dawn, we started the morning with poetry, bird calls, and frost on our feet. It was part of a sound installation sponsored by ideaXfactory designed and led by Gerard Nadeau of Drury University’s architecture department called Morning Song Evening Song. Starting Friday evening with a workshop led by Greater Ozarks Audubon members, we each put a wooden Audubon bird call on an orange ideaXfactory lanyard around our neck and headed up to Park Central Square. There at sunset, we spread through the First Friday Art Walk crowd and started a slow symphony of…
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    Spirit Cloth

  • A second attempt at Awareness

    jude
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:21 am
    This will be a series.  As many, or  as long as it takes.     I will take a few days for quiet and family.  I have much to be grateful for.  Thanksgiving then.   Be back Monday.
  • A clearer day in my mind

    jude
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:47 am
    Novemeber.  So far into it already.  Cloudy skies.  Expecting snow and the big chill  that means  a smaller life for a while.  Some last minute chores today. A little patch of  weather,  of vision, of hope, of  clarity.  Oh, a  little something that seemed right. Right here yesterday. Not  forgetting  that  it might be different today.   This nine patch  is spaced out.  I both relate and find beauty in that today. I will be adding a link to Small Journeys here later today. Tomorrow.
  • Darker day but then not

    jude
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    Dark. Rain. BIG wind.  What a contrast to yesterday. We had coffee at 4 AM. But it is a cozy  dark.  A light rhythmic rain. A warm wind.   A dark cozy day. It is like a blanket.   Furniture got moved today.  The sewing chair is by the window and and I will use the studio through the winter even if I have to sit under many quilts to keep warm.  So far the wood supply looks good.  At about 8:02 AM I looked up and saw this and thought...life is a beautiful blur. 10:40 AM I started stitching.  Still stitching.  A small…
 
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    Wooster Collective

  • Work, work, work

    woostercollective.com
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:51 am
    Photo nicked from the-nicest-pictures.blogspot.com
  • Wooster Annual Holiday Sale

    woostercollective.com
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:31 am
    Give your friends, family and co-workers something special you can't find at the mall: beautiful books and artwork by Wooster Collective street artists! Free gift wrapping on all orders Free shipping in the U.S. Up to 50% off original prices Click here to start shopping at our online store.
  • Sonni Stardust Video: Art That Pops Off The Canvas

    woostercollective.com
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:17 am
    This new video from New York-based Argentinian artist, Sonni, will definitely brighten up your day. We love the clever use of traditional art forms with digital art here. It gets better towards the end, so definitely worth watching every minute of it! Enjoy! Sonni Stardust from Sonni on Vimeo.  
  • Seen On The Streets Of Lima

    woostercollective.com
    2 Nov 2014 | 11:03 am
    More from Jade Rivera here.
  • Pøbel Shows Us How Its Done In Tokyo, Japan

    woostercollective.com
    2 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
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    Judy Wise

  • A New Learning Curve

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

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

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

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

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

  • Squash Risotto

    Ulysses Press
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Butternut squash is fantastic in the fall, but it has a delicate taste and needs the right recipes to stand out. Here, the nutty, sweet taste and soft texture of the squash is highlighted by the simplicity of the risotto. Makes 4 servings
  • Wire Wrapped Post Earrings

    Caroline
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Simple, modern earrings made from Popsicle sticks.
  • Queen Elsa Inspired Look

    Cecilie O.
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This look is inspired by Queen Elsa from the Disney movie Frozen.
  • Egg Salad

    Ulysses Press
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Egg salad is a great lunch option because it takes surprisingly few ingredients to make and they are usually ingredients you already have in your fridge and spice cabinet. Other than boiling the eggs, this salad takes only minutes to make but it is tasty and filling. Try adding a little bit of cayenne pepper if you want to spice it up. Egg salad tastes great on its own, but is truly outstanding as a sandwich. Just bring some bread to work with you along with your Mason jar of egg salad, and put together a tasty sandwich with minimal effort. Makes 2 servings
  • Pomegranate And Pear Salad

    Ulysses Press
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This salad never fails to put me in the fall spirit. Pears and blue cheese pair beautifully, but it’s the tart pomegranate seeds that really make this salad special. You can buy pomegranates whole and break them down yourself or purchase just the seeds at most grocery stores. Makes 1 serving
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    Chica and Jo

  • Grinch Christmas party ideas

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

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

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

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

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

  • What’s happening?

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

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

    Kasia Z
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Hello! It’s a sunny spring day in Melbourne and we’re whipping up some new things to chat about.
  • So grateful to be back

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

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

  • Tute Tuesday: Dark Chocolate Bacon Pecan Pie

    kittykill
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Thanksgiving is just a few days away and it your job to make dessert for dinner. What are you going to do? You can’t pass off a store bought pie for homemade. You tried that last year. Don’t fret! Najaorama has you covered with her out of this world Dark Chocolate Bacon Pecan Pie. Stop […]
  • Amazing Altered Puzzles

    rackycoo
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:32 am
    Craftsters will alter just about anything that won’t run away! One thing I find fascinating is altered puzzles. Each piece is a tiny work of art, and together, the pieces join to form a beautiful patchwork effect. Wouldn’t you love a custom altered puzzle, either to keep or give as a gift to the puzzle […]
  • Meatless Monday: Cottage Cheese Mousse

    kittykill
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Sometimes I have cravings for chocolate that are so strong I could eat every chocolate bar in existence. I am not even kidding! I love chocolate and chocolate loves my waist and thighs. It just loves to hug them and squeeze them and like a bad boyfriend, never let go. What is a girl to […]
  • Challenge #104 Halloween Costume Winner

    kittykill
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:54 pm
    This month’s Craft Challenge was DIY Costume Challenge. The challenge was all about creating the perfect costume. The costume had to have DIY components and had to be from 2014. Our DellaStella! Her entry titled, Gimili, Lord of the Rings has her adorable two year old showing off his LOTR side by becoming an even […]
  • @Home This Weekend: Painted Countertops

    rackycoo
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:34 am
    This weekend, take a chance and do something bold. Momof2! decided her stained white kitchen countertops had to go, so she painted them, and look how great they look now! What a really great low-cost way to make a big change. What are you waiting for? Go for it!
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    Art Bead Scene Blog

  • Art Bead Palette :: Juliyamrboro

    Brandi Hussey
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    You all know how I love boros, and since today's Thanksgiving in the US, I thought I'd share this beautiful lampwork bead set from Juliyamrboro. Not only am I thankful to bead artists such as Yulia for creating amazing bead sets like this, I'm thankful to come across so many talented people in the online art world.Plus, the colors remind me of the holiday. Gobble, gobble. And as always, stop by Yulia's shop to see more.From the ABS team, we wish our American friends a very Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for this year?
  • Perfect Pairings :: Karin Slaton + Nora Pero

    TesoriTrovati
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    These polymer clay petals from artist Nora Pero were an exciting find for Karin Slaton who is joining us again after a hiatus from the challenge. The color and the shape recall the orchid in the inspiration painting so perfectly. The complex beadwork that Miss Karin created to go with it features a bead soup in the darker tones from Brandi's palette and is lush and over the top, like the dripping moss and hanging vines in the jungle locale of the painting. I also love reading about process and I was fascinated by the idea that Karin came up with to add structure to her piece. Welcome back,…
  • Tutorial Tuesday: Mini Leather Links and Art Bead Earrings

    Mary Harding
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
    I was thrilled when I found these mini leather links in September.  They are just 1 1/2 inches long and 5/8 inches wide.  They have been waiting patiently for me to make something.  And when I finally decided to feature them in this tutorial today, I checked back and found that they were out of stock.  But, I contacted the website on the label, Realistic Leather Crafts and asked when they would be available again and within a day they were back in stock.  You can purchase them here.  Before I actually decided on a project for this tutorial today, I…
  • Book Review: The Beader's Guide to Jewelry Design by Margie Deeb

    Mary Harding
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
     The Fundamentals of Jewelry Design for Bead Artists by Margie DeebWhether you are a seasoned bead designer, just beginning, or somewhere in the middle, I think you will find lots to love in Margie Deeb's newest book, The Fundamentals of Jewelry Design for Bead Artists.  Beautifully illustrated, full of explicit examples and dynamite practical information, this book seems to cover it all.Let's start with the structure which follows the process of jewelry design itself.  Her chapters go as follows:UnityFocal Points & EmphasisBalanceMovementShapeColorJewelry and the BodyThe…
  • Inside the studio with Claire Lockwood

    Claire Lockwood
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:47 am
    Welcome to Inside the Studio!Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.Congratulations Connie W! You have won a beautiful lampwork lentil from Ema K.Please send Ema an email with your information.Things are kinda betwixt and between at the moment.  Since my last ITS post, that shed I showed you, is now…
 
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    Tip Junkie

  • 14 Joyous Christmas Countdown Calendars

    Laurie
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Advent calendars are my favorite way to countdown to Christmas!   Here are some of the best Christmas DIY advent calendars I could find online!  I absolutely love having the tradition of a Christmas countdown calendar with my family.  Create a new Christmas tradition or do a simple activitiy for kids with these awesome holiday crafts! Use these pictured instructions to make Holiday Crafts, DIY Decor, Food and Recipes, Party Ideas, Free Printables, and Activities for Kids perfect for the holiday…
  • 20 Sugar Scrub Recipes to Make

    Laurie
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    How to make the best sugar scrub recipes at home.  These homemade sugar scrubs include pictured tutorials on how to make homemade facial scrubs. A homemade scrub doesn't only exfoliate and moisturize your hands, feet, and body but it also makes an amazing gift!  So here are 20 homemade sugar scrubr recipes that include body scrubs to turn your dry winter skin smooth and silky. As always, the Tip Junkie Style site has hundreds of pictured tutorials for homemade beauty recipes so you can always search there if you'’re looking for something…
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    Tiny Talk | The Tiny Prints Card & Stationery Blog

  • Happy Thanksgiving! Save 30% off today!

    Julie
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Your feast is over, the kitchen is clean, and you’re settling in on the couch to watch a movie. Why not pick up your laptop and order your holiday cards? Use code GIVETHANKS30 at checkout to save 30% off! (Ends tonight! 11/27/2014) a
  • Great Custom Gift Ideas from Tiny Prints

    Maria
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    We are so excited to have Sharon from Cupcakes and Cutlery share some of her favorite personalized gifts from Tiny Prints! The holidays are here! Not only do I love that we get to bring out all the old traditions and spend quality time with family, but I also REALLY enjoy buying gifts for people. It’s one of my favorite things. For me it starts near the end of October. I start by thinking of the people that I need to buy for and as I’m out and about, I start trying to think of creative ideas for each person. I try to be really thoughtful and get them something that they would like, means…
  • Guide to Throwing a Holiday Office Party

    Maria
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    Tis the season for eggnog, gingerbread cookies and holiday parties. Some of you may have already received your company’s holiday party invitations, and along with the invite, we all know you’re eager to indulge in all the festive sweet treats and reveal what your latest co-worker has in store for this year’s White Elephant gift exchange. But if this is your first holiday party or if you’re in charge of hosting this year’s soiree, have no fear! These tips and stats are guaranteed to help you have a great office holiday party experience! a
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    Today's Creative Blog

  • Stylish Storage Solutions for your Craft Room

    Kim
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:53 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog If you are reading this anywhere other than Today's Creative Blog, this content has been stolen. As one of the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Bloggers, the challenge I chose was Small Storage Solutions. I am constantly looking for stylish storage solutions for my craft room, because even though it’s usually in a constant state of disarray, I still like it to look fun.  Stylish Storage Solutions for Wrapping Paper I needed to […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips…
  • Hot Apple Pie Dip

    Kim
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:02 pm
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog If you are reading this anywhere other than Today's Creative Blog, this content has been stolen. It’s certainly that time of year where gatherings are happening and parties are being planned. Nabisco has asked me if I’d like to share one of their recipes with you, and a few of my own party tips. Of course I would love too! I chose this Hot Apple Pie Dip! Hot Apple Pie Dip […] 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.
  • DIY Watercolor Pencil Felt Roll-ups

    Kim
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:48 am
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog If you are reading this anywhere other than Today's Creative Blog, this content has been stolen. Please welcome Colleen from Lemon Thistle as one of my new creative contributors! Colleen was hand picked by me for her creative ideas, like this DIY Watercolor Felt Roll-up,  her attention to detail and her beautiful photos! I just know you’ll love her as much as I do.   DIY Watercolor Pencil Felt Roll-Ups Hi Guys! […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and…
  • Crock Pot Shredded Buffalo Chicken

    Kim
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog If you are reading this anywhere other than Today's Creative Blog, this content has been stolen. Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Wing Sauce, where have you been all my life? Slow Cooker Sunday just got hot! I had seen my friend Cheryl from TidyMom.net make buffalo wings, but since I’m not much of a wing girl, I didn’t really pay attention. Then I was going to make Shredded Chicken, so I thought I’d try this […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and…
  • Printable Thanksgiving Napkin Rings

    Kim
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:41 am
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Blog If you are reading this anywhere other than Today's Creative Blog, this content has been stolen. Thanksgiving is made easier with the abundance of Thanksgiving Printables! So many choices and styles to fit anyone’s style. Marlynn from Urban Bliss Life designed these Printable Thanksgiving Napkin Rings and added her own zest for color! Printable Thanksgiving Napkin Rings   I love the non-traditional Thanksgiving colors she incorporated with familiar holiday hues. I think it […] Author information Kim Owner/Editor at…
 
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    Vanilla Joy

  • *BOOKS OF THE WEEK* 2 Favorites

    Kelsey Norwood
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    We love children’s classics and have been reading one after another the last few months. We’ve been through Pinocchio, Jungle Book, The Wizard of Oz, and a few others. Most recently we picked up Ian Fleming’s modern classic, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. This anniversary edition is beautiful with thick glossy paper, fun illustrations, and a […]
  • TOP 10 FAMILY GAMES #9 & 10: Bohnanza & Dodge Dice

    Kelsey Norwood
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:06 am
    9. Bohnanza We got this game for Christmas last year and have played it gobs of times since then. It’s made by Rio Grande and they usually come out with pretty fun games but sometimes they’re very long, complicated, and require so much strategy to ever have hope of winning. I love Bohnanza because it’s […]
  • Easy Pre-Cooked Chicken

    Kelsey Norwood
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:03 pm
    I just got my box of Zaycon chicken last week – 40 pounds of chicken with no added hormones, additives, or artificial ingredients, fresh from the processor. I’ve used my chicken in lots of different ways: canned – I love having canned chicken on hand, but I still have plenty from the last time flash […]
  • HATS!

    Kelsey Norwood
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:09 pm
    I just pulled out my box of hats cause BRRRRRRR! It’s been cold here! We switched from beautiful fall to frigid winter overnight. I hates cold weather, but cute hats save the day. I made this one last winter and it’s one of my favorite – Another great pattern from ShanaGalbraith! Remember her? She’s the […]
  • Top 10 Family Games EVERY Family Should OWN & PLAY OFTEN

    Kelsey Norwood
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
    It’s finished! My list of TOP 10 Family Games is complete just in time for Christmas. Here you have 10 great gift ideas for players of ALL ages. They range in price from about $10 – $20 so completely affordable and so much better than all the much more expensive and far less entertaining toys. From the […]
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    house wren studio

  • for my birthday

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

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

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

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

    charlotte
    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....
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    Gerdiary

  • Urban patchwork

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:57 am
  • A november swt...

    16 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    No. 6 of my squares with tailes.No. 4 and 5 are fledglings, they might show up here later...(continued from here)And there are a few new packs in the shop.One is a seasonal DIY mixed-media cards kit...
  • Leaves. Today: center and edge

    11 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    A leaves person......and a striped patch."I want to stand as close to the edge as I canwithout going over. Out on the edge you see allthe kinds of things you can't see from the center."(Kurt Vonnegut, born November 11, 1922)
  • Leaves. Today: booklets

    7 Nov 2014 | 10:13 am
  • Leaves. Today: homegrown...

    5 Nov 2014 | 4:02 am
    ...and tender rosé with old tablecloth in the shop...
 
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    Try Handmade

  • Woolly Fabulous

    Erika Jurney
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:54 am
    Odile Gova: I am mostly self taught, although I have made attempts at Art college and various workshops over the [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • What’s In Season Now: March Edition

    Diana Prichard
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:46 pm
    It’s been a while since anything that grows in the dirt has been in-season here. It’s been a while, as [more...] Similarly Awesome       
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

    Tara Gentile
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
    [hTara] This week my tip came from Jean, from 3squares. Through twitter, Jean suggested her home town of Raleigh – [more...] Similarly Awesome       
  • Behind the scenes at from, Alice

    Erika Jurney
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:18 pm
    You can see the work produced in this space at from, Alice. And if you want to have your workspace [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • Multicolor Neck Cozy

    Erika Jurney
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:04 am
    You know those days when, GAH!, you just want to get your flipping hair out of your face and off [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
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    Hammermarks

  • Rivet Pendant Workshop 2014 Student Work

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:56 pm
    We had another excellent batch of students yesterday at my Rivet Pendant workshop. There were all skill levels and one student managed to complete 4 pendants, but everyone finished at least one. We braved the cold and pounded together some … Continue reading →
  • In Progress: Chains, Pots, & Arches

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Finally, an in process post! I’ve been working concurrently on the two big projects that I’m in the middle of right now. That way when I get bored with one, I can switch to the other. That’s much preferable to … Continue reading →
  • Back to the Studio

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    After having a frenzied couple of weeks where I had almost no studio time, I’m finally able to get back into the studio this week. I’m not complaining because I was doing events and working, but it will feel good … Continue reading →
  • Carnyx – an Ancient Celtic Horn

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    Metalwork doesn’t confine itself to things like jewelry or hollowware. No, pretty much anything can be made out of metal. I often forget about musical instruments and the metal techniques that go into making them. It’s been a tradition since … Continue reading →
  • Myths & Lore of Metalwork

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

  • AWESOME ROOFTOP GARDEN

    23 Nov 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Honestly, nothing beats Singapore in being green. I am very sure it isn't the greenest country in the world as yet but it sure is trying it's very best being as you g as forty something in age. I am at the polyclinic today for a dental appointment and just look at this beautiful rooftop garden landscape.  What a wonderful use of space. The dental clinic is on the third floor and it
  • ON REMOVING TOXIC PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:31 pm
    I was backing up photos from the phone and stumbled upon this old image. I cannot remember where I got this from. Either I found it on the www or a friend forwarded it. Nonetheless, I cannot agree more. And it is especially so for family and relative s and extremely unappreciative people. Especially them.
  • ALTERNATIVE WORDS OF WISDOM

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:16 pm
    I was clearing photos from my phone and stumbled upon these old 'words of wisdom'.
  • SINGLISH : THIS IS MY LANGUAGE AND I LOVE IT

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:07 pm
    A lot of people think Singlish is poor taste. But how can that be when it is a nation's heritage and when a couple of words can mean so much more.
  • NOBODY CARES SO JUST LIVE YOUR LIFE

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:35 pm
    We have been most anonymous on this blog. We. Me. I have been using the royal We. Some people ask why. I started this blog years ago because I thought it was too mundane, simply just going to work. I didn't have anything else. No aim, nothing. It was a young thing, being aimless. It was that time in my twenties that all you really know is to work. Whatever else happens, will happen and life
 
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    Knitting Naturally Blog

  • Nov 24, Knitting Naturally

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:59 pm
    Learn How to Knit with Knitting Naturally. Knitting Naturally is your one stop shop for all of your knitting needs.
  • Nov 21, How to Knit

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:43 pm
    The first stitch that you need to learn is the knit stitch. On this page you will find step by step instruction on how to knit 'knit stitches'.
  • Nov 21, How to Knit Cables

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Would you like to know how to knit cables? Once you have mastered the knitting basics you are probably going to want to start experimenting with more advanced knitting techniques, and experimenting with knitting cables (arans) can be very satisfying.
  • Nov 21, How to Knit Buttonholes

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Sooner or later as you gain experience as a knitter, you are going to need to learn how to knit buttonholes.
  • Nov 21, How to Crochet

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Do you know how to crochet? Crocheting is fun, easy to learn and very versatile.
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    VERY SHANNON

  • GIVEAWAY || YOTH YARNS REVIEW & GIVEAWAY!

