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  • 3 Diys I'd Love To Make.

    Gathering Beauty
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:44 am
    I would love to make any and all of these.This Diy Ladder Shelf from The Merrythought is a brilliant storage solution for a small space.Love these practical and stylish floral lined Diy Easy Tote Bags from The Purl Bee.It's amazing what you can do with some cardboard letters and a roll of contact paper. Check out these shiny Diy Solid Gold Letters from Fall For Diy.  I've got a plain cardboard 'E' I've been wondering what to do with. This could be the answer.
  • Wedding Candy Bar Decoration Using Color Plus Air Dry Clay

    ACTÍVA Products - Projects
    Activa Products
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Candy bars are so much fun at weddings, birthday parties or just to say “I love you”. Put a personalized message on each jar of candy for that special day!  Materials needed: Color Plus air dry clay in red and white ACTÍVA Product’s Clay Roller kit Cotton sheeting cut into 8” x 8” squares A small cup of water Wooden skewer or needle tool Alphabet stamp set Heart pattern and small heart cookie cutter Pink ribbon Apothecary jar Clear acrylic spray to seal  Instructions: 1.   Cut off a piece of both the white and the red clay about the size of a large walnut. Take equal amounts of…
  • Bead and Straw Mobile Craft

    The Crafty Crow
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    Find out how to make this charming bead and straw mobile at PBS Parents. The tutorial includes a free printable and video. 
  • Seneca Creek Bag PDF Pattern Release!

    Betz White
    Betz White
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Happy July! Today the Seneca Creek Bag Pattern is now available in my Etsy shop! You may have remembered seeing this bag back in May as part of the Bag of the Month Club. The club has ended and the pattern is ready for purchase by non-club members, yay!     This handy convertible bag is perfect for your next outing, keeping your hands free. The main pouch has a zippered top, roomy enough for your daily essentials. The exterior has an envelope-style pleated pocket with a magnetic snap closure, and the interior has a zippered pocket to secure smaller items. The adjustable shoulder…
  • The 10-Minute Pseudo-Skirt That I’ll Never Wear in Public

    6 Jul 2015 | 6:55 pm
    I don’t know why I always think it’s a good idea to sew things. I don’t have a sewing machine, for one thing. For another thing, I don’t sew, like ever. I mean, I sew buttons on things now and then, and then they fall off again, and then I just stop buttoning whatever the buttons fell off of (and hope they’re not pants). But I fell in love with these cute little kid skirts. Image from I decided I had to make one, since I have a lot of my husband’s old t-shirts in the closet and this would, of course, translate to a fully grown (and…
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    Tim Holtz

  • sneak peek: stampers anonymous “crazy” halloween…

    tim holtz
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:02 am
    are you ready to check out the latest products coming your way?  today i’m sharing part 1 of my new releases from stampers anonymous.  for those going to the carson rubber stamp show this weekend in california, you’ll be the first to get your hands on the new releases.  i’ll be there demoing in the stampers Continue Reading
  • sneak peeks start tomorrow…

    tim holtz
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:41 pm
    with summer in full swing, it’s hard to start thinking about the holiday season right?  well considering half of the year is already over the holidays will be here before we know it.  as a product designer it’s challenging to keep time in perspective considering we’re working on new products year round.  for an idea Continue Reading
  • 12 tags of 2015 – july…

    tim holtz
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    ahh summer…the longer days, hot weather, vacation adventures, and celebrations we have this time of year.  the 4th of july holiday is one of my favorites and a time to show gratitude for this country and embrace the celebration of our independence day.  it was certainly my inspiration for this month’s tag, and i love Continue Reading
  • new distress: blueprint sketch…

    tim holtz
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    i know it’s not the first friday of the month, but since it’s a holiday weekend coming up, we decided to share the new color to join ranger’s distress palette early… introducing: blueprint sketch draft your imagination with the latest addition to the distress palette; available in ink pad, reinker, paint, stain, spray stain, and marker. Continue Reading
  • patriotic inspiration…

    tim holtz
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    hello everyone!  i know it’s been a while since i’ve blogged, but certainly not from lack of trying.  i’ve just been crazy busy keeping up with new product deadlines and my ongoing travel schedule – i’m finally starting to catch up.  i’m sure many of you will agree, time is just flying by this year.  i can’t Continue Reading
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  • Check Out the Open Source Chassis that will Bring 3D-Printed Cars to the Streets

    Nathan Hurst
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:50 am
    Today Local Motors announces the winner of its design challenge, Project [Redacted], for a four-seater based on a 3D-printable template. Read more on MAKE The post Check Out the Open Source Chassis that will Bring 3D-Printed Cars to the Streets appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.
  • New BBC Micro:bit Is Free for Preteens in the UK

    Alasdair Allan
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:23 am
    Earlier today the BBC announced the final design of its Micro:bit. Based around an ARM core, the board will be given to every 11 or 12 year old child across the UK, for free. Read more on MAKE The post New BBC Micro:bit Is Free for Preteens in the UK appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.
  • New Project: Building a Robot Arm Part 4: Adding Control with an Arduino

    Adam Lukasik
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    This project is part 4 in the building a robot arm tutorial. In the first part I show how to design the arm, the second part shows how to design the base, and the third shows how to design the mount. After all of the Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and 3D modeling […] Read more on MAKE The post Building a Robot Arm Part 4: Adding Control with an Arduino appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.
  • This Simple Trick Makes You Feel Like You’re Being Burned

    Jeremy Cook
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    This simple device, using an illusion that dates back to 1896, tricks your brain into feeling like your skin is being burned. Read more on MAKE The post This Simple Trick Makes You Feel Like You’re Being Burned appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.
  • It Took 6 Years to Crochet This Amazing Super Mario Rug

    Jeremy Cook
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    This highly detailed Super Mario rug took six and a half years to make, and the results are incredible. Read more on MAKE The post It Took 6 Years to Crochet This Amazing Super Mario Rug appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.
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  • links: misc

    25 Jun 2015 | 5:54 am
    My daughter and I almost escaped from a sealed cavern before running out of air – Boing Boing. I’ve done one of these real life room escape games and it was super fun. See also: Let Me Out of Here! Inside Seattle’s Real-Life-Room-Escape Boom. I’m wondering if anyone knows where the title for “The Breakfast Club” film came from. | Ask MetaFilter. Seven Of The Most Beautiful Botanical Mazes On Earth at io9. Flexible, Fluid ‘Revision’ Bounces From Rom-Com To Sci-Fi : NPR. Huge congratulations to Andrea on the great reviews in her first book, I…
  • two things from Ikea that I like

    17 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    #1: Sexy tumblers. There is a restaurant near us, Bar del Corso, that serves wine in low, wide tumblers. I’ve always found them very pleasing so I was happy to find similarly shaped glasses at Ikea recently and they’ve become my default vessel for sipping rose wine out of. Two things: at $3 for a set of six glasses they are ridiculously affordable, and if you buy them pay attention to how the packaging they come in unfolds into a single rectangle of cardboard, it’s a remarkable feat of engineering. We’ve also been using these for cocktails but they aren’t…
  • links: technology

    2 Jun 2015 | 1:30 pm
    What in the Hell Is a Tefifon? – The Stranger. If you’re into music technology this is pretty darn cool. Shades Review | Touch Arcade. A Tetris-like game for the iPhone, with a free trial version of the game in case you’d like to test it out. GLaDOS and The Sniper: A Voice Acting Love Story | Motherboard. Via Gamefilter. What Happens When There Are No Boys in the Room: A Report from Robyn’s Tekla Conference | The Pitch | Pitchfork. Via the Two Bossy Dames newsletter. Get ready to blindfold your friends in this neat local multiplayer game – Boing Boing. I’m not…
  • links: food

    13 May 2015 | 4:03 pm
    KFC Plans to Roll Out Edible Coffee Cups in the U.K. | TIME. Eee! Via The Morning News. The Makings of Beecher’s Amazing Flagship Cheese | Serious Eats. The Food Lab: For the Best Sichuan Dry-Fried Green Beans, Ditch the Wok and Turn on the Broiler | Serious Eats. Sprinkle Bakes: Rainbow Spiral Cookies. How to Make Uovo in Raviolo: Showstopping Runny Egg Yolk Ravioli | Serious Eats. The Session Beer Project™: SESSION BEER DAY 2015. I am all for this proliferation of lower alcohol beers, keep bringing it on. magic chocolat flower dessert – YouTube. It’s a chocolate flower!
  • links: misc

    24 Apr 2015 | 1:12 pm
    A Helpful Beginner’s Guide to Hunting and Cooking Morel Mushrooms | Man Made DIY. “Guardians of the Sexy” Was Freaking Phenomenal | Nerdhole. Also see Nerdhole’s highlights of ECCC’s celebrity panels. Sophie McDougall brilliantly explains the problem with “Strong Female Characters” – Boing Boing. Best credit card for traveling outside of the U.S. | Ask MetaFilter. I like to keep an eye on updates to the best options. [BB-Blog]: Which doll would you rather play with?. Tree Change Dolls remakes dolls, just have a look at her “after” of discarded Bratz…
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  • MFT Sketch Challenge #234

    24 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Hello, Friends! I’m back again with the last sketch challenge of this month. It has been so much fun playing along with the MFT Challenge team. Thanks for welcoming me! :) Here’s the sketch for this week: MFT Stamps:  Count The Stars MFT Dies: Lucky Stars, Stars & Wishes MFT Cardstock: Smooth White, Translucent Vellum, Coral Crush, After Midnight Thanks for stopping by! I hope you’ll be playing along with us! Check out what the other ladies did and link up your cards on the Card Challenge Blog! Love Love and Blog you Later, Joscie, rhymes with bossy :)
  • Bluebird Chic Camera Strap winner

    23 Jun 2015 | 8:23 am
    Hello, Friends! Thank you so much for all the entries, I love that you all loved Leah and the winner is… Congratulations Suzy! I’ll email you with details. and to all my other friends, I hope you’ll have an opportunity to use the 20% off discount code Leah has offered to you, it’s good until June 29! Bluebird Chic Thanks for stopping by! Love Love and Blog you Later, Joscie, rhymes with bossy :)
  • 6 months of Headshots

    21 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The one project I have really been faithful to is our monthly headshots. As long as I have somewhat cheerful participants, I will continue on with this project. Here are the headshots from the past 6 months. These boys are growing up so quickly, I’m thankful for these monthly snapshots. Thanks for stopping by! Love Love and Blog you Later, Joscie, rhymes with bossy :)
  • Happy Father’s Day

    21 Jun 2015 | 11:33 am
    Hello, Friends! Today we celebrate Troy for father’s day with our handmade cards and lots of hugs and quality time. My Favorite Things Terrific Ties, For The Boys Mama Elephant Bear Hugs My Favorite Things The Whole Herd Happy Father’s Day to ALL MEN who love, nurture, guide, teach, lead, influence children. xo Thanks for stopping by! Love Love and Blog you Later, Joscie, rhymes with bossy :)
  • MFT Sketch Challenge 233

    17 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Hello, Friends! I’m back again with MFT Sketch #233! When I first saw this sketch, I immediately envisioned the panda floating up with a round bundle of balloons. It took me a few tries but ultimately, I’m happy with the card! Here are the supplies I used: MFT Cardstock: Smooth White MFT Stamps: Happy Pandas MFT Dies: Happy Pandas, Grassy Edges Other: Simple Stories Patterned Paper. Kuretake Gansai Tambi Water colors. Thank You For Stopping by! Please check out the other ladies cards for this sketch and then play along with us! Love Love and blog you Later, Joscie, rhymes with…
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  • Phoebe's book bag

    Hillary Lang
    17 Jun 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Phoebe got a sewing machine for her 8th birthday last week. She's been sewing lots of practice swatches and made a cute little quilt for her doll. Today we made a book bag. We're headed over to the library to get her first library card so she decided she needed a pocket to hold her library card and that it should be a sun. Zippers as straps was a co-decision, mostly hers because she dug them out. The fabric choice though was all me. She is so impatient. She grabs the first thing she touches, yep, that's it. I had to steer her gently.
  • saskatoon berries

    Hillary Lang
    15 Jun 2015 | 12:29 pm
    hello, old, tired, misused, neglected blog. I need to spiffy you up this summer finally. I think I say that every time I open you up. I will go ask tim right now if we're switching you over to wordpress. don't tell your typepad overlords.  we have had a super rainy late spring so far. the serviceberries are bursting off the tree so I think it's time to pick them. I've made a pie and tarts in the past with them. this year I was thinking jam. I've never made it though. I'm sure I'll only get one jar worth. then I just boil that jar in hot water? sounds easy…
  • can't force it

    Hillary Lang
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:56 am
    The only creative, non-PTA, thing I've done in the past month was to work on a new design for Land of Nod. They wanted a new design, in a week, to match an inspiration board they'd put together. Normally I don't mind a theme or a general jumping off point but this one I could not make work for anything. I always try to make it work Tim Gunn style but this time I just threw in the towel and it felt pretty dang good. If I don't feel excited about a doll design how can I want to put it in a bunch of stores and ask other people to buy it. It's surprising to realize how…
  • Whimsy Vintage

    Hillary Lang
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:05 am
    When people come to Wee Wonderfuls looking for already made toys I send them along to the makers who have purchased a cottage industry license from us. Like these cuties from Whimsy Vintage from the Kit, Chloe and Louise pattern. Doll for sale here. a custom doll from Kit, Chloe and Louise pattern, for sale here from the Patchwork Penny pattern in my book, Wee Wonderfuls 24 dolls to Sew and Love. Doll for sale here. This cutie for sale here. I love her blouse and skirt. So sweet.
  • you put your bunnies in there

    Hillary Lang
    4 Apr 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Happy Easter!
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    A Little Hut - Patricia Zapata

  • cover to cover

    patricia zapata
    19 Jun 2015 | 2:07 am
    I finished this sketchbook yesterday after working on it for a little over a month. It has been an unexpected fun routine to work on these small pieces in spurts of a few minutes here and there. Each illustration took me about 15-30 minutes to complete. As many of you know, the paper in Moleskine sketchbooks is fairly thin so the ink did bleed through the pages. I skipped a spread in between each illustration to keep from ruining my previous work.I was inspired by many of the flowers that I saw popping up this spring. For the most part I tried to interpret them in my own way without being…
  • 10 petals for 10 years!

    patricia zapata
    27 May 2015 | 8:16 pm
    This blog is officially 10 years old. How?! My babies where 5 and 2 when I started this. That seems like a lifetime ago. I've been about ready to shut the whole thing down several times and in the most recent I even took down almost all my posts—then almost immediately regretted it. I guess I'm not done yet. I feel like a new chapter is coming on.My work has seen such a transformation over the years and I've learned so much professionally and personally. I'd never finish this post if I listed every lesson, every unexpected opportunity and every kind message from friends and total strangers…
  • fantasy bloom gift set

    patricia zapata
    23 May 2015 | 8:51 pm
    This one took much longer than expected. It's been in the making since I translated a hand drawn sketch into a much larger paper cut version. I'd been wanting to get back to it and it just hadn't happened until today.We're having a spectacularly uneventful holiday weekend because both kids are studying for finals (read: a lot of long faces around here!). So... in between going back and forth asking questions, I got to finish this.I really like that I stayed very close to my sketch. It gives the piece a little more of an organic feel that translates well in any size.I hope you enjoy working…
  • my coloring book

    patricia zapata
    22 May 2015 | 2:55 pm
    These are two spreads in a mock-up of what could've been my coloring book. I was testing the paper (a lot of markers and coloring on this!) and it's perfect because it took the ink really well. I say 'could've been' because today I found out the costs behind trying to go down this path — not feasible. I want to make a quality book but at the same time it needs to be affordable and this option, however awesome, wouldn't be. I was really disappointed when I found this out just today.But...As luck would have it I have received information from a very generous, sweet person (thank you!!!) that…
  • to and fro

    patricia zapata
    19 May 2015 | 9:42 pm
    I always move between two worlds with my work. I go from very illustrative and loose to more graphic and simple. If I had to pick one I'd stick with the latter but I enjoy working both ways. I find that lately I've been craving the work with the loser illustrations and sketches. I've been working on them during the week as a warm-up to my day. It's been a great practice that keeps my design mind nimble.Typically, I look at my lose sketches and imagine them in a more graphic and reduced format. Today is a great example of how my sketch inspired a pattern that I'm really loving at the moment.
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  • Minions Ba-Ba-Banana Ice Cream Sundaes

    6 Jul 2015 | 12:51 am
    We’re getting so excited for the new Minions movie coming out on July 10th! Those silly little minions have their very own movie, wahoo! We see how these minions came to life and served different masters throughout time. Kevin, Stuart, and Bob embark upon a thrilling journey that leads them to Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain. They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending in mod London, where they must face their biggest challenge to date: saving all of Minionkind…from annihilation!
  • How to Make a Giant Ice Cream Cone Craft

    Shruti Bhat
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:37 am
    With July being National Ice Cream month, we thought it would be fun to make a giant Ice Cream Cone Craft to set the mood. What better way to spend a rainy summer afternoon or to unwind after a long day at the beach or pool!  If you have a kid who is as crazy about ice creams as mine, then you have to make this! Presenting steps on How to Make a Giant Ice Cream Cone Craft! Supplies for Giant Ice Cream Cone Craft: Three large white paper plates – We used Styrofoam plates about 8 inches wide Brown card stock Colorful pompoms in different sizes Acrylic colors – Pink & Yellow…
  • How to Make an Underwater Viewer

    3 Jul 2015 | 1:23 am
    Hi! Allison Waken from All for the Boys here sharing a favorite summer craft of ours for the Get Out and Play Summer Series here at Make and Takes. We live in the desert of Phoenix, AZ so outdoor play usually involves water! This underwater viewer is simple, can be made using whatever you have in your recycle bin and helps the kids discover a little more of the world around them. Start with a cylindrical plastic container with a lid. This is a fun project to try with different sized containers to see which you like best! Cut out the bottom of the container. I have a fancy circle cutting…
  • Fairy Garden Flower Pots

    2 Jul 2015 | 1:57 am
    We’re having fun outdoors making fairy garden flower pots as part of our summer series Get Out and Play! These mini flower pots are too cute and are bound to brighten any fairies day! Not only are these pots fun to make, we loved creating our fairy garden scene in our backyard, a perfect outdoor activity! How to Make a Fairy Flower Garden: 1. Prepare your mini flower pots – I’m sharing the instructions over at Family Crafts on Using washi tape and permanent markers, you can decorate your flower pots for your fairy garden! 2. Buy your favorite mini flowers. We…
  • Beat the Heat with a Breakfast Picnic

    1 Jul 2015 | 1:17 am
    We’re in the middle of a streak of 100°+ days. I even saw 115° in our upcoming forecast – phew! While we love eating outside in the summer, it’s way too hot for a picnic by the time lunch rolls around. So, instead, we’re planning quite a few breakfast picnics this summer. We can get up and out of the house early, while the air is still slightly cool, and head to a favorite park for playing. Plus, eating breakfast outside is a nice change of pace! A plastic bucket is the perfect container for a summer breakfast picnic, don’t you think? My girls were pretty…
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  • painted rocks and some links about art forgery

    amy k.
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:33 am
    Lydia and I have been having a lot of fun doing crafts and going to field trips while her big sisters are dancing all day. Just one kid! I love being able to go at her speed with no interruptions. We have painted rocks many times before, but were inspired to do so again after seeing this wonderful tutorial over on the Postman's Knock. Related in that it's about art: I was listening to this interview on NPR with author Noah Charney about art forgery and was so fascinated. I have always been interested in forgery and crime in the art world. I really want to buy this book. I then clicked…
  • homemade scratch board

    amy k.
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:20 am
    I mentioned a bit back we had a lot of fun making our own scratch board using this tutorial by Sea Lemon. We painted on bristol, with tempera. The black seemed to work better than other colors for scratching through. Overall it was a big success. We are continuing to love Art Assignment, and were very interested in The Case For Andy Warhol, who the girls' have studied quite a bit. They have always been drawn to his soup cans and we always have lively discussions about what art is when talking about Andy. We like to just call him Andy. Portlanders! This video, Yesterday's Tomorrow—A…
  • taco birthday party

    amy k.
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Lydia turned 8 this week and wanted a taco themed birthday party. This was a pretty great idea. There were taco cookies (shown here, thank you Grammie) and a taco shaped pinata, and a taco bar. I had forgotten that years ago she had a hamburger party and we also made cookies for that. So funny! Lydia has yet to celebrate the joy of fish tacos, so I didn't push her in that direction. Here's a link on how to make these, they are adorable and so easy, reports Grammie, except the sour cream decoration. That is actually the creme filling from the cookie— she said is super hard to pipe.
  • ice box cake in a jar

    amy k.
    21 Jun 2015 | 6:39 pm
    I was reading about icebox cakes a bit back and got inspired to try some mini ones. They are quick and easy, the only thing is, you need a good 12 hours of wait time before you can eat them. So we made these right before bed. It couldn't get any easier than this and the flavors are perfect. We squirted a bit of whipped cream first, then added two broken cookies (these Lattemiele Slightly Sweet Milk & Honey Cookies are by far the best I have tried for this type of dessert) and then blueberries. Then repeated the whole thing again. Done. After 10 hours or so the cookies turn…
  • covering an unattractive light pendant

    amy k.
    17 Jun 2015 | 1:08 pm
    I have been meaning to replace this light pendent in our entry since we moved in 6 years ago but, never got around to it. After a recent trip to Cargo, which is always a source of such inspiration to me, I felt like I had to deal with it. Right now. I didn't have to buy any supplies for this—I just had the right things squirreled away. The big hoops (A 14" and one even bigger one, I think) I had from a fairy tent idea I never ended up making. All the fabric, yarn, and streamers I already had, and the pom poms I had made over the holidays. The happy moment came when I was…
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  • July 1
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:07 pm
    Wow. June was a crazy month for me. I'm pretty sure if I counted the days, I was away from home for at least half of it, and that's a crazy crazy amount for this homebody! I'm glad all the travel is behind me now! I took this photo on Sunday when I arrived home from the final June excursion: I think I should spend all of July sitting right here. Now that I survived my lunatic June, it feels as if my summer can really start. Summer is supposed to feel relaxing, after all.  And now that it's summer, a colorful garland in the hallway seems just right. I made the giant…
  • doing this and that
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Hope your week is shaping up to be a bright and colorful one; I'm doings my part here in Palm Desert to keep color going strong ;). Xo!
  • Saturday greetings
    6 Jun 2015 | 1:46 pm
    (ed: pardon the repost if this one comes up twice in your blog reader, I tried to get the photos full size the second time- still getting the hang of phone blogging!) A little something bright and happy in the works. Always have something in the works.   I guess that's who I am. I think most of us are like that- having creative pursuits in the works. Well, most that would likely read this blog, I assume.  I love my creativity, and try to nurture it everyday, but I do realize that that often adds chaos to my living. It's a choice I make regularly, but it's not…
  • happy sunday!
    17 May 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Hi there! Hope you are having a lovely weekend. I'm drawing flowers while riding shotgun. We're heading here: Where last visit I found this: And we'll try to find more to add to this collection: Trying to make the weekend last a little longer over here... I've been up to more creative things than ever lately, (but documenting and sharing most of it less than ever). When I'm not here, on the blog, I try to post on IG or my Facebook page (both links at top of blog page). The good news is that letting some things go for a bit has enabled me to actually make some good headway on big projects-…
  • Hello, hello!
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:25 pm
    I'm here, still kicking (and getting a little kicked on occasion lately too ;). Life, it keeps coming at you, right? Beats the alternative as they say. I'm sitting in my car waiting for my son's third baseball game of the week to start. Wishing I were home doing something like the above. I never realized how much mothering big kids would interrupt my Big Ideas and best laid plans. Of course, I wouldn't change it, it's just a constant learning curve to be flexible and adapt. Also, that I have to pick my battles since I really can't do it all. Somehow, the blog found itself on the Not Top…
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  • Featured Shop: Bombe Surprise

    Nina Ribena
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:24 am
    Photo by Bombe SurpriseMy name is Nina Ribena, and I’m a fashion designer, art director, filmmaker and stylist based in London, England. My shop is called Bombe Surprise. I studied film at university, but I found the course really uninspiring, which put me off the industry as a whole. Meanwhile, I was spending a lot of time going to music festivals and dressing up in flamboyant catsuits; when I couldn’t find catsuits that were interesting enough for my taste, I decided to try making them myself. I learned the basics of a sewing machine from my mom. She also taught me how to make…
  • How-Tuesday: Sand Castle Ice Cream Cake

    Heather Baird
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:19 am
    Photo by Heather BairdSummertime is in full swing, and that means it’s time to celebrate all things ice cream. Sure, we love it in a cone, but with simple plastic sand castle molds you can turn it into architecture! Sand castle molds can be found during summer months in the seasonal aisle at most discount stores, or you can order them online. Large molds may be used for other projects, but smaller molds (2-3 cup capacity) are recommended for this version that sits atop a cake. Most any ice cream flavor may be used, so it’s easy to be creative! Materials For the ice cream sculptures: 1/2…
  • Featured Shop: Dell Cove Spice Co.

    Patricia Beets
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:10 am
    Photo by Dell Cove Spice Co.Hello! My name is Patricia Beets, and my husband David and I own Dell Cove Spice Co. We make popcorn seasonings, BBQ rubs and cocktail garnishes. We are about to open our own commercial kitchen and retail space in the Chicago, a town known for beautiful architecture and great storytellers, and the place we now call home. Our family business started because of the recession and the collapse of the newspaper industry. In early 2010, I was the Midwest Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times (I write under the byline P.J. Huffstutter). When the Times’ parent company…
  • Food as Art: A New Creative Medium

    Diana Keeler
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:41 am
    Photo by DanCretuArt Diana Keeler is a novelist and Etsy shopkeeper based in Paris. She writes about traveling and doughnuts on Travel Crush. She interviewed Ryan Gosling three times in one year. Find her on Instagram and Pinterest. “It was a case of painting with what I was drinking at the time,” says Liverpool-based artist Carne Griffiths. His medium-slash-beverage? Brandy — though other works by this painter and illustrator have used tea and vodka alongside calligraphy inks and graphite. “I remembered the effect alcohol had on the inks, the very subtle staining and coloring it…
  • Featured Shop: Joël Penkman

    Joël Penkman
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:42 am
    Photo by Joël PenkmanMy name is Joël Penkman, and I’m a New Zealand-British artist. I paint semi-photorealistic, contemporary still lifes and a whole lot of food. I live in a village outside of Liverpool, England, where I share a home studio with my husband James and our cat, Molly. I’ve always been an artist. Growing up, I thought I would need to commercialize my work in order to earn a living, so I studied graphic design at Canterbury University in New Zealand. When I finished school, I moved to the UK and worked as a graphic designer for six years. During that time, I entered one…
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    The Soap Bar

  • What's in YOUR red colorant?

    Joanna Schmidt
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:50 am
    I know this is my soap blog and I try not to include too much stuff about Mad Oils, my wholesale supply company, but I thought this was just too important not to post here:Mad Oils carries only vegan ingredients.  We believe in using and selling only cruelty free products.  We are an animal loving team here with a vast array of rescued pets between us.Carmine is an ingredient very often used in red and pink micas.  You may not be aware of what it is or where it comes from, but it might be in the micas and other colorants you use in your products.  photo courtesy of…
  • Shake It Up With Photos Skillz, Part One

    Joanna Schmidt
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:29 am
    Some of you want to sell your soap but are having a hard time doing that because getting a good picture of them isn't easy.  Photographs of your product are more important than you think.  Images are what speaks to people more and more these days, because isn't the internet all imagery?We all have a comfort zone: Things we do that make us feel secure in our abilities.  But in my opinion, that comfort zone needs a little shaking up.  That's what I'm here to do.  We all need to open ourselves to see new perspectives.  Some of us make soap for fun, or for the sake…
  • Summer Loving. The Memories Don't Die.

    Joanna Schmidt
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:58 am
    There were very few entries this month, but they were all wonderful and I thank you for participating.As with our latest challenges, I have asked for an explanation along with the soap you made, so that we, as artists, draw out our thoughts as we create and really get in touch with your art and your inner artist.  It also makes the soap more interesting to look at as a viewers standpoint because the history adds depth and understanding.When I say dig deep, some of you clearly do and I am honored to have the remains of the upheaval shared with me.I loved EVERY submission.  This was…
  • Summer Loving...It Happened So Fast

    Joanna Schmidt
    31 May 2015 | 11:05 am
    Do you remember when you were a kid, school had ended and summer stretched out in front of you filled with endless possibilities?  How you were full of optimism and excitement and it felt like you had all the time in the world to make anything you could imagine happen?Today's soap challenge is to design a soap that represents your childhood summers.  Whatever the wonders of summer were for you, whether they involved new love, hours on the beach or the simple joy of opening a fire hydrant on a hot summer day in the city, represent them in your soap.When posting your Challenge photo…
  • A Little Soap Porn, My Dear?