    Very Shannon
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    Last spring I fell head over heels for YOTH Yarns. You know... that kind of yarn love where you know the minute you see it that you must have it.Since then I've been anxiously awaiting the time when I could share about the fabulousness of this "to dye" for yarn company on the blog! I had the lovely chance to meet Veronika, one of the co-owners of YOTH Yarns, at our stop to visit Tolt Yarn & Wool in Carnation, WA during Vogue Knitting. I already knew Veronika was talented and sweet (have you read her blog Yarn on the House?) but when I spotted her brand spanking new yarn I knew I was…
  • NEW FREE PATTERN || FARBE COWL!

    Very Shannon
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
    DOWNLOAD THE FREE FARBE COWL PATTERNWho's in the mood for a new free pattern? Yay! I'm so excited to show you all the FARBE Cowl!It's been getting pretty cold over here on Vancouver Island and I've been craving a new super chunky cowl! I adore color blocking and thought it would be fun to whip up a new free pattern for you all showcasing just that! The FARBE Cowl is warm & cozy, fast to knit up and adds a great pop to your fall/winter wardrobe! It's also a great beginner pattern! You can access the FREE download for FARBE on Ravelry, in our VeryShannon Shop or direct HERE. I love the…
  • KNITTING ||GREEN GABLES SHAWL KIT & #ANNEALONG

    Very Shannon
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Have I ever told you about my love of all things Anne of Green Gables? I adore Anne. Always have and always will. I've read (and re-read) the cherished books and watched and the movies since I was a young girl. And since then I've spent many a moment in daydreams just like Anne with an E. I admit that as a girl I used to wish at night that I would wake up with hair as read as Anne's and have a "Gilbert" in my life. I wanted to live on PEI and run through the trees dreaming the biggest dreams I could.I've always been inspired by Anne and her character and find myself returning to the…
  • SEASONLESS || MINI COLLECTION IS NOW FULLY AVAILABLE!

    Very Shannon
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:27 pm
    It's here! We're so excited to let you all know that SEASONLESS is now fully available! You can now easily buy the paper booklet of SEASONLESS through NNK Press (read more HERE)! The ebook and individual patterns are also still available too! We think the SEASONLESS booklet bundle would make a wonderful xmas pressie for that special knitter in your life or for a lovely treat for yourself!We also have the booklet available for your favorite yarn shops to purchase for wholesale as well from NNK Press! So if you're looking for a copy at your fave LYS please feel free to let them know it's…
  • SALE || INDIE GIFT-A-LONG 2014 IS HERE!

    Very Shannon
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    It's time for a special sale!!!! Don't miss the Indie Gift-A-Long 2014!!!From November 13th, 8pm EST to November 21st, 11:59pm EST you can save 25% OFF from a TON of your favorite independent designers during the Indie Gift-A-Long 2014 with code "giftalong2014"!!!But wait - there's more! You can also take part in a ton of fun! Join in the Indie Gift-A-Long that runs until New Year's Eve!What is the Indie Gift-A-Long? It’s a multi-designer promotion to help you kick your holiday gift-making into high gear! The Indie Gift-A-Long is a 2 month long KAL/CAL (knit along/crochet along) of holiday…
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    Creating Keepsakes Blog

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

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

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

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

    creatingkeepsakes
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Get to know Creative Options products and Amy Tan! Hi fellow crafters! My name is Amy Tan and I’m the founder of Amy Tangerine. It started as a fashion company after I graduated college. I used to style and produce photo shoots and then I began designing tee shirts and my collections were featured in hundreds of retail outlets, including Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, and Barneys New York. Amy Tangerine expanded to scrapbooking in 2007, making custom albums for clients as well as launching a collection in 2010. My latest collection, Stitched is hitting stores now! I am excited to be here…
  • Scrapbook How-to: Create a Pattern with an Adhesive Runner

    creatingkeepsakes
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Define your layout’s design using your trusty adhesive runner. Mark a grid or other straight-lined design with a pencil, then go over it with adhesive. You can add anything from glitter to small, lightweight embellishments that match your layout’s theme. Gretchen McElveen created a glitter grid design on her Little Lady layout for 101+ Creative Ways to Use Your Scrapbook Supplies to define photo, title, and journaling areas on her scrapbook page. Little Lady layout by Gretchen McElveen Create the look: Step 1: Draw grid lines using ruler and pencil. Step 2: Apply adhesive over…
 
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    Elizabeth Anne Designs: The Wedding Blog

  • Welcome To The Weekend

    Erin
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    We are wrapping up the week early to prepare for tomorrow’s feast and festivities and wanted to wish you and yours a happy Thanksgiving before we leave! We hope your extended weekend is filled to the brim with good food, fun and relaxation and we will see you back here on Monday morning. {Images by Melanie Nedelko Photography via Wedding Sparrow} A few of our favorites from the week: 17 alternative Christmas trees. This tabletop is an autumn-lovers dream. Beautiful and free Thanksgiving printables. Love this oversized decor trend. How to navigate the Black Friday sales. 63 simple…
  • Relaxed + Casual Italian Wedding

    Ami
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Olga’s family is from Russia, and Tristan’s is from the UK. They previously lived in Switzerland and currently make their home in Australia. It was only natural that they gather their nearest and dearest, who are scattered throughout the world, for a destination wedding. They selected the picturesque Relais Sant’Uffizio in Piedmont, Italy, and planned a 3-day wedding weekend. After a Great Gatsby inspired welcome party and a relaxed BBQ, their wedding day was a celebration of their love and cultures with a ceremony written by the couple and performed in both English and…
  • Classic Austin Wedding

    Ami
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Caroline and Kyle were married in a joyful celebration with fiesta flair at the Four Seasons Austin, designed by WHITT. After exchanging vows beneath an oak tree laden with gorgeous floral chandeliers, guests moved into the ballroom for the classic reception, with tables dressed with a sea of glowing candles and ivory centerpieces from Wendee Sawran. In keeping with the fiesta theme, the cocktail hour featured Mariachi Relampago, guests were decked out in floral crowns and maracas, and the reception featured Bobalu Cigar Co. We love the mix of sophistication and Southwestern fun in…
  • Welcome To The Weekend

    Erin
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    TGIF! From festive holiday ideas to an unlimited amount of gorgeous wedding details, this week has been filled to the brim with so much prettiness!  We are celebrating the weekend’s arrival with a few of our favorites and hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Enjoy and have a beautiful Friday! {Images by Joey Kennedy via Once Wed} A few of our favorites from the week: 24 make-ahead Thanksgiving recipes. A simple hairstyle for turkey day. 15 pretty holiday party dresses. Must try this apple pie cocktail recipe. Deck the halls with a festive holiday garland. How to get an official…
  • NYC Wedding at The Pratt House

    Ami
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    We are head over heels for Chris and Tiffany’s chic city wedding at the Pratt House! We love how four generations of family came together to celebrate this dreamy day and Karen Hill was behind the lens capturing every single gorgeous detail. The beautiful florals by Floresta were the perfect addition to Tiffany’s breathtaking Pronovias gown and we cannot get over how pretty her maids were in purple dresses from David’s Bridal. The darling cake by Empire Cake was sweet as can be and matched the brown and gold reception to perfection. Prepare to spend the day…
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    FaveCrafts.com Articles

  • Chameleon Pens

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:43 am
    Chameleon Art Products is not just another marker company. We pride ourselves on developing real innovation that enhances our end users ability to maximize their creativity in all aspects of their artwork.
  • Darling Dahlia Card

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:42 am
    Send someone a lovely message with this Darling Dahlia Card. Great for birthdays, thank you's, or just offering words of encouragement, this lovely card is a welcomed challenge for artists of all skill levels. Play around with different Chameleon Pens colors and create flowers in every color of the rainbow. This is a great project that will teach you how to transform a flat stamp into an amazing image. With bright colors, this dahlia seems to pop off this card and it's sure to be a card that's cherished and appreciated for years to come.
  • Let it Snow Card

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    Enjoy the beauty of winter with this Let it Snow Card. Colored with amazing Chameleon Pens, this card comes to life on the paper and makes for a wonderful winter wish to all your family and friends. You can embellish this card with a message or just leave it as is for a sweet holiday greeting. You can also use this tutorial to make a tag or embellish a scrapbook page. With added instructions on how to color with Chameleon Pens, this tutorial is easy enough for those who are brand new to marker coloring.
  • 17 Free Clothing Patterns

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    One of the best parts of sewing is learning how to design and make clothes for yourself. We put together this comprehensive sewing guide of our best 17 Free Clothing Patterns, from dress patterns to apron patterns and more. Learn how to make your own clothes and you may never need to shop at the mall again. Best of all, these fashionable patterns are trendy and fun - people won't believe you didn't spend a ton of money at a fancy boutique. In this collection, you'll find skirts, dresses and even pretty tops. No matter what you make, you know you'll look and feel amazing.
  • Benetta Strydom

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    Benetta Strydom is from Pretoria, South Africa. By day, she is a Remedial therapist at a local high school, and by night she is an avid crafter. She enjoys experimenting with different craft media, and has also taken art classes for a few years.
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    FaveCrafts

  • Crafty Word Search + 8 Crafts We’re Obsessed With

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

    FaveCrafts
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    We want to know what you think! That’s what we are all about at FaveCrafts.com – talking to the community (you) about your “fave” crafts. Now is your chance to see what your fellow crafters think about these topics so we can learn a little bit more about each other! This is probably the hottest question out there and I would love to see who “wins” in this poll! Knitters, be sure to check out AllFreeKnitting.com for the best selection of free knitting patterns. Crocheters have it made in the shade with AllFreeCrochet.com AND…
  • 21 Ways to Crochet, Knit or Sew a Bag

    FaveCrafts
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:54 am
    I have a confession to make: I simply love bags. Big totes, small pouches – I don’t care how big it is. If a bag catches me eye, I simply HAVE to have it. While it’s fun to go shopping and check out the latest style, it’s not so fun to watch my bank account dwindle. I’ve realized that I must seek out the best possible DIY projects to recreate my favorite bag patterns. When you learn how to knit, crochet and sew your own bag, you have the world at your fingertips. Who needs fancy designers when you can bring your own homemade bag to life? My favorite way to make a…
  • Happy America Recycles Day! + Krazy Glue Giveaway

    FaveCrafts
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Today is America Recycles Day! And what better way to celebrate than by crafting with recyclable items? Today we are celebrating your creativity and helping keep America clean. So even if you hubby thinks your crazy for keeping a bag of toilet paper rolls, just know that we here at FaveCrafts applaud you and encourage you to keep crafting with recycled materials. Each hour on Facebook we are featuring a recycled project today. So yes, that means 24 posts today! You can join us on Facebook RIGHT NOW to see all of the fun! Another way to keep things out of landfills is to repair instead of…
  • 11 DIY Gifts to Make for Christmas

    FaveCrafts
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:03 am
    Are you struggling to complete your holiday gift list?  If you’re like me, you’re also probably dreading standing in long lines and dealing with mass crowds of people.  If holiday shopping just isn’t your thing, we’ve got the perfect solution for you! Filled with projects from American Quilter’s Society, Elmers, Red Heart Yarns, Sizzix, Spellbinders, M-D Products, Polyform, QuiltWoman.com Sullivans USA, Testors, and Xyron, 11 DIY Christmas Decorations and Gift Ideas is all you need to tackle your gift list this year.  Featuring projects you can knit, crochet,…
 
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    Merriment Design

  • GIVEAWAY: $200 in credit at Minted.com

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

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

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

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

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

  • Win a $500 Home Depot Gift Card

    Addie Courington
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:12 am
    My eighth grade shop class teacher, Mr. Benson, introduced me to the world of power tools, saws, and miter boxes. From that day on, the world was my toolbox! When 60 women showed up for the Handmade Charlotte + Home Depot Do-It-Herself (DIH) workshop, I imagined Mr. B beaming with pride. Decked out in heels and aprons, it was a sawdust-covered soirée. Now we want to pass along the crafting JOY to you with a $500 Home Depot giveaway! Scroll to the bottom and enter to win. When I asked how many women were holding drills for the first time, more than half the hands in the room shot up. But with…
  • Pop-Up Holiday Gift Tags

    Rachel Faucett
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Wrapping gifts is like baking a cake. The presents are the cake, gift wrap is the icing, and the gift tag is the all-important cherry on top! This year I’m upping my wrapping routine with Fiskars Tag Makers. The all-in-one tool punches a perfect tag shape, makes a precisely centered hole, and sets an eyelet with ease. This will forever be an indispensable part of your holiday assembly line. It produces as many tags as you have punching power! There are currently four designs to choose from — each shape beautiful and stylish in its own right. After stocking up, I started to imagine all…
  • Pumpkin Sugar Swirls Recipe

    Sarah Kieffer
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    ‘Tis the season for baking and even more baking. Pumpkin has almost worn its welcome, but with Thanksgiving just days away, there is still time to squeak a few more squash-themed recipes in. These swirls are easy to assemble and perfect for unexpected guests, Thanksgiving breakfast, or a black Friday sugar rush. Ingredients I did use homemade puff pastry here, which I highly recommend. Store bought will work fine, but the taste of homemade is far superior. I used the recipe from Sarabeth’s Bakery, an excellent cookbook. ½ cup pumpkin puree 1/3 cup sugar 2 tablespoons maple syrup 1…
  • Instagram Crush

    Deborah Beau
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:23 pm
    If you’ve been reading my posts for a while, you’ll know how much I love wooden toys. I enjoy collecting vintage playthings, and my children have been lucky to have access to some really cool designs over the past eighteen years. However, if I had to pick one favorite for all three of them, it would definitely be Kapla. We’ve had the same huge box of pine building blocks since my eldest was at playschool, and whenever the kids get bored, out they come for another session of construction work. When I first came across Tinta Luhrman’s Instagram feed, I had to smile at her super…
  • DIY Mini Christmas Trees

    Eva Monleon
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
    Add spirit to your home this season with a festive forest of Mini Christmas Tree Dolls. Colored fabrics and fun faces give each tree its own unique personality (and you can even make a tree for each member of your family!). Kids will have a blast both making these little guys, and using them as characters in their next holiday puppet show. What You Need Mini Christmas Tree template (download here) Fabric scraps Needle and thread Toothpicks Wine corks Pompoms Beads Washable marker Permanent marker Cutting knife Scissors Glue Stuffing How-To Step 1 First you’ll need to download and print the…
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    Moda Bake Shop

  • Modern Bargello Quilt

    Andrea Harris
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Hi everyone!   It’s Andrea from Urban Quiltworks.   I have always admired the look of bargello and watercolour style quilts. When I saw the range of colours and values in this Zen Chic Figures line, I knew a simple bargello design would really show off the colours of this fabric line!   To add some interest,  I decided to break the bargello up into blocks and add sashing in a navy blue. Prior to building a bargello, I practiced a little bit with the curve on paper. I used graph paper and coloured horizontal lines with markers and pencil crayons.  It is a fun way to experiment with…
  • Hearts Content Decorative Pillow

    Karen L. Miller
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Greetings Moda Bake Shop readers!  It’s Karen Miller from Redbird Quilt Co.  I blog at Karen’s Quilts, Crows and Cardinals.  I’m excited to share a pillow recipe with you using Laundry Basket Quilts newest fabric line “Heart’s Content”. I fell * * in love * * with this beautiful fabric and I’m sure you will too!! This sweet home decor pillow comes together quickly with some simple piecing, a little quilting, and some wool embellishments.  What’s awesome is that you can make two pillows with just one jelly roll and some added yardage.  I…
  • A Little High, A Little Low Quilt

    Emily Bailey
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    1 Layer Cake {BEST. DAY. EVER! by April Rosenthal} 3 yards background + inner border fabric 2 yards outer border + binding fabric* *I matched my binding to my outer border.  If you want to use a different print or a solid, you will need ½ yard of binding fabric. CUTTING From background fabric, cut: (24) 10″ squares (8)  2½” x width of  fabric (WOF) strips, sewn together end-to-end and subcut into (2) 54½” x 2½” strips and (2) 76½” x 2½” strips. This is your inner border. From outer border fabric, cut: (8) 5½” x WOF strips, sewn together…
  • Jelly Roll Baskets Quilt

    Shannon Mower
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Hello! I am Shannon Mower from Modern Tradition Quilts.  It is an honor for me to be with you today on Moda Bake Shop to share my Jellyroll Basket Quilt.  I really enjoy working with jellyrolls as they are pre-cut to a standard width of 2 1/2 inches.  I seem to need this strip width all of the time.  When designing this quilt, I thought it would be fun to sew several strips together then trim them on a 45 degree angle to create perfect triangles.  This readily fit an antique basket quilt block design.  I also noticed that leftover strips quickly and easily made a checkerboard border. …
  • Choose Your Own Adventure Quilt

    Emily Thompson
    15 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    2 Jelly Rolls – I used Modern Neutrals by Amy Ellis 3 1/2 yards assorted fabric for backing – Modern Neutrals Coral 3501 13, Teal 3502 21, and Grey 3503 15 1/2 yard fabric for binding – Modern Neutrals Steel 3506 021   *This recipe uses 1/4″ seams* 1.  Sort your jelly roll strips into piles based on color value: dark, medium and light.  I also sorted the oranges out of my Modern Neutral jelly roll because I wanted the orange to be the strong focal point.  Having trouble deciding what color value each strip is?  Take a black and white picture of the strips to…
 
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    How Does She

  • Ooey-Gooey Marshmallow Mint Brownies!

    Bobbi
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:39 am
    I love you. Know how I know? I know because I’m about to share a recipe that I’ve been making ONLY for my family for the past 16 years – with YOU!  Yep – I mean, we’re like family by now, right? This is a recipe that is so insanely delicious AND it is CRAZY EASY to make. We’re talking…wait for it… ONE BOWL for mixing. Yep – no bothering with sifting the dry separately from the wet ingredients – just ONE BOWL. I love that. I’m all about easy, and these are. The other thing I love is that you can have fun experimenting with the…
  • Healthy Pumpkin Pie: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free

    Darleen Meier
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:12 am
    With only three more days until the big feast, I am sure you have planned your Thanksgiving menu.  And I wouldn’t doubt if pumpkin pie made the list.  So, if you are one who loves pumpkin pie, but has allergies or just trying to stick to a diet, consider making this gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving.  Yes!  All those “frees” in one yummy pie dessert.  We make it every year and it is easy, healthy and highly recommended.  I almost like it better than the real deal. Almost. Come step inside my kitchen! From my previous post, you know…
  • Delicious Dinner Rolls

    Lara
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    On the lookout for delicious recipes with the holidays right around the corner? This is a MUST try! One bite of these delicious, buttery, melt in your mouth dinner rolls and you won’t be able to stop eating! Is your mouth watering yet? This is my family’s very favorite dinner roll recipe. My mom,  sister, and I are always asked to bring them to events. They are so easy and they turn out beautifully. No one will believe you MADE them! The ingredients you will need: 1 1/2 cups of milk 3/4 cup + 1 Tablespoon Sugar 1 egg 1 Tablespoon salt 2 Tablespoons yeast 2 cups of warm water…
  • 15 Minute Holiday Caramels!

    Alysha
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:47 pm
    We all love easy, tasty, and QUICK gift ideas, right? Well, my Christmas is never complete without holiday caramels. Lucky for me, I have a fantastic friend/neighbor  who whips these up for me every year. When I asked her for the recipe, I couldn’t BELIEVE how easy they were to make, so I begged her to share the recipe with you gals. Trust us, it will make neighbor gifts a cinch this year. Take it from here, Jess! – One of my favorite things about the holidays is all the yummy treats.  As much as I love to indulge my sweet tooth with all this goodness, I’d rather spend my…
  • How “Mean” Parents Raise Grateful Kids: 5 Things to STOP Doing

    Nicolette
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Growing up, there were many instances I was convinced I had the meanest parents in the world. I was expected to walk the half-mile to school when a lot of other kids got front-door service.  And yes, it WAS uphill, and yes, there was most often snow!  Mean. On many occasions, I was told, “No.” No, I couldn’t have that new life-sized Kid Sister that,”Wherever I go, she’s going to go.”  Mean. And while many of my high school peers got to spend their summers by the pool, I was flipping pizzas to earn money for college.  Mean.   But you know what?
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    Inner Child Fun

  • Family Movie Night for Thanksgiving

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

    Valerie
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:33 am
    Painting en plein air with kids can be a great way to foster a love of nature while enjoying plenty of creative art time fun in the process! I love how this activity combines two of my favorite things — painting and enjoying the outdoors! This is such a simple activity, but it kept my kids […]
  • Hand Painted Thank You Cards

    Valerie
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:11 am
    These hand painted thank you cards were so much fun to make! Making your own cards is a great way to foster gratitude and the perfect excuse for some crafty fun. My kids were so proud of how nicely their hand painted thank you cards turned out, and they cannot wait to mail them off […]
  • Autumn Nature Activity – Leaf Detectives!

    Valerie
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:13 am
    This Autumn nature activity is a great way to keep the kids engaged in outdoor play this season, and you may be able to do this right in your own backyard! My kids loved pretending to be “leaf detectives” to explore which leaves come from which trees. They went on several top secret missions to […]
  • 10 Quirky Books for Kids

    Valerie
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:13 pm
    These quirky books for kids (or the kid-in-you) are great for those who love a little whimsy and a bit of the unexpected! They are some of our favorite read aloud books, and they are filled with charm and beautiful illustrations. Your kids may want to read these again and again! Here are 10 Quirky Books […]
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    Knitting for Charity: Easy, Fun and Gratifying

  • Free Knitting Patterns for Hats Using Leftover Yarn Help Keep out the Cold

    27 Nov 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Before I introduce you to a collection of free knitting patterns for hats using leftover yarn, let me tell you what made me compile this list.
  • Knit Prayer Shawls for Military Families with Prayer Shawls for Fallen Soldiers

    23 Nov 2014 | 8:45 pm
    "I don't know if you are familiar with, or have already mentioned Prayer Shawls for Fallen Soldiers," wrote reader Nancy. "It is now under new administrators but over 6,000 prayer shawls have been contributed to families of American military personnel who have died as a result of their service...
  • How to Find Free Knitting Patterns for Plus Sizes

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Several months ago I asked readers of KnittingforCharity.org and the Knitting Nuggets Newsletter what they would like to read about. For the past several months I have been attempting to respond to those requests with the articles you've seen here.
  • Free Knitted Slipper Patterns for Charity

    16 Nov 2014 | 8:51 pm
    A reader recently wrote that one of her favorite charity knitting projects was house shoes, or slippers. She commented, "I put puffy paint on the bottom to make them non-skid... usually I knit a pile of shoes, paint them, then mail them." She added that she usually sends these to cancer patients.
  • Knitting Patterns for Hanukkah and Other Jewish Holidays

    13 Nov 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Frequently Knitting for Charity has featured Christmas gifts or Christmas-related knits; however, only once or twice have we featured Hanukkah-related projects. So today, I've rounded up for our Jewish friends (or our friends who have Jewish friends and are looking for gift ideas) this collection of Hanukkah-themed knitting patterns.
 
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    Chezlin

  • 5 Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

    chezlin
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:55 am
    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope the day is going splendidly and your bellies are stuffed. Since the upload day for my videos and blog fall on this particular holiday it would be kind of silly for me to do a recipe for Thanksgiving, but since most of you will be seeing this post after Thanksgiving I thought it would be a good idea to shoot a video/write up a post with a few recipes for your leftovers! I want to point out that since I made this video before Thanksgiving, instead of using a turkey I cooked a  while chicken instead. The recipes are still the same, just pretend I’m…
  • Geometric Turkey Candles

    chezlin
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:40 am
    Thanksgiving is a week away and now is the perfect time to start getting your table decor together. Especially if you’re like me and plan on DIYing most, if not all of it. Recently I’ve seen some tutorials on how to make geometric candles and I really liked that look, so I decided to create my own design for a geometric turkey that you could display by itself (along with the food of course) or you could pair it with the other geometric type of candles for an interesting tablescape. Keep reading for a quick video summary! Supplies! You can find the pattern HERE. I recommend…
  • Cat Shelves

    chezlin
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    It’s no secret I like to spoil my cat. A while ago I made him a cat tree to give him a space to get away from our (at the time) new puppy. Well now that puppy is a decently big dog and he can reach Gremlin’s little cat tree sanctuary, and while Grem normally doesn’t mind too much(Hobbes is like a annoying little brother) I still wanted to give him his own space to get away when he wants to. I also wanted to put Grem’s food and water bowl up a little higher because Hobbes love that stuff and can still get to it when it’s on my dresser. So I made one shelf with…
  • Flower Curtain Wall Decor

    chezlin
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    It’s finally getting a bit chilly here and finally feeling like fall, so it’s put me in the mood for all the autumn things. First things first, some decoration. My original intention was to make a wreath, but after getting my supplies home I changed my mind and decided to make some hanging wall decor instead. Here’s how I did it! Keep reading for a quick video recap below!   Supplies: Cut all of the flowers apart. With the flowers I bought, the leaves were loose so had I superglue them in place. Find the center of a flower, squirt some hot glue in the middle and stick…
  • 5 Last Minute Halloween Costumes

    chezlin
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Halloween is right around the corner, so I put together this video that has five quick and easy DIY costumes!
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    Dollar Store Crafts

  • 10 Recycled Christmas Ornaments

    Becky Striepe
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Happy Thanksgiving! Let's make some Christmas ornaments. I know, maybe it feels a bit sudden to talk Christmas ornaments, but if you're planning a handmade holiday, starting sooner is the ticket to less stress. That means more time to enjoy making Christmas ornaments, decorations, and gifts by hand. These recycled Christmas ornaments are budget-friendly and so, so cute. 1. Fabric Scrap Pom Poms - Scrappy pom poms are a great stashbuster, and miniature poms look so cute on a Christmas tree. 2. Paper Crane - Turn junk mail envelopes into lucky paper cranes for your Christmas tree. 3. Paper Tube…
  • 6 Dollar Store Craft Ideas You Haven’t Thought Of

    heather
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    Have you visited our DollarStoreCrafts.com's Best Ideas group on Facebook yet? It's a lively little place on Facebook where dollar store crafting enthusiasts can share their brilliant ideas and hang out with like-minded crafters. You should join today! Here are a sampling of great ideas shared in the group this week:   Dollar Store Spoon Wreath by Pam B. Project Info Available Here for this cool holiday wreath made with dollar store spoons, ornaments, and a giant lollipop! Dollar Store Holiday Centerpieces by Kellie S. I haven't seen anything as charming as these holiday centerpieces in…
  • Tutorial: Faux Gold Leaf Mirror DIY

    morena
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    I always pick up at least one bag of these fabric leaves at Dollar Tree each year.  They're such a pretty, inexpensive product to craft and decorate with.  Last year I let my kids scatter them on the table for decor, and we used some as tail feathers for our paper turkeys.  This year, I decided to give them a metallic finish to create a more luxe look. Project estimate: Fabric leaves, $1 Gold paint, on hand or $1 and up Dimensional Magic, on hand or about $3 Mirror, $1 Glue, on hand Total:  $2 and up Step one:  Paint both sides of the leaves gold. Step two:  Drop a small amount of…
  • Giveaway: Oliso Pro SmartIron from MassDrop

    heather
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Who is ready for a great giveway worth over $200? Thanks to our sponsor Massdrop, we are offering a top-of-the-line Oliso Pro SmartIron! What We Are Giving Away (Retail Worth over $200): One Oliso Pro Smart Iron - in limited edition PINK (Retail: $179.99)  2 Cotton Steel fat quarter bundles (Over $20 in retail) How to Enter*: Enter the giveaway automatically by signing up for Massdrop (free to join) If you are a MassDrop member already, don't worry! You can also enter to win by putting your name & email address in a comment below Here's a little video I made about the Oliso Pro iron and…
  • Make an Oversized Paper Holly and Berries Garland

    rhonda
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    A large, fancy garland doesn't get much more affordable than this - because it's made out of paper!  Brittany from The House That Lars Built assembled it with some clever cutting and folding.  To get the curved leaves she used paper that came on a roll - if you are using flat paper you could curl it around a tube to get the same effect, or look for paper that comes on a roll for your project as well - heavy wrapping paper would be a great choice if you can find it in the right colors!  [how to make an oversized paper holly and berries garland] Project estimate: Paper, on hand or $1 and up…
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    Gabriela Delworth Designs

  • Miniature Scenes Inside Glass Christmas Workshop. Join us!

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Teaching is one of the things I love to do the most and have put on hold for a while to finish school. This year I have managed to make some time to teach again just before the Holidays.  I will be teaching my Miniature Scenes Inside Glass Christmas Workshop at the CECC on December 6. Join us! We have a few sits still available. You can book yours right at the center, by email to:
  • Holiday Gift Fair - December 5, 2014 at CECC, Toronto

    16 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    It's been a long time since my last post. Still crazy busy finishing school and other things that will be sharing soon. Today I want to invite you all to the Holiday Gift Fair at the CECC on December 5. Join us! Find more information here. Welcome to my blog. I am a certified Instructional Designer & Facilitator. I design, develop and teach courses to adult learners. Contact me at:
  • Balcony Renovation: planning a garden for next Spring

    18 Sep 2014 | 11:59 am
    It's been quite a while since I posted here on my blog. I have to admit that it wasn't easy having to remove everything from our balcony to get it ready for renovations {announced enough in advance}. We were given the chance to enjoy Spring and Summer. That was really nice. Plants are back inside and believe it or not Geraniums are steady still blooming. Remember this post about making new
  • Balcony grown tomatoes: picking Beef & Cherry beauties.

    3 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    The harvesting process began. We officially have balcony grown tomatoes! These beauties are from the Cherry and Beef Tomato vines. I have to say that it has been wonderful having the chance to eat fresh tomatoes right at home from our own balcony garden. The Cherry tomatoes are so sweet that you really want to eat them all at once! The Beef tomatoes...I know that you are probably
  • Balcony gardening: Cherry tomatoes as they ripen.

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Despite the unstable weather pattern here in Toronto, our balcony garden keeps growing nicely. Today I wanted to share a photo of the Cherry Tomato vine fruits as they ripen. Aren't they pretty? We have a rainy week ahead...I heard someone say that when this happens they ripe even faster. Let's see if this is actually true or just a myth. Welcome to my blog. I am a certified
 
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    Mummy Crafts

  • Ideas para hacer bordados bonitos

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

    Esther
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:40 am
    Los calendarios de adviento son calendarios de “cuenta-atrás” desde el 1 de diciembre hasta el 24 de diciembre (Nochebuena). Los orígenes del calendario de adviento se remontan al siglo XIX en la Alemania protestante: los niños encendían una vela por cada día hasta llegar a Nochebuena. Todos hemos visto los calendarios de chocolate que nos endulzan la espera hasta la navidad. Lo que hoy os propongo es exactamente eso: realizar simples calendarios de adviento que después podéis rellenar con caramelos o dulces para hacer más llevadera la espera. ¿Preparados? Con unas mini…
  • Ideas para explotar tu telar al máximo

    Esther
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Hace unos días os contábamos que todos querríais tener un telar pues hoy os voy a explicar por qué. He recopilado algunas ideas para que explotéis el vuestro al máximo y no paréis de tejer durante días… ¿Listos para encontrar un nuevo hobby? Gracias esta maravilla podréis hacer murales tan bonitos como estos: Con las lanas que tenías por casa (Tutorial aquí) Verde, Rosa y Rojo (tutorial aquí) Para los más mañosos (encontrado en Pinterest) Rosa con nuditos (tutorial aquí) Geométrico (idea vista aquí) También se pueden tejer collares (tutorial aquí) O pulseras (visto…
  • Plumas tendencia de invierno

    Esther
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Hoy os cuento una de las tendencias de invierno que todas debemos seguir (si queremos estar a la última) durante esta temporada. Que tampoco es que haya que hacer mucho caso de estas cosas, pero oye, siempre está bien eso de verse guapa con lo último. Las plumas tendencia de invierno, pueden transformar cualquier prenda que se nos pueda ocurrir y darle un toque mucho más elegante. Solo hay que darle unas puntadas a las tiras de plumas o incluso pegarlas con pegamento especial para tela (aunque siempre es mejor coserla, nos aguantarán muchos más trotes). Lo hemos visto en las colecciones…
  • Cómo Tejer con las manos

    Esther
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Bueno, pues lo prometido es deuda, así que aquí está el video sobre cómo tejer con las manos. Así que vamos allá. Necesitas una lana gruesa, o bien puede hacerlo con lana doble, triple, lo que quieras. Al menos 100gr para que te llegue bien para dar dos vueltas al cuello. El truco es apretar bien mientras haces los puntos, porque sino, se quedará demasiado abierto. Y voilà aquí está el video prometido!! Cómo tejer con las manos   Bueno que os ha parecido? A que es divertido? Quieres probar? Tienes todo tipo de lanas e hilos para tejer aquí:   Esther on Google+The post…
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    Scoutie Girl

  • Brussels, Belgium: Muted Beauty

    Elizabeth Guerrero
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Dull. Bland. Dreary. Gray. Not the most enticing adjectives for booking your next trip, right? Yet they are the most apt for describing my impression of Brussels, and ironically, I mean them in the most positive way. My husband and I visited Brussels on a cold, cloudy June day. At first we were bummed about the weather (me especially, as I had stupidly packed my suitcase full of cute summer dresses, not bothering to notice that summer had not yet arrived in Belgium the same way it had in Spain). But as we started our walk through Brussels, I quickly settled into the feeling that the weather…
  • 25 Ways to Be Creative in 5 Minutes or Less

    Tara Leaver
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    It’s that time of year where everything seems to intensify, and the to-do list grows ever longer as many of us prepare for upcoming festivities. I believe that when the activity increases, so must our levels of self-care, otherwise how are we going to stay calm and be able to enjoy everything we spend so much time and energy planning? One excellent way to this is by flexing our creative muscles throughout this busy time. You might be thinking something along the lines of ‘do I really have to add something else to the never ending list’? What about a simple reframe? This…
  • Weekend Reads (and Bit by the Race Bug)

    Amanda Rose
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Last weekend I ran my third half marathon. I know to many of you that is nothing, but to me it’s no small feat. Especially this time around. I felt like I didn’t train well enough, didn’t put in enough mileage, and really just wasn’t as disciplined as I should have been. But once I got out there (in the freezing cold) and the gun went off and I began running, I knew it was going to be great. My mind cleared instantaneously. I relished in the golden leaves falling to the ground. Felt the chill running through my bones and the sun on my face. Opened my ears up to the…
  • Mini Pumpkin Spice Crumbles

    Amanda Rose
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    One of my favorite holiday dishes is a pumpkin casserole I began making a few years ago after having something similar at my sister’s house for the holidays. Each year, I morph it just slightly to make it feel new again, especially since it’s a favorite in our family so it gets made quite a bit during the holiday season. This is a great recipe to experiment with if you’re into that sort of thing. You can make it savory or sweet, or a little of both! Here’s a recipe for mini versions of the crumbles. They make fantastic breakfasts, side dishes, or desserts. Play with…
  • Contributor Appreciation Month: Lucinda Sage-Midgorden

    Amanda Rose
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today, I’m introducing you to our contributor, Lucinda! Lucinda is in the midst of writing her first book, so if you’re looking for writing inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. Do you consider yourself a visual artist, a literary artist, a combination of both, or something completely different? Why? My writing career grew out of being a theatre artist, then teaching theatre and English. I’m grateful for those early versions of what I do now. They are always in the background, since I continue to teach theatre classes at the local Community College, and continue to…
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    Wee Folk Art

  • Happy Thanksgiving!!!