    Joanna Schmidt
    18 May 2015 | 5:28 pm
    We haven't had soap porn in a really long time.  I've been missing it....I know secretly you have too.  Here is a handful of new bright and cheerful photos of hand crafted soaps I have never seen:Diane's Naturally -  AustraliaHeavenly Bubbles Soap - UKPink Parchment Soaps - USAIsland Coconut Bar - SunyIslandBluHibiscus - CoquetteBath USAGinger Grass and Lemon - the charming frog - USALavender - Kirk Estate - USAI just LOVE staring at handmade soap!  Isn't it just beautiful??xoxo Joanna
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    Geek Crafts

  • Make Your Own Comic Book Shoes With This Awesome Tutorial!

    6 Jul 2015 | 1:09 pm
    I’ve seen quite a few tutorials on decoupaging shoes, but this one is really good.  I found it on Anomaly Geek Girl Podcasts and Blog (a site well worth investigating!).  It’ll take you step-by-step through the process, complete with pictures.  And the results are pretty awesome.  Just imagine, you could have comic book shoes for every fandom! Want another idea for up-cycling shoes into geek-tastic awesomeness? This tutorial is all about making your own glittery Police Box shoes! Look below for more fun links, and be sure to share your incredible comic book shoe creations.
  • Studio Ghibli Full Sleeve Tattoo

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Check out this stunningly beautiful Studio Ghibli Full Sleeve Tattoo! Ghibli has to be my all time favourite animation studio (possibly tied with Disney), and this tattoo shows off the artwork beautifully, incorporating at least five different Ghibli films in a seamless sleeve. I have to say, I am very jealous of this ink!
  • Ink Grandma Would Approve Of

    4 Jul 2015 | 8:19 am
    The crafting community and tattoo world collide in this brilliant woman’s unique take on ink art. Eva Krbdk is the Turkey-based tattoo artist who took her love of cross-stitch and transformed the canvas for the needlework from fabric to the human body. Although some of you out there may not be familiar with cross-stitch, you most likely have seen these little works of embroidery before without even knowing it. This form of counted-thread embroidery’s signature look is the x-shaped patterns that the images are created with. Krbdk’s use of the x-pattern in tattoos gives the images a…
  • Game of Thrones Etsy Treasury

    3 Jul 2015 | 7:42 am
    Who doesn’t love Game of Thrones? Whether it’s the books or the TV show, it seems like everyone is obsessed. There are hundreds of Game of Thrones inspired crafts out there, and these are just some of my favourites on etsy.
  • Maker Faire KC 2015

    28 Jun 2015 | 11:45 am
    Have you been to a Maker Faire? A celebration of things people make themselves, Maker Faires are organized by MAKE Magazine, and started in San Mateo, California in 2006. Now these events take place across the country. My hometown, Kansas City, happens to be one of the “featured” Faires, where more than 200 makers participate. I have shared Faires in the past, in 2011 and 2012, so I figured it was time for an update. Above is a montage of photos I took – here are the highlights, starting in the upper left corner, and working around clockwise: 3D printers were big again, as…
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    house on hill road

  • A Friday Finish

    Erin | house on hill road
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:06 am
    In an effort to get something finished this week, I sat down at the machine and sewed the binding to this quilt. The pattern is Fox Tails by Tula Pink and I bought it as a kit last year on Craftsy. I am fairly certain that I never would have chosen to make this if the kit hadn't been on sale, but I am glad I bought it because it was a fun one to sew up. I left the quilting to a local long-armer - I told him to just do his thing. The soft swirls that he quilted compliment the harder lines of the diamonds in just the right way. I think it was a good call to have this one done as it would…
  • Gingham + Four-Patch

    Erin | house on hill road
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:59 am
    The girls left for camp almost three weeks ago and come home on Saturday. Naturally, I've spent most of the week focused on completing my long list of things that I thought I would accomplish while they were gone. I suppose I will always be a last-minute person at times. At top on my list was making new quilts for the two twin beds in Kate's room. I started cutting and sewing on Tuesday. The first top was finished Wednesday and the second one yesterday. I have batting and there is fabric for backing, but that still needs to be pieced. The design is simple - 8" finished…
  • Cotton + Steel Feather Mini

    Erin | house on hill road
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:21 am
    Remember my first mini quilt? The one that I made to be given away and then decided to keep? I made its replacement and sent it off to my swap partner last week. Feathers! I used Anna Maria's pattern to make these, but instead of strip piecing and then cutting the feathers out of the strip sets, I paper pieced these beauties. Easy, peasy. I started with a good pile of fabrics and four copies of the feather template. I added the fabrics one by one to the templates, making sure to maintain the angle of the feather. Once I had done two feather halves, it dawned on me that I would need to…
  • Double lucky

    Erin | house on hill road
    16 Jun 2015 | 4:34 am
    I found my first two four-leafed clovers on Sunday morning while walking the dog. I am always on the lookout for them, but had never been lucky in the past. Minutes before, I had decided to stop looking. And then I looked down and there they were. I feel like this is symbolic, but of what, I am not sure. I didn't mean to be away from this space for so long, but I haven't felt like I've had much to share. I've been head down, getting things done. First it was the end of the school year, swiftly followed by the girls leaving for camp. Since they have been gone, I've…
  • Loominous Everyday Skirt

    Erin | house on hill road
    19 May 2015 | 3:56 am
    This skirt was supposed to be sewn Mother's Day weekend. I had the fabric washed and the pattern picked out, but it just didn't happen. I honestly forgot how busy May can be. I thought if I could get to May 9th, I'd be gold. More like May 29th, in reality. So it goes. Over the weekend, one week later than I was planning on getting it finished, I was really bummed that I hadn't sewn this skirt. I attacked KCWC style - cut out Saturday afternoon, sewn a bit on Sunday and finished between 3 separate sewing sessions of 20 to 40 minutes as time allowed yesterday. I love the…
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    The Etsy Blog

  • Featured Shop: Bombe Surprise

    Nina Ribena
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:24 am
    Photo by Bombe SurpriseMy name is Nina Ribena, and I’m a fashion designer, art director, filmmaker and stylist based in London, England. My shop is called Bombe Surprise. I studied film at university, but I found the course really uninspiring, which put me off the industry as a whole. Meanwhile, I was spending a lot of time going to music festivals and dressing up in flamboyant catsuits; when I couldn’t find catsuits that were interesting enough for my taste, I decided to try making them myself. I learned the basics of a sewing machine from my mom. She also taught me how to make…
  • How-Tuesday: Sand Castle Ice Cream Cake

    Heather Baird
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:19 am
    Photo by Heather BairdSummertime is in full swing, and that means it’s time to celebrate all things ice cream. Sure, we love it in a cone, but with simple plastic sand castle molds you can turn it into architecture! Sand castle molds can be found during summer months in the seasonal aisle at most discount stores, or you can order them online. Large molds may be used for other projects, but smaller molds (2-3 cup capacity) are recommended for this version that sits atop a cake. Most any ice cream flavor may be used, so it’s easy to be creative! Materials For the ice cream sculptures: 1/2…
  • Featured Shop: Dell Cove Spice Co.

    Patricia Beets
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:10 am
    Photo by Dell Cove Spice Co.Hello! My name is Patricia Beets, and my husband David and I own Dell Cove Spice Co. We make popcorn seasonings, BBQ rubs and cocktail garnishes. We are about to open our own commercial kitchen and retail space in the Chicago, a town known for beautiful architecture and great storytellers, and the place we now call home. Our family business started because of the recession and the collapse of the newspaper industry. In early 2010, I was the Midwest Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times (I write under the byline P.J. Huffstutter). When the Times’ parent company…
  • Food as Art: A New Creative Medium

    Diana Keeler
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:41 am
    Photo by DanCretuArt Diana Keeler is a novelist and Etsy shopkeeper based in Paris. She writes about traveling and doughnuts on Travel Crush. She interviewed Ryan Gosling three times in one year. Find her on Instagram and Pinterest. “It was a case of painting with what I was drinking at the time,” says Liverpool-based artist Carne Griffiths. His medium-slash-beverage? Brandy — though other works by this painter and illustrator have used tea and vodka alongside calligraphy inks and graphite. “I remembered the effect alcohol had on the inks, the very subtle staining and coloring it…
  • Featured Shop: Joël Penkman

    Joël Penkman
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:42 am
    Photo by Joël PenkmanMy name is Joël Penkman, and I’m a New Zealand-British artist. I paint semi-photorealistic, contemporary still lifes and a whole lot of food. I live in a village outside of Liverpool, England, where I share a home studio with my husband James and our cat, Molly. I’ve always been an artist. Growing up, I thought I would need to commercialize my work in order to earn a living, so I studied graphic design at Canterbury University in New Zealand. When I finished school, I moved to the UK and worked as a graphic designer for six years. During that time, I entered one…
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    Design Mom

  • Living With Kids: Flora Saldivar Anderson

    Design Mom
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    By Gabrielle. We are catching Flora just prior to her family’s embarkment on a fabulous adventure. If you’re dreaming of packing it all up and stealing your kids away for a year abroad, you’ve landed on the perfect post to inspire you. If you’re trying to choose between a city hustle and bustle existence or a slower paced life, Flora’s words will be a comfort. If you’ve been hoping for a wake-up call to push you in your right direction, there is a paragraph or two just for you. And if you’re trying to find the courage to paint a boldly blue kitchen nook, this is also the place…
  • A Few Things

    Design Mom
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Photo and text by Gabrielle. Hello, Friends. Happy Independence Day Weekend! Any fun plans? We’re heading to an Oakland A’s game tonight. After the game they invite everyone down on the field to watch fireworks. It’s pretty magical! It always happens on July 3rd and it’s an Oakland tradition. On Saturday, we’ve got a hike in the redwoods and a family picnic back at our house. Then on Sunday, I hope we get to sing a bunch of the patriotic hymns. They’re some of my favorites! Don’t you feel like America the Beautiful has some truly epic lyrics? I mean…
  • Personality Tests

    Design Mom
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:29 pm
    By Gabrielle. Yesterday, a friend shared this link to a free 10-minute Meyers-Briggs personality test. Do you know your Meyers-Briggs classification? Apparently there are 16 options. And until I took the test yesterday, I didn’t know mine. I remember taking a similar test years ago — it must have been when we lived in New York — though I wasn’t paying much attention to the results and don’t recall what they were. But I come across Meyers-Briggs references frequently, and sometimes wish I had a better understanding of the whole thing, so when I saw the 10 minute test…
  • The Trick to Stopping Poison Oak & Poison Ivy

    Design Mom
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:18 pm
    By Gabrielle. Poison Ivy botanical print found here. Oh my goodness. At the moment, there is a major portion of my brain fixated on poison oak and poison ivy. Turns out I’m highly allergic! And I’ve been battling some intense poison oak rashes for months. I’ve had shots, used up dozens of tubes of prescription cream, and taken one million showers to ease the itch. (Oh the drama! Hah!) Remember the red dress I wore to the Iris Awards? It was chosen because it covered my poison oak rash all over my arms and legs. Happily I think I’ve finally got it under control. So…
  • The Treehouse: Entry Refresh + a Minted Giveaway!

    Design Mom
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:52 am
    Photos and text by Gabrielle. This post is sponsored by Minted. Don’t miss the $700 Minted Giveaway at the bottom of this post! I’m super excited to show you today what we’ve done in the entry! Let’s start with some background: When we first moved in, the area right inside the front door was floored with tile, which transitioned to rug. (You can see a peek of the tile in this post.) The entry is an open area, with no front closet or storage, and it’s separated from the living room by the brick fireplace. To the left, as you enter the home, there is a hallway —…
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  • in her room

    7 Jul 2015 | 5:56 am
    Ah, her room! I had such fun putting this together for her, and thank goodness she adores it just as much as I had hoped she would. Besides the obvious freshening up - of paint, etc - that needed to...
  • ten things on Monday morning

    6 Jul 2015 | 5:50 am
    1. My girl is home!!!!! She arrived home happy, confident and full of new friendships and so many stories. Like the one about this treehouse, and a boy named Mike that she was hiding from because "Mom, he was just...
  • In the Garden, July 3

    3 Jul 2015 | 5:04 am
    Ah, what a good week in the garden it's been! Plenty of rain and lots of sunshine (with my apologies and sympathies to those of you experience drought at the moment). There seems to be a slight pause in the...
  • Garlic Scape Pesto (and lunch)

    1 Jul 2015 | 6:52 am
    Having nothing to do with garlic scapes, this was lunch yesterday. Thought it could be the day before, or today, or tomorrow, for that matter. Kale chips, popcorn, and hard boiled eggs. These are the things I worry about my...
  • July 1

    1 Jul 2015 | 6:27 am
    Hello July! And welcome (and welcome back) to the newest Sponsors here at SouleMama... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . colorhouse paints Paint for the people and the planet. Colorhouse...
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    Yarn Harlot

  • Blankie Status: 4

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Blanket: Unfinished Katie: Still Pregnant- but I think we can all agree that’s not going to to on much longer. Number of stitches on the needle: Approximately 280, but that, my friends, is nothing but an educated guess.  I’m not wasting knitting time counting anything. Number of skeins so far: 8 and 1/3. Number of skeins remaining: A rather disconcerting 1 and 2/3. The point at which I snapped and tried to order more online as an insurance measure, only to discover that it’s out of stock: Yesterday morning. It will be enough. There is enough. It’s fine. Number of…
  • Oh, Canada

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:46 am
    Happy Canada Day, and welcome to the somewhat traditional Canada Day Post!  It’s almost traditional for me to write a post about the amazing country I live in on this day, and I say almost, because since I began blogging, I’ve only missed two years. There are Canada Day posts from  2004,  2005, 2006, 2007, 2008,  2009, 2010, 2011 and  2013 for your reading pleasure, if you are really, really that interested in Canada.  Today is also traditionally the day that I get the weirdest comments. Some of you just take leave of your senses when someone talks about their country, so…
  • Blankie Status: 3

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Blanket: Unfinished Katie: Still pregnant. Barely.  I’m pretty damned sure I’m going to be robbed of some expected knitting time. I’m pretty sure this thrills Kate. I am trying to be supportive. Number of stitches on the needle: Approximately 500. I’m honestly afraid to count. I don’t know if I can take a really accurate countdown right now. Number of skeins so far: 7 and about a third. (So much for whatever wild dream I had about this blanket being smaller than the others. I’m not sure how it happened either – I really did try to make this one…
  • Status 2: Blankie

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Status: Unfinished Katie: Still Pregnant, and hopefully fixing to stay that way. Number of stitches on the needle: Approximately 850. I’m not counting those wee bastards again. Number of skeins so far: 5 and 3/4 Number of skeins remaining: A rather comforting 4 and a quarter. Number of rounds to knit before I start the edging: Zero! I actually should have started the edging last night, but suffered a crisis of faith in the edging I chose, and had to pick another. The one I really liked was worked close, that means that there’s lace patterning every row, and I started it, realized…
  • Status: Blankie

    Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Status: Unfinished Katie: Still pregnant. Number of stitches on the needle: 806. Skeins of yarn used so far: 5 Number of rounds to knit before I start the edging: 10 Number of stitches being added every second round: 8 Attitude of knitter: Excellent.  
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    My Paper Crane

  • Just Two Words Project: Swan & Kite

    Heidi Kenney
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    This week’s project was to create a set of stickers using the words swan and kite. At first I thought I would draw a bunch of birds flying kites (swans included) but I didn’t love them and they started to look a little odd. So I started making kite shapes directly in Photoshop and just went with making my kites. Once those were done I thought about a day at the park riding Swan boats and flying kites and so they seemed to go together well. I wanted the stickers to look like those 3d puffy stickers.
  • Dyeing Yarn With Kool-Aid

    Heidi Kenney
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:18 am
    B and I decided to do some yarn dyeing with kool-aid for fun the other day. He isn’t very interested in the idea of making anything out of the yarn himself. I even tried to entice him with weaving or friendship bracelets, but he thought the dyeing would be fun and I will take my crafty-time with him wherever I can get it. Here is how we dyed our wool yarns… You need 100% wool yarn, I got my wool skeins from YarnUndyedUSA but you can use the cheapest yarn you can find from major craft stores (with those 40% off coupons) it just has to be 100% wool. Next it needs to be in a skein…
  • Sew Together Bag

    Heidi Kenney
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    A few weeks back my friend Katie and her son came to stay for the weekend. On Sunday we decided we should do some sort of sewing project together and Katie was talking about how she needed a new makeup bag. I’ve made the Sew Together bag once before, but it was on my old machine and I ended up giving it away, so it seemed a good time to try another. I don’t have any photos of Katie’s bag except here on Instagram because I took these photos later, but she did such a great job! While I think Katie does enjoy sewing, I’m pretty sure she was cursing me for making her…
  • Thrifted Mugs

    Heidi Kenney
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Just some thrifted mugs from the past couple of weeks. The top two I found together for 25¢ each. B and I were driving by and decided to make a stop for him to check out books, so the mugs were a fun find. The third Py brand mug was an exciting find for $1. My sister had texted me the address of a thrift shop that recently opened where everything is $1, and I found this guy! The last mug was found at a thrift shop next to a grocery store for 50¢. We were picking up baking supplies for brownies that B was going to bake on his own and decided to stop in. While I haven’t been doing the…
  • Just Two Words Project: Fruit & Pennant

    Heidi Kenney
    21 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    This week’s project was to design a phone case. I picked pennant and Jessee chose fruit. I thought it would be funny to draw a bunch of fruit people cheering on their team. In the end I added a wrinkly paper texture. I like how it makes them look like they were painted with watercolors and then cut out. Like a kid’s art project you might find on the refrigerator.
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    Betz White

  • Smile and Wave Tote by Pamela – Sewing Collective

    Betz White
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:28 am
    Summer means travel and travel means hauling gear. Pamela shares her globe trotting Smile and Wave Tote with us today! – Betz I am happy to be back and showing you another bag I have made. I love tote bags.  Even my kids will tell you I love tote bags.    I have made several totes over the past few years and enjoy finding new variations on the tote bag!  Well, with the adorable wavy outside pockets on the Smile and Wave Tote,  I  knew this was a project I wanted to do.     The Smile and Wave Tote pattern comes in two sizes and I choose to make the smaller size.
  • Seneca Creek Bag PDF Pattern Release!

    Betz White
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Happy July! Today the Seneca Creek Bag Pattern is now available in my Etsy shop! You may have remembered seeing this bag back in May as part of the Bag of the Month Club. The club has ended and the pattern is ready for purchase by non-club members, yay!     This handy convertible bag is perfect for your next outing, keeping your hands free. The main pouch has a zippered top, roomy enough for your daily essentials. The exterior has an envelope-style pleated pocket with a magnetic snap closure, and the interior has a zippered pocket to secure smaller items. The adjustable shoulder…
  • American Pie Pincushion

    Betz White
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:01 am
      Oh my, I love pie! If you feel the same way, you’ll want to make your own American Pie Pincushion.     This cutie-pie is made out of wool blend felt with a mason jar lid, serving as the pie tin. How Americana is that. If you joined my Holiday Stitch-along Ornament Club last year, you’ll remember this baby in ornament form! You see, it’s like two-in-one, or even Christmas in July! (see what I did there?)     The pattern is available in my Etsy Shop, called Christmas Pie Ornament, but I think I may love it even more as a…
  • Pot Lucky Day Casserole Caddy with Cindy – Sewing Collective

    Betz White
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    It’s officially picnic season! Today Cindy shares a fun add-on to the Casserole Caddy from Present Perfect. Have a great weekend! – Betz     Cindy here! Thank you so much for visiting! I appreciate all the kind words and e-mails about my previous sewing collective post about Betz’s Jet Pack Bag. Isn’t it a fabulous pattern? Today I’m back to share another great pattern, the it’s your lucky day casserole caddy from Present Perfect, below.     This project came at just the right time for our family. With 3 active kids in the Boy Scout…
  • Field Study Tote Sew-along Round-up!

    Betz White
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:14 am
    Left to Right Top Row: Alison P, Lisa C Left to Right Bottom Row: Marla V, Dany B-D Below: Karen Earlier this month we finished up our Field Study Tote Sew-along. Today I’m sharing with you a few of the beautiful bags some of the participants made! If you’ve joined the Betz White Sewing Pattern Forum on Facebook, perhaps you’ve already seen these bags, above! It’s such a treat to read about everyone’s experiences and see their fabric choices. Canvas, quilting cotton, wool, corduroy, you name it! This is such a versatile bag and everyone did a great job! (By the…
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    Illustration Friday

  • Katharine Morling

    Jessica Holden
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:46 am
    Katharine Morling is an award wining artist working in ceramics, describing her work as “3 dimensional drawings”. She creates her sculptures from porcelain, using a monochromatic aesthetic. Katherine’s work has been featured in the likes of Elle decoration, Country & Town House and Dpi Magazine. To see more of this amazing artists work visit her website and Facebook page 
  • SHARP by Gila

    Thomas James
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:43 am
    Submitted by Gila for the Illustration Friday topic SHARP.
  • The Disney Animation Recruitment Website

    Thomas James
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:08 am
    If you’ve ever wanted to work for Disney, well head on over to this “official website for Disney Television Animation talent and recruitment”. You can use it to view and even apply for a variety of artistic and production-related projects. Visit the Disney Recruitment site here >>
  • Illustrator Submission :: Clare Owen

    Chloe Baldwin
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:33 am
    Post by Chloe Clare Owen is a freelance illustrator based in Bristol who combines traditional media such as pen and ink with digital media to create charming illustrations. Her work has a feminine, pretty feel with added quirky touches. Clare Owen is inspired by films, flowers and food. If you would like to view more of Clare Owen’s work please visit her portfolio.
  • Pick of the Week for DANGER and this Week’s Topic

    Thomas James
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:53 pm
    It’s Illustration Friday! We’re excited to announce this week’s topic, but first please enjoy the illustration above by Massimiliano di Lauro, our Pick of the Week for last week’s topic of DANGER. 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: SHARP 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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  • ornaments on the horizon

    2 Jul 2015 | 3:02 pm
    I know it has been pretty quiet over here. It has not been quiet in my life! I am making great progress on my ornament patterns and hope to publish 5 designs in mid-July, when I get back from Portland, Oregon. And, I took another trip down to Brooklyn for some West Elm business- that made the 3rd trip to NY in 5 weeks! I stopped in Connecticut to see family. I’ve spent some time making new clothes- I really ought to do a post about that. But, mostly I have been concentrating on pattern writing and photo taking. And, wow, is my desk messy. Lots and lots of tiny bits of paper and thread…
  • Forest Fellow Fox

    20 Jun 2015 | 8:52 am
    and lastly- A fox forest explorer. He has his day bag on his back. A cashmere scarf to keep the chill out. And here is his wardrobe and bag contents- A close-up of his pack.
  • summer girl fox

    19 Jun 2015 | 8:15 am
    Silk bow, striped cashmere sweater, dress with snails- what could be more summer-y!      
  • another toy bunny

    18 Jun 2015 | 8:48 am
    And a fox girl! She has a cashmere cape that closes with an antique shell button. And there is her bunny (this one is grey), peaking out of her bag. In with the foxgloves! And a close-up of the treasures in her bag.
  • fox girl with toy bunny

    17 Jun 2015 | 8:42 am
    A close-up of the silk bow at her ear- and her Marimekko fabric jacket, flower buttons, and bunny toy.       And another close-up of the bunny because isn’t he cute!
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    Spirit Cloth

  • Bending Lines

    7 Jul 2015 | 4:06 am
      This is a drawing I did while I was considering Considering Weave. I like to draw weave.  In this case I was  thinking about distortion. And also how weave can so easily be expressed by drawing. It forms from line. In any case, I like a lot of things about this drawing. Which is actually very small but it seems huge here.  And it seems a kind of eye.  Even if you turn it.  I will work with this a bit.  As is. And then some. Note to self: The more I look at it, the more I sense I could work with it forever.
  • Reconsidering Book

    6 Jul 2015 | 5:54 am
      Avoiding thoughts doesn't make them unthunk. So. Book. No Book. Book. Keeps coming up. Book . Journal. Diary. Story. Record. Measure. I pick that. Measure. A book.  A book might be a thing that measures the time spent giving it form.   If I cross paths with Book, we will both be going. In motion. Maybe for a moment seeming still. But not. Note to self: Thingness is only a temporary measure. In going through things. Lessening. I came across this old photo collage (the not digital kind) done by my son in high school way back when he first started taking pictures. …
  • Hey

    5 Jul 2015 | 3:53 am
    It's a new day!  That might be enough for the moment. Ok? Today we will perform the ritual of doing nothing. It takes practice.
  • Borrowed from a Walk

    4 Jul 2015 | 3:39 am
      Looking. Before I put them back.
  • Travelling Light

    3 Jul 2015 | 8:11 am
    Note to self. Is it the thing we make? Or is it the places we might wander through while following our thoughts in the process? All the while sitting still. To return richer yet lighter.
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    Cut Out + Keep

  • Pride Sunglasses

    7 Jul 2015 | 3:36 am
    I wanted to do something super cute to celebrate PRIDE with my freinds. Luckily I picked up some super cute resin flowers from Etsy a few months ago so I had these in my craft collection and thought that they would be the perfect thing to use for a PRIDE themed project. I bought mind from the seller Snapcraftsy, if you're looking for the same flowers.
  • Lemonade

    Madeline W.
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:41 am
    In a 1 gallon container, place sugar and hot water, and stir until sugar dissolves. Add lemon juice and cold water to render 1 gallon. Stir until well mixed. Pour lemonade over glasses of ice, squeeze slice of lemon on top of each, and garnish with a sprig of mint.
  • Crochet Rocket Pop Applique

    7 Jul 2015 | 1:32 am
    I don’t know if you guys know this but the fourth of July is a big deal here in America. It’s the time of year that we celebrate beer, fireworks and our unexpected victory against a larger and more advanced alien race after they destroyed the white house. No, I think that I’m just thinking of the movie Independence Day. Sadly there is yet to be a day that allows us to celebrate our independence from Michael Bay, but that is the true American Dream.
  • Golden State Warriors Parade

    Pixel junkie
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:32 am
    If you haven't heard the golden state warriors won the 2015 nba championship. they hadnt won a championship in 40 years. of course they came back to oakland to celebrate and i got some great shots.
  • Dice Bags

    7 Jul 2015 | 1:31 am
    This is a great starter project for you if you have never worked in rounds before. Search for simple drawstring bag pattern and sit and play. I took a simple pattern and have made countless variations over the last 8 years. Single crochet, double crochet, half-double, different colors, stripes, sizes, designs, and incorporating felt logos! Gamer Addicts have inspired me! I love the challenge of recreating and renewing,making something unique for each player. I have also made matching can cozies and pencil cases. Great way to keep tabs on multiple Mt. Dews during DnD night. cost, difficulty,…
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    Chica and Jo

  • Simple summer cocktail recipe

    4 Jul 2015 | 11:53 am
    I love summer entertaining. It’s a close second for me to throwing Christmas parties. I am always on the lookout for tasty new signature cocktails to serve my guests so when the folks with Sandra Lee contacted me about trying out her new Cocktail Time Margaritas, I couldn’t refuse! I received two bottles — a traditional lime and a strawberry. I am a big fan of Prosecco for summer cocktails, but then I tend to be a huge fan of carbonation at any time! I altered recipes found online to come up with my version of a Pink Flamingo cocktail. I find it easier when entertaining to…
  • Make your own MyPlate food pyramid plate

    14 Jun 2015 | 7:26 am
    I found out recently that the old food pyramid we learned about growing up is no longer the preferred guide for teaching kids how to eat healthy. There’s a new game in town, and it’s called MyPlate. The MyPlate concept was released by the federal government and the USDA in 2011 with the goal of helping kids visualize how much of each food group should be on their plates, in a very easy way. The plate is divided into areas for fruits, grains, vegetables, and protein, with dairy on the side, depicted by a glass of milk. I love the idea, and thought it would be fun to create an…
  • Refurbish a door mat with outdoor paints

    5 Jun 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Outdoor rugs are rather expensive. The one we had on our front porch had seen better days – LOTS better days. It functioned just fine, it just looked terrible. So, I decided to try and salvage it for at least one more season. I selected Americana Multi-Surface Satins in the colors School Bus, Lipstick, and Coastal Waters. This paint sticks to just about anything, and after it cures, it is fine to be used outdoors. I simply pounced the paint onto the raised “cobble stones” that were on the mat. I spread the colors out somewhat randomly, but I used the red color the most…
  • Custom decoupaged domino game box

    21 May 2015 | 10:55 am
    We love to play games and one of our favorites is Dominoes! There are so many variations and some of them are super easy, so I use them to help teach Mini Me how to add. The plastic container that held our dominoes bit the dust just recently so I decided to make a nice, new box to hold them. I found my box at Michaels. I looked funny shopping there with my bag of dominoes in my hand, but I wanted to make sure they all fit in nicely, so I tested before I bought the box!  To make the painting easier, I started by removing all of the hardware. I put the pieces into a deep, glass coaster that I…
  • Outdoor travel shadow box