    Kimara
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:34 am
    We would like to express our gratitude to our readers for their continuous support and friendship. We feel very blessed that we are able to share the things we love so much with others. We hope that everyone, upon reflection, finds a myriad of things to feel grateful for and that these blessings remain with you throughout the year. HAPPY GIVING THANKS DAY!!! ((hugs)) Kimara and Michelle  We will be off spending time with the family on Thursday and Friday, but will be back on Saturday to share a wonderful give-away. Please feel free to "sign in" and share something that you are grateful for…
  • Happy Thanksgiving

    Kimara
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
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  • Paper Star Lantern

    Michelle
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:08 am
    This time of year, when there are far more hours of darkness than light, I think we are all drawn to the warm, comforting glow of candles and twinkle lights. Last week I shared a series of lanterns and lights on Facebook with the intent of making several of the projects myself. The kids and I started with the Paper Star Lanterns. The kids aren't quite finished with theirs yet. They all managed to get to the folded pentagon stage on their own but are now awaiting my help in the assembly process. It is a relatively easy project in terms of materials and time. The only tricky part is the…
  • Bella Luna Toys Give-Away :: $100 Gift Card

    Michelle
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:48 am
    Comments are now closed. Congratulations Jesi. Please email me with your contact information. You have three days to claim your prize. I would buy my son the candle Permalink Submitted by Jesi (not verified) on Sat, 11/22/2014 - 19:02 I would buy my son the candle making kit and the First Orchard game! Thank you for such a wonderful giveaway! Just in time for your holiday shopping, Bella Luna Toys is offering this amazing give-away of a $100 gift card, plus a 10% off coupon for all of our Wee Folk Art Readers. Bella Luna Toys has been offering families a magical collection of the highest…
  • Gingerbread Star Coloring Page

    Kimara
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    Here is another coloring page based on our December applique blocks.  And here is the Gingerbread Star Applique Block it was based on. You can find the Gingerbread Star Coloring Page HERE. You can find the Gingerbread Star Applique Block HERE. You can find the December Applique Blocks HERE. You can find the Gallery of Wee Folk Art Coloring Pages HERE. Enjoy~ Index: Coloring PagesChristmasCopyright © Wee Folk Art 2008-present. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce our text, images or patterns without prior written consent. Please contact us with any questions.Tags: coloring…
 
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    udandi

  • Review: Premier Protein Mixed Berry Smoothie

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

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

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

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

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

  • 65 Polymer Clay Cane Tutorials

    admin
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:28 am
    Polymer clay projects are generally composed of a base and a decorative outer surface. For many projects the decorative surface is crafted from an attractive cane. Polymer clay  canes can be used to cover useful objects, to create jewelry and to build mosaics. In the opinion of many crafters, a good polymer clay cane, is an art form in itself. Here are 65 of my favorite polymer clay canes, broken down into categories for ease of use. Faux Gem Polymer Clay Canes Fossil Agate Coral Cane Faux Jade Making Turquoise with Polymer Clay How to Make Faux Lapis Lazuli Stone Cane Tutorial Woodgrain…
  • DIY Drop Waist Dress

    admin
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:25 am
    Description:  Good step-by-step tutorial using a pre-made shirt. Craft Link: DIY Drop Waist Dress Read More: Sewing or Home
  • How To Make An Indoor Fairy Garden

    admin
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:22 am
    Description: Fabulous alternative to classic houseplants. Craft Link: How To Make An Indoor Fairy Garden Read More: Gardening or Home
  • Feathered Jeweled Beanie DIY

    admin
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:48 am
    Description:  Classy variation on a warm winter cap. Craft Link: Feathered Jeweled Beanie DIY Read More: Sewing or Home
  • Chocolate Salted Caramel Tart

    admin
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:41 am
    Description: This tart looks so amazing! I need to make it as soon as possible! Craft Link: Chocolate Salted Caramel Tart Read More : Recipes or Home
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    Paper and Stitch

  • White Chocolate Cranberry Ice Cream Pops

    Brittni
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:42 am
    It’s the day before Thanksgiving, so I thought a seasonal popsicle post was probably necessary at this point. Because…you know…popsicles and turkey legs go hand and hand, right? Well, actually in this case, they kind of do because you can make these popsicles with leftover cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving dinner. Get the recipe for these white chocolate cranberry ice cream popsicles over on Studio DIY. I did a guest post for Kelly when she was away doing more important things (like getting married). Happy Thanksgiving! -Brittni
  • Easy (Last-Minute) Thanksgiving DIY to Try

    Brittni
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:04 am
    I don’t know how this happened, but I managed to go this whole month without sharing a single Thanksgiving DIY project. Whoops. So, here I am, three days before Thanksgiving, sharing a turkey day DIY before everyone starts heading out for the most stuff-tastic day of the year. Don’t worry, I hate myself for using the term stuff-tastic. All you need to make your own is an hour or two and a whole lot of paper. There are a couple of additional supplies needed…full supply list here. Then you’ll just need to cut out leaf shapes, add a message (sharing what you’re…
  • 6 (Food) DIYs to Try This Weekend

    Brittni
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:04 am
    After last weekend’s trip to Palm Springs and LA, I think I’m going to take it easy this weekend. So, you can find me hanging out on the couch, taking naps in between binging on holiday movies, and making a few of these DIY food recipes. Jealous? Haha. Here are 6 (food) DIYs to try this weekend… 1. glazed donuts with macaron sprinkles 2. ice cream cupcakes from High Walls 3. s’more cookie sandwiches 4. mini colorful cookies from Chelsea for Studio DIY 5. wishbone donuts from Ashley for Studio DIY 6. favored sugar popcorn recipe from The Proper Pinwheel Hope you have…
  • Get Your Wrap On + Win your Holiday Wish List

    Brittni
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    I don’t know about you, but I am definitely ready to get my wrap on, for the holidays. I’ve started buying wrapping papers and brainstorming some DIY ideas of my own as well…because in my mind, when it comes to gift giving, packaging is almost as important as the gift itself. Almost. So, I’ve teamed up with Giftry to share some of my favorite DIY gift wrap ideas AND an amazing gift away ($1,000 awesome, to be exact)… 1. (above) Polka Dots and a Giant Bow 2. Neon + Pinecone Gift Wrap Idea 3. Color Block Gift Wrap 4. Hand Written Wrapping Paper 5. DIY Fresh Flower…
  • Oh What Fun: Decking Out the Dining Room for the Holidays

    Brittni
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    Now that my holiday workshop has been wrapped up, I can finally share the styled shoot that I did in collaboration with West Elm for the holidays.  I like everything to be pretty simple when it comes to decorating, but there’s something about the holidays that just make me want to go a little overboard. Nothing wrong with that, right? So, in collaboration with West Elm, I styled a DIY holiday dinner party to send some holiday inspiration your way, while there’s still plenty of time to plan things out… I used these individual paper ornaments to create some decorative elements on the…
 
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    Factory Direct Craft Blog

  • Make-your-own Snow Paint

    Jessica Christman
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    This fun winter project will keep the kids busy for hours and supply you with endless wintery scenes to decorate your house. Click here for the how-to {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • 25 Days of Christmas – Envelope Tags Advent

    Jessica Christman
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    Just tuck the pile away somewhere secret and hand over a new numbered envelope as they count down to Christmas! 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! }}
  • ‘Bringing Home the Tree’ Snow Globe

    Jessica Christman
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    This DIY snow globe commemorates the start of Christmas and creates a whimsical little scene for your mantle. 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! }}
  • Washi Edged Square Tags

    Jessica Christman
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    While these square cardstock tags are handy and cute, just as they are, a little washi tape can take them from fun to fabulous! 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 3-D Tree Tag

    Jessica Christman
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    Get into the gift-wrapping spirit this season with some fun tags that will take your presents up a notch and fill your giftees with glee. Click here for the how-to {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
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    Just Something I Made

  • Paper House Luminaries with ButtonLovers.com

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

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

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

    Cathe Holden
    2 Nov 2014 | 2:56 pm
    I’ve been trying to take more time to do collage, vintage assemblage, and mixed media art projects. This is one piece I worked on the other day using things from around the studio. Though I didn’t take step-by-step shots of the progression, here are several of the components and supplies I used to make it, and to follow is a description of the techniques I applied. Thrift-store dish (saucer shown, salad plate used.) Collected moss from the forest Vintage pink velvet ribbon Grungy old pearl necklace strand Large lace rubber stamp Vintage wallpaper border Vintage brass library ID plate…
  • Last Minute Halloween Resources

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

  • 5 Reasons Why Your Handmade Business Needs a Blog

    Alison Wood
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:33 am
    If you have any kind of handmade business, whether you sell finished items, craft supplies or whether you teach classes, then a blog is only going to enhance your profitability. Maybe you sell through Etsy, Folksy or ArtFire, perhaps you have your own website, but if you don’t have a blog that you regularly update, then you are missing out on potential customers, and here’s why: 1. A blog gives you a home base. Here you can write about your life and your craft and you can link back to wherever you sell your handmade items or supplies. Anyone who loves to buy handmade, also loves…
  • Craft a Creative Business: Review and Giveaway

    Alison Wood
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:26 am
    If you currently run a creative business or it is on your radar to start one in 2015 then this new book ‘Craft a Creative Business‘ (Amazon UK/Amazon USA) by Fiona Pullen should be your go-to resource. Design & Layout Firstly, I love the design of the book. It’s not a black and white read from cover to cover, but rather a colourful delight of different sections, which means you can dip in and out if you prefer. It’s a really easy book to navigate and there is no technical jargon – it just lays out the steps you need to follow to set up and run a creative…
  • Art of Crafts Interview: Alice in Paperland

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

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

    Alison Wood
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    ** This giveaway is now closed and I am pleased to announce the winner, drawn by random number generator, is Pat Collingwood. Congrats Pat, I will be emailing you shortly. ** Today I want to tell you about a new book called ‘Chloe Tells You How to Sew…’ (Amazon UK/USA) and to give you the opportunity to win a copy. The design of this book really took me back to my childhood. It definitely has a 70s vibe going on (eeeek yes I am that old) and it is all the better for that. Remember those Annuals that we used to get at Christmas? I LOVED those and if you did too, then you will…
 
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    Skip To My Lou

  • Crochet Snowman

    according to matt
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    You are going to love this Crochet Snowman!  I love to make handmade ornaments, these crochet snowman would also be darling as a holiday decoration!  Another fun way to decorate for christmas is stockings, this crochet christmas stocking is fast and easy! If you get started now you can have a handmade holiday.  No worries if you don’t crochet the month of November I have teamed up with Thirty Handmade Days and Your Homebased Mom to share over 100 handmade gift ideas. You won’t want to miss a day. By the end of the month we will have shared over 100 creative handmade gift…
  • Anthropologie Inspired Stocking

    my 3 monsters
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    This Anthropologie Inspired Stocking is a fun quick project. I love the look of handmade stockings! Make a whole family and give it as a handmade gift this holidays! These 20 minute throw pillows are a fun way to update any room in your house. For the kid on your list (or anyone) make a diy tablet case! This month we are sharing over 100 handmade gift tutorials. I have teamed up with Thirty Handmade Days and Your Homebased Mom to share the best homemade gift ideas.  We have over 100 tutorials so you will have the best homemade holiday ever! Each day be sure to visit the guest…
  • Silhouette BLACK FRIDAY DEALS & GIVEAWAY

    Cindy Hopper
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:02 am
    The most wonderful time of the year (for crafters) SILHOUETTE BLACK FRIDAY!  Now is the time to stock up and save! NOTE: you will need to use code: SKIP and this special Black Friday link to get these exclusive bundles and pricing! Hurry stuff sells out! Portrait Bundle Portrait machine & 1 free year to Club Silhouette for $179.99  CAMEO Bundle #1 CAMEO machine, Designer Edition software upgrade, Dust Cover, 4 Tools and $25 Download card to the Silhouette Design Store for $269.99 CAMEO Bundle #2 CAMEO machine, Design Edition software upgrade and 1 free year to Club Silhouette for…
  • DIY Tablet Case

    handmade in heartland
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    This DIY Quilted Tablet Case is a practical way to store a tablet and give a homemade gift. Use up all your scraps!  I love a quick sewing project! Sew up a bunch for perfect handmade gifts this season!  These 20 minute throw pillows are a fun way to update any room in your house. This month we are sharing over 100 handmade gift tutorials. I have teamed up with Thirty Handmade Days and Your Homebased Mom to share the best homemade gift ideas.  We have over 100 tutorials so you will have the best homemade holiday ever! Each day be sure to visit the guest poster’s blog for a chance…
  • Crochet Santa Hat

    hopeful honey
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    This crochet santa hat is festive thing to crochet for the holidays! Isn’t it darling?! Make santa hats for cute photo props or even a handmade gift!  Another fun way to decorate for christmas is stockings, this crochet christmas stocking is fast and easy! If you get started now you can have a handmade holiday.  No worries if you don’t crochet the month of November I have teamed up with Thirty Handmade Days and Your Homebased Mom to share over 100 handmade gift ideas. You won’t want to miss a day. By the end of the month we will have shared over 100 creative handmade gift…
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    iHanna's Blog

  • Diamond Stitch & Neon Stars

    iHanna
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Yay! I finished my second Diamond Stitched Art Journal of the year. I am really digging this binding (I used pink book binding thread of course). I like gluing the cover together, I like sewing in the signatures, and I love using this kind of art journal. Love it! I really think that making my own personal Art Journals is awesome. They couldn’t be more custom made! For the cover I choose a white oil cloth fabric, decorated with orange neon colored stars. Yup, I did. Saw it at the fabric store, had to have it – and have already used a small part of it for this cover. I think…
  • Collecting Christmas Papers

    iHanna
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Right now my desk is filled with paper projects. It’s the end of the year feelings, where I go through boxes of stuff and decide on what I want to work on, finish, or leave behind. It’s a way of clearing the plate for new ideas coming January I guess. In the process, I’ve found wrapping paper and Christmas related imagery en masse in my stash. I have a special folder for Christmas imagery that I have collected or been given. Mosty I keep it there because I don’t want to look at it all year long. But right now, it feels just perfect to bring it out and spread it…
  • The Hamster on my Head

    iHanna
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:55 pm
    You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not’? George Bernard Shaw Let’s draw selfies! Much more fun and original than taking them with your cell phone! Working on new journal with brown paper bags inside, but also in this one darling journal. There is a drawn selfie of me, with a hamster on my head. It’s from when I did baby sit a hamster a few weeks this fall: He’s called Santie. He used to walk over my journals when out on the desk, eat my washi tape and lick my watercolors. Because then I colored in the background:…
  • Book binding | Make Book Pages from a Brown paper bag

    iHanna
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Sharing one of my book binding secrets with you guys today! I know my plan was to mostly use watercolor papers in my next art journal, but I found all these pretty paper bags in my stash… So I thought I’d cut them down and use them in my next book binding project. Papers are always accumulating around here, so when I find ways to cut down from the recycle pile I’m a happy gal! And I am especially in love with the flower shop bag I got recently, with pink flowers. I think they are Twinflowers (Linnaea borealis), printed on the brown paper bag. I also have some brown…
  • Eye Candy | big puppy love

    iHanna
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    This is Giza, one of the Broholmer puppies that I visited last summer. She is still a puppy in some ways, but also a big dog. I love big happy dogs, whipping tail, drooling smile and all! Naaah! She doesn’t drool. But her tail is lethal when she is excited. I wish I could’ve kept her in my bed for ever! She is a calm, gentle dog but I totally got her in a playful mood… So she started to kiss me… Got lots of big kisses. With ear licking and wet tongue out (her, not me)! I need more kisses in my life! She is eye candy indeed. I was a dog person long before Smilla the cat…
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    Happybird's Crafting Haven

  • DIY~Sweet LIttle Starflake Bead Angel Ornament!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:57 pm
    Make these sweet little starflake (paddle wheel) bead angel ornament! Such an easy craft and so cute! Please click on the following link to see my full YouTube tutorial!  http://youtu.be/dRkhG3QJ6lg I purchased my Starflake (or Paddle Wheel) beads from the following Ebay seller:http://stores.ebay.com/minisandmore/
  • DIY~Adorable & Inexpensive Miniature Ornaments OR Gift Tags!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Make these adorable little miniature Christmas ornaments (or gift tags!) for practically nothing! See my full YouTube tutorial by clicking on the following link!  http://youtu.be/n2LcHZI3NjA
  • DIY~Gorgeous Layerd Star Ornaments! Easy and Inexpensive!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Make these gorgeous layered star ornaments from nothing more than scrapbook glittered cardstock, hot glue and a bling in the middle! They really do turn out stunning! Click on the following link to see my full YouTube tutorial!  http://youtu.be/hCTlCDhtu5U Web Site To Star Templates: http://www.timvandevall.com Direct Link To Star Templates:  http://timvandevall.com/
  • DIY~Cute & Festive Paper Straw Ornaments! Nice Money Holder Too!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Make these awesome paper straw ornaments! festive, easy and inexpensive! Please click on the following YouTube tutorial to see how to make this! http://youtu.be/fRofo1NxnpQ
  • DIY~Cute, Inexpensive Christmas Necklaces for Kids & Adults Alike!

    HappyBird's Crafting Haven
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Make these cute little paper straw ornaments for young and old alike! You can make 15 necklaces for an incredibly inexpensive price! See my full YouTube tutorial by clicking on the following link! http://youtu.be/Qvdit0ZrzsA
 
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    Handmadeology

  • Monica Potter, Cleveland, and Handmade

    Timothy Adam
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:40 am
    Monica grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, about an hour from where my wife & I grew up, and she just launched a new company, Monica Potter Home, that is employing Ohio artisans. How amazing is that? Right now, all her products are available online, but in 2015, she is opening a brick and mortar store... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • Etsy Shop Branding: 5 Sections You MUST Have Copy Written

    Mys Palmer
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:19 am
    Branding is the emotional and psychological way you engage your customers. Your Brand is your relationship with your customers which elicits emotions and opinions as a response. Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • What I’ve Learned about Attitude after 2 Years of Business and Thousands of Etsy Sales

    Lisa Jacobs
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:40 am
    It's the Energy Shop's second anniversary, and I love to write a big post every year to celebrate how far it's come and what I've learned. Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • 2014 Top Patterns – The Perfect Gift For Any Creative!

    Timothy Adam
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:03 am
    A great inexpensive gift for any creative this year would be a pattern! Check out these amazing patterns... Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
  • Etsy Pro Tips – 5 Tips For Etsy Success

    Timothy Adam
    16 Nov 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Chuck has been doing well since I last checked with 4900 sales averaging over 600 sales per year. In the interview he explains his top 5 Etsy success tips, Be sure to check out the rest of the story!
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    AllCrafts Free Crafts Update | AllCrafts Free Crafts Update

  • Turkey Bingo

    Wendy at AllCrafts.net
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    I’ve seen lots of printable Thanksgiving Bingo games floating around but this idea of Turkey Bingo sounds even more fun! Trust me, it doesn’t really involve turkeys or bingo, but I think your family will love this new tradition. Added to Thanksgiving Crafts You might also like: Be Thankful Thanksgiving Paper Chain Thanksgiving Free Printable Utensil Holder Bread Dough Cornucopia Fall Tree “Snow Globes” Craft for Kids DIY Indian Corn Wreath
  • Be Thankful Thanksgiving Paper Chain

    Wendy at AllCrafts.net
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:25 am
    Give everyone something to do while dinner is cooking with this Be Thankful Thanksgiving Paper Chain. Print sheets of the free printable and your guests can cut, glue, and write down what they’re thankful for this holiday. What a lovely idea! Added to Free Thanksgiving Crafts. You might also like: Thanksgiving Free Printable Utensil Holder Printable Thanksgiving Fortune Cookies Turkey Bingo Bread Dough Cornucopia Fall Tree “Snow Globes” Craft for Kids
  • Thanksgiving Free Printable Utensil Holder

    Wendy at AllCrafts.net
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:52 am
    I like this Thanksgiving Free Printable Utensil Holder, especially if you’re serving a big crowd this year. For buffet style, it sure makes juggling plate, drink and utensils easier. Added to Free Thanksgiving Crafts. You might also like: Be Thankful Thanksgiving Paper Chain Printable Thanksgiving Fortune Cookies Turkey Bingo Bread Dough Cornucopia Fall Tree “Snow Globes” Craft for Kids
  • Bread Dough Cornucopia

    Wendy at AllCrafts.net
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Add a WOW factor to your Thanksgiving table with this Bread Dough Cornucopia. The tutorial gives great tips on how to form and bake this traditional decoration. It’s a real symbol of good will and bounty for the upcoming year. Added to Thanksgiving Crafts. You might also like: Turkey Bingo Be Thankful Thanksgiving Paper Chain Thanksgiving Free Printable Utensil Holder Fall Tree “Snow Globes” Craft for Kids DIY Indian Corn Wreath
  • Fall Tree “Snow Globes” Craft for Kids

    Wendy at AllCrafts.net
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
    Recreate the magic of autumn with this Fall Tree “Snow Globes” Craft for Kids. It’s simple and fun. It would even be nice for your own desk! Added to Fall Crafts, Thanksgiving Crafts, and Kids Crafts. You might also like: Fall Tree Apple Pie Recipe Fall Maple Leaf Roses Tutorial Autumn Leaf Mason Jar Candle Holder Fall Felt Leaves Upcycled Aluminum Can Fall Wreath
 
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    Handmade journals, photo albums and guest books | Blue Roof Designs

  • A Bookbinder’s Black Friday

    Elissa
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:19 pm
    I used to have more of a stomach for Black Friday shopping. I would totally get up at an entirely unfriendly hour to take advantage of some wacky deal that seemed too good to pass up. Now I’d much rather sleep in. If you’re at all like me, perhaps you would rather take advantage of the online deals (when not shopping locally). Luckily, there are some sales that may be of interest to you bookbinders out there (no waking up early!): Arnold Grummer‘s is offering Black Friday discounts on presses and papermaking supplies.  All presses are 20% off! From now through 11/30/14, you…
  • Celebrate at Studio Place Arts

    Elissa
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:31 am
    Over the weekend I attended the opening reception for Celebrate, Studio Place Arts‘ annual member show. There are more than 75 member artists participating and I am thrilled to count myself among them. The reception was full of folks admiring out the local artwork. My hubby was kind enough to take some pictures of my work on display while I was busy yakking and cramming cheese in my face. The show is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the Barre area. The show is on all 3 floors of the SPA gallery and includes a wide variety of one-of-a-kind gifts. I bought a handmade something…
  • Worktable Wednesday

    Elissa
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    I started my day off by addressing and stamping around 300 postcards as part of my holiday mailing. I am sooo thankful that stamps are self-adhesive! This is the front of my postcard: I love the image – my hubby took the picture. He’s a fantastic photographer. If you’re not already on my snail mail list and would like to be, just let me know and I’ll hook you up. As of now, I have about 3-4 mailings a year. And in case you’re wondering, Wiggum was of no help with the mailing. I spent the rest of my day working on photo album covers. I’ve gotten back into…
  • Book Arts at Penland – Spring 2015

    Elissa
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:23 am
    The Penland School of Crafts has a bookbinding/letterpress offering during its spring eight-week concentration from March 8 – May 1, 2015 – Letterpress Books: Guts to Glory with Lauren Faulkenberry of Firebrand Press. The workshop offers a taste of everything, as you can see in the description below: In this workshop students will produce letterpress-printed books from start to finish. We’ll make handmade paper from natural fibers, explore book design, and learn the fundamentals of letterpress printing. Image-making processes will include multi-color linoleum prints, woodcut,…
  • Paste Paper Gift Wrap workshop at SPA

    Elissa
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:20 am
    Yesterday I taught a paste paper workshop at Studio Place Arts and it was wonderful! I had a hard-working group of 9 women, crowded around tables and cranking out vibrant papers. I started by giving a little spiel about paste paper, including the history of the stuff (the technique has been used for over 450 years). Someone in the workshop mentioned that she had heard a story about the development of paste paper. The gist of it was that it came out of a fight between bookbinders and marblers. If you know anything about this story, I’d love to hear more about it. The women in the…
 
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  • Bronwyn Scarf in Blue Sky Bulky

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

    Craig
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:41 am
    Stephen West of Westknits and Steven Berg of StevenBe are bringing us their fiberlicious road show of knitting classes and events on January 22-24, 2015. This magical team of knitting and design inspiration will begin your year with an amazing breath of fun and creativity! StevenBe (above, right) is Steven Berg, a fiber artisan armed with a wealth of experience, a daring sense of style, and a firm belief in the transformative power of creativity. Steven studied at Parsons and FIT in New York, before spending many years as a VP of design at Perry Ellis. Steven now owns and operates a yarn shop…
  • Giveaway #5 Winner

    Craig
    4 Nov 2014 | 7:04 am
    Congratulations to Sharon M who won 2 skeins of The Fibre Company’s Knightsbridge in Concordia! Sharon, I’ll put your prize in the mail today. Thank you to all of you who entered our giveaways! Reading your entries on this and the others was a ton of fun. In these last ones, you can really see how so much of knitting is about connecting with other people and sharing our craft.
  • 10th Anniversary Giveaway #5

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

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

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Last week I showed you my felt medical kit, but I felt there was something missing from the kit. Just about every time I go to the doctor’s, I have my blood pressure taken. A toy blood pressure cuff was definitely needed. I sized it so that the strap would fit around my arm as well as the kids’ arms. I knew I would end up being a patient too. Unfortunately, it’s not quite big enough to fit around Daddy’s arm – oops! Here’s how I made it: Read the full article hereThe post How to sew a Toy Blood Pressure Cuff appeared first on Cook Clean Craft.
  • Advent Calendar Craft-Along {Part 5}

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:22 am
    Another week down and it’s time for an update on the Advent calendar craft-along. (See the introduction post here, or the last update here). I almost didn’t write an update this week. Up to this morning, I’d finished off the baubles from last week and made 3 strings of tinsel (from glitter pipe cleaners – hardly a craft at all!). I was feeling embarrassed about my total lack of focus, and was just about ready to give up. Just put it aside and pretend I’d never started it. But where’s that going to get me? So I got the felt out, and cut out some shapes with my Brother…
  • Felt Doctor’s Kit

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:56 pm
    It’s more than a month since my daughter’s birthday and I still haven’t shared with you all the presents I made. Next up was an addition to the dress-ups/pretend play box: A felt doctor’s bag. And here’s what’s inside: There was also a light reflector for the doctor’s head, but I have no idea what the kids have done with it! Confession: I started this project about 3 years ago (right after I made this felt cake), and for some reason, it got put in the UFO (Unfinished Object) pile and ignored. I was up to hand-sewing Velcro, and that’s a pain, so I gave up! I thought I’d…
  • Advent Calendar Craft-Along {Part 4}

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:36 am
    It’s time to see where I’m up to for the Advent Calendar Craft-Along. If you’re new, here are the posts so far: Part 1: Introduction and Ideas Part 2: Preparation and the Plan Part 3: The Tree and Pockets This week, I’ve been working on the decorations to put on the tree each day. I thought I’d start with the simplest decorations – the presents for under the tree: It’s a simple square of felt and then ribbon and a bow made from a thin strip of white felt (each gift is a different colour for each member of our family). The bows are simple folded over felt, with no knot in them.
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  • 5 Ways to Style a Cocoa Station

    Dana Hinders
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:09 pm
    When the temperature drops, I love to curl up with a nice cup of hot cocoa. If you’re planning on adding a hot cocoa station to your next holiday party, Infarrantly Creative has a great list of setup ideas. The … Read More...
  • Leftover Turkey Shepard’s Pie

    Carolyn Bickford
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Hope everyone had a wonderful day spending it with family and friends! One last Thanksgiving leftover dish and then bring on Christmas. Even though I love Christmas, I really wish the stores would wait till the week of Thanksgiving before … Read More...
  • Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Pancake

    Carolyn Bickford
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    I don’t know about you, but I seem to have more mashed potatoes leftover than all other sides. It’s the one side that I don’t really want to eat again after the big day. This recipe might change that for … Read More...
  • Polymer Clay Gingerbread Man Pendant

    Shellie Wilson
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    This fat jolly fellow is not Santa but instead a Gingerbread man that might have over eaten. He is adorable and can be attached to a chain or a simple elastic for a Kids necklace. Add a hook and hang … Read More...
  • 8 Handmade Christmas Cards

    Larissa Coleman
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:55 am
    The tradition of sending a Christmas card in the mail is slowly becoming a lost art.  With the uprising of technology over the last few years, “snail mail” has lost it’s appeal to a lot of people.  However, if you … Read More...
 
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    The alm Project - Diary of a Crafty Insomniac

  • Home and Garden – Snake Plant AKA Mother-In-Law’s Tongue

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

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

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

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

    Al
    16 Jan 2014 | 8:16 am
    Maybe the most surprising thing about Wynwood and it’s inhabitants is how seriously they take the entire situation. When I went there, I was expecting something much more tame, something overdeveloped and precious and planned. What I found was just much more organic. The people I saw seemed genuine, if a little twee, and the area itself looked grown, as opposed to created. I quite frankly have never in my life seen a place that uninhibited. Even now, as I look back, I am struck by how genuine the art looked and felt. There were handtags over expressive murals, different disciplines all…
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    Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

  • Raglan Sweater Dress (Pattern Hack)

    Jamie Sanders
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today, I'm sharing how to make this simple girl's sweater dress using my free Raglan Tunic pattern!Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2014 version 27zx69sdr
  • Quick and Easy Mini Chicken Pot Pies Recipe

    Jamie Sanders
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:24 am
    Thank you to Campbell Soup Company for sponsoring this post! All opinions are mine.I've been working quite a bit lately.  I don't have the best time management skills so in-between my work, kid’s homework and activities and general housekeeping duties, I often find myself scrambling to make a family meal at dinner time.  I'm a firm believer in family dinners, so I'm always on the lookout for meal ideas that save me time and effort.Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2014 version 27zx69sdr
  • Inspiration Monday Party #72 plus features

    Jamie Sanders
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Welcome back to Inspiration Monday, we're so happy you are joining us here today! When you party with us, your links are seen on seven different blogs- but only have to link up to one!With all this freezing weather, I hope you've been staying warm and toasty by the fire. If there is one good thing to say about the great Arctic Blast of 2014, it has definitely put me in the mood for the Holidays!I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Refresh RestyleRedhead Can Decorate| | Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty MomtwelveOeight | What Meegan Makes | Your Homebased Mom Were you featured today?
  • Easy DIY Hot Chocolate Bar

    Jamie Sanders
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Thank you to BIC® for working with me on the DIY Hot Chocolate Bar I'm sharing with you today!We've got a big crew heading our way for the Thanksgiving holiday this year.  Lots of Aunts, Uncles and Cousins are coming to spend a few days with us.  Some will stay at our house, others at my mom's house next door and at least 2 families are coming in their campers! (We've got a long winding driveway, perfect for lining up a couple of RV's!)While the Mom's are in the kitchen working on the meal, we'll be leaving it up to the Dad's to keep the kids entertained -…
  • Easy Holiday Cookie Recipes (mostly no-bake!)

    Jamie Sanders
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    There are quite a few things I don't miss about working in an office.  At my last job, we had a pretty good group, and one of the things I do miss is the old fashioned cookie exchange we would have in the conference room!  I loved going home with so many different types of cookies.  You never knew what you would get- some were super yummy and others... (well , we'll just say I'm not a fan of every type of cookie, ha!)  This year, I am making it my goal to get a few of my neighbors together for a holiday cookie exchange.I've already started hunting down new and semi easy…
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  • And the winner is......

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

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

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

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

    Dina
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:38 pm
    I am teaching two classes at Frenzy Stamper in Scottsdale on Oct 30th...join me! Click here for the details!
 
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  • 41 Retro Vintage Sewing Patterns + 6 New Patterns

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Retro vintage sewing patterns are all the rage, so get in on the trends of yesteryear with 41 free vintage sewing patterns to wear, decorate your home with, or give as gifts.
  • Sleepy Me PJs

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:13 am
    Learn how to make pajamas that your child can wear with pride when you open up this free sewing pattern. Combine this smart sleep shirt applique idea with a free pajama pants pattern to make the Sleepy Me PJs. Learn how to sew your own clothes to sleep in when you sew up these DIY pajamas. If you are looking for a last-minute gift for Christmas Eve, these pajama ideas are the way to go. Your kids will love wearing them to bed.
  • Shapes DIY Memory Game

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:09 am
    Whether you are looking for a way to keep kids busy or need a fun way to teach your child or grandchild about their shapes, this Shapes DIY Memory Game is going to come in handy. Kids will love it when you learn how to make a game for them and the homemade touch is going to make them even more excited to play. There is no reason for you to run to the store to locate a memory game for kids! This DIY memory game will do the trick for half the price.
  • Lovey Hot Hand Warmers

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:02 am
    Give the gift of warmth when you sew up these Lovey Hot Hand Warmers for a friend or family member. With the cold of winter blowing by, make sure the ones you love have a way to keep themselves as warm as possible by learning how to make a hand warmer that truly says I love you. These adorable, reusable hand warmers are heart-shaped and hard to pass by. Only using just a bit of fabric and only taking a few moments of your time, this DIY gift idea is a great scrap buster.
  • Charmed Easy Scarf Pattern

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:52 am
    Learn how to make a scarf out of a charm pack when you explore this warm and cuddly free scarf pattern. Made out of fuzzy and cuddly fleece, this tutorial is surprisingly easy and simple. The Charmed Easy Scarf Pattern will look especially charming with your winter coat and you could easy find a mitten pattern to match. Skip going out in the cold to shiver and walk the streets feeling warm and gorgeous when you sport this easy scarf pattern.
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  • Clay lantern decor – DIY

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

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

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

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

    Ramya
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    Here is an easy to make Kundan rangoli DIY tutorial to make this year’s Gokulashtami more special! It is made using OHP sheet as the base and rhinestones have been used for decor. Kundan Rangoli DIY – Steps: Step 1: Draw the intended outline of the foot on a piece of paper and place an … … Continue reading →The post Lord Krishna’s feet – Kundan rangoli DIY appeared first on Art Platter.
 
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  • No-Sew Muslin Advent Calendar

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:19 am
    Create this lovely, rustic muslin calendar with no sewing required! You just need some tape, muslin, a curtain rod and some markers.
  • Wood Stained Christmas Star Panel

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    Give a wood panel a festive look using a bit of wood stain and ribbon!
  • Hand Print Christmas Wreath

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:28 am
    This quick Kids Christmas craft tutorial is lots of fun to make and the kids will truly enjoy the finger painting. You could create these on card stock or a canvas frame for a Christmas gift or classroom Christmas activity.
  • Printable Frozen Christmas Gift Tags

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:40 am
    Free printable gift tags for Christmas featuring characters from the movie Frozen and some watercolor based creations as well.
  • Printable Forest Friends Christmas Gift Tags

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    Free printable gift tags for Christmas featuring watercolor forest animal creations. These tags are completely free for personal use and are available as PDF downloads.
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  • Raffia Ornaments

    camilla
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:40 am
    In addition to my vibrant vintage ornaments, I love to work natural tones into my holiday decor. Here are a few ornaments I made with raffia and wood beads - A God's Eye is made from sticks and raffia and my mala-inspired ornament is made from raffia and wood craft beads. To make the God's Eye you will need two small sticks of equal length and long strands of raffia (sold by the bag at Michaels). Tie the two sticks together at their centers. Wrap the raffia around one stick, then move to the other — add more length to your raffia by tying on new strands. It is important to wrap…
  • Quick Tip: Holiday Glove Handout

    camilla
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:48 am
    The next time you see those inexpensive knit gloves (I usually find them for a $1.00 at Target, Dollar Tree, CVS) grab a few and keep them in your purse. If you see a child who forgot their gloves, or a homeless person in need, hand them a pair of gloves with a smile. You will make someone feel loved during this cold holiday season. XO, Camilla I purchase gloves in small and large sizes and always in gray or black, so they work for either sex.  
  • Our Fall Mantel Now

    camilla
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    That time between Halloween and Thanksgiving can be frustrating when it comes to decorating the home. It’s hard to hold back on Christmas. I’ve made the mistake of pulling that trigger too soon and by the time the 25th arrives I can’t pack up the tree fast enough — it gets old fast. Here is a shot of our fall mantel – something that bridges the gap between now and Thanksgiving and can be quickly adjusted to fit for Christmas. A 30-inch grapevine wreath (Michaels, $15.00) created the perfect base for my look. I added a strand of carved wood string lights (World…
  • Motivational Dog Tag Key Chain

    camilla
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:36 am
    For as long as I can remember I’ve had a hard time with “staying in the moment”. I can ruminate on an unpleasant memory or anticipate future events going terribly wrong until the point of exhaustion. It’s my constant struggle. While I was shopping for dog food at PetCo with my daughter the other day, I thought about creating my own inspirational message with their personalized engraved pet ID tags. For $11.00, we bought the blank tag – took it over to the engraving machine, entered our information and it carved out the message right in front of us. We’re…
  • Dog Biscuit Countdown Wreath

    camilla
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    This project makes a wonderful holiday gift for the dog lover in your life (we have a few neighbors and teachers who we are thinking of for this one). Starting on the 1st of December, let your fur baby celebrate the season with a biscuit every day – 25 treats are tied on this wreath – it’s a countdown for the kids and the dog. Dog biscuit wreath – 25 Milk Bone biscuits are tied to a grapevine wreath to help the kids and the pup get in on the excitement of the approaching season. For this project I used: small and medium Milk Bone dog biscuits (tied to the wreath with…
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  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Cassi
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    This has been a hard year and the holidays are even harder, but I keep reminding myself to be thankful. Thankful for every day, healthy kids, the sun on my face and creative projects that keep me busy and get me through the low times. Thank you for visiting here and your comments and emails, all which mean so much to me. I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your loved ones and I'll see you back in this space in a few days. 
  • Chalkboard Handprint Turkeys

    Cassi
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Willowday shares a lovely chalkboard paper variation of the handprint turkey that can be used in several ways. 
  • Pilgrim Craft

    Cassi
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:20 am
    If you've got some Pringle cans you can make these cute Pilgrims from scrap fabric and paper. It looks like it should work with toilet paper rolls too. Directions are at Julep.
  • Mayflower Thanksgiving Table Place Cards

    Cassi
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:10 am
    Dandee shares a free template and tutorial to make these Mayflower place cards for your Thanksgiving table.
  • First Thanksgiving Peg Dolls

    Cassi
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Whether for play or display, these first Thanksgiving peg dolls at We Bloom Here will get lots of attention!
 