    16 May 2015 | 9:45 am
    I was at a recent estate sale and became quite ecstatic when I discovered one of those old printer trays. Those trays are the stuff of legends. I have seen them used on Pinterest for lots of things but didn’t think I would ever stumble across one. I gladly brought it home and proudly showed it to McGeeky. He was not so impressed. I tucked it away in my craft room until I could figure out what I wanted to do with it. Fast forward about 8 months to when inspiration struck. We recently covered and expanded our deck and there was a section of wall that was just screaming for some outdoor…
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    Craftster Blog

  • Tute Tuesday: Quick Summer Dress

    7 Jul 2015 | 9:36 am
    Trying to find the perfect dress that fits can be a nightmare. Don’t even get me started about finding a style I like. I could spend hours and hours shopping, trying to find the right one, or I can just follow EdelC’s tutorial for a Quick Summer Dress. Combining two dresses into one is a […]
  • Marvelous Matryoshkas

    7 Jul 2015 | 5:50 am
    As a child, did you play with Russian nesting (Matryoshkas)? What started out as one large wooden doll opened to reveal a slightly smaller doll, which also contained a doll, and on and on until you got to the tiniest of little dolls at the end. What fun! Craftsters have found many varied ways to […]
  • Meatless Monday: Creamy Pasta with Peas

    6 Jul 2015 | 10:12 am
    Peas get a bad rap. They get hidden under napkins and fed to the dog. Won’t someone give peas a chance? MissingWillow has taken the pea to the next level with her yummy recipe for Creamy Pasta with Peas. Butter, cream and pasta take the hated pea and turn it into a delicious dish. You […]
  • @Home This Weekend: Patriotic Planter

    3 Jul 2015 | 7:01 am
    This weekend is the perfect time to show off some patriotic door decor. purl3agony painted scraps of wood and topped them with artificial flowers to create this cheery flag. Happy 4th of July!
  • Summertime Sweetness: Fruit Salsa & Cinnamon Chips

    1 Jul 2015 | 10:03 am
    There is more to a BBQ than just the grill. The sides are equally important and if done right, will be the talk of your guests for years to come. HSG has the best side for your get together. Her Fruit Salsa and Cinnamon Chips is so easy and uses the best of summer fruits. […]
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    Art Bead Scene Blog

  • Etsy Picks

    Claire Lockwood
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:28 am
    I'm getting in early this month with the Etsy picks. Just in case you haven't seen this month's challenge image - or if you need a remindered, here it is.One thing that really attracts me to this image is the range of indistinct neutrals: the greys, grey blues, olives, and ochre. So, I thought that today I'd focus on that range of colours, along with the patterns and textures of the shells. You might want to make a feature of these shades in your designs or you may want to combine them with hits of bright red, orange or yellow. In either case, I hope you'll see something here that catches…
  • Amuse the Muse - Ocean-inspired Beads - with Rebecca of Songbead

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:51 am
    Hello everyone! It's July - how did that happen?! We've got a brand new challenge, a seaside still life, and so I thought ocean-inspired beads would be an apt theme for this month. Who doesn't love the seaside? A good thing we have a full month for this, because there are so many delicious beads out there on this theme! Here's some of my favourites from those I found this week:Catalina GlassBo Hulley Beads (and pretty good for this month's challenge in particular, methinks, with it's coral/rust red tones)Beads by Clare ScottGlittering PrizeCatalina GlassLush Art Glass Bo Hulley BeadsAnd…
  • July Monthly Challenge Color Palette

    Heather Powers
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Our inspiration this month is Still Life with Seashells by dutch painter Balthasar van der Ast. The muted color palette is predominantly taupe and blue. Mix in bright pops of color this month with yellow, orange and dark berry red. I could see dark carnelian beads mixed in with shell inspired art beads. Or you could start with a light neutral like the cream in and stick with the color shades of gray blue and navy. Add in a bit of that lemon yellow for a classic summer color palette. I'm looking forward to seeing what colors inspire you this month! 
  • July Monthly Challenge Prizes + Sponsors

    Tari of
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Our Wonderful sponsors for the July Challenge.We will have 3 Lucky Winners this Month!HumblebeadsHeather Powers of Humblebeads creates Handcrafted Art Beads Inspired by Nature and Art History. She is also the founder of Art Bead Scene, The Bead Cruise and Inspired by Nature Retreats. Heather is always creating new and wonderful designs and jewelry.Humblebeads is located in New Haven, Michigan.Heather is donating a $50 gift certificate.Visit Heather at her Etsy Shop, Website, Blog, and FacebookCeltcraft DesignKerry Collett of Celtcraft Design…
  • Inside the Studio :: Erin Prais-Hintz, Tesori Trovati Jewelry

    3 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive, we offer a prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard and tell us what you think. The following week a winner is chosen at random from all eligible entries.Congratulations to thecolorofdreams on winning a $20 gift certificate to Mary Harding's  Etsy shop. Email Miss Mary to claim your prize! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Today we visit with Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori…
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    Tip Junkie

  • Tip Me Tuesday ~ Happy Crafters Share!

    6 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
     It's time to link up your amazing ideas to "Tip Me Tuesday"!  Let the SHARING begin!  Here's a few of my favorites who linked up last week!  {squeal in delight} Tip Junkie is on a grand mission to unite 1 million happy crafters and I've found an easier and better way to spread the word about YOUR homemade projects.  Wanna know how? It's all about reciprocity, baby.   Do you know that over 48 million people have visited Tip Junkie?  Yep.  That means that when you share blog links and upload…
  • 16 Easy Out-of-the-Box S'mores Recipes We Adore

    5 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    How to make s'mores at home that don't require a campfire!  These easy dessert recipes for s'mores recipes are all homemade so you can make them in a pinch.  Everyone feels more special with a homemade treat and they always taste better too! {{wink}}  Here are 16 easy out-of-the-box s'mores complete with recipes and lots of pictures so you can make them at home for your friends and family. Tip Junkie has over 1500 Recipe ideas all with pictured tutorials to learn or how to make.  You can always search there if you'’re [...]keep reading
  • Top Ten Crafts to Make This Week

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

  • Lemonade Stand Cookies

    7 Jul 2015 | 8:20 am
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Life Click the title to read the full article. You guys are going to LOVE the Lemonade Stand Cookies my friend Jen from 100 Directions is sharing today! There is nothing more delicious and refreshing in the summer, than a Lemon dessert! She’s even got a free printable! So many fun things on her site! Lemonade Stand Cookies Summer is the season of lemonade stands! […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/Founder of…
  • How to make a Home Gym

    5 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Life Click the title to read the full article. You guys are going to love this girl and what she’s sharing. Everyone dreams of having their own home gym!!I met Bonnie from Carrot Bowl at a recent conference and fell in love with her smile. She agreed to share a bit of her passion with TCL readers by showing you all How To Make […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/Founder of Today's Creative Blog and…
  • Printables for Summer

    2 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Life Click the title to read the full article. I know you love free printables! Especially Printables for Summer! Please welcome Jillene from inkhappi! Last year she shared the popular 100 Summer Time Activity List, and this year she’s sharing more summer time printables. Enjoy! Hi! I’m Jillene from inkhappi. I’m excited to be guest posting on one of my favorite blogs today! I share lots […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to…
  • Last Minute 4th of July Party

    1 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Life Click the title to read the full article. I’m so excited to have Jenni from A Well Crafted Party as my guest today.  She’s showing us how we can plan a last minute 4th of July Party with a few simple ideas! Let’s get planning! Throw a Last Minute 4th of July Party with these Free Downloads I’m excited to be back sharing […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/Founder of Today's Creative Blog…
  • Scavenger Hunt Printable

    30 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    This is an original post from Today's Creative Life Click the title to read the full article. Please welcome Amy from Happy Scraps! I think you’re going to LOVE this free Scavenger Hunt Printable. This is a great activity to keep the kids busy and happy! I’ve got many free printables to save the day!  Hello! I’m Amy, the creative blogger behind The Happy Scraps. I’m so excited to be here visiting […] Author information Kim Owner/Founder at Today's Creative Blog Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/Founder…
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    Vanilla Joy

  • *TUTORIAL* Easy Weaving for Kids

    Kelsey Norwood
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:40 am
    We learned about the Maya and did some of our own weaving as a supplemental activity. I love actual skill building activities like this for my kids – it gets them using their hands and heads together and learning actual skills that may come in handy some day! Or at the very least clue them […]
  • *REVIEW* Babyville Boutique Cloth Diapering

    Kelsey Norwood
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:49 am
    I have a few friends who use cloth diapers and like some other things I originally viewed as totally crazy, I’ve come around to the wisdom of this idea too. They’re so expensive to buy and since I can sew my own, I thought I’d give it a go. Babyville Boutique was the obvious choice for supplies […]
  • *TUTORIAL* 10″ Star Block

    Kelsey Norwood
    15 Jun 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Making a star block is so easy! And a quilt full of these sweet little blocks is just the best. For each star block you’ll need two prints – one for the star and one for the border. The grey print is my star and the green is my border. For the star: Cut 8 […]
  • 8 Favorite Picture Books About Christopher Columbus

    Kelsey Norwood
    26 May 2015 | 9:41 pm
    We’re using The Story of the World curriculum for history this year (and forever because we love it!) and just finished up our study about Christopher Columbus. We found several wonderful books about him I wanted to share with you! Some of these are chapter books, some are easy to read picture books, and others […]
  • *REVIEW* Abe the Ape Crocheted Hat Pattern & Clover Amour Hooks

    Kelsey Norwood
    26 May 2015 | 8:42 pm
    Remember the crocodile and fox hats I made a few months ago from Irarott Patterns? I made another one! This time it’s the Ape/Orangutan hat and they’re all three my favorites! I love the little bananas on the ends of the strings of this one, you’ll see soon enough what I’m talking about. I tried […]
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    house wren studio

  • spring in vermont and what's next

    26 Jun 2015 | 2:50 pm
    This has been a busy spring and summer for me. Our house sold, I downsized and moved after an enormous tag sale a few weeks ago. (!!!) But in the midst of that, my friend Meleen and I hosted back...
  • fall 2015 workshops in vermont

    21 May 2015 | 2:26 pm
    It's almost time for our spring Vermont retreats and the questions are already coming about plans for the fall. Happy to announce that our next pair of Vermont weekends will be this September. We are so honored to have two...
  • new home

    20 May 2015 | 6:07 pm
    I'm moved in. I can't really believe it's been a week. Tonight was the first night I cooked here. I have found places for things. And things for places. Made makeshift curtains that will probably stay the duration. Made the...
  • moving

    12 May 2015 | 6:10 am
    Taking apart the house room by room and preparing to move tomorrow. Seriously. Tomorrow! I'm excited about my new little apartment. It is the first home I've chosen by myself. Ever. Lots of light, airiness, a beautiful space with a...
  • spring inside

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

    5 Jul 2015 | 9:39 am
    Another of my "squares with tails".It's number 7...(continued from here)
  • Pink yarn too...

    3 Jul 2015 | 11:36 am
  • Pink does not stink

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:14 am
    As you might know, I'm an ardent plant dyer,having – so I came to realize – a severe habitof looking down my nose at anything not plant dyed.That's reason no.1 for introducing commercial lowimpact textile dyes into my practice.Reason no. 2 is that I feel increasingly allergicagainst the smells of some plant dye stuff (boiledalkana lately, for example – had to throw it allaway unused because I couldn't stand it...)So it will be fusion dye here from now on.A selection of pinks, done that way, is in the shop...
  • Continued...

    21 Jun 2015 | 11:35 am
    ...from here
  • Urban patchwork

    14 Jun 2015 | 11:39 am
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    Try Handmade

  • The Outer Banks: Corolla, NC

    Emily Anderson
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:16 am
    In 1892, a Harper’s Weekly article described Corolla: “If there were any spot on earth that one would expect to [more...] Similarly Awesome       
  • Glassphemy

    Erika Jurney
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:58 pm
    I’m loving this reuse of old bottles for a couple of reasons. 1. It looks so fun when you get [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • When you *have* to make it yourself

    Erika Jurney
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:45 am
    What if you love the music of Kraftwerk and you just have to have action figures of the guys? Well, [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • I saw him dancin there by the record machine

    Erika Jurney
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:35 pm
    This gorgeous bracelet is by Regal Beads. Wear it and be a rock star. title: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
  • Little Alouette

    Angela Walters
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:22 am
    My sister-in-law is having a baby in July. So, of course, as a doting aunt I’m always on the look-out [more...] Similarly Awesome No related posts.       
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  • Art of the State Artist Interview: Drew Zimmerman

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    I first met Drew on Facebook the year when we were both in Art of the State. His piece had won second prize that year in the craft category and there was an interesting debate about whether his work is art or craft. I’m sure as an artist whose medium is paper mâché this is […]
  • Paper Cup

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:31 pm
    This weekend I’ll begin working in actual metal on the commission project I talked about last week. I’ve been working out different designs in paper and had another sit-down with the patron commissioning the trophy. I’m super excited to start in on it and I think it’s going to turn out fabulous! I initially came […]
  • Art of the State 2015 Opening Reception

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    28 Jun 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Today was the day and this year’s Art of the State exhibition was another great example of the awesome art Pennsylvania has to offer. There was a great mix of pieces in various styles and media. This year there were quite a number of paintings on panel instead of canvas (which I like) and at […]

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:52 am
    That’s right, I still make jewelry too! Remember I was working on a new set? Well, that 6 x 6″ piece of air chased sterling silver became a necklace, a cuff, & a pair of earrings! I’m super psyched to wear them this Sunday at the Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2015 opening at the […]
  • Super Secret Project in the Works

    Wendy Edsall-Kerwin
    20 Jun 2015 | 3:59 pm
    OK, it’s obviously not that secret if I’m talking about it here, but I can trust you, right? I just met with a woman today who has commissioned me to work on a project commemorating her amazing mother. I’m going to be creating a trophy bowl for the Women’s Golf Association of Philadelphia’s “Rose Bowl” […]
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    Fidgety Fingers


    5 Jul 2015 | 3:50 am
    We are at this crossroad again. Decisions have to be made. Perhaps heads will roll, perhaps they will not. We don't know. Perhaps sometimes we care too much. Perhaps, just perhaps our focus is in the wrong place. There are so many times we want to run away, to a place no one knows us. That perhaps we can start from scratch and no one cares. We can be anyone we want. There is no history, no
  • HAPPINESS 250615

    26 Jun 2015 | 1:33 am
    Nah, make that a lucid dream sandwich because it is impossible to make you a sandwich anyway.

    7 Jun 2015 | 7:21 am
    We are working this weekend. We feel good, empowered that our ability has brought us to this stage in life where we have an awesome team supporting us. Despite that, our job is more difficult and sometimes it cause sleepless nights. We get so tired these days that going out to explore the city over the weekend is hardly an activity to consider.  This tiredness is surreal in itself. We have

    13 May 2015 | 11:31 pm
    And yes, you, whoever you are, you will build this for me one day and I shall feed cake to you.
  • HAPPINESS 090515

    8 May 2015 | 10:52 pm
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    Shannon Cook
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:39 am
    Jane and I are hitting the road next week to visit two of our favorite yarn shops & we can't wait to see all of you! We're packing the car and heading to Bainbridge Island, Carnation & Seattle to visit Churchmouse Yarns & Teas and Tolt Yarn & Wool Shop!!!Woot woot! Seriously you guys - these are two of our very favorite shops and I cannot wait to get to spend some time with you all in each! If you're in the area please try to stop by and visit with us! Don't be shy - we love getting to meet you all!See below for times, dates and what's happening. You can also find what events…

    Shannon Cook
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:44 pm
    I love to knit & wear my handknits in the summer. So when the warm weather rolls around I'm all about still wearing my pretty shawls. Our newest pattern - BRADWAY, is all about summer. It's inspired by jean cut-offs, summer night strolls, camping, and lakeside relaxation with loved ones - BRADWAY is that warm, lazy feeling summer brings. Textured twisted ribs & knit purl combos make for a modern rustic triangular shawl that’s a fun & relaxing knit. BRADWAY will be your shawl of choice for cool evenings around the campfire & lazy summer night strolls.BRADWAY SHAWL PATTERN BUY…

    Shannon Cook
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:37 am
    It's been a while since we had a fabric giveaway so in honor of my bday this past weekend (turned the good ol'38) I'm in the mood to giveaway some fabric! Who's in the mood to win a $75 Gift Certificate to Fat Quarter Shop? Yay! I've been torn lately between moody rustic tones and summer brights almost bordering on neons. It's the true gemini in me I love both ends of the spectrum. But for today's post I went with brights. Super happy and cheerful - just perfect for summer sewing!!!Below are a few of my faves that are popping into the Fat Quarter Shop! Happy Home by Sew Caroline…

    Shannon Cook
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:17 am
    Think jean cut offs, lakeside, campfires, summer night strolls, and lazy weekends.....and you'll have our newest upcoming knitting pattern and mini knit-along! Textured twisted ribs & knit purl combos make for a modern rustic triangular shawl that’s both a fun & relaxing knit. Our new pattern will be your shawl of choice for cool evenings around the campfire & lazy summer night strolls.We'll be hosting a little mini-knit along over the next few weeks to celebrate the upcoming release of our newest knitting pattern! Watch for a special discount code & more fun next week!!WHEN…

    Shannon Cook
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Are you all ready for our Tops, Tanks & Tees Knit Along STARRING YOU post? Yay! I love seeing your gorgeous projects all in one post! So inspiring! You guys rocked this year's KAL! After going through all the finished project pictures I noticed a strong trend towards blues, teals and neutrals. It's always interesting to see what colors everyone chooses and which ones get used the most! Because of this I decided to showcase your projects below in some fun color groupings! You all look fabulous and so do your projects!!I can't say enough how much it means for you all to join in on the knit…
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  • What To Do With Old Jeans: 19 Recycled Crafts With Denim

    7 Jul 2015 | 9:49 am
    Don't throw away your worn-out jeans! Recycle them into bags, toys, and other items. With these fun and easy projects, you'll be able to put those well-loved jeans to use in ways you couldn't imagine.
  • 24 Unique Crochet Stitches: The Crocodile Crochet Stitch, Bobble Stitch, Pineapple Stitch, and More

    7 Jul 2015 | 9:19 am
    Looking for some ways to add dimension and texture to your crochet projects? Master the crocodile stitch, pineapple stitch, bobble stitch and more with these 24 unique crochet patterns!
  • Ultimate Plaid Home Decor Assortment

    7 Jul 2015 | 7:49 am
    Summer is the perfect time to catch up on your DIY projects and transform your old decorations and home dcor into something brand new. With the Ultimate Plaid Home Decor Assortment, you will have everything you need for your home's rehaul. Listed below are the items in the assortment.
  • Houndstooth Wallpaper Stencil

    7 Jul 2015 | 6:22 am
    An accent wall can brighten up any room, and while it is traditionally a wall in a complementary color, Stencil1's Houndstooth Wallpaper Stencil will take your paint plan to the next level. Try a houndstooth accent wall, or, if that is too much for you, use this on a smaller area like a desk, door, fridge, or sectioned off piece of wall. This stencil will make any dull room exciting and interesting, and you will always have a topic of conversation in front of you.
  • Camping Themed Birthday Cake Printables

    7 Jul 2015 | 6:20 am
    "See how easy it is to turn a store bought cake into a fun DIY Camping theme by simply cutting out paper! get the free printable for this fun cake, and turn a plain cake into one perfect for the camper in your life!"
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  • Sewing for the Little Person: DIY Puppy Outfits

    7 Jul 2015 | 8:03 am
    It’s a little difficult for me to make outfits for two Labradors. For one thing, they both won’t sit still long enough to put anything on, and for another, they’re both too big to fit into anything and they would pull it off anyways. You can find dog outfits nearly anywhere you go. For those of you who like to dress up your canine friend, and are successful at it, my hat is off to you. I’m constantly torn between my reaction of, “That poor dog” and “Oh my gosh, it’s so cute!” Most of it is practical — like a little wiener dog or a…
  • Popsicle Stick Crafts For Kids and Adults

    4 Jul 2015 | 7:34 am
    Remember those Lincoln Logs? Are they even still around anymore (I must be showing my age)? You can stack them as high. I loved building things with my hands. That’s why I became so crafty as an adult. Although, I was never prepared to give up my popsicle stick crafts. They were very much like the Lincoln Logs, only they wouldn’t fall if my sister knocked them down. They always came in a variety of colors, or I got to color them and pattern them how I want to. These days, I use classroom popsicle stick ideas all the time. I have a decorated mason jar activity craft where the…
  • Jurassic Park Dinosaur Crafts and DIY Costumes for Kids

    2 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    In lieu of the newest installment of the Jurassic Park series, your kids (and most likely you) are jumping up and down in excitement for the improved CGI graphics. As you should be! It’s been a long haul since the first movie came out. Universal Studios still has a portion of their theme-park dedicated to the incredible water ride where a T-Rex ends up eating you; when in reality you feel like you fall to your death, finally being soaking wet. I wonder what they will do to the park with the “Raptor Squad” being a thing with Christ Pratt on his motorcycle. Anyway, I’m…
  • 30 Free Crochet Bags for Summer

    Marie Segares
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:20 am
    I’m Marie Segares from Underground Crafter. A few weeks ago I posted a roundup of 20+ Free Knit Bag Patterns, and I decided to share a crochet version today! Crochet bags are super fun to make and use. I especially love to crochet bags as the weather gets warmer because they’re portable and can be used year round. Here are some great patterns to start hooking! Small Bags These 3 patterns for small bags can be worked up quickly and used all summer long. Flower Child Crochet Bag, free pattern by Tera Kulling/Trifles N Treasures. The Flower Child Crochet Bag by Tera Kulling is a…
  • Link Love: Easy Shawl Patterns

    28 Jun 2015 | 10:25 am
    Calling this season “summer” would not suffice. Monsoon season is a lot more accurate. After the intense downpour this morning, the wet mornings, and wet nights for the past two months, I’m ready for some sun. But in the meantime, sweatshirts, coats, and homemade shawls are a must for those summer nights. It’s cool enough out that you need something to keep warm, but then again, it’s warm enough that you don’t want to pull out the fleece. Shawls are the perfect solution. They can be light-weight enough that you won’t feel suffocated; at the same time,…
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    Merriment Design

  • 3 Creative Travel Activities for Kids Ages 4-7

    Kathy Beymer
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:02 am
    School’s out and it’s time to travel! The kids and I took a three-week road trip with several stops along the way. Packing for road trips can get tricky — especially choosing which toys and travel activities to take along for the kids. As a creative person, I think it’s important to bring some creativity-building, non-electronic toys that will keep the kids entertained both on the road and at our destination. And I’ve learned from past trips that it’s best to pack portable toys that the kids can play with in multiple ways. Today I’m sharing 3 creative…
  • DIY Tie Napkin Rings and Tie Bunting Father’s Day Decorations

    Kathy Beymer
    8 Jun 2015 | 7:59 am
    Here’s an easy idea for DIY Father’s Day decorations: Colorful paper tie napkin rings, tie garland bunting decorations, and a tie card. It’s a kid-friendly activity and a festive way to Colorize your Father’s Day brunch. The kids think Father’s Day is kind of like a birthday and so they wanted to decorate for “Daddy Day.” We each made some ties and I love how they’re all colorful and each have a different little personality. We made tie napkin rings and a tie Father’s Day card… …and a tie garland above our kitchen island for…
  • Easy Craft for Kids: DIY Bracelets

    Kathy Beymer
    26 May 2015 | 7:10 pm
    Today we had some time to kill before dinner so we made these easy DIY bracelets on the deck. This kid’s craft kept both my 5-year-old and my 3-year-old interested and occupied for a good 30 minutes with very little supervision which was exactly what momma needed after a super packed Memorial Day weekend. You only need two items for this kid’s craft activity — VELCRO® One-Wrap Straps and Tulip Fabric Markers (or colored Sharpie markers) — plus a good pair of scissors. These DIY bracelets are a simplified version of the Frozen snowflake charm bracelets that Elise and I…
  • Make an Easy Disney Princess Birthday Cake Using Stickers (yes, stickers)

    Kathy Beymer
    14 May 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Want to make an easy DIY princess birthday cake? Use princess stickers! Call it a cop-out or a moment of pure genius, using princess stickers is hands-down the easiest way to decorate a DIY Disney princess birthday cake …and really any other character cake too. Elise wanted an “All The Disney Princesses” birthday cake including Elsa/Anna/Olaf from Frozen, Rapunzel from Tangled, Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Belle from Beauty and The Beast, Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, and the other Disney princess ladies. Using stickers made it possible to pull all these different…
  • Creamy Cauliflower Soup Recipe with Brussels Sprouts (and no dairy)

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

  • Lumberjacks Rejoice! A Recipe for Fudge Tree Rings

    Sandra Denneler
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:13 am
    No matter how you slice it, these fudge tree rings will leave your taste buds yelling “TIMBER!” Read more here - Lumberjacks Rejoice! A Recipe for Fudge Tree Rings
  • Homemade Ice Cream Cake Recipe

    Sarah Kieffer
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:24 am
    Every birthday party should include the classic ice cream cake: ice cream, cookie crumbs, chocolate fudge, some candy, and more ice cream. Yum! Read more here - Homemade Ice Cream Cake Recipe
  • Print & Play Nature Bingo for Cute & Fun Time Outdoors

    Mol­lie Johan­son
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:05 am
    BINGO! See who can find a whole row of nature finds with these adorable printable game cards. Read more here - Print & Play Nature Bingo for Cute & Fun Time Outdoors
  • Celebrate 4th of July With A Patriotic Craft

    Leslie Manlapig
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:32 am
    Here's a super fun patriotic craft to get your kids pumped about upcoming 4th of July celebrations. Read more here - Celebrate 4th of July With A Patriotic Craft
  • How To Make Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes

    Kayley McCabe
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:59 am
    Fool your family members with these summery cupcakes that look just like an ice cream sundae! Read more here - How To Make Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes
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    Flower Girl Designs Collection

  • Countryside Tote Bag pdf Pattern

    10 Jun 2015 | 11:30 am
    Countryside Tote Bag pdf PatternThis is a great bag for a day in the country, city or shopping at the grocery store. Approximate finished size 13” x 14” x 5”It has a magnetic snap closure that is optional in the pattern. Find the pdf Pattern here.
  • Strawberry Blossoms

    2 Jun 2015 | 1:15 pm
    This is my strawberry patch, with all the blossoms this year; I hope I have plenty of berries.
  • Backyard

    1 Jun 2015 | 12:51 pm
    This is my little trail into the backyard; I just love all the plants that are growing up and around it. It takes so many years for plants to start and spread, but this year I love the look.
  • Relaxation Seat

    31 May 2015 | 12:49 pm
    My relaxation seat at my pond, I try to take some time, out of each day to relax and reduce stress.
  • Cover for Baby Formula Cans with Pockets Inside pdf Pattern

    27 May 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Cover for Baby Formula Cans with Pockets Inside pdf Pattern This is an easy and fun to make cover for baby formula cans, when you use different fabric for your cover, it can be used in any room in the house. Great for organizing little items with the pockets inside the can cover. The pattern has two different heights of cans 4 ¼” and 4 ¾” cans. Here is a list of names of some of the cans the cover will work on.
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    Moda Bake Shop

  • Lattice and Chains Quilt

    Karin Vail
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I am very happy to bring you this quilt project that I made from ”Varsity” by Sweetwater for Moda.  Such a fun fabric line, great for a boys/mens quilt!  I decided to leave out the mainly green and mainly yellow prints to make it a semi-patriotic quilt, but one that doesn’t scream patriotic.  It has plenty of grays and even a bit of black thrown in to make the patriotic theme more subtle.  For the design, I combined a chain block with a lattice block making them almost look intertwined!  I love how it turned out! 2 Jelly Rolls (”Varsity” by Sweetwater) You…
  • Mountain Blossoms Quilt

    Emily Bailey
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    1 Meadowbloom layer cake 3 1/2 yards background (White Blossom) 1/2 yard for binding (Sprout) CUTTING From background fabric, cut: 42 – 7″ squares 7 – 10 1/2″ squares cut on diagonal twice 2 – 6″ squares cut on diagonal once 7 – 2 1/2″ x width of fabric From the layer cake: Cut each square into four 5″ squares by cutting in half horizontally and vertically as shown. PIECING Choose 14 sets of your 5″ layer cake sets Create a nine patch block for each of your sets as shown. Cut each of your nine patches in half horizontally And again…
  • Itty Bitty Fabric Bin

    Lisa Calle
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Hi, fellow precut fabric lovers! I am obsessed with storage bins. That’s kinda what happens when you have too much stuff! I’m always looking for cute little containers to corral the bits and pieces in my sewing room. So today I have an amazingly easy tutorial for you to make an itty bitty fabric bin. 2 layer cake squares (one each for outer fabric and lining fabric) 1 piece of interfacing measuring 12″ x 11″ 1 piece of batting measuring 12″ x 11″ spray baste or pins coordinating thread 1. Trim the outer layer cake square to 10″ x 8½”. Fold…
  • Falling Rainbow Pillow Cover