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  • Made - Patchwork Zip Pouch

    Michelle (michellepatterns.com)
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:44 am
    Patchwork Zip Pouch This was made by foundation piecing fabric to flannel in a log cabin pattern.  Then I stitched it into a zipper pouch using the same basic construction as the Zip Pouches and the #5 template piece from this document. 
  • Sample Sale - Lunar Eclipse Zipper Pouch #5 (Sold)

    Michelle (michellepatterns.com)
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:48 am
    Today this small zipper pouch is available as a sample. Sold - Thanks! This was made using the #5 zipper pouch template from this document.  The moon print is Lunar Eclipse from Cloud9.  The polka dot is from Moda's Dottie in blue.  The tiny blue trim is lingerie elastic.  It's lined in Kei Honeycomb Dots:
  • Made - Linen Heart Coaster

    Michelle (michellepatterns.com)
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:37 am
    This is going to be even cuter after it's been washed!  Like quilts, the coasters get even better after they've been laundered.  This 5" coaster is made from a blue linen fabric with the Size 1 heart appliqué.  The fabric for the heart appliqué is Tiny Floral from Studio E.  It took me 29 minutes to make this from start to finish. The back is Dottie in pink from Moda, and a turqoise floral print I've had for several years and can't remember the name. 
  • Sample Sale - Small Pintuck Wristlet at 75% (Sold)

    Michelle (michellepatterns.com)
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:48 am
    Today this cute little wristlet is available for someone to take home as a sample.  Sold - Thanks! This is the small size Pintuck Wristlet, but scaled down to 75% of the original size.  This one is about 6.75" wide x 4.25" high The fabrics used for this bag are Anna Maria Horner's Overachiever in Charcoal and one of Robert Kaufman's Railroad Denims. I've made a few of these wristlets at smaller sizes, and do deviate from the pattern instructions in a few places.  So here are the changes I made for this one: Printed small pattern pieces at 75%.  This is done in the…
  • Favorite Fabrics - Hyde Park in Rose

    Michelle (michellepatterns.com)
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Hyde Park in Rose from the Regent Street Lawns collection I saw this cotton lawn print at my local fabric store the other day (and might have bought a little...), and it is really beautiful!  There are a few other prints in this collection I wouldn't mind adding to my stash.
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    Stitching the Night Away

  • Finished Stitching Blackwork Deer Head

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

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

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

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

    Loretta
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:45 pm
    The chart includes both the blackwork and the solidly stitched silhouette, so you can choose to stitch one or you can stitch both. Pattern is available for purchase and download at Craftsy [click here to open in new tab] I’m currently alternating back and forth between stitching the two versions, my plan is to make a few throw pillows with them before the holidays. Charting this was a labor of love and I really enjoyed working on this project, I hope you enjoy it too. I can’t wait to see everyone’s variations and color selections Enjoy & Happy Stitching! Blackwork…
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  • Mini Envelopes and Notebooks from Shipping Tags

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

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

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

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

    Kris
    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…
 
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  • I Cut My Hair (and I Liked It)

    Pintester
    3 Nov 2014 | 3:45 pm
    I’ve been growing out my hair for a looooong time, mostly so I can do stuff like this: But also so I can do the impossible hair pin tests… Source: NatalieDee.com The other day, though, things got a little out of hand. I’m doing NaNoWriMo this month (she says, on day 3, when she is already behind), and not only is NaNoWriMo the month-long writing sprint, for me it is also the month of much much muuuuuuch procrastination. See, I like having written, but the act of writing itself is sort of boring. Sitting, typing, pausing to figure out whose left hand is where now? (Did I…
  • Tinkerbell Fairy Dust Jack-o-lantern Carving as Life Skill

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

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

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

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

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Santa always gets milk and cookies when he visits, but nobody remembers his trusty pals that pull the sleigh. This year help the kids make Homemade Christmas Reindeer Food so Rudolph and friends will have plenty of energy to finish their trip. Everyone knows that reindeer need glitter to fly, so be sure add to plenty. This is a simple and fun family Christmas activity that is sure to become a tradition for years to come.
  • Heartwarming Hot Cocoa Kit

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Nothing warms the soul like a nice cup of hot cocoa, and this Heartwarming Hot Cocoa Kit sure hits the spot! Crafty kids can put together these homemade Christmas gifts for those special people in their lives. Nothing spreads the holiday love and cheer like homemade Christmas gift ideas like this one. The holiday season is all about giving, so you should add this fun project to your list of holiday crafts. Your kids will have even more fun when they make something for someone else.
  • Last-Minute Christmas Crafts: 20 DIY Ornaments and Other Quick Christmas Crafts for Kids

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:23 pm
    In this collection of Last-Minute Christmas Crafts, youll find DIY Christmas ornaments, free Christmas printables, and other adorable and easy Christmas crafts to keep your little ones occupied while you prep for holiday festivities. Each one of these last-minute Christmas crafts can be made in minutes, so there's plenty of time for kids to finish all of their projects before Santa comes to town.
  • 27 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Kids to Make and Give

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    In the final days before Christmas, we are often rushing around trying to tie up all the loose ends and making sure we have all our gifts wrapped. Don't forget about those stockings hung on the mantel, they need some fun gifts inside. If you need stocking stuffer ideas, check out this collection of 27 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Kids to Make and Give. The kids can get involved with stuffing the stockings and make some of these fun DIY stocking stuffers. All of these projects are simple and affordable kids' Christmas crafts that serve double duty they are wonderful small gifts and fabulous…
  • Superhero Free Printable Valentines

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:39 am
    It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it'sthe only free printable valentines you'll need this Valentine's Day! Turn February 14th into an action-packed adventure with these easy DIY valentines. Superhero Free Printable Valentines are the perfect pick for any little boy or girl who couldn't possibly choose just one favorite superhero. Because these printable Valentines offer four different options on one page, kids can mix and match the valentines they give to their friends. All you have to do is grab a sturdy piece of paper or cardstock, print enough cards for all your child's classmates, and help…
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  • What Will You Make This Holiday Season?

    Michele deCesare
    2 Nov 2014 | 11:09 am
    It's that time already...time to get busy on those handmade gifts you didn't get around to last year, but swore to yourself you would do "next year" for sure. If you're looking for project ideas, patterns, project kits, or classes to learn something new or take your skills to the next level, Craftsy is the place to go.It's not just for sewists, Craftsy has something for everybody, from baking to woodworking. Whatever your craft (or desired craft) you'll find it there.Not sure what to get the other crafter in your life? How about a Craftsy Gift Card so that they can choose their own…
  • Scrappy Little Bandanas

    Michele deCesare
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    After making dozens of guitar straps I found myself with a good sized pile of rather large, odd sized fabric scraps. Some pieces were 8" X 22", and some were about 3" X 44". In other words, they were too large to throw away, but not quite big enough to make much of anything with. Then one sunny Sunday morning inspiration hit...perhaps I could make some bandanas. I call them my "Crazy Patch Bandanas".I spent about an hour "auditioning" my little fabric scraps. I started laying out my panels and strips to sew together. In some cases I didn't have enough panels to make the bandana at least 20"…
  • Easy DIY Gift Idea -- Fleece Slouch Hat

    Michele deCesare
    7 Dec 2013 | 9:59 am
      While getting ready for a couple of craft shows, I got it in my head that I needed another hat option besides The Mimi Hat. I at first thought I would make a simple beret, but after searching through my massive pattern collection, and several on line tutorials, I still hadn't found just what I was looking for. Then I remembered some little crocheted hats that my mother used to whip up for me in the 60's and 70's. I loved those hats...I could tuck all my hair underneath and go. So I turned my thoughts to those old slouch hats, and reminded myself "don't make this harder than…
  • Easy DIY Gift Idea -- Fleece Ear Warmers

    Michele deCesare
    4 Dec 2013 | 10:35 pm
    These Fleece Ear Warmers are so quick, and easy to make that you'll be tempted to make one for everyone on your Christmas list. I've just posted the pattern in my Craftsy store, and in my Etsy store.There are 2 options for constructing these depending on whether you're using fleece, or some other fabric with a little bit of stretch (such as velour, sweatshirt fleece, sweater knit, or double knit) that might ravel  or curl.To make them truly "one size fits all", I used an elastic pony tail band to secure the 2 narrow ends.   I'm also in the process of creating a…
  • Easy DIY Gift Idea -- Embroidered Fleece Scarf

    Michele deCesare
    11 Nov 2013 | 4:16 pm
    I won't say that these are quick to make, but they're certainly easy. In fact, you don't need to sew a stitch to make any of these scarves.How much fabric you buy will depend upon the width of the scarf you want to make, and if you want to hand tie fringe on the bottom hems. For a simple 9" wide scarf that's about 56" long, 1/4 yard of fabric will do. Most fleece off the bolt is 58" wide, but if you're not adding fringe, you'll want to cut off the selvedge edges. Click on "read more" to continue.Another option for fabric is to purchase a nice fleece throw blanket. Most of the vendors who…
 
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  • Get started early on your holiday shopping list with Ashland Bay’s Silk Hankie Scarf giveaway!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Noel Card with Corina Finley

    Corina
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:30 am
    Hello! Corina here with you today, to share my Noel card. I have seen this style of card before with assorted word die cuts. When I saw the decorative Noel die, I knew I had to give this "Floating Word" card design a try!I made the base of the card from Kraft card stock. I then matted with a layer of dark brown card stock and snowflake decorative paper. I cut the Noel die out of Kraft and measured the die cut vertically (from the top of the N to the bottom of the O). That measurement is the complete section that you will remove from the front of the card (see above picture for visual).As you…
  • Christmas card with Irina Gerschuk

    Irina Gerschuk
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:30 am
    Hi my dear friends!It's Irina Gerschuk with you today. And I'd like to share with you my new Christmas card: This time I decided to play with dimension and to add some texture to the project.I used Winter Neighborhood Border with blue vellum and white paper to create more depth. I stamped some snowflakes and embossed them with puff-effect embossing powder to create some soft and fluffy texture. To add more dimension I die-cutted a circle from the background paper and filled it with silver glitter dots (it also added a sparkle to the card).Here is the closer look…
  • A HAPPY CARD WITH ANITA KEJRIWAL

    Anita Kejriwal
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:30 am
    Hello dear friends. ..Today it's my turn to bring some inspiration for you using my favourite Cheery lynn dies.  The die that I will feature today is my most favourite one cos it is all in in! !Confused! !!! Well , you can decide yourself after you see this die!! This is the New Release Die from October---Say What -a set of 16 diesThis die includes all the shapes and design one needs to create for their cards.So for my card here , I have used the cloud shape as a stencil and have created a cloudy effect with tumbled glass distress ink. Then I cut the shapes of clouds and while the shape…
  • Pink Snowflakes

    leslierahye strickland
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:30 am
    Happy Tuesday everyone! leslierahye here playing along with this weeks challenge--Nontraditional Christmas Colors! I love using pink and lime green for holiday decorations. I have been creating these snowflakes for my tree and decided to share one with you.I began by cutting several white card stock Royal Scandinavian Doilies--with solid centers.I misted them with pink and Perfect Pearl Mists. I dried them with the heat tool and then fold up my doily...In half both directions perpendicular to the edges of the square. Next I fold the diagonally both directions. I cut to the center…
  • Tangled Tinsel

    Sandy Hulsart
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:30 am
    The challenge this week is to use non-traditional Christmas colors.  I think this card fits that bill.  I began with an aqua card base 5 x 7 inches.  My designer paper came from a 6x6 inch pack so I trimmed the top row of penguins off; placed them at the top and the rest of the paper at the bottom.  That left me a gap of about an inch to fill in.  To create the border piece, I began with a 1 inch pink base and added a 3/4 inch aqua base.  Using the largest die from the new Madrid Flourishes Rectangle Boutique Stacker Frame and a pink piece of card stock 1/2…
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  • DIY Snowflake Wrapping Paper

    Jeanette Nyberg
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:27 am
    I was shooting the breeze with my fellow Rockin’ Art Moms, and we were all, “What up, ladies, why don’t we get all ho-ho-holiday festive this year and collaborate on a post?” And then we were all like, “Yo, what kind of post?” And then the smart Rockin’ Art Mom said, “Girls, we are so rockin’,... Read More » The post DIY Snowflake Wrapping Paper appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.
  • OMG: Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip That’s Sort of Like Cookie Dough

    Jeanette Nyberg
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:56 pm
      I like to call this the OMG peanut butter yogurt dip that’s sort of like cookie dough, because that is precisely what it is. I kept seeing peanut butter yogurt dips flying hither and yon on Pinterest and they always made me projectile vomit just thinking about them, but then I tried one and... Read More » The post OMG: Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip That’s Sort of Like Cookie Dough appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.
  • Lately

    Jeanette Nyberg
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Some things that have been happening lately in the world of Tiny Rotten Peanuts are as follows. 1. I dyed the ends of Fen’s hair cobalt blue. It felt simultaneously trashy and exhilarating, and she loves it. My little art child; I’m just hoping she doesn’t think this is the precursor to a pierced face. There’s something... Read More » The post Lately appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.
  • A Little Gratitude Check-in

    Jeanette Nyberg
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:48 am
    Sigh. I suppose it’s time to write about gratitude. Haven’t been diving into a lot of writing lately on my blog, because I’ve been so caught up in doing gift guides and tutorials- there’s something easy about writing these, even though they take a ton of time. The easiness comes from the fact that I... Read More » The post A Little Gratitude Check-in appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.
  • Spotlight: 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids

    Jeanette Nyberg
    15 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    If you are drowning in Pinterest boards for kids’ activities, you might yearn to have them all in one place. I’m like this for recipes and kid stuff. I love my pin boards, but I equally love having the tactility and simplicity of flipping through a book for ideas. It’s not even a nostalgic thing, because I... Read More » The post Spotlight: 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids appeared first on Tiny Rotten Peanuts.
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  • How to Paint a Leaf in Watercolors

    Elise
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:56 am
    I know it's a little late in the season for fall decor, most of you are already thinking about Christmas  by now, right? Well, lets give one last hoorah for fall with some Watercolor Leaf Art! You can impress your Thanksgiving crowd with your artistic skills! Materials:watercolor paper- 5x7leafpencilwatercolor paintspaintbrushgold acrylic paint (optional)black ink penStep 1: Grab a fresh leaf off a tree or from the ground and lightly trace the outline onto some watercolor paper in pencil.Step 2: Optional- if you want to add a cool golden effect to your leaf, start out by painting in…
  • Photos of the Week

    Elise
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    These are scenes from my new stomping grounds, which used to be my old stomping grounds.............kinda confusing I know.  We lived in this area before we bought our first home and, for the time being, we are back! It's more rural out here and there's more nature to photograph!  Yay for me!
  • My biggest sale ever

    Elise
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:39 am
    I have some exciting news!  This year I'm offering a WEEK LONG BLACK FRIDAY SALE in my Etsy Shop!  This is the biggest sale I've ever had ...... 40% off baby! Starts tomorrow, November 22nd and goes through the 29th.Please visit my shop tomorrow or sometime within the next week and enjoy 40% off anything and everything I have to offer.  Use the code BLACK40 at checkout.
  • Cube Infinity Scarf Pattern

    Elise
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    It's here!  The pattern for my new crochet infinity scarf is here! This was finished over a month ago, as I wrote before, so I'm glad I finally have the pattern all written out and ready for you all!  Just keep reading, or click the link below to download a pdf file.Cube Infinity Scarf Patternby Elise EnghMaterials:Worsted Weight Yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver Yarn in Jade)Size J/ 10-6.00MM Crochet HookYarn NeedleSize:  6.5 inches wide by 51.5 inches longAbbreviations:ch= chaindc= double crochettr- triple crochetsc= single crochetNotes:  To adjust the width of…
  • Circles and Florals

    Elise
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:20 pm
    A few small watercolors, painted before the move..........The floral painting was inspired by this watercolor printand the circles by this large abstract circle print on canvas.It feels so good getting back into my groove, posting my watercolors and making things I love.  It's my thing :)
 
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  • 5 Wallet Friendly Gifts To Give This Season

    Sara Duggan
    28 Nov 2014 | 1:57 am
    This post has affiliate links and I earn a commission when you purchase through my special links. Thank You. Wallet Friendly Gifts wallet friendly gifts on crochetbusiness.com 1. Shop ‘Till You Drop with KTandtheSquid Join KTandtheSquid for a Mega Sale with 24 other designers including A Crocheted Simplicity, Abigailology, Bowtykes, Ball Hank n Skein, Charmed by Ewe, Crafting Friends, Crochet by Jennifer, Crystalized Designs, Cuddlepie Crochet, Danyel Pink Designs, Felted Button, Frayed Knot, Glamour 4 You, The Hooked Haberdasher, Inspired by Ainsley, La Tienda De Paloma, Pattern…
  • Pre Black Friday Deals 11-27-2014

    Sara Duggan
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    This page has affiliate links which earn a commission if you choose to purchase using them. Thank you for supporting Crochet Business. _ Sara Duggan Pre Black Friday Deals 11-27-2014 Pre Black Friday 11-27-2014 on crochetbusiness.com Crochet Businesses, Bloggers, and Hobbyists. Don’t wait until Friday to save on yarn, classes, patterns, and more. LEISURE ARTS 11-27 to 12-1 2014 Physical Goods Leisure Arts Cyber Weekend Sale – Save up to 45% off site-wide Digital goods Leisure Arts Cyber Weekend Sale – Save up to 45% off site-wide Free Shipping Free shipping on orders over…
  • Etsy Traffic and Sales part 3: Introducing the Sales Funnel

    Sara Duggan
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    Etsy Sales: Looking with New Eyes – Your Etsy Store Sales Funnel Etsy Sales and Traffic: Sales Funnel on crochetbusiness.com Traffic The first is your traffic. You don’t actually make any cash with these people but it’s important because it is the initial contact people have with your store. You have the potential of making sales to these people but initially all they are is Traffic income. Blogging, Giveaways, Guest Posts, Podcast, Videos The second entry is for people who find your shop through blogging, giveaways, guest posts, podcasts, videos etc. You are investing in…
  • Etsy Traffic and Sales part 2: Steps to Finding Your Ideal Customer

    Sara Duggan
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:09 am
    Etsy Traffic and Sales Part 2 Are You Attracting the Right People to Your Etsy Store? More in this series: Introduction | Part 1 Attracting the right people to your Etsy Store on CrochetBusiness.com To solve your traffic and no sales dilemma you need to find your Mr. Right – The person who is looking for your _________. He is out there and he is looking for you. Big Question: How will you cross paths? First you need to know where Mr. Right hangs out. Second, you need to know whether he even shops online or knows what Etsy is? I know it’s hard to believe because those of us in the…
  • Step Out of Your Comfort Zone – A Success Story

    MyBlogAssistant
    16 Nov 2014 | 12:15 am
    Daily Nugget – News in the Crochet World Step Out of Your Comfort Zone – Midwest Crochet In order to grow your business you need to take risks and that means you need to step out of your comfort zone. I love reading about successful businesses like Midwest Crochet. Michelle, the owner of Midwest Crochet shares how she started her business, her tips for success and shares a bit about what she would do differently. Just like many who own a crochet business, selling for Michelle started locally. It grew with support from her husband, her coworkers and a lot of hard work. When my…
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    Knit Luck - Knitting Your Way to A Better Life

  • What I Want for Christmas - KnitLuck's Gifts for Knitters Guide 2014

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

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

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

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    I had a simple goal when I started doing video blogs aka Knit Luck TV: to facilitate greater connection between knitters online. I'm absolutely thrilled that Terri has come through to share her knitting origin story and how she connects with her fellow crafters in a prayer shawl ministry! Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9QJwxWAfrg&list=UUC5f08L8IzMUnLTBV4vqqtg&index=1 It's not that hard to do your own video response! Just shoot some video, upload it to youtube and put the link in the comments of my video.  It was great to get the chance to get to know a Knit Luck…
  • Knit Luck TV Episode 3 - The Origin Story

    29 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Check out our newest episode of Knit Luck TV, where we talk about how I learned to knit and how it started a chain of events that changed my life. We mention: Goddess Yarns, Weekend Knitting book (again), The Textured Shawl and more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wV90B-0Vi4&feature=youtu.be
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    Serger Pepper

  • Black Friday Deals: My suggestions!