    Lauren Terry
    27 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    For this project you need: – A Bella Solids Jelly roll (or you can use 2.5″ scraps…but you’ll need some that are really long) – A starter triangle  (cut from fabric about 5″ square) – Batting and lining the size of your pillow form – Backing the size of your pillow form – A zipper to finish (one a little bigger than the bottom side of your pillow form) Start by cutting your triangle – you don’t need a template or anything, just go for it. Take your first 2.5″ strip and sew it to the left side.  Each time you add a…
  • Jewel Toss Quilt

    Sarah Zimmerman
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Pamper yourself with a scrappy sparkler of a quilt by “tossing” the traditional Jewel Box onto a field of vibrant color!  The playful combinations of pattern and color in Zen Chic’s  “For You” are a self-indulgent treat, especially when nestled in your choice of rich Bella Solids color!  A quick throw assembled in rows instead of by blocks! Treat yourself! 1 Charm Pack and 1 Candy Pack: For You by Zen Chic 2 Charm Packs: Bella White 3 yd Bella Chartreuse (yum!) 4 yd backing:  I used 2 yds each of 2 favorite prints from the collection, Poppy Raspberry…
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    How Does She

  • Indoor Camping

    7 Jul 2015 | 4:07 am
    January, February, and March can be pretty tough months around here.  We call them the “doldrums”.  It’s too cold to go outside and there’s just not a whole lot going on.  This year, with several of our friends heading off to Hawaii (luckies!) and no big vacation in our near future, I decided to bring the outdoors inside.  We are going camping in February…indoor camping! Our little family went camping for the first time together last summer and we had a blast doing the tent thing, cooking out, hiking, and our favorite: s’mores over the campfire. To pull…
  • 3D Braided Pigtails

    Kylee Mortensen
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
      Hey guys! This weeks tutorial is on 3d braided pigtails! I LOVE this look for sporty little gals as well as just hanging out at birthday parties! My sister in law sheridan wore her hair like this to basketball practice and every girl wanted to know how to do it and had sheridan show their moms! She was pretty excited about it! I hope that you enjoy recreating it and have a lovely day! Thanks guys! Kylee Want to learn how to Dutch Braid? Checkout the tutorial here! The post 3D Braided Pigtails appeared first on How Does She.
  • Best Ever White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

    3 Jul 2015 | 4:21 am
      Hi. My name is Bobbi and I’m a Subway White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookie addict. Am I alone? If you love these soft, delicious, heaven-on-earth cookies as much as I do, then you’re going to become my new BFF. I’ve been looking high and low for a recipe that comes even CLOSE to the cookie I dream about at night (don’t judge because I crave differently than you.) I found a recipe that is easy, amazing, and is better than any store-bought version. I promise. Are you ready? Let’s meet the ingredients that will make all your cookie-lovin’ dreams…
  • 18 Ways to Avoid the Summer “Brain Drain”

    2 Jul 2015 | 4:17 am
    18 Ways to Avoid the Summer “Brain Drain” You know how summer has so many possibilities for lots of fun and learning and memories? And then on about week 2 it all goes down the drain (or is this just me? ha!)? I’ve been thinking there’s got to be some fun and easy ways for kids to learn and still have fun, you know so they can avoid the summer brain drain. It’s a real thing, at least at my house! Hopefully you can use some of these great ideas to help at your house too! 1. Teach kids to code. Love this idea. My 12 year would love to do this too I’m sure! 2.
  • Easy Fishtail Tutorial

    Kylee Mortensen
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
      Easy Fishtail Tutorial Easy Fishtail Tutorial Hi everyone! Like I mentioned in my basic dutchbraid tutorial we have received a lot of requests for a basic fishtail braid as well. So Here is this tutorial to work on! we will be learning how to achieve the dutch fishtail braid in a few weeks so stay tuned! I hope that you all love this tutorial and find it helpful!  Love you guys! Thanks! Kylee Incase you missed the basic Dutch braid, watch it here! The post Easy Fishtail Tutorial appeared first on How Does She.
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  • Wearable Technology – the Past and the Present

    7 Jul 2015 | 3:58 am
    Until recently there has been one topic on the agenda  of every Wearable Technology conference on the planet: the search for the “Killer Application in Wearable Electronics”. It appears this question has been partially answered for now with the emergence of Fitness Bands, Fitness Tracker and Smart Watches. These products generated a great amount of awareness for Wearable Technology which has been a nice topic only a few years ago. Fitness tracking on wrist worn devices became the poster product for Wearables and finally generated beside the hype also some profitable business. Wrist worn…
  • Rebooting talk2myShirt

    6 Jul 2015 | 4:27 am
    Hello and welcome back. It has been over 2 years since I last updated talk2myShirt. During this time I have not been idle, on the contrary, I have been involved in a (large) number of projects revolving around Wearable Technology. My work has been challenging at times but  highly interesting and privileged to be part of teams working on the next breakthrough in Wearable Technology. Wearable Electronic & Technology has come a long way the past 2+ years since I last updated this blog. What was interesting then has virtually disappeared now like iPod enabled clothing and accessories.
  • The Gigabyte Shirt

    6 Sep 2012 | 1:03 am
    Imagine our clothing, any type of clothing from under to outer-wear is acting as digital data storage memory. Sound too far fetched? Actually NASA scientists found a way to do just that – transforming fabrics into huge storage arrays potentially transforming a simple shirt into a Giga or even Terra Byte storage medium. The underlying technology is rather simple, based on the early day computer memory, called core memory technology used in the ’50s and ’60s as state-of-the-art computer storage memory. Fast forward to 2011 two NASA nano-technologists from the Ames Research…
  • Hi-Tech Textiles at IFA

    5 Sep 2012 | 2:39 am
    IFA in Berlin and it’s equivalent, the CES in Las Vegas, are the must-go events of the year to check out the latest inventions and innovations in the electronic high-tech sector. Not surprisingly, both events attract the emerging trend of techno-fashion, clothing that gets an electrifying makeover, clothing that brings electronic closer to our skin than personal, pocket devices will ever get. This years IFA which is winding down it’s show today, gave a snapshot of the current developments of European Haute-Tech fashion brands like German based MOON Berlin or Austria’s UTOPE,…
  • e-Textile 101 workshop

    5 Sep 2012 | 2:22 am
    Philadelphia based NextFab Studio, a membership-based, high-tech workshop and prototyping center is running a two day workshop about the basics of e-Textiles end of this month. If you are around the area on the weekend of September 29th and 30th and want to get introduced to the wonderful,  creative world of eTextiles, sign up soon, there are only very few places available. You will need to bring your own article of clothing or other soft item (blanket, potholder, bag) you want to upgrade to the digital age and a laptop (Mac or PC). You will learn about about e-textiles materials and methods…
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    idea chic

  • It’s Christmas in July at Idea Chíc!

    6 Jul 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Idea Chíc’s Christmas in July sale is on! Save 20% on our entire online shop and Idea Chic on etsy too with discount code CHICXMASJULY at checkout! Filed under: Idea Chic
  • Idea Chic Christmas in July 2015

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Merry Christmas in July from Idea Chic! Use code CHICXMASJULY for 20% off the entire Idea Chic shop – custom / made to order included when ordered in July! Christmas, holiday cards, tags and other items printed on letterpress or flat. 2016 calendars available the second half of July! See the gifts for home collection for more chic gift ideas. Same offer and Christmas in July sale on our etsy shop! get ahead of the game with personalized Christmas cards or holiday party invitations. Filed under: Idea Chic
  • Summer Idea Chic Parcel Post Subscription

    26 Jun 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Our Summer Parcel Post subscribers have received! Happy summer! Want one? http://www.ideachic.netFiled under: Idea Chic
  • What a darling variation of our baby shower favors as requested by the #momtobe

    17 Jun 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Filed under: Idea Chic Tagged: baby, baby shower, favors
  • A Baby is Brewing – Baby Shower Invitations and Matching Tea or Coffee Favors

    16 Jun 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Planning a baby shower for the mom to be or expecting parents? Idea Chic makes adorable “A Baby is Brewing baby shower invitations and matching favors. The favor options include A Baby is Brewing tins (pictured), you can order coffee or tea. We stock high quality coffee made in Denver and premium loose leaf tea – choose from Fruit Mint blend (caffeine free) or Ceylon Black tea. We also offer A Baby is Brewing tea bag favors! Your guest brew a large pot of tea using the actual tea bag favor! With your invitation order you will receive a coupon for 15% off matching favors or thank…
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    Inner Child Fun

  • Summer Math Practice

    6 Jul 2015 | 12:06 pm
    This idea for Summer Math practice is quick and easy to set up. The best part is that the kids can enjoy a bit of water play while practicing Math! A big thank you to our friends at Melissa & Doug for sponsoring today’s creative learning activity. I set this up as an open invitation […]
  • Safari Crafts and Activities

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:05 am
    Safari crafts and activities are a great way to keep the kids entertained this Summer while learning lots of new things about animals and wildlife. A big thank you to our friends at Melissa & Doug for sponsoring our wild adventures while we celebrated “Safari Week” here at home! These safari crafts and activities are […]
  • 10 Places to Visit in the USA in 10 Years

    29 Jun 2015 | 6:39 am
    Is your family planning an upcoming travel adventure? Looking for some inspiring places to visit in the USA? I have written before about how my own adventures in travel when I was a kid have shaped me into who I am today. You can read more about that here. In this series of posts sponsored […]
  • Puppet Crafts and Activities

    22 Jun 2015 | 4:38 pm
    Puppet crafts and activities are a great way to foster creativity for kids (or the kid-in-you). Many types of puppets can be made using common household items. Once the kids are finished creating their puppets, invite them to put on a show of their own. Later, you can watch movies with puppets streaming on Netflix. Below […]
  • Camp Playful — Week 2 of 5

    10 Jun 2015 | 9:47 pm
    The response to the Camp Playful FREE 5 part video series has been amazing! Have you registered yet? If not, click here to register now for instant access to detailed video tutorials for week 1’s projects. Join thousands from around the world as we play and craft together this Summer! Camp Playful projects are designed for […]
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    Knitting for Charity: Easy, Fun and Gratifying

  • Your One-Stop Resource for Prayer Shawls: the Prayer Shawl Ministry

    5 Jul 2015 | 9:45 pm
    Prayer shawls have been a part of charity knitting for a very long time. Prayer shawl ministries are in existence all over the United States as well as all over the world. They are one of the most popular ways that knitters and crocheters can make a difference, by offering a measure of genuine comfort and support to anyone going through difficult times.
  • Free Patterns for Travel Knitting

    2 Jul 2015 | 9:51 pm
    So last time we talked travel knitting, many wonderful readers had some great suggestions for what makes good travel knitting projects. I've taken those responses and used them for what I hope will be a helpful collection to all traveling knitters.
  • A Recent Event Leading to Charity Knitting

    28 Jun 2015 | 9:45 pm
    On June 18, I spent a day grieving. That morning, I had awakened to the news that 9 people had been gunned down the previous evening at their church while attending a prayer meeting and Bible study.
  • Free Patterns for Your Independence Day

    25 Jun 2015 | 9:45 pm
    I'm hoping to be ahead of the curve for once! In the United States, Independence Day is fast approaching, so I thought I'd put together some fun, frugal knitting patterns for sprucing up your place in time for July 4th.
  • Knit Twiddle Muffs and Help Seniors with Dementia or Alzheimer's

    21 Jun 2015 | 9:45 pm
    Recently a gentleman named Brett contacted me via Facebook to let me know about a project he coordinates for knitters in south New Jersey. It's a terrific way to help elderly individuals with Alzheimer's or dementia, and it's called Twiddle Muffs.
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  • DIY Fauc Plant Desk Decor

    11 Jun 2015 | 7:09 am
    This week I’ll be showing you how to make some cute faux plant desk decorations. I decided to make these because my sister got her first internship and she needs decorations for desk at work! First I’ll start off with the grass. I thought it could make a pretty neat looking pen/pencil holder. I wanted it to be long, so I’m going to cut the grass chunk in half. -fake plants-scissors-sand-styrofoam-hot glue gun-pots-balsa wood-xacto knife-saw-paints/finish-ModPodge First I’ll start off with the grass. I thought it could make a pretty neat looking pen/pencil holder. I…
  • DIY Thrift Store Word Art

    4 Jun 2015 | 7:34 am
    While on vacation my sister said something super quotable, and I decided to take said quote and make it into some art for my kitchen. I did the same technique as I had done a few years ago to make some art for my living room. Basically I just took some thrift store art, masked out a phrase, painted over the whole thing and then peeled off the lettering. It’s super easy and turns out really nice! You’ll need:-a piece of thrift store art-paint-spray adhesiveNot pictured:-printed quote-paint brush-xacto knifeOptional:-sandpaper Remove the artwork from the frame.I used a flathead…
  • DIY Sweatpants

    28 May 2015 | 10:33 am
    I had a little vacation coming up so I decided to whip up a pair of sweat pants to wear while traveling. It’s horrible to wear uncomfortable clothes while you’re stuck in a car or on a plane. I also ended up making these sweats reversible because I found this great fabric at the store! You’ll need:-fabric – as I mentioned before, I’m using reversible fabric, but thats not necessary. about 2 yards. I had a bit of extra fabric, but I’d rather have that then being just short.-an old pair of sweats – You could even just pick up some sweats that fit you…
  • DIY Burlap Felting Pillow

    21 May 2015 | 7:34 am
    Youll need:-a piece of burlap – 16 by 10 inches. I’m using a piece of a rice bag which is half burlap and half plastic, but a piece of 100% burlap works just fine.-2 pounds of rice-pins-sewing machine Pin about 1/2 inches in, around the edges. Now sew along the pins, leaving a few inches open on one side. Here’s what it looks like after sewing. Turn right side out. Flip the raw edges of the pillow in. Pour in rice. This bad I’m making takes the whole 2 pounds of rice. Pin as close to the rice as you can. This is to make sure it’ll fit into the sewing machine.Of…
  • DIY Needle Felted Cat Toys

    14 May 2015 | 12:25 pm
    I’ve had some requests to do more cat projects and I’ve been meaning to put together a needle felting tutorial, so I decided to combine those two ideas together. So today I’ll be showing you how to make some needle felted cat toys! I made three different types, one stuffed with cat nip, one stuffed with jingly bells and one stuffed with a crinkly plastic bag. -some wool-a felting needle-a felting surface – typically people use a foam block or a bristle brush but I’m using a burlap pillow thing I made. If you’re interested in learning how to make one of…
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    Dollar Store Crafts

  • Make Geometric Washi Stenciled Coasters

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:06 am
    If you are a washi tape collector, chances are you have more of the stuff than you know what to do with.  Know the feeling?  Here is a creative use you might not hav thought about - use washi in varying widths to stencil fun and funky patterns!  Over at the blog Ludorn you can find these snazzy geometric coasters.  The instructions are in German, but the concept is straightforward enough that the photos should be enough to get your on your way.  [how to make geometric washi stenciled coasters] Project estimate: Cork coasters, $1 and up Washi tape, on hand or $1 Paint, on hand or $1 and…
  • 10 Epic Super Mario Bros. Crafts

    Becky Striepe
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    If you grew up with the Mario Brothers, these Super Mario Bros crafts will warm up your heart. I'm a child of the 80s and 90s. When I was a kid, Nintendo was brand new. My sister and I saved our allowance up for a Super NES, and we fought constantly over who got to play it. Super Mario Brothers was part of my formative years, so these characters are super nostalgic for me. 1. Mario Brothers Rug - It took six years to crochet this epic Super Mario-themed rug. Worth it! 2. Super Mario Bros. Quilt - Kick back and admire the precision in each square of this amazing quilt. 3. A Real Mario Party -…
  • Make a Polka Dot Mirror

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    The dollar store pretty much always has mirrors on the shelf, but generally they are lacking in personality.  Kimbo from A Girl and a Glue Gun grabbed one of those plain mirrors recently and, with a little bit of wood, gave it a makeover worthy of a high-end catalog!  Head over to her blog for the step-by-step, with minimal power tool use required!  [how to make a polka dot mirror] Project estimate: Mirror, $1 Wood, on hand or about $5 Wood glue, on hand or about $3 and up Hot glue, on hand Total:  $1 and up!
  • Make Wire Wrapped Button Pendants

    29 Jun 2015 | 9:21 am
    I'm pretty sure that just about every crafter on the planet has an abundance of buttons - I know that personally I have thousands of them, enough to constitute several lifetime supplies for most folks.  as such, I'm always on the lookout for cute and clever button crafts.  I really love these simple pensant necklaces by Shellie at Craftbits!  It's a great way to dress up a plain button, or to showcase a unique button in a special way!  [how to make wire wrapped button pendants] Project estimate: Buttons, on hand or $1 and up Wire, on hand or $1 and up Chain or cord, on hand or $1 and up…
  • 10 Cute Recycled Garden Art Ideas

    Becky Striepe
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Summer is officially here. Has the hot weather done a number on your garden? I don't have any tips on helping your plants survive a heat wave, but I can show you how to make your garden look cute with things that don't need watering and can't die. Because they're not plants. Hello, homemade yard accessories! 1. Bottle Waterer that's Actually Cute - Using an old glass bottle for drip watering is nothing new, but this tutorial takes that old idea and makes it look good. 2. Hose Rug - Do you have a hose in the shed that's got a hole in it? Turn it into an outdoor rug! 3. Garden Toadstools - Old…
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  • Balcony Gardening Update: Geraniums are finally thriving.

    17 Jun 2015 | 4:07 pm
    Balcony Gardening this year hasn't been that fun. First, we had unstable weather all Spring. Then more repairs being done this time to our building walls. All this turmoil been really hard on our plants and balconies. Great news! It's almost over. Today I just wanted to show off our beautiful blooming Geraniums. It's almost time for this again! I have been working on my Christmas Workshops
  • How to place a valance on a metal door with an extension rod

    27 May 2015 | 10:26 am
    It seems to be that with the renovations we had I have been blogging about a few solutions we found along the way. As I mentioned on this past post we recently got new windows and balcony doors installed. With that it came the challenge to adjust out window treatments.  Today I am showing you how I added privacy to the upper window of our new balcony door that has now a metal frame. I
  • How to place a shade on a metal door with magnetic hooks

    25 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    It's been renovation after renovation since last Fall around here. We are already gardening in our new balconies. Recently, we got new balcony doors and windows installed. With that change we had to make some adjustments regarding our window treatments. The most challenging one was adding privacy to our new metal balcony door which has a window. No drilling is allowed on them. I heard that
  • Resin Wicker Planter Boxes with removable inner liners.

    19 May 2015 | 10:03 am
    After numerous compliments coming from neighbors I decided to post about our Resin Wicker Planter Boxes. I spotted them for the first time last year at the Garden section of Home Depot. I believe that the colour and rustic woven exterior got my attention at first glance. This year while choosing plants at the store, saw them again and brought home a couple more. These water proof planters
  • Balcony Gardening Spring 2015... Really?

    12 May 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Hello everyone! It's Spring and back to Balcony Gardening...but is it really? I can't believe this weather, can you? We got a lot of rain already here in T.O. which is great for fast plant growth. I am although a bit concerned about how low the temperatures suddenly dropped since yesterday. Remember our balconies renovation?  Well, they look amazing and ready to decorate for the season. I
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  • 10 Ways to be Happier TODAY

    Danielle Yeager
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Through my work as a life coach and doctor of occupational therapy, I have learned that being happy TODAY is the most important way to achieve future goals, heal from heartbreaks, and combat depression and anxiety. These are some of the best ways I have found to make life better and happier TODAY. Listen to an upbeat song. Find a song that makes you smile when you hear it. Make that song your theme song and play it first thing in the morning and whenever you feel your mood and energy decreasing. I would suggest Brave by Sara Bareilles, Happy by Pharrell, Dancing in the Street by Martha and…
  • Old School, Real Cool A review of the Arc Customizable Notebook System

    Barbara Rutherford
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:15 am
    I recently began a journey to free myself of TTD (Total Technology Dependence).  It began after some frustrating episodes with my phone, iPad, and laptops (Details are too ugly to divulge here, but I know you all have had similar experiences.).  I needed to come up with an easily accessible system that was structured enough to keep me organized, yet flexible enough to go with the ebb and flow of my hectic daily schedule. Arc Customizable Notebook System, where have you been all my life?!?! After reading about this system online (where else?), I decided to give it a try.  It was a…
  • The 1 Book: How many people does it take to make a difference?

    Fiona Bessey-Bushnell
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    “This is not a book about success; it’s a book about significance. It’s not a book about making a living; it’s a book about making a life. It’s not about fame or acclaim; it’s about contribution and service.” – The 1 Book: How many people does it take to make a difference? In previous posts, I introduced you to two inspirational books: The 7 Book: How many days of the week can be extraordinary?  and The 5 Book: Where will you be five years from today? Today I am featuring another book in this series,  The 1 Book: How many people does it…
  • Avoiding the ‘Robot’ Life

    Stacy Wood
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
      You know that point when there is so much going on around you and pulling on you that you suddenly wake up and realize: “I feel like a robot. I’m just going through the motions, and I’m missing the emotions”. Wow. That moment SUCKS! But, we have all been there a time or two! Especially if you are anyone older than a college student and now have real bills and a career and possibly a family to look after. (By the way, I do realize that the younger generation can also fall into this sad trap- so I don’t mean to exclude them- I’m just pointing out that ALL adults have been…
  • When Friends and Family Are Not Enough – Finding True Support on Your Creative Journey

    Amanda Rose
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Today I have a wonderful, inspiring guest post for you from Anna Lovind. I hope you’ll take some time to read through Anna’s motivating words and check out her website, too!  The first steps towards any dream are wobbly. We need support and we turn to our family and friends for it. We tell them about our dreams, hopes and fears, and if we’re lucky we are met with encouragement and validation. Wow, that sounds amazing. I know that feeling. Wouldn’t it be cool? But the next time we talk about it something has shifted. If only I had more space. When the kids are in bed I have…
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  • Cherries Applique

    7 Jul 2015 | 5:53 am
    There is an expression "easy as pie". I don't get that. To me pie making is NOT easy. Trying to get a nice crumbly crust, rolling out a dough just right, then baking the pie so the fruit and crust is done without over baking the outer edge. "Easy as pie"? I think not! On the other hand, there is another expression, "cherry-picking" which means setting yourself up to take the easiest path or to pick the best of something. I understand that expression. Have you ever gone cherry picking? Easy Peasy! After the daunting task of bending over or squatting down to pick strawberries or the slow,…
  • Drawing Lesson 8 :: Cool Koalas

    6 Jul 2015 | 5:38 am
    After the past chaotic and life changing few weeks, I think I am finally ready to roll up my sleeves and get back to work! I have a lot of catching up to do. For example... we completed this drawing lesson on May 29 and I am finally posting it! Life happens, right? Anyway... as Michelle had mentioned on lesson 7, we were going to do one more lesson then take the summer off. So, here is lesson 8. For all of you that are following along, if you want to wait for us, we will see you in the fall, but if you are plugging ahead, we hope you are having a wonderful time. We'd love to hear how you are…
  • Learn-to-Knit Afghan Block Seven

    2 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    This series covers several different knitting stitches using the Learn-to-Knit Afghan book by Barbara Walker. Whether you are a true beginner or an intermediate knitter, you can take your knitting to the next level working through the blocks in this book. About once a week I will be adding one new block to the blog with some of my notes. If you would like to knit along with us please feel free to leave your comments, questions, suggestions, and links to photos in the COMMENT section. You can also add a photo to our Flickr group or tag a Tweet with #WFAlearn2knitIf you are just joining us you…
  • Strawberry Jam Coloring Page

    1 Jul 2015 | 4:34 am
    JAM by Kimara Wise I like jam on crackers, I like jam on toast,  But sweet jam by the spoonful, Pleases me the most. I like jam in pudding, I like jam in tea, But sweet jam by the spoonful, Truly pleases me! Our Strawberry Jam Coloring Page is based on our Strawberry Applique  The Strawberry Jam Coloring Page can be found HERE. The Strawberry Applique Block can be found HERE. The July Applique Collection can be found HERE. The Coloring Page Gallery can be found HERE.  Index: Coloring PagesCopyright © Wee Folk Art 2008-present. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce our text,…
  • Homemade Bubble Recipe

    30 Jun 2015 | 6:39 am
    If you are following along with our Puddles and Ponds home school unit, or just want to enjoy some classic summer time fun, whip up your own batch of homemade bubbles. Homemade bubble materials: 2/3 cup Dish Soap 1/3 cup Light Corn Syrup 2 cups Water Directions for making homemade bubbles: Measure out corn syrup and water into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for a 1-2 minutes, then stir to combine. Let the mixture cool then add the dish soap. For large bubble wands pour mixture into a shallow pan (a 9x13 baking pan works well) or for small wands a  mason jar is a good choice.  Have fun…
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  • The Kitchen Remodel – Demolition

    9 Jun 2015 | 4:22 pm
    If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter you have seen some of the kitchen demolition photos, but this post explains a little more what happened. Visit The Kitchen Remodel – Before if you want to see what the kitchen as I used it for nearly six years. Fortunately, my parents know what they’re doing when it comes to remodeling. My dad insisted we could handle some of the demolition. For the most part, I’m clueless. But I’m pretty good at trusting my parents, taking direction, and using the hand cart. To save a little money, we removed the appliances, counter,…
  • Women’s Athletic Apparel at Dick’s Sporting Goods

    25 May 2015 | 6:03 pm
    It has been a while since I’ve purchased new workout clothes and it just so happened Dick’s Sporting Goods invited me to check out their Women’s Athletic Apparel department, which I was happy to do figuring I could checkout a variety of clothing! I love that as I walked in that women’s apparel was visible in the front of the store and there were big photographic banners highlighting the brands and related activity so if I knew I was looking for Nike or soccer specifically I could navigate to those areas. Did you know Carrie Underwood has a line of yoga clothing? I…
  • The Kitchen Remodel – Before

    22 May 2015 | 1:33 pm
    If you’ve been following me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter you have seen some of the kitchen demolition photos. This is a post to introduce you to the kitchen remodel before photos. Remodeling this kitchen has been something I wanted to do since buying my house in September of 2009; it was the one room of the whole house I didn’t like at all. Not even a little. I know what you will think when looking at these photos because I do it, too, why don’t they just clean up?! After a while it just became a drag choosing whether I should use cabinet space for dishes or food, keeping…
  • It’s Working Out | Cincinnati

    17 May 2015 | 6:52 am
    If you’ve driven west on Columbia Parkway toward downtown Cincinnati you have seen the colorful wall in the parking lot of It’s Working Out, a TRX suspension training studio. I’ve tried TRX at other studios, but the instruction I received from Kristen the owner of It’s Working Out was the most thorough and complete from understanding the proper way to adjust the system to how to position my body. To start my class, she checked in with me on my fitness level, goals, and helped me modify exercises so I was working at my best level throughout the class and not struggling.
  • Free Yoga in Cincinnati

    15 May 2015 | 10:34 pm
    Free yoga and other workout classes in the warmer months of spring, summer and fall are starting to take hold and this is a great thing for those of us looking to be active with friends without spending too much money or an activity centered around food and beer (I’m not opposed, but a break is welcome!). Please check the websites to make sure the times, fees and class descriptions fit your needs. Although studios offer mat rental, I recommend you invest in your own and keep it clean and ready in your car! In 2013, I went to my first free, outdoor yoga class at Washington Park (Yoga on…
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  • Healthy Barley and Lentil Soup

    28 Jun 2015 | 8:44 am
    source: Jodi Green I found the original recipe for this dish on the Joy of Kosher site.  However, I skipped the kale, added some yummy Italian seasonings and simplified the instructions. The end result is a very good and filling soup. 3/4 cup barley 1/3 cup green lentils 2 tbsp olive oil 2 carrots, diced 2 stalks celery, diced 2 large onions, diced 1 28 oz can chopped tomatoes 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed 1/2 tbsp dried oregano 1/2 tbsp dried basil 1/2 tsp powdered garlic 1/4 tsp pepper salt, to taste Using a large pot, saute the vegetables in oil till softened. Slowly add 5 cups…
  • Garlic Broccoli Salad

    28 Jun 2015 | 8:19 am
    source: Laurel F A friend of mine saw this recipe in a magazine in the doctor’s office and decided to copy it for me. She didn’t record the exact recipe, just the basics. I filled in the blanks myself to create this easy and absolutely yummy salad. Ingredients 16 oz. frozen broccoli, defrosted 5 minced garlic 3 tbsp light olive oil 1/4 tsp garlic powder 1/2 – 1 tsp salt 1/4 tsp black pepper 1 1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar Directions Squeeze the broccoli to remove excess moisture. Saute the garlic in the olive oil till light tan. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Can be…
  • Potato Chips and Dip

    24 Jun 2015 | 11:49 am
    Matt DeTurck World’s Quickest Chips and Dip is a recipe that’s so easy, I’m almost embarrassed to include it.  But it tastes so good, so I’m going to anyway. Ingredients 1 pint sour cream 1 envelope onion soup mix large bag of chips Directions Gradually combine sour cream with onion soup mix, to taste.  Sample after every addition.  Serve with chips for dipping. Note: It is easy to add too much onion soup and this recipe is not forgiving! Be careful! Read More: Recipes or Home
  • How to Make Cheese Balls

    23 Jun 2015 | 12:16 pm
    source: Theresa This Cheese Ball recipe has evolved so much throughout the years, that it is no longer anything like the original. Ingredients 8 oz. shredded cheddar cheese 1 – 2 flat tablespoons cream cheese 1/4 cup finely chopped olives garlic powder (to taste) onion powder (to taste) pepper (to taste) Directions Mix all ingredients until well blended.  You want the mixture to be very stiff, so add as little cream cheese as possible. Roll into a log or balls and serve with crackers. Note: You will have to mix the ingredients with your hands in order to get them blended sufficiently.
  • Homemade Dickie

    23 Jun 2015 | 11:20 am
    source: Miles Kimball I have quite a few shirts that I dislike because of their necklines. They aren’t immodest by most people’s standards, but they are still lower than what I enjoy wearing.I was going through my closet yesterday and I decided to throw those shirts, plus a mock turtleneck with a stained front, into the garbage. Just as I was reaching for the trash, genius struck. Why couldn’t I combine the shirts with the low necklines with the turtleneck? I tried on several of the low cut shirts on top of the turtleneck and they looked great. The only problem was that I was waaay to…
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    Paper and Stitch

  • 19 Awesome Popsicle Recipes to Keep You Cool this Summer

    7 Jul 2015 | 5:09 am
    Aside from ice cream, popsicles are my go-to summer snack on a hot day. And, in case I haven’t mentioned it enough lately, it’s really hot here right now. For real. Are you dealing with serious summer heat this year too? So, to cool off, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite popsicle recipes from around the web. There’s a little bit of everything from fruity popsicle ideas to decadent desserts and spiked treats. Numbers 3, 7, and 16 are a must-try, if you ask me. Here are 19 awesome popsicle recipes to keep you cool this summer… 1. Coconut Amaretto Popsicle Recipe…
  • If You Like Piña Coladas: Coconut Meringues with Pineapple Curd Filling Recipe

    6 Jul 2015 | 5:09 am
    This coming Friday is piña colada day (!!!), and I couldn’t resist getting at least one celebratory recipe in before the end of the week. Naturally, it involves some kind of dessert… coconut meringue crisps with a pineapple curd filling. They taste just like a piña colada, in case you’re wondering. Sans the alcohol. So, I’m dubbing these an appropriate way to celebrate the day… Ingredients for Coconut Meringue Crisps - 4 egg whites (save the yolks for our pineapple curd recipe) - 1/2 tsp cream of tartar - 3/4 cup confectioners sugar - 1 tsp corn starch -…
  • Easy Watermelon and Feta Summer Salad

    2 Jul 2015 | 5:09 am
    As promised, I have that easy summer salad recipe to share today, for a watermelon and feta salad. This quick recipe has become my go to lunch lately…to make up for all of those french fries and (blueberry) cheesecake slices I’ve been devouring. And it’s definitely a good one to try on a hot day. Which is now literally every day here in Atlanta. Or make a large batch for the Fourth of July weekend. Ingredients: - watermelon - crumbled feta - 1 lemon - romain lettuce - sea salt - cracked pepper Instructions: For a single serve salad, wash 3-4 large leaves of lettuce and pat…
  • Seeing Stars: How to Make DIY Concrete Star Shaped Votives for July 4th

    1 Jul 2015 | 5:09 am
    I was getting an itch to do another concrete project, so I made a little something for July 4th…star shaped candle votives and paperweights. You can use these all summer long, or give them as a hostess gift if you’re headed out to any Fourth of July BBQs this weekend. Materials: star shaped kraft boxes (mine are from Amazon) // rapid setting concrete mix // tea light candles // cooking spray // bucket (that is okay to get messed up) // water // trowel or large spoon for mixing (that is okay to get messed up) How To: 1. Remove the lids from each star box and spray the inside of…
  • 15 Unusual (and Delicious) Ice Cream Recipes for Summer

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:09 am
    So this might just be the strangest food holiday to date, but ‘creative ice cream flavor day’ is tomorrow. And I couldn’t let it pass me by without sharing some of my favorite ice cream concoctions that have been dreamed up from around the web. Some of these flavors may be a little strange, but they ALL sound completely delicious. And definitely sit into the ‘creative’ category. There’s plenty of time to make a batch or two before July 4th, if you’re feeling motivated too. Ready to play? Here we go… 1. (above) syrup and waffles ice cream recipe…
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    Factory Direct Craft Blog

  • Ribbon Button Bookmark Tutorial

    Jessica Christman
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    Learn to make your own button bookmarks with this easy tutorial. {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • DIY Ribbon Bookmark

    Jessica Christman
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    This is the perfect DIY for book lovers! Click here for the how-to and video tutorial {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • DIY Ice Cream Cone Necklace

    Jessica Christman
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream necklaces! Click here for the how-to {{ This is only a small sample and summary of my blogs post. Please visit my site for pictures, full links and content! }}
  • Easy to Make Pretty Baby Shower Paper Straws

    Jessica Christman
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    This is an easy DIY that will dress up any special event or party you are throwing. 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 Nautical Ribbon Wand Tutorial

    Jessica Christman
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:30 am
    Create your own nautical wishes with this fun and easy craft tutorial on how to make ribbon wands. 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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  • Facebook Giveaway: The Crafter’s Guide to Patterns

    Alison Wood
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:46 am
    I have a giveaway running over on Facebook which offers you the chance to win one copy of this beautiful book. You need to enter on Facebook for this one and you can do so at this link. Hurry over to enter as it closes on the 30th June. Good Luck
  • How to Grow Your Handmade Business

    Alison Wood
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:09 am
    If you want to grow your handmade or creative business it comes down to just three key areas. It's how I've grown this blog and they are the three steps which allowed me to walk away from a full-time job to do what I love - namely writing for you guys :-) When we hear about marketing it can seem really complex - as though there are a million steps you need to put into place to make a sale, but it really doesn't have to be like that. Instead here are the three things you need. You need a blog to add fresh content to the search engines regularly - so that you get found You need to understand…
  • Free Online Sewing Classes

    Alison Wood
    17 Jun 2015 | 4:28 am
    As this is sewing month on the blog I thought I would bring you some free sewing classes today from Craftsy. Craftsy offers a range of online courses in all sorts of subjects – and even their free classes offer a lot of value. Check out the ones below and just click the image to be taken through to the Craftsy site for some more information on the class.
  • Sew Fun Scan Bunny Tutorial

    Ashley Lucas
    10 Jun 2015 | 10:04 am
    Maybe it was my trip to IKEA last night, but lately I am so inspired by Scandinavian design! I love the idea of using red thread with other bright colors, and I hope you enjoy making this ‘Scan’ bunny as much as I enjoyed designing it. Materials you will need: Yellow Felt Red Embroidery Floss Embroidery Needle Cotton 3 Toothpicks Sewing & Regular Scissors Hot Glue Red Pastel Pencil or Blush Step 1: Cut two shapes out of yellow felt. One piece should be rectangular, and the other should be the same size but with bunny ears in at the top. (Reference the photo above for…
  • Art of Crafts Interview: Lechlade Craft Barn

    Alison Wood
    3 Jun 2015 | 9:01 am
    For our interview today we meet with Jennie Rainsford and Karen Holland who run the Lechlade Craft Barn. 1. Welcome Jennie and Karen. Firstly, please introduce yourself and tell us a little about where you are based? Lechlade Craft Barn is situated in the picturesque market town of Lechlade on Thames in the Cotswolds, UK. The town sits at the highest navigable point of the River Thames and is historically associated with the wool trade so it is fitting that the Craft Barn is situated here. 2. Please tell us a little about the nature of your creative business. We offer a range of workshops…
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  • Potato Pets

    Guest Poster
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Hi! I’m Ali from Dream Crafter and this is my first time guest posting for Skip to My Lou and I. Am. Thrilled! Today i’m gonna show ya how to make Potato Pets. One day, when my boys were desperate for a creative outlet, I got this crazy idea to use potatoes to make a craft. Call it desperation at its finest. This is something we’ve done several times and my boys have gotten more and more creative each time. So… here’s what you’ll need: SUPPLIES: Potatoes (preferably ones that were about to go bad anyway…we don’t want to waste food.) Pipe…
  • Minion Party Ideas {free printables}

    Cindy Hopper
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:25 pm
    We love the Minions at our house and threw and amazing backyard bash with these easy Minion party ideas. My daughter and her friends can’t wait for the new movie coming out July 10th so were so excited when Universal Pictures asked us to host a party in honor of the movie’s opening. We hear that Kevin, Bob and Stuart embark upon a thrilling journey that ultimately leads them to their next potential master, Scarlet Overkill (Academy Award® winner Sandra Bullock), the world’s first-ever female super-villain.  They travel from frigid Antarctica to 1960s New York City, ending…
  • Made by you Monday

    Cindy Hopper
    6 Jul 2015 | 5:01 am
    It’s  Monday show us what you’ve got. It is time to link up your crafty goodness! Please don’t forget to link back! — a text link at the bottom of your post, or link somewhere on your blog is okay! Don’t miss a thing! Sign up to get crafty ideas, recipes, sewing tutorials and more delivered right to your inbox. Follow Skip to My Lou on FB and Google+ to find out the latest news! Join me at Pinterest and Instagram for an extra dose of fun! The post Made by you Monday appeared first on Skip To My Lou.
  • Kid Friendly Snacks Perfect for Summer

    Cindy Hopper
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Here are a few kid friendly snacks perfect for summer!  I don’t know about your house but with my kids home and hungry I am constantly filling the pantry.  I love this fun and creative ideas, most of which I picked because kids will enjoy making all by themselves. They are the perfect way to spend a summer afternoon.  Looking for an easy dinner that won’t hear up your kitchen this summer? Try my crock pot lasagna or my crock pot baked potatoes.  These recipes are perfect for busy days, simply prepare in the crock pot in the morning and come home to a dinner that is all…
  • Fourth of July Coloring Pages

    Cindy Hopper
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:21 am
    It is a busy day but if the kids need a down moment these coloring pages can help entertain and relax. Download, print and let them color away. Coloring pages are a great activity for kids! For more last minute ideas to use today try my red, white and blue layered drink or these red, white and blue cake mix cookies! Get your Fourth of July Coloring Pages below {Fourth of July Coloring Page}   This Coloring Page is perfect for dog lovers! {Fourth of July Coloring Page For Dog Lovers} The post Fourth of July Coloring Pages appeared first on Skip To My Lou.
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  • Book Review | All Points Patchwork by Diane Gilleland

    7 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    July is here and I’m so ready for days of reading, crafting and basking in the sun… I want to dive into my pile of books too, so let’s. I’m starting of with this beautiful patchwork book that came out this spring. It’s so brand spanking new that you might not have seen it yet, but let me tell you, if you like hand sewing this is a book you should check out! The title is All Points Patchwork – English Paper Piecing beyond the Hexagon for Quilts & Small Projects! Over 200 pages of colorful inspiration, published by Storey Publishing and authored by Diane…
  • Get Started Ideas for Creative Play – using the Phone

    1 Jul 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time… Bill Gates When there is nothing going on we pick up our smart phone and check what’s happening somewhere else. Through the many apps that constantly connects us to news flashes, friend updates, new e-mail messages, and incoming text messages we always have something to distract ourselves with. I hate when I notice how I use my phone to distract myself from working, moving forward or dealing with difficult situations. Mindfulness is the only thing that I know of that can help me notice…
  • Inspired at the Haberdashery

    26 Jun 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. Steve Jobs Have you ever been inside a really cozy Haberdashery Shop? The kind that you don’t want to leave. The kind where you wander around and touch materials. Where there are ribbons, buttons, thread, needles and similar sewing goods for all your needs and wishes. When I…
  • A Beautiful Midsummer Weekend

    22 Jun 2015 | 1:18 pm
    When it felt like summer was just about to start, there was Midsummer (this past Friday) – telling us that half of what we in Sweden call summer has already passed… Woops, where did that time go? But I think it is a good half bench mark to take note of. If you didn’t take advantage of summer (light & warmer weather) and spent some time in nature in June, you better do it for the later part of this month and then in July and August as much as you can. I think I am doing pretty good so far, with the enjoying summer thing. For this Midsummer weekend I jumped into an…
  • Currently

    17 Jun 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Enjoying: summer as much as I can, when ever I can. I’ve been having very low energy for days on end, but when I find energy I try to spend it outdoors. June has already provided two BBQ-dinners with family and some lovely excursions, so I can’t complain really. I have captured lots of photos along the way, and had wonderful creative times outdoors. There is few things better than a blanket in nature, a notebook and some pens or watercolors by your side! The above photo is from an excursion to Grinda, a tiny island in the archipelago of Stockholm. Planning: a re-design of my blog!
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  • Your Moment of Zen with London Kaye Crochet …

    7 Jul 2015 | 2:07 am
    Jon Stewart for President! You can follow the adventures of London Kaye Crochet on Instagram at @londonkayecrochet. Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Yolandi

    2 Jul 2015 | 3:27 am
    Portrait of Die Antwoord’s Yolandi — crocheted by Katika. Amazing, isn’t it? Catch Katika on Facebook and Etsy. Rating: 10.0/10 (1 vote cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Support KnitYak and Get a Unique Mathematically Knit Scarf!

    30 Jun 2015 | 4:32 am
    KnitYak makes custom unique knit scarves and other computationally knit items with mathematical algorithms. Founder Fabienne Serriere is a hand-knitter and mathematician who fell in love with knitting algorithmic computer generated designs. Based in Seattle, she’s looking for funding so she can outfit KnitYak with an industrial knitting machine and “start a new kind of local on-demand textile industry”. It’s a worthy project that I’d love to see get funded — and being it’s a KickStarter staff pick, it has a good chance! One of the algorithms she uses…
  • Fabulous Knithack Alert! Upcycled Platforms Covered in Knit 80s Sweater

    29 Jun 2015 | 4:19 am
    From the maker: This is an upcycled pair of leather platform boots covered in a fun 80’s print sweater vest. There is an inside zipper on them and three hook and eye clasps above the zipper to keep them snug. They’re size 7 and they’re waiting for you at Detroit Vintage… if these were mine, I’d definitely add some gems … in homage to great Leslie Hall of course! What else can we cover in vintage sweater vests (and gems)? Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
  • Knit Flags by KnitsForLife Now Showing at Old Navy Flagship Stores in San Francisco, New York City and Chicago – Happy Pride!

    28 Jun 2015 | 9:52 am
    Jill and Lorna Watt, aka KnitsForLife, have done it again!   The duo hand knit these six-foot tall Pride and US flags for Old Navy store windows in San Francisco (4th St), New York City (both 18th & 34th Streets), and Chicago (State St). In the end it took 350 feet of knitting to complete the flags … oh, and they also made the yarn! Don’t miss seeing these amazing displays, they’re only up for 10 days! Read more about this project at Rating: 0.0/10 (0 votes cast)Share this awesomesauce:
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    AllCrafts Free Crafts Update

  • Emergency Chocolate Printable

    Wendy at
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Are you having “one of those days”? Happens to everyone, but hopefully you have your stash of something good like this Emergency Chocolate Printable. It’s a cute little gift for a friend going through a hard time. Also great for a get-well basket or a teacher gift. Added to Computer Crafts. You might also like: Free Melted Snowman Water Bottle Printable Printable Mason Jar Gift Boxes Free Vintage Halloween Images Free Printable Family Travel Maps Free 2014 Calendar Printables
  • DIY Water-Resistant Phone Pouch

    Wendy at
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:44 am
    Stay in touch pool-side with this DIY Water-Resistant Phone Pouch. It’s much cuter than the zip-top bag I’ve been using! Added to 200+ Free Purse and Tote Bag Sewing Patterns You might also like: Stroller Cell Phone Carrier Sewing Tute DIY Zipper Book Clutch Phoebe Bag Sewing Pattern Wave Purse Organizer Sewing Tutorial Crossbody Purse Sewing Tutorial
  • Easy Patriotic Mason Jar Luminaries

    Wendy at
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:34 pm
    What a great look for Fourth of July! These Easy Patriotic Mason Jar Luminaries are so simple that you can make a bunch! Added to Patriotic Crafts and 50+ Mason Jar Crafts. You might also like: American Flag Tatting Pattern American Flag Yarn Wreath Tutorial Mini Patriotic Wreath Pin Patriotic Quilt Patterns Streamer Flag Patriotic Door Decor
  • DIY Crochet Necklace

    Wendy at
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:06 am
    Continuing our series of small things to crochet this summer, here’s a DIY Crochet Necklace. While the solid color is pretty, I think a hand-dyed yarn would make it even better! Added to 100+ Free Crochet Necklace Patterns You might also like: Cherry Blossom Necklace Crochet Pattern Crochet Chain Link Necklace Tutorial Crochet Mini Purse Free Pattern DIY Seashells Jewelry Set Snow Day Pillow Ornament Crochet Pattern
  • Patriotic Red, White and Blue Yarn String Lights

    Wendy at
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:21 am
    Light it up for Fourth of July with this Patriotic Red, White and Blue Yarn String Lights Tutorial. it’s an easy project and I think it looks great! Added to Patriotic Crafts You might also like: Easy Patriotic Mason Jar Luminaries Quilted Fourth of July Table Mat Patriotic Paper Flowers Tutorial Crochet Beach Towel Free Pattern 100+ Free Patriotic Crafts
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    Handmade journals, photo albums and guest books | Blue Roof Designs

  • Medieval on the Go: The Girdle Book with Karen Hanmer – Day 3

    27 Jun 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Today was the third day of Karen’s workshop and we were busy! We started out by drilling holes in our boards – these would be used later for lacing on our text blocks. Next, we frayed out the ends of the cords on our text blocks to remove lumps. We used a 1/4″ chisel to carve channels in the front and back of our cover boards – the cords on our text blocks will rest in these after lacing in. I find something very relaxing about chiseling. We rubbed paste into the cords and twisted the tips into points to help us lace them into the boards. After the lacing was…
  • Medieval on the Go: The Girdle Book with Karen Hanmer – Day 2

    26 Jun 2015 | 7:15 pm
    I realized that I forgot to show you a picture of Karen’s awesome resource booklet for the girdle book workshop. It’s actually rather insane – check this out: 28 pages of girdle-y goodness! We started the day off by sewing primary endbands on our textblocks. We stiffened up the core cord with PVA to make it easier to work with. It took a few stitches for me to get the hang of the sewing process, but I really enjoyed it. I could do more of these! Don’t be fooled by the images – this was not a quick process. It took 2+ hours to complete. The next step was to add a…
  • Medieval on the Go: The Girdle Book with Karen Hanmer – Day 1

    25 Jun 2015 | 8:00 pm
    I just finished my first day of Karen Hanmer‘s workshop, Medieval on the Go: The Girdle Book. This is the third workshop I’ve taken with Karen at the Focus on Book Arts conference (not all this time around). I guess I like her! The girdle book is a bit of an odd duck of a book that makes a lot of sense – the structure has a leather extension off the bottom of it (like a tail) that allows the owner to attach it to his or her belt. Karen told us that there are only 23 known examples of girdle books in existence and those date from 1400 to 1550. Although the book we’re…
  • GBW Standards of Excellence Seminar

    6 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Guild of Book Workers recently opened up registration for their annual Seminar on Standards of Excellence in Hand Bookbinding. The conference is held in a different location every year and offers presentations by masters in the field of book and paper arts. In addition, the event includes tours of nearby binderies, libraries, and other book arts-related businesses. This year the seminar is being held in Cleveland, Ohio (U.S.) on October 15 – 17. This year’s presentations look great – here’s the lineup (from the GBW website): The Devil is in the Details with…
  • “Just Making It” with Jim Croft and Melody Eckroth

    2 Jun 2015 | 1:21 pm
    Check out this video about Jim Croft and Melody Eckroth – they are living a serious maker lifestyle in Santa, Idaho. I’ll be attending a tool sharpening workshop with Jim at the Focus on Book Arts conference in late June.
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  • Independence Day 2015 Sale – 15% off Everything!

    2 Jul 2015 | 8:52 am
    Whether you’re going to the beach or the mountains or just staying home, there’s nothing like having a new project – or two – at your side! We’re at the height of summer, so there’s plenty of time for a top in a cool cotton or a new shawl in a beautiful hand dyed fingering weight yarn. If you’re really on top of things (and I’m not, though I wish I was), get a jump on your holiday gift knitting and save at the same time! Everything in-store & online is 15% off – even already marked-down items. Use promo code JULY4 online. And…
  • New Shop Sample: Hiawatha

    23 Jun 2015 | 5:12 am
    Laura recently finished knitting the Hiawatha Vest in Classic Elite’s Firefly yarn. It’s a wonderful, three-season layering piece – wear it with a tank dress for a little extra coverage at air conditioned summer events, or use it to dress up jeans and a long-sleeved tee in the fall and early spring. The long draped fronts create a soft, flattering line and the reverse stockinette on the collar is a smart detail. Firefly is blend of viscose and linen that makes a finished fabric with soft sheen and wonderful drape. It comes in warm and cool neutrals, soft mid-range tones, and…
  • Drea’s Shawl

    18 Jun 2015 | 1:22 pm
    We love Koigu KPPPM for their ingenious color combinations. And we love Madelinetosh Tosh Sock for their glorious glazed colors. Use them together and it’s magical! Drea’s Shawl is a simple, garter stitch triangle. It uses one skein of KPPPM and one skein of Tosh Sock for a shawl that’s packed with color! DREA’S SHAWL SIZE 48 inches across top, 22 inches down center YARN Main Color (MC) Madelinetosh Tosh Sock [100% superwash merino wool; 100g/395 yds]: 1 skein. Contrast Color (CC) Koigu KPPPM [100% merino wool; 50g/175 yds]: 1 skein. NEEDLE 24-inch US5 (3.5mm) circular…
  • Laylow Knitalong

    11 Jun 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Our next knitalong will be Laylow by Shannon Cook. It’s a beautiful crescent-shaped shawl made with garter and dropped stitches. We’ll begin on Sunday, June 21 and end on Sunday, July 26. There are 3 yarn options available at 25% off – and if you post a picture of your completed Laylow by the last day, you could win a $25 gift card to Loop! Laylow has a wingspan of 51 inches and is 19.5 inches deep – large enough to wear over your shoulders, yet light enough to wrap just around your neck. Laylow was designed with Madelinetosh Tosh Sock – one of our favorites!
  • Your Studio Baby will be Stylin’ in Kate Oates New Design!

    12 May 2015 | 3:56 am
    Studio Baby is a new pattern & kit for our Studio yarn. Designed by Kate Oates of Tot Toppers, this little pullover is comfy enough for everyday play, but with a little flair at the shoulders & elbows for your stylish baby. Kate has a designed an extensive collection of knits for kids called Tot Toppers. She has 4 boys of her own – that’s Eliot modeling the Studio Baby – giving her an insider perspective on what knits are just right for boys! Studio is our soft, bouncy sport weight yarn made from US wool that’s spun and dyed in Pennsylvania. 100% superwash…
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  • How to sew a mermaid tail {Tutorial}

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    11 Jun 2015 | 8:11 pm
    Celeste loves all things Disney princess (and well, I love a good princess movie too, so she may get encouragement from me). She got a box set of The Little Mermaid movies for Christmas (along with a Barbie Mermaid DVD). She swims like a mermaid, so when I spotted fish scales fabric at the counter at Spotlight, I had to get it (oops!). I had some purple netting in my stash from a project that never happened. Before I knew it, there was a Little Mermaid in the backyard: The fabric is a holographic foil on nylon spandex, so it’s stretchy, but I still wanted Celeste (I mean Ariel) to be able…
  • 5 years and now what?

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:13 pm
    Somehow on Sunday, this little blog will have it’s 5th blogiversary. What? How can it possibly be that long? Well, I suppose this big boy was just a toddler when I started.   And my cutie-girl was about the size of a jelly bean in my belly (we used to call her jelly bean!). It’s hard to believe I’ve been working away on tutorials and inspiration for 5 years! Now my littlies are in school, and I’ve got more time to reflect on where I’m heading. I started this blog to keep me motivated while the kids were small. To spend my free time sewing, crafting and cooking, rather than…
  • How to Quickly Sew a Tulle Tutu

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:19 pm
    I love sewing tutus. The previous tutus I’ve sewn have used organza, and I was curious how the tutus would go when made with rolls of tulle (usually about 6 inches wide), that’s popular with the no sew tutus. And the verdict is, you can make a very cute, fluffy tulle tutu in under an hour. I made this one as a baby shower gift for a friend (along with a flat teddy). My idea was to make a long-ish baby tutu that would look cute in baby photos, but she’d also be able to wear when she’s a toddler. For a bit of extra fun, I used two different shades of pink for the tutu. I love the candy…
  • Little Girl’s Lacy Crochet Cardigan

    Narelle @CookCleanCraft
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:54 pm
    Way back in March last year,  I shared a round up of kid’s cardigan crochet patterns at And Sew We Craft. I was determined to crochet a cardigan for my daughter for winter. In September, I showed where I was with the cardigan for WIP Wednesday, still needing trim and blocking (and winter long gone…). Now we’ve got to February, almost a year later, and I’m finally sharing the finished product! This post contains affiliate links. The pattern I chose was the Lacy Sweater from the book Top-sy Turvy (I purchased the eBook from Leisure Arts. It’s available in paperback at the same…
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    Craft Gossip

  • Casting Call for DIY Show

    Katie Smith
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:44 am
    HEY DIYer’s!Have you ever wanted to be on TV?  I wanted to let you guys know about a fantastic opportunity!  JS Casting is working on a new show and is looking for a new talent for a major cable design … Read More...
  • Tutorial: Vintage hot pad coin purse

    Anne Weaver
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:39 am
    Tutorial: Vintage hot pad coin purse I often find vintage hot pads at estate sales, but never know quite what to do with them. Here’s a cool idea from Sarah from Sadie Seasongoods.  She shows how you can turn a … Read More...
  • How to make a hot glue and rhinestone mask

    Stefanie Girard
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:17 am
    It can be so fun to use something unexpected like hot glue at the base material and not just to stick stuff together. Pop on over to the blog Klaire De Lys for the video tutorial on how to make … Read More...
  • Leftover Yarn to Gorgeous Loom

    Vikram Goyal
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:25 am
    Using an embroidery hoop, some assorted yarn, and a plastic needle, the clever folks at CraftsUnleashed have made this simple, but gorgeous loom that will be fun to make with the kiddos. This is a great project to do with … Read More...
  • Tutorial: Easy fishtail circle skirt

    Anne Weaver
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:03 am
    Tutorial: Easy fishtail circle skirt Delia from Delia Creates shows how you can make this flowy fishtail skirt.  It’s actually an easy sewing project.  It gets its lovely swish factor from the fact that it’s a circle skirt, though to … Read More...
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  • GIVEAWAY: Knitter’s Pride Nova Platina 16″ Needle Set

    - L
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:50 am
    Are you in the market for a new set of needles, but don’t have the cash for them? Great news – is giving away a set of Knitter’s Pride Nova Platina 16″ Needles! You can enter by heading over to Very Pink’s YouTube page and comment directly on this video.   The instructions are: Please […] Related posts: GIVEAWAY: Knitter’s Pride Nova from GIVEAWAY: Knitter’s Pride Interchangeable Starter Set from GIVEAWAY: Knitter’s Pride Comby Interchangeable Sampler Set
  • Free Knitting Pattern: Palm Leaf Dress with Collar

    - L
    4 Jun 2015 | 5:49 am
    Are you looking for a cute skirt for the little girl in your life? Look no further – Pickles has a great free pattern called The Palm Leaf Skirt. Check it out below: Sometimes all you need is a projects that knits itself. This skirt is one big snoozefest until yoiu reach the leaves at […] Related posts: Free Pattern: Girl’s Merry-go-around Dress FREE PATTERN: Golden Child Dress FREE PATTERN: Little Girl Spin-a round-dress
  • Guess ‘knit’ or ‘crochet’ and WIN!