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

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

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

    Mamma Nene
    9 Nov 2014 | 1:01 am
    The Everyday Tank Blog Tour has reached its end, and I'm sharing my own hack... you won't believe your eyes, it totally looks like a different garment! The post The Everyday Tank BLOG Tour – Cowl Neck Hack appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at info@sergerpepper.com
  • Everyday Tank: The Blog Tour – DAY 7

    Mamma Nene
    9 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    This is the end... my only friend, the end... Ooops, this is another story o.O Read more to see our last 5 creations... and one is mine! The post Everyday Tank: The Blog Tour – DAY 7 appeared first on Serger Pepper. Contact me at info@sergerpepper.com
 
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    Gathering Beauty

  • Three Things I Love Right Now.

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

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    We went Christmas tree decoration shopping on the weekend. It's one of my favourite things to do to get me in the holiday spirit. I love picking out a few sparkly new ornaments each year to add to the collection.A couple of years ago I got a tin robin wearing a tiny wool hat from the same place that makes that glittery fox. My robin has got a few chips on him but he's still going strong and I'm pretty sure he'd love a foxy new friend to keep him company on the tree.The green swirled one in the top right is marbled glass but I found a couple of great tutorials if you want to try making…
  • Diy Gold Clay Stars.

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:13 pm
    I can't believe Christmas is only 33 days away (thank you yourchristmascountdown.com). For some reason Christmas always seems to sneak up on me. I'm afraid I'm a terrible last minute Christmas shopper.This year I'm trying to be more organised so the other day I decided to sort through all my Christmas decorations to try and see what I do and don't have. I was halfway through when I came across the embossed clay star decorations I made last year. I'd forgotten how much I liked them and I'm glad to say they've all survived and are still in one piece.You all know how much I love making…
  • Around Here: November.

    17 Nov 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Crocheting: my first cowl thanks to this tutorial.Reading: The Great British Bake Off Everyday. Coffee and chocolate choux buns? Yes, please.Listening: to Ben Howard, I Forget Where We Were.Making: gilded paper clay stars, tutorial to follow.Feeling: very Game of Thrones with my new wolf door knobs, a belated birthday present.Growing: muscari bulbs in a pot on the window sill.
  • Diy Folding Envelope Mini Album.

    12 Nov 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Ever since I made this Diy Instagram Mini Album I've been thinking about more ways of using and storing my printed photos.I thought about making another pocket notebook like this one but I wasn't quite sure and after a quick google for 'envelope albums' I found a couple of great tutorials for making accordion folding albums using envelopes. You can find them here and here.The thing I love about this accordion mini album is that no matter how much you fill/stuff your envelopes with photos this album will keep expanding. No more overstuffed albums.So, let's get started.Here's the things…
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    STASH YARN SHOP - Stashknits blog

  • AN OPEN LETTER

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    From the Other Woman:It's not what you think. I know everyone says that in these situations, but it really is not what you think. To begin, let's be clear about one thing: HE came to ME. It all started with a phone call. He called me at work with a vague request to meet. I forgot about it for a few weeks, and then he showed up, asking to arrange sometime we could get together privately. Soon we were meeting weekly, sometimes for hours. I can't pretend I didn't know about you; I did. In fact, strange as it sounds, you are the reason he came to me in the first place. But even if I had…
  • LOCAL HEROES: PART 2

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

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

  • Felt Holiday Photo Props

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

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

    1 Nov 2014 | 3:12 pm
    It's the start of the holiday season and with all the stores showing off their holiday displays, one has no choice to get prepared for the parties, the food and fun.  To start off the season, I want to show you a simple 5-minute gift wrapping DIY that you can do for Christmas or even Thanksgiving.  With just a few wooden beads and a Sharpie pen, you can create unique tags to top your presents.   For this DIY, you'll need: A black gel pen (I used a Sharpie pen) Wooden beads Yarn or twine Gift wrapping paper Scissors Other gift wrap embellishments Before stringing the beads on…
  • My Favorite Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipes for Fall

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

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

  • The Edible Centerpiece

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The editors of Bella Crafts Quarterly would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! We hope that you are able to share the day with your family and friends! Many Blessings, Lisa, Ann & Theresa We also have a special treat for you today. Our guest blogger, Sharon Insul, shared a post on Monday on how to create an edible centerpiece. She is back today with some recipes on what you can make to eat with this type of centerpiece. So, not only can you create a beautiful centerpiece for your table, you can also take the centerpiece and make yummy foods for your family. How wonderful is that?
  • A Beautiful Centerpiece

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:24 pm
    As crafters, we all have the tendency to get stuck in our comfort zones and to think that certain projects need to be created with certain products, right? I know when I think of a beautiful centerpiece I think of products like candles, flowers and bling. Or at least something along those lines. But today, our newest guest blogger, Sharon Insul, shows us to step out of our comfort zones and try something new! And with the project that she has shared with us today, I’d say mission accomplished. A centerpiece you say .   .   . oh I’ll just put some flowers in a vase. But I say…
  • Holiday Card and Ornament

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The holiday’s are coming quickly and it’s time to start thinking about our holiday cards. Our guest blogger today, Denise Losczyk, who is one of our repeat guest bloggers, has a great craft project to share with us today. We love the idea of creating ornaments that you can put into your holiday cards. By doing this, the recipients of your cards not only have the lovely card that you made, but also an ornament that they can put on their trees. And each year when they pull out their holiday decorations they’ll see that ornament and think about you. That is a wonderful gift to…
  • Vintage Frame

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Thrift stores and antique stores are great places for finding lovely treasures that you won’t find at your local Walmart. Our  guest blogger today, Carmen Whitehead, loves to shop at these type of stores and purchase vintage frames that she can take home and refurbish in something beautiful. And she has done just that with this stunning vintage frame. One of my favorite things to do on the weekends is visit thrift stores or antique stores and look for old pieces that need a little TLC to bring them back to life.  Vintage frames are very common in thrift stores and many times people…
  • Calendar Card

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    The calendar card project today from our guest blogger, Alessandra Arcangeli, is one that we think everyone would enjoy creating. We could all use a calendar to keep our lives manageable and this one is also pretty to look at! In this post I will show you how to create a “calendar card/tag”. It is an easy project that you can create for yourself as a real calendar and put on your table or for your friends or to send around. First of all take a square card of 14,7 cm x 14,7 cm. I used this kind of card because you can cut a tag with ease. But you can use a square card bigger or smaller…
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    The Ribbon Retreat Blog

  • Ribbon Woven Headband Tutorial

    Cheri Mortimer
    28 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Amongst the long list of my favorite things about Christmas is the pure elegance of silver and gold accent colors, crystal dishes and Christmas tree ornaments and all of the glitter sprinkled around home decor, presents, and holiday attire! I love the beauty of this season in things you can see but also all of […]
  • How To Make A Christmas Tree Ribbon Sculpture, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    “Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree….” you’ve never looked so lovely! Haha! Just a little Ribbon Retreat rendition of that loved song on this YouTube Thursday, to kick off the first of our fabulous Christmas video tutorials. I hope you are super excited because you are in for some incredibly cute and very festive videos […]
  • Snowman Christmas Tree Ornament

    The Ribbon Retreat
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Snowmen are my favorite things to decorate with through the winter months and Christmas time. They always have a cheery face and the cutest scarves! My fascination with them started when I was a newlywed and my super amazing hubby and I received the funnest Snowman Cookie Jar as a gift…and I have been hooked […]
  • Christmas Double Ruffle Bow

    The Ribbon Retreat
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Tis the season for giving lots of love, special gifts, decorating in lights and tinsel and creating lovely Christmas crafts and beeeeautifully fabulous bows to match your Christmas attire! All of the aforementioned holiday activities bring holiday cheer to me and my family and friends. What about you? Jess from Mommy Makes Things is visiting […]
  • Easy Holiday Hair Bows

    The Ribbon Retreat
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Can you believe that there are only 5 more Fridays, including today, before Christmas? Whatttt? Are your hands tiring from all of the Christmas crafts you have been busily creating? Phew! I hope not, because today I am going to show you how to create a fabulous Christmas hair bow that is ooooohhhhh so very […]
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    About Family Crafts

  • Craft Fun or Craft Fail Mini Tote?

    Sherri Osborn
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Last week, I was lucky enough to be able to spend 7 days at a quilting and crafting retreat with some friends. This is a trip we do twice a year and is always a ton of fun. At this…Read more →
  • 30 Turkey Crafts for Kids

    Sherri Osborn
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    With Thanksgiving coming soon I thought I would do some searching for fun turkey crafts to do with the kids. I am also working on a couple of turkey crafts and I like to search around for motivation and to…Read more →
  • How to Make a Kissing Ball

    Sherri Osborn
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:41 am
    While many times you will see kissing balls made out of greenery or flowers, we made our kissing balls out of ribbon. We made these for my daughter’s wedding — she really loved the whimsical look of these. These can…Read more →
  • Playful: Fun Projects to Make With + For Kids

    Sherri Osborn
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    This book will certainly inspire you to craft and get playful with your kids. Author, Merrilee Liddiard, has packed Playful: Fun Projects to Make With + For Kids(affiliate link) with 26 fun and unique projects the entire family will enjoy.…Read more →
  • 4 Printable Thanksgiving Play Dough Mats

    Sherri Osborn
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Kids love playing with clay, but sometimes they get bored quickly because they don’t know what to make out of it. These printable Thanksgiving play dough mats will help to solve that dilemma. Choose from 4 different designs — a…Read more →
 
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    Teach Love Craft

  • Easy DIY Give Thanks Wreath

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

    Grace
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    If you have been with teachlovecraft since the beginning, then you know that I have a slight obsession with a couple of things: Burlap and Buntings/Garland/Banners. So, it should come as no surprise that I have created yet another bunting/garland/banner (I still don’t know what the heck I am supposed to call them).  This time it’s made out of jute webbing. You know, the stuff used to upholster furniture?  This easy webbing bunting is, well, super easy.  Here’s what you’ll need: - Jute Webbing… no surprise here, I got mine from burlapfabric.com…
  • Pregnant and Petite

    Lisa
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Squeaking in at just 5’ tall, finding clothes is always a wee bit more difficult for me than for the ‘average’ or tall womenfolk around me. I have to say now that I am not someone that enjoys clothes shopping at all– I often get cranky and tired. Yes, stores have petite sections, but sometimes I find two flaws– 1- the petite clothes are more geared toward middle aged or older women, and 2- some petite clothes assume that you are super-duper skinny just because you are short. This leaves us short, more curvy ladies with even fewer options. As I progressed throughout my…
  • Outfit Ideas: Fall Layers

    Rona
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:44 pm
    Fall is my favorite reason! Aside from the apple cider, pumpkin pie and butternut squash soup (I love food), the cooler weather also allows me to indulge in cozy layers and warm weather accessories. Here in MD, the mornings are chilly, the afternoons are warm, and the evenings are cool. I find that layering is essential to balancing the change in temperature throughout the day. It’s also a great way to work some of my summer pieces into cool weather rotation. I’m sharing a few of my favorite ways to stay cozy this season for work and play featuring layering pieces from ModCloth. For…
  • DIY Swaddle Blanket

    Rona
    9 Nov 2014 | 9:19 pm
    Last week I came across some super adorable bunny print Snuggle Flannels at Joann’s. You know I have a thing for bunnies (proof here and here). As soon as I laid eyes on them I knew they would make the perfect baby blanket for a dear friend’s little bun in the oven! Unlike many of my other sewing projects, I’m happy to report that no sewing machine was harmed during the making of this DIY swaddle blanket. Materials:   2 yards of flannel (or other snuggly fabrics) 2 packs of pre-made piping matching thread Step 1: Cut your fabric to the desired dimensions. I used a receiving…
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    Decorative storage boxes

  • Decorative storage boxes : best tips!

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

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

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

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

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

  • House Mouse Sweet Lilacs

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

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

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

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

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

    Marti
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:41 am
    (sponsored post)  If you dare to go shopping on Black Friday, here is a list of store ads and what kind of deals you will find! You will also find a list of stores that will be opened and closed Thanksgiving Day. AMAZON AMAZON PROMO CODES     Michaels Craft Store Opens at 4 p.m. […] The post Black Friday Deals and list of stores opened and closed appeared first on SEWlicious Home decor.com.
  • Holiday Flame Napkin Tutorial

    Marti
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:29 pm
    This Flame Napkin fits inside a cup or wine glass. It’s makes a beautiful decoration to your holiday tablescape. I love how this napkin stands out and can make your tablescape really pop with color. Use multiple colored napkins for a two-toned look.  Change up the colors for any holiday occasion. Here’s the easy tutorial! […] The post Holiday Flame Napkin Tutorial appeared first on SEWlicious Home decor.com.
  • Lemon Raspberry Streusel Muffins

    Marti
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Everyone needs to start their morning with these sweet and delicious Lemon Raspberry Streusel Muffins! These are oh so CRAZY yummy. I had (all of them) for breakfast this morning.   Because some days muffins are necessary. Like today. And well, yesterday….and of course, tomorrow. They are bursting with a zesty lemon flavor, which really […] The post Lemon Raspberry Streusel Muffins appeared first on SEWlicious Home decor.com.
  • Holiday Utensil Holder Napkin Tutorial

    Marti
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Turn plain silverware into a pretty decoration for your holiday tablescape.  This Utensil Holder Napkin will hold silverware and an added holiday pic.  It’s sure to be a beautiful addition to your table. You can use these for any tablesetting with coordinating napkins and also include a name tag. It’s also a fun way to […] The post Holiday Utensil Holder Napkin Tutorial appeared first on SEWlicious Home decor.com.
  • Holiday Basket Napkin Tutorial

    Marti
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:08 am
    This Basket Napkin is so fun and festive!  I love how you can fill the basket with holiday goodies! You can even decorate the front of the basket with ribbon and fun little ornaments.  These little baskets you can fill with candy, flowers, or anything else to go with your table theme.  You can use […] The post Holiday Basket Napkin Tutorial appeared first on SEWlicious Home decor.com.
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    Keeping it Real

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    27 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
     
  • Wordless Wednesday 26/November

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    The picture is not very good but it was the best I managed to get in a dark room. Yes, it is a cuckoo clock. The one that my grandfather bought over sixty years ago half destroyed and rebuilt with his own hands (including a lot of the wood carving) and that still hangs in the dining room of the house he was born in (which now belongs to my mother) (two of the numbers are missing, and I have to find the time to glue them back). My grandfather was born on November 29th, 1904. He lived through Portugal's two last kings, the implantation of the first republic, World War I and World War II, the…
  • Handmade Tuesdays bloghop 25/November

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:28 am
    Sharing the Handmade Tuesdays bloghop @ Ladybug Blessings Let's share and have fun!
  • Creative Mondays bloghop 24/November

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:11 am
    Sharing the Creative Mondays bloghop @ Clairejustine oxoxJoin the party, share the fun!
  • The Handmade Christmas: bookmarks

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:59 am
    When this week's project started my intention was to make only one bookmark.My son is in second grade and just starting to read chapter books. He's been using one of my old bookmarks (after all, I always have tons of them around) but I promised that I would make a new one just for him. Since I'm sure he'll be getting new books for Christmas, I decided to add the bookmark to his Christmas list.Well, I made his bookmark, and then I sort of got carried away and ended up making three more, all different.  They can be made with felt scraps, some pieces of ribbon and embroidery floss and a bit…
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    Precious Crafts

  • Another IHSW Update

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

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

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

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

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

  • Persimmon, highly exotic, nutritious fruit, with a mind of its own.

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    “If it be not ripe it will drawe a mans mouth awrie with much torment; but when it is ripe, it is as delicious as an Apricock.” (Quote about persimmons from Captain John Smith, from his General History of Virginia, written in 1624) In our garden grows a small tree with beautiful tropical looking glossy leaves and inconspicuous yellow flowers late spring. It is usually the last tree to leaf out in spring and the first to lose it leaves in the fall (apparently a strategy to thwart predatory insects).  In the beginning I never knew what to do with its abundance of fruit. Never could…
  • Gratitude and Thanksgiving: Go humans!

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    I always love that special Thursday in November and admire the Americans for their Thanksgiving, the reminder to give thanks for the good things, people and providential events in their daily lives. People, spending time together, catching up and enjoying one another’s company, tables decorated with a cornucopia or a bouquet of autumn flowers, even the New York City Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the whole atmosphere radiates gratitude. My dad used to do the wishbone tradition, every time he roasted a chicken: For those who don’t know the habit: all turkeys and chickens have…
  • Thanksgiving, never without sparkling, floating cranberries!