    - L
    2 Jun 2015 | 8:50 pm
    Oh, Lord have mercy. Is this the bane of your existence? You can [insert ‘knit’ or ‘crochet’ here] but you cannot [insert ‘knit’ or ‘crochet’ here], but yet your friends and family consistently as you to [insert ‘knit’ or ‘crochet’ here] when you cannot/have no desire to. You feel me. Even today, I was tagged on […] Related posts: Free Patterns from Knit and Crochet Now! Craftgossip Giveaway: Knit Stitch Dictionary GIVEAWAY: 50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet & Felt
  • Craftgossip Giveaway: Knit Stitch Dictionary

    - L
    1 Jun 2015 | 9:49 am
    Are you in the market for a new dictionary of knit stitches? Don’t have time to grab your smartphone or power up a computer to Google knitting YouTube videos? Great news – Graft Gossip has a knit stitch dictionary giveaway! This week’s giveaway is a new collection, Knit Stitch Dictionary by Debbie Tomkies. It includes […] Related posts: GIVEAWAY: 50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet & Felt Craft Gossip Giveaway: The Olympknits Giveaway – Attention All Spinners!
  • Mad Max’s Nicholas Hoult is The King of Knitting

    - L
    26 May 2015 | 10:49 pm
    Last weekend I saw the film “Mad Max: Fury Road” and ADORED it. My 17-year-old daughter loved it more than all of the die-hard 80s guys, my husband/her father included. Anti-feminist/meninist brouhaha notwithstanding, it is a must see! And did you know that the film’s star Charlize Theron taught co-star Nicholas Hoult how to knit? […] Related posts: HOW TO: Finger Yoga Knitting your “Lost”-less angst away… FREE PATTERN: King of the Castle-hat
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    Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

  • Be Prepared with Nauzene Kids Homeopathic Liquid Nausea Relief! (plus enter to win a care package from Nauzene)

    Jamie Sanders
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:26 am
    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nauzene Kids for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.A few weeks before school was out, I had met my kids at the bus stop and my daughter stepped off the bus crying.  Her face was so red and flushed, I could tell she'd been crying for a while. (The bus drops off right in front of our house, thank goodness.)  She wouldn't let me hug her or tell me what was wrong, and just ran into the house.  I and asked her brother what had happened.  Evidently, her tummy had been hurting so much and she really thought she was going to be sick…
  • Inspiration Monday plus features

    Jamie Sanders
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    Welcome back to Inspiration Monday Party!!!This is the place where you can be inspired, inspire others, or both.Take a look through the 100's of links below to find inspiration from around the globe, or if you're a blogger, link up at the bottom and be featured by 7 blogs!I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Refresh RestyleRedhead Can Decorate| Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty MomtwelveOeight | What Meegan Makes | Your Homebased MomClick here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2015 version 27zx69sdr
  • Summer Stash-Busting Giveaway #5

    Jamie Sanders
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Ready for this weeks Summer Stash-bust giveaway?  (Last weeks prize winner has been contacted, but not claimed, so hop over there and see if it was you...)I know it's July and hot out there, but why not get a jump on your winter/fall pajama sewing?  This weeks giveaway is 4 7/8 yards of flannel fabric, with prints for boys and girls!  These fabrics have been pre-washed.Click here to keep reading » Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, Copyright© 2015 version 27zx69sdr
  • Get Creative: 10+ Fun Sidewalk Chalk Ideas!

    Jamie Sanders
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:38 pm
    We're heading into what I refer to as the "Summer Doldrums..."  The Fourth of July Festivities will be over soon and we'll still have several weeks before our planned summer vacation and back to school excitement.We still have a few fun activities on the agenda; a trip to the water park, weekly library visits and a couple days at a day camp.  In between all these activities, I still have to keep my kids busy during the day and away from tv and electronic devices. One of my favorite activities to keep the kids entertained for hours is just a plain ol' box of sidewalk…
  • Maxi Dress to Maxi Skirt in 5 Minutes Flat!

    Jamie Sanders
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:38 pm
    A couple of summers ago,  I bought a gorgeous maxi dress from Kohl's.  When I tried the dress on at the store, I fell in love with the chevron V/striped pattern and flowy fabric.  I loved how the long stretchy rayon skirt skimmed over my curves and somehow miraculously covered all my lumps and bumps and made me look taller and slimmer.  (At least in the mirror at Kohl's.)  I liked the dress so much I bought TWO, in blue and coral!Confession time: I never wore those dresses once!  I guess I was too busy admiring the lower half of the dress and failed to realize how unflattering…
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  • Journals drying...

    3 Jul 2015 | 1:12 am
    I work in three or more journals at a time. I know I've described my organic working method in the past. I never do a page from start to finish in a sitting. Instead I paint a little, throw the journal behind me and grab another one, paint or draw or stamp or collage a little, then throw that one behind...lather, rinse, repeat. I love working like this. It releases the pressure of having to finish something and just encourages play. Here's a pic I took of my floor after a few hours of art-ing.
  • Paintings made from marks...

    30 Jun 2015 | 1:08 am
    Not sure if I ever shared these. I taught my mark-making class at Art from the Heart back in Oct of 2014. These were a few of my class samples that day. The one is the middle...look at it carefully and you'll see a woman bent over, with her arms folded. I find her to be so very emotive and sad. The one of the left is a woman holding a baby (I alllllwwwaaaays see a woman holding a baby in my marks). The one of the right is a dancer.
  • Trip to Ranger!

    27 Jun 2015 | 1:19 am
    In early June I got to spend a week at Ranger Ink. It was so great to go there and meet all the people who work so hard to make Dina Wakley Media products, as well as all of the other fabulous Ranger products. I got to meet the awesome art department, production, plus lots of other staff. What many people don't know is that Ranger manufactures its inks and paints and mediums right in the production facility in New Jersey. It's so fun to see the factory lines running and everything being made and packaged. Really impressive and cool. I got to be there with Tim Holtz and Mario Rossi,…
  • Back 2 Back is...back!

    25 Jun 2015 | 9:40 am
    I am reposting this because of troubles with the link... Here ya go! I am super excited to announce that the Back2Back retreat is BACK! Link is here for the details! The basics....B2B is a weekend (coughcough now two, actually coughcough) hosted by the awesome Michelle McCosh, owner of Everything Scrapbooks and Stamps. You will be with me, Dyan Reaveley, and your tribe, your peeps, your people. You know, your ART PEOPLE...people who don't look at you cross-eyed when you say you make mixed-media art and keep an art journal! Won't you come and make art with us?
  • Where I will be teaching in July!

    24 Jun 2015 | 9:44 am
    Hello! Well, July is fast approaching. Here is where I will be in July. Contact the stores for class info and sign up details: July 10-12, 2015: Ephemera Paducah, Paducah, KY. July 14-15, 2015: Ink Paper Rubber, Overland Park, KS. July 17-19, 2015: Scrapbook Island, Los Gatos, CA. July 25-26, 2015: Studio CrescenDoh, Santa Ana, CA. Class Links Here and Here. July 31, 2015: Scraps of Love, Peoria, AZ. One class, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
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  • Ultimate Sewing Prize Pack

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:26 am
    Whether you are an experienced sewer or you are just starting out, this Ultimate Sewing Prize Pack from Clover has you covered. The items in the pack will make using and storing your tools much simpler, and every sewing project will be a breeze.
  • Sewing Reviews and Giveaways

    6 Jul 2015 | 6:40 am
    Read sewing book reviews and enter to win each book. We feature a new sewing giveaway every other Monday. You can enter once daily!
  • Oliso Ironing Board Cover

    6 Jul 2015 | 6:34 am
    There is nothing worse than ironing your dress shirt only to pull it from the board and see circle marks all along the back. Ironing board covers are so important in preventing you have to steam and re-iron your clothing, but pretty ones are hard to find. The ones that comes with the boards are boring, and making one is too much, but this Oliso Ironing Board Cover is both pretty and practical! It is a standard size, 54x54, and will look great in any room of the house.
  • Patriotic Throw Pillows

    2 Jul 2015 | 2:01 pm
    "Make these easy Patriotic Throw Pillows using remnant holiday themed fabric and fiberfill. No pattern needed."
  • Simple Felt Needlecase

    2 Jul 2015 | 1:59 pm
    "Perfect for beginners, an easy to make felt needlecase that's made by hand using just a few basic stitches. You just need a few scraps of felt, embroidery thread, and a couple of buttons. I made this in an afternoon as a gift for a friend who only had one needle in her house - one needle - can you imagine!"
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  • Launching soon – Maithri’s Jewels!

    2 Jul 2015 | 9:21 pm
    So here is the big news!! I will be soon be launching my own line of fusion jewelry under the name “Maithri’s Jewels”. For some time now, many have asked me if I sell my jewellery and I have always been responding with a “Soon”. And the time is now here… Maithri’s jewels will consist ... The post Launching soon – Maithri’s Jewels! appeared first on Art Platter.
  • Thank you card with buttons

    26 Jun 2015 | 2:22 am
    Today we’ve made a simple Thank you card using card stock, some colorful buttons and a white ink pen. You can make this card in under 15 minutes and it looks pretty cool! Closer look at the card: The base of the card is dark brown card stock. Score at the center of the card ... The post Thank you card with buttons appeared first on Art Platter.
  • Quilling jewelry – Workshop update

    16 Jun 2015 | 8:16 pm
    Thank you all for your responses! All slots filled !! The post Quilling jewelry – Workshop update appeared first on Art Platter.
  • Quilling Jewellery workshop – June

    13 Jun 2015 | 7:44 pm
    Hello there people!! Thank you all for your responses showing interest in the online Workshop to be conducted.   The sub-topics to be covered are: Basics of quilling How to make a quilling stud How to make a quilling jhumka How to make a dangling earring with quilling Tips and tricks Please keep the following materials available: ... The post Quilling Jewellery workshop – June appeared first on Art Platter.
  • Hydrangea inspiration quilled studs – DIY

    28 May 2015 | 11:40 pm
    Here is a simple jewelry making tutorial. Following our studs inspired by the Gerbera flower, here is a pretty pair of quilled studs inspired by the small yet beautiful Hydrangea flowers. The technique of quilling used is simple and you need just some basic earring making findings for this project. How to make quilled studs: ... The post Hydrangea inspiration quilled studs – DIY appeared first on Art Platter.
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  • DIY Bohemian Tapestry Teva Sandals

    Stacie Grissom
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:48 am
    Last week I had the chance to pop by the NYC Lord & Taylor store for a special event that Teva put on for people to DIY their shoes. While I look back on a lot of the shoes I've DIY'ed and cringe a bit, they are some of my favorite projects to embellish. At the event, the Teva folks had a bunch of supplies to use on the sandals from studs to rhinestones. I had to take my sandals and do my DIY'ing at home because I had to go to Puppy Prom for work. :PSince the Teva sandals are a perfect shoe for casual summer parties and music festivals, I wanted to incorporate that bohemian vibe into my…
  • DIY Tusk Necklace

    Stacie Grissom
    2 Jun 2015 | 5:52 am
    Last summer I watched a coworker's dog while she was in China and she brought me back this amazing tusk. I think she almost didn't believe my other coworkers when they told her this was something that I'd love but she ended up bringing it back anyways. I'm SO glad she did because it was a really fun project to tackle. After some Googling, I think that the tusk comes from a wild boar. While I'll never know for sure, when you Google "wild boar tusk China" you get a lot of images that look similar to the tusk on my necklace. To make a necklace of your own you'll need:-Tusk (Search "Boar tusk" or…
  • Woven Collar With Jade Beads + For the Makers' Make a Statement Book

    Stacie Grissom
    10 Mar 2015 | 9:42 am
    I am a total student of the internet. Over the past 10 years I've learned everything from HTML to soldering just by Googling questions, reading blogs, and watching YouTube videos. I love learning new skills but I hate going to classes. One of my favorite things to do on a weekend is sit in my pjs and discover new techniques to make things, especially jewelry. So when I saw the announcement that one of my favorite companies, For the Makers, was coming out with a book I was so excited. I've been a subscriber to For the Makers for over two years and the boxes are always amazing. I love the…
  • DIY Winter Ornament Garland

    Stacie Grissom
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:54 am
    When it comes time to put away all the Christmas decorations, I always get a little bummed to pack all of the things that made our apartment feel so festive. (And the tree always smells so good!) This year I've decided to make decorations for each season to keep the apartment cheerful all year. When I received these geometric ornaments from For the Makers, I thought they were the perfect winter decoration.All of the supplies came from For the Makers' geometric ornament kit except for the wire. I found that it was a lot easier to use the wire instead of thread to make the ornaments faster.
  • DIY Necklace With Beads From a Parisian Shop

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

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:36 am
    Industrial looks are trending right now and rather than pay for an overpriced candle holder why not make your own? Use plumbing or industrial hardware to create amazing table centrepieces.
  • DIY Denim Gypsy Purse

    CraftBits (Shellie Wilson)
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    This tutorial will show you how to recycle your old denim into this beautiful gypsy purse. Check it out!
  • How To Make Quilled Flowers

    29 Jun 2015 | 7:35 am
    Birthday party coming up? Or perhaps you're about to celebrate an anniversary? Surprise your loved one with a quilled flower monogram. I'll show you how to make the "W" letter!
  • Moroccan Inspired Paper Luminaries

    Muhaiminah Faiz
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:35 am
    Looking for a last minute party decoration? Great, you've found the perfect tutorial! These paper luminaries won't cost much nor take much time and turn out great! Check out the tutorial.
  • How to Make 3D Origami Minion

    22 Jun 2015 | 7:15 am
    In this project you'll see how to make a 3D Origami Minion with approximately 689 origami pieces.
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    Family Chic by Camilla Fabbri ©2009-2014. All rights reserved. The blog

  • Our Little “Beach”

    25 Jun 2015 | 5:07 am
    Here’s another one of my favorite spots on our property. We created this beach-inspired gravel patio in the area right outside of our front door… We dug up the grass to create a slight recess, put down landscape fabric and spread out pea gravel to make this space. Our SKARPÖ chairs from IKEA ($59.99 each, click image to link thru to details) were the perfect choice — comfortable, weather + child-friendly and affordable. I like the way it feels like a small beach. A cast iron urn at the base of our steps holds a bright pink geranium. Our sliver of a spot is functional and…
  • Our Garden Now

    24 Jun 2015 | 10:09 am
    I thought I’d share a few shots of my garden with you… The seating area in our backyard. Chairs from Bed Bath & Beyond ($50 each), occasional tables and Buddha head are garage sale and rummage sale finds. Lemon grass plants ($12.99, Home Depot) are dropped into terra cotta pots — an easy way to create a lush backdrop. Love to mix interesting details in with the plants. This set is comfortable, affordable, durable and good looking.
  • My Favorite Pants For Summer

    22 Jun 2015 | 1:46 pm
    I bought a pair of these smocked pants from Free People last summer. I loved them so much, I immediately bought another pair in a different color. Now that the weather is warming up, I started wearing them again. They are my absolute favorites. They are like really chic sweatpants. I throw them on with a loose top and a pair of flat sandals and I’m comfortable, but a little more put together. The fabric is light, the cut is loose — perfect for hot days. Very glad to see that they’re selling them again this season. Love my Leighanna Smocked Pants from Free People. The smocked…
  • Happy Father’s Day!

    21 Jun 2015 | 8:09 am
    Here is my husband explaining math homework to the back of our daughter’s head. Happy Father’s Day to all of you amazing and very patient dads out there!  
  • Beach Blanket Bargain

    18 Jun 2015 | 7:48 am
    I have to thank my sister for this tip. On a recent visit to her home, I noticed she had acquired some very cool Mexican-style blankets for her yoga classes. When I asked her about them, I was surprised to learn that she paid less than $15.00 a piece. Had to share this deal with you (click on images to link thru). 77″ x 52″ cotton blend yoga blanket from The Yoga Warehouse, $12.95. Blankets like this are very trendy right now and usually cost a lot more. For comparison, check out this 73″ x 51″ blue picnic blanket from Fab, $56.00 + up.    
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    The Crafty Crow

  • Pretty Painted Wood Jewelry and More!

    7 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    You'll love the pretty results of painting on wood beads, bangles, and coasters and the kids will love making them. Your big box craft store carries a variety of wood items ready for painting but you should also check out your local thrift store too. Get the details at We Are Scout. 
  • Bead and Straw Mobile Craft

    7 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    Find out how to make this charming bead and straw mobile at PBS Parents. The tutorial includes a free printable and video. 
  • Bead and Braid Friendship Bracelet DIY

    7 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    Are you looking for a classic summer craft to do with the kids? Visit Cakies for the tutorial on how to make these kid friendly bead and braided friendship bracelet. 
  • 15 Patriotic Crafts and Treats for Fourth of July!

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:15 am
    fun confetti popper craft and game for 4th of July via Pi'ikea Street  patriotic duct tape bunting DIY via Chic California  red, white, and blue star 4th of July sun catcher craft for kids via The Suburban Mom  American flag toddler craft via Toddler Approved!  free July 4th Bingo printable via Studio DIY  cardboard rocket ship craft via hello, Wonderful  patriotic melty bead bike name plates via Willowday  sparkly July 4th lantern DIY via Fantastic Fun and Learning  easy red, white, and blue…
  • 12 Farm Animal Crafts For Kids

    23 Jun 2015 | 4:09 pm
    surprise chick in an egg via Kroger's Kindergarten lacing hen and chicks activity with a free printable patternvia The Handmade Adventures of Captain Crafty cardboard barn craft for kids via Penelope Dullaghan cute horse craft for kids via Learn Create Love  peek-a-boo chicks and hen craft via Powerful Mothering  cute paper plate goat craft via Creativity Takes Flight handprint duck art (there's also a cow and sheep)via Adventures in Mommyhood  cardboard tube turkey craft for kids via A Girl and A Boy  clothespin pig…
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  • Pincushion Cuff

    Michelle (
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Yesterday I started some new pincushion cuffs.  I've been meaning to make a few more, but choosing fabrics has slowed me down.  Rather than try to pair up 3 different fabrics, and go into it knowing exactly which fabrics I'd use for each cuff, I cut out some cuff bands in the fabrics I wanted to use as cuff bands, made some leaves in the fabrics I wanted to use for leaves, and now I'm working on making flowers to go with what I've got so far.  This blue/green one is the first finished.  Perhaps I'll get a few more done this weekend.  It's too hot to do much…
  • Patchwork Pouch No. 12

    Michelle (
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:26 pm
    It was almost 100 degrees today, so it took most of the day to finish this pouch.  The heat definitely slows me way down!  You might remember this piece of patchwork from a few weeks ago.  The stitching is off white Jeans Stitch thread.  It's also on the back: This size/shape is #12 from the second set of zipper pouch templates.  Inside is one #5 Curvy Patch Pocket: This pouch is available in my etsy shop here in case you need to make it yours!
  • Globe Buttons

    Michelle (
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:08 pm
    1.25" (32mm) Globe Buttons
  • Skirt Pocket

    Michelle (
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:58 pm
    I'm working on two different modifications using my skirt pattern.  They are both still WIP, but I wanted to show you this sweet pocket I made while working on the first one.  I made my changes to the skirt pattern and then wanted to make a quick muslin in this grey twill.  Then it was working out so nicely, I decided to just continue on an make a finished skirt.  But the so very plain fabric really needed something to brighten it up.  A pretty pocket seemed like the ticket!  The stitching for this pocket is Sulky 30 wt cotton topstitching thread.  Anyway, I'll be back with…
  • Favorite Fabrics - Wild Blossoms

    Michelle (
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:44 pm
    Wild Blossoms available at Jean Marie's Fabrics
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    Stitching the Night Away

  • Aries Zodiac Blocks

    7 Jul 2015 | 6:20 am
    Here’s the third release in the Zodiac Blocks series! Aries (♈) fiery, energetic, impassioned, and rules the color red. Considered a stimulant, red evokes action and confidence, which you exhibit in true Arian style. The color is also an attention grabber, and you’re not afraid to wear it. (click here to go to Craftsy in a new window or tab) Each block in the series is 45 x 45 stitches so they can be used together or individually and be interchangeable. On their own they’re the perfect size for an ornament, a card, or a scented sachet. You can group several symbols together…
  • Pattern Pick of the Day: Twisted Rainbow Sampler

    2 Jul 2015 | 4:03 am
    You may have some stitchalongs happening around Facebook groups for this popular pattern by Northern Expressions Needlework, it really is quite stunning to see. Model stitched on 32 Ct. Onyx by Weeks Dye Works. The floss used in the model are Thread Pickerz silks and the Rainbow Floss packs are available there. Dinky Dyes alternatives are listed at 123stitch along with the pattern purchase info. Enjoy & Happy Stitching!
  • Pattern Pick of the Day: Rainbow Whiskerkins

    1 Jul 2015 | 4:53 am
    Rainbow is actually the April Whiskerkins, but he’s so darn cute with his rainbow striped tail and buttons. This pattern by CM Designs is available from and directly from the CM Designs website. Stitch count is 50W x 75H Enjoy and Happy Stitching!
  • How to Find Pins From Your Blog on Pinterest

    1 Jul 2015 | 4:21 am
    As crafters we tend to have lots of images and pretty things in our blog posts, and those things often get pinned on Pinterest. But how do you know what was pinned and by who? Your social media widgets might tell you how many pins but maybe you want to see who is pinning you so you can follow them and check out their pins as well. Let’s take a look at how to do that…. First we’re going to go to You don’t even have to be logged in to do this. In the address bar of your window you’re going to add /source/ to the URL That’s it!
  • Pattern Pick of the Day: Kaleidoscope

    30 Jun 2015 | 4:45 am
    This colorful Kaleidoscope mandala design is by Ink Circles and is available from this pattern uses 34 vibrant colors of DMC floss. The pictured model was stitched on 32 Ct. Antique White Belfast linen. Stitch Count: 145W x 145H. Enjoy and Happy Stitching!
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    How Did You Make This? | Luxe DIY

  • Lattice, Lozenge, or Diamond Knitting Stitch

    20 Jun 2015 | 12:25 pm
    This classic stitch, known as all kinds of things including “Lattice Stitch,” “Lozenge Stitch,” and “Diamond Stitch” is an easy way to add a chic texture to whatever you’re knitting. It doesn’t seem to affect the gauge significantly so it may be something you can add to a pattern you already have, but always swatch to be sure. It makes use of crossed stitches, which are similar to cabling, but don’t require and additional needle. Diamond Knitting Stitch / Lattice Knitting Stitch / Lozenge Knitting Stitch  multiple of 6 + 2, repeat…
  • Marble & Gold

    15 Jun 2015 | 12:23 pm
    What I wore: – Dress – painted marble using my Faux Marble Fabric Tutorial (I’ll post more pictures of it, I promise) – Clutch – made using my Sequin Clutch Tutorial – I need to made some other bags because I carry this one all the time – Ring – made using my Beaded Crystal Ring Tutorial – Nail Polish – Th-Ink Outside The Box by Finger Paints   This look is from about a week ago, Carly and I went out for some live music/fun/trouble.   That nail polish. I originally fell in love with a polish at Sephora – Meteoric by…
  • Spring Lilac

    13 Jun 2015 | 2:53 pm
      I realized when I was writing the last post that I was even more into lilac fashion than I thought. That’s probably partly because Carly wears a lot of mint (also a great spring color) but when we’re in public together we’re asked if we’re twins all the time, so we definitely try to avoid looking too matchy. It also works with my anything 80’s looking addiction. Soft, washed out shades are so pretty for spring, and these are a few things I’m into right now:   1. My Seaside Plaited Macrame Bracelet, worked in hand dyed purple and DMC 3743 2.
  • Embroidery Floss VS #10 Crochet Cotton

    12 Jun 2015 | 11:32 am
    I’ve been using a lot of #10 crochet cotton for macrame projects here because I’m so into dying it. Not everyone loves dye, though, so I thought I’d try out one of my patterns with embroidery floss because it comes in so many good colors, no dye required. I picked the Seaside Plaited Macrame Bracelet because I’ve already made 10 or so, what’s one more? I also really love the design, so I knew I would actually wear it. The embroidery floss is lower left (the lighter shade) and the #10 crochet cotton is upper right (the darker shade).   You can see from this…
  • Acrylic Based Super Matte Chalk Paint

    6 Jun 2015 | 10:49 am
    Chalk paint is a popular choice for painting home furnishings right now, so most of the recipes use latex as a base. I wanted some really, really matte paint for some non-housewares projects so acrylic is a much better base for my needs. After some experimenting with different materials, this is my favorite way to make chalk paint, including a really easy, low mess mixing method. The paint comes out very matte, very opaque for one-coat coverage, and has been low-warp when I tested it on cardstock (like the picture below). Supplies: – flat/matte acrylic paint – plaster of paris…
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  • The 10-Minute Pseudo-Skirt That I’ll Never Wear in Public

    6 Jul 2015 | 6:55 pm
    I don’t know why I always think it’s a good idea to sew things. I don’t have a sewing machine, for one thing. For another thing, I don’t sew, like ever. I mean, I sew buttons on things now and then, and then they fall off again, and then I just stop buttoning whatever the buttons fell off of (and hope they’re not pants). But I fell in love with these cute little kid skirts. Image from I decided I had to make one, since I have a lot of my husband’s old t-shirts in the closet and this would, of course, translate to a fully grown (and…
  • Zucchini Bread and Excuses

    17 Jun 2015 | 6:32 pm
    I know, people. I know. And I hate the thing where bloggers are like, “I’m so sorry I’ve been gone and you’ve had to live without me for these long, tortured weeks! I will try to do better because I know your whole world revolves around reading words out of my dumb brain.” So I won’t say that. Instead I will say that I have excuses. Not good ones, per se, but they are excuses. 1. I have been very busy. I know it’s passe to call yourself “busy” and the productivity squad is now going to jump on me and tell me that I shouldn’t brag…
  • Fart Symphony

    20 May 2015 | 7:17 am
    I  am pretty sure readers of this blog will appreciate the many fart jokes herein. Enjoy. It’s a gas.
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  • Color a Canvas

    7 Jul 2015 | 6:25 am
    My favorite activity when I was little was coloring. All of my coloring books would fill up in no time, and I never got tired of filling in those lines. What did get tired, however, were my markers and my paper. Sometimes I would reach for a marker, so excited to use my favorite pink or blue, and find it nearly dried out. Other times, I would be coloring away only to rip through the over-saturated pages of my coloring books. In a child's mind, these are tragedies, and if I had had an ALEX Toys Color a Canvas, far fewer tears would have been shed over ruined books.
  • Baby Hand Print Picture Frame

    6 Jul 2015 | 5:14 am
    Your children are only so small for so long, so while their hands and feet are still teeny tiny, make a Baby Hand Print Picture Frame. It will become an instant keepsake, and some day you can put their graduation photo in it and show how small they used to be. This baby hand print art craft is incredibly easy...if getting your baby to cooperate when there is fun paint involved is easy. You might not get a neat hand print out of this picture frame idea, but you can always paint their hands two different colors and let them go to town. Either way, your baby is sure to have fun and you will have…
  • Triceratops Cookies

    6 Jul 2015 | 5:13 am
    Dinosaurs fascinate the young and old alike, and cookies are delicious, so lets make some Triceratops Cookies! If your kids are excited to learn more about dinosaurs, follow these fun and easy instructions for how to make dinosaur cookies. This is a good activity for homeschoolers or small classroom sizes. You can take advantage of the baking time and teach your kids about dinosaurs and what the earth was like before humans showed up. It will make them even more excited to see the finished products, and they will have fun learning more as they eat their dinosaur cookies.
  • Glow Pendulum Painting

    6 Jul 2015 | 5:12 am
    It's summer and the kids are home from school. Keep their imaginations and minds active with this fun Glow Pendulum Painting project. There are so many different ways to create a pendulum for this painting activity for kids. This one uses a recycled plastic bottled tacked to the ceiling from a string of yarn. Its possible to get very messy with this project, so be sure to dress in clothing that perhaps is already paint splattered or you dont wear anymore. The little ones will have so much fun with this art project for kids and they will proudly hang their artwork all over the house.
  • Michelle McInerney, MollyMoo

    6 Jul 2015 | 5:09 am
    Michelle McInerney, Irish mum to one seven-year-old little girl, is the founder and craft designer behind award winning blog, - a fun and colorful online world of unique crafts for children, crafts for parents to make with their kids, and crafts parents can make for their kids to inspire play. Michelle's craft tutorials are so detailed and well photographed and her crafts are truly unique.
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    Ashland Bay

  • Ashland Bay’s Year of the Sheep Celebration

    30 Jun 2015 | 3:13 pm
                                       image from Content.time.comAs hand spinners, dyers and felters, we have the distinct privilege of working with any type of fiber we can get our hands on. It’s like cooking from scratch. You know exactly what is in the end product and can be assured of a (somewhat) predictable outcome. As 2015 is the year of the sheep, we thought we would have a little fun! Starting the second week of July every other week, Ashland Bay will highlight a breed specific wool top. Along with being on sale for that 2 week period, each breed will get its own…
  • Wool Classification for Domestic Sheep

    28 Jun 2015 | 5:15 pm
                             picture courtesy of Breeds of sheep can be classified in several different ways. Examples being, classed by their suitability for meat production vs wool production, topography of the area they originated or the type of wool they produce.For Ashland Bay’s purposes, we use the wool type classification to get an understanding and an appreciation of the different types of wool available to the spinner and textile artist.  In the below chart you can see the breed breakdown of wools ranging from fine to coarse wool. The starred breeds are…
  • Redefining Felt, Part 2

    23 Jun 2015 | 3:25 am
    Part 2 from felt artist Janice ArnoldFinding inspiration:Trying to describe inspiration is complex! It begins with embracing every moment of the present with a sense of wonder and innocence.  In this mental state I find inspiration in unexpected places. Sometimes it is a literal thing I see- like a pattern created by light or shadow, a stone, tree bark covered with moss or the black and white lines on a map. But it can also be something odd like peeling paint, an ancient wall or cracked cement! Sometimes it stems from a challenge, a response to an emotion or as part of the process of solving…
  • Redefining Felt

    17 Jun 2015 | 3:45 am
    We have a fantastic treat on the blog today, part 1 of a 2 part series from felt artist Janice Arnold. Janice Arnold takes handmade FELT to extremes. The daughter of a cartographer, she learned scale as a second sense. Her work ranges from intricately executed pieces to elaborate environments in refined textures from luminous to dense using raw fibers. Arnold is artist in a league of her own.For those of you who don’t know my work,  I love to play with space and perception and push the boundaries on what people expect to see, both in *Felt and contemporary textile art. I create immersive…
  • new multi merino colors

    12 Jun 2015 | 3:33 am
    We are excited to introduce two new mutli merino colors Cabo and Granada!These rich color combinations were designed from our popular merino/silk colors Bay Breeze and Jamaica. Just in time for summer knits with a definite tropical flair.
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  • Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake Fabric Challenge – Lips Quilt

    1 Jul 2015 | 4:46 pm
    As a member of the Modern Quilt Guild, I have the option of participating in various events they organize, including conferences, webinars and challenges.  I found out about the Riley Blake Fabric Challenge through my local guild, the Boise Modern Quilt Guild.  Here’s my entry.  It’s a mini quilt, measuring 22 inches square. I signed up for the challenge and received a fat eighth of six prints from The Cottage Garden fabric collection by Amanda Herring.  The challenge rules were: Make something fantastic that is quilted. Make something you’ve never done before. Learn…
  • Indian Puzzle Mini Quilt

    5 Feb 2015 | 8:41 pm
    I recently participated in round 3 of the Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap, an online swap exchange of handmade mini quilts organized by Kristi McDonough.  I was to make one mini quilt measuring no larger than 24 inches square, based on my secret partner’s preferences.  This is what I made for my partner Angela, who likes novelty prints of cute animals. I cut out a bunch of cute little owls, hedgehogs, and foxes from some fabric scraps I had.  Angela said she prefers grunge to a solid fabric, so I paired some grunge with white to make a block that I thought was cool-looking: Indian…
  • Gifts for Baby at Sew Mama Sew

    25 Jan 2015 | 9:57 am
    This is my stop on the Handmade Holidays 2014 series! A group of sewing bloggers share their favorite themed tutorials at the ever-popular Sew Mama Sew. Last year my theme was Gifts for Geeks.  But this year, my theme is Gifts for Baby. Really, is there anything better than sewing for baby? Go read my full curated post and let me know what you think! Handmade Holidays: Gifts for Baby To see all 31 themed posts, check out the 8th Annual Handmade Holidays – 2014 master list. Refer to it to make projects and gifts all year long!
  • Belle and Buzz Mini Quilt

    23 Jan 2015 | 12:50 pm
    I recently participated in the Disney Quilt Swap 2015, an online swap exchange of handmade mini quilts organized on Instagram by Kaitie Logsdon.  I was to make one mini quilt measuring no larger than 24 inches square, based on my secret partner’s preferences.  This is what I made for my partner, Nancy, whose favorite Disney characters are Belle and Buzz. The front is Belle from Beauty and the Beast.  While searching online for inspiration, I found this Costume Changes in Disney Films infographic.  I was inspired by the minimalist Belle image – it translates so well to the…
  • D&B Supply Quilt

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

  • You are invited!