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    One can be little, inexpensive, but powerful! There is only one word for this tiny burst of flavours: “cranberries”.I went everywhere to buy some cranberries here in my region in the South of France, none to find: no fresh ones, no cranberry jam or sauce… Unbelievable! When grown in bogs, these ruby red berries, float on the surface and their quality improves, being able to collect the natural sunlight striking them. Of course being in water, equals easy harvesting, compared to other methods. How to know when to harvest? A ripe cranberry will bounce! Cranberries can make a festive…
  • Free sewing course from scratch (2)

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Basic material and tips: Spoil yourself with a nice, vintage of course, sewing box. All your stuff together in one place is quite handy! Any box will do actually, if you don’t want to spend money! Ideal would be your very own sewing room (where you can leave stuff and pick up later), reality for most of us: our kitchen table! The best is a big one, as that is easy to spread out all the materials you’re going to use, to measure and so on. A good mat with measurements on is ideal, but your table and ruler will do! Don’t be tempted to buy an expensive sewing machine from the start, use one…
  • Sewing course to come, for beginners from scratch!

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    15 Nov 2014 | 11:48 pm
    This post will offer you some info about my soon to start, free sewing course for true beginners, online in January 2015. For those of you not interested in sewing, don’t worry, there will be loads of other posts/subjects coming up too. But, I do want to help those people that really would like to start learning how to sew and have never tried to. Life is so busy, when working full time, so I want to make the course doable, not too much at once! We’ll walk the road together pace by pace! Do you love the creative works and sublime ideas on Pinterest or sewing blogs and always say: “I…
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    Scarf Knitting

  • What To Do With That Leftover Knitting Yarn

    Alice Seidel
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Knitting yarn is some of the most fun stuff you can buy! After all, aren’t there just so many colors, and fibers, and types of yarn to see? I’m sure if you’re addicted to the world of knitting, then you get numerous knitting catalogs, just like me. From Mary Maxim, Patternworks,KnitPicks, to Herrschner’s and more, I LOVE looking through the pages at not only the pattern ideas, but especially for the yarns.    Yarn comes in so many different types, from cotton and wool, to acrylic and silk, from mohair to alpaca, from linen to bamboo, the list goes on! We dutifully…
  • Yarns For You and a Story Too!

    Alice Seidel
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Just a quick post to tell you about some very cute yarn! But, before I get to that, let me tell you this. For my birthday, one of the gifts I received from my daughter, Stephanie, was a little book of indulgences. I’m not talking about the Catholic kind, either, for all you Catholics out there. (I know, . . .  I’m one.) Number one on the list in this little booklet, was T-E-A.   Aaah, tea. One of the BEST things in life. It may not be free, but I can’t live without it. I start out my day with tea, have a cup at three, and two more in the evening. That’s the way…
  • So You Think You Know Red Heart Yarn

    Alice Seidel
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Knitting yarn is everywhere. And you don’t need to be inside to see it; look around your favorite parks and haunts and you just may see some yarn dangling here and there. I’ve noticed it even in Halloween decorations, stringing one set of lights to another or keeping all those pumpkins and ghosts close together. I’ve been in New York City as of late, visiting my mother-in-law at Beth Israel Medical Center where she is recuperating from several strokes following knee surgery. One thing about the city; it surely helps to take away the stress of the current situation, when you…
  • Free Knitting Patterns, Or . . .

    Alice Seidel
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Or how I learned to stop worrying and love the (yarn) bomb! Well, not really. Have you seen yarn bombing?? You know, what they call graffiti or urban knitting, where street artists cover everything in big cities from statues to bike racks to entire buses. And you could cover those Citi Bikes too, in NYC, because most of the time they’re sitting in those bike racks not in use! Money well spent. But, I digress. I don’t care for yarn bombing. It’s not knitting. It’s what is called someone’s idea of knitting. I like to pick up my needles and yarn and sit down and…
 
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    Indiesew Blog

  • Cyber Monday Sale: 20% off all patterns!

    26 Nov 2014 | 10:07 am
    The holidays have officially arrived, folks. Thanksgiving is tomorrow here in the US. And Christmas, Hanukkah and many more celebrations loom just a few weeks away. So it's high time we gave you a reason to buy more sewing patterns. Cyber Monday, the Black Friday of the Internet, is next Monday (December 1st), where every online store on the planet is offering you a deal you just can't resist. We thought we'd do our part to help the cause. So for Monday, December 1st only, all patterns in the Indiesew shop will be 20% off! The sale lasts from 6am MST to 10pm MST. Simply use the coupon code…
  • Indiesew Gift Cards: Give the Gift of Sewing

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:26 am
    They’re finally here! It was a long time coming, but we are so excited to announce that Indiesew Gift Cards are now available for purchase! Luckily, they’re here just in time for the holiday season. And we say, what’s easier than shopping from your couch? Indiesew gift cards can be applied towards the purchase of every pattern or collection in the Indiesew Shop. That means your loved one can choose from over 70 indie sewing patterns from nearly 30 designers! We’re adding new patterns to the shop every week so you can be sure that your favorite lady will find something that fits her…
  • Winter Collection Blog Tour Roundup

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:54 am
    Cover photo credit: Jamie Hudson Nearly two weeks ago we launched our second pattern bundle ever. In that time period we also introduced three new designers to the Indiesew shop and created an entirely new product you’ll be seeing very soon! It’s been a total whirlwind and the response to the 2015 Winter Collection has simply been icing on the cake. During the past two weeks we’ve also seen six awesome sewing bloggers show us how they wear the Winter Collection. With full reign to make any modifications to and style these patterns however they chose, this blog tour was without a doubt…
  • How To Gather Knits: Elastic Method

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    I’ve had today’s tutorial stored away in the back of my brain for months now. Since June, I’ve sewn my fair share of knit items with gathered waists including this Penelope Peplum and this sleeveless Out and About Dress. With the launch of the Winter Collection last week it seems only appropriate to finally show you my favorite method for gathering knits. In my opinion, this is by far the easiest and the most fool-proof method out there. The elastic method, that is. Awhile back I showed you how to gather knits using the floss method. That’s a great method for beginners who haven't…
  • The Pleated Pencil Skirt: Inside and Out

    12 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    The Arctic Blast has arrived here in the US and I’m more than happy to be snuggled up in the Indiesew HQ blogging, sewing and taking photos. I’m totally giddy about today's post, in part because I’m so incredibly proud of something I sewed, but also because the world needs to know more about the Pleated Pencil Skirt by Delia Creates. This longtime blogger and brand new designer made the online sewing community's jaw drop with her first women's sewing pattern. I can’t wait to show you why. If you haven’t heard all the hub-bub yet, the Indiesew Winter Collection has launched and the…
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    Our Daily Craft

  • Rosemary Lemon Body Scrub Recipe

    Sarah White
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    Somewhere in my journeys on the Internet I came across the new (just started last month) crafty challenge from Adventures in Making and thought, why not? The challenge was to create a craft on the theme of herbs and spices, which made my mind turn to the rosemary plant we just brought inside because it’s freezing outside. And because it’s cold and dry I also thought of body scrub recipes, because I love scrubs for exfoliating and moisturizing in the winter. They also make great gifts, so keep it in mind for teacher gifts, neighbor gifts, whatever little giftable occasions you have…
  • Garter Stitch Bow Cowl {Iron Craft Challenge}

    Sarah White
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
    The Iron Craft challenge for this week was to make something cozy, and since I’m working on knitting a bunch of cowls for husband’s team for Christmas, I decided to consider one of them my challenge project. This is a super easy knit even if you’re completely new to knitting because it’s all Garter Stitch. It’s knit flat and sewn up, and the loop is knit separately and then sewed on. The beauty part is your seam doesn’t even have to be that pretty because you’re covering it up with the loop. Awesome, right? I think it looks like a bow and it’s…
  • Three Things to Do to Get Ready for a Holiday Break

    Sarah White
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:21 am
    We had our first snow this weekend, and though it didn’t cause a snow day, I’m suddenly thinking about the very real possibility that snow days are coming soon and the reality that the girl is home from school all next week and two weeks for winter break. With all that in mind I’ve been thinking about ways to prepare for extra time with the kids at home, especially when you don’t want to be spending a lot of time playing outside. This is what I’ll be doing this week to get ready for the holiday/snow day/sick day season. 1. Stockpile/Rotate Toys and Supplies…
  • My Reading Quest

    Sarah White
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:49 am
    A couple of months ago, a couple of smart friends were talking about this book, The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau. The book is about how people need quests in their lives to give them something beyond the day-to-day stuff to focus on. They were intrigued and wanted to do quests of their own. It ended up that a few local people made a group that may become a full-on book club but is always a way to support each other in our questing. Some people want to travel, others want to cook or eat or reach fitness goals. Some aren’t sure what their quests are yet, and that’s fine.
  • Campfire Kit for Indoor or Outdoor Play

    Sarah White
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:34 pm
    When I went to the Arkansas Early Childhood Association conference last month (thanks, Better Beginnings!) one of the workshops I sat in on was all about prop boxes for outdoor play. The presenters offered more than 20 ideas for different prop collections that could be used outside, such as gathering buckets, sponges and soapy water to make a car wash for outdoor vehicles, or even just collecting different wands and things that can be used with bubble solution. One of the props that really caught my eye was for camping play. You could, of course, use actual sticks to build a pretend fire…
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    Repeat Crafter Me

  • Crochet Unicorn Amigurumi

    Sarah Zimmerman
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:42 am
    It's been a long time since I've followed another designers crochet pattern but when I saw THIS Tiny Rainbow Unicorn by Ahooka I had to get it on my hook immediately! Because I'm so used to doing things my way, it took me awhile to get used to the pattern... but after a couple rows it was smooth sailing! This is a fun free pattern written in both English and French. I made this one as a gift and can't wait to finish a couple more because they really are the perfect present for kids and adults!My unicorn was created with:-Size F Hook-Worsted Weight Yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in…
  • Play-Doh Ornament Gift Card

    Sarah Zimmerman
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:46 am
    Since my kids are at the age where they are pretty much obsessed with Play-doh, I thought it would be nice to make them little holiday gift that was quick and easy to put together and something I knew my little crafters would enjoy. The little party pack play-doh containers make perfect little Christmas ornaments and fit in the center in these printable cards I came up with. This is a great last minute gift idea and the perfect party favor or gift for your school friends.CLICK HERE to download the printable card from Google Docs. As you will see I customized mine with "Love, Mom…
  • Yarn Ball Elf

    Sarah Zimmerman
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:14 am
    I was honestly attempting to clean up my craft table when I suddenly got a moment of inspiration! Two balls of yarn, a little felt, some buttons, and a little crochet hat later I had made this cute little elf who is ready to help me craft through the holidays :) He was so simple to put together that I really don't have a photo tutorial to show you so I will just explain how he came together.Step 1:Wind two balls of yarn with Lion Brand Vanna's choice in Fern Green and Beige. The green ball is 8 inches around and the head is 5.5 inches around. Stick a toothpick in between the two to connect.
  • Crock Pot Candied Pecans

    Sarah Zimmerman
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:21 am
    A big batch of these Crock Pot Candied Pecans is the perfect party food. Great for when the family comes over and an easy snack bowl idea for your holiday party. You could also separate them into individual baggies, boxes, or mason jars and give them as gifts to family, friends or neighbors! I suggest doubling this recipe if you are going to use it for any of the above. We just made a batch to snack on as a family and didn't need extras. I loved the crunchy nuts with a bit of cinnamon sugary sweetness!Ingredients:- 1 lb bag of Halved Pecans- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted- 1/2 cup…
  • Crochet Reindeer Pouch

    Sarah Zimmerman
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    Sometimes you just need to go back to the basics. This Crochet Reindeer Pouch pattern was inspired by my very first written pattern The Crochet Clutch. So simple and yet there are so many possibilities for a piece like this! I did alter the sizing of the original pattern slightly and made a triangular flap. Perfect for holding a gift card, candy, lip gloss, jewelry, or anything other stocking stuffer type items you want to gift for the holidays. Or use it to hold all of your little must-haves that usually get lost in your purse: keys, coins, tissues, etc. I am sure you will find the perfect…
 
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    Knitting Stitch Patterns

  • Two-Colour Diagonal Weave

    Knitting Unlimited
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:56 pm
    With color A, cast on a multiple of 4 sts + 1.Row 1 (WS): With color A, purl all sts.Row 2 (RS): With color B, knit 1, * slip 1 wyib, knit 3; repeat from * to end.Row 3: With color B, * purl 3, slip 1 wyif; repeat from * to last st, purl 1.Row 4: With color A, knit 1,* drop next slip st off left -hand needle to front of work, knit 2, then pick up dropped st and knit it, knit1; repeat from * to end.Row 5: With color A, purl all sts.Row 6: With color B, knit 5, * slip 1 wyib, knit3; repeat from * to end.Row 7: With color B, * purl 3, slip 1 wyif; repeat from * to last 5 sts, purl 5.Row 8:…
  • Zig Zag Loop

    Knitting Unlimited
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:39 am
    Yarn shown in this swatch: Milk cotton China.Needles: US 5 - 3.75mm.Skill: Intermediate.Techniques used:Knit: K.Purl: P.Slip stitch: Sl.With yarn in front: Wyif.With yarn in back: Wyib.Instructions:Cast on a multiple of 4 sts + 2.Row 1 (Right side): K1, * K3, k1 wrapping yarn twice around needle; repeat from * to last st, k1.Row 2: K1, * sl 1 wyif dropping extra wrap, k3; repeat from * to last st, k1.Row 3: K1, * k3, sl 1 wyib; repeat from * to last st, k1.Row 4: K1; * sl 1 wyif, k3; repeeat from * to last 1 st, k1.Row 5: K1; * sl 3 wyib, drop next slip st off left-hand needle to front of…
  • Garter Entrelac step-by-step tutorial

    Knitting Unlimited
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Starts with 18 sts to be worked in three groups of 6, using the knitted cast-on so that stitches are loose enough to work with.THREE BASE TRIANGLESRow 1 (WS): K2, turnRow 2: K2, turnRow 3: K3, turnRow 4: K3, turnRow 5: K4, turnRow 6: K4, turnRow 7: K5, turn.Row 8: K5, turn.Row 9: K6, end of left triangle, do not turn.End of base triangle one of three – start next base triangle on next stitchRepeat Rows 1 to 9 two more to complete all three base trianglesTIER 1 - 2 Diamonds & 2 Side Triangles+ Left Side Triangle.Row 1 (RS): K2, turnRow 2: K2, turnRow 3: Kfb, SSK, turnRow 4: K3,…
  • Lace Cable

    Knitting Unlimited
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Yarn shown in this swatch: Katia Panama.Needles: US 2 - 2.75mm.Skill: Intermediate.Techniques used:Knit: K.Purl: P.Yarn over: Yo.Slip slip knit: Ssk.Purl 2 sts together: P2tog.Cable 4 front: C4F - Slip next 2 sts onto a cable needle and hold at front of work, knit 2 sts from left-hand needle, then knit 2 sts from cable needle.Instructions:Knitted in a multiple of 12 sts +8 and a 12-row repeat.Row 1 - Right side: P2, * k2, yo, ssk, p2; repeat from * to end.Row 2 and all wrong side rows: K2, * p2, yo, p2tog, k2; repeat from * to end.Row 3: P2, * k2, yo, ssk, p2; repeat from * to end.Row 5:…
  • Three-and-One Tweed

    Knitting Unlimited
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:54 am
    With mosaic knitting, only one color is used for each pair of rows, but slipped stitches are used to pull contrasting-colored stitches up to create the vertical columns of color. Plus, this stitch uses a garter-stitch based mosaic structure, so there are no purl stitches. Slip stitch patterns just work very well with alternating colors!With color A, cast on a multiple of 4 stitches + 3 and knit one row.Row 1 (RS): With color B, knit 3, * slip 1 with yarn in back (wyib), knit 3; repeat from * to end.Row 2: With color B, knit 3, * slip 1 with yarn in front  (wyif),…
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    Thesis of Me

  • Progress!

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

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

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

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:52 am
    This picture that I found on http://fortheloveofsequins.tumblr.com/ shows everything about why I dream to work at Chanel. The oversized angular collar gives the classic silhouette a fun twist and the beading is exquisite.-Nadia
  • Scatter Beading Technique

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:43 am
    I came across a great diagram to help with scatter beading that I though would be helpful to share. The diagram is from the book "All-In-One Beading Buddy" and helps break down the look of scattered beads in a very logical pattern.As a perfectionist I have struggled to achieve the perfect spacing in my scattered beading so I decided to give this great method a try.First, I framed out my area with bugle beads. Then, to ensure that the zigzag stitching pattern would remain proportional on both sides I stitched through the middle with peach colored embroidery floss (not knotting it at the…
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    Bread & With It

  • Black Friday Made Easy

    Laurel Blow
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    I don't want to sound like a downer guys, but I really dread Black Friday. It's always so aggressive. One year I was shopping with my mom, and a woman tried to grab things right out of our cart! It was the last item of its kind in the store, and well... she wanted it. I've seen people get into fights, say nasty things to each-other. These are just a few things I've seen, but when I hear the news reports about people getting injured...I think we all need Black Friday made easy. This year I am turning to the internet for all of my answers! Two places to be exact; Amazon and Groupon. Most of my…
  • Spiced Turkey Rub

    Laurel Blow
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    I am working hard this week to fit in enough recipes on Bread & With It to help you prepare for Thanksgiving. Luckily, this year I'm being treated to dinner at my sister's house, so I won't have to repeat this process again on Thursday! Other than making candied yams and Michael's green bean casserole; we will have a very laid back Thanksgiving this year. It's a big job, preparing for your whole family to eat together under one roof. I think we can all agree that the best turkey is tender, juicy, and flavorful. There are many ways to achieve this. This year I decided to try…
  • Cranberry Sauce

    Laurel Blow
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Did you know that most cans of cranberry sauce from the grocery store are made from high fructose corn syrup? I don't understand the need to put these chemicals in our bodies. I've seen the effects of it in my life, and it gets even more upsetting when I think about the majority of American people. Cancer, diabetes, chronic headaches are just a few things (it seems) everyone has! Oh... I'll tone down my crazy health rant. I have a tendency to get overly excited about this topic. So... as you know, Michael and I are pretty picky about what we eat. We are picky in the…
  • Tucking Bird Wings

    Laurel Blow
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Preparing your bird for cooking is a messy job. It takes a few times to get used to it. Reaching your hand into the carcass of a dead bird to remove its neck and giblets is... well... there really isn't anything to compare the feeling to. My kids make a point to tell me how gross it is that I'm tucking bird wings and reaching my hands into a dead bird. I don't enjoy the job, but someone has to do it. They are typically very good at helping me prepare dinner, but for this task I am on my own. One of the things we do to save grocery money is cook whole chickens instead of buying specific…
  • Turkey Cooking Times & Temperatures

    Laurel Blow
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Every year right before Thanksgiving, I scramble for accurate turkey cooking times and temperatures. I know I'm not the only one that has this problem, because I get several calls each year asking me the same question! It's usually these calls that begin my search for the answer. I'm glad that I'm finally putting this together, because now I know where to find the answer to my question every year... Bread & With It! When preparing your bird for Thanksgiving dinner make sure you follow these five steps and refer to the Turkey Cooking Times and Temperatures table below. Every bird…
 
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