    Lena Merrin
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:19 pm
    I like knowing what’s out there, especially if it is in any way sewing related. I browse through fabric stores, haberdashery, forums, but what I love the most is looking at other indie designer’s patterns. I get inspired by their imagination, the quality of their work and continuous improvement. Do you know how much talent is out there? You can probably name a few, but it’s almost impossible to keep up with everyone: their releases, updates, errata and special discounts. To make this a little easier, I have created a Facebook group with a long name “Indie Sewing Patterns,…
  • A smart house dress

    Lena Merrin
    14 Jun 2015 | 8:38 pm
    Recently I read an article about how the way we dress has changed over the years. That these days comfort is above all and if only we could find that perfect kind of track pants that would be suitable for work, we’d need nothing else. I guess there is truth in that, since I’ve started doing my daily school runs, jeans, long sleeve tees and sneakers have become my wardrobe staple. The comfort clothes are taking over my wardrobe, and since there is no point in fighting this invasion, a much better idea would be to make comfort clothes look smart. So here is what I came up with – a…
  • Old school: Narrow sleeves and elbow darts.

    Lena Merrin
    8 Jun 2015 | 5:50 pm
    Today’s nerdy piece is about sleeves. Sleeves are probably one of most feared part of the garment, and the narrow sleeves are the worst, because there is no room to hide your mistakes. Recently someone asked my advise on a narrow Chanel jacket sleeve. I honestly admit, I have never been interested in Chanel jacket or its sleeves, but I’ve done the sleeves with elbow darts. Elbow darts are even harder to find these days than shoulder darts I mentioned in my previous nerdy post. In this post learn all about the connection and difference between semi-fitted, narrow and very narrow sleeve and…
  • Old school: The shoulder dart

    Lena Merrin
    31 May 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Old sewing books are an invaluable source of information. I own many books, in paper and digital form, most of them are in Russian and Ukrainian. These books have been used to educate the generations of professional seamstresses, tailors and cutters. Some of these books are extremely old and can not be applied to modern days, while others (especially those published in 1940s and 50s) are an absolute treasure. I’d like to share some of the information from these books with you. Where the name and author is known, I’ll mention it, along with the year of the publication. Some information can…
  • Jess jeans updated and on sale!

    Lena Merrin
    3 May 2015 | 6:19 pm
    It has been raining here a lot and the urge to sew coats and jackets is rising, but I must stay focused. My patterns upgrade is in full swing and I just finished working on Jess jeans. That’s right, Jess jeans is now fully upgraded, reviewed and back in stock! One of the main changes is that it now has two front closure options – button fly and a zip fly. I have reviewed the instructions and the pattern and added a few helpful things, such as finished garment measurements, a few more illustrations, better product page and additional printing formats. Jess jeans pattern is now…
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    Cheery Lynn Designs Blog

  • Thanks a Million by Karen Maldonado

    7 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    Hello Cheery Lynn friends! Karen here, sharing my tall shabby chic card with you!  We'll start off by creating a stacked layer by using the following dies (from bottom to top):Pierced Stackers #3, Circle Classic Silver Stackers, Polynesian Sails Mini Doily, & two of the dies from the Pierced Banners set.  I then stamped the "Thanks a Million" sentiment!Next, I made three different styles of flowers using the Daisy Strip, Judy's Bloom, Rose Leaf Strip & Tea Rose Medium die sets!  All the flowers were…
  • Best Wishes by Eva Dobilas

    6 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    Hi there, hope you had a wonderful 4th of July weekend!  I am here today sharing a card with this week's challenge theme "In stitches". My card is using a few dies that have the appearance of stitches or you can actually stitch them as the holes are there for you to put thread through.To create my card I die cut two of the largest French Flair - Scalloped LG Stackers Nesting Dies out of kraft card stock.  Than I die cut a smaller size French Flair Classic LG Stackers Nesting Dies using patterned paper.  Than I die cut the largest Pierced Stackers…
  • Cheery Lynn Designs Challenge 192 - In Stitches

    Sandy Hulsart
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    As always, the entries we had last week for our Christmas in July challenge were wonderful.  Thank you to all who entered, we enjoy seeing your creations with our dies.  This week our challenge at Cheery Lynn Designs isIn Stitches(real or faux)Here are the rules: You MUST follow the theme and use at least one Cheery Lynn Designs die, of course, we would love to see more than one.  You MUST add a link to your blog post in the InLinkz at the end of this post; no back posting, only new projects are allowedYou MUST link to this challenge in your blog post or on your gallery postYou…
  • Christmas in July Challenge Winner

    Sandy Hulsart
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:25 am
    What wonderful entries we had last week. Using, the winner of our Christmas in July challenge isRandom Integer GeneratorHere are your random numbers:14Timestamp: 2015-07-04 23:13:17 UTC#14 Macimbalo  Congratulations, Macimbalo.  Please contact me for your $20 shopping spree to Cheery Lynn Designs.  Be sure to grab the winner's badge from the right sidebar for display on your blog.  And thank you to everyone who joined in on the challenge.  We hope to see you again in this week's In Stitches challenge.
  • Someone Special at Christmas by Julie Lavalette

    Juliz Design Post
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:30 am
    Hi Everyone, It's Julie here today hosting the blog. This week our challenge is Christmas and I couldn't resist playing along, as I love making Festive cards and getting the Glitter out.I started by cutting out my paper with the image of Santa on it, mounting onto green card and I then dropped a little Stickles into the centre of all the tiny holes around the frame of my Horizon Stacker die.My sentiment was stamped adding some Stickles and Distress ink for a Vintage look, layering onto my die cuts with a little Silicone Glue.My foliage was cut and curled slightly with my embossing tool and…
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    Grow Creative

  • Photos of the Week

    6 Jul 2015 | 10:33 am
    I still can't manage long walks, but I can do the small ones and there's still plenty of nature to photograph! 
  • Icecream and Popsicles

    2 Jul 2015 | 10:55 am
    Five Watercolor Popsicles I've been busy creating paintings of my favorite summer foods- ice cream and popsicles!They're my favorite because I have such good memories of these treats outdoors with my siblings and cousins- and now my own son.  Summer is the best :)Mint Ice Cream ConePopsicle TrioThese are all 9x12s - bigger than I normally paint.  Now I just need a bigger scanner!  So I have a question for you other artists out there, how do digitize your work?  Do you scan yourself or hire it out?  What scanner do you use?
  • Look to God and Live

    28 Jun 2015 | 9:21 am
    I know I've been writing a lot about hysterectomy stuff lately, so please hear me out on just one more  post.  It's such an emotional thing to go through, especially when you've waited all your life to have children as I have. I have one child.  One beautiful child that came exactly when he was supposed to.  But then there have been no more.  We've waited for five whole years.  Part of that time I was too sick and on too many medications to even consider trying for more.  The other part of that time was spent on an emotional roller-coaster of maybe we…
  • Watercolors of Summer

    27 Jun 2015 | 6:37 pm
    Even though I haven't been posting much here lately, I've still been painting.  It's something I can't stop doing, even while I'm recovering from surgery.  I've had so many painting ideas! Here are just a small fraction of the work I've come up with in the past two months.I'm into all things summer right now.  Flowers, popsicles, colorful patterns.  Which is your favorite?
  • Photos of the Week

    22 Jun 2015 | 11:17 am
    Hello! I'm back!  I spent a few weeks recuperating in Arizona with my family.  They have a considerably large yard that I could wander around in taking pictures. The walking was good for me physically and I discovered that the prickly pears were in bloom!  So pretty!  Turns out those walks were good for my soul too.  It was on these walks that I had time to come to terms with just how I feel about this hysterectomy.  It's the hardest thing I have ever had to let go of and the sadness is deeper than I thought at first.  I wanted more children of my own more…
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  • DIY Sidewalk Gel Paint

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:51 am
    My youngest was bored last week while her big sister was away at camp. It was a beautiful afternoon outside, so I decided to whip up a batch of sidewalk gel paint. It's simple to make and quick to clean up with a hose. And the best part, it kept her busy for an entire hour! Are you in need of a summer boredom buster? Check out the recipe below.Continue reading →© 2012 - 2015 CRAFTIMENTS.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  • Replacing Closet Doors With Curtains Made From Bedsheets

    22 Jun 2015 | 11:05 am
    Does anyone else think sliding closet doors and children do not mix? Around here they certainly did not. Icing smashed fingers and wrestling doors back onto their tracks were a weekly occurrence. I had had enough and decided to replace my daughters' closet doors with curtains.Continue reading →© 2012 - 2015 CRAFTIMENTS.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  • Scrap Busting Fabric Wrapped Wreath

    26 May 2015 | 9:51 am
    Hello! Just dropping in to share my most recent creation, a fabric wrapped wreath for summer. Without any particular plan for it, I purchased a Styrofoam wreath form on clearance. I couldn't pass up a good deal and figured something would eventually come to me.  And finally, after it sat on my desk for weeks, something did!Continue reading →© 2012 - 2015 CRAFTIMENTS.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  • Nature Inspired Autumn Mantel and Decor

    24 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Welcome Fall!  Just dropping in to share a few photos of my autumn mantel and decor.Continue reading →© 2012 - 2015 CRAFTIMENTS.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
  • Accordion Fold Paper Garland Tutorial

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    Today I want to share a quick tutorial for creating this delightful accordion fold paper garland. It's simple to make and easy to coordinate with your party theme. I love bright neon colors for summer and used Ultra Brite Hue papers from JAM Paper & Envelope.Continue reading →© 2012 - 2015 CRAFTIMENTS.  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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  • DIY: Water Marbled Glassware

    24 Jun 2015 | 6:33 pm
    I love room decor projects! With summer in full swing, I decided to try out this colorful, bright project that can be used to decorate any space and share it with you all. Water marbling became super popular last year, especially for nail art, but this technique can similarly be applied to other items, such as glassware! The effect looks very cool and each time the final look turns out different. Read on for the tutorial!Materials: Nail polish (I used two colors but you can also do this with just one), plastic container that you don’t mind getting dirty, skewer stick, water, glass jar1.
  • DIY: Dainty Gemstone Bracelet

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

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

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

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

  • Summer Stripes

    29 Jun 2015 | 5:25 pm
    It's not too hot to knit socks. Summer is treating me well. I'm focusing on the kids and doing the kinds of things that moms with older kids get to do, like taking the kids to swimming lessons. This means that I've got time to sit around and wait while the swimming lessons commence and like for most knitters that means that I've got time to knit. I've already finished a pair of socks this summer and I'm almost halfway done with another pair. I just have to finish the toe on this blue and white striped sock. It's a nice feeling of accomplishment that I enjoy so much that I can't manage to go…
  • Summer Times

    23 Jun 2015 | 10:52 am
    These summer socks are growing fast. I cast them on for the summer solstice so they're officially my summer socks. They're already a couple of inches long: First week of summer and we're already rocking it. Oldest son started swim lessons and wowed me with his bravery. He was very nervous about learning to swim and I was fully ready for a giant fearful tantrum just trying to get him in the water, but he got in there on his own, using the ladder and gleefully went through the entire lesson, listening to the instructors. I'm hopeful that he'll be swimming on his own by the end of the month. It…
  • Finished Objectives

    20 Jun 2015 | 7:06 pm
    I'll take good news wherever I can get it.  I finished that pair of socks. It's Lana Grossa Meilenweit. One of my old favorites. My MIL brought this skein back from Austria for me, picking the perfect colorway. My Lana Grossa socks seemingly last forever, much more than my hand-dyed counterparts, note to self ;) I was at city council again this week hoping to see an innovative housing development pass. My city hasn't passed a high density housing development in decades. Heck, our region hasn't passed much in the way of housing in the last couple of decades, hence our current housing…
  • Year of the Sock Knitting

    9 Jun 2015 | 11:12 am
    As a knitter you know you're super busy when you can't fathom knitting anything more complicated than a sock. For some knitters socks are complicated enough, but I've knit dozens of pairs of socks. I hardly have to think about knitting them, as opposed to the complicated stitch patterns of the cardis I've been knitting in the last couple of years. I've knitted so many socks over the past decade of knitting socks that some of them have had to been thrown out. I'm like the Yarn Harlot. I do not waste time darning holes in socks. If the sock has decided to go and do something as silly as develop…
  • Car Trouble

    31 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Nothing like a little automobile drama to push you back into knitting.  My car decided that it was time to have an electrical fire. You can imagine for a mom with two kids under the age of 6 what kind of nightmare that could be to be suddenly without a car. The kids preschool is 6 miles and two buses away. It's not like we have money for a new car, we barely have enough to get this fixed, which could cost either $500 or $1500. That's a lot of yarn.  This was a pretty traumatizing event. I had to call the fire department and it left my nerves all frayed for the next day. For the…
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    Gathering Beauty

  • 3 Diys I'd Love To Make.

    7 Jul 2015 | 4:44 am
    I would love to make any and all of these.This Diy Ladder Shelf from The Merrythought is a brilliant storage solution for a small space.Love these practical and stylish floral lined Diy Easy Tote Bags from The Purl Bee.It's amazing what you can do with some cardboard letters and a roll of contact paper. Check out these shiny Diy Solid Gold Letters from Fall For Diy.  I've got a plain cardboard 'E' I've been wondering what to do with. This could be the answer.
  • Poppytalk Summer Colour Instagram Challenge.

    6 Jul 2015 | 4:04 am
    Here's something bright and colourful to start the week off with.Today is day one of Poppytalk's Summer Colours week long Instagram challenge. Each day features a different colour theme, today's is red and pink. You can join in using the hashtag #poppytalksummercolours over on Instagram. It's such a fun challenge. I love watching the feed fill up with it's rainbow of colours.You can find all the information about the rest of the challenge here. Enjoy.
  • Diy Origami Bow.

    24 Jun 2015 | 6:33 am
    I've fallen in love with these Diy Origami Bows. They would make the perfect gift topper or garland. There's no glue needed although you do need to make a couple of cuts with a pair of scissors.Let's get started.WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE YOUR OWN DIY ORIGAMI BOWS:Origami paper (I used the papers out of this set) and a pair of scissors. InLinkz.comThe above links are affiliate links. This means this if you purchase through them I receive a small commission.1. Start with your paper pattern side down. Fold in half and crease well. The pattern should be on the inside.2. Fold in half again and…
  • Three Things I Love: June.

    15 Jun 2015 | 8:13 am
    1. Gorgeous orange infused sweet ricotta filled peach cookies from Mitzy At Home.2. Diy Marbleized Banners from Oh Happy Day.3. The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova.
  • Diy Stamped Clay Pots.

    12 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The one thing I can't say no to is stationary. I love it. I probably have far too much but whenever I spot a new colour of washi tape or a pretty design on a notebook I can't help but buy it.You might remember the other month when I mentioned I'd fallen in love with all those diy clay plant pots that were popping up all over the internet. I don't have much use for tiny plant pots. I only have two houseplants and they're both quite large but the one thing I can always use is more storage for my ever growing stationary collection so I grabbed my favourite stamps, some left over air dry clay I…
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    Bella Crafts Publishing

  • Knotted Shell Bracelet

    Molly Alexander
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    This is Molly Alexander and today I am sharing this fun knotted shell bracelet that will keep you feeling like you have the sun on your face and your feet in the sand this summer! Beautiful and EASY seashell bracelet tutorial #beach #crafts #jewelryClick To Tweet Supplies: Turquoise 2-ply waxed Irish linen thread – (3) 20″ pieces, (2) 2.5″ pieces An extra piece of thread to use with your clipboard (optional) A shell that is approximately 1.5″ wide 8mm round faceted glass beads in matte light aqua, matte tangerine and opaque turquoise – (4) of each color opaque…
  • Hello Sailor Card

    Martha Lucia Gomez
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:25 pm
    Hello dear friends! Martha Lucia here with my Hello Sailor card. I live in Florida and this summer has been very hot. This heat inspired me to create a card with a fresh colors, using the sea water and wood for inspiration. Materials: Cardstock: Marina Mist, Orange and Confetti White Hardwood Background Stamp Hello, Sailor Stamp Set Tip Top Taupe Classic Ink Candy Dots Brights Makin’s Clay® White Makin’s Clay® Sea Shells Push Mold Distress Ink: Broken China, Gathered Twigs and Victorian Velvet To create my card I used marina mist card stock and confetti white. I stamped a hardwood…
  • Waves Inspirational Canvas

    Roberta Birnbaum
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    July has been declared ‘Beach Month’ here at Bella Crafts, and I am ushering it in with my Waves Inspirational Canvas. I have been working on this canvas for a little while and really wanted to try to bring in as many elements ( literally and figuratively) as I could: air, water, earth… What did I use? 12″x12″canvas Deco Art stencils Crafter’s™ Ann Butler ink, Lilac DecoArt® media™ Texture Sand Paste – neutral DecoArt® modeling paste DecoArt® media™ acrylics: teal hue, turquoise hue, Hansa yellow light, titanium white, carbon black DecoArt…
  • Top 13 Beach Craft Ideas

    Bella Crafts Quarterly
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:31 am
      Summer in full swing and all of us at Bella Crafts Publishing have one thing on our minds…the beach!  The sun, the sand and all those beautiful seashells…we love the beach! When we began searching the Internet for our top 13 beach craft ideas, we were very pleased to find out we are not alone.  There are so many great craft ideas created with the beach in mind that we couldn’t stop with just 13 projects.  So, beginning in July, Bella Crafts Creative Team members will be dedicating all of their blog posts to projects relating to our beach theme.  Make sure you come…
  • Marbleized Effect with Alcohol Inks

    Lisa Fulmer
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Today I am sharing with you how to get a marbleized effect with alcohol inks! It’s fun and easy to marbleize a smooth, non-porous surface with alcohol inks. For my #craftyourstash project today, I grabbed a white, coated paperboard box and some citrus shades of alcohol inks to make a little marbling magic. This box has an acetate window and a magnetic hinged lid – it will be perfect for holding just about anything – from handmade greeting cards to office supplies to receipts and coupons. Several years ago, I shot a homespun video tutorial (below) on how to combine 2-3…
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    The Ribbon Retreat Blog

  • Ice Cream Cone Button Art

    The Ribbon Retreat
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    “I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream!” I don’t know about you but in my house, everything is made better with a nice big bowl of yummy, creamy and cold ice cream! Or, a delicious cone with a great big mouth watering scoop of ice cream on top! Yummy in my tummy! […]
  • Flip Flop Ribbon Sculpture, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Welcome to YouTube Thursday…the day we get to craft video style! Summertime is all about playing in the sun, swimming, vacationing, staying up late and flip flops! I know flip flops are a summertime must for me personally and for my little sweet girlee who calls them flop flops! It’s adorable. Today, Shirley is sharing […]
  • Beach Towel with Pom Poms

    The Ribbon Retreat
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Are you ready for a 10 minute craft after all of your 4th of July crafting? Is your house swimming in a sea of bold and beautiful red, white and blue? Don’t you love it? Well now that the 4th of July celebrations are almost over, it is time to get all the playing in […]
  • Summertime Bows Show-N-Tell Link Party WINNERS!

    The Ribbon Retreat
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Good Morning, Good Morning! I am so excited for today! The votes are in and the winners have been chosen! Wahoo! Thank you to everyone who participated in our Summertime Bows Show-N-Tell Link Party! Whether you linked up your bows or occasionally checked in to see all of the wonderful talent and gorgeous bows and […]
  • American Flag Ribbon Sculpture, YouTube Thursday

    The Ribbon Retreat
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    Welcome, welcome to YouTube Thursday! The day we celebrate amazing hair bows, accessories and other fun crafts video style! Ever since I was a little girl, I have LOVED the 4th of July! I love all of the red, white and blue everywhere but most of all, I love to see all of the American […]
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  • 20 Cool Ice Cream Crafts

    Sherri Osborn
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    One way to stay cool during the heat of summer is to make and eat ice cream. Once your belly is full though, what can you do? Make some cool ice cream crafts! Browse through this round-up of amazing ice…Read more →
  • Mod Podge Clipboard

    Sherri Osborn
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:01 am
    When I was cleaning out my desk drawers and ran across a plain (you could even call it ugly) clipboard, I immediately pulled out my scrap fabric bin and Mod Podge. I love any excuse I can find to use…Read more →
  • Watermelon Sun Catcher Craft

    Sherri Osborn
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Okay, so I know many of you are focused on getting everything ready for your kids to go back to school right now, but I also know that many of you hate to see summer go. You can make one…Read more →
  • 16 DIY Yard Games for the Family

    Sherri Osborn
    15 Jun 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Check out this collection of fun backyard games that are perfect for the entire family. Many of these yard games are classic family games that have been super-sized, and in some instances, weatherproofed! What do you think of this collection?…Read more →
  • 15 DIY Water Play Projects

    Sherri Osborn
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:56 am
    If you are looking for a creative way to beat the summer heat, try making one or more of these fun water play projects. For many of them, you can use supplies you probably already have lying around your house.…Read more →
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    Keeping it Real

  • DIY sports iPod armband pouch (with pattern)

    6 Jul 2015 | 11:10 am
    I'm sort of an individualist when it comes to sports. I have zero talent for group sports and, to be honest, I prefer to work out alone. But I can't do it without is music.After a series of less than fortunate mp3 players, my husband bought me an Ipod Shuffle for my birthday last year and ever since then I've been using it faithfully whenever I go to the gym. I've also been wanting to get a sports armband, to avoid having to hold the Ipod in my hand (sometimes I just roll the ear-buds cord around my neck at let it hang loose, but I'm pretty sure that's not exactly conducive to a long life…
  • Happy 4th of July!

    4 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    I live in Portugal, so today is just another sunny saturday, but I still want to wish everyone in the US a great 4th of July!Enjoy your Independence Day!
  • Scraps of Yarn June Crochet Along - finished!

    3 Jul 2015 | 4:11 am
    I finally finished the June scraps of yarn mystery blanket crochet along!I'm aware that we are already a couple of days into July and this was supposed to be a June challenge, but I was not able to finish the border (part 4 of the crochet along) before yesterday night. Well, the mystery is finally unraveled and the result is a cute square blanket, measuring about 60 x 60 cm, totally made using various scraps of yarn. I gave it to my daughter because she loves to have lots of blankets or throws to cuddle with during the colders months, though I'm thinking it will also be useful to take in…
  • No clutter in 2015 - week 26 update

    2 Jul 2015 | 6:34 am
    Well, we are now in the first week of July and half the year has gone by already. Last week I ended up replacing the decluttering update with another post (The Blogging Schedule for the usy Mom) which, even though it also revolves around the organization topic, doesn't add much on my decluttering journey. Which doesn't mean that I haven't been busy decluttering. Actually, I have been so busy that I have a huge pile of items on top of our guest-room bed waiting to be shipped out. Don't believe me? Check it out below. It's a bit of everything, from clothes to kids shoes that are in…
  • (Almost) Wordless Wednesday 1/July

    1 Jul 2015 | 8:50 am
    Welcome to the first wordless Wednesday of July...which could also be named "unconventional zoo pictures".So, I took my kids to the zoo a couple of weeks ago and oddly enough, they only wanted pictures of non zoo animals that happened to be there as well. No tigers, no lions, no bears, not even monkeys. Just turtles, ducks, flamingos...  I did manage to sneak in a miniature kangaroo and some sleepy koalas: The giraffe wanted nothing to do with me, though......and neither did the peacock on top of a roof: But the ducks in the lake? Cuteness overload! My son did ask for a photo…
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    Precious Crafts

  • Crochet Headbands and More

    Zurainny Ismail
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Ramadhan has arrived and I’m excited to expand my horizons! After I completed the CAL Granny Square Pillow Cover, I still had lots of leftover budget yarns.  So I made this headband using a free pattern from Craftsy. And with the various colours of budget yarns, I made these little flowers which is easily interchangeable.  So, 1 headband, with a few looks!  I am currently working on another headband and flower, so that with 2 headbands and 3 flowers, I can get 6 looks! Interchangeable Florals Then I also made these little handphone cases and some more – using yarns of various…
  • Gifts for Teacher Appreciation Day – Hari Guru 2015

    Zurainny Ismail
    13 May 2015 | 12:45 am
    OMG – I almost forgot Hari Guru! Have you prepared gifts for Teacher Appreciation Day / Hari Guru 2015? I’m still in the middle of figuring out what to give and seeing that it’s only 3 days away, they must be something that can be prepared in a jiffy… This year, Hari Guru which is on 16 May 2015, falls on a Saturday.  There will be some forms of celebration in each schools (not necessarily this Saturday, it could be on any day fixed by the school), including performances and sports competition by teachers. Last year, I gave each of my kids’ favourite teachers…
  • More Yarns To Crochet

    Zurainny Ismail
    12 May 2015 | 1:48 am
    Compared to previous years, I’m having fun trying out various types of crochet yarns these past few months – totally neglecting my cross stitch projects, unfortunately.  It’s really great fun getting to use yarns of different types and weights, and also getting to use various sizes of crochet hooks.  I’m really, really yearning to get myself those wonderful Tulip Etimo or Clover Amure crochet hook sets – need to start saving for those! After getting myself some Nyamnyam Yarns, I continued adding to my humble collection of crochet yarns.  I bought some Korean…
  • Crochet Along (CAL) Granny Square Pillow

    Zurainny Ismail
    6 May 2015 | 6:15 pm
    When I wrote my last post of this same title, my granny square pillow case was not yet completed.  Fortunately, I managed to finish it a few hours before the dateline, and like most last-minute work, some things will always go wrong.  In my case, the internet line was so slow, I almost missed the dateline – had to upload my pics a few times.  Then my joining methods was not satisfactory at all.  I couldn’t quite work out how to join the squares (my eyesight really need help). I got the pattern from this book: This is one of a few excellent books to keep and refer to whenever a…
  • Merino Wool

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

  • A Palaeolithic fossil sperm whale vertebra

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:10 am
    Many years ago, I was one of the volunteer guides at a Greenpeace whale exposition in Brussels. The main exposition entrance hall had a huge staircase, dominated by a life size sperm whale model: my favourite “Leviathan” of the Cetacea the Physeter Macrocephalus. Guess who fell in love with this species straight away, just imagine its splendor: 11 to 18m in length, with a max weight of 50 000kg, found in all the seas of the world, obtaining the biggest brain (weighing 9 to 10kg) of all living creatures. A mature Sperm Whale is 500x heavier than an average human and can live till 70 years…
  • Amazing vintage adornment YSL Gripoix four-leaf clover heart pin

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    27 Jun 2015 | 9:09 am
    Every Sunday we’re out searching treasures on the available boot fairs in our region, as now is the time for local markets to thrive. Once in while you stumble on an item you’d never expect to find on a “vide grenier”, a boot fair… Ironically the four-leaf clover is the symbol of good luck, imagine finding one and discovering its value. We stumbled onto a 1980 vintage Yves Saint Laurent Gripoix four-leaf clover heart pin. Now we’re talking about a timeless classic jewelry, a true collector’s item, an ever lasting investment. It isn’t really my kind of thing, but YSL stands for…
  • Solitary bees the fine grain of our local biodiversity

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    20 Jun 2015 | 1:32 am
    A weird, flying insect has taken up residence in a hole of our terrace stone wall. We’re always very alert, as we don’t want wasp nests, let alone “frolons”/hornets on our terrace (they’re massive, big wasps). We were wondering whether we had to fill up the hole and prevent the insect from coming back (which it did the whole time), till we had friends coming over who had more “nature” knowledge than us. “Don’t touch them, leave them, they are solitary bees!” was the answer we got. We said: “It looks nothing like a bee, more like a weirdo insect”! But one has to admit…
  • Hatpins from the capital of the French hatmaking industry

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    15 Jun 2015 | 3:53 am
    Where better to find an authentic hatpin, than on the local vide grenier/boot fair in Espéraza, the town known for its history of hat making industry here in the South of France. After all, fakes are a major thing in collecting hatpins. So I was lucky this Sunday, as amidst other interesting finds, I discovered some lovely hatpins on that local market. When my eyes, wondering on every stand, caught the sight of these beautiful and authentic hatpins, I had to buy them for my shop. Of course, hats were a men’s right in the old days, women had to wear hoods, simple bonnets with strings drawn…
  • Fast and furious ants, earth’s most successful species

    Woo Hoo Cuties
    9 Jun 2015 | 7:14 am
    This morning we wanted to start our day, as we always do, sitting at our vintage pub table, having our cup of coffee in the first morning glory. This time we had company: intelligent life at the table! I told you, wildlife here, seems to be coming closer to us than ever before, each day offers us a wonder. The occupiers of 25% or more (1/3 some say) of the insect biomass on the planet … hundreds of them, were travelling, in comparison to their size, huge distances to and fro the terrace pot and the table. The table offered a huge attraction to these alien creatures: my compost pot full…
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  • The Bright Colors of Summer

    23 Jun 2015 | 9:42 am
    Peach Sunrise hand dyed woolWith June 21 now in our rear view mirror, and the torrential rains of spring a distant memory, we turn at last to the bright sunny colors of summer. Yellow and orange, blue and green, our hand dyed wool shop is busting out with creative colors. Whether you’re starting a summer hooked rug project and dabbling in applique, our hand dyed wool is right for you. Our newest colors include orange-shaded Fresh Salmon and Peach Sunrise. The summer sun and sky are well represented by our Lemon Tart and Baby Blue. Or opt for rich earth tones like Deluxe Caramel, Painted…
  • New Colors for May

    4 May 2015 | 11:18 am
    American RoseWe blinked and suddenly it is May! Before us, the calender beckons, full of vivid hues and many months of sunshine. Naturally, the colors in the dye kitchen have brightened as well. The blue tones of the sky are well represented by Blue Lagoon and Blue Skies. The brown and orange clays of the earth are reflected in Copper Penny, Fire Drama and Pumpkin Brown. Fire DramaAnd flowers’ overflowing colors can be found in American Rose, Violet Sunset and Painted Flowers. Search for the newest shades in your stash by visiting our hand dyed wool shop today. The post New Colors for…
  • A Colorful Calling Card

    28 Apr 2015 | 7:36 am
    A brief thundershower left this colorful calling card Live in Texas long enough and you grow very accustomed to long, uninterrupted periods of dry. Bone dry. Months can pass with no rain. Lakes dry up. The landscape turns straw brown. It’s good weather for dyeing wool but not much else! This is why April has been such a joy this year. The best, most consistent rains in years have created a lush green paradise. It may be a coincidence, but sales of our green hand dyed wool are up this month. Of course, storms have a downside. Over the weekend these included severe winds and several…
  • Hand Dyed Color Inspires Pattern

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

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

    Alice Seidel
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:42 am
    Knitting yarn – where does yours come from? There has been a very interesting discussion going on at Knitting Paradise an extremely informative forum where you can find answers to many of life’s knitting questions. Entitled “Even More Depressed” it’s a lively discussion all about where knitting yarn comes from. There are laments about what is happening in your town to stores which carry yarn and how many LYS (local yarn shops) have and are disappearing! The initiator of this post is seeing yarn departments downsizing. But why? I live in New Jersey. You know, the…
  • Knitting Independently Because You LOVE to Make a Difference

    Alice Seidel
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:57 am
    Knitting independently because you LOVE to make a difference! The Fourth of July is upon us! Just like that. We go from freezing temps and icy winds to comfortable clothes and no jackets. Where all the landscape is a wedding-cake world, to green and every other color in-between! And so, my knitting goes on. Just last night I was happy about starting another project; a fish-net vest that looked easy enough. I had cast on a few days ago, then pulled it all off because I forgot one little “k1″ in the instructions to be added all along Row 1. Then the first couple of rows went along…
  • 5 Easy Lace Knitting Patterns For Everyone!

    Alice Seidel
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:31 pm
    5 easy lace knitting patterns for everyone! Just last week I wrote a post about all of the things you need when getting ready to do lace knitting. That pretty openwork look that goes beyond knit and purl. Goes beyond cables and ribbing, even. Lace knitting looks terribly complicated; yet it is usually following a simple pattern of rows, then repeating those rows until you have your desired length. You can see Successfully Learn Lace Knitting in 5 Easy Steps by clicking on the link you just passed by. In order to actually knit something, you do need a pattern or two. In this post, there are…
  • You Want to Yarn Bomb, Try Something Better!

    Alice Seidel
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:36 pm
    You want to yarn bomb, try this instead! In a recent post, I talked about the knitting fad that has taken hold called arm knitting. I don’t like it. There are a lot of things in life I don’t care for, and this is just one more. You can read all about my disdain for arm knitting right here. There is one more little thorn in my knitting bush and that’s called yarn bombing. Really?! Its actual name should be yarn wasting, because I could think of so many USEFUL ways to use that yarn that have nothing to do with adorning street poles and stop signs, not to mention park benches,…
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  • Scheduling Social: Buffer vs. CoSchedule {Craft Your Blog}

    Sarah White
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:44 am
    Bloggers, like everyone else, are super-busy people. It’s kind of strange that one of the things we have to do is be active on social media because we have to get the word out when we have new content. But if you’re posting everything by hand whenever you have a new post, you’re probably spending a lot more time on social than is really necessary. (I know I am, and I use a lot of automation.) That’s why social scheduling tools are so important. They allow us to promote our own posts — old and new — and share other people’s content at particular times…
  • Frugal Family Linky July 2

    Sarah White
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:09 pm
    Each month the Frugal Family Linky cohosts rotate duties on who gets to share the most popular posts from the previous month, and it’s my turn. So if you’re visiting from another site, welcome! If we haven’t met before, my name is Sarah and I live in Arkansas with my husband and almost six-year-old daughter (referred to around here as “the girl”). I blog here at Our Daily Craft about crafting with and for kids, creativity for moms and other busy people and creating the life you’ve always wanted. I also write about knitting for and,…
  • Celebrate the Fourth with an Evening at Orchards Park with Kaylee Rutland

    Sarah White
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:26 am
    This post is compensated by HireInfluence, but all opinions are my own. The Fourth of July, for me, is all about getting together with people and having fun. I remember Fourths of my childhood, going to see fireworks at home or up in my grandparents’ hometown in Iowa. It was a time when all the cousins got together and in classic 1980s style were largely left to our own devices. And of course there was the Best Fourth Ever, 15 years ago, when I was working at a newspaper in Massachusetts for the summer. My parents came out and we went to the Esplanade in Boston for the Pops concert and…
  • Tips for a More Creative Family Life from the Artful Parent

    Sarah White
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:39 pm
    There are so many great crafty bloggers out there who share art and learning activities for kids, but one of my must reads is Jean Van’t Hul, blogger at the Artful Parent. Her site is full of great ideas for creating with kids and generally supporting families making together. Her book, The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family’s Life with Art & Creativity, came out back in 2013 and I only just got around to finishing reading it. It took so long, in fact, she has another book out now, The Artful Year. (Which I can’t wait to check out, by the way.) But I’m…
  • Frugal Family Linky June 25

    Sarah White
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:30 am
    The girl was sick for four days since our last Frugal Family Linky, so other than some decluttering that’s got me in the mood for crafting, I haven’t done much frugal this week. But we did have a great, long trip to the library, which is always fun and free (other than the late fees!). This Week’s Featured Posts It is hot already this summer, and that means toting around water wherever we go. This fun duct tape water bottle holder is a great way to encourage kids to carry their own bottles, and bigger kids can even make them themselves. Thanks for sharing, There’s Just…
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  • Crochet I-Cord Bracelet with Yarn Charm

    Sarah Zimmerman
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:56 pm
    I don't have much experience in jewelry making but when you find adorable yarn charms, you MUST make yourself a bracelet! And a simple crocheted i-cord with a lobster clasp and jump ring on each end was all it took!I used Lion Brand Modern Baby Yarn (because I liked it's chainette construction) and a size F hook. Feel free to use any yarn, thread, or cord for this project.Then I followed THIS clever tutorial for an easy i-cord chain by MellowMe CreationsI attached my jump ring to the slip knot at the beginning and then attached the lobster claw on the finishing end before I weaved in the…
  • Joy Inspired Crochet Hat

    Sarah Zimmerman
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:31 pm
    If you haven't seen Disney Pixar's Inside Out, you need to! It's a movie based around 5 feelings that are in a young girls head: Anger, Sadness, Disgust, Fear... and JOY! Joy is the most important emotion, the main character in the movie and after many requests, I have crocheted a Joy inspired hat!I got a little creative with the hair. It's made from Red Heart Boutique Sashay Sequins yarn. It actually covers the top of the hat easily and quickly but you could of course use worsted weight yarn as well.Materials: - Worsted weight yarn in Cream, White, Black, and Blue.  I used Lion Brand…
  • Crochet Bikini Top

    Sarah Zimmerman
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:48 am
    So I got this crazy idea to make something for myself.. something a bikini top! Except I must have temporarily forgot that I was a mom of 3 in my mid 30's and I could never pull something like this off HAHA! But I thought I would post the tutorial anyway for those of you who feel comfortable showing a little skin. Now I will go back to making cute crochet hats for kids :)Materials:- Patons Grace Yarn (1-2 skeins)- Size G Crochet Hook- Tapestry NeedleAbbreviations:SC = Single CrochetHDC = Half Double CrochetDC = Double CrochetV-Stitch = DC + chain 1 + DC all in same…
  • Crochet Panda Bear Hat

    Sarah Zimmerman
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:21 am
    I love when one crochet pattern suddenly morphs into something else and that is exactly what has happened with my last couple hat patterns! It all started with my Crochet Fox Hat which then turned into a Raccoon Hat and then the Raccoon hat inspired me to make this Panda Bear Hat! I love being able to borrow elements from one pattern and creating something else. What will this hat become next?!Materials: - Worsted weight yarn in Black and White. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice.- Size H Crochet Hook- Two White buttons (about 1 inch wide)- Tapestry needleAbbreviations: Magic Ring…
  • Felt Owl Gift Card Holder

    Sarah Zimmerman
    16 Jun 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Whip up a quick and easy felt owl gift card holder and make your gift giving as cute as can be! Plus, Target is now selling Owl Gift Cards which fit perfectly with the theme!You can purchase Target Owl Gift Cards ONLINE or in stores.All you need is a little felt, some buttons, and a hot glue gun.Cut two squares of felt (approximately 3 x 3 inches), two half circle wings and small beak. Tip: snip off a small corner of a piece of felt for a perfect beak shape.Hot glue 3 edges of the squares together and hot glue the rest of the embellishments on top of one side. You could even stitch on sleepy…
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  • 6-21-2015

    Laurel Blow
    21 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Happy Father’s Day all you dads out there! Here is a one-of-a-kind piece of toddler art for our favorite dad! Email Address The post 6-21-2015 appeared first on Bread & With It.
  • Strawberry Ice-cream

    Laurel Blow
    4 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    The strawberry fields opened up near our house, and guess what we did! We went strawberry picking! Oh yes! With what was leftover after making several batches of strawberry jam and strawberry syrup for our pancakes, we made fresh strawberry ice-cream. Strawberry ice-cream during strawberry season is the best! This dairy free vegan recipe is not … Continue reading Strawberry Ice-cream → The post Strawberry Ice-cream appeared first on Bread & With It.
  • Quick Cinnamon Rolls

    Laurel Blow
    2 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Women in the 1930's knew how long it takes to make cinnamon rolls, so they came up with a quick solution! Take pride in quick, homemade & from scratch! The post Quick Cinnamon Rolls appeared first on Bread & With It.
  • 6-1-2015

    Laurel Blow
    1 Jun 2015 | 11:29 am
    You know you are loved, when you get Torch & Ramekins for your Birthday! <3 Loved Email Address The post 6-1-2015 appeared first on Bread & With It.
  • 5-31-2015

    Laurel Blow
    31 May 2015 | 3:35 pm
    …because it’s the Northwest, and the sun is out 😉 Email Address The post 5-31-2015 appeared first on Bread & With It.
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    DIY Candy

  • Fringed Crepe Paper Garland Tutorial

    Special Guest
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:34 am
    I’ll admit it, I’ve completely jumped on the DIY garland bandwagon. I can’t count the number that I’ve created, but I just can’t help myself-they’re inexpensive, easy, and very versatile. So, today, I’m sharing a tutorial for my fringed crepe paper garland....Read the rest here . . . »         
  • DIY Journals – aka, How to Fix a Craftfail

    1 Jul 2015 | 4:56 pm
    Recently I had one of the biggest series of craftfails of my life. Let me explain. You see, I’m kind of obsessed with gold leaf lately, and I was getting bored with the standard issue surfaces like paper mache, clay and wood. I decided that I wanted to try gold leafing on a different surface,...Read the rest here . . . »         
  • See a Doctor – From Your Own Home!

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Have you ever had a simple medical issue that you needed help with but didn’t want to leave the house? You know, like a sinus infection or fever? With the weather here in Atlanta, I get sinus infections regularly – and I can’t drive because of the pressure. Plus even if I could...Read the rest here . . . »         
  • DIY Neon Statement Necklace

    Pretty Life Girls
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:09 am
    Recently I was wandering the aisles of the grocery store and found myself so inspired by the water play/pool section. It’s the funnest section of the store, you guys. All the neon! All the fun shapes of buckets and shovels and pool toys and floaties! It makes me happy. So I decided to channel...Read the rest here . . . »         
  • Refreshing Pineapple Limeade Recipe

    26 Jun 2015 | 7:52 am
    Summer is here! Days are getting hotter and the need to stay hydrated is a must. Lately I’ve been infusing my regular boring water with slices of lemon and lime. It really got me thinking about creating homemade juice while incorporating mint and basil from the overgrown plants I have. This...Read the rest here . . . »         
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    Mod Podge Rocks!

  • DIY Star Wars converse shoes

    6 Jul 2015 | 10:05 am
    I’ve been to the grocery store twice in the past two weeks and both times they had different STAR WARS balloons. Either someone at the Publix is a Star Wars fan, or they know I am and put the balloons there as a welcoming beacon because they know I don’t exactly love grocery shopping...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesScrap fabric wrapped summer DIY sandalsMedallion-embellished sandals with Mod MeltsRe-do your boat shoes 
  • Easy patriotic luminaries

    3 Jul 2015 | 8:51 am
    I’m always a fan of those projects that can be kept out for longer than just one holiday. It’s hard with some holidays . . . like Halloween and Christmas. Some of the decor is really specific. The nice thing about Fourth of July is that not only does red, white, and blue work for the...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesThe easiest Fourth of July recycled vasesMap craft: photo frame backgroundDIY organization – bins from postal boxes 
  • Paint chip American flag

    2 Jul 2015 | 4:49 pm
    God bless America . . . and also God bless the people at my local home improvement stores, because they give me the discontinued paint chips that would end up in the garbage bin if not in my hands. You can definitely go to your local stores and ask for the paint chips that won’t be used...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesMini plastic animals DIY canvas project“Love” feathered heart DIY canvasEaster craft for kids: bunny canvas 
  • The easiest Fourth of July recycled vases

    1 Jul 2015 | 3:40 pm
    I try to be a good party planner, but a lot of times it can be a HUGE fail. Don’t you ever feel like you’ve forgotten something . . . and then all of the sudden you realize that you have no food for your party? Or any cups? Or you forgot to invite anyone? Haha! I’m just kidding...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesMap craft: photo frame backgroundDIY organization – bins from postal boxesRecycled bottle wall vase 
  • How to host the perfect BBQ – and win a $1,700 trip for two!

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:56 pm
    I’m a sucker for a good barbecue celebration – how about you? There’s nothing like the taste of marinade meats, salty snacks, and iced beverages to welcome summer. This past weekend I hosted a big summer solstice/pre-Fourth of July barbecue for my neighbors in my condo and...Read the rest here . . . »       Related StoriesOnline doctor visits with AmwellWin an Apple watch, iPad mini, or a $500 Apple gift card!My hometown hero #ShareYourHero 
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    Extreme Cards and Papercrafting

  • Fireworks Chysanthemum July 4th Card

    Carol P
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:44 am
    Inspired by a card by Kagi Sippo (which looks like it is hand colored--or maybe created from paint chips--and hand cut) I went looking for a suitable layered flower file to make a similar exploding fireworks card.  I didn't find one, so I drew one! The result is...okay.  My flowers / fireworks lack the subtle color variations in the layers, and I wish the card stock were shiny. I threw a
  • Tiny Pleated Star

    Carol P
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:29 pm
    If you enjoyed making the larger (3") pleated star, try this one!  It is tiny, but it's not ridiculously tiny.  Perfect to use in a grouping on the front of a card or as a scrapbook embellishment. Suitable for hand or machine cutting. Click to download file set: Silhouette Studio, PDF, DXF, SVG (how to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space). Files download for free. A huge thank
  • Pleated Heart Embellishment

    Carol P
    17 Jun 2015 | 2:34 pm
    I'm sure I re-invented the wheel when I designed this file.  Mostly, it was an exercise to help me understand how to create shapes in pleated form. See this post for a pleated star (and scroll to the bottom to learn how to make any pleated shape). How to make an accordion pleated heart Suitable for hand or machine cutting. Click to download file set: Silhouette Studio, PDF, DXF, SVG (
  • The Handmade Entrepreneur (Book Review)

    Carol P
    15 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    When Dani Marie invited me to review her ebook I admit to wondering why someone would need to purchase a book on the subject of selling your products, given the amazing amount of free advice published on the internet.  Having read The Handmade Entrepreneur,  I can tell you why.  Exactly because there's an overwhelming amount of advice on the internet!  Some of it is good, some of it is mediocre,
  • Pleated Star Embellishment

    Carol P
    13 Jun 2015 | 8:19 am
    This accordion pleated star can be challenging because you feel like you need about 6 extra hands to hold everything in place as you glue it together. Use as a card embellishment or scale it up to make decorations for the 4th of July. Suitable for hand or machine cutting. Click to download file set: Silhouette Studio, PDF, DXF, SVG (how to use my SVG files in Cricut Design Space). Files
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    ACTÍVA Products - Projects

  • CelluClay Surfboard Treasure Box Designed by Lisa Fulmer for Activa Products

    Activa Products
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:24 pm
    This cute and colorful paper maché box is sturdy enough to hold all sorts of little treasures! Use it for jewelry  on your nightstand, paper clips or pushpins on your desk, or even Q-tips in the bathroom. The best part is knowing you sculpted it yourself! Supplies: Activa CelluClay Non-stick work mat Wood skewer, water mister bottle Printed Duck Tape® brand duct tape Dimensional adhesive stickers Cardboard, pencil, fine-grit sanding block Plastic bag, waxed dental floss, baker’s cooling rack Scissors with non-stick blades 1. Draw or trace a surfboard shape (approx. 10” tall) on…
  • Wedding Candy Bar Decoration Using Color Plus Air Dry Clay

    Activa Products
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Candy bars are so much fun at weddings, birthday parties or just to say “I love you”. Put a personalized message on each jar of candy for that special day!  Materials needed: Color Plus air dry clay in red and white ACTÍVA Product’s Clay Roller kit Cotton sheeting cut into 8” x 8” squares A small cup of water Wooden skewer or needle tool Alphabet stamp set Heart pattern and small heart cookie cutter Pink ribbon Apothecary jar Clear acrylic spray to seal  Instructions: 1.   Cut off a piece of both the white and the red clay about the size of a large walnut. Take equal amounts of…
  • Surfboard Trophy - Designed by Lisa Fulmer for ACTIVA Products

    Activa Products
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:41 pm
    Surf’s up - time to hang ten, dude! A surfboard is an iconic symbol of summer fun at the beach. If you aren’t lucky enough to be one of the Hollywood celebrities who get their own surfboard trophies from the annual Teen Choice Awards, you can have a blast making your own miniature surfboard trophy with ACTIVA Air-Dry Clay. Stand your surfboard up on your desk or bookshelf so you’ll feel like you’re riding those waves all year long…and no wipe-outs! Supplies:• ACTIVA Plus Air-Dry Clay• Non-stick work mat• Wood skewer, palette knife, water mister bottle• Rolling pin•…
  • Air Dry Clay Bird Bath with Pedestal

    Activa Products
    8 Jun 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Create a bird bath to hold your rings or small keepsakes byusing PLUS air dry clay.Materials needed:Plus air dry clay in whiteWooden skewerSmall cup of waterHandmade stamps, buttons or anything that will leave an impressionCream, chocolate brown metallic, Caribbean blue, denim blue and orange acrylic paintsPaint brushesBlack permanent markerClear acrylic spray to seal Instructions: 1) How to make a “pinch pot”. Cut off a piece of Plus clay a little larger than a golf ball. Roll into a ball and then begin pressing your right thumb into one side of the clay and begin turning the ball while…
  • Inlaid Clay Necklace with Color Plus Clay

    Activa Products
    27 May 2015 | 11:38 am
    Create a one of a kind air dry clay necklace pendant with matching beads by using Color Plus clay. MATERIALS NEEDED: Color Plus air dry clay in white, blue and green ACTÍVA Product’s Clay Roller kit Cotton sheeting cut into 3 8” x 8” squares Small cup of water Wooden skewer Piece of cardboard cut into a 2” x 2 ½” square Toothpicks Styrofoam block Tan hemp cord 0.5mm x 3 ft. Black permanent marker Clear acrylic spray to seal INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Begin by cutting off a piece of white clay the size of a large walnut. Knead the clay in your hands to soften it. If using the ACTÍVA…
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    Craft Organizer

  • 8 Great Newspaper Craft Ideas

    2 Jul 2015 | 3:04 pm
    With the digital era, many say that printed newspapers are dead. It is true that printed newspapers may cease to exist in the near future, however every single material has the potential to be used for crafts and arts, and printed newspapers can do just that! There are thousands of craft projects you can do using newspaper. In this post, we separated 10 great ideas for you to get inspired! By using newspapers as materials for crafts, you will not only be saving money but you will also be helping the environment, as most newspaper gets thrown away. Let’s get started! 8° – Newspaper…
  • Make An Awesome DIY Bracelet From Recycled Bottles

    9 Jun 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Bangles are an excellent way to get into jewelry making. It’s super inexpensive and loads of fun. All you need are plastic bottles, scissors, an iron, and nail polish or acrylic paint. You can customize just the way you want, making big and bold bangles or more thin and stylish bangles. Or both! You basically just cut the size bangle you want to make, then apply the edges to an iron which should only be on medium heat so it won’t burn the plastic. Always be very careful when using an iron. Once you get the edges done, it’s time for the fun part – painting! You can custom design the…
  • 17 Beautiful DIY Wine Bottle Crafts

    28 May 2015 | 2:04 pm
    17 Beautiful DIY Wine Bottle Crafts If you are one of the wine enthusiasts out there we salute you, it is one of the most noble and pure drinks. If you are diy enthusiasts as well this article needs no introduction. You`ve probably already realized a few DIY wine bottle crafts to accessorize your decor, maybe a vase or a candle protection to filter light. By reusing these items you cut off thousands of years of earth’s shoulders. It actually takes thousands of years to decompose a glass bottle. We highly recommend bottle recycling first hand but from time to time a neat diy craft project…
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    Smitha Katti

  • Free printable adult coloring pages

    6 Jul 2015 | 3:14 pm
    If you are looking for Free printable adult coloring pages, you have come to the right place. Download, print, color, enjoy and relax! For the past month, over on my crafty instagram channel @theshinynest I have been sharing a drawing a day. I handdraw something using just a pen and paper everyday- some days its a doodle, someday its henna patterns and nowadays I am doing quotes… Here is a free printable adult coloring page download for you my dear blog reader, Click here to download Feel free to share and enjoy! If you do download these and color them, share an image here in my blog…
  • Acrylic Painting on Canvas

    29 Jun 2015 | 6:06 am
    An acrylic painting on canvas, with tones of yellow, pink, green and blue. A bit modern, a bit shiny with the gold leafing and oh so very very colorful. So last week, I painted this canvas. It’s the biggest piece of art I have ever created. It is giganormous according to me. We bought the largest canvas that would fit in our car- which turned out to be 3 by 4 feet, thats 36 by 48 inches in size. Yup, it was a big canvas. Our living room had a big bare wall and I wanted to bring in a splash of color to it. I knew I wanted tones of yellow, but the other colors I wasn’t so sure of. I…
  • DIY Nursery Wall Art; Felt Rainbow on Canvas

    22 Jun 2015 | 7:20 am
    Learn how to make an easy colorful rainbow wall art that is perfect to decorate your kids room or nursery! A step by step photo tutorial included. One 8 by 10 inch canvas Craft Felt sheets in Rainbow colors Embroidery floss in Rainbow Colors + needle Acrylic paints – a sky blue color and white + a paint brush Tacky Fabric Adhesive Scissors- A small embroidery scissor and another long sharp one. I used the Fiskars Amplify Shears here, they are perfect for this. Step 1: Paint your canvas. I chose a bright blue and gave it a streaky white look by using a dry brush with a little white…
  • Knitted Cardigan for Girls

    15 Jun 2015 | 7:57 am
    A Quick and Easy Knitted Cardigan for Girls that your little princess will love! You can mix and match yarn colors to create an unique, one of a kind item.  Yarn- I grabbed yarns from my stash, but any Bulky 5 yarn would work here. Knitting Needles- Size 11 circular knitting needles. Crochet Hook- Size K Buttons- Studio Calico’s Color Theory Pattern- Lion Brands “Neck Down Cardi”- It is a free pattern, but you might need to sign up and create a free account at their site to access it. So after knitting The Handknit Color Blocked Afghan and then The Yarn Stash Busting…
  • Kids Room Ideas

    14 May 2015 | 8:21 am
    Kids room ideas- DIY sheer canopy, wooden crates as shelving, kids room wall art, storage, photo labels on toy boxes for easy clean up with preschoolers First up is the art in their room. I used a theme of pinks and yellows and simple word typography. I just painted the “play” and “laugh” canvases on 11 by 14 canvas. Basic handlettering but it looks a lot like my handwriting. Read more of some other of these paintings in older blog posts here, here and here. The weave hanging is one I made at a Be Crafty workshop with Amanda Rydell. Loved her class and I love the…
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